View Full Version : Our wedding plans thought id post here aswell. WEDDING TRIP REPORT AT LAST.

05-29-2008, 01:46 PM

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planning journal wp,whitehall. ross&debs 22nd april 09
Hi everyone just wanted to start our very own planning journal and surprisingly im the groom. Not sure if there is many grooms on here doing a planning journal but i think i love the site more than my wife to be, also im a quicker typer.

Let me start my name is ross and my fiancee is debbie, i proposed in april 2005 in hawaii on the beach.

We both love disney and orlando so when we first saw the wedding pavillion on trips to the world we knew that if we could afford it this would be the place we would get married.

So onto the wedding details. We finally spoke with a wedding planner this week to talk about our wedding in april 09. We have asked for the 23rd of april and we have roughly 40 guests coming over from england to be with us on our magical day.

Our marrige is going to take place in the wedding pavillion then onto the whitehall room for our reception which we will be extending to last longer.
We have found this forum very helpfull with pictures of some of the food on offer and pictures of the rooms and photographers. I have already been in contact with randy chapman about being our photographer so im hoping he will be free that nite.
Our wishes page so far includes
wedding pavillion
whitehall for dinner and everyones drinks
magic kingdom photo shoot
Randy as our photographer booked seperate.

Our holiday requirements will be 17 nites on disney property, unsure of which property yet and a 3 night disney cruise.
We also have a beautifull daughter called summer who will be 18 months old and 1 of the bridesmaids.
My best man is called anthony, Suits wise i have seen the carolyn allens website and their is some nice ones their for hire, so between here nad trying one on over their in december i will pick one out.

Debbie is still looking for a dress but has found some she likes.
Well not sure what else to say for now except we cant wait to get booked in so its near all confirmed and we can book the holiday details.
If anyone has any questions fire away and thanks for taking the time to read our planning journal.

05-29-2008, 01:50 PM
Hi everyone just a quick update.
We have just booked our wedding holiday and we are so excited.
Ok we fly out with virgin on april 16th and we stay in pop century for 14 nights.
We then leave there for a 3 night disney cruise on the wonder around the bahamas wohoo, After that we stay in the holiday inn international for the last 4 nights of our holiday. We cannot wait now though still a long time away.

05-29-2008, 02:02 PM
Got our wedding date confirmed on friday had to change it to the 22nd of april so we could have the whithall room but thats fine by me. Really feels like its close now and can start to get everything else sorted with the wedding.
Booked my stag do to magaluf for october 25 lads going out in all so it should be a good laugh, just dreading what they our going to do to me.

Will keep up to date our plans for the wedding as we will be starting to get a rough plan together of what we want and we can go out there in december to have our planning session.

05-29-2008, 02:12 PM
Your wedding plans sound wonderful, keep us updated of any other plans :thumbsup2

05-29-2008, 02:17 PM
Hi mandy we live in coventry up the skyblues.

Will let you know more plans as and when they happen.

05-30-2008, 02:25 AM
your wedding sounds like its going to be fantastic,looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing some piccies:goodvibes

05-30-2008, 03:19 AM
Your wedding sounds fantastic :)

05-30-2008, 03:20 AM
Your plans sound lovely :)

The Fetherstons
05-30-2008, 06:48 AM
FAB PLANS:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

05-30-2008, 07:13 AM
Just wanted to say Hi from a fellow UK member who is planning a DFTW. Wishing you luck with all your plans.

05-30-2008, 10:52 AM
plans sound great :) are you going to have any 'characters' in attendance?

05-30-2008, 12:09 PM
We have been thinking about this, still unsure as of the budget we have fir the wedding and how expensive it is for them, but we will see im sure my wife to be will talk me into it at some point.

florida sun
05-30-2008, 02:23 PM
Your plans sound wonderful:goodvibes

05-30-2008, 02:41 PM
Excellent plans Ross,can't wait to read more.I am following someones wedding trip report at the moment and they had Randy do there pics.Well they are beautiful photo's,i am sure you would'nt be disappointed.Lynn-who's Wedding it was-cannot fault the guy she loves him+says how wonderful he is.
I have stayed at the Holiday Inn International drive+we enjoyed it there,so close to everything.x.

