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#1 081114OVCUBA

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 03:22 PM

Hey Everyone,

 

We are leaving in a week in a half for our wedding get away in Cuba! Getting so excited; but, now its crunch time to get those last few things taken care of!

 

Most of our wedding guests will be on the same international flights together (22/28), we have about 3.5 hours of flight time and I would like to have some optional games/challenges to engage everyone and have some fun together. I'd like to make the trip as enjoyable as possible, including the time we are pretty well suck in one spot with not much to do! The return trip will be at night so not as worried about then, but for sure want to do something for the trip there. 

 

Has anyone done anything like this before? Suggestions on what kinds of activities we can do? Samples of your games? etc?

 

Anything you could share would be amazing!

 

Thanks so much,

Amanda :)



#2 Mrsktobe

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:41 AM

I have not but that is a cool idea! I wouldn't organize anything too crazy or that takes up tons of time cause lots of people like to relax, read a book, watch a movie on the flight and just chill - If you have something people are going to feel obligated to do that takes up a ton of time, people may get annoyed - I know I would as I like to chill when I am in the air and just relax as much as I can do.

Maybe do a mad lib? Or a game that can be passed along from one person to the next so the time in between still allows people time to themselves?



#3 081114OVCUBA

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 01:35 PM

Thanks @Mention,

 

I don't want anything too time consuming, but something fun that will be engaging and not feel like an obligation, as you put it. I have prizes already but still not sure of the activities. I'm hoping for something, somewhat personal, like a personalized madlib (ty) about us and our families. Thinking maybe a word search with hidden message and/or a cross word?

 

Our group for the most part is young, energetic, and very outgoing. I understand what you are saying about the wanting to just relax when traveling but I think something planned would go over very well with our specific group. This get together is also a family reunion at the same time, some of us have not seen each other since we were little. I'm sure there will be a few (if not most) of us that will bounce around all over the plane wanting to visit with everyone, not being able to sit still or wait until we get to the destination.

 

Side note - I do feel bad for other travellers in between us and want to pick something relatively 'quiet' and can be done in everyone's respective seats... Air Canada pre-booked all of our seats but spread us out all over the airplane.. Not sure why! Hopefully we can re-group when we do the 24hour check in.

 

Any other ideas?

 

Thanks again :)



#4 kmk2016

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 01:49 PM

Thanks @Mention,

I don't want anything too time consuming, but something fun that will be engaging and not feel like an obligation, as you put it. I have prizes already but still not sure of the activities. I'm hoping for something, somewhat personal, like a personalized madlib (ty) about us and our families. Thinking maybe a word search with hidden message and/or a cross word?

Our group for the most part is young, energetic, and very outgoing. I understand what you are saying about the wanting to just relax when traveling but I think something planned would go over very well with our specific group. This get together is also a family reunion at the same time, some of us have not seen each other since we were little. I'm sure there will be a few (if not most) of us that will bounce around all over the plane wanting to visit with everyone, not being able to sit still or wait until we get to the destination.

Side note - I do feel bad for other travellers in between us and want to pick something relatively 'quiet' and can be done in everyone's respective seats... Air Canada pre-booked all of our seats but spread us out all over the airplane.. Not sure why! Hopefully we can re-group when we do the 24hour check in.

Any other ideas?

Thanks again :)



Sounds like my family! Can you talk to your TA about getting your seat assignments reworked, allowing you to be more grouped together? May be able to be done now and certainly easier the more seats that are still open on the plane!

#5 081114OVCUBA

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 04:37 PM

Thanks kmk2016,

 

I thought that too! My TA tried to make this change with Air Canada Vacations (ACV) as soon as they did this but they came back with some sort of lame reasoning that they like to keep a variety of options open for other guests checking in online or something? I'm pretty sure if other guests knew what was already beside those seats (us crazies) they wouldn't want those seats lol (we're not that bad, honest, just REALLY excited to get together).

