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Old 04-22-2014, 05:06 PM   #16
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Final payments have all been made, and since the cruise is at capacity it is unlikely that anyone else will be able to book. So as it stands it looks like our final guest count is:

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Old 04-22-2014, 05:38 PM   #17
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Soo I am in LOVE with your wedding website I have been looking for a new one I hate the one I used through Disney Honeymoon regisrty bleh its so plain yours is so cute i love it what site did you use ( i might have to use that site its one of the best and most organized i have seen yet )
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:52 PM   #18
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Soo I am in LOVE with your wedding website I have been looking for a new one I hate the one I used through Disney Honeymoon regisrty bleh its so plain yours is so cute i love it what site did you use ( i might have to use that site its one of the best and most organized i have seen yet )
I used Wix to make mine [= it is pretty easy to use and there are a lot of templates to choose from, and then you can break it down even further and customize each option [= I used to code my own websites but didn't want to put that much energy into it, Wix gives almost the same level of freedom to design it. If you want help with it just holler, I made most of my friends websites for them with Wix
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Oooohhh, shiny new PJ! I agree, your wedding website is great. Looks really nice, easy to use and has all the relevant info without being anywhere near overwhelming. The portraits on there are amazing too, I can see why you're using that photographer again! Definitely a good choice there, both mathematically and because you already know that you've got someone you work brilliantly with and who does excellent work. I really like the stateroom magnets too as I've said on the previous journal! I've never seen that image before and it's such a good one. It's really the ideal choice as a favour, something your guests will be excited to use during the trip and a great unobtrusive reminder they can keep when they get home again.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:58 AM   #20
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Oooohhh, shiny new PJ! I agree, your wedding website is great. Looks really nice, easy to use and has all the relevant info without being anywhere near overwhelming. The portraits on there are amazing too, I can see why you're using that photographer again! Definitely a good choice there, both mathematically and because you already know that you've got someone you work brilliantly with and who does excellent work. I really like the stateroom magnets too as I've said on the previous journal! I've never seen that image before and it's such a good one. It's really the ideal choice as a favour, something your guests will be excited to use during the trip and a great unobtrusive reminder they can keep when they get home again.
Thank you Ben! I love that image so much. At first I was going to just do the solid black Mickey head, or the Mickey/Minnie's for guys and girls, but I saw that image and it was just too perfect. <3 I have been following along on your PJ too, sorry I haven't been posting there! I love seeing how everything is coming together though. Are you getting so excited?? Just over 6 months for the both of us now!!
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:11 PM   #21
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Update on life!

So yesterday marked exactly 6 months to go before the cruise, and if all goes according to plan today is 6 months from the wedding day! When I first started this PJ last summer it seemed like the day would never get here, but time has been flying by so quickly. If this last year is any indication the next 6 months are going to fly by! So just to catch everyone up, here are some bullets on what has happened in life recently and what is coming up:
1. Dave finally got home from his deployment! We spent two amazing weeks together in Colorado and...
2. We bought a house! Brand new, huge, beautiful construction in a private community. And the air system has a built in humidifier which was a selling feature for me (going from living on the beach to 6,000' MSL and 0% humidity is rough on me)
3. Dave is flying in here on Thursday for...
4. My college graduation on Saturday! I found out today I am 0.02 points too low on my GPA to graduate with honors. 0.02. THAT was a bit disappointing lol.
5. After graduation I am taking Dave to Cloud 9 (a giant indoor trampoline park) so we can bounce around and he can meet some of my friends.
6. Then the next day we are driving up to NY to meet each others family and friends there.
So now you have been all caught up on my silly little life to date [= as far as wedding things, most of it is completely done. Bridesmaids have their dresses, clutches, and accessories, groomsmen have their suits and ties, I already know all the selections I want from the planning guide, and about 50% of our guests are paid in full already, and another 25% are more than half way paid off.
So all that really leaves is: choosing the first dance song, getting the wedding invitations, choosing a flower girl dress (at the rate she is sprouting up I am going to wait until September) and waiting to hear back from DCL about when and where the wedding is going to be [=

