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Posted 13 September 2015 - 04:57 PM
Geez - they say when you have kids, then grandkids and get older time goes by so much more quickly. They ain't kidding. I cannot believe we leave 5 weeks from today! Ouch. I'm also in the middle of a major arthritis flare up right now so it has been a really tough 2 weeks. I hope we get it under control before we leave. I have to climb stairs up to the ceremony terrace and right now, there is no way in a dress and heels that will happen!! lol
Just as an FYI for ladies still looking for bridesmaid dresses, with credit to @nkavanaugh (and I think someone else. apologies to whoever I'm forgetting. its old age!) I ordered a dress from lulus.com to take to Mexico, figuring it would be great to wear for dinner since we have a dress code where we're going. I thought if I ordered a basic colour it would be a good addition to my closet and wearable for lots of events. I ordered it in navy but there are a ton of other really pretty colours. It's called the Royal Engagement dress and was only $68US A warning though I find it fits small but I'm definitely on the heavy side so it's probably just me. I'm sort of in between a 12 and 14 and wear a large top and I ordered an XL in the dress and it's perfect. Way too long mind you, but the fit is just fine. No alterations needed at all except hemming it. I don't know why I can't get the pic to be right side up - it's fine in my file folder but whenever I upload it here it's sideways. Sorry.
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My rings came in already so I picked them up yesterday, and here is the ring I got for Doug. I asked again yesterday at a different jewellers and they said the same thing about sizing. Can't be done but they said if we have an extended warranty we can return and get another ring. We don't sadly. But it's ok. I'm ok with it. I'm disappointed that he can't wear his wedding ring where it's supposed to be worn but it is what it is. But absolutely if anything happens going forward, this ring can be adjusted!!
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We were out on Friday night, and I think I mentioned before that I had talked to Doug about resetting my e-ring. We had it checked and they told me the prongs are wearing down so we needed to do something with it before the diamond fell out. Well we ended up at Michael Hill and this is the result. And after nearly 4 years I'm relinquishing my wedding band for 2 whole weeks and they're taking the guards off, sizing it properly and putting all 3 together.
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Surprisingly the white gold, in the new setting, looks totally fab with my wedding band. I couldn't get over how gorgeous it looks. We used a ring in the store to choose the setting so they had one that I used as a "model" to see. I was blown away. With the little rings on either side, I think it's going to look really pretty. But now I have no wedding band or e-ring on my hand and it's driving me crazy!!!!! Oh yeah - and I finally lost some weight!!! On my fingers! woohoo. Gotta start somewhere I guess..... Ring size is down to between a 5.25 and a 5.5 Now if we could just get that to translate into some weight loss somewhere else...... sigh
I ordered Vows Books from a seller on Etsy that I found that is canadian. In BC to be exact - Peachland. She was wonderful to work with. Super easy going, very quick to reply and she has some cute designs. Plus, being in canada there was no postage to speak of. The total was $17.75 cdn all in and she'll work with you on both design and colours. Since we aren't having a wedding ceremony it means we pretty much will write what we say. We have an officiant that specializes in renewals thankfully but I've known pretty much since I came out of the hospital what I want to say. So here's the pic of how they turned out:
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Couple of things I picked up for the guest bags, thankfully only 4. So very easy on the wallet. I know others have bought the sunglasses from Logolenses. Just a quick question. These seem like really hard plastic - does anyone else find that? Or did I order the wrong ones? lol I ordered turquoise, pink and black. The turquoise and pink are for photos but there is no way Doug will wear the turquoise for a whole week so the black is to bribe him with to wear the turquoise for pictures! lol I have never met anyone that can go through sunglasses like my husband. I think he's on his 4th pair this summer!
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Because we're doing dinner in a restaurant off the resort, we had to make menu choices (like everyone else) but i was kind of nervous about it. I hate choosing something for someone else to eat, and sure enough when I showed Doug what I had picked for the menu, he didn't like it. My husband is one of the pickiest eaters (for a man) that I've ever come across in my life!! But he loves Mexican food as do I so he immediately was looking for something with poblano peppers. Really?? Are you kidding me?? lol So I changed the menu and we now have 5 choices available for the main course. I've said before I don't have a creative bone in my body. God handed out the design gene and totally skipped me. But there is someone here that does some absolutely incredible, totally beautiful work and has a new Etsy site. So with the help of @perianjay and her "somethingmint" site, I now have a great looking menu and a door hanger too!
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Lastly, I said I wouldn't do this but the schedule of things has gotten all screwed up. My dress is in already and I was supposed to go and get it fitted yesterday and talk to the seamstress about blinging the dress up just a little. But her aunt passed away and she has a week's vacation scheduled after dealing with that so I can't get in now until October 3rd. To say I'm nervous.... well that's an understatement. I told the lady at the salon to guarantee me that my dress will be ready by the time we leave which will literally be 2 weeks. She feels based on measurements there will be almost nothing beyond the hem in terms of alterations, and since it's just a single layer, that should be really simple. There is boning in it that has to come out because my surgery scars just can't handle it but again, she said this is really easy to do. I want her to make some little cap sleeves out of the stuff she cuts off the bottom, and like I said, add some bling somewhere. I think I'd like a line of crystal buttons down the back seam and add something to the bottom in the back so that it looks nice from behind. Then of course we have to do the bustle but with the style, again the lady in the salon said it will be very easy. They're outside of Toronto too so she said alterations won't be hugely expensive.
