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Ok, so here was my first test of the chair hangers.  The color is actually a lot more vibrant, more rich blue-green teal, than I could get the picture to look.  I think it was my lighting coupled with the fact I took these with my phone. 

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Then here's the first mock up I made of the ribbon stakes for the aisle.  I'm going to make 14 of these... slowly. ... as a touch the beads wrapped around the feather are the same beads used to mend the beading on my dress, and there are 5 of them-one for each year we have dated up until our marriage.   Pair with the "eternal love and faithfulness" that peacocks mean, I think it's a rather sweet idea- our five years together leading us to an eternity of love.

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Jenn I like the way the ribbon stakes and chair holders are coming along!! 

 

I'm lighting up my lanterns with the DIY throwies. Here's a link: http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Throwies/

 

I didn't do the epoxy or the magnet. Just electrical tape, the battery, the bulb and binder clips. I added the paper "switch" so we can leave them off until we get to Mexico.  LED Throwies with On/Off Tab

 

They were super easy and fast to make. I got my supplies from China & Hong Kong on ebay for about $40 to make 33 (ish) lights - 3 bulbs each. 

 

 

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We did the White Gazbo, I thought it really nice. I have some pictures to show from our photography Sarani......

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Originally Posted by Onelove2013 View Post

Thanks for all the advice Ladies!

We do have Gazebo 55 held for us as of now but I may change my mind. I just don't like the rock wall and bushes behind you... I want the sand and ocean right behind us! So we may do the bamboo gazebo. And we are trying to avoid all tradition things:) no first dance, cake cutting, etc. so I was thinking a private dinner on the beach where there is no dance floor. 

How about Photos? That is my MOST IMPORTANT thing! Did you guys go with the resort photographer or someone outside?

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Love those, they are amazing, so cute.....  :)

Originally Posted by jnitschke View Post

Ok, so here was my first test of the chair hangers.  The color is actually a lot more vibrant, more rich blue-green teal, than I could get the picture to look.  I think it was my lighting coupled with the fact I took these with my phone. 

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Then here's the first mock up I made of the ribbon stakes for the aisle.  I'm going to make 14 of these... slowly. ... as a touch the beads wrapped around the feather are the same beads used to mend the beading on my dress, and there are 5 of them-one for each year we have dated up until our marriage.   Pair with the "eternal love and faithfulness" that peacocks mean, I think it's a rather sweet idea- our five years together leading us to an eternity of love.

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I love how your pictures turned out super cute, i love all the pink as well. :)

Originally Posted by mrendic View Post

Ladies! So It has been two months since the wedding- I can't believe how the time flew.... it feels like it just happened yesterday. But we actually moved to Florida a few weeks after the wedding so I haven't had a chance to write a review or anything yet, but I fully intend to as soon as things settle down a little more with work. What I do want to say is that El Dorado Royale was absolutely amazing- we had such a wonderful time. On the other hand, my experience with the onsite coordinators was TERRIBLE! Like Nikki, I also had Martha and honestly, because of her, I almost regret having my wedding at EDR. I think she just made things way way wayyyy more stressful than they should have been but I will definitely leave a detailed review asap! But one piece of advice that I wish I had followed, DON'T OVERDO IT! Both Gazebo 55 and Tucanes are gorgeous on their own- you honestly don't need too much decoration, etc. I think I went wayyyy over the top with trying to personalize everything and I just had a million DIY projects, and so much stuff to set up. My mom refused to let me pay for them to set everything up (besides the lanterns at tucanes & sheers on the gazebo) so she offered to set up herself, and lets just say, it took FOREVER (even with other people helping) and it was a lot of stress on her. So just try to keep it simple & figure out what's most important to you! I think the lanterns at Tucanes were by far my favorite! They looked so pretty! But please feel free to ask any questions at all, I am more than happy to help in any way I can! Here are a some of my pictures. Our photographer was also Citlalli Rico- I cannot stress enough how incredible she is!

 

 

 

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Your photos turned out amazing, so cute. I love all the pink!

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Photos continued.....

 

 

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These are just a few of the hundreds of pics we got! Unless you have someone coming with you to take photos for free, Citlalli is definitely worth the cost. Unfortunately Claudia Photo is no longer one of the EDR approved vendors, though, so the $800 extra might sting a bit. But who knows, they may be able to work out a deal with you as far as negotiating rates. 