 

They, ACV, were very reluctant to even change the seats they gave me and the FI... They gave us the bulkhead rows - the seats WITHOUT under seat storage in front - the seats right behind 1st class, behind the 'Wall'... Out of all of the people in the group, they really should have thought about this and not given us the seats with the least amount of baggage space! It's taking us 3 flights each way to get there, all 3 legs they gave us the bulkhead row initially - thankfully out TA 'reasoned' with them until they moved us. :)

 

ACV was even so kind as to give this note about wedding dresses (gave me such confidence and appreciation, not): You can store your wedding dress in the overhead bin provided it is within out carry-on baggage size restriction (9inx15.5inx21.5in). The dress should be stores in a garment bag and should be folded in half to reduce wrinkling. Please note that carry-on items can shift during flight, possibly causing delicate items to be wrinkled, crushed or torn, and that items placed in overhead bins may have other items placed on top of them by other passengers.

 

(I think I'm going to print a note saying 'Wedding dress - please do not put anything on top')



#6 kmk2016

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 04:45 PM

Booooooo ACV! Haha

#7 calgarybride2015

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 05:01 PM

That is what their website says, I read that too.... but my travel agent has assured me on numerous occasions that my dress will get hung if there is a closet or go in the overhead bin and noone will question it whatsoever.

 

We are also using ACV... Calgary to Cancun...  we are a little ways out to know about seating arrangements but I was told I got an upgrade to first class.  Do you?

 

I think most flight attendants will be helpful even (I HOPE!!) to help make sure you get it in the overhead bin safely.  I have kids so get to board first, my BM's have already told me that they will guard the overhead bin like the plague if that is where mine is going.  I have already accepted the fact it may wrinkle.

 

Where do you live that it takes 3 transfers to get to Cuba!?


Edited by calgarybride2015, 31 July 2014 - 05:03 PM.

-Kim

Married on 2015/01/21 at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya with 43 guests in attendance   :)

 

Planning Thread - http://www.bestdesti...s-riviera-maya/

 

Wedding Pictures http://www.bestdesti...ra-maya/page-36

 

Wedding Review http://www.bestdesti...31#entry1885600

 

 


#8 081114OVCUBA

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 05:53 PM

@calgarybride2015

I’m really banking on the wonderful humidity to un-do any wrinkling, especially with my luck, I’m sure it’s going to happen!

I’m more worried about it getting crushed (the formed bodice) or otherwise damaged (torn, something spilt onto it, etc.). I bought a really great garment bag from eBay which I think will help (like this one http://www.weddingdr...rment-bags.html ). In addition to the bag I’m pre-wrapping my dress in a white sheet to further protect it and soften the folds.

Based on our seat assignments I’m pretty sure we didn’t get an upgrade to 1st class, though that would be awesome if it did happen! We were told if the hotel has space available we would be upgraded to the ‘privilege’ section of the resort (daily a la carte breakfast, preferential a la carte reservations, butler services, etc). Since we are going during the off season I think it should be fairly plausible.

I’m up in Grande Prairie; only flights out of here are to Edmonton and Calgary! Since it is the off season there were no direct flights from either location to Cuba (with ACV anyway) so everyone has to transfer to Toronto. Downside of off season I suppose; but, there are lots of perks! 

Getting soo excited!



#9 calgarybride2015

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:42 PM


@081114OVCUBA
I'm from Fort St John but have lived in Calgary for 14 years. I know how it goes with flights and such :) good luck and please email and/or post after to let us ACV gals how It goes.


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Edited by calgarybride2015, 01 August 2014 - 08:42 PM.

-Kim

Married on 2015/01/21 at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya with 43 guests in attendance   :)

 

Planning Thread - http://www.bestdesti...s-riviera-maya/

 

Wedding Pictures http://www.bestdesti...ra-maya/page-36

 

Wedding Review http://www.bestdesti...31#entry1885600

 

 


#10 AdamnJenn17

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    Posted 10 May 2016 - 10:57 AM

    if only they would lose the idea that your cellphone would crash the plane already there are mean wifi/bluetooth games that can be payed across devices







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