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thatdisneygirl
09-22-2008, 11:39 PM
I keep losing my PJ in the other forum so I thought I'd just start a new one in here. To be fair, I'm not very far along with the other one (since I can never find it!) so there isn't a lot to move over...

thatdisneygirl
09-22-2008, 11:41 PM
Introduction:
Hi! I've been lurking around these boards for quite a while, so I thought it was time to start my own PJ. I really appreciate all of the other brides that have kept theirs up and given us pictures. I've gotten a lot of great ideas and tips from you!!

Quick stats:

Wedding date - January 8, 2009

We picked the 8th (a Thursday) for two reasons. One is that 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture and I'm half Chinese. The other is that we're running the WDW marathon on Jan 11th, so we're sort of killing two birds with one stone. Plus, the weather should be pretty nice down there and the parks won't be too crowded.

Guest List: 60? (We're inviting 72...we wanted 40 originally...hopefully a whole lot of them will be busy that day...)
Ceremony - Wedding Pavillion (Wishes wedding)
Cocktails - Grand Floridian, Whitehall Room
Dinner/Dancing - Grand Floridian, St. Augustine ballrooms

I actually wasn't crazy about the GF ballrooms at first, since they're sort of square and boring, but my grandparents will be attending our wedding and they're both in their 80s. We wanted to make sure that they would be able to get around as easily as possible, and with wheelchairs provided by DFTW we'll be able to move them over easily from the ceremony to the reception. Plus, the lobby is going to make for some fantastic pictures!

Photographer - Root Photography
Hotels we picked for our guests - Polynesian Resort, Coronado Springs, Pop Century


That's all that's planned so far! I can't believe I have almost a year to wait. I don't know if I'm going to make it...

Us:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/Picture72.png

Kyle and I met while we were working at WDW in the college program. I was a busser at the All-Star Music cafeteria and he was an attendant at Pleasure Island. We actually met because he was the roommate of my (then) boyfriend, who worked at Animal Kingdom. No funny business, we were both in committed relationships at the time. We became great friends and over time - and through two hard breakups - we became best friends. 3 years after we met I moved to Ohio to go to law school and be near him and now 2.5 years later, we're engaged!

We're both Disney fanatics and we have a most impressive collection of Disney junk. His family and friends are pretty into the Disney thing, but it's foreign for my family and friends so a big part of the wedding is going to be making sure that people have a good time during their first (and possibly only) trip to WDW.

thatdisneygirl
09-22-2008, 11:42 PM
The dress:

I went to the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement today and I found my dress!!! I was actually worried before I went because I've been really sick for the last couple of days and needed to stay in bed. I'm so glad I went, though, because I found my dress and I LOVE it! First time dress shopping and I'm done. Woohoo!!!

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It's a 2be bridal style #233601. These pictures were taken with my cell phone and totally don't do it justice. It's fairly plain, except for a large jewel accent on the waist. It's gorgeous on, though, and it has a built-in corset, which is nice. Here is a picture of the jewel accent:

http://bp2.blogger.com/_CiLjodE6S70/R6S4v_u1dZI/AAAAAAAAC_k/gjysaJ2PXjM/s400/IMG_0065-1.jpg

I'm thinking about sewing the hidden mickeys into the pick-ups on the back of the skirt...

thatdisneygirl
09-22-2008, 11:43 PM
Newsletters:

I finished the first round of newsletters. I'm sending them out so that they get to the guests around Valentines Day. Sorry the pics are a little blurry. We included a short message explaining that we hoped that people would be able to make it down for our WDW reception, but we understood if they couldn't and wanted to let them know that we were having 2 other receptions.

We also included information about our resort choices, when to expect the Disney save-the-date, and general info about the wedding. The last part is an invitation to anyone who wants to run the WDW marathon with us a few days after we get married. I did the newsletter in Microsoft Word, using one of the templates for a family holiday newsletter. It was pretty easy, but I had to add an extra page and delete a bunch of snowflakes.

http://bp0.blogger.com/_CiLjodE6S70/R6krcPu1dfI/AAAAAAAADAs/UqSZkZWAKZc/s400/Newspic1.bmp

http://bp2.blogger.com/_CiLjodE6S70/R6krcvu1dgI/AAAAAAAADA0/BMp8e8GTNbo/s400/newspic2.bmp

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http://bp0.blogger.com/_CiLjodE6S70/R6krdPu1diI/AAAAAAAADBE/PYjM1tz7Es4/s400/newspic3.bmp

I'm hoping that my guests aren't freaked out by the fact that they're already getting a newsletter when we still have a little over 11 months until our wedding. I don't want to look like a Disney bridezilla!

thatdisneygirl
09-22-2008, 11:47 PM
(insert major break from PJ posting here...)



