After the fact Planning thread:
My husband and I have been dating about 2 years prior to getting married. We went to the same college and even graduated on the same dayâ€¦but we never met. We had some mutual friends and sometimes I would be at the gatherings and sometimes he wouldâ€¦but never at the same place at the same time.
And instantly fell for me. He started asking his friends about me but everytime he asked I was in a relationship or he was. One day I was bored at work and asked one of my friends to add me to a work chit chat email thread, it was something they did and just made fun of one another to make time passâ€¦.and guess who one of the members wasâ€¦my current husband ! He started asking me a few questions and said he was interested, I had recently got my heart broken and told him all I wanted was a friendship. So a few weeks later he invited me for a â€œfriendlyâ€ dinner at his house, he was making crab legsâ€¦and I couldnâ€™t resist a free mealâ€¦and we have been inseperable ever since. (sidenote:no nookie was given that nightâ€¦im a good girl!!! LOL)!
When we first started dating I told my husband when I got married all I wanted/needed was a wedding bandâ€¦nothing fancy as I would be marrying the man I loveâ€¦and to me thatâ€™s all that mattered. But as soon as it was clear that he was the oneâ€¦all that went out the window. He started joking that he already purchased my â€œbandâ€ and was just waiting for the right moment to give it to me/propose. I started to think he was serious so I marched him into a jewelry store and showed him what type of ring I wanted, told him if he bought me a band I would say no, no matter who was around! LOL!. So he pointed at a different ring and asked, â€œwhat about this oneâ€ it was gaudy and flashy and I told him I wanted something vintage classic like the one I pointed to. Turns out he had already purchased the ring I said was too gaudyâ€¦he dropped me back off at work, drove 30 minutes home and back to get the ring I wanted and proposed the next day on Mothers day in front of all his family and friends .
Picking the resort:
We had to find a resort that would work with everyoneâ€™s time and budget, we chose the DR because it was one place neither of us had been beforeâ€¦we really wanted Hawaii but the travel time was horrendousâ€¦so we chose something a little closer. We didnâ€™t want anyone to spend 2 of their vacation days solely on a plane. We contacted our travel agent Marcy and she was so helpful, she contacted all my guests for me and she was the POC for the hotel. She got us a great rate and it even included transfers. I am so glad to have found her!
The Majestic resort has good reviews online, thatâ€™s how/why we chose them. We decided on the elegance as opposed to the colonial because we knew that was more our guests speed. The cost was/is slightly higher but well worth it. I will do a resort review separately.
Save The Dates:
We sent out our save the Date Magnets from Magnet street, we mailed them off in June to make sure everyone knew our intentions.
I purchased these from Etsy and it was well worth my $5â€¦we put it on EVERYTHING!
I donâ€™t think I have a good photo, but I did passport invitations, took a lot of timeâ€¦but my guests LOVED everything about them!
I was so busy with everything I didnâ€™t get a shot of everything in the OOT bagsâ€¦they took up and ENTIRE suitcase all on their own. Each person had a tshirt, a first aid kit (came in handy after my nephew had a peanut allergy incident), a personalized mirror for all the ladies as well as pashminas. Each bag had a welcome brochure, pens, notebook, hats, keychains etc, etc. Too bad I didnâ€™t get to take a picture . They also had 20 0z drinking cupsâ€¦these didnâ€™t get used much,
My husnband wanted an ocean blue and silver, so we found the closest color from the manufacturer, Alfred angelo had a marine blue he loved, no silverâ€¦so we went with cornflowerâ€¦it worked!
We purchased the bridal party dresses, each dress was different and they had the same shoes. Nina Sammi in Silver. I bought them personalized bracelets as their gift and also bought their earrings for the wedding day.
We bought the groomsmen suits from www.studiosuits.com, we had a few hiccups, one groomsmen didnâ€™t get their linen shirt on time, and was charged 3 times to his credit card. The suits were supposed to have working cuff links as my husband bought them personalized cuff links for their groomsmen giftsâ€¦none of the suits had themâ€¦including his own. But for the price of the suits and the quality..we give it a thumbs up.
The ties were purchased from solidcolorneckties.com. They didnâ€™t have a blue and silver striped ties, so they went out their way to make one for us. It came together so nicely!
The bridal party also got tshirts to wear for the day before the weddingâ€¦loved them.
We only had a ringbearer (my son) we got his suit from a seller from Etsyâ€¦a little priceyâ€¦but well worth it.
The sign he held came from another etsy shop:
Everyone laughed and loved it! â€¦.one side noteâ€¦he SOOOO stole the show
This was a hard one, I did a BD shoot, I lost 30 Lbs for the wedding and wanted him to have a nice â€œbefore kidsâ€ keepsake! LOL!
I also bought him a watch, he loves his bling and I knew he really wated a nice one
I went shopping way too early, I found a dress I thought I loved, but the more weight I lost the less I loved it.
So I sold it on www.preownedweddingdresses.com and fell in absolute love with this one:
It was soooo made for me! Casablanca 1995
I also bought a reception gown from www.jasminesbridal.com it is a knockoff of a pnina 4066, I had so much fun in it and glad I had a reception gown!
My jewelry was my something borrowed:
My husband picked the hardest color to match! Luckily right before we left I found these from bebe.com! I abz loved them!
My husband got three rings, his blinged out ring, a tungsten carbide ring, and a titanium ring. It was so hard to find a mens diamond wedding band, but after months of searching we finally found his!
The other two we got for a low price for attending a wedding presentation, and since I didnâ€™t need a wedding band, we got two for himâ€¦lucky fellow. We have a certificate for two more if anyone is pressed for cash and needs two bands, we will gift it at a reasonable price!
My rings (plus his ) we got from Littman Jewelersâ€¦a little pricey, but we love em!
I did a lot Lot LOT of research, and after looking at photos and reviewing the prices we decided to go with HDC, we definitely made the right decision, best prices and the videographer stayed with us until the end of the reception. Arnaud was great to work with and friendly, he made sure we got the video to us before we left, and we were on a time crunch.
For our TTD we used ***** Nova, Bridesâ€¦if you get a chance to work with her, I would do it! Her artistic style and her personality made our shoot so much fun. The photos that we have seen so far have absolutely taken our breath away! We couldnâ€™t afford her for the wedding, but I wanted her after seeing her work www.*****novablog.com. She responds quickly and we absolutely adore her and her husband.
For our reception we bought a camera to use, it was one of the best decisions we made, we cut out that cost and our guests had so much fun â€œplayingâ€ photographer, we got a lot of good shots and we are so glad we invested in a quality DSLR.
Our ceremony started bright and early at 11am, we did it at the Gazbo because I am clumsy and would trip in the sand. It was a gorgeous day outside and I couldnâ€™t have asked for more perfect weather!
Decorations I bought Poms off etsy and some chair ribbons on ebay, we put a â€œplease no facebookingâ€ note on everyones chair (some took offense, but its our day and we wanted it private so we didnâ€™t care), I made tissues for each seat and bought some wedding bells of etsy. Our WC didnâ€™t charge us to set it up.
Our sand ceremony frame off etsy from sayanythingdesign
Truly blessed that the resort bouquet matched so perfectly! No extra cost except $15 for the bridesmaids single flower and the groomsmen single flowers.