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Made some progress and/or knocked a few things off the list recently, so thought I would post a small update, starting with a quick list.

  • Honeymoon flight booked! YAY! We are flying from Cancun to San Jose, Costa Rica for a week. It's a new route on an airline called Volaris. I just started flying earlier this month so I was waiting to make sure the flight actually went ahead before booking. Now have to sort out hotels, etc. I'm almost more excited about this than the wedding week  :D
  • Updated our wedding web site with local activity suggestions and updated schedule details.
  • Have an update/reminder email all set to go. I think I will send it on the 6 month mark from the date of travel which would be Oct 3.
  • I've collected all mailing addresses for the invitations and hopefully will get those out this week. Just need to pick up some labels & stamps.

BM Dresses

 

These are sorted out - well, mostly. I've decided to go with a company called Azazie.com. American brides should definitely check them out. They are only available online but have a wide range of colors, fabrics & styles. You can order swatches, of course, but more importantly you can also order sample dresses to try on. It costs $10 per dress to cover the shipping.

 

We got 4 samples shipped to my BM in Portland, OR and she found that they fit pretty closely to the online measurements. She also thought the quality was better than David's and yet the prices were similar. Most of the dresses we are looking at are $140 USD.

 

You can also send your measurements and get a dress custom made at no extra cost. They seem to be really flexible with return policies, credits towards alterations, etc. I spoke with a customer service rep who was very helpful as well. The one issue is that my sister lives in Toronto, so cannot get the sample. So she's going to head to David's to try on different styles (as I'm having them pick the style they like) and then order from Azazie based on her measurements. It only takes 3 - 4 weeks to get them (although may take longer to Canada), and she can return it if it doesn't fit (or get it altered, of course).

 

Here is the dress my one BM picked. It's called Mikaela and the color is Jade. Actually this one is only $100.

 

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Next Up

  • Ring shopping. We have a long weekend booked off together in late October, so I think we go shopping then.
  • Bridal registry. I'm not planning to advertise the registry, but if anyone asks - especially anyone not coming to the wedding - we'll have something set up so that they can get us stuff we need. We don't have room for stuff we don't need! Where have other Canadian brides registered? I'm thinking tried & true - The Bay. I've also set up an account at HoneyFund, but not sure if we will use it. I feel my mom will think it's gauche, as it's basically asking for money.  :unsure:

 

 

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That's a pretty dress. Glad you found a site you like :) and can get going on their attire!!

 

Costa Rica will be beautiful. Everyone I know who has been LOVES it and says it's their fave.

 

I didn't do a registry and no one asked haha! But I know some do Bed Bath and Beyond or the Pottery Barn.

 

 

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I definitely would love some feedback on Costa Rica - it's one of the places we're looking at to retire to! I think you'll love it and that's awesome that you found a flight directly from Cancun!

 

I love that dress! It's so pretty and a beautiful colour! I looked at the site and they definitely have some nice stuff!

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Congrats on booking your honeymoon! That must be so exciting.I've never been there but I hear it's gorgeous.

 

And your bridesmaid's dress is beautiful. I love the blue, it's a great tone for the beach.

 

If you need a jeweler contact, let me know. I'm not sure if you wanted to do custom but if you do, I'd gladly share his info.

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@calgarybride2015 @acw271011 @@Wafflesmom

Thanks, ladies! The dress is actually supposed to be more green. To me the sample looked "teal" - but my BM who received the sample dress said it is more green. Whatever... I am done looking and no one but me will know if it's not the exact color I had in mind ;)

 

@@Wafflesmom We don't want anything fancy for rings, so thinking just going to Spence. That's where my e-ring is from. But thanks for the offer. I actually do have a ring that I inherited that I would like to have redone into something nice one day (anniversary gift? hint, hint). If you can send the details along for the jeweler, I may need it at some point down the road. 

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I'll pm you his info when I get home. That's a fantastic idea for an anniversary gift ;)

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Hi all!  I'm new to the whole BDW thing but I skimmed through some of the posts on here and they are really helpful and interesting!  My wedding is Jan 9th at Now Sapphire so we are approaching crunch time!!  Have you girls got your photographer booked?  I went with Octavio Montes who serves the Cancun area.  You should check him out!  Very affordable and his work looks awesome.  I don't know what you ladies have experienced but a lot of people I looked up in the area were super expensive and didn't even e-mail me back right away.  So I was really pleasantly surprised at how quick he got back to me and how easy booking was.  His website is www.octaviomontes.com if you want to check him out!  I believe he's doing a 10% off deal as well

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Wow! It's been a month since I last posted an update. I've managed to knock quite a few things off the list in the last month, even though it doesn't really feel like it. 

  • Invitations and reminder email sent. We've only had one update in terms of attendees since sending the invitations. Someone confirming that they will not attend (they were a maybe). Otherwise, no change so far. I don't expect much to change though. Our payment deadline is early December which should solidify most guests.
  • I was in Toronto for work, so stayed the weekend to visit with my sister & her kids. While I was there, my sister and I went to David's to try on different styles, etc. so she can find what she wants to order from Azazie.com. We were both surprised that she liked and looked best in some strapless dresses, so trying to find something similar on Azazie. 
  • My other BM ordered her dress this week (same as the one above).
  • We're almost ready to book honeymoon resorts.

Last weekend, Jeff and I both took 3 days to chill out and get some wedding stuff done. We usually only have 1 day together over the weekend, so 3 days felt like a week!  :D We spent Saturday picking out our wedding bands - which was quite easy, actually. Then we went to the Bay and registered. And then we had a really nice dinner at the Keg (using gift certificates!). It was a really nice day  :wub:

 

Here are photos of our rings (the sample rings at Spence). Jeff's is pretty simple. My engagement ring is probably actually an anniversary ring. It doesn't have a "feature" diamond, really. I love it for it's simplicity and because it's low profile. But I wanted to some more bling, so I got channel set diamonds to add to the sparkle  :)

 

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BTW, I'm really behind on reading other threads and responding to things. Work has been crazy and it feels like I have no time for anything lately! 

 

 

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Happy that you're knocking things off your list. Very satisfying! It sounds like your Toronto time was productive.

 

LOVE the rings! You're right about the simplicity of yours - the two go together beautifully! Love the Keg too for a nice quiet dinner together. The food is good and it just gives a chance to connect. It's one of our favourite places.

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