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richxr7
07-18-2007, 07:26 AM
Hi, we are getting married Feb 1st, 2008 at Sunset Pointe (Poly) and we just wanted to know if there was anything that we should question or look into. Also its an escape weddding. We are staying at the Caribbean and the rest of our guests will be at the Coronado Springs. We basically wanted to know about dining reservations(how hard is it to make reservations for 9?) In what way can we travel from one resort to another? The reason why we aren't all staying together is some of our guests can be very controling and bother some (and those bothersome guests are some of the parents:scared: ). So we have some hurtles to overcome. The funny thing is I'm the groom and I'm the one setting up the entire wedding. We are arriving from NJ about 3 days before the wedding. So with that extra time I was planning on sending my wonderful bride for a day at the Grand Floridian Spa, if anyone has suggestions on that please feel free to let me know. Any ideas or advice would be great. We just went down to WDW this past August and it was terrific. I hadn't been there since 1981, so there was alot more then before.

I just want to make sure that everything runs smooth and perfect for my bride. :wizard:

PrincessBride07
07-18-2007, 07:37 AM
First off,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

I love when grooms come on the boards. Making reservations for 9 can be easy or difficult depending on the restaurant. If you are looking for something like Cinderella's Royal Table, I would call the morning of the 180 day mark as soon as you wake up. If you are looking for something like Ohana's, it shouldn't be a problem. There have been some couples on here with parties of 60 in that restaurant. My advice is make the reservations sooner rather than later. You can always change them later on if you change your mind. To answer the transporation question, at those resorts you will have the shuttle to take you around. To get from one resort to another, you might have to switch buses somewhere like the boardwalk or DTD to get there. I don't think they offer shuttles from one resort to another, but I am not sure about that.

I hope that the planning runs smoothly, and I hope that you keep us up to date on everything. Good Luck.

richxr7
07-18-2007, 07:41 AM
First off,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

I love when grooms come on the boards. Making reservations for 9 can be easy or difficult depending on the restaurant. If you are looking for something like Cinderella's Royal Table, I would call the morning of the 180 day mark as soon as you wake up. If you are looking for something like Ohana's, it shouldn't be a problem. There have been some couples on here with parties of 60 in that restaurant. My advice is make the reservations sooner rather than later. You can always change them later on if you change your mind. To answer the transporation question, at those resorts you will have the shuttle to take you around. To get from one resort to another, you might have to switch buses somewhere like the boardwalk or DTD to get there. I don't think they offer shuttles from one resort to another, but I am not sure about that.

I hope that the planning runs smoothly, and I hope that you keep us up to date on everything. Good Luck.


Thanks I was planning on making reservations as soon as possible. I figured the same about the transportaion. But I can deal with a little difficulty then having my bride upset with constant nagging from the bothersome guests.

jenny08
07-18-2007, 07:43 AM
Here is a helpful link to figure out when you can call to make your ADRs. Just put in your check-in date (since you will be staying at a Disney operated resort) and the date you want to dine at the desired restaurant(s) and it does the calculations for you.

http://pscalculator.net/pslist.php

HTH :thumbsup2

dee slack
07-18-2007, 07:47 AM
I made ressies for 10 people (incl 1 infant) at 1900 PF for 6pm and had no problems. I called exactly 180 days out for all my ADR's to be sure!

Congratulations by the way!

richxr7
07-18-2007, 07:53 AM
Here is a helpful link to figure out when you can call to make your ADRs. Just put in your check-in date (since you will be staying at a Disney operated resort) and the date you want to dine at the desired restaurant(s) and it does the calculations for you.

http://pscalculator.net/pslist.php

HTH :thumbsup2

Wow, thanks

princessdisneybelle
07-18-2007, 11:03 AM
I just wanted to say "Congratulations". How sweet of you to arrange the whole wedding! There are so many things you can do at Disney. I think sending her to GF for a spa day would be great. Something we loved was breakfast at Ohana's. They have a great dinner too. I on several occasions made ADR's for 6-20 people. No problems at all. Make sure and mention when you are making reservations that you are getting married or you just got married. GL and ask away!

richxr7
07-18-2007, 11:17 AM
I just wanted to say "Congratulations". How sweet of you to arrange the whole wedding! There are so many things you can do at Disney. I think sending her to GF for a spa day would be great. Something we loved was breakfast at Ohana's. They have a great dinner too. I on several occasions made ADR's for 6-20 people. No problems at all. Make sure and mention when you are making reservations that you are getting married or you just got married. GL and ask away!

