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Linden Lady
05-29-2011, 07:56 PM
We are finally home and I've gathered all of my thoughts.....and pictures! Hope you enjoy this trip report.
When I was planning this, only a handful of weddings had taken place on the Dream! So, it was very hard to get an idea of how this VR was going to go - especially since there is no outdoor venue on this new ship. So, reading other TR's from the Classic ships did me little good, as a lot of the details for MY ceremony would be different. And Shanda, from DFTW was so swamped, I felt like I had nowhere to turn for answers. And it was starting to stress me out!
So, I'll try to chronicle this TR in a way that'll give you an idea of the natural flow of things and the progression of events on this particular new ship. That way YOU will know what to expect on your special day!
If I leave anything out or if you have questions, just ask! :flower3:

Linden Lady
05-29-2011, 08:04 PM
We arrive at the DCL terminal about 9:30 am, after spending 17 hrs in the car.
Yay! It’s time for our very first Disney cruise!
Most DISers said it was pointless to arrive too early but I figured, might as well see if we can get a low boarding number since we’re here anyway! DH dropped me off with the luggage and he parked the car with the boys. I checked the luggage and made my way through security to the front desk to register our family. I was able to score a 5, and I was pretty happy with that. However, the CM told me I’d have to come back up when my family gets here so they could get their photos taken for their KTTW cards. Ugh. Ok.

So, I met up with DH and sons and we made our way BACK through the line. A different CM took their photos and then told us to wait at the desk for a moment. He returned with a card from DCL and a new boarding pass of ONE!!! Wow! Among the very first to board. Amazing! The card was from my onboard coordinator, Sarah. I was to meet her at Guest Services at 2:30 pm.

Time passed so quickly and soon our number was called! We made our way through the mickey ears to have our very first cruise pictures taken! Then, my FAVORITE part, they announced our arrival onto the ship for all to hear! “Please welcome, The Peters Family, to the Disney Dream!”

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Time for some lunch at Cabana’s with NO crowds or waiting for a table! Then, some great shots of the ship with very little people onboard. We also noticed that we were docked right next to our honeymoon cruise ship, the Carnival Sensation! 10 yrs ago, we were on that very ship, for a 7 day cruise, celebrating our marriage. Now, that’s got to be a good sign. What a coincidence!

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Notice the love bugs crawling on the window in that photo. Ugh, they were the WORST thing about this cruise. Unfortunately, we cruised during their brief mating season and those lil things were everywhere! It felt like a horror movie! The sail away party was miserable b/c of them crawling everywhere. The poor crew stayed up most of the night, after we set sail, just power washing them off of everything!

But, I digress. We met Sarah at 2:30 and she escorted us to a private conference room where we ironed out all of the ceremony details. She wanted me to go back to the room and set out my dress so they could steam it. She would also pick up my mickey topiary and pomander and take them to Outlook. That way, they’d already have them and could decorate the room with everything I’d brought to use.

Then, we wandered around the ship for a few hours.
We found Palo, where we’d be having our romantic wedding dinner after the ceremony and photography. We also, eventually, found the Outlook Lounge. It’s in a very secluded area of the ship and only 1 set of elevators (midship) will take you there! They keep it tucked away for that intimate, private feel. It was very nice but I still had my heart set on an outdoor venue. Maybe they will eventually figure something out for the Dream.....

Linden Lady
05-29-2011, 08:19 PM
We dock at Nassau and we disembark for a few hours just to see what it’s like. I was originally kind of upset that the VR wasn’t going to be taking place on a day at sea or something. I didn’t want to miss anything important b/c of this ceremony. BUT, the DISers were right, I wasn’t missing anything! After a few hours of locals trying to persuade me to buy everything under the sun, I was ready to get back on the ship. I understand it’s better if you take a cab and get further away from the docks or do an excursion??? But, we didn’t have time for any of that.

