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#171 calgarybride2015

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 05:03 AM

I was just talking to a friend over the weekend about this and telling him that I'm already stressing out about spending time with everyone. He said that when he traveled back home to Guatemala he had this long list of people he wanted to see. He said for some he only had about 15 minutes, but he made sure to have a one on one with them and they were super appreciative of it, not matter how long it was. That made me think that maybe we're too hard on ourselves and literally expect the impossible (which is to spend a lot of time with each guest) but people will be happy to get your full attention even if it's for a short period of time. Everyone I've talked to says the same thing, they know it's a very busy week for you and you're trying your best :).

@veryvalentine that turned out really well! Good job :)

The tough part is, is that some people you just won't see. We had people literally go off and do their own thing every day! They treated it like their own vacation - as they should - but that means we only saw them in passing. Ie - husbands brother and sister in law. So while we got to speak to everyone at some point, some we just didn't get to spend time with. We always made sure to talk to everyone as we saw them though. Also people realize it's your wedding and know you are busy -- we had people not ask much of us because they thought this. While true on the wedding day, not so much for the week. Unfortunately we also had the drama girl and people avoiding us because of her (haha wish they knew we were avoiding her too :( )I have no regrets about the week as we did the best we could given people were all over - some people left the resort daily!! But I do feel bad about the wedding reception itself. But I guess that's why the week long trips are great. You have 8 days to talk not just 8 hours :) ack!!! Just do the best you can.


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Edited by calgarybride2015, 01 April 2015 - 05:04 AM.

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#172 veryvalentine

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 05:54 AM

@calgarybride2015   I'm sure your guests were totally fine with it!  I have been on the other side of a destination wedding where I was the guest.  I didn't monopolize the bride's time as I knew she was super busy and had a lot of other people to visit with.  The Bride and Groom made dinner reservations with different guests during the week.  They tried to do group dinners with a few couples to visit with as many people as possible.  I'm going to try to do that with our dinners.  Breakfast and lunch are less predictable.  We have room service so I may not bother to leave the room.  lol 

 

We are also staying for 10 days so we will meet with our WC the few days that we arrive early and get all our errands done in those days so when people do arrive we will be more chilled out and prepared.


Edited by veryvalentine, 01 April 2015 - 05:55 AM.


 
 
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#173 TinkerSofi

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 06:50 AM

@calgarybride2015 I'm sure that for those who spent the whole week out of the resort they understand that there's not much more you could do. 

 

I've been to weddings where the bride and groom just went around and asked us if we were enjoying ourselves but that's it. Maybe we spent a minute with them, and everyone in our table. Then we had a blast on the dancefloor. I didn't see that as bad at all or that they weren't trying hard enough. I also understand that they want to enjoy their wedding instead of stressing out about how much time they spent with guests haha. I'm sure you did fine and guests are happy with how you handled things.  



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#174 veryvalentine

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 07:01 AM

Flower Crown

 

 

This was such a fun DIY project.  I've been meaning to have an excuse to make one and wear one for a while. 

I bought way too many supplies for this project.  Initially I spent about $40 but I'm going to return about half of the flowers I bought so it probably cost me about $20 and I still have left over materials to use to make other crowns.  I will probably make one for the flower girl and maybe the other bridesmaids.  Not sure as they are a little time consuming.  They would make for awesome pictures though.  Just not sure if everyone would want to wear them.

 

 

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#175 snswedding2016

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 08:20 AM

@veryvalentine your flower crown is beautiful!!! Did you find any particular tutorials more helpful than others? 


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#176 veryvalentine

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 09:26 AM

thank you @snswedding2016     :D

 

 I love it too!  It is so easy to make and so fun!  I looked at so many different tutorials.  I didn't use a glue gun.  I just felt like it wouldn't hold up.  I used a combination of different ways to wire the flowers but I found this one helped me out the most.

 

 

Good luck with the project if you end up doing it.  We should start a flower crown business when we are done with our weddings!  lol  @perianjay



 
 
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#177 beckys98

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 09:54 AM

Ah! This is the ONE thing I've started having nightmares about. For us, everyone is arriving and leaving on different days, and the majority are only staying 4 nights, some only 2-3 nights. So I KNOW there are some people we'll hardly spend any time with and the trip is going to go by SO fast. And I worry I won't even spend any time with my fiance if we aren't careful!

 

Our wedding is on a Thursday and Friday is the ONLY day every one is there, so I'm informally promoting the idea that everyone meeting at the pool bar in the late morning and hoping we all hang out together all day. My sister got married in Mexico and did this the day after her wedding and it was SO FUN to have everyone all in one spot all day. The best part of the trip.

 

I was just talking to a friend over the weekend about this and telling him that I'm already stressing out about spending time with everyone. He said that when he traveled back home to Guatemala he had this long list of people he wanted to see. He said for some he only had about 15 minutes, but he made sure to have a one on one with them and they were super appreciative of it, not matter how long it was. That made me think that maybe we're too hard on ourselves and literally expect the impossible (which is to spend a lot of time with each guest) but people will be happy to get your full attention even if it's for a short period of time. Everyone I've talked to says the same thing, they know it's a very busy week for you and you're trying your best :)

 

@veryvalentine that turned out really well! Good job :)



#178 pjay

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 10:02 AM

Agreed!! We can make an Etsy store ;)


 

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#179 TinkerSofi

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 10:07 AM

@perianjay you guys should! haha 



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#180 veryvalentine

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 10:09 AM

That's a great idea- pool day the day after the wedding.   We have the same issue where people will be arriving on different days as well and some will be staying for different durations. 

 

We are putting together a week program and probably going to include some activities that people can do so that we all do hangout at least once outside of the wedding.  Our wedding is on a Saturday and we were thinking of doing a Tulum day trip for those who are interested. 

 

We were also thinking of doing a pool day either the day before the wedding or day after. 

 

I think that we have to trust in our friends in and family that they will be understanding and that our bridal party will help with making everyone feel part of the group as well.  We have already asked that our bridal party make small talk with our guests if they run into them and just check up on people if they happen to see them.  It's the little things that make a group really gel!

 

@beckys98


Edited by veryvalentine, 01 April 2015 - 10:10 AM.


 
 
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