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Ashhtayy's Planning Thread - Azul Fives - June 7, 2016

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I'm honestly not 100% sure how many straws we used, but I just know that any mixed drinks had straws in them all night. Ours surprisingly never got that soggy, but we weren't using the same straw all night. The bartender was good with always putting a fresh straw. If you do need them I probably have 20-40 extra straws that are new still and in the bag. I could always bring them with me to the next meetup

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We had a VERY successful shopping day :)

 

- Mike has clothes to wear! He purchased his pants, vest, jacket & shoes. All we are missing now is the short sleeved dress shirt in white, his bow tie and matching belt. Jacket will only be worn for ceremony and photos and then he will wear his vest, bow tie and short sleeved dress shirt with the sleeves rolled once. I may be bias but he looks like a total babe. GM will wear the same pants, white short sleeved dress shirt, bow tie and cognac coloured shoes and belt.

 

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- I went to Sephora today and had an eyebrow consultation (?). They taught me how to shape by eyebrows and I bought the product they recommended. I'm in love. I also picked up @'s recommendation - Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. Mike's also super excited for it lol

 

- I bought my shoes today :) They look similar to these except aren't see-through at the heel. Can't find the exact photo and haven't taken a picture of mine yet. I went comfort over style 100%. I actually don't even like them but they are so comfy and are cute enough to do the trick.

 

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Mike's mom also gifted him this cute travel bag :)

 

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@@Jasminr3803 Thanks! The straws are super cute & match our colours and our pre-ceremony drink :)

 

@ I may grab some of those straws off you if they are the same as ours :) Thanks so much.

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Here are some of my thoughts:

 

@@ashhtayy reading your thread is taking me back to my planning days so it's nice to relive it through you!  :)

 

My wedding nightmares started about 2 months before the wedding I think. Ironically I think I had more wedding nightmares for my friend's wedding where I was a bridesmaid. I kept dreaming that I was the one holding up the wedding, that everyone was dressed (including the bride) and I couldn't find my dress or shoes anywhere - It was a stressful nightmare! haha

 

Here are some thoughts about your list:

 

-Wine on tables: I personally don't think you need to worry about this one, especially if they are going to charge you extra. I don't think I ever saw a single guest up at the bar because the servers were so quick to serve drinks and top you up. I think I had 3 drinks going at all times. They don't like to leave you empty handed!  ;)

 

-Podium: We didn't have a podium and didn't really miss one. That being said, if you want a home base spot for your MC(s) I would maybe just ask for a little table. It won't have the height of a podium but they won't charge you for an extra table, whereas they will charge you for a podium. Might be an easy switch to save some money!

 

-We started our appointments pretty early. Like @@calgarybride2015 said, I really didn't want to feel rushed during the day. I started out with my maids of honour at the spa for mani/pedis at 10:00am and then had my hair and make up at 11 and 12 for our 4:30pm ceremony. We also had a first look so that bumped up our time we had to be ready (3:15pm). I would suggest having one of your bridesmaid order your lunch ahead of time or at the spa while you're getting ready so that it will be ready when you get back to your room. That was my original plan but then the wedding department dropped off mimosas, gourmet bites and quesadillas so I wasn't sure if we really wanted to still order a full lunch after. We ended up ordering room service after all and it took a little while. 

 

-Cocktail Hour - Do you know if there is another wedding on your day? If not, I would suggest the Zky Bar as it is right below you and it should be open as of 5pm, which would work out well with your ceremony time. Otherwise the Cantina would be great but it's on the other side of the resort. Both of these bars are kid friendly, the Gin Bar is adults only. There are the other little poolside bars but they will be closing around the time of your wedding. 

 

-Dietary restrictions - I would let them know when you pay your resort bill (1 month prior) although really if you have any changes you can tell the wedding department onsite and they will make the necessary arrangements. 

 

-Ceremony - I just left the time as is on paper but our WCs onsite told us to tell our guests to arrive 15 min prior, although most people knew to do that anyway. We also started a bit later...although I have no idea how much later (I had no concept of time that day unless someone said we were running late). They kept me waiting downstairs with my wedding attendant while they lined everyone up in the bridal party but the WCs onsite are a well oiled machine. They get everyone organized and where they need to be to make it run smoothly. (for example: Angelica came running downstairs while I was waiting to tell me that the bridesmaids were facing the sun directly and asked if I was ok with them wearing sunglasses and I said of course, but it was nice that they checked with me first)

 

-Sky Deck video - do you mean a hardcopy or just a link to the video online? @@TinkerSofi will probably be the better person to ask about this. I know you can access your video on the ustream site. 

 

You're getting so close to your big day!! Very exciting! :)

I downloaded the video from their website using an app. I believe I used Apowersoft Video downloader for Mac. There should be one for PCs as well if that's what you have. I tried many applications but that was the only one that worked 

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@ I did them today and they're okay but not nearly as good as when the Sephora girl did them. I need to practice :)

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So it's official...we're (legally) married!

 

We started off with appies and drinks at our house at 3PM. The door bell rang at 5PM and it was our officiant. Luckily our families thought nothing of the door bell ringing. Michael and our officiant walked upstairs where our families looked at him like he was crazy. Background on Michael - he is SO nice - they assumed he had let a nicely dressed sales lady into our home. He felt awkward and then blurted out "so, we're getting married right now!" I then came down the stairs and the ceremony began.

 

Before our families arrived we decided to scrap the dress clothes we had planned on wearing and keep it super casual. Right before the officiant arrived I threw on a white blazer I already had to make it somewhat traditional lol

 

Our officiants name is Anne Houston and she was super lovely. We would highly recommend her for any GTA brides wanting to do a legal ceremony before their DW.

 

We didn't take many photos but here's one of us enjoying our champagne that my MOH bought for us :)

 

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@@ashhtayy Congrats on being a (legal) Mrs!!! You guys look so cute and I love that you decided to keep it casual. One step closer to your big day in Mexico!! :)

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