Ok, so I have a ton of planning to catch up on, obviously, so I think I'll just do some of the highlights:

Blue Book
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/Planning011-1.jpg
LOVE the blue book. Don't know how I'd survive without the blue book. The blue book is a large blank journal I bought at B&N (the company who makes them is called Working Class Studio). It has hard covers and big blank pages that are perforated for easy tear out. I use it as a general idea/inspiration/design journal. It's also where I put the torn out magazine pages. The great thing is that anything can be taped into the book, so I have engagement cards, magazine articles, advertisements, magnet samples, fabric samples, receipts, and other little things all mixed in with my lists, doodles, and notes. I've almost filled it up, but I'm hoping it lasts me to my wedding day because it's so fantastic! I highly, highly recommend it.
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/Planning012-1.jpg
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http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/Planning014-1.jpg

Wedding Webpage
We're still doing our wedding webpage (http://carlyandkyle.blogspot.com) through blogger, which was challenging but also free. I ended up changing from the original version and added some slideshows a la Photobucket. It actually came out pretty cute!
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/6849364d.png

The Dress + Veil
I am still so glad I did the Running of the Brides. Even though I loved my dress when I got it, I was nervous because there was still about a year left until my wedding and I didn't know if I'd still like it later on. I still love it, though, and I have the veil and shoes (Target flip-flops), so once I buy the earrings I'll be done. I am going to be putting little crystal Mickey heads on the veil, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I need to decide on whether they'll be clear or light blue.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/IMGP1611.jpg

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Hair and Makeup
I did a trial run with Anna from Makeover Majic last month and I was happy with the results. There's been an ongoing debate over whether or not I should add lipcolor, but the jury is still out.

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Our Reception Space
I've really warmed up to the fact that we're having our reception in one of the GF ballrooms. Originally I was disappointed because they sort of look like every other hotel ballroom on earth, but after walking around GF and seeing the Whitehall Room, I'm happy about it. It will be nice to have the privacy and location is really convenient for the guests. I just have to figure out how to decorate it on a budget...
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/100_4313.jpg

Our Rings
Kyle and I both already wear our wedding rings as engagement rings. I got his last March and he liked it so much he didn't want to wait to wear it.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/100_2797-1.jpg

My ring is a Paloma Picasso puzzle ring from Tiffany and Co. and I couldn't love it more. We went in originally to get the Tiffany solitaire, because I wanted a classic looking ring, but I didn't like the way it looked when I put it on. I'm not really into wearing a lot of jewelry and the fact that the diamonds stood out from my hand so much really bothered me. It was actually a really negative, frustrating experience until I saw my ring in one of the cases. Perfect!

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/puzzlering2.jpg

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That's sort of the highlights tour. Our wedding party is bringing their own black suit or black dress to the wedding and we'll be providing jewelry and matching ties. Our officiant is Rev. Kevin Knox, but we haven't even started to think about our vows so there's nothing to report there. Our coordinator is Marion Stewart and I adore her. I'm having a bridal tea at GF the day before the wedding, but my mom is hosting and I'm not invloved in the planning. We decided against the dessert party at Epcot because it's a noon wedding and that's a really long day for our wedding guests. Hmmm...I think I might actually be semi-caught up now. Hopefully I can keep it up!

thatdisneygirl
09-22-2008, 11:50 PM
Flowers + crafts:



I thought I'd post some more pics of the craft stuff that I'm working on. Project one is flowers. I bought all of our flowers from another disney bride for $150, which included a bridal bouquet, a toss bouquet, 5 bridesmaid bouquets, 9 boutonnieres, 6 corsages, and 5 bags of flower petals. She even threw in some jewels for the flowers because she's a doll face.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/100_3705-1.jpg

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http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/100_3698-1.jpg

I love them and the color is perfect, but unfortunately our bridal parties didn't exactly match up. I need 4 bridesmaid bouquets, 16 boutonnieres, and 3 corsages. I'm assuming that it's easier to turn bouquets into boutonnieres than it would be to go the other direction, so I'm not too worried. Still, since I've never done anything with flowers (fake or otherwise) it's probably going to take me a while to figure out what I'm doing. I'm also thinking about "pixie dusting" the flowers when I'm finished, but Kyle's worried that it will only emphasize the fake.

