- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
Aloha!Since I fall under every heading possible (I’m an encore, he’s an encore, forty-something, he’s older, I’m younger, full-figured, intimate destination wedding, etc.) I decided just post here for the initial post. First I would really like to thank all of the bees for their helpful, insightful, thought-provoking, and generous ideas for “everything wedding.” I don’t have much time to post, but will try to toss in a word of wisdom/support when I can! If it were not for this board (a one-stop shopping spot!), I’d definitely have had to spend a lot more time trying to pull together a formally informal wedding! So thank you all so much for the wealth of information stockpiled at Wedding Bee!
As for me, well! We live in Hawaii, but are planning an evening destination wedding in Vegas-sans the cheese. It’s easier for family/friends to make the quick trip to Vegas, than to plan an all out vacation to Oahu! Plus, living here for so long, the island gets kinda cliche in the wedding market when surrounded by it to do it for our own. Don’t get me wrong, though! For those bees planning a Hawaiian kine wedding, you will love every moment of your special day and honeymoon, here! 🙂 We are actually goign to honeymoon at home, taking a couple weeks off (no teenager at home for the summer!) to actually enjoy the place we have been lucky enough to live for so long. Hard to find the time anymore as work sucks up so many spare hours it seems!
On top of the wedding, we may be moving back to the mainland somewhere right around the wedding (shortly before or after, so top off the chaos with a bit of panic and hopefully no lost deposits, and that’s where we stand! eSTDs have been sent with a disclaimer NOT to make reservations until formal invitations are sent, so they are all understanding and flexible! Only 2 elder relations did not have email and their children (hopefully) printed and delivered a copy.
Dresses are ordered, everything is in place, and invitations are designed and ready to print. The wedding is scheduled on a Monday, venues have been tentatively selected, but will finalize within the next couple of weeks. As it falls on a Monday, we aren’t too worried about venue as we have a few ceremony locations and reception venues (likely restaurant) tentatively on hold and are negotiating options at this time.
My bridal party is comprised of 1 Maid/Matron of Honor, who absolutely rocks, and the remaining Jr. Bridesmaid or Best Man and teenaged groomsmen are between the ages of 10-17. if my father cannot attend, my 16 year old will give me away. Since this is an encore wedding for both of us, we wanted the family/friends to sit, relax, and enjoy their time. Besides, we thought it was odd to have family participate on the wedding party level this time, when most already had done so for a previous marriage!
The only DIY project I submitted to was our invitations. Thanks to paperandmore.com I was able to do the full suite of invitations, reception, accomodation, reply cards, and more for approx $4.85ea (includes postage and enough cardstock, paper, and envelopes for announcements and thank you cards!) That is for 65 outgoing invites and 100+ announcements (have not completed THAT list yet!)
I actually sent a tester out in the mail this weekend and much to my dismay, it was returned to me because the label peeled right off the metallic envelope, but the return address remained on the back! So my one question remaining is “what is a good adhesive to keep those suckers ON the envelope for the long haul?”
Anyhow, I’ve babbled on long enough, but think I’ve covered the generalities and then some–just wanted to say HI and THANK YOU!
PS Here’s my wedding attire! Would love to know what y’all think!