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#351 vancouverpetunia

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 06:41 AM

@ashhtayy Awwhh, sorry to make you want things you can't have. :( I was trying to include examples of how things were arranged, it wasn't about the specific items. I think you can still make your stuff work with some different arrangements and maybe some pieces added here and there. Also, as others have pointed out, don't forget you will have place settings, glasses, etc. as well, so it will look less bare because of that.

 

I don't know about the wood. It seems like people bring pretty much anything down without any issues. Has anyone here tried it? It's not like you would need to get 5 mason jars for each table... you could just get one or two and mix and match with what you already have.

 

That said, have you thought about renting locally in Mexico from Katy HK? I am renting a bunch of stuff from her so I don't have to lug it down. Her prices are very reasonable and she is a doll to work with. Check out her facebook page that has photos of her inventory (and she has more not listed there). https://www.facebook...edecor/?fref=ts


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#352 ashhtayy

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 06:06 PM

@perianjay I love the look of just baby's breath in a vase/mason jar - maybe I can buy some from michaels and put it in mini mason jars next to the larger mason jar? I'll check out michaels ASAP. Thanks for your insight :)

@vancouverpetunia I know you were trying to showcase the different arrangements I just so happened to love everything that was in those photos lol I wish Katy had a website. I find the Facebook page hard to navigate through. I'm a non-facebooker, clearly. Thanks for your help :)

#353 pjay

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 05:06 AM

I found it in the dried out floral area! lol


 

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#354 ashhtayy

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 07:50 AM

At what point am I supposed to start having wedding nightmares? lol I have been wedding nightmare free for the most part but Mike's have started haha



#355 calgarybride2015

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 10:35 AM

I can't recall exactly. 1-2 months before I'd say :)


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#356 pjay

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 10:46 AM

I had wedding nightmares for six months leading up to the wedding. I was really immersed in our planning almost too much and I was constantly thinking about it which I think may have been triggering my dreams. They got a bit worse as I got closer to the date and my anxiety built a bit more.


 

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#357 ashhtayy

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 02:26 PM

According to your memory @calgarybride2015, I'm due for some wedding nightmares! lol

 

@perianjay Ahh! That's terrible! I'll consider myself lucky that they haven't really started yet. Poor Mike though haha

 

I was supposed to have a planning call with our wedding designer today, but she never called. I'm pretty surprised because she is normally really good with contacting me on time. I was hoping to have some new updates for you all but that will have to wait until I hear from her. 

 

A few things I am waiting on before making any decisions:

 

- Cost to have wine on all tables

> Would you ladies care or do you think it's fine that the waiters and waitresses come around and refill glasses? I mean, the bar will be open the whole time but I like the idea of people being able to pour their own glasses in the event the aren't topped up frequently.

 

- DJ Max (Mega DJ)

> We are going to book the cheapest of the two vendor approved DJs IF they confirm they will play at least 95% of our requested songs (Mike's been working diligently on our lists and surprisingly enjoying it lol). Because we are paying to extend the bar for an extra hour, we will have to pay for the DJ to stay an extra hour as well as for their meals. Extra cost is surprisingly minimal so we are okay with that.

> As much as all of you had great success with the Wedding DJ App, we're just too nervous to try it. We decided to splurge a bit and cut back on a few other things to make the DJ happen. I think we will be so grateful we did day of.

 

- Cost of podium rental

> Shocking - this is extra! I asked where our MC's were supposed to stand and they said "beside the DJ booth". Umm, no. We want them to have some sort of home so if the prices aren't outrageous, we are going to look at renting something for them.

> I don't think I wrote this on here...maybe I did...but we asked one of my best friend's (a bridesmaid) and her husband to MC our wedding. We are SO excited that they said yes. They will do an amazing job!

 

- May change our hair and makeup appointments to later. We are scheduled for 11 and 12 but with the ceremony being at 4:30 I am thinking we should push it to 12 and 1 because that still leaves us with plenty of time to get our dresses on and have a bite to eat.

 

- Since we are no longer having a formal cocktail hour, I need to sort out which bar would be the best spot for our MC's to say "feel free to grab a drink and a bite to eat at X bar while the bride, groom and families take their photographs". Hoping the WD will give us an idea. @snswedding2016 - I know you recommended somewhere to me but I cannot remember.

