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Old 10-04-2011, 03:45 AM   #1
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Ginger & Tim 10-30-12 CC/SCP; Update--1/2:TR Day 1: Checking into the CS

Planning Journal Contents:

Plans:
About Us/Engagement
Early Planning Stages (Finding Photographer & Travel Agent)
DIY Save the Dates
Q & A with the DCL Wedding Coordinator 1, 2
Welcome/Dessert Party Planning: 1, 2, 3, 4--includ. Room Block & Transportation Info
Bachelorette/Hen's Party
DIY Wedding Newsletter
Invitations: 1, 2 (with DIY Tutorial for Envelope Liners)
Boudoir Shoot
Floral: DFTW Choices & Accessory Floral Inspiration , Accessory Floral
BEO/Budgeting
Welcome Bags: 1, 2
Wedding Attire: Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid Dresses, Welcome Party Dress, Shoes, Updates (First Dress Fitting & Groom's Suit)
Wedding Dress Hangers
Engagement Shoot: Preview, Photos
Planning Guide Selections
Wedding Rings
Hair, Wedding Party Gifts, & Groomsmen Accessories
Bridal Accessories
Cake Topper
Programs & Times Guide (w/ Tutorial)

Trip Report:
Day 1

Vendors:
Welcome Party: Wishes Dessert Party, Sago Cay Pointe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Ceremony Venue: Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Cake & Champagne Celebration: Outlook Lounge, Disney Dream
Travel Agent: Lisa Reece, Pixie and Pirate Destinations
Photographer: Jessica Cumbie Photography
Officiant: Pastor Hugh Kelly (my Uncle)
Bridal Salon: Joan Pillow (Atlanta, GA)
Motorcoach Transportation: Escot Buslines
Invitations: Something Printable by Victoria Ann
Accessory Floral: DK Designs Hawaii
Personalized Wedding Dress Hangers: Erica May Made
Custom Cake Topper: Sophia's Workshop
Welcome Tote Bags: Wedding Chicks Shop
Engagement Shoot Stylist: Amber Veatch (Jacksonville, FL)
Ginger's Wedding Band: Brilliant Earth
Timmy's Wedding Band: Ben Bridge Jewelers
Monogrammed Bath Robes: Shop Momento
Leather Wrapped Flasks: KillorglinCreations
Ties: The Tie Bar
Groomsmens' Flip Flops: Havaianas
Clutch Bag: ANGEEW
Lace Gloves: My Secret Place
Drink Koozies: Totally Promotional
Mickey Mouse Soaps: Jilly Bunny's Imaginarium
Muslin Favor Bags: Clementine Weddings
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Greetings Everyone!

My name is Ginger. I'm a long time reader of the Disney Weddings and Honeymoons disboard, and have really enjoyed following different brides' PJ. Now that I am engaged and have the opportunity to plan a wedding, I thought I'd start my own PJ as well



About the Bride:
I'm 28 years old, and most recently from AL. I'm in my last year of veterinary school in Western Australia, and after graduating in Dec (woot woot!! ), I hope to work in a mixed animal practice back in the US. I love working with animals, traveling, all things Disney (especially Alice in Wonderland), reading romance novels, visiting the family farm, and going to see movies in theaters.

About the Groom:
Tim is also 28, and from Victoria (Australia). He's an engineer, and also comes from a farming background. Tim is a bit of a gamer, who also enjoys travelling, watching movies, and diving in his spare time. He indulges my love of Disney, and has visited WDW 4 times as well as been on 2 DCL cruises with me.


Being silly on New Years Eve 2007 aboard the Magic

How We Met:
Tim and I met in 2005 when I was studying abroad for a semester in Melbourne, Australia. A mutual friend introduced us, and we started dating about a month before I was set to return to the US. Tim and I decided to try to continue our relationship long distance, and only saw each other twice a year for the next 18 months. After graduating from college in the US, I got accepted to vet school in Australia, and then moved to Western Australia in 2007. Tim and I moved in together in 2008, and have been happily living together ever since. We hope to move to the US in early 2012.

