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JBeanBunny
12-16-2011, 12:11 PM
Hello, all :goodvibes

I've been reading and posting for a few months, and our wedding cruise is in T-minus 273 days, so I suppose it's about time I start a PJ to share with my fellow DCL brides and other interested parties! My name is Jillian (25) and my DF is Michael (29) and we met about 4 years ago and started dating almost 3.5 years ago. We're having a long engagement, by the time we're married, we'll have been engaged for 2 years and 3 months! It took us a long time to figure out when and how we wanted to get married, but one day at work, Michael met somebody who had gotten married on a Disney Cruise, and we started researching and quickly booked our wedding cruise and sent out invites!

We met through mutual friends in the Orlando/Lake Buena Vista (Disney) area. One bored day we decided to go (as friends) "Drinking Around the World" at Epcot, and about 3/4 of the way we decided that it's be funny if we got "Just Married" buttons (this was before they had Just Engaged Buttons or Happily Ever After buttons). But a problem arose, if anyone asked to see a ring, I didn't have one! So, we made it to the World Traveler at the International Gateway, bought a sterling silver mickey ring, then proceeded to France to have "engagement" photos taken. Now, remember that we weren't even dating at this time! He was working with MK Photopass at the time, and when GOOD photos are taken, they get shared (boasted!) throughout all the parks! So when Michael went to work the next day, everybody was asking him about his new fiance! Well, it was all good and fun- we started dating shortly afterwards with out little joke that since we were engaged, we had to get married before the 'world ends' on December 21, 2012 (Mayan Calendar ends...) Lo and Behold, we'll be getting wed on 09/14/2012! :lovestruc

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Engagement1.jpg

Well, there's a start! There will me much more to come, I promise!

JBeanBunny
12-18-2011, 12:32 PM
Flash forward 2 years from where we left off, and Michael and I went on a 'family vacation' to California so I could meet some of his family. We spent a day at Universal Studios, a day at Disney's California Adventure, and a day at Disneyland. Unfortunately, it was the beginning of summer and the first week of World of Color, so we encountered ginormous crowds! Turns out we couldn't go to Disneyland on the first day, so we went to California Adventure that day. Nobody told us that you had to obtain fastpasses in order to see World of Color, so by the time we found out, we had 11:30 fast passes, but we had a 3 and 4 year olds in tow, and we couldn't stay long enough to see it.

The next day we went to Disneyland on a short day. Since the park closed early to day guests for Grad Nights, they had Fantasmic back-to-back with the fireworks, with maybe 10 minutes in between! DF and I are very very very familiar with WDW Fantasmic, so after the show, I was busy stewing over the differences between MY Fantasmic and DL's Fantasmic... Among the giant crowds all headed in one direction to catch a good fireworks spot, Michael gets down on one knee and asked me to marry him... (Now flash back to 2 years ago with the fake engagement... I wore that ring EVERY day on my left ring-finger and Michael asked me weekly, sometimes daily, if I would marry him, taking off the ring, and putting it back in place.) I was still concentrating on Fantasmic and concerned with getting a good view for fireworks, that I tell Michael to stop, that he's embarrassing me, that it's not real and we need to get to the front of the park ASAP... Until he stops me and points at the ring, which is NOT my regular Mickey ring, but a REAL engagement ring! :love2: After that, I was so surprised and speechless, that he had to ask me my answer, which was, OF COURSE, yes! :laughing: I feel rather foolish about my response, but it's kind of his fault with the whole "Boy Who Cried Wolf" thing!

Notice the Hand on the hip, and the "uhh huh, lets get this over with so we can watch the fireworks" expression
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/36090_524958811946_77501810_31142603_8005814_n.jpg

Now, notice him pointing to the ring, and suddenly :idea: I get it...
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/36090_524958816936_77501810_31142604_3221404_n.jpg

And you know, the next logical step...
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/36090_524958821926_77501810_31142605_3251660_n.jpg

We were staying at a timeshare on Dana Point Beach, so the next days my future niece took some photos for us! Enjoy!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/36090_524958831906_77501810_31142607_4827026_n.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/36090_524958841886_77501810_31142609_7298655_n.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/36090_524959046476_77501810_31142639_4068694_n.jpg

Freckledginger
12-18-2011, 06:36 PM
Yay!! Excited that you've started a PJ! Congratulations on your engagement (long engagements are good--DF and I will be engaged 1.5 years by the time we get married), and can't wait to read more of your plans! :goodvibes

JBeanBunny
12-19-2011, 12:07 AM
Lets Talk Invitations! Okay, Invitations are well in my past- but I put SO much time, energy, and funds on this project that I want to show them off a bit!

Here's what you need to know... Before we decided on the DCL wedding, Michael and I were planning on getting married at the Orlando Science Center with the reception on the terrace overlooking the downtown skyline and the reception indoors in the Dinosaur room... Would've still been an awesome wedding, but it was going to be more expensive in the long run. Michael and I are both a wee bit nerdy (him moreso than me!) and we both LOVE Doctor Who, so we were planning on having a bit of a Science Fiction themed wedding at the Science Center... Well, that's not happening, as we all know! But we'd already had the ideas in place for the invitations, so we went forth with the original plan for invitations... TARDIS invitations, to be precise! (Time And Relative Dimension In Space, aka, an alien time machine... I warned you, we're a bit nerdy!) So the doors of the Tardis "pull to open" to the invitation, which is "bigger on the inside".

Here's how it was done:

I purchased a beautiful Doctor Who papercraft print "Danse Avec Moi" from Etsy, and I traced the pieces and re-created the entire piece by hand to match colors we preferred. I scanned it, did a little editing on photoshop, and took the file to Kinkos and had 50 printed. I custom ordered a chandelier stamp (also from Etsy) so I could use embossing powder and a heat gun to emboss the chandelier on each print. Next I made "Mickey Medallions" - I got a piece of sturdy silver paper and went to town with a circle hole punch, and I glued rhinestones into Mickey Silhouettes on the silver circles. Then I did all the folding- a major pain, since I had to measure EVERYTHING so precisely. (I used a WDW pen to make the creases- no need for a $10 bone folder from Martha Stewart!) Glued the ribbon, glued the medallions, punched a bazillion blue squares, and glued those too. At home, I printed the "confetti" glitter vellum paper with our formal invitation (found my font on DaFont.com), took those to Kinkos to have them cut perfectly down the middle, then hole-punched the top and tied ribbon bows to hold everything together! Then I dug through my crafts and found a stamp that says "And they lived happily ever after" so I made the executive impulse decision to stamp that on the back of each invite.

Wow, it's exhausting me all over again just thinking about it :rotfl: Many Many Many Many hours went into these invites, and so much love- but I'm so glad they're done! Though, it's nice knowing that they're so completely unique! Anyways, enjoy the pictures! I am the queen of everything that sparkles and glitters, so notice that the blue paper shimmers and, of course, that confetti vellum!

Danse Avec Moi: the inspiration piece
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/DanseAvecMoi.jpg

The Front- YES, it's being photographed on top of my DCL DFTW packet!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/InvitationExterior.jpg

The Inside
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/InvitationVellum-BlackedOut.jpg

Underneath the Vellum (notice the embossed chandelier!)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Invitationinterior.jpg

The Back
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/InvitationBack.jpg

I thought long and hard about the wording of the invitation. I didn't want it to feel too stuffy, but I still wanted it to sound formal. I couldn't exactly copy typical invitations, since a cruise wedding is anything BUT typical! Here's what I wrote:

"We are delighted to invite you to set sail aboard the Disney Dream to celebrate the wedding of Jillian ... and Michael ... departing from Port Canaveral, Florida on the Thirteenth of September 2012 and returning on the Sixteenth of September 2012. Allons-y!"

We booked the wedding cruise in early September and mailed invitations shortly afterwards to give our guests time to mull it over and book their vacations! We honestly weren't expecting many guests to join us, but our guest list is already up to almost 50! And I know that not everybody has booked yet! We're getting married onboard, so that means we have to get married in one of the lounges instead of in the deck 14 Outlook :sad2: I am thrilled to see more and more of my loved ones join us to celebrate our day (our weekend, really!) but I really loved the look of the Outlook!

It appears that my DF has fallen asleep on the couch next to me, so I suppose I'll put down the laptop and take him to bed! Have a great big beautiful tomorrow!

JBeanBunny
12-20-2011, 12:04 PM
Being engaged for 18 months already, I've had the opportunity to try on dress after dress after dress after dress... For YEARS I've been dead-set on getting a Maggie Sottero gown, so I'd visit her trunk shows at local shops with friends, and I tried some on with my mom and I'd fallen in-and-out of love with several dresses over time. Finally, over Thanksgiving this year, I was shopping-to-buy (You can't get your gown TOO early, after all!) We went to a shop about 2 blocks away from the house I grew up in and found 3 dresses that I'd liked a lot! Then afterwards we researched a store that sold one of those dresses for hundreds less, so we went there- a really big shop that was pretty impersonal, tried on more dresses there, and found another one I'd adored! By Thanksgiving day, I was SO stressed out and busy mulling over the dresses and which one I should get... It took all the fun out of the process! Finally, I went to a gorgeous shop in Geneva, IL and tried on another rack-full of dresses, and found two MORE that I adored! Luckily, when it came time to re-try the two I liked, I put the first one on, and that was it! My DM really wanted me to try on that second dress, but there was no point because I'd found the one! My entourage picked out jewelry and a veil as I focused on the dress (and I shopped through several tiaras until I found my favorite) It's always hard to take everything off once you've fallen in love with it! But she took my measurements and sent me on my merry way! Just the other day I got a card from my consultant wishing me a merry Christmas and that she's eager to see me again at my fittings!

The Dress: It's NOT a Maggie Sottero gown! :scared1: I know, I'm shocked too! It's an Essense of Australia dress- It's either a small ballgown or a very full A-line silhouette. The bodice has embellished lace beaded with crystals and pearls and a scalloped sweetheart neckline. It came with the belt for free, which I can reuse for one of my other "little white dresses" on our dinner alone at Palo :lovestruc and the skirt is sheer organza, so it's very soft and very lightweight, but still full! Now, the magic about this very princess dress is that the skirt has tiny iridescent rhinestones scattered evenly across the skirt, so it picks up the light just like pixie dust! You can't really see them in the photo because we were inside on an overcast day, but imagine how it'll look out on deck in the Bahamian sunshine! Gorgeous!

The dress, from afar- look at the beautiful shop we're in!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/WeddingDress2.jpg

MY dress :woohoo:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/WeddingDress1.jpg

The Closeup- I got that necklace and veil too!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/DressDetail.jpg

I decided almost immediately after booking my wedding cruise that I wanted to wear a white dress every night... so I also bought two little white dresses... I only have poorly-lit cell phone photos on the hanger, but you can get the idea! One is for the day/evening of my legal ceremony, and the other I've chosen for the last night when we go to Palo alone.

Legal Ceremony Dress
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/LegalCeremonyDress.jpg

Palo Night dress- I'm going to use the belt from my wedding gown to dress this one up a bit! The dress doesn't look great on a hanger because of its a-symmetrical gathering and it's meant to be very form fitting!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/LittleWhiteDress.jpg

Alright, I think it's time to get ready for work... enjoy my photos!

Freckledginger
12-20-2011, 08:00 PM
Hi Jillian!!!
Absolutely loving your PJ! Your invitations are incredible!!! They turned out beautifully, and are really unique. I'm so impressed by DIY projects like that... it must take so much time, energy and creativity. We haven't sent out invitations yet (we did STDs first, and will send out a formal invite next year), but I'm sure they will be a lot more basic than yours :goodvibes

Also, LOVE your wedding dress!!!!! It is absolutely gorgeous on you, and will be breathtaking in photographs on the Dream. It has really beautiful elements-- sweetheart neckline, dropped waist, and the decorative features. You must be thrilled to find something so perfect after all your searching!

What a fantastic idea with the multiple white dresses!! The other two dresses are super pretty as well, and will be perfect for the legal ceremony and Palo's.

Looking forward to hearing more plans! Have a good week at work!

ccbride412
12-20-2011, 08:04 PM
Congrats on starting your PJ! You've been very busy! I love the invitations, very cute! The nerdyness is cute and how you tied in the French danse avec moi and allons-y. Tres chic! DF and I are also very nerdy-we're doing a pirate themed civil ceremony. lol!

By the time DF and I get married next year we'll have been engaged for almost 1.5 years and I'm impressed that you were able to hold out on dress shopping "for real" for so long! I went out 3 weeks after our engagement and had 4 dresses picked out for when my sister came 4 months later! Got my dress 11 months before the wedding! ;)

I can't wait to read more! Adding your PJ to my subscriptions! :yay:

stl_figment
12-20-2011, 08:10 PM
Pretty dress!

PixieDust1969
12-20-2011, 08:59 PM
Your dress looks beautiful on you! I like your dresses for your first ceremony and for Palo. Your invitations are very cool and I can tell they were a lot of work! I will be following along with you!

kiss da girl
01-04-2012, 06:29 PM
Great start to your PJ! I love your 3 dresses and the idea of wearing one every night!

Your invitations are beautiful! :cheer2:

JBeanBunny
01-17-2012, 04:04 PM
Exciting News! In just 5 days I'm sailing on the Dream with my DM and DF as a "Research Cruise" prior to our wedding cruise! It's really a combination of "I can't wait for my wedding cruise, I want to go now!" and "I've only sailed the Magic and have NO idea what the Dream is like." And honestly, I think with all the wedding stress and spending as much time with as many of our guests as possible, I don't think we'll be able to kick back and "enjoy" our wedding cruise (only 3 nights!) the way you're supposed to enjoy a cruise!

Since our wedding party has climbed to over 50 people (eep!) we're unsure as to where our wedding will be held, since we've opted for an onboard wedding! We're too large a party for either the Outlook room and the private balcony that they use on the Dream for onboard weddings... So in the past Shanda has said that we'll probably be in one of the lounges which can hold more guests... BUT she didn't say which ones it might be! So, I'm very very glad that we're going on this pre-wedding-cruise cruise so we can experience everything and see everything ahead of time! It should give me some peace of mind once she finally announces where our event will be held!

Honestly, I'm also just excited to be having a mini-vacation and sailing on the DREAM for the first time!!! :rotfl:

ccbride412
01-21-2012, 11:07 AM
Hope you enjoyed your trip!

ohsoblessed
01-28-2012, 09:03 PM
Your Wedding dress is just beautiful.

JBeanBunny
01-29-2012, 05:44 PM
Thank you, OhSoBlessed! I adore it, too! I can't wait for it to arrive and I can start my fittings! What you can't really see in those photos are the dozens and dozens of iridescent rhinestones all over the skirt that glisten like pixie dust! That's got to be the icing on the cake!

And Meghan, I had a GREAT time on my "research" cruise! Coming in the next week or so I'm going to be blogging about my experience on my wedding blog, and I'll probably cut and paste some of that knowledge onto my PJ, too! It was "Planning" after all! I even got to meet with the current onboard wedding coordinator, Laura, who was a big help in answering my questions!

Here's the link to my PhotoBucket album from this trip- It's mostly photos of the ship, things and places I found beautiful or interesting... along with some photos of my DM, DF, and myself! Even with the 230 photos taken, I STILL didn't capture everything there is to see on the Dream! It's a gorgeous ship and there's something new around every corner! Enjoy!

http://s1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Jan%202012%20DCL%20cruise/

Jillitude21
02-26-2012, 06:13 PM
I love the pictures that you posted of the Disney Dream, I am going to be getting married on the Dream Oct. 13,2013 and your pictures of the Outlook where a big help. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got the magnets on your cabin door made at.

Evi
04-04-2012, 01:43 PM
I love the pictures you took around the ship. Thank you for sharing them with us. It really does help to be able to plan where you want pictures onboard. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

JBeanBunny
05-04-2012, 12:51 PM
I love the pictures that you posted of the Disney Dream, I am going to be getting married on the Dream Oct. 13,2013 and your pictures of the Outlook where a big help. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got the magnets on your cabin door made at.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2897587

I went to a DIS board for dcl magnet graphics and had one of the DIS-igners design those magnets for me! All I did was post my information (Names, Ship, sail dates, and characters) and they gave me those cool preservers! I took the files to Kinkos and printed them on cardstock paper, then had them laminate them. I cut out the images and put sticky-backed magnets on the back.

I did the same for my wedding cruise! Two different DIS-igners made me some logos which I will incorporate into my event! I'm using one logo that says "I'm here for Jillian and Michael's wedding" for magnets on my guests doors. I'm using another one as an iron-on transfer for my favor bags for each room. I used one to print onto cardstock and made post-it note covers, seen here:

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-05-04_11-22-58_26.jpg

These were SURPRISINGLY EASY to make! I printed three of these logos onto 8.5"x11" shimmery ivory pearl cardstock paper from my printer at home (a little trial and error for the right image size). Then with a scrap-booking paper cutter, we cut out long rectangles to wrap all the way around the post-it note pad. Start from the top, wrap it backwards, around, and under, and over, creasing where necessary. (again, trial and error for the right size- once you have one, you can use it for a template, marking with erasable pencil marks!) Then I got sticky-back velcro circles and attached them to either side of the cardstock at the overlap to keep the whole thing closed when not in use. I love the idea of a practical favor that people will reuse once they return home!

Definitely think about utilizing the many talents of the DIS-igners if you get the chance! And don't forget to thank them profusely!! :worship:

JBeanBunny
05-05-2012, 01:11 AM
I am a very crafty person... there is no limit to the amount of time I can spend inside of a JoAnn Fabrics, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby! I can walk around and see a color, a ribbon, or a stamp that can spark several ideas! Having the excuse of a WEDDING is making my crafty side geek out :rotfl: I adore all of the brainstorming, all of the preparations, all of the meticulous steps, and seeing my final product as a success! As you've seen, I handmade ALL of my invitations, each of which had COUNTLESS steps (probably the longest and hardest crafting of my entire wedding!) and I just posted my post-it note holders above... But there's more... OH so much more! Please enjoy! I'm a very visual person, so I hope you enjoy my photos! If you have ANY questions or need ideas or advice with crafting, please feel free to ask!!!

I'm making gift bags. I bought 25+ royal blue canvas bags from Hobby Lobby, and I'm going to affix them onto the Dream's seahorses (like fish extenders) outside my guests' rooms! Each bag will be lined with ribbon- I bought shimmery silver ribbon and some that's white with silver filigree. I bought gems that I'm going to put inside of a flower to cover the ribbon seam. As I said in my last post, I had some DIS-ingers design me some wedding logos! I bought dark-fabric iron on transfer paper so I can print and affix THIS round logo onto my bags. I also bought shimmery acrylic paint and Martha Stewart swirly stencils to fill in some spaces.
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/JnMcircleframebyblueeyes.jpg

Corresponding with the Favor Bags is THIS logo, which I will have printed on cardstock paper and laminated (Kinkos will do this part for me!) and I'll cut them out and add magnets on the back, so every room will have an "I'm here for the wedding" magnet on their door!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/JnMweddingshipframed.jpg
I also want to make smaller, customized magnets for each of my guests (Mickey head silhouettes colored and themed to different Disney characters) with my guests names on them. The DIS-igner, Milliepie has tons of blank templates that you can just add your names to! See the link in my last post! Blueyes also helped me design wedding logos, they're both great!

Since I'm filling the tote bags with goodies, I'm constantly thinking of things to put in them! I wanted chapsticks, but ones with customized labels get expensive. I found the site bulkapothecary.com who sells VERY decently priced chapsticks, white tube or clear tube, with a sheet of labels, or plain and blank! A fellow co-worker and bride friend of mine has a Cricut paper cutter, and she helped me cut out these labels that I hand-wrote the flavors onto. Mint Medley, French Vanilla, and Blue Raspberry!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-02-10_10-39-49_586.jpg

Now, while perusing the bulkapothecary.com website, I stumbled upon other supplies that they sell, including soap bases... which gave me ANOTHER idea for ANOTHER craft (and an excuse for another new crafty hobby!!) I researched and researched, and fell in love with BrambleBerry.com and their soapmaking supplies! They even have a youtube channel (Soap Queen TV) with EVERYTHING you need to know about melt-and-pour soapmaking! It is really SO easy, and very enjoyable! I bought two DISNEY "molds", and by molds, I mean a Mickey-shaped silicone muffin pan, and a silicone Mickey FACE ice cube tray! Here's my results:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/021612193727.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/021612192335.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/042512130553.jpg
I'm really very excited about these soaps! *squee!*

Now, if anyone was reading carefully (or if anyone watches the show), We have a slight Doctor-Who nudge in our wedding. It was HEAVY in our invitations, and I have a couple of Doctor Who soaps! Michael handmade a handful of Red Bow Ties out of clay for "Bow Ties are Cool" soap and I bought a two-part silicon putty mold-maker, and made a TARDIS mold, too. (I admittedly need to be more careful making my next TARDIS mold, because this one is very messy with a lot of cracks and imperfections.) For all those nerds (or nerd-lovers... I fall into both categories!) here you go!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/042512131154.jpg
just kidding... I guess I don't have a photo of the TARDIS soaps, atm. I'm a bit ashamed of the quality because I KNOW I can do better! Instead, here are a few other "practice" soaps where I experiment with new colorants, micas, and fragrances! I LOVE using my "practice" soaps, and so do my roommates and friends!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/042512132143.jpg

Now, somewhere on DIS (I think) I head of some brides attaining a sixpence for their wedding... "Something old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a sixpence in your shoe" (for wealth!) and I shared this desire with some friends, and my BESTIE and MOH found a Sixpence for me from her grandfather's travels! I think that makes it SO much more special, and I feel so blessed to have it! Here are my photos (and one with a dime for size comparison!) I have NO idea how I'm going to get this sixpence IN my shoe, since I'm wearing sandals!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-04-07_11-52-43_479.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-04-07_11-53-50_299.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-04-07_11-46-48_362.jpg

And for good measure, here's two pairs of my heels! I'm wearing the pink ones on my wedding day, and the blue ones one of the other nights with one of my other white (short) dresses!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-03-01_22-38-21_930.jpg

AND one final photo for you: This is my CAKE TOPPER from Arribas Bros! I got it at DTD around Christmastime. It is glass, but it is SO lightweight! It's not more than one pound and the base is less than 6" in diameter (per the DCL specs). My fiance was a little miffed that I got it without consulting him... His biggest issue is that we're not getting married at WDW, we're getting married on DCL! Oh well, I'm a princess, and this is my castle! :laughing:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-01-20_16-41-11_305.jpg

Wow, that post ended up being longer than I'd anticipated! I guess I've just been a BAD BRIDE for neglecting my PJ for so long, so hopefully I have enough readers left to appease! I hope you enjoy this as much as I'm enjoying the process! Much love to you all! :love:

DisneyFairytale
05-08-2012, 09:18 PM
Those soaps look incredible! great work! you are so inspired! love them!

clueluvzdisney
05-08-2012, 09:23 PM
so excited for you!!! :)

JBeanBunny
05-10-2012, 11:12 PM
Thanks guys! I guess I feel that because of the lack of "customizable" options for DCL weddings (choose from these few flower arrangements, pick your songs from this list, and here's your 4 cake options) is why I'm plunging into so many DIY projects for my guests! I will make this as uniquely "us" as possible, if it's the last thing I do! :lmao:

My *new* project is Pixie Dust! (as if I need any new projects!!!) My mom put the idea in my head, and I found very small clear acrylic screw-top containers the other day in the jewelry section, I'm sure they're meant for organizing seed beads or something... but they came in a pack of 30, and I've got 20-something rooms! I just ordered regular fine and ultra-fine iridescent glitter, along with shredded iridescent glitter and tiny-iridescent stars :) Put 'em together and what do you got? Bibbity Bobbity Boo! (Whoops, wrong movie!) So the plan is to fill the jars with my awesome fairy dust mixture, then affix the ribbon to the jar by putting a "Hershey Kiss" sticker on the bottom saying "Pixie Dust" and tying the ribbon on top of the jar and curling the heck out of it! My prototype is cute, but the finished product will be better!

My favor bags and making progress, but it's going to be a long process... We printed out all of the iron-on transfers, but then we have to iron all of the bags, iron on all of the logos, affix a ribbon border to each bag, paint filigree patterns onto each with stencils, make a faux-flower with a big gem in the center for each... and we have 26 bags so far *sighs* I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with this one! Haha!

I'll have more photos when I have more to show off!

DisneyFairytale
05-11-2012, 08:48 AM
It sounds so neat! can't wait to see what it looks like! Post lots of photos! You're inspiring me to make a thread to now!

Freckledginger
05-20-2012, 02:56 PM
Wow, Jillian!! You've been a busy bride!! :goodvibes I cannot get over all the amazing projects you've completed! I wish I was so creatively inclined.

Everything you've done thus far is fantastic. I'm especially excited to see photos of your pixie dust project! That is such a cute idea! When I was a little girl, the Disney Store used to sell pixie dust in these small glass bottles with a cork. I remember thinking how neat it was to have my own personal supply of pixie dust, hehe. I'm sure your guests will love that.

Your welcome bags are going to be so nice! I'm still trying to figure out what to do in mine.

Oh, and I love your cake topper and that you're incorporating the sixpence tradition. Eventhough we're DCL brides and limited to certain package options, I think it's important to make the wedding special and reflect the couple. Kuddos to you for doing that!!

Looking forward to seeing your future projects :)

Thecrow51
06-06-2012, 04:44 PM
Hello!!

Great PJ. LOVE all your DYI stuff so far. I really liked the logo you have on the post it note covers... where did you get it? Also how much where the tote bags at Hobby Lobby? I need royal blue tote bags too for my wedding. My wedding isn't until October 2013 so im trying to hold off on all my DYI project till next year when ill have a better head count on my guest so im keeping myself away from Hobby Lobby, Joanns and Michaels. I know if i step foot in them now ill end up buying stuff... lol

Cant wait to read more! I'm also getting married on the Dream but on castaway cay instead of on the ship.

JBeanBunny
06-09-2012, 12:44 PM
Hello!!

Great PJ. LOVE all your DYI stuff so far. I really liked the logo you have on the post it note covers... where did you get it? Also how much where the tote bags at Hobby Lobby? I need royal blue tote bags too for my wedding. My wedding isn't until October 2013 so im trying to hold off on all my DYI project till next year when ill have a better head count on my guest so im keeping myself away from Hobby Lobby, Joanns and Michaels. I know if i step foot in them now ill end up buying stuff... lol

Cant wait to read more! I'm also getting married on the Dream but on castaway cay instead of on the ship.

Thanks for the lovely comments! I'd be happy to give you instructions to any of these projects- if you're interested, just let me know! I've got so many more that aren't even posted on here, I'm starting to become overwhelmed with so many unfinished projects and only 96 days until we set sail! My advice to you is to get invitations out ASAP! Your guests will need as much time as possible to begin planning and saving and booking! The majority of my guests were booked within a few months of sending out my invites with a few joiners later on (we booked in September and sent out invites the same month).

The canvas tote bags I got at Hobby Lobby are marked at $2.99/bag, (http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/100-cotton-canvas-tote-212852/) but they always have sales, so I'd sign up for their e-mails to stay knowledgeable! (Also get JoAnn's and Michaels smart phone apps- they have useful coupons!) I get so many ideas just wandering the aisles of a craft store! I'll have photos up eventually, but since I have so many favor bags I've been procrastinating putting them together! I also find that crafting over time makes it easier than trying to accomplish everything all at once! Once you have a general idea of how many guests you will have, start planning!

I got the logos made from DIS-igners right here on DIS! I visited the Cruise Magnet and Graphic thread, and made a plea for the DISigners to help me with wedding logos, and two of them helped me out! (users Blueyes87 and milliepie) They were very receptive to my ideas and how to tweak them to make them perfect! Here's the current link- they're already on Part 7!! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2897587 After I got the logos, I bought "Dark Fabric Transfer" paper and printed them from home, cut them out, and ironed them onto the canvas bags. A word of advice- as soon as you get those tote bags, lay them flat for storage! I've ironed them over and over again, and the center crease still won't come out completely!

Happy Planning! :cutie:

Crofttobe
06-12-2012, 03:09 AM
Congrats! Excited to read through the posts and get advice, love the proposal!

jtlover
06-16-2012, 12:26 PM
Love reading your pre trip report. We are renewing our vows on the Dream on 3rd September and can't wait.

Hope you have a fab day in September:thumbsup2

1EvilQueenfan
06-21-2012, 11:10 AM
Congrats. I love reading your PJ and looking forward to more. You are so crafty :goodvibes

JBeanBunny
06-28-2012, 06:38 PM
Hello everyone!

I just wanted to drop a quick post saying that I PAID FOR MY WEDDING CRUISE!!! Okay, well everything except the $20/guest fee, but that's not due yet! I'm working on finalizing my paperwork to send in and my next big headache will be SEATING CHARTS (dun dun dunnn) While logged in, I checked in (and found that several of my guests were already linked to my reservation by their DCL agent) and I booked my Palo dining! I'm planning on having an ERA rotation and we're not terribly fond of Enchanted Garden, so we're going to the 6:00 dining at Palo on embarkation day, then we'll join our late-seating 8:15 in Enchanted Garden to spend time with our guests.

Just this afternoon I assembled my "first aid" kit, which really just turned into a "travel sized convenience kit" I guess! I bought Mickey/Minnie Band Aids from Target (I think they call them "collectible" lol- they're bandages!!!) There's also some Polysporin, Wet Ones hand wipes, Shout stain fighter wipes, and single-use sunscreen. And it all conveniently fits inside of a small plastic baggie!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-06-28_18-06-29_866.jpg

Also, I know some of you were interested in my Pixie Dust project! These are a work in progress- I still plan to wrap curling ribbon around them and put a hershey kiss sticker saying "pixie dust" on the bottom. Believe it or not, there's about 7 different types of iridescent glitter in those babies! It was such a fun experience mixing it all up! lol- I really think the different size, textures, and shapes of glitter make them really unique! (I love the baby stars!)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-06-28_19-06-52_569.jpg

And here's something I stumbled upon (I don't know where or when) but I like the idea of adding luggage tags to my favor bags. I'm probably going to go the cheap-y route and just print these and have them laminated, then punch a hole and tie in some ribbon. Perhaps I'll hot-glue some fabric or felt to the back to make them seem a bit nicer... idk, that's just an idea so far
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/DCL_Luggage_tag.jpg

AND this one's for Ginger :goodvibes My Broken Blue Holland Lop bunny! She gets called Bunny, BunBun, the Baroness Von BunBun, Bunnyfur, Bunderdome, Bunnaroo, and Stormageddeon (dark lord of all)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-06-23_12-07-56_57.jpg

I hope everyone is having a good week! I took an extra day off today because I feel so beat from work, but at least I feel somewhat accomplished with paying, checking in, booking palo, assembling first aid packets, e-mailing ESCOT for a new bus quote, and e-mailing our new wedding coordinator, Meredith (I like her already- She's replied to my e-mails 3 times today! A bride could get used to this!) Happy reading, and I hope to have more pictures for you soon... Until then, I'm going to go see Brave with my DF this evening! Ciao!

Freckledginger
06-29-2012, 08:06 PM
Hi Jillian!!

Fantastic update! :goodvibes I just found you on pinterest! So excited to look through all your pins! I now know what I'll be doing for the next hour :laughing: Your boards are so much more organized than mine. I'll definitely have to sort mine out a bit when life isn't so crazy.

First of all, congratulations on paying for your cruise!! That's super exciting, and I know a relief not to have to worry about anymore. I'm still saving in order to pay off ours--it seems like the wedding expenses never end... Yay also for booking Palo! I'm still debating what Timmy and I are going to do in regards to that. I love Palo, but I really want to try Remy's. What do you think? Go for Remy's and just lose the onboard credit, or stick with Palo? Are you booking any excursions and/or spa stuff?

Your welcome bags are going to be AMAZING. You seriously have thought of everything :) I was super excited to see photos of the pixie dust! So cute! I think people will really love that. The luggage tags are a great idea also. Are you delivering the bags to your guests by hand?

And last but certainly not least, I cannot express how excited I was to get not only a shout out in your PJ, but to get to see a photo of your bunny!! She is beyond cute!! :lovestruc I adore the broken blue coloring! It's so pretty! I completely relate with the dark lord of all name, haha. Archie is a very chill bunny and just a big galut. Dolly, however, is sweet for the most part, but definitely has her evil genius moments. You love them despite all that though, I find ;)

Hope you have a great weekend, and looking forward to the next update! :goodvibes

JBeanBunny
06-29-2012, 10:49 PM
Hi Jillian!!

Fantastic update! :goodvibes I just found you on pinterest! So excited to look through all your pins! I now know what I'll be doing for the next hour :laughing: Your boards are so much more organized than mine. I'll definitely have to sort mine out a bit when life isn't so crazy.

First of all, congratulations on paying for your cruise!! That's super exciting, and I know a relief not to have to worry about anymore. I'm still saving in order to pay off ours--it seems like the wedding expenses never end... Yay also for booking Palo! I'm still debating what Timmy and I are going to do in regards to that. I love Palo, but I really want to try Remy's. What do you think? Go for Remy's and just lose the onboard credit, or stick with Palo? Are you booking any excursions and/or spa stuff?

Your welcome bags are going to be AMAZING. You seriously have thought of everything :) I was super excited to see photos of the pixie dust! So cute! I think people will really love that. The luggage tags are a great idea also. Are you delivering the bags to your guests by hand?

And last but certainly not least, I cannot express how excited I was to get not only a shout out in your PJ, but to get to see a photo of your bunny!! She is beyond cute!! :lovestruc I adore the broken blue coloring! It's so pretty! I completely relate with the dark lord of all name, haha. Archie is a very chill bunny and just a big galut. Dolly, however, is sweet for the most part, but definitely has her evil genius moments. You love them despite all that though, I find ;)

Hope you have a great weekend, and looking forward to the next update! :goodvibes

I've never dined at Palo for dinner, only brunch... But can I just say.... EAT AT REMY!!! It's a really spectacular experience, they really wait on you hand and foot! You have your own server and sommelier to help you with all of your decisions (I don't speak or read french!) If you bring a purse, they bring over a little stool to put it on next to you! You get new place settings and silver between courses, and if you need to use the restroom, somebody from remy will escort you to AND from the restroom back to your table! I think it was 5 courses altogether, each of which were spectacular and gorgeously presented. Michael even loved the Langoustine (lobster!) so much that they brought him a second plate of it! And by the time desserts came around, they ALSO brought out displays of many kinds of candies! Of course, we were so full that we just packaged all of the chocolates and caramels and lollipops to take to our room with them... it was a nice reminder of our cruise when we were eating them at home! But beware, it's about a 3-hour experience, so be sure to plan that into your schedule! Our wedding cruise is only 3 nights, so we're just going to take our free Palo (since we've never been) and as I said, we'll go early and join out party later on at Enchanted Garden that evening. But I can guarantee you that on our "honeymoon cruise" (whenever that happens!) that we'll be dining at Remy FOR SURE! I don't have enough good things to say about remy, WORTH EVERY PENNY! Check out my photo-bucket album, I took lots of pictures of Remy before we sailed away, Gorgeous!

But Palo is my only scheduled event on the cruise (other than the wedding, hah!) I don't plan to have any spa treatments, I'll have my nails done right before we leave and I'm bringing a friend/professional hair stylist (the one perming/coloring my hair) along on the cruise with us, which I am entirely grateful for!! I wouldn't mind a facial or massage, but I just don't think I'll have time on a measly 3-night cruise

I know what you mean about never-ending wedding costs though. We now have to pay approx $740 for the cake & champagne and ESCOT quoted us $800 for round trip service from WDW to the Port. Not to mention we need to buy Michael's tux, I also need to get my hair permed and colored right before the cruise, I need to buy makeup and I have to fly to Chicago to have my final fitting and carry my huge dress on the flight home. As you know, time is money, and I've got SO many hours of crafting left to do to complete all of my little projects and it's tourist season, so work has had me SO busy and stressed! Ahhh! Haha, I know I'll get there, but it's going to be a looong summer for me!

In regards to my bunny, she's currently trying to find every way possible to tickle me with her whiskers! My legs, my knees, my feet! Then she goes and runs circles around my feet and sprints in figure eights around the living room! I can tell she's nocturnal, she just sits around in her cage all day, even if we try to let her out! Now that we're tired, she's wired! She's adorable, and crazy! haha!

Thanks for your comments on my favor bags... I feel like I've gone a little overboard with them! I keep thinking of more things to add to them, they've cost me a FORTUNE! haha! I do hope everyone appreciates them! I'm feeling a wee-bit stingy, so I'm going to have friends deliver bags to staterooms instead of paying $2/bag... that's another $40 I could spend... elsewhere! haha

Today I've been mulling over music... I want all Disney songs (I am a Disney bride, after all! :rotfl:) and they just seemed to lack a few good songs on their provided list (It's a small world isn't exactly romantic!) I went to www.musicnotes.com and currently have 4 songs of sheet music in my cart: "(at last) I see the Light" from Tangled, "Rainbow Connection" from Muppets, "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" from Hello Dolly (It's in Wall-E, the first date we went on!) and for our recessional: "Fantasmic! Theme" from... duh, Fantasmic! The site is cool in that it'll let you preview the first sheet of music with a little midi music file, so you can get an idea of what it sounds like! I think with these additions we'll be able to fill the 10-12 songs they ask you to fill! But I do know that I'm probably going to be crying the whole time, especially with songs like "When You Wish Upon a Star" as my processional and "A Whole New World" as our first dance played on a pretty piano!

Happy Planning to you!!

ccbride412
07-03-2012, 08:51 AM
All of your stuff looks awesome! I definitely had the same crafting problem before my wedding. I wanted to make all kinds of things!

I has the same reservations about Disney delivering the bags to the staterooms for me. Strangely, we never got charged for it. I don't know if it was just an oversight or what?

My biggest issue that happened during my cruise was the seating arrangement. My parents got placed at a different table than me and my in-laws and a friend were at my table. Also, 2 couples and their kids got shuffled to a completely different part of the restaurant every night even after we asked them to be put with us. If you want everyone together or near to each other at dinner, I would definitely suggest finding out everyone's table numbers and speaking with the coordinator on board to make sure the tables are close together. It ruined what should have been a great time.

Palo is great and I would recommend it for sure! We had planned to meet our guests after at their dinner, but ours lasted about 2 hours (7-9)!

DH (sounds so weird still to call him that!) and I spent a long time going over songs for the wedding and I can honestly say that I didn't even remember the piano guy was there! My sister didn't even know he was there until she saw the pictures after. Everything was just a blur of wedding (in a good way) that I barely remember hearing music.

I hope to get on here more to read more about your plans! :cheer2:

JBeanBunny
07-03-2012, 05:10 PM
All of your stuff looks awesome! I definitely had the same crafting problem before my wedding. I wanted to make all kinds of things!

I has the same reservations about Disney delivering the bags to the staterooms for me. Strangely, we never got charged for it. I don't know if it was just an oversight or what?

My biggest issue that happened during my cruise was the seating arrangement. My parents got placed at a different table than me and my in-laws and a friend were at my table. Also, 2 couples and their kids got shuffled to a completely different part of the restaurant every night even after we asked them to be put with us. If you want everyone together or near to each other at dinner, I would definitely suggest finding out everyone's table numbers and speaking with the coordinator on board to make sure the tables are close together. It ruined what should have been a great time.

Palo is great and I would recommend it for sure! We had planned to meet our guests after at their dinner, but ours lasted about 2 hours (7-9)!

DH (sounds so weird still to call him that!) and I spent a long time going over songs for the wedding and I can honestly say that I didn't even remember the piano guy was there! My sister didn't even know he was there until she saw the pictures after. Everything was just a blur of wedding (in a good way) that I barely remember hearing music.

I hope to get on here more to read more about your plans! :cheer2:

I have ANOTHER idea for the favor bags, can you believe it? I found small acrylic vials bigger than my pixie dust vials, and they're a perfect size to make epsom bath salts! AHH! I want to do it so bad, lol! I'm trying to price it out to see if it'll be relatively inexpensive... But I love that kind of thing, new soaps and bath salts! We'll see about that...

I know that our tables won't be next to each other each night since the tables are in different places in each restaurant. I only care that our tables are next to each other (and including Table #82! The one right underneath the chandelier in the center) on our Royal Palace night, the night of our wedding. I do hope that they pay mind to our seating chart, though- It would really be a shame if they screwed that up!

When you had your guests favor bags delivered, at what point (and where) did you give them to Disney? I am a wee bit worried about hanging them in the hallway and having things stolen, especially after ALL the effort I've put into them. Oversights/not being charged for something is really great! On our last cruise, they never charged us for 2 passes to the rainforest room in the spa! Sitting on those heated ceramic tile beds while sipping on cucumber water was HEAVEN!

I'm excited for Palo! I booked a 6:00 (their earliest seating) so even if it's 2 hours, then I still have 15 minutes to get to my late dining at 8:15. They can always hurry things along if we ask them to. I was curious about asking whether they can deliver us a souffle down to Enchanted Garden for us the same night... It's a long shot, but I'm still going to ask! Last trip, we went to Remy and made good friends with the Remy hostess, and she arranged for us to come back another night just to have a souffle from Palo! It was so sweet!

I love piano music, and I'm thrilled to be doing only disney songs (Yeah, I'm a nerd like that!) I just hope that my pianist is a good sight-reader because we're including those extra 3 songs of sheet music! I'm sure it'll be great, no matter what!

JBeanBunny
07-03-2012, 05:25 PM
I made and packaged 10 wedding favor soaps between yesterday and today! *squee* (only 35 more to go!) The pinky-orange Mickeys are "Passionfruit Papaya" and the Greenish-Blue ones are "Energetic Lime" scented! I bought the packaging a while back from Hobby Lobby- the clear bags with white filigree and the iridescent shredded gift bag filler, The starfish tags I got from the Target Dollar Spot. I didn't have nearly enough tags, so today I went to TWO targets to get a few more sets of starfish tags before they sell out for good! I'm really thrilled with the way they came out! I feel like finalizing things like this make the wedding seem more REAL and like it's going to be here REALLY quick! I was so exited that I snapped a few pictures for my readers! Enjoy!

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-07-03_13-51-30_393.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-07-03_14-28-30_487.jpg

Also at Target, I found these BEDAZZLED hot pink flats to change into after my hot pink heels take their toll on my feet! They're ridiculously pink, and I love them!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-06-29_16-10-53_437.jpg

...And a day or two later I might have put my bunny in my shoe box. haha, too cute!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-07-02_12-05-10_183.jpg

Ohhh my gosh, I just want to go on my cruise NOW!!! :rotfl:

ccbride412
07-04-2012, 06:34 AM
I have ANOTHER idea for the favor bags, can you believe it? I found small acrylic vials bigger than my pixie dust vials, and they're a perfect size to make epsom bath salts! AHH! I want to do it so bad, lol! I'm trying to price it out to see if it'll be relatively inexpensive... But I love that kind of thing, new soaps and bath salts! We'll see about that...

I know that our tables won't be next to each other each night since the tables are in different places in each restaurant. I only care that our tables are next to each other (and including Table #82! The one right underneath the chandelier in the center) on our Royal Palace night, the night of our wedding. I do hope that they pay mind to our seating chart, though- It would really be a shame if they screwed that up!

When you had your guests favor bags delivered, at what point (and where) did you give them to Disney? I am a wee bit worried about hanging them in the hallway and having things stolen, especially after ALL the effort I've put into them. Oversights/not being charged for something is really great! On our last cruise, they never charged us for 2 passes to the rainforest room in the spa! Sitting on those heated ceramic tile beds while sipping on cucumber water was HEAVEN!

I'm excited for Palo! I booked a 6:00 (their earliest seating) so even if it's 2 hours, then I still have 15 minutes to get to my late dining at 8:15. They can always hurry things along if we ask them to. I was curious about asking whether they can deliver us a souffle down to Enchanted Garden for us the same night... It's a long shot, but I'm still going to ask! Last trip, we went to Remy and made good friends with the Remy hostess, and she arranged for us to come back another night just to have a souffle from Palo! It was so sweet!

I love piano music, and I'm thrilled to be doing only disney songs (Yeah, I'm a nerd like that!) I just hope that my pianist is a good sight-reader because we're including those extra 3 songs of sheet music! I'm sure it'll be great, no matter what!

Ooh! Bath salts would be nice and I'm sure working at WDW you know where to get them! We stayed at GF and I swear I wanted to take ALL the different salts with me! Do you get a discount there? If your vials are small enough, you can buy in bulk from Grand FL's place and then split up the different smells into the smaller vials.