So here it is:
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Obviously, my size won't be anywhere near as "clingy" as this and it likely won't look as nice as on this model. But I was happy with what I put on and it's a bit "older" in style (in my mind anyway) and just a bit sexier than my first pick. The whole top is beaded and sparkly as I want but the sides are see through. Just a little bit of pizazz.
All of our stuff is done in terms of arranging things except for deciding on a schedule with the photographer, Samuel Luna, and I'm struggling with that. We've now decided we're going to have Styling Trio on resort because it's half an hour from the resort to their studio then back again to get ready, and travel was just taking up too much of the day. I've asked Doug about a first look and he seems to be on board but now it's adding more time to the schedule that I hadn't planned on but Grand Coral doesn't have a lot of places for photos unfortunately except the beach and I definitely don't want sand in my dress or my shoes. At least not before dinner. So with the layout of Valentin, a first look might be a good option. So we're trying to work it out. It will come and Samuel is being so patient with trying to put it together.
I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015
Posted 13 September 2015 - 05:51 PM
Married on 2015/01/21 at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya with 43 guests in attendance
Planning Thread - http://www.bestdesti...s-riviera-maya/
Wedding Pictures http://www.bestdesti...ra-maya/page-36
Wedding Review http://www.bestdesti...31#entry1885600
Posted 13 September 2015 - 07:48 PM
Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:11 PM
Everything looks great!!
Ok I lost myself hehe all the rings you posted today are yours and you plan to wear then all together? If yes that will look fantastic. Can't wait to see it all on your finger
Our sunglasses, though not the same brand, were hard plastic. Not flexible at all.
Love it all. I hope all comes thru for the alterations. I'm sure it will but I know it can be stressful.
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ha ha yep. So the gold one is my wedding band. It's an embraceable so my e-ring, which has been a solitaire, fits in between the two bands. looks really pretty. For some reason the prongs on my e-ring have worn down so I decided to have the stone re-set into a halo setting which is the white gold ring (or at least a model of what the new setting will be). I wanted a yellow gold setting but after looking at what was out there, the white gold looked really nice. Plus I had wanted just one band to add with our renewal but the lady in the store showed me the really thin white gold band. I fell in love with it but she said why not add two - one on either side of my wedding ring. it did look really nice so I went for both. The only thing now is that with having my diamond re-set I really hope it's still going to look nice. I didn't have the little thin bands when we went on Friday night so I didn't have them to try all together to see how it looks. I think I'll be ok because my fingers are somewhat long and rather thin so I don't think it will be too much. Fingers crossed.
You leave in 5 weeks? Wow, you must be so excited! Everything looks fantastic! The navy dress from lulus looks great. I love navy, it's such a sophisticated colour. And your rings look fantastic, can't wait to see them all on you.
Ok and your dress.....WOW!!! Such a beautiful dress, I can't wait to see it on you. I love the lace and low back. I know it's stressful but I'm sure all the alterations will work out in time!
lol I know. I have no idea where the time went. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that we're in September already. The year is nearly over! lol I really don't know if I'm excited yet. I have done so much overtime between January and the end of June that I'm tired more than anything. I'm more excited about just getting to Mexico I think right now. I'll get excited as the time gets closer.
I agree on the dress. It was a great deal and you're right that navy is sophisticated. To me it's just looks elegant, especially in a long dress. I'm excited about the new setting for my ring. They don't know why the prongs have worn down - I think I'm really hard on my rings without intending to be. My e-ring was a higher setting and I know there were a few times that I remember hitting it so that might have added to it.
Thanks on the dress. That's something I AM excited about lol I was so disappointed when the salon called on Friday to cancel the fitting yesterday, and then when she said after the 27th of September my heart sank. It's out in Guelph so I can't get there going from downtown until at least 7 or 730. Traffic going west on the 401 at night is horrendous at the best of times. In rush hour it's ten times worse so I'd be easily 2 and a half hours from downtown between the train and driving. The earliest is the 1st of October but I would rather do a Saturday so we went for the 3rd. Now I just hope she was right and the alterations won't be too bad and they can be done in less than 2 weeks. And I hope it looks as nice as the one I tried on. It definitely won't be as snug fitting as the photo model!! I'm nowhere near that thin!! lol And I swear they always put a size smaller on those girls than they should!!
I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015
Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:18 PM
Posted 14 September 2015 - 11:55 AM
Aww thanks for the special mention!
I love your new dress and your rings. Also, that dress from Lulu's is ADORABLE. Navy blue is a great choice because it will be more timeless. You can definitely get more than one wear out of it.
Your vows books are so cute too! Yay!
Posted 14 September 2015 - 12:55 PM
@acw271011 Great updates!!! Everything looks amazing!
I found the LuLu Royal Engagement dress was a bit long too but gorgeous, and I love the navy! Definitely versatile!
Your new dress is gorg! Very glamorous!
My Planning Thread:
Posted 14 September 2015 - 09:38 PM
@acw271011 I'm so behind on your thread! Your new rings look gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see them all together. One of the few things I've done recently is get my wedding band as well. So happy to have that off my list!
Your new dress looks amazing!!! It will all come together I'm sure with the alterations.
I also love the menu and door hangers! @perianjay is super talented!!
Your day is coming up so soon!! Can't wait to see all the details come together!
My planning thread - http://www.bestdesti...016-azul-fives/
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