The Proposal:
Tim and I got engaged on July 30, 2011. Tim surprised me with a weekend away at a cottage in a nearby wine-growing region. Whilst relaxing by the fireplace (July is during Australia's winter), Tim suggested we go to the beach to have a glass of champagne and watch the sunset. The weather had been particularly unpleasant that day (cloudy, rainy and windy), but we hadn't done any sight-seeing yet, so we bundled up and headed out. Once arriving at the overlook, we made our way down way down the rocks toward the beach.
When we realized that the path didn't actually lead to the beach (whoopsie), we trekked back until we found a spot on the rocks that was somewhat shaded from the wind. We then sat down with a glass of bubbles, and tried to enjoy the beautiful scenery. At sunset, Tim suggested that we take some photos. After we finished doing that, I noticed that Tim was fidgeting quite a bit. I was about to ask him if he was too cold when he swiftly moved in front of me and got down on one knee. I'm sure I looked absolutely shocked, and my internal monologue was so loud with "Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh" that I missed out on half of what he was saying to me. I managed to re-focus in time to say "Yes, absolutely!!!", and then we were engaged!!!!!



The Ring:
The ring is absolutely gorgeous! Tim designed it completely by himself, and used the diamond from his grandmother's engagement ring. It was originally purchased in an antique shop in England, and is thought to be over 160 years old. I love the fact it has such a history within Tim's family.



The Wedding:
Due to the trans-global nature of our relationship, it was impossible to find a place that would be convenient for both sides of our family. We then started looking into destination weddings. I had long liked the idea of a DCL wedding, but Tim was concerned it may be "too-disney" or not personal enough. We spent about a month discussing it, and eventually decided that it would be a really fun option. We could get to spend more time with our loved ones (many who will be traveling from Australia) than you typically can at weddings, and we'd get to travel around the Caribbean in style!

We're sailing on the October 28 to November 1, 2012 (Halloween!!) Disney Dream cruise, and will be getting married on October 30 in Castaway Cay. We're anticipating somewhere between 20-30 guests, so it should be a relatively intimate group. I'm early in the planning process, so I have no idea yet about theme, colours, etc., but I think we'll go for a relaxed, but playful feeling to the wedding. I'm really excited about planning though!!
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:40 AM   #2
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Yeah! Another Castaway Cay bride!!!

What a great engagement story and what a beautiful place to get engaged. I love that you have his grandmother's diamond. I have my grandmother's diamond so I know how special it is.

Cannot wait to follow your PJ!
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:38 AM   #3
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Yeah! Another Castaway Cay bride!!!

What a great engagement story and what a beautiful place to get engaged. I love that you have his grandmother's diamond. I have my grandmother's diamond so I know how special it is.

Cannot wait to follow your PJ!
Thanks Lisa!!

Your ring is gorgeous! Your grandmother's stone is beautiful, and I love the pink flourish on either side. Does your wedding band slide underneath??

I have been following your PJ! It's been so great to see all your plans. Only a month to go until the big day, right? How exciting!!
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:40 AM   #4
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Save the Dates!

Since we're sailing during Halloween, I was concerned about staterooms selling out and getting expensive, so I decided to send the Save the Dates out at 1 year instead of 6 months. As I'm still really early into the planning process, it was challenging to decide on theming for the STDs. After looking at some possibilities on pinterest (isn't it amazing?!) and Marta Stewart weddings, I decided on the traditional photo booth style. When I first moved back to the States, Tim sent me a package with an assortment of goodies, including photos of him in a photo booth with "I miss you" written in the last photo So I thought that a photo booth STD was a good fit for us, and could turn out really cute!



It was a super easy DIY project. First, I purchased black card stock and wrote out the messages with a white marker. Tim and I then used the Mac Photo Booth program to take the photos. I created a template of a photo strip using powerpoint, and then just fit the photos into it. I downloaded a font to fit the occasion (dafont.com has some great options!), added the website address, and then saved the project as a PDF. I then spent several days designing a wedding website. As I'm not the most techno-savy person in the world, I decided to use one the free templates provided on theknot.com. I then just changed some headings, added details about us, uploaded a few pictures, and included booking information---then presto, I had a DCL wedding website

Because our guests are on opposite sides of the world, I decided to email the STD instead of printing them. I was a bit nervous about how guests would respond to receiving a STD electronically, but I was pleasantly surprised. All the guests seemed to really like it, and also appreciated having a website to consult for planning details and booking information.

Now, I'm just waiting to hear who's coming!!
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:15 PM   #5
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I really LOVE your STD. You will definitely have a gorgeous wedding with the budget you set. I listed my budget for just wedding stuff through the cruise line on my PJ if you are interested. I am working on getting everything else together that I have spent to get a grand total.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:19 PM   #6
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I'm excited to see you started a PJ!! I will be following along.

