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#1 aholen

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    Posted 19 June 2011 - 10:38 PM



    Hi Girls! We just returned from our fabulous trip to Cancun where we were married June 12 at the Moon Palace Resort. I didn’t have time to put this together before the wedding, but here it is now!


    Before I begin, I’d like to say how much I appreciate all of you ladies for posting all your fantastic ideas, templates, and pics. Most of what we used for the wedding came from all of you, so THANK YOU!


    So without further ado, here you go!


    How We Met:

    We were matched on eHarmony on April 1, 2008. You could say, we "clicked" right away. After moving through the introductory steps online, we met in person for the first time on May 3 at the Med in Boulder. There was a wait to get a table, so we took a stroll along Pearl street, where a woman begging for change turned out to be a prophet. She told us within the first five minutes of our meeting that we were a cute "couple." 

    All throughout dinner, I wasn't sure if Erich was having a good time, as he was extremely quiet. Those in the know realize this is normal. It wasn't until Erich reached for the check at the end of the meal and suggested that they get drinks at the Rio that I realized he might be interested after all.


    Drinks at the Rio moved to air hockey at the Catacombs, to drinks again at Trilogy. The date only ended when everything in Boulder was closed. Our first date lasted over 7 hours, and the rest, is history!




    Our Engagement:

    As a dating anniversary gift to me, Erich scheduled a wine train trip to Grand Junction over the last weekend in July. We took the train from Denver to Grand Junction on Friday and spent the day Saturday wine tasting.

    Unbeknownst to me, Erich had made reservations before we left at a very nice restaurant (called The Winery) in downtown Grand Junction for Saturday night (highly suspect) and brought along his big, nice camera (also unusual). We had a wonderful dinner, during which he looked rather nervous, and although I had my toes secretly crossed all through dinner and dessert, nothing happened.


    He then suggested we go for a walk after dinner, but alas, it was pouring rain, so we ran to the car. When we got back to the hotel, after I had decided that I was misreading him, he proposed! How’s that for an anniversary gift?



    Save the Dates

    Our Save the Dates were sent out pretty quickly. We actually decided to go digital with these, as invitations were coming soon after. I made a photo slide show using Animoto.com. It came out awesome!


    Check it out here: P6080011.JPGP6080012.JPGP6080013.JPGP6080015.JPG



    The Dress:

    It took me forever to decide on a dress. Ladies, I highly recommend you start any weight loss you plan to do long before you go dress shopping!!!


    In the end though, I LOVED my dress.


    Angelina Bridal 904 from Felice in Denver:





    Matron of Honor Dress:





    Welcome Dinner Dress:




    More to follow...








    #2 aholen

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      Posted 19 June 2011 - 11:01 PM



      From Dillards, only $40 by Michele D. I needed something with a 2” or lower heel, partly because I’m already 5’10”, partly because my feet hurt in anything more. These were so comfy I also bought them in black!






      I wanted to wear Amber jewelry to reflect my Polish heritage. I found the perfect set online at The Russian Store, and it even took care of my something blue! Unfortunately, I forgot the earrings at home! Luckily, I had little amber studs with me though, so it was fine.


      Amber necklace.jpgAmber Bracelet.jpgAmber earrings.jpg



      The Rings:

      When Erich proposed, he gave me a solitaire ring so I could pick my setting. I chose:

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      I thought this would be easy to find a band for. Not so! We finally had one custom made based on a ring I had seen in Boulder:





      We had it made at Kay’s for half the price of all the other jewelry stores in the area. Even better, Kay’s required a $500 deposit, but you could hae it back if you didn’t like their design in wax. Every other jewelry store we talked to keeps that deposit if they can’t make you happy. Kays did a great job!





      We found Erich’s ring a t a jewelry boutique in Boulder. The center color is actualy meteor rock! Super cool! The ring is by Chris Ploof.


      Erichs Ring.jpg



      I found lots of amazing stuff on Etsy for the wedding!


      From AmoreBride - My bouquets & bouts.

