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hollybearsmom
01-07-2009, 02:27 PM
**Updated 10/21 The following entry was written right after our last trip! You can see that the date has changed, but what else is in store? I hope you will read along. And give us lots of helpful advice!**

Hello! We will be celebrating our 15th anniversary at WDW! I know the colors are blue, black and white. I know it will be on Saturday June 12, 2010 at the gazebo (weather allowing) at Shades of Green! I know I am excited!!!

I love reading everyone's pj and tr and getting ideas. I have a folder of photos ready to go for my favorite things. 18 months! That seems far away, but then I think about how long the wedding took to plan and I wonder...

photo. right. here we are on our recent trip over the Christmas-New Years week, with our stone from our Disneymoon in 1995:

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/0515.jpg

cake ideas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=29562180&postcount=5)
table tops (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32487065&postcount=11)
first brochure (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32535960&postcount=17)
flower idea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32543412&postcount=19)
gazebo idea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32584869&postcount=25)
Story of Us Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33896130&postcount=31)
Story of Us Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33904303&postcount=32)
Story of Us Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33913439&postcount=33)
what about the date (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33927454&postcount=34)
etiquette? and a dress? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33984338&postcount=44)
THE DATE IS..... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34029541&postcount=56)

plans day 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34131573&postcount=63) plans day 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34175950&postcount=64) plans day 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34203198&postcount=67) plans day 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34203209&postcount=68) plans day 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34235947&postcount=69) plans day 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34235955&postcount=70)
vow renewal day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34235961&postcount=71)
decor ideas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34405813&postcount=79)

padisneyfour
01-07-2009, 02:30 PM
welcome! looking forward to hearing your plans! we are planning a VR for our 20th in July 2010! welcome and good luck with all your plans!:goodvibes

hollybearsmom
01-07-2009, 02:35 PM
welcome! looking forward to hearing your plans! we are planning a VR for our 20th in July 2010! welcome and good luck with all your plans!:goodvibes

I'd already subbed to your thread and am lurking, so I'm off to say hello!
Thank you! Congrats on 20! That is quite an achievement!

padisneyfour
01-07-2009, 02:44 PM
I just remembered I wanted to say we stayed at the shades of green when it was the disney inn years ago! I really liked the resort. I do not remember the gazebo specifically but I am sure it is beautiful! congrats again.

hollybearsmom
01-09-2009, 07:43 AM
I was looking at cakes......and these are the ones I fell in love with....what do you think?
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/TraditionalBasketweave-Standard.jpg
I love this one because, for my wedding I ordered a cake with the basket weave. I did not live in the town we got married in. I arrived the day of my rehearsal and the first place my then fiancťe took me was to the bakers. She could not do the basket weave because of the humidity. It was literally falling off the sides of the cake as we stood there and looked at all 5 tiers. I walked out in tears telling her to do whatever she wanted.
So, in the interest of replacing that memory with a better one - I present the basket weave cake. CHOICE #1.

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/CastleInTheStars-GoldAndSilver.jpg
Almost at the exact other end of the spectrum is this beauty. Heavily decorated. Absolutely dreamy. I didn't see a better Disney representation of dreams coming true than this. From the castle, all the streamers, down to the stars, I love this look. Is it over the top? CHOICE #2

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/BowLovers-Silver.jpg
I'm a southern girl, what southern belle doesn't love big puffy bows to match our great big hair??? I'd probably choose them in gold, but is this your favorite? CHOICE #3

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/MickeysDelight-RoundStandard.jpg
Simple, but cute. Perfect for an afternoon vow renewal reception don't you think? CHOICE #4

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/Miniature-MickeyHat.jpg
I'd not do red, but it's so cute and petite! I really like ears better than a bride and groom since it's a VR and not our "the wedding cake". I would also like to have two small side cakes with ears too. CHOICE #5

So, what do you think??????

padisneyfour
01-09-2009, 08:02 AM
the one with stars and the castle is one of my favorite too! :goodvibes I think we are pretty much set on using a mad hatter cake with the ears just because like you said its not our wedding cake and they are fun looking.... I think the mini cakes are so cute too! good luck!

MegKate
01-09-2009, 10:57 AM
We're going with the basketweave for ours I believe. But we've got this "New England" theme going on, so it fits. :)

For yours I would go with choice 2 - you have bad memories of the first basket weave - you should have all new memories!! And I think it would look awesome with your color scheme :thumbsup2

Lynn5700
01-09-2009, 11:58 AM
HI!

I love the pic of you both by your stone. So cute. I wish they still did this.

Look forward to hearing more of your plans. It will be here before you know it.

CinderelliT
01-09-2009, 10:33 PM
I was looking at cakes......and these are the ones I fell in love with....what do you think?
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/TraditionalBasketweave-Standard.jpg
I love this one because, for my wedding I ordered a cake with the basket weave. I did not live in the town we got married in. I arrived the day of my rehearsal and the first place my then fiancťe took me was to the bakers. She could not do the basket weave because of the humidity. It was literally falling off the sides of the cake as we stood there and looked at all 5 tiers. I walked out in tears telling her to do whatever she wanted.
So, in the interest of replacing that memory with a better one - I present the basket weave cake. CHOICE #1.

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/CastleInTheStars-GoldAndSilver.jpg
Almost at the exact other end of the spectrum is this beauty. Heavily decorated. Absolutely dreamy. I didn't see a better Disney representation of dreams coming true than this. From the castle, all the streamers, down to the stars, I love this look. Is it over the top? CHOICE #2

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/BowLovers-Silver.jpg
I'm a southern girl, what southern belle doesn't love big puffy bows to match our great big hair??? I'd probably choose them in gold, but is this your favorite? CHOICE #3

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/MickeysDelight-RoundStandard.jpg
Simple, but cute. Perfect for an afternoon vow renewal reception don't you think? CHOICE #4

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/Miniature-MickeyHat.jpg
I'd not do red, but it's so cute and petite! I really like ears better than a bride and groom since it's a VR and not our "the wedding cake". I would also like to have two small side cakes with ears too. CHOICE #5

So, what do you think??????

OMG! They are all cute!! It's a tough choice. I think my favorite it cake #2, but the one with the mouse ears on top is really cute. Are you going to order it through Disney dining? Who is going to make it? I am doing a VR at the Swan, and they can't make the cake I want. So I'll have to find something else that they can do.
Congratulations on your VR!!! I look forward to reading more.

hollybearsmom
01-11-2009, 07:24 PM
I really don't know who made these!
Help??!?!?!?!?!? dis brides, I am constantly saving things without any reference. I'll keep looking back through all my little post-its too and try to remember which resort these came from for you!

My dh likes the castle and star cake. So we will do that for the adults - and then just a little one with the mickey ears for the kiddies table!!!!

I'm so happy we have a choice made!

hollybearsmom
06-29-2009, 01:57 PM
So much to update...hubby is tdy until the fall, so I get to lay out all my pretties and look at them whenever I want!

ACMoore was redoing their floral dep, and most things were 75% off. So I got several things and with a little walmart spray paint, they will all be the right color for pennies on the dollar!

