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#1 SarahBen2011

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    Posted 26 October 2011 - 07:48 AM

    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

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    Ben's suit - Irish Linen from J Crew


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    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


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    submerged orchids for centerpieces


    Fave Centerpiece.jpg


    Cake w/ orchids


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    Ceremony location (we're upgrading to these chivari / tiffany chairs)


    Beach Ceremony.jpg


    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!


    #2 Maritza919

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      Posted 26 October 2011 - 07:53 AM

      Great planning! Your dates just around the corner. Good luck with everything. :) 

      #3 meBonidie2be

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        Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:29 AM

        Everything looks so great!!!!

        #4 Sharon99

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          Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:49 AM

          Everything looks great! Love your shoes! 

          The Etsy seller for your koozies (Koozie - Barry Promo's on Etsy ($1 per koozie)) I cant seem to find on there. Is that the sellers name, Barry?


          #5 SarahBen2011

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            Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:22 AM

            I actually don't think he's on Etsy anymore, I can't find him... but here's his website:




            Hope that helps!

            #6 brendee2005

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              Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:28 AM

              We are dress twins! It's look gorgeous on you :) I also have Bari jay bridesmaids dress. Congrats!

              #7 boscobel

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                Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:39 AM

                Usually when I view these threads, I can pick out my one or two favorite things to comment on, but I love just about everything you did/chose.  Great job pulling it all together, I can't wait to see pics of the actual wedding!

                #8 Sharon99

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                  Posted 26 October 2011 - 11:08 AM

                  Thanks so much! Congrats again!

                  Originally Posted by SarahBen2011 

                  I actually don't think he's on Etsy anymore, I can't find him... but here's his website:




                  Hope that helps!


                  #9 cdc150

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                    Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:47 PM

                    you did a great job!!  congrats!  :)

                    #10 JayKay

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                    Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:19 PM

                    Great planning thread!! Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

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