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#131 calgarybride2015

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 08:31 PM

Thankfully everything with AC worked out. I know the feeling 100% and in the end I much preferred our flight details too, but doesn't relieve much stress until it's all over.  We also got lucky I was a bit anal and on my TA because there was another wedding on our flight too. I got some added perks she didn't by changing our flight asap when it was cancelled and advocating for us to the TA to fight fight fight!

 

I also agree on ordering your online stuff soon too.  Once we hit October I stopped buying stuff online from the USA or abroad. I was too nervous. While generally it came in 3-4 weeks, I just knew that holidays and the like it wasn't worth risking.   Vistraprint uses a courier not Canada Post so you shouldn't have an issue with them.

 

Good luck, your wedding date will be here in no time.


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#132 Smellsey

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 07:12 AM

So happy to hear that everything worked out for you with AC!!! :) That can sometimes be the most stressful part xo.

 

I am just 6 months out and I can honestly tell you I haven't done much lol. I should get on it !:)



#133 Meandhim

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 07:23 AM

@Meandhim you're getting so close to your big day!!! Can't believe your legal ceremony is coming up - how exciting!! So glad there is a silver lining to the whole AC situation!! Glad it all worked out for the best!

 

Thanks I'm so glad too!!!

 

 

@Meandhim            aww i'm glad your flight changed worked in your favour.  I had a similar situation and it worked out in our favour as well.

 

I would definitely suggest getting all your online shopping done now.  It seems far out but it's not.  I had an issue with a vendor and the item that I ordered arrived the day I was leaving and they sent me the wrong item so I definitely wasn't able to resolve that one. I ordered a lot of items a month before our departure date and i was really surprised to see how many things just barely arrived.  it gave me a lot of unnecessary stress and a lot of stalking the postman.

 

yay november!!   :)

 

Making my list today....going to order most things before I go on Vacation...hopefully nothing comes while I'm away!

 

Things left to order:

  • Sunglasses
  • Tide Travel packs
  • Cake Topper
  • Vistaprint Stuff (bags, Postcards, etc)

So not a lot of important things

 

Wow - the fact that you're doing a countdown like that and I'm just a couple of weeks before you? Yikes! Thank goodness it isn't our wedding... otherwise I'd be really freaking out! lol  My only glitch - we still don't know where we're staying! I think the decision is made "in mind" but we haven't actually booked and I'm thinking that will change next week. We're going on vacation too next Friday and I'm sort of thinking I would like to book the resort before we go. Then nothing to worry about when we get back!

 

I hope you're going to do pictures for the legal!! Absolutely want to see them!! It will all work out just as your flights worked out in the end. The angels are blowing you good luck kisses!!

 

I'm not doing professional pictures for the legal ceremony...I'm not even dressing up really. I'm wearing a sun dress I already own and I'm only wearing that because I know my Nan will want a Picture..lol. I'll bring my DSLR and have my Mom take some pictures I guess...lol. Trying to keep this part low key and non existent...hahaha

 

Thankfully everything with AC worked out. I know the feeling 100% and in the end I much preferred our flight details too, but doesn't relieve much stress until it's all over.  We also got lucky I was a bit anal and on my TA because there was another wedding on our flight too. I got some added perks she didn't by changing our flight asap when it was cancelled and advocating for us to the TA to fight fight fight!

 

I also agree on ordering your online stuff soon too.  Once we hit October I stopped buying stuff online from the USA or abroad. I was too nervous. While generally it came in 3-4 weeks, I just knew that holidays and the like it wasn't worth risking.   Vistraprint uses a courier not Canada Post so you shouldn't have an issue with them.

 

Good luck, your wedding date will be here in no time.

 

I remember you saying how on your TA you were so I did the same thing and I so glad I did! I'm going to take everyone's advice and start ordering now instead of waiting...better safe than sorry! thankfully I don't have a lot left to get.

 

 

 

 

So happy to hear that everything worked out for you with AC!!!  :) That can sometimes be the most stressful part xo.

 

I am just 6 months out and I can honestly tell you I haven't done much lol. I should get on it ! :)

 

Don't leave it like I did!! Get on it...even if it just making lists...I started out so organized and then things just became a mess...such is life I guess!


 
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#134 yycbride2016

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 08:36 AM

@Meandhim

I finally got a chance to sit down and go through your planning thread! It’s so great! I’m sorry you had so many issues getting the dates, etc. What a bummer and stressful experience that must have been. Now I’m hoping it won’t happen to me haha.

 

Your engagement story is actually quite cute! I love that it was still a surprise for you and bonus, you got to pick your own ring! That’s awesome. And it’s gorgeous too btw!

 

I love the favors as message in a bottle. I’m doing that as my guest book. But I was thinking of having the tiny bottles from the dollarama as my place cards for seating. They are so cute!

 

Your dresses are also super pretty! I think they will look so elegant on the beach with your colors and theme. Having a second dress is so cool! And your reception dress is really fun and flirty! Love it!

 

How did 21 day fix go? My goal is to lose 10lbs in 7 months haha. For some reason this past year I’ve been out of my regular groove and put on 10 lbs. This is so frustrating. I have the 21 day fix containers (from Insanity Max 30), I just haven’t ever been really diligent using them. I can’t see to find the discipline with them. I love them though. They make it so much easier than guessing.