Back on board, we ate lunch and DH took the boys swimming. I met Amanda, my hairdresser, at Senses Salon for my 3:00 appt. She spent an hour twisting my hair into curls and pinning them around my tiara. After, I met DH and boys back at the room and we began to get everyone dressed.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/MengetReady.jpg

DH and boys left for Outlook and I continued to get ready. Sarah came to our stateroom at 5:15 pm to help zip me up and escort me to Outlook. I waited outside the double doors, around a corner where I would not be seen. My boys walked in first, carrying the ring pillows I’d made.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/ringbearers.jpg

They stood at the front, next to their father and Captain Tom. Then, it was my turn. Our “piano man” from Hungary played “you’ll be in my heart” from Tarzan as I walked down the aisle. We requested all Disney songs for our ceremony since this was just a vow renewal. DH and I agreed that we didn’t want to hear any typical wedding music.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/HereComesBride.jpg

We added “the blessing of the hands” to our vows b/c I felt the DCL script was much too dry and impersonal. So, that added about 5 min to the ceremony length.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/BlessingofHands.jpg

Time to kiss the bride!!

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Captain Tom was nice enough, I suppose. But we caught him looking at his watch quite a bit and we felt like he’d rather not be bothered with our ceremony. After, we took 2 photos with him and he was off like a shot.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/CptTom.jpg

Time to cut the cake

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We danced to “Kiss the Girl” from the Little Mermaid.

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Time to walk around the ship and get more photos!


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Linden Lady
05-29-2011, 08:29 PM
The BEST part about walking around with a ship photographer: you never have to wait in line!
If there are characters in the Lobby Atrium, you just step right in, get your shots, and move on to the next photo opportunity!

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After about an hour of pictures, we went back to the room where Sarah had room service waiting for the boys! We were worried about how to get them fed and off to the Oceaneer’s Club in time for our Palo ressie. They got changed, ate personal pizzas, and we dropped them off about 20 min later.

Our Palo dinner was amazing! We dined on rack of lamb, spinach couscous, and an assortment of desserts. In fact, our waiter brought out 1 of each on the menu! :lovestruc
Then, they delivered the top tier of our wedding cake to the table, along with a plate that said, "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate sauce.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/Palo.jpg

After dinner, we had fun posing different places throughout the ship. Guest response to our attire was CRAZY at times!
Constant questions and/or congratulatory statements could be heard throughout the entire ship!
We literally felt like celebrities on the red carpet!

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Several complete strangers even asked if they could take a picture of us.
Kind of hard to believe that WE are memories in someone's vacation scrapbook! :cloud9:
But the crowning moment occured when a little girl exclaimed,
"Wow, mommy! Look at that princess! Which one is she??"
as she rushed over with her princess book and pen expecting to get my autograph!
My heart just melted! princess:

Back at the room, a million things awaited us!
The waiter at Palo had delivered our wedding cake and anniversary plate to our stateroom.
A silver plate of chocolate covered strawberries and bottle of FairyTale Cuvee sparkling wine was chilling.
Our room host placed one of the ring bearer pillows inside a heart made from fresh flower petals AND made 2 swan towel animals.
Sarah delivered all of the fresh flowers, left over from the ceremony, and decorated the bed and cabin with them.
We also had a gift from "Disney Fairy Tale Weddings". It was a blue/tan bag with an embroidered DCL logo and mesh bottom.
Inside we found 2 huge bath sheets for Castaway Cay!

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Sarah also left Magical Moment certificates and 2 DCL plush Plutos for the boys. :wizard:

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PrincessTinker11
05-30-2011, 12:43 PM
We dock at Nassau and we disembark for a few hours just to see what it’s like. I was originally kind of upset that the VR wasn’t going to be taking place on a day at sea or something. I didn’t want to miss anything important b/c of this ceremony. BUT, the DISers were right, I wasn’t missing anything! After a few hours of locals trying to persuade me to buy everything under the sun, I was ready to get back on the ship. I understand it’s better if you take a cab and get further away from the docks or do an excursion??? But, we didn’t have time for any of that.

Back on board, we ate lunch and DH took the boys swimming. I met Amanda, my hairdresser, at Senses Salon for my 3:00 appt. She spent an hour twisting my hair into curls and pinning them around my tiara. After, I met DH and boys back at the room and we began to get everyone dressed.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/MengetReady.jpg

DH and boys left for Outlook and I continued to get ready. Sarah came to our stateroom at 5:15 pm to help zip me up and escort me to Outlook. I waited outside the double doors, around a corner where I would not be seen. My boys walked in first, carrying the ring pillows I’d made.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/ringbearers.jpg

They stood at the front, next to their father and Captain Tom. Then, it was my turn. Our “piano man” from Hungary played “you’ll be in my heart” from Tarzan as I walked down the aisle. We requested all Disney songs for our ceremony since this was just a vow renewal. DH and I agreed that we didn’t want to hear any typical wedding music.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/HereComesBride.jpg

We added “the blessing of the hands” to our vows b/c I felt the DCL script was much too dry and impersonal. So, that added about 5 min to the ceremony length.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/BlessingofHands.jpg

Time to kiss the bride!!

