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@@Wafflesmom - Both!  He came for both my trial and wedding day. He worked on me in consultation with Suzie (who is also awesome). It was pretty funny because they'd do something - like brush a smidgeon on my eye - step back and be like "perfecto perfecto." He didn't work on either of my bridal party though

 

I think he only shows up if you request him (and if he's available).  He said he has 27 stylists now or something crazy like that.  Honestly though both ladies we had were great - Suzie and Esperanta

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@@Wafflesmom - Both!  He came for both my trial and wedding day. He worked on me in consultation with Suzie (who is also awesome). It was pretty funny because they'd do something - like brush a smidgeon on my eye - step back and be like "perfecto perfecto." He didn't work on either of my bridal party though

 

I think he only shows up if you request him (and if he's available).  He said he has 27 stylists now or something crazy like that.  Honestly though both ladies we had were great - Suzie and Esperanta

 

I'm definitely in for Styling Trio. I've read so many good things about them and they were super responsive when I emailed them.

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@@tygrrlily Everything looks so great! It sucks that it rained but it looks like your wedding and reception turned out beautifully and I love your pictures! I see that you used a couple of outside vendors; did you have to pay the vendor fees for all of them? I am using an outside photographer and possibly an outside DJ so any tips on getting the cost down would be greatly appreciated!

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@@LMichelleB - We did use outside vendors.  The only thing we did to save money is say that our videographer and photographer were from the same company to save an extra $400 and not pay it for both.  We also weren't charged day passes for the vendors.  I remember some of the other Palace ladies saying they had to do this, but we were never charged and I never asked about it (obviously :P).  They each had a second shooter too so we got lucky!

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Part 3 of my review - Here are some things that I wanted to add and a few more reviews

 

Travel Agent - Vanessa Martinez of Centre Holidays

Alright here is the big one.  I wanted to wait until our trip was completely over before writing this because I didn't want my review of our TA to affect our wedding at all.  This is probably one of our biggest regrets and we really wish we had done a bit more research before deciding to go with Vanessa.

 

We found Vanessa from this forum after having problems with our first TA (read about it in my very first post) and at first, Vanessa was wonderful.  She was so quick to reply, answer all of our questions, and she did ultimately get us a good rate for BP.   However, once we went with her and put down our deposits to hold our block of rooms, she seemed to disappear from the face of the earth and both we and our guests had difficulty getting her to reply.  It was like we had a completely different travel agent. This made me so angry because here were our guests willing to book and put down deposits, and yet she was taking forever in returning their calls, emails, etc.  We had a lot of guests approach us about it and I would then have to mediate and make sure she responded (she dealt best with me).  It's actually a shock that no one just booked on their own - I wouldn't have blamed them at all.  She also would give excuse after excuse of why this was.

 

We became so upset we actually sent her a very angry email telling her how unhappy we were with her performance and reminded her that Travel Agents are very much about referrals and word of mouth and that we would NOT recommend her at all based on her performance.  The DW community is very driven by reviews.   We also asked to be transferred to someone else in the company if she felt she could not meet our needs and expectations.  She apologized after that and promised to change, and for a while she was slightly better, but overall we were never happy with her performance as a travel agent.  She also went to South America for about 3 months - didn't tell us, took even longer to reply, and basically we had to deal with other people in the company which led to mix ups with payments, etc.

 

Our guests hated dealing with her and we got a lot of grief about her.  We got asked multiple times why we chose her as a TA which was frankly pretty embarrassing.  We explained what I've written here - that she was 100% fabulous until we decided to go with her, then she completely changed and did not follow through.  For our flights, she did odd things like seat family members apart and far away from each other ?? and even split up husband and wives and seated them with other people in the group.  We were able to manually change seats on the plane but it really made no sense why she would do that and it frustrated a lot of our guests. 

 

Positives - When she does reply she is quick and clear.  She ultimately got the job done and she got us a good price on the resort.

