PDA

View Full Version : Emily PJ for 11/19/07 SBP/Attic/UK DP-Update 8/27/07 Wedding shower pics


ecoon
07-29-2007, 10:44 AM
Hi all...I have read a lot of PJ and TR and I thought I might start my own. My planning is actually winding down and I am feeling a little sad. I am so excitied for the wedding to come but I don't want it to be over. I thought maybe by sharing my planning with your gals I would get to experience it all over again! So here we go...enjoy!!

How We Met
Well Ben (my DF) and I met in the 3rd grade. We never dated in highschool but we basically best friends. Everyone said we were perfect for eachother but I said we were just friends. We were even prom king and queen! When we graduated I was like wait...why didn't I date him? So long story short...we started dating I week or two into our college career even through we were 4 hour apart. We were together 4 years before we got engaged.

Our Engagement
After about 4 years I was starting to become a little concerned about when we were going to get engaged. There were so many moments that I got really uptight because I was thinking this is a good time...is it going to happen and then I would get all nervous and start acting strange. That was something Ben really didn't want to happen at our engagement.

Now I am a Disney freak and have gone there just about every year since I was five...Ben 1st trip was with me durring our 2nd year dating. It was so cool to watch someone experience disney for the 1st time.

So durring our 4th year of dating we went to disney for Xmas (Dec 2005) with my family and I had a pretty good idea that he had a ring (something had come in the mail from our jewler even thought he had told them not to send anything to our apartment) but I didn't know when. We stayed at FW (like always...I LOVE FW) He had planned to do it on Chirstmas night on the beach after the fireworks with the castle in the background but I got in an fight with my brother and ended up in tears so he held off (Smart guy!). Three days later we had all gone over the the PR for coffee at night and decided to walk to the GF. On the path I saw a little chair swing on the beach and said we should go sit. Everyone else said there was going to carry on and since this was my idea to sit there I didn't think he would ask then. So we sat down and I was chattering away about how my butt was apparently too big for the seat and kept fidgeting but Ben was really quiet and kept saying how he really "liked that spot and we could see the castle, he loved disney, he loved me" finally I stood up to go and Ben just said "will you marry me?" He was holding my ring in his fingers and I was shocked. I couldn't believe how perfect the whole thing was. On the beach all alone, castle in the background, and I NEVER saw it coming. He later told me he had carried the ring around for like 2 days waiting for the right time to surprise me. It was terrific.

So Disney Wedding or Not Disney Wedding...That is the Question
Okay...so we got engaged just steps for the WP and Francs. My mom (who so really exicited) kept suggesting that we should go over and talk to someone about weddings. I said no that it would be too expensive and Ben's family were not a Disney fans. Ben himself was reluctant to get married there. So we mulled it over a for a few months and finally my mom (who really wanted a disney wedding) said she would fly us to Disney so we could talk to a wedding planner. So we went down to talk to Kristi Davis. It was me, my mom, Leah (sister in law/MOH) and Ben that went to Francs for a site visit. I told my mom...don't get exicited...this probably isn't going to happen. But after a few hours with Kristi I was sold. I didn't know how Ben felt about it because his family really wasn't into traveling for the wedding. We went to the Boardwalk and looked at the Attic for our reception. Again...completely sold, so were mom and Leah. It is so casual and fun there that was exactly what I wanted...and the view is amazing. After we left our site visit we went to the pool at FW and told my Dad and brother. And they were so exicted too...both really pushing for it too. But Ben was quiet and I could tell he was mulling it over. Finally he pulled me aside and said "lets go ahead with the Disney wedding, if it is what we really want then who cares who comes and who doesn't." so that was it. We were going to have a Disney wedding!:love:

More to come on the actual planning session that took place the following April.

jasonandlisa
07-29-2007, 10:54 AM
Ben seems like such a sweetheart. Congratulations!! Looking forward to hearing all about your plans...

zetalove08
07-29-2007, 10:58 AM
Aww your story is so sweet! I love that you both were Prom King and Queen before you were even dating- you were meant to be! :goodvibes
Can't wait to hear more!

hmgolden
07-29-2007, 11:00 AM
I love your engagement story!

mo1973
07-29-2007, 11:58 AM
Looking forward to hearing much, much more! The Attic has been suggested to us as well and looking forward to hearing about your plans and see how it all works out for you!

LuluLovesDisney
07-30-2007, 01:13 AM
Love it! Cannot wait for more! He was so sweet to wait to surprise you, even when you were hard to surprise. Ah, true love!! :love:

I hope you have some pictures of you two together when you were little! That would be so adorable! My parents met when they were very young (3 and 7) and at their 25th anniversary party, a huge pic of them at that age (or near to it) was blown up poster size. It was such a hit!

The Attic sounds awesome and I'd love to hear more about it!

ecoon
07-31-2007, 11:39 PM
Thank you so much for all your comments and welcomes! This is so much fun...I should have started it sooner! So after went went on our site visit I started my search for a dress. I will post pics soon as I can!

