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#331 deecol

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 07:08 AM

@ashhtayy your map looks so good! You must be so excited to pick up your flowers! Ugh custom fees suck.


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#332 ashhtayy

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 07:42 AM

@Jasminr3803 Most of our guests are traveling June 5th through the 12th. We are arriving a couple days early to do hair trials, meet with the on-site coordinator, etc. I really cannot believe how fast time has gone. We've been engaged for 17 months and had the resort picked for over a year. I really wish I didn't procrastinate for so long. My fiancé and I decided to have a Sunday Wedding Meeting were we made a list of everything we have left to do and it is massive. Not sure it will all get completed on time but we'll try our best.

We have not decided 100% on favours or welcome bags - you didn't miss that in my thread!. Since day one I didn't want to do welcome bags because I couldn't imagine our guests using them and the contents. The more and more I read this site the more I regret that decision. We're now considering tumblers with a personalized sticker and an Oh Shit kit inside (like @calgarybride2015). For favours we've also been undecided. My BIL had a destination wedding and they did maracas so we wanted to find something different. We haven't been able to find anything we love so every night I almost buy the maracas from Amols. The only thing stopping me is they don't have our colours. I've considered ordering white and spray painting and adding a custom design but the thought of that extra work on top of everything else we have scares me.

Your centrepieces will look great. Are you using their white linen? We ordered the chandelier too! Actually, all we've ordered from them so far is the chandelier, beaded backdrop, white sheers for gazebo, cake...and probably a few other little things I'm forgetting. What are you doing for a DJ?

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#333 Jasminr3803

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 09:08 AM

@ashhtayy
We got engaged Feb 14, 2015. Major surprise for me. But the same night we got engaged I started planning lol. OCD yes I know. We had a big engagement party too since I knew many of our friends and family wouldn't make it to Mexico. For your hair trial is that complimentary? I need to ask my wedding coordinator how that works for me. We went in August for the brides dress rehearsal and got to visit the resorts in person. They were all really nice but I fell in love with Azul fives.
Yes I am keeping the white linen to keep the cost down and give it the nice clean feel since the scenery itself is beautiful and rich with color. We were actually going to rent the amplifier but the best man offered to pay for the dj!!! That was really nice and we didn't expect that at all. I got these bags from cheaptotes.com .88 cents for the welcome bags...I know a lot of people go all out for the welcome bags but honestly I am keeping it very simple. I got the tumblers from etsy bc I thought they were really cute and it will be nice to have everyone attending use them. Plus while they are in the pool it keeps things from falling in etc. I'm making my own hangover kit lol and just adding things like tums, band aids, Imodium, Motrin etc. We also went with the passport invite I attached an image so u can see ;)
@ashhtayy I attached a video of the sky deck from when we went to see the resort :)
I have a video of the sky deck from when we went for the brides dress rehearsal I can email it to you if you want. It's not letting me upload it.

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#334 ashhtayy

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 02:40 PM

I had a pretty productive day! I have to go in on Saturday so I took today off – having days off during the week is absolutely the best. You get so much more running around done when you’re not fighting the weekend crowds.

 

After a stop at my esthetician and our local paint shop (I love fusion painting furniture and needed some more paint – if you haven’t tried fusion, you should!), I stopped at 4 Dollaramas on a serious hunt for those $2 tumblers. I have been checking stores randomly and most don’t have any in. Today one of the 4 stores had about 25. After going through them, I purchased 15. So…38 more to track down lol Not too worried yet because most stores think they should be carrying them again in a month or so.

 

Guest Tumblers

 

After Dollarama I went to the mall to pick up our flowers at the post office. I popped into a new stores looking for some dresses to wear for my bachelorette/shower and wedding shoes but didn’t have any luck. I did stumble upon and purchase my wedding necklace though! It’s got a lot going on but I figured since I don’t have my belt yet, I can go more basic with the belt. I love the antique look!

 

My Necklace

 

I was pretty shocked when I saw the box of our flowers. I think my words were “my fiancé is going to kill me!” lol Oh well! Some were squished but that is expected as they travelled a long way. Stemple Shop packaged them with such care. I only planned to take a few things out but then I couldn’t stop myself. I opened…everything. The BM's bouquets are smaller than I hoped but they are as described so I shouldn't be surprised.

