Hey Lizzdee! It sounds like you've had a great, relaxing summer. Thanks for the heads up about Monica! She was assigned to me as my WC, but she kept rescheduling via email for the last couple months and we were scheduled to finally speak two weeks from now. Hmm. Before I call Beaches to be assigned a new WC, is there really any benefit to do this, or is there anything that the "Monica' would do for me besides pre-sell upgrades I probably don't want?
Jillvella, I hope this helps with your question: My fiance Dennis works for the USPS and said that as far as he knows the USPS still accepts letters with the hand stamped wax seal. The issue is the automated machinery in the "postal plants" that now sort the mail in the departure and receiving cities may pull the wax seals off the envelopes either completely or in parts.
Everyone, it has been so fun to read what everyone else has planned and is planning! I am so thankful that the Beaches Turks & Caicos brides are sharing so much great information, especially when Beaches hasn't been communicating with me at all.
It's been almost 2 months since my engagement and I am amazed how much we've already completed! There are still a lot of little touches and details to handle, such as the, "fun passport invitations or more traditional" debate, but I have over 8 months yet. My mom and I were at the bridal shop less than 24 hours from the proposal. I chose the second dress I tried on - you just KNOW when it's right - and they have already completed it for me! On another sentimental note, we incorporated the diamonds in my grandmother's bridal set into a more modern wedding band to match the engagement ring, and we are just waiting to get it back, plus we have all the other rings plus the veil, shoes, and my options for jewelry. My sister ordered her MOH dress, plus we scored at some end of summer sales and have the outfits for the best man, my parents, and BIL. Dennis has two shirt options, and we just need to find some nice linen pants for him. Oh! I am really excited about the STD cards we designed in Adobe Illustrator/ Photoshop! I saw another bride's idea for "vacation sign postcards" in the DIY section a while back and became obsessed with the idea. My fiance's brother in law (best man) helped us get it done. He was very patient when I kept changing "font picture" piece in Illustrator, and he created and recreated the final layered project in Photoshop about 3 times to get them just right. We should get the postcards back from the local printer by the end of the week, and I will try to upload a sample of what we did! I am so glad we went with a local print business - they are only charging us $18 for 50 finshed postcards with full color on both sides!
Also, I went to my first bridal show last weekend which was fun even though I already either have what I want, or know what I want to do already. I had hoped to see some options for sand ceremonies, but no one had anything, but the cupcake sampling was worth it alone! I signed up to "win" a few of the vendor's contests, and while I didn't really win anything, I am now getting crazy emails and phone calls saying I have been selected to win this or that, but upon digging deeper they really just want me and my fiance to come to various sales presentations where I am eligible to receive hotel vouchers that I must pay for to use. One of them offers tungsten wedding bands if we show up, but we already have that covered. In any case, I have found this aspect a bit annoying, so I have an idea I would like to pass on to others to consider who haven't been to a bridal show yet: Create a NEW email address that you will use just for bridal shows or wedding stuff, and don't give out your phone number unless you mean to do business with that vendor. Once your wedding planning is complete and the honeymoon is over, disable the email account you used specifically for the wedding and you don't have to worry about "unsubscribing" to every email. I hope it helps someone
Those of you that had a sand ceremony, did you use a container that was able to transport the "wedding sand" back home in one piece? I'd love to add this to the decor of our master bath "tropical oasis", but haven't found a good container yet. I appreciate any ideas!