I think we chose a table decor...square glass vases with white floating flowers, hoping for peonies, but carnations if I can't find the right things. Clear glass marbles in the bottom.
White candles in brass candlesticks of varying heights and styles, all thrifted for less than $15.
And just white tablecloths, with the black chargers, white china, and black bow tie napkin holders.

I'm starting to pick out our music, and though the song is not weddingy, i just love Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis' I Told You So...think i could stick it in the play list?

hollybearsmom
06-29-2009, 04:47 PM
I ordered tri-folds from Vista, and I let a misspelled word slip through, what should I do?
Type little stickers to put over top of it, do it in marker, or suck up the cost and order again?

tiggerrifficheidi
06-30-2009, 02:57 AM
I'm pretty sure those are all cakes from Disney itself. I know you can purchase the castle toppers through Shelley at Impressions. You also might have luck contracting with the GF Bakery to do the cake. Some girls have done ones for their anniversary, etc.

princess22
06-30-2009, 12:40 PM
Just wanted to drop by and say Hey! everything looks great. I'm getting married at SOG on august 1st! I love it there!

I like all of the cakes you posted. I struggled picking a cake. I'm getting mine from Publix. They were very flexible and willing to work with you, so they could probably work with you to make your dream cake. They deliver also,I think the delivery fee was 35.

as far as the typo, I would suck it up and order them again. But that is me, sometimes I can be a perfectionist. But if it isn't going to bother you, I wouldn't worry too much about it! How many would you have to order?

BecBennett
06-30-2009, 06:29 PM
I'd probably order them again, but it depends on how noticeable it is. Any photos of them?

padisneyfour
06-30-2009, 06:37 PM
It would depend on how noticeable the mistake is.....and cost to reorder. I would try to fix it first though if possible:goodvibes

hollybearsmom
07-02-2009, 04:14 PM
Okay, here's a few pieces of it..and the paragraph with the typo...
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/brochure1.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/brochure2.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/brochure3.jpg


And I don't want a big bouquet, so i was thinking of one of these from FTD for inspiration...If I do the wrist, my hubby will get a double rose bout. Opinions?
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/408.jpg

trudy88
07-03-2009, 06:28 AM
Will you feel comfortable with the "what do I do with my hands" deal?
I love the roses.....
You could also have a small nosegay.
I'm sure whatever you choose will be lovely!

hollybearsmom
07-03-2009, 07:38 AM
Thanks Trudy, the other idea was a small tossing bouquet, like this, also from FTD...
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/ftdcorsage.jpg
with the matching for my hubby
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/ftdboutonniere.jpg

But we plan on walking in together, and holding hands almost the whole time, so I think a corsage is better..........

hollybearsmom
07-05-2009, 08:04 PM
Oh Pooooo. Word on the rumor mill is an extra 6 weeks just got tacked on, I want my honey home!

acomasdiaz
07-05-2009, 09:16 PM
I am sorry to hear that he might have been extended by 6 weeks. :sad2: I hope the time passes by as quickly as possible for you.

BecBennett
07-06-2009, 12:42 AM
I had to go back and look through the wording again to find the spelling mistake, it's not that noticeable, but there will probably be a few people who will notice it.

trudy88
07-06-2009, 06:49 AM
If you're planning on holding hands with hubby, then a wrist corsage would be beautiful!
Sorry about the 6 weeks; I hope it doesn't interfere too much with your plans.

padisneyfour
07-06-2009, 08:44 AM
The wrist corsage is very pretty....:goodvibes

hollybearsmom
07-06-2009, 02:10 PM
Yeah for the corsage!

The only damper of extending his time away is that I hoped to squeeze in a trip that first week back with just he and I, to do my consulting appt. and just to have fun. I will adapt. I will find a way to go!!!!

Here's an idea of what I want the gazebo to look like...
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/wedding_decor_wedding_canopy_twinkl.jpg

And here's a brides' photo of how she did one similar to the one at Shades of Green...
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/gazebodecoratsog.jpg

hollybearsmom
09-26-2009, 03:51 PM
How many changes can one trip go through?

In-laws want to take the trip in November.
Why oh why do I plan?

princess22
09-26-2009, 06:51 PM
Oh no! Have you started booking stuff? Do they realize you are planning a vow renewal? There are always bumps in planning stuff... hope you get it all sorted out. Is your hubby back yet?

hollybearsmom
10-05-2009, 09:00 PM
We had booked and starting paying at SoG already.
They have the black card but said they didn't really read it...so they deny knowledge of anniversary, pooh.

Hubby is home for two weeks r&r then off to finish his year. sigh

NitroStitch
10-06-2009, 06:47 AM
How frustrating to be trying to plan and have things keep getting rescheduled! We did a planning/scouting trip to SoG in July, so I'll attempt to link a few pictures we took. You can also check out the whole gallery on my Smugmug account for more photos of SoG and their gazebo and lobby areas at that time. :)

This was the way the Gazebo was set up for that afternoon's wedding:
http://nitrostitch.smugmug.com/photos/603895097_Q7UbG-M.jpg

Another angle, showing the chairs they'd set up for the afteroon wedding:
http://nitrostitch.smugmug.com/photos/603852156_PNUNx-M.jpg

Here's a link to the whole gallery - the first seven pages or so are of Shades of Green before:
http://nitrostitch.smugmug.com/Paul-and-I/Shades-of-Green-and-Disney/9069003_2y9cs/1/603848688_vg6oi

Good luck with your planning!

hollybearsmom
10-08-2009, 06:55 PM
Ohmygosh, thank you!!!

Let's see. Where are we...oh yes, the when is up in the air, as is the who...

I really want to keep this scheduled for the anniversary weekend. But, one bil and his family can't come then. And his parents only want to take one trip next year when everyone can go at the same time. So do we do this without his family?

I am seriously considering it. Yes I am. It is our anniversary. We have invited friends and family to attend. Do we NEED family there to hold this ceremony for our celebration? I think not. We would still go out to dinner to celebrate if they couldn't come, so why can't we have our vow renewal without them?

I know its not the same without your family there....what do you think?

hollybearsmom
10-09-2009, 10:36 PM
So this is a little late in the PJ but here’s our story..:lovestruc
Part I
College is expensive, and although I was working as an RA to offset housing and meals, I still needed another job, actually two. I was a Grad Asst. for my research statistics professor, and the other job I found was in this Dance class. So one night a week, I taught. I made friends with a girl in the class, Laura, and tried not to notice the instructor’s two sons acting up since I was worried about my job and paycheck and grade…

John is at same college, and a PE major. Johns' roommate (my friend in class, Laura) ((don’t get the wrong idea it’s a multi-level apt bldg)) talks him into the “easy A”, and since it’s in Johns' major, he jumped on it. So 2nd or 3rd class John joins, and knows the instructors oldest son from other PE classes. Instant chaos in my class. I can’t tell them to do anything, I could lose my job. So I just grin and bear it.

