This weekend my sister and I went to the antique mall to look around. We passed by some fun looking wooden painted numbers that I instantly thought would be great to have in the master bedroom to signify an anniversary date. I dug through the tub and couldn’t find all numbers that I needed. Then the idea came to me to try and make my own numbers so we stopped at Michaels on the way home and grabbed everything I needed.
Today is my third wedding anniversary and the gift theme is leather! Not wanting to be cliche about expensive and meaningless gifts I thought it would be fun to stay with the traditional wedding gift themes that were handmade or custom ordered. I’m sharing my year one gift with y’all! The traditional first anniversary gift theme is paper, I searched high and low for the best idea for a thoughtful gift to give to my husband that was’t too feminine or cheesy. I decided on maps cut into hearts of the places ‘We met, He proposed, & We Married.’ Travis and I met at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, he proposed to me in Riviera Maya, Mexico and we got married in Lucea, Jamaica! The ability to use three completely different maps is what really drew me to this project.
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.
Today I’m finally sharing the marquee ’28’ signs that I made for my Golden Birthday Party! I used the marquee to complete my photo booth area. To my surprise this project was actually very easy and just a little time consuming. I got the idea from Chloe Moore Photography and the pictures from Oh Happy Day helped me the most! I really love how the entire area came together especially with the fun photo booth props!
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!?!
Hi!! I’m sharing the Bride shorts that I made for my wedding day so I could wear them while I was getting ready! This was probably one of the quickest and easiest crafts that I did for the wedding and I still get to use them today!
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!