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Savanah's Planning Thread - 12/17/12 - Dreams Riviera Cancun

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Hey everyone! The wedding has come and gone and to repay everyone who helped me through this site during the wedding planning process, I wanted to make sure to do a planning thread/review even though it's late!! We were married on 12/17/12 at Dreams Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos, Mexico! 

 

I have a blog where I have documented almost everything wedding related so on some things I'll direct you with a link there instead of rewriting everything out I already wrote there! 

 

 

The Engagement: 

 

We got engaged on December 21, 2011 in NYC while visiting my husbands family for Christmas! 

 

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Both of our rings are from Blue Nile - I chose to get 2 matching wedding bands for both sides of my ring. Husbands is tungsten and mine is white gold. 

 

 

 

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You can read our full proposal story here on my blog: 

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2011/12/wedding-wednesday-proposal.html

 

 

The Resort:

 

We chose Dreams Riviera Cancun after seeing pictures of the wedding gazebo and the pool deck. We chose late december due to school schedules. 

 

 

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Asking The Bridesmaids:

 

I'm not sure where I found this little saying, but I had one of my friends design this little card for me and I mailed it to all 3 of my BM's since we aren't in the same city. My MOH was my sister and my 2 BM's were my SIL's. 

 

 

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Save the Dates:

 

I got our Save the Dates designed by Define Design on Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DefineDesign11

 

 

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My Dress: 

 

My dress was purchased from a local boutique called Venturas and it was a Mori Lee Blu Collection. 

 

 

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The Bridesmaids Dresses: 

 

We went with Alfred Angelo #753 in Jade. My sister (the MOH) wore a hot pink sash also from Alfred Angelo 

 

 

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Bride/Bridesmaid Shoes: 

 

My shoes were from Piperlime and were Via Spiga Brand. The Bridesmaid shoes were from Macys and I can not remember what brand they were! 

 

 

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My Jewelry:

 

I ordered my jewelry from the Etsy Store Rustic Gem and my bracelet was from a website called Cap Creations

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RusticGem

http://www.capscreations.com

 

 

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Groom/Groomsment/FOB/FOG attire:

 

 

Husbands suit was from Jos A Bank. He found it on clearance at the beginning of the fall since it was a summer suit. The groomsmen and dads were just told to wear khaki pants, white long sleeve shirts, brown belt and brown dress shoes. We bought all of their ties at Macy's. They're Tommy Hilfiger.   

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My Hair and Makeup: 

 

These were done by the resort spa. Perla did both for me and I was very pleased! The flower was real and was purchased from the wedding coordinator and delivered to the spa the morning of the wedding. 

 

 

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Engagement Pictures: 

 

We took our engagement pictures at the Houston zoo because that's where we had our first date :) Our photographer was Emily from Fleurish Imagery. 

http://fleurishimagery.com/?splash=1

You can see all of our pictures on this Vimeo slide show: 

 

 

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Couples Shower: 

 

We had a Fiesta Themed Couples Shower (duhhh, why wouldn't we?? haha!!) Both of our mom's put it together and it was SO awesome! 

You can see all of the pictures on my blog post here:

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2012/10/wedding-wednesday-fiesta.html

 

 

 

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Bachelorette Party: 

 

We celebrate my Bachelorette Party in Houston at a local Mexican food restaurant and at Pete's Piano Bar. 

