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Destination Wedding Invitations

To say that I am in love with our wedding invitations would be an understatement. They so perfectly captured everything that I love and wanted for our wedding day. They were gold/white & clean looking. I wanted something very simplistic with the same fonts as our Save The Date Cards. The coolest thing about our invitations? They were custom made!

I’ve always had my heart set on a wedding invitation with multiple parts to it. Our invitation is made up of three flat cards: one is the actual invitation, another has important details, and the third has a pricing information.

Since we are having a Destination Wedding – It was important to us to let our guests know the details of pricing, where the wedding will take place, and any other important information they should know! We wanted to send an invitation them far enough in advance.

There are so many high end invitations where you would spend $500+ dollars on Invitations. I chose a Printable Customized Option and had them printed at a local printing shop. All together I spent $165 for 150 invites (without stamps.)

We ordered a customized stamp and ink pad, which I’m so glad we did! It was not only easier on our end, but I feel like it was a great addition to our invitations. We tried to correlate the fonts from our invites to the stamp. You can find our customized stamp HERE

Travel Agents make things so much easier when traveling, and that is the same case with a Destination Wedding. They are there to answer guests questions, find the best rates, and will be our RSVP service when guests book their room. We are working with RWD Travel – and have had the best experience so far! They will give us weekly updates on when guests are booking which is making life a little bit easier! I would definitely recommend hiring them for your next weekend group or leisure travel!

Links to Details Below:Customized Stamp | Printing Company | Customized Invitation Printable


Destination Wedding Planning – Personalized Gifts & Registry

The wedding planning for our Destination Wedding is coming along and Katelyn from Katalina Girl and I are excited to share another tidbit of the planning process with you. Its a fun journey to plan your wedding, so we are grateful to have each other to talk about details. In case you missed the first couple of posts of our wedding planning process – you can view them HERE . Katelyn is getting married a few short months ahead of me at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Today we are sharing some fun personalized wedding gift ideas & an inside peek of our wedding registries.

Cutting Board

A personalized cutting board is a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary, wedding, housewarming and many more occasions in your life. Twisted Branch Designs allows you to choose from a wide variety of designs. You can include your names, wedding date, and even a monogram (in our case.) We love it, and have been putting it to good use.

Passport Covers

For a destination wedding, these passport covers are PERFECT! Created by the State of Muse, this gift can be personalized however you’d like. If you’re attending a wedding that isn’t destination, gift them for the couple’s honeymoon.

Mexico Print

Katelyn and I both fell in love with A Gier’s Print Designs. They were perfect for our Mexico Destination Weddings. They personalized the maps for each of us and it will be a great reminder of where we got married for years to come.

Our Registry:

JJ and i are so grateful for each and every single person that is going to make their way down to Mexico with us to celebrate our wedding day. That is the biggest and best gift anyone could give us. Some people have been asking us if we are going to create a registry and where at, since bringing gifts down to Mexico wouldn’t be ideal. We have decided to go with for ours.

Online gift registries have become more and more popular with brides in recent years. Couples often already have the stuff you would typically register for, so they want to think a little outside the box with an online registry.

Benefits of

You can add gifts from anywhere on the web
Instead of limiting yourself to a few stores, MyRegistry lets you add gifts from anywhere – even offline stores. All of your gifts are easy to see on your online registry, which guests can peruse by item category or just browse around. For online stores, you can add gifts with just a click of a button. For offline stores, you can add items yourself. Easy-peasy!

Its an easy online registry for you and your guests
Out of all the online gift registries, MyRegistry is the most intuitive, both to set up and to purchase from. Online shopping is way easier for all concerned and hugely popular these days… it’s ideal for guests who are traveling or if you’re having a destination wedding because gifts can be shipped right to your house instead of being carted around.

You can ask for cash
As an online bridal registry, MyRegistry is cool because it lets you ask for cash, but in a way that doesn’t offend. Online, you can ask for things like gift cards or even just cash, but you label it as going towards something: your honeymoon, a down payment on your first house, etc. Guests can contribute to these types of gifts and feel good knowing that their cash is going towards something you really need – and you get to collect the money and help make your life as newlyweds that much smoother.

So, you want a new living room set? A new mattress? These are expensive gifts that go way beyond the average wedding gift price tag – but one of the biggest perks of MyRegistry is that it allows guests to contribute a portion of your pricier gifts, rather than just having to go the “all or nothing” route. You are far more likely to get these items this way, as opposed to crossing your fingers that someone wants to drop several hundred (or thousand) dollars on your wedding gift all by themselves.

Personalize the registry
Make your MyRegistry site cute by including photos and a personal message. Include your engagement story, a pic of the ring, etc. You can thank people in advance for joining you on your big day in your personal site message and invite them to contact you with any questions.

Don’t forget – make sure to head on over to Katelyn’s Blog to catch the scoop on her Personalized Gifts & Wedding Registry Details.


