Time to pay it forward!
So itâ€™s my turn to start my planning thread! I cannot believe itâ€™s actually almost my time! ;-) First of all, thank you ladies (and Tammy!!!) for contributing to this board. I donâ€™t think I could have done this without you! We had a 17 month long engagement. Got engaged Thanksgiving of 2011 and needed to do a summer wedding due to my future father in lawâ€™s job so that left us with Summer 2013! It felt like forever but toward the end, it's all going by so fast! Iâ€™ll start with choosing a locationâ€¦ I always knew I wanted a destination wedding. We have been to a dozen weddings and as much as I enjoyed them, it just wasnâ€™t me. Also, both of our families are scattered around the US and would have to travel to attend our wedding anyways, so why not choose a tropical location! I honestly think my FI would have preferred a local wedding at first, BUT he knows that a destination wedding is my dream and heâ€™s totally on board with it! It was between Jamaica, DR, and Cancun. FI didnâ€™t seem too excited about Jamaica for some reason so we narrowed it down to DR & Cancun and Iâ€™m not sure exactly how it happened but we ended up with Cancun. We have never been to Cancun, or an all inclusive resort for that matter. Its a little nerve racking asking so many people to go somewhere with us when weâ€™ve never even experienced it ourselves! But from what I hear, you really cannot go wrong! We have been on multiple cruises but never to an all inclusive!
Choosing the resort
Thankful to these boards, I read about sooooo many fabulous resorts! We ended up narrowing it down to Now Jade Rivera Cancun and Dreams Cancun. What sold me was the Pergola ceremony location at Now Jade. I loved it immediately. I loved that I could wear heels and still have that beautiful back drop of the beach. Dreams Cancun did have a beautiful gazebo, but the Pergola at Jade was just more â€œmeâ€. Also, Jadeâ€™s package included 25 guest while Dreams was 20, every little bit helps!
Save the Dates & Invitations
I am very frugal. I hate spending a lot of money on something that I know the majority of people will end up throwing into the trash. I could not justify spending hundreds of dollars on. We needed 150 save the dates and invitations and rsvp cards. Some websites were absolutely ridiculous. I turned to VistaPrint for both. I order Save the Date postcards. I had to order 200 since they only come in quantities of 100 and I needed 150. Total price: $32.80 for 200 postcards. I think they were having a sale or 50% off. I canâ€™t remember exactly but I do know that I placed 2 diff orders. Hereâ€™s what they looked like. We sent them all out in June 2012.
Then it was time to order the invites. Again, I needed 150. As much as I love love love the passport invites, it just wasnâ€™t in our budget. Iâ€™d rather have a DJ or use the money towards something like that. So I went back to good ole vistaprint. I ordered 150 invites and postcards for RSVPâ€™s (saves on an extra envelope and a cheaper stamp!).. $75.33 for 150 invitations & postcards (ordered 200). I used a Groupon for this one! I put our travel agent info on the back of the invite. We sent our invites out late January 2013.
So I paid a total of $183.46 for 150 Save the Dates, Invitations, and RSVPâ€™s! Again, they were nothing fancy, but they did the job!
Post Card RSVP Front:
Next I started making Luggage Tags to send to guest with a thank you for booking note. Our first guest didnâ€™t book until January so girls, donâ€™t worry! I started to panic because we were 6 months out and still had NO clue how many guest weâ€™d have. I was so sad that not one person booked, besides immediate family! Right now it is March, we are 3 months out and we have 30 people booked with about 10-15 people getting ready to book. About 10 of those people that we were absolutely surprised with. Itâ€™s true when they say the people you least expect will come and those you expect to come, wonâ€™t. True Story. I was hoping for no more than 30ish (it gets expensive!) but it looks like weâ€™ll exceed that number. Iâ€™m honestly so honored that so many people are paying to come share in our special day!
Anyways, when I get confirmation that they booked, either from our travel agent or by text (1/2 used our travel agent, ½ booked on their own) we send out the thank you for booking note and luggage tags. I ordered luggage tags from Amazon. I ordered my first batch from
I didnâ€™t start on my OOT bags till the end of February because I still was unsure on our guest count, I still donâ€™t know exact but Iâ€™ve been kinda estimating. I got most of our things from the dollar store. I am going to do the Weekend Survival Kit (the clear zip lock baggie with the survival topper), Filled with Aloe, Advil, Tums, Nail File, EmergenC, personalized Chapstick, pack of tissue, Hand sanitizer, Band-Aids, Cough Drops. I will also add Slim Jims, a deck of cards, Crystal Light Packs, and Gum. Oh, and a Koozie.
We are doing one bag per room, of course adding 2 chapsticks, Koozies, etc, (the things you cannot share).
Hereâ€™s the breakdown:
Aloe â€“ Travel Section at Target - $1 each
Tums â€“ Travel Section at Walmart $1.78 for 3
Advil â€“ Havenâ€™t bought yet but will buy a big bottle from Costco and put in small zip lock bags (2x2) with label. Got bags from Ebay 100 bags for $4
Nail File â€“ Dollar Store
EmergenC â€“ Walmart $9 for 30- Got 2 boxes
Rack Cards (Vista Print)
Cancun Fun Facts:
Rack Cards - Resort Info:
That's all for now! I'll come back in a few weeks and give some updates!