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#151 snswedding2016

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 08:48 PM

@calgarybride2015 I was so happy we could both drop everything for a surprise date night! It was great! 

 

It's so true about the flower girl dresses vs. the ring bearer outfit. I had fun picking out the ring bearer outfit but once I made my decision I haven't kept looking. I'm still looking at the cute dresses they have right now - I really hope I don't end up buying a 3rd dress. haha!

 

I was actually thinking about doing little bios or at least the connection to the couple and a fun fact for each guest to put in the OOT bags. I figure this will help connect everyone together the week of. When I went to my cousin's DW a few years ago I met my cousin's wife's brothers named Brad and Chad…I kept getting them mixed up all week. I think a little blurb would have helped me separate them in my mind. 


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#152 TinkerSofi

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 04:36 PM

That is so adorable that your niece thought it was an Elsa dress, you definitely know you picked the right one ;)



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#153 vancouverpetunia

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 09:04 PM

OMG your flower girl dresses are so cute. I may have to find myself a flower girl  :)


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#154 mlklovestory716

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 06:43 AM

OMG I absolutely love your planning thread!! Loving the blue ombre concept! GORGEOUS!! Everything is turning out AMAZING!! You are super talented!! Keep up the awesome work.

 

I too I'm interested in Azul Fives but,  the hotel stay may be expensive for our guests. We've been working with destinationweddings.com and have been advised the hotel room (flight not included) will be $847/pp for 3 days. I'm not sure if this is a good deal.  I'm in love with the ceremony and wedding location options at this property but I do want to consider my guests pockets. The Sky Terrace looks amazing but $1700 is pretty steep. She had also pitched Hard Rock Riveria Maya but I'm nervous with this property this is currently at $697/pp (flight not included). There aren't many references of previous weddings and the reviews I've read are mixed.

 

 

 

Do you have suggestions/comments working with Azul?



#155 snswedding2016

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 07:18 AM

@mlklovestory716 Thank you so much!! It feels good to get back in the swing of planning. I feel like I've been on a break for a while. 

 

Some of the American brides who have had their wedding at Azul Fives might have a better perspective than me. It's hard because I think generally the American trip prices are more expensive than the Canadians, that being said we do get less perks in terms of free events etc for the actual wedding. Our quote for January was $1630 (Canadian) for 7 days, flight included. How much are flights to Mexico from Florida? 

 

Also keep in mind if you like the Sky Terrace I posted in my thread, that is free of charge. It is much smaller though than the Sky Deck which is the one that costs $1700. 

 

As for dealing with Azul Fives/Karisma - it can be challenging for sure at times. Be prepared to wait for responses, it really depends on who you get as your wedding coordinator. My first WC was fantastic at getting back to me right away but then she went on maternity leave. I'm now working with a different WC who has been much slower but was the one to approve the terrace for me (when I was originally told I couldn't book it). Be persistent - if you don't get the answer you want and it is very important to you and you think you are justified in getting it, don't be hesitant to ask again. I did that and it ended up working out for the best. Working with Lomas (Karisma's vendor) is very expensive but there are great resources on this site on who to bring your own decor to save money or to rent it form Katy HK from Love and Lace. I also really like that Karisma has an online wedding builder where you get to log into your own profile and double check everything that you have set so far for your wedding. I know some resorts don't offer that and only rely on email communication. I also love that you can start planning right away, again I know a lot of resorts won't let you make your choices until much closer to the date. I'm a crazy planner (as you can tell) haha - so I loved being able to make all my choices up front!

 

I hope this helps a bit! Let me know if you have any other questions.


....just saw my ticker....ahhh!!! officially less than 6 months!!!! :D  :blink:  :D


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#156 TinkerSofi

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 09:27 AM

@mlklovestory716

 

@snswedding2016 I think what you said is right on the money. For us, AF was a little more on the expensive side for guests, but I don't regret it. I've only heard amazing things from people who have gone, including random people that I barely knew! When I told them we'd be staying at that hotel they would say that they had been there and it was an amazing stay. 