Negatives - Slow communication and responses.  For a DW especially, this is so important.  Messed up on some of the administrative things, seating, getting people refunds after double charging them (!).  Gave so many excuses about her behaviour

 

Ultimately there are enough good travel agents out there that I would definitely say steer clear of her.  I wanted to write this so this review pops up when people search for her name.  I think it's important for brides to review their TAs after the wedding is over so people know who ultimately performed and who did not.  Unfortunately Vanessa was probably the biggest negative aspect of our wedding and I would never use her again for any of my travels.  My husband actually asked me 3x already if I had posted a review about Vanessa yet - even he wanted to make sure that we let people know to avoid using her.

 

I don't like to end on a negative note - we ultimately had an amazing time at our wedding and we loved the hotel, but wanted to help future Canadian brides out.

 

 

Offsite Coordinator

We had Abril Reyes and I have mixed feelings about her.  She was always polite and her emails were in perfect English.  Sometimes she would be quite good but other times it would take her weeks to reply and only after I sent her 1-2 follow up emails.  I was fairly patient because I knew this was the process of planning.  We did manage to get everything planned out. 

 

What irritated me  was when it came time to paying our service order.  There were errors on it and we hadn't finalized with Zuniga yet, but she kept hounding us to pay.  I also knew from this forum and on FB that a lot of other Palace ladies paid at the resort because of these reasons.  We then got threatened by Abril and Zuniga that they wouldn't follow through w/ our service order if they weren't paid in full because it was near Christmas.  I understood this but the way they approached it really irritated me because we had given no indication that we would not pay and we were only waiting for things to get corrected before we did.  I had offered to pay everything BUT the decor because we wanted to make sure it was right, and they basically threatened to take away our wedding from the spot.  I wrote a pretty angry email back and they were apologetic, but it left a sour taste.  We also paid our order in full once the details were correct - what we had wanted in the first place. 

 

 

Zuniga

I honestly hated dealing with Zuniga.  We dealt with Cristina and she was so slow to reply at times, send me updated invoices, etc.  Then the debacle that I outlined above.  Their prices aren't even the cheapest and of course half the things we rented from them weren't even used because of the rain.  I was getting a quote from Latin Asia too but Saku took too long at the end getting me the quote/invoice and Abril was demanding payment, so we had to go w/ Cristina.  They did a fine job in terms of set up but I really hated the whole communication process. 

 

 

Scheduling

I'm going to post our schedule here and I'll list what we would have ultimately changed in italiacs beside the event

 

10:00 - Styling Trio coming for makeup + hair (2 bridesmaids + bride) - As mentioned above, wish we had started 30-60 minutes earlier

12:45 - Bridesmaids to be completely finished and dressed by this time

1:00   - Photographer and Videographer come to take getting ready shots of us and Tony - Wish we had been firmer about this time

1:45   - Guests to be seated at this time

2:00-2:30 - Wedding Ceremony (Tony’s brother Ben will be officiating)

2:30 - Wedding champagne toast and big group picture - We really liked this.  Thought it was a bit strange initially to do the toast here but it made for wonderful pics and it was just so nice to toast with everyone after the ceremony

2:45-3:15 - Group and Family pics - I gave my sister (our MC) a list of all the groups/families and this did help expedite things and ensured we got a picture with everyone.  We forgot to take a pic w/ just my parents though - oops - and my mom is still reaming me out about it

3:30-5:00 - Guests break time while bridal party takes pics - The worst part of our day haha.  We should have allotted more time here and maybe pushed our cocktail party back an hour.  I wish we had given ourselves 30 minutes break to freshen up and just relax and enjoy being husband and wife.  We were also dealing with all of the rain stress and decision making here so this was just awful for us.

5:00/5:15 - Cocktail hour starts - Again, wish we had started it at 6 and pushed everything back an hour so we weren't rushed

5:30 - Bride and Groom entrance w/ Mariachi band to Cocktail hour - They came late so we didn't enter with them.  We kind of were already there while guests arrived but it was fine.  The mariachi band was really fun and added a nice touch

6:15 - Mariachi band finishes

6:20 - Head over to reception side (Our MC will make announcement)

6:30 - Introductions of bridal party and bride and groom by MC - My sister was a great MC and I'm glad we had one.  It helped with the flow of everything and made it seem like a proper wedding still

6:40 - Bride and groom speech  - We decided to go first to get the pressure over but it was almost TOO quick.  I was a bit flustered because I hadn't had the chance to really look over my speech since writing it (on the plane haha) but it was also nice to get it out of the way right away.

