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Old 01-23-2009, 11:29 PM   #31
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Lei Exchange Ceremony

So... I was posting on another thread about my plans for a lei exchange ceremony so I thought I might as well add it to my PJ. I don't know all the details of how all this will work yet but here's what I have so far...

Here's some ideas for a lei exchange ceremony...
http://www.alohafriendsluau.com/lei_..._ceremony.html

"Giving someone a lei symbolizes the love, affection, and respect you have for the person you are giving the lei to. Having a lei exchange is beautiful way to express your eternal love Hawaiian style on your special day. It is customary to give a kiss on the cheek when adorning someone with a lei."

They have suggestions for incorporating this into the ceremony with either bride and groom exchanging leis, parents each presenting their child with a lei, in-laws presenting lei to bride or groom respectively, or the entire family exchanging leis, etc. At this point I am leaning towards my parents presenting a lei to DF and his parents presenting me with one... I think it is a nice gesture of us becoming a part of the others family.

We then hope to get lei's flown in from Hawaii. This isn't near as expensive as I expected... the only problem will be where to have them delivered as they need to be refridgerated and spritzed periodically with water. I don't know if the Poly would be able to help me with this or maybe Disney Floral... but this could cost me as much as having them shipped I may try an outside florist as well. Details, details...

Anyways, if you just search Leis you will get tons of links but this is my favorite so far...
http://www.hawaiiflowerlei.com/section.aspx?pid=wedding
They have a deal for wedding parties where you get 10 leis (5 orchid and 5 Ti leaf) for $89... you can get the purple or white orchids (I will probably do white so it goes with whatever people wear- we don't have a wedding party so these will be for our parents, brothers, and grandmothers)

Then I will probably get something like this for DF

and I am undecided on what I want for me yet since I don't have my dress but maybe something like this
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A few other random ideas on how to pull our whole tropical theme together...

I love this presentation for the rings... since we won't have a ring bearer we will probably have our moms or our brothers carry these and place them on the table with our sand ceremony stuff...


This is a link to some alternate invites... they are actually painted real coconuts...
http://www.coconutgreetings.com/index.html


I love these but don't know if I will use them as they are pricey for my budget ($22 each if painted... $11 each if you paint them yourself) I would probably mess up on so many that I may as well have paid the extra to have them paint them Plus I'm sure shipping adds up on these bad boys.

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Old 01-24-2009, 10:30 AM   #32
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I love the idea of the lei exchange ceremony, very unique and very fitting for your venue(the ones pictured look beautiful)- what rich colors....the ring presentation idea is neat too and the painted coconuts look cool but that is a little pricey....keep the ideas coming. enjoying your planning! have fun!
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:48 AM   #33
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So... I was posting on another thread about my plans for a lei exchange ceremony so I thought I might as well add it to my PJ. I don't know all the details of how all this will work yet but here's what I have so far...

Here's some ideas for a lei exchange ceremony...
http://www.alohafriendsluau.com/lei_..._ceremony.html

"Giving someone a lei symbolizes the love, affection, and respect you have for the person you are giving the lei to. Having a lei exchange is beautiful way to express your eternal love Hawaiian style on your special day. It is customary to give a kiss on the cheek when adorning someone with a lei."
What a great idea! I look forward to exchanging ideas and reading the rest of your report!
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:33 PM   #34
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love the lei idea! I was just checking out the website you posted and they look gorgeous ! Are you going to use orchids as a theme to your wedding? I bet that would be beautiful! Keep us posted, I love all yoour plans so far!
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:04 PM   #35
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Wow I love it... The Lei's are beautiful.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:21 PM   #36
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I love the idea of the lei exchange ceremony, very unique and very fitting for your venue(the ones pictured look beautiful)- what rich colors....the ring presentation idea is neat too and the painted coconuts look cool but that is a little pricey....keep the ideas coming. enjoying your planning! have fun!
Thanks! I really love the coconut idea but at that price it's a no go Maybe I'll find some cheaper somewhere and be able to paint them myself

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What a great idea! I look forward to exchanging ideas and reading the rest of your report!
Thanks honey! So exciting to have another bride planning a tropical wedding reading along! How are your plans coming?