 

Just for the wedding, we paid between $5000 and $6000 USD, which I thought was very reasonable. We upgraded to the sky deck, so that's including the $1700 and the $250 per table to include their decor. I know the prices have gone up a little bit since we booked in 2014, but it gives you an idea that it is possible to have a cost effective wedding at this resort. At times it really doesn't seem like it, as snswedding mentioned, Lomas likes to charge a lot for things, but at least there's ways around it in most cases. 

 

It does really come down to whether you can get a good quote or not. I'd try asking different travel agencies if they can find you a quote. Wright Travel (the sort of owners of this site) always have great deals going on, and I know they work closely with this hotel. Also, if you're not picky about your date, you can play around with different dates and see what comes out as the best price and go from there. Your best resource is definitely a good TA. Ask if there are other recommended hotels with similar venues.

 

Another hotel that has an amazing terrace is Beach Palace in Cancun. We did a site visit there and it was gorgeous, but when we got quotes it was quite a bit more expensive than AF, which is why we booked where we did. I definitely wanted a terrace :). It's also worth checking that out, as the prices are probably not always more expensive. 

 

I hope that helps! 



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#157 acw271011

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 08:05 PM

@snswedding2016  Elsa and Frozen will win everytime! Two of my granddaughters are hooked! My daughter keeps saying if she hears "Let it Go" one more time she'll scream!! lol  We have video of both of them dancing to the song, but the younger one is just 3. She just follows her sister and just mumbles the words until you get to "let it go", then she just belts it out! It's hilarious but they're both the same - dressing up like Elsa and Anna overides everything!

 

@mlklovestory716  The ladies have given you some excellent advice! I'll add to that and absolutely recommend Wright Travel. Tammy is the owner and administrator of the site and is also a destination bride. Wright Travel have won awards for excellence through Karisma resorts and are a Diamond Level 5 GI certified agent. You can contact them here:

 

https://www.wrighttr...&keyword=BDWWTA

 

Good luck and happy planning!


I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015

 

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/78874-acw271011-so-this-is-not-a-planning-thread-but/

 

 

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#158 snswedding2016

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 08:44 PM

@acw271011 haha my niece is the same, she's also only 3 and gets little words here and there and then just belts out the chorus. It's pretty cute! I was babysitting the other day and of course we watched it and when we were done I asked her what she wanted to watch next while we played with play-doh, to which she replied without hesitation "Frozen AGAIN!!!" - lol! Although for a while, anytime she came over she would only want to watch happy feet - I've seen 1 and 2 more times that I would like to admit. 


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#159 acw271011

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 06:35 PM

Oh I love Happy Feet!! Both of them!! lol  I love Pink so her song from 2 is great! I have Frozen too and Doug just shakes his head when I watch it lol


I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015

 

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/78874-acw271011-so-this-is-not-a-planning-thread-but/

 

 

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#160 snswedding2016

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:30 PM

Updates

 

Decor - I wasn't intentionally looking for new decor items but I was in a party store wandering around waiting for a friend and stumbled upon an entire blue section and there were a couple of things that I just couldn't pass up.

 

I've been looking for those paper striped straws for the kids glasses - I thought they would be a fun addition. I kept finding options that were either not the right colour (ie. navy - just a bit too dark for our palette) or too expensive for not the perfect colour (ie. grey - our accent colour). Well this weekend I found the perfect light blue straws and there $2/pack. 

 

I also found light blue cocktail napkins - so not necessary but I thought I could use our personalized stamp that says "Thanks for being a part of love story! xoxo Steph & Sean" to stamp them and have them by the walk up bar during the reception.

 

There was also a big role of light blue tulle that I might cut to the right length and use for chair sashes. 

 

Lastly I found some blue trays at home sense that I'll find a use for. haha! They were blue and cute and two for $7 so I couldn't pass it up. I might use them for the escort cards or favours. 

 

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Jewellery - I was debating for a while on what I wanted for a necklace. I'm not a big jewellery wearer so I wanted something that felt natural on me and didn't look too over the top. I decided on wearing the necklace Sean got me a couple of years ago fro Christmas, that I tragically lost  :( but then he had remade and used as the decoy gift when he proposed! :D  It feels right, it is something that is so sentimental to me and us and now so connected to the wedding. I love it and it makes me so happy thinking about wearing it on our big day so I know that this is the perfect choice! 