Mid-way through the class we have a performance. :dancer: I have no car. Laura does. I ask her to pick me up, no problem. She and John discuss it and decide they don’t need to take two cars, so they carpool, and John drives. :drive: She calls, I run downstairs, she jumps in the back, John and I are sharing 4’ of air space. We have to talk. We make nice conversation; complain about the performance, football team, and talk about nothing that I can recall. We perform, pack up, they drop me off.

TRUTH: First impressions aren’t always right! It's not always love att first sight. Laura later asked us about each other, Johns' opinion of me “stuck up”, my opinion of John “obnoxious”. I am not stuck up, I’m really shy. So when I wasn’t teaching, I wasn’t talking, or cutting up, or anything. I was usually reading for some other class. John isn’t really obnoxious, he is loud, and very social, and loves to have fun.

I sometimes hang out with Laura at her apt, and one night I see John going out in his dress uniform. Wow. Yeah, the uniform got me. (Disregard earlier comment about love at first sight!) We chat briefly, John is going to some banquet and dance for the Air Force ROTC. I’m giddy, and John says my exact words were, “well, if your date gets hit by a bus, call me.” He leaves, I think nothing about it, head to my dorm, and my phone rings.
‘Hello?” ‘Hi. It’s me.” “It’s who?” “Me, John.” “John who?” Yeah, I was out of it. “You know you’ll never believe it, but my date got hit by a bus. Still want to go out?” “Sure.” “Be downstairs in ten minutes.” “Sure.” I run like a maniac up to my RA friends’ room, drag her out the door and to the lobby. ‘I’m not going out with him alone, I don’t know him that well, we might not have anything to talk about, you are coming too.’ Ten minutes later John pulls up, with a friend in the car. He didn’t know me that well, and if it wasn’t going well, he needed an out and someone else to talk too. That must have been the very first time we thought alike.

We all went to grab something to eat at a Wing place. Talked a little bit. And they took us back to the dorm. Next week when I went to hang out with Laura between classes, I went and talked to John a little. And the next day, and the next, and we finally starting Officially Dating, in April that semester.

Isn’t that sweet?
More to follow...

hollybearsmom
10-10-2009, 08:00 PM
Part II
So I have to leave and go back to working in the real world. College is on hold. I live about two hours away. I live in the same town as my grandmother. We make a long-distance relationship work. TRUTH: Trust. It was not easy, and not always fun, but we made it. John is in his last year, and we know he will be leaving to serve somewhere after graduation and his commissioning. We have talked long hours about being settled down, and growing old together, we have casually looked in a couple of jewelry stores. On the side, I start buying the bride magazines. My mom and I start talking in general terms about weddings and dresses. There is no ring purchased. No mention of a ring purchase.

I’m getting antsy. John talks about a wedding in the summer. I won’t talk to him about it. I’m making plans with my mom and her best friend, buying ribbons, picking out pictures of flowers, and cakes, and thinking about bridesmaids. But I won’t talk to him about it……I haven’t been invited yet. I get really nasty about it sometimes, and we get really close to not talking to each other, but he is working behind my back.

He talks to my workplace, and gets a day off approved without my knowledge. He talks to my co-workers. He has gone to my house and talked to my parents. He hides flowers in my grandmother’s closet.

My mom comes to visit my grandmother. It’s election day in November. He tells me we are going to a dinner for a friend’s dad who is in politics, I buy it. I borrow a cocktail dress, get the hair done, and wait for him to pick me up.

hollybearsmom
10-11-2009, 06:29 PM
Part III
TRUTH: I hate being late. TRUTH: Donít make me wait. Get here on time. It is past the time he would need to leave college to get here on time. Iím wondering and worrying. Close to an hour later, he calls, he had to stay later than he thought for class and then they had mandatory PT, so he is leaving now.

Okay, I think, he drives fast, we had a cushion of time, we can be a little late. Talk to my mom, she says not to worry, itís okay. I waste time around the house. Time comes when he should be at my house. He calls, he says thereís traffic, heís just now getting off the interstate, should be here in half an hour. Itís getting later. I donít like attention, we are going to be very late for the dinner. I fiddle. I call my mom back. She tells me not to worry, itís okay, we arenít going to be that late, no one will notice.

He calls again. Outside town, stopped at gas station, be there in 15 minutes. I pace. Iím steaming, no way we are walking into dinner almost an hour late. He should have been here, my poofy hairdo is falling. Iím frustrated. I start to get steamed. Iím watching out the window at every sound. I call my mom, Iím yelling about him, she tells me not to worry, itís okay. We are probably seated in the back since we are young, if we miss the dinner, thatís okay too, we will still have fun.

Iím super anxious and waiting at the door, keys in hand, to run out when he pulls up. I get another phone call. Sorry, had to grab a coke, in town, be there in five minutes. Iím u-p-s-e-t. Iím ready to tear off the dress and refuse to go. I call my mom. Iím done I tell her. Iím not going, and Iím not talking to him again. He knows I hate to be late and kept waiting. He knows not to tell me ten minutes and not mean it. He doesnít care about me, Iím in tears. She tells me to calm down and not to worry, itís ok.

Here comes his car. Iím sitting on my couch pouting, foot bouncing a mile a minute, Iím not getting up, Iím not going, I am ticked off. But I leave the door open so he can see through the storm door that I am there and mad. He comes in the door and tells me it is too late to go. I am livid! He tells me not to change yet, we will still go out, I stomp into the bedroom and slam the door. He goes to his car. I hear him in the living room, but I donít go out. I pout. I press my ear to the door to listen for what he is doing. I flop on the bed and repeat all the above. He knocks on the door. Please, please.

Whatever. Somehow he convinces me to come out, he has candles everywhere. There are roses, the biggest roses I have ever seen, ((they were a special hothouse variety that had blooms as big as tea cups)), music, and he gets down on his knee. And pulls out a ring.

There are tears, screams, and laughter. We go to my grandmothers to tell her and my mom and show off the ring. They have already seen it. They knew all about it. There are more flowers there. We sit and talk awhile, call the other family members, and finally get dinner near midnight.

I find out that I have the next day off from work. I am still a little mad, but my mom was right, itís ok! And those phone call locations, all fake, he was at my grandmas the whole time, getting ready, fluffing flowers, etc.

hollybearsmom
10-12-2009, 08:09 PM
The date. How do you make all the people happy even some of the time???

If you are just jumping in - dh family decided to do a family trip next year to Disney. So thats the grands, the 3 brothers and their wives, and the five grandchildren. Three cities, two states, different school systems, and they don't have concurrent vacations anytime during the school year. So that means going during the summer (HOT,:headache: crowded, :eek:HOT, expensive, :headache:and did we mention HOT:headache:)
-or- going the week between Christmas and New Years. (decorations, cool weather, some crowds but we found it managable) OMG! You would have thought we asked for a loan. It was not a pretty discussion.

So summer it would be. Well, dh is starting a new job on Monday, (he got extended for training, but at a different base, so like a new job) so his schedule is fairly unknown for vacation time...so we will have to wait for anything definate from us until the end of next month at least...but we had this VR trip planned since our drive home last year. And we made STD cards to give out, and I ordered those brochures, and made a deposit...