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Old 10-04-2011, 05:29 AM   #7
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I'm still on rotations in the hospital, so it's been challenging to get much accomplished planning-wise. Over the past couple of months, I have accomplished a few wedding things though...

1) Confirmation of our wedding by DFTW
I know a few DCL brides have had different experiences, but I found booking the ceremony relatively easy. When we decided we wanted to have a CC wedding (late August), I rang the DFTW number. I was then directed to a DCL vacation planner, who looked to see if my preferred date was available. She then collected my details, and helped me reserve a stateroom on the Dream. I received confirmation of my stateroom reservation that night, and then an email from the Shada, the DCL wedding coordinator, two days later. Once I paid my deposit, I expected to receive by DFTW confirmation, but sadly, none came. From following the DCL wedding disboard, I knew that Shada stays very busy, so I decided to send a friendly reminder email after 2 weeks of anxiously checking my inbox. Shada was very nice, and then got the confirmation as well as planning information out to me the next day

2) Wedding Budget
Because I'm a full-time student at the moment, it was very important for Tim and I to establish a budget early on. Our parents are going to help us a little bit, but it'll mostly be self-funded, so we're planning to budget roughly $12,000. One of my favorite wedding blogs, http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/, always discusses budget in their real wedding spotlights. I think that's awesome. I find it really helpful to see what previous brides' weddings have cost, so I'll try to similarly forthright in this PJ.

3) Travel agent
Whilst perusing the DCL wedding thread, I came across the PJ of Goldeelox9 (http://www.*******************************/lisa-r.html). In addition to being a past DCL bride, she is also a vacation planner, so I immediately emailed her for help. She is fantastic and SO knowledgeable! Our wedding is still aways off, but she has made the reservation process so much easier, and is a great support!

4) Professional Photographer
Based on the advice of past DCL brides, I knew from the get-go that I really wanted to bring along a professional photographer. Beautiful and memorable wedding photos are very important to me, so I wasn't comfortable with taking the chance of possibly getting a good DCL photographer. That being said, I also did not (unfortunately) have a large portion of the budget to devote to hiring a photographer. I spent the better part of two weeks emailing different photographers, whose work I had liked. I initially looked at photographers just in the Orlando area, but then I expanded to photographers that liked working Disney Weddings or had been on Disney cruises. I had pretty basic expectations for wedding photography--coverage of the wedding + celebration + some bridal portraits on the beach, a DVD with the images, and the option to purchase an album. I got a very positive response from all the photographers; they were very excited about photographing a cruise wedding, but unfortunately, many of their quotes were cost prohibitive. In the end, I found a wonderful photographer, Jessica Cumbie (http://www.jesscumbie.com/). In addition to being willing to work within my budget, Jess is a Disney enthusiast and takes gorgeous photos. I'm so thrilled to get to work with her!

Next up... DIY Save the Dates!!
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:52 PM   #8
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Awesome idea with the storyboard! I didn't even think about doing that and boy would it have made things easier! Looks like your planning is coming along well now!
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Congratulations

I am so excited for you!
My family will be on the same exact cruise!! My husband and I are celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary (we were married on October 29).

Hope to see you on the ship!
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #10
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How fun!! I love the spray tan, I have the exact same skin complection (without the benefits of the beautiful hair!). I got a spray tan and was so obsessed with my tan skin, I would just stare in the mirror at the tan line

Your "hen party" looks like so much fun, what a great group of girlfriends!

Sending good vibes on an early VISA approval!!
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Wow! Looks like you had a great time at your Bachelorette party! I hope everything works out with your DF's visa. Mine's going through the same thing right now and I know how frustrating it can be to wait and not know. Good thing you have a ranch to keep you busy! Time to start practicing all that vet stuff you learned huh?
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I really like your engagement story . Thanks for sharing with us.
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Dessert Party Confirmed!

Sorry it's been so long in between updates!

I do have a bit of exciting news though. We're officially booked for a DP at Sago Cay on Saturday October 27!