05-30-2008, 03:32 PM
2 quick updates
We have decidied to go with misty motto for our photos, my wife to be prefered hers, to randys.

Number 2
We have hired rev tim herring to be our officiant, after looking at the peoples websites and sending emails we just got a nice feel for this man so he is going to marry us.

Cant wait now hopefully going in december to meet our wedding planner and do some food tasting wohooo.

05-30-2008, 05:29 PM
Congratulations to you both. Really exciting to read about your wedding plans. (My daughter dreams of doing this!). Looking forward to hearing how the plans are going and a trip report (with photos!) next April.

06-01-2008, 03:05 AM
Sounds amazing and you will love the cruise so much it is just so romantic.

Please come back and tell us more.


06-04-2008, 10:52 AM
Your wedding plans sound magical. Please do keep us updated, it all sounds so exciting.

Laur's princess:

06-06-2008, 04:38 PM
Have fun planning!! We got married at the Wedding Pavillion and it was just perfect! Enjoy X

08-28-2008, 08:55 AM
Hi all just wanted to post an update on our wedding plans, The contract has came through and has been signed and sent back with a deposit, so i guess its finally all happening.
Debbie has found 2 dress'es so far, i said to her we could do with it being less than a 1000 for the dress, she has found 2 one at 600 and 1 at 1300, now you know which one she prefers the more expensive one of course. How could i say no so looks like that is the one we shall be buying though she has one last trip to shops this weekend, so fingers crossed we find a cheaper one. (By the way im not tight honest).
My stag do is only 6 weeks away now so im starting to get worried what the lads have planned for me, only time will tell i guess.

About 20 people booked for the wedding so far, so we are very happy with the effort from friends and family as looks like another 20 on top of that will be coming aswell.

Thats all for now but hopefully will have more updates sooner now the contracts are signed and we can do some intensive planning.

08-28-2008, 09:27 AM
Your plans sound great Ross. I'm looking forward to reading more. :thumbsup2

08-28-2008, 09:55 AM
brilliant news, I am with you on the cost of a dress, although I shouldn't say that being a girlie and all! Let us know how your plans progress

08-28-2008, 02:36 PM
Sounds like you are both steaming ahead with your plans they all sound great! We got married at the YC last April, you will both have an amazing day just remember to stop for a minute to take it all in as the day rushes past so quickly!

Hope you DW2B manages to get her dress a little cheaper :goodvibes

Looking forward to hearing more of your plans!

08-28-2008, 03:30 PM
It's all coming together now Ross-keep us informed of anymore updates :thumbsup2 .x.

09-18-2008, 04:06 PM
Ok more updated news.
Contract is signed and sent off wohoo
We have just booked to go to florida on december the 5th so we can meet with the wedding planner, do food tasting and im sure debbie will want to get all the girly things sorted. Also will have some fun esp taking our daughter for her 1st time, though she is probably too young to remember it.
Debbie has got down to 2 dresses, seems like the exp one is winning but i cant complain, aslong as it makes her very happy it will be well worth it and im sure she will look amazing. Sorry we cant post pics as that would be bad luck.
The exchange rate dropping has killed me a bit added and extra 1000 to the wedding:sad2: :sad2:
At least it seems to be edging up again but im hoping now some people decide not to come, i know thats not a nice thing to say but it would help with the cost no end so we will see what happens.
Anyway my stag do in 3 weeks now, cant wait hopefully i survive it ok and can be back in time for my wedding in april, incase the lads lock me up somewhere.
Will post back with more updates when we get some.

12-01-2008, 12:46 PM
Right we are all set to go on are planning session holiday this friday, we cannot wait. We have the planning session on tue at francks, then are food tasting session in the afternoon that should be great, i will make sure i take plenty off pics of everything to finally get some pics off the things we have on here.

