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bigsis1970
07-28-2008, 10:31 AM
Edit 8-13-08 --- YEAH we are actually getting married this year - you'll see further down I said it wouldn't happen but we got some strings pulled on our venue and friends of his parents are doing lots of it for nearly no cost or for free! :goodvibes I will update with the actual plan on the bottom when I have a good half hour or so...

Hi, Welcome to our Wedding Planning Journal or our PJ .. I am the Vet and he is the Newbie I will refer to us as such thru out this report and while we don't have $$ for an actual Disney Wedding we will be having a DisneyMoon so I hope it's still ok to post here..

My Planning Journal – I guess I should give a little background info... I am Michelle age 37and have been married once and I have 2 kids (DD age 14 and DS age 11) I have been to Disney several times (17 times) – but not since Jan 2007 for a solo weekend – and would LOVE LOVE a Disney wedding but have no $$$ for one – I own a house, own a car, have a dog and cat, also have a full time job and bills up to the high heavens… LOL
My boyfriend is Chris – he is 25 (yea I know but he is so GREAT I couldn’t help but scoop him up) and never been to Disney!!! EEEK I will change that in time... Chris has a memory problem, he has epilepsy and due to seizures when he was younger it affected his short term memory, so he asks me the same things a lot and we have lot’s of notes posted around.. He is a Chef but I don’t let him cook a lot – haa go figure – I guess he has to do it at work all day why do it at home.. He also has some OCD – neat and orderly to my messy and cluttered ways... LOL

We will be having a DisneyMoon!!! That has been decided already – Chris wants me have to one and I want to show him why I love it there soo much…That part was easy! Hope the rest is easy as well

bigsis1970
07-28-2008, 10:32 AM
The meeting: We work in the same building – I for the insurance co and he for food service co here... Actually I tried to hook up with him last summer (2007) but he was scared of me and told my friend he had a girlfriend. So I said ok and avoided him like that plague for about 6 weeks then the week between xmas and NY last year (2007) he said to me just out of the blue one day as I was getting lunch “I got a new truck” and I was like oh that is weird “ Oh that is nice, a new new one or a new used one?” being polite and he says “ a new used one, it’s a Green Silverado” and hand me my sandwich “oh, well thanks” and I go off back to my desk and don’t think much of it again.. well now we are into the full week of Jan ’08 and one of the cashiers says to me “Chris wants to take you out” and I almost dropped dead “WHAT I thought he had a girlfriend?” and she says “well I guess not anymore” and I was still so shocked that I just stood there so she says “what should I tell him?” and I say “oh um yea tell him yea that would be nice” then I ran away – didn’t give her my phone number or anything to give him HAAA now understand my ex was cheater I lived the last nine – YEA 9 – years alone with my family, kids and pets, dated just a few times in those years so I was scared outta my wits.. so I get back to my desk and thank god for my friends – they noticed I was all red and giggly and stuff and grilled me for details so when I told them what happened they were like “OMG we’ll go give him your cell” and off they went – I got a text that night and well the rest is history. We started out texting all the time then went to calling all the time in between we went on a few dates then it moved to staying for the weekend – when my kids were not home (they live with their dad one week then with me one week) next it went to staying for part of the week when the kids were with their dad to the whole time they were gone to moving in with us the beginning of June!

At first when I told my kids I had a boyfriend my DD freaked – from the time she was 5 it’s only been us 3, she thought the world as she knew it was gonna come crashing down and I was gonna throw her aside for this guy – she has always loved her daddy more even though he left us – so I fully expected her to be awful about it, not wanting me to be happy and find someone who would love me forever.. It took her about 3 or so months to admit that Chris is nice and it’s nice to have me happy and it would be ok if we ended getting married... my DS is pretty easy going so to him it was just fine long as he “didn’t hear any animal noises” LOL I am telling ya where do they come up with this stuff – I reassured him NO Animal Noises LOL he says he likes Chris pretty well and said “well daddy got to have a girlfriend and get married why can’t Momma?” once when my DD was fighting with me about Chris – Gotta love that logic right!! So anyway right now thing are great with all us living together every other week...