 

My Bouquet - 

My Bouquet
 
BMs Bouquets / Centerpieces -
BM Bouquet / Centerpiece Bouquet
Centerpiece in Gold Mason Jar
 
All Bouquets (disregard most of the vases) - 
My Bouquet + BMs
 
Aisle Bouquets -
Aisle Bouquets

 

FIs Boutonniere -
FI Boutonnière

 

GMs/Dads Boutonnieres -
GM Boutonnière

 

Moms Wrist Coursages -
Coursages

 

Only other update is that our officiant emailed last night asking if we could meet with her this Sunday to go over everything. I didn't plan on meeting with her beforehand as we're really not too concerned with the whole thing (sounds bad but it's the truth!). But, she insisted so she is going to come over briefly Sunday to go over our readings and get to know us I guess? I'll update afterwards :)


@deecol - Thanks! We are happy with our map :) Frame shopping will start next weekend!

 

@Jasminr3803 - Our engagement was a surprise to me too! I couldn't be happier it happened that way. I started planning that night too (our guest list was complete!) but I've fallen off a lot throughout the process. I've found it pretty overwhelming at times with us both starting new jobs, buying our first house together, etc.

 

My hair trial is complimentary but that is because we were offered one of three choices - 1. photo voucher, 2. spa credit for hair, makeup and nails or 3. free cocktail hour and I chose option 2. Sadly, I think this is a Canadian perk only offered through our GI certified TAs.

 

I wish we were able to go to the BDR but vacation time was our trouble. With my fiance's family being in BC we try to use our vacation when we can see them or when they are coming here. Luckily there are two brides that recently got married at AF and I have gotten A LOT of information from them! 

 

We're doing white table cloths with gold sequin table runners. I was worried it wasn't enough at first but you're so right - the scenery itself is beautiful :)

 

You have the best best man ever! We are still sorting that out - Wedding DJ app or onsite DJ. Who are you using? DJ All Music or Mega DJ? There is next to no information on either of them so if you have anything that would help our decision I'd appreciate it. 

 

I looked at cheaptotes.com too and probably would have ordered from them because their prices are great but sadly, they no longer ship to Canada :( Your tumblers are adorable! I can't wait to see them all around the resort! I'll know who your guests are that way and will go introduce myself ;) Once I get my done I'll share a pic so you know who our guests are too - hopefully they use them lol We will likely do the same but instead of a bag, fill the cups with the hangover kits.

 

The video you attached didn't come through so I'll send you a private message with my email - I'd love to see it! I randomly go on ustream and watch strangers get married on the Sky Deck so I am very familiar with it but it'd be great to see a video someone actually shot of it.

 

Seems like you are on the ball! I need to start making some serious progress, too! 


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#335 deecol

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 04:34 PM

Your flowers are just like the pics - so pretty!

Love the necklace too!

I'll let you know if I see any of those tumblers in dollaramas around me.


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#336 calgarybride2015

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:46 PM

Gorgeous flowers and I think the BMs size (haha as a nurse that sounds hilarious) are great. Mine were much smaller!
I bought my tumblers in August so only had to hit up two, so hopefully soon you'll find the rest. Maybe try a dollar tree too!!!



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#337 ashhtayy

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:18 PM

@deecol Thanks Dee! I'm hoping next month some come in. I'm all over for work so I'm bound to find some if I keep checking in. How's the planning going? You're getting SO close.

@calgarybride2015 I'm not a nurse and writing BM makes me laugh ;) Guess I'm just too lazy to write the whole word out lol Glad you like the flowers too. I'm very happy with them.

#338 deecol

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:49 AM

@ashhtayy okay great! I'll let you know if I come across any anyway! It's sooo close! I have a few updates to make, a horrible thing happened to my best friend so I've been focusing a lot on her... I will update my thread this weekend!


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#339 pjay

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 06:54 AM

Looking good! The flowers look great. My bridesmaid's bouquets were also a bit smaller than I had expected, but it will be the last of your worries! They look amazing regardless. I thought the same thing and now when I look back I think it was really sufficient :) There are no real rules with bouquets anyway! Especially with all of the different types out there now.

Everything is going to look really great for your day!! :D


 

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#340 ashhtayy

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 02:23 PM

@deecol sorry about your best friend :(

@perianjay thank you! I'm loving how things are finally coming together.

I finally found these adorable milk jars ($1.25 dollarama). They will be used to hold the aisle bouquets post-ceremony. I'll have some on the head table, one on the cake table, some on the 'other' table and one on the bar. I like them clear but to hide the stems I will likely spray paint them gold to match the mason jars.

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Now that I have the flowers, I tried out the guest table. Not 100% sold but I think they will look something like the pictures attached.

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