As I mentioned earlier in this thread, due to the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, our options for a DP were limited to Wishes or Fantasmic for that particular date. We had initially hoped for Fantasmic (LOVE the show), but when it came time to book a venue, a bit of a hiccup occured. SCP was available to book, but the dates for Fantasmic had not been scheduled yet. We had a choice: I could either go ahead and book SCP (with the option that if Fantasmic turns out to be scheduled for that night, we may be able to switch to a Fantasmic DP later on) or hold out for Fantasmic (but if Fantasmic wasn't scheduled for that night, Disney couldn't guarantee a venue for the DP ). Ultimately, we decided it would be better to be safe than sorry, and I'm pretty happy we made that decision. The photos I've seen of DPs at SC from other brides are really gorgeous. Plus it's located on the water, so I think it'll tie back to the DCL wedding nicely.

I'm really excited about getting to plan an ancillary event to the CC wedding. One of the things that concerned DF and I about having a DCL wedding was the limited options for customization available. However, by adding a DP as a welcome event before the cruise, we'll be able to personalize the wedding a bit more and extend the festivities
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:28 PM   #14
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Great news about the dessert party! I'm so glad we added it to ours. We will be at Sago cay as well! If you nt to add a personal touch, I highly reccomend ordering some custom napkins. Check out my pj for ours (prepare for the ridiculous)

Oh and I recommend the ap or website called shopstyle to help find a dress. It's a very customized search over tons of clothing websites so you can narrow down by color, style, size, price etc.

Happy planning!
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More Dessert Party Plans

Hi Everyone!
So we've been transferred from our DFTW planner to the coordinator, which means the planning of the DP has begun!

1) Food.
DF and I have decided to customize a dessert menu. Initially, Karen emailed me menu options, but none of them were exactly what we had envisioned. We then sat down, wrote down all our favorite desserts from WDW, and sent them to Karen for pricing and availability. We would like to spend roughly $35-40 pp, so it'll probably take some fiddling to get a menu in the correct price point.

The items we were interested in were:
- Bananas Foster Station
- Dole Whips
- Key Lime Pie Tarts
- Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake
- Mini-Napoleons
- Chocolate covered Strawberries
- Sunshine Food Fair Strawberry Shortcake
- Mini-Chocolate Mousses
- Mini Fruit Tarts
- Mini-Tiramisu

We'll definitely have the Bananas Foster Station (DF's favorite) and hopefully dole whips (one of my true loves in life ), but we're flexible on the rest of the menu. Hopefully we'll be able to have about 5 items or so...

2) Beverages.
As our cruise reception will be fairly simple, we've decided to offer drinks at this event for our guests. We were debating between BOC and packages, but Karen said we could base the number of packages ordered on our guests' beverage preferences. In other words, for our guests that do not drink alcohol, we can pay for just a soft drink package, and for those that do, we can buy one of the alcohol packages. This seems like a pretty good way to go as some of the guests that are attending are pretty enthusiastic drinkers We haven't decided on a particular package yet... It'll depend on where our menu is going to fall price wise.

We'd also like to offer sparkling wine/champagne (my favorite alcoholic drink), but none of the packages offer this. Karen said that bottles can be ordered in addition to the package, but they start at $37 a bottle + tax and service charges. I've heard about some brides bringing their own champagne, and then just being charged service charges + corkage. I think I'm going to look into this as I think we'd be able to get better champagne for the overall price. Will let you know what I discover!

3) Music.
DF and I would really like to have music at the event. I looked into having Wishes soundtrack piped in for the event, but then I found out that the charge for that would be $500 + tax. As much as I would love to do this, I really can't swing it with the budget. From what I've read in the Passporter's Guide to Disney Weddings (LOVE this book), private musicians would also be quite costly. I have noticed on the DIS that some brides have DFTW place an iPod setup at their receptions for music. I inquired about this option to Karen, and she said they could provide an iPod setup at SC for $350 including tax. I think we're going to go with that option, so we'll just have to come up with a playlist to run during the evening

4) Budget.
My parents have graciously offered to pay for the DP. It takes huge financial pressure off of us, and allows us to afford a nicer event than we would have been able to on our own. My father said around $3,000, so I'm shooting for that overall. I would really like to do some decor on the tables, so DF and I will probably pay for that.

5) Decor.
Depending on the size of the menu display, Karen said the GF usually sets up 5-8 tables. Decor items, such as chairs, centerpieces, specialty linens, etc, can be added. I'll probably go with the standard chairs/tables and linens to save money, but I'd really like to add centerpieces to the tables. I've been going through different options (there's some really neat light up ones that other brides have done), and will hopefully send Karen a couple choices this week to price out for me.

Dress shopping next week!!!
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