The other project is tote bags. I'm making bags out of canvas and embroidering our wedding logo onto them.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/Logo.jpg

I'm making a tote bag for each of the moms for sure...past that I don't know. I bought some canvas and cut it up and I ended up with 15 tote bags to embroider. I think I might just do them and see where I end up. I figure that whatever I don't use I'll just toss up on etsy and get rid of after the wedding.

Anyway, these are the things that are keeping me occupied while we're in front of the tv. My new diet is called I-will-work-on-my-wedding-so-much-I-won't-have-time-to-eat.

thatdisneygirl
09-22-2008, 11:50 PM
Bridal Party Newsletter:

I'm finally getting a newsletter out to our bridal party. It doesn't have much in it - just contact information and what we're having everyone wear.

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thatdisneygirl
09-22-2008, 11:51 PM
There, all of my planning on one page...hmm, I've been a bad little DISbride, haven't I? I'm working hard on the invitations, so hopefully I'll have new stuff to share son. :bride:

Disneylove1228
09-23-2008, 08:10 AM
There, all of my planning on one page...hmm, I've been a bad little DISbride, haven't I? I'm working hard on the invitations, so hopefully I'll have new stuff to share son. :bride:

Carly,
OMG! Your stuff is all so freaken cute!!! :goodvibes I LOVE your newsletter, your dress, your hair and makeup is beautiful! :) I can't wait to see more!!!
Subscribing!

thatdisneygirl
09-23-2008, 09:23 AM
Carly,
OMG! Your stuff is all so freaken cute!!! :goodvibes I LOVE your newsletter, your dress, your hair and makeup is beautiful! :) I can't wait to see more!!!
Subscribing!

thanks!

camara381
09-23-2008, 06:13 PM
Hi there, I have been following your closely, but I am so glad you updated your PJ!!!! Everything looks awesome.

padisneyfour
09-23-2008, 06:18 PM
everything looks wonderful... the flowers are beautiful congrats and getting them...your dress and veil looks great. I love the detail at the waist.... looking forward to hearing more....:goodvibes

thatdisneygirl
09-23-2008, 07:43 PM
thank you!

I've been working slowly but surely on the invitations. It's such a massive process because we have so many pieces! I decided to do some of the inserts before I tackled the actual invitation itself - kind of a walk before you run approach.

The RSVPs for the two off-property receptions are vintage Disney postcards that I got off of eBay. I ended up hand-writing the RSVP information. I was worried that it was going to make the whole thing informal, but I also wanted to keep that whole "postcard vibe".

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/pc-cind-1.jpg

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I'm still going to have to put labels on the back of some of the postcards because they had writing on them when we got them, but at the moment I have about 60 RSVP cards finished. The RSVPs for the Disney wedding are different and I haven't done them yet. (Like I said, soooo many pieces!)

I also stamped the back of our engagement pictures. I got our pics from mpix.com, which I highly recommend. They were a great price and they came quickly. It's nice to have them on professional paper, too, instead of the typical glossy supermarket prints. I stamped the back of each one with an address stamp that I had set to our wedding date.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/100_4360.jpg

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It's from VistaPrint and it was free, actually. Little known fact: VistaPrint will send you a free sample of a customized item in the hopes of getting you to buy a bunch of them. I have this stamp, a stack of post-its that say "Carly and Kyle", and a t-shirt with our wedding date that I use to work out in.


