I am SO GLAD we did OOT bags for our guests! They were really surprised when they got them and really appreciated the gesture. We kept it really simple because we were running out of time and money. I wished I could have also included personalized insulated mugs (discountmugs.com) for each person but we just couldnâ€™t afford any more extras (not to mention we were also running out of luggage space!). We put most of the money into the bag itself and we were really happy with that decision. Most people didnâ€™t bring a beach bag and we saw them carrying them around everywhere (shopping, to the poolside, etc.) We purchased 24 Reusable Cotton Canvas Shopping Grocery Tote Bags for $63.98 from an eBay seller (qualitylumber) and created an iron-on with our wedding date and starfish logo. They were the PERFECT size for a beach bag and had a nice texture to them. They also took the iron-on really well.
We gave 1 bag per couple and included:
â€¢A Wedding Week survival kit that included:
oMini bath puff (container of 5/$1 at the Dollar Tree)
oNail file (Dollar Tree)
oAnti-bacterial gel (purchased 2/$1 at Dollar Tree)
oFirst Aid kit (from Dollar Tree) and added:
-Shout wipes (purchased a couple of boxes that were on sale at Staples)
-Asprin and ibuprofen (individual first aid packs)
-Immodium (just in case! Haha!)
â€¢A sodoku puzzle book (purchase for $1 ea. at Michaelâ€™s)
â€¢Two lanyards with badge ID holders (zip closed kind) to hold room card keys (purchased from eBay).
We didnâ€™t know how we were going to go about handing out the bags but it really wasnâ€™t that difficult. As we saw people we just went to grab them from our room or brought them with us to dinner etc, if we were going to meet up with someone. We were able to get all of the bags out to everyone without any problems. Brideâ€™s attire:
I absolutely loved my dress! I was REALLY worried about it because it was really heavy and I wasnâ€™t sure if it would be too hot to wear in Cancun. Iâ€™m so glad I stuck with it and didnâ€™t go for a smaller dress It had the Spanish feel I was looking for and went perfectly with my mantilla veil. The heat wasnâ€™t a big issue because our wedding was at 5pm and it was already cooling off by then (but still warm of course). It was so heavy to carry in the airport that we didnâ€™t worry about getting it wrinkled because it would have been a struggle to try and keep it straight or hanging. We just gave it to Kalena at our wedding meeting on Thursday morning and she had it pressed and delivered to my momâ€™s room the next day. We flew on Mexicana Airlines and they let us use it as a carry-on so we just stuffed it in the overhead compartment!
Dress: Maggie Sottero - â€œDariaâ€ in diamond white
Veil: Elbow length mantilla veil with beading - in think it was by Bel Aire Bridal?
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - â€œPeekapooâ€ in fuchsia. I also added shoe clips that I made out of Austrian crystal clip-on earrings that I bought off of eBay. They were perfect!
Crinoline: I bought the crinoline off of another bride on weddingbee for $20 and dyed it fuchsia using 3 boxes of RIT Fuchsia dye. I did it all in my kitchen sink and it was really easy! I love how it came out! It was a Davidâ€™s Bridal medium fullness crinoline.
Hair flower: I bought a Real Touch flower from an Etsy seller that was selling knitted baby hats with flowers on them. I got it for $9 + 2.99 shipping I think. Groomâ€™s attire:
My husband is 6â€™6â€ so it was a challenge finding him a linen suit that wasnâ€™t going to cost us a small fortune. We found studiosuits.com from other brides on this site and got the perfect custom suit for my husband for $99! We added the satin lining to his pants for an extra $5. We loved the suit and it fit him perfectly. We got it in the beige linen color which looked beautiful at our outdoor ceremony. It arrived about 3 weeks from the time we ordered it in a small soft package from Fed Ex (It was shipped from India). He got his shirt from the Van Heusen Outlet and his shoes are Stacy Adams (Modena Bike Toe Oxfords in Cognac) from Macyâ€™s. Bridesmaidâ€™s attire:
Dresses: Jasmine Bridal B2 Belsoie Collection. Dress B9084 (comes with optional straps) also avail. for Jr. Bridesmaids. The material we chose was Peony taffeta (with a raspberry iridescence). It gave us the fuchsia/hot pink color I wanted and looked great in sunlight and in the evening. They came in tea length but we had them shortened to cocktail length instead.
Shoes: Fuchsia satin peep toes from the Nine West Outlet for the ladies
Jr. Shoes: Fuchsia satin low heels from Sears (for 2 of my daughters).
Hair flowers: I made hair flowers out of pretty flowers that I found at Dollar Tree and hot glued them to hair clips that I bought at Michaelâ€™s. They were optional for the girls to wear but they all ended up loving them and using them for the wedding. The only thing I wish I would have done is have them wear them on the same side. It wasnâ€™t a big deal but you can only see half of their flowers when they are all facing the same direction in certain pictures. Iâ€™m really glad I did these and they were SUPER CHEAP and easy to make! Groomsmenâ€™s attire:
We helped our groomsmen order the matching pants to my husbandâ€™s suit from studiosuits.com in beige linen. We purchased their white embroidered guayabera shirts from a shop (I canâ€™t remember the name) on Mission Street in San Francisco. They all just wore brown dress shoes to match. I love how they looked together. Rings:
Brideâ€™s Engagement ring: My husband actually proposed to me with a pink sapphire ring (he knows I LOVE fuchsia pink) because he wanted us to create my â€˜dream ringâ€™ together. My engagement ring was custom made with a diamond halo surrounding a cushion cut diamond and eternity band. My husband also had them put a hidden pink sapphire on the inside of the band I wore the pink sapphire ring on my right hand during our wedding ceremony.
Brideâ€™s wedding band: I just wanted an eternity band that was similar to my engagement ring. We originally went to the SF Diamond District to look at them but the one that matched my band the best was over $1200! I didnâ€™t want to spend that much on my band so we kept looking. I started looking on eBay to see what I could find and I found the perfect ring for a LOT LESS!! The specs were even better than the one I saw in person for $1200 (color and carat weight). It was from eBay seller (5th-ave-jewels). When it came in I was ecstatic! The quality and color of the diamonds were just as described and I will definitely be purchasing from them again.
Groomâ€™s band: My husbandâ€™s band is a 14k white gold polished and brushed beveled band by Benchmark. We knew right away that was HIS band when we saw it. We ordered it from Mainsail Jewelry in Union Square (S.F.) and they were great. The only scary part was this particular jewelry store does not offer refunds (only exchanges within 30 days). But the price they gave us for the ring for was a great deal better than other Benchmark bands we had looked at so we took the deal. The band came in my husbandâ€™s size a week later and it fit him perfectly! He still loves it and so do I