Dress Shopping

Well I had been hesitant to start dress shopping. I am typically a very indecisive person and I could forsee it being a long drawn out affair; plus I was feeling a little bad about my appearance and wanted to lose weight and thus kept putting it off. We had had our orginal site visit in May 2006 and our planning session was scheduled for April 2007. It was January 2007 and I still had not even looked at dresses! Finally my mom forced me to go because it really needed to be done before the planning session since it really sets the tone of the wedding; there is a Davids Bridal close to my home and I decided I would look there 1st. I didn't really plan on buying it there because everybody went there. However, I figured it was a good place to start to get ideas. When we walked in I mentioned I like the dress in the window but i didn't like the cap sleeves. The woman helping me said they were removeable so I thought I would give it a shot. I also tried on three other dresses with similar looks but when I put on the dress in the window I just knew it was my dress. It was actually a lot fancier then I had ever throught I would get but my mom and MOH both just said it was THE dress. Unfortunately they only had it in a 12 and I typically wear an 8. They told me to try on one size up but I throught 2 sizes was a little exsessive for me. The steamstress came out and said I should buy the 12. I should have known better but I was so exicited I just wanted to take it home but it really was too big. I know they always tell you to buy up but I think sometimes they do it so you will have to pay for extra alterations. It is really hard to know what to do.

Alright...next up...the saga of having two sizes too big after losing 20 lbs:eek: and looking for the perfect bridesmaids dress for 4 very different girls.

ecoon
07-31-2007, 11:52 PM
Wow..please forgive me it is late and i just read through my last post and saw all the misspellings!

LuluLovesDisney
08-01-2007, 12:11 AM
It's okay - I've seen much worse! I hope the dress saga turns out well. :hug: I know that will be the hardest part for me, too. I am so particular and white is just NOT as slimming as a great pair of black pants! You look like you are in great shape, so don't worry! Formal sizing is sooo off! They can always take it in. I am sure you will look beautiful! :bride: Now BM dresses, I'm not surprised if you have a saga there! :dance3: Do your BM's live nearby?

I am glad you're enjoying your PJ here.:cloud9: It's so nice to hear about how everything's going. I love reading everyone's, getting to "know" them and their DF/DH and see all their cool stuff! :bride: :groom: It is like being part of a wedding without having to dress up or leave the house!:rotfl:

ecoon
08-01-2007, 11:02 AM
There used to be a link to my dress pics here but sorry I had to erase dress pics so my DF wouldn't see them!

ecoon
08-01-2007, 11:09 AM
There used to be a link to my dress pics here but sorry I had to erase dress pics so my DF wouldn't see them!

Glorydaz
08-01-2007, 11:16 AM
what a great dress!!! looking forward to more.....:surfweb: while I "work ":rotfl2: it's an art to look this busy!!!!

Michelle :cloud9:

ecoon
08-01-2007, 11:31 AM
Okay, so I am typically not this dumb with tech stuff but let me see if I have figured out how to get a pic right into the post... (yup..deleted here too...sorry!)

P.S. I am working too...:rolleyes1

desiab
08-01-2007, 02:28 PM
I love the details on the back of your dress.

princess110607
08-01-2007, 03:04 PM
First off Congratulations! We get married two weeks before you! We will be leaving the day before your wedding....

Good luck with the planning! I've been having the same feeling as you lately...I'm excited to get married...but I don't want it to come b/c I don't want it to be over!

Sparkles9306
08-01-2007, 03:22 PM
That's such a cute proposal! He must have been nervous carrying it around for 2 days!

I love your dress, it looks very pretty. Can't wait to hear the rest of the details.

ecoon
08-01-2007, 05:01 PM
That's such a cute proposal! He must have been nervous carrying it around for 2 days!

I love your dress, it looks very pretty. Can't wait to hear the rest of the details.


I know...I actually pick on him because it came in the beautiful deep blue ring box but he didn't have it in the box when he proposed. Later he gave me the box and I said "hey why didn't you just open the box" and he said he couldn't fit it in his pocket. I couldn't believe he would carry a brand new ring loose in the pocket of his jeans! He said he checked it about every two seconds to make sure it was still there! :eek: Boys!

ecoon
08-01-2007, 05:12 PM
Alright now tht I have FINALLY managed to post some pics I thought you might want to see some pics of our proposal spot. I love to talk about the proposal because it was seriously the happies day of my life thus far...but I am sure our impending wedding will top it! So here is where the magic happened!

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/Proposal1.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/proposal2.jpg
I look pretty bad in the one...went back the day after for pics because we didn't have a camera that night. But we went swimming right before so my hair is all frizzy and such! It sounds corny but I often think of taking our kids back to that spot someday and telling them it was where were got engaged. :love:

DisneyFairy19
08-01-2007, 09:46 PM
You are getting married on my birthday!!!!!!! You picked a GREAT and BEAUTIFUL DAY.. Good Luck to you:thumbsup2

ecoon
08-02-2007, 02:54 PM
First off Congratulations! We get married two weeks before you! We will be leaving the day before your wedding....

Good luck with the planning! I've been having the same feeling as you lately...I'm excited to get married...but I don't want it to come b/c I don't want it to be over!

