woohoo, can't believe I made it this far to actually be having a planning thread! Well 11 days until I'm in Mexico so here you go...I'm just missing my welcome booklets, which I'm still working on. Thank you to Tammy for this wonderful forum, and to all the brides that have provided me with so much inspiration. Honestly, as much as I love everything I've gotten off this forum sometimes I think "gee if I never knew about the forum, there are so many things I wouldn't have done and saved more time" haha, but I love it all!
On our 3 year anniversary weekend we planned a trip away to the Hocking Hills to escape from the city. We rented a cabin for the weekend and planned on doing quite a bit of hiking a sight seeing. We are both very outdoorsy and do a lot of hiking. I knew 7 months before that he had bought a ring because he cannot keep things secret even though he tries, so I just pretended I knew nothing. I was suspicious the whole trip. We hiked for 8 hours our second day there and were disappointed in the lack of waterfalls at the caves (the whole reason we were there), but we should have expected that since it was July. Adam had big plans of wading into the water and proposing underneath a waterfall but due to the drought and numerous amounts of people around plans changed. We were taking a break up on top of one of the cliffs near where a waterfall would be when he popped the question!
The next day my aunt and uncle and cousins were all at my sisterâ€™s, in from AZ making it the most perfect moment to break the news, of course my parents already knew just not when it was happening. We knew before we were engaged that we wanted a DW. The first words out of my motherâ€™s mouth was â€œso do we still have to go to Mexicoâ€!!
A detailed story of our engagement can also be found here written by my FI
my wedding band
FIâ€™s wedding band
He got a tungsten carbide ring, he picked it out himself and wore it around the mall the day we picked it up so he could â€œknow what it feels likeâ€ haha
After A LOT of research and going back and forth we finally chose Dreams Tulum. I liked that it was further away from all the hustle and bustle. Weâ€™ve never done an AI before so this will be something new for us. We typically prefer a boutique style but for convenience with our guests an AI seemed like the best option.
We knew instantly what we wanted our wedding colors to beâ€¦.Green and Orange they are our favorite colors so there was never any question about what our colors would be, and then I added yellow in here and there to compliment. We wanted to keep it with a tropical elegance theme, not too beachy but keep it simple and elegant. I hope I achieved that.
Will you be my bridesmaid card
Ordered these from etsy seller inkandenvelopes
I also ordered cards to give my BMâ€™s with their gifts from her she is great to work with!
I got my dress pretty early in November 2009 we booked the resort and I bought my dress! It was by chance I was home over Thanksgiving and my mom had a flyer for a dress shop an hour away. When we pulled in my mom, sister, and I all pointed at the dress in the window and said â€œthatâ€™s itâ€. It was definitely the one everything else just didnâ€™t compare.
Pics from my final fitting
Earrings from etsy seller EclecticOrnaments
bracelet from etsy seller JewelryBox88
Shoes from Nina,
I have heels for part of the reception and cute flip flops for the rest of the night.
My hairflower - my something borrowed from a fellow BDW bride
I'll also list my something blue - is the blue starfish jewel for my bouquet
new - umm everything! lol dress I guess
old - my grandmother's ring she left me when she passed away
I bought my girls some accessories and am also paying for their hair and make-up.
The wristlets are embroidered with their names from etsy seller syl28
I also bought them a diamond and initial pendant necklace.
Alfred Angelo â€“ moss green color
We ordered FIâ€™s suit from studio suits. We actually had to order it twice because the first one did not fit at all even after taking measurements 3 times. We took measurements again and I added 2-3 inches on all of them and it came back great this time. We ordered the tropical beige color. Weâ€™re not doing a tie or anything I told him it was up to him. Since we are going barefoot for the ceremony FI will have a brown leather pair of flip flops for the reception.
We bought their outfits as part of their gifts and FI will also be treating them to an excursion. Outfits purchased from www.cubavera.com
I used Angelâ€™s Accents and cannot rave enough about her! Iâ€™m in love with my flowers she does amazing work and she is such a sweet person. Angel calls to talk to each bride after youâ€™ve requested quotes to get to know you a little and get a better idea of what you are wanting. I knew from that phone conversation that I had made the right choice I was so excited to have her do my flowers. I originally only ordered the bouquets and bouts but about 5 months before the wedding I contacted her to see about the centerpieces as well since everyone in the RM wanted to charge my hundreds for them. I love the final product so much, and am so happy that I get to keep my bouquet. FI is going to have a couple of the petals crushed and put into a necklace pendant for me after the wedding.
During the reception I plan on using the bouquets as centerpieces as well. Weâ€™re doing long tables so it would be 2 of the centerpieces above and a bouquet in between them. I originally was going to get glass vases for $1 at the dollar tree but was worried about the glass. So I came across these wonderful inventions and love them, perfect for a DW! They collapse and donâ€™t have to worry about them breaking and come in a variety of colors. You can even use them with fresh flowers because there is a liner for water.
Inspiration for ceremony set-up
Iâ€™m getting petals in orange and cream from the resort to line the aisle way.
I really dislike tulle, so I found a great affordable place for organza fabric for our canopy in orange, green, and ivory.
organza chair sashes from
it says "last first kiss"
Sand Ceremony Set
I picked up some green and orange colored sand from a local craft store as well as two smaller plastic corked bottles for our mothers to pour in sand from the beach.
FI is a Miami Dolphins fan and when I found this on etsy I thought it was perfect.
....lots more to come