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AtteGirl’s LONG Planning Thread, Maui HI ***PIC HEAVY***

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First a HUGE thanks to Tammy and the ladies of this forum! Couldn't have done half the things I did without all your great ideas and help!


I leave for Maui in 8 days! And to throw a few more things in the chaotic mix, we have Halloween coming, and our son's 1st Birthday right before we leave. Luckily almost everything is done besides packing and finishing the favors!




How we met

Matt started working for my dad in 1999. I would visit the shop (where they worked) periodically but I donâ€t think we spoke one word to each other until 2002 when I worked at the shop for one summer when I was home from college. Pretty much after that summer we were inseparable! We will have been together 7 ½ years when we marry!





Wedding Ceremony & Reception

The ceremony is taking place at Kapalua Bay Beach. Hawaii does not allow any props on beaches except flowers, so our poor guests have to stand or sit on the sand. And the Reception Dinner will be at Leilaniâ€s on the Beach in Lahaina.



Fiancéâ€s Band

My fiancé is a Fabricator by trade and he refused to pay for something he could simply make himself. I was shocked when I saw the result. He said he took 3 pieces of stainless steal, welded them together, then grinded and sanded until it was pretty! He canâ€t wear any kind of jewelry as a safety precaution at work, so heâ€ll rarely be wearing the ring anyways. But for free, and an hour of his time, it turned out great I think!

Sorry the picture lighting is horrible and blurry, but you get the idea.



My Rings

Iâ€ve had a nightmare of a time with my engagement ring! Iâ€m so over pave diamonds! I love the way they look but Iâ€ve learned they shouldnâ€t be worn daily. I had to send back my ring last summer because 2 paveâ€s fell out, and just last week another one fell out! My wedding is in 10 days and my ring looks like crap now! Weâ€ve decided after the Holidays this year weâ€ll shop around for a whole new wedding set.

Hereâ€s my original setbridal set.jpg

But I think I want this ring as my substitute until I get a new one :)



More to come...

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Cant wait to see more, thats so amazing that your FI made his own ring, I think it looks fantastic looks exactly like one you would get in the store!

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All Things Paper

Hereâ€s my semi DIY Save the Dates, invitations and Bridesmaidâ€s card. And the post about them: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/thread/61955/semi-diy-save-the-date-postcards-invites-and-bridesmaid-cards-with-pics


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Invitations from Michaelâ€



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Pre-travel brochures & luggage tags

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Welcome Brochure

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My Dress

My dress is from Alfred Angelo. I kept trying on really light, flowy dresses and they all looked horrible on me. I figured thatâ€s what I needed for the beach. Then I changed my direction and Iâ€m so glad I did! Iâ€m very happy with my dress and I didnâ€t†even need to get anything altered, it fit perfectly! If youâ€re hippy like me ladies, try on a drop waist dress, its super flattering!




My sandals are from Guess, got them on clearance at Off Broadway Shoes. Iâ€ll be wearing a mix of new, old and borrowed jewelry. My something blue is the necklace my FI bought me on our first cruise together; it has blue sapphires down the middle. And Iâ€ll wear either the fake or a real flower in my hair like the picture below. The earrings and wide bracelet are from Macyâ€s, flower from Claireâ€s.





FIâ€s suit/dress shirt & sandals

FIâ€s suit is from Banana Republic, shirt from Marshallâ€s and sandals from Macyâ€s, but with NO tie. The sandals were a steal at only $7.00 end of summer clearance sale! 

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more coming...



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Hair & Makeup

Here are my Hair and Make-up inspiration pics 

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Hereâ€s my bouquet inspiration picture. Also the groom will be wearing a Maile Lei, and Iâ€m getting green or white orchid leiâ€s for all of the guests.











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 Bridesmaid/Parents gifts

I got my girls an assortment of things: reusable bag, monogrammed wine glass, notebook, sandals, wine from Maui, tropical lotions and soaps from Bath & Body Works, and chapstick. I also made each a Good Karma bracelet.

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For the parents gifts I made a card, and in the inside we gave them options to choose their gift. The options are things like a night away to a destination of their choice (we live in Northern CA, so the options are endless – Napa, San Fran, Monterey, Lake Tahoe etc) and then some other options are concert tickets, a night out in Maui, or a day trip to Safari West. And then Iâ€ll probably make them a wedding album from Shutterfly.


Ring Bearer

Our ring bearer is our son, who will be turning 1 year old the day before we depart for Maui! The shirt is from Kohls, matches the colors perfectly, I was so excited to find it. And the shorts are from Gap Baby, sandals from Old Navy. I made one of the dishes below with our initials in-place of a pillow, but Iâ€m not going to bring it since he wonâ€t be able to walk in the sand yet since this walking thing is a new skill!







For our guestbook Iâ€m going to include a bunch of the vintage Hawaiian postcards pre-addressed to us in the OOT bags for them to mail home to us while in Maui. And Iâ€m hoping to find a Hawaiian photo album to put them all in to display. I also got a matching notebook that Iâ€ll have at my Bridal Shower and at the reception dinner to sign. Hereâ€s the book and the insert I put in it.

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And here are some of the postcards from www.islandartstore.com





The leis at the ceremony are one favor. Then at each table setting there will be 3 lottery tickets and a 2010 penny for everyone in an envelope. The sand dollar shells are from OTC. 

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OOT bags

I got an awesome deal on the bags, CVS was having an end of summer clearance sale and got the bags for 75% off, they are great quality and big!


Contents of the bag: The postcards for guest book, photo share cards from Vistaprint and photo scavenger hunt card, welcome letter, maps, and day of timeline. Beer can cozy from OTC, 50 for $15, Do not disturb door sign, personalized chapstick with SPF, Tide sticks, Wisp tooth brush things, sunscreen and aloe vera if I can find it cheap on the island. And when I get there Iâ€ll buy some Maui onion chips and chocolate covered macadamias, and water to include in the bag. I also have some goody bags for the kids that include pool toys, coloring books, bubbles etc. 


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I think that's it! Now time for paradise and to become a Mrs!








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WOW you really nailed everything. This is one of my fav's. I think i am going to try to find those earings at Macys. Thank you so much for sharing. I LOVE your STD's did you do those?


Your dress is killer btw. I tried on one just like that at Davids Bridal, and looked like sh*t in it lol.


Also! I have identical shoes as your from Guess for my Reception.


Ha! Kick ass thread =)

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Everything looks wonderful :-) You FI is fab for doing his own ring, I never would have guessed if you had'nt have said... its great, I Love your dress :-) Its beautiful x

You have so much paid so much attention to detail..

I love the ring bearers outfit so cute x


Thanks for sharing & Cogratulatons x

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