Cool and congrats! I will keep my eyes peeled for anyone wearing the just married pins in the days before our wedding!

ecoon
08-02-2007, 02:56 PM
You are getting married on my birthday!!!!!!! You picked a GREAT and BEAUTIFUL DAY.. Good Luck to you:thumbsup2

Thank you and I hope so! Be sure to send me good vibes that day! :goodvibes I am praying for perfect FL weather!

ecoon
08-02-2007, 03:15 PM
Bridesmaids Dresses

Okay so I have 4 bridesmaids: My SIL Leah (MOH), a friend from high school, and two friends from college. I decided on a blush pink color because it is one of my favorite colors and it also goes well in the attic. Here is a pic of the interior of the attic.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_0389.jpg

Since my bridesmaids were all very different body types I was planning on doing the Davids Bridal separates. I figured they could just pick which ever style fit them best and then all wear the same color. They would also get a discount since i bought my dress there. So we got there and it was actually really funny. I told them just to go to town trying stuff on, lots of combinations. They all piled into a dressing room and came out with all these crazy color combinations since the store that the samples in all different colors. It was hard to imagine them in my color. After a couple rounds they all decided that they liked the full lenght straight skirt. So I was like cool...all the same bottoms..different tops. Then they all came out with a strapless top and all liked it except one, my MOH. So I thought that would be great if she wore something different to let her stand out. So she picked another top and it looked great. Well...the other three all liked it too! So, still trying to let her stand out, the I brought Leah a full skirt with pick-ups- (which we refered to as the poofy skirt). She came out and then the other three were like "wow, we like that too!" So off they went to find poofy skirts in their size and then they all liked the same dress. It was fine with me but it craked me up they all ended up wearing the same thing after I stressed about them being different sizes. It was also great beacause they dress combo they ppicked was the same fabric as my wedding dress and has pick-ups like my dress so we would match very well. Here is a pic of the dress from the Davids Bridal separates tool. The tops and bottoms do actually match.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/Bridesmaids.jpg

Next up: Ooops... I left out my DF's sisters...:sad2:

figmentfan814
08-02-2007, 06:13 PM
I love the Attic, it was one of our choices (between that and the Parlor) before our wedding outgrew those sites. The view is awesome from the porch; I could sit on the rocking chairs there for hours if they would let me :) I also completely understand your dress dilemma. I went to 15 shops before I finally made a decision; I have to admit I never found "the one" but I found one that was pretty close ;)

myprincessgirlisa
08-02-2007, 07:03 PM
emily

congrats & welcome!!

i think its a great idea to want to bring your kids to the spot "daddy" proposed...they would think that was WAY cool

I LOVE those swings in the sand....Y&BC has those & i could sit in them ALL night, so i can see why he thought that was the perfect spot!!!

Your dress & tiara/veil are beautiful!! & the bridesmaids dresses compliment your nicely...good job

funny about the BMs dresses...at least it was fun dressing up & trying on all those dresses

i DONT think your hair looks frizzy....fromwhat i saw I think you have awesome hair!!..your pics are cute!!

cant wait to hear more details & see more pics!!!:goodvibes

ecoon
08-03-2007, 04:16 PM
I forgot to post in the last one that Davids Bridal did allow me to return my dress for a smaller size while I was there looking for bridesmaids dresses. At the time I had lost 8 pounds since I bought it and I was able to go down two sizes. Keep in mind, it was WAY to big to begin with. I have now lost another 12 pounds so it is big again and too late to get another one. Oh well...I just hope the alterations come out okay. :sad2: Anyway...on with the next step of planning!

Groomswomen

I was feeling pretty good about my dress being bought and the bridesmaids dresses being picked out. Well , my DF has two sisters who he assured me would not want to be in it. They are very conservative girls and don't like wearing dresses that are even slightly low cut or revealing in any way; they also don't like being center of attention. PLUS we were not even positive they would be coming at all. (As it is, I have been thinking that having 4 bridesmaids when we are only going to have like 30 guests total , including the wedding party, is going to be a little excessive). Then we find out his sisters were disappointed. So we struggled with what to do with them and then I had an idea :idea:, Groomswomen! Ben had asked my brother to be his best man (because they truly are best friends…which is very cool) and my other brother to be a groomsmen. However, he hadn't gotten around to asking his other two (his cousins) and he two "spaces" left. I know it is not traditional but I figured who cares…they are family and it meant a lot to them when we asked. It might look a little strange but at least everyone is included.

I figured they would wear the same dress as the bridesmaids but in black to match they guys tuxes. We had originally thought our colors would be pink and brown but we abandoned the brown when Ben refused to wear brown tuxes (I do agree...he looks better in black). So we thought pink, black and ivory would be a good color palette.

Unfortunately when we went dress shopping his sisters picked out something else they wanted to wear. A strapless satin ball gown with pick-ups...I was thinking, “what happened to the conservative girls!” I think they really wanted something they hadn't been able to were before...they were home schooled and never went to proms or anything like that. So I felt I couldn't say no. I am still not sure I am happy about their choice; I really wanted them to match the bridesmaids dresses but I suppose it will be okay. It also bothers me that their dresses are satin and the others are all tissue taffeta...uhg...it will be fine, right? :confused:

Here is a pic of the groomswomen dresses...

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/Groomswomen.jpg

This is the same dress in black but I hate the way the model is laying in the pic...you can't see thre dress. I think we are going without the bow too...

