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These are the save the dates and invites. ALL DIY! I was so sick of cutting and pasting when I was done but everyone seemed to like them. That is what I can say about my whole wedding is that there were so many personal details that really made my day special.  (below picture, includes the boarding pass and then the sleeve (each one was decorated individually.)



OOT BAG supplies:

-Printed all on Vista Print for an amazing deal. I think I only paid for shipping each time. I had to cut myself off!


Large calendar magnets, small magnet below, cabo postcards, welcome letter and a hanging door sign (that is not shown). Each bag include a flip flop key chain hand made in Mexico along with a sickness and in health bag that included a razor, band aids, tissue pack, Tylenol packs and heart burn medication. We also got Mexican candies and filled in a second bag. My goal was that the guests would have souvenirs without having to buy some. Everyone loved the tote bag shown below. We made those (itâ€s much more difficult then they look. We had to print the logo onto the special sheet then iron on, some ripped off. The directions did not help they say only iron on for a few seconds but in reality they needed a few minutes. Everyone used the tote bag all week around the resort. No one read any of the material we provided (I think they were all too excited to be on vacation) but again the tote bag was a huge success.

These are the actual LOVE bags our name is at the bottom with the date and location of the wedding. I tied the key chain to the handle with their name tag.


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Click on the insert image in the toolbar on top of the box you type in.  And if you need more help try searching, there are a few threads that go step by step how to add a picture.  I was able to open the one you posted and I love your flowers and color of your bridesmaid dresses!

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but did you buy the access for 30 dollars or you have more than 150 posts... ?? maybe i could do it that way i just know there will be a lot of people who cant see it... 

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Each of my sisters (which were my bridesmaids) had a special bag which included a towel with a brideâ€s maid rhinestone logo on it. I got them at Michaels and then ironed them on. I also included a shirt and

Flip flops for after the wedding. I also bought their shoes for the wedding which are pictured below. 



I put this together for my mom in her bag. Just a little something special for her J


These were the main wedding favors for the guests. Each has a sign that says “At the kiss letâ€s make some noise!!!  Everyone shook them when we kissed~ it was great! I ordered these online and paid 1.65 a pair if you ordered 12 pairs. You can get them in Cabo for a dollar each (I confirmed when we were down there, they are down town everywhere) if you donâ€t want to lug them down there. I was not sure and I didnâ€t want to risk it so I ordered them online.  



I made luggage tags for everyone that went out about a month in advance with a letter. Everyone liked these too. I got lots of comments like oh you are so organized. It felt really good. I decided to do this last minute… got them at Michaels with a 40% discount. I think I paid like 10 bucks for 10 of them or something. Then I created a business card in Word and typed each on cardstock and printed… 



I made these signs to go on the back of our chairs for Mr.  & Mrs. 



This was the table set up. Each napkin has the menu inside, the name tag and holder was laid down due to the wind. We had glass vases with water, flowers and floating candles. The candles could not get lit due to the wind (bit of a bummer) and the name card could not stay standing due to the wind as well. 



These were our menuâ€s we printed from vista print and the centerpiece next to it. 



Bride and Groom pic 


Hair: I got it done at the Renova salon (on the Riu Santa Fe property) along with my make up for $140. I was not all that happy with my make up (I just didnâ€t look like me) but hey it was fine. Everyone said I looked great. I loved my hair. You have to have it up with the wind and Cabo is pretty notorious for the wind so it was great. My hair did not move the whole day. My sisters were complaining about how their hair was in their face the whole time.


Sand: I was also worried the sand would have been too hot to stand on but it was fine. Everyone was barefoot during the ceremony except the groom and I think his brother…



Location on the beach:  We kept the arch way simple and Iâ€m really happy with that.


I spent so much time asking questions with the wedding coordinator that sometimes took several days or several emails to get a response. I realized I worried too much prior to the wedding. When we got to the hotel it was literately like what flowers, what colors and where do you want dinner? They had the reservation made already. We had the rehearsal (which I ran) the night before and then dinner at the Mexican Restaurant and the wedding dinner at the steak house, Terote.


