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  1. Wow, this is definitely new. When I got married at the chapel I never saw any 'guidelines' nor did anyone ever even mention it to me at all. I wore a strapless dress and so did all my bridesmaids.
  2. What an ahhhh...mazing wedding!! I LOVE your color palette. I've never been a huge fan of purple but you just made me one. Everything looked stunning, modern and classy. Congrats!
  3. Awwwww, you just gave me goosebumps all over. Awesome story! CONGRATS:)
  4. You sound really, really stressed out and it sucks because you'll only get to do this once (hopefully) and you should enjoy it without all the outside negativity. I know it's easier said than done but try to forget about everyone else and do what makes YOU happy. Yes, be selfish!! I'm not a selfish person at all and I tried my best to accommodate all my guests as best as I could...but then I let it go! You can't make everyone happy and you shouldn't. This is YOUR wedding, your big day and you get to be a little selfish. You can tell your guests that their friends are not invited. You ca
  5. Kmsatter - I had 55 guests and they fit in the chapel just fine and with room to spare. No chairs were necessary.
  6. You have to choose the "travel" photobook style from the drop down menu. That book style has all those images on the background. The rest of my book had maps in the background and other travel themes images. I used a few pics that friends and family sent me but mostly for the welcome cocktails and rehearsal dinner because my photographer wasn't there. But 99% of the ceremony and reception pics are from the professional photographer.
  7. They have these promotions ALL the time! Just sign up for their newsletter and they'll email you everytime they have a promotion. Sometimes they have as much as 75% off!! Right now they have a buy one, get one free promotion so if you buy 30 books, you only pay for 15 and get the other half free. That's the deal I got when I bought mine but then the following week they had a 65% off deal which kind of ticked me off:)
  8. Thanks! They were all printed and sent via US Postal mail. I think that's one of the things that made it really special. Nowadays hardly anyone prints photos anymore. Everyone sends online slideshows and CD's but to receive a printed mini travel book that told a story through pictures really made everyone re-live the week and they absolutely loved it. Plus the quality of the final printed book was amazing. Everyone had something to say about how great the colors looked when printed. The booklet was printed on high quality heavy stock paper and the finish was matte so it looked great.
  9. I negotiated the welcome cocktails for free for getting such a big group to book at the resort. That's something I always tell brides to do. We sometimes don't even realize how much bargaining power we have with these resorts. If you haven't already booked and signed your contract I would definetly ask. Especially if you're staying at an all inclusive. My resort wasnt an AI and I was still able to get a two hour free welcome cocktail reception. At an all inclusive it should be even easier because the drinks are already free and all they need to provide is the venue. It can be a closed off sect
  10. Mypublisher.com sends you each individual booklet wrapped in a clear plastic envelope which protects them and makes them look even more professional:) To mail them out, I left the booklets in the plastic wrapper and put each one in padded/bubble envelopes from the post office. But I really didn't mail that many out. I had 55 guests at my wedding and I only gave one booklet per couple,so roughly 22 booklets went out. Some of them I just hand delivered (i.e. my mom, brothers, in-laws). So, I think at the end I mailed out about 16 booklets which made it more affordable. As a side n
  11. Mypublisher had a free shipping promotion so I didn't pay to have them shipped to me. I don't remember how much I paid to mail them To guests - it was a couple of bucks. Maybe $1 or 2?
  12. Thank you! I just realized that for some reason the picture of the cover page has some weird image over it so I'm re-posting it..
  13. Thank you all for the inspiration! I ended up doing a slightly different (but better IMO) version of this idea. My guests were wowed and really genuinely loved them to the point that they show them off to everyone who will listen lol. I posted an update of how I did it on this thread... http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/74938/my-amazing-and-unique-thank-you-cards-update-with-pics
  14. A long time ago I started a thread asking for opinions on a crazy idea I had for thank you cards (I get these crazy ideas in my head all the time:) At the time I wanted to create a mini magazine. Here's my original thread: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/60575/is-this-a-crazy-idea-pls-give-your-honest-opinion Well, I wanted to give you guys an update because the idea evolved into something different but really awesome and unique. I realized that doing a magazine would be more work, more expensive and not very durable. So instead I decided to do a mini photo book. T
  15. My cousin had her destination wedding the year before mine and I saw how stressed out she was because she left everything for the last minute. She didn't get to enjoy any time with the family because she was always off running errands. So, I learned from her experience and was absolutely determined to get as much out of the way as soon as I got there so that I could try to relax the rest of the week. That's my big advice to you - get as much as you can out of the way early. I was the most relaxed bride the 4 days leading up to my wedding and spent a TON of quality time with my guests
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