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First of all – thank you Tammy for creating this forum. I never would have been able to have the kind of destination wedding I wanted without it. There is so much useful info on here. Second of all – thank you to my shouters for keeping me sane during this time. You girls are amazing, and have become really great friends to me. I know I can count on you girls and that means a lot.

 

With that, here is my planning thread – I can’t believe I leave in less than 2 weeks! –

 

“Will you be my Bridesmaid” Cards

 

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Engagement Shoot

 

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BD Book Paul’s gift

 

Beth Cocuzzi did my BD shoot. Thank you so much MarieSam for the recommendation! I know she did Deanna’s pics also. She was awesome! I was so nervous at first but she made it so much fun. She did my makeup and Tara did my hair…I’d highly recommend her to anyone in the So Cal area

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Bachelorette Party

Vegas of course! I had way too much fun with 12 of my girlfriends. We stayed at THEHotel at Mandalay Bay which is perfect for bachelorette parties as all the rooms are suites with 2 bathrooms! And a bar in the room of course smile29.gif

 

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Rings

 

My wedding Band

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My e-ring

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FIâ€s wedding band

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Tungsten ring – we were going to go platinum but heâ€s on the computer all day and we wanted something more scratch resistant

 

Dress

 

My dress is made by Alvina Valenta – here it is on someone else – sorry girls - you can see it on me after the wedding :).

 

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Train is detachable and Iâ€m only wearing it for the Church ceremony

My veil is floor length and Iâ€m just wearing it for the ceremony as it will be too much for the beach

 

Jewelry/Accessories

 

My earrings

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My bracelet

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My hair piece

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Made by arbiegoodfellow on etsy

 

My clutch

 

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Shoes

 

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Iâ€m going back and forth on these shoe clips (by bpoetic on etsy) I bought or these clip on earrings – I bought them both to clip on the shoes for a little extra pazazz – here they are (Iâ€m leaning toward the shoe clips):

 

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FIâ€s Suit

 

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Groomsmen/Bridesmaid/Ringbearer Outfits

 

My bridesmaid dresses were made by sarahseven from etsy and I let the girls choose from 3 different versions

Peachy Keen Dress

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Flock Dress

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Tulip Dress

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The groomsmen suits are from Express…they are wearing gray pinstriped pants, a suit vest, and a yellow collared shirt with an ivory tie, and gray chucks – pic below but shirt is the wrong color and tie is missing:

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And our cute little ringbearer of course with his outfit:

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Welcome Letter

 

Iâ€m doing a letter with koozies as I have too many guests for full on out of town bags and I wouldnâ€t be able to relax if I had to put that many together. I donâ€t have either finished yet but the koozies are yellow and gray. Well attach them to the letters when we get their with gray ribbon and have them each delivered to the guests rooms.

 

Flowers

I would love cream colored peonies but I donâ€t think that is possible in Mexico right now – so all cream colored something…and for my bridesmaids yellow flowers of some sort – I love ranunculus.

 

Invitations and Calligraphy

 

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My envelopes were white – this pic is from her etsy store

 

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My custom made bouts

 

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Bridesmaid Gifts

 

I went a little crazy with their gifts – I figured they were spending so much to come to my wedding so I wanted to:

 

Clutch (theirs are in gray with a yellow flower – our wedding colors)

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Pearl Rings

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Hereâ€s a thread on these:

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Spa Wraps/Toiletry Bags

Forgot to take a picture – Iâ€m sorry! They are from Smarty Pants Boutique though – I highly recommend her – she was awesome – we also got waffle robes monogrammed for our momâ€s

 

Wet Swimsuit Bags

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Leather Passport Covers

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Sarongs

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Pashminas

They are a light gray from that group order Jac did.

 

Travel Jewelry Rolls

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Flip Flops

Just dark gray Old Navy flip flops that they can wear at the beach with their dresses for the reception

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Groomsmen Gifts

 

We really wanted the Flip Mino Camcorders that I recommended to some girls on here but FI was adamant on the camcorder being 1080P and HD (heâ€s a techy computer geek) so we found this Aiptek version for less ($120 on amazon) than the HD Mino version which was $249 – and with 9 groomsmen, that would just be too much $$

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We also bought their ties (ivory), belts, and yellow socks

 

Welcome Dinner – BananaCantina:

 

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I was looking for an inexpensive option since we had so many people. We wanted to keep the cost down. I found Banana Cantina on tripadvisor and Iâ€m so happy I did. We get to rent out the whole restaurant on Thanksgiving night. It fits about 55 people and we got a better deal than any of the other restaurants I was looking at – and this one is even nicer than half of them. It is really modern and trendy which we loved. Also, Jae the manager is American so she was really easy to talk to. She was also great over email and always got back to me in a timely manner.

 

And here is our postcard invitation from vistaprint

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Rehearsal Dinner Dress

 

J Crew Cutwave Dress

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Some of my way too many Wedding/Honeymoon Clothing purchases (only because I love it when people post these )

 

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Ceremony / Church – Iglesia De Guadalupe:

 

Weâ€re having a Catholic ceremony at Iglesia De Guadalupe. I love this Church, it is so gorgeous.

 

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Resort / Reception – Dreams Puerto Vallarta

 

The reception will be on the beach with a dance floor, lounge, and dinner tables.

 

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Wedding Coordinator

 

After joining this forum and picking Puerto Vallarta – I fell in love with the Dazzling Details after finding them on here (I am a horrible DIYâ€er and knew I needed the help of someone talented). They have been nothing but great and I canâ€t wait to see what they come up with.

 

The Dazzling Details

 

Honeymoon

 

We searched trip advisor high and low and it was between Four Seasons Punta Mita and Casa Velas…we ended up choosing Casa Velas. We canâ€t wait! Thank you Andi for giving us the review to finalize our decision 

 

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And that is it! Sorry I donâ€t have a lot of wedding specific details. My coordinators like to keep some things surprises so more to come with my review. Also, you can become their facebook fan and they put a lot of pics the week before someoneâ€s wedding on some of their “plans†– “The Dazzling Details†is their fan page – their blog is www.thedazzlingdetails.com/blog and my photographers is Stephanie Williams Photography Blog wedding and portrait photography blog . Iâ€ll miss you all!

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Jess- yayayaya Love your planning thread!!! Love your boudoir shot! Holy cow P is going to go NUTS!!!!!

 

and your ring is out of this world!!!

 

Thanks for posting!!!! yayayay! so excited and happy for you guys!!!

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