Destination Wedding Planning – The Details

Let the destination wedding planning festivities begin. Over the next 415 days—yes that’s how many days until JJ and I tie the knot—I’m sharing the ins and outs of planning a destination wedding. I’m super excited to team up with fellow Iowa blogger and newly engaged gal, Katelyn of the blog Katalina Girl who is getting married just a few short months before me in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I’m thrilled to be able to go through this planning process with her and work together to figure out how to plan a wedding in Mexico. Even though we’re getting married in different cities in Mexico, a lot of things are the same so having her has already turned out to be such a friendly blessing.

We’re teaming up to showcase a monthly (possibly bi-monthly) blog post(s) to share everything from planning tools, invites, engagement photos, bridal shower, bachelorette party, venue, how to plan a wedding remotely, bridesmaids, groomsmen, welcome bags, honeymoons, our favorite Etsy shops and so much more. Basically we’re giving you the 411 about our weddings—the good, the bad, the happy, and the crappy. We’re here to dish about this awesome planning process and offer our readers a bit of help along the way. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to know, please shoot us an email and we’d love to work it into a post!

Destination Wedding Planning

Let’s get started! Today we’re chatting the basics of our wedding plans thus far and the tools we’re using to help make this process a bit easier. Drum roll please…

How did you meet?

JJ and I met about 3 years ago. I was a waitress at a local bar & grille. We had a mutual friend that introduced us and from that point on, he always seemed to show up on the shift I just so happened to be working! *How Ironic.* His story might vary a little bit from mine – but we can both agree that after we started getting to know each other more and more, we become inseparable. The rest is history

How did he propose?

If anyone knows JJ and I well, know that we have a desire to travel. Anywhere and Everywhere. We planned a trip down to Riviera Maya, Mexico for a week long vacation last November. On one of the last nights of the trip – he planned to have one of the gentlemen we had met on the trip record the whole proposal.

He told me that he wanted a picture by the fountain. Little did I know what was about to happen. He gets down on one knee and I finally realize that there wasn’t going to be a picture. The love of my life proposed and it was one of the greatest moments of my whole life.

SIDE NOTE: After we had finished celebrating with various friends we had met on the trip, we finally had a chance to look at the video later that night. To our dismay – the proposal was not recorded (on accident of course.) At the time, it was very disappointing but in the end it was the experience that I will always remember! There will always be a video engrained in my mind – and that is all I need :)

My Advice – No proposal is going to be perfect. The two of you make it perfect. There is a lot of pressure riding on the “perfect” engagement, but in reality its all about love at the end of the day.

Wedding Date:

Our wedding is going to take place on June 18th, 2016.

Wedding Location:

Riviera Maya, Mexico is where we will get married. It has a lot of meaning to the both of us – so we decided to take the leap and have a destination wedding.

Wedding Venue:

We will get married in the same hotel we got engaged – Gran Bahia Principe Tulum Resort. We were so impressed with the food/service/accommodations that we can’t think of any other place we would rather be to exchange vows.

Did you hire a wedding planner?:

Details are being ironed out at the moment. I am definitely wanting a planner to help with decorations/decor. One of the main challenges I have run into with a destination wedding is that decorating is definitely not as easy as it is in the states. I would absolutely “DIY” my wedding if I could, but the $50 per suitcase is limiting me a bit.

Hiring a wedding planner is probably going to be the best scenario in the long run. Stay tuned – I will be sure to update you all wedding coordinator details in the near future.

Wedding Theme:

Bohemian/Vintage Beach Wedding Theme

Some Inspiration:

Wedding Theme

Photo via – Fab Mood

Wedding Colors:

Mint + Peach + Blush + Gold

Have you found the dress?

This is a work in progress. I have been on the lookout for something specific & unique.

Some inspiration of my dream wedding dress:

The ring. Dish!

My ring – ah my ring. Rose Gold is my fav – absolute fav. I have wanted a rose gold engagement ring for as long as I can remember. JJ pulled it off beautifully. He worked with Facets by Susong on this ring. He was really impressed with how easy they were to work with and their help with designing of the rose gold ring.

If you look closely – you can see the engraving “TTMAB.” JJ and I have a saying we love to use – “To the Moon and Back.” He incorporated that into this ring – which makes it even more special.

What planning tools are you using?

I have looked and looked for the perfect wedding planner. After hours of researching I came up on this planner and haven’t looked back. Its perfect.

What can I say I’m honestly in love with my Nitty Gritty Wedding Planner.

It Includes:

+ Gold linen 3 ring binder (9” x 7” x 1-1/4”) with reinforced gold corners
+ Pockets on inside covers with 3 additional pockets throughout
+ Year at a glance calendar
+ Worksheets with target time frames, dates & to dos
+ Tips for managing essential vendors & orders
+ Planning diagrams for seating assignments
+ Digital downloads for extra copies of budget, guest list & seating assignments
+ Inspirational guidance for each aspect of wedding plans

This binder keeps me organized and gives me a great timeline of when I should be focusing on certain parts of the wedding. Oh yea – and it keeps our wallets on a strict budget! ha. Snatch one up.

Follow along – More wedding planning Inspiration coming to Pinterest soon.