bigsis1970
07-28-2008, 10:33 AM
So really I am staring this way early... there is no ring yet – I’ve been told by the end of the year there will be (actually he said at first wanted to be married by end of the year and I was like WHOA can’t plan that fast so he changed it to engaged by year end – ok doable) We did go on Saturday so I could be sized and he had them write up a card with all my info (including size and what ones we tried on and liked so he wouldn’t forget) I am a 6 ½ and we saw some really pretty ones – solitaries , ones with side stones and some 3 diamond ones BUT the one I really fell in love with had a HIDDEN MICKEY on it!! We were pretty done at the store when we wandered by a case that said “try us on for fun” they were cubic zirconia’s but when you purchase it has the real diamonds in them and I was trying a few on – as the sign suggested – and when I tilted this particular ring towards me, I started laughing.. Poor Chris must have thought I lost it, he was like “What?” and I said “OMG look right there – it’s a hidden Mickey!!!” and he said “ Geez it must be fate” however it was pretty expensive – the most expensive one we looked at plus you had to pay extra to get the middle diamond. So I don’t know if that is the one I’ll get – and it will be completely fine if that is what happens because I know it will be a ring he has picked from his heart and that is what matters... But I won’t lie – I hope I get that one... LOL

I’ll update more as it happens – I need to find a great planning journal (spiral bound maybe) for second weddings – I am not sure about the etiquette, like do I still get a shower, can I NOT wear white, is it tacky to register even though I have a house and things like that? I was married the first time in 1992 and divorced in 1998. I am sure things have changed...

Lynn5700
07-28-2008, 10:44 AM
Hi!!! I just wanted to say congrats and I look forward ro hearing your plans :)

bigsis1970
07-28-2008, 11:05 AM
Hi!!! I just wanted to say congrats and I look forward ro hearing your plans :)

Thank you - I looked at some of your pics and they are soo beautiful!!!

DecemberBride
07-28-2008, 11:15 AM
Where is Standish? I have a house in Port Clyde... around Camden/Rockland area?

Can't wait to hear more about your plans!!!!!

bigsis1970
07-28-2008, 12:55 PM
Where is Standish? I have a house in Port Clyde... around Camden/Rockland area?

Can't wait to hear more about your plans!!!!!

Thanks we are about 25 mins west of Portland.. My parents live in the Bangor area (for about 5 years now) and they have done work in the Port Clyde area - they work for a sunroom/patio/basement finishing company..

DecemberBride
07-28-2008, 01:51 PM
Thanks we are about 25 mins west of Portland.. My parents live in the Bangor area (for about 5 years now) and they have done work in the Port Clyde area - they work for a sunroom/patio/basement finishing company..

Oh sweet! I'll ask for they're info if I ever need anything done!

bigsis1970
07-29-2008, 09:10 AM
So since I've been married once and the Newbie and I live in sin right now I am thinking about this one in Ivory/Black - I am hoping to have a evening wedding and thinking this would look elegant.. I've read good reviews from fluffy girls who ordered this dress as well (as I fall into that catagory)

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/fave1.jpg

bigsis1970
07-30-2008, 09:00 AM
well came across this dress on e-bay !
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/dress1alternateviews.jpg

Oh so these are a few of the settings we looked at --- look closely to the side stones on both rings ::MickeyMo

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/setting1atdays.jpghttp://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/setting2atdays.jpg

december14disney
07-30-2008, 09:24 AM
Just wanted to say welcome! Cant wait to hear about your plans!

bigsis1970
08-13-2008, 06:34 AM
So we got our wedding rings
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/weddingring.jpghttp://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/weddingringchris.jpg
I also am getting an e-ring but he hasn't given it to me yet so waiting to see it!!
I won a dress on EBay monday night -- total paid with shipping $54.24!!
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/dresswononebayview1.jpg
we bought our invitations last night - the image will have Chris, Myself, My DD & DS, our Dog and Cat
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/wl1757-151.jpg

bigsis1970
08-13-2008, 08:02 AM
On the invitation the outside will say
"Our Happy New Beginning"

Chris picked the verse for the middle :
"In this world of uncertainty
and confusion
We have found each other...
Different yet alike
We have grown together
In love and understanding,"

and in the info part it reads :
"The Bilodeau and MacVane families
invite you to share in the joy
of marriage uniting their children
Ms. Michelle Whitman
and
Christoper MacVane
on Sunday November 30, 2008
at eleven o'clock in the morning
Keeley the Katerer
178 Warren Ave
Portland, Maine
Brunch Reception immediate
following the ceremony."

