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#301 deecol

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 08:09 AM

@vancouverpetunia isn't everyone so amazing?!?!  Make my heart melt.  P.S.  you are ridiculously close!

 

Thank you for thinking I am being "big" about everything.  I can't help but feel bad knowing what's she's going through... hopefully we'll be able to talk about everything soon.  I am sooo excited about my new bridesmaid and so is she!  We were like sisters and kind of drifted but this is bringing us closer and it feels right having her up there with me.

 

I went through my to-do list with Col yesterday and it is sooo manageable!  I'm just hammering down on it lol



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#302 Wafflesmom

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 09:02 AM

Hi Dee, you can let me know anytime and if you do need it, I'll ship it asap.
My planning thread: http://www.bestdesti...anuary-23-2016/

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#303 deecol

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 09:53 AM

1 Month until we say I DO!  24 Days until Mexico!

 

 

Wow.  I can't believe I woke up today and it was exactly one month until our wedding day!

 

I've been able to tick a few more things off the list and decided to reorganize my list like @vancouverpetunia 's because it is sooo much easier to read that way!  And bolded the new items.

 

COMPLETE:

  • Dress alterations
  • Music chosen - Prelude Music, Bridal Party Entrance, Bride's Entrance, Document Signing Music, Recessional Song, Father/Daughter-Mother/Son (doing the same dance)
  • Picked up beach bags from Total Advantage
  • Passport renewed
  • Groommen's suits sent to UK for tailoring
  • Wedding wishes & marriage application sent to WC - sent Guestlist this week
  • Sent new bridesmaid's details to WC for marriage application
  • Confirmed ceremony and dinner details with WC
  • Confirmed photo package with photographer
  • Booked eyelash extension appt (thanks to @perianjay for her recommendation), mani, pedi, hair dye, & waxing appts before leaving
  • Card box
  • Painted table numbers
  • Ring box
  • Wedding day timeline
  • Centrepieces: vases, flowers & candles purchased
  • Bought garter and sticky boobs with weekend
  • Ties
  • Initial travel vaccines complete
  • Email to guests regarding wedding day attire etc sent out
  • Gift for new bridesmaid: 

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She loves to drink :) lol so I thought this was perfect for her.  I still need to have it engraved, which I'll likely try to do at the same time as our rings (if we have them engraved.  I'm also left with one extra pink bouquet charm that I bought for my ex-bridesmaid, I'll likely just try to sell it with a couple of other items after the wedding.

 

  • Hair Trial - A co-worker lent me a feathery piece her mom used for her wedding and we tried it out last night:

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We're going with a high bun, sleek sides and a slight poof in the front.  It's not as polished as it will be on the wedding day of course but this is basically how it will look  :)

 

IN PROGRESS:

  • The remaining 40 beach bags have arrived, I need to meet my girlfriend this week or next to pick up
  • The phone cases are expected to be delivered by April 1st... patiently waiting
  • I decided to not use the cake topper as my mom thought it might be bad luck and then I got paranoid, so I ordered another.  It was shipped within the hour after I ordered it and I got an email from the shipper saying it will arrive between April 6th and 28th... praying  that with it moving so quickly already it will arrive before we leave but if not I have a back-up in mind
  • Welcome letter, I spy & social media signage almost complete - want to run by Col when he gets back
  • MC Script - need to write out
  • Seating Chart - this will be in progress until the week before, still working on a way to display
  • Clothing for Mexico - bought a couple dresses and a pair of bikini bottoms last weekend, so I'm good for swimsuits
  • Tanning - currently going 1-2 times a week
  • Packing List - started writing
  • Second round of vaccines the weekend before we leave, followed by the last round 4 months later
  • Tags for champagne bottles bubbles that will be put on the tables, stuck between 2 sayings: "Blow bubbles and warm wishes for the new Mr & Mrs" or "To fill the air with a little romance, Please blow these bubbles while we have our first dance".  I think I'm leaning more towards the second one, what do you ladies think?
  • Downloading Songs

TO DO:

  • Col's suit alterations, we were done but now he wants his vest tailored (why couldn't he decide all this at one time? lol) so he's bringing it into a tailor near his work.  Thank goodness because I've already been to the suit place more times than the bridal store for my dress
  • Paper Fans - still deciding on these
  • Engraving - both our wedding bands and the flask
  • Exchange currency
  • Buy a selfie stick for the go-pro, batteries for the walkie-talkies, an external charger, bug spray & sunscreen among other things
  • Timeline for photographer and specific shots, to print out pictures as examples as well
  • Assemble binder or correspondence for the WC
  • Confirm rehearsal ceremony timing and date with WC - she says she will let me know if we can have this... I swear they won't do anything a little bit extra for you, I already cancelled my rehearsal dinner because she couldn't give me what I wanted so I'm really pushing for this to happen
  • Thank you speeches
  • Back-up white dress for reception
  • Outfit for bachelorette - can I just say the girls are going all out for this, it's an all day and night thing and I have no clue what's happening except they are getting flower crowns for everyone to wear - I'm excited!
  • More shopping
  • Send an invite for the wedpics app to the guests who haven't already joined the week before we leave
  • Once songs are all downloaded, load onto Wedding DJ App
  • Pack!

Edited by deecol, 30 March 2016 - 10:09 AM.


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http://www.bestdesti...6/#entry1904529


#304 pjay

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:29 AM

Yay! You are ridiculously close! I've been meaning to message and catch up with you. I'm really excited for you!

Your hair is going to look beautiful - I really like how it looks even with it not being polished! Can't wait to see it all come together with your dress/whole look.


 

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#305 deecol

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:42 AM

@perianjay Thank you!  I was thinking about you today too actually  :) Can't believe how close it is!!!

I think the hair piece will be perfect with how the bottom of my dress looks!  I'm super happy with it!



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#306 ashhtayy

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 04:21 AM

@deecol Looks like you are in great shape!!

I've been piggy backing off both yours and @vancouverpetunia to do lists - they've been so helpful :) Thank you!

Love the hair and hair piece. I think you'll be so happy to have all your hair up and out of the way. I can picture it with your dress - you'll be a stunning bride.

I like option two for the tag on the champagne bubble bottles :)

Time has flown! I can't believe how close you are now.

#307 snswedding2016

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 09:08 AM

@deecol you are really getting through that to do list!! You're in great shape for your big day! 1 month - so so exciting!!! 

 

Love your hair piece with your up do. It's going to look so elegant and romantic!  :wub:


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

 

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#308 krystalball

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 08:41 PM

Less than one month to go now! Your to-do list looks totally doable, great job staying on top of things

Love the hair piece BTW, I procrastinated on getting something for my hair, so if I don't stumble onto something this weekend I'll be just a regular updo. I really think your hairpiece will complement your dress beautifully

Enjoy your final countdown to the wedding, it will pass by quickly but with everything you have completed so far you're in great shape!


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#309 acw271011

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 01:03 PM

@deecol  Well girl - you're next. Another one I need to deeply apologize to for not being here the last couple of months. I've just finished catching up on your thread - you've really been through it, haven't you. I'm sorry I wasn't here for support. I should have been. I can't believe your wedding is so close now. Yours has been one of the toughest for me to follow over the last couple of months for specific reasons, but that's no reason to not be here for you. From doing all that work for your own shower and then having to go through stuff with your best friend. But you've just risen above it and everything you've put together is going to be amazing! It would have been totally cool to be in Mexico to creep it!! lol

 

I'm sorry about what happened to your friend. We forget sometimes with the happiness that we've found with the guys that we have, that there are guys out there that just should not be on this earth. Jerk is too nice of a word for them but they do things like what happened to your friend. I suspect she'll come around in time, especially if you've been friends that long. She's hurting definitely. I'm just sorry she projected on to you the way she did, but I'm sure it's because your wedding is so close and it's just such a difficult thing for her to get through. I'm not sure if you were here or not, but there was a bride to be on this site that should have been getting married in February of this year. Kim will remember her (@calgarybride2015). Anyway, she was right up to her middle in all her planning and she made the super difficult decision to break it off because of some things that were happening. It was the right decision from everything that she said and it took guts for sure. She told everyone here and asked about staying on the site even though she was no longer getting married so wouldn't have a wedding to report on. She was only here about a week after that and then she disappeared. Long story short I think it was just too much for her to be here with everyone talking weddings all the time, or reviewing their own, and I think it was just too painful. I think it might be that for your friend. You're being the big heart in all of it so fingers are crossed for you that things work out for both of you. It's sad about the veil though. Things get said and done in pain and anger that shouldn't be. I'm so glad the awesome ladies here made the offers that they did to you. I'm not at all surprised - that's just how special they are, and how special you are too. I'm also glad you got the BM stuff worked out and that you're happy with who is standing with you. Don't feel guilty about being excited about your wedding. You're entitled to be so don't let the unhappiness ruin anything for you. It's hard I know not to bubble over with excitement around people when you're planning something so special, and it's even harder to keep it in check around someone that I'm sure is in so much pain. But letting her be is the best thing for both of you I think. It allows you to have YOUR time, which you're completely allowed and deserve, and it lets her take some time to hopefully heal so that the two of you can get back to hopefully being friends!

