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#1 kevsgirl

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    Posted 06 December 2008 - 11:53 PM

    I know we all end up saying the same thing, but it’s amazing how fast the time flies when you’re planning a wedding. I can’t believe it’s almost my turn!

    It’s been a bit of whirlwind since the summer. FI proposed on March 1st, 2008 and we started planning our DW in April. 8 months in and we’re nearly there. I’m so happy that we chose to get married in the Caribbean and can’t wait to finally get to Playa del Carmen and see our resort!

    So without further ado, here’s my planning thread! I hope it’s as fun for you guys as it was for me to put together!
    The Proposal (and the Rings!)
    FI proposed to me in a very weird way. I hope to write up our engagement story and post it on the forum. At any rate, I was quite surprised even though I had already picked out the E-ring that I loved. It was on the way back from a really great dinner out in Gatineau at the L’Or©e du Bois. FI got down in on one knee in the snow. When we got home, we took some pics with the camera on timer. This one became our ‘unofficial’ engagement pic
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    The ring, with my wedding band. Both are from People’s jewellers Click the image to open in full size.

    Our wedding bands. I bought FI’s band online from Click the image to open in full size.

    The Resort
    We chose Mexico because half of my family lives in Australia and it was the easiest ‘halfway’ point in the Caribbean. FI had also been there and thought that the Mayan Riviera was a gorgeous area. After reading lots of reviews, we settled on the Viva Wyndham Azteca resort for our wedding. Then we went to Cuba together (my first ever time at an AI resort). When we got back, I really felt that I was more comfortable with a smaller, more intimate setting.
    We went back to looking through TripAdvisor reviews and found the Shangri-La Caribe. It was really highly rated, with lots of repeat customers. And admittedly, the name sold me
    We’re staying in a Gardenview Superior (but FI just told me the other day that he’s upgraded us to ocean view!)

    I also found on BDW that Sol and her husband had filmed a wedding at Shangri-La. It was beautiful. Check it out! Click the image to open in full size.

    The pool bar where we’ll have our cocktail hour after the ceremony:
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    There's more...

    #2 kevsgirl

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      Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:03 AM

      The Dress
      I found my (1st) dress in May, with a friend. It was a beautiful ivory lace strapless dress from Alfred Angelo. I purchased it in August and picked it up in October. Unfortunately, I decided that I wasn’t comfortable with the way it looked on me. I’m now trying to sell it. I talked about my issues surrounding this decision in the December 2008 bride’s thread.
      In late October, I went out looking frantically for another dress. Luckily, I found an amazing dress that I absolutely adore! I went with my FMIL and my sister (one of my BMs). This is me right after I found it, in the store
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      They only had it in a size too big and in white. There wasn’t enough time to order it so I bought it right off the rack. I’m in love with it! And me at my second fitting!
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      It's made by Raylia.
      The fittings were brutal - that's a whole other story. But I'm pretty sure it's going to be ok with some double-sided tape on the straps, after 5+ fittins, $400 and a lot of stress. Oh and it has like 15 bustles... LOL!

      Bridesmaids
      My bridesmaids are my 2 sisters. My friends and FI’s friends took so long to even RSVP that we didn’t want to ask people to be in our wedding party and then be disappointed. Even FI’s brother was wishy-washy about attending the wedding, so he won’t have anyone standing up for him. My sisters will just stand on either side of us. They’ve been great since the beginning about the wedding (although they were terrible at deciding on a dress and getting one in the summer!).

      BM Dresses:
      Finally in September I gave my sisters a style that I liked and they went and tried it on. They loved it, fortunately, but it was really late at that point to order them in.
      I ordered them online through Click the image to open in full size.

      Accessories
      The BM shoes I got from Amazon.com for a crazy discount. They were regularly $70 and I bought them for $24 each with free shipping to the US! They are Kenneth Cole Reaction. I have a thread out there for all the shoes (I think it's called Shoe Extravaganza) :)

      Hair inspiration for the BMs:
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      DIY Hair flowers I made for my BMs:
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      I posted a how-to thread on making these because it took a lot of trial and error to get such an easy job right! http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t32937

      #3 kevsgirl

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        Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:09 AM

        Another DIY project: I made these tanks for my sisters (and myself). Bought at Giant Tiger for $3 each and the iron-on crystals were from Walmart (about $15 worth)
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        Bridal Beauty:
        I went to the new beauty store at Place D’Orleans, Click the image to open in full size.

