Were not super rich, that's for sure. So for the ceremony programs...I know I need to print those before we leave to go down there...how will I know how the events for the evening will go, plus wedding programs are detailed...I'm still working on the details, I feel like I will never have the details nailed down and I dont' want to print them and make a mistake. For the isle, where did you get decor big enough for that? Are they picky as to the type of runner you put down or what would you recommend...They do provide one right? I'm having my bouquest and boutonnieres made from real feel flowers, got the whole bunch for $200 and that includes Mom's corsage, dad, father of groom, groom, 3 groomsmen and 1 ring bearer and 1 flag boy and 3 bouquest for my attendants. Where did you find Maracas? I would love to find some white, pink and royal blue ones. Our colors are Royal Blue and Fushia with a silver lining.
Thanks dimples...congrats on your upcoming wedding (it comes sooo fast). The 2 cards in the sand were our ceremony programs. We just did half in yellow and half in green. The resort did provide those hanging white lanterns. I've seen them in photos hanging down from a pole vertically, but she said hanging them across was an option so we went with that. I forget how much they were...$150 maybe? WOW, you have a lot of people going! That's gonna add up fast... I brought ALOT of stuff with me, we had 2 large suitcases full of just wedding stuff. Luckily my parents brought one and his parents took the other. I'll be 100% honest, it was kind of a pain lugging all that stuff there, but we saved SO much money, even paying $60 for extra luggage fees, that I'm glad we went that route. If you're loaded and have a huge budget, then the resort will provide almost anything you need- but it'll cost you.
The fabric for the chuppah, for example- I believe the resort charges $300 or something crazy. I was looking for chiffon fabric that wasn't too expensive. Even at $5 a yard though, it was coming out to about $100 ( the chuppah is 8' on all sides, so I figured I'd need about 10 yards each for both colors I wanted to use). When I didn't find anything I liked, I looked for similar fabrics and found a very inexpensive organza, which isn't as flowy but did the job, since they had to tie it down around the poles anyway. It was pretty windy while we were there. Anyhow, I purchased 10 yards of each color for about $20 from http://www.giftsintl...ucts.php?cat=59 And that's with shipping! $20 for 20 yards def beats paying $300.
Chair sashes and table runners I bought myself from http://www.prestigelinens.com/. Cheaper than the $5 a sash the resort charges. I think the only additional thing I used from the resort was the lighting and dance floor (only bc that wouldn't fit in my suitcase lol). We brought with us the sashes and runners, chuppah fabric, table centerpieces, diy ceremony programs, paper fans, sand ceremony frame & sand, ceremony aisle decorations (starfish and raffia), maracas, guest book, camera, and props, tray and sea shell escort card holders + escort cards, and our cake topper. My mom & I also made my 2 maids of honor's bouquets since the resort wanted $60-$100 each (my flowers were real and included in the wed pkg).
Oh and PS: I think you were the one that mentioned Sky Lanterns in previous posts. I had asked Ana about these MONTHS ago and she said, sure no problem. Wouldn't you know that I get down there and Yamina tells me that, sorry, Ana made a mistake, those aren't allowed here-protected area. Wonderful! I'm glad I spent my $ and lugged them down there for no reason. The ONLY reason I didn't put up any kind of a fight is because, like i said, it was super windy and we wouldn't have been able to set them off anyway.