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Old 04-30-2014, 06:32 PM   #22
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So yesterday marked exactly 6 months to go before the cruise, and if all goes according to plan today is 6 months from the wedding day! When I first started this PJ last summer it seemed like the day would never get here, but time has been flying by so quickly. If this last year is any indication the next 6 months are going to fly by! So just to catch everyone up, here are some bullets on what has happened in life recently and what is coming up:
1. Dave finally got home from his deployment! We spent two amazing weeks together in Colorado and...
2. We bought a house! Brand new, huge, beautiful construction in a private community. And the air system has a built in humidifier which was a selling feature for me (going from living on the beach to 6,000' MSL and 0% humidity is rough on me)
3. Dave is flying in here on Thursday for...
4. My college graduation on Saturday! I found out today I am 0.02 points too low on my GPA to graduate with honors. 0.02. THAT was a bit disappointing lol.
5. After graduation I am taking Dave to Cloud 9 (a giant indoor trampoline park) so we can bounce around and he can meet some of my friends.
6. Then the next day we are driving up to NY to meet each others family and friends there.
So now you have been all caught up on my silly little life to date [= as far as wedding things, most of it is completely done. Bridesmaids have their dresses, clutches, and accessories, groomsmen have their suits and ties, I already know all the selections I want from the planning guide, and about 50% of our guests are paid in full already, and another 25% are more than half way paid off.
So all that really leaves is: choosing the first dance song, getting the wedding invitations, choosing a flower girl dress (at the rate she is sprouting up I am going to wait until September) and waiting to here back from DCL about when and where the wedding is going to be [=
I can't believe it's just 6 months to your wedding cruise...SO EXCITING!!! I'm thrilled that Dave is home from his deployment, it must feel sooooo good to finally be able to be in the same place at the same time!! Congratulations on your graduation...but bummer about the .02!!!! SO CLOSE!!!! Still, that is so impressive to be within .02...so kudos to you!!!

Congratulations on the new house!!! That is great news, and I'm sure the two of you will be very happy in your new home together!!

Have fun at Cloud 9...those places look like so much fun!!! Hopefully, meeting each other's friends and families will be comfortable and easy...fingers crossed!

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Old 05-23-2014, 07:24 AM   #23
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Just over 6 months for the both of us now!!
Yes! And now we're well under 6 months! Congrats on your graduation and house and everything, what a momentous 6 months it's going to be! 0.02 is such a slim slim margin, must be so disappointing to so narrowly miss out but still a great achievement. Sounds like you're really well prepared and have so much to look forward to and enjoy over the next 5 months and a little bit!
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I can't believe it's just 6 months to your wedding cruise...SO EXCITING!!! I'm thrilled that Dave is home from his deployment, it must feel sooooo good to finally be able to be in the same place at the same time!! Congratulations on your graduation...but bummer about the .02!!!! SO CLOSE!!!! Still, that is so impressive to be within .02...so kudos to you!!!
Congratulations on the new house!!! That is great news, and I'm sure the two of you will be very happy in your new home together!!
Have fun at Cloud 9...those places look like so much fun!!! Hopefully, meeting each other's friends and families will be comfortable and easy...fingers crossed!
Brooke
Thanks Brooke! Our trip to NY was great, a LOT of driving though. First day we drove 8 hours, second day we drove 5, third day drove 4, fourth day we drove 6, fifth day drove 6, and then the next day another 8. Never again. lol And we are so excited about the house [= I am still on the east coast but he is loving the house and the community, I am so excited to get all moved in. [=

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Yes! And now we're well under 6 months! Congrats on your graduation and house and everything, what a momentous 6 months it's going to be! 0.02 is such a slim slim margin, must be so disappointing to so narrowly miss out but still a great achievement. Sounds like you're really well prepared and have so much to look forward to and enjoy over the next 5 months and a little bit!
Thanks Ben! I got my final grades back and I boosted myself up enough that my diploma will reflect I graduated with honors, however the grades weren't updated in time for me to walk with honors. C'est la vie I suppose. I am going absolutely nuts waiting for October to arrive! When Dave was deployed I got all of the planning out of the way to distract myself, but now that leaves nothing for me to do in the months leading up to the wedding!
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Hey everyone! Sorry I have been neglecting my blog, life has been a bit busy now that we are on the final stretch to the wedding. We had a teeny tiny bit of craziness: Meredith (our DCL wedding planner) no longer works for Disney so our event has been transferred to a different plannerÖwho has yet to get in touch with me. Not really the end of the world since the wedding is still 5 months away, but I would have appreciated an e-mail just letting me know that she is there. I am sure she will get in touch with me soon though.