Our bags were actually large beach bags (my friend uses hers now instead of the diaper bag she was using for extra clothes/toys/etc for her 2 yr old. They call it the Mary Poppins bag because you can fit do much stuff into it! She's expecting a lamp to come out one day..) I gave them all to Laura the on board coordinator as soon as we got onto the boat. They were so big and full that we had 2 large boxes to carry them in and had to have a porter use a luggage cart to get them in the terminal! Since we got to get on 1st (wedding couple advantage!) we headed directly to the service desk on the right of the entrance and told them what they were and to deliver them. I attached printed tags with guest last name and room number to each bag since they were all different and they showed up during/right after dinner the first night. As our porter said while trying to get us all the extras he could (into the terminal before opening, first in line to check-in, first to get on the boat, etc) "they're getting married for crying out loud!" It worked! I was worried about the extra cost too, but we don't drink much and soda is free on board so we would have used part of our on board credit to pay for the delivery. If yours is $40- that's still an extra $60 of credit you should have from the wedding couple $100. Just a thought.

The souffle was A-MA-ZING at Palo! I want more now! We did almost every song as Disney. I used the traditional bridal processiona, our cake cutting was "unforgettable" and our first dance was "all I ask of you." Our recessional was "kiss the girl!" We meant for the bridal party to sing along and get the guests involved, but it didn't happen :(

If you have any other questions (or I didn't answer something) just ask! I'll try to get back and answer what I can! Just pick a stopping date for crafting and stick to it! I stopped when I realized I was getting too close to bankrupting myself. It was hard, but I needed a break from long hours of crafting!

JBeanBunny
07-04-2012, 05:51 PM
Ooh! Bath salts would be nice and I'm sure working at WDW you know where to get them! We stayed at GF and I swear I wanted to take ALL the different salts with me! Do you get a discount there? If your vials are small enough, you can buy in bulk from Grand FL's place and then split up the different smells into the smaller vials.

Our bags were actually large beach bags (my friend uses hers now instead of the diaper bag she was using for extra clothes/toys/etc for her 2 yr old. They call it the Mary Poppins bag because you can fit do much stuff into it! She's expecting a lamp to come out one day..) I gave them all to Laura the on board coordinator as soon as we got onto the boat. They were so big and full that we had 2 large boxes to carry them in and had to have a porter use a luggage cart to get them in the terminal! Since we got to get on 1st (wedding couple advantage!) we headed directly to the service desk on the right of the entrance and told them what they were and to deliver them. I attached printed tags with guest last name and room number to each bag since they were all different and they showed up during/right after dinner the first night. As our porter said while trying to get us all the extras he could (into the terminal before opening, first in line to check-in, first to get on the boat, etc) "they're getting married for crying out loud!" It worked! I was worried about the extra cost too, but we don't drink much and soda is free on board so we would have used part of our on board credit to pay for the delivery. If yours is $40- that's still an extra $60 of credit you should have from the wedding couple $100. Just a thought.

The souffle was A-MA-ZING at Palo! I want more now! We did almost every song as Disney. I used the traditional bridal processiona, our cake cutting was "unforgettable" and our first dance was "all I ask of you." Our recessional was "kiss the girl!" We meant for the bridal party to sing along and get the guests involved, but it didn't happen :(

If you have any other questions (or I didn't answer something) just ask! I'll try to get back and answer what I can! Just pick a stopping date for crafting and stick to it! I stopped when I realized I was getting too close to bankrupting myself. It was hard, but I needed a break from long hours of crafting!

Thanks for the insight on bags and delivery! I may just turn it into their hands and get that worry out of my mind!!

Being as crafty as I am, I would prefer to make my own bath salts corresponding the fragrance oils and colorants I use for my soaps. I do get a discount at Basin (and Basin White @ the Grand) But a 2lb bag of Epsom salts from my soap supplier is only $5, making it less expensive in the end... and as I mentioned, I already have the colorants and fragrance oils, so it would be no problem to make it! Not to mention fun! :flower3:

Freckledginger
07-04-2012, 07:25 PM
I've never dined at Palo for dinner, only brunch... But can I just say.... EAT AT REMY!!! It's a really spectacular experience, they really wait on you hand and foot! You have your own server and sommelier to help you with all of your decisions (I don't speak or read french!) If you bring a purse, they bring over a little stool to put it on next to you! You get new place settings and silver between courses, and if you need to use the restroom, somebody from remy will escort you to AND from the restroom back to your table! I think it was 5 courses altogether, each of which were spectacular and gorgeously presented. Michael even loved the Langoustine (lobster!) so much that they brought him a second plate of it! And by the time desserts came around, they ALSO brought out displays of many kinds of candies! Of course, we were so full that we just packaged all of the chocolates and caramels and lollipops to take to our room with them... it was a nice reminder of our cruise when we were eating them at home! But beware, it's about a 3-hour experience, so be sure to plan that into your schedule! Our wedding cruise is only 3 nights, so we're just going to take our free Palo (since we've never been) and as I said, we'll go early and join out party later on at Enchanted Garden that evening. But I can guarantee you that on our "honeymoon cruise" (whenever that happens!) that we'll be dining at Remy FOR SURE! I don't have enough good things to say about remy, WORTH EVERY PENNY! Check out my photo-bucket album, I took lots of pictures of Remy before we sailed away, Gorgeous!

But Palo is my only scheduled event on the cruise (other than the wedding, hah!) I don't plan to have any spa treatments, I'll have my nails done right before we leave and I'm bringing a friend/professional hair stylist (the one perming/coloring my hair) along on the cruise with us, which I am entirely grateful for!! I wouldn't mind a facial or massage, but I just don't think I'll have time on a measly 3-night cruise

I know what you mean about never-ending wedding costs though. We now have to pay approx $740 for the cake & champagne and ESCOT quoted us $800 for round trip service from WDW to the Port. Not to mention we need to buy Michael's tux, I also need to get my hair permed and colored right before the cruise, I need to buy makeup and I have to fly to Chicago to have my final fitting and carry my huge dress on the flight home. As you know, time is money, and I've got SO many hours of crafting left to do to complete all of my little projects and it's tourist season, so work has had me SO busy and stressed! Ahhh! Haha, I know I'll get there, but it's going to be a looong summer for me!

In regards to my bunny, she's currently trying to find every way possible to tickle me with her whiskers! My legs, my knees, my feet! Then she goes and runs circles around my feet and sprints in figure eights around the living room! I can tell she's nocturnal, she just sits around in her cage all day, even if we try to let her out! Now that we're tired, she's wired! She's adorable, and crazy! haha!

Thanks for your comments on my favor bags... I feel like I've gone a little overboard with them! I keep thinking of more things to add to them, they've cost me a FORTUNE! haha! I do hope everyone appreciates them! I'm feeling a wee-bit stingy, so I'm going to have friends deliver bags to staterooms instead of paying $2/bag... that's another $40 I could spend... elsewhere! haha

Today I've been mulling over music... I want all Disney songs (I am a Disney bride, after all! :rotfl:) and they just seemed to lack a few good songs on their provided list (It's a small world isn't exactly romantic!) I went to www.musicnotes.com and currently have 4 songs of sheet music in my cart: "(at last) I see the Light" from Tangled, "Rainbow Connection" from Muppets, "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" from Hello Dolly (It's in Wall-E, the first date we went on!) and for our recessional: "Fantasmic! Theme" from... duh, Fantasmic! The site is cool in that it'll let you preview the first sheet of music with a little midi music file, so you can get an idea of what it sounds like! I think with these additions we'll be able to fill the 10-12 songs they ask you to fill! But I do know that I'm probably going to be crying the whole time, especially with songs like "When You Wish Upon a Star" as my processional and "A Whole New World" as our first dance played on a pretty piano!

Happy Planning to you!!

Hi Jillian!!! :goodvibes
Thanks so much for the info regarding Remy. It was AMAZINGLY helpful! If we can get a reservation there, you basically confirmed our decision to try Remy's. Palo is fantastic (and I'd love to do both), but based on your glowing recommendation, I think we're going to go with Remy's. We'll probably try to book it for the Nassau evening, so we'll be able to dine with our guests on the evening of the wedding. How did you find the pirate night dining?

That's so awesome that you have a friend coming along to do your hair!!! I'm kinda nervous about having my hair done on my wedding day by someone who hasn't done my hair before... Oh well, I guess I'll just have to be optimistic, and hope that it's a positive experience. I love your hair inspiration photos on pinterest by the way!! Have you decided how you're going to wear it? I'm guessing a half up and half down style?

I love your music selections! :cloud9: Those will be so beautiful on the piano! Which song are you using when? Haha, that's a terribly formed sentence, but hopefully you know what I mean.

Can I just say how impressive your soaps are?! They are so adorable! I also love the idea for the bath salts! Are you going to put them in the bag with the soaps as a little bath kit?

The pink flats are super cute also! I can imagine they'll be a much welcome reprieve from heels :) I'm the biggest wimp regarding heels. I love the way they look, but I have a very low tolerance for them. Luckily, the beach affords me an excuse to not have to wear them. That reminds me... must start looking into shoes.... The pink color is terrific though, and will be such a great pop of color beneath your gorgeous dress! Hehe, and I loved the bunny in the box!

Hope you had a great fourth!!! Don't let the mouse work you too hard! ;)

ccbride412
07-05-2012, 09:19 AM
Thanks for the insight on bags and delivery! I may just turn it into their hands and get that worry out of my mind!!

Being as crafty as I am, I would prefer to make my own bath salts corresponding the fragrance oils and colorants I use for my soaps. I do get a discount at Basin (and Basin White @ the Grand) But a 2lb bag of Epsom salts from my soap supplier is only $5, making it less expensive in the end... and as I mentioned, I already have the colorants and fragrance oils, so it would be no problem to make it! Not to mention fun! :flower3:

Oh, I would definitely make my own then! It sounds wonderful! Also, relaxing when you start bringing those oils out.... mmm, lavender smells sleepy.... ;)

JBeanBunny
07-08-2012, 01:09 AM
Hi Jillian!!! :goodvibes
Thanks so much for the info regarding Remy. It was AMAZINGLY helpful! If we can get a reservation there, you basically confirmed our decision to try Remy's. Palo is fantastic (and I'd love to do both), but based on your glowing recommendation, I think we're going to go with Remy's. We'll probably try to book it for the Nassau evening, so we'll be able to dine with our guests on the evening of the wedding. How did you find the pirate night dining?

That's so awesome that you have a friend coming along to do your hair!!! I'm kinda nervous about having my hair done on my wedding day by someone who hasn't done my hair before... Oh well, I guess I'll just have to be optimistic, and hope that it's a positive experience. I love your hair inspiration photos on pinterest by the way!! Have you decided how you're going to wear it? I'm guessing a half up and half down style?

I love your music selections! :cloud9: Those will be so beautiful on the piano! Which song are you using when? Haha, that's a terribly formed sentence, but hopefully you know what I mean.

Can I just say how impressive your soaps are?! They are so adorable! I also love the idea for the bath salts! Are you going to put them in the bag with the soaps as a little bath kit?

The pink flats are super cute also! I can imagine they'll be a much welcome reprieve from heels :) I'm the biggest wimp regarding heels. I love the way they look, but I have a very low tolerance for them. Luckily, the beach affords me an excuse to not have to wear them. That reminds me... must start looking into shoes.... The pink color is terrific though, and will be such a great pop of color beneath your gorgeous dress! Hehe, and I loved the bunny in the box!

Hope you had a great fourth!!! Don't let the mouse work you too hard! ;)

I can't tell you how much Michael and I enjoyed recounting our experience about Remy :) So delish! I can't tell you how the pirate cuisine was, unfortunately... We heard it wasn't as good, that's why we scheduled Remy on pirate night! We wanted to try the regular cuisine in the restaurants every night! Just remember- it's about 3 hours long and they feed you SO much food, so eat a light lunch! We somehow managed to make our way up for the fireworks, but we were all so stuffed!

The person is doing my hair actually had a few classes with my brother in high school, and my mom (and I, on occasion) have been going to her for her hair & coloring services for YEARS! I'm thrilled she's coming along, I'm even more thrilled that she's a Disney person! I am planning on doing a curly half-up half-down hair style. I'm going to get a perm a few weeks before because my hair does NOT hold a curl, especially in humidity! I'm sure your hair will look gorgeous no matter who does it! I've loved all of the hair photos I've seen from all of the other DCL brides!

I haven't finalized my 'playlist' yet, but I think I've solidified a few, my flowergirls/bridesmaid song is going to be "A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes," My processional will be "A Whole New World," Cake Cutting with "When you Wish upon a Star," our First Dance as "At Last I See the Light," and our Recessional as... Fantasmic!!!! haha Now I just have to figure out where to put the other songs!

Go to DSW.com!!! They always have sales and clearance items, I bought two pairs of special occasion heels and a pair of flip flops for $100! If you sign up for their free rewards program, you get free shipping, too! You should definitely start shopping now with the spring and summer shoes on the market- late summertime they'll start bringing out all of the fall stuff- not ideal for a beach wedding in the Bahamas! I also have the same problem with heels- they're GORGEOUS but I'm not used to wearing them, so my tolerance is pretty low too! On my last cruise I wore 3 different pairs of pumps and I thought I was going to die! I've switched to sandals ONLY for the cruise- ones that strap onto my feet completely!

Yes, I may have added that bunny picture for you :rotfl2: and lucky me, I don't work wednesdays, so I was off on the 4th of July! I stayed inside and read a book during the thunderstorms, then DF and I went on a 'date' for some chicken wings! Who needs fireworks in CROWDED theme parks when you could see fireworks any (and every!) night! Haha, the 'curse' of living in Orlando!

OOOH, and thanks for the compliments on my soaps! I think the packaging turned out GREAT- Way better than I'd anticipated! I ordered everything I need for my bath salts project! (I haven't told DF about that yet, he'll tell me that I still have UNFINISHED projects and that we already have so much in our guest bags!) But I'm ecstatic to give that a try- if you add citric acid and baking soda to them, you get fizzy bath salts *squee* It's going to be so much fun!

JBeanBunny
07-08-2012, 01:17 AM
Oh, I would definitely make my own then! It sounds wonderful! Also, relaxing when you start bringing those oils out.... mmm, lavender smells sleepy.... ;)

I was ordering more soap base from my soap supplier, and wouldn't you know it- everything I need for my bath salts project fell into my shopping cart! What a strange phenomenon! (Also a few extra colorants and fragrance oils... oops) I also ordered 50- 2 oz clear jars with white lids to package them in, more than I need (I'd originally only planned to do 1 per stateroom, but it was cheaper to buy 50 jars!) Wish me luck, pictures to follow! Now the hardest part- waiting a week for delivery! The company I buy from is in Washington state, and I'm in Florida, delivery always takes so long and I can get very impatient waiting for my goodies!

JBeanBunny
07-18-2012, 10:29 PM
57 days until we set sail, 58 days until we get hitched! I've submitted my paperwork (a little bit under the wire!) and HOPEFULLY I can keep myself together and composed! It's crunch time and I'm feeling the pressure! So much to do, so little time! I got a few days off mid-august to fly 'back home' to Chicagoland for several items of business... Perm hair, Color hair, Final Dress Fittings, Pick up dress and fly it to Florida! Also on the agenda is a bridal shower! My mom is putting it together with the ladies at her church, and my BFF/MOH is flying in to share that chaotic and busy few days with me! I hope she keeps me sane!

I have so many unfinished projects that I need to get done! I have to finish decorating my favor bags, I need to finish making and packaging soaps for all of my guests (insert Fight Club joke here), I need to finish making and packaging bath salts (inset zombie joke here), I have to make small Mickey flower Pomander wands for the flower girls, I have to spray paint and decorate flower girls' petal baskets, I need to make tags for each bag complete with guest names and room numbers, I need to make door magnets- one for each room AND one for each guest... I also have to arrange for bus transportation and go tux shopping with Michael, I need to go tanning (I know, fake-baking is BAD, but I normally shy away from the sun and I just don't trust spray tans!) I need to see if I can arrange and afford a boudoir shoot... Oh gosh, I'm sure I'm missing a zillion other little things that need to get done!

It doesn't help that just last month one of my roommates up and left without a replacement, and now the other roommate is deserting us too! So now instead of $320 rent, we're going to have to shell out $950/month that we're just not prepared to be paying! All of those funds were SUPPOSED to be going towards the wedding and related expenses! I'm freaking out a little... okay, A LOT! I need people to fill my rooms so we can continue living! I don't know what to dooooo! :sad2:

Okay, so at the moment I'm TRYING to spend all of my spare time getting little projects done. Yesterday I made 10 soaps and packaged them today. Yesterday I also made all 50 bath salts!! Except that a couple hours later they'd absorbed so much of the florida humidity that they turned into a solid brick! I got a few suggestions from my soap supplier and THANK GOD, I think the project is salvageable! Today I dug out all of the pink salts into a mixing bowl and broke up all the chunks (as best I could) then I baked the entire mixture on a cookie sheet at 250 for 15 minutes to dry them out, THEN I added a handful of uncooked rice to help keep the salt dry. After I put them back in their cute little 2 oz jars, I wrapped saran wrap around them and shank them with a heat gun. I do NOT want ANY moisture to ruin them again! Unfortunately, this is a huge undertaking and I still have more than 2/3 left of them left to go! On the bright side, I used some of the bath salts today in a HOT steamy bath, and it felt amazing and calmed me a bit. Here's hoping that something as simple as listening to music while soaking in a hot bath can keep me calm over the next several weeks!!

Here's the bath salts. The pink one is fragranced with Exotic Fruit Smoothie and Sun Ripened Raspberry. The purple one is Sheer Freesia with Raspberry Violet. The Blue one is called Salty Mariner and is such an amazing ocean-y scent! I'm reserving the blue for the men, though I have a feeling most of them would give them away!
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I finished my pixie dust!! I know some of my readers have long awaited this one! My problem was that a fellow bride friend of mine promised me a sheet of the hershey kiss stickers that you can personalize, BUT she moved away and it got packed, blah blah blah. I finally sucked it up and bought a pack myself, even though it came with 400+ stickers and I only have 30 pixie dust vials! Anywho, Enjoy.
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and just for giggles, here's a few more soaps I made. The Green swirl is Wasabi and Moroccan Mint, The Pink/Dark Purple is Sun Ripened Raspberry and Violet, and the pink embedded Mickey soap is scented with Passionfruit Papaya and Lychee Red Tea... OMG, it smells AMAZING!!!
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And another DIS member asked about starfish soap on the DCL Brides thread... I took a whack at it and made some 'starfish in sand' soap. It was pretty tricky getting a sandy color, to be honest! I don't have any brown colorants to tone down yellow! They could've turned out better, but it always takes some trials and errors to get it perfect! Here's a couple photos of those in case she ever wanders onto my page! (I would love to make and sell soaps or bath salts as wedding favors! I would love a way to craft for a living, if only I could figure out how!) I apologize for the horrible night-time lighting in these photos. Apparently my light bulbs are very yellow-y!
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Well, wish me luck! I'm hoping to keep the hair-pulling and nail biting and sleeplessness at a minimum. :eek: Just yesterday I was super-bummed about my salt project gumming up and it put me into a REAL funk all night. Michael does his best to cheer me up, and that's why I love him! (He also knows when to just shut up and love me from afar! hahahahaha!) Ahh, wish me sanity, because I'm surely going to need it!

Fivepin
07-20-2012, 05:21 PM
Hi Jillian-

I have enjoyed reading your PJ. I too will be doing a vow renewal Nov 19th on the Dream, but no one knows about it yet. My best friend knows, but just found out she can't get the time off of work.

I haven't started anything yet. Starting to get cracking on that. I know I want lavendar/purple and silver for my colors. I have been trying to figure out favors and goodies for the embarkation bags for the families. There are only 7 families I have to make things for. So, not too overwhelming. I will using all these castaway club bags I have from prior cruises. I can clear them from my closet:yay:

I love the idea of the Mickey Head soaps. I see the website where you got them from, but was wondering if you could help me with how much to order and such to make around 20 of them or so. Did you get the mold at Downtown Disney? I'm actually heading over there this weekend.

Can't wait to see your photos from your wedding. I will have to use a shutters photographer. Looking for some unique spots on the ship.

JBeanBunny
07-21-2012, 01:29 AM
Hi Jillian-

I have enjoyed reading your PJ. I too will be doing a vow renewal Nov 19th on the Dream, but no one knows about it yet. My best friend knows, but just found out she can't get the time off of work.

I haven't started anything yet. Starting to get cracking on that. I know I want lavendar/purple and silver for my colors. I have been trying to figure out favors and goodies for the embarkation bags for the families. There are only 7 families I have to make things for. So, not too overwhelming. I will using all these castaway club bags I have from prior cruises. I can clear them from my closet:yay:

I love the idea of the Mickey Head soaps. I see the website where you got them from, but was wondering if you could help me with how much to order and such to make around 20 of them or so. Did you get the mold at Downtown Disney? I'm actually heading over there this weekend.

Can't wait to see your photos from your wedding. I will have to use a shutters photographer. Looking for some unique spots on the ship.

So nice to hear that you're having a vow renewal! I'm so sorry your best friend can't attend! Our Best Man just got deployed to Korea this week and he isn't allowed to leave for 6 months :( So I understand the feeling of having someone important miss out!!!

It really depends on how many soaps you need and how much variety you want. If you just want the mickey silhouette (muffin pan), they're much easier than the mickey face (ice cube mold)! Brambleberry sells Melt & Pour base starting from 1 lb, 10 lbs, and up! (You'd have to do the math to see how many soaps you need, how much soap base you need for practice, etc) Each soap comes out to about 2oz-3oz depending on how thick you want it. If you're just looking to have multiple color soaps, you'd just need 2-3 colorants and however many fragrances you'd like. (Just a hint: they give you a free sample fragrance oil with every purchase- you just have to request a specific fragrance!) Other than that, you'll just need shrink wrap and a heat gun to seal the soaps and preserve their freshness. The Mickey Silhouette soaps are really quite easy to make, if you need any more pointers, please let me know!

If it appears like all that seems like too much trouble, I would have no problem making them for you. After my wedding in September I should have PLENTY of time to work on more soaps! I live just 10 minutes drive from Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom, so I could hand-deliver them to you on Disney property. Of course, I'd have to discuss with you further about the amount of soaps, the colors, and what fragrances you'd like before I could make an accurate cost estimate. ;)

Good luck, and Happy Planning! I'm glad I could've inspired you for your special day in November!!! I also LOVE the idea of using the Castaway Club bags for your favor bags! Very clever!! :thumbsup2

JBeanBunny
07-23-2012, 02:06 PM
Hello, all! 52 days until embarkation!

I just had my phone call with Meredith today! We went over my entire planning packet thoroughly so she could send it to DCL for processing! The one thing I had to change was my bouquet-Apparently you can only choose TWO colors of roses if you select the Solid French Rose bouquet. So instead of having a Hot Pink, Light Pink, Red bouquet, I'm going to have a Hot Pink and Red bouquet. Also, the Light pink rose option has been discontinued altogether! Apparently the color of the roses was a dingy brownish-pink that was unsatisfactory. Meredith also commended me for filling everything out so thoroughly! :goodvibes I made sure to send in the photo and dimensions of my cake topper and I included the sheet music to the three additional songs that they don't offer. I also sent a thorough request for the ERA dining rotation that included Table #82- that giant 10-top table that is directly underneath the cinderella chandelier at the Royal Palace! I told them that YES, I understand that tables are shuffled around depending on the restaurant layout, but I want our tables to be close to each other on our wedding night at Royal Palace.

I had somebody ask what my 'playlist' of songs were- I really beat myself up for a week over it! But in the end, here's what I chose!

Prelude: *Someday My Prince Will Come & *So This is Love
Grandparent/Parents seating: *Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Bridesmaid/Flower Girl: *A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Processional: *A Whole New World
Recessional: *Fantasmic! Theme
Cake Cutting: *When You Wish Upon a Star
First Dance: *At Last I See The Light
Celebration: *Once Upon a Dream, *Kiss the Girl, *Rainbow Connection, *Beauty & The Beast

So, I've got a few more key dates approaching! 45 days is when I should receive confirmation from Disney- what time my event will be held and WHERE!!! Oh lord, how I've wondered where they're putting my party of 47! I should also receive my budget and signature form, then at 30-days I have to submit the signature form (stating everything in my 45-day report is correct, I guess) and the final payment is due for the $20/person. I have 45 guests - 8 guests included in the package, that leaves 37 guests x $20 = $740... It feels like the wedding costs never end! Then 1-2 weeks prior to sailing, I should receive a "Welcome letter" with the itinerary, etc.

I picked up my wedding license form from the courthouse. I was downtown last week, but it was just a little too soon to submit it! You only have 60 days from the day you get your license until you have to submit it finalized! Being under the 60-day mark is a little bit nerve-wracking! (or a lot!)

Alright, not much else to update. My days off are tuesday & wednesday so I'll be busy, busy, busy making soaps and packaging them... finding whatever time to craft as many things as I can in 2 days, then it's back to another busy, busy work week! Tonight I'm closing Studios' EMH so I won't be clocking out until past 3AM :sad: But according to Travel Agent, Lisa, starting in January 2013 evening Extra Magic Hours will only be 2 hours instead of 3 hours! Good news for me, Bad news for Disney resort guests!

Happy Planning!

Fivepin
07-23-2012, 03:42 PM
Hi Jillian-

Glad you are so close to your wedding. It's all falling in place. Love your song selections-very similar to mine. Gotta have those Disney songs!! I'm glad you knew what the table number was because I've always admired that table and never noted the number. It was on my list to find out on my Aug 5-Double Dip cruise. It's a research cruise for me. It will just be me and my oldest son. My husband has to work-great for me since he doesn't know about it yet.
My VR is Cinderella themed-have the Lenox cake topper and just ordered the flutes online with the 25% off.
Thanks for the info on the soaps. Was at Downtown Disney over the weekend saw the ice cube trays but not the muffin pan. Where did you get that at? Thank you so much for the offer. I really appreciate it. I will let you know.

I'm going back and forth on my bouquet. I love purple so can't decide between the all lavendar or the garden.

Did you give Meredith a seating chart for dining? I heard in the past you could do this, but don't know if you still can.

Can't wait to read more.

Freckledginger
07-23-2012, 09:44 PM
Wow, Jillian!! I think I've been away from the DIS for too long, because I feel like I've missed a bunch of your updates! Everything is coming along so beautifully!!! If it's alright, I'm just going to make a list of my comments--so I don't miss anything :goodvibes

-I know I've mentioned it before, but your Mickey soaps are absolutely phenomenal. After the wedding, I seriously think you should consider opening up an Etsy shop and offering them for sale. You never know... it could turn out to be a bigger thing than you think! :)
-Thanks so much for all your advice! I'm hoping to pay our cruise off this week, and hopefully there will still be a reservation at Remy's available on the Nassau evening. Pirate night is our wedding night, and we'd like to have dinner with all our guests, so I suppose we will just have to go along with the Pirate Menu. Hopefully the joy of the day and the fun atmosphere will make up for any culinary shortcomings :laughing:
-Half up Half down hairstyle will look gorgeous with your dress! I've been loving the examples you have on pinterest!
-Will definitely hit up DSW in the next couple of weeks. You make a very good point about getting sandles now (when summer styles are actually out), so I definitely need to get on that... Sigh... Another thing to add to the list
-Yay for a bridal shower! I'm not sure if we're having one yet. Did you and Michael register? Tim and I just did that this past weekend and it turned out to be fun. We didn't go crazy with it or anything since we're having such a fun wedding, but the people at Macy's were really nice, and Timmy had fun walking around with the gun scanning stuff, hehe.
-Good to see another bride will a good-sized to-do list ;) It's crazy huh?
-Yay for thinking about a Boudoir shoot! They're so much fun! I greatly encourage it! Did you like my photos? If so, I highly recommend my photographer. She's very nice and pretty reasonable with her rates. I can also pass along some more photos from that session if you want to see more of her work. Jess is based out of Jacksonville, so not too far from you.
-I'm sorry to hear about the roommate drama. That always makes things difficult when you're not expecting them to leave and they surprise you with that news. Do you know any people through work that may need a place to live?
-Your bath salts look AMAZING! I can imagine how disheartening that must have been when things went a bit wonky, but kudos to you for working out a solution. I'm sure your guests will be thrilled to have such an indulgent treat in their welcome bags.
-Omg, love love love the pixie dust! Fabulous! Finished product looks great, and I'd like to add that you have lovely penmanship
-I think the starfish soaps turned out well! You could even do them in a blue--like they're in the ocean. Ooh, you know what could also be cute if you do an etsy business??? A clear soap sprinkled with a bit of pixie dust! Hehe, guess I've got pixie dust on the brain :tink:
-Thanks for all the info about your conversation with Meredith! Hope you get the table under the Cinderella Chandelier! That would be so beautiful. Love you music selections. Really great choices from the Disney repertoire. At Last I See the Light will be lovely for a first dance :goodvibes
-Hope Hollywood Studios wasn't too crazy tonight! :worried: I feel for you with the EMH's. When my sister was a CP at MK, she used to dread EMH nights during peak season.

Can't wait for more updates! :)

JBeanBunny
07-24-2012, 03:04 AM
Hi Jillian-

Glad you are so close to your wedding. It's all falling in place. Love your song selections-very similar to mine. Gotta have those Disney songs!! I'm glad you knew what the table number was because I've always admired that table and never noted the number. It was on my list to find out on my Aug 5-Double Dip cruise. It's a research cruise for me. It will just be me and my oldest son. My husband has to work-great for me since he doesn't know about it yet.
My VR is Cinderella themed-have the Lenox cake topper and just ordered the flutes online with the 25% off.
Thanks for the info on the soaps. Was at Downtown Disney over the weekend saw the ice cube trays but not the muffin pan. Where did you get that at? Thank you so much for the offer. I really appreciate it. I will let you know.

I'm going back and forth on my bouquet. I love purple so can't decide between the all lavendar or the garden.

Did you give Meredith a seating chart for dining? I heard in the past you could do this, but don't know if you still can.

Can't wait to read more.

I did a 'research' cruise too! I went with my DM and DF in January, and it was GREAT! Are you getting married on the Dream? I'm sure the table numbers are different on the different ships, but you can pick up this information on your research cruise! I haven't gotten my seating chart yet. You won't get that until after your paperwork is submitted and the cruise line has reviewed it. If you want a specific restaurant on a specific night, REQUEST THAT DINING ROTATION ON YOUR PLANNING GUIDE!! haha, sorry for the all caps, but it's really THAT important! Animator's Palate is great, but it's not very wedding-y!

I bought my muffin pan from World of Disney at Downtown Disney... I think... I know I've seen it there in the past, as well as any other place that sells kitchen items like Mickey's Pantry by Earl of Sandwich and even stores inside the parks. I've seen them at Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom, but they must've carried them at the other parks, too. It is possible that their inventory has run out and they're waiting for more. You could always ask one of the cast members, they might know. (Just don't ask someone college-aged, they're probably college program and haven't been around for very long!)

Ah, the bouquet dilemma! I know you'll find your perfect option, either one sounds like it would be a great bouquet! My DF's one stipulation to marriage is that RED was somewhere in the wedding. In order for him to have a Red boutonniere, It felt like I should have matching flowers in my bouquet, and roses were my only option for RED. (Long gone are my dreams of having a blue and purple wedding!) So I'm going with a Red & Hot Pink Solid French Rose bouquet.

Happy reading, and let me know if you have any more questions! As I said, as soon as my wedding is over, I'll have tons of spare time- I feel like I'll be bored without wedding planning to keep me busy! I'd be happy to take on a soaping project if you want me to! :goodvibes

lilsk8nmac
07-24-2012, 03:37 AM
I'm joining to read along! How exciting. Your dress is beautiful and I love the soaps you are making! :)

JBeanBunny
07-24-2012, 03:51 AM
Wow, Jillian!! I think I've been away from the DIS for too long, because I feel like I've missed a bunch of your updates! Everything is coming along so beautifully!!! If it's alright, I'm just going to make a list of my comments--so I don't miss anything :goodvibes

-I know I've mentioned it before, but your Mickey soaps are absolutely phenomenal. After the wedding, I seriously think you should consider opening up an Etsy shop and offering them for sale. You never know... it could turn out to be a bigger thing than you think! :)
-Thanks so much for all your advice! I'm hoping to pay our cruise off this week, and hopefully there will still be a reservation at Remy's available on the Nassau evening. Pirate night is our wedding night, and we'd like to have dinner with all our guests, so I suppose we will just have to go along with the Pirate Menu. Hopefully the joy of the day and the fun atmosphere will make up for any culinary shortcomings :laughing:
-Half up Half down hairstyle will look gorgeous with your dress! I've been loving the examples you have on pinterest!
-Will definitely hit up DSW in the next couple of weeks. You make a very good point about getting sandles now (when summer styles are actually out), so I definitely need to get on that... Sigh... Another thing to add to the list
-Yay for a bridal shower! I'm not sure if we're having one yet. Did you and Michael register? Tim and I just did that this past weekend and it turned out to be fun. We didn't go crazy with it or anything since we're having such a fun wedding, but the people at Macy's were really nice, and Timmy had fun walking around with the gun scanning stuff, hehe.
-Good to see another bride will a good-sized to-do list ;) It's crazy huh?
-Yay for thinking about a Boudoir shoot! They're so much fun! I greatly encourage it! Did you like my photos? If so, I highly recommend my photographer. She's very nice and pretty reasonable with her rates. I can also pass along some more photos from that session if you want to see more of her work. Jess is based out of Jacksonville, so not too far from you.
-I'm sorry to hear about the roommate drama. That always makes things difficult when you're not expecting them to leave and they surprise you with that news. Do you know any people through work that may need a place to live?
-Your bath salts look AMAZING! I can imagine how disheartening that must have been when things went a bit wonky, but kudos to you for working out a solution. I'm sure your guests will be thrilled to have such an indulgent treat in their welcome bags.
-Omg, love love love the pixie dust! Fabulous! Finished product looks great, and I'd like to add that you have lovely penmanship
-I think the starfish soaps turned out well! You could even do them in a blue--like they're in the ocean. Ooh, you know what could also be cute if you do an etsy business??? A clear soap sprinkled with a bit of pixie dust! Hehe, guess I've got pixie dust on the brain :tink:
-Thanks for all the info about your conversation with Meredith! Hope you get the table under the Cinderella Chandelier! That would be so beautiful. Love you music selections. Really great choices from the Disney repertoire. At Last I See the Light will be lovely for a first dance :goodvibes
-Hope Hollywood Studios wasn't too crazy tonight! :worried: I feel for you with the EMH's. When my sister was a CP at MK, she used to dread EMH nights during peak season.

Can't wait for more updates! :)

Ahh, Ginger! I'm very aware that you've been away! :rotfl: I've been checking my page, your page, and the DCL brides pages every couple days to see if you (or ANYONE) has posted anything! I always look forward to hearing from you and reading about your planning! Since you're not long after me, I feel like we're experiencing about the same things around the same time!

Thanks for the encouragement about opening an Etsy shop! It's something I've wanted to do for years! First for crocheting Harry Potter Scarves (but now the movies are over and the demand is probably low) and I've had a few other ideas, but the soaping one seem like it might stick! I'm only worried about copyright infringement laws about selling the Mickey-face soaps, especially since Mr. Mouse is my boss! I have heard that they can't get you for Mickey silhouette, but they can if it's very iconic Mickey. I have seen the Mickey silhouette soaps for sale on Etsy using the same muffin pan, but I can't help but be biased and think mine are better! :rotfl2: As I've offered to others, I'd be happy to make soaps for your wedding party, if you're interested!!! Any experience is beneficial, right? (A coworker of mine ordered 2 soaps and 2 bath salts for a Christmas present! It's a start!)

I want to see shoes when you get them! I ordered mine online because there's a bigger selection and they all fit GREAT! Thank god! Though if they didn't fit, I'd just return them to the nearest DSW and ask for them to order another size! There may be summer-ending sales on pretty heels coming up soon- keep an eye out for those!

Michael and I registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond sometime over the Winter time. We went WAY too soon- I say this because some of the items we registered for are no longer being sold! I'm just glad they didn't discontinue my china- I ADORE my china pattern! ( http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/regProduct.asp?WRN=-884688342&sku=17748610& ) The sales-guy walked through the store with us and didn't let us use the scanner gun :furious: I head that's the best part!! I figure if guests don't want to get things off the registry that we can suggest that they buy us Disney Gift Cards (Cheaper than Disney Honeymoon Registry that charges 7% for themselves!) That way we can use them to pay for a 1-year anniversary cruise since we can't get the time off for our wedding cruise AND a honeymoon this year!

Bad news about my bath salts, even with the saran wrap and the rice mixed in, my pink salts turned into bricks again (though not quite as badly). I may just have to scoop them out, dry them out in the oven, and repackage a couple days before the wedding. They still work just fine, but it's much more aesthetically pleasing if you can pour out your bath salts instead of scooping out chunks with a kitchen spoon!

I love that you approve of my pixie dust! I do have good penmanship, but those labels were hershey-kiss stickers that I put through my printer! If you're looking for fun fonts, go to dafont.com and you can download any type of font your heart could desire! I used it for the Pixie Dust font and my wedding invitations font. Things seem so much more fancy if they're printed in a font that you don't see every day! I like your idea about pixie dust soap... and believe me, I've put glitter in my soap before! I even used some of my leftover pixie dust in my bath salts project! You gave me an idea, though- If I could find a small Tinkerbell charm, I could embed it into a soap and make a line of pixie dust coming off of her wand! How cute!

I had considered using a clear blue to make the starfish soaps appear that they're underwater! I also considered using the "double pour" technique where I pour on both ends of the mold different colors of soap! I think it would look like a crashing wave! I still like the idea of putting ground-up loofa into the "sand" to make it gritty and more realistic! I used some cranberry seeds in my recent attempt, but they FLOAT and don't go down the drain easily!

If I made you jealous with my "At Last I See The Light" I could always copy the sheet music for you. Every time it comes up on Pandora (Yes, I listen to the "Disney" station!) I get goosebumps! It's such a darling scene in the movie and such a well written song! Disney sure does know how to make your heart swell! I can't wait to see what songs you choose!

Hollywood Studios was fine tonight, just LONG! We closed a lot of carts early because of the rain & thunderstorm which meant that I was INCREDIBLY busy for a while, and then I was completely bored for a while until my closing carts finished- Then I was busy again! I clocked out around 3, got home around 3:30, grabbed a bowl of avocados chunks & quartered cherry tomatoes and went straight to DIS since I knew you'd be posting tonight! Now it's 4:40 and I'm STILL not even sleepy! (Tired yes, Sleepy, no!) The worst part about closing EMH is that I waste half of my day off sleeping to recover from staying up so late!

Make sure you send in your planning guide several days earlier than you intend for it to arrive! If you mail it to the P.O. Box, it takes several days to get to Meredith's office! I mailed it EXPRESS mail last Tuesday morning (Arrived in wednesday morning) and just today I got my phone call to review the wedding packet! Yeesh! Just remember, be as specific as you can be with your packet! Remember, I wrote notes ALL over my packet!

I do hope that your planning is going well! I look forward to hearing from you again soon!

Fivepin
07-24-2012, 06:33 AM
I did a 'research' cruise too! I went with my DM and DF in January, and it was GREAT! Are you getting married on the Dream? I'm sure the table numbers are different on the different ships, but you can pick up this information on your research cruise! I haven't gotten my seating chart yet. You won't get that until after your paperwork is submitted and the cruise line has reviewed it. If you want a specific restaurant on a specific night, REQUEST THAT DINING ROTATION ON YOUR PLANNING GUIDE!! haha, sorry for the all caps, but it's really THAT important! Animator's Palate is great, but it's not very wedding-y!

I bought my muffin pan from World of Disney at Downtown Disney... I think... I know I've seen it there in the past, as well as any other place that sells kitchen items like Mickey's Pantry by Earl of Sandwich and even stores inside the parks. I've seen them at Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom, but they must've carried them at the other parks, too. It is possible that their inventory has run out and they're waiting for more. You could always ask one of the cast members, they might know. (Just don't ask someone college-aged, they're probably college program and haven't been around for very long!)

Ah, the bouquet dilemma! I know you'll find your perfect option, either one sounds like it would be a great bouquet! My DF's one stipulation to marriage is that RED was somewhere in the wedding. In order for him to have a Red boutonniere, It felt like I should have matching flowers in my bouquet, and roses were my only option for RED. (Long gone are my dreams of having a blue and purple wedding!) So I'm going with a Red & Hot Pink Solid French Rose bouquet.

Happy reading, and let me know if you have any more questions! As I said, as soon as my wedding is over, I'll have tons of spare time- I feel like I'll be bored without wedding planning to keep me busy! I'd be happy to take on a soaping project if you want me to! :goodvibes

We will be on the Dream as well!! It will actually be during my birthday. Our VR is the day of Nassau and my birthday is the day of Castaway.

My DH still knows nothing along with my guests. So, it's nice to have someone to talk to about it. I haven't figured out how or when to tell him. Would love to surprise him the day of, but don't know if I can pull that off. I may post on Disney Cruise bride thread to get some ideas. Would love to do a PJ, but I know I wouldn't have the time. My other 2 boys return from Taiwan Aug 17th and then school starts the 20th and then chaos begins with all their schedules.

Went both to World of Disney and the Pantry. It was crazy there. That's why I don't like going during the summer. Plus it's hot. I feel for you CM's!! Didn't have time to go check the parks. There were 2 accidents on I-4 on the way there that really delayed me and one on the way back. Had to be back for dinner. I didn't ask a CM, but I will remember your suggestion. I will be back there Aug 3rd for Typhoon Lagoon before the cruise. I can check then.

I agree with Ginger about the Etsy shop!! I would definitely buy.

I have about 30 people incl. kids that will be on this cruise. I just have to make sure families that do not get along are not at the same table.

Off to work on invites. trying to figure out wording on there that I only want the adults there and the kids should be checked into club/lab. this was my cost cutting option-10 kids X20=$200. I can use that to pay for the guests at Palo. Want to try to get the private room-my problem there are a total of 17 adults and that room only takes 14.

Can't wait to read more. Reading your PJ and Ginger's is really getting me inspired and excited about the planning.

JBeanBunny
07-24-2012, 01:26 PM
I'm joining to read along! How exciting. Your dress is beautiful and I love the soaps you are making! :)

Thanks! I love my dress too and the soaping is such a fun new hobby! I'm glad you've decided to follow me along my journey, the next two months are going to be crazy! I hope you enjoy my process!!

JBeanBunny
07-24-2012, 01:42 PM
We will be on the Dream as well!! It will actually be during my birthday. Our VR is the day of Nassau and my birthday is the day of Castaway.

My DH still knows nothing along with my guests. So, it's nice to have someone to talk to about it. I haven't figured out how or when to tell him. Would love to surprise him the day of, but don't know if I can pull that off. I may post on Disney Cruise bride thread to get some ideas. Would love to do a PJ, but I know I wouldn't have the time. My other 2 boys return from Taiwan Aug 17th and then school starts the 20th and then chaos begins with all their schedules.

Went both to World of Disney and the Pantry. It was crazy there. That's why I don't like going during the summer. Plus it's hot. I feel for you CM's!! Didn't have time to go check the parks. There were 2 accidents on I-4 on the way there that really delayed me and one on the way back. Had to be back for dinner. I didn't ask a CM, but I will remember your suggestion. I will be back there Aug 3rd for Typhoon Lagoon before the cruise. I can check then.

I agree with Ginger about the Etsy shop!! I would definitely buy.

I have about 30 people incl. kids that will be on this cruise. I just have to make sure families that do not get along are not at the same table.

Off to work on invites. trying to figure out wording on there that I only want the adults there and the kids should be checked into club/lab. this was my cost cutting option-10 kids X20=$200. I can use that to pay for the guests at Palo. Want to try to get the private room-my problem there are a total of 17 adults and that room only takes 14.

Can't wait to read more. Reading your PJ and Ginger's is really getting me inspired and excited about the planning.

