We've decided not to hire and DJ and just rent the sound system with an iPod hook up with a microphone for speeches. I've started creating our playlists by separating them into categories (pre-ceremony, ceremony, dinner, dance).
I will also be using a program called QLab which is a free program you can download. It is a playback and cue based system used for theatre and live entertainment. I used this quite a bit when I was working in production and a friend of mine (who is also a sound designer) has offered to help me program all my music into the system before we leave for Mexico. This program is really easy to use once it has all been programmed, it's the programming that takes a lot of work. You can build the fade in and out times of songs and the cross fading from one to another. It allows for seamless transitions. I first thought about using this when I was thinking about the ceremony. One of my wedding pet peeves is when there are big gaps between songs (ie. bridal party entrance to the processional) or when a song cuts out abruptly. QLab solves all of that with the simple touch of a key on the keyboard (usually the space bar but you can designate any key for this). Essentially all the cues get programmed and the 'operator' (the dude at the resort who will be in charge of the music) just has to press one key when he has a visual cue. I hope I'm explaining this enough to understand…haha I will give the guy a list of cues like "when you see bridesmaid & groomsman #1" or "when you see the flower girl at the end of the aisle" press the spacebar. I feel like it will make it easier and hopefully a smoother transition into each song.
I went custom! I had a great time choosing the fabric and working with my designer to create my dress. I got a gift certificate for this boutique from my bridesmaids for my birthday, then she was having a fall promo so I received an additional 15% off and she included alterations. The total I spent on my dress all in - $735!!
Since I have my dress at home with me and we made it so far in advance, it is REALLY big on me. I'm going in a month before I leave and she will do the alterations. The designer said that she's had brides in past insist on making it form fitting off the top, saying they are going to wear 4 layers of spanx, then they decide right before the wedding they don't want to wear the spanx and they have to start from scratch. Eek! I was kicking myself because I was doing my fittings right around the holidays and I was saying how I really should have been watching my Christmas cookie intake more and she was like "no, no - if it looks good with the Christmas cookies, it will look that much better without" - Love her!
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Here is the dress (keep in mind it is oversized so I'm trying to push back the extra fabric in the pics haha)
Sean did not want a full suit (I don't blame him) or shorts. He also didn't want anything tan coloured, it really washes him out and he loves grey which works perfectly for the wedding colour palette (partly why I chose it too). We decided on a grey vest and pants with a white dress shirt. Simple and classic!
We were going to go the custom route for him as well and I found this great company that makes a custom suit by taking 35 measurements and for a great price. It sounds too good to be true right - well it kinda was. I had a great experience getting quotes and their customer service was great but then I found over 25 negative reviews and 0 positive reviews. We decided we just didn't want to take the risk. A week or two later I got a call from Moore's following up from the bridal show. They offered us 40% off purchasing. The great thing about Moores is that they have one on PEI so some of our groomsmen will have a much easier time coordinating ordering and fittings.
For the groomsmen we're going with the white dress shirt and grey pants (no vest). This was the inspiration photo.
The girls will all be wearing a dress of their choice in one of the blues from our colour palette. I created a private pinterest board to help with ideas and inspiration. My two maids of honour will be in the same shade of blue.
Here are some of the pins:
Flower Girl & Ring Bearer
Our flower girl is on of my maids of honour's daughter - she'll be 3 1/2 and I love her like my own child. I was there when she was born, taught her how to high five and fist bump (at 6 months LOL!) and love babysitting the little monkey. I'm so excited to have her part of our day! She was also born on our first anniversary!
This is her dress, although I must admit that I'm wavering way more on her dress than my own. haha! There are just so many cute options, especially with all the spring lines out now! I keep wanting to buy a new dress every day. I wanted something simple, nothing too puffy. I'm thinking of adding a blue ribbon around the waist. The dress is from the Gap.
Our ring bearer is my cousin's (who is like my brother) son. They live in Calgary unfortunately and I haven't seen them since he was born. He's 7 months old now and I can't wait to meet him in person! Gotta love the iPhone photo sharing - I feel like I sort of get to see him grow up this way. He'll be a year and a half for the wedding.
I LOVE his outfit - the hat is my favourite! I purchased the bow tie and suspenders from another Toronto bride from this site. The rest of his outfit is from Children's Place that had some awesome sales!
I wanted to keep my decor pretty simple and bring most of it with me for the reception but we ended up deciding to book a decor package for the ceremony through the resort. After combing through the Lomas site (the vendor used by Karisma) comparing all the different options we chose the "Passion Ocean Decor Package".
-Rose petal line aisle
-2 sheers (for the gazebo)
-6 hanging metal baskets with flowers (along the aisle)
-2 hanging corsages
-Tiffany chairs or lounge furniture for 20 guests
We got this mainly for all the floral decor and my bouquet.
Speaking of flowers…here are my inspiration pics for my bridal bouquet:
This one is my favourite but replace the purple flowers with blue
My WC at AF has the photos and will be creating something similar.
The hanging baskets along the aisle and the two hanging corsages will have ivory & pink roses with light blue delphinium flowers.
My bridesmaids will not be carrying bouquets. I'm ordering custom made clutches in grey from etsy. I wanted something a little different and something they could use after. This will be one of my gifts to them.
Like this but in grey.
They will each have a different pattern and will be personalized on the inside with their names.