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  1. I agree with the others--you have to do what makes you happy! Please don't do ANYTHING you don't want to do. I often look at different websites and think..oooo..that's so pretty!! But at the end of the day, I had to (with the help of my planner) figure out what MY style and what was important to me. For example, I nixed the cake topper because I didn't really want one. I also nixed the garter and bouquet toss because I didn't want those either. However, I wanted guests to interact, have fun with each other, and get to know us through our decor (e.g. photos). I'm not really doing flowers ei
  2. That is absolutely stunning! I wasn't excited about a garter, but I'd be excited about that one!
  3. Yay-thanks Allie! You have been such a support to me and the other brides! (And, I can't wait to see how it all comes together too! LOL LOL) I'm so sorry! I wanted to just drag the pictures in, but I quickly realized that that wasn't allowed. You'll be at 150 in no time, but if there's anything you want to see, please let me know!
  4. No problem! I was looking at the list of entertainment provided by my wedding venue (via outside company) and they offer a steel drum soloist and duet for around $520 and $600 respectively. Here is their wedding catalog. Perhaps if you reach out to them, they could tell you what company they use.
  5. Thank you--I got lots of inspiration from these boards, family and friends, and different wedding websites (Black Bridal Bliss, Munaluchi Bride, Style Me Pretty, the Knot, Offbeat Bride, etc). The crazy thing is, a lot of these ideas have been coming to me at the very last minute! LOL I wake up in a sweat thinking everything is going to be a hot mess, but I know that Joyce will pull it all together!
  6. Thanks so much! I will be sure to report back in the BV thread with lots of pictures and as many details as I can think of during my site visit. I will definitely post photos when I get back for sure! Thanks so much for the good wishes!
  7. Thank you so much! I can't wait! I love that my FH is keeping his wardrobe a secret too! LOL I've tried very hard to involve him in the process. Although he's content to leave most of the decisions up to me, if he expresses a decided opinion about something, I definitely listen and take it into account. MrsHK has been great to work with and her prices are really reasonable!
  8. Reception Decor: The Reception will be held in the large palapa at the Blue Venado. Here is the raw space: Source: BDW Blue Venado bride (I think..please let me know so I can give you credit!) We will have silver lanterns with small LEDs inside to light up the dance floor: Source: Paper Lantern Company Source: Amazon.com Christmas lights (used by another Blue Venado bride, so I went with this brand from Target): Source: Target website Escort Cards: I wanted something that gave a little nod to the beach without overdoing the beach theme. Joyce
  9. Welcome/OOT bags: My friends and family are seasoned travelers for the most part, so I didn’t think we needed to do the typical OOT bag. Plus, I ran out of time, so personalized DIYs that I had intended to do have been cast by the wayside! However, one of my good friends has a saying that I repeat to myself whenever I get stuck on a decision: “for what purpose and to what end?” In other words, WHY did I want to do these OOT bags? I realized that I wanted to show our love and appreciation to our family/friends for attending, as well as share our love for food, culture and travel with them.
  10. I cannot believe that I’m just now starting this planning thread and that my wedding is almost here! My future hubby and I are headed to Mexico in 5 days for our wedding and I can’t wait. First, I want to thank all of the generous and lovely brides who have shared advice and provided support throughout my engagement. I am so grateful for BDW! I am also incredibly grateful to my family and friends, who have been an unending source of support and advice throughout this process. This thread is my way of organizing all of my thoughts and to help other brides, especially those who are thinking ab
  11. For those of you that are having a mariachi band, what kinds of songs are you having them play? Can anyone familiar with the music make and recommendations?
  12. I'm using Party Planet Productions for my mariachi--perhaps they also provide steel drums? I know some of the wedding planners on here would know for sure.
  13. Were you allowed to reserve this in advance, or did they just tell you to do it when you arrive in May?
  14. You look stunning in that dress! I hope some other bride will snap this up soon.
  15. It's less than two weeks until my wedding, and I realized that other than my bra, I haven't given much thought to what's going on under my dress! LOL LOL I haven't purchased a garter yet (as we're not doing a garter toss), but I'm starting to wonder whether I should be wearing stockings or something! I HATE stockings and I'm getting married on the beach, so full pantyhose with sandals are a definite no-no. However, I don't want to be worried about my thighs rubbing together. LOL LOL Decisions, decisions...what are you ladies doing?
  16. You look stunning! That fan really gives it a little extra sass and sophistication! Folks are going to fall out when they see that train--I love it! You look great! I love this one too--you are glowing! Allie: I was looking through your old planning thread in preparation for writing my own (yikes!) and I was thinking about how much I liked your dress. Fab!
  17. I'm just staying at the resort with my guests, so I don't think I would qualify. As I mentioned earlier upthread, I wanted to reserve a place at the buffet for my guests, but the wedding coordinator said that I can't do that in advance.
  18. Do you know what criteria determines whether or not you get a complimentary welcome reception?
  19. My TA just forwarded me Isela's email about the dining reservation. Apparently, I can't reserve tables in advance for a group--I have to do it when I get there! *sigh*
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