Wedding Blessings

7 Jun

45 days til the wedding!

I have to admit, I was stressing out for a few months because costs just kept adding up and adding up. I hadn’t really told anyone that except for Jorge and my wedding planner, Marina.

It got to the point where I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to have a few things I wanted due to budget constraints. I just couldn’t get excited about anything because I was worrying about money, and I felt guilty for anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary. We got everything at a great price, but with 250 guests and 25 tables, EVERYTHING is expensive!

We love and cherish every single one of our guests, so cutting the guest list was never an option. Actually we did cut it… it WAS at 330!! It stressed me out having so many people, but when I think about it, how awesome is it to have SO MANY friends that you care that much about?

Anyway, recent budget changes and some very generous family and friends have placed everything well within our budget!!! Hurray!!! Stress no longer! I can finally enjoy this, and I’m gonna be milkin it for all it’s worth!

Anyway, I’d like to take this time to thank the people who have made all this possible:

-My parents, who have generously paid for most of our wedding budget. Without you, it wouldn’t be as beautiful as it’s going to be. I hope you both love it as much as I do.

Noelle, Mommy, Daddy, Sarah and Yours Truly

-My mother in particular, for her amazing talent. Thanks to her seamstress skills, my $5,000 dream dress only cost $250. The wedding invitations she made look professional, and only cost $100. (Remind me to do a post on the invites! They’re so cute!)

-My grandparents, who have helped all my family members to be able to make it down to Cancun.

-My future in-laws, who are helping us financially as well as helping us make so many decisions. I know at the end of a long day, the last thing you want to do is go over a guest list with me… AGAIN. Thanks for doing it with a smile on your face.

Jorge and Glenty at their vow renewal reception

-Juan and Viri, our great friends, who are generously paying for our cake. (chocolate-nut flavored! woo-hoo!)

-Jorge’s aunts and uncles, who are helping us pay for a few things and have saved us so much money (We’re renting a charter bus for my family to get from Cancun to Merida the day of… one uncle got the price from $1500 to $600 dollars!)

-Jorge’s grandmother, who is making the flower girl dresses herself

-Jorge’s mother, who is making 100 candles for us, along with the centerpieces.

-My bridesmaids, who put up with my indecisiveness and always make me feel special. (I’m missing pictures of Isis, Jorge’s cousin, but I love you just the same!) My mistake was having seven gorgeous bridesmaids. It’s gonna be tough to outshine them all!!!

Thanks sisters, for always photoshopping me in when I couldn't be there.

Me with Zareth and Viri

Damayanti

Julyssa

-My wedding planner, who is doing all this for FREE. You’re awesome, Marina. Thanks for putting up with all the last-minute changes, for all the great ideas, and for winning the hearts of florists, makeup artists and DJs. You’re going to make an awesome wedding planner, and I’m proud to be your first bride.

Me with coordinator Marina and bridesmaid Julie

-Iliana, the sales manager at Hacienda Teya. I have sent you thousands of e-mails, and you always responded within 24 hours. You’ve made everything so easy, and thanks for bending over backwards to get me everything I’ve asked for, even when you didn’t have to. You’re my favorite person I’ve never met.

-My horrible math skills, which brought me great relief in times of trouble. (I might have miscalculated a few things and thought it was going to be $1000 dollars more expensive than it was going to be… oops. I felt really stupid and somewhat concerned about my financial skills, but also friggin ecstatic, when I noticed that slip-up.)

I’M SO EXCITED NOW!!!! 😀 I think it’s awesome that so many people have come together to make this day awesome for us, including all of our guests, who are traveling short and long distances to be there on our special day. (250 people willing to travel anywhere from one hour to 10 hours just to be there? Amazing. God has really blessed us.)

Check back in tomorrow to see pictures of the tuxes for the groomsmen!!

16 Responses to “Wedding Blessings”

  1. Ashlie June 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    How very exciting for you! It sounds like it will be a fabulous event. Enjoy every moment of it.

  2. julie June 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    amiga.. ya falta poco.. lo que me hace preguntar que onda ocn los vestidos?’ no te he dado dineros hahaha… estoy muy emocionada por que ya sea la fecha.. muchas felicidades, miles de bendiciones y mucha suerte para la futura noviaaa 😛

  3. Nikki June 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    It is stressful. You seem to be handling it great though! Just try to enjoy these last few days and don’t wish it away too quick!

  4. cheri June 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    ooh, it’s almost here! it is stressful, but done let it get the better of you. the last thing you want is to be an ugly bride, and stress can do that.

    250 guests? wow, that’s a huge wedding! then again, all these people love you and jorge, so why not? it’s the best day of your life, and they should all be witnesses to that 🙂

    so excited for you! dont forget to post pictures 🙂

  5. Leah Flinn June 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Felicidades on your upcoming wedding, amiga. I can tell you are stoked, can’t wait to see the pics!

  6. The Drama Mama June 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    I know how you feel. We kept our wedding small and had lots of wonderful help from family and friends to make our wedding day perfect. It was a HUGE relief!

  7. Margaret @ Single and Sane June 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    What a blessing to have so many people supporting the two of you as you begin your marriage! I’m looking forward to seeing those invitations and the dress that your mom made.

  8. Noelle June 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    What a sweet and cool post – love the pictures. I made it in TWO pictures on your blog – am I famous now, too?

    Love you and can’t wait for the wedding!

  9. Julie Broadbent June 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! You have done a fabulous job!!!

  10. Kathryn June 8, 2010 at 3:08 am #

    Oh man, time is really going to fly by now that you only have a month and a half left. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating your 1 yr wedding anniversary 🙂 You’re so lucky to have such great friends and family that will help you out with the wedding. And you MUST take a photo of the cake- chocolate nut sounds delish!

  11. Libby June 8, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Whoo-Hoo!
    Enjoy the ride. Don’t forget to forfeit some responsibilities! That’s what your planner is for! It’s your day!!!!

  12. Ang June 8, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    So excited for you… I absolutely CANNOT wait to see your wedding pictures! You are going to look BEAUTIFUL!!

    What great family and friends you have!

  13. Krysten June 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    I am SO excited for you! It’s going to be a fabulous event and you’ll make a beautiful bride.

  14. GRRRL TRAVELER June 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    When I read your blog/newsletter, it made me feel really warm inside. And then I forgot to comment… LOL. It’s so wonderful that you’re blessed with so many people that love you and putting in their time to help you cut expenses without cutting quality or care. I felt so happy for you and I’m glad that you get to share your joy with so many people. The wedding will be rocking gorgeous!

  15. GRRRL TRAVELER June 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    p.s. the elvis photoshop kicks a**! 😉

  16. Mariah June 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    I’m getting stressed just reading about it!!! I am so glad it is coming together for you:) Glad you were in front of me at SITS today!

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