6:50 - Dinner served

7:10 - MOH speech + Parents of the bride speech - I liked having all of these in our wedding.  We just kind of played with the timing and had my sister announce the speeches whenever people were eating.  The speeches were all great and because it was such a small group, people were actually listening and paying attention - very different from what we've seen at big weddings at home

7:35 - Shoe game - Really fun and we got some good pics out of it.  My sister did a great job coming up with questions

7:45 - Best Man speech + parents of the groom speech

 

*One thing we added here is we went around w/ our bridal party to each table toasting the table.  This is something that's usually done at Chinese weddings when the bride is in the Chinese dress.  I wasn't wearing that, but I always liked the tradition because it's a chance to go over to each table and thank them for coming.  It was really easy to do with just 4 tables, and I think people appreciated us walking around

8:00 - Cake cutting - We kind of just played this by ear.  It was fine

8:10 - Eat cake and watch slideshow (MC introduce) - As said above, this was such a hit and people really enjoyed watching it.  We made sure when making it to include almost everyone that was at the wedding in at least one pic so it was fun for everyone.  We paid our DJ extra to have the screen + projector but it was worth it to us 

8:30 - First dance followed by party - Our plan for this worked really well.  We had a full dance floor from the very beginning, and we didn't have to have the complete awkward first dance :)

8:40 - Party starts

 

12:00 - Party ends.  Move to Sports bar - We paid to extend our reception by 4 hours and this was great for us because we had a lot of time to dance.  I wish we had shifted everything back an hour though and had our cocktail from 6-7 and then our reception from 7-1 but it was fine.  After we headed up to the rooftop sky terrace

 

 

Extending our Reception

Beach Palace gives you a 3 hour cocktail + reception - this was way too short for us.  So we paid extra to extend our reception by 4 hours.  They quoted us at $60/table per hour to extend and we paid an extra $960 total which in our books was well worth it.  I think they messed up a bit because originally it's supposed to be 8 people per table but we had 10 at each + our head table.  This was lower than what I had estimated - we had calculated one more table and thought we'd be paying for 5 tables (40 adults).  Obviously I didn't question this :).  We are really glad we extended our reception because it gave made our reception feel like the wedding receptions we were used to going to at home.  I know we could have moved over to the public sports bar, but we liked having the privacy, DJ and open bar and lighting, etc.  One important thing for my husband and I is that we still wanted to maintain certain traditions and have our wedding feel like a wedding even though it was destination.  That's why we decided to keep things like entrances, speeches, seating plans, the first dance, etc.  It also really distinguished our wedding from our other private events. I know the privacy/length factor isn't important to a lot of people but for us it was worth the extra 1k overall

 

 

Tipping

I know there are a few threads about tipping but wanted to mention who we tipped.  We tipped our regular servers, waiters, etc. after getting drinks and meals as did all of our family and friends.  The service at BP is excellent and we were happy to tip them.  Likewise the maids, bellhops, etc.

 

For our private events, had the same servers/staff each time.  Our friends chipped in some money after the first event because we got pretty rowdy and the servers went above and beyond bringing us drinks, cups, etc. My husband and I threw in a lot extra on top of what people contributed - we wanted to make sure we'd get good service for our other 2 events.  We tipped solely for our White Party and our wedding, but i think our friends were also tipping the waiters during the wedding when they were brought drinks.  The serving staff was excellent - the bar at our wedding was in another room but no one was even close to going to the bar because the waiters were constantly bringing and refilling our drinks.

 

I tipped Suzie and Esperanta of Styling Trio because they are employees and because they did such a fantastic job.

 

We tipped the photographer's assistant during our TTD shoot because he did quite a lot of work - getting into the water, holding lights, etc.

