As many of you have heard me say numerous times, I do not have a creative bone in my body! So knowing this limitation, I knew I wouldn’t be able to execute a lot of the DIY projects I saw on Pinterest or even the ones you talented brides have posted on this site. My creations would probably make it on the Pinterest fails website. Plus, Derrick and I agreed that we don’t want to have to worry about bringing décor and have one of our guests set them up. He said he’d rather pay to rent decorations. So right away, I researched décor vendors that could help me recreate my vision: I wanted a simple yet sophisticated décor. I looked through all the vendor catalogues and fell in love with LatinAsia. I sent them an email right away and we discussed my wedding colours, vision, wedding size and location. Right away, Claudia, LatinAsia’s wedding coordinator sent me wedding décor that I may be interested in, as well as a link to their Pinterest accounts that had photos of what they’ve previously done for wedding décor. We went back and forth on a number of designs and this is what it will look like so far:
We’re having our ceremony on the beach and there will be a white huppah with white draping and two small floral medallions on each side of the huppah (the flowers on the huppah will be reused as reception décor afterwards). Iron hooks with hanging crystal terrariums with coral and white colored roses will line the aisle, along with coral petals. We will be using the complimentary chairs (white avant-garde chairs). I may or may not add coral chair sashes but for now, they’ll be bare. On each chair we’re placing fans with a coral ribbon for colour and a ribbon wand to wave as we walk down the aisle after the ceremony. I’m purchasing these from Etsy, although Derrick said we may actually be able to do these ourselves. Do you guys have any other suggestions for the ceremony? As much as I would like to add more decorations, the ceremony is so short and I figure the beautiful Caribbean water would be a décor on its own.
For my bouquet, as much as I love ranunculus, I knew it would break the bank to get them in Mexico so I’m going with a predominantly white bouquet with touches of coral and silver. It will be a combination of, coral and white roses, white tulips with a touch of Silver/gray dustin miller foliage. My bridesmaids will have a smaller version of my bouquet. Derrick and his best man will have a rose boutonniere.
For the cocktail hour we will not be bothering with any décor, but we will be using these grey and coral paper straws for colour. They’ll be at the bar and will have a flag that says “Eat, Drink and Be Married”.
For the reception, it will be at Tucan Terrace which is close to the beach. I love lights so we are renting four strings of white paper lantern (ten lanterns per string) as per the suggestion of our Palace offsite wedding coordinator. We’re going with the standard round tables with white table cloth. For our centerpieces, I wanted something that incorporated lights so we chose a led-lit tall centerpiece with natural branches and dendrobium orchids surrounded with votive candles. This was a splurge but we don’t have a lot of tables so for us, it was worth it. The blue water in the vase will be changed to white or coral. We have also rented silver plate chargers and silver chiavari chairs. Since LatinAsia didn’t have a lot of linen available to them, we bought coral cloth napkins to add the coral to our reception table. I initially wanted to tie the napkins as bow ties but that great idea was already used by my brother and his wife (oh nuts). So now we’re going to roll the napkins and use their tags as place cards. I was worried about the wind and it blowing the place cards. I found these napkin ring place cards on Weddingstar and they’ll work perfectly! One of my bridesmaids is a talented calligraphy artist so I’ll have her write the names on each of the place card. For table numbers, we are using photos of our French Bulldog, Waffle (hence my username) with a number photo shopped on the picture. That way, she’ll be a part of our wedding. We’ve also hired PSAV and have gone with the DJ and Lights package (Gold package) so there will be tons of light at our reception.
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We’re having a sweetheart table and we’ll be decorating it with an acrylic sign (that I still have to buy and will show you once I get it) that’s personalized with our married name. One of the flower medallions from the ceremony huppah will be decorating our table as well and our chairs will have Mr and Mrs signs that I bought from Michaels. For the cake table, we are using the other floral medallion from the ceremony huppah as décor and we’ll also have our light-up marquee initials we purchased from Michaels (inspired by @perianjay).
We’ll have a separate table for our photobook for guests to sign (will elaborate on this in another post), and this table will also have our Instax Mini 8 for guest polaroids. I’ve seen this DIY photobooth on this forum and I think it’s such a fun idea. I still have to buy the mini photo album for the polaroids so I don’t lose any photos. We’ll be having Derrick’s nephew in charge of this station. As décor for this table, we’re using our complimentary bouquet and we’ll have our engagement photos displayed as well. And I found these silver foil prints on Etsy that I think will look beautiful on this table.