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#131 snswedding2016

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 09:36 PM

Some updates...

 

I got a bunch of emails from my WC tonight at 10:30pm …I can't believe she was working that late tonight! She gave me some good news. The Terrace is available and confirmed for our wedding!!! Now I know what you're all thinking ….I just posted at the end of the last week about how I was feeling better about the beach ceremony situation. I do feel better about the beach and it was our initial idea for our ceremony venue but if I can have a guaranteed private ceremony and not have to pay extra …AND we have a beautiful view, I think I'm sold!! When I spoke to the other WC on the phone last week she said they were waiting on confirmation from the hotel about approval so I was really worried that they would reject it saying our group was too big. The more I see additional photos of the terrace I really do think that this is the perfect ceremony venue for us! It will be pretty simple in terms of decor as there is no gazebo or structure on the terrace which actually doesn't bother me or my fiancé. In fact we may save some money here because we won't be able to use the full decor package I requested (sheers and hanging corsages are useless now without a gazebo). My WC recommended added the decor items we want a la carte and I think it will end up being cheaper. I might even decide to bring some/make my own pomanders. @TinkerSofi I think you made your own right?? I have to go back through your thread and look for them! Now I just have to go through my decor list and see what I actually want to keep and what I can get rid of. 

 

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Excursion Day

 

We're are trying to organize an excursion day with our guests. Unfortunately we can't afford to pay for everyone but we do want to organize the event to make it nice and easy to book if our guests our interested. I think it would be fun to be able to do an excursion as a big group. Considering we have 8 kids in our group we wanted to pick an option that would be kid friendly but also fun for the adults. We've decided on Xcaret! There are a bunch of shows, animals cenotes, caves, an underground church…so much to see! http://www.xcaret.com

 

Over the weekend I spent some time comparing prices between a couple different tour operators as well as calling the park directly. Everyone was really helpful and the park gave me fairly competitive rates compared to the tour operators and the woman I spoke to is going to speak to her manager to see if she can get me a further discount for a larger group. We decided to go with just the basic park admission and not add the extras as I hear the food package isn't worth the package price and not everyone wants to go swimming with the dolphins. Now I'm trying to decide whether or not to add transportation in a package with the admissions price or to try and arrange for transportation on our own/through the hotel. I feel like we could save a lot of money if we got a bunch of taxis to take us there rather than added $25 USD to every person's admissions price. My TA is asking around as well with her connections to see if she can beat the prices. She also told me that's she's been with her family and loved it and that they are going back in Sept. So that's always a good sign.

 

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Bridesmaid dress

 

My cousin went for her David's Bridal appointment (in Edmonton) and has ordered her dress!! She sent me a pic of the swatches and I realized that Malibu and Capri definitely fit within our colour palette but Pool is a bit too green. In a lot of the images online it looked a lot more blue. I gave my girls a list of colours that would work from the David's site (as a reference) so it's good to know that one of them doesn't really fit. My bridesmaids in Toronto will not likely be buying their dresses from David's but they are using those swatches as a guideline.


Edited by snswedding2016, 02 June 2015 - 09:38 PM.

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#132 TinkerSofi

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 05:52 AM

I think the terrace would be great! I'm actually considering switching now that about 25% of our guests have cancelled :(. I don't know if it's worth paying the $1700 for 30 people. Who knows, I might be bluffing and might just keep it anyway hahah. 

 

I didn't make the pomanders. I got them from Michael's. I haven't seen them in a while. I had bought 4 and then thought I needed 2 more but they didn't bring any more. Turns out it was a good thing because I think 4 of them will be plenty :).  



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#133 jswllms

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    Posted 03 June 2015 - 08:40 AM

    I'm thinking of going with the terrace as well! I love the sky deck but $1800 for 30 mins is a lot


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    #134 snswedding2016

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    Posted 03 June 2015 - 08:45 AM

    @jswllms that is exactly how my fiance and I feel. It is gorgeous but I think the terrace is a great compromise especially since our group is smaller.  :)


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    #135 snswedding2016

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    Posted 17 June 2015 - 08:47 AM

    Not too much to report but here are a couple of updates...

     

    Centrepieces:

     

    So Sean loved my initial centrepiece demo except for the colour of the blue mat. He thought it was too blue and it reminded him of lego - lol (note: he LOVES lego, so why is this a problem? your guess is as good as mine). He was hoping for a softer blue and something that wouldn't be so harsh against the white table linens. After I let my ego calm down ( ;) ) I realized that I agreed with him and wanted to keep searching. I did some more hunting for options and found these great cloth napkins at Indigo. They had the blue we wanted and it has a mix of blue and white that will go nicely with the tables I think.