 

You've accomplished so much over the last couple of months - it's all coming together so beautifully! I love your sandals!! I'm sure they'll be completely comfortable! And seeing you in your finished dress which I will say is stunning - they'll be perfect for your reception!! Love the barefoot jewellery too! Are you afraid of hot sand, or are they putting something down for you to walk on?

 

Omg those flowers you found are so pretty!!! I absolutely love the colours! And in the heart vases with the "matching" table numbers, they're so perfect!!

 

Reading through your "to do" lists, I think they're completely manageable given that you still have a couple of weeks. Just try not to stress. Yeah - easier said than done I know. But you've got everything so well in hand. Colin's suit is super smart! And your card box and ring box are perfect! Don't worry about not doing a guest book. You know from being here there are no hard rules about stuff, so if it's what you don't want, then don't do it. I love the idea of the two dances together - what was the final decision? And I love your song selection too. Remember too that things like engraving can always be done when you get home if you run out of time. We're keeping an eye on the dollar too and hoping it continues to creep up. We haven't been in the US since Xmas because of it. Fingers crossed!

 

I'd forgotten you were doing the legal ceremony in Mexico. It's what Doug and I did in Jamaica so I can only speak as someone that did it, and believe me when I say I'm totally NOT taking anything from the ladies that did the legal at home and symbolic as the dw, but I know you won't regret having your wedding date as "the" date. It was the only thing for us. Doug being the way he is, if we had done a legal at home he would have said ok, that's it. We're done now. We're married lol Originally it was me that said lets just do jeans and city hall, and he suggested a park somewhere instead, which just morphed into a dw. i don't regret it in any way in spite of everything that happened.

 

You got this girl. It will be amazing! I'm so looking forward to seeing it all come together, hear about it after and see your photos!! We love GBP resorts (we're biased since we got married at one) and they seem to really know how to do weddings! Wow - I guess it's 20 days until you leave!! Woohoo!


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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#310 deecol

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 09:15 AM

@ashhtayy I’m so happy I can help with my to-do list – I’ve used some of the girls here as well and it’s so helpful!  I think the hair and hair piece will work really well with my dress too!  Thank you J

I like option 2 for the bubbles as well!

 

@snswedding2016 I cannot believe how close we are!!!  I’m trying to get through my to-do list as quickly as possible lol.  I think the hair piece with really suit my dress too!

 

@krystalball Thank you – I think the hairpiece will work really well with my dress to! I’m sure you will look amazing with or without a hair piece J  You are leaving in a couple days!  I can’t wait to see all your pics and hear all about it at our next meet-up when you get back!

 

@acw271011 I can’t believe I’m next!  Time is flying!

Please do not apologize, I hope everything is okay and looking forward to seeing you this Friday!

I really hope my friend does come around, breaks my heart to think of her going through this without me but I don’t think I’m the person she wants to be friends with at the moment, I hope in time we can connect again.  The veil situation definitely hurt, it’s worked out for the best as I am super happy with my hair piece but the whole taking back action was painful for me.  You ladies are so amazing, I can’t believe how lucky I am to have connected with you all, you have made this experience that much more special for me.

Really hoping I can keep us this momentum and get through my to-do list!  From the pictures I’ve seen, the ceremony location looks partially shaded… I’ll speak to the coordinator when I’m there to make sure it’s not too hot to stand on but I think we’ll be okay!

I’m really happy with my centrepieces too!  I didn’t realize I had this “heart” theme happening and then it all came together!

We have decided on doing the final dance together to Rod Stewart’s “Have I told you lately”.  It takes the pressure off and I feel like this way our guests won’t get “bored” and have to sit through 2 dances.  My mom’s a bit jealous that she doesn’t get a special dance but we’ll just have to cross that bridge we get to it…

Col and I mainly decided on having the legal ceremony so that we just had the “one” date.  Initially we were going to have a legal ceremony here first but changed our minds, hoping it all works out!  The first all-inclusive I ever went to was at the GBP in Dominican, and I loved it!  They're a great chain!

