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#11 YIweddings

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    Posted 08 February 2010 - 06:35 PM

    I am spending more on OOT bags and minimal with decor. I don't want to go without but I want to save by not using their flower$ and just having a few paper/fabric pieces(easy to pack) that guests can take with them. No extra linen, sashes etc.
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    #12 coley88

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      Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:06 PM

      As of now we're not planning to do too much. We're using the color that comes with our package as one of colors, so that cuts down on most of what we'd need to bring. We're thinking some tealight candles because they are a heck of a lot cheaper than getting them at the resort, our OOT gift bags will be the largest expense for what we're bringing down and then I'm thinking about upgrading my flowers to get my dream bouquet...but I'd like to keep it as simple as possible. Most important to us is the OOT bags, we really want to do that for our guests.

      #13 midnight24

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        Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:21 PM

        don't worry about it.

        we are not bringing anything extra down with us either for decors.

        the only thing we are doing is bringing silk flowers for the BM's bouquets and we are having peacock boutonierre's for the guys. we are bringing them back home for our AHR 3 weeks later to save money.

        we might hire the mexican band to play our wedding...but that is still yet to be decided as well. and depending on how many guests we might buy something local like maracas to use a wedding favours.

        we even decided not to have a private reception afterwards because there are so many great areas of the resort for us to go for FREE and celebrate.

        the scenery is one of the major reasons we choose a DW...and we wanted our photos on the beach.

        #14 KarenM

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          Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:25 PM

          We originally weren't going to bring anything (except OOT bag stuff), but as time goes by we've found a few things we'd like to have. We're spreading stuff out between people to bring & aren't doing things like linens/chair sashes (though it'd be a lot lighter if we were doing that instead!).

          Our resort doesn't include any centerpieces & I found these votive holders on sale at Crate & Barrel over the holidays so I grabbed em (12 in each color)
          Click the image to open in full size.

          Click the image to open in full size.

          I also saw this pic & wanted to make something like the shell curtains in the background, but I ended up finding them online. Only problem is they're too wide to fit in any of our suitcases so we have to ship them via FedEx or UPS. Hopefully they'll make it there intact!
          Click the image to open in full size.

          Limited Edition Beaded Curtain : Aqua Capiz with Brown Wood Beads

          Finally, we're using Mexican Talavera tiles for our place cards so I ordered 20 different 4x4 tiles, painted the backs & will use a silver metallic calligraphy marker to write names on the backs.
          Tiles and Tiles...Mexican Talavera Tiles Catalog


          The great thing about DW's is that there's no wrong way to do it! Each wedding will be gorgeous regardless of the decorations just by virtue of being in a fabulous location!

          #15 msmoodyr

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            Posted 08 February 2010 - 09:03 PM

            Im starting to get to the point ... I like a really full table so Im carrying like 1000 candles down ... and scratching off the LED party lights ... and trying to tear myself away from floral centerpieces

            #16 amandajill

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              Posted 08 February 2010 - 09:12 PM

              Hi there,

              I was lucky to attended two destination weddings in jamaica in October. My cousin married on the 13th, and my sister married her husband on the 15th. One went with the $700 package, and the other went all out... all the bells and whistles...

              what was funny to me is that both weddings were equally beautiful and the larger package cost was for more extras like massages and breakfast in bed and stuff. A lot of things my sister didn'tt pay for got added on for free from the resort as they were really going out of their way to make her happy.

              I decided for my wedding to stick to a lower package and spend my money on a photographer as the ones offered on the resort were not great and the pics were not good quality (and there were no good poses or ideas!)

              The wedding ceremony is short.. about 30 mintues and then you have to move off location b/c they have other weddings to prepare for so a lot of the extras are a waste of money (in my opinion)... the resort is so beautiful and you move to so many locations for pictures that you really dont' need to go all out...

              hope that helps :)

              Amanda

              #17 mctilleys

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                Posted 08 February 2010 - 09:28 PM

                Thank you so much for posting this. I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed with thoughts about "needing" to do this and that. I don't think I really want to go all out on decor, but felt like a "should" because of other posters on here. Lots of decor is great for some people, but not my fiance and me. We planned our wedding this way so it would be low key, but with the seemingly endless list of to-dos, its not so easy to plan.

                #18 sunstarsmoon

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                  Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:15 AM

                  I am just going with what the resort has to offer. I might upgrade my bouquet but thats about it! I plan on hiring a outside photographer for my pictures.
                  July 8, 2011, Couples Sans Souci Ocho Rios, Jamaica

                  #19 ~*Lisa*~

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                    Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:46 PM

                    I also forgot to mention about our OOT bags. Instead of bringing them with us and seeing as it was so close to Christmas, we made our rounds to our families to pass our the OOT bags. It was nice way to see everyone during the holidays and everyone loved the bags! I only had to ship out 3 bags to guest who live out of town! I found this a really great way to do it. Of course, it all depends on where everyone lives who is attending your wedding.

                    #20 Megan24

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                      Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:53 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by KarenM
                      We originally weren't going to bring anything (except OOT bag stuff), but as time goes by we've found a few things we'd like to have. We're spreading stuff out between people to bring & aren't doing things like linens/chair sashes (though it'd be a lot lighter if we were doing that instead!).

                      Our resort doesn't include any centerpieces & I found these votive holders on sale at Crate & Barrel over the holidays so I grabbed em (12 in each color)
                      Click the image to open in full size.

                      Click the image to open in full size.

                      I also saw this pic & wanted to make something like the shell curtains in the background, but I ended up finding them online. Only problem is they're too wide to fit in any of our suitcases so we have to ship them via FedEx or UPS. Hopefully they'll make it there intact!
                      Click the image to open in full size.

                      Limited Edition Beaded Curtain : Aqua Capiz with Brown Wood Beads

                      Finally, we're using Mexican Talavera tiles for our place cards so I ordered 20 different 4x4 tiles, painted the backs & will use a silver metallic calligraphy marker to write names on the backs.
                      Tiles and Tiles...Mexican Talavera Tiles Catalog


                      The great thing about DW's is that there's no wrong way to do it! Each wedding will be gorgeous regardless of the decorations just by virtue of being in a fabulous location!
                      I love the way the shells look. That is really pretty.

                      By the way I am so glad I posted this. I feel like I can somewhat breath again. lol




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