I know Ohana's breakfast and dinner was terrific. We went in August and stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter. It was my first time staying in the park. I was there once when I was much younger in 1981. My fiance had been there a few times. We just loved it so much we decided we had to get married there. We are torn between having the dinner at either California Grill (and we would have it later on about 8pm or so, because we heard the lower the lights right around the time of the fireworks show. So I thought that was a good idea for everyone. The wedding is 2:30pm) or Ohana. It's such a tough one but I know either choice will be terrific.

We have so many differences with our guests. The maid-of-honor(my sister) has never ever been there. My mom and dad were there in 81. One of our bridesmaids was there about 6 years ago. The Groomsmen was there once in 90 but only MK. Her parents were there in 89. The one who I can't wait to see WDW is my sister. Since she has never been and we are getting there a few days before the wedding we will take some time to show her everything in between the wedding plans.

I tell you one thing I am a very organized person and when we went in August I planned that vacation as well. That trip was quite a bit to plan and make sure everything was taken care of. This wedding is so much to take care of, but its for my bride. So no matter how hard it may be I take care of it. The only thing she has had to do so far was work on the dresses. She only got involved with some floral arrangements and music. I have added a few surprises for her so thats another thing I can't wait for. The wedding planner is so great. She makes the planning so much easier.

princessdisneybelle
07-18-2007, 11:21 AM
I just got married at Shades of Green a few weeks ago. And wow I know how it is with different guests. I had never even met most of ours. But we ended up giving everyone a itinerary of were we would be and told them they were welcome to join us and just didnt worry about it. Maybe do Ohana's after the wedding. Kinda keeps with the whole theme. And CG one evening? It's hard there are sooooo many choices at Disney.

hisprincess
07-18-2007, 11:30 AM
Hi and welcome. I thought that I would give my input and plans to you as we are also getting married at sunset point, but march 4, 2008 at 2:30. The plans for us is to go to CG afterwards to eat, and we are going to Ohanas the night before the wedding. Kind of a rehearsal/welcome dinner I guess.

richxr7
07-18-2007, 11:40 AM
Hi and welcome. I thought that I would give my input and plans to you as we are also getting married at sunset point, but march 4, 2008 at 2:30. The plans for us is to go to CG afterwards to eat, and we are going to Ohanas the night before the wedding. Kind of a rehearsal/welcome dinner I guess.

Since we are arriving a few days before the wedding, so we are making plans to go through the different parks and meet up for breakfasts and dinners. So we are making the reservations for those first few days as well. So we were planning on doing cg and ohana. Its basically which do we want to do on our wedding day. I'm leaning towards Ohana myself, and my bride pretty much just goes with whatever I pick. She always happy with Disney so it doesn't matter where we go.

richxr7
07-18-2007, 11:41 AM
I just got married at Shades of Green a few weeks ago. And wow I know how it is with different guests. I had never even met most of ours. But we ended up giving everyone a itinerary of were we would be and told them they were welcome to join us and just didnt worry about it. Maybe do Ohana's after the wedding. Kinda keeps with the whole theme. And CG one evening? It's hard there are sooooo many choices at Disney.

I think thats what we are going to do, keep with the theme. We have a little time before we can make all the reservations so we can make sure.

scootert
07-18-2007, 11:48 AM
We love California Grill but it can be very loud and a real zoo around fireworks time. We always go early -- like 6 or 6:15 and it's quieter. You are allowed to return to the observation deck later to watch the fireworks -- I think you save your receipt -- I'm not sure as we haven't done this, but I know they told us we could return that evening when we were there this May. Congratulations!!

princessdisneybelle
07-18-2007, 11:49 AM
I think thats what we are going to do, keep with the theme. We have a little time before we can make all the reservations so we can make sure.

I even made favors for our tables and the staff was really nice about helping me put them out.

richxr7
07-18-2007, 11:49 AM
We love California Grill but it can be a loud and a real zoo around fireworks time. We always go early -- like 6 or 6:15 and it's quieter. You are allowed to return to the observation deck later to watch the fireworks -- I think you save your receipt -- I'm not sure as we haven't done this, but I know they told us we could return that evening when we were there this May. Congratulations!!