All for now. I should be getting more done tonight. Kyle and I are having our "night in" which used to mean a bottle of wine, an old movie, and a lot of cuddling. Then we found out that we actually wanted to spend our nights in doing our own thing (him = xbox, me = wedding). We were just doing the other thing to make the other person happy! (don't worry, we still cuddle with old movies...but now it's more like a monthly event)

alexandra enchanted
09-23-2008, 08:12 PM
I think your ring is so beautiful and unique. It's nice to have a ring that you don't see on everyone else's finger. I'm with you though on wearing the bands early, only I can't right now as it came with my e-ring and only my engagement ring was the right size :confused3

adisneygal
09-23-2008, 08:33 PM
Everything looks awesome! I want to thank you. My BFF is going to get ordained and be our officiant. I got the idea off your blog. :thumbsup2

thatdisneygirl
09-23-2008, 10:32 PM
I think your ring is so beautiful and unique. It's nice to have a ring that you don't see on everyone else's finger. I'm with you though on wearing the bands early, only I can't right now as it came with my e-ring and only my engagement ring was the right size :confused3

thank you! I love it. What were they thinking when they sent you yours?...:confused3 Kyle does get comments on his ring when people realize that we aren't married yet, but he absolutely loves wearing it (and showing it off!)

Everything looks awesome! I want to thank you. My BFF is going to get ordained and be our officiant. I got the idea off your blog. :thumbsup2

That's so cool! I desperately wanted one of Kyle's groomsmen to get ordained and marry us because I wanted to save the money AND the guy is a theater-type person, so I thought he'd be perfect. All of our parents balked at the idea, though. Not getting married in a church was one thing, but...

Of course, when you think about it, you get to share this special, amazing thing with your BFF and I get to share it with Rev. Kev, who I wouldn't know from Adam! :laughing:

thatdisneygirl
09-24-2008, 09:51 AM
hmm...small update to warn other brides - that vistaprint stamp I used was super easy and convenient, but the ink is still wet! I did them around 6PM...so let's see...that was about 16 hours ago...can't use my table until they're finished...hmm...

alexandra enchanted
09-24-2008, 03:14 PM
thank you! I love it. What were they thinking when they sent you yours?...:confused3 Kyle does get comments on his ring when people realize that we aren't married yet, but he absolutely loves wearing it (and showing it off!)


Well apparently DF bought them, and after speaking with my mom realized it was the wrong size. He went back to the store and only resized the e-ring and not the band to make sure that the size really did fit me.

What kind of comments does he receive? I told Jon today, "you know there's this couple on the disboards that wear their rings already... I think that's so cute, we should too!" haha but I figured there would be people giving him/us negative comments I guess.

thatdisneygirl
09-24-2008, 03:42 PM
Actually Kyle hasn't had negative comments, as far as I know. When he first started wearing it, I thought that the guys would give him crap for being "whipped" or something, but everyone thinks it's really cool. The married guys like to compare rings, the single guys like to try it on, and all the girls think Kyle's a sweetheart for wearing it early. The only problems he's had is when he tells people that he's going to get married and they're confused because they assume that we've already had the wedding.

I would totally recommend getting your guy to wear the ring! Not only will he get used to it faster, but it's such a good way to feel connected when we aren't together. Plus, when we are together we do this thing where we put our rings together and say "ring powers unite" like superheroes and then we...oh, wait...did I say that out loud?...

thatdisneygirl
09-24-2008, 10:31 PM
Ok, more headway on the invitations. I have some sort of weird killer cold that only started this morning, so I was pretty much housebound all day. That led to me getting things done on the invitations...so, good for colds, I guess?...

I've been trying to figure out how to dress my invitations up. I have blue pocket folds from Envelopments and I know that a lot of people add ribbon that wraps around or have square cards on the front of them. I tried both of those, but I didn't come up with anything I like. I really wanted to have a belly band when I originally was picturing my invitations, so I decided to just do belly bands on the outside of the pocket fold, even though they don't really need them. I have ribbon that I bought at Costco last January...probably within a week of our deciding to have a Disney wedding. I thought this ribbon was so pretty, it ended up being the catalyst for choosing Cinderella blue as our wedding color.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/87bad632.jpg

Of course, at the time I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I figured that if I did belly bands I could at least incorporate it into something. So I was messing around with the ribbon and the pocket fold today, trying to figure out what I was doing, when I noticed something. The ribbon has three different sizes of glittery blue circles on it and it's probably a Disney thing, but when I see circles in different sizes, I just want to do this:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/409e4639.jpg

And then I loved it. Of course, I had to cut three circles out of the ribbon (which was kind of a pain in the butt) just to do this one invitation and I have a 100 invitations to do, so clearly that was a silly idea...