      Inspiration pic: 



      And final products:

      Bridal Bouquet 3.jpgMOH2.jpgBoutoniere.jpg



      Bouquet Charm from YourCharmedWedding (crystal and ribbon color are customizable):


      Bouquet Charm.jpg



      Bouquet Charm from YourCharmedWedding (crystal and ribbon color are customizable):

      Hair Flower 1.jpgHair Flower 2.jpg



      Passport Invites from SproullieDesigns:

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      Ring Dish Inspriation by LoveStoryCreations (I actually made the one pictured below):




      Self-inking address stamp from Foryoo. Not pictured since when I blur out the last name and address, there isn't much left to admire! But trust me, it's awesome!


      Wedding programs I created based on all the fabulous ideas on this site. If you or someone you know is big into Scrapbooking, this can be done pretty easily, it just takes time. Luckily, my neighbor is a huge scapbooker, which saved me literally $100s on tools!:




      Here's the template I created/borrowed for these:








      The Wedding Brochure was also created from the inspirational ideas on this site:




      And the template:







      Wooh! Getting late! More tomorrow!


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      #3 merrylee

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        Posted 20 June 2011 - 04:07 AM

        I am so glad your dress was found.  I couldn't even begin to imagine that.  I look forward to hearing about the rest.  Congratulations on being a Mrs

        #4 Sharon99

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          Posted 20 June 2011 - 06:55 AM

          Congrats! Everything looks so great & your dress is gorgeous!

          #5 futuremrstgun

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            Posted 20 June 2011 - 07:08 AM

            i'm loving the fan...THAT might end up becoming part of my program suite!!!  THANKS so much for sharing!!! 





            #6 aholen

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              Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:04 AM


              Gift Bags for Guests

              We put together gift bags for our guests with personalized and other items we thought they might find handy.


              We purchased drawstring backpacks and Stainless Steel water bottles from 4allpromos.com for each of our guests with our wedding logo and the words “Cancun, Mexico 6.12.11” printed on each bag. We decided not to put our names on these so that guests would be more likely to use them in the future. These were a HUGE hit, and even better, the bags were cheaper than if I had bought paper gift bags for each guest! One thing I learned was to check out prices for the number I wanted, and for the next minimum above that, as prices often drop significantly. In some cases, we ordered 20 or more extra for less money as a result!


              We also purchased shot classes (one per family) from Discount Mugs. I collect shot glasses from every place I travel, so this seemed fitting. We did put out names on these.


              Other things we included:

              SPF chapstick (From Target $1/ea.)

              Game books for rainy days from the dollar store

              Kid level game books for families with kids as well as a few crayons.

              A deck of cards from Oriental Trading

              Hand sanitizer (Forgot to photograph that!)

              A postcard with photo sharing info made on Vistaprint.





              I also created a resort scavenger hunt for guests in the hopes of helping them become familiar with the huge resort, which was included in the bag. Only about 3 families participated, but at least it gave people an idea of WHAT was there, even if they didn’t play to find it all!









              Wedding guest Bingo:

              During our welcome dinner, we had our guests play wedding guest bingo to help them mingle and get to know each other. As with most get-to-know you games, people thought it was lame for the first 30 seconds, then really got into it and saw the value. We even had one guest keep playing even after the winners were announced, she was so into it! All the items are based on things about us, which also made it fun for guests.









              Flower Girl Basket:

              We didn’t want to haul a basket to Cancun, so I figured I would pick one up with the other odds and ends when we got there. I decided to get this Sombrero instead (about $12). It worked out great. The color matched our wedding colors, and accidentally, the flower girls dress, which she chose on her own!






              We also decided we wanted guest to write out wishes for us, but didn’t want a regular guestbook. So we decided to have guests write on postcards for us, which we will put into an album. This is super handy too for when we do an AHR. We had guests in Cancun sign Cancun postcards, and AHR guest will do CO postcards. I had a few girls fly in for my bachelorette party as well, so they did Denver postcards & others did Vegas ones. 