Tink901
08-14-2008, 08:36 PM
Hi Michelle -

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

I sent you a email.

Hope to catch up soon!!

Brenda

IndyBride
08-14-2008, 08:52 PM
Many beautiful choices!!! That dress is very nice and the price is amazing!!

Risnsun
08-14-2008, 09:17 PM
Are you having your reception at Keeley's??? That is where I had my wedding reception from my first wedding. They did a really good job. Can't wait to hear more. We are from Maine as well. Close to Bangor. What a small world!

WithDisneySpirit
08-14-2008, 10:01 PM
Congratulations! I am looking forward to hearing more :goodvibes

bigsis1970
08-15-2008, 09:42 AM
Hi Michelle -

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

I sent you a email.

Hope to catch up soon!!

Brenda

Thanks !!! hum, I didn't see an e-mail?

bigsis1970
08-15-2008, 09:44 AM
Are you having your reception at Keeley's??? That is where I had my wedding reception from my first wedding. They did a really good job. Can't wait to hear more. We are from Maine as well. Close to Bangor. What a small world!


Yes we are having the whole shebang there... I haven't been there in years but its been very nice everytime before so I have no doubt it will for this as well.. My parents live in Etna - Mile 167 LOL, wish it would stop raining!!

Risnsun
08-16-2008, 12:57 AM
At least we have had a couple of good days recently. The rain is ridiculous this year. Keeley's is really nice. They take care of you really well. We had a lot of guests back out in the end, and they normally just donate the food to a shelter, however, since so many weren't able to make it they ended up giving us the leftovers. The only suggestion I have, is make sure, that if the bar is open to certain people make sure they know. My exhusband had no idea that the bar was open to him, and had all his friends buy him drinks all night. Plus the staff should have known too. Other then that, we had no problems, we had a good time. No hiccups.

mindy5648
08-22-2008, 08:19 PM
Hey there I am from Old Orchard Beach just down the road a piece. Keeley's is beautiful and the food is really good. Your dress is beautiful and congrats on the killer find on ebay :) If you need any help with anything...we are having our reception at the captains galley in OOB

DecemberBride
08-22-2008, 11:27 PM
I looooooooooove Keeley's!!!!!!!! Good choice! :thumbsup2

bigsis1970
08-25-2008, 08:52 AM
Hey there I am from Old Orchard Beach just down the road a piece. Keeley's is beautiful and the food is really good. Your dress is beautiful and congrats on the killer find on ebay :) If you need any help with anything...we are having our reception at the captains galley in OOB

HI Mindy - i was reading your siggie - Wow your prince moved to Maine must be true love to put up with our winters!!! The Captains galley is very nice!

bigsis1970
08-25-2008, 08:58 AM
Well let's see what i've been up to...

We reordered the invites to add my parents (even after my mom said it was ok she wasn't really listening apparently the day I said something about to her she was upset they were missing from it - so $65 down the tube and $65 more on the way!!)

Chris ring is in so we'll pick that up today and see about getting mine sized - when i can part with it for a few days..

My DD found her dress - it is a party dress from Deb - it's black with aqua.. it's a short dress knee length with a halter tie top and pleats - i'll post a pic when she gets back from her Dad's next week..

things left to do - call the hall and tell them the colors, pick out my flowers, get working on the cake - we decided we want Chocolate Cake with PB mousse filling and a White Buttercream frosting but we need a tasting first because there is nothing worse then a DRY chocolate cake and no amount of frosting will fix that!! Oh and we need to finishing registering :)

mindy5648
08-25-2008, 06:24 PM
HI Mindy - i was reading your siggie - Wow your prince moved to Maine must be true love to put up with our winters!!! The Captains galley is very nice!