 
 

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Originally Posted by Onelove2013 View Post

 

Your pictures look amazing! I am going to find out about them! I am sooo excited! and your pictures are making me rethink gazebo 55. its beautiful! 

 

Gazebo 55 Is incredible! I really wanted to be right on the sand by the ocean as well but I hated the idea of the sandbags in my wedding photos! So we went with 55 and it just looks so good in pics! Here are a few more photos so you can get an idea what the area looks like. Hope this helps
 

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I love WPB! I'm originally from the Orlando area. 

Originally Posted by mrendic View Post

 

 
Thanks so much allie! We are in West Palm Beach. I kinda wish we had moved before the wedding, flights are so much cheaper from FL to mexico than they were from TN! Haha. But that gives us a reason to go back, I guess. 
 

 

Amanda - your photos are gorgeous!! It looks like you had a beautiful wedding. 

 

 

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Go to costco or Sam's club! We also found a lot of our items online on amazon.com. Try doing a google search for sample sizes or travel sizes of what you want in your OOT bags.

Originally Posted by Onelove2013 View Post

I am also trying to figure out OOT Bags! Where is everyone finding large quantities of things for cheap? They are going to cost me $500+... 

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Originally Posted by jnitschke View Post

 

I have a question about your lanterns at Tuscannes, I've been bouncing around the idea of doing lanterns there as well.  Are they lit?  What kind of lanterns did you buy?  and what did they charge you to hang them?  I know Nikki had lanterns too, but I was just curious if there was much of a difference.  Do you have any other close up pictures from the area around Tuscannes?  Things like how your tables were set up under the palapa and where the dance floor was... that kind of thing.  Just so that I can get an idea of a layout for the place.  You're making me rethink all my DIY projects.  I just finished ribbon chair hangers, inspired by Nikki's and also very similar to your own, but with peacock feathers and a larger white ribbon backing the small ones.  I'm about half way done with making my ribbon streamers for the aisle decor too.  I'll try and see if I can get a couple of good trial pics to show you guys what I've got so far.  My biggest hurdle right now is figuring out the layout for center pieces. Balancing what looks nice, with price, how much DIY, and how hard it will be to ship it all down... For some reason this is proving to be incredibly hard.   I have test vases and candle holders in our living room with different colors of glitter and paint... Todd walked in today and said "It looks like a princess exploded in here" and then walked out... heh..my next trial will be to make my own mercury glass pieces.  I figure some configuration of all of this is bound to call out to me.  I think my problem is that I might actually have too much inspiration... I love it all.

 

Yes I had my lanterns lit with these little LED lights & batteries. Here's a link to the DIY project website that has numerous options for lighting lanterns- mine was obviously the LED lights one. http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-wedding-challenge-2010-lighting-paper-lanterns/ . I bought Irregular ribbed lanterns from paperlanternstore.com- I had a total of 42 lanterns (10- 10", 14-12", 12- 16" and 6- 32") in 3 different colors. It cost me exactly 99.76 for all of them and if you spend over 99$ they give you free shipping. EDR charged 150 to set them up and that actually ended up including the assembly of the lights. I was going to assemble the lights a couple of days before the wedding but ran out of time and they did it for me. I slyly placed the lights, batteries, and tape in my suitcase that I handed over to them and they found me to ask what it was so I showed them how to assemble them and they just did it. Lol. Hey, you have to save time and money any way you can! I do have more pictures of Tucanes, I will post them in a separate post. I love your peacock feather accents! Those are awesome. But yeah, it really is tough trying to balance what you want with a budget. Not to mention the hurdle of getting everything to the resort... inspiration was my biggest problem too. Just when I thought I was done and happy with what I had, I would see another idea. It never stopped until I actually left for mexico. I even had projects that I was working on when I got there. So yeah, I definitely understand! 
 

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Originally Posted by amanda50388 View Post

 

I love how your pictures turned out super cute, i love all the pink as well. :)

 

Your photos turned out amazing, so cute. I love all the pink!

 

Thank you amanda! Your photos came out amazing too. I love your dress!
 

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