Dave and I are finishing our major payments for the wedding. The cruise payments are all due August 12 but we want to get it in early if possible. I will be able to put the final payment on the wedding cruise within the next two weeks, and Dave will be paying off the second honeymoon cruise, pastor and familyís stateroom, and our photographerís room.

I am still holding off on buying the magnets for the guests because we donít have a definite head count yet. I few of the couples attending broke up, so whether the remaining halves choose to bring a different guest or cruise solo is going to impact head count. One of my bridesmaids is getting married the month before me, and trying to save for her wedding while pay to come to mine is really causing her stress so I told her not to worry about it. I love her to bits and donít want her sacrificing her wedding dreams to get to mine.

I think I am going to go ahead and order invitations from Invitations by Dawn. The woman I was originally going to have make them showed me some design and it just didnít really fit with what I was picturing, so I am having her make shower invitations instead.

As for the rest of life, I am hoping to fly out to Colorado to see Dave over the 4th of July and take out a bunch of duffels filled with household goods. I have had a lot of extremely generous friends give us wonderful gifts for our home, it is just very expensive to mail it there so it makes more sense for me to spend the $20 and check a bag each time I fly out. Then the third week of July my friends in NY are throwing a bridal shower for me. Then my friends here in Virginia are throwing me another bridal shower end of August, then I am planning on flying to Colorado again over Labor Day weekend. I was worried about getting all this time off from work but my manager was so incredibly sweet and understanding about it, so I am so appreciative of him.
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:02 AM   #26
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Oh wow, good thing you're in such a great position already with your planning! Wavering guest count - including a bridesmaid - and getting a whole new planner might be quite an upheaval for others but you're going along brilliantly! I've been told that May is quite a busy time at DFTW and it sounds like you're already so advanced in your planning that your new planner just wouldn't have much cause to contact you at the moment. Still, I know it's weird not hearing from them - when we changed from our consultant to our planner we didn't hear from the planner directly for about two months! We were emailing our consultant just about every week if not more! That's just the period we're in now I guess, we'll be attached at the hip to our planners in about 5 months time but for now it's all quiet. One thing we did to break the ice a little was send her an email just detailing the story so far, our plans and interests for the wedding day and some of our inspirations so she could get to know us and give her a head start for when she was ready for us. I know Jess has since sent her images of our flowers and her dress but I'm obviously not copied on those emails!

Nice to hear that your manager is so understanding, it can be so stressful waiting for the right time to drop the news on them that you need time off here, there and again later on for your wedding but then when they're absolutely fine with it it's such a relief! With those plans coming up the months are going to just fly by and October will be here before you know it. It's June already!
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Figured since I was lurking here I would finally post something.

Your dress is amazing! It has a little mermaid feel to it that is subtle but gorgeous! Also, upon hearing that you, too, haven't heard anything from Kaity, who is the new coordinator for DCL brides, made me worried a bit. We only got 3 months to go and haven't heard back from her either. Maybe she took a week of vacation? A little email would've been nice or something. I figured if I don't get a response over the weekend I will call directly on Monday.... So that is my plan

Congrats on the house, graduation, and wedding! Look forward to reading more on your PJ!
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Figured since I was lurking here I would finally post something.

Your dress is amazing! It has a little mermaid feel to it that is subtle but gorgeous! Also, upon hearing that you, too, haven't heard anything from Kaity, who is the new coordinator for DCL brides, made me worried a bit. We only got 3 months to go and haven't heard back from her either. Maybe she took a week of vacation? A little email would've been nice or something. I figured if I don't get a response over the weekend I will call directly on Monday.... So that is my plan

Congrats on the house, graduation, and wedding! Look forward to reading more on your PJ!
Glad to have you following along! I will have to find your PJ and start following you since our weddings are pretty close. What ship is your wedding on? I still haven't heard from the new coordinator either. I am doing my best not to stress but I am a very high strung individual lol. I am sure it will all work out though. I hope =P

