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Old 04-17-2009, 09:41 AM   #16
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I'm so excited you started a PJ! I got your message this morning and that well now I know what I'm doing for lunch!

Can't wait to read all about it! Another Little Mermaid theme! Whoohoo!
It is so hard to find nice little mermaid items - too much cinderella wedding stuff out there!

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Just stopping by...your plans look lovely. Df and I just decided on France also!
Thanks so much - I will have to check out your PJ this afternoon!

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I love your wedding website! It's wonderful!
I look forward to more of your report!
Thank you - we are pretty proud of that website.

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Just wanted to stop in and say hi. You guys make an adorable couple and you are going to be a beautiful bride. I love your dress, it's stunning! Oh, and I like the theme you have. My classroom is ocean themed and my house is all beachy. Loving everything, I can't wait to read more!!!
Sounds like you would have some great ideas for our theme!

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I'm so happy you started a PJ! Wicked excited! Your website explained something to me though. I picked out POP, POFQ and Boardwalk for our block. They put us at POP, Coronado, and Boardwalk. I told them I chose POFQ and they said I chose Coronado. We went back and forth and then they said that another bride on the 12th chose those and our block got confused with that bride! I should have figured it would be you! Too funny!
Oh my! That does not give me great confidence in how organized things are over there! But hey, at least you knew who it was

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I love the sea vibe you have going. Your colors are just gorgeous!! And the dress is just perfect! My DF stopped by while I was reading through it and I explained how you're getting married the same day and the weatherman in him came out. He said "Oh great - God forbid it rains - now I'll have two women ready to off me!" Yep! LOL

Great start to the PJ - can't wait to read about the PS!!
Yes tell Rob we dont want any rain!!!! That would really put a damper on our outside ceremonies and pics!

I will try to get to my planning session report this afternoon. I do have a few things I need to do for work today! Havent won the lottery yet you know!
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:31 PM   #17
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How could i forget - my ring!

totally forgot to post my ring! It's a set - I'll have to go take a picture of the band, but for now, this was just after Brandon proposed (excuse the purple nail polish!)
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our inspiration picture

This is the "inspiration picture" we sent to our planner, floral, bakery etc.
The color of the girls dresses (Alfred Angelo Jade satin) is similar to Ariels tail/fins.

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I love your dress! Good luck planning
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:01 PM   #20
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Your inspiration photo made me so excited to see your big day. I love it!!!!! I like you ring also, it's very nice.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:05 PM   #21
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Your inspiration photo made me so excited to see your big day. I love it!!!!! I like you ring also, it's very nice.
Thank you both!

I finally tried on my dress last night - and it actually zippped Now,I couldnt breathe or laugh, but hey it's a start
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:27 PM   #22
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Planning session trip

Sorry for the delay in starting my planning session recap - I was out shopping with my maid of honor yesterday. I think we have the dresses mostly sorted out for all the girls now. I'll post pics of each one when I know for sure....


PLANNING TRIP -
Our planning session was scheduled for Friday April 3rd, so DF and I went down wednesday after work. It's only a 7hour drive for us, so that wasnt too bad. We stayed (gasp) off property this time
Financially there just werent any deals on property that worked out as well as staying off did. I will however say that i will never ever stay at the "marriott village" again! It was terrible! Beds and pillows were awful, the "marketplace" which is basically a food court was really awful and service couldnt have gotten much worse!