A silly idea I so went with:

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I just have to figure out where to put them now. I kind of like them in the corner of the pocket part, but I could center them if that would be more aesthetic. Of course, I could have saved myself a lot of time (right about three hours) if I had just used my large Mickey punch and punched some shapes out of glittery blue paper, but I was happy as a clam in front of the couch watching DVDs and cutting circles. I'm glad I spent three years getting a law degree so I could hang out on a Wednesday and do this kind of stuff. :roll: Plus, I had a ton of ribbon because I got it from Costco and there's still plenty left for the belly bands.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/21dc52c3.jpg

So, what do you think? Where should I put them? I think it's going to be strictly a one mickey head per invitation situation, because I am not about to cut out another 300 circles.

DisneyMissy318
09-25-2008, 08:17 AM
Great Job Carly! I love the mickey head - that was a lot of work and I think the end result was worth it! I think where you have it in the corner is the ideal spot! Hope your cold improves quickly! (By the way - I have read your blog - you do a great job! I love all of the things you find to share with your readers!)

padisneyfour
09-25-2008, 08:35 AM
I like the sparkly mickey. I like it in the corner... very nice. I think the postcard idea for your rsvps in cool too! good luck with all your plans.... and congrats about your blog:goodvibes

pixiemama3
09-25-2008, 08:48 AM
Sorry you are feeling under the weather. And wow 3 hrs cutting.. i love it down in the corner where you have it .

camara381
09-25-2008, 09:09 AM
I love the invitations, the mickey head is so cute!!!! I would leave it in the bottom corner. More power to you for cutting out all those little circles I would have stopped after the 10th one.

adisneygal
09-25-2008, 09:18 PM
That's so cool! I desperately wanted one of Kyle's groomsmen to get ordained and marry us because I wanted to save the money AND the guy is a theater-type person, so I thought he'd be perfect. All of our parents balked at the idea, though. Not getting married in a church was one thing, but...

Of course, when you think about it, you get to share this special, amazing thing with your BFF and I get to share it with Rev. Kev, who I wouldn't know from Adam! :laughing:

My Dad had a bit of an issue of my BFF doing it. My parents were married at the courthouse. Whatev...LOL

It is our wedding and we want it to be fun and shared with our family and friends. I couldn't decided on an Orlando officiant. It just seemed so impersonal. We want to have a personalized ceremony and be in charge of the whole ceremony, not pick from a standard ceremony. So :thanks: again!!!

Congrats on being chosen on the WeddingBee. I don't follow that site, but I need to go look you up as I love your blog. :thumbsup2

thatdisneygirl
10-03-2008, 04:00 PM
I got Kyle sick so we've been having some quiet evenings in lately. I spent last night working on the invitation inserts for our WDW guests. Basically, the people who are invited to our celebration in WDW are getting an extra card in their invitation so that they can RSVP to the WDW celebration separately. It's all quite complicated, but it had to be done this way. The invitation really is just a vehicle for the extra RSVP card. It doesn't have the time or place or anything on it (unusual for an invite, I know) because I'm going to be sending each of the guests who RSVP a packet in December which outlines everything that's going to be happening in Florida. I just needed something little to let them know that they were invited to the wedding.

So, I thought about just adding a little card that said they were invited to the wedding and asking them to RSVP by phone or email, but I was worried that everyone would think that the RSVP request didn't apply to them because surely we know that they're coming. I do have a general idea of who is coming, but I want those RSVPs nonetheless.

After shopping around, I found the solution. In the printer/pre-made/template/thingies aisle I found a bunch of make-your-own greeting card kits. One in particular was just an standard piece of cardstock that had a fold running down the middle one way and a perforated edge running down the middle the other way. The idea is that you print out half-sheet size cards and then tear at the perforated edge to make two cards per sheet. I got them and then cut along the fold so that I had a bunch of cards with perforated edges running down the center fold. Why? Just keep reading...

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/4612ba4c.jpg

Once I had all my landscape-style cards, I printed out a bunch of 4x5 photos from the negatives that the Roots gave us. Most of them were teacups and the castle, but I added a handful of the coaster photo because some people had requested it. I attached the photos to the front of the card using double-sided scrapbook tape and voila! Photo cards.

