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#571 CAKnight

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:29 AM

OH tumblers! Yes, those would be awesome! (I still trying to picture the plastic cups with the handles though 

Not solo cups LOL, the think one's that they have handles or the reuseable one's with the straw. Aloe is good thinking! I'm sending my save the dates out in July, I already ordered them but they take 6 weeks to come in uuuugh! And than I'm going to send out the formal invites in Nov I think. We have to have the guest list sent to the WC by 3/16/14. So I'm going to put the deadline before that obviously, but I think we'll have an idea before than. So far the list is at 31 guests! Shall see what the final number is



#572 mmccon05

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    Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:11 AM

    Newbie here too!  We are thinking of Mexico (Riviera Maya), Belize, or the Bahamas in April/May 2014. We just got engaged in the DR.  If anyone has suggestions on good resorts, or a way to pare down the selections, I'd appreciate it! So much to think about!



    #573 Jenny2014

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      Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:13 AM

      Originally Posted by moodyc82 

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      Originally Posted by CAKnight 

      In lieu of doing traditional favors, I am doing OOT bags. I figure my guests will appreciate something useful instead of a random knick-knack. So it's basically about just trying to figure out what would be appropriate to add to each bag...yet not break the bank. 

       

       

      I wasn't sure if they would think it was rude if we only did the OOT bag, but you have a good point! And would of course be so much easier. I came across a few good websites for stuff:

       

      myweddingfavors.com

      discountmug.com

      beau-coup.com


      We are doing OOT bags, as Welcome bags for the guests. Then, on each plate at the reception will be a notecard saying that we donated to a charity on behalf of them, in leau of a gift. My FI works in the not-for-profit industry, so it reflects exactly who we are as a couple.

       

      Many charities nowadays will do that for you- give you a nice little card to give to your guests that makes note of your contribution.

       

      Just an idea!



      #574 CAKnight

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      Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:44 AM

      That's such a great idea! It's even better that it represents you two as a couple! It will be for a great cause! So you know that money will go toward something useful instead of a knick-knack that will be tossed aside at your guest's home, left at the resort, etc. 

      Originally Posted by Jenny2014 


      We are doing OOT bags, as Welcome bags for the guests. Then, on each plate at the reception will be a notecard saying that we donated to a charity on behalf of them, in leau of a gift. My FI works in the not-for-profit industry, so it reflects exactly who we are as a couple.

       

      Many charities nowadays will do that for you- give you a nice little card to give to your guests that makes note of your contribution.

       

      Just an idea!



      #575 jandl2013

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      • Wedding Date:May 23, 2014
      • Wedding Location:Iberostar/Jellyfish Restaurant
      • LocationPunta Cana, Dominican Republic

      Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:30 PM

      Originally Posted by CAKnight 

      Yeah...it's all about learning to balance things properly. Recently, I've had to bribe myself. I can work on wedding stuff after I do x, y and z. So far, I've been more productive lately. lol 

       

      Haha it's funny how you ended with a drink and the TV. Talk about a real life example! lol

       

      Congrats on your home renovation! 

      Yea, a real life example indeed. lol.  I have great intentions, but my mind is thoroughly exhausted after a day of work so I think i'll be productive after a glass or two of wine.  But, it turns into a glass or 2 while taking a bubble bath and watching tv. Then that's pretty much the end of the day for me because i'm going to bed after that!

       

      Thank you...it was a long, costely, slightly painful process that was supposed to be a small renovation and turned into a full renovation that caused us to push back the wedding date from September 27th, 2013 to next May!  But it all worked out, and I appreciate the "new house"



      #576 jandl2013

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      Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:35 PM

      Originally Posted by MissJali 

      I think im doing a ton of DIY projects including centerpieces (my resort charges an arm and a leg) and OOT bags. Since you're also getting married in Punta Cana, what a lot of brides have done is, just pack an extra suitcase with their DIY, decorations, etc and pay the extra fee. That way no stress and you know it won't get lost!

      MissJali - That's great advice!  I was thinking about shipping also and was worried about that.  I still haven't decided if i'm going to do the bags and carry them or not.  I'm still a bit concerned about lost luggage, but at the end of the day I guess i'll just have to pray and cross my fingers.



      #577 jandl2013

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      Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:42 PM

      Originally Posted by CAKnight 

      Well, if you want something a bit "knick-knack" then you could do customized coffee mugs. But, you wouldn't really give that out at the wedding...I think another important thing to remember is that your guests will have to fly back home so you don't want to give them to many unnecessary items. You know all the women will have their bags stuffed to the brim as it is. lol

      Here are my thoughts so far:

      • Give my guests OOT bags in order to make their vacation more enjoyable. Put a card in their telling them that it is a thank you welcome bag (have to figure out better wording. )
      • In lieu of having wedding cake, since dessert comes with dinner, my FH and I have discussed buying mini Tortuga rum cakes in Grand Cayman (our wedding location), putting them in clear bag gift bags (think of the non-shrink wrapper clear plastic around gift basket..that's what I want to use) then tie it with a ribbon and a note. 

      ​        The note will say something like "Take this Tortuga Rum Cake home in order to remember our special day. When you eat it, we hope that you will be filled with love and happiness you  experienced during this vacation." Something like that...idk I still have enough time for that. 

             

      Maybe you could do something like the rum cakes if your group is small enough? Or you could give out something else from DR that was symbolic to your guests or native to the island? If your group like to alcohol, then maybe you could do mini bottles. 

       

      Thanks for the link. I will have to go check those out! :)

      These are great ideas.  I'm still going to do a wedding cake, but a friend of mine makes custom shea butter so I was thinking about special ordering them from her with a new scent to represent the wedding that has our wedding date printed on them.  The rum cakes are a great idea though.  I may have to consider both as I think that would work well with my crowd.  Everyone doesn't drink so I didn't want to do mini liquor but rum cake would work.



      #578 jandl2013

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      Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:42 PM

      Originally Posted by moodyc82 

       

      I wasn't sure if they would think it was rude if we only did the OOT bag, but you have a good point! And would of course be so much easier. I came across a few good websites for stuff:

       

      myweddingfavors.com

      discountmug.com

      beau-coup.com

      Hi moody,

       

      Thanks for providing that listing!



      #579 brunamcr

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        Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

        jandl2013 -- I see on your profile you are located in the DC area!

         

        Where specifically are you? I am also on the border of DC.

        It could be easier for us to exchange tips!

         

        :)

         

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        #580 brunamcr

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          Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

          that is a great day, but aren't those cakes kind of pricey??






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