Debbie finally got her wedding dress, unfortunatly as im doing all these reports she cant post the picture of her dress but she will post other things to do with the wedding soon.

I had my stag do to magaluf just about survivied thou the old body took about a week to get over the alchol intake. The lads made me dress as a women on the saturday so i got a bit off abuse for that, also plenty of male admirers which rather scared me.:confused3 .

Cant wait to get back to the world now and taking our 15 month daughter for the 1st time it should be great. Will post updates and pictures when back.

12-12-2008, 12:13 PM
Your wedding plans sound wonderful, keep us updated of any other plans....

12-18-2008, 08:02 PM
Sounds good to me!

01-02-2009, 04:07 PM
Hi all so we are back from our wedding planning session, and it was brilliant.
I cant speak highly enough of how it went and how much they made us feel about the whole experiance.
I wont do a whole trip report off our week there as you will have 3 weeks worth when we get married, i will just keep it to the planning session and the tasting session. Also a few sneaky picks off our daughters 1st time there.

Planning session
So we were due to do this on the tue, but unfortunatly on the monday summer, our daughter got a high temperature and debbie started being sick also. Come tue morning summer wasnt getting any better so we got a doctor, it seems she had picked up an ear infection likely on the plane and thats what was affecting her, but at least we knew and debbie was also feeling better. Anyhow we was really worried then about our sessions as that was the whole point off being there, but luckily are planner carol, was able to change some things round a few days laster for us. :)
So thur afternoon are planning session started at the brilliant francks, by the pavillion.


It was really good how it was set out and their was some beautifull stuff inside, though youd have to be brave to take a blue wedding cake.
So we basically went inside and sat in an office with our wedding planner to sort out all our plans. We have basically decided on the wedding reception to last into the evening as we do in england as we didnt fancy doing the desert party or that, so we had to go through the things that happen and if we want certain things in the wedding like characters and the cinderella carrige, but due to finances we wont be having any. We then had to do the florist part so summer decided this would when she'd let daddy run round after her in francks and mummy could sort all that stuff out.
I basically have wanted something skyblue in my wedding as im a massive coventry city fan, now debbie wont let me have nearly anything, so ive told her not to be surprised if on the day she turns up to me and my best man in a sky blue tux :rotfl:
Anyway as shes good to me she has relented and let me have the favours in skyblue that our choclate placecard holders, Wow a placecard holder lots of skyblue there im so lucky.

After we had finished this part, it was onto the cake tasting, which was fun though i didnt feel you could get a proper tase to say if it would be nice or not. We decided on a bottom tier of dark choclate sponge and rasberry filling debs loved this and a yellow sponge with dark choc filling for the 2nd tier then the 3rd tier the rasberry one again.

It was clever how this was set out.

So after this we said our goodbyes till are tasting session tommorrow, as their was a wedding not long finished we was allowed to go into the pavillion to see it all, seemed strange to think we would be marrid there soon, but we knew just by seeing it, we had made the right decision in where to get married.

Quite cool to have a brides and grooms room to finish up getting ready in, can feel a sneaky hip flask being snuck into thier for 1 last drink to calm the nerves.

So on to the tasting session
Wow the grand floridian is amazing and cant wait to stay their on our wedding nite. So we had time to kill before the session so we had a look around and debs spotted a tv with our names on it saying about are planning session which was cool.

Ok onto the room with the food, we bumped into the head chef putting together are food tasting room as we arrived early, he was a very nice man and seen we had our daughter was with us and when our 1st course came out he brought a fruit salad in the shape of mickey just for her.
Our 1st course to try was a mushroom filled pasta, soup dish.

We also try a chicken quisidlla (however you spell it). But have decided to go with the soup as we feel its more off a wedding starter than the other one.
Now we didnt take some pictures off courses basically we were enjoying the food too much and looking after our daughter lol.
So next we tried a cesar salad (no pics im afraid) It was very nice though.
After this we had a sorbet (this is great how its done)

After this it was the main courses and 1st up was chicken with shrimps and scallops, with veg.

