Here’s another money saving DIY that I did for my wedding! I made my own Wedding Invitations and Save The Dates!! Since we had a destination wedding in Jamaica I decided that having a Passport and Boarding Pass themed invite would be perfect! And I figured out how I could use both options! I decided to do a passport invitation for the wedding in Jamaica and a boarding pass invitation for the At Home Reception.
I’m sharing the garter that I made for my wedding! Cassie and I made our own garters and we got the idea from this website! Even though we loved these garters we knew that we wouldn’t be spending $190 on a garter we would wear for just one day. To make mine I found elastic lace from a local fabric shop in downtown Dallas and found the perfect crystal applique online at Glorys House to attach. Total I spent under $15, can you believe that!?!
A few weeks ago I shared the Thumb Print Tree that I made for my at home reception. Today, I want to share the map I used for the guests that came to our wedding in Jamaica. While looking up wedding ideas, I stumbled upon an old antique map of Jamaica and it hit me! How neat would it be to use this as a guest book?!
I’m sharing how I did my itinerary for my Destination Wedding Welcome Bags! The reason these guides are so important is that they allow guests to enjoy their own vacation outside of your events. I would have never expected my guests to travel like they did and to be at my every whim. It was very important to me that they had more fun than just at the wedding. I found brag books, which are small photo albums, at Michaels for only $1.99. All it took was a few coupons and a few stops to different Michaels before I got 20 perfect brag books. And all for a good price!
Fun fact: The starfish on the cover of the brag book is the same kind that I had for my wedding hair clip, which I ordered here! 🙂
With the cover being the perfect beach scene, I wanted to be able to print the title of the book ‘Travis & Elisabeth’s Destination Wedding Guide’ as well as the date onto it. I played around with Word and changed the paper size to 4×6 and then printed test sheets which I could easily place over the cover page to see how I needed to edit the size and placement of the wording. I used my favorite font ‘Harrington’ which I used on everything I needed to type up for the wedding. Once I got everything perfect I started inserting the cover page, picture down, into my printer one at a time. Since the cover page was glossy the ink did not dry and simply wiped off like a dry erase board. I ended up having to change my print settings and finally got the ink to soak into the paper. However I did have to let them dry for several days before I could put them back into the front page of the book. It was definitely a lot more work than expected, but they turned out perfectly.
With the cover page done I wanted the inside pages to tell my guests everything that they needed to know. The pages are as follows:
1. Thank you note
2. Map of the resort
3. The itinerary
4. List of guests names with a space for their room numbers
5. Restaurants available
7. All inclusive activities available
8. A note to use the photo album for memories
Here are the first pages! For the thank you note, I found some cute verbiage online on bestdestinationwedding.com and I found the map of the resort on the resort website and just printed it to size.
For the itinerary I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t planning out my guests vacation, so I chose one activity a day that was still optional for the guests, like dinner together on the first night, a sand ceremony for the night before the wedding, etc. The room number page ended up being the best idea, it helped everyone find each other quickly and you could just pick up the phone and reach each other from anywhere in the hotel.
I just copied the information from the resort website for restaurants available, pools, and activities available.
Here’s the finished destination wedding bag with the guide right in front! Do you see how it fit perfectly in the front pocket of the welcome bags?
What would you add in your guide?
My husband and I knew that we wanted to have a destination wedding after getting engaged on the beach in Rivieria Maya, Mexico. Lucky for us, our parents completely supported that idea. I used BestDestinationWedding.com for all of my questions and many of my craft ideas. The other pro is the total cost of the wedding. Did you know the average wedding today costs $30,000?! And this doesn’t include your honeymoon! We got married in Lucea, Jamaica at the Grand Palladium Resort and spent a little over $9,000! That included the 9 day all-inclusive hotel, flights, decor, invitations, my dress, his outfit, our at home reception and everything that came with planning it.
Good Morning! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today, I’m sharing the thank you signs that I made for my wedding thank you cards! I saw several different ways to do this on Pinterest and intended on using rectangle shaped plaques until I found these scalloped ones at Michaels!
Today I’m sharing the easiest craft I did for my destination wedding. I gave these pashminas to the ladies that were attending my wedding and put them in their Destination Wedding Welcome Bags. I found the idea to give a pashmina on bestdestinationwedding.com as well as the verbiage “To have and to hold and keep you from cold”. This was super easy to do and tied in beautifully with the theme. I found the pashminas on Ebay for $4.99 each!
My husband proposed to me in Mexico using a spice jar that I had emptied and packed to bring sand home in. We chose to have a sand ceremony the evening before our wedding with our guests so that they could all take a glass jar of sand home from Jamaica to remember their trip and our wedding. It was fun to be able to share the story of our engagement with our guests and then give them a memory of their own with a glass jar full of sand. I also put these into the Destination Wedding Welcome Bags I gave my guests.
Since our wedding would be on a beach my mother-in-law had the best idea about all of the ladies wearing barefoot sandals. We looked at buying them, but my mother-in-law ended up finding a book on how to make them at a thrift store instead.
I’m sharing the emergency kits that I made for all of the guests that attended my destination wedding in Jamaica. I came up with the idea from bestdestinationwedding.com and become fond of the name Oh $h!t K!t 🙂 I put these into the Destination Wedding Welcome Bags that I gave my guests, click the link to see how I made those.