That's a great way to cut costs on the wedding- sending the kids to their respective play areas! I only have 2 children coming along, two of my future nieces, and I figured I'd just use them as my flower girls! One is young enough that the $20 doesn't apply to her! It is unfortunate about Palo's private room- it really does only seat 14. They'll even turn you away if you ask for 15! I've heard a lot about this, seeing if they would make exceptions, but the answer (if i remember correctly) is always no. I'm having my "reception" dinner in the Royal Palace- the prettiest and fanciest of all of the regular restaurants! There was just no way to get my party of 47 into Palo, even in my wildest dreams! I actually booked our "Free Palo" dinner on the embarkation day at 6:00 so we can make it to our late seating at 8:15 in the Enchanted Garden to mingle with my guests. That way, I get my palo (yay!) and I get to skip the "just okay" food at EG! They do have a 'private room' in Remy that's quite large (I have a photo here: http://s1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Jan%202012%20DCL%20cruise/?action=view&current=IMG_0195.jpg ) and they may be able to put 17 in there, though the idea of paying $75 each for 17 people makes me want to faint! :faint:

I'm sorry you couldn't find the Mickey Muffin Pan :( As I said, I got it last winter and they may have run out temporarily or permanently! (ooh, I just remembered that I've also seen them at the Polynesian, so they've had them at resorts, too!) My offer still stands for Mickey soaps if you want them! Maybe after the wedding I'll make that Etsy shop... The hardest part is picking out a name :confused: Any suggestions???

I also COMPLETELY understand your frustration with the massive crowds! I actually get very uncomfortable in large crowds! The heat of the summer in unbearable, and I work OUTSIDE! Yeesh! I told a coworker "I can't wait until the fall!" and they asked if it was because of my wedding... I said "No, so it get cooler outside!" :laughing: of COURSE I'm looking forward to the wedding, but I'm also looking forward to the slow season and the cooler temps!


I'm so glad you're drawing inspiration from my PJ and Ginger's! You should tell her that because I'm sure she'd be tickled pink too :goodvibes Happy Reading, and Happy Planning!

1EvilQueenfan
07-25-2012, 11:34 AM
Wow, you are getting so close! I definitely think you should open up an Esty shop, I know I would use you.

1EvilQueenfan
07-25-2012, 11:37 AM
I was glad you posted about the Disney Wedding registry. I thought that was a good idea and didn't realize about the percentage. Disney gift cards are a much better way, thanks.

Freckledginger
07-25-2012, 10:05 PM
Aww, Jillian!! You're too sweet! :cutie: I look forward to hearing from you and reading your updates as well! I've so enjoyed having a fellow DCL bride at similar planning stages. I think it kind of makes us DCL bride sisters/comrades, hehe

I think you should definitely consider opening an Etsy shop. You're super talented, and I think people would really appreciate your crafts. There seems to be a ton of Disney stuff on Etsy, so I guess the copyright stuff is not as huge of a deal on a small scale. I can understand your concern though--maybe you could make Disney inspired things ;) If you're up to it, I would very much be interested in purchasing some soaps for our welcome bags. Just let me know after you're wedding if you have the time/interest, and we can discuss :goodvibes

I can't believe they didn't let you and Michael use the scanning gun at Bed, Bath & Beyond! :( That was definitely the best part for me, hehe. Your china pattern is stunning! Hope you get a number of sets of that at your shower! It's actually somewhat similar to the one we picked out at Macy's. Great minds think alike, eh? :) I can totally relate to the delayed Honeymoon thing. The wedding and international move we recently did pretty much is taking all the disposable income we have. I'm not too bummed about it though... we'll be able to save up and afford to do something really cool (hopefully) in the next few years--we've talked about exploring the British Isles for a month (always dreamed of going to Ireland). An anniversary cruise next year will be fantastic! Do you think you'll do a week on the Fantasy? That would be so amazing!!!

Sorry to hear your bath salts are refusing to cooperate. I'm sure they'll be lovely in the end. If they won't work as flakes, could you mold them somehow into several larger balls that fit in your cute little containers?? Kinda like the bath bombs from Lush, but smaller versions??

I'm such a goof for not realizing the font on your pixie dust was a font :lmao: It's a very lifelike font, haha. I love dafont.com!! I've used it on my STDs, and was also where I saw the font that inspired the calligraphy on our invitations. Their fonts have made Microsoft Word heaps more exciting for me

Pandora has a Disney channel?? I'm off to investigate this!! :goodvibes


Oh, and a big thanks to Judy for your compliments about my PJ!!! :cloud9: I'm definitely tickled pink! It's so exciting to hear that it's been helpful, and I very much look forward to hearing about your plans for your VR!

Fivepin
07-25-2012, 10:27 PM
Aww, Jillian!! You're too sweet! :cutie: I look forward to hearing from you and reading your updates as well! I've so enjoyed having a fellow DCL bride at similar planning stages. I think it kind of makes us DCL bride sisters/comrades, hehe

I think you should definitely consider opening an Etsy shop. You're super talented, and I think people would really appreciate your crafts. There seems to be a ton of Disney stuff on Etsy, so I guess the copyright stuff is not as huge of a deal on a small scale. I can understand your concern though--maybe you could make Disney inspired things ;) If you're up to it, I would very much be interested in purchasing some soaps for our welcome bags. Just let me know after you're wedding if you have the time/interest, and we can discuss :goodvibes

I can't believe they didn't let you and Michael use the scanning gun at Bed, Bath & Beyond! :( That was definitely the best part for me, hehe. Your china pattern is stunning! Hope you get a number of sets of that at your shower! It's actually somewhat similar to the one we picked out at Macy's. Great minds think alike, eh? :) I can totally relate to the delayed Honeymoon thing. The wedding and international move we recently did pretty much is taking all the disposable income we have. I'm not too bummed about it though... we'll be able to save up and afford to do something really cool (hopefully) in the next few years--we've talked about exploring the British Isles for a month (always dreamed of going to Ireland). An anniversary cruise next year will be fantastic! Do you think you'll do a week on the Fantasy? That would be so amazing!!!

Sorry to hear your bath salts are refusing to cooperate. I'm sure they'll be lovely in the end. If they won't work as flakes, could you mold them somehow into several larger balls that fit in your cute little containers?? Kinda like the bath bombs from Lush, but smaller versions??

I'm such a goof for not realizing the font on your pixie dust was a font :lmao: It's a very lifelike font, haha. I love dafont.com!! I've used it on my STDs, and was also where I saw the font that inspired the calligraphy on our invitations. Their fonts have made Microsoft Word heaps more exciting for me

Pandora has a Disney channel?? I'm off to investigate this!! :goodvibes


Oh, and a big thanks to Judy for your compliments about my PJ!!! :cloud9: I'm definitely tickled pink! It's so exciting to hear that it's been helpful, and I very much look forward to hearing about your plans for your VR!

Hi Ginger-

You are right about feeling like sisters/comrades. My VR is right after yours and I can't wait to see yours and Jillian's photos.

I've had the big wedding, so I guess that's why I'm not stressing over this. It seems so simple than planning the wedding like you 2. Mine will be small and intimate and am just looking for a couple of things for favors.

Are you guys doing a program for the wedding? I've been tossing that idea around.

Maybe if we keep pushing Jillian she'll get that Etsy shop opened.:rotfl2:

Jillian I think I maybe taking you up on the offer for the soaps. Did a search for the muffin pans on Ebay and they were $22 plus shipping. See you have 2 willing customers so far. :thumbsup2

Posted a pic of hubby and I on the Disney cruise bride thread. Don't think I will start a PJ at this point. I just feel like I don't have the time to devote to it.

Really excited for you guys. Looking for good photo spots since I will be using DCL photographers.

Fivepin
07-25-2012, 10:34 PM
That's a great way to cut costs on the wedding- sending the kids to their respective play areas! I only have 2 children coming along, two of my future nieces, and I figured I'd just use them as my flower girls! One is young enough that the $20 doesn't apply to her! It is unfortunate about Palo's private room- it really does only seat 14. They'll even turn you away if you ask for 15! I've heard a lot about this, seeing if they would make exceptions, but the answer (if i remember correctly) is always no. I'm having my "reception" dinner in the Royal Palace- the prettiest and fanciest of all of the regular restaurants! There was just no way to get my party of 47 into Palo, even in my wildest dreams! I actually booked our "Free Palo" dinner on the embarkation day at 6:00 so we can make it to our late seating at 8:15 in the Enchanted Garden to mingle with my guests. That way, I get my palo (yay!) and I get to skip the "just okay" food at EG! They do have a 'private room' in Remy that's quite large (I have a photo here: http://s1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Jan%202012%20DCL%20cruise/?action=view&current=IMG_0195.jpg ) and they may be able to put 17 in there, though the idea of paying $75 each for 17 people makes me want to faint! :faint:

I'm sorry you couldn't find the Mickey Muffin Pan :( As I said, I got it last winter and they may have run out temporarily or permanently! (ooh, I just remembered that I've also seen them at the Polynesian, so they've had them at resorts, too!) My offer still stands for Mickey soaps if you want them! Maybe after the wedding I'll make that Etsy shop... The hardest part is picking out a name :confused: Any suggestions???

I also COMPLETELY understand your frustration with the massive crowds! I actually get very uncomfortable in large crowds! The heat of the summer in unbearable, and I work OUTSIDE! Yeesh! I told a coworker "I can't wait until the fall!" and they asked if it was because of my wedding... I said "No, so it get cooler outside!" :laughing: of COURSE I'm looking forward to the wedding, but I'm also looking forward to the slow season and the cooler temps!


I'm so glad you're drawing inspiration from my PJ and Ginger's! You should tell her that because I'm sure she'd be tickled pink too :goodvibes Happy Reading, and Happy Planning!

Definiteley will not be doing Remy with the group :scared1: DH and I have done it and loved it. I'm thinking about just doing Palo with my immediate family now, because I talked to a couple of the families and with it being their first cruise, they don't want to miss out on any of the dining rooms. I can respect that. I'm sure I'll figure it out. I have done Palo before and could skip it to be with everyone, but love their food. I also get free Palo being Platinum. I had asked since both Ray and I are Platinum and already entitled to a free Palo, if I could use ours with the VR and credit 2 others meal. The answer I was given was no.

I am so not the one to be asking about a shop name-not that creative. I have the accountant's brain. I come to the boards for creativity. I will be a customer though!

Where do you work at in the park? Better get to bed-another early day tomorrow.

Evi
07-25-2012, 10:45 PM
Jillian,

How are you organizing table tops? Do you have some idea on layout and number of seats at each table. I'd really love to do a seating chart as my parents are divorced and though they are cordial with one another they are like oil and water in personality and would love to avoid any ackwardness. To be honest if I wasn't living proof that they were married no one could convince me otherwise they're just such different people lol.

JBeanBunny
07-26-2012, 08:06 PM
Wowza, Ladies! I ignore DIS for a day or two and you all grace me with your presence! What a pleasant surprise! I can feel the looooove tonight!

Wow, you are getting so close! I definitely think you should open up an Esty shop, I know I would use you.

I was glad you posted about the Disney Wedding registry. I thought that was a good idea and didn't realize about the percentage. Disney gift cards are a much better way, thanks.

Thanks for the encouragement about opening an Etsy shop :goodvibes Also, I'm glad to help with the Honeymoon registry! In the end they just give you a DISNEY GIFT CARD and they're skimming off 7% of your guests' generosity- All so they can run a fancy website with features that you don't even want/need! The Honeymoon Registry was down for MONTHS last year, I don't think it reopened until november or december when it was supposed to reopen in OCTOBER! As soon as it *DID* reopen, I started the registration process and found out that little catch. 7%! Okay, it's not THAT big of a deal (and apparently cast members have the 7% fee waived...) but I'd rather just get the monies on gift cards! I'm just going to use them to pay for a One-Year Anniversary/Honeymoon cruise, so I'll just be at home entering the gift card numbers back to back! I guess it MAY be more convenient to get them all onto ONE gift card... but oh well!

Aww, Jillian!! You're too sweet! :cutie: I look forward to hearing from you and reading your updates as well! I've so enjoyed having a fellow DCL bride at similar planning stages. I think it kind of makes us DCL bride sisters/comrades, hehe

I think you should definitely consider opening an Etsy shop. You're super talented, and I think people would really appreciate your crafts. There seems to be a ton of Disney stuff on Etsy, so I guess the copyright stuff is not as huge of a deal on a small scale. I can understand your concern though--maybe you could make Disney inspired things ;) If you're up to it, I would very much be interested in purchasing some soaps for our welcome bags. Just let me know after you're wedding if you have the time/interest, and we can discuss :goodvibes

I can't believe they didn't let you and Michael use the scanning gun at Bed, Bath & Beyond! :( That was definitely the best part for me, hehe. Your china pattern is stunning! Hope you get a number of sets of that at your shower! It's actually somewhat similar to the one we picked out at Macy's. Great minds think alike, eh? :) I can totally relate to the delayed Honeymoon thing. The wedding and international move we recently did pretty much is taking all the disposable income we have. I'm not too bummed about it though... we'll be able to save up and afford to do something really cool (hopefully) in the next few years--we've talked about exploring the British Isles for a month (always dreamed of going to Ireland). An anniversary cruise next year will be fantastic! Do you think you'll do a week on the Fantasy? That would be so amazing!!!

Sorry to hear your bath salts are refusing to cooperate. I'm sure they'll be lovely in the end. If they won't work as flakes, could you mold them somehow into several larger balls that fit in your cute little containers?? Kinda like the bath bombs from Lush, but smaller versions??

I'm such a goof for not realizing the font on your pixie dust was a font :lmao: It's a very lifelike font, haha. I love dafont.com!! I've used it on my STDs, and was also where I saw the font that inspired the calligraphy on our invitations. Their fonts have made Microsoft Word heaps more exciting for me

Pandora has a Disney channel?? I'm off to investigate this!! :goodvibes


Oh, and a big thanks to Judy for your compliments about my PJ!!! :cloud9: I'm definitely tickled pink! It's so exciting to hear that it's been helpful, and I very much look forward to hearing about your plans for your VR!

Thanks so much for the encouragement about opening an Etsy shop... I suppose I could just open it and get my business from you DIS brides as a trial run and see where that takes me! OR I could just cater to DIS people altogether, I already know we all <3 ::MickeyMo !! My copyright concerns weren't necessarily about others doing it and getting away with it, it's the fact that I work for them and I don't want to get termed! I'll just keep it to silhouette mickeys (at least for the public eye, I can't help it if people special requests other items!)

Amen to One-Year-Anniversary/Honeymoons! I understand the appeal to just jet-setting right after your wedding, but vacations can ALSO be stressful, and I've got enough wedding stress as it is! Somebody asked if we were doing a back-to-back cruise (which wouldn't be half bad) But can you just THINK of the luggage??? Good gravy, I'm bringing so much for just my WEDDING alone, I can't imagine packing for two cruises! I don't think I have that many suitcases! :rotfl2: Anyways, I'll feel much better if I can pay off a cruise bit-by-bit instead of having all of my wedding costs back to back with honeymoon costs! :eek: Also, can we talk about the whole 'eating the top tier of your cake on your one year anniversary' thing? The idea horrifies me! I don't want to eat a frost-bitten pastry from a year ago :rotfl: I'm so glad DCL doesn't let you take the cake back with you! It's an excuse to skip THAT tradition!

Hi Ginger-

You are right about feeling like sisters/comrades. My VR is right after yours and I can't wait to see yours and Jillian's photos.

I've had the big wedding, so I guess that's why I'm not stressing over this. It seems so simple than planning the wedding like you 2. Mine will be small and intimate and am just looking for a couple of things for favors.

Are you guys doing a program for the wedding? I've been tossing that idea around.

Maybe if we keep pushing Jillian she'll get that Etsy shop opened.:rotfl2:

Jillian I think I maybe taking you up on the offer for the soaps. Did a search for the muffin pans on Ebay and they were $22 plus shipping. See you have 2 willing customers so far. :thumbsup2

Posted a pic of hubby and I on the Disney cruise bride thread. Don't think I will start a PJ at this point. I just feel like I don't have the time to devote to it.

Really excited for you guys. Looking for good photo spots since I will be using DCL photographers.

Definiteley will not be doing Remy with the group :scared1: DH and I have done it and loved it. I'm thinking about just doing Palo with my immediate family now, because I talked to a couple of the families and with it being their first cruise, they don't want to miss out on any of the dining rooms. I can respect that. I'm sure I'll figure it out. I have done Palo before and could skip it to be with everyone, but love their food. I also get free Palo being Platinum. I had asked since both Ray and I are Platinum and already entitled to a free Palo, if I could use ours with the VR and credit 2 others meal. The answer I was given was no.

I am so not the one to be asking about a shop name-not that creative. I have the accountant's brain. I come to the boards for creativity. I will be a customer though!

Where do you work at in the park? Better get to bed-another early day tomorrow.

I loved the photo of you and your hubby! It's so cool that you were one of the first couples in the wedding pavilion! You were breaking it in for the rest! ;) I also adore the carriage with all of the blue trim! I worked at the Grand Floridian for a short while and I would see the carriage drive by ALL the time, but the current one is all white. Still pretty, but your carriage was your "something blue"

Alright, ladies, I think you've twisted my arm into opening that Etsy shop, if nothing else, than just for the DIS demand! A name popped into my mind when I woke up this morning :idea: (my body decided to wake up around 6 when I didn't have to be up until 8:30- AND I forgot I had to open until about 2 AM last night!!! Ouch!) It was "For the Love of Mouse" haha, it's not the MOST creative, but I haven't had much time for brainstorming! I was also thinking that i could toss "DISign" at the end of something... Like "Soapy Mouse DISign" but I'm also partial to Disney-like words like Fairytale, Pixie Dust, Princess, etc princess: feedback?

I had considered doing a program for the wedding, and I guess that's something to ponder more as I get closer to the wedding! Currently, I don't know what TIME and what VENUE my wedding will be held at. I know Disney will be delivering programs to our guests staterooms the night before the event, so I feel like that may be sufficient for me. Since I have my hand in so many other projects, I think that's one I'll let Disney take care of!

I think using the Disney photography is a good idea for a VR! As you said, you've had the big wedding and this is just an intimate event! Having one of their photographers for an hour or so should be sufficient! Enough time to capture the event itself, the celebration afterwards, and then you can take them to a few picturesque spots! Be sure to check out my photobucket album if you haven't already! There's so many gorgeous spots on the Dream! I've seen some of the quotes that photographers have quoted me, and I would be using Disney's photography if my photographer hadn't offered to go for just the cost of her and her second-shooter's cruise! I feel incredibly lucky!

Haha, I thought the idea of a Remy reception would make you go :scared1: But I was just putting it out there! I'm sure someone out there would want to do that, and what an experience it would be! Though, I'm having a corseted gown, and the idea of eating 5 courses in that size 2 dress is a little frightening! :laughing: I think I've convinced Ginger to try Remy, though! I'm practically salivating just thinking about it!

Oh, and I work at Hollywood Studios, mostly backstage doing inventory for those outdoor food stands... but today I was in the front lines! Most all of my co-workers (including managers) were asking "What are you doing out here???" haha

Jillian,

How are you organizing table tops? Do you have some idea on layout and number of seats at each table. I'd really love to do a seating chart as my parents are divorced and though they are cordial with one another they are like oil and water in personality and would love to avoid any ackwardness. To be honest if I wasn't living proof that they were married no one could convince me otherwise they're just such different people lol.

I won't get my seating chart until after the 45-day mark after Disney has gone over all of my paperwork and gets that information to me. Then I probably have until the 30-day mark to turn that back in when I submit our final payments ($20/guest) and signature forms. Michael and I both have divorced parents who have their significant others coming along. The seating charts, I'm sure, will be quite a headache! For anyone else who may want to request that gorgeous 10-top table in the CENTER of Royal Palace (#82), Be sure to request it in your planning guide when you turn it in! I know how you feel about your parents being a poor match- I watched my parents fight over the years and I wondered what brought them together, and what convinced them to get MARRIED because they have such different personalities! I'm hoping that because Michael and I are very similar (heck, we've already been living together for 4 years!) that it will work out in the end- I like to believe that marriages can last forever- even in this world with popular divorce!

JBeanBunny
07-26-2012, 09:01 PM
Okay, ladies. I feel totally guilty that I didn't do ANY soaping on my days off! I didn't even package the soaps that I made last week! Bad bride, BAD bride! Okay, I wasn't TOTALLY unproductive! I downloaded a free image-editing software (gimp) and I started working on mickey name tags for the doors. Originally, I'd only planned to use the blank ones that I'd gotten from DIS-igner milliepie and I'd fill in the names, but even when I gave my guests a list of available characters, I STILL got requests for other characters! My brother wanted Mufasa, his wife wanted King Louie, My other brother wanted Kronk, a friend wanted Eve, someone else wanted the white rabbit... ALL characters I didn't have! SO, I downloaded the software and got to working- I admit, as a former graphic design student, I'm a bit ashamed of myself because I'm not familiar with gimp and its interface and tools, but I think they'll be good enough for the job! What I did is put the plain black mickey silhouette in a layer underneath the photo I found on the internet, then I set the transparency to about 80-90% so you could see the mickey silhouette, then I added the text- All in "Waltograph" type (Thank you, dafont.com!) Then once printed, I'm going to get them laminated and cut out the mickey, then add pieces of sticky-backed magnets to them. Voila! You have nametag magnets!

Here's a handful for your viewing pleasure
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oops, technically 6 is more than a handful! Alright, so I've got 25 out of 47 done (four people have a couple options... I can be picky!) If you look at page 2, I shared a logo, the "I'm here for Jillian & Michael's Wedding" one that I'm going to turn into a magnet. I also found some that are MOH BM MOB MOG FOB FOG FG and also "Princess in Training" ones- soooo Some people may have a LOT of magnets on their doors!! Can you tell? Sometimes I get carried away! :rotfl: Not much else to report tonight. As I said, I feel like my days off were uneventful since all I did was watch TV play with disney pictures on my computer!

Happy Reading and Happy Planning!

Freckledginger
07-28-2012, 12:04 AM
Alright, ladies, I think you've twisted my arm into opening that Etsy shop, if nothing else, than just for the DIS demand! A name popped into my mind when I woke up this morning :idea: (my body decided to wake up around 6 when I didn't have to be up until 8:30- AND I forgot I had to open until about 2 AM last night!!! Ouch!) It was "For the Love of Mouse" haha, it's not the MOST creative, but I haven't had much time for brainstorming! I was also thinking that i could toss "DISign" at the end of something... Like "Soapy Mouse DISign" but I'm also partial to Disney-like words like Fairytale, Pixie Dust, Princess, etc princess: feedback?

Hi Jillian! :goodvibes That's fantastic news! I think people will really respond to your soaps! They're really cute. Like you said, you should be able to make the Mickey heads and other non-Disney soaps without worrying about a conflict of interest. I think "For the Love of Mouse" is a cute name! Or you could do something like, "Wish Upon a Star DISigns", "With a Little Bit of Pixie Dust", Etc.

Okay, ladies. I feel totally guilty that I didn't do ANY soaping on my days off! I didn't even package the soaps that I made last week! Bad bride, BAD bride! Okay, I wasn't TOTALLY unproductive! I downloaded a free image-editing software (gimp) and I started working on mickey name tags for the doors. Originally, I'd only planned to use the blank ones that I'd gotten from DIS-igner milliepie and I'd fill in the names, but even when I gave my guests a list of available characters, I STILL got requests for other characters! My brother wanted Mufasa, his wife wanted King Louie, My other brother wanted Kronk, a friend wanted Eve, someone else wanted the white rabbit... ALL characters I didn't have! SO, I downloaded the software and got to working- I admit, as a former graphic design student, I'm a bit ashamed of myself because I'm not familiar with gimp and its interface and tools, but I think they'll be good enough for the job! What I did is put the plain black mickey silhouette in a layer underneath the photo I found on the internet, then I set the transparency to about 80-90% so you could see the mickey silhouette, then I added the text- All in "Waltograph" type (Thank you, dafont.com!) Then once printed, I'm going to get them laminated and cut out the mickey, then add pieces of sticky-backed magnets to them. Voila! You have nametag magnets!


Can I just commend you on how ADORABLE your door magnets are?! So jealous! I am hoping to make something similar for each of our guests, and I don't think mine will look nearly as amazing! So impressed! I think your guests will be super excited to have such a neat personalized item to decorate their stateroom doors :)

Freckledginger
07-28-2012, 12:18 AM
Hi Ginger-

You are right about feeling like sisters/comrades. My VR is right after yours and I can't wait to see yours and Jillian's photos.

I've had the big wedding, so I guess that's why I'm not stressing over this. It seems so simple than planning the wedding like you 2. Mine will be small and intimate and am just looking for a couple of things for favors.

Are you guys doing a program for the wedding? I've been tossing that idea around.

Maybe if we keep pushing Jillian she'll get that Etsy shop opened.:rotfl2

Hi Judy :goodvibes
I think simple is better, haha. I definitely think at times that I've bit off more than I needed. Small and intimate sounds lovely!

We are planning on doing a program. I've got to work out whether I'd like to do a more traditional, fan-style, or a luggage tag style program... So many options... I had such a great experience with Victoria Ann of Something Printable that I think I'll work with her again on a program and a wedding weekend schedule. I think programs are a nice and easy way of bringing another degree of personalization to a wedding...Have you thought about the type you may want to do?

Hehe, looks like Jillian may be starting to cave to our DIS bride peer pressure to open an Etsy shop :laughing: I think she's very talented, and her crafts will fit in very well on Etsy.

Fivepin
07-28-2012, 04:08 PM
Hi Judy :goodvibes
I think simple is better, haha. I definitely think at times that I've bit off more than I needed. Small and intimate sounds lovely!

We are planning on doing a program. I've got to work out whether I'd like to do a more traditional, fan-style, or a luggage tag style program... So many options... I had such a great experience with Victoria Ann of Something Printable that I think I'll work with her again on a program and a wedding weekend schedule. I think programs are a nice and easy way of bringing another degree of personalization to a wedding...Have you thought about the type you may want to do?

Hehe, looks like Jillian may be starting to cave to our DIS bride peer pressure to open an Etsy shop :laughing: I think she's very talented, and her crafts will fit in very well on Etsy.

Simple is the way to go for me especially with 3 boys to take care of.

I haven't decided on what type of program yet. Kinda leaning towards a scroll of some type to keep with my Cinderella theme.

I'm counting on you and Jillian with photo spot ideas on the ship. I plan on being prepared with the Shutters photographers, especially since time will be of the essence.

Fivepin
07-28-2012, 04:15 PM
Jillian-

Love you magnet designs!! I still don't have any VR specific magnets yet, and I still have to poll my guests who their favorite character is so that I can make some magnets for them as well.

BTW-had to share a story with you. This morning found out thru a travel agent friend that Florida Resident rates were now available for some Sept sailings. I looked into the prices, any cat 5 verandah for $345/pp for 1st and 2nd and $258 for 3rd 4th for the 3 nites. I was so tempted, but couldn't convice my DH since I'm going Aug 5th. I pondered the 13th because the kids are out of school on the 14th. So, called my BFF to let her know because she wants to be Platinum before her Alaska cruise next year (she's 2 away). She goes and books it and I went to go look at the meet thread for her, and realized this was your cruise. I told her she has to stop by and say hi to you. She's the one who can't come to the VR because of work. I have been telling her about your story and your soaps and your kind offer. She was with me looking for the muffin pans last weekend, but we spent money on one of the new Dooney purses. I would really love to be go on the cruise and see you on your wedding day.

JBeanBunny
07-29-2012, 10:20 PM
Simple is the way to go for me especially with 3 boys to take care of.

I haven't decided on what type of program yet. Kinda leaning towards a scroll of some type to keep with my Cinderella theme.

I'm counting on you and Jillian with photo spot ideas on the ship. I plan on being prepared with the Shutters photographers, especially since time will be of the essence.

I would LOVE to be your inspiration for wedding shots :) Since I've got two photographers all day long, I hope to have LOTS of options and I'll make sure everything I get is in a photobucket album for me DIS gals to read!

Jillian-

Love you magnet designs!! I still don't have any VR specific magnets yet, and I still have to poll my guests who their favorite character is so that I can make some magnets for them as well.

BTW-had to share a story with you. This morning found out thru a travel agent friend that Florida Resident rates were now available for some Sept sailings. I looked into the prices, any cat 5 verandah for $345/pp for 1st and 2nd and $258 for 3rd 4th for the 3 nites. I was so tempted, but couldn't convince my DH since I'm going Aug 5th. I pondered the 13th because the kids are out of school on the 14th. So, called my BFF to let her know because she wants to be Platinum before her Alaska cruise next year (she's 2 away). She goes and books it and I went to go look at the meet thread for her, and realized this was your cruise. I told her she has to stop by and say hi to you. She's the one who can't come to the VR because of work. I have been telling her about your story and your soaps and your kind offer. She was with me looking for the muffin pans last weekend, but we spent money on one of the new Dooney purses. I would really love to be go on the cruise and see you on your wedding day.

That is so cool! What a small world! Nobody in my meet group seems even REMOTELY interested in me or the fact that I'm getting married, they're just hell-bent on their fish extenders! Definitely have your BFF stop me and take a picture for you! Of course, I think you should come on my cruise, too. Duh ;) Do some more convincing! I have faith in you! I'm not a huge fan of the Dooney purses (They're cute, but I'm a Coach lover) but I LOVE the cruise line versions of the D&B bags!!! Maybe if I have enough stateroom credit on my account, I'll buy one... Hmmm... :rolleyes:

ccbride412
07-30-2012, 06:43 AM
Simple is the way to go for me especially with 3 boys to take care of.

I haven't decided on what type of program yet. Kinda leaning towards a scroll of some type to keep with my Cinderella theme.

I'm counting on you and Jillian with photo spot ideas on the ship. I plan on being prepared with the Shutters photographers, especially since time will be of the essence.

I posted a response on my PJ to your question about places too, but I just saw that you have a Cinderella theme. DH and I did too, in a way. I suggest then that you make your way to the Cinderella mosaic right in front of the Guest Services desk. As you pass the desk heading to the Walt Disney theater, it's on the left hand wall. There's usually a velvet chair sitting in front of it. princess:

JBeanBunny
08-04-2012, 09:24 PM
Alrighty, ladies! I'm starting to get super stressed! All those months thinking "OH, I've got plenty of time to..." and "I'll have saved up enough by then..." etc etc... Okay, well... It's crunch time! I officially have my paperwork back from the cruise line and I have the forms to submit the final payments for all of the 'extras' but in my case it's only the $20/guest fee and the 5 Mickey Crystals I'm adding to my bouquet (Did you know that they raised the price from $6 each to $9? That's $15 extra for the same darn thing! Grr). My ceremony and reception are being held in the D Lounge, as I've been dreading. It'll be fine, I know- but of all of the breathtakingly beautiful spots on the ship, I don't consider D-Lounge to be one of them! *sighs* And my event is happening from 4-5 PM plenty of time to take photos before and afterwards and my guests can still catch the stage show and make it to dinner while all dressed up. I submitted my seating plan to Meredith about 12-hours after she gave me the tables (one 10-top, three 6-tops, and five 4-tops.) What is unfortunate about submitting the seating chart is that ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGES can be made after it's been submitted (also, guests in the same room cannot be split up between different tables).

Okay, So I guess I didn't LEARN a lot from getting my paperwork back. A lot of it was just a regurgitated version of my planning guide. One thing I did notice was that they cut the "parents/grandparents" seating song... It just vanished! I wasn't that attached to that song, so I'm not too worried about it. Just be warned if you pick a special song for that part that it might be scrapped!

Okay, now for some fun stuff including Show and Tell! The person who made the floral for my wedding party made an additional bouquet for me to use for my legal ceremony (I think it's in the pictures in another post) but he used these periwinkle/pale blue flowers amidst the pink, red, and white... Not a great look, I really don't like it at all. SO instead, I ordered a BLUE feather bouquet and matching boutonniere for my legal ceremony! Now, This isn't the one yet, but it'll be similar- I only asked that she flip/flop the amount of blue with the amount of white so it's MOSTLY blue with ivory feather accents. This will perfectly match my blue heels and ivory dress for the legal ceremony, and I can carry it around today for fun!
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I was recently nudged by Michael who was nudged by his mother (who was probably nudged by somebody else!) that I hadn't gotten to the parents of the Flower Girls about their dresses! SO I sent a photo of my dress to their dad and hopefully they get dresses that compliment mine! Either way, they're two adorable sisters that are 2 and 4 years old and they'll look great regardless! SO, after thinking about what I should do for the flower girls, I started searching Etsy and I convo'ed a couple sellers and Victoria of Sweet Metal Jewels caught my attention and started working on my order right away (even before I'd paid!) With her help, I altered one of her flower fascinator hair clips to make it smaller, changed the color of the feather, and added a hidden mickey! Just today she sent me photos of the first one completed! It's darling! I'm having them made mirror image so they'll be visible when they're walking down the aisle side-by-side.
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And while on Etsy purchasing those two above items (I can't wait to get them!!!) I also ordered some parts to make (AS IF I NEED ANOTHER PROJECT :lmao:) pendant necklaces for the flower girls and my maid of honor. I purchased some Swarovski crystal pendants- Two of the sparkly clear ones for the girls and a Bermuda Blue one for my MOH. (I also got a larger starfish like the FG's for me, too! I might have added a Swarovski Clam shell too! haha) The pendants were only a few dollars each, I bought 20 pinch-bails and I got 4 chains. MUCH cheaper than if I'd bought them pre-assembled from another seller! Use your imagination for a finished product! Here's pictures:
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I don't yet have earrings to wear with my wedding ensemble :( There are earrings that came with the necklace I purchased, but I don't love them. I went to the Kay Jeweler site to see if they had anything more my speed. If you are following me on pinterest *cough*ginger*cough* then you can see some of the MORE expensive items that I will not be purchasing. BUT here's a couple relatively inexpensive items I'm putting on the Kay card. First up are Blue, Blue, and Blue dangle pearl earrings to go with (you guessed it) my blue and white outfit for the embarkation day! Okay, they won't match the royal blue feather bouquet, but they're pretty and I love them- only $42! The next picture is of some small silver sand dollars that I'm going to give to my MOH :) They're only $22 and super cute and super perfect for my beach loving future coastguard MOH!
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Alright, photo time is over for now :sad1: I think Show and Tell is my favorite part of my PJ!

Good News, Bad News for my bath salt project. I'm scrapping everything I've made so far. Oh, I'm not throwing it away, OH NO! I'll have plenty of bath salts to use for a LONG time! I may start giving zip-lock baggies to friends if I get sick of them :rotfl: BUT I tried something new and it DIDN'T clump, not even days later! I think my original problem is that the Baking Soda, the Citric Acid, and the Dendric Salt were all powder-fine in texture. The Sea Salt and the Epsom salts were large chunky crystals. I think the combination of the fine ingredients with the oils and some liquid-glycerin diluted colorants made everything stick together in big clumps. But a few days ago, I added the chunky Sea Salt with the chunky Epsom salt, some mica colorants
(dry colorants) a small amount of Baking soda and less sweet almond oil and fragrance oil. The jar I made is still loose and perfect! Success! So now I'm just going to go to Walgreens and buy a big tub of Epsom salts and I got my big tub of Sea Salt from Hobby Lobby :) I'm hoping to get that project out of the way on my next day off!

I know everything will work out and I'll (eventually) get everything done, but right now I'm getting super stressed about it all and I'm starting to lose my marbles! I've got so much on my mind that it's started to give up! For example, at work today, I called something pink that was actually yellow... TWICE! Yesterday at Work, I was delivering pretzels and churros to a cart called Pretzel Garden and I forgot the pretzels in the kitchen! And at home today I've had about 3 different slip-ups where my brain chose the wrong for what I was trying to communicate! I'm hoping my several days off next week for my Chicagoland trip will help by seeing my DM and my MOH for my color and perm, bridal shower, and final fittings, but I'm afraid it'll just bring up more and more and more little things that I need to get done! So, my dear ladies, I appreciate any advice for keeping cool! Also, wish me luck and sanity as I enter the last month and 10 days until I tie the know! I'm starting to wish it was time for the wedding so it can be over with and I don't have so much stressing me out :rotfl2: Of course I'm looking forward to the wedding, and it'll be bittersweet when it's over, but I'm hoping that opening an Etsy shop will keep me from being bored and help me flourish creatively! I bid you adieu, and Happy Planning to you!

dclwonderprincess
08-04-2012, 09:30 PM
Alrighty, ladies! I'm starting to get super stressed! All those months thinking "OH, I've got plenty of time to..." and "I'll have saved up enough by then..." etc etc... Okay, well... It's crunch time! I officially have my paperwork back from the cruise line and I have the forms to submit the final payments for all of the 'extras' but in my case it's only the $20/guest fee and the 5 Mickey Crystals I'm adding to my bouquet (Did you know that they raised the price from $6 each to $9? That's $15 extra for the same darn thing! Grr). My ceremony and reception are being held in the D Lounge, as I've been dreading. It'll be fine, I know- but of all of the breathtakingly beautiful spots on the ship, I don't consider D-Lounge to be one of them! *sighs* And my event is happening from 4-5 PM plenty of time to take photos before and afterwards and my guests can still catch the stage show and make it to dinner while all dressed up. I submitted my seating plan to Meredith about 12-hours after she gave me the tables (one 10-top, three 6-tops, and five 4-tops.) What is unfortunate about submitting the seating chart is that ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGES can be made after it's been submitted (also, guests in the same room cannot be split up between different tables).

Okay, So I guess I didn't LEARN a lot from getting my paperwork back. A lot of it was just a regurgitated version of my planning guide. One thing I did notice was that they cut the "parents/grandparents" seating song... It just vanished! I wasn't that attached to that song, so I'm not too worried about it. Just be warned if you pick a special song for that part that it might be scrapped!

Okay, now for some fun stuff including Show and Tell! The person who made the floral for my wedding party made an additional bouquet for me to use for my legal ceremony (I think it's in the pictures in another post) but he used these periwinkle/pale blue flowers amidst the pink, red, and white... Not a great look, I really don't like it at all. SO instead, I ordered a BLUE feather bouquet and matching boutonniere for my legal ceremony! Now, This isn't the one yet, but it'll be similar- I only asked that she flip/flop the amount of blue with the amount of white so it's MOSTLY blue with ivory feathers.


I was recently nudged by Michael who was nudged by his mother (who was probably nudged by somebody else!) that I hadn't gotten to the parents of the Flower Girls about their dresses! SO I sent a photo of my dress to their dad and hopefully they get dresses that compliment mine! Either way, they're two adorable sisters that are 2 and 4 years old and they'll look great regardless! SO, after thinking about what I should do for the flower girls, I started searching Etsy and I convo'ed a couple sellers and Victoria of Sweet Metal Jewels caught my attention and started working on my order right away (even before I'd paid!) With her help, I altered one of her flower fascinator hair clips to make it smaller, changed the color of the feather, and added a hidden mickey! Just today she sent me photos of the first one completed! It's darling! I'm having them made mirror image so they'll be visible when they're walking down the aisle side-by-side.


And while on Etsy purchasing those two above items (I can't wait to get them!!!) I also ordered some parts to make (AS IF I NEED ANOTHER PROJECT :lmao:) pendant necklaces for the flower girls and my maid of honor. I purchased some Swarovski crystal pendants- Two of the sparkly clear ones for the girls and a Bermuda Blue one for my MOH. (I also got a larger starfish like the FG's for me, too! I might have added a Swarovski Clam shell too! haha) The pendants were only a few dollars each, I bought 20 pinch-bails and I got 4 chains. MUCH cheaper than if I'd bought them pre-assembled from another seller! Use your imagination for a finished product! Here's pictures:


Alright, photo time is over for now :sad1: I think Show and Tell is my favorite part of my PJ!

Good News, Bad News for my bath salt project. I'm scrapping everything I've made so far. Oh, I'm not throwing it away, OH NO! I'll have plenty of bath salts to use for a LONG time! I may start giving zip-lock baggies to friends if I get sick of them :rotfl: BUT I tried something new and it DIDN'T clump, not even days later! I think my original problem is that the Baking Soda, the Citric Acid, and the Dendric Salt were all powder-fine in texture. The Sea Salt and the Epsom salts were large chunky crystals. I think the combination of the fine ingredients with the oils and some liquid-glycerin diluted colorants made everything stick together in big clumps. But a few days ago, I added the chunky Sea Salt with the chunky Epsom salt, some mica colorants
(dry colorants) a small amount of Baking soda and less sweet almond oil and fragrance oil. The jar I made is still loose and perfect! Success! So now I'm just going to go to Walgreens and buy a big tub of Epsom salts and I got my big tub of Sea Salt from Hobby Lobby :) I'm hoping to get that project out of the way on my next day off!

I know everything will work out and I'll (eventually) get everything done, but right now I'm getting super stressed about it all and I'm starting to lose my marbles! I've got so much on my mind that it's started to give up! For example, at work today, I called something pink that was actually yellow... TWICE! Yesterday at Work, I was delivering pretzels and churros to a cart called Pretzel Garden and I forgot the pretzels in the kitchen! And at home today I've had about 3 different slip-ups where my brain chose the wrong for what I was trying to communicate! I'm hoping my several days off next week for my Chicagoland trip will help by seeing my DM and my MOH for my color and perm, bridal shower, and final fittings, but I'm afraid it'll just bring up more and more and more little things that I need to get done! So, my dear ladies, I appreciate any advice for keeping cool! Also, wish me luck and sanity as I enter the last month and 10 days until I tie the know! I'm starting to wish it was time for the wedding so it can be over with and I don't have so much stressing me out :rotfl2: Of course I'm looking forward to the wedding, and it'll be bittersweet when it's over, but I'm hoping that opening an Etsy shop will keep me from being bored and help me flourish creatively! I bid you adieu, and Happy Planning to you!

Everything will turn out great, I can't wait for your full report & pics once your back home.

Freckledginger
08-05-2012, 12:56 PM
Hi Jillian!! :goodvibes
Yay for receiving your paperwork in the mail!! I know you're disappointed to hear that the wedding will be held in D-Lounge, but I have no doubt, that it will be amazing in spite of this. You won't be in the area long, and maybe you can go elsewhere--maybe somewhere else scenic-- to take photos with your guests. Are you and Michael still planning on taking photos in Nassau--e.g. at the Ocean Club?

The timing of your ceremony is great! Everything will flow well =) Wish CC ceremonies were a bit more seamless with their timing.

Thanks for letting me know about the particulars with regards to the seating chart! We're currently still getting RSVPs back, but I know I'll need to work out seating arrangements soon. That's interesting about the parents' song! I guess I'll put something on the PG, but won't be surprised now if they cut it

Your bouquet for your legal ceremony is so fun! Love it!! Sounds like it will look great with your outfit! I also adore the fascinators for the Flower Girls! That'll be so cute! The hidden Mickey is a great touch! Sadly, there are no little girls in my family, so we'll only have a ring bearer. He's only 1 though, and has personality plus so I'm sure he'll fill the absence :)

The necklaces components for your bridal party look great!! :goodvibes Can't wait to see the final product! I also LOVE the earrings you found for your legal ceremony! So perfect!

Awesome news that you've worked the bath salts out!! I know the project provided more stress than you probably wanted, but I'm sure your guests will be so thrilled with them! Hehe, bonus, now you'll have lots of spare salts for bath indulgences.

I can totally understand the stress you're feeling--there's just so much pressure associated with planning a wedding. I guess the big thing to remember is you've done most of the leg work already, and you want to be able to look back at this in 10 years and recall how much you really enjoyed the experience. So try (I know it's hard) not to fret about the little things-- there's no doubting you'll have a beautiful and enjoyable wedding!

Enjoy your time in Chicago!! :wave2: Safe travels!

chris31997
08-06-2012, 12:23 AM
Jillian, you crack me up. All your little projects will make your edding so special and one of a kind. I think it will be wonderful.

If you are cool with it, I am so borrowing the pixie dust idea for my vow renewal. That is totally awsome.;)

JBeanBunny
08-07-2012, 11:47 AM
Everything will turn out great, I can't wait for your full report & pics once your back home.

I know deep down that everything will turn out great, but I can't help but panic every now and then! There's just A LOT that I need to get done and I'm finding it difficult to juggle wedding things with my very full schedule! And don't worry about there being a lack of photos- I'll password-protect an album just for you DIS-gals!

Hi Jillian!! :goodvibes
Yay for receiving your paperwork in the mail!! I know you're disappointed to hear that the wedding will be held in D-Lounge, but I have no doubt, that it will be amazing in spite of this. You won't be in the area long, and maybe you can go elsewhere--maybe somewhere else scenic-- to take photos with your guests. Are you and Michael still planning on taking photos in Nassau--e.g. at the Ocean Club?

The timing of your ceremony is great! Everything will flow well =) Wish CC ceremonies were a bit more seamless with their timing.