 

We tipped our onsite wedding coordinator Marco at the end when we went back to get all of our things.  He really helped us out and we were very appreciative.

 

We personally chose to not tip the photographer or videographer - We were already paying them a sum and it was going directly to them so didn't think it was necessary. 

 

So overall we didn't tip for the sake of tipping or according to a list, we tipped who we thought performed well and to ensure continued good service.

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Part 3 of my review - Here are some things that I wanted to add and a few more reviews

 

Travel Agent - Vanessa Martinez of Centre Holidays

Alright here is the big one. I wanted to wait until our trip was completely over before writing this because I didn't want my review of our TA to affect our wedding at all. This is probably one of our biggest regrets and we really wish we had done a bit more research before deciding to go with Vanessa.

 

We found Vanessa from this forum after having problems with our first TA (read about it in my very first post) and at first, Vanessa was wonderful. She was so quick to reply, answer all of our questions, and she did ultimately get us a good rate for BP. However, once we went with her and put down our deposits to hold our block of rooms, she seemed to disappear from the face of the earth and both we and our guests had difficulty getting her to reply. It was like we had a completely different travel agent. This made me so angry because here were our guests willing to book and put down deposits, and yet she was taking forever in returning their calls, emails, etc. We had a lot of guests approach us about it and I would then have to mediate and make sure she responded (she dealt best with me). It's actually a shock that no one just booked on their own - I wouldn't have blamed them at all. She also would give excuse after excuse of why this was.

 

We became so upset we actually sent her a very angry email telling her how unhappy we were with her performance and reminded her that Travel Agents are very much about referrals and word of mouth and that we would NOT recommend her at all based on her performance. The DW community is very driven by reviews. We also asked to be transferred to someone else in the company if she felt she could not meet our needs and expectations. She apologized after that and promised to change, and for a while she was slightly better, but overall we were never happy with her performance as a travel agent. She also went to South America for about 3 months - didn't tell us, took even longer to reply, and basically we had to deal with other people in the company which led to mix ups with payments, etc.

 

Our guests hated dealing with her and we got a lot of grief about her. We got asked multiple times why we chose her as a TA which was frankly pretty embarrassing. We explained what I've written here - that she was 100% fabulous until we decided to go with her, then she completely changed and did not follow through. For our flights, she did odd things like seat family members apart and far away from each other ?? and even split up husband and wives and seated them with other people in the group. We were able to manually change seats on the plane but it really made no sense why she would do that and it frustrated a lot of our guests.

 

Positives - When she does reply she is quick and clear. She ultimately got the job done and she got us a good price on the resort.

Negatives - Slow communication and responses. For a DW especially, this is so important. Messed up on some of the administrative things, seating, getting people refunds after double charging them (!). Gave so many excuses about her behaviour

 

Ultimately there are enough good travel agents out there that I would definitely say steer clear of her. I wanted to write this so this review pops up when people search for her name. I think it's important for brides to review their TAs after the wedding is over so people know who ultimately performed and who did not. Unfortunately Vanessa was probably the biggest negative aspect of our wedding and I would never use her again for any of my travels. My husband actually asked me 3x already if I had posted a review about Vanessa yet - even he wanted to make sure that we let people know to avoid using her.

 

I don't like to end on a negative note - we ultimately had an amazing time at our wedding and we loved the hotel, but wanted to help future Canadian brides out.

 

 

Offsite Coordinator

We had Abril Reyes and I have mixed feelings about her. She was always polite and her emails were in perfect English. Sometimes she would be quite good but other times it would take her weeks to reply and only after I sent her 1-2 follow up emails. I was fairly patient because I knew this was the process of planning. We did manage to get everything planned out.

