After some persuasion from recent brides (cough ChelseaCat802), I am posting my LONG overdue planning thread!
I was married last year- November 23, 2012 and could not have done everything I did for my wedding without this website! I had been a member of the website almost a year prior to getting engaged as I knew it was coming at some point and I am quite a planner and need to be prepared. I like to think that I did a really good job budgeting for our wedding and took full advantage of the free perks that Palace resorts offers. With my fiance just graduating Law school and having to start paying his student loans and buying a new house in Oct 2012- we could not afford to go all out and pay thousands of dollars for lounge furniture and mariachi bands and all those extras. I kept my head on straight and only bought what was necessary and splurged on the few things I really wanted. In the end I do not regret a single thing- getting married in Mexico was the BEST decision we ever made- our group of 41 people had the time of their lives and we are returning back to Moon Palace for our 1 year anniversary in 2 months! We did not get any â€œhoneymoonâ€ time as we stayed 7 nights with our families and the majority of our friends stayed 5 nights. So I think our anniversary trip alone is well deserved- or at least that is what I tell my husband!
We got engaged on Christmas Day 2011 after dating 7 ½ years! After the holidays and my fiances birthday I started kicking it into high gear and picking a date for our wedding. We met with a local travel agent and set our date by the end of January 2012. I already knew I wanted to get married at Sun Palace and have us and our guests stay at Moon Palace because my fiance had been to Moon and loved it and with our group of 41 people I knew that Moon would be fun for everyone and people could sneak away from the group if they wanted and make it their own vacation. I did not want my wedding at Moon Palace because I wanted the beautiful blue water that the â€œhotel zoneâ€ offers and I also did not want to share my wedding with other brides that day so that is why I went with my wedding at Sun.
I knew I had to order my save the dates right away and get them mailed out ASAP as the room block rate for the rooms was only good until the end of February. I knew I wanted to do postcard Save the Dates to save money on postage so I went to good ol trusty Vistaprint and created our Save the dates there and sucked it up and paid for rush shipping- which I couldn't complain as this was when they still had 100 postcards free!
For our wedding invitations I waited until the â€œnormalâ€ 8 weeks to mail out the invitations as I already knew who was coming and who wasnâ€™t because they had to put their deposit down for the hotel in Feb. I did have my fianc©s aunt and uncle decide to come in August and 3 couples cancel after they put down their initial deposit but other than that it was nice knowing all along about how many people were coming so I could purchase the correct amount of items for everyone.
For everyone that was making the trip to Mexico with us, I made boarding pass invitations with the assembly line help of my bridesmaids (fun weekend project! Since we only had to make 25- it took us less than 2 hours to assemble all of these!) I adapted a combination of templates from these website and went to Office Max and had them printed as the paper I used for the outer envelope was incredibly thick and there was no way I was going to be able to print it myself. I ended spending about 2 hours at Office Max on a Friday night waiting to have these printed as they had a HUGE order in front of me but I ended up getting all the invitations printed and cut for $8! Canâ€™t beat that! I made â€œnormalâ€ invitations on Vistaprint for the people that I knew were not attending the wedding but we had sent a Save the Date to.
Normal invites that went out to those not attending Mexico