Thanks for letting me know about the particulars with regards to the seating chart! We're currently still getting RSVPs back, but I know I'll need to work out seating arrangements soon. That's interesting about the parents' song! I guess I'll put something on the PG, but won't be surprised now if they cut it

Your bouquet for your legal ceremony is so fun! Love it!! Sounds like it will look great with your outfit! I also adore the fascinators for the Flower Girls! That'll be so cute! The hidden Mickey is a great touch! Sadly, there are no little girls in my family, so we'll only have a ring bearer. He's only 1 though, and has personality plus so I'm sure he'll fill the absence :)

The necklaces components for your bridal party look great!! :goodvibes Can't wait to see the final product! I also LOVE the earrings you found for your legal ceremony! So perfect!

Awesome news that you've worked the bath salts out!! I know the project provided more stress than you probably wanted, but I'm sure your guests will be so thrilled with them! Hehe, bonus, now you'll have lots of spare salts for bath indulgences.

I can totally understand the stress you're feeling--there's just so much pressure associated with planning a wedding. I guess the big thing to remember is you've done most of the leg work already, and you want to be able to look back at this in 10 years and recall how much you really enjoyed the experience. So try (I know it's hard) not to fret about the little things-- there's no doubting you'll have a beautiful and enjoyable wedding!

Enjoy your time in Chicago!! :wave2: Safe travels!

Ginger, you always have the best things to say! Thanks for the pick-me-up! I hope I can be there for you with words of wisdom when it gets closer to your date! Seriously, though! I go through such ups and downs with the wedding stress. Sometimes I'm completely calm and serene, and other times I'm a nervous wreck! Good thing Michael knows how to be there for me when and how I need it! I worked 13 hours and 32 minutes yesterday and when I came home he made me dinner, turned on a TV show I liked, and rubbed the tension out of my feet after a long day standing up :lovestruc Remember- no matter how stressful the planning is, in the end you get to marry your soul mate!!!

I do plan to take tons of photos throughout the ship- that's probably the #1 reason why I needed to do the "research" cruise so I could familiarize myself with every beautiful nook and cranny! (Also the reason I NEEDED to bring my own photographer along with me!) I don't think I'll wind up having time to disembark the ship to take beach photos or go all the way to Cloisters, unfortunately :sad1: we may disembark for a few minutes to get a photo in front of the Dream when it's docked. I'm sure we can come up with some cool photos out there! I would also like to do family photos after the ceremony by the grand staircase, but I'm afraid that since my event will be over around 5, DCL would've already set up THEIR photographer at the staircase to sell photos to cruise patrons. The atrium gets CRAZY busy in the evening time!

I can't WAIT to see the photos of my actual feather bouquet and feather boutonniere! It was just one of those things I stumbled upon while meandering Etsy (a dangerous thing, just like craft stores and pinterest!) and after getting the 'go ahead' from my mom, I just popped in and purchased it! Of course, I'm also dying to get all of the supplies for the necklaces (I hope the bails fit the pendants, otherwise it's another trip to JoAnn's!) and I can't wait to get the pink fascinators, either! I'm afraid that since the girls are so young that the alligator clips may be too strong for baby-fine hair, so I may buy some ribbon to attach it to. I'm also thinking that the 16" chains I bought may be too long, so I may also use ribbon or silk cord as an alternative for those too. I know what you mean about not having enough children come along- you'd think that a "Disney" wedding would attract more families!! But since I only have two little girls, I'm having two flower girls instead of a ring bearer since there's no little boys coming along!

Ahh! I can't wait to go to Chicagoland! This trip has been tentatively scheduled all year and I can't believe it's already here! In just 4 days I get to see my mommy and I'm getting my hair permed, in just 5 days my BFF/MOH flies in and I have my bridal shower, and in just 6 and 7 days I get to have my final dress fittings and take my dress home with me! What a whirlwind trip this is going to be! :hyper:

Jillian, you crack me up. All your little projects will make your wedding so special and one of a kind. I think it will be wonderful.

If you are cool with it, I am so borrowing the pixie dust idea for my vow renewal. That is totally awsome.;)

Haha, Thanks! I know my sleep deprivation and my stress has caused me to be a little crazy and it provides good entertainment for those at work and for my friends! I tend to turn into my own comic relief when I get like this- Hey, if you can't amuse yourself then life's going to be pretty boring! Thanks for the compliments about all of my little projects- Some days I think I should've just paid somebody to do everything for me, but I know that overall I've enjoyed every minutes of the DIY bug! By all means, Steal my Pixie Dust idea! The small vials I got were seed-bead organizers in the jewelry section of JoAnn's, then I just mixed about 7 kinds of iridescent glitter together, filled them, and GLUED THEM SHUT!! haha, I can't believe so many of my friends had actually thought that it was something they were supposed to throw it on us like rice or confetti! But I'm sure if/when I open my etsy shop after my wedding, I'll throw on some pixie dust vials in there, too! I'm really leaning towards "For the Love of Mouse" or "Oh, for the Love of Mouse!" as the shop name- So far it's Michael's favorite, too :goodvibes

JBeanBunny
08-07-2012, 10:28 PM
Ahh, Kristin (of Kristin Danger Designs on Etsy) just sent me pictures of my feather bouquet and boutonniere! Take a peek!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/MYfeatherbouquet.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/MYfeatherbouquetandboutonniere.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/MYMichaelsboutonniere.jpg

I also got a lot of work accomplished on my favor bags- something I've been putting off for a LONG time. I made all of the flowers with gems on the inside... I basically dissembled a TON of JoAnn's flowers and reassembled them in pretty color combinations with a heckuvalotta hot glue. I'll have to go in later and take off all of those hot glue "cobwebs" later! I also used a Martha Stewart stencil and painted some filigree onto the welcome bags around my wedding logo. Can I just say... I HATE USING STENCILS!!! They're so messy and difficult and frustrating! But I got 10 done today, so there's only (hah, "only") 16 left to do. Yuck. I wish I'd done as Ginger did and ordered gorgeous totes online! After I get one completed, I'll take pictures and you can tell me what you think. To me, they've been such a hassle that no matter what I do to them, they'll never be how I want them! The curse of an artist- there's always SOMETHING that could be better!!!

More on that later...

1EvilQueenfan
08-08-2012, 05:15 PM
Hi Jillian,

I really like the feather bouquet what a neat idea. I am sure your welcome bags are gonna come out great and I look forward to seeing the final results. I hope you have a fun and relaxing trip to Chicago. Are you getting nervous that your wedding is so close?? Please let me know when you get your Esty shop up and going. I like the name For love of Mouse

Jodi

JBeanBunny
08-08-2012, 07:23 PM
I feel like I've wasted a day off... Okay, I got a few things accomplished- had to buy a new battery for my car since it wouldn't start yesterday. Boo! So after I had my car fixed, I headed out and got a tan (went up from 8 minutes to 9 minutes!) then I came home and took a nap... oops! Afterwards, I checked the mail and ALREADY got a few of my small etsy items! I got the pinch bails, the 20" chains, and the flower girl starfish! It took about 5 minutes (IF that) to assemble the FG necklaces! I bought them 16" chains, but since they're 2 and 4 years old, I figure that may be too long... So I'm going to give them both 16" chains AND the sheer white ribbon. the 16mm starfish are so teeny, so I think they'll look great on the little girls! I made a "photo booth" out of a regular foam board and took some pictures- gotta get some practice if I'm going to open an Etsy shop!! I also snapped a photo of the blue bags for y'all! If the flowers look off, it's because they haven't been glued down yet! Hmm, I've also started to scoop out the old bath salts so I can start making the new ones! It's really quite quick to make those bath salts, so once I get to it, it'll be done in no time! OH! And I got my cruise documents today! Huzzah! I guess it's coming pretty close to that time, isn't it???

Picture Time!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/IMG_0431.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/IMG_0433.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/IMG_0429.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/IMG_0430.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-08_14-43-28_8.jpg

Enjoy! :figment:

chris31997
08-09-2012, 10:44 PM
Those necklaces are too cute:love: Those lil girls will be adorable in them.

As a diy-er, it is impossible for you to pay someone to do the stuff for you. All you will do is say, I can make that for cheaper or better;) Been there done. It is my DH frustration:rotfl:

I do have a request, could you help a fellow diy-er out and take a pic of either of the DCL new boats for me? A side view? I want to use it on a magnet for a save the date and I can't find a pic that I like:headache:

I want to start working on on those a letter to give family most notice as possible for our vow renewal.

I hope you have a great research cruise

JBeanBunny
08-10-2012, 06:54 PM
Those necklaces are too cute:love: Those lil girls will be adorable in them.

As a diy-er, it is impossible for you to pay someone to do the stuff for you. All you will do is say, I can make that for cheaper or better;) Been there done. It is my DH frustration:rotfl:

I do have a request, could you help a fellow diy-er out and take a pic of either of the DCL new boats for me? A side view? I want to use it on a magnet for a save the date and I can't find a pic that I like:headache:

I want to start working on on those a letter to give family most notice as possible for our vow renewal.

I hope you have a great research cruise

My "Research" cruise was way back in January, I'm going on the Dream in 34 days for my wedding!!!

I completely understand about being very DIY and seeing something and thinking "I could do that myself" if not better or cheaper, than at least for the experience of doing it and learning something new! I always feel so accomplished when I take on a new project and it turns out great!!

I can't say that I'll get any good images of the Dream's profile, unfortunately. As I remember from my last cruise, the only good shots would be from another boat while at sea. When you're docked, you're too close to the ship to get a straight image, and if you're farther away, then there's things in the way. I'll try to keep you in mind, but I'll warn you that with all of these wedding preparations, I've got "Wedding Brain" which causes me to use the wrong words, makes me forget why I've walked into a room, and sometimes it makes me stare off into the distance and space out on whatever somebody was telling me. Oh, I look forward to my wedding, of course, but I'm ALSO looking forward to being sane again after everything is over and life returns to normal! haha!

ccbride412
08-13-2012, 04:17 AM
Getting close! :bride:

:cool1:

chris31997
08-14-2012, 02:14 AM
My "Research" cruise was way back in January, I'm going on the Dream in 34 days for my wedding!!!

I completely understand about being very DIY and seeing something and thinking "I could do that myself" if not better or cheaper, than at least for the experience of doing it and learning something new! I always feel so accomplished when I take on a new project and it turns out great!!

I can't say that I'll get any good images of the Dream's profile, unfortunately. As I remember from my last cruise, the only good shots would be from another boat while at sea. When you're docked, you're too close to the ship to get a straight image, and if you're farther away, then there's things in the way. I'll try to keep you in mind, but I'll warn you that with all of these wedding preparations, I've got "Wedding Brain" which causes me to use the wrong words, makes me forget why I've walked into a room, and sometimes it makes me stare off into the distance and space out on whatever somebody was telling me. Oh, I look forward to my wedding, of course, but I'm ALSO looking forward to being sane again after everything is over and life returns to normal! haha!

No worries, you have wedding brain and I have vbs brain:rotfl2: If you can get any pics of the Dream that would be awsome. But if you are having way too much fun on your wedding cruise, no worries. That of course is more important than some stranger you met on the DIS chat rooms ;)

A month to go, are you super excited and nervous? It is going to be great:thumbsup2

Alittle :wizard: for you

Fivepin
08-14-2012, 06:17 AM
No worries, you have wedding brain and I have vbs brain:rotfl2: If you can get any pics of the Dream that would be awsome. But if you are having way too much fun on your wedding cruise, no worries. That of course is more important than some stranger you met on the DIS chat rooms ;)

A month to go, are you super excited and nervous? It is going to be great:thumbsup2

Alittle :wizard: for you

I had posted here that I was doing a research cruise. I do have pics of the ship-one from the internet and a few from Castaway last November. I don't want to hijack Jillian's thread with all the photos. A couple are pretty cool. It looks like the ship is sitting on the sand. Took it from our cabana. I will get them into photobucket and can PM them to you.

Fivepin
08-14-2012, 06:30 AM
Jillian-

You have been busy while I've been away. I love everything you have done. I like your tote bags, almost making me wanting to do them. Staying on course.....gotta clear the closet with the castaway bags I have!!

Congrats on table 82...I'm gonna request that as well. I never paid attention where that table was in the other dining rooms though.

You are so close now. I just started filling out my paperwork and i already have questions for Meredith.

I spent alot of time in D Lounge this last cruise. My son wanted to play Bingo. We were in there for every session.

I went and talked to the people I knew on board. Pietro who used to be the Manager of Palo is now an officer and I believe official title of Food and Beverage Manager. I talked to him about seating and assigning seats to the guests and table configuration I would need. He said no problem. I have families who do not want to sit next to each other. Then went up to Palo and the manager there Zita was my head server from November and she remembered me. She said she could squeeze 15 into the private room-so problem solved there. Shutters manager-didn't know her very well, but found out the person I do know Lui will be there in Nov so will talk to him to give me the best photographer. Saw alot of new ones this trip.

Where did you get your sheet music from? For our first dance I wanted to have Once in a Lifetime by Michael Bolton. It was our first dance from our wedding. Don't know if the pianist is playing it or do I just put the song on a CD.

You're not going to believe what I'm doing now....you know our anniversary is coming up next month and I wanted to reveal the vr to DH then, but just didn't know how. Another bride suggested that I propose to him, so I was going to do that on our anniv weekend. Well I come back and find out they release Fl res rates for our anniv weekend-Sept 20th 3 nite sailing. So, I figured if we go away for the weekend somewhere with hotel and food and such it would be about the same for the cruise. So, I just booked it yesterday. Will propose to him on the ship. Now I need some creative ideas....where and how?

Fivepin
08-14-2012, 06:31 AM
I posted a response on my PJ to your question about places too, but I just saw that you have a Cinderella theme. DH and I did too, in a way. I suggest then that you make your way to the Cinderella mosaic right in front of the Guest Services desk. As you pass the desk heading to the Walt Disney theater, it's on the left hand wall. There's usually a velvet chair sitting in front of it. princess:

Thank you for the response. That will be a definite spot!!

dclwonderprincess
08-14-2012, 01:24 PM
I don't know much about seating, can you please explain this to me so I can make special requests if needed.

Freckledginger
08-15-2012, 11:59 PM
Hi Jillian!!
Hope you're having an amazing time at home! Can't wait to see photos from your shower! :goodvibes

I'm sorry to hear you're not going to have a chance to take photos at the Cloisters, but I can totally understand why you're not. The Dream is so gorgeous that I'm sure you'll have no shortage of beautiful photos on the ship. Hopefully you can do the family photos in the atrium! That would be so lovely! If the ship photographer is set up on the main level of the atrium, maybe you can take photos with your family on one of the upper decks? That way you can still get the chandelier and the look of the atrium without having to deal with the crowds.

Your feather floral turned out great!!! :goodvibes Love it! Can't wait to see how it looks against your legal ceremony outfit. I wager that it'll look fab!

Your favor bags are great! I know the construction process must be a bit tiring, but I'm sure they'll turn out just beautiful in the end. And it'll be a unique design! My bags were convenient (and I am all for convenience at this point, haha), but they aren't nearly as special as yours. I understand that it's easy to be critical of your own work (I was uber critical of my calligraphy when I was doing invitations), but in the end, your guests will appreciate how special they are and all the work you put into them.

You're necklaces are looking so pretty! I agree with your comment that it's better to prepared if the necklaces are too big. So if the chain looks too long, you'll put the charm on the white ribbon?

JBeanBunny
08-22-2012, 07:27 PM
Hello, my lovelies!

I've been a bad procrastinating DIS bride! I've been getting lots done, but I haven't been posting about it! My trip back home to Chicagoland was GREAT! I enjoyed spending time with my DM and DBFF! EXCEPT on the airplane there, I picked up what I was calling "The Head-Cold from Hell" virus! So during and after my trip I was feeling pretty miserable, and I unfortunately passed my nasty virus onto my DBFF too :scared: OOPS! Help me in sending her pixie dust to feel better soon!!!

on Friday (8/10) I called into work... It was my ONLY day I could go Tux shopping with Michael! We went to a small shop way far away because I'd met the guy's wife at a Bridal Show back in February and they said they carried a selection of tailed tuxes to try on... I e-mailed him and *womp womp* they don't carry them anymore because they don't sell well! Drat! Well, he had ONE tailed coat for Michael to try on, and wouldn't ya know, he loved it. BUT I was in love with "Savoy" which was a beautiful silver ("heather") suit in one of the books... So... We bought both! AHH! Okay, way more than we'd expected or wanted to pay- those bits and pieces add up quickly! But since we got 2 instead of 1, he gave us $100 off one of the suits, and threw in a free tux shirt, studs and cufflinks, and two pairs of dress socks! We also bought some really cool pre-worn shoes for only $20! For the black tailed tux we ordered a "platinum" vest/bow-tie/pocket square set and for the silver suit, we ordered a royal blue vest/bow-tie/pocket square set. Now, the company we got the vests from doesn't offer "tie it yourself" bow ties! Crazy! Since Michael already knows how to tie it, we had to give them $10 each set to custom make the un-tied version! Yeesh! Well, our tux guy referred us to a tailor in Winter Park and the tailor gave us $30 off because the tux guy had called and said we were on our way! Very cool! By the way, I love that guys alterations cost much less than ladies alterations! So, at this time we're just waiting for the tailor to finish alterations and we're waiting for the vests/ties from the tux guy. After that, Michael's attire is DONE!!

Saturday (8/10) I flew into Chicago, got picked up and had some delicious moon fish that my DM picked out at Whole Foods and Grilled up at home! SO tasty! So we headed over to the hair salon and instantly got lectured by my hair stylist about the fact that half of my hair was over-processed and half of my hair was "virgin hair" that perming it would cause the baby hair to curl wonderfully, and she was afraid that the processed ends would end up like "shredded wheat" and that she'd just have to chop it all off... Now, I'm not interested in an afro for my wedding, so she's agreed to follow me around the ship with a curling iron to fix my hair when the curls fall out! So instead, I just got some high and low lights (it's not nearly as bright blonde as I was hoping for :sad1:) and she curled my hair, put it in an updo and sent me on my way- When you see photos from the bridal shower, that's the remainder of the curls she gave me on Saturday! (Sleeping with pins in your hair is NOT comfortable!)

Sunday, DM and I went to church then immediately drove back to Midway airport to pick up my DBFF/MOH. Since we were closer to a certain mall, we stopped and went shopping for my MOH's dress for my wedding. We tried lots of beautiful blue dresses on her and eventually decided on a floor-length cowl-neck royal blue dress from Lord & Taylor. When we were at Nordstrom's, we had tried on a bedazzled black satin sash with one of the dresses, so we got the idea in our head to recreate that look! Since those pre-made sashes are insanely expensive (that one was $300!) At the dress shop, we bought a gorgeous brooch, and picked up some double-sided satin ribbon from Hobby Lobby and voila- instant sash for roughly $40-$50, not $300! The Brooch I picked wasn't my DBFF's or DM's favorite of them, but it was definitely the brightest and shiniest, so it won my affections! (Am I that predictable?) Alright, so here's the photos of her dress and a mockup of the sash:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/081812135014a.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-18_14-04-08_888.jpg

I may have accidentally fallen in love with a gorgeous pair of shiny silver peep-toe pumps while wandering around Macy's that day, and my precious mother got them for me to complete my triad of fabulous heels for my three-night cruise!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Unknown.jpg

Alrighty, then after our shopping extravaganza, we dropped off our spoils, changed, and headed back to church for my bridal shower that was thrown for my by the ladies of my mom's church! They felt back that I "probably won't get many gift" because of the nature of a cruise wedding, so they gave me a shower! It was very lovely :) I got a lot of cards with gift cards to Bed Bath & Beyond (I can't wait to go shopping with them!) and also a lot of cards with photos of items from my registry that were being sent directly to my house (So I didn't have to fly with them). I wound up with a handful of fun AND USEFUL kitchen gadgets, a spice rack with 5-years of free refills, and a bunch of my china and my flatware set! Another highlight of the shower was that my 5th grade teacher joined us! She was my favorite and also taught my two older brothers, so it was really cool that she could come! I really enjoyed catching up with her! Since I gave my plague to my DBFF, she hasn't had a chance to send me more photos of my shower, but here's the two that were posted on facebook :thumbsup2
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Shower1.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Shower2.jpg

Then Monday we went to the Bridal shop for my second fitting. The bodice was perfect, the hemming just needed some adjustment. It consisted of a whole bunch of "runway" walking, back and forth and back and forth to make sure that it was pinned to the right length. Then DBFF and DM got a crash course in bustling! We were given the necklace that I ordered (I don't like the earrings that came with it) and I picked out a new set of earrings. We also picked up that gorgeous brooch for Kelly's sash. Afterwards we went to a nearby mall that housed a Sephora. We set an appointment time with a makeup artist (to hold a reservation, all you have to do is buy a $50 gift card... so essentially, the consultation is free because you're getting a gift card for the makeup you need to buy anyways!) The artist was great, everything she did looked great! I don't remember who said it, but somebody said that I looked like Belle! Well, the scariest part of that day was the total of the makeup bill- $350! Ouch, it makes me a little queasy to think about! Luckily, I won't ever have to make such a large makeup order ever again! Also while we were out, we got a few white/off white coverups to wear with each of my three white (or off white!) dresses for the cruise. I know it'll be September in the Bahamas, but it'll be air conditioned inside and I get chilly easily! One was a loose shrug on sale at Chicos, one was a long-sleeved thin sweater from Express, and a sheer shawl with rosettes on the ends from Charming Charlie's (OMG, I wish I had that store down here!). All of the new photos of my dress are on my DBFF's camera, so those photos will have to come at a later date! For now, here's my wedding jewelry!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-18_14-00-35_276.jpg

Tuesday I went shopping with DBFF escorted my my mom's best friend. It was a lot of window shopping, but I did end up getting a gorgeous satin kimono robe from Victoria's Secret to wear while I'm getting ready on my wedding day! I'd intended to buy a solid hot-pink robe to have "Bride" bedazzled on the back, but instead I got a gorgeous cherry-blossom patterned robe, so writing on the back would get lost. Luckily the color looks good with my pink heels! Here's a photo for you, I apologize for the horrible bathroom lighting!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-22_19-58-51_333.jpg

than after shopping, we went back to the bridal shop for my final fitting, walked back and forth several more times, had another trial run with the corseting and the bustling! My MOH ended up taking lots of photos of the bustle process to refer to at a later date! Then we bagged up my dress and my crinoline skirt and we left! My dress is now MINE!

I'm not exactly sure which night we worked on the floral, but my DM, DBFF and I all spent a few hours remaking the corsages. The additional corsages (for sisters-in-law and wives of our dads) that the florist made were these pastel pink roses with dingy-pink hydrangeas- GROSS! Instead we worked blue and bright pink hydrangeas together with some iridescent bead details from Hobby Lobby. Since I added the beads to the corsages, I decided to rework all of the boutonnieres, too! I think the beads jazzed them up a bit! If you know me at all, you know that I'm a lover of shiny details! Here's the floral:
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One of the bouquets is for my MOH, and the other one is "backup" in case something dreadful happens to mine... The current plan is to set it on the cake table to add a nice touch, and also to bring it along to our table at Royal Palace that night as a "centerpiece". Hmm... What else, what else... Ah, I got the rest of the crystal pendants! I'll include a photo of the blue starfish one... I hope it goes well with my MOH's outfit! My brain is really just so full of tiny details that I can't even imagine it! I'll also include pictures of the flower girl dresses- Michael has photos of the girls IN the dresses, but you'll have to wait for my wedding photos to see that ;)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-18_14-11-44_613.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Picture8.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Picture7.jpg

Hummm Humm Humm... I can't really think of anything else to include right now! The projects I need to complete: About 10-15 more soaps, about 10 more bags need to be painted. I need to take all of these images for the door magnets to Kinko's to be printed, laminated, cut out, then magnetized... OOH and my mom bought 50 ring pops for about $10 or $15 from one of her stores, so that'll be a fun addition to my favor bags! Alright ladies! You take care of yourselves! I've got another 14-hour work day ahead of me- I picked up an opening Pretzel Kitchen shift, followed directly by a stocking shift at Fantasmic! Luckily after that, I only have Fantsmic stocking shifts, which start in the late afternoon which gives me time to get things accomplished beforehand! Wish me luck! I'll try to keep you updated as things happen instead of another MONDO-HUGE post like this one! I hope you enjoyed my pictures!!! <3

dclwonderprincess
08-22-2012, 08:18 PM
I'm so glad you gave us an update, I've been checking daily for one. Everything looks fantastic!!!

JBeanBunny
08-22-2012, 08:56 PM
I'm so glad you gave us an update, I've been checking daily for one. Everything looks fantastic!!!

Ahh! I'm so sorry to keep you waiting! When I get a whole bunch of things I need to write about WITH a whole bunch of pictures, I tend to put it off because I know it will take a big chunk of time! I'll try to be a good bride and post little snippits and more often! But for now, I've got to get cooking Michael dinner since he's on his way home as we speak! I'm glad I've given you a good chunk of text and photos to go over :rotfl:

Evi
08-23-2012, 03:51 PM
Jillian how exciting, you've gotten so much done. I love the kimono robe that will make for beautiful pictures its a great color. I have a question, where did you get the silver ears? I have them in gold with the gold bow. I think the silver makes them more bridal.

belle2211
08-23-2012, 08:00 PM
woohoo--just found this thread (and read your last update first)! I love everything! It was so nice of the ladies at church to throw you a shower. And the sash for the dress is GORGEOUS!

Oh, and we do have a Charming Charlie's down here...its in the Florida Mall!

JBeanBunny
08-23-2012, 10:40 PM
Jillian how exciting, you've gotten so much done. I love the kimono robe that will make for beautiful pictures its a great color. I have a question, where did you get the silver ears? I have them in gold with the gold bow. I think the silver makes them more bridal.

I bought the silver minnie ears a year or two ago to wear around the parks on my birthday! I haven't been in the shops much to notice if they were still being sold recently... But I can look around next time! I had a stroke of genius one night- I had the ears (and I'm not in love with the bride ears) so, I just went to JoAnn's and picked up 3/4 yard of silver sparkle tulle! My mom gathered the end and stitched it onto the ears in a couple of minutes- So easy! I think they turned out great!

woohoo--just found this thread (and read your last update first)! I love everything! It was so nice of the ladies at church to throw you a shower. And the sash for the dress is GORGEOUS!

Oh, and we do have a Charming Charlie's down here...its in the Florida Mall!

Welcome aboard! (haha, get it?) I'm glad you love everything I've been working on. It's nice to be patted on the back for all of my hard work! I pretty much just snap photos of wedding-y things on my phone so I can add them to my PJ! My readers seem to like the photos that go along with my sometimes never ending text!

And I'm SO SO SO friggin' ecstatic to hear that we have a Charming Charlie's at the Florida Mall! I haven't been in quite a while and I first heard of it last week in Illinois!!! I told my fiance that we're going to CC's tomorrow!!! haha- he asked "is that the sparkle store?" (Boy, does he know me well!!) Yay!

Evi
08-23-2012, 11:31 PM
Jillian I know you've been making tons of things so I'm wondering did you wait till the 45 day out before putting your wedding date on stuff? I'm starting to print stuff and I'm not sure if I should just leave them without a date or go with the date my wedding ceremony is supposed to be on. I know DFTW suggests just not putting a date on anything or putting cruise dates but wouldn't that look odd.

JBeanBunny
08-24-2012, 12:00 AM
Jillian I know you've been making tons of things so I'm wondering did you wait till the 45 day out before putting your wedding date on stuff? I'm starting to print stuff and I'm not sure if I should just leave them without a date or go with the date my wedding ceremony is supposed to be on. I know DFTW suggests just not putting a date on anything or putting cruise dates but wouldn't that look odd.

I put my wedding date on match books a long while back. I also had the wedding logos made a long time ago with the dates on them! So... as long as you're reserved all paid up, I don't see WHY your wedding date would change except in the case of something like a strong hurricane or some other unforeseen circumstances. The likelihood of anything like that happening is very low. I say this, of course, and my wedding is scheduled during hurricane season! lol, I'm not terribly worried about it. As long as you're not SO attached to the exact dates on favors, then I would go ahead and start having things made!

chris31997
08-24-2012, 12:02 AM
Jillian, everything looks great. I, too, have been checking to see how your trip to Chicago went. I am glad that you had a good time and other than the cold it was fun.

ccbride412
08-24-2012, 04:02 AM
Jillian I know you've been making tons of things so I'm wondering did you wait till the 45 day out before putting your wedding date on stuff? I'm starting to print stuff and I'm not sure if I should just leave them without a date or go with the date my wedding ceremony is supposed to be on. I know DFTW suggests just not putting a date on anything or putting cruise dates but wouldn't that look odd.

I had the same concerns for our wedding so we just put April 2012 on everything and ditched putting the actual date on it just in case bad weather on CC changed the day for us.

Evi
08-24-2012, 06:41 PM
Thank you ladies its good to know I'm not the only one wondering about adding dates.

belle2211
08-24-2012, 07:25 PM
Welcome aboard! (haha, get it?) I'm glad you love everything I've been working on. It's nice to be patted on the back for all of my hard work! I pretty much just snap photos of wedding-y things on my phone so I can add them to my PJ! My readers seem to like the photos that go along with my sometimes never ending text!

And I'm SO SO SO friggin' ecstatic to hear that we have a Charming Charlie's at the Florida Mall! I haven't been in quite a while and I first heard of it last week in Illinois!!! I told my fiance that we're going to CC's tomorrow!!! haha- he asked "is that the sparkle store?" (Boy, does he know me well!!) Yay!

I do get it! And love that you know it! I wonder if we've ever run into each other at DHS! I love pictures...I'm such a visual person! Did you make it to Charming Charlies today?

JBeanBunny
08-25-2012, 12:18 AM
I do get it! And love that you know it! I wonder if we've ever run into each other at DHS! I love pictures...I'm such a visual person! Did you make it to Charming Charlies today?

I work ODV at Studios... Lately they've been scheduling me at Fantasmic, but I can be in the park too :) You've got my picture, so if you see me you can stop and say hi!!

I didn't make it to Charming Charlie's today, but Michael knows he's taking me tomorrow! I also need to go to Sephora to buy a brush set (and cleaner) for all that nice wedding makeup, and Michael wants to talk to the hat guy to see if he can order a top hat (and at what cost). The problem is, I work at 4 PM, and we've got to get this mall trip done... BUT I'm also in the process of making a soap/bath salts gift basket for my favorite manager who's transferring over to ODV at MK and tomorrow's his last day with us :worried: Hopefully I get everything done tomorrow without being late to work!! On the bright side, While making all of these soaps for this gift basket, I'm also conveniently making soaps for my wedding favors- BONUS!!! I think after this batch (or maybe one more) I'll be done with favor soaps! Which is GREAT because I'm almost out of soap base!!! :lmao:

Oh, and today DF and I picked up his tux & suit from the tailor- everything fits great! Then since we were in Winter Park, we just hopped on Orange Ave and went to the courthouse and picked up our wedding license!!! Yay! It's really happening!!

chris31997
08-25-2012, 03:08 AM
Well, eventually time if gonna run out so I guess you are gonna have to finish soon;) Good news, my DH thinks you have some very neat things, but I am not allowed to do all of it:rolleyes1

JBeanBunny
08-26-2012, 01:41 PM
Alright, ladies... I stumbled upon a little trick I thought might be useful to other Disney brides or Disney-loving crafters out there! If you go to Lowes/Home Depot, they have Disney paint with corresponding Disney paint chips in the shape of a Mikey Mouse! Now, I won't claim that it was my idea to pick up these mickey paint chips, I think 8-10 years ago my DM told me that people were using it as a guideline to shave the "mickey" into a guy's hair! :rotfl: Anyways, I cut out the Mickey and traced it onto a piece of paper. Then I folded that paper 3 times (to yeild 6), and cut out 6 identical mickey silhouettes at one time- and they perfectly fit the backs of my Mickey silhouette soap to label them! Now, afterwards I used my spongey-pouncer and some acrylic paint and used the mickeys as a STENCIL! I think the photos are pretty self explanatory, so have a look! (Be more careful than I was when peeling back the painter's or masking tape! You can see in the last photo that the paper ripped a bit!)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/MickeyPaintChipTutorial.jpg

While on Ginger's page, I saw that she was talking about rings and custom hangers made, so I thought I'd snap a photo of mine to share with the class!
our rings:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-26_14-07-01_773.jpg
my rings:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-26_14-07-28_535.jpg
my hanger (made it myself!)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-26_14-03-27_20.jpg
Now, I got the idea on Pinterest to wrap the wire with yarn (check this website for photos: http://seakettle.com/?p=5274 ) it looks cool online, and I think I have some white yarn with iridescent threading in it that looks "bridal" and if I wanted to go all out, I could spray paint the hanger white, too! Lots of ideas, but NOT lots of time left to ponder these things! What do you ladies think?

and lastly, I'll leave you with a photo of my bunny. Since it's raining all day today (outer bands of hurricane Isaac) she's been hiding in her under-chair hut in our living room! It's so cute when she feels the need to "seek cover" even though she's safe and sound indoors!! Enjoy her cuteness!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/539104_605873248766_1473306372_n.jpg

Hmm, I've got some things I should attend to... I really MEANT to wrap some soaps and package them or paint the stencils onto more of my bags, but I got wrapped up in making that little "mickey stencil" tutorial and then taking photos of the rings and things... Whoops! Well, hopefully I stay dry at work tonight :lmao: That's COMPLETELY wishful thinking since I work outdoors and the "worst" of the storm in happening tonight and tomorrow! Send me warm and dry thoughts, please!!!

ccbride412
08-26-2012, 02:26 PM
Sending warm and dry thoughts! :umbrella:

And this one just because he's awesome and I just found him!:figment:

dclwonderprincess
08-26-2012, 03:06 PM
Now, I got the idea on Pinterest to wrap the wire with yarn (check this website for photos: http://seakettle.com/?p=5274 ) it looks cool online, and I think I have some white yarn with iridescent threading in it that looks "bridal" and if I wanted to go all out, I could spray paint the hanger white, too! Lots of ideas, but NOT lots of time left to ponder these things! What do you ladies think?

I love the hanger, it looks great, personally I like the dark colored hanger. I think it will show up better in pics with your dress. How difficult was it to make your hanger? I've been trying to decide between making one & ordering one off of etsy.

:Warm, dry wishes:

Fivepin
08-26-2012, 03:45 PM
Hi Jillian-

Welcome back-you sure got alot accomplished!! I got one thing figured-what dress I'm getting! I love everything you got. Love the rings!! Don't know what to do for Ray. He has such a nice ring already. Wanted to get a gold band made with the mickey head silhoutte on them and a diamond in between each one. Can't find anyone to do it because of copyright blah blah blah. My cousin is working on it for me in Taiwan.

You are getting so close and everything seems to be falling into place. When you're back and settled down, we'll be in touch regarding soaps.

Like the dark hanger and the yarn sounds very cool. I keep getting more ideas reading your planning journal

Haven't figured out how I'm proposing to Ray on our anniversary cruise.After I booked the verandah for that weekend, they come out with Fl res rates for inside cabins. Shooting myself right now.

You are definitely very crafty...wish I was!! Working on invite now. Another DCL bride sent me the template for the passport invite. Still working on my paperwork. -need to call Merideth.

Better run-no school for the kiddos here tomorrow. Gotta go make sure where the flashlights are just in case we lose power.

Freckledginger
08-27-2012, 12:27 AM
Hi Jillian!!! Welcome back! It's great to catch up with everything :goodvibes

Sorry to hear you've been feeling sick lately... Those summer colds are the worst! Hope you're on the mend!

That's awesome news that Michael was so successful in the tux/suit hunt!! :) Both sound gorgeous! Do you have any photos?? When is he planning to wear each one? How funny that they didn't sell untied bow ties! Usually it's the opposite situation. I bought an untied bow tie for Timmy to wear in our engagement shoot this weekend not aware that he didn't know how to tie a bow tie. Haha, whoopsie! It took him an hour, but at least he'll be prepared for our wedding ;)

I think you made an excellent decision with your hair. Perms are nice, but can be quite damaging, so it's best to err on the side of caution there. You have such lovely long hair, so it'd be a real shame to do some serious damage to it. I'm sure your friend can achieve beautiful curls on your wedding day, and your hair will be stunning :goodvibes

The MOH dress is gorgeous!! It looks so fantastic on her figure, and the black sash is fabulous! It looks like one you'd buy out of a department store! I never cease to be amazed by your DIY-ness!!

Omg, those silver heels are AMAZING! Love Love!!

That's so wonderful that your church threw you a bridal shower! How thoughtful of them :) You look so pretty in your silver bridal ears.

I didn't know Sephora did bridal makeup consultations! That's great to know! I need to do something like that before the wedding, so I'll definitely look into this. Thanks for the tip!

Your wedding jewelry is beautiful! That will look so incredible with your gown :cloud9:

The accessory floral turned out great! I can't believe you all did all that! Again with the seriously impressed-ness (haha, don't think that's a word, but you get my drift ;)) The colors go really well together, and I think they will pop well in the photos.

OMG... Flower girl dresses are so cute!!! Preciousness!

Regarding putting the wedding date on favors, I'm with you Jillian, and also have put our date on various items. In the event of a hurricane, I know this could come back to bite us, but I figured it's unlikely enough that it's worth the risk. If things do get messed up, I'll just try to take it with a grain of salt and not be overly concerned.

Your mickey stencil tutorial is fantastic! Definitely pinterest worthy :) So you're making tags for the soaps with the stencil?

Thanks so much for posting your rings! It was really great to see them! Your set is just gorgeous, and I love how intricate the bands of both matching rings are.

Your hanger is awesome!!! I am blown away by how fabulous it looks!!! You are just so talented... Seriously, no one should be so accomplished at crafting. You make the rest of us brides look bad, haha ;) I really love it the way the hanger looks now. The yarn is a cool idea and unique, but it is really pretty and elegant in it's current state. Maybe you could put a sparkly charm or something on one of the arms if you want to jazz it up a bit?

Yay!! Bunny photo!! She is just too adorable for words! She looks quite comfortable in her little storm hut. :goodvibes Mine are shedding terribly at the moment (yours looks like a movie star compared to them), so I won't embarrass them with photos :laughing:

Stay safe in the storm, and looking forward to more updates in the near future! Only like 2 more weeks!! Wow!!!

JBeanBunny
08-27-2012, 12:32 AM
5 days until the new Doctor Who comes out on BBC America!!! :woohoo: lol

Sending warm and dry thoughts! :umbrella:

And this one just because he's awesome and I just found him!:figment:

Thanks! I stayed relatively dry tonight- It wasn't NEARLY as stormy as the weatherman had predicted! We indeed had BOTH shows of Fantasmic go on from start to finish, so THAT should tell you how mild the weather was! It's really when my shoes get wet that I get grumpy- I hate soggy feet!!! haha, and I prepared for the cold- I wore a long sleeved shirt under my work shirt AND I brought my jacket, so I was toasty! I'm convinced that all of your well wishes kept me dry and warm! :goodvibes

I love the hanger, it looks great, personally I like the dark colored hanger. I think it will show up better in pics with your dress. How difficult was it to make your hanger? I've been trying to decide between making one & ordering one off of etsy.

:Warm, dry wishes:

Yeah, I like the dark stained hanger, too- that's why I bought that color instead of a birch wood or something lighter. I grew up with REAL oak floors (not that laminated junk!) so I love the look of dark woods! And the hanger wasn't difficult to make. Obviously the thicker gauge floral wire you get the more difficult it is to bend, but as long as you have a pair of pliers, you're fine. Some people suggest to go to dafont.com to download (free!) a cursive font and print it large onto a piece of paper to use it as a guide. I personally LOVE my cursive, so I wrote my own ;) Of course, since it's a wire, you have to be sure that everything stays connected with one line! I looked at Etsy for those hangers as examples for all of the different letters. Think of it this way- it's cheaper to make it yourself! AND if you have friends getting married (or if you intend to make similar hangers for bridesmaids, etc) you can make them as gifts! Pick up some $3 wire and if you don't like it, then you're only out $3!

Hi Jillian-

Welcome back-you sure got alot accomplished!! I got one thing figured-what dress I'm getting! I love everything you got. Love the rings!! Don't know what to do for Ray. He has such a nice ring already. Wanted to get a gold band made with the mickey head silhoutte on them and a diamond in between each one. Can't find anyone to do it because of copyright blah blah blah. My cousin is working on it for me in Taiwan.

You are getting so close and everything seems to be falling into place. When you're back and settled down, we'll be in touch regarding soaps.

Like the dark hanger and the yarn sounds very cool. I keep getting more ideas reading your planning journal

Haven't figured out how I'm proposing to Ray on our anniversary cruise.After I booked the verandah for that weekend, they come out with Fl res rates for inside cabins. Shooting myself right now.

You are definitely very crafty...wish I was!! Working on invite now. Another DCL bride sent me the template for the passport invite. Still working on my paperwork. -need to call Meredith.

Better run-no school for the kiddos here tomorrow. Gotta go make sure where the flashlights are just in case we lose power.

You know what dress you're getting? What does it look like, and do you have a picture? I love my dress, and it's hard to believe that the next time I wear it, I'll be marrying Michael!! I think the passport invites are a great idea! I've loved the ones I've seen! I don't quite know how you should propose to him... and I don't think he NEEDS a new ring, since it's a vow renewal- you could always just give back your current rings! I like the idea of "Mickey" rings, but that sucks about the copyright issues! I think a verandah is way better than a discounted inside cabin... I've had a verandah twice and an inside cabin once, and there's just something wonderful about waking up and looking outside onto the water or at a new port! (That being said, I still want to SEE a "Magical port hole" in the inside cabins) We will definitely talk soaps after I'm back from my wedding! When exactly is your VR again? Anyways, good luck with the hurricane! I hope you all stay safe and dry and that you don't lose electricity! Tonight for us we had NOTHING severe, just sprinkles of rain and a little bit of gusty winds, but we're so far inland!! Stay safe!

Fivepin
08-27-2012, 05:53 AM
Jillian-

I meant to ask you. I never thought about going to Sephora for the makeup consultation. So, I checked my area. Did you go to a stand alone store or did you go to one inside a JC Pennys? I'm thinking stand alone. That is actually in Tampa-not a bad drive. I'm usually so simple with my makeup. I'm going to have Senses Spa do my makeup, but they did recommend I bring my own makeup. I don't have that much-just basically, foundation, powder, blush, and eyeliner.

We got lucky Isaac has moved more to the west and right now we are in the dry pocket area, you're getting more than we are right now.

BTW-I did PM the bride who wanted photos of the ship. I did have a couple.
I'll PM you my dress, don't want to hijack here. The vow renewal cruise is November 18th, Anniversary cruise/proposal is Sept 20th

Stay dry today-are the parks open today?
Busch Gardens is closed today here

JBeanBunny
08-28-2012, 12:44 AM
Okay, I think this will be a little easier for you to read, Ginger! Your comments with my comments on your comments! :rotfl2:

Hi Jillian!!! Welcome back! It's great to catch up with everything :goodvibes

Sorry to hear you've been feeling sick lately... Those summer colds are the worst! Hope you're on the mend!

Oh, I'm all better now, thank god! I was only sick for about a week, but it was a ROUGH week! I feel so bad that I gave it to my MOH! The poor thing had it just as badly as I did!

That's awesome news that Michael was so successful in the tux/suit hunt!! :) Both sound gorgeous! Do you have any photos?? When is he planning to wear each one? How funny that they didn't sell untied bow ties! Usually it's the opposite situation. I bought an untied bow tie for Timmy to wear in our engagement shoot this weekend not aware that he didn't know how to tie a bow tie. Haha, whoopsie! It took him an hour, but at least he'll be prepared for our wedding ;)

I don't have photos, unfortunately! I thought about taking photos while he was at the tailor, but I didn't get around to it. The tailor was very chatty! The tails are a standard set of tails. The silver suit is gorgeous on his dark skin, too! The silver suit is for embarkation day/ legal ceremony day. The tailed tux is for the wedding. I figure he'll just wear a shirt and tie for the third night. I did find it quite unusual that they didn't offer the untied bow tie! Luckily Michael intentionally learned how to tie a bow tie a month or so ago because he has a problem with pre-tied bow ties! :confused3 Whatever works for him! I'm glad Timmy now has had some practice!

I think you made an excellent decision with your hair. Perms are nice, but can be quite damaging, so it's best to err on the side of caution there. You have such lovely long hair, so it'd be a real shame to do some serious damage to it. I'm sure your friend can achieve beautiful curls on your wedding day, and your hair will be stunning :goodvibes

I love love loved my perms I had back in high school! They looked great and they were SO easy! I just wet my hair, put some mousse in it and it was done! Ah well, there's no way I was going to risk it getting chopped off after growing it out for two years! Besides, she agreed to follow me around with a curling iron, so that's good! I'm still a little nervous about my hairdo falling out, though... But I'm sure that's just nerves!

