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Looking for an area in wedding planning where you can save money? The Wedding Chicks have a good-looking collection invitation templates  for you to choose from and the best part is they’re free! Their Monogram Invitation Template Set by Zenadia Design(who btw create gorgeous custom-made invitations as well) is elegant and you can choose from several colors for the type and design. Just purchase your own cardstock and print out your own wedding invitations at home. Below is an example in Mango and Tiffany Blue.

The finished product.

The Wedding Chicks’ shop has started carrying these adorable canvas totes perfect for gifting to your bridesmaids. Most of the designs come in a large variety of color combinations for you to choose from. For ideas of what to fill them with check out our past blog about bridemaid gift totes.

The Vintage Bridesmaid Wedding Tote $36

La La Love My Bridesmaid Wedding Tote $36

This darling tote is perfect for a destination bride to use during her stay in Mexico.

Just Married Tote $28

Brenda’s Wedding Blog is partnering with Bead Flora and Jewels this week and giving away a $100 shopping spree to spend on the gorgeous creations made by Bead Flora and Jewels. Choose from beaded clutches, lovely hair decorations, and beaded bouquets that will last for generations. Contest ends Mon., August 30th. Go here to enter!

This beautiful Moon Palace wedding was captured by the team at Elizabeth Medina Photography.

These beautiful Casa Velas wedding photos were taken by the talented team at Serendipity Photography. With only 80 suites, Casa Velas feels more like staying at friend’s gorgeous hacienda than a hotel and they offer the option to rent out the entire hotel for an intimate wedding day with just your friends and family. For more information, please email

Gown shopping is becoming easier and more affordable with new bridal lines popping up from popular retailers. Most of these dresses can be easily packed and are low-maintence. Perfect for a destination bride!

The Limited

The Limited recently unveiled 2  very inexpensive wedding dresses, along with some bridesmaid dresses, in June 2010.

Romantic Wedding Gown



White House Black Market

Launched in March 2010, this bridal line features gorgeous asymmetrical satin gowns. The second one has a bodice that mimics a seashell.

The Katherine Bridal Gown



The Grace Bridal Gown



These 2 dresses from J. Crew are made from lightweight chiffon and would look gorgeous flowing  in the ocean breeze.

Chiffon and Organza Dune Gown



Silk Chiffon Savoie Gown


The folks over at Martha Stewart call this color palette “Opalescent”, though it really breaks down to pink, lavendar and tangerine. All of which I think would lovely in a white sand beach environment.

Worried about how you’re going keep you wedding party fabulously frocked and stay within each lady’s budget? Rent The Runway allows you rent a gorgeous dress at a fraction of the retail price. Choose from designers like Helmut Lang, Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, and Herve Leger. Rentals start as low as $50 and last 4 days. There’s no need to worry about fit because they send you a second size of the same dress at no additional cost. And best of all you save your bridesmaid’s from having to invest in a dress they might not wear again.

Newly Minted Shoulder Dress by Moschino Cheap and Chic
retails for $1,275, rent for $150

Love Story Dress by Tracy Reese

retails for $525, rent for only $75

Glass Print Dress by Doo.ri

retails for $1,195, rent for $150

Draped Dream Dress, Mark & James by Badgley Mischka

retails at $325, rent for $50

These gorgeous photos were taken by Austin wedding photographer Pam Hults of a’ La Vie Photography.  More photos can be viewed here.

Brides-to-be can feel at ease on their wedding day in the new bridal suite at the Spa Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The private suite gives brides the opportunity to be pampered, made up and newly coiffed right before they walk down the aisle. The suite’s amenities include a hydromassage bathtub with chromotherapy, hair and makeup chair, wedding gown closet and a multifunctional massage table. Brides can choose from 4 luxurious spa treatments known as “wedding rituals”, designed to alleviate pre-wedding stress.

Among the featured wedding spa rituals is the “Bride’s Dream”, a 240-minute spa treatment that includes a full body exfoliation with organic honey, a soothing flower petal bath, a lemongrass body wrap and an aromatherapy facial followed by a manicure and pedicure. Nervous mothers and bridesmaids can also indulge in relaxation with the soothing “Wedding Bells” spa treatment, which features therapeutic massage and a holistic facial. Other rituals include the 180-minute “Gorgeous Bride”, a calming spa experience featuring the Gotu Kola firming body treatment, and the “Tranquility Bride Experience”, a full-body exfoliation treatment followed by a pearl facial. Wedding spa rituals range from $588 to $759. The lavish bridal suite is available for a fee of $80 per hour, including refreshments and snacks for the bride and her wedding party. Hair styling and makeup services can be provided in the suite, with packages starting at $118.

For more information and reservations, please email

About Spa Grand Velas Riviera Maya

The $15 million architecturally striking spa at the Grand Velas All Suites & SPA Resort Riviera Maya is inspired by the jungle and natural water pools of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexican Architects Ricardo Elias and Alexis Elias of EliasElias AR preserved the stone, plants, and streams specific to the Riviera Maya landscape, and incorporated them into the curved, organic design of the two-level, 89,000 square-foot spa. The Spa Grand Velas Riviera Maya features 40 treatment rooms and suites complemented with Mexican and Balinese artwork and furnishings. Each treatment (of 50 minutes or more) includes the hour-long Water Journey, a relaxation ritual built around specially designed water-based facilities with a personal spa valet to provide guidance.

About Grand Velas All Suites & SPA Resort Riviera Maya

Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya represents the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience. This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances– adult-only ocean-front and ocean-view Ambassador Grand Class Suites, family-friendly Ambassador Suites and Master Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico. The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures. The resort is 40 miles from Cancun International Airport and five minutes from Playa del Carmen.