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I was just thinking about wedding stuff and thought about being able to contact the other guests while at the resort! I think our resort only includes free wifi in the lobby but not in the rooms. How do you all plan on being able to contact the guests while on the resort? I don't think everyone will have an international plan, although me and my fiancee were thinking of getting one just for the wedding. 

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We have wi-fi if you pay for it (about $38 for the week) but reviews make it sound like it's only at it's best in the lobby!  It's a 5* and I've stayed at lower stars with wi-fi everywhere for free.. sigh.. none the less! I don't think anyone will use their phone as the packages aren't great with Canadian companies (or they weren't, I haven't looked recently).... so I plan to give everyone a list of our guests names at our welcome party, so they can get room numbers for everyone.  I am assuming it will go a little like this 'hey want to meet for breakfast at 9am?' or 'hey meet you at the pool around 10, can you save us a chair?'   

 

I am really curious to hear from past brides as to how it all went down!  We are at a larger resort so it won't be as easy to just run into them.

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At my best friend's destination wedding we all brought walkie talkies! They worked amazing and I intend on telling my guests to bring some if they have :)

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Great question - my sister got married in Mexico last year at a medium sized resort. The wi-fi was spotty and I certainly didn't want to be carrying my phone around to the pool and beach anyway - I pretty much left it in the safe the whole trip. People generally congregated at the buffet for breakfast and then at the swim-up bar during the day. It ended up being fine. I'm definitely thinking of giving people a bracelet or some marker so people will know they are part of the same group when they run into each other.

 

I do think it is a great idea to make a list of guests and their room numbers. We thought of this for my sister's wedding, but it proved sort of challenging with people arriving at all different times and days - and the resort didn't assign room numbers until you check in. So some people might have been there for 2-3 days when others were arriving so the list would be changing a lot.

 

It sounds like the Canadians on here might have an easier time if you have everyone arriving on the same charter! That sounds so awesome, but not feasible for my guests coming from all over the US.

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Walkie talkies for sure,., if you have a welcome event include a sheet for your guests to record other room numbers and biggest tip would be to ask the onsite wedding coordinators to honor free wifi for your parents and bridal party. This should be easily negotiated for larger groups- and is something that front cost the hotel anything to provide as an "upgrade". It's common when doing group bookings for business travel at places like this/ and it's no different with larger wedding parties.

 

 

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Walkie talkies for sure,., if you have a welcome event include a sheet for your guests to record other room numbers and biggest tip would be to ask the onsite wedding coordinators to honor free wifi for your parents and bridal party. This should be easily negotiated for larger groups- and is something that front cost the hotel anything to provide as an "upgrade". It's common when doing group bookings for business travel at places like this/ and it's no different with larger wedding parties.

 

 

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Thanks for the suggestion.

When do you think I should ask?  When I have my physical wedding coordinator, or just when I get there?

Right now I have a lady answering emails lol

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I would ask when you have your local onsite wedding coordinator... Or have your TA negotiate it for you if they have a good relationship at the hotel.

 

 

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I would ask when you have your local onsite wedding coordinator... Or have your TA negotiate it for you if they have a good relationship at the hotel.

 

 

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She only got me the initial info, I have done the rest myself.

So I will wait for my actual wedding coordinator who will be with me on the day of my wedding!

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On our wedding website and in wedding newsletter we are sending two weeks before we go we suggest downloading "Viber" app which gives free texts and calls without having to get international plan....just wifi. The week's package is cheaper than a month of international calling plan. Also, each wifi plan at hotel you can add up to five devices so people are pairing together to split.

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We got free wifi in the lobby and our rooms!! We just called each other from our hotel rooms (which was free). We always had a plan though so we would tell each other where/when to meet next at our last meet up!!

 

 

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