The MOH dress is gorgeous!! It looks so fantastic on her figure, and the black sash is fabulous! It looks like one you'd buy out of a department store! I never cease to be amazed by your DIY-ness!!

I know, the dress looks great on her! We both love the cowl neck on it, too! I'm very proud of the sash, too! It's really going to make the dress pop! The sash at the department store was $300! That's CRAZY! I just bought a roll of ribbon and a brooch and voila!

Omg, those silver heels are AMAZING! Love Love!!

GAH! I knooooow! I saw them and instantly fell in love! I'm very picky about heels, I like dainty or delicate shoes and sometimes with current trends the kinds of shoes I like are hard to find! I'm just so horrible at walking in pumps as I learned on my last cruise where I ONLY brought pumps! I much prefer sandal heels that strap to my ankle!

That's so wonderful that your church threw you a bridal shower! How thoughtful of them :) You look so pretty in your silver bridal ears.

I was thrilled when they suggested it! I wouldn't have hardly gotten any gifts if I hadn't had it! I'm glad you like my silver bridal ears- it was really an idea that came out of the blue- like the first thing I thought when I woke up or something I came up with in the shower. They turned out great! Now if only I could find a top-hat with mickey ears like they used to sell!

I didn't know Sephora did bridal makeup consultations! That's great to know! I need to do something like that before the wedding, so I'll definitely look into this. Thanks for the tip!

Please do! It was a great experience and It's essentially free, since you're going to be buying makeup anyways! As a BONUS, they have every brand and so many options! If you went to a Dior makup artist, they'd only sell you Dior products. Instead you can really customize you makeup at Sephora!

Your wedding jewelry is beautiful! That will look so incredible with your gown :cloud9:

Thanks! The necklace REALLY matches the tiara and the beading on my dress!

The accessory floral turned out great! I can't believe you all did all that! Again with the seriously impressed-ness (haha, don't think that's a word, but you get my drift ;)) The colors go really well together, and I think they will pop well in the photos.

I'm impressed with myself! I picked up the floral tools again today while working on my flower girls' baskets and I'm finding it to be a really useful skill to have!! More photos on that a little later!

OMG... Flower girl dresses are so cute!!! Preciousness!

Thanks! :cheer2:

Regarding putting the wedding date on favors, I'm with you Jillian, and also have put our date on various items. In the event of a hurricane, I know this could come back to bite us, but I figured it's unlikely enough that it's worth the risk. If things do get messed up, I'll just try to take it with a grain of salt and not be overly concerned.

After this flub of a "hurricane" (it was seriously a JOKE!) I'm hoping that the weather cooperates enough to hold our cruise! I'm not terribly worried about that, though, especially since I'm an onboard bride. I just don't want my outdoor photos to be dimmed by a cloudy/rainy day. We shall see! (There's plenty of gorgeous spaces indoors, though!)

Your mickey stencil tutorial is fantastic! Definitely pinterest worthy :) So you're making tags for the soaps with the stencil?

Feel free to pin my tutorial! lol, that would be a first for me! I'm not going to label my current soaps with the stencil since most of them are already done, BUT I'm thinking that I may use that later on for future soaps.

Thanks so much for posting your rings! It was really great to see them! Your set is just gorgeous, and I love how intricate the bands of both matching rings are.

Thanks! If you look real close, the shape almost resembles the DCL logo!!!! If ONLY the diamonds in the middle had little "ears"!

Your hanger is awesome!!! I am blown away by how fabulous it looks!!! You are just so talented... Seriously, no one should be so accomplished at crafting. You make the rest of us brides look bad, haha ;) I really love it the way the hanger looks now. The yarn is a cool idea and unique, but it is really pretty and elegant in it's current state. Maybe you could put a sparkly charm or something on one of the arms if you want to jazz it up a bit?

Haha, sorry to make you jealous of my craftiness! You have a WONDERFUL aesthetic, though- I've loved all of your customization and choices so far- they all fit together so well! I'm thinking of just leaving the hanger as it is because... I don't want another project! :rotfl:

Yay!! Bunny photo!! She is just too adorable for words! She looks quite comfortable in her little storm hut. :goodvibes Mine are shedding terribly at the moment (yours looks like a movie star compared to them), so I won't embarrass them with photos :laughing:

My bunny sheds constantly, She hasn't yet had a single humungo molt in her 1.5 years of life! You know I added the photo for you! I'm AMAZED that she stayed laying down even though I was laying on the floor to take the photo! She normally would bolt elsewhere or at least sit up!

Stay safe in the storm, and looking forward to more updates in the near future! Only like 2 more weeks!! Wow!!!

Oh geez, as I said... the storm was nothing. Yesterday it was breezy and it drizzled all day. Last night it rained all night and into the morning, but it dried up before I left the house. It was cloudy and windy tonight, but both nights they held BOTH shows of Fantasmic! Since they were worried about all of those last 4 shows being canceled, they ADDED a second show AND extended the park hours for tomorrow night to accommodate those guests who missed the show... except none of the shows were canceled!!! I was SUPPOSED to be off tomorrow, but they begged me to come in... and for some reason I said yes! Ahhhhhh! I need my days off to get things done! Ah, well. It's all overtime!

JBeanBunny
08-28-2012, 10:04 AM
Jillian-

I meant to ask you. I never thought about going to Sephora for the makeup consultation. So, I checked my area. Did you go to a stand alone store or did you go to one inside a JC Pennys? I'm thinking stand alone. That is actually in Tampa-not a bad drive. I'm usually so simple with my makeup. I'm going to have Senses Spa do my makeup, but they did recommend I bring my own makeup. I don't have that much-just basically, foundation, powder, blush, and eyeliner.

We got lucky Isaac has moved more to the west and right now we are in the dry pocket area, you're getting more than we are right now.

BTW-I did PM the bride who wanted photos of the ship. I did have a couple.
I'll PM you my dress, don't want to hijack here. The vow renewal cruise is November 18th, Anniversary cruise/proposal is Sept 20th

Stay dry today-are the parks open today?
Busch Gardens is closed today here

I went to a stand-alone Sephora store, not a department store one, it doesn't seem like they'd have a makeup specialist scheduled at all times if it wasn't a full Sephora, but you won't know if you don't ask! If it's for special occasion makeup, I think the consultation is totally worth it! We got almost everything she used on me (including the $40 concealer- the most expensive item in our basket! OUCH!) although I swapped some things for sample sized items and we looked for as many similar items at lower costs! The artist doesn't work on commission, so don't feel bad to ask them for recommendations of products that cost less!

I'm glad Isaac didn't inconvenience you much! It was a total bust over here, sunday it was just breezy and drizzly, and yesterday it rained all morning, then dried up and was windy! We didn't cancel a single Fantasmic during the "hurricane" but because of the THREAT of a hurricane, they ADDED a Fantasmic show tonight to accommodate the guests who didn't get to see the show because of the storm! Hah! Sadly for me, that means I'm now working on my Saturday when I SHOULD be working on wedding things! Oh well.

Oh, and WDW almost never closes. The ONLY time MK has ever closed was Hurricane Andrew and 09/11. They may close other parks in the event of incredibly severe weather, but they try to stay open no matter what! Water Parks are more likely to close because of the weather, but they were still open yesterday ;)

JBeanBunny
08-28-2012, 10:14 AM
Just a little teaser post!

I was working on my flower girl baskets again yesterday! I got a set of two at Hobby Lobby for $5 or $8 ish... Spray painted them white and wrapped white ribbon around the handle of each, then I wrapped this pretty white/pink/silver rope cord around the handle, too.

Then my experience with making corsages and boutonnieres came in handy! I had some left-over miscellaneous floral that I got on "spring" clearance at JoAnn's (I used the other blooms for the flowers for my favor bags) I snipped off all of the blooms, wrapped floral wire around the tiny stem, then I wrapped the floral tape over the wire. Put the stems together and you have a bouquet! ...Or in this case a little flower pom for the baskets!

I still need to work on the second flower pom for the smaller basket and all of the ribbon ends need to be tucked away and secured, then I need to figure out HOW to anchor the flower poms! And just yesterday I ordered fuchsia and white silk flower petals from somebody on Etsy- they should match the basket perfectly! Anywho, here's a couple photos I snapped yesterday! Now I've got to get ready for a long 11 hour day at work on a day that's SUPPOSED to be my Saturday! *sighs* They tempted me with "It'll all be overtime..." lol :rotfl:

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-27_14-50-34_989.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-27_15-07-39_946.jpg

Ciao! :wave2:

JBeanBunny
08-28-2012, 11:01 AM
Okay... I'm bad at the teaser posts, I guess... But I just remembered that my BFF/MOH had e-mailed me the bridal shower pictures a few days ago while I was at work (there's the "wedding brain" making me forget things again!) So here's a few photos for your viewing pleasure! Notice my pink heels- those are my wedding heels! I cheated and wore them out for my shower!

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/DSCN0000-Copy.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/DSCN0017-Copy.jpg
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/DSCN0016-Copy.jpg

chris31997
08-29-2012, 12:22 AM
Glad to hear you stayed dry and Issac did not cause any issues for you.

Overtime is good, just think of all the ways you can use it to make soaps or what else for the wedding and your shop ;):rolleyes1

I also want to talk soap, but we got awhile for me;)

JBeanBunny
08-29-2012, 01:08 AM
Okay ladies, I don't know how I stumbled upon this link, but you REALLY must take a few minutes to look at it! It's a collection of wedding photos- from the "getting ready" stage, to the ceremony, to the reception... except that it's Barbie and Ken's wedding!!! Definitely worth looking through ::yes::

http://www.glamour.com/weddings/blogs/save-the-date/2011/08/real-wedding-album-barbie-ken.html

Freckledginger
08-29-2012, 08:26 PM
Hi Jillian!

Thanks for taking the time to respond to all my rambling in the previous post, hehe. I don't mean for it to come across so "stream of consciousness" but when I'm scrolling through your posts and see all this stuff I want to compliment or comment on, it sorta comes across like that :blush: You just have too many fabulous wedding details!

The flower girl baskets look fantastic!! :cloud9: The white basket really makes the pink pop. Those will look really cute with their dresses! Did you decide what to do about flower petals?? Are you ordering them through DCL?

I think it's a brilliant idea to cheat and wear your wedding heels ahead of time! They looked super cute with the grey dress, and at least you'll know their comfort level before you wear them on your wedding day. Plus one of the really sad aspects of all this wedding attire is most of it will never get worn again, so if you can use it more than once, kudos to you :goodvibes

How funny is the Barbie/Ken wedding?? I cannot imagine how much time it took someone to put that together!

Starting my drive/move out to Houston tomorrow, so I may be out of pocket for the next couple of days. Hope the planning continues to go well, and the mouse doesn't work you too hard!! :)

JBeanBunny
08-31-2012, 12:43 PM
Just dropping by for a quick second before work!

I just met with my photographer on Wednesday afternoon and we banged out a tentative schedule and shot list for our wedding day! She's even willing to let us put our attire back on and snap a few photos in Castaway Cay the next day! Tempting, I think I'll take her up on that offer! (Don't hate me, but I think CC is a little boring and that the ship is more fun to explore than laying on a beach... this may be my spoiled-ness from 24/7 access to WDW or my Floridian access to beaches year-round :rotfl:)

Anyways, while I was in Winter Garden Village for my meeting, I stopped into Bed Bath and Beyond to get a tie-hanger for Michael... I wound up finding a silicone mold for XL ice-cubes... and guess what! I now own a cube soap mold!! I decided to make a Mickey face soap with the cube mold to see how it turned out. Let me know what you think! (It's Violet Bamboo scented)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-31_12-54-48_10.jpg

Anyways, off to Fantasmic I go!!! Bye!

Fivepin
08-31-2012, 02:53 PM
Just dropping by for a quick second before work!

I just met with my photographer on Wednesday afternoon and we banged out a tentative schedule and shot list for our wedding day! She's even willing to let us put our attire back on and snap a few photos in Castaway Cay the next day! Tempting, I think I'll take her up on that offer! (Don't hate me, but I think CC is a little boring and that the ship is more fun to explore than laying on a beach... this may be my spoiled-ness from 24/7 access to WDW or my Floridian access to beaches year-round :rotfl:)

Anyways, while I was in Winter Garden Village for my meeting, I stopped into Bed Bath and Beyond to get a tie-hanger for Michael... I wound up finding a silicone mold for XL ice-cubes... and guess what! I now own a cube soap mold!! I decided to make a Mickey face soap with the cube mold to see how it turned out. Let me know what you think! (It's Violet Bamboo scented)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-31_12-54-48_10.jpg

Anyways, off to Fantasmic I go!!! Bye!

I know what you mean about the beach access, it's right down the road for us. We do love the cabanas though and Serenity Bay for lunch. We spend about half the day there with the kids before going back to the ship. I get my yummy Konk Koolers while at Castaway.

Love the soap, especially the colors, purple is my favorite color. I'm going to have to remember Violet Bamboo scent. Just may have you make that for me. I can't believe how close you are now. I'm excited for you. I'm still comprising my list of questions to Meredith before completing the paperwork.

JBeanBunny
08-31-2012, 09:29 PM
I know what you mean about the beach access, it's right down the road for us. We do love the cabanas though and Serenity Bay for lunch. We spend about half the day there with the kids before going back to the ship. I get my yummy Konk Koolers while at Castaway.

Love the soap, especially the colors, purple is my favorite color. I'm going to have to remember Violet Bamboo scent. Just may have you make that for me. I can't believe how close you are now. I'm excited for you. I'm still comprising my list of questions to Meredith before completing the paperwork.

Since we won't have time the day-of to get off the ship and take photos in Nassau, it may be a good idea to take a few beach photos on CC. Then get back onboard and take a loooong nap! Or ride Aqua Duck... I can't wait to have NOTHING that I need to be doing!

I like that purple, too. I used a pink liquid colorant, a blue liquid colorant, and two colors of micas- red blue mica and super pearly white mica. I may have "accidentally" added some shredded iridescent glitter, too. The addition of the Bamboo fragrance oil was just a whim to add a different note to the violet (it's technically "raspberry violet" but the raspberry is barely detectable). But really, if there's any other scents you like, check out http://www.brambleberry.com/Fragrance-Oils-C161.aspx for fragrance oils and http://www.brambleberry.com/Essential-Oils-C157.aspx for essential oils. Be careful, though- there's hundreds! Haha, my wish-list for this site is GINORMOUS!

And, yes! I am very excited! In exactly 2 weeks I'll be MARRIED! Both legally AND ceremoniously! Yay! :woohoo:

Freckledginger
08-31-2012, 10:34 PM
A CC bridal shoot?! That's such awesome news!! You will truly get the best of both worlds then--the privacy of an onboard ceremony with the awesome beach photographs associated with a CC wedding. So excited for you! :)

Love the new Mickey soaps!! The cube mold really shows off the Mickey well I think. You're going to have so many neat options for your new etsy shop ;)

chris31997
09-01-2012, 01:31 AM
2 weeks to go:cool1:

I would take her up on the offer and get some beach pics, and some with the boat :thumbsup2

Liking the soaps, just :love: how you accidentally found the XL ice cube tray;)

JBeanBunny
09-01-2012, 02:18 PM
I finished the flower girl baskets this afternoon! Yay! I'd post a picture, but it looks just like the one I've already posted! The ends of the ribbons are secured and I finished up the two flower poofs. Bonus! The way I incorporated the flowers into the baskets is that the flowers are REMOVABLE! That way after all the petals have been thrown, you can take the flowers out of the baskets and use them as mini-bouquets! Lol, sometimes I love my ingenuity :rotfl2:

I also went back through all of my favor bags and added "Hidden Mickey" elements into the paint job! I'm so sneaky! I'm currently in the middle of re-sizing all of my images for the door magnets so I can put them all into one document and have that document printed instead of 50+ individual images printed! Save the trees, right? I'm adding two name tags per page, so hopefully that'll be a good size! After I have some of those printed and laminated (I'm thinking I'll go to Kinkos on tuesday...?) I'll snap a pic for everyone to see!

Anyways, back off to Fantasmic I go! Have you noticed this theme yet? :lmao:

JBeanBunny
09-03-2012, 12:21 PM
So I was just finishing up my name tag graphics before I put them all into one document (resizing everything was a huge pain!) and I had seen some plain black Mickey Silhouette tags that said things like "Bride" "Groom" "Best Man" etc, BUT since they were so plain and boring, I took a blank Cinderella Castle Mickey Silhouette and added my own text to it! Here's a little peek for you. If anyone wants these I would be happy to e-mail them to you!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/zCastleBride.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/zCastleGroom.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/zCastleMoB.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/zCastleFoG.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/zCastleMOH.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/zCastleFGs.jpg

chris31997
09-03-2012, 07:03 PM
Those name tags are cute. If you emailed them to me, would I be able to change the wording??? I am thinking I might like to use these. But I don't need some of them.

You are very creative.

Summer Daydream
09-03-2012, 08:06 PM
I'm a little late to your PJ but I just wanted to tell you how much I love those shoes! You are so creative and I love all your DIY crafts, especially the soaps and the flower girl baskets! I can't make anything crafty at all. I agree that you should definitely open an etsy shop. I can't wait to see pictures of your wedding. It sounds beautiful!

dclwonderprincess
09-03-2012, 08:11 PM
I took your advise & purchased some wire and made my own hanger. It was really quick & easy. Now I guess I have to come up with another project.

JBeanBunny
09-04-2012, 10:24 PM
Those name tags are cute. If you emailed them to me, would I be able to change the wording??? I am thinking I might like to use these. But I don't need some of them.

You are very creative.

You could definitely change the wording. The image editing software I used is called Gimp and it's free to download off the internet. Then you just have to go to Dafont.com to download the "Waltograph" font (also free) and you can recreate the tags however you like. You could even go one step further and choose a completely different background. The castle background I got was a blank from DIS-igner milliepie's 4shared site ( http://www.4shared.com/u/ubUSl7-Y/Milliepie.html ) The tags I have made are Bride, Groom, Best Man, Maid of Honor, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Father of the Bride, Father of the Groom, Flower Girl, and Ring Bearer. (the flower girls one I made for my own, obviously, with the girls names on them, but I made the plain "flower girl" one for others to use...) I could always make a matron of honor, bridesmaid, and groomsman one if needed too... 'twould only take a few minutes. Let me know what you need!

I'm a little late to your PJ but I just wanted to tell you how much I love those shoes! You are so creative and I love all your DIY crafts, especially the soaps and the flower girl baskets! I can't make anything crafty at all. I agree that you should definitely open an etsy shop. I can't wait to see pictures of your wedding. It sounds beautiful!

Welcome aboard! Thanks for your compliments! It's really exciting to see a years worth of small projects finally coming together so nicely! I also adore my shoes (all 3 pairs!) and the baskets turned out way better than I'd anticipated! I have to thank my mom who taught me how to work with floral wire and floral tape to make corsages and boutonnieres, because it really helped when working on the mini-flower balls/bouquets for the baskets! Michael loves them too! I like making him happy! There will definitely be photos of the wedding, I'll probably post some non-professional photos right afterwards (along with a trip report! ahhh! That's going to come up QUICKLY!) but then I won't have my professional photos until 3-4 weeks afterwards. Stay tuned! I'm sure I'll have plenty more to post! ::yes::

I took your advise & purchased some wire and made my own hanger. It was really quick & easy. Now I guess I have to come up with another project.

I told you it was easy! I think it was more work typing out exactly HOW I did the wire hanger! You just have to write it out in cursive and follow that guide! I'm glad that it turned out so well for you. If you need any more instructionals on my crafts, you let me know! :rotfl:

Freckledginger
09-04-2012, 10:55 PM
Hi Jillian!

Finally in Houston, so I've had the opportunity to go back and review everything I've missed! ;)

Congrats on finishing the flower girl baskets! The preview photos of them looked fantastic! I'm so amazed by how professional all your DIY projects look!! I wish mine all turned out so well :laughing:

I am absolutely loving the magnets you did!!! I may steal your tutorial, and make some for our bridal party if that's okay.

Getting so excited for you!! So close!! :goodvibes

chris31997
09-04-2012, 11:52 PM
[QUOTE=JBeanBunny;46053226]You could definitely change the wording. The image editing software I used is called Gimp and it's free to download off the internet. Then you just have to go to Dafont.com to download the "Waltograph" font (also free) and you can recreate the tags however you like. You could even go one step further and choose a completely different background. The castle background I got was a blank from DIS-igner milliepie's 4shared site ( http://www.4shared.com/u/ubUSl7-Y/Milliepie.html ) The tags I have made are Bride, Groom, Best Man, Maid of Honor, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Father of the Bride, Father of the Groom, Flower Girl, and Ring Bearer. (the flower girls one I made for my own, obviously, with the girls names on them, but I made the plain "flower girl" one for others to use...) I could always make a matron of honor, bridesmaid, and groomsman one if needed too... 'twould only take a few minutes. Let me know what you need!


Thank you for milliepie's 4share site!!! I glanced( about an hour :lmao: ) thru there to see what she had. She has alot on there and of course it got my creative juices rolling ;)

JBeanBunny
09-05-2012, 12:09 AM
I got lots done today!!! I think... Hmmm, I had fun anyways! My friend, Bonnie, works with Michael and since he'll be off for the wedding cruise, she's unable to attend since she has to cover his shifts for him :( So instead Bonnie went on wedding errands with me today! Yay! We started with Starbucks and drove ALL the way out to Altamonte to pick up Michael's vests/ bow ties/ pocket squares. We then got lunch and Tijuana Flats (Taco Tuesday!) and then headed down I-4 to 50. We walked all the way through Hobby Lobby and I made it out without spending a penny! Woo hoo! Then we stopped at Party City and bought a costume Top Hat for $10. Then we stopped at a food truck bazaar to get Yum Yum Cupcakes! I got Key Slime and she got a chocolate peanut butter cupcake. Then we drove back to my Disney area and dropped off my files at Kinkos to be printed and laminated- I pick those up tomorrow, and that's when the adventure of cutting out 60+ mickeys and attaching magnets to the back! And last, we stopped at Downtown Disney to buy a cheapy pair of Mickey ears... and then I chopped off the ears! I have yet to glue them to the top hat we got at Party City, but I think that's a job for tomorrow! After I got home, I glued all of the flowers onto all of my favor bags and I started packaging my Animator's Dolls (Rapunzel and Snow White) and the flower girl baskets. Since I just got the petals in the mail, I started fluffing them up and I snapped a picture for everyone before I mail them to DCL!! For your viewing pleasure:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-09-04_21-49-30_792.jpg

Hopefully I'll get lots more done tomorrow. I have to pick up those laminated sheets from Kinkos and maybe start cutting/magnetizing those. I need to ship that package because Meredith says it needs to arrive at DCL by FRIDAY this week! Ouch, I don't want to know what overnight or 2-day shipping will cost me! I need to finish wrapping my soaps (I think I only have 10 to shrink wrap) and then package the last 20 soaps... Then after that I can start tagging my bags and adding the contents to them! I've started collecting everything "Wedding" and I've been putting it into the spare bedroom so it's all in one place! After I start getting things cataloged and organized, I NEED to rearrange the room because it's not really fit for my BFF to stay in on MONDAY when she flies in!!! Ahh, and my mom will be here on Saturday- that's 4 days from now! Woah! Lots to do- I'm going to recruit my MOH and DM to help me pack because they are WAY more organized than me, and they rock at packing!!!

Hmm, this post was interrupted by an impromptu past 12:30 AM Walmart run to buy black ink so I could print the shipping label Meredith sent me... and I appear to have lost my train of thought... Perhaps that's the 1:15 AM speaking! Well, got to get up early to start my errands all over again! Maybe I'll work a nap into my schedule tomorrow! I'll work on snapping photos and making quick posts on here when I can!! Happy readings!

Kabuli1
09-05-2012, 06:23 AM
Sounds like cutting name tags and sticking magnets on them is a great task for your ever loving Mom and Bob to do when they get there! And we can get your spare room cleaned up and organized for your BFF!

And you forgot, you got your bus to the port arranged and paid for yesterday - what a busy day! I guess I can forgive the mention of cupcakes (unless you want to take us there on Saturday).

Getting too excited! Love you Baby Bean!:sail:

JBeanBunny
09-06-2012, 01:43 PM
Sounds like cutting name tags and sticking magnets on them is a great task for your ever loving Mom and Bob to do when they get there! And we can get your spare room cleaned up and organized for your BFF!

And you forgot, you got your bus to the port arranged and paid for yesterday - what a busy day! I guess I can forgive the mention of cupcakes (unless you want to take us there on Saturday).

Getting too excited! Love you Baby Bean!:sail:

Sorry, Mom Bird! I may have cut out all of the mickey silhouetted magnets! I just have a few sheets of rectangles to cut out still and that shouldn't take long with my paper cutter :thumbsup2

Here's a quick photo I snapped of those "title" magnets and the "I'm here for the wedding" magnets. After all of that cutting yesterday and today... MY HANDS HURT!!! :rotfl: Oh well, it's something that needed to get done!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-09-06_13-30-35_572.jpg

in almost exactly one week from RIGHT NOW, I'll be waiting at guest services to meet with my wedding coordinator and to get legally married!!! I can't believe how quickly this has approached! My mom flies in the day after tomorrow and other guests start arriving shortly after! Just two short days of work left! Off I go!

dclwonderprincess
09-06-2012, 01:56 PM
Your magnets look amazing. How/where did you get them printed? I can't wait for the full review and pics from your trip.

GrimGrinningVal
09-06-2012, 04:14 PM
How exciting to be almost a week from being legally married :} Everything looks great - I may have to steal your idea for the mickey shaped door magnets and wedding party! :thumbsup2

Summer Daydream
09-06-2012, 05:03 PM
Those magnets are great! I may be a little jealous of them, lol. Yay for one week, you're so close!!

1EvilQueenfan
09-06-2012, 07:47 PM
I love those magnets! I can't believe you are one week away, it's gonna be here before you know it!

JBeanBunny
09-07-2012, 12:05 AM
Alrighty, I'm going to bare all so those who like my magnets and want to steal them... can!!

The "I'm here for the wedding" magnet as well as the matching logo I ironed onto my favor bags AND the logo I used for my post it note holders (see earlier photos in my PJ) were all designed for me by DISigners Milliepie and Blueyes. If you go to the current thread for Cruise Magnets, you can make requests for a wedding logo or a request for a few name tag magnets. If you look at those threads, you can see how creative those DISigners are! DIS user, Milliepie has a 4shared account that you can get tons and tons of "Blanks" that you can just add your own text to. That's where I got some of the name tags for my guests, but so many of my guests requested characters that she didn't have!! That's also where I got the Cinderella Castle silhouette blank that I used for those title magnets- bride, groom, MOH, MOG, MOB, FOB, FOG, etc. Her 4shared account is http://www.4shared.com/u/ubUSl7-Y/Milliepie.html

Now, since a lot of my guests chose obscure characters (or characters she didn't have blanks for), I had to make my own. Of course, once I got comfortable and made a pattern, they went much faster and I wound up making most of them myself. Here's what I did: I downloaded the free image editing software called Gimp. It's like photoshop, but kinda difficult to figure out certain tools if you're used to adobe programs!!! So, I took one of the plain blank mickey silhouettes and set it as the background layer. Then I added an image (make sure it's a large image with good/high resolution!) as a new layer and adjusted the opacity to about 85% so you could see the Mickey silhouette through the image- THIS counts as your cutting guideline after it's been printed! Then on the image layer, I adjusted the size, color balance, contrast (etc) and moved it precisely where I wanted it to be. Then I added a text layer and typed in the name in the Waltograph font (download free from dafont.com). To get the "shadow" look, I made an identical text layer and I made the bottom text a darker color and moved it directly under the top text. Makes for a cool effect! Then you just "Save as" a .jpg/.jpeg and voila! You're done! (Helpful tip- resave the image in whatever size you want it printed!! scale it down to about 4.5" tall if you want to fit 2 onto an 8.5"x11" paper)

Afterwards, I put all of the files into a word document. Okay, I also don't have word, I have "Open Office" which is the same as Microsoft office, except it's free! I opened up a blank text document and just added picture after picture (keep in mind that I'd already resized the images in Gimp before I uploaded them into my word doc!) and I arranged them on the page, two on a page. The blue cinderella castle "title" magnets I made were 3 on a page, as were the "I'm here for the wedding" magnets. Then I saved my loooong document, and resaved it as a PDF file. I moved both files onto my flash drive, and the flash drive is what I gave to Kinkos.

Okay, So here's what I did. I took the 50-60 pages of images to Kinkos, had them printed on card stock paper, then had them laminated. I dropped them off around 5PM one day and picked them up at noon the following day. For the volume of work I gave them, I got charged $163 for this printing/laminating job! They look great, don't get me wrong- and they're just the perfect weight and thickness for the magnets... but it was more than double what I had expected to pay! I think my heart STOPPED when he read the total! I think that you could do this cheaper if you buy a heavy-weight photo paper and have it printed like that... It may also be cheaper to try a site like vistaprint or similar to see what they can quote you... I think even despite the amount of ink that would've been used, it would've been cheaper to print it at home on my own card stock, and it would've cost less! You could always make your name tags 3 on a page to save space, or just have less guests than I did! Keep in mind that I did make about 10 magnets for MY stateroom door since we are the Bride & Groom...

Anyways... then I took them home and cut them out. The darker the image, the harder it was to see the mickey silhouette to cut as a guideline (a cure to this is to make the opacity lower! like 75%?) I wound up using one I'd already cut out and drew a line around the dark one with a silver pen to make a new cutting guideline! The magnets that were rectangle were SO SO SO easy to cut out, since I have a scrapbook paper cutter! Then all I did was buy a 25' roll of sticky-backed magnets and cut out pieces, stuck them to the back of the laminated paper. Voila! You have magnets!! Alright, I made it all sound more complicated than it really is, but I put a LOT of time and effort (and funds, in the end!) into this project and I want to give you EVERYTHING I know since so many people seem interested!

So there you have it. Everything I know about my magnet-making project! My advice to others is to have one of the DISigners design you a wedding logo! It really came in handy and gives you a unique touch to your wedding! I used their work in 3 of my wedding projects! Just join the "cruise magnet" thread or any DISign thread to ask for help! Another tip? If you want to make individual name tags for your guests' stateroom, you could put ALL of the names onto ONE magnet- this would have saved me BIG $$ in the end if I'd just allowed myself to do that! I wish I'd had a design I could've used for EVERY stateroom that all I had to do was change the names on the image! As I said earlier, if you want to make a name tag for everybody, I'd suggest scaling them down so you can fit 3 or 4 on a page. PLEASE, if you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to ask me! I had several frustrations along the way and I'd like to help you avoid that, if possible!

Only one more day of work for me tomorrow (technically today? it's 1 AM, haha!) just a 3:30-9:30 shift closing the pretzel kitchen, then my Mom and Bob fly in saturday around noon! Yay! My MOH just texted me our plans for tuesday- we're going to Kona for breakfast, then I'm getting an hour long aromatherapy massage with a neck/back/shoulder wrap and a paraffin hand treatment at a spa in Kissimmee, then we'll stop by a nearby nail place so we can get mani/pedi's (I need acrylics put on!!!) and then later on, we're going to Jelly Rolls as a "Bachelorette" party... but there may be guys there, and I may even invite Michael! :rotfl2:

Exciting things coming up! I'll try to stop by and update you as I go, but I have a feeling that once my mom gets here, it's going to be a huge whirlwind of activities until we leave for the cruise!!! I'm getting married in a week!!! Ahh!!! :hyper:

1EvilQueenfan
09-07-2012, 12:31 AM
Thanks for the info on the magnets. When you go to Kona be sure to get a mimosa with either POG or Lilikoi juice instead of OJ. Great way to start your wedding week!

chris31997
09-07-2012, 02:08 AM
:cool1:
One week to go

or

7 wake ups ;)

:cool1:

dclwonderprincess
09-07-2012, 06:24 AM
Thanks for the tips on the magnets. The next 7 days are going to go by so fast. Just remember to take time to enjoy as much of it as you can.

JBeanBunny
09-07-2012, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the info on the magnets. When you go to Kona be sure to get a mimosa with either POG or Lilikoi juice instead of OJ. Great way to start your wedding week!

That is a GREAT suggestion!

:cool1:
One week to go

or

7 wake ups ;)

:cool1:

You're assuming that I'll actually sleep every night through until then!! :lmao: I'm sure I'll have some restless nights in there, but it's okay- I have a GREAT concealer to get rid of those purple under-eye circles!

Thanks for the tips on the magnets. The next 7 days are going to go by so fast. Just remember to take time to enjoy as much of it as you can.

You're welcome! I'll try to take a breather and smell the roses along the way!

Freckledginger
09-07-2012, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the outstanding tutorial on the magnets, Jillian! :goodvibes My older sister has volunteered to make them for me, so I may copy your post and send it to her in an email :thumbsup2 I was able to find ready made Mickey heads for most of the guests' characters, but there were a few that I had to look up images for. Who would have known that the Genie would be such a popular option?! I guess he is a pretty funny character :)

Your week prior to the wedding sounds fantastic! Especially the spa and mani/pedi day! How fun!! I know you'll be super busy this week, so don't stress too much about updates. I hope you have a fabulous week, and just savour all the excitement!
party:

JBeanBunny
09-07-2012, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the outstanding tutorial on the magnets, Jillian! :goodvibes My older sister has volunteered to make them for me, so I may copy your post and send it to her in an email :thumbsup2 I was able to find ready made Mickey heads for most of the guests' characters, but there were a few that I had to look up images for. Who would have known that the Genie would be such a popular option?! I guess he is a pretty funny character :)

Your week prior to the wedding sounds fantastic! Especially the spa and mani/pedi day! How fun!! I know you'll be super busy this week, so don't stress too much about updates. I hope you have a fabulous week, and just savour all the excitement!
party:

'twas my pleasure, as always! I'm glad that your sister is going to take care of those for you! I went to school for graphic design, so it was nice to pick up and use some of the skills I learned there! I wish somebody from my group had chosen genie! He's such a cool character! My most popular were Stitch, Goofy, and Tinkerbell!

JBeanBunny
09-07-2012, 01:12 PM
I just counted the magnets I made for my stateroom... I accidentally have 19 magnets, not including the "Bride" magnet, "Groom" magnet, and the "I'm here for the wedding" magnet... OOPS! I guess there's no mistaking whose door it is!!!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-09-07_14-04-10_200.jpg

Fivepin
09-08-2012, 12:19 PM
Hi Jillian-

You are so close now!! How exciting. I'm getting excited for the cruise on the 20th as I propose to Ray and reveal the vow renewal.

I must say WOW on the tutorial. Your magnets are great!! I add text to the blank ones, but I haven't really tried to create my own. I've down a couple of simple ones, but I've always requested disigns.

I do print them all myself. I have photoshop elements and put them in a one page layout in there. I print on magnet paper. The place I order from, if you order in bulk, it is cheaper. I believe it's around $1/sheet when I order 50 sheets. I bought myself a laminator at Costco about 1 year ago that came with 100 laminating sheets for $20. The best thing I have done. I make a particular FE gift that I have to laminate. I used to take it to Office Depot and at $1.79 per sheet, it was getting pricey.

You and your guests are going to have awesome doors. I'm working on magnets for the 6 families I have to make for. There are 25 individuals I have to make for, plus some for Ray and I. I have others I can reuse for the boys.

I'll be thinking of you as I head to Orlando with the kids Thursday after school. We're going to MNSSHP on Friday since they are out of school. If I hadn't promised them I would take them that weekend, I probably would have hopped onto your cruise with my BFF and her mom. I could have done the reveal to Ray then as well.

My paperwork is due the 18th before Ray even knows. I need to do table assignments as well as certain people don't want to sit with each other. Ideally I would love 3 8 tops and 1 6 top. We'll see. I'm bummed I can't do a sand ceremony. Also, I wanted to incorporate the blessing of the hands into the ceremony, but Meredith said the ship officer won't stray from the script. So, I would have to get someone else to read the script for that. Pretty tough when my guest aren't going to find out until they board. I thought I had read someone else's planning journal where they did this, not sure if the captain read it or not. I may just play dumb and give it to the wedding coordinator onboard and see what happens. Meredith didn't even know they did makeup application onboard. She said I would have to arrange that when I board. I will also have to take care of Palo on board as well. On my research cruise I was told by Palo manager that they could accomodate 15, but Meredith said I could only give 14 names and then add the other person when we board. I'm going to be pretty busy when I board. She said I was the first person to notice the price discrepancy for the Mickey Bling. On the top of the page it's listed as $9 and further down where it says mickey head floral insert it says $6. She said she was in process of changing it when I called.

I can't wait to see your photos. Please post as soon as you can. I'll be waiting with anticipation!! Have a wonderful cruise and congratulations again. All the work is about to pay off!!

JBeanBunny
09-09-2012, 12:02 AM
Hi Jillian-

You are so close now!! How exciting. I'm getting excited for the cruise on the 20th as I propose to Ray and reveal the vow renewal.

I must say WOW on the tutorial. Your magnets are great!! I add text to the blank ones, but I haven't really tried to create my own. I've down a couple of simple ones, but I've always requested disigns.

I do print them all myself. I have photoshop elements and put them in a one page layout in there. I print on magnet paper. The place I order from, if you order in bulk, it is cheaper. I believe it's around $1/sheet when I order 50 sheets. I bought myself a laminator at Costco about 1 year ago that came with 100 laminating sheets for $20. The best thing I have done. I make a particular FE gift that I have to laminate. I used to take it to Office Depot and at $1.79 per sheet, it was getting pricey.

You and your guests are going to have awesome doors. I'm working on magnets for the 6 families I have to make for. There are 25 individuals I have to make for, plus some for Ray and I. I have others I can reuse for the boys.

I'll be thinking of you as I head to Orlando with the kids Thursday after school. We're going to MNSSHP on Friday since they are out of school. If I hadn't promised them I would take them that weekend, I probably would have hopped onto your cruise with my BFF and her mom. I could have done the reveal to Ray then as well.

My paperwork is due the 18th before Ray even knows. I need to do table assignments as well as certain people don't want to sit with each other. Ideally I would love 3 8 tops and 1 6 top. We'll see. I'm bummed I can't do a sand ceremony. Also, I wanted to incorporate the blessing of the hands into the ceremony, but Meredith said the ship officer won't stray from the script. So, I would have to get someone else to read the script for that. Pretty tough when my guest aren't going to find out until they board. I thought I had read someone else's planning journal where they did this, not sure if the captain read it or not. I may just play dumb and give it to the wedding coordinator onboard and see what happens. Meredith didn't even know they did makeup application onboard. She said I would have to arrange that when I board. I will also have to take care of Palo on board as well. On my research cruise I was told by Palo manager that they could accomodate 15, but Meredith said I could only give 14 names and then add the other person when we board. I'm going to be pretty busy when I board. She said I was the first person to notice the price discrepancy for the Mickey Bling. On the top of the page it's listed as $9 and further down where it says mickey head floral insert it says $6. She said she was in process of changing it when I called.

I can't wait to see your photos. Please post as soon as you can. I'll be waiting with anticipation!! Have a wonderful cruise and congratulations again. All the work is about to pay off!!

Have fun at Disney! I'm bummed that you won't be on my cruise with us and your friend! It also sounds to me like Meredith is playing dumb on some things (granted that she is new...) but you know as well as I do that DCL's wedding division loves the word "No". It makes no sense to me, because we give them SO much money, and they can't be bothered to make any customizations for us! Very frustrating! The onboard coordinator I met (Laura) was very nice, and seemed to be more permissive than what Shanda and Meredith. I had the same problem with the elements package quoting me $6 mickey bling, and when they rang up as $9 each and I brought it up, she just said... Well, we have the right to change things... You're a cast member, you understand. Ugh, I hate when she says things like that to me. I'm paying full price for everything, and I expect to be treated as well as any other bride! [/rant]

Anyways, I wish you the best of luck as you submit your paperwork and re-propose! :goodvibes Have lots of fun @ MK and MNSSHP this weekend!

JessieGlitter
09-09-2012, 05:23 PM
Just finished reading your entire PJ! So many amazing DIY ideas!! When your done and having wedding withdrawls, you are more than welcome to plan mine!!!!:rotfl:

I can't believe it is so so close for you! I am so excited and thrilled for you!! Your dress/ring/projects/MOH dress/Flower girl dresses are simply stunning!!

I love the banter between you and ginger. Ya'll are hilarious!:rotfl2:

Wishing you beautiful weather and smooth seas!! :beach:

Summer Daydream
09-09-2012, 05:27 PM
Thank you for the tutorial on the magnets. I am not skilled at all in making anything crafty, so when the time comes I will be giving your instructions to my super talented family members on how to do it! You're so close...happy wedding week!!

JBeanBunny
09-09-2012, 05:57 PM
Well, today didn't exactly go as planned. Did a little last minute shopping near the Florida Mall, went to BB&B to pick up a travel steamer and wrinkle releaser. Then on the damp roads home, an SUV coming up on an on ramp lost control of her vehicle and smashed into my car on 528 just before the I-4 split. My mom, her beau and I are all alright (although, I do feel like some whiplash is setting in) but my front passenger side including my wheel got some damage, and the wrecker towed my car... Guess what! My insurance company is closed, so I can't work with them until tomorrow to get a rental car! The other car was full of bikini clad girls whose SUV ended up flipping onto it's side. Two girls walked out seemingly unscathed, but we're uncertain about the condition of the driver. All three went to the hospital to be checked out. We were on the side of this busy road for 2 hours as the cops processed the information and the tow trucks dropped us off at the nearest gas station (by universal) and took a cab back to Boardwalk. Mom and beau headed off to take the MK bus so they could transfer to a boat to Wilderness Lodge for their date night at Artist's Pointe.

So, my phone died and Michael has a charger at work at the Saratoga Springs Spa. I had to take a bus from BW to Downtown Disney, then 4 stops on a boat later, I'm at DSSR... Took about an hour to get here. Michael wants to hear about the accident and see the pictures, but he keeps getting interrupted by the phones and work :) After this I have to take the boat back to DTD, then take the bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge so my stylist can "bump the blonde"!!! Tonight was really the only night we could do it.

Anyways, gotta bolt. I'll try to update again when I can. Adios!

JessieGlitter
09-09-2012, 06:14 PM
How awful!! I'm glad to hear ya'll are alright though and most of the other passangers in the other car are alright as well.

I hope your night only goes up from here!

JBeanBunny
09-09-2012, 07:18 PM
How awful!! I'm glad to hear ya'll are alright though and most of the other passangers in the other car are alright as well.

I hope your night only goes up from here!

Thanks for your sentiments! I've calmed down quite a bit (seeing the fiancÚ always helps!) but now I've got a dull headache going on right now. It's a no-go on the blonde bumping tonight since my stylist's luggage didn't arrive at MCO, so she doesn't have the product that we would need! It's just as well, I'm in the mood to go home and do nothing!!! Gotta wait for Michael to finish work, though. I forgot how boring spas are when you're not getting any treatments done!

Anyways, hoping that tomorrow is better. We're picking up my MOH at 9:30 in the AM :) also hoping that the insurance company is pleasant to work with... I reported my claim online and they're supposed to call before noon. Wish me luck with patience and sanity! This is NOT the kind of stress I was expecting this week :(

Evi
09-09-2012, 07:51 PM
Hi Jillian,
I'm so glad to hear your ok. Definitely spend the evening in resting as for any pain ice it don't add heat not yet. I hope all goes well with insurance company and hope your feeling better in the morning.

JBeanBunny
09-09-2012, 09:14 PM
Hi Jillian,
I'm so glad to hear your ok. Definitely spend the evening in resting as for any pain ice it don't add heat not yet. I hope all goes well with insurance company and hope your feeling better in the morning.

Thanks for the advice! I've got a cold compress on my neck on your recommendation :flower3:

chris31997
09-10-2012, 12:00 AM
Well, today didn't exactly go as planned. Did a little last minute shopping near the Florida Mall, went to BB&B to pick up a travel steamer and wrinkle releaser. Then on the damp roads home, an SUV coming up on an on ramp lost control of her vehicle and smashed into my car on 528 just before the I-4 split. My mom, her beau and I are all alright (although, I do feel like some whiplash is setting in) but my front passenger side including my wheel got some damage, and the wrecker towed my car... Guess what! My insurance company is closed, so I can't work with them until tomorrow to get a rental car! The other car was full of bikini clad girls whose SUV ended up flipping onto it's side. Two girls walked out seemingly unscathed, but we're uncertain about the condition of the driver. All three went to the hospital to be checked out. We were on the side of this busy road for 2 hours as the cops processed the information and the tow trucks dropped us off at the nearest gas station (by universal) and took a cab back to Boardwalk. Mom and beau headed off to take the MK bus so they could transfer to a boat to Wilderness Lodge for their date night at Artist's Pointe.