 

What irritated me was when it came time to paying our service order. There were errors on it and we hadn't finalized with Zuniga yet, but she kept hounding us to pay. I also knew from this forum and on FB that a lot of other Palace ladies paid at the resort because of these reasons. We then got threatened by Abril and Zuniga that they wouldn't follow through w/ our service order if they weren't paid in full because it was near Christmas. I understood this but the way they approached it really irritated me because we had given no indication that we would not pay and we were only waiting for things to get corrected before we did. I had offered to pay everything BUT the decor because we wanted to make sure it was right, and they basically threatened to take away our wedding from the spot. I wrote a pretty angry email back and they were apologetic, but it left a sour taste. We also paid our order in full once the details were correct - what we had wanted in the first place.

 

 

Zuniga

I honestly hated dealing with Zuniga. We dealt with Cristina and she was so slow to reply at times, send me updated invoices, etc. Then the debacle that I outlined above. Their prices aren't even the cheapest and of course half the things we rented from them weren't even used because of the rain. I was getting a quote from Latin Asia too but Saku took too long at the end getting me the quote/invoice and Abril was demanding payment, so we had to go w/ Cristina. They did a fine job in terms of set up but I really hated the whole communication process.

 

 

Scheduling

I'm going to post our schedule here and I'll list what we would have ultimately changed in italiacs beside the event

 

10:00 - Styling Trio coming for makeup + hair (2 bridesmaids + bride) - As mentioned above, wish we had started 30-60 minutes earlier

 

12:45 - Bridesmaids to be completely finished and dressed by this time

 

1:00 - Photographer and Videographer come to take getting ready shots of us and Tony - Wish we had been firmer about this time

 

1:45 - Guests to be seated at this time

 

2:00-2:30 - Wedding Ceremony (Tony’s brother Ben will be officiating)

 

2:30 - Wedding champagne toast and big group picture - We really liked this. Thought it was a bit strange initially to do the toast here but it made for wonderful pics and it was just so nice to toast with everyone after the ceremony

 

2:45-3:15 - Group and Family pics - I gave my sister (our MC) a list of all the groups/families and this did help expedite things and ensured we got a picture with everyone. We forgot to take a pic w/ just my parents though - oops - and my mom is still reaming me out about it

 

3:30-5:00 - Guests break time while bridal party takes pics - The worst part of our day haha. We should have allotted more time here and maybe pushed our cocktail party back an hour. I wish we had given ourselves 30 minutes break to freshen up and just relax and enjoy being husband and wife. We were also dealing with all of the rain stress and decision making here so this was just awful for us.

 

5:00/5:15 - Cocktail hour starts - Again, wish we had started it at 6 and pushed everything back an hour so we weren't rushed

 

5:30 - Bride and Groom entrance w/ Mariachi band to Cocktail hour - They came late so we didn't enter with them. We kind of were already there while guests arrived but it was fine. The mariachi band was really fun and added a nice touch

 

6:15 - Mariachi band finishes

 

6:20 - Head over to reception side (Our MC will make announcement)

 

6:30 - Introductions of bridal party and bride and groom by MC - My sister was a great MC and I'm glad we had one. It helped with the flow of everything and made it seem like a proper wedding still

 

6:40 - Bride and groom speech - We decided to go first to get the pressure over but it was almost TOO quick. I was a bit flustered because I hadn't had the chance to really look over my speech since writing it (on the plane haha) but it was also nice to get it out of the way right away.

 

6:50 - Dinner served

 

7:10 - MOH speech + Parents of the bride speech - I liked having all of these in our wedding. We just kind of played with the timing and had my sister announce the speeches whenever people were eating. The speeches were all great and because it was such a small group, people were actually listening and paying attention - very different from what we've seen at big weddings at home

 

7:35 - Shoe game - Really fun and we got some good pics out of it. My sister did a great job coming up with questions

 

7:45 - Best Man speech + parents of the groom speech

 

*One thing we added here is we went around w/ our bridal party to each table toasting the table. This is something that's usually done at Chinese weddings when the bride is in the Chinese dress. I wasn't wearing that, but I always liked the tradition because it's a chance to go over to each table and thank them for coming. It was really easy to do with just 4 tables, and I think people appreciated us walking around

 

8:00 - Cake cutting - We kind of just played this by ear. It was fine

 