 The ceremony music (which I had on a cd and labeled) they messed this up I really have no idea how because I was so detailed oriented and my label had it on there. Not that big of a deal in the big picture but still a little irritating. We had the Groomâ€s brother accompany his wife in and seat her and they were supposed to do that to the same song as the groom accompanying his aunt but they put the bridesmaidâ€s song for them and then when my sisters started walking they played my song. I was close enough at this time where I told the wedding coordinator that it was the wrong song. So she got him to change it. Again a little upsetting, no one really seemed to notice except the groom and myself.


Prior to the wedding we met with the WC I gave her a small suit case of all the details for the ceremony and then another one for the dinner. She had said she never saw so many details (it made me nervous)… 


The WCâ€s at the RIU are more of just a coordinator for the main stuff they donâ€t really handle all the details and set up all that much. Karla did for me and she did great. She was very accommodating, took notes and everything was set up as I requested.

Minister: Betty was her name and she was great! She was a little nervous because of her English but she was awesome. She had an accent but that was it. I wrote my own ceremony down to every word. I didnâ€t like what they offered at the hotel. They had a one page simple deal that would have been over in 5 minutes. I had my sister read the art of marriage, we had a sand ceremony and my little sister read from 1 Corinthians. It was perfect!


Cake: we got the vanilla with strawberry and it tasted like tres-leches. It was very good. I had sent a picture with what I wanted and they didnâ€t even do close. It was kind of ugly but hey it was included in our package… I also ordered two sets of flowers for the top. They ordered lilyâ€s that were magenta and orange like our bouquets. 



Bridesmaids: Magenta dresses (these are the shoes I bought for them in addition to the bag)

Flowers: Stargazers, lilies and Gerber daisyâ€s (they held up really well and just make the pictures POP with color. We were really happy with them! I just love how the colors look so vibrant.


Photographer: Amy Bennett, let me just say she was amazing. She got there on time and stayed through dinner (which is where we did the first dance and cake cutting) so she got everything. She is upbeat and vibrant and does amazing work. She was open to ideas and really fast with communicating during the whole process and the best thing is that she has all the pictures back within two weeks.  I canâ€t say enough good things about her! Her price is really reasonable too given the Cabo market. We got pictures of me getting in my dress and getting ready; we had a special meeting with the groom and then had a little down time before the wedding. She got us while we were waiting, the ceremony all the family and then the bridal party and dinner. They say the photographer is with you the most and itâ€s true. You have to have someone like her!


Location: Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas

June 25th, 2011 (weather was perfect in high 80â€s low 90â€s)



Take a week or so for the wedding portion (with family) ceremony and then take another week just the two of you somewhere else. We did not do this given finances and not knowing when we originally booked our trip then we couldnâ€t make any changes after the fact. It was not a honey moon but just a family vacation. We hardly had any alone time the entire week we were there. The groom was busy showing people around and being a perfect host. We had meetings with the hotel and wedding coordinator. I made all the OOT bags and assembled everything and then it was the wedding and it was over. We did trash the dress on Sunday and left on Tuesday. Note: my dress dried less than 24 hours after being sopping wet. It was cleaner then when I wore it I think and we just rinsed it in the shower and then put it on the balcony over night and it was dried by 10am the next morning (it was great).  It was so worth it. Nothing happened to it except that it got clean J


Also I had a veil but it kept blowing away so I didnâ€t even wear it for much more than 30 minutes of the pre pictures… Itâ€s just windy in Cabo.


Airline: We flew united down and back and no they will not hang your dress in a closet. Mine was folded over on top of the luggage. It was fine for me since the dress has a lot of rouging and doesnâ€t really matter but they just donâ€t have closest these days… 

WE carried on the blue, pink and black back pack with the dress and suit in one. Our goal was if anything under got lost we would still be able to have the wedding. Luckily nothing got lost and It all made it. Coming home we put everything inside the red and gray luggage and just had one carry on coming home. The whole time Mr. Groom kept repeating himself. WE ARE NEVER TRAVELING LIKE THIS AGAIN. LOL..I had to remind him that we wonâ€t have to have a destination wedding for us ever again. It was a lot and heavy!! We were 49.5lbs in each coming home… so there was no more room!



























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 ok i think that is a pic of everything ;) hope the most of you can see them :) it was great!! 






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