So, my phone died and Michael has a charger at work at the Saratoga Springs Spa. I had to take a bus from BW to Downtown Disney, then 4 stops on a boat later, I'm at DSSR... Took about an hour to get here. Michael wants to hear about the accident and see the pictures, but he keeps getting interrupted by the phones and work :) After this I have to take the boat back to DTD, then take the bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge so my stylist can "bump the blonde"!!! Tonight was really the only night we could do it.

Anyways, gotta bolt. I'll try to update again when I can. Adios!


So sorry about the accident. pixiedust: the insurance people are nice and friendly and the car gets fix fast and is waiting for you when you get home:flower3:


Hi Jillian,
I'm so glad to hear your ok. Definitely spend the evening in resting as for any pain ice it don't add heat not yet. I hope all goes well with insurance company and hope your feeling better in the morning.

Second the iceing the pain for a couple of days. A couple of motrin will help also, but the ice will contrict your blood vessles so it will take a little longer for it to get to the pain. Take it with some caffine. Heat will increase blood flow. You might notice an increase in swelling. I would stick with the ice, and than use the heat to relax any muscles.


I hope the rest of your week goes suuuuppper smoth for you and you can relax on the :beach:

JBeanBunny
09-10-2012, 08:10 AM
So sorry about the accident. pixiedust: the insurance people are nice and friendly and the car gets fix fast and is waiting for you when you get home:flower3:

Second the iceing the pain for a couple of days. A couple of motrin will help also, but the ice will contrict your blood vessles so it will take a little longer for it to get to the pain. Take it with some caffine. Heat will increase blood flow. You might notice an increase in swelling. I would stick with the ice, and than use the heat to relax any muscles.

I hope the rest of your week goes suuuuppper smoth for you and you can relax on the :beach:

I hope the insurance company is nice and friendly and helpful an doesn't make me jump thru too many hoops!

I iced my neck last night while watching TV, and it doesn't hurt at all this morning... I told you the accident wasn't THAT bad, for my car at least! It's also possible that I was carrying my stress in my neck and shoulders that was causing me pain... But I get a massage tomorrow regardless- Yay!

I think I'll ice it again whenever I wind up back home as a precaution. It worked well yesterday!

Evi
09-10-2012, 04:17 PM
I hope the insurance company is nice and friendly and helpful an doesn't make me jump thru too many hoops!

I iced my neck last night while watching TV, and it doesn't hurt at all this morning... I told you the accident wasn't THAT bad, for my car at least! It's also possible that I was carrying my stress in my neck and shoulders that was causing me pain... But I get a massage tomorrow regardless- Yay!

I think I'll ice it again whenever I wind up back home as a precaution. It worked well yesterday!

I'm glad your feeling well. Look in a mirror and make sure you have no bruising in those areas. If it hurts keep icing, I was in a car accident 7 years ago and the bruising came to surface after a few days it was just pink for like 3 days and then blue black. Granted I was in a 4 car collision but you just never know. I'm so excited your less then a week to go. I can't wait to see your pictures, I know everything is going to be beautiful. Don't freak if you see any bruising just get medical grade concealer. If it can hide tattoos it can hide a bruise. Kat Von D concealer or dermablend would work.
;)

Fivepin
09-10-2012, 06:37 PM
Hi Jillian-

So sorry to hear about the car accident!! Just what you didn't need right before the wedding. At least everyone is ok. Hope you're feeling better and that you can get everything straightened out before you leave.

I agree-keep icing.

Find time to relax...

chris31997
09-10-2012, 06:53 PM
I hope the insurance company is nice and friendly and helpful an doesn't make me jump thru too many hoops!

I iced my neck last night while watching TV, and it doesn't hurt at all this morning... I told you the accident wasn't THAT bad, for my car at least! It's also possible that I was carrying my stress in my neck and shoulders that was causing me pain... But I get a massage tomorrow regardless- Yay!

I think I'll ice it again whenever I wind up back home as a precaution. It worked well yesterday!


Glad you are feeling better. Hope the massage does wonders for you. Gets the rest of the stress away.

JBeanBunny
09-10-2012, 11:38 PM
Thanks for your concern, everybody! I'm really just fine- No pain at all today, I think my strain in my neck/shoulders had more to do with carrying my stress in my shoulders! We WERE standing on the side of the road for 2 hours craning our necks staring at the cop car waiting and waiting to hear ANYTHING.

Submitted my insurance claim online yesterday, was told they would call me today before noon. No calls, No e-mails, No voicemail! Is it possible that since it's USAA that they took an extremely long weekend due to "Patriot's Day" (September 11th?) Because I don't see why they didn't contact me! I'm going to call tomorrow for sure, but I didn't stop moving from 8 AM until now (past midnight!) and I was EXPECTING them to call me since that's what the website said they'd do! Frustrating!

So I had to shower and do some laundry and clean up the spare bedroom (my wedding explosion!) because at 9:30 we picked up my MOH from the airport. Afterwards, we met my Mom and beau at BW and walked over to the Dolphin to rent a car, finally! I got a red Chevy Sonic... A strange little hatch back that looks like a coupe, but actually has 4 doors. It drives NOTHING like I'm used to, so I'm not terribly fond of it! Afterwards, my mom wanted me to maingate Bob & Kelly into the parks since we all had dinner reservations at La Hacienda. She didn't mention until AFTER we'd spent all day in the park that she didn't expect us to play in the park all day... *sighs* there's SO much wedding stuff we could've gotten done! But, the park attendance is low (Thank you, September!) and the lines were short so it was incredibly pleasant in the parks today (after the cloud cover hit and hid the hot hot sun!) and dinner was amazing... but we didn't get back home until around 9 PM, and Kelly and I worked on assembling the favor bags until about 11:50. Ouch.

Tomorrow is our massage, mani/pedi day, and I'm scheduled to "bump the blonde" in the evening right before going to Jelly Rolls for my "bachelorette" party at Jelly Rolls. I love Jelly Rolls, but I really really don't want to get wild and crazy, to drink a lot, or have a hangover the next day, since Wednesday is my LAST day to get ready and pack everything! I tell you what, it's going to be difficult to "relax" tomorrow knowing all of the million little things I need to get done in the next two days! I tell you what, I'm excited for the cruise and the wedding and seeing everybody... but I think I'm also just as excited for the madness to be over and to veg out and enjoy doing NOTHING. Seriously. lol

Finally got an e-mail from my photographer. Still don't know if she's going to join us on the bus or drive to port canaveral herself, but she did say that she'd be interested in taking photos on Castaway Cay in the morning, around 8:30 or 9 so we have some good morning light. I have no ideas where to take photos on CC, but It'll be nice to have some beach photos and Dream photos nonetheless! :thumbsup2

Blah. My brain hurts. I'm so tired and rather stressed. We were going to go to breakfast at Kona, but I think we're going to skip that for something simple like croissants at the Boardwalk Bakery and grab a little more sleep. My poor MOH got 3 hours of sleep and was up and about for about 20-21 hours straight! Knowing my mom, though, she'll send me a zillion texts before I even wake up! :rotfl: So much for restful sleep, something always wakes me up and then my brain starts running laps!

Alrighty, bedtime for the sleepy bride. I'm so ready to pass the torch on to the next DCL bride getting married :rotfl2:

chris31997
09-11-2012, 01:36 AM
USAA is usually pretty good. I am kinda surprised. They might have been closed. :confused3

We have them and they have taken good care of us. I would call them tomorrow.

Fivepin
09-11-2012, 05:40 AM
Hi Jillian-

I'm surprised you didn't hear from USAA. That's unlike them. My mom was in a car accident back in April. I had gotten email confirmation regarding the claim she filed with them and everything. I would definitely call. We have USAA as well.

You're almost there.....do you see that light at the end of the tunnel? I found out from Meredith that there is one more bride onboard my sailing, but she's getting marrried at Castaway. I had asked because I really want the 4pm time slot for the Outlook.

ccbride412
09-12-2012, 06:11 AM
Laura was my onboard coordinator for my wedding! She was great!

I see you're off very soon! Have a great trip and don't worry, all the planning madness will be over soon!

pixiedust: for a smooth wedding and honeymoon! I can't wait to hear all about it!

:bride:

JBeanBunny
09-13-2012, 12:46 AM
Hello, all!

My "Bachelorette" Day was pretty good yesterday. We went to a small spa in Old Town and had swedish massages that were very good quality for the low cost! Then we had a paraffin wax dip for our hands while we had an aromatherapy hot neck/shoulder wrap. Afterwards we went across 192 to a nail place to get manis/pedis- I got an acrylic set with a french polish. What sucks about this is that I'm not allowed to have nail polish or artificial nails at work due to food and beverage laws, so as soon as I get back, I have to soak these nails off and have horrible nails for many weeks :sad2:

Well, while at the nail spa on tuesday, I FINALLY heard back from somebody from the insurance company! (The accident was sunday afternoon!) So I'm sitting in the nail spa talking to the insurance guy for a good 30 mintues, recording a statement and whatnot. When my dad signed this car over to me, he already had it insured under USAA and I didn't know what kind of coverage he'd signed me up for. Apparently, it was the minimum for the state of florida- bodily injury liability, property damage liability (max $10,000 each) and uninsured motorists. Now, since the OTHER vehicle was at fault, their insurance company is responsible for covering the damage (and injuries, if there were any) for my car. BUT since my USAA didn't include collision, they advised me "GET THE CAR OUT OF THE WRECKER NOW!!!" So we had to leave the nail spa in kissimmee and drive to the opposite side of orlando to sign the release papers, meanwhile my MOH was in the back seat calling collision centers figuring out which one would be best for us. I've been on the phone constantly between USAA, Traveler's (their brand), and the Collision center trying to get everything worked out... Except... Now I'm going out of the country for the weekend, and I have a feeling everything may get halted until I get back! :headache: That also means that after my nice wedding cruise, I have another huge headache to deal with being carless and getting my car taken care of! I have a feeling they may total my car because there may be slight frame damage, and my car has about 214,000 miles on it. Yuck. But we'll see what that verdict is later... Not much I can do about it now!

We make it back to Disney property in time to have my stylist "Bump the blonde" in my hair- an all over treatment left on for only about 7 minutes to make a subtle but GREAT difference! After that we had to eat, get ready, and go to Jelly Rolls!!! Now, my "Bachelorette" party was nothing typical. Very few of my friends who SAID they would show up DID. For a long time, it was just Me, my MOH, my DM and her Beau! Later two work friends showed up, and Michael came after work to be our DD- then my brother and sister in law arrived from the DME and we started to have a good time! The pianists loved teasing us about inviting my mom to my bachelorette party, and even moreso about inviting my fiance! They put Michael up onto one piano and me on the other and had the guys sing to me and the girls sing to him- "You've lost that loving feeling" :rotfl2: It was funny! We had glow bracelets for everybody and Michael fashioned himself some glow-handcuffs as the groom-to-be! Some guys at another table left him a note "Michael, We can save you- Don't do it!" Overall it was a good time. I enjoyed being able to let go of all of this stress at least for a couple hours! Now, we closed the place down, so we didn't get home until almost 2:45 and didn't fall asleep until even later. I slept horribly and set myself up badly for a BUSY day today!

Today I had to drive to Boardwalk then maingate my brother and sister-in-law into the Parks while my mom got another day on the rental car. Then we all drove over to Old Key West to check in, had lunch at Olivias, then my MOH and I went back to my DISASTER of a house to try and get me packed! It took most of the day... By around 6, I had a message from one of my friends that she'd checked into the hotel, gone into the grand villa and NOBODY was there! So I had to drop my MOH and luggage off with her mom, then rescue my friend- we got some dinner and got to catch up a bit before a whole heap of my family came back to the villa! Michael dropped by after work (Toga is right next to OKW) and he went home to do dishes and throw away the garbage and take care of the bunny while I drove to Publix to buy cinnamon rolls and bagels and coffee cakes for my party to eat tomorrow before the ESCOT bus picks them up. Now, Kelly and I had packed all of our favor bags into one LARGE suitcase, and my mom was just CONVINCED that we couldn't bring that as a carry-on onto the ship... But last cruise we saw families who brought ALL of their luggage aboard with them! But she insisted we break them up into smaller bags (it makes me nervous moving them around so much! I spent a year of blood sweat and tears on those bags!) and we even had to move all of our carefully made floral into a paper bag... I'm a bit nervous, but my DM insists that she will make sure it all makes it to the boat safely... So after that third trip to OKW, we finally got home for the night so Michael could pack... and pretty much re-packed EVERYTHING we'd already packed earlier! No fun... So between us, we have 1 bag to check into DCL, a shoulder-bag carry-on and a rolling carry-on, and he'll be carrying his tux, and I'll have my dress (My huge crinoline skirt fits into the suitcase! Yesss!) so that's all we have! It's amazing that we got that finished, it was INCREDIBLY stressful and I feel like I'm going gray (or at least breaking out with stress pimples!) We also have the bag of floral (bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and one pomander) and I think 3 bags with our favor bags... I liked them better all in one place, but... TOO LATE NOW!!

Michael's finishing up his shower, and we NEED to go to bed! As if I'll sleep restfully! :lmao: but everything is packed at standing by the door, everybody is set up at OKW to board the bus (and the manager was very helpful in getting this organized!) starting at 8:15 AM and leaving at 9 AM! It'll be my mom's job to coordinate all of those guests and answer their questions! :littleangel: So tomorrow, we have to get up, finalize our bags (add toothbrushes, etc), drive to the Dolphin to drop off my rental car, then drive to OKW to drop off some modified paperwork for my party, fax a guest list to Mickey's Retreat for our "family reunion" on Sunday after we return... Then we can drive to the port! I'm hoping that most of that stress will be gone once we get on the boat! I'm just going to drink some bubbly and have people make me pretty!!!

:scared1: Ahh!! Anyways, this is my LAST post before the event, ladies!! I'm going to be POOPED when I get back (I'm beyond POOPED now!) but I'll try to relay some info and maybe some pictures as soon as I can. Goodbye all! See ya real soon!

chris31997
09-13-2012, 06:03 AM
Have fun and Enjoy.

Try to get some rest.

Have fun and Enjoy.;)

Look forward to hear how it all went after you get some rest. I hope you have an awsome time!!!

dclwonderprincess
09-13-2012, 06:20 AM
It's going to be wonderful! Have an amazing time and don't worry about all the car stuff until you're home, everything will work out.

Freckledginger
09-13-2012, 07:35 AM
Omg, Jillian!! :worried: I'm so sorry to hear you were in a car accident! Thank goodness that you're okay. I was in a bad car wreck about 6 years ago, so I know how those kind of things can really shake you up! Things will work out okay with the insurance though. I'm sure it is quite stressful to deal with on top of everything else, but to echo the other ladies, just try to put it out of your mind as much as possible. You've worked so hard and spent a year of planning on these next few days, so definitely focus on that and enjoy it! :cool1:

Your bachelorette day sounds like it was so fun!! A massage and mani/pedi to boot! Heavenly! I bet your nails look lovely! I feel ya about work cramping your hand expression, haha--don't know if that sentence made very much sense, but hopefully you get my drift. Yeah, for vet, we're not supposed to have fingernails that extend past our finger tips. I totally understand the reasoning behind this, but it's kinda a bummer if you want to do something fun with your nails.

Glad to hear you were able to get your 'blonde bumped' to your satisfaction :) That's a super cute saying by the way. I can totally understand wanting your hair to look perfect in photos, and hair color is a huge part of that.

The bachelorette party at Jellyrolls sounds like it was a lot of fun! I've never been to Jellyrolls, but I've heard amazing things about it! I think it's great you did an atypical party. The bachelorette party should be customized to what the bride envisions. I had the very typical bachelorette party, and while I had a blast, I know that's not for everyone. I've been to a bachelorette party that consisted of mani/pedi's and midnight bowling as well as one that involved going to a haunted house--both were fun. So it's truly to each their own :goodvibes

Finger crossed that all goes well with the transport of your favor bags. I'm sure it will, but I can imagine that it would be a little nerve wracking to move them around. I can't wait to hear how much your guests love them! :)

I wish you and Michael the best, Jillian!! I've so enjoyed following along with your plans this year, and it's been a pleasure getting to know you a little bit through the DIS :goodvibes I hope you have a joyful, fabulous and fun cruise, and a lovely wedding. Will be thinking of you and sending happy thoughts your way :flower3:


Happy Legal Ceremony Day!!!! :yay:

1EvilQueenfan
09-13-2012, 11:25 AM
Hi Jillian,

Happy legal ceremony day! WooHoo.

Sorry to hear about your car wreck. I am so glad you are ok. I hate it when things like that happen, always at the WRONG time!! Try not to think about it this week, just enjoy your cruise and wedding.

Looking forward to hearing all about it. Congrats and sending you wishes, prayers, and pixie dust!

Fivepin
09-13-2012, 11:50 AM
Hi Everyone-

My best friend is on the cruise with Jillian and saw them at the terminal. Here's a pic:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo126/fivepin/Jillian_Michael.jpg

Jillian-Happy Legal Ceremony Day. You guys look great. Wishing you and Michael all the best. Enjoy everything and relax!!! The rest will still be waiting for you.

Can't wait to read all about it and see pics.

dclwonderprincess
09-13-2012, 12:07 PM
That's absolutely adorable! Have a great cruise.

GrimGrinningVal
09-13-2012, 12:08 PM
Thanks Fivepin for posting that pic your friend took of Michael and Jillian at the port! They look fantastic and so ready to be married :lovestruc Happy Legal Ceremony Day you two!

Evi
09-13-2012, 04:42 PM
Love that you were able to post that pic of them at port. They look great. Can't wait to hear all about it once the Mr & Mrs get back and are all settled in.

Freckledginger
09-13-2012, 05:12 PM
Oh wow, Judy!! What a fantastic photo your friend captured!! That's so awesome you were able to post that for Jillian! I'm sure she'll be tickled pink to see it!! :goodvibes

Jillian, you and Michael look too fabulous for words! Such a cute couple!! I LOVE your outfits, and hope you have a lovely legal ceremony. Have a wonderful cruise!!

1EvilQueenfan
09-13-2012, 09:55 PM
I love the picture! You both look amazing. Hope you had a great time.

Summer Daydream
09-14-2012, 11:54 AM
Happy wedding day!!

Freckledginger
09-14-2012, 12:43 PM
Happy Wedding Day Jillian & Michael!!!
:bride: :lovestruc :groom:

Evi
09-14-2012, 04:53 PM
Happy Wedding Day Jillian !!!

1EvilQueenfan
09-14-2012, 10:25 PM
HAPPY WEDDING DAY JILLIAN!!:bride::love::banana:

ccbride412
09-15-2012, 03:14 AM
Happy Honeymooning!

stl_figment
09-16-2012, 11:46 AM
I'm a few days late. I hope everything was wonderful! Enjoy your honeymoon.

JBeanBunny
09-16-2012, 05:20 PM
MANY THANKS for the kind words, everybody!

Everything was wonderful and BETTER than I'd anticipated! I was thoroughly pleased with the way they had arranged the D-Lounge- we were the FIRST wedding that they'd tried this layout on! Gorgeous! We had Captain Henry marry us ("If you're here, who's steering the boat? Oh yeah, we're docked!") and we had Laura, but only because the person who was SUPPOSED to be our coordinator got appendicitis! And it was just as I suspected... 3 night cruises are just WAY WAY WAY too short! Michael and I hardly had ANY time to relax, it was just GO-GO-GO the whole time! On our CC day we took some beach photos (until we were way too sweaty!) then had breakfast at Cabanas, sat in the hot tub for about 30 minutes, then took a 2 hour nap! We finally left the boat again to get a couple Konk Coolers and go shopping, but after the first drink (and sitting with my new brother-in-law) they started closing everything up on the island! We didn't even make it over to Serenity Bay! But that was pretty much our only "relaxation" time the entire cruise! It was great having so many friends and family aboard with us! My photographers were fantastic and we took about 10+ hours of photos total! I am DYING with anticipation- hopefully she'll give me some teaser pics before the next 3-4 weeks when I get all of the images! I'll give you a full trip report sometime during the week, but for now I'll just give you a few teaser pics that friends have posted on FB Enjoy!!!

After the Legal Ceremony (most of my friends were "Sauced"!)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/220631_10101927748912609_2117875047_o.jpg

After being pronounced "Husband and Wife"
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/132409_10151050664206304_320927032_o.jpg

With my Brothers and Sisters-in-Law
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/470864_10100902178014950_1212806065_o.jpg

A good peek at my flowers
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/255542_4427933333721_1423719539_n.jpg

Nom Nom Nom, Champagne!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/561519_4427934333746_991773507_n.jpg

First Dance (We totally high-school danced in a circle pattern!)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/198465_4427936053789_164964488_n.jpg

Sitting on the ground with the Flower girls! My new nieces are SO darling! (I need to find this photo from another angle, lol)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/527532_4427937613828_129007882_n.jpg

Fivepin
09-16-2012, 08:44 PM
Jillian-

You look so beautiful. I am so happy everything turned so good for you. You are right a 3 night cruise is way too short. I'm worried about that as well. Captain Henry will be the Captain of our cruise as well....wonder if he'll be the one performing the ceremony.

I can't wait to see more pic and read your trip report!!

dclwonderprincess
09-16-2012, 09:17 PM
You look beautiful, I can't wait for the full report & more pics!

Freckledginger
09-16-2012, 10:01 PM
Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh!! So Excited!!! :hyper: You're married, Jillian!!!! Where did the year go??!!

I am so happy to hear that your wedding was everything that you hoped it would be and more. :cloud9: You and Michael are just the cutest couple. In everyone of those photos, you both look so excited, happy, and in love... and really, that's what it's all about. We, as brides, worry about all the details and that everything will go okay, but that's not really the stuff that really matters. I sincerely wish you both every happiness, and I'm so excited you "found your lobster!" Gotta love Friends ;)

Your photos look awesome!! I cannot imagine how fantastic the professional ones will be!! So excited for those!! 10 hours!! Wow!!! You look so gorgeous, Jillian! On both the legal ceremony day and the wedding day!! Your blue flowers and shoes were are great pop to you darling white dress! And on your wedding day, oh my word (as we like to say in Alabama), you look stunning!!! Your dress, tiara, necklace, hair... it was perfect. You and Michael together just look so regal :goodvibes

Disney did an amazing job with your flowers also!! They are beautiful!

Haha, I love that you all did your first dance high-school style. I have a feeling that Timmy and I will be doing something similar :) The D Lounge looks really pretty from the little I could see in the photos! I'm so glad to hear they set it up well, and that you were happy with it as a venue.

So looking forward to your TR and seeing more photos! But in the meantime, hope you're getting to enjoy a well deserved rest!!

JBeanBunny
09-16-2012, 11:02 PM
Jillian-

You look so beautiful. I am so happy everything turned so good for you. You are right a 3 night cruise is way too short. I'm worried about that as well. Captain Henry will be the Captain of our cruise as well....wonder if he'll be the one performing the ceremony.

I can't wait to see more pic and read your trip report!!

We had Captain Henry on our last cruise and really wanted him to perform our ceremony when we first met him! Then comes along this cruise and he's still around and was standing right behind my groom in our venue! :woohoo: Michael jumped the gun and kissed me during a pause in the program BEFORE he was instructed to by the Captain! :rotfl: He was just THAT excited! I'll send you wishes that you have him too!

P.S. I'm so glad your friend sent you that picture! They were sitting by my mom (also DIS) and she's like "She knows someone in your DCL Bride thread!" so I instantly knew who she was! My family was all taking photos of us, so she just hopped in line! My mom instructed her to send it to you before we left so you could post it here! :rotfl:

You look beautiful, I can't wait for the full report & more pics!

No worries, there will be COUNTLESS photos for you to sort through! Oh my, I counted it up, and we took 11 hours of professional photos. ELEVEN! :rotfl: I started getting ready at 11 AM, one photographer with me and the girls, one with the boys. We took pictures continuously until just before dinner at 8 PM, that's 9 hours. Then we took photos on the CC day for 2 hours. If you consider that I only paid a small amount more than what DFTW/DCL would've charged me, and I got two shooters for 11 hours instead of one photographer for 1.5 hours! Yeesh! Plus I loved my photogs, they're both gorgeous darling british girls and were so much fun to work with! <3 I was worried that since we didn't have an engagement shoot that it would be hard to relax and take direction, but it all flowed really well! It was definitely "Knot-worthy"!

Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh!! So Excited!!! :hyper: You're married, Jillian!!!! Where did the year go??!!

I am so happy to hear that your wedding was everything that you hoped it would be and more. :cloud9: You and Michael are just the cutest couple. In everyone of those photos, you both look so excited, happy, and in love... and really, that's what it's all about. We, as brides, worry about all the details and that everything will go okay, but that's not really the stuff that really matters. I sincerely wish you both every happiness, and I'm so excited you "found your lobster!" Gotta love Friends ;)

Your photos look awesome!! I cannot imagine how fantastic the professional ones will be!! So excited for those!! 10 hours!! Wow!!! You look so gorgeous, Jillian! On both the legal ceremony day and the wedding day!! Your blue flowers and shoes were are great pop to you darling white dress! And on your wedding day, oh my word (as we like to say in Alabama), you look stunning!!! Your dress, tiara, necklace, hair... it was perfect. You and Michael together just look so regal :goodvibes

Disney did an amazing job with your flowers also!! They are beautiful!

Haha, I love that you all did your first dance high-school style. I have a feeling that Timmy and I will be doing something similar :) The D Lounge looks really pretty from the little I could see in the photos! I'm so glad to hear they set it up well, and that you were happy with it as a venue.

So looking forward to your TR and seeing more photos! But in the meantime, hope you're getting to enjoy a well deserved rest!!

OH MY GOSH! The year went by sloooowly (there were several months where I didn't put any thought or effort towards the wedding!) and then REALLY quickly! But everything was perfect (Except that I forgot my "Mrs. Pariona" hanger at home! I didn't even realize it until we were driving home today!) and I'm so incredibly relieved that it's over!

Well, gosh, Thanks! (You made me blush!) I think you and Timmy make one handsome couple as well! From your sneak peek of your engagement shots, I can't wait to see what Jessica can do with you two and the DREAM! We took some family shots just before and just after the wedding, along with one "EPIC" photo with everyone... We stood in a crowd in the atrium and Lora took the photo from the second floor! After that was flower girl photos and wedding party photos, then we went off for 3-4 hours. Deck 4 outside, Decks 11 and 12 outside (try doing these photos last... the wind/humidity is KILLER on your hairdo!) The District, some Port holes, the Atrium, we did grand piano shots with the reflection of the chandelier in the piano! Goodness Gracious! I'm seriously DYING to get even a "sneak peek" whenever they get the chance!

I think that we brides worry about the details as much as we do so that on the wedding day we can just "let go" and enjoy all of our planning! I was definitely tense and a little anxious beforehand -not about GETTING married, but because it got REALLY real REALLY fast! Suddenly I go from taking photos with friends and family to being placed in my brother's arm to be walked down the aisle! After listening to Captain Henry and reciting the vows, exchanging the rings, and KISSING, I was so much more relieved and ready to have fun! The days leading up to the cruise were incredibly stressful from packing everything (and re-packing) to keeping track of all of our guests travel plans, to getting everybody ONBOARD! Yeesh, I had a MOUNTAIN RANGE of acne that popped up on my brow-line overnight! I've never ever ever had acne like that before! Ugh! So glad I bought a good concealer!

Goofy Michael wore the Mickey Top Hat I made him during the ceremony and I think a LOT of the photos too! :rolleyes: I would've gotten a REAL top hat and I would've made it a LOT more aesthetically pleasing if I'd known he was going to do that! I thought it was just a cute prop for entering/exiting the cruise!

I adored my bouquet! I had 5 crystal Mickey's in them... Not worth $9 each, it would've taken me MAYBE a dollar to make each one (but probably not that much!) but I wouldn't have been able to insert them into a pre-made bouquet the way they did. They even had a little "Mickey" on the ribbon so you knew which way the "front" of the bouquet was! I took all of mine with me! After ALL of that posing, picking up and setting down my bouquet so much, it got a little worn down. It lasted for CC pictures, luckily- as did Michael's boutonniere! OOOH, We also sprayed it with a little hairspray and sprinkled pixie dust on it! So pretty!

Ugh, getting discombobulated! I still have remnants of "wedding brain"! We had a long day today! The thrusters woke me up at 5 AM while we were docking, after breakfast and disembarking we drove back to orlando, picked up family, went to Mickey's retreat (park/recreation area available for cm's to rent) then had dinner at Friday's, all with my *NEW* family! Gosh, I want to kidnap my nieces/flower girls sometimes- they're SO darling! Anyways... Promised I'd maingate them into the parks and get them strollers at 9 AM! Ouch, no sleep for me this whole week!

ccbride412
09-17-2012, 04:01 AM
Yay! I'm so glad everything turned out great in the D-Lounge, I know you were a little worried! You're MARRIED!! Yay! You're pictures are gorgeous!:goodvibes

You made Michael's top hat! I did the same thing for my DH for our honeymoon since he wanted one so bad and they don't make them anymore! So neat that someone else did that too!

I sometimes wish I had my bouquet still, but like yours, mine got beaten up pretty bad and the orchids and lilies don't last as well as roses do. Are you going to preserve it?

Congrats again! :cool1:

JBeanBunny
09-17-2012, 09:52 AM
Yay! I'm so glad everything turned out great in the D-Lounge, I know you were a little worried! You're MARRIED!! Yay! You're pictures are gorgeous!:goodvibes

You made Michael's top hat! I did the same thing for my DH for our honeymoon since he wanted one so bad and they don't make them anymore! So neat that someone else did that too!

I sometimes wish I had my bouquet still, but like yours, mine got beaten up pretty bad and the orchids and lilies don't last as well as roses do. Are you going to preserve it?

Congrats again! :cool1:

Yay, Mickey top-hat sisters!

I left the bouquet on the boat, I also left the leftover cake... We had SO MUCH CAKE!!! You're not supposed to bring any food/flowers back into the USA through customs without risking getting a fine from the government! I'll have hundreds of photos of my gorgeous flowers, though. I don't need them preserved ;)

ccbride412
09-17-2012, 10:53 AM
Yay, Mickey top-hat sisters!

I left the bouquet on the boat, I also left the leftover cake... We had SO MUCH CAKE!!! You're not supposed to bring any food/flowers back into the USA through customs without risking getting a fine from the government! I'll have hundreds of photos of my gorgeous flowers, though. I don't need them preserved ;)

Yay Mickey-hats!

I didn't think about the customs thing. Thanks! Now I feel better that I left the flowers on the boat! I have tons of pictures of mine too and I really don't know what I would've done with them otherwise.

JBeanBunny
09-17-2012, 03:41 PM
I'm (slowly) collecting photos from people... and by that, I mean that I'm downloading photos as soon as somebody posts them to facebook! HOPEFULLY I'll get lots of e-mails with more photos, but who knows how long that will take! I've been putting these photos in an album, I guess I can be nice and share the link!!

http://s1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/

Password: Mickey

dclwonderprincess
09-17-2012, 03:54 PM
Yay for pictures, I'm so glad you put one of the cake up.

Summer Daydream
09-17-2012, 05:02 PM
Congrats on your wedding! Everything looked absolutely beautiful! I especially loved the flowers! You two looks so happy. I can't wait to see more pictures :)

Evi
09-17-2012, 10:25 PM
Great pictures everything looks beautiful. Can't wait to see your photographers pics.

JBeanBunny
09-18-2012, 05:04 PM
My MOH just sent me a bunch of her wedding photos. Unfortunately with the dark setting with bright back-lighting, her point-and-shoot camera had trouble focusing, especially with "action" shots! But hey... pictures are pictures, right? I've uploaded them onto my photobucket account if you want to see. :thumbsup2

chris31997
09-18-2012, 10:15 PM
Congrats!!!!

You look beautiful and Michael look handsome. Glad you had a wonderful time. Totally agree 3-day cruise is waaay to short;) Got family in so just a quick stop by to see how it went. I am looking forward to come back by and look at it all in detail.::yes::

VowRenewal13
09-19-2012, 05:37 PM
Just spent a couple of hours reading your thread. You are very creative and everything you did for your wedding was fabulous. The pictures from your ceremony were wonderful. Loved your gown, MOHs gown and flower girls dresses. It was good to see what the bridal bouquet looked like. Since I have 298 days until our VR cruise, I will just keep reading the threads to get ideas. I am going to use the door magnet tips. They re cute!:thumbsup2
Best wishes to you and Michael!

JBeanBunny
09-19-2012, 10:17 PM
Just spent a couple of hours reading your thread. You are very creative and everything you did for your wedding was fabulous. The pictures from your ceremony were wonderful. Loved your gown, MOHs gown and flower girls dresses. It was good to see what the bridal bouquet looked like. Since I have 298 days until our VR cruise, I will just keep reading the threads to get ideas. I am going to use the door magnet tips. They re cute!:thumbsup2
Best wishes to you and Michael!

I'm glad you enjoyed my planning chaos! It feels great to be married and finished with all of the planning!!! I feel very accomplished and relieved! I also loved my bouquet- my mom was scared that it was going to be small, but Meredith assured me that they use approximately 30 roses for the french rose bouquet. With the eventual 11 hours of photography we had taken, I'm really glad I went with the roses because they're more sturdy than some other types of flowers! When I got back to the room I put them back in the vase of water so they could "rehydrate" overnight so I could put them through round two of photos on Castaway Cay! Feel free to use any ideas you got from me- and ask if you need any help or pointers! My advice is to get as much done ahead of time as possible so you're not scrambling at the end to finish all of your projects! Good luck in your planning!

JBeanBunny
09-19-2012, 10:25 PM
I've been a part of my "Cruise Meet" thread ever since I found it many many months ago... and boy am I glad I did! After the cruise, I asked if anybody had taken any photos of me & Michael during our sailing. DisPrincess26 informed me that her dad took pictures of a couple in wedding attire on Castaway Cay, so I had her e-mail them to me- and they're flipping fantastic photos! Here's my favorites that she e-mailed me today! The other 3 photos are in my photobucket album.

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1EvilQueenfan
09-20-2012, 11:19 AM
Jillian,


Congrats everything looks amazing. I am so glad everything went well and that you had and wonderful time.

Jodi

JBeanBunny
09-21-2012, 10:23 AM
I survived my first night back at work yesterday! Okay, it's not *hard* to survive a Fantasmic shift, they're pretty enjoyable as far as working goes! I think my Fantasmic streak may come to a close soon, however... One of the support roles is losing two cm's and I know I'm going to be dragged back over into the park soon (kicking and screaming!) OOH, and a couple of guests got engaged at Fantasmic last night! They worked it into the "preshow" where he asked her in front of THOUSANDS of people, then they retired to the private dining aread (where they do DP's) and had desserts and champagne at a table for two as they watched the show! I missed the engagement itself (busy busy!) but I got to see them every time I walked past :goodvibes

I'm hoping that working will get me back into a routine! I can't tell you how much I want things to feel "normal" again! I will try to get a TR for everybody as soon as I can will myself to do it! The wedding cruise was SERIOUSLY perfect (albeit exhausting!) and we're just now booking a Fantasy cruise (eastern Caribbean) leaving exactly one year from today! :woohoo: The last year flew by, I'm hoping this one does too!

IheartMickey
09-21-2012, 06:30 PM
Hi there, I'm Jennifer and I just read your whole report and I wanted to say Congratulations!! I'm actually new to FL, I live in Saint Cloud and I'm totally WDW obsessed. When I find a special someone I hope they're prepared for a Disney themed wedding. Anyway, love all the little details you crafted and you looked gorgeous for both of your ceremonies!

Evi
09-22-2012, 12:08 AM
Hi Jillian,

It makes me so happy to hear how perfect everything was. I love the pictures you've posted so far everything looked perfect. Can't wait to read your trip report. How exciting to get to see a couples engagement moment. He was a very brave soul to propose in front of so many people. But super romantic and cute also.

chris31997
09-28-2012, 05:42 PM
Got a moment to look through everything, thanks to another typhoon:faint: , The wedding was beautiful and it was great that someone from the cruise was able to get some candid shoots of you. Those are good. They were nice to take the time to get them and share them with you.

How sweet and brave of that man to ask in front of all those people. I think I might have had some evil thoughts if my Dh had done something like that ;)

pixiedust: getting back to the routine of life and staying with Fantasmic

JBeanBunny
09-29-2012, 09:27 PM
Alright, gals! I've left you hanging long enough! I guess it's time to sit down and write some TR posts instead of PJ posts! I tell ya, getting back into a normal life can be difficult when you spend YEARS (we were engaged 2.25 years before we tied the knot!) planning a wedding! I don't know what to do with all of my wedding stuff- I'm STILL not even fully unpacked! :rotfl2:

I'm not entirely sure where I left you off, but the day before embarkation (Wednesday) was a busy day! My brother and sister-in-law had flown in Tuesday night and joined me for my "bachelor/bachelorette" party at Jelly Rolls (Yay!). Wednesday morning I had to go to the Dolphin to extend my rental car (side note: I STILL haven't gotten my car back from the shop yet!) then I went to Epcot with my Bro & S-i-L to let them into the parks. Then I had to deal with switching my family over from Boardwalk to Old Key West- making sure luggage got transferred, checking in at OKW, speaking with the manager about having the ESCOT bus pick up our party the following day... Had some lunch, and stole my MOH to PACK PACK PACK! OMG, Packing was the WORST. Do yourself a favor and make a packing list, and pack whatever you can AHEAD of time. I'm a bit of a procrastinator, obviously. (The ONLY thing I forgot to pack was my "Mrs. Pariona" Hanger that I made. Everything else went so well that I'm not terribly upset about that- I didn't even think of it until we were driving back from the port!) Packing literally took my entire afternoon and evening! I eventually took my MOH back to OKW to meet up with her mom who'd just flown in, and I hung out in the Grand Villa that my mom graciously booked (using all of this year's and next year's DVC points!) waiting as all of my friends and family arrived! Since Michael was working at Saratoga, he met us there- My mom insisted on repacking the favor bags which I'd previously packed into a HUGE suitcase because she didn't think I could carry that onboard with me (It's not an airplane! :rotfl:) I ended up going to Publix to pick up $30 of pastries and breakfast items, then dropping the food back off at OKW for the bus group. After we went back home, we had to pack for Michael! We got to bed LATE that night! Not much sleep for us!

Embarkation day (Thursday) we got up probably at 7 or 8 to pack up the car with everything. We had one huge suitcase, two smaller suitcases and a duffel bag, PLUS our wedding attire. After we were packed, we had to drop the rental car back off at Alamo @ Dolphin. Afterwards, we headed over to OKW to see off our guests! Actually, I was going room-to-room hurrying people along! The ESCOT bus picked everyone up from the front parking lot by the lobby building. They arrived around 8 or 8:15 and my mom stayed with the bus with her list of bus attendees! We told all of our guests to be at/on the bus at 8:30 or 8:45 and ESCOT knew they needed to be rolling by 9! I think they left closer to 8:45 (Michael and I drove) and we all made it to the port with enough time to get in line before they let people into the terminal at 10:30. Michael and I parked at Disney's parking out of convenience- any other cruise, we'd use Park 'n Cruise, an off property parking location that busses you to and from the terminal. They're about $5/day instead of the $60 we paid to park in Disney's parking garage. We dropped our checked BAG off at the curb (we had to carry everything else onboard. It was ROUGH! one suitcase each, plus a duffel bag AND our wedding attire! My arms were shaking from carrying my dress so long, and it was only 6.5 pounds!) We parked on the 3rd floor or the garage and took the bridge over to the terminal. My bus group got there after us and waited down on the curb, and they all got in sooner because they had more security stations set up downstairs! Michael and I both set off the metal detectors, but then again, we were both already dressed up for our legal ceremony! Me in my chiffon dress (which was apparently too big and a little see-through! Whoops!) and Michael in his silver suit.

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/404104_608098863616_1371464902_n.jpg

We checked in at the Castaway Club line, and we should've been given a 1st boarding group card, but somebody somewhere along the line didn't add that to our reservation. Dummies! We're the wedding couple! We get to go on first! Michael went over to the concierge desk, and they looked into it and got us the "1" boarding pass instead! (We weren't first, we were second. Oh well! It was nice to not wait in ANOTHER line!) Then we waited what seemed like an eternity in the cruise terminal (in actuality it was 30 minutes!) so we just went from group to group, family to family, friends to friends. Lots of cell phone pictures taken! Fivepin's friend was sitting next to some of my family and she's the one who snapped that first photo and sent it to her! (Thanks again for posting that!) We put on our bride/groom ears in the terminal and wore them into the boat until the legal ceremony. I wish I'd been wearing my blue heels and carrying my blue feather bouquet for all of those "pre-legal ceremony" photos that were taken, but until we got our stateroom we were lugging around all of that luggage, I was happy to be wearing flats!

Okay, once we got on the boat, we went immediately to guest services and dropped off his tux and my dress. Once my mom boarded, she dropped off her dress to be steamed- now since guest services weren't listening to us, they charged her steaming to OUR bill, not hers! It took a lot of work on that last night getting that situation worked out! After that, we pretty much spent a while in the atrium waiting and waiting for a lot of our families to board. Michael doesn't see his family often, so we waited for them to board before we headed to Cabanas. I headed straight for the shrimp and crab legs! I felt silly wearing a pretty white dress with a long french manicure and digging in with my hands into messy seafood! I don't care, it was my guilty pleasure that day! Our rooms were ready right at 1:15 and our luggage was there when we arrived! It was a huge relief to drop our bags and collect ourselves! It wasn't until my photographers had called me around 2/2:15 that I realized, OH HOLY COW, we gotta meet the wedding coordinator at 3! I called my hair stylist and she came down and quickly curled my hair! I put on the sexy blue heels and grabbed my pretty blue bouquet and we rushed out the door! It wasn't until we were downstairs that we remembered that we forgot our champagne flutes and cake topper in the stateroom! I should've just left them at the guest services desk when I got onboard!

Now here's the fun part. We all know that you're allowed to bring TWO witnesses to your legal ceremony, right? I was A-okay with this, and we'd decided that it was going to be my BFF/MOH and Michael's Brother (since his BM a friend, not family). There was no way my mom was going to miss out, so she came along too! Well, word got out that we were having our legal ceremony, so of course, we had about 10-12 additional people show up to see it go down! NONONONO! :rotfl: They took us from guest relations to Royal Palace. EVERYBODY FOLLOWED! Ugh!!! I think now would be a good time to mention that all of my friends who came along had consumed several drinks of the day and were... "Sauced." They were being rowdy and got themselves "kicked out" (Even though we were ONLY ever supposed to have 2 witnesses!) Once in RP, they took us to the private dining room. It was the coordinator, Laura with a DCL officiant, my MOH, Michael's Brother, and my mom. Very small, very quiet. This is where I actually freaked out a bit- not that I DIDN'T want to marry Michael, but because "OMG, this is really happening RIGHT NOW!" Michael took my hands during the vows because apparently my hands were shaking! Anyways, had the quick legal ceremony, then she took our wedding license, had our witnesses sign it, she signed it, and she notarized it. They then took it to mail it to the state for us, and we had 3 or 4 copies of the marriage license delivered to our room that night in a pretty folder with some little certificate DCL printed out. Honestly, I haven't looked at it since it showed up in the room- As I said, Still haven't completely unpacked! After the legal ceremony, we left the private dining room and had a seat at a regular table in RP. We chose Table #82, that gorgeous 10-top round table in the center of the dining room and we grabbed out photographers to have an overview with Laura. She went over all of the choices that I'd sent to DCL, and went over a general outline of the timing of the event. I'd sent my MOH to my stateroom to pick up the cake topper and champagne flutes so we could give them to Laura! She asked if we'd had any more decorations or if we had any questions or requests. She said that a lot of brides could've gotten MORE assistance if they'd just ASKED. You know Disney will try to accommodate you if they can!