I really enjoyed this as i like shrimp and scallops.
The 2nd main course was a steak and chicken combo with veg and mash potatoe (sorry no pics again).
We have decided to go with the steak and chicken combo as we feel this will be good for everyone as if they dont like one they should like the other.
The last course was desert and what a cracker.
This was all edible on the plate even the scriggly writing was in choclate. So that was it all done, and we loved every minute off it.
Here is a couple of pics of our beautifull daughter and some off her new friends.

So now we are back and have 4 months to go and still alot off planning to do. So ill leave this for now and hopefully post the pics off are wedding rings in a few days that we picked up.

01-02-2009, 04:25 PM
Glad you got your photos up.:goodvibes

Lovely pretrip/marriage planning report. Looking forward to reading all your updates.

04-05-2009, 06:20 AM
Well we have just over a week till we leave now and 2 till the wedding. I think we have everything just about sorted now.
Just booked a couple off restaurants
donalds breakfasauras for our daughter and the polynasian dinner for myself and debbie for after our wedding.
Still no nerves, apart from my speech and everyone looking at us, other than that i have no nerves to be marrying debbie as i know it will be the best thing ive done.
Havent got any pictures to post as ill save them for our trip report when we get back,
Thanks everyone for your help now all i need is debbie to make it down the aisle and ill be ok.

04-05-2009, 08:13 AM
Thanks for the update and looking forward to hearing all about it. Don't worry everything will be perfect.:goodvibes

04-05-2009, 11:38 AM
Sounds like you will have a wonderful day :goodvibes

04-06-2009, 01:19 PM
Best Wishes, have a wonderful time. Looking forward to reading your trip report :goodvibes

04-06-2009, 03:52 PM
it was great seeing all your pics, reminded me of when i got married. it was very beautiful there.

have a wonderful day, cant wait to hear all about it when you get back.xx


04-06-2009, 05:18 PM
I've just read through your plans and everything sounds wonderful! :lovestruc

I'm sure you'll all have an amazing time - looking forward to hearing about it when you get back :)

04-06-2009, 06:15 PM
sounds like you are going to have a great wedding
thanks for sharing

and Congratulations and best wishes for the big day

06-27-2009, 04:35 PM
HI everyone sorry for the long delay in doing this debbie has had a degree to do so had no time to use the computer. We havent really took any pictures for this 1st day off the report as it was travelling and flying mainly. I have put a picture though off our daughter and nephew on the wedding day unstaged as a taster. Anyway on to the report
myself ross (groom)
debbie (wife)
summer (daughter)
33 other guests.
Ok we wanted to leave for the airport about 5pm today and doing online check in as we have 6 cases 3 hand luggage bags and a car seat, all i can see is me humping all this round as only the 3 off us our on the flight. Well 1st problems arise, debbie is doing her degree and had to get some coursework in as we would be away for the due date, so she was working hard to get it done, which she eventually managed about 10pm, so we finally set off 5 hrs late. I couldnt do online check in as it wasnt working today for some reason, so my worst nightmare come true the next day, up early 6 am, theres me trying my best to drag 2 trolleys worth off cases with no help :rolleyes1
Get to check in and the bloke cant check us in as everytime he goes to the seats get robbed, as the flight is so busy so we have to just go and que and explain it at the desk. We get to the desk, they dont think there is any seats left as they have over booked (this is soooo annoying) With an 18 month old baby this isnt good. Luckily they get us seats and also together :woohoo:
Flight was pretty uneventfull apart from the hr delay on the plane as a phone was found from the previous journey so we had to go back and hand it in. Got to orlando 9 hrs later, went to customs, and joined a queue, got to 3 people from the front and the computer crashes, another flight has come in by now, so the place is packed and summer is getting restless. Well luckily for us debbies brother is on the other flight and my some chance he is in the queue next to us so we jump in with him and get through.
We got to pop century without anymore trouble and check in fine. Get to our room at last and their is someone elses bags their (jeez this is not a good start) Ring recpetion and can only move from the 90's to the 50's building so we have to find our bell boy, go get new room keys and move again. After this i have to go and get our car for the 3 weeks a toyota rav 4. Very nice it is. Now i have never drove in america or a automatic so i was quite nervous being on my own as debbie and summer had 50 winks :rolleyes1 After 2 mins i hated it, but i just thought go for it ross youve drove for long enough and i just took off and prayed:eek: luckily my sat nav friend helped me and i survivied i will always drive now as i loved it, though did be a bit off a choir driving seeing everyone every day.
Got back to pop and got debs and summer, went to don pablos on idrive for dinner where we met up with a couple off debs brothers and my best mate and his gfriend who had got their the day before. Straight home to bed after this as very tired.
I promise plenty more pictures will be on for the rest off the report 2moorow IOA.
Here is a quick pic off summer and george at the wedding.

