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Old 09-03-2011, 05:53 AM   #331
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I agree! Karen is so efficient and definitely spoils us! I was working with Lindsey regarding plans for a reception at Il Mulino and she was sometimes slow to respond, but very kind and helpful none the less! Now, I'm a bit worried because the new event coordinator hasn't emailed me back regarding my most recent questions. I'm ready for the planning to be over and just have my special day with my DF at the Swan!

Rora, it's easy to be anxious when it comes to planning a wedding especially when you are planning from a distance! I'm afraid I don't know about any conference dates, but hopefully you will hear back from the S/D soon!
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Thanks for the welcome!

Big news: our date is confirmed! We are all set for 12/22/12 at Crescent Terrace! I spoke with the Garden Grove and can book 6 months out. We will be ready for that!

We are so excited! Now we wait for the contract and then go to our venues down home and try to get our deposits back.

Can't wait to start my PJ!!
Catherine sweetie - I agree that we are very spoiled by Karen's efficiency and I guess we always expect our other vendors to be the same.
If you really are struggling with contact with the new manager of 'Il Mulino', perhaps Karen can do 'a bit of research' for you. I know she will sometimes act as a go-between when catering arrangements are made with the Swan. It's certainly worth asking as I am sure she will help in any way she can!!

Faith sweetie - Yay for getting your date and good luck with cancelling the other arrangements!!
Welcome to our little club!! All the girls here are SO lovely and will, I am sure, help in any way they can!!! Speaking for myself, I would be honoured to help with any queries you may have!!
Looking forward to following your plans!!!
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:40 PM   #332
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Catherine, I didn't know you were doing Il Mulino for a reception too! I haven't communicated with the new manager much because I think I asked Lindsey every question in the book before she left. Maybe I can help answer your questions? I hope the new lady gets back to you soon!
Thanks Jilian! I haven't commented much on this thread, but the pics you shared of Il Mulino and the Swan awhile ago have been a huge help to me! Thanks so much for that! I'll definitely share pics after our wedding - I've thought about starting a PJ plenty of times and just haven't done it (I'm usually too busy reading other people's PJ!) and now the big day is less than 3 months away! Are you worried at all that all that you and Lindsey have covered won't come together without her?! That's my worry... hopefully it's all on file for Erica. My current questions are about the room we have reserved since our contract estimated 24 guests, but now it seems we will be having between 35-40 guests. And I was hoping to see a picture of the exact room we will have and know the layout. I'd like to plan seating, a table for our guest book, music, etc. Do you have plans for music for your reception?

Joanne, I have mentioned to Karen earlier this week that I had emailed the new event coordinator and was waiting to hear back. I think I'll see if she can work some magic if I haven't heard anything after this weekend.

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Old 09-05-2011, 12:48 PM   #333
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Good news! I heard back from the new event coordinator at Il Mulino and she was very helpful and went into great detail with all of my questions. I am feeling so relieved.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:04 AM   #334
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Good news! I heard back from the new event coordinator at Il Mulino and she was very helpful and went into great detail with all of my questions. I am feeling so relieved.
So glad to hear it!

Alright ladies, I have another question! We are signing our contract today (woohoo!) and I figured while I was emailing with Karen I'd ask her about outside vendors. We need a photographer, cake maker, and videographer.

Should I just ask her for recommendations? I don't want to feel weird asking considering we could be using JM vendors..

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Old 09-07-2011, 07:24 AM   #335
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So glad to hear it!

Alright ladies, I have another question! We are signing our contract today (woohoo!) and I figured while I was emailing with Karen I'd ask her about outside vendors. We need a photographer, cake maker, and videographer.

Should I just ask her for recommendations? I don't want to feel weird asking considering we could be using JM vendors..

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Wonderful news Catherine sweetie!!

Faith sweetie - Karen will give you excellent recommendations for vendors!! She is equally happy for you to research and book your own outside vendors

My recommendations (for what they are worth!!!!) are Randy Chapman for photography

http://chapmanphotography.com/wedmain.html

Heather at 'It'sTastyToo' for a cake!!

http://itstastytoo.com/Its_Tasty_Too%21/Welcome.html

Both were excellent when I used them!! Cannot say enough good things about either of these vendors!!

I didn't have a videographer so cannot personally recommend one of these, but other girls on the boards have used Stan (who works closely with Randy, and has some good packages combining his services and Randy's)

http://www.stvsvideo.com/

Other brides recommend 'Simply Cinematic'

http://www.simplycinematic.com/

HTH and keep us posted of what you decide!!
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:35 AM   #336
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Jo- thank you!! I will look into all of them!
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I agree with using Randy Chapman for photography and if you're ok with booking him yourself you might want to do that because there is a markup if you go through the Swan. Randy's prices are really great! I've heard nothing but good things about its tasty too and if we decide to do a cake that is who we'll use. Book them yourself and you'll get a better price than going through the Swan. That is the beauty of the Swan - you can pick and choose which of their vendors to use and which to do on your own.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:29 PM   #338
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I''m using Randy as well! We are not having a videographer. We ordered our cake through the Swan catering since they get excellent reviews & we are having a reception through them-even got to have a tasting session!