So, after the legal ceremony and meeting with Laura @ 3, we had our muster drill at 4. We were "O" back in Evolution. The only people in my wedding party in our muster station was my brothers & sisters-in-law! It was good to be able to see them and sit with them for the boring drill! Luckily, Evolution is set up with a sound system, so they performed the drill with a mic over the PA system instead of using the bull-horn! This muster drill was different from the other muster drills I've attended. This time they would explain something in English (pre-recorded, of course) then they'd repeat the same thing in Spanish. I kept spacing out when they were speaking English and "coming to" when they were speaking in Spanish! Michael told me that he fell asleep!!! Luckily our last cruise was in January, so we'd experienced a muster drill attentively somewhat recently!

It was a mad house after the muster drill since most of the ship was on deck 4! We waited for the crowds to subside in Skyline for about 10 minutes! I think we stopped in our stateroom again to unpack before heading up to the sail away party around 5. The humidity and wind RUINED my curls and my hairdresser scolded me later that night! :rotfl2: We'd made 6:00 reservations at Palo and had Scottish William as our server. He was wonderful and the food was wonderful... except... the exact same thing happened to me just after sailing away that happened on my last cruise- I got very very seasick while we passed over the gulf stream! I ended up leaving early to lay down, got some sea-sick pills from guest services, and I chewed some anti-nausea ginger gum (I love the stuff, I'm going to keep it around ANY time I'm feeling nauseous! Tastes great, too!) and eventually I felt well enough to greet our guests down in Enchanted Garden. Michael was admittedly better at socializing between tables that night than I was! I kept going back and forth between feeling better and feeling queasy until I got back into our stateroom after dinner (#2!) to lay down. I think one of our favorite things about DCL is the unlimited on-demand Disney movies! We put one on and watched it until we fell asleep... Probably not very long at all! I surprisingly slept VERY well that night considering my WEDDING day was just one sleep away!

Well, there you have it. Day one! I'm off work on Tues/Weds, I hope to get more typed up for you by then!! For now, here's a quick pic to gaze upon! I didn't get many (good) photos on the first and last day of the cruise, unfortunately. I am, however, DYING to get the professional photos back from Lora and Danielle! I also would LOVE for my friends and family to post more pictures or e-mail me what they have, but I haven't gotten many more photos since I posted last.
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On a brighter note, we booked our honeymoon/1-year anniversary cruise! It's the September 21st Eastern Caribbean sailing on the Fantasy next year! Our friends (getting hitched in November) loved the wedding cruise so much that they booked it shortly after returning home! (I wish we'd all booked it while ON the cruise to get that $100 stateroom credit! Darn!) So we'll both be celebrating our belated honeymoons together and we'll have awesome people to sit with at dinner! I literally spent two days staring at the DCL website comparing stateroom categories, looking up each "room report" and deciding where I wanted to stay. I started in one room and changed the same day... then I changed the next day, too! Now we're deck 6 forward on the starboard side, just on the other side of our friends (they're port). I think I'm happy with this choice, but who knows! There's still time to change if I can get a good rate on a corner room ;)

dclwonderprincess
09-29-2012, 10:37 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the update! I've been very curious about how embarkation day goes.

JBeanBunny
10-02-2012, 11:41 AM
Hello, all! Evi PM'ed me a bunch of relevant questions and when I wrote a response, DIS told me it was too long to send as a PM :sad: so I thought I'd post the (paraphrased) Questions and (long winded) Answers here so others can benefit from the info, too! Some of this may be "spoilers" as to my upcoming posts on the wedding day and castaway cay day!

Meredith recommended that I use the Private Dining Room in Royal Palace. What are your thoughts on the space and about how many people can it seat?
The private dining room in RP is in the forward port side of the dining room, it's not a terribly large room. It seemed like it had five 6-top tables, or maybe four 4-tops and one 6-top? We weren't in there for a very long time. They had sheer curtains in the windows that look into the atrium. If you don't mind overlooking the hustle and bustle of the atrium during your dinner, it's a nice space! You would definitely be secluded, but if they can arrange for your group to sit together, that would be beneficial! We requested Table #82, the 10-top in the middle of royal palace. When we entered RP that night (fashionably late- we needed to freshen up between 9 hours of photography and dinner!) the entire restaurant cast lined up and announced us into the dining room! The entire restaurant clapped as we walked straight into the center of the room! It was a very special feeling being the center of attention for a day! I had no idea they'd do that! The night of RP, the tables they assigned our party (47 total) were the most scattered of all 3 nights. (We were the closest in Enchanted Garden, and there was a wall separating the 10-top from the rest of the party in Animator's Palate) But that being said, it's not like my party was VERY far apart, there were just other tables integrated. It wasn't difficult to get from table-to-table because each of our tables was in the center circle of the restaurant. DEFINITELY request a rotation that puts your entire party in Royal Palace that night- it's already so elegant (even on pirate night, like we were) that it doesn't need any dressing up. I didn't end up decorating the tables further, but I'm sure if you brought something aboard to give to the wedding coordinator, I'm sure they would have the servers set it on your tables for you. Something like rose petals or glow-cubes for the water glasses or a flower on the plate. You could always check with your servers the night before to make sure they understand- maybe even consult with the head server to coordinate things.

You mentioned that your wedding coordinator said that you could probably get more if you just asked. Do you know what she meant by that, and did she give any examples? Also, do you get to contact the coordinator before you board the ship?
You will have NO word as to who your wedding coordinator will be until you board the ship. Therefore, there will be no communication to him/her prior to boarding except for the planning guide they've been provided. That being said, you can bring extra decorations and their team will do their best to integrate them. We had the nice white folding chairs for our ceremony & celebration, I'm sure if you brought your own chair bows, they probably would've placed them for you. They have a cake table set up with rose petals that correspond with whichever bouquet you choose. If you bring your own cake topper, the Mickey/Minnie cake topper provided will be set on the table as decoration. I know one DIS bride had a Precious Moments Sleeping Beauty/Prince Phillip topper and on the cake table, they brought along one of the old-fashioned jeweled book titled "Sleeping Beauty". I thought it was a very unique touch to add that to the table!

Did they set up a favor or guest book table for you in your Ceremony & Celebration area?
Apparently, they'd set up a gift table for us. We're only in the room for an hour, so I was too busy enjoying my family during the celebration to notice! We put Michael's brother in charge of taking the gifts (cards with checks and cash!) although the wedding coordinator had offered to do so for us. I'm certain they would set up a guest book table for you too. What I did was bring along a pretty journal and I attached a ribbon to a pen and hot-glued the ribbon into the binding of the book, and we passed that around on the last night of the cruise. (We'd honestly forgotten about the guest book until after the wedding dinner! It had been re-packed so we had to remember WHERE it was! In my MOH's room!) Instead of a typical signing of the names, people instead passed it around and wrote very loving words for us to treasure afterwards. We even passed it through Michael's family who weren't able to make it to the cruise afterwards! I'll take a picture of it and add it to my PJ/TR sometime soon! I finally have a day off today!

What I'm saying is, if you bring along special elements, I'm sure the wedding coordinator will work with you to make your wedding experience special and unique! For us, everything was perfect and we hadn't really asked for anything that wasn't included! We'd delivered all of our gifts to the staterooms on the first night, but if you ask, they'll set up your favors on a table for you! When our coordinator told us to just ASK for things, she didn't give any examples of HOW, specifically. But I'm sure if you bring along elements, they'd be willing to incorporate them!

Do you think it's worth it to pay Disney for additional floral? Also, did you end up bringing along those dried orchids or anything else to gussy up the tables at dinner?
Here's the thing about floral... I only had 1 bridesmaid and 1 groomsman, but we made corsages for our moms (and dads wives), my grandmas, and the sisters-in-law. We also made boutonnieres for our fathers (and moms' hubby/beau), brothers, and the two widowers got a white boutonniere. My MOH got a silk bouquet (it looked very realistic with the lifelike roses from Hobby Lobby) and the BM got a boutonniere, too. You can do what I did and learn how to make them (you just need to go to the floral/floral supply section of a craft store) or order all of your silk floral from somebody online (or ask local florists if they do silk). Ginger ordered lightweight CLAY floral that looks so gorgeous in photos! That being said, my REAL bouquet provided by Disney was GORGEOUS. And the flower petals on the cake table (and on our bed later that night) were red and pink like my bouquet- it added a coordinating touch. The problem is, Disney charges SO much for their floral! I couldn't manage paying for all of that floral! I didn't even order rose petals for the flower girls to throw- they were so young that they barely got any on the aisle :rotfl: so in that regard, I'm glad I just bought some rose petals from etsy! I got 10 packs of 100, and I only used half of them! They later re-used those leftover petals as additional decoration on our bed that night. I mean, it really depends on what you're willing to spend, and what effort you're willing to go through if you don't want to let Disney take care of it. Also, Disney is very limited with their options for floral, so if you're dreaming big (like colors they don't offer) then it'd be best to bring your own floral. When I get professional photos you can judge how you think they look in photos in comparison to the real flowers. The best part about bringing your own is that you can just put them all in a bag, then distribute them before the ceremony, then it's one less thing you have to carry off the ship! Honestly, I was happy with what we brought along. I have no regrets in making/bringing my own! MOST of our professional photos are of me and Michael, not of our wedding party or family :rotfl2: I didn't end up bringing the freeze-dried orchids for the tables. I didn't want to cross any lines with bringing "floral" onto an "international" cruise. (I barely got off the boat! I probably only spend 2 or 3 hours on CC!) Although, if you don't take the orchids (or whatever freeze-dried floral) OFF the boat, then you don't have to worry about declaring it when you return! Oh, technicalities!

Is it worth it to get a Cabana on Castaway Cay?
I don't know about the Cabanas at CC. I've never gotten one, so I don't know from personal experience. My problem was that we took a 3-night cruise and we were moving and doing something the ENTIRE time! We had the legal ceremony the first day, the wedding the second day, then we took additional photos on CC on the third day. We were EXHAUSTED! We went to bed shortly after dinner on the wedding night, roughly 10:30 or 11 PM, then we had to wake up at 7 so we could get dressed AGAIN and take photos on CC. We took some photos on the ship until they let us off at 8:30, then we took photos on the island until it was WAY too hot and we were back onboard at 10 AM. We headed straight to cabanas for breakfast, took a dip in the pool & hot tub (hot tub to ease sore/achy muscles!) then we took a nap for 2-3 hours! We got off the ship with just enough time to get a drink and enjoy the view for a short time. We didn't even get in the water- we just stuck our feet in! It really depends on how you think you'll be spending your CC day. I'd made no plans, and I'm glad, because we really needed that long nap!!! The cruise was amazing, but EXHAUSTING!

I'll hopefully be updating my PJ again today and/or tomorrow to go over the big one- the wedding day! Eep! Just thinking about writing all of that makes me tired! :lmao: Let me know if ANY of you have any more questions! I'd be happy to answer them to the best of my knowledge!

Fivepin
10-02-2012, 12:23 PM
Hi Jillian-

WOW-what a wealth of information. Thanks for posting. I'm planning on bringing on some extras, so it's good to know that the coordinator should be able to accomodate. I'm delivering the embarkation bags myself-only 7 but all over the ship. Bring on the M&M favor jars and some of our wedding photos to decorate the Outlook. Trying to keep it simple.
I may see if they can do a strawberry buttercream instead of raspberry. We are not raspberry people, but would love the strawberry with the yellow cake.

Got my confirm: did get the Outlook for 4pm like I requested.But, no table 82,
said my guests would really be scattered? There are 30 of us all together. Then requested 3 8 toppers and 1 6 topper, but got 4 4 toppers and 2 8 toppers. I'm just happy I got the time I requested just in case people do get off the ship since they don't know about it.

Going with their florals:it is expensive, but I only need 3 boutinerres for my boys and something for my mom.


Was told no to the sheet music for the one song not on the list, need to provide the CD. Oh well.

Can't wait to read more of your report, but dying to see your pics.

Saw you tried to PM, cleared out my inbox some. So, there's space now.

Fivepin
10-02-2012, 12:32 PM
Is it worth it to get a Cabana on Castaway Cay?
I don't know about the Cabanas at CC. I've never gotten one, so I don't know from personal experience. My problem was that we took a 3-night cruise and we were moving and doing something the ENTIRE time! We had the legal ceremony the first day, the wedding the second day, then we took additional photos on CC on the third day. We were EXHAUSTED! We went to bed shortly after dinner on the wedding night, roughly 10:30 or 11 PM, then we had to wake up at 7 so we could get dressed AGAIN and take photos on CC. We took some photos on the ship until they let us off at 8:30, then we took photos on the island until it was WAY too hot and we were back onboard at 10 AM. We headed straight to cabanas for breakfast, took a dip in the pool & hot tub (hot tub to ease sore/achy muscles!) then we took a nap for 2-3 hours! We got off the ship with just enough time to get a drink and enjoy the view for a short time. We didn't even get in the water- we just stuck our feet in! It really depends on how you think you'll be spending your CC day. I'd made no plans, and I'm glad, because we really needed that long nap!!! The cruise was amazing, but EXHAUSTING!

I'll hopefully be updating my PJ again today and/or tomorrow to go over the big one- the wedding day! Eep! Just thinking about writing all of that makes me tired! :lmao: Let me know if ANY of you have any more questions! I'd be happy to answer them to the best of my knowledge!

I'll throw my thoughts in on the Cabana. I think it depends when you're going, if it's going to be hot. For us, it was worth it. I have 3 boys and one burns easily, so it was nice to be able to have a shaded area for him when needed. We have one for November, because I thought it would be nice for my mom with her mobility issues and not liking the sun. This way she'll get off the ship. We actually stayed out longer at CC because of the cabana because the kids didn't hot, sticky, and cranky! There's a shower there where you can rinse off as well. The kids enjoyed the bikes and the inner tube and floats that come along with it. We never used the snorkel gear. For me, the best was the iced cold wash cloths in the fridge :thumbsup2 It felt so good after being out in the heat. The kids kept hydrated since the fridge was stocked with water. For us there are 5 of us, so we were ok with the cost. If it was just my husband and I probaby not. In November there will be 8 of us. Those are just my thoughts. We are spoiled. If we had to do without it, we wouldn't be on the island that long.

Evi
10-02-2012, 03:23 PM
Hi Jillian,

I'm sorry I know those where alot of questions lol. But I really do appreciate that you answered every single one of them :thumbsup2 . I'm so happy to hear how perfect everything went. Thank you again.

Evi

chris31997
10-03-2012, 02:02 AM
Thanks for the TR posts. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks for the detailed answers to the questions. That is great info to store in the back of my mind for later;)

ccbride412
10-03-2012, 03:50 AM
Jillian- We got number 1 to board too, but were not allowed to "officially" board the ship until 2nd. We were taken through the VIP area with all of our goodies (meaning we didn't go through the Mickey ears), but had to wait in the hall outside the ship until the First Family or whatever went through. They were announced to the crowds and then were the first people on the boat. DSIL said she heard they paid $10,000 to be first! :scared1:

Evi- My first night's dinner we were in the private room in Royal Palace. I had a total of 32, including DH and me. We all fit very comfortably in the room (or we would have but they put a 6 top of random people in the room with us and 6 of MY guests sat in another room). I agree with Jillian, it's not a really beautiful space, but you can weigh sitting together vs ambiance.

I used faux floral for MOH bouquet, moms' and dads' floral, and groomsmen's as well. You can't even tell in the pictures that they're not real and it saved me A LOT of money. I used tropical flowers from Michaels and seashells. I think I spent a total of $15 on all the extra floral. I did do the aisle runner on CC of palm fronds and seashells- BEAUTIFUL!

Fivepin- I had a huge mess with DCL and seating for my guests. My coordinator told my mom that if I had just come to her as soon as I discovered the issue, she could've tried to change it asap. So I recommend letting that person know if you have ANY problems. We managed to resolve the issue of my parents not being at our table, but not the fact that 6 of our guests were in another part of the dining room. Sorry for the negativity, but it is worst case scenario and I'm still fuming about it 6 months later. Point of the story, you're coordinator is there to make you happy, so take any issues to them!

celerystalker
10-04-2012, 09:04 AM
Oh my goodness! I think I started reading your PJ right before you guys boarded the ship and I am FINALLY done! I wouldn't let myself peek and skip ahead, so it felt more like I was living it with you. :rotfl2: It's been a saga! The wreck! Eek! I'm glad you're ok.
I absolutely lovelovelove how crafty you are! You even had me convinced at one point to have a cruise wedding! :rotfl:
The pics, even the candid ones, are incredible - it looks like you all had such a blast.
Did your DH (does it feel weird to think of him like that?) ever take the top hat off? I'm starting to wonder if he slept in the thing!
Anyway, I'm planning on starting my PJ today and your invitations have inspired me. I even showed them to several of my friends - only one of whom is a Dr. Who fan.... the rest didn't quite "get" it. I'm including copies of your invitations in my PJ and a link to your PJ - hope you don't mind. :)

JBeanBunny
10-04-2012, 12:25 PM
So, I mentioned that we'd slept pretty well, considering it was the last sleep until our wedding! This, of course, is with the exception that I woke up and saw light rimming our curtains, and I woke up thinking it was roughly 8AM. Nope, it was 3AM and the light outside was artificial! It really bugged me NOT having a clock near the bed! Michael thinks that the alarm clock is too bring, so he'd cover it with a washcloth, so I had to get up and find a wave phone to see what time it was! Anyways, I think this was the day we slept in the latest- and that was probably until 9 AM. Got up, showered (I was instructed to apply mousse to my damp roots by my hairdresser), and headed to Cabanas. I kept trying to leave (You know, got lots to do!) but conversation kinda kept me in place... Until my wave phone rang at 11:00. Laura (wedding coordinator) called to tell me that Lora (photographer) and Alicia (Hairdresser) were at my grandmother's stateroom (Huge corner handicapped room!). Whoops, time to go! We went back down to our room and I didn't realize HOW MUCH STUFF I had to transport from our room to theirs- my shoes, my jewelry, my makeup, my perfume... Luckily the room was only about 5 staterooms away! As I was gathering my things, Laura (coordinator) knocked our stateroom door and MICHAEL answered! Well, she was carrying our steamed attire, and Michael may have gotten an eyeful of white dress! I led Laura to my "bridal suite" and that was the last I saw of Michael! From then on I had to send my mom or MOH to collect miscellaneous items when needed! I wish I'd been a little bit more organized at this point, but once my hair/makeup process started, it's not like I could leave!

Here's where I'm really glad I had my pink kimono robe- I've been snoopy and looking through other "getting ready" pictures, and I think it's so pretty when the bride is in a pretty robe instead of sweats or a button down shirt. I'm also incredibly thrilled that we had access to a large corner room (with a verandah! But I wasn't allowed outside b/c of the heat and humidity!) because at one point we had Me, My mom, My photographer, My hairdresser, My Moh, My aunt, My other aunt, My cousin, and my Grandma in one room! If you've ever been on a cruise before, you KNOW that staterooms are not meant to accommodate so many people! Once there, I had my hair curled and pinned up to set. Then Alicia worked on my mom's hair. Meanwhile my mom's beau had gone to deck 12 and brought down a plate of chicken and tuna salad wraps for us to eat! My MOH and I went through all of the floral separating "Bride Side" and "Groom Side" so that they could be handed off and distributed accordingly. (Only one item got put in the wrong pile. Whoops!) Meanwhile, my aunt started doing my MOH's hair, and once Alicia started on my hair and makeup again, my cousin started my mom's makeup. Somewhere along the line, my grandma and cousin needed to get ready, too! (It was their stateroom, after all!) So it was pretty chaotic in there! Now, every other time I've put on my wedding dress, we'd put on the crinoline skirt first, then pulled the dress over my head... But once the hair and makeup was done, we couldn't risk ruining my hair, so I had to step into the dress, and my MOH had to get up underneath my skirts to get that crinoline secured! Somewhere along the line, Laura showed up with my beautiful red & hot pink bouquet! Once we were putting on the finishing touches (including pinkish pixie dust for my hair and shoulders) somebody had the idea of sprinkling pixie dust on my bouquet, too! I really hope those pictures turn out well! We had a lot of fun sprinkling pixie dust everywhere!

After I was ready, we'd headed down to the Walt Disney Theater "lobby" by the gift shops to take family photos! We'd instructed Michael's family to meet in the Atrium on deck 3 to take photos, so we wouldn't bump into each other! The photographer that was with the guys was keeping in close contact via wave phone so that we wouldn't bump into each other! (A few weeks earlier we had worked on a "shot list" for these family photos, Bride with Bride Side and Groom with Groom Side. I'm really glad it was up to the photographer to arrange everybody!) Once finished with family photos, we had about 20 or 30 minutes to kill, so we went around the atrium area taking some photos. Thank goodness we did, because if I were just standing around waiting to get married, I would have gotten really anxious! As it is, Lora kept telling me to "Relax your shoulders! Relax your arms!" I guess I was still a little tense! Laura eventually found us and whisked us over to D-Lounge. Sent all of the stragglers into the room and into their seats and I was positioned aside my eldest brother, and suddenly we were being prompted to walk down the aisle!

They opened the doors and the first thing I think when I see Michael is... "Is he SERIOUSLY wearing the Mickey Top Hat at our CEREMONY??" Well, that's very Michael of him, so I guess it didn't SURPRISE me once it happened! It was a DISNEY wedding after all, and we are both very DISNEY people! I just wish I'd known he was going to do that, because I would've put A LOT more effort into decorating that hat! It was seriously a 5 minute project with some scissors and hot glue! My second though when entering the room was "Yay, Captain Henry is performing our ceremony!" If you want to know specifics about the ceremony, I couldn't tell you much (You can ask Meredith for a copy of it if you're really curious) but I do remember that Michael took one of Captain Henry's long pauses as his cue to kiss his bride... A bit too early! I think he laughed and said "I haven't gotten to that part yet"! We eventually made it to the point where he WAS supposed to kiss me, and we were pronounced husband and wife! Definitely a happy moment- AND I DIDN'T CRY! :cool1: I really didn't want to cry! We walked back down the aisle to our FANTASMIC recessional (The pianist did really well!) and after we'd left the room, they closed the doors, turned us around, and reintroduced us to the room as Mr. and Mrs. Pariona. OH. MY. GOSH. I felt so relieved and much more calm as soon as the ceremony was completed!

At that point we just made our rounds greeting everybody and taking lots of pictures with our guests. My family welcoming him to the family, and his family welcoming me to his! After perhaps 10-15 minutes of mingling, Laura suggested we cut the cake- she gave us a quick explanation, cut here, smile for the camera, etc. After we'd fed each other a piece each, she worked to get the cake cut and served very quickly. She even made sure my aunt (who can't each chocolate without getting a debilitating migraine) got a piece with raspberry butter cream before the knife cut into the chocolate caramel filled tier. As (or after?) the cake was being cut for the guests, champagne was being circulated (as well as the sparkling cider and iced tea, for non-drinkers). Laura handed us our champagne in the champagne flutes that we brought along. We hadn't arranged a toast by anybody, we didn't want to impose that on someone who didn't want it! So, Laura had prompted the Best Man and Maid of Honor to say a few words. We toasted, and Laura prompted the pianist to start our first dance song. We danced in front of the cake table for what seemed like an eternity! (Why did I pick such a long song?) I'm no dancer and we didn't get a chance to practice ahead of time like we'd originally planned! We definitely did the "High School" style dance, just holding each other and moving in a circle! The only problem was that my train kept getting caught up when I would spin! I had to kick it back every now and then, and my MOH tried helping when she could! After the dance (He played "At Last I See the Light" from Tangled) there was another 10-15 minutes of mingling before we were escorted out of the ceremony/celebration space (They had 30 minutes to turn the space over for some event for Pirate night) So we gathered everybody in the Atrium. As I'd predicted, Disney's photographers were busy taking their own pictures on the staircase, so my family just gathered together on the 3rd floor and my photographer took the picture of everybody from the 4th floor. Afterwards we took some photos by the Royal Palace entrance with the attendants and the flower girls (by this point the flower girls were being very fussy, especially the 2 year old!!!) and we sent everybody on their way! By this point, it was approximately 5 or 5:30 PM, so my guests could freshen themselves up before the early show around 6 PM. Lora & Danielle (photographers) and Michael & I spent the entire time from 5 PM until 8 PM (just minutes before dinner) taking pictures around the ship! We went everywhere from deck 4 outside, all over the District, we went to the deck off Meridian on deck 12, all around the 11th and 12th decks outside, we took pictures in the atrium and on the grand piano... Honestly, until I get my photos back from the photographer, I won't even remember everywhere we went!

at 8, we'd finished up in the Atrium. We adjourned to our room to freshen up (although most of my things were still locked up in my grandmother's stateroom!) Once I sat down, I didn't want to get up! We made it back downstairs to Royal Palace around 8:20 or 8:30. When we got to the restaurant, they held us at the front. All of the servers had lined up at the entrance and cheered as we entered! (Luckily my photographer had her camera handy, She must've gotten a few photos of that!) Of course, the entire dining room chimed in- it was really quite an uproar! It was definitely a surprise to us, and a very cool entrance! I knew we'd shown up late for a reason! Unfortunately, our servers were waiting to serve food to the rest of our table for when we showed up. I feel like we were starving the other 8 people at our table! Once we ordered, Michael and I started making our rounds. I was ordered to take my shoes off, so I was wandering around RP barefooted! (I was still in full bride attire, so no one could see!) The dinner was great- I had Escargot and French Onion Soup as well as the Steak & Lobster for dinner. Afterwards the head chef brought back the rest of the cake and had it cut and served at Dinner, too. They'd asked if we wanted it sent to our room, but we'd already asked Laura to send a piece of each to the room.

As we left the dining room, we spotted our flower girls taking a picture with Tinkerbell, and we totally photo-bombed them! (Disney LOST these photos! SO frustrating!) After that, we all headed up to the top deck to watch the fireworks! We were at the forward starboard side. Like our last cruise, we didn't get there in time to get a spot to watch the pirate show that accompanied the fireworks, but one of the most precious moments of the wedding was listening to Michael who was holding our niece/flower girl Sophie, and telling her all about Fantasmic and listening to her telling him the story of the last time she saw fireworks! Then she was guessing what color the next firework was going to be... It was adorable! After the fireworks, we headed aft and stopped to dance during "Party Rockers" about midship! It was an awesome impromptu moment between a few friends and us! Once we hit our floor, we'd mentally checked out! I gathered everything from my grandma's stateroom and went to bed! It was an amazing and exhausting day, and we still had a 7AM wakeup call the next morning!

Here's a picture of the bed. Pretty! But we took a couple pictures, then Michael literally scooped the flower petals into the trash! :rotfl:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/IMG_0453.jpg
The lighter petals near the pillows are the faux rose petals that the flower girls scattered. I also adore the Ariel and Eric "Just Married" DCL buttons they gave us!
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/IMG_0454.jpg

Gotta run! Time for work!

JBeanBunny
10-04-2012, 10:37 PM
Got a moment to look through everything, thanks to another typhoon:faint: , The wedding was beautiful and it was great that someone from the cruise was able to get some candid shoots of you. Those are good. They were nice to take the time to get them and share them with you.

How sweet and brave of that man to ask in front of all those people. I think I might have had some evil thoughts if my Dh had done something like that ;)

pixiedust: getting back to the routine of life and staying with Fantasmic

Hope you made it through the Typhoon alright! I'm glad I gave you something to read during your down time! I also may have been a twinge embarrassed if I'd been proposed to in front of thousands of people! More power to the groom! That takes guts! Thanks for the Pixie Dust! Things are getting back to normal, but I'm nowhere near done unpacking my wedding stuff! I just don't know what to do with it!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the update! I've been very curious about how embarkation day goes.

You're very welcome! I just added my WEDDING DAY report today! The CC day post shouldn't be as long as the other two considering we took a 2 or 3 hour nap through that day!!! :rotfl2:

Hi Jillian-

WOW-what a wealth of information. Thanks for posting. I'm planning on bringing on some extras, so it's good to know that the coordinator should be able to accommodate. I'm delivering the embarkation bags myself-only 7 but all over the ship. Bring on the M&M favor jars and some of our wedding photos to decorate the Outlook. Trying to keep it simple.
I may see if they can do a strawberry butter cream instead of raspberry. We are not raspberry people, but would love the strawberry with the yellow cake.

Got my confirm: did get the Outlook for 4pm like I requested.But, no table 82,
said my guests would really be scattered? There are 30 of us all together. Then requested 3 8 toppers and 1 6 topper, but got 4 4 toppers and 2 8 toppers. I'm just happy I got the time I requested just in case people do get off the ship since they don't know about it.

Going with their florals:it is expensive, but I only need 3 boutinerres for my boys and something for my mom.


Was told no to the sheet music for the one song not on the list, need to provide the CD. Oh well.

Can't wait to read more of your report, but dying to see your pics.

Saw you tried to PM, cleared out my inbox some. So, there's space now.

I think the M&M jars sound like so much fun! If I'd known I could set up a little favor table, I probably would've taken on MORE projects than I already tackled! I am a raspberry LOVER, so the raspberry butter cream was perfect for me! I don't know if they'll do a strawberry butter cream or not, I know that they like to say "No" to special requests :headache: I think it's great that you got the Outlook! It's such a pretty space, and you shouldn't be rushed out of your space like we were! (There was a pirate night event happening in D-Lounge just 30 minutes after my event!) Sorry about 82- Hopefully they'll keep your party near each other! My tables were the farthest scattered on the RP (wedding) night, but we were all still in a similar vicinity, I could still easily see all of our tables. I didn't have a problem with it. They got us our table 82! It was beautiful, but a little tricky being at a 10-top table! I noticed that our food took a lot longer because they tried to take everyone's orders at the same time and that they tried getting all of the courses out at the same time. Disney floral is beautiful and I think your additional boutonnieres will look great!!

Sorry to hear about the sheet music! I was told I could submit the sheet music when I started the process, and I included 3 songs with my wedding packet! Meredith even commended me for being thorough and submitting it! But immediately afterwards, I heard that others weren't being allowed to do it! So bizarre! Maybe the pianists complained about learning new music for every wedding? My pianist was great and even did well on the complicated Fantasmic music we gave him! I noticed on the first day that the same pianist was playing "At Last I See the Light" as guests were entering the ship- My coordinator, Laura said he was practicing and showing off his new song! I loved that I caught it ahead of time! But I will agree with the other brides- you're so busy at your event that you hardly notice all of the music! I remember the first three bars of my processional (A Whole New World), I remember the Fantasmic recessional, I remember Rainbow Connection, and I remember At Last I See the Light... Wait, I also remember hearing Beauty and the Beast and "He's a Tramp" lol- that one wasn't on my list, but I love that he fluffed it up with Disney songs! It was perfect for me!

Hi Jillian,

I'm sorry I know those where alot of questions lol. But I really do appreciate that you answered every single one of them :thumbsup2 . I'm so happy to hear how perfect everything went. Thank you again.

Evi

No worries! I'm happy to answer any questions! If they've helped just one other person, that I'm satisfied! Keep 'em coming if you've got more! Sometimes the questions bring up new things that I forgot to add to my PJ/TR

Thanks for the TR posts. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks for the detailed answers to the questions. That is great info to store in the back of my mind for later;)

Happy to help! I hope you enjoy my wedding day post! It was really just a flurry of one thing to the next to the next... It was a LONG day, but it went by quickly (does that make sense? :rotfl:) Feel free to ask any questions. As Evi learned, I'm willing to help in any way I can!

Jillian- We got number 1 to board too, but were not allowed to "officially" board the ship until 2nd. We were taken through the VIP area with all of our goodies (meaning we didn't go through the Mickey ears), but had to wait in the hall outside the ship until the First Family or whatever went through. They were announced to the crowds and then were the first people on the boat. DSIL said she heard they paid $10,000 to be first! :scared1:

I used faux floral for MOH bouquet, moms' and dads' floral, and groomsmen's as well. You can't even tell in the pictures that they're not real and it saved me A LOT of money. I used tropical flowers from Michaels and seashells. I think I spent a total of $15 on all the extra floral. I did do the aisle runner on CC of palm fronds and seashells- BEAUTIFUL!

Wait, wait! You got to go somewhere to get extra goodies because you had the "1" boarding group? Not us! We just joined like usual through the Mickey funnel, only we were the second family, not the first... Lucky you! The one thing I didn't really like about boarding first is that there's fewer people to "clap" for you! Okay, that sounds silly!

I agree on the faux floral- It was a lot less expensive and it still looked great! PLUS, I was really proud of myself for accomplishing another craft! Who knew I could be an amateur florist? Besides, most of my photos were of me and Michael who had the real floral anyways ;) You did an aisle runner and aisle decorations? Too cool! I was wondering about that, but it was never something I paid much thought to! Very cool!

Oh my goodness! I think I started reading your PJ right before you guys boarded the ship and I am FINALLY done! I wouldn't let myself peek and skip ahead, so it felt more like I was living it with you. :rotfl2: It's been a saga! The wreck! Eek! I'm glad you're ok.
I absolutely lovelovelove how crafty you are! You even had me convinced at one point to have a cruise wedding! :rotfl:
The pics, even the candid ones, are incredible - it looks like you all had such a blast.
Did your DH (does it feel weird to think of him like that?) ever take the top hat off? I'm starting to wonder if he slept in the thing!
Anyway, I'm planning on starting my PJ today and your invitations have inspired me. I even showed them to several of my friends - only one of whom is a Dr. Who fan.... the rest didn't quite "get" it. I'm including copies of your invitations in my PJ and a link to your PJ - hope you don't mind. :)

Welcome aboard! I'm glad you got to experience it with me day by day! I never thought my PJ would get long enough to be 14 pages long! Whoops! Be sure to check in again a few times- as SOON as I get my professional pictures, I'm posting a link!!!

Thanks about the compliments to my craftiness! It's something I love doing, and I promise you that there were still dozens of crafts that I'd dreamed up that I didn't even get a chance to create! :idea:

Hmmm, Come to think of it, I think DH (yes it IS weird to call him that! I still have to get used to it!) did keep the Mickey Ears on for a lot of our professional pictures, too! Silly groom of mine! I do know that the second shooter took his hat for many of the photos... but be prepared to see more of the hat when the professional pics come out! AHHH, I'm so frustrated that he didn't tell me he'd be wearing the darn hat during the CEREMONY! I would've put a LOT more effort into it!!!

Be sure to put your PJ link in your signature so I can find it! I'd love to get hooked on new PJ's now that I have more spare time! Don't worry- it feels weird at first writing a PJ (who's gonna read this, anyways? am I wasting my time?) But as time goes on, you find more and more things to post about! As I said, I never even though I'd make it to 10 pages, and I'm almost at page 15! That's so cool that you showed my invitations to your Doctor Who friends! If we had an "on land" wedding, we were going to have it at the Orlando Science Center in the dinosaur room!!! We were also going to get a Tardis or a backdrop of a Tardis so people could take pictures with it! I also had all sorts of Doctor Who elements I had planned to incorporate (including the centerpieces!) There were SO many ideas I didn't get to use, BUT I did end up having a "River Song journal" as my guest book! Oh, we're such nerds! :lmao: Feel free to "link" to my page!

ccbride412
10-05-2012, 02:46 AM
Wait, wait! You got to go somewhere to get extra goodies because you had the "1" boarding group? Not us! We just joined like usual through the Mickey funnel, only we were the second family, not the first... Lucky you! The one thing I didn't really like about boarding first is that there's fewer people to "clap" for you! Okay, that sounds silly!

I agree on the faux floral- It was a lot less expensive and it still looked great! PLUS, I was really proud of myself for accomplishing another craft! Who knew I could be an amateur florist? Besides, most of my photos were of me and Michael who had the real floral anyways ;) You did an aisle runner and aisle decorations? Too cool! I was wondering about that, but it was never something I paid much thought to! Very cool!

No, no. There is a section off to the side of the Mickey Ears for the Platinum CC Members to wait before they board. We were put in there to skip going through the ears because we had 2 HUGE boxes of wedding favors, my dress and DH's suit. We were the second family to get on the ship and I agree, it was sad to not have a bunch of people to clap for us! The First Family got a big send-off through the ears and was announced to the entire terminal before they boarded and then again on the ship. I guess it's something Disney does if you pay extra.

Yeah, we had the palms and seashells aisle runner on the beach. It was very pretty!

JBeanBunny
10-06-2012, 06:08 PM
Ahh! My photographer e-mailed me a link to my photo gallery! I'm only 232 pictures deep out of 1065, but I had to stop to post a link for my ladies!!!

http://lorarodgers.smugmug.com/Weddings/Jillian-Michael
Password: Pariona

Lora and Danielle were FANTASTIC photographers to work with and their work is just beautiful! If there's any future DCL brides out there (or any WDW or local Orlando weddings, for that matter) Definitely look into contacting Lora! www.LoraRodgers.com

dclwonderprincess
10-06-2012, 10:40 PM
Jillian your pictures are gorgeous!!! It makes me even more anxious about my own wedding, just 6 months & 25 days to go.

celerystalker
10-06-2012, 10:43 PM
Great pics! I especially like the ones of you getting ready.
And Mickey at Castaway Cay!

VowRenewal13
10-07-2012, 07:53 AM
Jillian,

Your pictures are amazing. All of your planning and hard work made for a beautiful and memorable wedding. Looking forward to my Vow Renewal Ceremony in July. I know that the closer I get to the cruise, the more questions I will have. Thank you for sharing your special day with us.

Linda

Fivepin
10-08-2012, 05:50 AM
Your pictures are just beautiful!! Would like to use some of your for reference shots if you don't mind.

Freckledginger
10-08-2012, 11:24 AM
Hi Jillian!!! :goodvibes
I've gotten behind again, but it's been such fun to sit down for the past hour and catch up! I cannot tell you how much I love your photos!! They are fantastic!!! Your photographer did a brilliant job, and you and Michael look wonderful. I know you must be so pleased. Are you going to make an album or anything?? Before our wedding, I'm definitely going to go through them for inspiration if you're happy with that ;)

Yay!! TR time!!!
I can completely imagine that it's quite an adjustment to normal life after the wedding. Like it's great to be married and not have the stress of the wedding anymore, but you're so used to devoting so much of your time to planning, that it's probably a bit odd not to have to worry about that now. I'm sure that there are enough of us brides that would love to have some of your amazing crafts to keep you from straying too far from the wedding world though :)

The Grand Villa at OKW resort must have been amazing!! I thought about trying to book one of the Grand Villas to do a Welcome Event, but then got infatuated with the idea of a DP :upsidedow I bet that was a lot of fun though!

How was your experience with ESCOT? Were the buses nice?? Seems like they were timely, and it made it easy for your guests to get to the departure terminal. Right now I've got busing for the DP booked (not sure if I should keep this or just use Disney busing--CS to MK & MK to GF via monorail. What do you think??), WDW to Port Canaveral, and Port Canaveral to the Airport. That's a great idea about a busing list! I'll have to add that to my To-Do's!

I've heard about so many dramas with the steaming thing!! I'm not sure why DCL hasn't expedited this process a bit more, but it seems like every bride and groom has to deal with some sort of trouble with the steaming billing... At least you all got it sorted out!

I'm so jealous you had a private hair stylist for the wedding!! How fantastic!!! :goodvibes You looked so beautiful for your legal ceremony! I loved your entire outfit--especially those heels and bouquet! It just really made the whole thing pop!
It's so great to hear that they're keen to make you happy and try to accomodate any requests you have onboard. Now that you've said that, I'm starting to toy with the idea of some sort of chair decoration for the ceremony.... Hmm... Will have to investigate this further to see if I can think of something cute but simple :scratchin

So sorry to hear you got seasick!! I know that's a terrible feeling! I usually do okay on ships, but I had a mild seasickness experience on a catamaran last year, and it just makes you miserable. I'm impressed you were able to push on and socialize with your guests still! :thumbsup2

That's so awesome you've booked an Anniversary cruise on the Fantasy!!!! That will be incredible! I am so hoping I can talk Timmy into something similar onboard ;)

So question, I think I saw you mentioned you delivered your welcome bags yourself?? How did you do that? I'm trying to decide whether I should deliver them the day before the cruise while in WDW or if it would be better to distribute them once we're on the cruise...

Thanks for posting your responses to Evi's questions. It was really helpful to hear your advice! :)

I laughed so hard at you waking up at 3 am on the wedding day and thinking it was 8. That is totally something that I would do! :goodvibes
We've tentatively set my parent's room as the "Bridal Suite" and left our room "for the Guys", but after reading about you having to move all your stuff around, I may look at changing that up a bit. Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll have a ton of stuff! :blush:

You looked so fantastic in your pink robe! Really cute idea! It actually inspired me to look into robes of my own, and I'm thinking that could be a cute bridesmaid gift! What did you do for attendant gifts??

Your bouquet was gorgeous!!! :cloud9: I was so happy to see that Disney did such a beautiful job with it. I love that you added pixie dust to it!!!! Can't go wrong with a little extra sparkle, I say.


You were just stunning at your wedding ceremony! The dress, the veil... it was all perfect :goodvibes I also love that Michael wore his Mickey Top Hat to the ceremony! Very fun! I think it looked great in the photos, so I don't think you should be so hard on your effort. I'd really love to make one for Timmy. Do you have any tips or advice for that?

Yay Fantasmic Recessional!! :goodvibes You both looked so lovely in happy in your ceremony photos. Glad to hear it went so well!

Hehe, I loved your re-telling of your first dance! I'd imagine that most end up being "high school style" and probably feel a bit funny, because it's just the two of you dancing with everyone else staring in your direction. I'm also concerned about it being too long, so I conveyed your experience to Timmy, and we're going to aim for something about 2 min long (since we're mixing our own first dance song). At least you had a pretty song that you were dancing to! ;)

That's so awesome that the dinning room welcomed you in at dinner!! How fantastic!! And great to hear that the food was yummy also! How did your seating go? Did Disney follow the arrangement you had sent in?

Love the decorations they did for your room that night and the DCL buttons!!! So fun!! :) Did you wear them the next day??

Thanks for writing such detailed TR! It's so great to hear about everything, and actually makes me feel like I'm experiencing it! Looking forward to hearing more!!

chris31997
10-08-2012, 07:26 PM
Loved the pics. Gonna have to go back and get inspiration for ours. DH liked them also. He was impressed with the top hat, so much so he asked if we were going to wear MM ears? Never would have thought DH would have suggested that, but I am going to run with it :rotfl:

JBeanBunny
10-08-2012, 09:59 PM
Great pics! I especially like the ones of you getting ready.
And Mickey at Castaway Cay!

Thanks! Any "Character" photos we got were spontaneous, they just happened to be there when we were walking by! We were even good children and we waited in line! I know some other couples have asked for the entertainment CM's to arrange a quick meet & greet with characters for some photos. Don't know how "current" that info is :rotfl:

Jillian,

Your pictures are amazing. All of your planning and hard work made for a beautiful and memorable wedding. Looking forward to my Vow Renewal Ceremony in July. I know that the closer I get to the cruise, the more questions I will have. Thank you for sharing your special day with us.

Linda

Thank you! Feel free to ask questions whenever they arise! After I booked my cruise and before I submitted my planning guide, I had a LONG span of time where I had a LOT of inactivity. No active planning, no questions... So when you get closer to the date, I'm sure you'll have more questions!

Your pictures are just beautiful!! Would like to use some of your for reference shots if you don't mind.

Go for it! It's hard to get reference or inspiration photos for DCL weddings! I found a few albums, but some were of different ships and the ones who used DCL's photographers seemed to take photos in the same few spots! I hope my experience will help others!!!

Loved the pics. Gonna have to go back and get inspiration for ours. DH liked them also. He was impressed with the top hat, so much so he asked if we were going to wear MM ears? Never would have thought DH would have suggested that, but I am going to run with it :rotfl:

The top hat was so incredibly easy to make! I just went to Party City and got a $10 top hat, got a black mickey ear cap for $13, and I literally cut the ears out and hot-glued them to the hat. Since the hat was black, it blended well against the black top-hat. Then I just hot-glued a ribbon around the base. It took me no more than 5 minutes total! My "ears" (look back @ my bridal shower pictures) were just a silver pair of Minnie Ears and we stitched on a yard of silver sparkle tulle. This way we each had unique "Ears!" Hey, if DH is willing to go for the ears, go for it! When in Rome... Right?

JBeanBunny
10-08-2012, 11:24 PM
Hi Jillian!!! :goodvibes
I've gotten behind again, but it's been such fun to sit down for the past hour and catch up! I cannot tell you how much I love your photos!! They are fantastic!!! Your photographer did a brilliant job, and you and Michael look wonderful. I know you must be so pleased. Are you going to make an album or anything?? Before our wedding, I'm definitely going to go through them for inspiration if you're happy with that ;)

I don't blame you for "getting behind" Miss BRIDE-TO-BE! I can't believe how soon it's coming up! Of course we're going to make an album! I don't know if I ever mentioned it on my PJ, but Michael and I bought two DFTW albums from Cast Connection (highly discounted WDW merch for CM's) Apparently they used to cost $200-$300 each, and we bought two (One black with Silver trim, One White with Gold trim) for $40 each! They each hold 40 8x10 photos! I can't even begin to fathom narrowing down 1065 photos down to 80! That will be quite a project! And I'd be happy to serve as inspiration! I had so much trouble finding albums for DCL weddings! I want to make it easy on my gals!