But the kids don't get out of school at the same time at the end of the year, so one brother says they won't make it then. No problem, I thought, who really comes to a VR anyway? Your current friends who didn't know you when you got married the first time, and family if they can. In my opinion, anyhoo. AND they (the family members) seem to have no knowledge of this plan even though we have been talking and planning since January 1st! The STD card was lost?!? Really?
In a moment of a fit over this earlier this week, I told my dad it was off. There was no trip.

But we have invited like sixteen couples/families we are close enough with to spend a weeks vacation together, for the VR as scheduled and reserved for June 11-13th weekend at SoG, then POP for 13-19. And we may have to change it all. Or scrap it. But I pretty much decided today after a major tear-filled breakdown that WE WILL KEEP THE VR AS SCHEDULED because it is what WE WANT TO DO, WHEN WE WANT TO DO IT, AND IT IS OUR ANNIVERSARY dang it.

Then, IF, dh can get the time off, we will keep our vacation for that next week with our friends, and IF, his family chooses that week, FANTASTIC :cheer2:, and if they pick another week. Well, we will see how much pixie dust is left in our bank for that trip - maybe we will make our trip shorter by a few days even.

I was happy with that compromise with dh, but can we get the family to agree??? I really don't know.

NitroStitch
10-13-2009, 12:28 PM
The date. How do you make all the people happy even some of the time???

But we have invited like sixteen couples/families we are close enough with to spend a weeks vacation together, for the VR as scheduled and reserved for June 11-13th weekend at SoG, then POP for 13-19. And we may have to change it all. Or scrap it. But I pretty much decided today after a major tear-filled breakdown that WE WILL KEEP THE VR AS SCHEDULED because it is what WE WANT TO DO, WHEN WE WANT TO DO IT, AND IT IS OUR ANNIVERSARY dang it.

Then, IF, dh can get the time off, we will keep our vacation for that next week with our friends, and IF, his family chooses that week, FANTASTIC :cheer2:, and if they pick another week. Well, we will see how much pixie dust is left in our bank for that trip - maybe we will make our trip shorter by a few days even.

I was happy with that compromise with dh, but can we get the family to agree??? I really don't know.

:hug: Wedding plans (and VR plans, of course) are so frustrating, especially when you're trying to coordinate so many people and whatever they want too. I guess it's like the line from the song Garden Party..."you can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself."

This is one of the reasons we're doing a teensy, tiny wedding. With it being just us and my best friend as photographer, we just have to make ourselves happy. The teensy wedding has its drawbacks too, but lack of conflict is a definite perk.

Good luck coordinating as many schedules as you can, while still doing what you want on the time frame that makes you happy! princess:

hollybearsmom
10-13-2009, 01:39 PM
I need to hear about this tiny wedding....
just got off the phone like thirty seconds ago, and its my MOH who says, "well, I'm not sure we can make it now."

Throw my hands up. What am I going to do????

padisneyfour
10-13-2009, 01:53 PM
sending you lots of pixiedust: good luck with everything!:goodvibes

hollybearsmom
10-14-2009, 11:51 AM
Thank you for the pixie dust!!!!!!

I think planning is the most fun and I get a little too attached once I make a choice and then it isn't popular.

So my MOH and her family are going to Disney, and want to go when we go, but they are not sold on the summertime if there is a choice.
Can you have a VR not near the time of year you were married, does it matter? I'm thinking that the best way to make everyone happy is to move our "date".

John and I know for sure that we are not going to have a ceremony here and then just go to Disney as a 2nd honeymoon. We want our kids involved and to have the trip experience with us. We are just that kind of family.

So, if we go in the fall, we could have a Pirate and Princess theme.
Or we could go in December and have the winter fantasy.
Or we can go in August and have the melted ice cream theme.

Please, weigh in on this,

IS IT OKAY TO HAVE YOUR VR MONTHS AFTER YOUR ACTUAL ANNIVERSARY??

NitroStitch
10-14-2009, 11:58 AM
I need to hear about this tiny wedding....
just got off the phone like thirty seconds ago, and its my MOH who says, "well, I'm not sure we can make it now."

Throw my hands up. What am I going to do????

Oh no... You definitely need more pixie dust to come your way! pixiedust:

Our tiny wedding will just be my fiance and I, with my best friend in the role of our photographer. She takes gorgeous photos, and I think she partly volunteered to be behind the camera to avoid being in front of one - and especially to avoid the dreaded MOH dress. :laughing: The only other person there will be the officiant.

When we started planning, we wanted immediate family and closest friends, but none of his friends could make it (between deployments, current assignments not allowing vacation time, and budgets), none of his family could come, and my father wasn't going to be able to travel. My mother and stepfather would be like having Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet balcony at the wedding, since they are anti-love and anti-marriage and would badmouth the whole thing (they've done it before).

Since we set a date and decided to do the elopement-style ceremony, both of our families have indicated that NOW, they might be able to come. With our budget shrinking to the size of the wedding we ARE planning already, and now that we're enjoying the lack of controlling and grousing family members, we're sticking to just the two of us and my photog friend. I wish we could share the day with additional people who would be happy for us and would make the day even more magical, but it's not in the cards for us. They'll have to wish us well from a distance. And that's okay.

It's definitely not the answer for everybody, but for us, it's the best solution. Good luck figuring out who to try to schedule around and coordinate with and who to risk offending, however unavoidable and unintentional. Ultimately, it's YOUR day, and it's about the two of you, and I hope that your family and friends will remember that, at least most of the time. ;) princess:

padisneyfour
10-14-2009, 12:40 PM
for my two cents, you could do your VR when it works for you..... ours is not on our actual anniversary date (though we had hoped it would be but the WP is unavailable then) so we moved our VR date a week but other VR brides have had it when it worked for them.....our VR is around the time we usually go to wdw.....good luck:goodvibes

hollybearsmom
10-14-2009, 05:44 PM
Oh no... You definitely need more pixie dust to come your way! pixiedust:

When we started planning, we wanted immediate family and closest friends, but none of his friends could make it (between deployments, current assignments not allowing vacation time, and budgets

Ultimately, it's YOUR day, and it's about the two of you, and I hope that your family and friends will remember that, at least most of the time. ;) princess:

That sounds so much like our planning problems and we only have three military families, all the rest are civilians making it so hard!
Thank you for the reminder about who this is for, that's so hard to do when we want to please everyone.

for my two cents, you could do your VR when it works for you..... ours is not on our actual anniversary date (though we had hoped it would be but the WP is unavailable then) so we moved our VR date a week but other VR brides have had it when it worked for them.....our VR is around the time we usually go to wdw.....good luck:goodvibes

Thanks for the vote. We are really considering a major date change to appease more people, and in the end, I guess it doesn't matter when we celebrate at Disney.

hollybearsmom
10-15-2009, 03:17 PM
WE have talked about, called to check on reservations, looked at pricing and leave and school schedules and it is VERY possible, that this could become a DEC 2010 VR at SoG.

