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post #1 of 25
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Eric and I are thinking of a winter wedding at a resort that both families can get to. I was wondering how many horror stores or good advice is out there for this adventure?? It would be early November (2007) so not impossible snow conditions. Instead of a rehersal dinner on Friday, we were thinking of a "Ski Breakfast" for all on Sunday morning. Does anybody have any advice???
post #2 of 25
How exciting! I know that Ari was married this spring in Hawaii, so you may want to contact her about her experience.
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I'm trying to plan a wedding two states away... I'm lucky though, I have an uncle who lives there is can help me out if stuff goes wrong.

A ski-breakfast sounds like lots of fun.

Have you talked to the resort yet? Most places like that have a coordinator that can usually help with long-distance planning. They usually have packages and things like that drawn up.

My advice would be, however, be careful!! Ask about the individual price of every item/convenience you are paying for. Especially with food. At the place I'm having my wedding, they say it is $25 minimum plate per person. I asked about their dinner prices and the cheapest dinner is $30 a person. Luckily, I'd calculated everything on $30 a person, so I wasn't too surprised, but it could have been rather upseting!

Also ask what's included... some places will charge extra for cutting/serving food they didn't bring in, like the cake.

Good luck with this though! It sounds like a ton of fun!
post #4 of 25
Our niece was married a few weeks ago in Victoria. The ceremony was in her grandmother's garden, but the reception was at Bear Mountain. You won't get a ski breakfast there, but they certainly do weddings, and it's a lovely place, with lovely service, and excellent food. If winter sport isn't essential, you might want to check it out.

Goodness! Almost forgot to say -- CONGRATULATIONS!
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Eric and I are thinking of a winter wedding at a resort that both families can get to.
.................. Does anybody have any advice???
CONGRATULATIONS EDDIE! you and Eric deserves this and many more!

Not Advice from me, so sorry... but at least I can to offer you, Here´s México, is waiting with the open arms!
post #6 of 25
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CONGRATULATIONS EDDIE!:hugs you and Eric deserves this and many more!

Not Advice from me, so sorry... but at least I can to offer you, Here´s México, is waiting with the open arms!


Rigel! We would love Mexico - someday - but we really want snow and candlelight and the cold. An evening wedding, small and intimate.
post #7 of 25
Oh E, how exciting! Colorado would be beautiful!!!
post #8 of 25
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Rigel! We would love Mexico - someday - but we really want snow and candlelight and the cold. An evening wedding, small and intimate.
I know It! Mexico is here for your!
....

Oh My!...red.. .....I really wish you can find it that great place that you and Eric can spend a lovely and great time together!

Good luck!
post #9 of 25
Sorry to intrude when I've no advice to give, but it's wonderful to see you start this particular thread
post #10 of 25
The only thing I can think of that would be problematic is the cost to the guests. My BIL was talking about getting married in Maui. I did a rough cost analysis on just airfare and lodging. The cost was more than I spent on my own wedding (we did go cheap though). We weren't going to do that.

So keep in mind these costs. It could cause hurt feelings.
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Sorry to intrude when I've no advice to give, but it's wonderful to see you start this particular thread
Thank you, Miss Pat! 'bout time for us, eh?
post #12 of 25
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Oh E, how exciting! Colorado would be beautiful!!!

We're thinking of Park City, Utah, or up at Sundance. Eric's entire family could come being from Utah and my motley crew of a family is spread out east-to-west coasts, even Argentina, so flying is no issue for them. I think the only thing to actually cause hurt feelings is a photographer: 3 of the women in my family/in-laws are master photographers....

