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Old 02-27-2011, 09:20 AM   #31
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Panos returned at 4:05pm to accompany me. We had to take three different elevators up to the Outlook and he could not remember which one went all the way to deck 14. Weird, eh? On the way up he told me he had another ceremony after ours (? Shanda said they only did one onboard ceremony a cruise) - a larger party... Once we found the floor, I was placed in a blocked off hallway while we waited for the Captain to arrive. Panos walked out th kids to lead me so the ceremony could begin. The ceremony was very short about 8 minutes. They left a spot for our own vows - which we were not aware of and did not prepare and stood feeling silly - wish I had known (SO PLEASE BE AWARE AND READY). The ceremony did not include or address the kids at all. The Capatin seemed rushed and was not very animated. The lounge was nice and cozy. We had 12 guests who fit comfortably inside. I can't imagine many more people there. There is a little cove with a REAL piano! This was a treat since I thought it would be a keyboard. There also was a nice white podeum - not a black instrument stand that I had seen in past pictures. The cake table was in the back with white clouded linens. The cake looked pretty but our Mickey & Minnie topper kept falling over. There was two flower arrangements on the table which was a pleasant surprise! The huge windows were great, but half were covered by blinds to block the sun. The view was of the pools below. If you looked to the sides, you could see the water and Nassau. In the end, I spent most of my time looking at my husband so I guess it wasn't a deal breaker - accept that it was VERY difficult to go outdoors and find a clear spot on deck for photos of the ocean. I think we took two or three...
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:29 AM   #32
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The cake looked okay - but was horrible - It was supposed to be buttercream but it tasted more like nut or coffee. No one ate their slices - NOT EVEN THE KIDS WHO EAT EVERYTHING! The gum paste was hard and separating from the cake. I think it was frozen and defrosted prior to our ceremony. There was some confusion on who was cutting it and passing it out too... Our photographer took lots of shots but seemed fustrated by the crowdson the ship and lack of locations not already occupied. He took tons of "kissing" pictures which I was not so interested in. He also took alot of slanted view shots - which I am not used to.

We went to Palo for supper which was really nice. When we returned to our room, we had chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Rose petals covered the bedding along with the bouquet, flower arrangements, cake server set, flower girl baskets, and Mickey pomander. Panos dropped off our wedding certificate.









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Old 02-27-2011, 09:31 AM   #33
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:37 AM   #34
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My pictures were ready in Shutters on Tuesday night to view. There was around 100 - 125 picture to choose from. I ordered them before closing and picked up my 8 X 10s on Wednesday evening. Panos brought us a gift basket with a keepsake box, photocards, and a large beach towel (and a voucher for a free 8 X 10) so it was a nice safe place to pack them away.

**The smudging you see if from my scanner not the photos**


Please feel free to ask questions about our experience. It was okay... just okay...
My hubby and I had discussed taking a week long vacation alone or doing this ceremony. In the end, we decided on the ceremony. Looking back, I believe our money would have been better spent on a vacation... Good thing he thinks so too - we'll be booking one just for the two of us soon LOL!
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:28 AM   #35
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I am sorry you had some issues - it seems to be a bit of a trend with some DCL weddings/VRs. Your photos are beautiful and everybody looks gorgeous (particularly you and the girls). I am glad you may get your vacation too!!! Best of both worlds eh!!
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:29 AM   #36
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looks beautiful!!!!!!!
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #37
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Thanks for sharing your experience. It scares me to think the space only fits about 12 comfortably as we have 25 or so. This is a question I tried to contact shanda about and haven't heard a response. Your family looked beautiful and you looked happy
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:51 PM   #38
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well let me start off by saying your hair looks gorgeous! everything seemed beautiful! the things that concerned me the most as a dcl bride is that i have about 45 people coming and i would hate to be cramped in a small room & the ceremony will only be 4 minutes long? really? that is REALLY REALLY short.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:31 PM   #39
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Amanda in Senses on the Dream was excellent for hair!!!!

I think you can definetly extend the time of your ceremony by adding a unity candle (which we did not bring since we were originally told we'd be on deck) since there will be no issue with a breeze and by creating your own vows to enhance the traditional ones in the ceremony. You could even add areas for family to recite scripture or poetry which would enhance the ceremony and extend the time.

I also advise writing or mentally preparing a toast. I never thought to write one and our family present did not have anything "inspirational" to add to the moment.

The chairs would be great for petal cones too so guests can throw rose petals as you leave & re-enter as you are "introduced".