:banana::banana:oh yeah, Christmas in the World, celebrating my anniversary with a few thousand of my friends on New Years Eve:banana:woowoo

So if you should be planning an end of the year 2010 trip and want to recover from New Years Eve with our ceremony, reception, pool party and viewing of fireworks from Poly beach, drop me a line...we'd love to add our Dis-friends in on the fun!

Hoping to have a confirmation by the end of the week, I'll change the date in the title as soon as I know!

NitroStitch
10-16-2009, 06:37 AM
Congratulations on almost possibly setting a date you can be excited about and that will work with a lot of your intended guests. :woohoo:

Disney is gorgeous around the holidays, and it will be a beautiful time to visit! We December brides may be a little biased there... :rotfl:

hollybearsmom
10-17-2009, 12:42 PM
Hooray for December brides!

As I'm stewing and waiting for a date to be determined, I've been trying to find articles on vow renewals. I spent some time on about.com yesterday, and here's my notes organized...
A vow renewal IS a sentimental event celebrating life and love. A VR should be simple and casual.

A vow renewal IS NOT a second wedding. There should not be showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, attendants, processional, aisle runner, flower petals, tiered cake, tossing bouquet or garter, registry or gifts. Dress should not be white or long.

It seems there are a lot more oh no's then ok to do's.
I have a dream ceremony in my mind, and most of those weren't on my list.
but a few things are really special and sweet and I thought about having them, now I wonder, Is this etiquette set in stone? Will I be tsk-tsked if I do have an aisle runner, just for the two of us to stroll down?
hmmmmmmmmm. things to think about.


And I have been looking at dress sites too, I want something sort of casual, but very classic, and wearable too. I want to be fancy schmancy for the ceremony. It is important to both John and I that it is serious in nature and meaningful, not just I did I do, I would again, let's dance! Anyway, as we think about what is and is not correct and what we want to do anyway, here's a few dresses I've put into my "look book":
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/alfedangelo.jpgAlfred Angelo
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/alfredangelo2.jpgAlfred Angelo
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/davidsbridal9t9218.jpgDavids Bridal

NitroStitch
10-17-2009, 09:35 PM
Gorgeous dresses! As far as the official etiquette goes, I don't know if the authors of any of the articles are planning to show up at your VR, and I'm not sure if any of your invited guests plan to read those articles either, :0) so....I'd go with having your dream VR! Of course, I'm a big advocate of it being your day and you doing what makes YOU happy on that day. You can still be a princess all over again. princess:

hollybearsmom
10-17-2009, 09:53 PM
Gorgeous dresses! As far as the official etiquette goes, I don't know if the authors of any of the articles are planning to show up at your VR, and I'm not sure if any of your invited guests plan to read those articles either, :0) so....I'd go with having your dream VR! Of course, I'm a big advocate of it being your day and you doing what makes YOU happy on that day. You can still be a princess all over again. princess:

Thanks for the smile! I started laughting as soon as I started reading your response. I've told so many other brides to be to do what makes them happy because it goes so fast, and I'm not taking my own advice!

So against the opinion of 'them', John and I plan to have music playing as guests are seated. Then we will walk in hand in hand over our personalized aisle runner to the front. There will be a small lace covered table to the side with a candle burning in memory of my mom. Hopefully my brother will be there to light it for me, if not, I'll just light it really early!
No pew bows. No sand ceremony. Just us, a couple of readings, vows, right-hand rings with special blessing for the future, a little more music, a big fat kiss and then we take our children by the hands, and walk out together.

Then go eat our tiered cake! And enjoy ice cream and sweets. There's a lot more to work in and so many things I want to do, but trying to remember to reign it in, not go over the top, keep a small budget so there's more Park money, and not leave people wishing they were on space mtn right then instead!


***How do i make one of those monograms I keep seeing. They are so beautiful, and I really want one on the runner, in a size I can take and get framed for our dining room afterwards...anyone? anyone?

NitroStitch
10-18-2009, 09:44 AM
Yay! I'm so glad you're going to do what you really want to do for your VR. :cheer2:

It's so easy when we're researching these ceremonies and occasions to get swayed away from what we WANT to do and to forget it's all OUR day. I think that's one of the reasons we're going extra-extra-extra tiny. Fewer naysayers at the actual event. :rotfl:

I'm not sure how folks are doing the monograms, so I'll have to leave that question to another bride.

hollybearsmom
10-19-2009, 12:00 AM
I just noticed the 4+3 was through the end of March! Here's hoping my hubby can get leave sometime early in the year for a planning trip!!!!!!!

BTW, did I mention he left on his tour this weekend?

Monny2AE
10-19-2009, 12:04 PM
Thank you for the pixie dust!!!!!!

I think planning is the most fun and I get a little too attached once I make a choice and then it isn't popular.

So my MOH and her family are going to Disney, and want to go when we go, but they are not sold on the summertime if there is a choice.
Can you have a VR not near the time of year you were married, does it matter? I'm thinking that the best way to make everyone happy is to move our "date".

John and I know for sure that we are not going to have a ceremony here and then just go to Disney as a 2nd honeymoon. We want our kids involved and to have the trip experience with us. We are just that kind of family.

So, if we go in the fall, we could have a Pirate and Princess theme.
Or we could go in December and have the winter fantasy.
Or we can go in August and have the melted ice cream theme.

Please, weigh in on this,

IS IT OKAY TO HAVE YOUR VR MONTHS AFTER YOUR ACTUAL ANNIVERSARY??
I don't see any problem with it. :confused3 Our anniversary is in July and we went to Disney for our honeymoon. I'd love to plan a VR for our 15th or 20th but NO WAY would you get me to WDW in that heat again. It would definitely be after our real anniversary.
Thanks for the smile! I started laughting as soon as I started reading your response. I've told so many other brides to be to do what makes them happy because it goes so fast, and I'm not taking my own advice!

So against the opinion of 'them', John and I plan to have music playing as guests are seated. Then we will walk in hand in hand over our personalized aisle runner to the front. There will be a small lace covered table to the side with a candle burning in memory of my mom. Hopefully my brother will be there to light it for me, if not, I'll just light it really early!
No pew bows. No sand ceremony. Just us, a couple of readings, vows, right-hand rings with special blessing for the future, a little more music, a big fat kiss and then we take our children by the hands, and walk out together.

Then go eat our tiered cake! And enjoy ice cream and sweets. There's a lot more to work in and so many things I want to do, but trying to remember to reign it in, not go over the top, keep a small budget so there's more Park money, and not leave people wishing they were on space mtn right then instead!


***How do i make one of those monograms I keep seeing. They are so beautiful, and I really want one on the runner, in a size I can take and get framed for our dining room afterwards...anyone? anyone?

Your plans sound so simple and sweet! Perfect! I hope you don't take other's opinions into consideration too much. Remember who this is all for :love:

P.S. Sorry DH is away again :hug:

hollybearsmom
10-19-2009, 03:22 PM
Thanks you two. You keep me grounded when I start getting swept away in the planning.

My contact person is off today, so no updated contract, ack! I did get to talk to hubby today, he sounded really happy, and he will be home in two weeks to get his household goods. The kids and I aren't relocating since it's not a full year.

