Alright, looks like I will add a little more. Just kept thinking of things I should have added : )
Forgot to mention the gift bags. We brought everything for the gift bags down there with us in one giant suitcase, customs will question it, just explain what its for and say you only spent a couple hundred dollars. We used reuasable bags from Bath and Body Works (got them for like $2 each, great deal) for the gift bags, which was perfect bc then many people used them as beach/pool bags all week. We included a welcome letter, a stamped postcard addressed to us that we explained in the letter was meant to be our guest book with everyone's fav memory, personalized koozies, personalized deck of cards, beach ball/frisbee, underwater camera (many people commented on how excited they were for these--esp for the pool or snorkling), first aid kit, mini sunscreen, mini hand santizer, mini advil, mini tums (another hit--too much drinking, ha!), and snacks (chips, cookies and gum). We went to Puerto Morles, like 10 min cab ride, to get the snacks, kind of a pain, but worth it since there aren't any snacks at the hotel except to purchase at the gift shop. We handed the bags out ourself, partly bc I didn't want to pay the $4 a bag the hotel charges, but mostly to get face time in with each guest. Bc of the gift bags I did not do a favor at the wedding, everything I wanted to give people I put in the bag, plus most wedding favors are ridiculously useless.
We did not really bring any decorations with us. Our colors were yellow and aqua, yellow bridesmaid dresses, flowers, and shirts for groomsmen, then we had aqua bows on the chairs (ceremony and reception), aqua overlays on the tables, aqua and white on the ceremony canopy and chose centerpieces from the packet. The head table we had these sand centerpieces that were really pretty, then the other tables had yellow and white flowers that matched me and the bridesmaids bouquets. I had personalized napkins made for them to hand out during the cocktail hour (cheap, easy to pack, and nice way to personalize something), our programs were fan programs which I def saw people using as it got a lil hot, other things we brought with us were the sand ceremony set with yellow and aqua sand, cake topper and cake serving set. Note: DO NOT pack your cake knife and server in your carry on bag! Seems quite obvious, but it didn't even cross my mind, the knife was so long its considered a weapon and they should have filed a police report, but they just let us check the bag instead. This still upset me though bc every ceremony item, jewelry, shoes, etc. for the wedding were in that bag.
Sorry I am a little all over the place with this review, but I just want to note everything as I think of it. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions, I am happy to help.
I am going to try and figure out how to post pics since I know those are just as helpful as what I write. Anyone know how??