 

- When do we need to let the resort know about any allergies or vegetarian options?

> I don't think we have any but I haven't asked and their are a few of Mike's friends that have significant others I haven't met that may fall into these categories.

 

- Timing for ceremony

> Should we tell people it starts 15 minutes before it does or will that cause issues if the wedding team is scrambling to set things up?

 

- Can we get a copy of the Sky Deck video and if so, how much?

 

- Where will they hang the lights for me on the Sky Deck? Is along the sides an option? 

 

- Confirm that we want Peach Bellini served as guests arrive at ceremony and sparkling wine to be served post-ceremony

 

- Change the cake order to the smallest cake ever

> My mum's friend is going to make a fake layer for us that will go underneath the smallest cake ever. This way we can still have a cake cutting but our cake won't be super embarrassing.

 

Hopefully we can get some of this sorted out ASAP. I am off to the mall because my girlfriend found an adorable white dress at Banana Republic. Fingers crossed it works and I will have my shower dress :) 



#358 calgarybride2015

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 06:16 PM

I didn't marry at your resort but the service was so fast I would have to chug half my drink as they passed me my next. If you are getting open bar at your reception I personally wouldn't pay more for wine on the tables - since you get open bar they may put some out for you for free.

I don't think it would make anyone scramble. I would assume with 15 mins to go before start time the decor should be done IMO. Either way I think most people will be on time. So either say it's 15 mins earlier or say it starts sharp!

We didn't have a podium for our MC. They just stood by the head table! If you want one of course feel free but if it's super pricey I think you may be surprised that they don't really need one :) so happy they accepted your request.

We had 4 of us for hair and make up. With that and a light rushed lunch we started at 9am and didn't get back to the room till almost 2pm. So I would say (and I think every bride on here will agree even @perianjay who mentioned it recently) give yourself way more time than you think you need. It's not fun to feel rushed and possibly miss stuff you may regret.

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#359 ashhtayy

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 08:08 PM

Thanks for always being so helpful, Kim @calgarybride2015.

We do have open bar for 5 hours so depending on the cost, we may forego the wine on the tables. I don't remember reading any past brides complaining about the bar service so if they are as quick as they were at your resort, sounds like we won't have an issue and can put that money elsewhere...like towards a podium ;) I know it isn't necessary but sometimes it's just awkward standing there and I feel that moreso when there are two MCs. Again, pending costs this is one thing I'm pretty set on. Knowing AF, it will probably be $2500 to rent a podium lol

Good point about the rushing. I just worry the longer I have my makeup and hair done, the earlier it will start to look bad lol I should pick up some of that setting spray the ladies have been talking about - maybe that's the trick.

Fingers crossed our WD just got caught up and I don't get the ever so frequent "X is no longer with the Company - X will be your new WD". Seems to be a trend going on with the Karisma Wedding Department :(

#360 vancouverpetunia

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 09:19 PM

@ashhtayy I had a few nightmares pretty early on, like 8 months ago. Nothing of late. Now I just wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep as I work through my to-do list

Obviously I haven't had my wedding yet, but here are a few thoughts on the topics you are contemplating:

- I hadn't thought about wine on the tables. I think between the wait staff and open bar, people will get what they need. But not speaking from experience...
- Our MC is my sister's husband and she is in our wedding party, so I am just putting him at the head table as well. That gives him a "home base". Makes our table uneven, I guess, but I really don't care

- Our WC and salon have suggested that it will take 2 hours for hair and make-up (and they seem to have enough ppl to do us all at the same time). We are scheduled for 12, supposed to be done at 2, first look at 3:15, ceremony at 4. But there's only 3 of us and our resort is pretty small so we won't be far from the room to head back and get dressed.

- We are doing place cards in different colours to indicate choice of meal and/or special meal. We also had to include names and specifics in the planning document. You are lucky if you have no dietary issues. With 35 adults, we have at least 7 off the top of my head.

- I haven't put in any buffer on the start time for the ceremony. Hope that doesn't bite me in the ass.

- Oooh, good idea to have a drink served as people arrive. I'll have to ask about that!

Hope the dress worked out. Pix please!



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