- 7 years ago
- Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA
My FI and I have known all along that we wanted to elope somewhere tropical, but hadn’t settled on exactly where. The top two contenders were Puerto Vallarta, or St. John’s in the Virgin Islands. I was leaning towards St. John’s, but it would be a lot more expensive since we live on the west coast. I wasn’t really sure Mexico was the place for me. UNTIL….I decided to go out last night to a Mexican bar to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, and loved the atmosphere so much that my decision was made for me! Puerto Vallarta, here we come!
It also helped us decide how to celebrate us after returning home. We had already been planning to do a backyard BBQ, but have decided to tweak things just a bit to give it a Mexican theme. Instead of barbequing, we’ll have a build-your-own-taco bar. We will also be renting a margarita machine, and have margarita glasses at each place setting rather than wine glasses. I think we’ll stick with margaritas and coronas, and not have any wine. And maybe Mexican soda? Also, we’ll have one virgin-margarita drink made as well. I also REALLLLY want to hire a mariachi band, if I can find one for less than $500. I have so many ideas for decor, I just can’t wait to pull it all together! I definitely don’t want to go over-the-top with cheesy “fiesta” decorations. I want things to look more subdued, but with an obvious Mexican theme. I’m thinking white tablecloths with burlap table runners to keep things neutral, with centerpieces that incorporate bright, colorful peppers. We’ll hang lots of paper lanterns (not sure if I want colored or white ones), as well as Mexican banners strung from tree to tree.
What do you guys think about having the margarita glasses personalized with our names and wedding date, and having those be our favors? Does anyone have any ideas of how to present the glasses at the place settings so that it’s obvious they are gifts for the guests? I thought about filling them with something but I also want them to be functional to drink out of.
If anyone else has thrown a fiesta-style reception, I’d love to see pics! 🙂 Adios!
Oh, and one more thing. I’d like to ask anyone if they have tips for getting married in Puerto Vallarta somewhere that is not done by a resort. i want things to be more authentic, and not the typical “package” that a resort offers. You know, say your vows, drink champagne, cut the cake). I just want something not so typical. Any ideas?? I’m also wondering how the heck I’m supposed to get ready (I’m doing my own hair and make-up) and get to the ceremony location without seeing FI?? Seems impossible since we’ll be sharing a room. Thanks again everyone!