8:10 - Eat cake and watch slideshow (MC introduce) - As said above, this was such a hit and people really enjoyed watching it. We made sure when making it to include almost everyone that was at the wedding in at least one pic so it was fun for everyone. We paid our DJ extra to have the screen + projector but it was worth it to us

 

8:30 - First dance followed by party - Our plan for this worked really well. We had a full dance floor from the very beginning, and we didn't have to have the complete awkward first dance :)

 

8:40 - Party starts

 

12:00 - Party ends. Move to Sports bar - We paid to extend our reception by 4 hours and this was great for us because we had a lot of time to dance. I wish we had shifted everything back an hour though and had our cocktail from 6-7 and then our reception from 7-1 but it was fine. After we headed up to the rooftop sky terrace

 

 

Extending our Reception

Beach Palace gives you a 3 hour cocktail + reception - this was way too short for us. So we paid extra to extend our reception by 4 hours. They quoted us at $60/table per hour to extend and we paid an extra $960 total which in our books was well worth it. I think they messed up a bit because originally it's supposed to be 8 people per table but we had 10 at each + our head table. This was lower than what I had estimated - we had calculated one more table and thought we'd be paying for 5 tables (40 adults). Obviously I didn't question this :). We are really glad we extended our reception because it gave made our reception feel like the wedding receptions we were used to going to at home. I know we could have moved over to the public sports bar, but we liked having the privacy, DJ and open bar and lighting, etc. One important thing for my husband and I is that we still wanted to maintain certain traditions and have our wedding feel like a wedding even though it was destination. That's why we decided to keep things like entrances, speeches, seating plans, the first dance, etc. It also really distinguished our wedding from our other private events. I know the privacy/length factor isn't important to a lot of people but for us it was worth the extra 1k overall

 

 

Tipping

I know there are a few threads about tipping but wanted to mention who we tipped. We tipped our regular servers, waiters, etc. after getting drinks and meals as did all of our family and friends. The service at BP is excellent and we were happy to tip them. Likewise the maids, bellhops, etc.

 

For our private events, had the same servers/staff each time. Our friends chipped in some money after the first event because we got pretty rowdy and the servers went above and beyond bringing us drinks, cups, etc. My husband and I threw in a lot extra on top of what people contributed - we wanted to make sure we'd get good service for our other 2 events. We tipped solely for our White Party and our wedding, but i think our friends were also tipping the waiters during the wedding when they were brought drinks. The serving staff was excellent - the bar at our wedding was in another room but no one was even close to going to the bar because the waiters were constantly bringing and refilling our drinks.

 

I tipped Suzie and Esperanta of Styling Trio because they are employees and because they did such a fantastic job.

 

We tipped the photographer's assistant during our TTD shoot because he did quite a lot of work - getting into the water, holding lights, etc.

 

We tipped our onsite wedding coordinator Marco at the end when we went back to get all of our things. He really helped us out and we were very appreciative.

 

We personally chose to not tip the photographer or videographer - We were already paying them a sum and it was going directly to them so didn't think it was necessary.

Thank you. I wanted 1.5 hours for pics and they keep saying 1 is enough. Photographer agrees with me so we may be fashionably late and I won't rush to make dinner :)

 

Side note - our guests got broken apart on the plane too. When I questioned my TA she said it's AC who does it and guests can check in 24 hours in advance to change seats. Just wanted to say this possible wasn't your TAs fault.

 

 

 

 

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@@calgarybride2015 - Yes ACV selects, but she can make changes too I think.  One of our guests reamed her out after getting to Mexico so she made changes to the flight on the way back to rectify the seating on the way there - so I think it is possible based on that.  Going there, our guests tried to make changes during online check-ins, but the flight was completely booked up

 

My husband's cousin works at AC and she helped us quite a bit too and made changes where she could.  She even worked our gate that morning to make sure our group had no problems.  We were super grateful

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@@calgarybride2015 - Yes ACV selects, but she can make changes too I think. One of our guests reamed her out after getting to Mexico so she made changes to the flight on the way back to rectify the seating on the way there - so I think it is possible based on that. Going there, our guests tried to make changes during online check-ins, but the flight was completely booked up

 

My husband's cousin works at AC and she helped us quite a bit too and made changes where she could. She even worked our gate that morning to make sure our group had no problems. We were super grateful

Interesting. My TA said she couldn't help. But since our group is placed in the same area of the plane I am sure the 2 people upset can just switch. Otherwise the people who pre booked their seats - ie me!! Are placed where we chose. I pre booked and paid $$ to ensure my kids were placed with my friend as I'll be in first class.

