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Yycbride2016 Grand Sirenis Planning Thread February 2016

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@@yycbride2016 We've been waiting forever for nice weather so we could get our engagement photos done. We are finally getting them done next weekend :)

 

I know what you mean about the planning threads.. I got SO many ideas from planning threads and it definitely gave me a shopping bug! haha

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@ aw jm glad you will finally get them done. We were so lucky with the winter we had in Calgary for ours. We did them in February believe it or not. It's nice because it makes them look like it was spring. A few days after our shoot we got loads of snow. We got so lucky!

 

Yeah I know. My FI and I went to ikea last night and he kept giving me glaring looks. I bought cute little lanterns for table decorations. He was shocked that they were coming to Mexico with us hahaha. I think my big items are coming to an end already since he is so concerned about size.

 

 

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@@yycbride2016 haha my fiancé just gave up eventually. In the beginning he was like "oh.. we're bringing these?" and now we have an entire table in our den that's full of wedding decor/OOT bags etc. He has come to peace with it and has started asking his grooms men to help transport things down in their luggages! haha

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@ that's good to hear. We have a room in our house (we call it the futon room because that about all it fits) and I've taken it over already with decor and OOT bag items. I think when Kyle found out how much I wanted the lanterns he gave in and felt bad that he was concerned about sizes. All my other decor I'm probably not bringing because they are too heavy. We are going to bring an extra suitcase and ask our family to help us out too! I think it'll workout. Plus we won't have the OOT bags of wedding favors, bubbles, etc. when we come back.

 

 

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@@yycbride2016 Very true! That sounds like us as well. I haven't gone too extreme, and i've planned how i'm going to bring it all down. I purposely strayed away from anything big in the OOT bags (tumblers or mugs) because we didn't want to have to travel down with 30 tumblers. Also, we wanted maracas..so we're going to buy those locally when we get to mexico because the prices online are similar to the prices in Mexico and then we won't have to bring them in our luggage!

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@ that's such a good idea. We get married within the first few days of arriving so I'm not sure we would have time to look in Mexico but we are also staying away from big items. We are also only making them for our wedding party. All the wedding guests will get a wedding favor as well as bubbles to blow at the ceremony so they get stuff too haha

 

 

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The maracas were the easiest to bring actually!! I got close to 50 in a small carry on sized suitcase!!! @@yycbride2016 remind me again who you are flying with? Do they offer perks for the bride/groom? If not I would get your TA to advocate for some - especially extra luggage. We flew Air Canada and got upgraded to first class. With that and our 2 kids we got 6 suitcases included at a higher weight limit (although I tried and couldn't get a 70lbs suitcase lol). Then for carry on I brought a very large weekender type bag and a 20 inch suitcase and no one questioned it. Their website said you could have two so I ensured I had the largest size they allowed for each. So for our family of 4 that was another 8 bags!!! We didn't need them all.

 

 

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We got the lanterns from IKEA too haha, I have 7 of them I think and Juan also gave me that look when we started piling things up that we need to bring haha. The plan is to give each family member one to bring, that way we don't fill up one whole suitcase with this :P. Just in case, I'm wrapping them all in bubble wrap before giving them to our family members. 

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@calgarybride215 holy! You got so much luggage. I think I need to talk to my TA because I don't even know how much it costs for an extra suitcase and I think that's why Kyle is getting nervous with all y shopping haha. We are flying with Transat and my TA didn't mention any perks for the bride and groom so I think I need to have a chat.

 

 

@@TinkerSofi I will definitely be asking family to bring stuff with them also but we don't have a very large group yet unfortunately. Including us we are at 22 (still waiting on my bridesmaid to book with her bf to make 24). I know I have to travel to the south of the city in a week or two so I'm going to see if 4 lanterns will be enough. I may just grab one extra to be on the safe side. Good idea on the bubble wrap! I plan to pack inside the lanterns too. Possibly socks or something of that size to keep them from breaking. My dad is considered the master packer in our family so he might have to come over and help me pack haha.

 

 

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Decorations:

Lanters, Jars, Cages, Starfish

I think I am now getting close to being done with decorations! I feel like I’ve been going crazy buying things for the wedding for the past two weeks. But luckily I feel like it will come to an end soon. I’ve been way too fortunate with hitting deals though! Winners had all their beach stuff out, Michaels had 70% off all their beach themed things plus buy one get 50% off wedding stuff and a 50% off coupon this weekend!

 

First I got all my lanterns from IKEA. I bought 4 (mostly because I’m a little concerned about space in the suitcases, so I will have to work out my numbers to see how many tables I will have to decorate. I was also thinking of using these lanterns down the aisle and on the tables for the reception to make the most out of bringing them to Mexico with us. I found battery operated tea lights at the Dollar store that I’m going to use in them when I decorate the hall here in Calgary since I don’t think I can have actual candles there.

IKEA lanters

 

 

At Michaels I was a bit of a wild card! I found cute little bird cages to go with the lanterns for only .50 cents each, so I bought 5!

Birdcage and tea light

 

I also found cute little turquoise jars that I filled with crystals (I got 4 at $1.50 each). I found the most adorable Starfish stand ever!!!! It was also 70% off. (Also at Michaels)

Turqoise jar & Crystals

 

I also found an ampersand wooden sign at Michaels that I’m going to paint. It was also on sale. I only paid $2.99 for it! It’s perfect for our photos.

Ampersand sign

 

I found teal striped straws at Michaels. These were only $1.50 per pack. Good think my sister advised me to get a large number of them. My fiancé and I talked about it and weren’t quite sure how we would use them. We came up with the idea to make a custom drink in our color and serve them with these straws!

Straws

 

I found the perfect starfish stamp at Michaels also for only $1.50! I am going to possibly stamp the back of each envelope for our invitations!

Starfish stamp

 

I found a cute little chalkboard stand at (Michaels). I think it was only about $3! I’m going to wither write Mr. & Mrs on it and the date or Janelle & Kyle and the date. Not quite sure how I will design it yet, but I’ve seen a few creative ideas on pinterest on how to do it by using chalk pens. Has anyone used these before? Do they wipe off easy like regular chalk? Just wondering if I just write on it before going to Mexico or when I’m there.

 

Chalkboard sign

 

I found seashells at the dollar store. I was going to open them up to try them out in the vases and jars but it looks like they might get messy if I do that so I decided to keep them pre-packaged till we are in Mexico to use. I might end up getting another pack of them to use on the tables as decorations!

Seashells

 

Bubbles!!!

I found bubbles at Michaels. I used my 50% off coupon and my sister gets 15% off at Michaels as a teacher. I ended up buying 100 bubbles even though I will only need at 30. I might end up using them for the at home reception then as well but I'm undecided. I plan to tie on some teal ribbon with a little note that says:

 

Blow bubbles of good wishes for the new Mr. & Mrs.

 

Does anyone have an experience transporting bubbles to their resorts? I'm not sure how to do this yet because I don't want them to leak. I was thinking of just putting them in a ziplock bag but then I couldn't tie the tags on till I got there. Any ideas?

 

Bubbles!

 

Looks like that’s all I have to update on (I will update on the OOT bags once the mens’s bags arrive in the mail, the girls are done already!). Now time for a break! My mum arrives next week so then it will be dress shopping and invitation making!! Very excited at how this is all coming together.

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