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Thread: Has anyone shipped their favors to Aruba

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    Ohhh... its the Ailana Kai bags I'm waiting for! I ordered a sample a month or two ago and love them. And I love that they ship flat and will stand up nicely when filled. I think they are more chic than canvas totes. While I wish they were just a little bigger, I'm now focused on choosing nicer items to fill them with rather than just a bunch of junk... I'm going to contact them again this week. Fingers crossed! Thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by gigi View Post
    Hi Christene,

    I had originally ordered my bags from blissweddingmarket.com - but they only had 20 in stock at the time. So I figured I'd order those for now, and the rest when the became available. BUT... they were on backorder for months. I ended up ordering the rest from alainiakai.com - and loved them so much more! They were larger and nicer- and less expensive! And the finished product looked even better! I had custom favor tags made and stuffed the top with crinkle shred - everyone loved them! I would highly recommend them- they shipped the bags to me within 3 days and they fold easily for packing too!

    I didn't want to settle for what they had on the island, that's why I purchased all of my items at home and brought them with me.

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    Well they did reply quickly and tell me they were out of stock. I'm waiting for an estimate of when they will be in stock again. I plan to use them as welcome bags... At the moment I'm planning to include can koozies, some snacks and bottled water, Aruba Aloe After Sun cream, Lip Balm with SPF, a CD of music that should bring back memories of the weekend, and for the ladies straw visors and Thermal Spring Water by La Roche-Posay. Snacks, water and Aruba Aloe I plan to buy in Aruba. Was there anything that was an especially big hit in your bags?

    Quote Originally Posted by gigi View Post
    I'm surprised its taking them such a long time to ship. They got back to me so quickly and shipped sooo fast! I ordered the larger version- I think it was the 9x7x3 bag. They are much classier than canvas (which I was originally going to do) and they ship flat yet stand up nice! People were using them during the week to bring to the pool since it had so many essentials in it. I would suggest keeping it simple and filling with things that you know your guests will use - why waste your money on items they'll never use?!

    Are you using them as welcome bags or favor bags to be given out at the wedding?

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    My sugestion is ti bring it to Aruba, my daughter hada wedding in Aruba 8-22-09we shipped some stuff it was to expensive.We packed the remainder of the stuff in the suitcases.

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    Florists Websites Etc.

    Christene,

    Aruba is a small island and not like a large city or country where many different types of vendors have nice websites. Floists in Aruba are very busy and many do not have the time to put together a comphrehensive website. Also, almost everything is imported in Aruba, but I can tell you first hand and from experience, there are some very talented and professional florists on the island of Aruba. When they see a photo of a type of flower design whether it be a boutonniere, corsage, centerpiece, bridal bouquet etc., they can duplicate and make the above even better then the photo. As far as the canvas bags with the Aruba logo and different types of designs, I can tell you first hand how much the guests and the couples that I have met through the years loved the bags. Everyone is different in their wants and needs and so what is beautiful and nice to one bride or groom, might not be nice enough to another. Christene, you seem to me that you are stressed out with planning your wedding and that should not be. This is one of the most joyous times of your lives and you need not worry so much. Your planner will do an outstanding job and I am sure that you will be very pleased
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Lutzker View Post
    Floists in Aruba are very busy and many do not have the time to put together a comphrehensive website.
    I would also imagine putting together a website would be difficult.

    Being on a small island, not all flowers are always available and though not a "flower wholesaler", but knowing a tiny bit of economics, I would say flower prices fluctuate based upon supply and demand.

    Isn't that why our men pay through the _ _ _ _ for roses on Valentine's day.

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    Too funny! And no, I certainly didn't expect to see prices. What I was looking for was maybe a "top 20" list of available flowers with maybe a dollar sign indicator -- $ for affordable and $$$$$ for 'don't even go there'... Maybe there would be a 'list for each season. And I was hoping to see portfolios of work people have done so I could say - 'Yes - that's it!' or at least give me confidence they can do anything I can dream up. That would make things easier for all of us (and save all of us time). I was also hoping for a 'totally not available list', which I finally found my cattleya orchids seem to be on even though they're grown in Costa Rica (maybe its the wrong time of year?).

    And I'm not picking on florists... There are others that have left me feeling helpless. I adore my wedding planner - she works so hard and I hate to pester her with every little question. I've been trying to make things easier for both of us by doing my homework. I patiently waited a couple of weeks for the answer on my orchids, but now I'm back to square one.

    As far as creating websites, I happen to be a web developer and know a lot of clients get overwhelmed at first (my own father is the worst). I use a great site called guru.com. Its kind of an 'eBay for services'. As an employer you post your project and professionals from around the world bid on the project. You select the winner. Like eBay there is a feedback system and payment is escrowed and released to the freelancer or company only when you are happy. You also get to see portfolios of their work. I've used it both as a freelancer and an employer. (I had my company logo designed by someone in France!)

    There are also great sites like templatemonster.com that have very nice professional looking inexpensive web templates. Then you just get someone to plug in your information. I often refer clients there instead of asking then to pay so much more for me to design from scratch.

    I'm sure there are vendors that already have more work than they know what to do with, but, if there are vendors out there that are looking to increase their business, a rockin' website will do wonders for your credibility (and help you to not have to spend time answering the same questions over and over). Anyway - I'm not trying to solicite my services but just offer some advice & resources to those that might be wanting to cash in on missed opportunities.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I would also imagine putting together a website would be difficult.

    Being on a small island, not all flowers are always available and though not a "flower wholesaler", but knowing a tiny bit of economics, I would say flower prices fluctuate based upon supply and demand.

    Isn't that why our men pay through the _ _ _ _ for roses on Valentine's day.

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