It's good to hear some direct experiences with prices....hidden costs...stuff like that~
post #13 of 25
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... I think the only thing to actually cause hurt feelings is a photographer: 3 of the women in my family/in-laws are master photographers....
Then you hire a stranger, and tell the family masters that all the family is going to be free to enjoy the celebration without having "duties" distracting them, but that you'd love to have whatever gems they capture and would like to share.
post #14 of 25
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

But other than that I have no advice as I haven't been to those states.
The UP of Michigan has ski resorts though!! (much closer to me!)
post #15 of 25
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Here is Sundance:







wedding hall - I LOVE THIS (think: white orchids, lillies, and candlelight by the snow)



post #16 of 25
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and here is Hotel Park City:



post #17 of 25
That's a pretty nice looking place!!!
post #18 of 25
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That's a pretty nice looking place!!!
Which one? I separated them out. Which do you like better? Sundance or Park City?
post #19 of 25
The wedding hall as sundance looks like a really good place to get married!!
Have you been to either place?
post #20 of 25
Hey, it's time when it's time. I am just glad for you both that this joyous celebration is upcoming
post #21 of 25
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The wedding hall as sundance looks like a really good place to get married!!
Have you been to either place?
Eric has, as he's from Utah, but it was his sisters who suggested it. He's taken me to Utah 4 times, but not to these places... just casual family trips, etc. We're going this winter to check it out and see everything. Can't wait! I want to take Sandy and I highly doubt these hotels have dog rooms. So we'll probably end up at the Motel 6 down the street!!!
post #22 of 25
I like the hall at Sundance, but the rooms at Park City appeal more to me.

Not that that matters! But there's my opinion.
post #23 of 25
I love the wedding hall at Sundance... but I like the interior of Hotel Park City much more! Is there a wedding hall there, too? Post a picture if you can find one!

My husband and I did a destination wedding-- we gathered our closest friends and family and went to the beach. After a little online investigation, we found a wedding planner who specialized in beach weddings, and he took care of EVERYTHING... at a pretty reasonable price. As for our experience with the prices and hidden costs: We paid a deposit upfront to secure our date with the resort and the services of the wedding planner (which included the minister, the live music, flowers, and professional photography/videography-- we just told him what we wanted and he coordinated everything!), and then paid separately for the reception and yet again for the cake. Afterwards, we paid the remaining balances to the wedding planner and to the resort. Both of us still feel like a destination wedding was the best way to go and would not have done it any other way. Some indoor places have rules about whether flower girls can drop real flower petals or if they must be silk... obviously on the beach they would blow away, so I got our flowergirl a tiny nosegay that matched the bridesmaids flowers. Problem solved! But there was not much stress at all-- the only thing that I ever worried about was making sure I could find bridesmaids dresses in the right sizes. LOL. We got married on the beach early in the morning and had a breakfast reception in the banquet room of the resort immediately afterwards. Reserve your date as soon as possible once you decide where you want to have your wedding!

So I really LIKE the ski breakfast idea! What time of day are you thinking of getting married?

I joked to my husband that Callie could be the ring bearer. LOLOL. Can you imagine a cat walking down the aisle with a pillow around its neck? You know, like the cat in the movie "meet the parents?" Ha, yeah right, most cats I know are not that disciplined
post #24 of 25
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I love the wedding hall at Sundance... but I like the interior of Hotel Park City much more! Is there a wedding hall there, too? Post a picture if you can find one!

So I really LIKE the ski breakfast idea! What time of day are you thinking of getting married?

I joked to my husband that Callie could be the ring bearer. LOLOL. Can you imagine a cat walking down the aisle with a pillow around its neck? You know, like the cat in the movie "meet the parents?" Ha, yeah right, most cats I know are not that disciplined


Cool beans!! Thank you SO much for your experiences, Callie! We want Sandy to be our ring bearer too... if she can! That's our impish gal, lower right photo. I cannot imagine getting married without her. She was born on Feb 8, the runt of the litter at 8 of 9 (9 didn't make it), and Eric's and my "dating anniversary" is on December 8. I understand about Callie, that's for sure. If it's too much, we'll just marry at our house with Sammy & Saba looking out the window.

The wedding will be a Saturday night wedding, with the ski brunch next day, and not at 8 a.m.!

The Hotel Park City does not have a wedding hall. It would be in one of the event rooms. They have limited photos - kinda a private place.
post #25 of 25
Oh Eddie the place looks fab!! Woo hoo another TCS wedding

My neice was married in Cuba this year and the pictures were gorgeous!.
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