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love the lei idea! I was just checking out the website you posted and they look gorgeous ! Are you going to use orchids as a theme to your wedding? I bet that would be beautiful! Keep us posted, I love all yoour plans so far!
Thanks Samantha! We will definately be having lots of orchids at our wedding... they'll be in my bouquet, in my hair, on the cake, orchid leis, and I think I'll just get some loose ones to have scattered around as well! I just love them and they go with the tropical feel of the Poly so well! It looks like you're looking at having a party at Shipwreck beach for your rehearsal... I can't wait to see what ideas you come up with... so I can steal them

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Wow I love it... The Lei's are beautiful.
Thanks so much! I am excited... I haven't seen any brides do this before but hope it turns out!
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:38 PM   #37
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Dress Anxiety

So I've been engaged for almost 10 months now and haven't tried on a single dress. I am visiting my parents this week and my mom and I are planning to go dress shopping tomorrow! I know this is highlight for most brides but yesterday I started to freak out a little about this . It was hard enough finding THE perfect dress the first time around when I could pick ANYTHING but now I feel like there are all these "rules" dictating what type and color dress I am "supposed" to wear. The first time around I had the big white princess dress and I loved it but now the idea of wearing a dress like that makes me want to vomit I am excited about our casual tropical theme, and think I will feel much more comfortable in a slightly more casual gown but I still want a dress that makes me look stunning

Then I got worried because last time around a tried on one ivory dress and I remember thinking "ivory is supposed to look good on pale skin tones but this does nothing for me " plus I think my flowers would really pop more next to a white dress Then I started to get really mad because it just doesn't seem fair that because my ex made some poor decisions... and I have aleady come through so much... that it still has to spill over into my happily ever after and dictate what type of dress I can wear for my real prince charming!

So I posted on the main board for some support and opinions and it seems that the "rules" are more acceptable to break now. And it turns out that white wedding dresses didn't even originate as a sign of purity but as a sign of wealth . It seems the only thing really reserved for first time brides is a blusher veil (I'm planning on just a few orchids in my hair so this is a "rule" I can live with). So I am feeling a little more hopeful and am determined to have fun tomorrow and focus on finding a dress I LOVE and not worrying too much about what my dress is "supposed" to look like.

I went online and finally found a dress that doesn't make me want to vomit at the thought of wearing it...

It is an actual bridal gown by Demetrios and yes... it's ORANGE (well more so coral)! This surprised me because I don't usually wear orangish colors (I like the color but not on me) but I think this is STUNNING! I don't know that I would feel enough like a bride in it but it also comes in white and ivory. I think it finally got me over my wedding dress phobia and got me thinking about what sort of things I really like and want to look for. I'm not sure about a neckline yet... probably either strapless or a v-neck. I LOVE ruched/draped fabric so I will definately look for a dress with this. I want something more form fitting but NOT clingy. I also think a sweep train will look best. Here's another dress I LOVE...

This one I love as well but can't make it any bigger for some reason...

Same size issue with this one but love how it's a little sexy...

Here's a few more I like...





So wish me luck tomorrow! I am going to bring a camera and will take pics if they'll let me- I'll let you know how it goes!
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:49 AM   #38
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ooh i hope that you can take photos!! i was so dissapointed that i wasnt allowed to take photos because of copywriting.. but try your hardest, and even try and get your mum to take a photo on her phone sneakily!!

i love your ideas!! that are sooo funky!! it will be a really tropical and fun wedding!!! its gonna look beautiful!! love them coconut invite ideas, its so different and i would never think of anything like that. if i was a guest recieving the coconut invite, i would be like, 'wow'!! i see they are pricey, but i would try and stretch my budget to have them, they are nice keep sakes too, they are such a great idea!!!!
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:36 AM   #39
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I love all the wrap dresses, so pretty! Cant wait to see pics
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:35 PM   #40
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Dress Shopping Round 1

Soooo... we went dress shopping today. Here's the summary: it started very disappointing but in the end I found a dress I love ... but is out of the budget.

So I'll start at the beginning... we got on google and found 5 dress shops in the area. The first one we got to had gone out of business... I was really disappointed because this one is listed as having the Demetrios dress I really wanted to try on. So we headed on to the next store and apparently they are only open on the weekend... which is when everyone goes dress shopping- we were trying to beat the crowds so this backfired. So I decided to call the other places before we drove there which I should have done in the first place Well I found another one that had gone out of business and another one that was only open on the weekend. So I called the last one on my list that I knew was by appointment only and only carried high end gowns... this was not really a place I wanted to go but after all my freaking out I was going to try on a wedding dress TODAY Luckily they could get us in so we grabbed some quick lunch and headed over.