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/KisstheGirl.jpg

Captain Tom was nice enough, I suppose. But we caught him looking at his watch quite a bit and we felt like he’d rather not be bothered with our ceremony. After, we took 2 photos with him and he was off like a shot.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/CptTom.jpg

Time to cut the cake

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/cake.jpg



We danced to “Kiss the Girl” from the Little Mermaid.

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/1stDance.jpg

Time to walk around the ship and get more photos!


http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/porthole.jpg

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/flowers4you.jpg

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc514/Linden_Lady/handinhand.jpg

I love your TR!! The pics came out wonderful...did you pick up the Mickey glove once you was on the ship? It adds to the whole picture :)

Tinker Bell Fan
05-30-2011, 09:21 PM
Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! I love your dress!!!

pjstevens
05-31-2011, 11:16 AM
Loving your TR so far! Have to say your truly looked like a princess! Stunning!

LittleStinkerbelle
05-31-2011, 02:25 PM
Congratulations! I love your dress - so pretty! My favorite pic is the one of you two dancing where you can see your reflection as well - stunning.

WDBRDWLK
06-01-2011, 09:37 PM
Awesome trip report! Love the pictures. I agree with the little girl, you do look like a princess! Congratulations on your 10th anniversary!

Linden Lady
06-02-2011, 08:01 AM
I love your TR!! The pics came out wonderful...did you pick up the Mickey glove once you was on the ship? It adds to the whole picture :)

We origionally brought the mickey hands from home to use at the sail away party b/c I wanted a few pics of us waving goodbye to the shore. (we purchased them at MK a few trips ago)
It was actually DH's idea to use them in the VR pics. The photographer was loving it! I wouldn't be surprised if they start suggesting that. We have tons of diff poses with the mickey hands. They really pop against a black tux! :lovestruc

Linden Lady
06-02-2011, 08:03 AM
Thanks so much everyone!
We had a magical day. In the end, it was definitely worth all of the money we spent. :wizard:

LotsaMickey
06-08-2011, 10:08 PM
I am beyond excited to have come across your TR!
We are also doing a VR next year on the Dream,,,and I have so many questions,and,same as you,finding it hard to get answers from Shanda =(

Your day looked beautiful!!!
I am also sad to see/hear,that it is an indoor ceremony,I also,had high hopes of an outdoor venue! Hope they can arrange something before ours,,The room is beautiful,,just really like the idea of being outside on the ocean while we do it!

If you don't mind my asking,,,you said you added the blessing of the hands,,,was this something they offered,or something you brought along?

We were wanting to do our own vows,and also see if they could do something to incorporate ours kids as well,,,any suggestions?

Also,,do you know,can they add color to the cake? I have seen other TR where the flowers are colored on the cake,,but see no option for that in the packet =(

Thanks for any and all info you have!! Looking at your TR makes me even more excited for our big day!!!

doccoc2002
06-08-2011, 10:27 PM
I love your dress. I am thinking about doing a VR next year for our 10th Anniversary, Congratulations by the way!!!!!!

Thanks for all the great pics & I can't wait to start planning ours. I hope they offer something outside by then.
Your boys are adorable.

Linden Lady
06-12-2011, 12:11 AM
I am beyond excited to have come across your TR!
We are also doing a VR next year on the Dream,,,and I have so many questions,and,same as you,finding it hard to get answers from Shanda =(

Your day looked beautiful!!!
I am also sad to see/hear,that it is an indoor ceremony,I also,had high hopes of an outdoor venue! Hope they can arrange something before ours,,The room is beautiful,,just really like the idea of being outside on the ocean while we do it!

If you don't mind my asking,,,you said you added the blessing of the hands,,,was this something they offered,or something you brought along?

We were wanting to do our own vows,and also see if they could do something to incorporate ours kids as well,,,any suggestions?

Also,,do you know,can they add color to the cake? I have seen other TR where the flowers are colored on the cake,,but see no option for that in the packet =(

Thanks for any and all info you have!! Looking at your TR makes me even more excited for our big day!!!