Yay!! TR time!!!
I can completely imagine that it's quite an adjustment to normal life after the wedding. Like it's great to be married and not have the stress of the wedding anymore, but you're so used to devoting so much of your time to planning, that it's probably a bit odd not to have to worry about that now. I'm sure that there are enough of us brides that would love to have some of your amazing crafts to keep you from straying too far from the wedding world though :)

Well, I've gotten 2/3 days of my cruise done, at least. I don't think the third day will take very long. I'll probably post that tomorrow on my day off! Everyone keeps asking "How's married life?" and since Michael and I have lived together for 4+ years now, it's NOT terribly different for us in terms of adjusting. BUT we just throw around "husband" and "wife" into conversation to each other and it's a really good feeling knowing we're OFFICIAL! I'm definitely relieved that all of the wedding stress is over, especially after such a long engagement! And now I get to throw myself into some soapy-favors for my lovely DIS brides!

The Grand Villa at OKW resort must have been amazing!! I thought about trying to book one of the Grand Villas to do a Welcome Event, but then got infatuated with the idea of a DP :upsidedow I bet that was a lot of fun though!

The Grand Villa was great, except that since we only had it for one night (most everybody was flying in the night before) there wasn't a lot of time to enjoy each other's company as much as we'd like! Although my friend and my cousin shared the living room and became BFF's overnight! Michael and I still stayed at home, though (so much packing!) and we just traveled to OKW a whole bunch! I'm excited to hear about your DP! It seems like so much fun!

How was your experience with ESCOT? Were the buses nice?? Seems like they were timely, and it made it easy for your guests to get to the departure terminal. Right now I've got busing for the DP booked (not sure if I should keep this or just use Disney busing--CS to MK & MK to GF via monorail. What do you think??), WDW to Port Canaveral, and Port Canaveral to the Airport. That's a great idea about a busing list! I'll have to add that to my To-Do's!

Escot was easy to book, as you should know ;) After we paid, they sent a confirmation e-mail with a "sign here" page that you give to the bus driver. I didn't get any first-hand experience since Michael and I drove. They were on time, they got everyone to the port nice and early (around 10, and they let people into the cruise terminal at 10:30). They went OKW to Port Canaveral, then Port Canaveral to the airport, and finalizing at Downtown Disney (because you can get a bus to anywhere on WDW property from DTD!). I think they did well! I'm not sure about the bus for the DP, though... I'd just let people get themselves there thru WDW transportation- just make sure they give themselves AMPLE time, because there can be delays!

I've heard about so many dramas with the steaming thing!! I'm not sure why DCL hasn't expedited this process a bit more, but it seems like every bride and groom has to deal with some sort of trouble with the steaming billing... At least you all got it sorted out!

I'm so jealous you had a private hair stylist for the wedding!! How fantastic!!! :goodvibes You looked so beautiful for your legal ceremony! I loved your entire outfit--especially those heels and bouquet! It just really made the whole thing pop!

I lucked out completely! She was in control of my cut and color in the upcoming months, and I had plenty of time to tell her what I wanted! I honestly showed her hairstyles on Pinterest (thus that "hairstyle" album!) and she was PERFECT! It turned out just how I wanted it! Also, I never would've been able to do my makeup as well as she did! It was really beautiful! I wish I could've gotten my hair fixed a little more nicely for the CC photo shoot, but I wasn't going to bother her for a third day in a row! I let her sleep in with her hubby! I wish I'd gotten more photos on my Legal Ceremony day and the last dinner! I think only one friend of mine had taken pictures of me in my fancy dress for Animator's Palate! I loved my blue shoes and blue bouquet! I think the feather floral was a great impulse buy! Thank you, Etsy!

It's so great to hear that they're keen to make you happy and try to accomodate any requests you have onboard. Now that you've said that, I'm starting to toy with the idea of some sort of chair decoration for the ceremony.... Hmm... Will have to investigate this further to see if I can think of something cute but simple :scratchin

Chair decor would be amazing! If it's simple, I would think they'd be able to help you. They really do want to make it special! It wasn't something I'd even considered, but I think you might be able to get away with it! Check this out: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/chairsashes.html - Save on Crafts is a great site for brides to get inspiration and great supplies for decent prices. It looks like they sell pre-made chair sashes! :scratchin

So sorry to hear you got seasick!! I know that's a terrible feeling! I usually do okay on ships, but I had a mild seasickness experience on a catamaran last year, and it just makes you miserable. I'm impressed you were able to push on and socialize with your guests still! :thumbsup2

That's alright. It was inconvenient, but I should've remembered how ill I felt the first cruise and I should've taken something in preparation for it! Try buying ginger gum! It was a great anti-nausea (in addition to the motion sickness pills!) I found mine at Drugstore.com and I love it! I'm hoping no other bride feels as ill as I felt that night! Stupid rough Gulf Stream!

That's so awesome you've booked an Anniversary cruise on the Fantasy!!!! That will be incredible! I am so hoping I can talk Timmy into something similar onboard ;)

I'm so excited! If you *want* to, you can book the September 21st, 2013 cruise :rotfl: I hear some AWESOME people will be on it!!! Even if you don't have a specific date in mind, you can always call to re-book and you still keep your $100 onboard credit!

So question, I think I saw you mentioned you delivered your welcome bags yourself?? How did you do that? I'm trying to decide whether I should deliver them the day before the cruise while in WDW or if it would be better to distribute them once we're on the cruise...

We didn't personally deliver them, we had our friends do it! We had 21 staterooms and I think we had 3 or 4 people delivering them. I just attached a tag to each bag with the guests name and stateroom number, and I made sure that they stuck the magnets on the door! It was fun wandering the halls through our cruise and seeing where all of our guests were staying! As much of a pain as it was getting everything onboard, I'm glad we had them delivered to the rooms ourselves- THAT way, we knew they got to the rooms, and they were available when people checked into their rooms! (If you have DCL deliver them, they arrive when you're at dinner) My friends enjoyed the scavenger hunt! BUT, the one package I did send to the DCL warehouse was waiting and ready for my flower girls when they got into their stateroom! That was a huge relief, too! That box was HUGE!

Thanks for posting your responses to Evi's questions. It was really helpful to hear your advice! :)

'Twas my pleasure!

I laughed so hard at you waking up at 3 am on the wedding day and thinking it was 8. That is totally something that I would do! :goodvibes
We've tentatively set my parent's room as the "Bridal Suite" and left our room "for the Guys", but after reading about you having to move all your stuff around, I may look at changing that up a bit. Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll have a ton of stuff! :blush:

Waking up at 3 was no fun! I got really messed up having no clock near me! I'm weird like that when I sleep! I wouldn't change anything (except maybe my preparedness?) about my "bridal suite" choice because you saw the stateroom in my photos- that corner handicapped room was HUGE!!! But if you're going from regular stateroom to regular stateroom, I'd say let the girls use your stateroom! It's easier than sending your attendants back and forth for your things! I'm really glad I cleaned our stateroom that morning, otherwise there would've been a mess for the guys' photos!

You looked so fantastic in your pink robe! Really cute idea! It actually inspired me to look into robes of my own, and I'm thinking that could be a cute bridesmaid gift! What did you do for attendant gifts??

Thanks! I got the idea for the pink robe on Pinterest! I saw some other brides' photos in casual clothes and I was unimpressed- This is your WEDDING DAY! and HEY, you're having lots of pictures as you're getting ready, you may as well look good! As for attendant gifts, we only had one MOH and one BM. I got my MOH a lot of jewelry from Kay. I got her sterling silver sand dollar earrings as well as a sapphire necklace and ring set. I also made her that blue crystal starfish necklace, but after I'd gotten her the "big girl" jewelry, that was what she HAD to wear! As for the BM, we got him all Doctor-Who themed gifts. A Tardis beach towel, a Tardis necktie, and Seal of Rassilon cufflinks. He was easy to amuse!

Your bouquet was gorgeous!!! :cloud9: I was so happy to see that Disney did such a beautiful job with it. I love that you added pixie dust to it!!!! Can't go wrong with a little extra sparkle, I say.

Thanks! It was hard for me to picture the Red & Hot Pink roses (it was hard to find something similar online to get an idea!) but they turned out BEAUTIFULLY! The Mickey crystals were such a nice touch, too! PLUS, since the mickeys were faced in a certain way, there was a "mickey" pearl detail on the ribbon on the stems that let you know which way was forward! If you know anything about me, it's that I love sparkle! I'm glad my hairdresser had the idea to bedazzle the roses!

You were just stunning at your wedding ceremony! The dress, the veil... it was all perfect :goodvibes I also love that Michael wore his Mickey Top Hat to the ceremony! Very fun! I think it looked great in the photos, so I don't think you should be so hard on your effort. I'd really love to make one for Timmy. Do you have any tips or advice for that?

You're gonna make me blush! Everything came together wonderfully! I'm glad that you think his hat seemed fitting! His tux was just so expensive and the hat was SO cheap!!! Luckily the hat photographed well! It was SERIOUSLY SO easy. I just got a $10 top hat from Party City and a $13 black Mickey cap (do they sell these @ Disney Store?) I just cut out the felt around the ears and I glued that felt onto the top hat! Then I just found some leftover ribbon and hot glued that around the base. FIVE minute project!

Yay Fantasmic Recessional!! :goodvibes You both looked so lovely in happy in your ceremony photos. Glad to hear it went so well!

I was SO SO SO SO relieved once the ceremony was complete... and I didn't cry! Yay! I didn't want to cry! I can save the tears for OTHER people's weddings! Michael got a little anxious at one of Captain Henry's long pauses and took that as his cue to "Kiss the Bride" before it was really time to kiss the bride! Oh geez, that seems like my Michael! PLUS the Fantasmic recessional was GREAT! It even continued once we were re-introduced to the room as Mr. & Mrs.!

Hehe, I loved your re-telling of your first dance! I'd imagine that most end up being "high school style" and probably feel a bit funny, because it's just the two of you dancing with everyone else staring in your direction. I'm also concerned about it being too long, so I conveyed your experience to Timmy, and we're going to aim for something about 2 min long (since we're mixing our own first dance song). At least you had a pretty song that you were dancing to! ;)

Hey, it photographed alright! Who cares if I'm not a dancer! Who would I be kidding if I'd taken a ballroom dancing class to prepare? I probably would've been more nervous if I'd had specific steps I was supposed to be performing!

That's so awesome that the dinning room welcomed you in at dinner!! How fantastic!! And great to hear that the food was yummy also! How did your seating go? Did Disney follow the arrangement you had sent in?

Seating was good, throughout all of the dinners, all of our tables were clustered NEAR each other. The night we were the closest was Enchanted Garden (like, ALL next to each other) the next closest was Artists Point (but the 10-top was separated from the others by a wall) and most scattered was the wedding night at Royal Palace (What can you expect when you request a specific table??) But that being said, the tables were all within eyesight. Most of our tables didn't know many people at other tables, so it wasn't a huge deal to be scattered. It was still easy to make our social rounds! And yes, my seating chart was followed as planned- everyone was with the right people.

Love the decorations they did for your room that night and the DCL buttons!!! So fun!! :) Did you wear them the next day??

It was lovely!!! But totally impractical. I don't know how anyone can feel "romantic" after a long and exhausting (and stressful, even though it's GOOD stress!) wedding day!!! As I said, he LITERALLY swept the rose petals into the trash after we took pictures! I LOVE the Ariel & Eric DCL "Just Married" buttons! Working @ WDW I see the WDW buttons EVERY DAY, so seeing something new is exciting!! We wore them a couple times... Along with my "Just Married" tank that a friend gave me! We wore the Mickey/Minnie ears off the ship because we didn't have anywhere to pack them!! :rotfl2:

Thanks for writing such detailed TR! It's so great to hear about everything, and actually makes me feel like I'm experiencing it! Looking forward to hearing more!!


Welcome! As I mentioned earlier... I don't think my CC day TR will be terribly long nor nearly as exciting as the wedding day!! But, I will still be diligent and write it! I'm sooo excited about getting my new order of supplies so I can start making some blue soaps!!! :thumbsup2

XxsmortzxX
10-12-2012, 07:24 PM
Your wedding PJ has been so informative!!! I am so happy your wedding went smoothly. You looked absolutely beautiful in the professional and candid pictures!! I loved your personal touches with the shoes and bouquets.
Just wanted to stop in and say congratulations!

JessieGlitter
10-15-2012, 05:06 PM
YOUR PHOTOS ARE AMAZING!!! SO AMAZING IT HAD TO BE TYPED IN ALL CAPS!!!:goodvibes

I love watching those photos and even forced my DF to watch all 1,000 pictures with me!!

JBeanBunny
10-16-2012, 06:38 PM
Your wedding PJ has been so informative!!! I am so happy your wedding went smoothly. You looked absolutely beautiful in the professional and candid pictures!! I loved your personal touches with the shoes and bouquets.
Just wanted to stop in and say congratulations!

Hello! :wave2: I'm glad you got a lot out of my PJ and Thank You for the compliments on my photos! I'm glad you stopped by to read my story! :goodvibes

YOUR PHOTOS ARE AMAZING!!! SO AMAZING IT HAD TO BE TYPED IN ALL CAPS!!!:goodvibes

I love watching those photos and even forced my DF to watch all 1,000 pictures with me!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, I LOVE THEM TOO!!!

haha, it looks like your caps rubbed off on me! I'm surprised your DH sat through them all! The night I got them, my DH would only look through half of them before he got tired of looking at us :confused3 BTW- LOVE your username- anything with "glitter" is something I approve of! :rotfl: Are you looking into a DCL wedding for yourself???

JBeanBunny
10-16-2012, 07:00 PM
Okay, this post is unrelated to the TR (still need to write about the CC day and disembarkation) but relates to my PJ! Since FreckledGinger and FivePin have claimed my first spots as clients for wedding favor soaps, I've (slowly) begun the process of opening an Etsy shop! I'm afraid that it won't be anything much to start with seeing as the crazy-busy holiday season is RAPIDLY approaching... But nevertheless, it's still a start! We'll see what comes of it!

I know I'd been toying with "Disney" type names, but I figured that probably wouldn't be the best idea. Since all of my e-mails and usernames are already JBeanBunny, (Jilly Bean/Bean Bunny) I decided to go with "Jilly Bunny's Imaginarium" it's a little quirky... like moi :upsidedow The only thing that sucks is that my name is WAY too long for a "shop name" so I had to shorten it to JBImaginarium (since somebody already has a store named 'Imaginarium')... Coming to Etsy.com SOON!!!

Since my soap supplier is in WASHINGTON STATE and I live in FLORIDA, it takes forever and a day to get my shipments. I placed an order on 10/6, it didn't ship until 10/9, and the estimated date for delivery is on 10/17... Tomorrow... which is NORMALLY my day off, but work decided that I only needed one day off this week. So, today I've been playing with photo editing software to work on branding. This was nothing but playing around until I kinda liked something enough to open the shop with. Here's my banner and thumbnail:

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Imaginarium.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Imaginariumthumbnail.jpg

I just hate how small the thumbnail is- you can't really read it well unless you have a magnifying glass!! But at least it matches the banner! I'm going to work on making a label that matches the banner. One side with my Etsy Shop info, and the product information on the back. For now I'd like to focus on selling multiple soaps for wedding favors or bridal showers or baby shower favors. I bought a "gummy bear" mold and I just made some baby blue and baby pink 'teddy bears' to embed into clear soaps (whenever my clear soap base arrives!!!) as my first stab at "Baby Shower" gifts. I figure if somebody likes my wedding favor soap, they'll eventually get knocked up and buy some baby shower soaps, too! :rotfl2: Ah, wishful thinking. Who knows! Maybe I'll even expand and sell other items than soap- another reason I decided not to call myself something like "Jilly Bunny's Soapery" - because I didn't want to limit myself with my name!

Hopefully I can manage to stay afloat with this hobby! It would suck to put in so much money, time, and effort just to find that I'm not breaking even! Wish me luck, gals!

Fivepin
10-16-2012, 07:13 PM
Okay, this post is unrelated to the TR (still need to write about the CC day and disembarkation) but relates to my PJ! Since FreckledGinger and FivePin have claimed my first spots as clients for wedding favor soaps, I've (slowly) begun the process of opening an Etsy shop! I'm afraid that it won't be anything much to start with seeing as the crazy-busy holiday season is RAPIDLY approaching... But nevertheless, it's still a start! We'll see what comes of it!

I know I'd been toying with "Disney" type names, but I figured that probably wouldn't be the best idea. Since all of my e-mails and usernames are already JBeanBunny, (Jilly Bean/Bean Bunny) I decided to go with "Jilly Bunny's Imaginarium" it's a little quirky... like moi :upsidedow The only thing that sucks is that my name is WAY too long for a "shop name" so I had to shorten it to JBImaginarium (since somebody already has a store named 'Imaginarium')... Coming to Etsy.com SOON!!!

Since my soap supplier is in WASHINGTON STATE and I live in FLORIDA, it takes forever and a day to get my shipments. I placed an order on 10/6, it didn't ship until 10/9, and the estimated date for delivery is on 10/17... Tomorrow... which is NORMALLY my day off, but work decided that I only needed one day off this week. So, today I've been playing with photo editing software to work on branding. This was nothing but playing around until I kinda liked something enough to open the shop with. Here's my banner and thumbnail:

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Imaginarium.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Imaginariumthumbnail.jpg

I just hate how small the thumbnail is- you can't really read it well unless you have a magnifying glass!! But at least it matches the banner! I'm going to work on making a label that matches the banner. One side with my Etsy Shop info, and the product information on the back. For now I'd like to focus on selling multiple soaps for wedding favors or bridal showers or baby shower favors. I bought a "gummy bear" mold and I just made some baby blue and baby pink 'teddy bears' to embed into clear soaps (whenever my clear soap base arrives!!!) as my first stab at "Baby Shower" gifts. I figure if somebody likes my wedding favor soap, they'll eventually get knocked up and buy some baby shower soaps, too! :rotfl2: Ah, wishful thinking. Who knows! Maybe I'll even expand and sell other items than soap- another reason I decided not to call myself something like "Jilly Bunny's Soapery" - because I didn't want to limit myself with my name!

Hopefully I can manage to stay afloat with this hobby! It would suck to put in so much money, time, and effort just to find that I'm not breaking even! Wish me luck, gals!

YAY!!! Can't wait to see it after it's up and running. Don't be looking at me to get baby soaps!! We're all done with that! My oldest just turned 13 on 10/8.

Love the name as well! I'll let friends know as well and send others your way. Alot will see you handiwork next month. Went for my first fitting/alterations yesterday. Ouch....alterations are expensive-in between sizes. I opted out of the bustling.

That is a long time to get a shipment!!

Can't wait to see all the stuff you're going to create. Wishing you the best of luck in this new venture.

Better run kiddos need to get to bed and when I'm on the computer they take advantage by not doing what they're supposed to be doing.

chris31997
10-16-2012, 07:23 PM
Okay, this post is unrelated to the TR (still need to write about the CC day and disembarkation) but relates to my PJ! Since FreckledGinger and FivePin have claimed my first spots as clients for wedding favor soaps, I've (slowly) begun the process of opening an Etsy shop! I'm afraid that it won't be anything much to start with seeing as the crazy-busy holiday season is RAPIDLY approaching... But nevertheless, it's still a start! We'll see what comes of it!

I know I'd been toying with "Disney" type names, but I figured that probably wouldn't be the best idea. Since all of my e-mails and usernames are already JBeanBunny, (Jilly Bean/Bean Bunny) I decided to go with "Jilly Bunny's Imaginarium" it's a little quirky... like moi :upsidedow The only thing that sucks is that my name is WAY too long for a "shop name" so I had to shorten it to JBImaginarium (since somebody already has a store named 'Imaginarium')... Coming to Etsy.com SOON!!!

Since my soap supplier is in WASHINGTON STATE and I live in FLORIDA, it takes forever and a day to get my shipments. I placed an order on 10/6, it didn't ship until 10/9, and the estimated date for delivery is on 10/17... Tomorrow... which is NORMALLY my day off, but work decided that I only needed one day off this week. So, today I've been playing with photo editing software to work on branding. This was nothing but playing around until I kinda liked something enough to open the shop with. Here's my banner and thumbnail:

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Imaginarium.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/Imaginariumthumbnail.jpg

I just hate how small the thumbnail is- you can't really read it well unless you have a magnifying glass!! But at least it matches the banner! I'm going to work on making a label that matches the banner. One side with my Etsy Shop info, and the product information on the back. For now I'd like to focus on selling multiple soaps for wedding favors or bridal showers or baby shower favors. I bought a "gummy bear" mold and I just made some baby blue and baby pink 'teddy bears' to embed into clear soaps (whenever my clear soap base arrives!!!) as my first stab at "Baby Shower" gifts. I figure if somebody likes my wedding favor soap, they'll eventually get knocked up and buy some baby shower soaps, too! :rotfl2: Ah, wishful thinking. Who knows! Maybe I'll even expand and sell other items than soap- another reason I decided not to call myself something like "Jilly Bunny's Soapery" - because I didn't want to limit myself with my name!

Hopefully I can manage to stay afloat with this hobby! It would suck to put in so much money, time, and effort just to find that I'm not breaking even! Wish me luck, gals!

Can't wait to see all you have. I may need an excuse other than a vow renewal ;)

You can be you. Being unique and different makes life so much fun:flower3:

JBeanBunny
10-16-2012, 08:26 PM
YAY!!! Can't wait to see it after it's up and running. Don't be looking at me to get baby soaps!! We're all done with that! My oldest just turned 13 on 10/8.

Love the name as well! I'll let friends know as well and send others your way. Alot will see you handiwork next month. Went for my first fitting/alterations yesterday. Ouch....alterations are expensive-in between sizes. I opted out of the bustling.

That is a long time to get a shipment!!

Can't wait to see all the stuff you're going to create. Wishing you the best of luck in this new venture.

Better run kiddos need to get to bed and when I'm on the computer they take advantage by not doing what they're supposed to be doing.

lol, VR's are a slightly different story than first-time brides :rotfl: Thanks for spreading the word, though :goodvibes I appreciate it! I hope you love your favors! I can't wait to get working on them (I love purple and silver!) Unfortunately, I made ANOTHER order with your colors, so that will take several more days to arrive. I get so impatient when there's new goodies involved! The ground shipping is expensive enough as it is, it almost doubles if I opt for air mail :faint:

Can't wait to see all you have. I may need an excuse other than a vow renewal ;)

You can be you. Being unique and different makes life so much fun:flower3:

You don't have to make a bulk order, I can make just one or two soaps! I also ordered "His" and "Hers" soap molds as well as an alphabet mold (think: Mr. and Mrs.) I also hope on making a coordinating Soap/Bath Salts combo... Of course, I have to wait until I get my supplies before I can add any of this to my shop!! Stay tuned!

celerystalker
10-16-2012, 09:52 PM
Yay for the Imaginarium!

1EvilQueenfan
10-16-2012, 10:23 PM
Jillian,

I am so excited to hear that you are opening an Esty shop! I love the name. Keep me posted when you are up and running.

I have only checked out a few of your wedding pics, so far amazing. Looking forward to viewing the rest.

Jodi

Evi
10-25-2012, 03:19 PM
HI Jillian,

Congrats on the etsy shop!!! I look forward to checking it out.

JBeanBunny
10-26-2012, 12:27 AM
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JBImaginarium

I just listed two items on my new etsy shop! Mr. & Mrs. Soap and His & Hers Soap sets! I hope to post more items soon, but it takes time to make soaps, photograph them, and list them! I just spent my whole weekend working on Ginger's soaps (I can't believe I get to meet her soon! Yay!) which, for some reason, felt more rewarding than when I was making my own wedding favor soaps! (my guests got a huge mish-mash of different colors and fragrances... :rotfl:) That's probably because I didn't have the associated wedding stress accompanying the need to make HER soap!

Anyways, I was just popping in to drop off my link! I'm not loving my logos, but that's something that I can work on over time... Oh well, at least I'm open! That's a start!

Fivepin
10-26-2012, 05:21 AM
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JBImaginarium

I just listed two items on my new etsy shop! Mr. & Mrs. Soap and His & Hers Soap sets! I hope to post more items soon, but it takes time to make soaps, photograph them, and list them! I just spent my whole weekend working on Ginger's soaps (I can't believe I get to meet her soon! Yay!) which, for some reason, felt more rewarding than when I was making my own wedding favor soaps! (my guests got a huge mish-mash of different colors and fragrances... :rotfl:) That's probably because I didn't have the associated wedding stress accompanying the need to make HER soap!


Anyways, I was just popping in to drop off my link! I'm not loving my logos, but that's something that I can work on over time... Oh well, at least I'm open! That's a start!


YAY!! Glad to see you up and running!! I've been on Etsy alot lately!!
Can't wait to see what Ginger's soaps look like!! I've been too busy with life to do much of anything else-only when the kids go to bed or before they get up.

1EvilQueenfan
10-26-2012, 11:07 AM
WooHoo for an Esty shop! I just checked it out and I thought your logos where really cute. I can't wait to see more.

That's awesome that you get to meet Ginger! Have fun.

Jodi

JBeanBunny
10-26-2012, 10:59 PM
I just met Ginger! :wave2::cheer2::goodvibes:cool1::thumbsup2:dance3: :flower3::hyper::banana::lovestruc:woohoo:party: :rainbow: :dance3: Haha, there aren't enough cute emoticons to describe how exciting it was to meet her! We're practically DCL wedding sisters! She was the first person to read my PJ and she's been right along with me for the whole journey! And, for everyone's information, she's just as wonderful in person than she in online! I told Michael that I wished she lived here so we could be BFF's :rotfl:

She's very pleased with her soaps! Yay! I also might have made her a few extra goodies for her to enjoy since we've been talking for over a year and I wanted to give her something to show my appreciation for her support over the months! I can't believe that I'm married and it's her wedding week!

You're next, Judy!!! :lmao:

Anyways... Someone had asked to see Ginger's soaps, so that's why I dropped by tonight. Both shows of Fantasmic were canceled tonight because of the winds from Hurricane Sandy, so I got to go home early and enjoy a Friday night at home with my hubby! He's making me chicken taquitos!

For your viewing pleasure:
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/1IMG_0508.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/1IMG_0506.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/1IMG_0513.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/1IMG_0505.jpg http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/1IMG_0543.jpghttp://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/1IMG_0541.jpg

I used ultramarine blue colorant, a liquid teal colorant, and an opalescent turquoise mica to color them all. The fragrances I used were Salty Mariner (perfect for a nautical wedding!), Earl Grey Lemon, Blueberry Delight, and Citrus Energy.

I added a few more things to my Etsy... just to have SOMETHING in the shop! I won't list any Mickey items online (copyright issues) but I can take special requests for them and have "Custom Listings" :scratchin

celerystalker
10-27-2012, 09:41 AM
:yay: Yay! I love meeting people from online when you just know they're going to be exactly the same!
People say I talk more online than I do in person. :confused3
I love the bunny tags on your etsy page!

JessieGlitter
11-04-2012, 01:42 PM
Just dropping by for a quick second before work!

I just met with my photographer on Wednesday afternoon and we banged out a tentative schedule and shot list for our wedding day! She's even willing to let us put our attire back on and snap a few photos in Castaway Cay the next day! Tempting, I think I'll take her up on that offer! (Don't hate me, but I think CC is a little boring and that the ship is more fun to explore than laying on a beach... this may be my spoiled-ness from 24/7 access to WDW or my Floridian access to beaches year-round :rotfl:)

Anyways, while I was in Winter Garden Village for my meeting, I stopped into Bed Bath and Beyond to get a tie-hanger for Michael... I wound up finding a silicone mold for XL ice-cubes... and guess what! I now own a cube soap mold!! I decided to make a Mickey face soap with the cube mold to see how it turned out. Let me know what you think! (It's Violet Bamboo scented)
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/2012-08-31_12-54-48_10.jpg

Anyways, off to Fantasmic I go!!! Bye!

Jillian, can you post the link to your Etsy page again pretty please!! :worship:

JBeanBunny
11-04-2012, 06:59 PM
Jillian, can you post the link to your Etsy page again pretty please!! :worship:

Sure! Here it is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JBImaginarium

I'm not listing any Mickey soaps on Etsy due to copyright issues, but I can make special orders. Just message me either on here or on Etsy.

JBeanBunny
11-07-2012, 05:11 PM
I just wanted to drop by and give a sneak peek of Judy's Purple and Silver Mickey soaps! Please forgive the horrible lighting and quality that comes from a nighttime photo from a cell phone! I got a cute scalloped mold that I wanted to try out, and I think it looks great! :thumbsup2

Flash off
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/flashoff.jpg

Flash on
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Wedding%20Planning%20Journal/flashon.jpg

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 01:02 PM
Alright, enough procrastinating! In case anybody is still reading (:rotfl:) Here's my Castaway Cay and Disembarkation report!

My alarm goes off at 7 AM the morning after a long long wedding day! After scrubbing my wedding makeup off my face before bed, I was not entirely ready to put on a new face so early! But, if I was offered photos on Castaway Cay, I was going to take it- dark under-eye circles or not! I'm no cosmetologist (especially not special-event worthy!) and I'd slept on my hair half up... I was NOT going to bother my poor sick hair stylist, so I just stole my cousin's curling iron in attempt to resuscitate my hair! I figured that I'd just curl it and brush it out for some beachy waves! Unfortunately, with as much hairspray that was holding the top of my hairdo in, I couldn't do much else without risking the whole thing falling apart! My poor MOH got up with only a few hours of sleep to corset me back into my gown, and we headed out!

We met the photographers in the atrium a little TOO early- they hadn't even let anybody off the ship yet! So, with the morning light pouring in through the port holes, we took a few photos in the deck 3 hallway between Royal Palace and Animator's Palate. Afterwards we got off the ship, and it was a lot of "Just hold hands and walk, and we'll take photos." It was a bit difficult, since I'd ditched the crinoline skirt AND I was wearing flip flops instead of 4" heels! Juggling Michael's hand, my bouquet, and holding up my skirts was quite difficult!! We took some photos by the ship on the gangway, then headed along the practically empty beach stopping to take photos along the way. (Honestly, a couple of my favorite CC photos were the ones taken by a complete stranger and e-mailed to us!) Let me tell you- trying to take photos with 2 people in full wedding attire on a hammock was NO easy task! We walked along the family beach and wound up at the CC wedding spot. I was under the impression that there was a CC wedding that morning, but nothing was set up... So we took a few photos there since it has a wonderful view of the ship in the background! We stopped at the Heads Up bar area for some photos, and by that point the sun was getting HOT and without sunglasses I couldn't even keep my eyes open for photos! We were SO tired and SO hot and you could completely see the difference between awake and excited from our wedding photos and exhausted and fatigued on our CC photos! By that point, we all just wanted to get back on the ship! We headed back and ran into a few family members along the way and took a few more photos on the way back in.

Once aboard around Michael and I changed (what a relief!) and headed up for some Cabanas, but breakfast had already been cleaned up, so we had to go to Flo's for some grub. Even though we'd been HOT HOT HOT on the island, we headed into the hot tub for quite a while in attempt to soothe our aches and pains... PLUS the pool water was WAY too cold! This was our ONE opportunity to go ride the Aquaduck, and we were both way too pooped to even bother! After our hot tub time, we headed back to our stateroom and slept for about 2-3 hours!!! At that point Cabanas was done serving lunch (Wah! No more shirmp for me!) so we got off the ship to walk around CC for a short time. We walked down to the Heads Up bar again and ran into my new Brother-in-Law and we got a couple drinks and enjoyed a beautiful view and a chance to hang out with some family! We could tell they were closing everything on CC around 5:00, so i stopped at the gift shop and snagged a few items before boarding the ship again! We headed back to the room and got ready for the evening and packed up all of our stuff into the many many suitcases we'd acquired! We had those set outside our door as we left for the show. We brought out chocolate covered strawberries to our friends in the Walt Disney Theater for the dinner show since we weren't going to have a chance to eat them (I feel like we were eating the entire trip!) and we finally got to see one of the shows!

Michael ducked out of the show early so we could have our guest book signed by Captain Henry who was signing things in one of the gift shops. After that I headed to the gift shops to buy a few things- some crystal DCL flip flops, some picture frames, etc. Then we headed over to shutters to redeem our free 8x10 photo! Well... we didn't have a lot of photos taken by DCL photography, so we wound up with two smaller photos instead. The problem with shutters was that we spent a HUGE amount of time trying to find the photos with Tinkerbell- Me, Michael, and our flower girls, all in our wedding-day attire! So we went to their book, and they only had the photos of the FG's and Tink. We took one of their photos as a reference image to try to find our picture with Tink (it was LITERALLY the next couple photos, and the last photos taken that night!) and they told us to come back in the morning after they'd searched. Unfortunately, they never found those photos! Very frustrating!

We spent what seemed like at ETERNITY at Shutters. It was seriously a MAD HOUSE!!! I don't know how DCL brides who have DCL photography taken have to decide on their WEDDING PHOTOS that night! I would be so stressed out! I've had a CD with 1065 photos on it and I still can't decide what photos I want for my wedding album!!! After shutters, it was time for dinner. We headed into Animator's Palate and our entire wedding party was near each other that night!!! ... Except for our head table (10-top) which was hidden by a wall with the big "fish tank" screen. Oh well. The dinner was good, not as good as Palo, and not as good as Royal Palace! But I just adore their black truffle dumplings! Plus, their mashed potatoes (wasabi potatos and sour cream potatoes) were amazing! Our friends had an additional side of each and we kept stealing bites! This dinner was the one where we passed the guest book around- We'd completely forgotten about it because it was hidden in the pocket of a bag that one of my friends had in their room after delivering our guest bags! I was wearing my pretty one-shouldered dress with my fabulous silver pumps... and I only had ONE photo taken of me that day!!! Yeesh! I loved that dress WAY more than the one that I wore on my legal ceremony day!

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/Guests%20Perspective%20Wedding%20Pics/IMG_5491.jpg

After dinner, we invited a couple friends over to help us drink our Fairytale Cuvee! As I said, I was being fed WAY more than usual and I was not in the mood to drink a bottle of champagne, so we shared it since we couldn't take it off of the ship with us! We were bad and popped the cork off of the end of the our verandah on the back of the ship! ("And that's how we met the neighbors") We put on Men in Black 3 from their on-demand TV (I seriously wish I had that at home!!!) and after my friends left, we went to bed too. Even though we didn't DO much on that day, we were still both drained from the whole stressful week and 27 months of planning! (Yikes, I could've popped out 3 kids in the entire span of our LONG engagement!)

I loved the location of our room- it was so quiet and there was almost no foot traffic past our room, plus the views off the back of the verandah off the very back of the ship was great!!! I would totally always book aft... if... There wasn't so much noise and vibration from the thrusters while docking! I didn't notice it at Nassau or Castway Cay, but it woke me up from a dead sleep at 5 AM when docking in Port Canaveral. It was like an earthquake! There was no hope in falling back asleep, so I put one one of the comfy "VIP" robes (NOT complimentary- I asked!) and headed to our balcony to watch the guys hook the ship's lines up to the shore. I sat down on my lounge chair (our room had 2 lounge chairs and 2 deck chairs!) and turned on my cell phone to see a gazillion likes and comments and other notifications on facebook! (Ah, facebook... what a digital drug you are!!) I showered and finished packing up the room, and we left for the last breakfast! It's always so sad leaving the ship! Even moreso when your family is leaving and you don't know when you'll see them again! the 3 night cruise was too short to spend a lot of time with everybody! I pretty much just stopped by for quick quips every night at dinner and at our wedding, otherwise we were SO busy the entire time! a 4 or 5 night cruise might have been nicer- with the wedding still at the beginning so you can be relaxed after! Anyways... We passed around the guest book again at breakfast and hugged everybody goodbye and got in the HUGE line to leave the ship. Once we got into the customs building we got one of the Port guys to help us with our luggage! There was NO way we could handle all of that luggage ourselves! He took us straight to our car, and we were on our way home!

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end here! Michael's sister had arranged to have a "family reunion" picnic since she and her family didn't attend the cruise, then his mom arranged to have a family dinner afterwards! Yikes! So the entire time we're driving back, we have all different parts of his family calling us trying to figure things out and attempting to assemble! I'd rented us a pavilion at Mickey's Retreat, a little park (seriously, NOTHING special) that is available for Cast Members to use. Since I was the cast member, I had to be there FIRST before others could join... Now, everyone was getting grumpy because some people had driven and some people had taken our bus from Port Canaveral. We had to drop our luggage off at home, then drive to All Star just to find that nobody there was ready to go! Since I had NO CAR (Stupid Car Accident!!!!) I couldn't just drive over there to let his mom into the park, so I had to wait, not so patiently, for somebody with a car to get their act together to get us over there! I stole Michael's brother, his girlfriend, and his nephew, and we headed in. Then we waited for everyone else! Geeze, this took forever to get everyone there! Then we were all hungry and nobody (ie, the people who didn't attend the cruise!!!) had gone to the store to pick up BBQ supplies, so once Michael got there, he had to immediately leave with a couple more people to go buy lunch supplies. Hot Dogs, Chips, Soda, etc. Meanwhile, I just followed the kids around- I've married into 9 nieces and nephews! I've fallen in love with my flower girls, and they've accepted me as their auntie! yay!

There was a pool, there was a playground, and the kids just wanted to stick their hands in a dirty stream to pick up frogs and tadpoles and to chase lizards around! It's funny how simple kids can be! I think we were all a little happier once we got some grub in us! It was nice to be able to just hang out (although we were both still a bit zombified), especially since his family lives in Idaho and other far away lands! That night, we assembled at a TGIFridays and had dinner there. Then over the next several days, I had Michael drop me off at the parks so I could use my maingate admittance passes for the family, and I spent all of my time with the flower girls and family! As soon as all of the family left the parks, I had to return to work, which was really difficult with a frazzled/fried post-wedding brain! I still don't feel completely recovered and back to "Normal" and it's been months! At least by now I've finally unpacked all of our wedding things, though most of it went into a spare closet because I don't know what to do with it!!

Ah, there you have it! The finale to my wedding Trip Report at long last! It's not nearly as exciting as the wedding post, I know! I think that's one of the reasons it took me so long to write it! Also, perhaps, deep down I thought that once I posted the last post about my wedding cruise then it'd finally be over! Having a PJ and TR was a lot of fun having new friends follow along with me! I appreciate everyone who has been there supporting me along the wild ride that is wedding planning! I'm sure I'll drop by on occasion to post soap pictures! Also, if you are interested in having wedding favor soaps made, please please visit my etsy page! I'd be happy to help and I've had a great time making them for Ginger and Judy! Pass the word to anyone that may be interested!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JBImaginarium

Freckledginger
11-11-2012, 01:32 PM
I just met Ginger! :wave2::cheer2::goodvibes:cool1::thumbsup2:dance3: :flower3::hyper::banana::lovestruc:woohoo:party: :rainbow: :dance3: Haha, there aren't enough cute emoticons to describe how exciting it was to meet her! We're practically DCL wedding sisters! She was the first person to read my PJ and she's been right along with me for the whole journey! And, for everyone's information, she's just as wonderful in person than she in online! I told Michael that I wished she lived here so we could be BFF's :rotfl:

She's very pleased with her soaps! Yay! I also might have made her a few extra goodies for her to enjoy since we've been talking for over a year and I wanted to give her something to show my appreciation for her support over the months! I can't believe that I'm married and it's her wedding week!

You're next, Judy!!! :lmao:

Anyways... Someone had asked to see Ginger's soaps, so that's why I dropped by tonight. Both shows of Fantasmic were canceled tonight because of the winds from Hurricane Sandy, so I got to go home early and enjoy a Friday night at home with my hubby! He's making me chicken taquitos!

I used ultramarine blue colorant, a liquid teal colorant, and an opalescent turquoise mica to color them all. The fragrances I used were Salty Mariner (perfect for a nautical wedding!), Earl Grey Lemon, Blueberry Delight, and Citrus Energy.

I added a few more things to my Etsy... just to have SOMETHING in the shop! I won't list any Mickey items online (copyright issues) but I can take special requests for them and have "Custom Listings" :scratchin

Hi Jillian!!!
I'm back home! Finally! :goodvibes It's exciting cause I'm so looking forward to catching up on your PJ and hopefully being able to update mine also!

You are just the sweetest person ever! It was such an incredible pleasure to meet my DCL wedding sister!!! You are such a warm and lovely person. Meeting you was definitely a highlight of my time in WDW :) Haha, I loved your comment about how we could be BFFs if we lived closer. I said something similar to Timmy!!! ;) I wish we had been able to have time and sit down to chat--definitely a must next time I'm in FL.

I just wanted to thank you again for the AMAZING soaps that you made for our wedding. The photos do not do justice to how fantastic they are! Our guests kept talking about how nice they were (cute, smell great, professional quality), and I proudly told them that my DCL bride friend had made them for me. Timmy and I also loved all the little surprises you enclosed for us :goodvibes It was so thoughtful of you, and I cannot wait to have a bath this week and try some of them out!

Can you believe we're both married?! It's crazy how fast the year went past! Hope you're having a good week!!! :goodvibes

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 02:33 PM
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All photo credit goes to Lora Rodgers at www.LoraRodgers.com

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 02:39 PM
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JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 02:48 PM
Wedding Ceremony & Celebration

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All photo credit goes to Lora Rodgers at www.LoraRodgers.com

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 03:22 PM
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All photo credit goes to Lora Rodgers at www.LoraRodgers.com

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 03:33 PM
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All photo credit goes to Lora Rodgers at www.LoraRodgers.com

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 03:35 PM
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All photo credit goes to Lora Rodgers at www.LoraRodgers.com

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 03:46 PM
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All photo credit goes to Lora Rodgers at www.LoraRodgers.com

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 03:56 PM
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That's All, folks! (No, not really. There's 1065 photos, if you want to see them all, go to http://lorarodgers.smugmug.com/Weddings/Jillian-Michael/25691181_jd7qkr#!i=2122914122&k=WpmRnqH and the password is Pariona) All photo credit goes to Lora Rodgers at www.LoraRodgers.com

dclwonderprincess
11-11-2012, 03:59 PM
I really do adore your pictures, I looked through them when you first posted the link but today I think I noticed some that I must have missed before.

JBeanBunny
11-11-2012, 05:50 PM
I really do adore your pictures, I looked through them when you first posted the link but today I think I noticed some that I must have missed before.

Ya know, I've gone through the 1065 images a dozen times myself and I still come up with shots that I've "missed"! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

GrimGrinningVal
11-15-2012, 11:26 AM
Love the pictures! Your dress was just lovely :} Good luck in getting chosen for the wedding blog!

indiesgirl4ever
11-16-2012, 04:36 PM
oh my goodness i love it!

JBeanBunny
11-17-2012, 09:46 PM
Thanks, gals! :goodvibes I'm glad you enjoyed them! Fivepin told me that she printed some of my wedding photos to take along on her VR cruise for some inspiration shots to show their DCL photographer! I had such a hard time finding enough photos of DCL brides, so I hope I can be of help to those interested in learning about DCL weddings or for those who have booked one!!! I can't wait to see Judy's pictures! I also am DYING to see more of Ginger's photos- the teaser pic is just not enough for my curious mind! :rotfl:

Anyways, had a long week of learning, learning, learning about the Front Desk role at Disney University. Another couple of classes or e-learning and then I finally get to stand behind the desk at DAKL! Then after a few weeks of getting comfortable as front desk, I'll finally be Concierge trained! :woohoo: I'm so stinkin' excited to be Concierge! It's a role I've wanted to play for a LONG time so I can share my Disney knowledge (and learn even more!!!!) with my guests! Exciting things!!

But even more fun things... Tomorrow is my day off!!! And my friend is getting married!!! In Massachusetts!! Ahh! So I have to be at the airport at 5:30 AM so I can fly to Connecticut, to be driven to Mass, then attend the 11:30 ceremony and following lunchtime reception, then be driven back to Hartford for a 6 PM flight back to Orlando around 9. Ouch! then back to learning at 8:30 on monday morning! :rotfl2: I'm going to be such a zombie!

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!