Wedding Feature on Aisle Planner

It’s been over a year, but our wedding was featured on Aisle Planner!  Check out our “DIY Destination Style” wedding here.  It’s such a nice reminder of our wedding and spending time with the best friends and family :)

Here’s a round up of my DIY tutorials for our wedding:

DIY Polaroid Place Cards

Destination Wedding Welcome Booklets: What to Include

Our Out of Town Welcome Booklets

Furoshiki Welcome Bags

Kids at Weddings Checklist

DIY Welcome Drinks

Wedding Cake Centerpieces


Love Letter Weddings, Hawaii

When you first meet someone, do you ever try to guess what they do?  I always do, and I’m wrong most of the time.

Louise Moriarty for Love Letter Weddings

But somehow, I can always spot a wedding or event planner.  It’s like you can almost see their personal cloud file system floating above their heads, moving around like a screen from Minority Report.  And they’re so darn talented in so many areas.  My friend Zhing is one of these people.  My wedding planner, Louise, is definitely one of these people. Continue reading

Hawaii Wedding Band: Tahiti Rey

I can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since my wedding, and I haven’t featured any of my vendors on here!  Finding the perfect vendors is always hard, but it’s especially trying when it’s a destination wedding – as are many Hawaiian events.  I worked with so many wonderful, helpful, and down-to-earth people that I’d love to share them with you in case you’re planning an event on Oahu (or any of the Hawaiian islands – they travel!).

The first of my vendors that I’d like to feature is my wedding band: Tahiti Rey and Jason Alan.  From first contact, everything was simple with Tahiti.  They are truly professional and know what they’re doing.  She even coordinates their outfits to your wedding style and colors.  I used them for my ceremony and cocktail hour and changed to a DJ for the rest of the night.  If I could do it over again, I would consider keeping them through the night.  I was really sad to see them go!  They create such a great, laid back and happy atmosphere.  So many of my guests commented on how good they were as well.  If you like acoustic Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat-style music, I’m sure they’d fit right in at your event too!

*All of my recommendations are from the heart.  I haven’t received any compensation.*

Our Wedding Photos Are In!

Surfboards on Beach at Lanikuhonua in Ko'olina Hawaii

It’s been a few months since our wedding in Hawaii, and we finally got the photos last week!!  I’m so excited to share them with you along with our ideas and experiences.  I previously posted about our cake centerpiecesfuroshiki welcome bags, and polaroid place cards, and I have more pictures to share with you on those projects and many, many more!

The wedding was definitely a labor of love for myself and my planner, Louise Moriarty of Love Letter Weddings.  We both love DIY projects and putting our personal stamp on events so it was a joy planning a wedding with her.  She just ‘got‘ me!  Seeing the photos a few months after the wedding, I’m re-psyched about all of our projects and how they came together.  Actually, I’m more excited about them now than before the wedding since I can now look back and enjoy them instead of stressing about it all working out!  All of our hard work definitely paid off.

Happy Hump Day :)

Wedding Cake Centerpieces

For my wedding, I always dreamed of being surrounded by beautiful, extravagant floral decorations – cascading flowers everywhere!  But since we had a destination wedding, my dream turned into a nightmare where my guests and I wouldn’t be able to enjoy and savor all of the beautiful flowers after the big event.  Although I’m in love with flowers, it’s so sad not to be able to enjoy them for as long as they can last.  So instead, my planner and I decided to go for centerpieces that highlighted my other love and that guests would be able to thoroughly enjoy – cake!

My original idea was to use fruit centerpieces, which I found some beautiful inspiration for here.  But since I was planning to use satellite cakes anyways, my planner suggested that we place one cake on each table as centerpieces so they could multitask before being eaten!  And boy did they multitask for us!  We used them as centerpieces, table numbers, dessert, AND with cute to-go boxes, guests brought cake home for a late night snack.

I was a bit worried since many of the ideas online looked tacky.  I really wanted to use peonies, but since they weren’t in season in Hawaii during out wedding time, I opted for spider mums and fancy carnations.  Luckily, with cute flowers and placement, we were able to get a mini version of the “cascading flowers” that I wanted along with centerpieces that wouldn’t go to waste at the end of the night.    Plus, there were less things to clean up at the end of the night!  Benefits all around :)

DIY Destination Wedding Welcome Book: What to Include

Front and Back Cover of our Welcome Book

On Friday, I shared my DIY welcome books from our wedding.  This project took me awhile for two reasons: I needed to decide what information to include and how to present it.  Although there are a few good resources online (i.e. Wedding Bee), there were so many lists of information that I had to figure out what would be important for my guests.  Here’s what I thought was chose to include:

  • Welcome Letter
  • Event timeline
  • Map of all event locations
  • Hotel accommodation information
  • Taxi and Airport shuttles numbers with reasonable rates
  • Wedding event transportation (we provided transportation for our guests since the venue was a 40-minute drive from where the guests were staying)
  • Recommended activities
  • Fun Checklist

And because we had a mix of guests from Japan and the States, I added:

  • A tipping guide
  • Useful English phrases and a 5-minute Japanese lesson
  • Guide to furoshiki
Although this book took a lot of time to put together, I had so much fun designing and figuring out what would be most helpful for my guests!  It was so gratifying when the guests thanked me for keeping them all informed, and it was even more exciting when all of the guests arrived on time (even if I didn’t…)! :)

Our welcome letter and a fun Hawaiian-themed checklist

Event timeline

Hotel, Taxi, and Wedding Transportation Information

Map of all Wedding Event Locations

A quick language lesson for English and Japanese speakers

All about furoshiki

Are you making welcome books for your guests?  Or were you the recipient of a welcome book?  I’d love to hear all about your plans or what you liked best!

Wedding Welcome Book for Out of Town Guests

The biggest DIY project for our wedding was the OOT (out of town) booklets that went into the welcome bags for each guest.  This was truly a labor of love & detail!  Since almost all of our guests flew to Hawaii for our wedding, we wanted to make sure that everyone was informed about the event details of the weekend, transportation options, and other fun and helpful tips.

The book totaled 16 pages including a welcome letter, event timeline, map and addresses, transportation and accommodation information, a fun to do list (ie. drink a mai tai, shake your hula skirt) and a tutorial about furoshiki!

Did you make OOT booklets for your wedding guests?  What were your fun DIY projects for your wedding and parties?