- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2006
Hello all. I have to say, this is the first site of this type I’ve ever joined. I got hooked by reading about Mrs. Sushi’s tattoos, and well, now here I am too. (well, I did join a site similar about photography and got hooked and was always on there and never managed to get anything else accomplished, lol)
My husband and I are renewing our wedding vows next year on a trip to Mexico and I would love some help on ideas for invitations, the ceremony, whatever you can guys can come up with. My Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid are both wearing turquoise dresses that are halter style. My dress is white, strapless, and very feathery looking with strips of sheer fabric hanging from it in tiers. I told them they could just wear sandals with their dresses (I asked if they could wear silver), and do whatever they would like with their hair. I’m assuming we’ll all do some sort of updo since it will be in Mexico and h-o-t. And I’m thinking I would like a small headpiece with netting (a birdcage veil) with possibly a peacock feather or a red or yellow rose…I’m not 100% on this yet.
My ideas for the vow renewal so far involve anything bright, tropical, or very ethnic. I don’t really want anything nautical, it’s just not my style. I’ve researched vow renewals on the internet and have found there isn’t really any major rules about what to do or not to do. I’m also stuck on what to do for a photographer.
I guess I should give some background info on our original ceremony too, because I’d like to steer clear of that. I have a love of all things Asian and that was our theme for the OW (original wedding). My daughter, who was 11 at the time, and a close friend were both standing up for me. My husband had only his younger borther as best man. Well, the dresses for the girls were coming from China (to the tune of $30), and 2 weeks before the wedding, my Maid/Matron of Honor still didn’t have a dress. I told her that I couldn’t have her stand up for me anymore, and wound up only with my daughter for my side. I forgot to mention that we got married on my birthday, so not only did I have no Maid/Matron of Honor on my wedding day, I also had no “best friend” there for my birthday. The photographer we had hired didn’t take as many pictures as what we had been told we would be getting for the price (100-200 images per hour). We wound up with less than 350 pics for about 6 hours. Her post editing skills were pretty fab, but I couldn’t believe she didn’t do any editing to our wedding dvd/slideshow she had included in our package price.
My reception was held at a site that had no exhaust fans in the kitchen for the guys that were there handmaking our food, so even with the a.c. it was very hot (picture the middle of July with no exhaust fans and sweltering heat). The reception site was picked by my mother-in-law, at a V.F.W. It was also too small and hosted a meals-on-wheels for the elderly every Monday thru Friday. Since our wedding was on a Friday, we couldn’t get in to decorate early enough in the day, and thus the decorations weren’t up to par (imagine lots of pictures of old men in military uniforms and beer themed stuff, plus a soda machine in the corner). Through all of this, I did the majority of the work by myself as I had no Maid/Matron of Honor to help me out, and had a very limited budget.
Anyhow, fast forward to the present day…my husband and I would love to have our 5 children with us in Puerta Vallarta next year, but I just don’t think it will happen with the cost of everything we have to pay for. So, we’re thinking of having some way we can keep in touch with the kids during the trip, and possibly the ceremony as well. Maybe Skype? Anyone have any suggestions? We also don’t 100% have our date set yet, as we need to schedule around my bridesmaid’s wedding next year, and the MOH’s work schedule. I would love to be in Mexico for El Dia De Los Muertos and have a very floral/rose themed renewal ceremony, but either way we’ll need to for sure pick a date, and SOON!
We are planning on sending out invites to our whole families (my Mother-In-Law limited the amount of people we could ask for the OW, even though we were paying for it)to ask if they would like to attend and stay at the all-inclusive resort we will be at for the week. Is there a time-frame for how far in advance to send out the invites? Should I check into destination-wedding themed ideas to get some help, even though this is just a vow renewal?
Anyhow, this turned out to be really long for a first post, lol! Any help and/or feedback, ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My husband and I are pretty laid back people, so we’d like this to be a fun, memorable day for anyone and everyone involved. THANKS!