You can read the full blog post about it here: 

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2012/12/wedding-wednesday-bachelorette-party.html 

 

 

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Invitations: 

 

We ordered our invitations from J Press Designs on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JPressDesigns

 

Here is my full blog post on them:

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2012/10/wedding-wednesday-youre-invited.html

 

I lined the envelopes with pink scrapbook paper and did "fake calligraphy" on the envelopes

You can see the DIY blog post here:

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2012/11/wedding-invitation-diy.html

 

 

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Bridesmaids Gifts:

 

You can read the full blog post on the BM gifts here

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2012/09/wedding-wednesday-bridesmaid-and.html

 

I got all the girls monogrammed seersucker bags from One Bella Vita on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/OneBellaVita

 

 

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Monogrammed Beach Towels from The Pink Paisley on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/avamom07

 

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Personalized Tumblers from Sticky Chic Boutique on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/StickyChicBoutique

 

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Personalized Shot glasses from Alisha's Designs on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/alishasdesigns

 

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And passport holders and luggage tags from The Rabbit Hole on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/rabbitholeonline

 

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Groomsmen Gifts: 

 

My husband got his 2 groomsmen these personalized travel bags and passport holders from Pottery Barn. We also took them and their wives out to a nice steakhouse for dinner. 

 

 

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Parents Gifts: 

 

Read the full blog post here with more pictures

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2012/12/wedding-wednesday-parents-and-groomsmen.html

 

For my step dad-

Personalized passport cover from Pottery Barn

 

 

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Personalized money clip from With Love, H on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/withloveh

 

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For husbands dad - 

Same as groomsmen

 

For My mom-

Personalized print from Unravelled Design on Etsy. It's the lyrics from Mama's Song by Carrie Underwood. Red frame from hobby Lobby

http://www.etsy.com/shop/unraveleddesign

 

 

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For husbands mom-

personalized jewelry box from Things Remembered and personalized hankie from Elgies on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/elgies

 

 

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Welcome/OOT Bags:

 

Here is the full post on my blog about these

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2012/12/wedding-wednesday-welcome-to-mexico.html

 

Bags from www.Weddingchicks.com

BubbaKegs from http://www.bubbabrands.com (they do a discount if you order a large #)

 

 

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Koozies from http://www.totallyweddingkoozies.com 

And you get free Bride/Groom Koozies with your order :) 

 

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The tags I tied to all the bubba kegs - I just created these in Microsoft Word and printed on card stock

 

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Survival Kits - I made the top part in power point, printed on card stock, then folded it over and stapled on a regular ziplock baggy. 

 

Included: 

chapstick - http://www.minimus.biz'>http://www.minimus.biz

aloe vera - http://www.minimus.biz

sunscreen - Target

bandaids - dollar Tree

hand sanitizer - bath and body works

 

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Sudoku puzzle Books - Dollar Tree

Pens - Target

flipflop deck of cards - Oriental Trading

Kleenex - Target 

 

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Door Tags - Made by me

 

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Welcome Brochure - Made by me

(see blog post for details of every page)

 

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I also forgot to include with the Bridesmaid Gifts in a previous post: 

 

I made me, MOH, BM's and both of our mom's shirts to wear the day of the wedding at the salon and while getting ready

 

 

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Flip Flops: 

 

I ordered these flip flops for me to wear every day while at the resort and got so many compliments on them so I wanted to share. 

I ordered them from Bridal Flip Flops on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BridalFlipFlops

 

 

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Maracas:

 

We had Maracas sitting on every ceremony chair with a tag I made and tied on every one. These were for people to shake when we kissed and as we walked back down the aisle for the recessional. 

We ordered them from www.Amols.com. Very cheap but good quality for what we needed them for! 

 

 

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Flowers: 

 

My flowers were one of my favorite things about how our wedding turned out. I picked one of the standard bouquets from the resort flower book and just told them to change the colors. Same with our centerpieces. They turned out perfect. I brought the teal and pink ribbon for them to wrap around the bouquets. My cats are my babies so I took small photos of them and put them in frame charms from Hobby Lobby and they tied them to my bouquet for me! We got a ceremony table arrangement included in our package so they moved that to the reception and used it as a centerpiece.