I've been looking through some beautiful things on etsy, and I am sure I want to wear a tiara, so now I need to think about hair styles since I'm getting a cut this weekend coming, and will have maybe shoulder length by next fall.

I've been looking at Disney love songs too, thinking about making a cd for our favor bags. Using our ceremony music and some of our special songs, with a personalized insert explaining why we chose them. Do people keep these and really look at them? Or are they a waste?

hollybearsmom
10-20-2009, 06:19 AM
I just saw the pictures from a Sago Cay DP and now I want one.
Is two dessert functions too many? The cake right after the ceremony and then one for Wishes?

NitroStitch
10-20-2009, 06:52 AM
I just saw the pictures from a Sago Cay DP and now I want one.
Is two dessert functions too many? The cake right after the ceremony and then one for Wishes?

:cool1: Ooooh. Can you ever really have too much dessert? (Of course, I look like I live by that philosophy! LOL) That sounds like fun, and I've heard they treat you really well at the Wishes Dessert Party!

hollybearsmom
10-20-2009, 07:32 PM
There is a definate date change, the contract is being approved, the date will be posted in this space tomorrow morning!!!!! Wanna guess....

pezaddict231
10-20-2009, 09:30 PM
Congrats on 15 years together! That is wonderful and I wouldn't worry about what etiquette says, this day should be exactly what you want! There are two few couples out there these days that after 15 years can say they would do it all over again, so I think you've definitely earned the right to have an aisle runner or wear a white dress or anything else you want. :goodvibes BTW, there are so many wonderful VR couples on here and it's so inspiring...I'm thinking a love of Disney may be the true secret to a happy marriage. ;)

I love the story of how you first got together and your proposal story, you had me lol at how mad you were, I would do the same thing! :lmao:

I'm so jealous you guys have a paving stone at Disney, I really wish they still did that. On our Engagement trip DF was really jealous that we didn't have one and asked why I never got him one :rotfl2:

Okay so the monograms, I'm not really the best at this sort of thing, but I think mine came out okay... I used Pages for Mac, but you could probably use Word or Powerpoint. I used one text box and did a big "C" for our last name, then I made the color lighter and it let's me adjust the opacity so I made it lighter, like 40%, so that the initial would appear behind our names. Then I put another text box on top and wrote our names. I then googled a mickey head image and put that in there too. ;) On the mac I can save things really easily as a PDF or a JPEG, so I just did that so I could adjust the size. I know you can also use photoshop, but I tried that and it was way too confusing!

Hope the helps!

NitroStitch
10-20-2009, 11:53 PM
There is a definate date change, the contract is being approved, the date will be posted in this space tomorrow morning!!!!! Wanna guess....

Ooooh, I don't know, but I'm wondering after this loooonnnnng drum roll to the date! :laughing:

hollybearsmom
10-21-2009, 09:50 AM
After much planning and shuffling and hoping and praying......

THE DATE IS.......
















































1*1*11
HAPPY NEW YEAR
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2008%20Trip/1824.jpg

NitroStitch
10-21-2009, 12:02 PM
:yay: What a fun date! What a great way to start off that year AND to enjoy the fun of an interesting number date.

padisneyfour
10-21-2009, 09:35 PM
cool new date! how fun! great way to bring in the new year! good luck:goodvibes

hollybearsmom
10-26-2009, 09:15 AM
Congrats on 15 years together! Okay so the monograms, I'm not really the best at this sort of thing, but I think mine came out okay... I used Pages for Mac, but you could probably use Word or Powerpoint. I used one text box and did a big "C" for our last name, then I made the color lighter and it let's me adjust the opacity so I made it lighter, like 40%, so that the initial would appear behind our names. Then I put another text box on top and wrote our names. I then googled a mickey head image and put that in there too. ;) On the mac I can save things really easily as a PDF or a JPEG, so I just did that so I could adjust the size. I know you can also use photoshop, but I tried that and it was way too confusing!


Thank you for sharing how to do this, I'll give it a try in Powerpoint sometime this week. Actually my dd could probably do it better and faster than I could!:rotfl:


:yay: What a fun date! What a great way to start off that year AND to enjoy the fun of an interesting number date.
Thank you and I totally think thank that is a great number!

cool new date! how fun! great way to bring in the new year! good luck:goodvibes

Thank you, and what a pre-party on New Years Eve huh?

So dh and I got to talk some this weekend about the ceremony, and he is worried about the number of people who would want to come and the cost. He'd rather not have the VR if there aren't a dozen people and use the money for an extra Park day....I want my VR!!!!! I can't believe I've give up an extra day for this, but I would. Anyone want to take their mid-day break at a Vow Renewal of a DIS buddy? There will be some empty seats!
He really wants to keep our colors as they are and not change to Christmas red and green. And we agreed that this is going to be very "Florida Casual", shorts and sundresses. ((Except I am going to get a fabulous dress for the ceremony and then change, but he doesn't know that yet.)) He mentioned a beachy feel, which I vetoed because we live at the beach and I don't want to feel like I am home, I want the Disney magic. He wants the kids involved somehow. He would prefer no flowers anywhere.
I also haven't mentioned photography because of the budget, but I am going to make that work...I'll spill the beans on who pretty soon...because I want us to have this memory preserved.
And we are still trying to find a weekend we can get away in the Spring, to plan. And to play in the Parks...get some souvies for favors...try some restaurants for a dinner afterwards...

I am looking at A Moore and Michaels and WalMart and Targets' Christmas decorations, and hoping that when it goes on sale after the holidays, I can fill up my closet with decorations in the blue and silver colors we want to use for pennies!

hollybearsmom
10-26-2009, 09:29 AM
If I make a monogram in powerpoint, how do I make that a picture and upload it?

Stephie77
10-26-2009, 09:38 AM
What a great date!!! so excited for you. i think that is the best time of year to get married in disney!! (i know i am bias :lmao::rotfl::lmao::rotfl:) can't wait to hear all the planning now that the date is official!!!

NitroStitch
10-27-2009, 12:01 PM
Thank you, and what a pre-party on New Years Eve huh?

So dh and I got to talk some this weekend about the ceremony, and he is worried about the number of people who would want to come and the cost. He'd rather not have the VR if there aren't a dozen people and use the money for an extra Park day....I want my VR!!!!! I can't believe I've give up an extra day for this, but I would. Anyone want to take their mid-day break at a Vow Renewal of a DIS buddy? There will be some empty seats!
He really wants to keep our colors as they are and not change to Christmas red and green. And we agreed that this is going to be very "Florida Casual", shorts and sundresses. ((Except I am going to get a fabulous dress for the ceremony and then change, but he doesn't know that yet.)) He mentioned a beachy feel, which I vetoed because we live at the beach and I don't want to feel like I am home, I want the Disney magic. He wants the kids involved somehow. He would prefer no flowers anywhere.
I also haven't mentioned photography because of the budget, but I am going to make that work...I'll spill the beans on who pretty soon...because I want us to have this memory preserved.
And we are still trying to find a weekend we can get away in the Spring, to plan. And to play in the Parks...get some souvies for favors...try some restaurants for a dinner afterwards...