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Oh wow, good thing you're in such a great position already with your planning! Wavering guest count - including a bridesmaid - and getting a whole new planner might be quite an upheaval for others but you're going along brilliantly! I've been told that May is quite a busy time at DFTW and it sounds like you're already so advanced in your planning that your new planner just wouldn't have much cause to contact you at the moment. Still, I know it's weird not hearing from them - when we changed from our consultant to our planner we didn't hear from the planner directly for about two months! We were emailing our consultant just about every week if not more! That's just the period we're in now I guess, we'll be attached at the hip to our planners in about 5 months time but for now it's all quiet. One thing we did to break the ice a little was send her an email just detailing the story so far, our plans and interests for the wedding day and some of our inspirations so she could get to know us and give her a head start for when she was ready for us. I know Jess has since sent her images of our flowers and her dress but I'm obviously not copied on those emails!

Nice to hear that your manager is so understanding, it can be so stressful waiting for the right time to drop the news on them that you need time off here, there and again later on for your wedding but then when they're absolutely fine with it it's such a relief! With those plans coming up the months are going to just fly by and October will be here before you know it. It's June already!
That's good to know that you didn't hear back ASAP either...I get so worried that I have slipped through the cracks. I have decided not to contact the coordinator until a little bit closer, like maybe end of July or first week of August. And honestly...I am dying to see Jess's dress. She is going to look amazingggggggg <3
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Ok, so now that we are only 4 months away I am going to be having a LOT more updates, so if I go crazy with over-posting feel free to yell at me lol.
The biggest news: I finally got to bring my gown home from alterations! And it is perfection.


I have also gotten a lot of great advice from brides here (Especially Melissa who has been so wonderful and helpful) about making my own door magnets rather than spending the extra money on Etsy. I think I am going to give it a try, so wish me luck!

We also got wedding bands! This is mine:

And this is Daveís (donít have any pictures of the actual one):


Our guest count has also gone up from 35 to 41. Hopefully it doesn't go up much higher, the cost per head really starts to add up! lol

Also a funny/frustrating story:
My travel agent called me a couple days ago and said she got an interesting voicemail. She had me listen to it and it was basically, "Hi, this Mrs. X. I would like to get some information on Lydia's wedding cruise, like when it is and where it is leaving from. I wasn't invited but I would like to go anyway to surprise them! Call me back!" I am still reeling a little bit. Wow haha.
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Ok, so now that we are only 4 months away I am going to be having a LOT more updates, so if I go crazy with over-posting feel free to yell at me lol.
The biggest news: I finally got to bring my gown home from alterations! And it is perfection.


I have also gotten a lot of great advice from brides here (Especially Melissa who has been so wonderful and helpful) about making my own door magnets rather than spending the extra money on Etsy. I think I am going to give it a try, so wish me luck!

We also got wedding bands! This is mine:

And this is Daveís (donít have any pictures of the actual one):


Our guest count has also gone up from 35 to 41. Hopefully it doesn't go up much higher, the cost per head really starts to add up! lol

Also a funny/frustrating story:
My travel agent called me a couple days ago and said she got an interesting voicemail. She had me listen to it and it was basically, "Hi, this Mrs. X. I would like to get some information on Lydia's wedding cruise, like when it is and where it is leaving from. I wasn't invited but I would like to go anyway to surprise them! Call me back!" I am still reeling a little bit. Wow haha.
Yey more updates!! I am glad to know by the way I am not the only one who hasn't heard from the new coordinator its seems that they switch a lot I thought we would at least get a "I am the new coordinator email" or something oh well

Your dress looks AMAZING by the way so glad alternations went well and how are you not going to want to wear it every day! Also your ring looks so pretty I love how its a thinner band so it looks elegant and then with the big solitaire oh and I just blushed at the shout out glad I could help if you need any templates let me know I can email you some I have been working on some and your going to save money now so bonus do you have any other favor ideas? I am really struggling with gender neutral stuff apparently bath salts are too girly? ( I didn't think so ) and your party size is going up! that extra "cake and champ." cost really makes a difference and how funny with your voicemail any ideas who it is? I had someone do something similar they are friends of someone coming and are like can I come? I was like sure if you want to pay $3000 to come then who am I to stop you ahah looking forward to more updates!

Happy Planning!
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