Well I'm not the best at these sort of things so I'll try this and hope it comes out decent. I planned (ahh strange to put it in the past tense) for 18 months. We got engaged in July of 2009 and was married 1 week and 2 days ago on October 9th, 2010.
I got my Save the Dates from efavormart.com They were luggage tags in individual plastic boxes. We put a slip of paper in the back that gave details on how to book the vacation. And on the inside where you'd usually put your name and address for the luggage tag we put a little message.
For our Invites we wanted to keep it simple but relevant so we went with post cards. They had the pictures from our Engagement shoot and were cheap to mail and everyone loved them. Simple and sweet just like us lol My cousin took the pictures and her husband is a digital editor so he made the post cards for us. They say "Leave your life and ride" It's a quote from a Carey Brothers song (our favorite song and also our first dance song.) Also totally appropriate since we like to ride the motorcycle and also we're asking the guests to leave their live and ride to come to our wedding
Here's a picture of my dress. I'll just post only the dress here so I can post the other full pictures of me in the dress in my review. It's a Mori Lee style # 6204 and I wore turquoise shoes as my 'something blue' and turquoise was also my wedding color.
I'm a loser and didn't take a picture of my bridesmaid gifts. But I got them all a pashmina, a pair of turquoise earrings to wear with their bridesmaid dress, a rhinestone purse hook, a luggage tag with their initial, and I got each of them a gift that was meaningful to them and their hobbies that way it was still personal to each girl.
The OOT bags were a big hit of course! We assembled them here and packed them in a box so they were ready to go when we arrived. Here is a picture of the contents but we also added an underwater camera to each bag (purchased off ebay) but we took this picture before they came in.
-Bags were actually the drawstring backpacks and EVERYONE used them. I'm so glad we went with these instead of tote bags. They were easier to use and people walked around with them and took them to the beach. They were somewhat waterproof in the fact that you could put wet stuff in them and then just wash them out without them smelling like the canvas bags may have done. We got them off Oriental Trading website.
-The mugs were given out to each guest and they loved those too. They would take their drinks and dance with them without them spilling. These were from Family Dollar and worked great. They were in our wedding color too!
-I got Cocktails for Dummies in the dollar bin at Target.
-Purell hand sanitizer was from Office Max and it was .30 cents per bottle.
-Mr. & Mrs. note pads and the Fiesta maraca ink pen were from Oriental Trading website.
-Gummy candy in the shape of flip flops and the umbrella straws were all also Oriental Trading website.
-As I said we added underwater cameras bought from ebay for about $4 a piece.
-We included the Wedding Weekend Survival Kit. I used a fellow BDW bride template for the sticker on the front. The box came from Dollar Tree. We included SPF Chapstick, 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree. We included, Pepto, Immodium, Tylenol, Bandaids, Safety pins, Doublemint gum
-We also included a Thank You note and a "Find the Couple" itinerary. I had seen somewhere on the forum someone else who had done an Itinerary and loved the idea. Our guests could find us throughout the weekend without having to use cell phones. We gave them out before the trip so that our guests sort of plan ahead and could meet up with us if they wanted to but if they wanted to do their own thing that was cool too. We wanted to let everyone have their own vacation, after all they paid for it themseleves, but at the same time we wanted them to be able to hang out with us if they wanted. It worked out perfectly. Some people met us for most meals and others we only saw a few times. It was all about just letting everyone have a great time without roping them into 'required events'. We gave out the OOT bags at the welcome cocktails on Friday, the night before the wedding.
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