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/groomswomenblack.jpg

LuluLovesDisney
08-03-2007, 04:38 PM
That groomswomen idea was genius. I love how things work out - 2 spots here, 2 sisters wanting to be involved! Even though it's not the same dress, I think the pick ups make the whole thing look coordinated. I love how it's all coming together! What will groomswomen do for flowers?

nsudisneyrep
08-03-2007, 04:40 PM
Great PJ - I am enjoying it! Your DF seems really nice! When my DBF proposed he was having our friends hold the ring for him so I wouldn't find it (I had a feeling something was up, lol) and he almost didn't get it back before he wanted to propose! haha so at least yours was prepared! Silly boys. Congrats again and can't wait to read more! :thumbsup2

Maddiesmum03
08-04-2007, 11:38 AM
Love your PJ so far and the Groomswomen idea is great, I think the dresses compliment each other well because of the skirts, but keeping the colour black seperates (sp?) them from your BMS, the photos will be stunning!

ecoon
08-06-2007, 05:19 PM
Thanks guys! I am glad everyone agrees with the groomswomen idea. I think the dresses will look good too. I am actually a little worried my BMs will like the groomswomen dresses better! Anyway... I thought I would share the story of our planning session


Planning Session

We went down to FL at Easter time so I did my planning session then. It was a little early because it was about 7 months before the wedding but we were going to be there so we figured it was a good time. Before the planning session I was so nervous...I have no idea why. It was going to be my, mom, the DF and my MOH/SIL. (My dad and brother had also come on the trip but they got left behind for the planning session:sad1: ). Our appointment was at 12:30 or 1:00 (can't remember) was supposed to be about 4 hours long. Let me tell you...it was intense. Now I was too nervous to eat anything and by the time we left there I had a horrible headache and felt like I was going to pass out. :headache: Work of advice...eat something before you go! It was fun though. They were really busy that day and we didn't really have a room so we sat at the big table in the middle of Francs. I didn't mind because they I could watch everyone else coming and going and be like "look at me, I am planning a Disney Wedding!":bride:

Our planning was Claudine and note the WAS part (aka is not now). Not to speak ill of her or anything, she was fine, but I wasn't too trilled when I found out she quit the company a few weeks after our planning session. ( I will get into that story in a min. ) We started with the ceremony and went through the whole event; she sort of walked us through the day. It was nice to be able to imagine it. Then we looked at the photo options, which I was not that impressed with, thus I am going with and outside photographer. Then we did the cake tasting, which was lots of fun but hard! I just couldn't decide. The DF wanted a layer to be marble cake with Bailey's filling. I was torn between almond cake with amaretto filling or almond cake with white chocolate filling. We ended up going the amaretto Filling. I think just so I could pick one because they were both good. For our anniversary layer we went with yellow cake with chocolate filling (because my fav dessert is yellow cake with choc frosting so the DF said our anniversary layer should be that) For our cake style we went with Mickey's Delight. Three layer with gold Mickey heads on it. This is a pic of the Mickey wave cake...Mickey's Delight is similar except the Mickey heads are just randomly all over, not in a wave and they will be gold.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/WaveCake.jpg

However, while we were talking I mentioned Donald is my fav character and Claudine said we could do a Donald’s Delight instead. So instead of Mickey heads it will be Donald’s heads all over. I was so excited b/c Donald is my favorite by far and ducks in general are my favorite animal. (Which is saying a lot if you know me because I and an animal freak and work in a zoo with lots of exotic animals but ducks have been my favorite since I was about 4) so this cake is going to be so me! :cloud9: Since we are having a Donald cake now I am trying to convince my DF to have a Donald character at the wedding for the cake cutting. It almost seems like you have to, right! Well, I am still working on the DF :rolleyes1. So now I need a great Donald cake topper which is hard to find. Ideally I would like the cake topper below but it is crazy expensive...it is a collectors item, so I don't think I will get it. but it would be perfect. My wedding shower is in a few weeks and maybe my mom will surprise me with it...probably not but maybe I can hope!;)

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/jitterbug.jpg

After the cake we talked flowers with Rose and I think I want something similar to this but in Pinks and ivory.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/Flowers.jpg

Then we went onto food...We are having a buffet. It is what we would want anyway but it is also the only thing we can have in the Attic. We tore apart the sample menus they gave us and got one that was really us. We are into comfort foods and we wanted stuff everyone would like. Here is a rough break down.

Pre-Reception
Fruit and dip
Cheese and crackers
Mini Pigs in a blanket (My DFs choice :rotfl: )
Fruit Punch and Champagne Punch

Dinner
Garden Salad
Antipasto display
Beef carving station
Parmesan Crusted Chicken with a mushroom cream
Basil Mashed potatoes
Parmesan Risotto
Mixed Seasonal Veggies
Cibatta bread and Bread sticks
Coffee, Tea, Lemonade

Dessert Party
The old world mini menu...if anyone wants to know what that includes...let me know.

Finally we talked alcohol which was tough. My parents don't drink, neither does the DF's mother or sisters. In fact, a majority of our guests don't really drink. Therefore, my parents (who are paying) didn't really want any alcohol. I myself don't often drink and when I do, if I have two drinks I am toast. I don't want to feel that way on my wedding day because I want to soak up every minute. Therefore, we chose only to have the champagne punch to save money. I am happy with that and glad to spend that money in our budget somewhere else.

After the planning session we crawled our starving bodies back to the resort to finally eat. I can't say enough...take an energy drink or something...it is a fun but exhausting process!