 

I'm going to get a thinner chain for the wedding day. I have a fairly thick chain on it now with an intense clasp mainly because it was clasp that came loose the first time when I lost it so I'm pretty careful with it now. 

 

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The back - excuse the slightly blurry pic…I was trying to get the inscription in focus without the reflection getting in the way. It says "To The Moon My Love" …with moon spelt in our silly way of saying it (I know cheesy, but I love it!)

 

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Accommodations - Sean's brother decided to upgrade to the 1 bedroom and it got me thinking about whether or not we should upgrade as well. We're hoping for the upgrade to the sky suite but I heard they only upgrade you one category level so we initially booked a deluxe pool view room so the next upgrade if we got the free one would be to the 1 bedroom. We thought if the price isn't too much upgrading to the 1 bedroom would be good because if we get the free upgrade we would get a sky suite and if not we would still have the extra space to have some of guests over to party throughout the week. We paid $230 total to upgrade for the two of us so I'm pretty happy with that!

 

Honeymoon - We've been making payments in chunks to our TA so that it doesn't all happen in the fall when it is all due at once. We've now officially paid off our honeymoon!!! Woohoo!! That feels good - now onto the next thing...

 

Sky Terrace - I finally got the dimension of the terrace back from my WC. To her credit she has checked in with me several times to apologize for the delay and let me know that she even went to her manager because the hotel was taking too long to get me a response and that was unacceptable. I really did appreciate her following up with me even when she didn't have the info. 

 

Here it is for those who may be interested. I know some of you have been asking me to post this when I received it. I'll post it in the main Azul Fives Brides thread as well.

 

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Bridal Shower - my maids of honour have been asking me about potential dates and for a guest list so they're starting to plan my shower, which is kind of exciting. I know a lot of my guests won't be able to be there but there are a lot of people who aren't able to attend who have been asking about it so that they can celebrate with me. It will be nice especially for my cousin who was supposed to be a bridesmaid but found out in Feb that she's expecting.  

 

Second Engagement Shoot - I mentioned in an earlier post that a photographer friend randomly messaged me on Facebook offering gift us a photo shoot! I'm excited to have some summer photos to go with our first session that was in the winter (although you can't tell since we're inside). I'm also happy to have another chance as I wasn't particularly happy with my body at that time. I still really like our photos but I just feel better and healthier now so I'm happy we get a second go of it. 

 

We were toying with several ideas including going back to our engagement spot but that's a 4 hour drive!! yikes!  Nothing else was really speaking to me. I wanted something a bit different and we already did the urban city kind of look but I didn't want to just pick a random field or beach. After much searching I stumbled upon Terre Bleu a lavender farm just outside of the city. It is gorgeous and I'm super excited about this idea. I told my friend and she fell in love with the idea instantly as well. We're just trying to figure out dates and organizing getting the permit. I didn't want to necessarily have to pay somewhere to get a permit but I feel like the location is worth it and the photos are free. 

 

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Last minute trip - Sean's going away for a short boys trip at the beginning of Aug and I thought I should go away too!! haha! So I booked a trip pretty much on a whim to NYC in Aug!!! I'm super excited! I love New York and it's a bonus that a really good friend of mine is living there now with her new husband. She just got married last month and can't really leave for a while so it will be nice to spend a couple of days with her. I was also able to get in on that porter sale they were having last week! 

 

It's been a rough couple of weeks with Sean working such long hours and then it hit us that we haven't taken a vacation in a year! We've had a lot of people visit us this year which has been nice but we're really itching to get away. Then I realized that this is what the next couple of months looks like for us:

 

Aug: separate trips - Sean's going to Ottawa/Montreal and I'm going to NYC & mini trip to Niagara on the Lake (wedding)

Sept: BDR to Azul Fives

Oct: PEI (family wedding)

 

They are all pretty short trips but still we have 4 trips in 3 months - haha! I'm kind of excited to just get through July now! Plus I have to figure out when we can squeeze in seeing my clients in their out of town shows. 

 

I know these next 6 months are going to just fly by! Exciting and terrifying!!

 

 

 


My planning thread - http://www.bestdesti...016-azul-fives/

 

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