We followed Karen's recommendations for our florist and harpist and we couldn't be happier who the vendors she found!!
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I am in the very beginning stages of planning our wedding (I mean, hello, I'm not even engaged yet ). We have pretty much settled on having a wedding in November/December of next year so when the engagement does happen, I need to have my stuff together (I get major anxiety having to rush through planning stuff). Right now, I'm thinking of having an off-site wedding (either Kraft Azalea Gardens or the Maitland Art Center), dinner at a Swan/Dolphin restaurant in a private room, and an Epcot dessert party (sans the wedding dress). I wouldn't mind doing the ceremony at the Swan/Dolphin just none of the locations are really "me". I'm adding the costs up and they do add up quickly!

My question is, who would I go through to reserve the dinner at one of the restaurants (probably bluezoo)? I would like it to be decorated with flowers and candles, would I go through someone like justmarry or a floral company? I'm so clueless . Thanks for any and all help!
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You would only go through Just marry for a s/d ceremony. If you want to book a private room in one of the restaurants you'd need to contact the restaurant directly. I looked into both bluezoo and il mulino but the contact at bluezoo was so bad at getting back to me (even though it was my first choice) that I went with il mulino. She basically ignored me for months and when I mentioned looking into other places she finally scheduled a time for me to come look at the room. Il Mulino always gets back to me quickly and they were more than happy to give me a tour and accomodate my needs.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:38 AM   #342
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Hi NeverlandClub23 and welcome!!
Jilian has given you the information about booking a restaurant at S/D, but I just wanted to say that I think for the floral decoration side of things, you would be better to contacting an outside florist. The restaurant may have contacts who are able to do this, but I think it would be cheaper and you would have more control if you went your own way with it!! Be sure to just check on the rules about candles with your chosen restaurant. I know some will allow nothing bigger than a tea-light due to fire restrictions and smoke alarms etc.
I have never heard of your possible ceremony sites (but then I am an ignorant Brit)!!! Do you have a link you can share as I would love to have a nosey!! It's a shame you do not gel with any of the ceremony sites at the S/D.
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Hi NeverlandClub23 and welcome!!
Jilian has given you the information about booking a restaurant at S/D, but I just wanted to say that I think for the floral decoration side of things, you would be better to contacting an outside florist. The restaurant may have contacts who are able to do this, but I think it would be cheaper and you would have more control if you went your own way with it!! Be sure to just check on the rules about candles with your chosen restaurant. I know some will allow nothing bigger than a tea-light due to fire restrictions and smoke alarms etc.
I have never heard of your possible ceremony sites (but then I am an ignorant Brit)!!! Do you have a link you can share as I would love to have a nosey!! It's a shame you do not gel with any of the ceremony sites at the S/D.
Happy planning and be sure to come back and fill us in with your plans!!
I want to see pictures too!

Neverland- I definitely agree with Jo. Contact an outside florist if you want to decorate. Have you visited BlueZoo though? IMO, it doesn't need much decorating so that should be nice for your budget!

Personally, I wouldn't rule out the S/D for your ceremony just yet.. there are so many things to do to make the sites gorgeous! I'm not thrilled about all the concrete at Crescent Terrace but I've got some ideas up my sleeve that I hope will make it much more enchanting!

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Old 09-20-2011, 09:18 AM   #344
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I agree with Faith. The ceremony sites can really look beautiful when dressed up!!! Our ceremony was at the West Courtyard (can be used for smaller ceremonies) and I couldn't have been happier with how pretty it ended up looking!!



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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! I'm in between bluezoo or Il Mulino right now (but really leaning towards Il Mulino for the food and after your review, Jilian).

So if I go through an outside florist they'll set up everything at the restaurant's private room? Sorry if this seems like a dumb question, I've just never done any kind of event planning in my life!

The three locations I'm deciding between are:


This is at Kraft Azalea Gardens and is $150, but only allows 20 guests (and I'd have to rent the chairs [if they even allow them for an event under 20 guests], get the officiant, harpist/violinist, etc.).


This is at Kraft Azalea Gardens as well, the Mead Garden Amphitheater. This is $225 and allows up to 200 (and seats are already provided! ).


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I've loved this place (Maitland Art Center Chapel) ever since I saw it in one of lurkyloo's TR's. However, every time I try to visit the webiste my computer's security system says there's a malicious something or the other and I can't get on it . So I have no idea how much it costs or capacity. Hopefully before I get into really planning I'll know one way or another.

I have no idea how many people would come. My bf has 7 brothers and both of my parents have 7 brothers/sisters so I have a lot of family (and they all live in our state (VA) pretty much). I'm guessing between 15-65 as it's in Florida, the date I'm looking at is a Wednesday, and it's when school is still in.
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