Alright..talk to you ladies in my next installment and I will be sure to tell you all about how my planner quit:sad1: ...which is something we are still trying to sort out.

JaxTeach
08-06-2007, 05:37 PM
I love the Donald cake idea! You'll have to post pics after your wedding-- I'd love to see it!

Good job on the groomswomen! We were originally only having a flower girl and ring bearer, but I've since asked my brother (their dad) to join us. I thought my 3 year old nephew might need a little help doing his job! :laughing: My brother is going to be our Man of Honor. He will be our "go to" person on our wedding day.

hmgolden
08-06-2007, 07:11 PM
I love the bridesmaid and the groomswomen dresses. So pretty!

Glorydaz
08-06-2007, 08:49 PM
I love your dresses and that room is gorgeous!! everything looks great - popcorn:: waiting for more! :yay:

Michelle :cloud9:

ecoon
08-08-2007, 08:47 PM
Hey ladies...thanks for all your great comments, I love hearing everyones opinions!

So here is what happened next in my planning...warning, this is going to be a post of frustration since I have had a bad day. :headache: Sorry!

Someones is Pregnant
Well it is isn't me, thank goodness, but it is the DF's little sister. She got married the 1st weekend in May and the 1st week in June she called to say she was three weeks along! Apparently they work fast! :lmao: Well, I was a bit upset about it. I feel so selfish saying that but i always say honesty is the best policy so I am just being honest. I know I am just jealous; I would love to have kids but we have to wait until the DF is finshed with his PhD. so it will be a while. Plus we had just bought their dresses and now it wouldn't fit because she woul be 7 month along. Well we went the Davids Bridal and explained our issue and they said no problem, she could exchange it. It was sort of funny because she is really little, (size 2-4) and she thought if she went up to a 6 it would be okay. The woman helping her try stuff on was yelling, "honey...there is no way you are going to fit in a 6!...I am going to get the belly." Well out she comes with a pregnancy pillow for her to strap on and see how big she would be. Needless to say, she needed more than a 6! I have to say, even though I was feeling jealous over the whole thing, it was fun to watch her try on the tummy. I thought I would adjust to the idea of her being prego eventually but I really haven't. It is all his family talked about and I can't help but feel our wedding is being a little overshadowed by the impending birth of the 1st grandchild. :sad1: I don't want to sound like a selfish brat but I just needed to vent. ( I posted another thread about this earlier today...it has been on my mind alot).

The Planner Quits
Well I had Claudine Sanchez as my planner and after we had come back from our planning session I had been in touch with her assistant. Then I got an e-mail saying that her assistant was leaving Disney so I e-mailed Claudine to ask her stuff. I didn't hear from her for a few weeks and I was starting to getting irritated. Then I get an e-mail from Claudine saying she was leaving Disney and I would have a new planner in a few weeks. So I was pretty upset, I was supposed to have my budget from her three weeks prior and I had no answers to my questions. So I called Kristi Davis my old coordinator (who I loved) and told her the whole thing. She helped out and made sure they gave me a planner right away and that their manager was going to personally handle finishing my budget. I got my budget the day after and I was like"Wow, this is alot cheaper than I thought it would be!" :eek: Then I looked it over more closely and I saw there was no dinner on there!:confused: For a custom wedding I think the dinner is pretty important and I couldn't believe the big boss would over look it. I was probably more upset than I needed to be but this is disney and I expect more I guess. So I called and complained. Well, then gave me Michlle as a temp planner until the new person was hired; she got the budget all fixed and said we could talk it over in a few days. When I talked to Michelle in the end of June she said Jennifer would start in 1st week in July so I figured I would wait to work with Jennifer. Then Jennifer didn't get in touch we me until the end of July she left me a voice mail and didn't leave an e-mail. Talking on the phone is hard for me because I am away from my desk most of the day. So I e-mailed Michelle and asked for Jennifer's e-mail. I got it and sent her an e-mail and it wass the wrong e-mail address! :headache: So finally I had the afternoon off so I called her...she is on vacation until the 14th! :mad: Iknow if isn't anyones fault but I just wanted to talk to someone and get some answers to my questions. My wedding is just over 3 month away and I haven't even talked to my planner yet! :scared:

I am sure it will work out but I am just freaking out a little bit tonight. Thanks for reading my venting!

JonetteA
08-08-2007, 09:17 PM
The plans look great so far!!! I love the detail on the dress, and what you have chosen for everyone to wear. Your bouquet is beautiful!!

ecoon
08-12-2007, 08:37 PM
The plans look great so far!!! I love the detail on the dress, and what you have chosen for everyone to wear. Your bouquet is beautiful!!

Thank you! It is so great to hear such positive feedback from experienced dis brides!

ecoon
08-12-2007, 09:11 PM
Hey ladies...well in my last post I was a little bit cranky..sorry about that...bad day! But I am feeling better today so I have some pics to share with everyone.

