Robyn - $10 a person is our budget pretty much but we are going to do them per couple so I consider that $20 a bag! For single we will obviously do singles but hopefully we can stay on point!! Thanks for the sites I had looked at both but just found minimus tonight so will need to look into it further! Have you done anything on Vistaprint? Everyone seems to rave about it, well they have free personalized totes right now (again depending on what you are looking for) and all you pay is shipping. One of the girls mentioned she did orders of pens, sticky notes, business cards (used for tags, name cards etc), bags and shirts for something like $8 an order for shipping ALL for FREE!!! She placed the order over and over and it all ended up coming together but for all that personalized stuff FREE (basically) it seems like a GREAT option! I might do a "test run" on vistaprint to see how it all comes out and then may opt to do some stuff on there!
I love that you are doing flower balls!! I am in LOVE with pomanders and did a DIY a few weeks back of tissue paper pomanders. I will post a pic for you to check them out. They turned out really well. originally I was going to do real (too pricey for our budget) then I was going to do faux flower ones, and then a friend suggested these. I did them for under $1 a ball! My only concern is the type of chairs for the ceremony and how I am going to attach them... maybe using chair sashes? What are you thinking of doing? Danielle from FB group has been awesome and she suggested a company for chair sashes and they were only $0.59 a piece or something so if I do go for them I will likely order from there! I totally know what you mean about it taking over your life. FI is out away a lot lately and so it take up my WHOLE life I feel!
DJ mania is our big decision too!! I just am having trouble justifying $450+ an hour because our reception is only 2-2.5 hours long! I think it will make for a much better "party" but I just don't know. Do you know if there are any other DJ options? What about the resort DJ?
We will probably do a welcome dinner but that's it. I too have heard there's no real rehearsal opportunity but I think maybe we will just do dinner with our families and bridal parties as a "rehearsal dinner" the night before and just go over how we see it going. We have booked pastor york for our ceremony also so I am looking forward to that!
krsmith- I know what you mean about OOT bags, it is my next thing to do but not because I should be because I want to!!! WE have no idea how many people we will have yet so it really makes no sense at all but they just are so much fun!! We sent out invites the beginning of this week, to book our group rate guests must book by august 26th but we asked for a november 4th final RSVP (ie. if they book through another person/company or later date). I am really afraid this is going to cause some confusion for people but we didn't want people to think that if they didn't use our TA they couldn't come!
One thing I really want to do is the door hangers that say "Please do not disturb we have been partying with the ________ newlyweds" don't know if you have seen them but think they are a really cute idea!! That may be something I start DIYing soon because I don't need a confirmed number I can just do the design.
Any other DIY or planning suggestions I can get going on?! I am soo excited that we will all have each other to talk to over the next 8 months... ahhh it's going to be here before we know it!