I am looking at A Moore and Michaels and WalMart and Targets' Christmas decorations, and hoping that when it goes on sale after the holidays, I can fill up my closet with decorations in the blue and silver colors we want to use for pennies!

Very good idea to scout the discounted decorations for when your VR time comes! Good luck with swaying DH to the VR you're planning and dreaming about! Hopefully he will agree to make it the magical day you're dreaming about, and that he'll enjoy the festivities too. I totally understand wanting it to be extra-Disney-magical! How often in life do you get to be a princess? princess:

hollybearsmom
10-29-2009, 01:31 PM
I am an over-planner, its in the genes. Thinking very far ahead, but remembering what we liked and what we didn't get to do, and what we were enhhhh about last trip, I started thinking about what we would do this time...IF we get to go down early, here's my planning start:
Day 1: Magic Kingdom
MUST DO: Castle and photopass picture. Train ride. Splash Mountain. POTC. Space Mountain. Peter Pan. BTMRR. HM. Parade. Wishes.

HOPE SO: Swiss Family Treehouse (dd read this book, so a learning moment ha), Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Hall of Presidents (closed last time), Small World, Dumbo, Pooh, Barnstormer, Monsters Inc.

HOPE NOTS: Tiki Bird (I can't stand this but dh thinks the kids would want to do it) Country Bears (repeat of above). Carousel, Tea Cups, and Astro Orbitor (not a circling type gal). Jungle Cruise (once every two years is plenty for this one), PhilharMagic (don't hate me but I don't like this), Snow White

Of course, I hope to add to the autograph books since ds was too young to really get into it, and we will trade pins again.

FOOD: Hard to say if we get the dining plan, we want to do Crystal Palace for sure. Other favorites are cheese fries from Caseys, Turkey Legs, Bakery, NoodleStation

hollybearsmom
11-02-2009, 10:03 AM
Day 2: Animal Kingdom

MUST DO'S: Kilimanjaro Safari, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, Finding Nemo-The Musical, Dinosaur.

HOPE TO'S: Its' Tough To Be A Bug, Wildlife Express Train, Affection
Section, Maharajah Jungle Trek, afternoon parade

HOPE NOT'S: FOLK (hate the birds and it so short now), Flights of Wonder (even hate real birds), Primeval Whirl & TriceraTop Spin (unless we can find someone else to ride with dd)

Thinking about going in and straight to CHARACTER TRAIL. Sending dh to EE for a fastpass, meeting at the safari, re-ride if wait is less than 30 minutes and then working our way around to DinoLand and letting the kids play there before one last safari!

FOOD: Yak & Yeti, popcorn during parade, other than that....any ideas?

hollybearsmom
11-02-2009, 10:06 AM
And by the way, dh was home this weekend to pack his HHG, I got to go to a scrapbook crop all day saturday, and then we took the kids to 2 church festivals for trick-or-treat.
made dd costume 2 years ago, and left plenty of room wih velcro to be worn for dress-up, and she decided to wear it again. ds is saying "ROAR"!
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/IMG_0778.jpg
And the happy pirates. (please ignore the oh-so-flattering footwear on me)
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/IMG_0852.jpg

We will see him again in three short weeks for Thanksgiving weekend, and then at Christmas he will take leave again, and then, we won't talk about when he can get off again....pouty face

hollybearsmom
11-04-2009, 09:48 AM
Evening - Day 2: Downtown Disney after AK
MUST DO: Play with Legos. Get a snack at Goofys. Once Upon a Toy. World of Disney. T-Rex.

HOPE SO: Chocolate coffee. More shopping. Pin traders.

HOPE NOTS: Can't think of one...

Take pictures! All of ours are dark and a little blurry, so I hope the new camera we get (hint, hint honey) is better at night time shots.

hollybearsmom
11-04-2009, 09:48 AM
Day 3: DHS
MUST DO'S: Tower of Terror! Many times. TSMM. Twice I hope.
Muppet 3D. Playhouse Disney. RnRC

HOPE TO'S: Honey I Shrink The Kids Playground. Lights, Motors, Action!, VoLM, HSM3 if it is still around, something Hannah Montana will open

HOPE NOT'S: Movie Ride, Star Tours, Fantasmic (gasp you are thinking, but we don't think the wait is worth the show) Block Party Bash

We only spend a half day here because we just don't enjoy this park that much. So we will bring some snacks and hope to get out of here by lunch so we can get something decent to eat on our way to the MK.

Day 3.5: Magic Kingdom
As the planner, I try unabashadly to exert undo influence on our choice of where to go. I love the Magic Kingdom, so back we go!
Afternoon Parade is goal. Then back through Fronteirland to pick up anything we missed the first day. End over in Toontown for characters and some laid back playtime.
dd and dh will probably try to hit the coaters again while ds and I take it slower.
Buzz Lightyear, Carousel of Progress, Monsters Inc. Eat at Noodle station. Stake out a spot in the rose garden for wishes and wait.

hollybearsmom
11-04-2009, 09:49 AM
Day 4: Epcot. World Showcase.
Probably the 29th.
Be here super early. dh and dd will ride a lot. ds and I will find something to do. )hints????)
EPCOT
MUST DO'S: Test Track, Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy, The Seas

HOPE TO's: Innoventions, Characters, The Land

HOPE NOT'S: Mission: SPACE

WORLD SHOWCASE
MUST DO'S: Kidcot masks, dd Passport (we got one last trip but really didn't get it stamped or anything), pressed pennies

HOPE TO'S: See the Santas, and the Street Performers

HOPE NOT's: ""hope not to miss the rides""
We didn't take the time to really visit each country, so we will do four today and the rest tomorrow...we hope.

hollybearsmom
11-06-2009, 05:23 PM
Day 5. EPCOT/World Showcase Part 2.
If dates are as planned, this is also resort hop day. So sleep in, pack and load car, check on room at SoG to see if ready early, go to Park.

Continue World Showcase wherever we left off.
Finish early enough to get a spot for Illuminations. (Hope we get some seats on a shared cruise again if at all possible.) ((If we get a boat ride, we will all leave, check-in to SoG and then go catch the boat. If not, one of us will stay with kids in WS saving our seats and the other will go check-in at SoG and then come back.
Grab a variety of snacks from around the World. Have our little picnic and watch fireworks, then into bed.

hollybearsmom
11-06-2009, 05:24 PM
Day 6

Most of our guests arrival day. So we have to be near Shades of Green all day to check them in.
My guess is most will arrive after lunch through the early evening, so hoping to do a resort breakfast this morning, or Donalds in AK, hit the safari and EE then back to the resort.

Time to do all the fixin up of kids bags and table decorations, things like that so we can have them all ready for the morning of the 1st. Good day to do laundry, maybe swim, try to resort hop a little to see the decorations, and probably go shopping early to the outlets.