Shoes
I have finally found my wedding shoes; I am not a big fancy shoe person, since I work with animals I typically wear sneakers or crocs to work so when I have to buy fancy shoes I feel a little lost! But luckily I found the perfect pair! The color matches my dress perfectly, and I love the way they sparkle. I keep thinking about my dress and shoes will be sparkling during the fireworks at the dessert party :goodvibes . Here are the shoes...
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1112.jpg

Card Box
I also have my card box/holder..my mom got it at target and it is actually a candle holder so it will have a use after. Since my colors are pink and black, I will put a pretty pink ribbon on top to make it look weddingish :cutie: . All of our favors and accessories are old-fashioned to go along with the 1930's theme so I think this fits pretty well.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1107.jpg
My cat Max was helping me take pictures
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1109.jpg
Alirght, well all for now!

Vayleen
08-12-2007, 09:21 PM
everything looks so good so far! you're almost 3 months away! :)

is your wedding a wishes wedding or intimate? i was thinking of having my reception at the attic but i'm not sure...

oneyodafan
08-12-2007, 09:25 PM
I love the card holder! That is so unique! And those shoes are hot!!

ecoon
08-13-2007, 10:21 AM
everything looks so good so far! you're almost 3 months away! :)

is your wedding a wishes wedding or intimate? i was thinking of having my reception at the attic but i'm not sure...

I know, I can not believe it is only 3 months! Pretty much everything is done but still, three months! It is crazy!

I am having a custom/wishes wedding. (When I started planning they were just called custom). I will be happy to tell you all about that Attic if you are interested I LOVE it! I might follow this up with a post just about the Attic with more pics.

I love the card holder! That is so unique! And those shoes are hot!!

Wow, I will remember that when I put them on because I have never had shoes that people have called hot! :cool1:

ecoon
08-13-2007, 08:09 PM
Info about the Attic

Hey everyone! As promised I thought I would post a little infor about the Attic. There is also a link to some pics on mouseweddings.com below. When I 1st starting planning my wedding I knew we wanted to have the reception close the the ceremony I actually didn't really care about where the ceremony was, I was more into the reception. I knew we were going to have a smallish wedding with 50 or less guests so I had looked on-line at reception places before I went on my site visit that looked like they were the right size. I had, on my own, narrowed down the reception sites to Ariels or the Attic.

I liked that Attic because it is already decorated and very private and had a great view. I guess it was orginally meant to be a lounge for DVC members but it didn't really work out so now it is just a rental. It is about two or three stories up in the BW overtop of Jelly Rolls (the dueling piano bar). The indoor space there is really pretty and fun, decorated like a 1930 seaside inn and there are big windows over looking the Boardwalk; you cannot change the decor so if you don't like it, I guess it is not the venue for you but you won't need much purchased decor in there! There is also a huge covered porch that overlooking the boardwalk and you can see the Epcot ball. Our reception will be from about 4:30-7:30 in Nov, so i cannot wait to see the view when it is dark. :cloud9:

Some other facts to know is you can not have over 50 people in there and you can only have buffet. It also isn't really appropriate for a DJ because it is on the smallish side and it might be overwhelming. We are going to have a gutarist I think.

Here are some great pics. http://www.mouseweddings.com/wedlocba.html

wiserabbit
08-14-2007, 10:11 AM
You guys make such a cute couple....congratulations and everything looks wonderful so far....

Just in case you are curious, Claudine was supposed to be my daughter's WP also - and we had the same issues with nobody getting back in touch with us to answer questions - Heidi P told me that Claudine left because her husband was transferred to Chicago. Jennifer is now Katie's (DD) planner also. We have talked to her once (before she was off) and she seems like she is going to be on top of things. I know she told us she was moving last week...so maybe everything will settle down now....

Love the attic look too...Good Luck on the rest of your planning...:flower3:

caryndisneydiva
08-15-2007, 03:34 PM
emily,

we are planning the same wedding! we're going to have a morning ceremony, lunch at the attic and a desert party later! how many people are you having?

orangetiggs
08-15-2007, 03:38 PM
Sorry I have a question about the attic, looking at the pics on mouseweddings theya re great but what happens to all the furniture thats in there already? Do you use that as your reception furniture?

caryndisneydiva
08-15-2007, 03:42 PM
yes you use the same furniture that's in there. the attic is supposed to be a casual reception site. because the furniture is already there, you don't have to pay to add anything, but it's also why you can have a max of 50 people.

ecoon
08-15-2007, 06:16 PM
You guys make such a cute couple....congratulations and everything looks wonderful so far....

Just in case you are curious, Claudine was supposed to be my daughter's WP also - and we had the same issues with nobody getting back in touch with us to answer questions - Heidi P told me that Claudine left because her husband was transferred to Chicago. Jennifer is now Katie's (DD) planner also. We have talked to her once (before she was off) and she seems like she is going to be on top of things. I know she told us she was moving last week...so maybe everything will settle down now....

Love the attic look too...Good Luck on the rest of your planning...:flower3:

Thank you! it is good to know someone else felt like the fell through the cracks too. I had no hard feelings towards claudine, but I did expect Disney to pick up the slack a little bit. Jennifer just e-mailed me today and we are talking on Friday...so it looks like I am back on track!

emily,

we are planning the same wedding! we're going to have a morning ceremony, lunch at the attic and a desert party later! how many people are you having?

That is so cool we are planning such simlar stuff! You must have good taste ;) . I am having about 35 people. When is you wedding?

