I made this book a couple of weekends ago, it’s really helping me keep organized, and it’s one place to keep all the notes I make and ideas that pop in my head.
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After hearing great reviews from some of the brides on here like @TinkerSofi, we decided to rent speakers & a mic and download the Wedding DJ App rather than hire a DJ. In the “Music” category section of my planning book I have been starting to write down any songs that come to mind. I plan to start downloading in the next couple of weeks, we can always add as we go since we don’t have all of our music chosen yet, but hoping to get the bulk out it of the way.
Colin’s friend Martin will be our MC – he is beyond excited. Which makes me even more excited – and if you know me, I get excited about everything lol
The Wedding Party
Our wedding party consists of:
MOH – My sister Jenna
Bridesmaid – My best friend since we were 6 years old, Melissa
Melissa got engaged 27 days after me, and is getting married 28 days before me. Needless to say, we have been busy lol. I am her MOH, so the months of March and April will be crazy for us.
Best Man – Colin’s first cousin Robert. Colin was his best man a couple years ago, they are the same age, and are very close.
Groomsman – Colin’s brother Jack. Jack will be celebrating both his birthday and his one year wedding anniversary while we are in Mexico.
We chose to keep our wedding party small and intimate.
I have chosen to have my Dad walk me down the aisle. I have mentioned this in another thread that my Mom is not happy about the decision. They split up over 15 years ago and have not spoken to each other since the divorce was made final about 7 years ago… So this should be fun. I have always been a Daddy’s girl and having this moment with him means so much to the both of us. He sacrificed so much to ensure that my sister and I were always taken care of, which meant we didn’t get to see him often, He still calls me to say goodnight every night and I couldn’t ask for a better man to be my father. My mother thinks that by only having him walk me down the aisle that I “love him more” and everyone will think this. Obviously that is not the case and this is a personal choice, but she doesn’t see it that way. As caring and loving as she is, she is just as hard-headed and stubborn. I’m hoping that when the day comes they will just put it all aside and be civil. I’ve requested through my travel agent that they are placed in rooms that are the furthest apart just incase.
Theme / Colour Scheme
We started with the colour red, a deeper sort of red-rose like red. I started collecting pins on pinterest and imaging this romantic setting, when Groomzillo Colin decides to tell me he doesn’t like the red and thinks it’s too dark. In the end I’m glad he brought it up because we ended up changing our scheme to pinks (light & coral, possibly more), white and hits of silver.
After a bit of a mix-up with the previous Wedding Planning Manager at GBP, we finally secured our Legal Ceremony for 4pm on the Tulum beach.
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The actual location is elevated and after the table, it sort of ramps down into the shoreline of the water. It's super pretty.
I plan to keep the décor very simple. Keeping the white chairs included in the package and tying small bunches of pink flowers to the ends of the rows of chairs down the aisle. I am looking into the white fabric too which I really like the look of. I like that it's partially shaded for the guests. Regardless I will be placing paper fans on each chair.
Will update details further as we get closer.
I have been collecting more and more information from the new Wedding Planning Manager at GBP – she is so helpful and fantastic. We will be assigned our wedding coordinator 3 months before and can finalize everything then.
Depending on cost etc, we are looking to do the Poolside reception with a mixed grill option as this was recommended by previous GBP brides. I personally prefer to have plated meal, but the options included in the mixed grill seem like they will satisfy everyone as there is a lot to choose from. And I think in this setting, we could get away with a casual buffet. I will update menu, décor etc as we get closer and speak to the WC.
As I mentioned earlier, my best friend got engaged just after me. She was home for family day weekend in February and booked 2 bridal appts. During her 2nd appt, I was doing a little walk around the store and a dress caught my eye. I didn’t pay it any attention because this was Melissa’s appt and I wasn’t going to try on any dresses, I had lots of time to do that during my own appts. I kept looking at it, and Melissa’s mom told me to try it on, then her Nonna, Zia, cousins and even Melissa were all telling me to try it on, Melis was exhausted anyway. So I tried it on and that was it, I found the dress. It was a dress off the rack so I had the consultant put it on hold and went back the following weekend with my mom and sister to try on a few more. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just in love with it because it was the first dress I ever tried on especially because prior to this I had no idea what I wanted. I also wanted to have that experience with my Mom and Sister.
By the end of the appt I stuck to my gut and I chose the first dress, I still look at the pictures of it every day and love it more and more. It’s a couple sizes smaller than I currently am – knowing this the consultant told me not to do anything about it then because we still had 14 months I would most likely lose the weight anyway. The seamstress also advised that the only alterations I would need would be the back and I could add a corset if I like.
So at the end of the day I got the dress I love for $650!!! And if I choose to add the corset it will be $250.
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Mind the flower, at the time I wanted to only wear a flower on our wedding day and this was the only flower they had in the store. I tried a belt on as well, and it looked nice but I felt like it cut me off, without I felt like it elongated my torso more. The dress looks like it sticks out a bit at the top because it isn't fully closed and the top is ribbed.
The dress is safe and sound at my Mom’s, I’ve only tried it on once since. I want to lose a few more inches and give it another go. My mom jokes that she barely put my dress on, only when she is cleaning or on Friday nights sitting on the couch with a glass of wine like when Monica, Rachel and Pheobe did on Friends lol.
Initially I didn’t want to wear a veil. But then I tried one on and OMG did I ever feel like a bride. My best friend’s Mom had a really elaborate veil that consisted of 2 veils and a birdcage for her wedding. She kept it and got it taken apart so my best friend is wearing her longer, cathedral style veil and she had the shorter veil put on a comb for me if I decided to wear one. I still have to try it with my dress and make sure they match but I plan to wear it for the ceremony and remove it for the reception, possibly replace with a flower. I need to purchase some magnetic veil weights as well.
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I have a few more updates to make:
- Bridesmaids Dresses
- Reception Shoes
and will do shortly