 

Good to know though -- thank you.

 

 

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Thank you for the detailed timeline and commentary! This is really helpful as I think about the flow of the day!

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@@beckys98 - Np! Glad to help in any way.  Just a note that ours is for a December wedding so our sun time is a lot shorter than it would be for a summer wedding.  I should add that above :)

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    • Planning to get married? Let’s discover some great wedding venues in Bangalore. The increasing demand for the wedding venues in Bangalore makes it very difficult for both the bride’s and groom’s family to get hold of a marriage hall that is suitable for the marriage. As they say, marriages have to be organized in a grand fashion. The atmosphere and the ambiance of a wedding make it memorable for a lifetime. Though there are a plenty of wedding venues in Bangalore, there is only a handful of them that are really good, Offering the best possible experience.  Some of the most popular wedding venues in Bangalore are: THE TAMARIND TREE: Tamarind Tree has the old world charm. This is one of the best wedding venues in Bangalore that boast about its eco-friendly surrounding. Built in the middle of a few acres of garden filled with lush greenery and trees, which also includes the tamarind tree after which it was named, a pond, a stage for the band, classic looking pavilions for the guests to sit, and a lot of spaces around the area. The premise has two large kitchens with a very special fully stocked bar and a lot of space where the guests can dine comfortably. The place can accommodate up to 1000 guests. Customer Reviews : Address: 88, Kanakapura road, Anjanapura post, Avalahalli, Royal Park residency layout 2, 9th phase. JP Nagar, Bangalore 560062 THE COURTYARD HOUSE: The courtyard house is located off Sarjapur Road, the premise is a unique and unconventional property suited for various events, namely weddings. The outdoor space of courtyard house draws in people looking to get away from the traffic and noise in the city, well within the city limits. The green grass and tall trees make for great photographic backdrops making it popular for wedding events. Customer Reviews : Address: Janatha Colony, Gunjur Palya, Bengaluru 560087 RITZ-CARLTON:   The Ritz-Carlton has over 277 spacious rooms and suites and is one of the most luxurious hotels in Bangalore. Seven luxurious restaurants, the Ritz-Carlton spa, and tastefully appointed meeting spaces make it ideal to host marriage occasions. Customer Reviews : Address: 99, Residency Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru 560025 BALAN FARM CONVENTION CENTER: Balan farm is a green, wooded island of peace and serenity nestled quietly in the busy rapidly developing JP Nagar. Neighboring the Brigade Millenium Apartments and L&T South city it spreads across two acres of an old orchard retaining the ancient fruit-bearing trees and landscaped gardens. Balan Farm convention center JP Nagar has over 10,000 sq ft of the tiled canopy without any walls blocking and it makes for a really good view. Customer Reviews : Address: 99/4, Nataraja Layout, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bengaluru 560078 HYATT MG ROAD: Hyatt a 5 Star hotels in Bangalore is located on MG Road. The guest rooms are colorful with a great view of the city, this makes it an ideal place for private ceremonies with 2300 sq ft of meeting and event space. The Hyatt MG road, Bangalore also has restaurants like the Pink Poppadom, Liquid Lounge, and Bar. Customer Reviews : Address: 1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, Someshwarpura, Ulsoor, Bengaluru 560008 BUNGALOW 7 Bungalow7 offers a unique setting for a wedding, pre-wedding and post-wedding functions. The place hosts a variety of public and private events all within a stunning heritage setting of central Bangalore. Customer Reviews : Address: 7, Hall Road, Richards Town, Bengaluru 560005 GAYATRI VIHAR MANTAPA: Gayatri Vihar is one of the most luxurious wedding halls situated on Palace ground. It boasts of a massive one lakh sq ft area which can easily accommodate up to 5000 guests. The ambiance of the place makes it ideal for community gatherings and private parties. Customer Reviews : Address: Jayamahal Palace Ground, Bengaluru 560080