Sorry I have a question about the attic, looking at the pics on mouseweddings theya re great but what happens to all the furniture thats in there already? Do you use that as your reception furniture?

caryndisneydiva is right, you use the furniture that is there so if you want a more formal ballroom look this isn't the place for you. However, the cool thing is it is so decorated so you save money on decor. We wanted a really casual feel so it was perfect for us.

caryndisneydiva
08-15-2007, 06:28 PM
we're going to be married in january, i need to set the final date! we met at the boardwalk when we both worked there about 5 years ago, so the hotel is very special to us! after work we would go to the world showcase or mgm for dinner! such happy memories! i think we are going to have close to 50 people, so it's going to be cramped in the attic, but i just love the look of that place! we don't want a big fancy affair at all, so it's just perfect!!!

ecoon
08-15-2007, 06:54 PM
Good news! We finally made our Disney room reservations! We are getting married on a Monday and we are coming down the Friday before. We were orignally going to stay in the value resort on Friday night to save money before moving to the Boardwalk on Saturday when the rest of the bridal party gets there. But we decided to splurge and go Boardwalk for all the nights before our wedding.:yay: So we will be in the BW three nights and then move to the Wilderness lodge for the our wedding night and two nights after. The WL is not a part of our room block but Kristi told me we could stay anywhere we wanted to and I have always LOVED the WL. I feel a little bad that none of our guests will be staying there, but it will be nice to have some alone time :rolleyes:

More good news, we bought my wedding ring and ordered the DF's. It was a little more than I wanted to spend but I really wanted one with diamonds on it and this one looked like it was made to fit my ring. It wasn't actually a set but it could have been so once again, decided to spluge. (I am typically really cheap so that is a big deal for me!) Here is the pics.

Ring alone (it is so hard to get a good pic of a ring)
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1060.jpg
with my e-ring ( again, not the best pic)
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1057.jpg
Both on my hand (I actually have a really hard time not wearing it around the house! My DF keeps yelling at me telling me I can't wear it!
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1063.jpg

Alright, all for now. I better go tend to the DF...he is sick with a stomach bug :sick: but I have been a good wife to be and made him homeade chicken noodle soup :goodvibes

ecoon
08-15-2007, 07:01 PM
we're going to be married in january, i need to set the final date! we met at the boardwalk when we both worked there about 5 years ago, so the hotel is very special to us! after work we would go to the world showcase or mgm for dinner! such happy memories! i think we are going to have close to 50 people, so it's going to be cramped in the attic, but i just love the look of that place! we don't want a big fancy affair at all, so it's just perfect!!!

Awww, that is so sweet; I never worked in Disney but I know what you mean about all the happy memories. A lot of our friends/family dosen't understand why we are getting married there and I try to explain to them how special it is to us but they don't get it. Not everyone is a disney person I suppose...:confused:

I know exactly what you mean about attic being perfect for not a big fancy affair. I just want it to be like a really cool dinner party and i think the attic will help us to get than feel. :goodvibes

yearbook50
08-15-2007, 07:10 PM
More good news, we bought my wedding ring and ordered the DF's. It was a little more than I wanted to spend but I really wanted one with diamonds on it and this one looked like it was made to fit my ring. It wasn't actually a set but it could have been so once again, decided to spluge.
Both on my hand (I actually have a really hard time not wearing it around the house! My DF keeps yelling at me telling me I can't wear it!

Alright, all for now. I better go tend to the DF...he is sick with a stomach bug :sick: but I have been a good wife to be and made him homeade chicken noodle soup :goodvibes
I love your wedding ring.

Haha! Your fiance is like mine. My fiance had to hide our wedding rings so that I wouldn't keep putting it on. I just love how it looks!

Hope your DF feels better.

ecoon
08-16-2007, 09:34 PM
I love your wedding ring.

Haha! Your fiance is like mine. My fiance had to hide our wedding rings so that I wouldn't keep putting it on. I just love how it looks!

Hope your DF feels better.

He is much better thanks! I nursed him back to health:goodvibes

ecoon
08-16-2007, 10:07 PM
Hey everyone...I wasn't going to post anything tonight but then I remembered I hadn't posted my mom's dress yet! So here is that little story...

Mom's Dress
I know the mother of the brides dress typically isn't a huge deal but I love the way this dress it fits into our wedding. I can honestly say that my mom is my best friend and I would have had he as a bridesmaid but I didn't really feel comfortable with that; I felt my mom deserved a role that set her apart from the BMs. Just before we went dress shopping for the BMs I had decided I wanted my mom to walk me down the aisle with my dad. I hadn't told her yet because I wanted to sit down and talk to my dad about it to make sure he was okay with sharing the job with my mom. Orignally I had picked pink/ brown as my wedding colors and the bridesmaids were going to wear pink dresses w/brown sashes. While we were shopping I had my mom try on the opposite colors because I wanted her to match somewhat. She was complaing because she didn't want to wear brown and that she didn't know why it mattered because she didn't have anything important to do in the wedding anyway. Finally I got frustrated and blurted out I wanted her to match because she was going to walk me down the aisle. She got a little teared up and hugged me then raced in the dressing room to try on whatever I told her too :rotfl: .

