We’re not doing too many things the traditional way for a wedding, but then again, we don’t do many things traditionally in many aspects of our lives. I have probably known I would have three maids of honor since I was about eight years old. All three are my sisters (two by blood, and one by best friendship for almost 20 years—and she’s the sister of my fiance!). I wanted to ask them to be my maids of honor in a creative way, and I thought a message in a bottle for my maids of honor was the perfect way to ask them and tie in the beach wedding theme!
Asking my maids of honor to stand by my side: message in a bottle.
You can get as simple or complex as you want. I was just going to make the message in a bottle for them, but then I saw these sand pails at Michaels and thought it might be cute to put a whole little pail together.
My mother’s side is from the Philippines, which has an incredibly rich culture that was shaped by numerous colonizations and migrations over the centuries. If you’ve eaten much Filipino food you’d recognize the combination of Malay, Spanish, Mexican, American, and Chinese flavors that reflect our history perfectly.
Yeah, that was mean of me. Sorry about that. Mr. Sugar Cube and I were just so excited about them and the “sh*t just got reeeal” feeling seeing them all in their finished glory created for us that we shipped them out almost the next day. Seven months early.
Yes, you read that right. Seven months early.
And without really any pictures. I do that with food too. I have this grandiose idea of making a generations family cookbook, filled with family recipes and recipes Mr. Sugar Cube and I have made together and/or for each other. Unfortunately, growling stomachs cause food to be gobbled down before I can even turn the camera on, so the recipe book will just have to take longer.
I digress, though. This isn’t about food, it’s about our invitations.
After Mr. Stingray and I finally settled on the country we would get married in, we set to work looking at different venues. After looking around for a few weeks, we sort of got lucky with this one because I remembered seeing the photos of one of my friend’s weddings in Mexico. I sent her a quick Facebook message asking the details of her wedding location, and then sent an email to the resort. After hearing a few details from the resort (and being in contact with a real live person) I knew we had found our Mexico wedding venue!
We liked this venue for many reasons! First, the guests could all fly into Cancun airport, a highly popular tourist destination, meaning that flights weren’t too expensive. The hotel also provides affordable shuttles from the airport to Tulum, which is about an hour and a half south of Cancun.
Kudos to the Baltimore USPS: We sent our invitations on a Saturday, and people in other states had received theirs by Monday afternoon. And now that RSVPs are streaming in daily, it’s time to talk about our semi-DIY invitations!
Our first RSVPs!
There are some pretty amazing invitation suites on Weddingbee and the rest of the interwebs. I think I pinned them all.
For example, there’s Mrs. Squid and her unbelievably gorgeous pressed flowers: