Love the pink shoes!! They are seriously adorable
Thanks, my Canadian MOH hasn't seen them yet but I can quote her, she'd say "Oh God! Those are so you!" haha.
@TinkerSofi I looove those shoes, the pink ones are really nice I do agree that these will look gorgeous with your wedding gown. I love the bow and rhinestones on the ankle cuff. Elegant with bling, can't go wrong with that!
I'm a big fan of brightly coloured shoes with wedding dresses. I'm also looking for a pink/coral or blue (for something blue). Since I have time, I'm waiting for a trip across the border to try them on.
And don't return the other sandals. Maybe shoes for your semi-private dinner?
As for your timeline, I think mingling at the bar or lounge would better so it's not as formal. I find that long tables aren't conducive to getting to know a lot of ppl, just those around you. Why don't you just have everyone meet at the lounge an hour or two before the dinner for everyone so ppl get to mingle before dinner? Then just make a separate reservation for your rehearsal dinner? Would that work?
As for your wedding day, I've been told that the optimal light for sunset pics is an hour before sunset. So if sunset is at 7:19, maybe moving the ceremony to 5-5:30 would be best since optimal time would be 6:19. Then you can take pics from 5:30-6:45 and start reception at 7. The sun sets so quickly that you may lose a lot of light by 7. This Wil ensure light and beautiful sunset pics for your couple shots
I was thinking of the cocktails after the dinner but maybe before is even a better idea! And there's only 13-15 of us for the rehearsal dinner so that shouldn't be a problem to get a reservation as long as we do it as soon as we get there. I agree with you, I'm not a big fan of long tables for that same reason, you can only hear about 3-4 people but you don't tend to socialize with anyone else. We just don't get a choice for this dinner so we'll take what we get .
I'm used to the Canadian sunsets which are very long, I forget over there the sun sets so quickly. Good thing I mentioned it!! I was totally losing sleep over it and didn't want to finalize the welcome brochures for this reason (i'm including an itinerary)
Those shoes actually come in blue, they're a very light blue. I considered them but I'm all about ballet and dancing and things like that so pink was more fitting .
That sounds like a good plan!! The mingling is key! Sean and I were talking to a friend last night about DWs and she said she went to one two years ago but no one introduced the group to each other or had any sort of events (private or otherwise) before the wedding so she didn't know anyone when it came time for the wedding date. I thought that was a bit bizarre. I don't think you need to do private events every night but at least get the group all together in some way so they can start to get to know one another.
As for the first look, we're still learning the process as well. At first Sean wasn't sure if he wanted to see me before the ceremony, not for superstitious reasons but he always thought the first time he'd see me in my dress would be walking down the aisle. The more we talked about it and after talking to our photographer we thought it would be best to do it to maximize our time. I also love the idea of capturing the reaction of both bride and groom seeing each other for the first time. Our photographer says he usually only schedules them for 15 min.
We're going to do:
Getting ready photos
First look (15 min)
Bridal Party Pics (15-20 min)
Group Pics (family & friends 20 min)
Couple Pics (in addition to the first look 45 min)
That's just horrible, if we're all in the same resort for a week it would be nice for people to be acquainted with one another. That's the beauty of a DW that you get to enjoy a whole week with all these people. I'm trying to get the social juices flowing. I know alcohol will help lol, it always does .
I thought the first look was a lot longer but if it's only 15 min it's nice. Have you seen the pictures of those gorgeous walls around the resort on the brides' facebook page? I'm thinking those would be super nice spots for first look , before heading down to the beach club and then taking pictures around there. I'll definitely talk to our photographer about it. We discussed it with Juan and thought it would be nice. I just want to see his face and I know that once I enter the ceremony I'll be so nervous that his face will kind of get lost in the whole moment. I think first look are a nice private moment to kind of take everything in before getting married. It might also help with my anxiety .
Thanks for the tip on the weights. I saw veil weights in Hobby Lobby last weekend in the US. I got the veil I think I'm going to wear. It's short, just past shoulders but I haven't totally decided if I'm wearing it so didn't get the weights. I have a ton of time to decide and final dress decision isn't made yet, but the veil was really cheap from preownedweddingdresses.com It's exactly what I was looking for. Yours is gorgeous!
I've had music on tonight and I have the song I want to walk to to meet Doug. The problem is it makes me cry every time I listen to it! lol He thought something was wrong tonight because I was sitting here bawling my eyes out for some stupid reason! lol It has been a long 3 months and I'm exhausted from all the overtime. I get weepy when I'm over tired lol
I'd be concerned about your timeline. The one thing we've always found is that sunsets down south are fast. You can literally sit there and watch the sun go down in about 15 minutes. We've done it from a cruise ship and it's amazing, but it can royally screw up pictures. That's what happened to us in Jamaica. We have exactly 3 sunset shots. We weren't ready and the sun set so quickly there wasn't a lot of time. If your sunset is at roughly 7:15, a 5pm ceremony makes more sense. You need at least 20 minutes for that, then the hugs and kisses after. You won't get away from those but you can put a time limit on it. Even at 15 minutes for hugs and kisses you're after 5:30 at least. That gives you just over an hour for pictures. That's cutting it awfully close especially if you're going to try and get family shots as well as ones of the two you alone. I would email the photographer and let them know what you're thinking and see what they say. Who are you using?
Those shoes are wow!! I love them! And the heels aren't too high. I want blue shoes. I've decided that much at least lol That style is pretty and in the pink with the sparkles! Definitely!
I found vows books and they aren't that expensive. Just search them on the Etsy site and there are a few really pretty ones that you can get in a groom's colour and a bride's colour. Something to think about I think. I know there are a couple of things that I want to say to Doug, but I don't know if he'll write anything. He's not really a "flowery" guy like that. I'll have to wait and ask him. I just know I want the marriage poem in our ceremony. We had it when we got married and I want it again since it's in essence a renewal of that poem.
Thanks for the tips! I forgot how fast the sun sets over there and that's kind of what was worrying me. I'd look over here and you know how it takes forever for the sun to actually disappear, but you're right, it's not like that at all over there. I'm working with Octavio Montes and he takes some amazing night time pictures too, so even if we lose the sun completely I know he'd be ready to amaze us anyway. However, I think I'll feel more comfortable moving the ceremony to 5 and then if we have a few minutes of the first look, it would be perfect.
The shoes I bought also come in light blue . They are just beautiful. I can't stop staring at them haha and since they're not too high I see myself wearing them all night (or most of the night )
I think today I pretty much decided that as much as I'd love to write our own vows this will be pure torture for Juan. He's been giving me the signs that he is not totally comfortable with it but I've been too much of a bridezilla to see it. I'm not going to put him through that. Basically when I asked, he replied "do you want to do that? ok?" but he doesn't seem too excited about the idea haha, which means he doesn't want to do it . It would be sweet for you guys to recite the same poem for your vow renewals. It's like coming full circle