Unfortunately we dropped the pink/brown idea because of tuxes and groomswomen and the colors became pink/black. Then my mom was bummed because she didn't want to wear black but didn't want to look just like the BMs either. So I did a little searching on line and found the perfect dress...pink and black all in one! At 1st she said it was to revealing for someone her age but I conviced her it was fine because she REALLY didn't want to look frumpy and just wanted something really pretty and fun to wear (Plus I know she loved the dress when she tried it on). She is just not the type to wear your typical MOTB with the little jackets; she is much funkier than that. And weall know the selection on there is slim for MOTB dresses. So here is the dress, I think we are going to get her a black wrap too. It is from Nordstroms.com.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/_5347469.jpg

Here is a pic me and my mom...we look just a TINY bit alike :rotfl2:

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/196446347203_0_ALB.jpg

Vayleen
08-16-2007, 10:49 PM
ha! yes, TINY is the key word there.

ecoon
08-17-2007, 10:41 PM
If anyone just started reading this PJ I apologize I erased the pics of my wedding dress. My DF said he wanted to look at some stuff on the Dis boards and is supper paranoied he will stumble across pics of me in my dress. I think if is just scared of he will be too tempted to look. Not seeing me in my dress before the ceremony is really important to him so I agreed to remove them. Sorry!:guilty:

Good News-finally talked to my planner!
If anyone has been following this you know I have had some planner issues. Well, I finally talked to my real wedding planner (Jennifer) today. She seemed very nice and answered all of my questions. It looks like we are going to be a little below our event min so I think we are going to add my fav character Donald Duck at the reception!:cool1: The DF isn't thrilled about this but since we are having an Donald Duck cake it seems he should be there to help cut it...right? ;) Seriously though, has anyone out there had characters at the wedding and felt it was worth the insane amount of money they charge for it??

figmentfan814
08-18-2007, 10:08 PM
Just catching up on your journal... I love your mom's dress it's so cute and fits your colors perfectly.

I wouldn't worry about your photographer. Especially since your wedding and reception are at non theme park locations I don't think you have as much to worry about... our wedding is at Epcot and I know there are some restrictions on where we can take our photos afterwards with our outside photographer (Randy Chapman.)

I'm so jealous that you were able to add in Donald Duck... I really wish we had room in the budget for a character :cool1:

jasonandlisa
08-23-2007, 05:48 PM
Your mom's dress is gorgeous! I love that it's not just "plain black". Congrats on finding something so perfect for her!

BrcsDisneyPrncs
08-23-2007, 06:25 PM
Your wedding ring is beautiful, and you are right, it looks like your e ring was made to go with it! I love the m-o-t-b dress! Can't wait to hear more, everything sounds great!

ecoon
08-27-2007, 07:05 PM
Wedding Shower![U]

Alright...well Sunday was our wedding shower and it was so great. My mom and SIL (Leah) did a prirate themed shower...not really sure why, but that was the theme. Anyway, everything was a secret for me so when I got there it was a big surprise. The shower was a "family" shower. Guys, girls, kids, and dogs were invited. We did this because a lot of people who were invited to the wedding are not coming so this was a chance to see them even if they ca't make the wedding (we haven't decided on at home reception yet). So it was a big crowd! We had it in a local state park at a pavillion there.

This is a pic of the presents
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1170.jpg

My SIL made the AMAZING signs that we pirate/disney themed...she drew all these
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1155.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1157.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1153.jpg

She also decorated our presents with Donald and Daisy...she drew these too we managed to save them and we will be matting and framing them hopefully
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1156.jpg

My SIL and her mom made these cookies for favors...we also had these really cute gold coins in little bags that said our names on them. My mom found those, but I guys I didn't get a pic of them
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1159.jpg

The cake...from my favorite bakery
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1169.jpg

The wedding party in front of the sign that said ahoy matey!...my dad made it. My SIL/MOH is the one on the far left.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1160.jpg

My bridesmaid Janel and I being pirates
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1168.jpg

Me concentrating really hard on opening a card.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1173.jpg

Ben and I opening presents
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1176.jpg

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1175.jpg

And of course...my dog..the dog of honor was the one that wandered off and got in the mud somewhere! But she was really happy!
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/ecoon5/100_1167.jpg

The best present by far was my cake topper. My mom bought the cake topper I have posted earlier in this PJ and gave it to me as the last present. I was so happy! It will really make my wedding cake perfect! Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of me getting it. I put a 13yr old friend of the famiy in charge of taking pics with my camera and apparently she got bored and just left it sitting on a picnic table somewhere. Kinda annoying! So one else must have some though.

It was great!

figmentfan814
08-28-2007, 05:35 PM
It sounds like everyone had a great time! Your SIL is really talented, she did a fantastic job on all the signs and decorations. pirate: I absolutely love the Donald and Daisy that were on your packages. I'll have to go back through your journal to look at the pics of the cake topper again.

shasess
08-30-2007, 09:43 AM
Your shower looked so great!!! I love the signs that your SIL made. She is very talented!!! I didnt get a chance to see your dress. Maybe you'll be able to post it again later!

caryndisneydiva
09-04-2007, 09:24 PM
you sil is so talented, those decorations are fabulous! i liked the pirate theme! it's cute for the summer!

Belle1981
09-04-2007, 10:15 PM
Emily-What a great planning journal!!!! You have done so much I am sure it will be perfect! You are getting married on my birthday so no doubt it will be a magical day!!!!!! LOL Congrats and good luck!