I wanted to get this done before I left but it just didn't happen. So its 3 weeks after but thankfully I did 95% of this before I left.
I got engaged on 8/11/10 and knew Iâ€™d be having a destination wedding right away. I travel all the time so there was no way Iâ€™d be getting married somewhere over here. It would have to be warm, tropical and have beautiful turquoise water!! David proposed on a random Wednesday so that I would be totally caught off guard. The proposal story is so cute and funny so if youâ€™d like to read it check out our wedding website at
Telling the Guests:
We figured the quickest way to let people know what we were planning was to send out an email with some details and start up the wedding website (
Davidâ€™s suit was from Studio Suits â€“ all white pure linen.
All rings are from Robbinâ€™s Bros.
Mine are Coast brand.
His is Gravure brand but we customized it. We add 4 additional diamonds for a total of 5 diamonds.
Ahhh my lovely turquoise shoes â€“ RSVP Lovely. Purchased from Zappos.com Love love love them!!
â€œI DOâ€ stickers purchased from Michaelâ€™s. Garter purchased from Michaelâ€™s and then bedazzled by me!
My backup flip flops â€“ Kensie Girl - purchased from 6pm.com
I had a real touch bouquet made from both me and my sister (MOH) and a bout made for David. Watermenot.com is responsible for such great work. I added the rhinestone looking wrap around the stem.
Earrings and hair clip purchased from an accessory store in the mall. Bracelet purchased from Macyâ€™s (Monet brand)
I knew I had to do the boarding pass STD because it was so cute and I loved the idea of it. Here is a link to the STDS I made.
Since I did the boarding pass STDs I just had to do the passport for the invitations. I thought the idea was genius and the guests would love it. Here is the link to my passport invitations.
Well I also did a little DIY project to create â€œWill You Be My Bridesmaid?â€ cards for my girls. Here is the link
I made 3 fold brochures from Vistaprint. I have to give all the credit to Jessica (jszy10). She did hers and I copied about 90% of it so she saved me so much time and energy.
DIY Luggage Tags:
I made the tags using a Word template from here and inserted tropical pictures as the background. I sent these out with the pre-travel brochures a few weeks before we departed. I purchased the luggage tags from clearenvelopes.com (
Wow these were fun but time consuming, especially with all the DIY projects I decided to do.
~Bags: I first purchased the small ones from the Dollar Tree but ended up selling them to another bride and buying the personalized ones from OTC (
~ Welcome tag: Created and purchased from Vistaprint.
~ DIY Room Key Holders: Used a template from this site but added in my own tropical pictures
Here is the template
~ Lanyards: From OTC in colors that match my OOT bags (no longer seem to be available on the website â€“ sorry)
~ DIY chapstick: Purchased the chapsticks at the swapmeet. I started to use one of the templates on here but then I decided I was going to save some money. I grabbed the shipping labels that we have here (Avery 5163) that no one uses and inserted the Avery template into Word and created my own design. I printed two to each label and then used a paper cutter to trim them. Worked great!!
~ First Aid Kits: Purchased them from eBay. I used the first aid heart image from this board and then inserted them into the Avery 5164 template (another shipping label). I had to trim the sides slightly but they fit over the first aid kits pretty good. I received a lot of Band-Aids when I purchased the kits so I put an extra 5 Band-Aids in each one along with antibiotic ointment and hydrocortisone cream (both stolen from my workâ€¦.ssshhh).
Here is the template
~ Survival Kits: These were the fun ones. Just about everything is from either the $.99 store, Dollar Tree, Walmart or the grocery store. I grabbed one of the templates on here but once again I used shipping labels so I just copy and pasted the images into my Avery 5164 template. I used a storage Ziploc bag to put everything in and stuck the sticker right on the front.
- Shout Wipes
- Wet Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Tylenol / Advil /Aleve
- Antacid Tablets
- Crystal Light
~Gummy Flip Flops: Purchased from OTC. So cute!
~ Wedding Week Itinerary: Created in Word and printed on brochure paper.
Here is the template.
~ Do Not Disturb tags: Created and purchased from Vistaprint. Punched two holes at the top and used turquoise ribbon to make the loop.
~Riviera Maya Brochure: Asked my travel agent to get these for me.
~ David & Tarynâ€™s Word Puzzle: Created my own word puzzle using this website
~ â€œA trip to rememberâ€ magnet: Purchased from Vistaprint.
(sorry but none of the pics came out good.
~ Welcome Letter: Used the already created letters that are floating around this site. Printed on tropical letterhead paper from Vistaprint.
Here is the template.
I believe thatâ€™s it for the OOT bags for my guests.
Here are the OOT bags for my bridesmaids
Each girl received a silver wristlet and rhinestone bracelet to use/wear the day of the wedding. For the wristlets, I purchased brooches online and pinned them on the front of each bag and then I be-dazzled the wrist strap myself.
This leads me into the BMs gifts/dresses.
So in addition to the special OOT bags with the wristlets and bracelets insideâ€¦
purchased the girls dresses for them as a present.
Pretty Maids #22424 Fabric:Satin Color:Mermaid
I also made the special flip flops and matching tank tops to wear on the plane and throughout the week.
(second pair wasn't completed when pic was taken)
The groomsmen had their pants and ties purchased for them. Pants from Stuido Suits and ties from solidcolorneckties.com
They also received personalized knives while the best man received a personalized clock and pen holder along with a business card holder from Things Remembered.
All the young male attendees received a Team Groom shirt with their nicknames on the back.
I brought my own table runners, napkins and chair sashes. Purchased from weddinglinensdirect.com