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#1 yeya99

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    Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:09 AM



    Here are a few tid bits of the wedding preparation leading up to the main event.  My hubby wanted a beach wedding and I wanted to have an authentic Mexican wedding at an Hacienda. In preparation I sent STD to inform every one that we were getting married in Cancun and since the wedding date was in peak season we had to urge our guests to start making plans as soon as possible because of the drastic prices increase during peak season.  Dec 19 –Jan 15. Avoid these dates like a hawk as travel prices are 3 times as higher for everything.  Had we known this before we made the deposit we would have picked another date.


    I decided to make my own message in the bottle informing guests of the wedding date, our wedding website and suggesting pre packages and preliminary bookings. I also did a magnate for the fridge.  Message in the bottles are easy to make but they are very time consuming if you want them very detailed as I did.   I ended up ordering everything and putting them together.  If I had to do it all over again I would pay to have them made as I did not save that much money plus it would have been less stress on my end. 

    I bought beach sand, mini shells, Raffia, glass bottles, corks, and mailing boxes from



    I infused my corks with Gardania scented oil. This I also purchased at  Michaels craft store. I  soaked up the  corks in the oil for a day and they were nicely incufused. When all the guests got their STD they said it semlled hevenly when the opended the bottle.




     In case the message in the bottle was not enough I also sent a fridge magnet so that people could keep the wedding date in mind often as they could and hence not forget to book for the destination wedidnt. I got really cute personalized  magnates made from ebay. They have great deals so check them out. Turn around time was lightning speed!





    Will follow up tomorrow with what I came up with for the wedding invitations! 


    #2 morgan7

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      Posted 18 February 2011 - 06:30 AM

      i love the message in the bottle it must have taken you awhile though!

      #3 JayKay

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      Posted 18 February 2011 - 09:36 AM

      I love your message in a bottle STDs.  They look great!

      #4 KCB2011

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        Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:13 PM

        The messag in a bottle is such a neat idea...I really like the monograms on the front!

        #5 yeya99

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          Posted 18 February 2011 - 10:48 PM


          Official Wedding Invitations.





          I searched high and low till I foud something that I was completely in love with and that I felt could combine a  beach and hacienda theme wedding.  I found a designer in Australia who did the art work for me and sent it PDF file. He could have done the whole printing and everything for me but I was short for time so he agreed to just sell me the design. After he emailed me the file  I took it to a print shop and get my invites printed, scored and folded.  Design  from http://trisus.com.au




          I chose to make my own inner envelopes with papel amate . Papel amate is Mexican bark paper. It has been crafted for centuries since  the pre columbian era in Mesoamerica and this paper is still made today.  

          I loved this paper because it tied in with the Mexican  rustic theme that I was going for plus the texture and color that I chose gave it that  beach look to it.  I ordered the paper from


          I used natural twine to tie a bow around the inner envelope of the invite and attached the gold charm to the bow.

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          Since the destination wedding was going to be in a nice tropical place I decided to add a flying butterfly inside the invite.  These babies are awesome paper butterflies that come out flying when the guests open the invite, it's a wonderful surprise!  I purchased the butterflies in different colors from :  our stamps.gif



           Invites got one of each stamp above and were sealed with a special red waxed monogram seal of our initials.  I really wanted to put a authentic  wax seal to encompass the whole hacienda theme. It gave it  an elegant touch just like the old days.





          Since I had plenty of the Gardenia scented oil that was used to infuse the corks for the message in the bottle STDs',  I  dabbed a bit of the oil on the outer envelopes as a final touch!  They looked good and smelled amazing too! LOL 

          #6 KCB2011

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            Posted 18 February 2011 - 11:00 PM

            Those are great invitations!  They are so unique and you can tell they have a personal touch to them.

            #7 yeya99

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              Posted 18 February 2011 - 11:28 PM


              Welcome Cocktail and Mayan Ceremony @ Avalon Bacarra Cancun Hotel


              Here are pics of our Mayan Ceremony Set up and outsidle cocktail area where we enjoyed food and drinks and music.





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              Coming from two cultures I did my best to combine both.  Since I am Roman Catholic I cannot get married anywhere that is not a church.  With that being I decided to have a Mayan Ceremony on the beach followed by a cocktail hour accompanied with a batucada. (Brazilian drums) to get the party started.  With this we killed two birds with one stone and we used that cocktail hour as our welcome cocktail.  Everyone got to meet each other break and ice and were warmed up ready for the official ceremony.  Being that my  hubby is of Pakistani decent I asked the shaman to tweak part of the ceremony for us.  In the Mayan ceremony it is customary for the bride and groom to exchange a crown of flowers to crow each other.  In Indian and Pakistani weddings they exchange floral garland necklace.

              I also decided to serves appetizers reflecting my hubby’s culture.

              Flavored Lemon and Mango margaritas were served as drinks

              Canapes that were served were

              Babaganus-with mint infusion in coconut and red curry curry, 


              Vegetable Samoosa

              Mini Lamb kebobs

              Tandoori style shrimp

               Mango Mouse.

              We drank and ate and had a good time but we made sure to send everyone to get a good night’s rest early enough as the next day was going to be exhausting!




              Small clip of the Mayan Ceremony and cocktail hr festiveties.



              #8 yeya99

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                Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:04 AM

                Oh man I had written a detailed thread on the Cathollic ceremony and reception but this computer of mine erased it. Will follow up tomorrow so stay tuned for more!

                #9 Carolineandtaylan

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                  Posted 19 February 2011 - 08:59 AM

                  I love all the details you did in your wedding. I am als planning getting in a hacienda by the sea in mexico (Hacienda Corazon and Hacienda Del Mar). Thanks for posting your are giving me lots of inspiration. ;) Love your mayan ceremony!!!!

                  #10 yeya99

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                    Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:16 AM

                    Nice!  Hacienda Corazon looks amazing!!!!  We had our reception at hacienda La Esperanza.

                    I love all the details you did in your wedding. I am als planning getting in a hacienda by the sea in mexico (Hacienda Corazon and Hacienda Del Mar). Thanks for posting your are giving me lots of inspiration. ;) Love your mayan ceremony!!!!

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