        My veil is very basic. I bought it from an internet seller and it was $25. It’s 1 tier, about 32” long and plain cut edge. I wish I’d bought something a bit bigger, but too late now!

        My beautiful hair flower from Mikyae (Etsy):
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        My shoes (Coloriffics Amber pumps): purchased from Amazon.com
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        Groom
        Suit
        Purchased at Mexx in August. It was the only one in that colour left in the city, I swear. We had a hell of a time finding a light suit. We got it for about $115 on sale.
        Him modeling it with the tie he'll be wearing, but he has a white shirt for the wedding!
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        Shoes: Sanuk Men's Paisano Sandal Shoe, ordered from Amazon.com. Approximately $70. They are too small, so we’re trying to stretch them out. They are cute and surfer-ish. Very light and comfortable (if they fit!)…
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        Pre-wedding brochure:
        This took me forever to make. I did it all in Word in the end.
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        Our Ceremony programs: Click the image to open in full size. All materials are from Michael’s. I love the corner punch!

        Ceremony fans: Ordered from OTC. I sucked at wrapping the ribbon. Afterward, someone posted a great how-to. It was too late. And I was too tired to re-do them!
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        #4 MsShelley

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          Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:21 AM

          Everything looks wonderful. Have an amazing time!

          #5 Virg

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            Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:28 AM

            Congratulations!!! I hope you have a fabulous wedding!!!
            BDW OTTAWA meet up soon!
            Happily Ever After: June 1, 2006
            Made it legal : June 30, 2009


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            #6 kevsgirl

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              Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:29 AM

              Jewelry:
              All from the Bay. Approximately $80 for all. I got some good discounts. The necklace is Roots and I put it on a different chain.
              I don't have time to take pics and upload them now They are crystal and like pav© style. THe necklace is in the shape of a heart (very small) and the earrings are like drops. Nice and sparkly

              OOT bags:
              Purchased from Click the image to open in full size.

              Going in the OOT bags:
              - Sudoku/word puzzle books +pencils
              - Magazine (whatever I had laying around the house – Self, US, etc.)
              - Breath mints and a pack of gum
              - Notebooks from Michael’s
              - Bottles of Aloe vera gel we filled ourselves
              - Magnetic picture frames and Playa del Carmen postcards – provided by our very own Katrina from BDW. (Thanks again!)
              - First Aid kits (pic below)
              - The cutest little Tropical themed luggage tags
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              Little binder with a few sheets in it – our Meet the Guests pages - the file is uploaded in this thread http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t32184 and a map of the area.
              Crap! I forgot the welcome letter. Oh well.

              I'm running around vacuuming like crazy and trying to tidy up. We leave at 9am tomorrow, so we have to go to the airport at around 6am. It's already 10:30. I don't think we'll be done with everything much before 12. I haven't been to the gym in 4 days and have been stress eating. But in less than 24hours we'll be in Mexico!

              Thank you all for all your help and advice. I'll add to this because I know I've forgotten stuff.

              Thanks! See you all when I get back!

               

               

               

               

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              #7 kevsgirl

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                Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:31 AM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by MsShelley
                Everything looks wonderful. Have an amazing time!
                THANK YOU!!!
                Congratulations!!! I hope you have a fabulous wedding!!!
                BDW OTTAWA meet up soon!
                Definitely!!! I'm totally in!

                #8 BachataBride

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                  Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:38 AM

                  Everything looks amazing!!!
                  Have a fantastic trip & an amazing wedding day. We will all wait here not so patiently for your return to hear all about it!!

                  #9 WSUgal

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                    Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:38 AM

                    I am so excited for you! Enjoy your time! You are going to be a beautiful bride!

                    #10 Banana11

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                      Posted 07 December 2008 - 01:53 AM

                      Everything looks wonderful my fellow Andrea! Your dress is so pretty!!!




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