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Cathleen's Planning Thread for Jamaica

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Hello Everyone,

I leave for Jamaica in two weeks and am very excited.  I am so happy I found this site, just wished I started using it a little earlier.  I want to thank all of the past and present brides for all of their great ideas and templates.  I couldn't have done this without all of you.



James and I started dating in November 2001 and have dated on and off since then.  I always knew he was the one but he was a little bit relationship phobic.sad.gif  But I knew he would eventually see the light and never gave up on him.  We got engaged on November 4, 2011 at his apartment.

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We had started discussing getting married in September and decided we wanted to have a Destination Wedding due to the fact that we were looking to buy a house at the same time and wanted to keep our wedding costs down.  We booked our date at Iberostar Grand Rose Hall back in September.  There were only 3 dates left to choose and the Suites was already booked up.


Save the Dates:

We created our save the dates on Kodak Gallery.  I had taken a picture in Bermuda of us looking out from an infinity pool and wanted to use it.  I thought it showed us looking toward the future.

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I wanted to do the airplane ticket theme and had looked all over the internet for ideas.  (This was before I knew about this website unfortunately.)  I found a great company online and used them for my invitations.  http://www.thestylishscribe.com

Here are some pics of my invite:


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Pre-travel letter:

I didn't do any sort of luggage tags.  Unfortunately I found this site too late but I did send out a letter to all of my guests with some basic information.  I used letter that I found on this site to help me.


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OOT Bags:

Now to the good stuff, making my OOT bags.  There were so many great ideas on this site that I wanted to incorporate.  I have become obsessed with these bags and have probably spent way too much money on them but had a lot of fun doing them.  I am having about 50 guests at my wedding, each family/couple get a bag filled with goodies.


The first thing I purchased were the bags:


I bought them from http://www.zazzle.com  The more bags you buy the cheaper they are.  I paid about $9.00 for each bag.  There came out great and are perfect for my guests to carry down to the beach with them.


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The next thing I ordered were t-shirts for all of my guests.  We are having a Bonfire Beach Party the night before our wedding and I wanted all of our guests to wear these shirts for a group picture.  I ordered them from http://www.logosportswear.com and they came out great.  I paid around $7.00 for each shirt.  And again the more shirts you buy, the cheaper they are.


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I also ordered koosies from http://www.totallykoozies.com . They haven't arrived yet, I will post a pic when I get them.  They ended up costing about $1.00 each.


The next thing I worked on was my survival kit.  I found so many great ideas and templates on this site.


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I used Ziploc gallon size bags and printed the labels using a full label sheet (2 labels per sheet) and stuck them right on the bag.


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Each kit contains:

Sun Tan Lotion

Aloe Vera

Toothpaste and toothbrush kit

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Shout Wipe

Advil pack

Imodium pack

Trident gum


2 bags of chips


I bought most of the stuff at the local dollar store.


I used a template I found on this site for my chapsticks and tissues.  I used full page labels and cut out the labels to fit the chapstick and tissues.


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My other project that I worked on was my key tags.  I bought the lanyards and plastic ID holders off of Amazon.com.

I used a template and poem I found on this site.  They came out great.


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Photography Postcards:

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Welcome Books: 

I found the template from another bride on this site.  I included a picture of each our guests so that everyone can get to know each other.


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The OOT Bags were so much fun to make. Thanks to everyone on this site for all of their great ideas.


Cake topper:


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I bought this on Bed, Bath, and Beyonds website and used my 20% coupon.


Foot Jewelry:

I wanted the girls to be barefoot for the ceremony so I purchased this foot jewelry on Ebay.  It was about $20 a set.  They are really cute.

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Well that's it for now.  I will post more in the future.  If anyone needs any templates please let me know.cheesy.gif

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Wow, your OOTs are fantastic, your guests will love them! How did you know what t-shirt sizes to get people? Or did you just guess?

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Great job and gorgeous ring! Looking forward to reading more of your planning thread. Would you mind sharing your template for the key tag insert? Thanks :)

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