They have no dresses out on the floor that you can look through here... you tell them what you like and they pick them out of the store room for you and have you try them on. So then they ask me how much I want to spend... telling me they have 3 price ranges which range from out of my budget to WAY out of my budget. I had been thinking I wanted to try to get a dress for under $1000 but the range started at 1200 I think So since this was clearly going to be just for fun I told them to keep my range under $2000. They brought out tons of dresses but none of them were even close to THE dress... sure they were pretty dresses and I would like a certain part of this one or that one but nothing close. The first few dresses were fun just because I was trying on wedding dresses but my mom and I were quickly getting bored.

I think the clerk realized we were losing interest so she brought the store owner back and she asked me some more questions about what I liked and didn't like about the dresses and then she comes back with 3 more dresses and says "these are a little out of your range but I think you'll like them". The first one was just ok again. My mom and I are soooo bored by this time and just wanting to go. The next one I was going to tell them I didn't even want to try on because it looked so blah on the hanger... but then she turned the dress around and I loved the back... and then I put it on and I was in LOVE. I saw my mom's eyes light up and we both just knew it was the ONE! Unfortunately they wouldn't let us take pictures And unfortunately it is more than double what I had wanted to spend on a dress but I LOVE it. I can't even believe I am even considering spending this amount of money on a dress I will wear ONCE! It does not look like a first time bride dress and is very appropriate for an encore bride but still has that WOW factor I really want. The "ivory" is too dark for my taste almost a taupe but the white is a beautiful pearl color which is not a bright white and was actually a little darker than some "ivory" fabric swatches from other designers. I found a picture of the front of the dress online and it does it no justice at all... plus you can't see the back which is the part I love. It is by Ramona Keveza.

Like I said this picture does not do it justice and the back is what really makes the dress. I so wish my mom could have snuck some pictures with her cell phone but she is horrible with any sort of technology. It is quite low cut in the back but not completely backless. The material in the back just gathers and flows in this way that is just beautiful and it has just the perfect length of a train. I don't really know how to explain it as I've never seen anything like it before!

DF called on the way home and wanted to know how it went. I told him I found I dress I love but that it cost too much. He asked how much so I told him and he said... "Oh you should have just told me they all cost that much I never would have known ". I also talked to him about the anxiety I had been having over the dress color... first he says "aren't white and ivory the same? " So I explained to him there are all different shades from bright white to ivory that has a hue of yellow or taupe to it. He said he couldn't believe I wasn't planning on wearing a white dress and that he would be really disappointed if his bride wasn't wearing a white dress down the aisle So some form of white or lighter ivory it will be! Then later tonight he sent me a really cute e-mail saying he would rather have me buy an expensive dress I love than a more affordable dress that I don't like as well... I knew I loved this man for a reason! I am going back tomorrow to try the dress on again as my aunt is coming to visit and I need another opinion... and I just want to put it on again
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ooh it looks wow. It looks so glam but subtle glam, if you get what i mean. The material look lovely. It looks so beautiful and elegant!!

grrrraaggghhhhh... -damn the shops for not letting us take photos!! it would have been so good to see you in it!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:56 AM   #42
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wow!

the dress looks very elegant!
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:37 AM   #43
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Hello, just caught up with your PJ, everything sounds great, i'm glad you've found your prince after the frog.

I am hoping for Sunset Point in Dec this year, so I'll be able to tell you how windy it is.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:20 AM   #44
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Wow, that dress does have the "wow" factor! It's so elegent and glamorous! You will look beautiful in it! Now sneak us some pics lol!
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:18 AM   #45
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I just caught up on everything, and I love all the plans you have made so far. I'm a huge fan of the leis and the tropical flowers, it just doesn't fit my location and I am struggling to stay under 50 so 8 is absolutely not possible (my DF and I suffer from what I jokingly call multiple family disorder ). Your dress is absolutely beautiful and perfect for the wedding theme you are going for. Looking forward to following along to more details as things come together.
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