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#61 acw271011

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 05:28 PM

I'm still playing catch up with all of the threads.... aahhhh

 

I didn't have anyone I needed to ask since we're already married so I didn't get that pleasure, and the ones that we did ask when we went to Jamaica backed out about 2 and a half months before so we ended up on our own. But you all have cute ideas!! I definitely wasn't that original. I just did it by phone. lol

 

I love the wine bottle labels! Very nice and very original!

 

Can I protest? I like "alpha" bitch better than what mine is (nice bitch) Am I allowed to switch??

 

@wafflesmom  things are coming together nicely! Looking forward to seeing more! 


I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015

 

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/78874-acw271011-so-this-is-not-a-planning-thread-but/

 

 

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#62 Wafflesmom

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 06:06 PM

@maddjax another BC bride, and another Moon Palace bride too, I'm so excited! Yes, we will definitely be seeing each other since we overlap a few days. Unfortunately we miss each other's wedding day but still exciting. How's your wedding planning coming along?

@acw271011 thank you so much! My bridal entourage really loved the wine bottles, especially since we got to drink it after lol. And of course you can switch, though we've only ever seen your nice side I'm just drafting my next thread entry so I'll have more coming up ☺
My planning thread: http://www.bestdesti...anuary-23-2016/

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#63 maddjax

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 06:50 PM

@Wafflesmom. Planning is going well. It's the second time around for me so it's laid back. Got my dress. Photographer is booked. Gonna do artificial flowers and so have to order them. Started getting thing for the gift bags.

Enjoying reading your blog. PM me if u are interested in getting together to meet in person to compare notes.


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    Posted 17 August 2015 - 09:26 AM

    Great story, Wafflesmom, and well done on starting your planning thread. Wishing you all the best with the rest of it, and that it turns out just the way you envision, or Even Better!!! cheers, team mtm :)

     

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    #65 Wafflesmom

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    Posted 17 August 2015 - 10:47 AM

    Save the Date:

    Once we placed a deposit with Air Transat to secure a group booking, we had until December 8, 2015 to get our guests to place a $200 deposit. Given the short time frame, we knew that we didn’t have too much time to create and mail out save the dates. I researched online and came across Paperless Post. It lets you create online stationary, email it to guests and allows them to RSVP via the same medium. What was great about it was that it had tons of beautiful designs to choose from and it saved paper. Plus, once you email the invitation, it actually marked if your guests opened the message. It sure alleviated the worry of invitations being lost in transit! We chose a simple design of coral since we were having a destination wedding. In it, we also included the link to our wedding website that had more information on the resort. We also included our wedding hashtag: #jerrick 2016. It’s a combination of our names and sounded better than #derilee LOL. In addition to the Paperless Post Save the Date, our wonderful travel agent created a 4-page information package resort information, prices/package details, deposit deadlines and her contact information. It was so handy! Right away we had people replying that they wanted to come.

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    Of course, like almost every destination wedding bride, although people said they would like to come, placing deposits was a whole other story. We sent out our save the dates in mid-October and the majority of our guests didn’t book until the very last week! I sent out friendly email reminders at different intervals: 2 weeks before deadline, 1 week, and last day. By the end we had 28 people place deposits (two people have since cancelled – my coworker and her daughter since she found out she’s pregnant and her due date is in January). So now we have 26. We will realistically have at least 2 more book , one being my bridesmaid. I’m so happy that she’s decided to come. I knew it was gonna be hard for her and her family to be able to attend due to financial restraints. I asked her to still be my bridesmaid since we’ve been friends since we were 11 (24 years of friendship) and she can still be a bridal party for all the local events. Well she and her husband have discussed it and she will be going for five days! Woohoo
    My planning thread: http://www.bestdesti...anuary-23-2016/

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    #66 pjay

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    Posted 17 August 2015 - 10:52 AM

    Paperless post is great! I used them for some of our guests as well. I'm so glad that your bridesmaid is able to make it, that's FANTASTIC news!! :D 

     

    28 will be a perfect number! I'm pretty sure that we will have anywhere from 28-30 as well. Still waiting to see if we have any last minute additions, but I know we've lost 2 people since our deposits in the beginning (my brother's now EX and one of Chester's ex groomsmen).


     

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    #67 acw271011

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    Posted 17 August 2015 - 12:24 PM

    What a cool idea! And the design you picked is so pretty! We had 30 at our AHR and it worked out great! Everyone had a great time. It was just a nice number to work with so for a DW it should be perfect!


    I said "yes" again to the love of my life at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico on our 4th anniversary - October 20, 2015

     

     

    http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/topic/78874-acw271011-so-this-is-not-a-planning-thread-but/

     

     

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    #68 snswedding2016

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    Posted 17 August 2015 - 12:46 PM

    @Wafflesmom The design you picked is so pretty! I love paperless post, we also used it for our wedding as well. It saved us SO much money and I love the designs they offer. I also love the tracking feature and the messaging feature. It definitely comes in handy when you need to remind everyone about deposits and final payments. 

     

    We've also lost a couple since the deposit deadline but have also gained a few. Our final payment is due in two months - I just sent out the reminder. I'm nervous to see who pays in full! 


    My planning thread - http://www.bestdesti...016-azul-fives/

     

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    #69 Wafflesmom

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    Posted 17 August 2015 - 02:59 PM

    @perianjay I'm so glad I found paperless post! It was so handy, user friendly and best of all, we were able to send out our Save the Dates right away! And yes, I'm so glad my bridesmaid can make it ti our wedding. I wasn't expecting that at all so it's such a wonderful surprise.

    @acw271011 I love the number of guests we have right now. I'm hoping my one other friend/coworker will be able to make it out. And we're still waiting to see if Derrick's aunt and uncle will join us. It was weird that they RSVP'd yes to our Save the Date and our wedding website but they never put down their deposit. I'm hoping sending them the formal invitation next month will make them tell us what they're planning.

    @snswedding2016 I saw on your thread that you also used paperless post. Isn't it fantastic? I am really worried about the final payments. We all plan far ahead of time and it's so stressful to think that ppl can and may still back out!
    My planning thread: http://www.bestdesti...anuary-23-2016/

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    #70 Wafflesmom

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    Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:51 AM

    Wedding Décor:

    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.

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    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.

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    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”.

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    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.
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    My planning thread: http://www.bestdesti...anuary-23-2016/

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