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On the inside of the card I wrote a brief message stating that this was an invitation to our WDW celebration. I could have printed them all, but I thought that a handwritten invitation might be a little more personal. Of course, since I had to write out about fifty of them, I probably should have had them printed. Oh well.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/e11285b3.jpg

On the other side I made a little postcard RSVP. The recipients simply need to detach the front of the card at the perforated edge and then send it back with their response. (I still need to add postcard stamps, but I haven't been out to the post office yet)

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/08cf34c4.jpg

Hopefully this will be easy enough for everyone. I suppose they have the option of tearing off the photo on the front before they send it back but we'll probably get most of them back in one piece. I'm hoping that the people who tear off the photo at least draw a happy picture before they send it in the mail.

I thought about doing something elaborate on the envelope, but in the end I just put everyone's names and added a couple of little dots. I have a ton of those little dots left over from cutting the Mickeys out of the ribbon, because I kept accidentally cutting out the smallest circles instead of the medium and large ones that I actually needed. I added a couple of the smallest circles to the outside of the envelopes to pull everything together.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg299/carlylane131/3be50cd5.jpg

The invites will tuck in to the pocket of the full invitation, with everything else. Those pockets are actually getting a touch full. Hopefully the invitations won't be $7 each when it finally comes time to mail them!

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All the invites are scheduled to go out on Nov 1 and I still need to do reception cards for the at-home receptions and get everything all printed out and assembled. Aaaah!

Disneylove1228
10-04-2008, 01:30 PM
omg wow you are sooo crafty, how do you find the time to do all of this? ahh wait, it was the cold... wasn't it? lol :) Aww. I neglect to do so much for my wedding, thank God for my Mom! You have the greatest and cutest ideas. I love it all!! :) Love reading.. and I love seeing all the personalization you put in to everything!

themagicofdisney
10-09-2008, 08:59 PM
Introduction:

My DF and our on the waitlist for the GF, but I am wondering if there is more than one ballroom or do you have them all for your reception? For example, if someone else has a wedding the same day same time, can we be in one ballroom and them in another or is it one wedding reception at the GF at a time?

Thanks!

thatdisneygirl
10-09-2008, 09:32 PM
There is more than one ballroom and I'm sure they have multiple events going on at once. I know we're using C/D, but there's at least four other big rooms that I can think of.

figmentfan814
10-10-2008, 11:39 PM
I just got a chance to read through your PJ after seeing so many of your posts on other threads. Your invitations look great and I love all the personal touches with your photos and the handwritten notes for RSVPs. It looks like you've put a lot of time and energy/love into everything. I have to say that I absolutely love your engagement shots too :cool1:

Another totally random thing happened tonight- I was searching for the address to mail our wedding invitation to WDW since I had sent it to Disneyland earlier this year. Somehow it brought up your blog where I had visited a few times before. Anyway, the terms I used on Google brought up a posting from March which happened to show some images I recognized :cutie: They were shots from the bridal tea at the GF. I told DH look it's my pictures :cheer2: I definitely don't mind that you used them. It's so funny to come across it in such a random way so many months later :goodvibes

thatdisneygirl
10-22-2008, 04:24 PM
Vanessa~

Hi! I don't know how I missed this comment until just this second. I'm so bad about keeping up to date on this site! Yes, I definitely stole some of your pictures and posted them. I actually wanted to post some more with the peoples in them, but I figured you might not want to be flashed all over my site. I actually want to spotlight your bridal tea one of these weekends because it's my favorite of all the ones I've seen. Your tea is the reason I'm having one! :goodvibes

figmentfan814
10-23-2008, 08:40 PM
Vanessa~

Hi! I don't know how I missed this comment until just this second. I'm so bad about keeping up to date on this site! Yes, I definitely stole some of your pictures and posted them. I actually wanted to post some more with the peoples in them, but I figured you might not want to be flashed all over my site. I actually want to spotlight your bridal tea one of these weekends because it's my favorite of all the ones I've seen. Your tea is the reason I'm having one! :goodvibes

I'm so glad that I was able to convey how much fun we had and that my story inspired you to have a tea too! :cheer2: Let me know if you have any questions about the tea and I look forward to reading more of your posts about it. At this point, it probably wouldn't have mattered if you used shots with people, they're already out for everyone in cyber world to see :rotfl:

thatdisneygirl
10-26-2008, 11:50 PM
YES! Invitations are almost done!!! We're at like 70-80%, people! Booyah!!!!!

