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    Many thanks to everyone for helping to calm me down!! I plan to take everyone's advice, and adjust to island time, but also will take Karen's advice and be upfront with our planner about the anxiety I get when I don't hear anything back at all. I'd rather she tells me it will be weeks before we get together on an issue. It was particularly reassuring to hear from several brides that are currently, or have already, gone through similar situations but it still is working out just fine. My best wishes to everyone for their wedding in the most beautiful spot in the world!

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    when we planned our wedding, we had TONS and TONS of questions too but like others have said, you'll have to be a little patient with the way the work over there. truth be told, they do everything just about last minute. we didn't even have our flowers set until 2 weeks before our wedding. i was a little frustrated with that but that's how it is down there.

    hope things work out for you and feel free to ask questions.

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    The most important part of planning your wedding in Aruba will be the paper work that is needed.(Official Documents) Hopefully your wedding planner will inform you of everything needed asap. If you are having a Civil Ceremony, you will need many government documents.
    Best of Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I think if you read some of the more detailed reviews of planners, you will find that your situation is fairly normal... Persistence and patience.
    Not saying that everyone works according to island time, but the island itself runs on island time.
    That story about "Island Time" in my book it's pure excuses. You have a job to do get it done. Whenever you see you have too much work it's time to get help. Invest in an office help while you're out with weddings and client consultations.

    A great approach if you can't respond to your emails right away is, set time aside for email during the work day, say at 8 AM and at 4 PM you respond to all emails so that your client will hear from you at least within 24 hours.

    Bryan Morris

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    When I was planning our wedding, I thought that same thing about the response time with our planner. In the end, we were both very happy. We have been so busy getting back into work and have the big party for 150 people here in two weeks that I have not had a a chance to get postings completed but will soon. Reach out to her again and let her know your concerns....
    Next Aruba trip in

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    Wedding Planner

    Hi Cathy,

    Congratulations. I am glad all worked out for you. How is your Mom doing? I hope much better. Have a wonderful post wedding party
    http://www.cayenaweddings.com
    Aruba's First Destination Wedding Planner
    Specialists in Wedding Coordination and Vow Renewals

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    Sorry to hear you're not getting responses! I would agree with Bryan and others - the least they can do is email you to tell you they'll get back to you later.

    On the other hand, this is good to know as I'm setting expectations for my wedding planning. You just wait seeing me freak out when it's my time to chase them down! :-)

    I hope things work out for you - keeping fingers crossed

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    summary

    Would you share your summary??? I have to clue on what i should plan for.

    Our wedding is next year in Aug...and I trying to finalize my resort choice and I'm having a hard time getting emails back from several of the resorts. Glad to hear that its just not me. LOL!

    Quote Originally Posted by superyooch View Post
    LysaandRob - I totally understand what you are going through. I am from NYC so I want answers yesterday! When I first booked the reception/location I had a billion questions! I'm a month away and things are still not finalized. I realized after communicating with other Aruba brides on the forum that things will get done and not to stress!

    What really helped calm me was putting together a "summary" of what I needed for our wedding. I made a little report with pictures of what we wanted in terms of flowers, decor, menu, etc. instead of having tons of emails confirming details all over the place. I am going to send this our wedding planner in a week so he can make the final arrangements.

    And yes, Cyclone Promotions is not kidding when he says it's been a busy wedding season! My wedding planner said he had 15 weddings in July!

    Private message me if you want to discuss more in details!

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    Bride2011 - I am going to Private message you!

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    A Response Received

    Update: Did hear from my planner and we have the ball officially rolling. Got DJ and photographer and working on the rest. But I have decided to make best use of everyone's advice and take it slow and accept that Aruba time is not NY time (thank God)! Our wedding ceremony is going to be at Manchebo and reception at Tierra del Sol, so any advice regarding either place would help. One thing that I didn't realize with a destination wedding is how many things the bride and groom have to do besides the wedding/reception. We are now having a dinner the night before the wedding for all guests (about 40) and also a brunch two days before, and my fiance now wants to sponsor a golf tourney on the wedding day.

    If I survive the three days before the wedding, I will survive anything!!

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