    • My best friend is getting married with his long-term girlfriend next month. As a best friend, I want to give them the best present they would ever receive on their special day. I am planning to buy them plane tickets and book them for a one week trip abroad. However, I am torn between Ukraine ski trip and a tour to Lima, Peru. My best friend loves skiing and his future wife is a chef, so I presume she would want to experience a Peruvian taste. Now, I am confused. Which is which? I would appreciate it if you guys will leave a comment to help me out with this. Suggesting a way better idea which will accommodate the two activities for the soon-to-be wedded couple is a big help too. Thanks!    
    • Hello all!! I'm getting married next week. Every arrangement has been done by my sister for my special day. When I joined in an MNC I was troubled with severe headaches and as per my colleague's instruction, I took an appointment in a nearby eye clinic. And after an eye examination in Toronto, the eye specialist diagnosed hypermetropia in me. And the doctor prescribed eyeglasses for me. The doctor suggested me to wear eyeglasses during the working time. But I used to wear it sometimes not every day. Then I was troubled with severe eye strain and headache and mom was scolding me to wear eyeglasses every day. I thought of saying goodbye to eyeglasses forever. I'm planning for a Lasik eye surgery soon before my marriage. I don't know whether I'm eligible for Lasik eye surgery. I'm tensed about its recovery time and its complications. Can someone help me by sharing your views?  
    • In the 2017 bridal fashion week, many styles of wedding dresses were gradually popular. From serious bling to regal capes and fun and flirty short numbers, ByCouturier've got all the hottest wedding dress trends you need to know. Allover Sparkle
      Over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair. Perfect for evening nuptials under the stars, this trend is daring but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you're rocking a gown with lots of sparkle, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking.  Bold Ball Gowns
      If you're looking to make a dramatic entrance, a classic ball gown is for you—and we saw plenty of them. Take a cue from long, lace sleeves, or get glam with an embellished strapless bodice. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn heads.  Captivating Capes
      Not into veils? A full-length bridal cape or shorter capelet is the perfect alternative: It still adds movement to your gown, but feels fashion forward. Plus, this trend is an easy way to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change. Wear a cape or capelet for a more formal look during your ceremony, then whisk it away to hit the dance floor at your reception. Short, Sassy Dresses
      Whether you show off your legs (and a killer pair of heels) in an embellished mini or opt for a more conservative midi-length number, a wedding dress with a flirty hemline is a chic way to mix it up. Not willing to give up your dream ball gown? Change into a shorter frock to spice up your reception or after-party.  Plunging Necklines
      The deep V-neckline is a must-try for two reasons: It flatters your upper body (even if you're busty!) and elongates your frame. A plunging V with scalloped lace is ultra-feminine, while a sleek V plays up the inherently sexy vibe of a curve-skimming silhouette. Just make sure you have fashion tape handy the day of to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. 
      Skinny Straps
      We love this trend for two reasons: A gown with barely there straps has all of the sex appeal of a strapless neckline, plus added support. We call that a bridal fashion win. 
    • Hello all, 
      I am here to get some suggestions on the best places to go on a honeymoon. I am getting married by the end of next month. 
      I was thinking of Bali or Maldives. But just wanted to know other beautiful and romantic places. The wedding banquet hall is a gift from our parents. The hall they have booked for us is one of the best banquet halls in Vaughan I’ve ever seen... Other arrangements like the videographer, photographer, wedding dress, reception dress are all finalized. The next week we have the pre-wedding shoot. Also, I'll start sending the invitations the same week. So, it is going to be hectic and I don't have time to rest or look for some nice places. So, if anyone here could suggest some places would be a great help. 
      Let me know your suggestions. 
      Thanks in advance! 
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