06-27-2009, 05:43 PM
So cute! Looking foward to hearing more. I'm getting married at the WP at the end of the year.

06-28-2009, 12:34 PM
What a start - I hope everything else goes to plan for you! Love the photo of Summer and her cousin :)

06-28-2009, 02:51 PM
http://www.wdwinfo.com/images/smilies/groom.gif Congratulations :bride:

Great start-looking forward to more :thumbsup2.
Beautiful photo :cutie:.x.

06-29-2009, 03:27 PM
great start :thumbsup2

06-29-2009, 03:42 PM
Great start and a lovely photo looking forward to reading more.:thumbsup2

06-29-2009, 06:21 PM
Aww, what a cute picture that is. :)

Looking forward to reading more of your TR, thanks for posting. :)

06-30-2009, 12:52 AM
Waiting patiently for the TR of your wedding.
Congratulations to you both.

07-10-2009, 05:50 PM
Again soory for the long delay here people, im getting old and lazy with married life. lol No ive had loads off work on at the minute to be honest.

Ok i made a mistake i thought day 2 was IOA it actually was the day we went to get the marrige license, so not really any photos again ( people will stop reading with lack of photos im so sorry)

Day 2
Ok today we had to get the marrige license sorted as we was getting married on wed, so best to get it done and out the way, Also my parents, best man and about another 14 family members were arriving today so it was quite a busy time. We was up early for our 1st morning at pop century 7.30. I was assigned to breakfast duty for the 3 off us, debbie gave summer her morning milk. So off i went to the dining court where i picked up the refillible mugs, which are great value i may say, i got a breakfast platter and a filled croissiant for myself and debbie and some fruit and ceral for summer. We hung round the hotel for a while getting use to our new surroundings before we headed out to the courthouse. Well once we got inside the courthouse there was about 4 people ahead off us. The 1st couple were getting married there that day in front off us and made us think that would be happening to us in a few days. We were through quickly enough and on our way again, we ended up going to the premium outlets for a quick wonder before we had to go and meet my parents and other family members.
Thankfully we got away without spending much on this trip shopping but that wasnt a trent to continue with debbie and summer. We went to pick up my mate mackey and his gfriend kate, to take to meet our parents and my best man, who mackey knows really well aswell. My parents and most family members were staying on i drive so it was handy for food, we ended up eating at chillis tonight which is probably our favorite restaurant in florida. After this we went back to the room for an early nite as we were definatly going IOA tommorow and i also had to drop some disney tickets off at my cousins hotel for there 1st day. (just the start off me becoming driving miss daisy) ;)
I also wanted to say how much im missing not being able to drink on this trip so far, but i make up for it the nite before the weddding which wasnt a good idea :scared1:
Again so sorry for lack off pictures here is a couple we have thrown in for you pic die hards.
View from our room.

Our beutifull daughter posing

Ok day 3 will follow very shortly i hope with plenty more pictures i hope. lol

07-10-2009, 05:55 PM
Keep em coming!

craigs bride
07-12-2009, 03:36 PM
cant wait to read more:thumbsup2

your dd is gorgeous by the way..love her Minnie Mouse dress !!