*Warning, very pic heavy.*
Originally we were going to get married in our hometown. We have a small budget though and after looking at numerous venues, we became very frustrated with the fact that we weren't able to have the wedding we wanted without going into debt. In January 2012, we decided to have a destination wedding instead. This was probably the best decision ever and since then, everything has fallen into place wonderfully. We settled on Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for our location and we also changed our date to May 28, 2013 because fall is hurricane season in the Caribbean.
We will be having our ceremony and reception at the Jellyfish Restaurant. It's an open-air restaurant 15 minute bus ride away from our resort. Our shoes-optional ceremony will be on the beach, dinner will be inside the restaurant, followed by dancing on the beach. The coordinator here is amazing and able to fulfill almost any request.
(We'll be serving steak, chicken and lobster for our dinner. Doesn't that food look amazing?!)
Since we had such a drastic change in venue, we also changed our colours. Instead of blue and yellow, we are now having peacock blue as the main colour, accented by chocolate brown, tan, ivory and light green.
We were able to snag Katya Nova as our photographer. I absolutely love her photography style and can't wait for her to document our day. We will also have a trash the dress sessions with her!
Once I saw this dress on the David's Bridal website, I knew it was the one. I did still look around at local shops, but nothing really made me feel "wow". I had to make two trips to two different David's Bridals just to be able to try this dress on. Once I had it on, I had that moment. It is so light and flowy, it'll be perfect for a beach wedding.
I won't be wearing a sash with it though. I have some blingy sandals for the reception, and will be wearing barefoot sandals for the ceremony. These are not the exact barefoot sandals I'll be wearing, as they are being custom made by Chelsea of Red-i.
My garter, ordered off Etsy.
The groom's outfit:
P will be wearing an outfit much like this groom here, except with a peacock blue tie. The groomsmen will be wearing tan pants and a white collared shirt, probably with ties as well.
My two bridesmaids have picked out these two J.Crew dresses in matisse blue (one of my bridesmaids dropped out). It's a gorgeous peacock blue in person. We got them right before New Years when there was a big sale going on! They will be walking down the aisle with ivory parasols instead of bouquets and they will also have barefoot jewellry.
I'm not big on flowers so for any decor we'll be having fake flowers. The only real flowers we will have will be my bouquet and P's boutonniere.
Save the dates and invitations have already gone out and everyone had booked that is going. We have 31 people attending, plus P and myself.
We are getting legally married in town, just to avoid the hassle of getting legally married in the Dominican. As a result, one of our dear friends will be officiating the ceremony down south.
For favours, we have teal leather luggage tags which will double as place cards for the reception.
We will be having a ring warming ceremony, so I have purchased the ring bowl that our rings will be tied to. Also ordered off Etsy.
I'm sure there is plenty more...but some things I don't have pictures of yet (like my wedding band) and some things I just can't remember right now.
Things left to do:
Book a date to get legally married at City Hall.
Write our ceremony script with our officiant.
Put together welcome bags. (We already bought some acrylic insulated tumblers from Real Canadian Superstore to give to each of our guests as part of their welcome bag. I also want to get everyone a little bottle of aloe and some bug spray.)
Put together all of the 'paperwork' for the wedding, such as menu cards, a card with a timeline for the wedding day for guests, etc.
All my dress fittings, hair trials and make-up trials. (I have no idea when I should start doing this!)
Put together a guestbook with our engagement pictures and order it.
Book a shuttle to get our guests to the airport.
Order P a ring.
Ensure we have gifts for wedding party and parents.
Does anyone have any make-up tips for hot weather? My skin is combination and I generally don't wear much make-up to begin with. I have been trying out a whole bunch of products right now, but it's hard to tell how it will stand up in the heat and humidity as it's -10 degrees celsius right now.