Thank you for your encouraging words!  I’m trying to stay focused and positive and am just so looking forward to getting to Mexico!  Especially after this April storm we had!

 

26 Days until we say I DO... 19 until Mexico!

 

We had two more guests book over the weekend, and one looking for a last-minute deal - so we now have 50 guests (48 adults, 2 kids) not including Col & I.

 

I wasn't as productive while Col was away as I had hoped to be, I got a few things done but it was mostly appts and girls nights... I am still happy to have crossed a couple things off:

 

COMPLETE:

  • Dress alterations
  • Music chosen - Prelude Music, Bridal Party Entrance, Bride's Entrance, Document Signing Music, Recessional Song, Father/Daughter-Mother/Son (doing the same dance)
  • Picked up beach bags from Total Advantage
  • Passport renewed
  • Groommen's suits sent to UK for tailoring
  • Wedding wishes & marriage application sent to WC - sent updated Guestlist with new guests
  • Sent new bridesmaid's details to WC for marriage application
  • Confirmed ceremony and dinner details with WC
  • Confirmed photo package with photographer
  • Booked eyelash extension appt (thanks to @perianjay for her recommendation), mani, pedi, hair dye, & waxing appts before leaving
  • Card box
  • Painted table numbers
  • Ring box
  • Wedding day timeline
  • Centrepieces: vases, flowers & candles purchased
  • Bought garter and sticky boobs with weekend
  • Ties
  • Initial travel vaccines complete
  • Email to guests regarding wedding day attire etc sent out
  • Gift for new bridesmaid: Get engraved
  • Hair Trial
  • Beach Bags - my girlfriend dropped off at my place this weekend, they are perfect!
  • Received half of the phone cases (we split the order in 2 to avoid shipping costs and I'm still waiting on the second half to arrive... However, they are really great cases, durable, and I was able to fit my large iPhone 6 inside, punch in my code and access the camera while it was in the bag.  I got them on eBay from the seller chgogoby - lots of great reviews, free shipping and the bags cost 99cents for 2, but it does take a while to arrive, I ordered on Feb 17th.

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  • My new bridesmaid picked up her dress, tried it on, she looks amazing and she loved it!  She is having it only slightly altered and hemmed

 

IN PROGRESS:

  • Cake Topper - waiting to it to arrive, need to prepare back-up
  • Welcome letter, I spy & social media signage almost complete - putting the last final touch and hoping to print this week
  • MC Script - need to write out
  • Seating Chart - this will be in progress until the week before, still working on a way to display
  • Clothing for Mexico - bought a couple dresses and a pair of bikini bottoms last weekend, so I'm good for swimsuits
  • Packing List - started writing & Pack!
  • Second round of vaccines the weekend before we leave, followed by the last round 4 months later - appointments booked
  • Tags for champagne bottles bubbles that will be put on the tables - "To fill the air with a little romance, Please blow these bubbles while we have our first dance" - Printing with welcome letter etc
  • Downloading Songs - I've decided to download 10-15 songs each night, hoping this strategy helps me get this done!
  • Col's suit alterations - he is bringing into a tailor near his work this week to have the vest altered
  • Tanning - 2 times a week
  • Confirm rehearsal ceremony timing and date with WC - communication with them is not the easiest

TO DO:

  • Paper Fans - still deciding on these - Pushing this to the bottom of the to-do list and not too worried if it doesn't happen
  • Engraving - both our wedding bands and the flask - I'm having difficulty finding an engraver who will engrave tungsten and not charge an arm and a leg, might not engrave our bands at all or just do it when we get back... will bring the flask in this week/weekend to have engraved
  • Exchange currency
  • Buy a selfie stick for the go-pro, batteries for the walkie-talkies, an external charger, bug spray & sunscreen among other things
  • Timeline for photographer and specific shots, to print out pictures as examples as well
  • Assemble binder or correspondence for the WC
  • Thank you speeches
  • Back-up white dress for reception
  • Outfit for bachelorette - can I just say the girls are going all out for this, it's an all day and night thing and I have no clue what's happening except they are getting flower crowns for everyone to wear - I'm excited!
  • More shopping
  • Send an invite for the wedpics app to the guests who haven't already joined the weekend before we leave (April 16th)
  • Once songs are all downloaded, load onto Wedding DJ App

I laid everything out on my bed last night to show my friend and I was so happy how it is all coming together!  It really hit me last night how fast the date is approaching!


Edited by deecol, 04 April 2016 - 09:16 AM.


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