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Old 10-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #796
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this is for our ladies that are planning. I highly suggest you look at the planning journals for swan weddings. mine is linked in my signature but our PJ's are a great place to go for ideas.

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:12 PM   #797
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What packages did you girls get? Has anyone been to disney in July? How is the weather? Who is the best photographer with good prices?
I just got the basic package and added the musician. We are having a harpist. I have been to Disney in July and it is HOT! I am going with Jason Angelini. He (and his wife) have been great to work with so far, and we are so excited for him to be a part of our big day.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:13 PM   #798
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this is for our ladies that are planning. I highly suggest you look at the planning journals for swan weddings. mine is linked in my signature but our PJ's are a great place to go for ideas.

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I know I have been REALLY bad about replying on everyone's PJs, but I swear I read them, and LOVE them! Teresa, yours has been helping me a ton!
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:54 PM   #799
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Hi everyone! I'm new here but I've been reading a ton!!

I want to get Married through Just Married at the Swan and Dolphin in 2014!.... However, I do have a few questions if anyone can help!!

...What is the best time of year to have a wedding here? (weather, and prices)?

....Has anyone done a ceremony in the morning and done a brunch or lunch anywhere? If so where?

....Is it possible to do a Christian ceremony instead of just having an officiant?

Also.... have any brides done a ceremony and dinner or lunch reception only then had a celebration at home? I'd LOVE to know how to set up the invitations for something like that!!

I'm at a complete loss....

Thank you so much in advance!
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The prices for an S/D wedding are set regardless of time of year. Honestly, I'd pick a cooler, dry month for a FL wedding. We are getting married in December; it's so beautiful at Disney in December but it is super pricey in terms of resorts, etc. January, February, and March are also really really good options. September is a great month but you will deal with the heat and rain, most likely. I do not recommend summer months because of the terrible heat, rains, and crowds!

I'm having an evening wedding but it is totally possible to do a morning wedding with a brunch or lunch reception. You've got all of the S/D restaurants to look into as well as almost anywhere on Disney property (keep in mind, you cannot wear your wedding dress into the parks).

What exactly do you mean by a Christian ceremony? We have hired Rev. Jack Day and he is performing a Christian ceremony for us. It is almost exactly the same as the type of ceremony we'd be getting at our non-denominational church.

As far as an at-home reception, a few girls have done it, I believe. I think the proper etiquette is simply send out an invite saying that you were married whatever date at Disney World and want to celebrate with those at home (obviously word it a bit nicer-- my brain is already shut off for the evening!).

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Thank you girls so much! I was thinking about July but I'm totally going for Jan. 6ish now! I am def going to check out those photographers. I also am leaning toward doing a dessert party at Epcot the night of my wedding. I want to have a morning wedding and a brunch at The Attic. Is it really cold in Jan.?
I don't know if this is correct but I don't believe you can have a reception at the Attic without being a DFTW bride... don't hold me to it but for some reason I feel like I've read that. Could be wrong!

January is one of the colder months in FL. BUT, the temperature in FL does crazy things. We've had some very cold January's and some relatively warm ones. You can expect the high to probably be in the 70s, with the low in the 50s.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:14 PM   #800
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Thank you so much everyone!

Teresa- I know this is silly, but I had no idea what a PJ was until you told me! I plan to read yours now! How else do I access the other ones?

MrsDuck- THANK YOU for all this information! I guess by a Christian ceremony is exactly what you were talking about!

(Sorry I'm very new to all this as you can see haha)
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:35 PM   #801
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Thank you so much everyone!

Teresa- I know this is silly, but I had no idea what a PJ was until you told me! I plan to read yours now! How else do I access the other ones?

MrsDuck- THANK YOU for all this information! I guess by a Christian ceremony is exactly what you were talking about!

(Sorry I'm very new to all this as you can see haha)
in regards to planning journals, i would just scroll through this swan and dolphin thread as most of us have links to our journals in the signature. Hope this helps and happy planning
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #802
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:28 AM   #803
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Hi everyone! I'm new here but I've been reading a ton!!

I want to get Married through Just Married at the Swan and Dolphin in 2014!.... However, I do have a few questions if anyone can help!!

...What is the best time of year to have a wedding here? (weather, and prices)?

Also.... have any brides done a ceremony and dinner or lunch reception only then had a celebration at home? I'd LOVE to know how to set up the invitations for something like that!!

I'm at a complete loss....

Thank you so much in advance!

...What is the best time of year to have a wedding here? (weather, and prices)? I got married in June - HOT and RAINY. My ceremony was moved inside from the beach location. If I didn't have to work around my kids schedules, I would have done October - December

Also.... have any brides done a ceremony and dinner or lunch reception only then had a celebration at home? I'd LOVE to know how to set up the invitations for something like that!! I did an at home luau a month after the wedding. If you want to know the wording I used, I can go look it up. We were rather informal with invites. For the Disney wedding, I emailed a newsletter and asked people to email me if they were interested in coming. For the Luau, I sent out invites and had the reply be either call or email. We had a photobooth at home that was awesome. It was a lot of fun, more fun than the actual wedding.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:38 PM   #804
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Hi everyone! I'm new here but I've been reading a ton!!

