Finally I have the opportunity to post the planning list of our wedding that was at Dreams La Romana, Dominican Republic. When I started planning our wedding I found this awesome forum and it was a gold mine for me! It was a great source of inspiration and motivation that help me accept the challenge of a DIY wedding. I must thank everyone that has shared ideas here, and hopefully mi ideas could be of help to someone!
We got engaged in June last year, my now husband (still getting used to the term, LOL) proposed on my birthday. He first thought proposing on our first anniversary in July, but in the end he couldnâ€™t wait! In the morning he gave me a birthday gift with a card saying that this was the first of my gifts. Then for lunch he brought me a big bouquet of roses (I love roses, in fact they were our wedding flowers). Then in the evening he was taking me out for diner to a surprise place, and when I went to the living room I found a new card placed in the roses; when I took the card right behind it I found a small box with the shape of a red rose and the ring inside. Right there he proposed. I was at the restaurant looking at my ring like OMG Iâ€™m engaged! I couldnâ€™t believe it, jajaja
Save the Date
I love chickens as pets but I wanted a more traditional wedding, still I wanted to include chickens somewhere, so we found these amazing bride and groom chickens, and took them with us to a cruise around South Europe (we live in Spain, that is why youâ€™ll see the texts in Spanish). We shot the chickens everywhere we could and did a video to announce the save the date. This is the video:
Since we had guest from 8 different countries, we did a website to provide all the travel information, and also put the story of how we met, what we though when we first saw each other, etc. The website was free, I did it with weddingwire, they have nice designs and it is really easy to use. Also they have great software for planning the seating distribution of the guests â€“we were over 50 people so was very helpful for me. http://www.weddingwire.com/
All the elements for the wedding were DIY projects. The theme of the wedding was butterflies, so these are the invitations, very traditional style with butterflies and textures. Inside each invitation I added a small handwritten card, since I wanted a wedding full of personalized details like this, and people appreciated it.
I put some texture on the white envelopes
This is the small note that I inserted into each invitation with a handwritten message
The OOT bags
I ordered some Out Of Town beach bags. For all these I used a more informal theme than butterflies, so made a logo of flip flops that were used for everything before and after the wedding day. Also I used blue instead of purple since my husband favorite color is blue and he was so sweet letting me choose my favorite colors for the wedding. We put inside the welcome brochure
Also we put a blue chicken pen, people loved it LOL
a small post-it notebook,
a practical waterproof pouch to carry around money/camera/mobile phone, everyone carried these around!
a â€œplease do not disturbâ€ sign,
an inflatable travel pillow,
a beach ball,
a small sewing-kit,
and a "Besame Mucho" chap lipstick
People loved the OOT bags and used them, it was great since hotel staff sometimes would tell us, "yes, a lady carrying a bag like yours is already inside eating" LOL
For my father and my husband I ordered baseball caps, like my fiance said "the Groom".
For my sister, aunt, father, mother in law, sister in law and brother in law I ordered some bags from Vistaprint, that say â€œfather of the brideâ€ â€œsister of the groom"...
For my husband and me we did some Vistaprint t-shirts. One for the day before the wedding that reads â€œsoon: married foreverâ€ for the bachelor party.
Also had this one â€œJust Marriedâ€ tâ€”shirt made for the day after the wedding
I also ordered some iron-on rhinestones at Etsy and did some tank shirts that said â€œBrideâ€ and another that said â€œYesâ€ that I wore the morning of the wedding
The wedding - Programs
In the Spanish culture we are not used to having programs as part of the wedding, but I saw the idea in this forum and thought it was great for us, since both my mother and my husbandâ€™s father passed away, and dedicating a space in the programs was a right way to honor their memories. But then I got kind of excited and finished doing a 3 pages program, jajaja, including a ticket that you could tear from the programs, saying â€œvalid for a dance with the bride or the groomâ€. This was fun since some of my guests did claim their coupons, jajaja
I wanted to create a whole set for the programs, including a small fan, so it has different parts: first a cover that was like a thin box with a ribbon and the same texture as the invitations.