We think we would like to do Hoop-Dee-Do early this evening with everyone who has checked-in. Maybe have a hayride reserved, then catch the campfire and movie. Head to the beach to see the Water Parade and watch the fireworks. Back to SoG and into bed...if I can sleep!

hollybearsmom
11-06-2009, 05:25 PM
Vow Renewal Day.
Breakfast is on your own. I thought about trying to do a breakfast with everyone but since I will be running around like crazy taking care of last minute details, making sure the decor is right, the sound works, the weather is nice, etc. we decided just to leave people to their own choices.

Get dressed in room and we are thinking that around ten, we will head over to the Poly and/or GF for some pictures of just us and of us and the kids.
10:45a line up inside resort, kids go sit with grands or friends, whoever is here.....11a, "hold on tight, cause here we go!"
11:45a Let Them Eat Cake. We do not want lunch but since we couldn't get the 1pm time frame...we aren't sure what to do now. Maybe some finger food trays...

Afternoon is undecided...possibly park hop and get photopass pictures in front of the icons. Possible nap. Possibly pool time. Really undecided.

Evening plans. Dinner at 7ish, either Whispering Canyon, or Boma. Then watch water parade and fireworks from whichever resort we are eating at.

In My Dream World: John will take me to MK to see Wishes up close and personal.

hollybearsmom
11-10-2009, 06:02 PM
I want to swag the front arch with a garland.....how wide is it and did SoG let you do this? How did you hang it?

posting on general wedding board too for more info i hope...

NitroStitch
11-10-2009, 06:25 PM
I want to swag the front arch with a garland.....how wide is it and did SoG let you do this? How did you hang it?

posting on general wedding board too for more info i hope...

The front arch is pretty wide, but I'd give Bonny a call for exact dimensions. I think their main requirement is that you use no nails or anything that would damage the wood. It looked like there was fabric draped through some of the spaces in the latticework by one of the bridal parties when we were scouting the place out. I think they just wound the sashing around and draped it that way.

http://nitrostitch.smugmug.com/Paul-and-I/Shades-of-Green-and-Disney/P1430182/603892187_ob92Y-M.jpg

hollybearsmom
11-10-2009, 06:31 PM
It does look tucked in.......hmmmm,I am thinking of having evergreen for winter theme you know, maybe I need to think about tying them up with wide red ribbon and bows?
ANd then that makes me wonder about electric and if I can have white lights twisted in or not? oh man, so many unanswered questions!

NitroStitch
11-11-2009, 01:29 AM
It does look tucked in.......hmmmm,I am thinking of having evergreen for winter theme you know, maybe I need to think about tying them up with wide red ribbon and bows?
ANd then that makes me wonder about electric and if I can have white lights twisted in or not? oh man, so many unanswered questions!

Oooh. I like both of those ideas! They do have some electricity available out there, but I'm not sure how many connections (another Bonny question).

hollybearsmom
11-11-2009, 09:28 AM
NitroStitch - ONE MONTH! on your countdown! Can you believe it?

NitroStitch
11-11-2009, 11:52 AM
NitroStitch - ONE MONTH! on your countdown! Can you believe it?

I know! On one hand, I'm really excited. On the other hand, I no longer have a photographer due to my friend's recent surgery, and I'm scrambling through posts to try finding contact information for photographers and see if any of them aren't already booked. :scared1: How did something so simple get so complicated? :headache:

hollybearsmom
11-18-2009, 12:44 PM
I've been thinking about the kids table and their gift bags. I found some great mini fun pads with Disney themes at Walgreens for .50c, I imagine they will be 3/1.00 soon if not even less. I'm going to grab a couple sets of these for the kids tables, and may even include a puzzle page or two in our newsletters just for fun!

hollybearsmom
11-20-2009, 06:06 AM
I've been looking everywhere for ideas for flowers and tables, they need to be inexpensive and easy to make since we will probably be doing it all ourselves.(read, by myself with help of my dd)
Here's a few thigs that have caught my eye lately...
from the knot
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/planning/allysonmichaeltheknot.jpg
from BHG christmas tables
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/planning/bhgsquarevasetwiggy.jpghttp://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/planning/bhgmagnoliaornaments.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/planning/bhgcarnationpearl.jpg
and I can't remember where, but I am loving this
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t166/hollybearsmom/2010/planning/roses-berries_300.jpg

hollybearsmom
12-11-2009, 12:35 PM
We are thinking about making it a brunch affair, with the VR before the dessert course, and not using the gazebo at all.......any thoughts?

SuzeQ
12-14-2009, 09:17 AM
Where would you exchange vows? I think the gazebo is pretty for pictures.

hollybearsmom
12-16-2009, 12:37 AM
We were just thinking that we would do it in front of the table by the cake before dessert. Really short and sweet!

NitroStitch
12-16-2009, 05:59 AM
We just got back from our SoG wedding, and I can definitely say the gazebo was magical for the ceremony and the pictures! :cloud9:

hollybearsmom
01-19-2010, 05:07 PM
It's a very busy New years and i just had surgery on Monday, so I'll be starting my planning journal in a few days...I'm so excited!!!!

NitroStitch
01-19-2010, 05:30 PM
It's a very busy New years and i just had surgery on Monday, so I'll be starting my planning journal in a few days...I'm so excited!!!!

Ouch! Feel better soon...and then you can start planning in detail!

hollybearsmom
02-11-2010, 03:39 PM
recovery is a lot slower than planned.

back soon.

NitroStitch
02-11-2010, 06:20 PM
recovery is a lot slower than planned.

back soon.

:hug: Awww...take care of yourself & feel better soon, I hope! :hug:

Stephie77
02-12-2010, 09:00 AM
:hug:Feel better soon!!!

hollybearsmom
02-12-2010, 09:57 AM
:hug: Awww...take care of yourself & feel better soon, I hope! :hug:

:hug:Feel better soon!!!

thank you both so very much, it is a real bummer...and no shopping either
but i am enjoying reading up on trips others took and making lots of notes and plans for ours!

hollybearsmom
03-03-2010, 02:05 PM
Let's see, to update...i see the surgeon tomorrow! I can't believe it's time to be free, actually I cheated and drove a little this week to see how it felt - wierd for sure, but nice to be out on my own.

We have added a little quick summer trip, mostly updated here http://wdwenchanted.com/walt-disney-world-pre-trip-reports/1865-1-1-11-maybe-june-definately-pg-13-but-kids-dont-know.html

my bf and her family are not on board 100% anymore, dh family is definately out of the loop, and my plans are getting smaller by the minute. Just take a second to read the last two pages over there on the updates and you will be in the know for now.
My bf thinks I should have the VR here at home, then just vacation at Disney and not expect people to make the trip. I've tried to tell her that is not my dream and no matter how many times she suggests it, I'm not going to change. My dh isn't sure what work is going to be like, so he is backed down to just New Years weekend and not all of Christmas week.
But I am ever faithful that this will all come together as I imagine it, and have been using those 40% off coupons for craft stores to load up on crystals and carnations and anything with glitter on it for my crafting!
thanks for sticking around while I recuperated -

hollybearsmom
10-22-2010, 05:51 PM
My man got deployed, so dates are all up in the air...phew, nthing is ever easy
He will most likely be gone six months, home one, gone six months, home one, gone six months and then home for ????