I want to get Married through Just Married at the Swan and Dolphin in 2014!.... However, I do have a few questions if anyone can help!!

...What is the best time of year to have a wedding here? (weather, and prices)?

....Has anyone done a ceremony in the morning and done a brunch or lunch anywhere? If so where?

....Is it possible to do a Christian ceremony instead of just having an officiant?

Also.... have any brides done a ceremony and dinner or lunch reception only then had a celebration at home? I'd LOVE to know how to set up the invitations for something like that!!

I'm at a complete loss....

Thank you so much in advance!
*As far as best time of year i think that is determined by the kind of weather you like. I love hot so summer was not bad for me. However, Faith likes it cooler and she loves disney at christmas with all the decor so she chose december and while shannon chose september. the prices dont change with time of year which is nice

*I did an 11am ceremony then transported guests to fulton's crab house for lunch at 1-4pm i can email you the mock up of our invite to help you

*christian ceremonies are a definite option with whatever officiant you choose

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I know I have been REALLY bad about replying on everyone's PJs, but I swear I read them, and LOVE them! Teresa, yours has been helping me a ton!
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Thank you so much everyone!

Teresa- I know this is silly, but I had no idea what a PJ was until you told me! I plan to read yours now! How else do I access the other ones?

MrsDuck- THANK YOU for all this information! I guess by a Christian ceremony is exactly what you were talking about!

(Sorry I'm very new to all this as you can see haha)
also in the planning our happily ever after you will find ALL the planning journals from DFTW brides and all other brides but if you want swan ones we almost ALL have links to ours in our signatures. Mine has a table of contents on the first page to help you navigate
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #805
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Ok so now the brunch at the attic is out of the questions Where is a good place to have a reception brunch? I was kinda leaning toward somewhere at the boardwalk
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Ok so now the brunch at the attic is out of the questions Where is a good place to have a reception brunch? I was kinda leaning toward somewhere at the boardwalk
I've never been and I'm not sure how many guests you have and at what time you are looking to do a brunch, but you may want to look into Fresh Mediterranean Market at the Dolphin. They also have group dining, so you may be able to possible reserve a section in the restaurant. I know they are only open for breakfast and lunch.

Maybe also look at the Garden Grove at the Swan? It's not private but I know they have great food and one of our fellow Swalphins (Faith ) is doing her dinner reception there, if i'm not mistaking.

Other than that you may want to consider breakfast at Cape May Cafe, which is at the beach club.

The only thing to look out for is the time you are looking at. Many restaurants close at 11 or so as they don't do lunch and others dont open until 11 or 11:30.

Hope this helps.
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I've never been and I'm not sure how many guests you have and at what time you are looking to do a brunch, but you may want to look into Fresh Mediterranean Market at the Dolphin. They also have group dining, so you may be able to possible reserve a section in the restaurant. I know they are only open for breakfast and lunch.

Maybe also look at the Garden Grove at the Swan? It's not private but I know they have great food and one of our fellow Swalphins (Faith ) is doing her dinner reception there, if i'm not mistaking.

Other than that you may want to consider breakfast at Cape May Cafe, which is at the beach club.

The only thing to look out for is the time you are looking at. Many restaurants close at 11 or so as they don't do lunch and others dont open until 11 or 11:30.

Hope this helps.
I am looking to having between 16-20 guests. I was thinking brunch 10:30-11:00. I just really want to do a good breakfast. Thanks for the info!! I am fixing to check those places out!
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:05 PM   #808
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I am looking to having between 16-20 guests. I was thinking brunch 10:30-11:00. I just really want to do a good breakfast. Thanks for the info!! I am fixing to check those places out!
Not sure if you have your heart set on something in the boardwalk area but I have also seen a lot of brides do their breakfast/brunch reception at 'Ohana. None of these are private, but they will accommodate you as best as they can and the breakfast there is great! Plus, you'll see some characters free of charge lol.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:09 AM   #809
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I believe Garden Grove has a character breakfast! It's right at the Swan and has good prices.

{and then you don't have to pay the crazy fees for having a character show up to your wedding... heheh!}
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:31 AM   #810
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Mrs - I can't wait to finish your PJ! I'm so excited you're doing a dinner at Garden Grove!
I want to do a character meal there - but I'm just not sure how it's going to work out.

I need to ask Erin some more questions, but I'm trying to space them out - 1 email a week at the 13 month mark is a bit much!

The fiance' wants a real cake.
I want a character meal and a Fantasmic! dessert party.
Fantasmic is at 6:30 the night of our wedding.
How in the world can we fit all this in?
His answer is to give up the character meal - which would save money -
but think about how much fun it would be!

Anyone know if Garden Grove will serve a cake from the Swan itself? I'm hoping to avoid the $5 per person outside fee.
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