I decided it was time to create some sort of a planning thread. I have no idea what I am doing here and you will probably find out throughout this whole process that I am a bit of a scatter brain and am not the most organized bride. I figure, because I am now 3 months away from the wedding, I would put my thoughts on paper and try to organize what I can and figure out what I have done so far and what I have left to do. So here goes.
How we met:
Well you might get two different stories to this one cause Nathan (my fiancé) seems to think I sighted him at a party and decided to add him on Facebook and start a connection. Well this is true...lol But he goes a little far with it. I met him at a mutual friends going away party. As soon as I seen him I thought he was so cute. Then of course I added him on Facebook and started chating, and we went on a couple dates and next then you know I was bringing my Christmas tree over to his house setting it up (don't worry it was Christmas) and gradually started bringing other things over. He says I came over Christmas time and just never left...lol
I had a feeling that something was going to happen but thought that might be 10 years down the road. We were seeing each other 2 years when he proposed. It was funny because the friend that had the going away party where we met, was actually home at the time visiting. So Nathan showed her the ring and everything. She was thinking "maybe I should leave because maybe he wants to do something tonight." Anyway just as she was saying "Kristy I think I will go home now and call it a night." I said "nah don't leave yet, lets order a pizza and watch a movie." So anyway Nathan had a face on him and I didn't know why...lol (they know each other well too by the way). Anyway after about an hour or two, she left for the night. Nathan then went out to the car and came back in the house and got right in my face down on his knees (I was sitting on the couch in my yoga pants, probably with pizza sauce running down my chin) and he hauled out a box out of his pockets and opened it up and said "Kristy will you marry me?" After this he told me he had plans to take me to the local park and propose to me there. But he said while my friend was there it started raining...he said that went out the window.
I am probably going to do this in chunks cause already my hands are getting tired from typing. See what I mean? Not a planner..lol
I will attach a picture of the engagement ring along with the wedding bands (I have two). Just as well to get them all the one shot right? Why wait for the first year?...lol oh and Nathan also bought me a ring for this Christmas past that I will wear with it. I like the stacked look. A girl can never have too many diamonds right especially on the one finger. I have also attached a picture of the wedding band Nathan wanted. Well his purchase took all of 3 minutes. Literally. He doesn't like shopping around and he doesn't see the point in shopping around. He knows he needs a ring, and he went with the first one the sales lady pulled out of the ring case.
We knew right away we wanted a destination wedding because basically the lower guest list the better (well better than 200-300). I am not one to be the centre of attention and I would just completely die having all those people look at me walking down the isle. So we kept it small and invited only close friends and family.
The resort we chose was Melia Caribe Tropical. We selected this because basically the pictures I have seen are gorgeous for a wedding and also it has an adults only section, which is where my fiancé and I are staying. We had a little trouble in the beginning deciding on a resort. At first we wanted an adult only resort and we were pretty dead set on that decision. Then people started voicing their opinions and weren't happy about the decision. Also, the adults only were more expensive for our guests to book as a package and we didn't want that either. So we got the best of both worlds with the Melia. For those that don't know Melia is located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We weren't particular if it was there or Mexico or anywhere else. But when researching, DR seemed to be the cheapest at the time on flights. I have to say the worst part in all of this this past year was deciding on a resort and dealing with our travel agent.
I spent a couple of months when I started planning, trying to find a travel agent. It was hard to do because it was based soley on emails and telephone calls (mostly emails). Trying to find one was difficult because they are all nice and want your business at first but then it's down hill from there. Well my experience anyway. I just hope everything goes smoothly the day everyone has to leave. My recommendation is if you can, go into a travel agency and sit with someone and talk over your ideas and listen to see if they have any. Some will seem helpful and others maybe not so much.
Well right from the beginning I wanted either a passport type invitation or a boarding pass. I didn't know anyone right off hand that would do these, and I sure wasn't going to do them myself. I am not that crafty either. So I happened to look up kijiji and noticed an ad that someone was a graphic designer and that they can do invitations and things like that. Perfect. I contacted her and we met at McDonald's to run over some ideas and to get a quote. (It wasn't that sketchy I promise). She was really nice and very well organized and I liked the ideas she ran by me. She also tried to get me a better price at local print shops. I am soooo happy with how our invitations turned out. I did spend more than what I had thought at first but to me now they were worth it. We had so many compliments on them when they were sent out. Granted, Nathan would have been happy sending everyone a Facebook message as an invitation. Don't laugh because he actually mentioned this.
Here are a couple engagement pictures we had taken. The girl that did our invitations just so happened to be a photographer as well.
Edited by kcole123, 18 January 2015 - 09:50 PM.