I am so sorry that I hadn't seen this message before!
My photographer is the daughter of an acquaintance. I was talking with the acquantaince about the wedding and they mentioned their daughter is a wedding photographer. I jokingly asked if she was available in April 2016. The acquantaince gave me her contact info. I did some research on her and thought she could work well for what we needed. I had a meeting with the photographer and we hit it off well. We are paying for her flight and half the price for a hotel room and cruise cabin since she is bringing her husband and he will pay the other half. She will photograph the entire week, so it was worth it to us to pay her travel costs. I was nervous about hiring a photographer on the cruise ship or in Jamaica and being disappointed by the quality of their work.
Our final payment was due January 26th, so we have our final guest count. We were waiting for that before ordering too much for the guests. It is good that we did because we had 6 people cancel in the last few weeks before final payment. We plan to do OOT bags- 1 per couple or person traveling alone. Yesterday, we ordered the bags from totebagfactory.com. We got the Polyester Beach Tote Bags with Zipper in White and Royal for $2.93 (we ordered more than 12). We are in the process of buying the items to go into the bags and I agree, it is fun to shop
We got passport holders and are making an information booklet that looks like a passport that we are sending to our booked guests.
I would like to do something for the first day that will show that we are part of the same group. I am not sure if everyone in the group would be willing to wear matching shirts. Do you have any ideas?