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Aren't they lovely? The little Mickey heads just make the whole thing. I printed the invitation itself and the reception cards on off-white cardstock and then got to work with my paper cutter.

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I designed the cards to stack nicely in the pocket and to peek out over the engagement photo and vintage-postcard-RSVP. I was worried that they would look silly if they were all the same height. Voila!

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The one thing that I wasn't counting on was that those 4 things actually took up most of the pocket, so the separate invitations for our WDW guests didn't fit very well. I didn't really want to jam them in there, so I think I'm just going to set the separate invitation on top of the other invitation and fold it up, like so:

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It's not like it's going to go anywhere all folded up. I don't have a pic of the finished product with the belly bands and seals (just you wait) but this is pretty much what our invitations are going to look like. It is SUCH A RELIEF to have most of this done. I absolutely cannot wait until they are all gone for real. I think that I might move the actual mailing date to Nov 8th, because of the RSVP setback, but that still puts them going out 2 months before the wedding, which is a lot better than I would have predicted a couple of days ago.

disneygal922
10-27-2008, 10:57 AM
YAY for almost being done with all the invites! They look really great Carly! :goodvibes

thatdisneygirl
11-07-2008, 07:41 PM
Finished them! Here is the whole project:

We had two different kinds of invitations: Full invitations and half invitations. (Total cost w/ postage was about $400-$500 for 150 invitations)

FULL INVITATIONS:

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I got pearlized blue Envelopements 5 x 7 pocket folders from a local store here in Ohio. I strongly recommend that you order them over the internet if you can, because I think I got ripped off.





I made a Mickey head embellishment for each out of some ribbon I bought at Costco. I took a long time to cut out all those circles and glue them to the pocket folds, but I think it was worth it in the end.

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I made the actual invitation part and the reception cards for our two "at home" receptions in Microsoft Word and then printed them out on cream cardstock using our color printer.

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I used Google Maps to make the maps on the reception cards.

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The RSVPS are vintage Disney postcards purchased off of eBay. I handwrote the RSVP on the back of each.

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Most were blank but I covered up the ones that had writing on them by sticking them to a 8.5 x 10 label and trimming them.

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I also had some of those postcard souvenir books that are just 26 color pictures and I trimmed them and glued them to cardstock to make RSVPS.

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We also included a copy of our engagement picture. Originally we stamped our names on the back, but the ink smeared and ran, so we ended up covering them up with sticker gift tags from Target.

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Guests who are invited to our WDW reception as well as the two "at home" receptions got a separate invitation, which was placed in the middle of the folder. To make them, I used a bunch of make-your-own greeting card kits. One in particular was just an standard piece of cardstock that had a fold running down the middle one way and a perforated edge running down the middle the other way. The idea is that you print out half-sheet size cards and then tear at the perforated edge to make two cards per sheet. I got them and then cut along the fold so that I had a bunch of cards with perforated edges running down the center fold.

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Once I had all my landscape-style cards, I printed out a bunch of 4x5 photos from the negatives that the Roots gave us. Most of them were teacups and the castle, but I added a handful of the coaster photo because some people had requested it. I attached the photos to the front of the card using double-sided scrapbook tape.

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On the inside of the card I wrote a brief message stating that this was an invitation to our WDW celebration. I could have printed them all, but I thought that a handwritten invitation might be a little more personal. Of course, since I had to write out about fifty of them, I probably should have had them printed. Oh well.

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On the other side I made a little postcard RSVP. The recipients simply need to detach the front of the card at the perforated edge and then send it back with their response.

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I had a ton of those little dots left over from cutting the Mickeys out of the ribbon, because I kept accidentally cutting out the smallest circles instead of the medium and large ones that I actually needed. I added a couple of the smallest circles to the outside of the envelopes to pull everything together.

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To finish the full envelopes, I wrapped a piece of the ribbon I used for the Mickey heads around the outside and sealed it with a Martha Stewart crafts sticker...

