So we leave in 3 weeks and before things get too crazy I wanted to post my planning journal! Thanks again to all the girls on the forum... I have spent probably too much time on here but it's sooo helpful! And hopefully other brides can get some ideas/inspiration from my experience too!
First, the E-ring! Ben surprised me with flowers, xmas lights and about a thousand candles at our apartment when i got home from work 2 days before Thanksgiving 2010 :-)
The Dress at my most recent fitting (and with my hair updo trial). It's Allure 8815 and I love it! Still not 100% on the hair though
Here it is on the model
Ben's suit - Irish Linen from J Crew
BM dresses (all are different styles). Bari Jay Chiffon in Wisteria
Flower girl dress from JC Penny for $40
Flower basket / Ring Bearer Shell ($40 for both) from Blue Roof on Etsy - very well made and too cute! I forgot to take a picture at home but here it is:
My shoes from DSW!
And sandals that I ordered on http://www.starlasandals.com/ They are soooo pretty and were only $30, no shipping!!!! And they have a ton of other designs too.
Garter that I bought on at the Knot Shop for $15 (my something blue)
For the BM gifts I bought their dresses, am getting their hair at the resort and I also got them a pair of earrings to wear at the wedding ($30 from Macy's). Since each of their dresses are a different style I wanted to mix up the earrings.
And I ordered them custom beach bags for $20 each at the Knot Shop
For the GM / Usher we bought travel cigar cases / humidors and an engraved cutter from Elighters.com and we'll buy them each a few cigars in Mexico! It worked out to be about $30 for the case and cutter
For table numbers we decided to stick with the travel theme and picked 7 locations that we've traveled to (one for each table)! I just added the text and printed at Walgreens. I found the brown picture frames at the dollar store!
For the escort cards I printed out everyone's name / table number and burned the edges (which was NOT that easy and I'm surprised I didn't burn our condo down). But, I think they turned out really cute! I ordered the bottles from http://www.specialtybottle.com/ (number VC4C). I still want to fill up the basket I bought with sand and see how they look inside....
I got the idea from Martha Stewart but am doing a lined basket instead of a glass vase.
We sent Save the Dates in January (11 months before the wedding) and invites in May (6 months before). Ben's brother's wife's mom (whoa) owns a printing company and did all of our printing for free!!!!!
The boarding pass invites and postcard RSVP
I bought cute string & button envelopes at Paper Source
We also just sent out a brochure (about a month before the wedding) to get people excited :-) These were free on Vista Print:
Here are the OOT bags and the full post with pricing is here:
Here are my inspiration pictures that I'll bring to Dreams:
White bouquet for BMs
Purple bouquet for me
submerged orchids for centerpieces
Cake w/ orchids
Ceremony location (we're upgrading to these chivari / tiffany chairs)
The only thing left on our to do list is the music play list and we need to assemble the program fans!!!
Hope this was helpful and if there are any questions, ask away!