Ok, so I've been back for exactly two weeks and I kept meaning to post some of these. As I mentioned previously, I really didn't pay for much extra stuff at all. I paid for 12 lanterns (on two stands) and for 6 bridesmaid bouquets, which cost $80 each and I re-used for the centerpieces and the vases, which cost me $10 each. That was all I added besides extra meals (I didn't have the cocktail party, I used the credit towards dinners). I forgot to mention that I just paid for the sound technician and made a kick-a$$ playlist (I just had him play it from start to finish)! I had one list for dinner music, one list for dancing and a CD for the first dance and father daughter dance. It worked out amazingly well! We had my brother in law MC, so the tech didn't have to say a word.
I attached pictures to give you an idea of what your set-up might look like without adding too much. Here's what I brought: sand dollars as place cards and a wood tray to set them in sand, tealight candle holders in teal and white (I think we had 5 for each table), LED tea lights, teal ribbon to put one strip around each chair, menus that I glued onto teal cardstock and they were tucked into the white napkins, teal sticks from the flower shop to hold the table numbers in the BM bouquets I re-used. I brought NOTHING for the ceremony, just the flowers for the table which were included (multicoloured). The bridesmaid dresses were a vibrant teal and that was plenty of colour. So everything was white except for a few little touches of teal for the reception.
She added another 12 lanterns and the white flags for free as a surprise. I thought it was gorgeous and the whole thing cost us almost nothing over the package price!
Here's the link to our slideshow but to be honest... for some reason, he chose some pretty bad shots of us to include in it. There were so many stunning ones (that we ended up choosing) so why, I'm not sure! haha. http://030511wolkove.dreamsriveriacancun.adventurephotos.com.mx/
Let me know if you have any questions for me and trust me when I say.. DO NOT STRESS! It will turn out better than you can imagine, even if you do NOTHING before heading down there.