It's all Over!
Well I'm back and I wish I was still there! I had the best time and married the Love of my life!! Here's what happened:
Day Before Departure:
Two of my Bridesmaids & their husbands, my Brother & his gf, and one of Marks friends & his gf arrived a day early. AC had put them up in a hotel by the airport for free because of the earlier trouble they gave me. We decided to stay out there with them. For the girls who live just outside of TO the holiday inn has great Park and travel deal...other hotels must have this too...you stay one night and park your car for 8 days...came to $160 including taxes which was the same as parking at the airport for that long...plus we did have to get up early
Day 1: Arrival
First class plane ride....so worth it! We got a checked luggage allowance of 2-70lbs bags per person which was more than enough so we didn't need to pay extra for baggage to get our wedding stuff there. Plus we got to load the plane first and got see all our excited guest board the plane. The food was actually really good and tons of snacks and drinks. They made an announcement about our seats " Couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary"...lol...they must of gotten it mixed up with another flight.
The Punta Cana Airport was crazy...people getting off the back of the plane got a little separated from the group and ended up in the wrong line but we got them to the right place eventually. Thankfully almost everyone used our luggage tags and I start hauling off our luggage and making a pile to make it faster once they all got though customs. My pile also kept the luggage guys off our luggage. We got directed though to a special bus just for us had a big sign that said "Sherry & Marks Wedding"...lol...they used the wrong name for me all week but I didn't care.
Check in was a breeze...but this is also where some of the bumps started...lol. They had a special table set up for our group...this time the sign said the Henddderson wedding...spelled my name wrong and left off the hubby's name completely...oh well...but that did turn into the running joke of the week...it was actually pretty funny. Make sure if you have first time all-Inclusive travellers with you that you mention how important it is to print all your travel Itineraries and hotel vouchers...they don't accept things on mobile phones there. We had two people who didn't think to print it but we got that straightened out. This is also where the FI's mom lost her mind..just before check in she realised she left her dress for the wedding at home. This a a dress that the Fi's Sister who passed away had helped her pick out. Between all the crying we did manage to get her checked in.
They gave us a upgraded room in the newest building....very nice...the only downside was it was at the opposite side of the resort from everyone else. looking back on it now I think I would of preferred to be close to everyone rather than get an upgrade...we wasted a lot of time getting back and forth from out room (10min walk, 1 way, from everyone else). Me and one of the other girls assembled the wedding welcome bags...everyone loved them...I noticed people using the bags all week, as well as the sunglasses and first aid kits.
Day 2 Bachelorette Party