              Cake Topper

              I had a hard time finding a cake topper I liked. I wanted one that was quirky and reflected how we met. I decided to have my other cousin, who makes wedding cakes for a living, make it for us. She’s amazing by the way, so if you live in Michigan, look her up! Cake Topper Inspiration.png


              The topper she made:


              Cake Topper.png




              My inspiration pics:

              Hair, Bride, Curly, Low-do, Orchishair.jpgModel Bride Hair Extensions



              And final product (Sorry, I don't have better pics yet!):






              We got Erich’s Suit at JosBanks





              I wanted ties for the boys that coordinated, but I wanted my fiance’s to be a different color. I found the perfect solution at Dillard’s:




              Sand Ceremony Frame

              We purchased this from ForeverFrame (www.theforeverframe.com). Absolutely love the final product! If you buy one from them though, keep in mind that the sand vessels they sell don’t hold all the sand you buy from them. We filled up the vessels for the ceremony and did our thing, then put in the stopper that is supposed to keep the sand from shifting…and the sand didn’t reach the top. It shifted lots. We will have to buy more sand and redo it. Ah well! Totally worth it still! We had our wedding symbol engraved on the wood along with some text. Didn’t get a good photo of it yet though!


              Here’s a sample from their website:





              I bought Maracas in Cancun to use with the table “numbers” and of course we did that whole “Shake for the kiss” thing. We went to Market 28 to buy the Maracas. The male vendors were awful. Lewd, crude, and rude! The first guy we talked to was not exactly a wiz with a calculator either! After much button pushing, he wanted $1200 for 56 maracas. Lol. We searched on and finally found a girl with lots to sell who gave them to us for 700 pesos, or about $70. 















              Photo Booth Props

              I loved the idea of doing a photo booth, but didn’t want to pay the big bucks to rend one. So we took down our tripod and good camera, and set it up on a timer. Our Canon can actually do several pics in a row with a second delay between using the timer, so that makes for some great shots! I used pictures off the Internet and Etsy to inspire me and created most of the props, then hit the dollar store for the rest. We made them with cardstock backing and colored foam from a craft store and thin dowels wrapped in ribbon. They were really fun to make!










              Odds and Ends


              I bought lots of new clothes and swimsuits for the wedding since I lost about 28 lbs. over the last year and nothing fit me anymore. Some fun highlights:




              I love the bikini below. Alas, we learned a valuable lesson. COPPERTONE SPORT SPF 50 STAINS anything white yellow!! (Including white soap, ha!)



              Almost done!













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              #7 aholen

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                Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:11 AM

                More fun clothing purchases:




                This dress is from Victoria’s Secret. I love it, though it’s not very forgiving! Think Spanx! I also used double sided tape on the front, and thank goodness I did! It was super windy the day I wore it and you can’t wear a bra with this dress…You get the idea…

                VS Dress 1.jpgVS Dress 2.jpg



                Websites I couldn’t live without during this process:


                Seating Charts
                 www.weddingwire.com has a really easy to use seating chart maker that lets you make your table sizes, arrange guests, etc.

                Keeping track of photos I liked for inspiration
                 vi.sualize.us   The absolute best way to keep track of inspiration pics!

                Keeping track of websites
                www.delicious .com  I love this bookmarking tool! You create an account and save websites that you can then access from any computer.

                www.etsy.com, www. Brides.com, http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/, and of course, this one!!

                Wedding Website
                 www.weddingwindow.com  Lots of great features and templates!!

                www.weightwatchers.com. Worth every penny!!! So easy to lose weight with this if you stick to it! I lost over 25 lbs!

                Photo Sharing
                www.yogile.com  For $25 a year, you can purchase an account with unlimited storage for a year. Guests can easily upload and download FULL RESOLUTION photos WITHOUT CREATING AN ACCOUNT! Super cool for photo sharing!

                Travel Journal
                I wanted to keep track of our travels and found a great website to do so: www.offexploring.com You can blog what you do, upload photos and videos, pinpoint where you are on a map, etc. You can then create a book with all that info after you get home!

                Wedding Album
                I refuse to pay $400+ for a wedding album I can make myself with minimal effort for about $40. Check out Mixbook.com. It’s my favorite site for this! Lots of great templates as well as control over the layout. Books come out great! We made an engagement book with this. You can also make guest books with it. Super cool!



                Alright ladies! That's everything!!

                #8 J and G 2012

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                  Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:55 AM

                  Wow, amazing! What a great thread! Thank you for all the templates!

                  #9 JayKay

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                  Posted 22 June 2011 - 05:53 PM

                  You looked beautiful on your wedding day! Thanks for sharing, everything looks great!

                  #10 tamandrob

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                    Posted 22 June 2011 - 05:58 PM

                    Everything looks great! I love your hair inspiration!

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