Not only the winters but he has to put up with me in the summers...lol..I run 2 campgrounds in OOB so I am never home. I had to plan everything for the wedding last winter...We were engaged in October and November I had my dress...and everything else was ordered/picked out shortly there after :)

I am really excited to find another Maine Disney bride :D :banana:

29apr00
08-25-2008, 08:10 PM
Welcome!! Your dress is beautiful and your daughters sounds lovely! can't wait to see pics!!

Chocolate with PB mousse....yummy!!! Send a piece my way!! :lmao:

bigsis1970
08-27-2008, 11:06 AM
Not only the winters but he has to put up with me in the summers...lol..I run 2 campgrounds in OOB so I am never home. I had to plan everything for the wedding last winter...We were engaged in October and November I had my dress...and everything else was ordered/picked out shortly there after :)

I am really excited to find another Maine Disney bride :D :banana:

OMG Awesome - We love camping!!! I keep telling my DF that I would love to run a campground!!! I am sure it's NOT as relaxing as I imagine it to be but I think it would be soo much fun!!! can you PM me the names of them - or the websites, its never too early to plan a vacation!!

MegKate
08-27-2008, 01:16 PM
Is there room here for another Maine Disney bride? :) I live about 3 to 5 hours north from all of you, but it's all good!

Michelle - I love everything you've picked out so far! You're going to have a beautiful wedding and I will be reading on!

bigsis1970
08-29-2008, 06:21 AM
Is there room here for another Maine Disney bride? :) I live about 3 to 5 hours north from all of you, but it's all good!

Michelle - I love everything you've picked out so far! You're going to have a beautiful wedding and I will be reading on!


Thanks and of course there is room for another Maine Bride!!

bigsis1970
10-01-2008, 12:31 PM
Edit 9-16-08 -- WHOO HOO :woohoo: found someone to alter my e-bay dress for under $100 (vs. the $400 the other place), we are meeting with the DJ next Friday, I have secured my photographer - a family friend who has been doing photograpy for 10+ years, I set up a meeting with our florist, I set up a meeting with a cake lady - but am seriously thinking of just going with a Walmart/Hannaford supermarket cake.. Um what else have we been doing.. Oh the favors are all set.. I've gotten some really items for centerpieces..And Chris has been fitted for his tux.
So left to do : Limo ?? i think his parents have this all set - just need to check
Wedding & Reception site - Keeley's
Catering - Keeley's brunch
Music - CJ the DJ
Flowers - Sawyer's
Cake - cake lady/supermarket
Dress - bought / alterations in works
Tux - rented
Centerpieces - bought
favors - bought
invites - sent/ about half responses back
:thumbsup2

10-01-08
Hi Everyone - well let's see what i've been doing .... making CHANGES
Going with a Fairy Tale - Cinderella - Happliy Ever After theme LOL

so still doing everything at Keeley's .. The owners are really nice - they went over everything with us - how the room will be set up, where will enter, how the flow will go. We also talked about the menu, the colors, if we were doina any of our own stuff - flower, centerpeices and things.. It went well i will have one more meeting with them most likely and it will be done..
We met with the DJ - I am a little leary, he seemed very nice and it was all about us but he showed up with LOTS of grime under his fingernails... I do realize he must have a real job but geez hope he cleans under them for the wedding..
I found a friend to make our cake - she is still charging us like $100 but that is ok - it will be a giant marble sheet cake with "And they lived happily ever after" on it in fall colors and she'll make us a small round chocolate w/ pb filling to cut and feed each other..
Changed my entire Centerpeice/favor decor!!! I now have this for the centerpieces
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/Weddingpumpkincenterpiece.jpg
this is the place card holder http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/Autumnplacecardholdersfromcurrent.jpg
Camera's for the tables http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/disposablecinderellacamera.jpg
and I'm hoping to win these favors on ebay http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/Cinderellaslipperbellfavor.jpg
Still don't know about the Limo??
Things coming up soon --- Meet with the lady making the alterations 10/06 .. Meet with the florist 10/25 .. Call the Tux place and give them final vest color.. Buy candy for favors .. Check with the 5 families of the missing invites (LOL) then I think we're done..

