My problem is I'm having an at home reception as well so I know that I can decorate things here too. So I may get crazy haha. I think i want to limit myself to 1 extra suitcase and keep the things I bring to Mexico small and light. Already the OOT bags will probably take up a fair amount of space so I have to be aware of these things. I'm pretty sure these glass jars will be too heavy to take with me but I loved them so much I couldn't say no. I can use them on my deck in the summer too so its really a win win haha.
Posted 02 June 2015 - 07:12 PM
@yycbride2016 I am considering Oasis from David's for my color, too. Let me know how the Etsy dress goes. I'm thinking about that as well (was looking at different sellers, though). My main concern is that my BMs are not small chested, so I'm not sure how well it would work for them.
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Posted 03 June 2015 - 06:01 AM
I'll let you know for sure. The price is really good. I can combine shipping if I order all 3 at the same time and then each girl will only have to pay $70! So much better than the $160 at David's Bridal. The color there is amazing though. They actually have a convertible dress there but I think its about $200 I did find out that the men's store Moores is affiliated with David's Bridal so if you wanted to find the same tie color they should have it. I am going to go there once my dress comes in to see if I can match it. I also found teal ties at Le Chateau but they were skinny ties and I think I want bigger ties. There is a seller DQT (I think) on Etsy who sells teal ties. I have a sample hopefully coming my way so I can check out the color and compare to the bridesmaids dresses. Who would have thought this would be so difficult?! haha.
BTW I have 3 bridesmaids and all are a different size. 2 are larger chested so I'll let you know how it works with them. I think the beauty of these dresses is you can wear a bandeau with them to help with coverage and it can be worn in different ways up top to allow for more coverage if needed. I'm really hoping that this is the dress!! It should get shipped on Monday!
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Posted 03 June 2015 - 06:48 AM
So I went back to HomeSence last night to see what the store near my house had. And they had the cutest starfish vase I’ve ever seen. It was $20 and I wasn’t planning on spending that much on one item but I couldn’t resist it. I also found two turquoise vases for $5 each! Amazing! I still need to go back the store at Market Mall to get the starfish plates because I just can’t stop thinking of them.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I used to design Wedding invitations on a regular basis, so I knew I was going to custom make my own and not order a pre-made design (although it may have been cheaper). I think when I started making the design is when I came up with the starfish theme. I was designing waves, tropical flowers, etc. but starfish seemed the cutest. Plus I found the cutest starfish charms on Etsy! I didn’t know how I would incorporate them but I went for it anyways. I think I got about 100 charms. (I had a blonde moment and bought a charm per guest I was inviting… not per invitation I was sending. I think I will have enough to include them on my Thank you cards too!)
I loved the idea of pocket invitations. I knew I was going to have to have an At Home Reception so there would be lots of information to give out with the invitations and the pocket concept seemed like the best idea. I found the perfect pocket cards at www.cardsandpockets.com. I would highly recommend them. They have loads of colors. I especially loved the peacock teal color (but it didn’t work out with my design). I chose silver! We ordered lots of sample colors and a couple sample pockets to do some mock ups.
I kept the wording fun and cute. I originally went with something more formal but it just didn’t seem fitting to our beach wedding. It reads:
Our wedding will take place
In the sun’s warm embrace
Teusday, the twenty-third of February
Two thousand and sixteen
At four o’clock in the afternoon
Grand Sirenis Mayan Beach, Mexico
I’m really happy with how they turned out. Like I said I printed them at Staples and they gave me $20 off which really helped. There were a couple cards I noticed that were poorly cut. But I’m pretty sure I have enough extras that I can just get rid of those cards.
I started putting them together last night and man what a pain it is to tie those little starfish on every card! I went to show Kyle what a made one looks like and the main invitation card fell out L I bought a re-stickable tape glue and apparently that means it doesn’t like to stay put. Looks like I need to go to Michaels and get something better.
What do you think?
Also I got my numbers in from my TA yesterday. She was away for a week and last Friday was my 3 month mark and now my reserved spots open up to the public. I have 22 people including Kyle and I. I was really hoping for more but I totally get that it’s not cheap to go. We have a few people who said they might book later because they don’t know about work situations and what not, which is totally fair. We have 2 single travelers but thankfully a couple other single travelers decided to book a double room together and that gave us our 10 rooms for 7 nights! Free wedding here we come! I just hope no one backs out.
I’m having a dilemma mini crisis though. One of my bridesmaids hasn’t booked. I talked to her last week and she said she wasn’t planning on booking till the fall. But I want my final numbers in the fall. I don’t know how to bring it up with her and I’m worried she won’t be able to come. I have to buy the bridesmaids dresses in about a month and I don’t know if I’m buying one for her or not. I know she doesn’t have a job at the moment so money is tight but should I confront her? Did any of you have this issue?
Edited by yycbride2016, 03 June 2015 - 06:50 AM.
Posted 03 June 2015 - 07:27 AM
@yycbride2016 your invitations are beautiful!!! I love the starfish design - very cute! As for your bridesmaid dilemma I had something very similar and I did have to talk to her about it. One of my original bridesmaids is planning on trying to get pregnant with her second child at some point this year. Her and her husband decided they were aiming for somewhere between the spring and summer, which would have meant she would have a very young newborn or she would be pregnant by the time my wedding rolled around. I totally understood...you have to do what's best for your family. The tricky thing was that she accepted being a bridesmaid but told me should would have to book last minute. Initially I was fine with that but as time passed and I was ordering things for the bridal party it was starting to stress me out. I finally talked to her said to her that while I would LOVE her to be there and stand up for us that maybe it would be less pressure for both of us if we took the bridesmaid card off the table since so much is up in the air. If she can make it last minute then that would be a huge bonus. She agreed that that would probably be the best idea and apologized for making it stressful. I told her not to worry that we all have our own family plans and sometimes the timing doesn't quite work.
I would say especially since you're ordering their dresses that you should talk to her. It's only going to get more complicated for you if she doesn't plan on making a decision until the fall.
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Posted 03 June 2015 - 08:13 AM
I'm so glad it all worked out for you in the end. Sometimes its hard to remember that not everyone is focused on your wedding plans and that they have a life outside of your wedding too. I know my bridesmaid just graduated university and is searching for a job. I'm pretty sure the reason she hasn't booked is because she wants a job first to know that she will have enough money to come. I figure I can probably just wait until my sample dress comes in before confronting her about it. I don't want to pressure her or make her feel obligated to drop all this money just for me.
Oh and thank you for the compliment on my invitations. I'm so happy how they turned out (although I just noticed a mistake on them it's going to bug me now).
Edited by yycbride2016, 03 June 2015 - 08:14 AM.
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Posted 03 June 2015 - 07:31 PM
I'm excited to see how all these bits and pieces I'm finding will come together in the end.
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Posted 03 June 2015 - 07:54 PM
@yycbride2016 I think that's a good plan. If you can wait a bit longer that will probably make it easier for your bridesmaid too- buy her some time and maybe by the time you want to talk to her, she'll be able to book.
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Posted 03 June 2015 - 08:00 PM
You did a marvellous job and they are beautiful. The star fish charms add a great touch!! They are a labour of love that is forsure.
You got some great finds at Home Sense. It'd tough not to keep on buying
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