Wow, thats a great idea. I like that. Thanks

richxr7
07-18-2007, 11:51 AM
I even made favors for our tables and the staff was really nice about helping me put them out.

Thats a good idea as well. I'm gonna look into that.

richxr7
07-18-2007, 11:53 AM
I had another question. Has anyone had to deal with some troublesome guests. We have a few that regardless of our wishes, they like to take control. They can even make scenes. The easy thing is to not invite, but their parents of the bride. I want to make sure my bride does not get upset on her wedding.

princessdisneybelle
07-18-2007, 11:54 AM
These are what I did.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b139/l_a_zolman/ohanas003.jpg

richxr7
07-18-2007, 11:57 AM
These are what I did.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b139/l_a_zolman/ohanas003.jpg

Thats a really neat idea

PrincessBride07
07-18-2007, 12:05 PM
I had another question. Has anyone had to deal with some troublesome guests. We have a few that regardless of our wishes, they like to take control. They can even make scenes. The easy thing is to not invite, but their parents of the bride. I want to make sure my bride does not get upset on her wedding.

The only thing that I can think of is to have you bride-to-be talk with them before the wedding. If it comes down to it, tell them they won't be invited, or will be asked to leave, if they start a scene. I know if that were my parents, I would rather them leave then to ruin the day. Also, try and keep them on a need to know basis only. Don't even tell them about where you ADR's at at, just that you are making them. There was one bride on here who's mom changed ADR's so that her friends could come along.

richxr7
07-18-2007, 12:12 PM
The only thing that I can think of is to have you bride-to-be talk with them before the wedding. If it comes down to it, tell them they won't be invited, or will be asked to leave, if they start a scene. I know if that were my parents, I would rather them leave then to ruin the day. Also, try and keep them on a need to know basis only. Don't even tell them about where you ADR's at at, just that you are making them. There was one bride on here who's mom changed ADR's so that her friends could come along.

Since I have been planning it, her parents really don't know anything except the date and time of the wedding. The day were leaving NJ and arriving back to NJ. I had thought keeping most of the info to myself. Her mom keeps asking about the florist and Photographer, she wanted to talk with them. So we have kept that from her. I just don't her to do something stupid and ruin my brides day.

hisprincess
07-18-2007, 05:00 PM
I can tell you really care about your DF so much! Anyway, I think it is a great idea to continue with the theme and go to Ohana's, plus it is much easier as it is at the same resort! I actually was going between the two restraunts at the begnining and chose CG because it seemed a little more, fancy, if you will. You can watch wishes from both, in fact, you could go down on the beach if you went to Ohanas, very romantic. A tip about CG that my planner told me if you do decide on that, is to make your ADR for the earliest seating in order to aviod the 'madness' that I've heard of during fireworks. You could always stick around and have drink downstairs after dinner and go back up and watch fireworks if that is something you really want to do. Whichever you pick, I don't think you'll be dissapointed with either.

I'm sorry to hear about your guest issues, I really hope that that all works out. And, I have to give you a great big pat on the back for doing all of the planning, it's like pulling teeth without anesthesia to get my DF to give input.:scared1:

richxr7
07-19-2007, 06:37 AM
I can tell you really care about your DF so much! Anyway, I think it is a great idea to continue with the theme and go to Ohana's, plus it is much easier as it is at the same resort! I actually was going between the two restraunts at the begnining and chose CG because it seemed a little more, fancy, if you will. You can watch wishes from both, in fact, you could go down on the beach if you went to Ohanas, very romantic. A tip about CG that my planner told me if you do decide on that, is to make your ADR for the earliest seating in order to aviod the 'madness' that I've heard of during fireworks. You could always stick around and have drink downstairs after dinner and go back up and watch fireworks if that is something you really want to do. Whichever you pick, I don't think you'll be dissapointed with either.

I'm sorry to hear about your guest issues, I really hope that that all works out. And, I have to give you a great big pat on the back for doing all of the planning, it's like pulling teeth without anesthesia to get my DF to give input.:scared1:

Thanks so much. I knew from the get-go that the planning was going to be difficult, but I wanted to do it for my bride. She's not big on planning and making many decisions. So she leaves alot up to me. :woohoo:

With regards to our guests, well, I do what I can. However, I will make sure nothing goes wrong. To make sure the wedding goes well some may be kicked from the park. Infact I informed our planner to let her know incase something should arise.