now for real life stuff - I am super busy mom (in looking at my planner for the month I see only 6 days with nothing written on them - Sept only had 4 free days) of 2.. my daughter is turning 15 in about 6 weeks and thinks the world revolves around her and she wants $$ for drivers ed.. :scared1: :scared1: OMG... my son is turning 12 this friday and just wants $$ to spend or save on whatever he feels like.. LOL.. He keeps me super busy this time of the year playing football and on 2 ice hockey teams !!! add to that the DF and his family and his activities plus I signed us up for some ball room dancing lessons so we can waltz aroudn the dance floor at the wedding!!
Take care all my friends till I have more updates.. Michelle

mindy5648
10-01-2008, 12:40 PM
Everything looks so pretty!!!! I love your table card holders :D I am really excited to see pictures of your wedding!!!!!

Tink901
10-01-2008, 12:42 PM
Hi Everyone - well let's see what i've been doing .... making CHANGES
Going with a Fairy Tale - Cinderella - Happliy Ever After theme LOL

so still doing everything at Keeley's .. The owners are really nice - they went over everything with us - how the room will be set up, where will enter, how the flow will go. We also talked about the menu, the colors, if we were doina any of our own stuff - flower, centerpeices and things.. It went well i will have one more meeting with them most likely and it will be done..
We met with the DJ - I am a little leary, he seemed very nice and it was all about us but he showed up with LOTS of grime under his fingernails... I do realize he must have a real job but geez hope he cleans under them for the wedding..
I found a friend to make our cake - she is still charging us like $100 but that is ok - it will be a giant marble sheet cake with "And they lived happily ever after" on it in fall colors and she'll make us a small round chocolate w/ pb filling to cut and feed each other..
Changed my entire Centerpeice/favor decor!!! I now have this for the centerpieces
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/Weddingpumpkincenterpiece.jpg
this is the place card holder http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/Autumnplacecardholdersfromcurrent.jpg
Camera's for the tables http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/disposablecinderellacamera.jpg
and I'm hoping to win these favors on ebay http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f201/bigsis1970/Wedding/Cinderellaslipperbellfavor.jpg
Still don't know about the Limo??
Things coming up soon --- Meet with the lady making the alterations 10/06 .. Meet with the florist 10/25 .. Call the Tux place and give them final vest color.. Buy candy for favors .. Check with the 5 families of the missing invites (LOL) then I think we're done..

now for real life stuff - I am super busy mom (in looking at my planner for the month I see only 6 days with nothing written on them - Sept only had 4 free days) of 2.. my daughter is turning 15 in about 6 weeks and thinks the world revolves around her and she wants $$ for drivers ed.. :scared1: :scared1: OMG... my son is turning 12 this friday and just wants $$ to spend or save on whatever he feels like.. LOL.. He keeps me super busy this time of the year playing football and on 2 ice hockey teams !!! add to that the DF and his family and his activities plus I signed us up for some ball room dancing lessons so we can waltz aroudn the dance floor at the wedding!!
Take care all my friends till I have more updates.. Michelle

Hi Michelle -

You have been busy - the theme looks great!!! I meet with the wedding planner at WDW on 11/3 so then hopefully my stress will lessen. LOL

Have a great time with the kids birthday's!!!! At least you have more free days this month!!

Take care!
Brenda

bigsis1970
10-09-2008, 12:13 PM
Well things have changed yet again haaa shocker.. OMG thank goodness there are only 52 days left till we do this...

still keeping the pumpkin centerpieces and the cinderella cameras.. favors will be mini bell place cards and "a spoonful of hugs and kisses from the mr & mrs"
which basicly is a plastic spoon wrapped in tulle with hersey hugs and kisses in it...

we also are 99% sure we are getting a different DJ.. (We met with the DJ - I am a little leary, he seemed very nice and it was all about us but he showed up with LOTS of grime under his fingernails... I do realize he must have a real job but geez hope he cleans under them for the wedding..) the new one is our Dance teacher and his wife - super nice, energetic, funny, clean!! just gotta clear the price with his parents.

well that is all for now.. be back later when the DJ is final.. Michelle