The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort looks fabulous!!!
1. Gowns with a low neckline: Gowns that have low necklines need to be supplemented with necklaces that drop down instead of hugging the neck. The reason for this is that short necklaces with low neckline gowns can make a woman’s chest too broad or wide.However, both the tips listed above would be moot if the wedding gown is enough by itself. For example, a highly embellished wedding gown with sequins and lots of pearls does not warrant the use of a particularly jazzy necklace or, for that matter, any other premiere jewelry. On the contrary, gowns that are particularly aggrandized are better supplemented with simple necklaces. In fact, the more subtle and low key the necklace is, the more it will be able to set off the beauty of the wedding gown.
2. Off the shoulder gowns: Off the shoulder gowns or strapless gowns provide the freedom to be able to choose flashy attention seeking necklaces or necklaces with large pendants. Furthermore, a bride can also use chokers with particularly flashy pendants because of the larger area of space to work with. A choker with a strapless or off the shoulder gown results in both the elements i.e. gown and necklace to be showcased due to the space between them.
P.S. For a little while I will be double posting so that I can forward some of my readers to my new blog this way. There won't be ANYTHING posted here ever that isn't posted on my new blog so feel free to unfollow this one if you'd like.
Cool Breeze...sun shining....good day for a wedding, I would say. Countdown: 1 hour.
4:17 PM Apr 17th via UberTwitter
I see the lido marina!!! http://tweetphoto.com/18873462
4:19 PM Apr 17th via UberTwitter
I promise pics of her the second I arrive! :) RT: @Em219: @MeSooLaLa You're cute...now let's see some pics of Miss (almost Mrs.) Laura!!
This area is so cute. Lots of shops and boats!
Please excuse whatever I'm awkwardly doing in this photo... but isn't my new hubs sexy?!
It's so fun... things aren't much different but I feel like I'm playing house. He got home from work late last night and we seriously laid in bed talking for an hour and a half just about the wedding and how happy we were.
Now I'm ready to go to the Carribean and I can't wait to share everything with ya'll... I'll try to get some posts in before I leave.
Thanks for all the well wishes everyone...
(Damn, my automatic signature doesn't work anymore!)
To my family and friends...
I can truly say that I have met some of the best people I've ever met in my entire life through this wedding process (big hugs to Kelly the original Miss Pugs, Stephanie from I Do at the Zoo, Em from Burning River Bride, Ali AKA Mrs. Frenchie, and I could continue...). Some of you I've met, some of you I plan to meet, and some of you will just be people that will stay in my life hopefully for a long time after this wedding. I never knew what I was getting into the day I found Weddingbee which inspired me to start this blogging journey and meet girls that would be more honest then some of my own friends. You have been here to listen, give advice, and keep me busy for the past fourteen months while I should be working.
Thank you everyone for your love and support over this time and I'm so excited to start this journey as Mr. Mojito's wife.
I love you all more then you know!
Signing out for the last time as a Miss... Miss Mojito <3>
P.S. Be ready for the debut of my new blog once I get back from the Honeymoon! I will be transitioning you all into my new blogging home as I start my recaps!
P.S.2. I hopefully will have a couple pix to post in the next couple days before I leave for my honeymoon!
That's five possible, entires. Good luck!
The giveaway will end on MY WEDDING DAY, April 17!! My goal will be to post the winner before I leave on my honeymoon before April 22!
*I will be receiving 50 thank you cards from Digital Room for hosting this giveaway.
Honestly, I just saw Wedding Chicks post this on Twitter and I always wondered why nobody had this yet on a wedding website. Wedding Chicks is now offering FREE custom monograms. I'm sure the collection will grow over time but right now they have a few cute monograms that you just plug in the names, dates, and colors you want and it gets emailed to you in SECONDS for you to use. I made a few in my colors and also some in other colors just to share. They also have it to make custom "Will you be my ..." monograms to use on tags, cards, whatever.
I thought these bird ones were really cute. One idea I had was since clearly my wedding is only a week away, if there is one you really like you don't even have to put your wedding date. Just your names with your new last name or something and then you can put it on stationary or something through Uprinting or Vista Print.
This one rather then putting the bride and grooms names I put a made up name and then bridesmaid underneath instead of the date. You could use this for their thank you card or something else for your BMs.
I decided to do this next one in Mocha and Grass Green... the colors of my cousins wedding that I'm going to be in, in October.
So not only do they have the monogram templates but they also had templates for the "Will you be my...?" cards. They had this cute florish one where you could customize the colors and the title (Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, etc.). They also had one that I loved with some tandem bicycles.
If I ever would have seen this early enough for the wedding I probably would have used the sea horse one, it's so cute and it matches all of the suite we used for our rehearsal dinner as well.
Don't you just love finding freebies? What are some other ways you could use these templates from Wedding Chicks?
So this is what I decided. I would purchase the pocketfolds and then do all of the printing myself. Simple enough right and I'm sure super cheap! So I went on Cards & Pockets and fount the pocketfolds I wanted on sale for like $.70 each. Didn't sound too bad. I was convinced now I could do each invite for about $1 without postage. Psh, this is just the beginning.
They're back to $1.38 each, I scored.
I then started designing things and realized I didn't like any of it. Nothing I had was great and I just didn't have the best design skills to do something I wanted to portray for MY wedding. So like always I started searching around on the Weddingbee classified. I found a ad for a designer who was starting to do wedding invites and looking for some people to design for to use for her portfolio. I've told you tons about Leslie from Slieberry Designs. She's awesome, and was my invitation hero. I got her services free of charge and she did all of my design for all of the pocketfold inserts as well as the actual invite. She even offered to do any other stationary needs so I had her do the menu and all of the other things I just ended up taking care of myself.
Everything turned out great and I was so happy with the results. Since my RSVP card insert was double sided and because I'm a horrrrrible person to use a paper cutter I decided to leave this to the professionals. It probably wouldn't have been TOO bad to have them print... but I forced them to also cut them all for me... and I HAD to have the maching pearly metallic paper! I ended up spending almost $300. The paper was pretty pricey and after all of the "design" fees (to fit everything on the paper to get the most of the paper), the printing, the cutting, etc. it really added up.
Because of the price this was all ending up to be I ended up forgoing my belly bands I designed and didn't even decide to seal it. I didn't seal it because I decided to go with clear vellum envelopes, which with the fuschia metallic pocketfold underneath it looked GREAT. I purchased 100 vellum envelopes on eBay for like hardly anything. Do envelope shopping on eBay people. I'm always successful with that. People try to charge rediculous prices for envelopes.
Next fee increase? Forgot that a pocketfold is clearly going to make my invite weigh more then an ounce. That's going to make the price go up. So I had to get the <>100 pocketfolds with shipping - $75.00
100 vellum envelopes - $10.00
100 $.61 stamps - $61.00
100 $.28 stamps (for RSVP postcards) - $28.00
Printing - approx. $300.00
Design Fee - FREE (God bless you Leslie)
Price per invitation WITH postage: $4.74 each
Worth it? Sure. I guess. I've had GREAT compliments on my invitations, which if I didn't I probably would have been pissed. LOL I still think for all of the work I had to do myself it was a little pricey.
What I'd do? Make an impact. Write on a 3x5 card the date and info, tape a few dollars to it. Your guests will thank you and they will never forget your invitations. :)
So did you try to go a DIY route to save money and in the end realize you didn't save any money at all? I want to hear your stories!