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#1 ~*petals*~

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    Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:39 PM

    It’s finally time for me to post my planning thread! I’ve been a part of this forum for over a year and it’s given me so much inspiration & support throughout the planning process… so THANK YOU to all the BDW girls!

    Engagement
    We got engaged on January 27, 2008, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
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    The ring:
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    Engagement pictures:
    I won the services of my wedding photographer (travel expenses only) through a destination wedding giveaway she had last year. She gave us an engagement shoot for free. Click the image to open in full size.

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    We’ll be married at the gazebo (photo courtesy of caroline):
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    With a private reception at the Blue Lagoon restaurant:
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    Honeymoon
    We’re heading to Idle Awile in Negril for a mini-moon:
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    #2 ~*petals*~

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      Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:39 PM

      Invitations, etc.
      I hired a graphic designer/artist friend to work with me to create our own unique design.

      For the STDs, I uploaded everything to Vistaprint and used a 50% off coupon.

      Save the date card (we had these made before we switched resorts and by default, dates):
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      The total package:
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      DIY Invitations
      I had these printed and cut at Office Depot, and then assembled everything by hand, with the help of my mom and sister. We used #10 backings and matching envelopes from Paper Source. Each invitation was fitted with brass or silver-tone eyelets, and threaded with brown ribbon.

      Here’s how they turned out:
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      I also got a palm tree monogram from BDW member Rebecca, which I used on my programs, welcome letters, and favor tags. Thanks again Rebecca!!

      Our wedding rings
      Mine:
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      His:
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      #3 ~*petals*~

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        Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:40 PM

        Wedding Attire
        Day-of tank--DIY iron-on from JoAnn Fabrics:
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        My dress:

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        After alterations:
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        Wedding Day Accessories:

        Earrings and Bracelet (both from Carson Pirie Scott):
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        DIY Birdcage veil:
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          Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:40 PM

          FI’s suit from Bachrach:
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          Groomsmen attire: (same as the groom, minus the suit jacket, except now only FI is wearing this tie)
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          Honorary Ringbearer Attire (from Target):
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          My nephew is too little to be trusted with a ring, so he’s escorting his Grandma down the aisle.

          BM Dresses

          They all got to pick their own dress in the color “Pool.”
          Maid of Honor/Sis
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          Bridesmaid #1
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          Bridesmaid #2
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          Flowergirl Dress
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          BM Gifts
          Boat tote bags purchased from another BDW bride:
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          I stuffed each one with the following goodies:

          Coin purse (from India):
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          DIY Maid of Honor/ Bridesmaid tanks:
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          #5 boscobel

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            Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:41 PM

            Wow,I love the place you are going to for your honeymoon! It looks awesome.

            #6 ~*petals*~

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              Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:41 PM

              Starfish Necklaces (normally $30, found on clearance for $9.99 at Kohls):
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              Silver Bangle (Kohls):
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              DIY flip-flops ($1 +$1.99 jewels at Michaels):
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              Pashminas in their own little pouch (Click the image to open in full size.

              Passport Holders (Click the image to open in full size.

              Luggage Tags ($1 each at Michaels):
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              Small Gifts for Mom & Dad:

              Father of the Bride cap
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              Mother of the Bride shirt
              (was showing up HUGE so I removed the link to Vistaprint) and a bracelet from Kohls.

              Ceremony Details
              Bouquet and MOH bouquet by Flowers by Grace, in Miami. We’re bringing these down with us and using the flowers included in the package for the two bridesmaids.
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              MOH Bouquet
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                Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:41 PM

                DIY Flowergirl pail
                I found a flowergirl pail for my niece for $1 at Target. I got some turquoise ribbon & starfish charms from Dollar Tree, and voila!

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                Programs (free from Vistaprint):
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                Bubbles w/ monogram stickers (Dollar Tree)
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                Reception

                Centerpieces
                The hotel provides white linens and votive candles in small glass holders as standard, so I created this to place down the center of the tables.

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                I found everything (except the chocolate brown raffia) at Dollar Tree! Each centerpiece probably cost about $2.

                OOT Bags
                We decided to do these last-minute after I was able to get some Jamaica totes through a friend at the Tourist Board. They contain the welcome letter, wedding weekend itinerary with hotel map, some playing cards, hand sanitizer, and mini-bottles of Appleton Rum.

                We got these bags in black, red, and blue. They’re a really cute souvenir for the guests!
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                WOW, that really was long… but I think that’s it! We leave on Thursday!

                #8 JulieG

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                  Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:46 PM

                  Everything looks great. I absolutely love love love your earrings, they are stunning.

                  #9 Blkatz

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                    Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:48 PM

                    it looks great!!! Congrats and good luck!!!

                    #10 boscobel

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                      Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:50 PM

                      Ok, I had only seen post #1 before, so wanted to say that eveything looks great! I alos love your earrings, and gerat job on the birdcage veil! It looks awesome.!




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