When you opened the cover, inside you found a small envelope containing Kleenex with a wedding-theme print, and the envelope reads â€œFor the tears of Joyâ€. My friends and I always cry at each otherâ€™s weddingsâ€¦ my wedding was the last one so I knew we would get emotional, and I was sooo right
Also there was a second envelope full of confetti in form of butterflies (also I cut these onesâ€¦ looong nights), the envelope read â€œFor throwing good wishes to the newlywedsâ€, in the pictures these looked very nice! And some of the butterflies even attached to the wedding dress,
it was a very nice part of the wedding watching all my butterflies flying around us!
Finally you had the little white pai pai fan and the program. It was a lot of work doing all those pieces, but it was worth it, our guests took the programs home to keep them, they loved it.
My colors were purple, white and rose. For the wedding gazebo, we had white and purple decoration and sashes (from the hotel). This is how it looked
For the ceremony I did some signs to reserve the bridal party seats
I also cut (and added textureâ€¦) to a lot of white butterflies for putting in the â€œhallwayâ€, instead of having the red carpet. It looked very nice
At some point we had a bit of rain, so the parasol that I brought as decoration was very helpful LOL
Dress and suit
This is the dress I chose (I still donÂ´t have the professional pictures, but gives you an idea). I ordered the veil at Light in the Box, they have many things for weddings and pretty cheap veils.
My fiancÃ© was wearing a black suit and the purple jacket and tie. The bridal party (3 small nephews) had white clothes with a purple sash in the waist. In the picture you can also see my bouquet, from the hotel, white and purple roses, and my husband had a boutonniere with the same colors.
These are the baskets and lanterns that the bridal party had (I added all the butterflies)
Decoration for the reception (at Seaside Grill, Dreams La Romana) had butterflies all around. I ordered flower centers from the hotel, and asked them to attach my DIY butterflies, also they put butterflies in the table and butterflies seating cards. This is how it looked
These are the seating cards, attached to each glass. Iâ€™m especially proud of this one since it took lot of effort, and everyone loved them!
The butterflies menus
The table names ( we chose counties since we had guests from so many different counties there)
For the kids we put an activity book in their seats, they loved them and were bringing us their colored drawings, so cute! These can be found at Oriental Trading, the booklet with a box of 5 crayons
For the signature book we made a pre-wedding photo shooting and them made an album with spaces for people to sign. It is great since now it is a cute album with our photos and our guests good wishes
As favors, I did personalized key-rings with a heart that had engraved our names and date. For my sister and friends who love Hello Kitty I put a Hello Kitty charm, for a pilot friend I put a plane charm, for an aunt who loves her dog I added a dog charm, for a friend who loves taking pictures a camera charm, so everyone had a different key-ring based on their hobbies, also with their names initials on it. They loved it and some of them changed key-rings right away!
I put the key-rings inside little boxes, and added a personalized handwritten card tied with ribbon. The card folded in 3 parts, and it reads â€œLove is the master keyâ€
After dinner, we had something called â€œCrazy Hourâ€ so we gave masks and wigs (that we brought) to the guests and had very lively music and hotel dansers for about an hour, we did group choreographies like Gangnam Style, Macarena, a limbo, etc. It was like a carnival and everyone loved that! That made them dance a lot, even my 80 years old aunt! It was lot of FUN!
Trash the Dress
For the wedding I wore white shoes since I wanted a very traditional-religious wedding. But for the photo shooting I wore purple shoes.
Also we did the trash the dress in the hotel beach
We provided all the music to the DJ. So the day after the wedding we gave to our guests pen drives with all the wedding music as thank-you-and-goodbye gift. They love it, some of them sent me messages saying that they carry the pen drive on their car radios, or that they put it to their kids for dancing. Also it was great for the videographer, so he can use the music for our video
Doing all these things was a great experience and I enjoyed a lot doing the DIY projects. It was like magic watching them the day of the wedding, all the things I worked at!
So if you have the courage and motivation, it is great and when people know you did them yourself, they see every piece of the wedding as a memorable keepsake (like some of my friends even took home the menus, that felt good!). I can assure you that the DIY projects pay off and make you feel proud
Enjoy your craft projects, and again THANKS for all the great ideas that you shared and were of big help for me!
If you have any doubts or have any questions, just let me know and Iâ€™ll be more than glad to help!