I want to say thanks to all who provided much needed advice and support, couldn't have done it without bestdestinationwedding.com!
I finally got my professional pictures (SaraWilde.com, she's amazing!) and I decided to do a planning journal since I got tons of good tips from other brides who had done the same.
Let me start off by saying that Azul Sensatori is by far the best choice we made throughout this whole process. Many thanks to our wedding coordinators Alejandra and Veronica who made it stress free all the way through. This resort was the best decision for us and everything turned out perfectly! To all those brides who are still unsure, you won't regret choosing this resort. Although it is a bit more expensive and it doesn't offer many perks, it is well worth the money. We had 65 guests and all were more than satisfied with the property and service.
We got engaged March of 2011 and I, like many others, had already started browsing bestdestinationwedding.com it was just a matter of picking the resort to give our guests as much time as possible. We decided to get married February 18th, the exact date of our 3 year anniversary. Our colours were all shades of purple, it made it easier to match everything, included the bridesmaids dresses.
We booked and planned with L'escape Destination Weddings, they were amazing. Jasprit did an excellent job in guiding us through the process. She was on the ball and quick to respond every email. Our guests were truly impressed with her services and said they were the best travel agent they ever dealt with. We were super happy and recommend them to anyone. She even called the morning before the wedding to make sure everything was to our liking.
Invitations and luggage tags
We are both graphic designers and did not see the need for printed invitations. Both our families were more than ok with e-vites, which is what we did. We built a fairly intense website with all the information they could possibly need in both English and Spanish (I had family coming from Mexico). We first sent a save the date email, then a formal invite with the website, then a reminder to pay the deposit. We build an RSVP page so that people didn't have to worry about sending it back. We had great feedback on the website and everyone was appreciative of all the information we provided.
Two weeks before we left we sent our guests a printed itinerary with some activities throughout the week and of course the luggage tags. Everyone used them and everyone loved them. They were a great identifier at the airport!
As I mentioned our photographer flew down with us from Toronto, her name is Sara Wilde. She was more than amazing, super personable and friendly. All of our guests loved her. We went to university with her and we were glad she said she could come down with us. Sensatori didn't charge the vendor fee because she was staying at the resort more than 3 nights.
I made myself and the bridesmaids barefoot sandals. They were super cute for the shoot on the beach. I made then two shades of purple and white for myself.