(Closed) How much of a personal touch can you put when you have a DW?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@WYAtocha:  I haven’t, but I think you should be able to. Some of our most personal touches were small, easy to pack things (photobook guest books, family wedding pictures etcc). Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Yes you can! I love DIYs too and my DW resort has the all-in package too. But I’ve requested the resort’s event coordinator to help me arrange my DIYs and she said they can do it for me.

To add personal touches to our wedding, OOT bags are a must with the welcome letter and other destination stuff. We’ll also have a table set-up for our “tears of joy” tissue packets, ceremony programs, confetti packets, etc. all of which I DIY’d.  We were also able to request for our cake to be designed the way we exactly want it to be to make it more personanl. (Cake was part of the wedding package, we just added a fee for the cake design.) Then we’ll have our own reception decors to be added to the centerpieces and a few other stuff too.

Most event coordinators of resorts will be glad to help you plan your big day with you. I’m sure they’ve done this for some other brides before so they know how to deal with DWs. Just be very specific with your instructions so you’ll for sure get what you want. I coordinate with my organizer with lots of pictures just to be very clear. Also, I have arranged to send all my wedding DIY’d stuff to the resort via FedEx so we wont have to worry about it on our flight to our wedding. The event coordinator gladly accepted my request and I specifically instructed her that our box should only be opened once we arrive. (I will have it so the box full of our wedding stuff would arrive a day before we do.)

Our DW isn’t until February 2013 but like most DW, planning ahead will keep you sane πŸ™‚ Best of luck!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@WYAtocha:  We are bringing some of our own personal touches to our Destiantion wedding. I plan to just bring some extra decorations, favours, guest book, some pictures, and a cake topper. Anything I cant fit in my lugguage I plan to put in my parents or one of my bridesmaids lugguage

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@WYAtocha:  I didn’t do welcome baskets, but it seems like many bees have had guests really enjoy them. Would you hvae time to put them togethe in Thailand? I don’t know much about Thailand, but I would imagine they have cool snacks, lotions etc. that might be fun for your guests to receive!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We drove 2500 round trip to Canada to have our wedding.  Everything wedding related fit in one cardboard box (well we hung his suit in the car), but my gown was folded accordian style into the box.

H is of Swedish (and Norwegian) decent, so we walked into the ceremony arm in arm, a Swedish custom.

I am of Irish decent, so I had the officiant recite a non-religious Irish Blessing that I love.

We brought H’s embroidered hankie his g-ma made (my something borrowed and blue).

I found a very old postcard from 1910 in perfect condition that was of our exact wedding location!  That I was really excited about.  It was my something old.  I plan to sign the back, date it and frame it in our bedroom.

Then the entire wedding trip – a hiking honeymoon in Canada – really represented US as a couple very well.  We are very much outdoors people.

Oh, I wanted peonies in my bouquet to represent my home state of Indiana (peonies are the state flower), but they were out of season in Canada.

 

So that’s how I added little bits of “us” into our wedding which was just 5 people (us, officiant, witnesses).

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m doing a DIY DW with a wedding coordinator. The reason we’re able to more DIY is because we aren’t staying at a resort or having the wedding at a venue. We are doing it at the villa we’re staying at. In the beginning we were going to do a resort, but the fees and stuff were becomming outrageous (e.g.- sunset fee, weekend fee, terrace fee!) and the all inclusive rate they were quoting our guests was pretty steep.  Here we got it all with a beautiful view and no extra charges.  We are having a very intimate wedding and our villa sleeps 15 (more than enough). So far my DIY’s include:

Strassing my shoes and my flower girls shoes, centerpieces, kissing balls for 2 junior flower girls, flower girl basket, invitations, making a pearl necklace and bracelet set for the 3 little girls in the wedding and the gift bags which will consist of mostly local souvenirs we’ll fill them with when we’re down there. I was going to do my own jewelry also, but I got a PT job at a jewelry store so decided to use my discount and go with the real thing.  The downside is traveling with everything, but I’m going to check 2 bags on the airline full of wedding stuff and then we’ll have our 2 carry ons with our honeymoon clothes.  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

WYAtocha:  We’re having a beach wedding at Boracay, Philippines. I dont think customs would tax you for personal items or at least not much. From US to Philippines, a big box is about US$50 and I haven’t heard about tax so much so maybe the amount is not big? I’m sure you’ll find info online either thru FedEx website or Thailand’s customs website.

So far, I’ve DIY’d our OOT packs with welcome letters and door hangers and goodies, tissue packets, ceremony programs, table numbers, hangers for the whole entourage dresses, brushes for the sand, straws with tags, table numbers, framed signs, card box, flower curtain… my list goes on and on! haha! That’s why I need to deliver the box and not b ring it with me — I have a lot!

happy planning on your DW!

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