I'm so glad you found me then!! :lovestruc

The Blessing of the hands was something I found on the internet when I was looking for ideas specifically for vow renewals. Right after I read the standard DCL vows, I knew we wanted/needed something more!! I will post those vows in a minute.

We decided to have both boys be ring bearers in order to incorporate them into the ceremony. I couldn't think of anything else to do with/for them.

I was told that you CAN'T add color! But, like you, I know I've seen cakes with accent color! It's so frustrating how things seem to get done for some and it's hit or miss for other couples. :headache: I asked Shanda several times and was told, each time, no color b/c they like to keep it simple and don't want to mess with personalizing the cakes too much. They want you to like it just the way the stock photo is and they figure since they give you 3 diff choices, you should just pick one and be happy about it. :headache:
But, I'm nothing if not persistant, so I tried asking the wedding coordinator once we got on board. She also politely said NO. :sad1: BUT, I did manage to convince them to cluster the dots on the cake more closely to form lil "hidden mickey's" :woohoo:
So, I dunno, I sure hope you have better cake luck than me. :confused3

Hope this helps! If you need anything else, just ask! ;)

Linden Lady
06-12-2011, 12:16 AM
We would like to take a moment to bless the hands of Aaron and Amanda,
For it is through the hands that we demonstrate our love and commitment to one another.

Aaron and Amanda, please face each other and join both hands so that we may bless them.

Aaron and Amanda, These are the hands of your best friend, strong and full of love for you.

They are being held by yours as you two renew the promise to love each other for the rest of your lives.

These are the hands that will continue to work alongside yours as together you two build a future and share your innermost secrets and dreams.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief threatens to overwhelm you.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold the Grandchildren.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will be there to give you strength when you need it the most.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Prayer:

God, bless these hands that you see before you this day. May they always be held by one another. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Help these hands to continue building a relationship founded in your grace. May Aaron and Amanda see their four hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide. We ask this in your name, Amen.


When you married 10 years ago, you had no idea what life had in store for you. Your togetherness as husband and wife, at times, may have been under difficult circumstances. Your circumstances may have required great faith, but your faith has found you steadfast and its now brings you to this point in your life where you joyfully reaffirm your love for one another.

I now invite you to look into each others’ eyes.

Renewal of marriage vows

Aaron, this woman, whom you hold by the hand, is your wife. She has given you one of the most sacred things under heaven: a woman’s life and a woman’s love. She will continue to look to you for support, loyalty, and understanding.
Do you renew your vow here, as you have promised Amanda,
That you will be true and loyal,
Patient in sickness,
Comforting in sorrow,
And forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her,
So long as you both shall live?

I DO

Amanda , this man whom you hold by the hand is your husband. It is upon your life, your love and your devotion that he will lean upon for strength and inspiration. He will continue to look to you for encouragement, cheerfulness, and confidence. Do you renew your vow here, as you have promised Aaron,
That you will be loyal in adversity,
Ministering to him in affliction,
Comforting in sorrow,
And forsaking all others,
Keeping yourself only into him as long as you both shall live?

I DO

stl_figment
06-12-2011, 12:23 AM
Love the vows. So sweet!

LotsaMickey
06-12-2011, 10:20 AM
Thanks so much,,that is very beautiful!


I also talked to Shanda and she said there are no changes as far as color goes,but if we wanted to add color,we could do so by adding,at an additional $150 fee mind you,flowers to the cake....I am already shelling out an arm and a leg for the cruise and the ceremony,,,not really wanting to add another 150 LOL

I might try and bring along my own frosting and bags,as I do cakes,,maybe I will just add color myself LOL
At least if I bring my own stuff,and maybe tell the coordinator when I get on,then maybe they will just do it themselves! Worth a shot I suppose!
Thanks again for the info!!

Blessed_wth_Triplets
06-23-2011, 02:21 PM
just found your TR and must say you are the MOST beautiful bride I have ever seen!! I just LOVE your pink dress and must know where you got it??!! I have been dreaming of doing a VR at WDW...we shall see!

Linden Lady
06-24-2011, 10:48 PM
just found your TR and must say you are the MOST beautiful bride I have ever seen!! I just LOVE your pink dress and must know where you got it??!! I have been dreaming of doing a VR at WDW...we shall see!

