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Light to Medium pinks with blue hydrangeas 10 45.45%
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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Talking Lisa & Dave's PJ: Home Wedding 8/2/09-MORE WEDDING PHOTOS!!

Lisa & Dave's "When You Wish Upon a Star" Home Wedding - August 2, 2009

Hello, My name is Lisa. I am not having a WDW wedding as my fiancé and I had once hoped, however, we are just as happy if not happier with having a Disney Themed wedding at home. But I would still love to share my planning experiences here I would love any feedback or suggestions to help with my Disney/Wish upon a Star theme. Some general info on us and our events:

The Bride and Groom:



About Us:
The Bride: Lisa, 28
The Groom: Dave, 32

I (Lisa) am a really big dork as is my fiance Dave, and we will be the first ones to admit it!! But we love being dorks together! I have always loved Disney and WDW and I did the WDW College Program back in 2000. Within the first year of being together, I got Dave hooked on WDW as well. Ok, maybe not to the extreme that I am hooked, but he is a close second to me.

DF proposed on December 12, 2006 at Cinderella’s Royal Table at MK and it was very romantic! (You can read all about it, if you like, on our wedding website – link under wedding info) So we have been trying to plan a wedding for 2 ½ years now. We were going to plan for this October but we got tired of planning and waiting and got some great deals, so we are doing it in August. But we just decided this about 6 to 7 weeks ago so we only left ourselves a total of 4 months to pull it off!

We wanted to actually get married in WDW, but for us, we find that even the escape weddings are too expensive at $4500 to only have about 10 people that would actually be able to come. Instead our budget is about $9000 and we will be having around 80 people.


About the Wedding:
Main Theme: When You Wish Upon A Star
Budget: Approx. $9000 for 80 people
When: Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
Where: Boothwyn, PA ( We live in Media, PA about 15 minutes outside of Philly); Cermony and reception are booth going to be in the same ballroom. It is technically a “fire hall” for those who know what that is (For those that don’t it is a hall that is attached to local fire house that the fire house uses for their events and rents out) Fire hall wedding receptions and parties, etc., are very big in this area. A lot of them are old or a very very basic hall but are known for renting out for very very cheap. But the facility we are getting married at is actually a full ballroom facility attached to the fire house and their own catering company.

Our Wedding Website:

www.daveandlisaswedding.com

About the Honeymoon:

What we are doing: A two week Disneymoon – 7 nights at a Disney Resort in WDW & 7 nights on the Disney Magic
When: October 17-31, 2009 – We decided to spread this apart from our wedding to allow ourselves more time to plan out trip after the wedding and also so that any monetary gifts we receive will lessen the blow of paying for our honeymoon. (We have also registered with the Disney Honeymoon registry to help as well).
Our Accomodations:
October 17-24: Currently planning to stay in WDW at AKL for 7 nights (resort or length may change if budget doesn’t allow) w/ park hoppers & dining plan
October 24 – 31: Disney Magic for 7 nights - Category 6 Verandah Stateroom on Deck 5, Stateroom 5622'

Next: More on our Ceremony and Reception
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Ceremony and Reception

So as I mentioned, we are having the ceremony and reception in as the same location, in fact in the same ballroom. We were a little hesitant about that, but there is no outdoor area to be married there, and we are able to have the ceremony there for free. We will have all the tables set up as they will be for the reception. However, our sweetheart table will be removed and arch will be in its place. We haven’t decided on whether we will have a runner or not since it would have to go over the dance floor and might be slippery.
We got a great 5 hour package that includes the time for the ceremony, a full cocktail hour, and reception, and also open bar. It also includes our wedding cake, a dessert pastry table, and use of centerpieces they already have. They even have an arch for us to use which is already decorated with white silk flowers. We have decided on the buffet rather than the sitdown because we felt you get more for your money with the buffet. Because we are doing it on a Sunday we are getting 15% off and will be paying around $72pp for the whole reception as well as use of the room for ceremony, set up and arch.
Here are some photos of the facility:

The Outside Entrance (You would never guess it is attached to a fire station)




The Inside Entrance:




The Ballroom:






The Included Centerpieces:



Some of the pictures don't show it off as well as I like bc it was rainy and gloomy that day as you can see. Our wedding colors are going to be cornflower blue and deep pinks so it kinda stinks that the centerpieces won't match, but at least they are neutral colors so they won't stick out like a sore thumb.

Next: Wish Upon a Star Theme and Invitations
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Wish Upon a Star Theme and Invitations

We want to try to incorporate our Disney/Wish Upon a Star Theme as much as possible without it being too cheesy. To start, we are having a DJ do the music to our ceremony and use the Disney Fairytale Weddings CD. I am going to be walking in to the instrumental “When You Wish Upon a Star”and we will be walking out to the instrumental “ A Whole New World”. I don’t know what we will have the wedding party walk into yet. Maybe Beauty and the Beast? Any suggestions?

Invitations
I have been looking around like crazy to find reasonably priced wedding invitations that could go with a when you wish upon a star theme. But everything I saw was either too expensive or I didn’t like. I found out about www.vistaprint.com when I was looking into doing postcards for our save the dates. I designed the front of the postcard myself in photoshop and uploaded it as an image onto the postcard. The back was a generic template they already had that I modified a bit to fit as a save the date.

I really loved how our post cards turned out and started looking at their invitations. I found a design I really liked and it was perfect for a wish upon a star theme! I was worried about the quality of the card stock, but because I really liked them and my save the dates turned out so good, I thought I would take a risk. I paid a total of about $85 for 60 invitations (including plain envelopes), response cards, & matching return address labels with a special promotion (they have a ton of promotions if you look google it). I actually realize later I could have gotten them even a bit cheaper.

When I got the invitations in the mail I was very happy! I love the look of them and I think the quality is pretty good. We got them printed on linen card stock. It is not the thickest card stock ever but I am definitely happy with them.

I must have proofread everything a million times before I order and double checked everything….or so I thought. My fiancé pointed out to me within a few minutes that there was a typo on the Response card. We have decided to do online and phone RSVP only since basically everyone we know is internet savvy, with very few exceptions. The response card was supposed to say or “Or call us at XXX-XXX”, however it says “Or calls us at XXX-XXX”. On top of that I realize the RSVP by date was wrong. I had made a few updates on the card before I had ordered, but apparently I saved it as a new sample/design on their website and ordered the wrong one. I ordered the initial one I did when I put in a mock date. Anyway, we will need to spend another $20 plus shipping to order new ones, but oh well. What can I do at this point?

Here are some photos of the save the dates, invitations, and (incorrect) response cards:

Save the Date:

Front


Back



Invitations - It is a stand alone card stock sheet:




Well, I think I am done posting for the night. Will update more tommorrow night.

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Congrats on your upcoming wedding!!
We are doing a disney/non-disney vow renewal, and I'm always appreciative of ideas to bring a little more magic in to it! I look forward to reading more!
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Congrats on your upcoming wedding!!
We are doing a disney/non-disney vow renewal, and I'm always appreciative of ideas to bring a little more magic in to it! I look forward to reading more!
Thanks I am really excited! We have been trying to get married for so long, I can't believe it is only a little over 2 months away!!
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Awesome! Congratulations and welcome! I can't wait to read more. That hall is gorgeous! I wish we had something like that around where we live. We got nothing. Barns are in abundance though.

Everything looks fantastic so far.
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