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@@acw271011 I don't know why I'm feeling that way. I just wasn't feeling right about the dress and that was the word that popped into my head one day as I mulled it over. You are sweet :) Being a first time bride in your 40s feels old sometimes!

 

As for long vs short - good question. I don't know. I don't think I've ever had a "princess wedding" vision in my head. I'm sure I wanted a long dress at one point, but as soon as we started planning, even when we were thinking of doing something local, I wanted short. And then when we decided on a DW, short made even more sense to me, with the heat, the sand, etc. I don't really think I look at great in long dresses and I think my calves are awesome, so I like showing them off LOL That's the best answer I've got. :D

 

In the end, I guess we have to be happy with our own choices and damn everyone one haha. I'll sit on it a while longer and see how I feel in a month or two.

 

@@Wafflesmom They knew I wasn't going for a long traditional gown, although they had seen photos of the "other" dress so may have been expecting something more like that. They had also seen photos of me in my dress, so it wasn't a huge surprise. I was talking to my mom a few days ago and I told her that I was having second thoughts and then asked her what she thought (thinking my confession would open the door to any criticism she might have). She said she thought it fit me well and that the shape was great, but she wasn't expecting so much beading (neither was I!). I did also try it on in poor lighting and without any shoes, accessories or anything. She said that all done up and on the beach in the sun, it could be beautiful. So I guess she likes it, but probably isn't what she would have picked for me. But it's also not what I would have picked for me haha

Any chance you might be daring and have some fun and try on a long dress maybe a little understated and see how you feel in it? There are so many styles and options it might be fun to try something and see how it goes. .....

 

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@@acw271011 I did try on a couple of long dresses as well as tea length dresses. I also made sure to hit up a few bridal stores to browse all styles as I didn't want to figure out too late that I wanted something more traditional. So I think I'm set on a short dress But I agree it's worth trying on many different styles as you never know what's going to "click". Seems often to be what is least expected!

 

 

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@@vancouverpetunia The short dress looks gorgeous on you! And if that's what makes YOU happy, that's all that's important!! It was curiosity that made me ask if you knew right out of the gate that you wanted short, or did you try both to see what grabbed you. I still also think you should do both dresses if your budget allows. Have the lace dress for your ceremony then switch to the party dress afterwards! They're both beautiful!

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That's it. I'm getting the other dress. Last night, I showed 3 friends (who are not close enough to be invited to the wedding) a photo of me in the dress I purchased. They said nice things about it. Then I showed them the photo of the dress I originally wanted and can't stop thinking about. They ooohh'd and aawh'd. Totally different reactions. Even the waitress got in on the action and responded similarly. I don't have to order it until late fall to get it in time (custom made in HK), so hopefully will lose a bit of weight before then. I'm doing it!

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I was just reading your planning thread and you cracked me up with your "befriending the gardener"   I brought down some gardening sheers to be able to put together my flowers etc etc and I was seriously tempted to snip some greenery afterhours to add to the volume of my flowers.  lol  I obviously didn't, but I was really tempted.

 

That's insane about the hotel charging you soooo much.  I was in the same boat as you.  My colours were gold and coral and Katy didn't have any gold vases for me to rent which is why I got my dad to get them for me.

 

A few things I learned from my wedding ...it's not easy finding nice vases in Playa del Carmen.  Not that we needed any but we kept an eye open because the ones that my dad bought were slightly small and I thought that if I found a size bigger I might pick up a few and add it to our décor.  We looked at Walmart, Chedraui, Sam's club, Mega, playa, and definitely wasn't easy.  They need a Michael's down there becfause that would solve our problems. 

Even talking to Katy, she mentioned it was really hard to find vases down there. 

 

So if you do consider bringing some down it might be the easiest solution for you.  Just because you bring them down with you doesn't mean you have to take them home with you.  You could always see if Katy wants them. 

 

I would probably do the lemon thing yourself and not let them charge you a dime- I'm sure if you recruit a few people it would be fine. 

 

I found a really nice flower store in playa del Carmen and their prices were very reasonable.  They also sell the greenery that you are looking for as well and for a reasonable price.  I have their business card somewhere...i'll post it when I come across it. 

 

Anyway, those were my little lessons learned regarding vases and flowers in Playa del Carmen.  ;)

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I was just reading your planning thread and you cracked me up with your "befriending the gardener"   I brought down some gardening sheers to be able to put together my flowers etc etc and I was seriously tempted to snip some greenery afterhours to add to the volume of my flowers.  lol  I obviously didn't, but I was really tempted.

 

That's insane about the hotel charging you soooo much.  I was in the same boat as you.  My colours were gold and coral and Katy didn't have any gold vases for me to rent which is why I got my dad to get them for me.

 

A few things I learned from my wedding ...it's not easy finding nice vases in Playa del Carmen.  Not that we needed any but we kept an eye open because the ones that my dad bought were slightly small and I thought that if I found a size bigger I might pick up a few and add it to our décor.  We looked at Walmart, Chedraui, Sam's club, Mega, playa, and definitely wasn't easy.  They need a Michael's down there becfause that would solve our problems. 

Even talking to Katy, she mentioned it was really hard to find vases down there. 

 

So if you do consider bringing some down it might be the easiest solution for you.  Just because you bring them down with you doesn't mean you have to take them home with you.  You could always see if Katy wants them. 

 

I would probably do the lemon thing yourself and no let them charge you a dime- I'm sure if you recruit a few people it would be fine. 

 

I found a really nice flower store in playa del Carmen and their prices were very reasonable.  They also sell the greenery that you are looking for as well and for a reasonable price.  I have their business card somewhere...i'll post it when I come across it. 

 

Anyway, those were my little lessons learned regarding vases and flowers in Playa del Carmen.  ;)

yes please post their business card. After asking the hotel 3 times for a quote for a darn boutonniere and still getting nothing i'm probably going to go out and get them. I tried. 

 

Did your hotel have a limitation on your contract that you couldn't bring outside flowers? 

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I couldn't contract outside vendors - so no external DJs, no external décor person, no external florist to come and drop off flowers.

 

I was allowed to bring any decorations I wanted as long as they did arrive in a luggage...

 

The contract did not say anything specifically about not being able to buy fresh flowers and arranging them myself.

 

I highly doubt they would even notice if you had someone else do your boutonnieres.  Our WC was all over the place.

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@@TinkerSofi

 

I couldn't contract outside vendors - so no external DJs, no external décor person, no external florist to come and drop off flowers.

 

I was allowed to bring any decorations I wanted as long as they did arrive in a luggage...

 

The contract did not say anything specifically about not being able to buy fresh flowers and arranging them myself.

 

I highly doubt they would even notice if you had someone else do your boutonnieres.  Our WC was all over the place.

that's what I was thinking. I mean, if all of a sudden I show up with all natural flowers for the whole wedding they might wonder, but boutonnieres are so small that no one will even notice if they're real or not :P. It will also probably cost me a fraction of the price than if I go through the hotel 

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that's what I was thinking. I mean, if all of a sudden I show up with all natural flowers for the whole wedding they might wonder, but boutonnieres are so small that no one will even notice if they're real or not :P. It will also probably cost me a fraction of the price than if I go through the hotel 

 

Agreed, bouts are a rip off when you really think about it.

 

At my resort the bouts were $17 each, but the BM's bouquets that were 4 (much larger) gerberas, greenery and ribbon were around $30 each. Seems unfair really lol

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