Awww, thank you so much! :cloud9:
I got it from a department store, Von Maur, on clearance after Prom last year. I was so lucky to get my dream princess dress for around 100 bucks! Pink is my fave color. :wizard:

love2travel
08-15-2011, 06:57 PM
We are going on the Fantasy next June and will be celebrating our 20th anniversary and are thinking about a vow renewal onboard. It just seems so expensive to us, was it worth it? you had to pay extra for the photographer, right? We love DCL so much and think it would be a great experience, just worried about the expense on top of the cruise price. Your pictures are just beautiful!

4 mickey
08-16-2011, 01:32 PM
Hi
Congats you looked stunning what a beautyful dress !!!
how long does the ceremony last ???
How much ( may I ask was the CD ) pictures package ??
thanks

Linden Lady
08-30-2011, 01:16 AM
We are going on the Fantasy next June and will be celebrating our 20th anniversary and are thinking about a vow renewal onboard. It just seems so expensive to us, was it worth it? you had to pay extra for the photographer, right? We love DCL so much and think it would be a great experience, just worried about the expense on top of the cruise price. Your pictures are just beautiful!

It was worth every penny!!! I consider it a once in a lifetime experience so the extra $2500 went on the disney visa with 0% financing and I just paid it off last month. :rotfl2:
Yes, the photographer was extra. DFTW offers 3 different photo pkgs. I think ours was around $350....

Linden Lady
08-30-2011, 01:21 AM
Hi
Congats you looked stunning what a beautyful dress !!!
how long does the ceremony last ???
How much ( may I ask was the CD ) pictures package ??
thanks

Thank you so much! The actual ceremony part was about 15 minutes. Then, we had cake, the toast, and dancing. So we were probably in OUTLOOK for about an hour or so. Then, a little over an hour for pictures. Then, we had an 8pm ressie at Palo. The CD was $399 and it had all images taken; approx 250 pics total.

love2travel
09-01-2011, 11:57 AM
It was worth every penny!!! I consider it a once in a lifetime experience so the extra $2500 went on the disney visa with 0% financing and I just paid it off last month. :rotfl2:
Yes, the photographer was extra. DFTW offers 3 different photo pkgs. I think ours was around $350....

Thank you so much for your feedback. We booked our vow renewal yesterday and are very excited. Now I have to shop for a dress for myself and my dd.

luvs2cruise
10-25-2011, 10:28 AM
Linden Lady, LOVED your VR!!! You looked so beautiful-your dress was incredible!!! We have booked our DCL VR for June 9, 2012. So excited!

princess toria
12-05-2011, 09:59 AM
hi,
i hope you dont mind me contacting you but i've just booked my wedding on the disney dream and was looking at the pictures you had taken by the photographer, the ones i saw i thought were lovely,do you have a site or a facebook page with them all on as would like to ask the photographer to do some of the same
was it the photographers idea or did you ask to have your photo with the characters?
is it easy geting round the ship for the photos in your dress?
also do you know if it is possible to get some one to video the wedding as it will only be the 2 of us and can you please tell me how much it was to have your hair done and did you say that they helped you with your dress?
how did you take your dress on board?is there a limit to the amount of luggage you can take on?
many thanks for all your help,
hope to hear from you soon,
victoria,

princess toria
12-05-2011, 10:42 AM
We are finally home and I've gathered all of my thoughts.....and pictures! Hope you enjoy this trip report.
When I was planning this, only a handful of weddings had taken place on the Dream! So, it was very hard to get an idea of how this VR was going to go - especially since there is no outdoor venue on this new ship. So, reading other TR's from the Classic ships did me little good, as a lot of the details for MY ceremony would be different. And Shanda, from DFTW was so swamped, I felt like I had nowhere to turn for answers. And it was starting to stress me out!
So, I'll try to chronicle this TR in a way that'll give you an idea of the natural flow of things and the progression of events on this particular new ship. That way YOU will know what to expect on your special day!
If I leave anything out or if you have questions, just ask! :flower3:

hi,
i hope you dont mind me contacting you but i've just booked my wedding on the disney dream and was looking at the pictures you had taken by the photographer, the ones i saw i thought were lovely,do you have a site or a facebook page with them all on as would like to ask the photographer do some of the same
was it the photographers idea or did you ask to have your photo with the characters?
is it easy geting round the ship for the photos in your dress?
also do you know if it is possible to get some one to video the wedding as it will only be the 2 of us and can you please tell me how much it was to have your hair done and did you say that they helped you with your dress?
how did you take your dress on board?is there a limit to the amount of luggage you can take on?
many thanks for all your help,
hope to hear from you soon,
victoria,

love2travel
01-10-2012, 06:08 PM
Were these poses your idea or did the photographer pose you? Some really great/different kind of pictures. Exactly what I want for my vow renewal in June.

