We're back! The wedding was amazing and I'm so glad I did destination. After pouring through all the threads on this website, it's time for me to give back and do a full planning thread. Our professional pictures from Ivan Luckie aren't in yet but one of our friends brought her really nice camera so our guest photos are amazing.
We started dating on April 19, 2009 and were engaged on July 19, 2013. He proposed at home to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel, which we would later use in our ceremony. The ring was a gorgeous solitaire and DH chose it all by himself with no hints from me. It happened at home and then we went for ice cream, dinner downtown, to an adults event at Science World, and finished off the evening with chocolate lava cake.
I spent SO much time on these bags; I swear they took up 80% of the wedding planning. I got all the products from a myriad of websites (mainly Discount Mugs and Oriental Trading), as well as the Dollar Store and the Body Shop.
The bags contained:
1 personalized beach bag (the biggest hit)
2 lanyards for room key/tip money
1 large bath product
Wedding Goodies (mini lotions, shower gels, Kleenex, etc.)
Vacation Survival Kit (anti-diarrhea pills, Advil, tums, toothbrush, floss, gum)
1 personalized Do Not Disturb Sign
1 Deck of Cards
1 Welcome Letter
1 personalized hanger
1 Coach wristlet
1 monogrammed makeup bag filled with goodies (eye shadow palette, mascara, lip gloss, Bobby Pins)
Their gift was largely attire (shirt, suspenders, pants, tie) but also:
1 pair of aviator sunglasses
1 pair of multicoloured green socks
Father of the Bride Gift
I only wear earrings for my jewelry
It was gorgeous. I couldn't have asked for more. Even though the gazebo at Dreams was pretty small, it was perfect for our 30 person wedding. I can't stop looking at my ceremony pictures - it was my favourite part of the wedding for sure.
Fans & Bubbles on gold chivari chairs
Setup: Bridesmaids and Groomsmen standing outside of gazebo
Bridesmaid Flowers: White calla lillies provided by the resort
The Dress (and Bouquet)
Essence of Australia - $1500.00 before alterations
White roses provided with my "Ultimate Wedding" package at Dreams
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Attire
Bridesmaids dresses - purchased from Le Chateau (no alterations needed)
As the bride and groom, we didn't get to enjoy any of the hors d'oeuvres but we heard good things about them. The package also came with an entertaining Mariachi Band
We were very minimilastic with decor so all the linens were white and the only gold accent were the chairs. We had basic white rose centerpieces. We paid $200.00 for the hanging lanterns and they were definitely worth it. Made the whole setting that much more beautiful and "tied together".
The Table Setup
Dulche de Leche 2 layers - provided by the resort with the Ultimate Wedding Package
We bought the cake toppers from Party City for $8.00 each
First Dance with Sparklers (one of my favourite parts of the reception)
The sparklers were $3.00 each but it was totally worth it. They burned for about 2 minutes and it made for some beautiful photos.
Our song was - "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
Thank You Cards
Instead of place cards, we pre-wrote Thank you Cards (we asked for no gifts so we were basically just thanking people for coming to Mexico for the wedding). DH and I had written personal notes to each person and they were put at each place setting upon arrival.
I had my makeup done with Suzanne Morel. They were EXTREMELY pricy but I think it was worth it in the end because they did whatever I wanted and if I asked for anything to be fixed, they were on it right away. They did my sister/MOH's makeup as well as my mother's. Everyone was very happy with the results.
All in all, it was wonderful. We really enjoyed our time at Dreams Cabo with all of our friends and I would recommend a destination wedding to anyone who asks.