They used the lounge chairs in the Outlook for our ceremony. They take up more space than a traditional folding chair - they might change them for larger parties to accomidate more guests...
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:38 AM   #40
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I'm SO glad I found your TR!! I've been searching these forums for days trying to find someone who'd had a VR recently, especially on the Dream! More talk about "weddings" than "VRs" so weeding through the info that actually pertains to me has been challenging at times. I've had communication issues with Shanda. Thus, I'm 60 days out, WITH questions, and that is never a good thing. I wish DFTW treated you more like a paying customer than a burden. DH has said many times that our money would've been better spent on a simple, long, land Disney vacation. So, I'm disappointed to hear that you kind of agree. And, after reading several threads with tons of complaints, I'm beginning to come to the same conclusion! However, I'm stuck on doing the whole "fairy-tale princess" kind of thing. I got talked into doing certain things for my original wedding and I was too shy to speak up. My mom and MIL basically ran the entire show. NOT going to happen this time around! I'm finally going to get the "wedding" of my dreams....even if I have to dump an entire bag of Pixie Dust on this darn thing!
So, I will be wearing a fluffy, pink dress with jewel accents and 'glass' slippers. My 2 boys have blk suits with pink shirts and DH has a pink vest/tie for his tux. We even have matching mickey rings for the ceremony!
Since Shanda is MIA, I was hoping you could share more of your experience with me!
1.) Is an outdoor venue impossible on the Dream? That was the one thing I was looking forward too. I really wanted lots of great outdoor shots w/ both the ship and the ocean in the background.
2.) Can they incorporate color and/or other "special requests" into the cake? I saw the pics of the 3 cakes we can choose from. I was hoping they could add some pink accents to coordinate with our attire.
3.) I'm hoping they will allow us to recite different vows. I read through DCL's and I wasn't impressed. Friends used "Blessing of the hands". I asked, Shanda submitted them for "approval", but that was months ago and still no word.
4.) Do you happen to know what the "mickey crystals" are that you can add to your bouquet? Curious about what they look like b/c I don't want to pay extra for them before I even know what they are. lol. (yet another question I couldn't get a difinitive answer on)
5.) What kind of "keepsakes" does DCL give you? Kinda wondering/looking forward to all the lil things in my stateroom! I think you mentioned robes in a post? Do you get to keep those?
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:33 AM   #41
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Your pictures are gorgeous, btw! I'm still not sure what to do about the photography. I'm a picture fanatic so I was thinking about adding on a pkg. I definitely need more than just a few photos! I heard they are expensive to buy them all individually. Wondering which pkg is best?
Oh, and what did the keepsake box look like??
Did they let you board earlier than everyone else with your dress/extra baggage?
I'm nervous about dining at Palo b/c I don't want to mess up our dining rotation. It's only a 4day cruise and I want to make sure to visit each of the 3restaurants. Shanda has assured me that DCL will work around that but after all the negativity I've read, I'm nervous. Can you honestly blame me?!? lol
I have no idea about music yet! I also have long hair. Maybe I'll luck out and get Amanda?!? Do I have to book that appt before we sail?
Any thoughts/advice/words of wisdom?? Things you'd do differently? Things to expect?
Ugh, so sorry. I'm rambling and it's 2am.
Thanks, in advance, for tolerating my lunacy.....
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:44 AM   #42
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ok, one last thing for tonight, I promise. Did you make your Mickey Pomander?? It's awesome!! ok, I'm going to bed now....
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:57 PM   #43
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Our 10 yr Dream Vow Renewal

I went back and read your previous posts, since it's been a few months.
Crazy how similar things were!
I also had Amanda for hair and I liked her very much! Grace was our photographer and Sarah was our onboard coordinator. Both very nice! I too wanted an outdoor ceremony and was disappointed that they never found a spot for it. Outlook was ok, but very small. Luckily we didn't have any guests, just DH, myself, and 2 DS's. We added "blessing of the hands" vows to the reg DCL script. I thought that helped quite a bit. Our boys were ring bearers so that made the ceremony feel more special and personal. Wasn't impressed with captain Tom. He seemed very rushed and not very friendly. Grace took over 200 photos and I was pleased with the shots she got. We ended up buying the cd with our pkg b/c we couldn't decide.
All in all, a lovely experience. Just not sure it was worth ALL of the money involved. Might have been more "worth" it if some of our family had been able to join us.
I posted many pics on my VR PJ, if anyone is curious about different ideas for their upcoming special day. Just follow the link in my signature.
I loved the one with you and DH next to the funnels so I made sure to do that! I love getting ideas from other trip journals.
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