 

 

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Ceremony Decor: 

 

See all of our ceremony pictures on my blog-

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2013/01/121712-ceremony-part-1.html

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2013/01/121712-ceremony-part-2.html

 

Aisle Runner and seashells provided by the resort in our package

Chair sashes from www.weddinglinensdirect.com

 

 

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Sand Ceremony Set from Hobby Lobby

Teal sand from Oriental Trading

Natural Sand straight from the beach :)

 

 

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"First Look": 

 

We didn't want to see each other before the wedding so after we were both ready right before we went downstairs John came to my room and we did a "non first look". We stood on opposite sides the door splitting the master suite and got to hold hands just for a few minutes :) 

 

You can see the rest of them and our getting ready pictures here: 

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2013/01/121712-getting-ready.html

http://www.savanahsmiles.com/2013/01/121712-portraits-before-ceremony.html

 

 

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Reception Decor: 

 

Table overlays and chair sashes from www.weddinglinensdirect.com

 

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Signs from Handmade Expressions by Perfectly Jenn on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/PerfectlyJenn

 

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Napkins from http://www.theamericanwedding.com

 

 

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Love sign from Hobby Lobby 

 

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Cake/Guest Book Table - 

pictures of our cats

5x7 engagement photo

Guest book

Pink Lanterns and LED lights both from Hobby Lobby

Engagement Photo book from Shutterfly

 

 

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The Cake: 

 

We had a layer of Tres Leches and a layer of Vanilla - it was excellent!

 

Cake topper and Cake knives both from Occasions Unlimited on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/people/OccasionsUnlimited

 

 

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Guest Book:

 

We did a Guest Book Print for everyone to sign that we could hang in our house later on. We ordered it from the same lady who did our Save The Dates, Define Design, on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DefineDesign11

 

I don't have a good close up picture of this, but it's a picture of Texas, New York and Mexico (met, engaged, married). And I brought silver sharpies for everyone to sign. We already have it displayed in our house! :)

 

 

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The Wedding Video:

 

We got a 30 minute wedding video included with our package. For it to be included, I was happy with how it turned out especially since I hadn't even talked or met with the videographer ahead of time. My husband put the video up on vimeo so here is the link to it. Of course the quality went down and there's a big watermark because we didn't have the program to rip it correctly. 

 

- the password is Dreams

 

We also used Story Mix Media for our other wedding video... http://storymixmedia.com

 

We got 3 video cameras to take with us to Mexico and use the whole trip and people could also use the app on their cell phones. We don't have the final edited video back yet, but I will share once we have it! I think it's going to be REALLY FUN to see video footage of the whole 10 days we were there! 

 

 

Wedding Music: 

 

While guests were getting seated - 

Lucky - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

 

Wouldn't Change a Thing - Matthew West

 

I Do - Colbie Caillat

 

Home - Phillip Phillips

 

Got Whatever It is - Zac Brown Band

 

Grandparents, parents, Bridal party entrance - 

Marry Me - Train

 

Bride Entrance - 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Iz

 

Sand Ceremony and Document signing - 

Angel - Jack Johnson

 

Recessional - 

Marry You - Bruno Mars

 

Bridal Party/Bride and Groom Entrance to reception - 

Give Me Everything - Pit Bull 

 

First Dance - 

Feels Like Home - Chantal Kreviazuk

 

Cake Cutting - 

Today was a Fairytale - Taylor Swift

 

Last Dance - 

Time of My Life - Dirty Dancing 

 

 

 

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Trash The Dress: 

 

One of the most fun things ever!! I wore my regular dress and husband just wore his suit pants and white shirt. 

 

 

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The Photographer: 

 

I used one of the resort photographers, Anel, and I can't say enough good things about her!! She was AMAZING!!!

Here is our slideshow she put together for us

http://171212ryan.dreamsriveriacancun.adventurephotos.com.mx/#/ryan/

You can see the wedding and TTD slide show from that one link :)

 

 

 

 

Ok, I think I recapped everything!! If you have any questions, please let me know!! I haven't recapped everything on my blog yet, so I hope you'll continue to stop by to see everything! I'd love to have you :) 

 

Happy Planning Everyone!!!! 

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