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...before putting them into pearlized cream envelopes and hand addressing them with a blue sparkly pen. Ta da!

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HALF INVITATIONS:

Totally bought a print-at-home kit at Target and used it for the people who are only invited to one of our three receptions.

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I also cut costs by using Moo cards with our wedding address on them instead of engagement cards.

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If you ask me, they're almost as cute as the other ones and I did these ones in about ten minutes!

thatdisneygirl
12-31-2008, 05:03 PM
Lil' update:

We leave on Saturday and TG tomorrow is a holiday because otherwise we'd be in trouble. All you planning brides out there: GET STUFF DONE EARLY! As of right now I still need to finish our flowers, bustle + steam my dress, buy about a million things, write our vows, and figure out what we're doing about programs/seating cards/table numbers/parent gifts/thank yous for vendors/last minute payments...

The worst part is that so much of this stuff could have been finished MONTHS ago but I put it off, thinking that it was silly to rush around and finish everything early.

But, I have to admit that I am non-stop cheerful because in one week I'll be having my wedding rehearsal. How awesome is that?!

keenercam
12-31-2008, 08:45 PM
Carly-- I have been thinking of you so often and sending huge good vibes! I know everything will be absolutely wonderful for you because you have worked so hard on every little detail. Have fun these next couple of days. Don't worry -- everything will get done! :hug:

acwinsett
01-07-2009, 06:53 AM
Just wanted to send you best wishes for wedding this week! I stumbled upon your planning blog awhile back, which is actually how I found out about the DISboards web site in the first place. I was so impressed with your creativity and your willingness to share your ideas and experiences. I know that you guys are going to have the time of your lives! Can't wait to see how everything turned out!

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keenercam
01-07-2009, 08:13 AM
Carly -- I'll be swamped today with trying to get ready to get out of here and tomorrow we'll be traveling, so I wanted to seize the opportunity to wish you and Kyle an absolutely perfect day tomorrow. I will be thinking of you! :hug:

Lynn5700
01-07-2009, 12:48 PM
AHH OMG!!! I hope you are having a blast. I just found this!!! love your invites and I am such a fan of your E-pics....too cute!

Disney-Bride2010
01-07-2009, 09:06 PM
Carly,
Best of luck tomorrow! You and Kyle are going to have a beautiful wedding! Keep us updated! Want to see lots of pics when you get back!

Sending you lots of pixiedust: pixiedust: pixiedust:

c1nd3r311a52010
01-07-2009, 09:11 PM
May your day be everything you have dreamed.

MegKate
01-07-2009, 10:36 PM
Have a beautiful wedding day tomorrow Carly!! :goodvibes

padisneyfour
01-08-2009, 05:52 AM
Happy wedding day! best wishes for a beautiful day and a lifetime of happiness! enjoy!

Pooh_Girl
01-08-2009, 09:07 AM
Carly-I just found your PJ and WOW are you crafty!!! Those invitations are so awesome!!! :thumbsup2
BTW...Happy Wedding Day!!!! Hope you have a magical day with lots and lots of pixie dust!!!

disneygal922
01-08-2009, 10:09 AM
HAPPY WEDDING DAY CARLY AND KYLE!!!

figmentfan814
01-08-2009, 12:07 PM
:bride: Happy Wedding Day!:groom:

Keira1387
01-08-2009, 10:55 PM
Happy Wedding day!!!!

MegKate
01-08-2009, 11:26 PM
I can't wait to see your Root-o-graphs! I was emailing back and forth with Jensey and she said she had a wedding today - it only now hit me that it was yours!! :lmao:

thatdisneygirl
01-11-2009, 07:57 PM
I'm home and the wedding was AWESOME!!!! More details to come soon...

Thanks for all the well wishes!

MegKate
01-11-2009, 08:20 PM
Yay! Welcome home!!! :goodvibes

adisneygal
01-12-2009, 09:23 AM
You looked beautiful on your day! I hope your Grandpa and Kyle get feeling better. I can't wait to hear all the details. Congrats!

figmentfan814
01-12-2009, 12:29 PM
Welcome home! I saw a few of the posts on the blog. I hope your grandpa and Kyle are both feeling better :goodvibes

camara381
01-12-2009, 12:33 PM
Welcome home can't wait to read about your trip!!!!