the destination to our wedding.

[J] + I always knew that we would someday plan our wedding afar. we had envisioned an intimate ceremony on a breathtaking beach. that was the easy part. when we got engaged, we had no idea where to begin. after many intense nights of google searching, we stumbled upon destinationweddings.com. I felt at home there. I was able to search many destinations, a ton of resorts, and get an idea of what a wedding there would look like. we knew we wanted an all-inclusive resort, with many restaurants & activities, family friendly, and somewhat easy to get to from the united states. we went back + forth between the dominican republic + jamaica. but finally settled on punta cana, dominican republic. all because we fell in love with the hard rock hotel & casino.

there are twelve restaurants. everything from hibachi, brick oven-style pizza, a brazilian steakhouse, and so much more. not to mention, every pool has a food menu. and room service is included. six bars + nightclubs.

of course they have an amazing coffee shop, that [J] + I made a habit to stop by daily. and a gelato shop that will make you drool.

the pools are amazing. but the best ones, have swim-up bars. and the ocean is the craziest shades of blue.

but truly, we felt at home. you start seeing familiar faces. the bartenders know your drink order. the waitstaff asks “how are you doing today? like they’ve known you forever. the service is incredible.

I could live there.

[the wedding department at the hard rock punta cana blew my expectations out of the water. I cried saying goodbye + thank you to our coordinator, erika, that I knew for a total of seven days. I felt people bending over backward to ensure we had our dream wedding. and we did, plus so much more].

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the guys who delivered our lunch + champagne to us girls while we were getting ready.

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

the destination to our wedding c/o LLinaBC.com

take me back ..

what’s your dream wedding look like?

any questions on planning a destination wedding, how [J] + I planned ours, or anything really ..I’m more than happy to answer. or help.

happy friday.

7 tips for wedding rsvps.

you spend a lot of time + money on wedding invitations + stamps. you send them out in anticipation for the first one to be returned. then you learn it’s not as easy as put in the mail, get back in the mail. definitely not a flawless process. and know that as much as you may want to create an exclusive nightclub guest list for those who mailed back your beloved rsvp, complete with a enforcer bouncer at the door, you can’t. [or you can, it’s your wedding]. it’s a grin + bare it kind of deal. but some of these tips may help ..

1 // always rsvp. regardless of your response, send it back.

2 // if you say you’re attending on your rsvp, attend. most weddings serving plated dinners pay for every single “yes” rsvp. so if you don’t show up ..the waitstaff is happy & you may not receive a christmas card that year. you know what you did.

3 // for the bride + groom, put your address & a stamp on the return envelope. it should increase your chances of seeing those babies again.

4 // you will receive verbal + facebook rsvps.

5 // for the guest, don’t forget to write your name [or a name] on the blank provided. it’s no fun to guess whose rsvp may have arrived. especially when you only have a number “2” and a “X” on attending to go on. [I never thought this could possibly happen. it wasn’t until after our wedding, I now know it is rather common].

6 // number your rsvps. I’d recommend a tiny number on the back, in a bottom corner. then put that number next to the name on your guest list and drop in the mail. [this is a tip someone gave me after the fact. I really wish I knew then].

7 // for the guest, it’s a sweet surprise to open a rsvp & see a handwritten note from your friend or family member. just a quick “can’t wait to get down on the dance floor with you in may!”.

7 tips for wedding rsvps c/o LLinaBC.com

I’m not the only one with RSVP tips, what tips can you add? what really got to you?

happy tuesday.

wedding // welcome bags.

there was no question in our minds, we would be putting together welcome bags for all of our guests. but we did have two questions. what would we put in said bags? and how the heck would we get them to the dominican republic?

the answer to the first question came to us slowly over the course of six months. our guest bedroom became more wedding headquarters and less bedroom. it’s still not put together. we began gathering items. they fit into two categories: survival kit or fun. in our survival kit, we included: chapstick, alcohol prep pads, bandages, emergen-c, tylenol, breathe mints, tums, and tissues. for fun, we included: custom koozies, custom stadium cups [with straws + lids], door hangers, and a welcome packet.

our full intention was to find plain tote bags and have them printed with a design [J] created. but we lucked out. as my mom + I were innocently shopping one day, we spotted totes at forever 21, wearing the phrase “♥ is all you need”. [they didn’t have our exact amount in that design, so we found “love” & boat anchors too]. to personalize the totes, we had them printed on the back side with our names & wedding date.

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

we used an entire suitcase to transport our welcome bag goodies [and our other personalized wedding decor] to the dominican republic. it weighed 48.5lbs. we considered that a win. until we arrived at our destination, and our bag did not. it took all of me to resist transforming into bridezilla or bursting into tears mere moments after arriving in paradise. all was right with the world again when it arrived the next evening. thank you chicago for not holding our bag hostage for too long.

I would highly recommend welcome bags to any brides having destination weddings. 

our top items were easily the emergen-c, koozies [for the fully stocked beer fridge in the rooms], our welcome packet, and the bag itself.

wedding // welcome bags c/o LLinaBC.com

if nothing else, it provides a fun wedding souvenir for everyone to take back home.

happy tuesday.