 

Good luck with your legal ceremony! Can’t wait to read more


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#135 Meandhim

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 10:50 AM

@yycbride2016

 

Thanks for all the lovely compliments! I'm sure none of those things will happen to you...but if they do let me tell you first hand you will get through it :) I seem to have the worst luck but I'm still on track! lol! Best advice that I've gotten from everyone here is not to sweat it...whatever happens is going to happen so just roll with it...do your best and move on..don't let it get you down. You are currently on the best support network ever, if you have a question or just need to vent,  these ladies are awesome!  

 

The message in the bottle as a place card would be fun!! The 21Day Fix is working for me...so far...I'm only on day 12..down 7lbs...I waiting til the full 21 days to do Inches. I'm not really being strict with it yet...Someday's I'm over my container amount or I miss a workout...It's my first round of it so I didn't want to be too rigid right away...easing into it. I'll get more strict in Aug. I would like to lose 10 more...I've been so stressed out with this stuff I haven't lost my winter weight like I usually do so I'm feeling frumpy..blah! I think you could easily lose your 10 with the 21 day fix especially with the time you have!


 
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#136 kcole123

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 06:58 AM

@Meandhim

 

I am so glad you got everything sorted out with Air Canada. Imagine won't be long now and you will be flying down for your wedding. You must be getting so excited. I remember the hard times you have had throughout your whole planning process and it's all coming together so nicely now. Can't wait to see some pictures of when you go home (Assuming you will be posting some of course).


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#137 diadiamond

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 11:34 AM

@TinkerSofi You totally took the words out of my mouth when you said "I realize that every time I check one thing off my list, another 5 come up"  that's how I feel right now with less than 2 months till we leave! 


@Meandhim OMG I'm so sorry to hear about your situation!  I can't imagine what you're feeling right now.  Hopefully it all gets resolved and everything works out for the best.


I'm really happy to hear that everything worked out with AC.  I haven't been on your thread in a while, so I was just doing some catching up.  I can't wait to see more from you.



 
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#138 Meandhim

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 09:41 AM

Legal Wedding  - Done (and boy is that a story!)

 

3 Months, 1 week and 3 days til we leave for Punta Cana

 

3 Months & 2 weeks til the Wedding Day!

 

I have Just returned from my 2 week Vacay in NL and it was awesome but of course with my luck nothing comes without trouble..lol! I think I mentioned in a previous post that we were planning on doing our legal marriage in NL. Our flight was a Friday night and we had planned to get married at 5pm on Saturday and leave to drive up the coast on Sunday. Here's how my trip actually went...

 

Friday night we arrive at the airport right on time, check our bags, go through security, and find our gate...at this point I'm super excited! Not 1 min later our flight is cancelled!! Yup...CANCELLED! 

 

AC had be cancelling flights all that week to St. John's because of runway 

construction but was finished on Wednesday and everything had gotten through since but of course my flight...the last flight on Friday night..was cancelled due to FOG! ha!

 

At this point we in the AC customer service line up with a ton of other people trying to figure out what to do and the lady shouts out "I cannot reschedule you here you have to call the 1-800 number or use the courtesy phones". The number she gave everyone was out of service, I know right!?...but I was able to get through on the courtesy phone and reschedule for the earliest flight available Monday at 11pm...WTF?!

 

Ok! Time to pull the wedding card and bring on the water works! I was not leaving the airport until some got me another solution! I found a manager explained our situation though a great amount of sobbing and she went off to see what she could do.

 

She came back and said "I can get you on a flight to Moncton tonight and you can drive from there!" At first I thought she was kidding! Did she not know that NL is an Island? If I did take the flight and drive I would arrive approx 6hrs after my rescheduled flight. @kcole123 you know how ridiculous that is!

 

We accepted defeat and went home...UGH! I called my cousin who works at Air Canada Jazz for the best advice and she told me to go in for standby early in the morning & call them every hour to see if they have put an extra plane on to accommodate the flights cancelled that night. She also advised that we would might make it but our luggage may not. I had some special Steaks in my suit case for the BBQ we were going to have and I put them back in our freezer. I also took out the Bridesmaid dress I had for my friend to take carry on...I felt like I needed to have a dress in my hand to be totally convincing. 

 

After spending my night calling Air Canada I woke my FI up at 3am to go back to the airport to check in for Standby. once we were checked in I went to the gate right away and started bawling and waving my Davids Bridal bag!

 

Even though I was first in the standby list I didn't get on that flight because they had over sold the plane! They then sent me down to the Customer Service  where I had gone the night before and they were then able to rebook me on a flight to Montreal and then to NL!! Why they couldn't do that the night before I'll never know!

 

We arrived in St. John's without our luggage of course and we high tailed it to my parent house 2 hours drive away! We got there with 10 mins to spare! Long enough to brush our teeth..haha! We ended up getting married in 2 day old clothes, no shower, in the living room because it was too cold outside! So there are no pictures...but it's a great story...now that it all over I find it pretty funny!

 

We ended up have our luggage sent to Deer Lake and picked it up on our way up the coast the next day :)

 

Other that the little glitch trying to get home and the freezing fall like weather while I was there my trip was awesome! 


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#139 pjay

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 10:06 AM

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my gosh.. I can't believe that.. WHAT A STORY! I would have been so upset and frustrated. I'm glad you were able to make it in time and it's definitely a story you will remember :)


 

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#140 deecol

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 10:47 AM

ahhhh what a crazy story!  It sounds like a movie!

 

I'm so happy everything worked out in the end, that will definitely be a memory you will never forget and can tell the grandkids!



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