Linden Lady
02-05-2012, 02:26 AM
Hello and thank you everyone! Sorry, I've been so busy lately that I've totally forgotten to check my DIS account! We are going on the Magic in May so I got on here to see if I could get some feedback on the Disney ships; new VS old. After having sailed on the Dream LAST may, I'm worried that I might be disappointed with the Magic's size and/or amenities THIS may. Kinda feel like an "old" ship might not be able to fulfill all of my expectations now?? :confused3

Anyway, the photographer we had was very sweet and patient but many of the photo ideas were mine. Since they hadn't done many weddings on the new ship yet, I feel like she wasn't quite familiar with all of the ship's spaces and opportunities. And BOY does that ship offer a million wonderful photo opps! I could've posed for pictures all day and I still feel like that would've been just the tip of the iceberg! :lovestruc But, I'm sure with over a year under their belt, the photographers should have some fantastic things figured out by now!

Having our pics taken with characters was an absolute MUST but "renting" them for your special day is SO expensive! So, I happened to get a great tip from a fellow DISer about having the photographer do pics inside so you have the potential for running into them randomly along your journey! It's very easy maneuvering around the ship in your dress due to the size of the ship -- lots of open spaces on board! Worst part is fitting thru doors as they tend to be fairly small; esp the one in your stateroom! I had to turn sideways and squish after I finished getting dressed in our room. :rotfl2:

It was approx $100 (with tip) for my up-do at the ship's salon. As part of your DFTW pkg, your wedding coordinator will take your dress and DH's tux and have them spot cleaned and/or pressed for you. I'm sure the wedding coordinator would also be willing to shoot some video if you ask. Ours just stood there during the entire ceremony and I didn't think to ask her to do anything for me. But, I'm sure she would have; she was super nice! Each passenger is allowed 2 bags each. So, that meant 8 bags for us which was more than enough for my 2 dresses (1 for VR and 1 for formal night) and a few suitcases with folded clothes. We just dropped off the luggage before we checked in and they take care of loading it all onto the ship for you. Just don't forget to pack a small bag to keep with you!! Your luggage won't be delivered to your stateroom for several hours so it's nice to have things like swimsuits, sunblock, things for children, and such with you so you aren't w/o essentials while you wander around the ship.

trudy88
04-05-2012, 07:56 AM
I just wanted to say that your dress was GORGEOUS!

iluvwdw4ever
04-23-2012, 06:08 PM
Love your dress!! Where did you find it??

VowRenewal13
09-30-2012, 07:49 PM
Thank you for your TR. Your pictures are wonderful and you gown was fantastic. We will be renewing our vows on the Dream July 14-18 2013. We will be using the ship photographer so it is good to know you were happy with them. I have decided on the Under the Sea cake because it has a little bit of color on it. We would like to use our original vows and maybe add a something else. I wanted two non-disney songs (Theme from "Somewhere In Time" and "Still the One" by Orleans, but had read that it doesn't work as well as using Disney songs. Since I have months until our cruise, I can always make changes. What time was your ceremony? Since this is my second cruise on the Dream to the Bahamas, I don't need to get off the ship but the rest of the family might want to go on an excursion. Would they have time for and excursion? Did you bring decorations for the ceremony site? It is good to read about recent vow renewals. Thanks!

Linden Lady
10-05-2012, 07:44 PM
Thank you! We had a fabulous time! Our ceremony wasn't until evening - about 5 pm so I think there should be enough time for family excursions. I just didn't want to be pressed for time. I still needed time for hair, make up and dress.
I've heard that there are new cake and flower options thru disney fairytale weddings! I'm a tiny bit jealous! lol. :love:
But they've also raised the price by $500 since my VR so I'm not sure the new otions are worth that much of an increase! :scared1:
I did bring a few decorations from home. I just gave them to the on-board coordinator and she decorated the room for me. :thumbsup2

stephenowen
12-14-2012, 09:54 PM
Love it! I especially like the picture of you walking into the sunset. Just beautiful!