     

    Please ignore the huge creases, I didn't iron them before I did these demos. I also think we're going to fold them in a bit to make the surface area of the napkin smaller (see second photo). We tried it with its full size and Sean and I both agree that it looks like the centrepiece gets a little lost.

     

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    Original centrepiece demo (I definitely like the light blue and white napkins better...sigh, he was right)

     

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    I was at the mall on the weekend with our flower girl and we went into Claire's because that's what a 3 year old wants to do of course! When we went in, I found a flower girl wedding section that I had no idea existed. While the little miss was trying on everything in the store and collecting items in her purse (haha - we did put them all back eventually) I found the cutest flower girl robe!! It's a bit pricey, considering it is so tiny and it costs more than my bride's robe I got at Target. I'm hoping that there might be a sale.

     

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    Optional Excursion:

     

    My TA got back to me with prices through her contact for the Xcaret group excursion. We're looking at just the basic admission to the park but with transportation. I was able to talk to the park directly at get a price of $109.65/adult and $55/child (5-11). The price my TA got was close to what the park was offering but slightly higher $111/adult. Her contact is a guy she works with a lot at Lomas, which is the vendor we're using for our wedding at Azul Fives. While I didn't necessarily want to use Lomas (their prices tend to get over inflated rather quickly), I thought if they could price match to the what the park was offering than it would be worth while to keep it with the company through Azul Fives as well as I like that idea of using a contact that my TA trusts. Not that I don't trust the park but I feel more comfortable knowing that he wants to maintain a good relationship with my TA as she sends him a lot of business. I contacted him yesterday, within minutes he responded to my email and price matched to the prices of the park. The adults were slightly cheaper than the park and the child prices were a couple of dollars more. Most of our kids in our wedding are under 5 so that works out. I also really like that we'll be getting private transportation in a mini bus for just our group. We can also set our own pick up and drop off times. Now the trick is to get numbers. I need a minimum of 10 people, which I don't think will be a problem but I don't want fully commit until I know. Last night I sent out an email to all of our guests inviting them to the optional excursion and also setting up an event on our wedding facebook group. So far I'm very happy with how this is all working out. Hopefully we'll get enough people who are interested!

     

     

     


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    #136 Meandhim

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    Posted 17 June 2015 - 08:52 AM

    @snswedding2016

     

    Just doing a  little catch up...terrace is beautiful!! and that excursion looks awesome! I was thinking of doing the same thing...planning a group excursion, I wish I could afford to pay for it. I have 2 kids (both under 2) and 2 seniors with limited mobility so I haven't found anything yet. 


    Claire's has a flower girl section?? Which mall?


    Love the centrepeices! I Like both the Mat and the napkin!


     
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    #137 snswedding2016

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    Posted 17 June 2015 - 08:55 AM

    @Meandhim we're in the same boat. I wish we could pay for a group excursion for our guests but it it simply isn't in the budget especially since we're covering the costs of the our parents trips. Let me know if you want more info on Xcaret. It looks really fun. One of our kids in our group has mobility issues as well and over 50% of the park is wheelchair accessible, so that's a huge plus! :)  

     

    I'm super excited about the terrace now!! I just want to go and see it!

     

    The Claire's with the flower girl section was at Markville Mall - I'm not usually up there so it was a total fluke I found it. I'm not sure if all Claire's has that section. They also have a ton of cute flower crowns, signs for your flower girl to carry, baskets, wands etc!


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    #138 Meandhim

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    Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:00 AM

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    We are going to be in Punta Cana, DR so I dont think that excursion will work for my group,  but it looks so awesome! I wish it was in Punta Cana!! I going to have to check out some claire's stores!


     
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    #139 snswedding2016

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    Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:04 AM

    @Meandhim oh right - sorry!! I totally forgot for a second...


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    #140 acw271011

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    Posted 17 June 2015 - 10:24 AM

    @snswedding2016  You're so organized!!! Things are really coming together! I like your choice of colours from the david's site even if they aren't actually getting them from there. The way they put the swatches together is just so helpful. That's where I picked my colours from.

     

    The Xacaret idea is a good one and I just may look into something like that as well. We're a super small group so no group rates here unfortunately. Doubt they would do anything for 6 people but I still think it would be worth a day trip to go.

     

    The robe is adorable!! She's going to feel like a "big girl" like everyone else!


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