But on to the fun stuff...
We decided that Thursday would be our "fun day" - basically the only day we would have time for the parks. Friday was completely packed with planning, menu tasting, and an appointment at raglan road. Saturday we wanted to visit hotels, meet with photographers, tux fitting, and other errands and then we were headed home sunday.
Anyone who has ever been to Disney with me will tell you I am a schedule nazi. You are up at the crack of dawn, waiting at the gate when the park opens, and you dont stop till the parks close. Everything is planned in an excel spreadsheet and we try hard to stick to the schedule! This was DFs first time going to Disney with me - poor guy
Thankfully Brandon is a morning person (normally a quality that drives me nuts, but very handy for Disney!) So Thursday morning we were up at 6:30 so we could get dressed, grab breakfast and head to the TTC (we wanted to start at EPCOT and end the night at MK so we parked the car at TTC).
Since we were only going for one day, we just decided to buy the tickets at the window that day. We got a super nice woman (i so wish i had gotten her name!) - and with a rather pouty face I asked for 2 one day park hoppers. (one day????!!!!) And that was her reaction - "just one day?" - so I explained we were in town to do our planning session for our wedding and we only had one day to play. She was very excited for us and handed us 2 "Just Engaged" buttons! Despite being bright pink, DF and I pinned our buttons on and headed up to the monorail for EPCOT.

Well, we were REALLY early - so early that we were at the EPCOT turnstiles by 8:12, when the park didnt open till 9

Finally they let us in, and we quickly made our way up to the rope drop at the fountain. Since there was still a few minutes before rope drop, we started chatting with some cast members while we waited. Our bright pink buttons were pretty obvious, so the CMs ask about when the wedding was etc. When we told them it was going to be in EPCOT France in October they were excited for us (actually, pretty much everyone we talked to on our trip was excited for us!).
Well one walks away and comes back a minute later with another CM with a headset on. She chats with us for a minute and then says...

How would you like to be the family of the day and help us open the park?
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:50 PM   #23
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By far this was my coolest Disney Park experience ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

I could not believe we were chosen - I told Brandon they ALWAYS pick the all america family of 4, and in all my trips I have never seen a couple be chosen!

So they pull us under the rope, and get us in front of the fountain, and we meet the characters.









They gave us a second button (you can kind of see it in the pic) that says Guest of Honor. They take pics and then they bring out a test track car...
And we hop in and wave to the crowd before being whisked off to Test Track - to be the first ones on the ride that day!!!



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Oh my gosh! That is so awesome!!!!! Congrats on being the family of the day. I didn't know they did that at Epcot. That is so neat! I'm very jealous!! But yay for you
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We get to ride Test Track twice!!! Which was awesome!

Then we are escorted over to Mission Space - and taken up to the HP VIP lounge! We hang out there a bit, take advantage of the free beverages and video postcard kiosk they have there (fun!). Dont know how we forgot to take pictures of that part!

Our guide then takes down behind the scenes to the control area (behind the glass if you are waiting on line)




And we get brought right up to the front of the line. DF and decide to give the "intense" side a try -
BAD IDEA!
OMG - i was so ill afterward.
Our original CM who chose us for the family had also given us a Fast Pass for Soarin, but I told DF I needed a break after mission space!!

So, we headed over to Journey into Imagination, and then did the Land boat - after wich I felt up to Soarin'.

DF and I then headed out to the countries and took loads of pics since the flower and garden festival was going on.
(if you are interested, all the pics are in photobucket: http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/e...20Trip%20Pics/ )

We were also offered prime viewing seat for illuminations that night, but since we were hopping over to MK we didnt take advantage of that.
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So by 4pm we had finished Epcot and hopped on the monorail to MK.



MK seemed awfully crowded compared to EPCOT. There were no fastpasses left for space mountain when we got there, and the line was 80min - so we skipped it.
We did get to do most of the other important rides in the time we had. Unfortunately we were on Thunder Mountain when Wishes started so we kind of missed that!

Exhausted, we head out of the park - grab a bite to eat on the way back to the hotel - and fall in bed completely exhausted at 12:30am!!!!

Up Next: Planning Session at Franck's at 9am!
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[QUOTE=jspahn;31375105]We started working on favors already. We wanted to stay with the whole under the sea/beach theme if we could. There are actually way more favors out there for that than I thought once I started looking!!! I have spent hours trolling favor websites (as I am sure most brides have!)

DF and I finally decided on a few things...
we are going to do custom M&Ms as we get closer, in our colors, with our names and wedding date. I love the new Disney ones they have, but not the colors they come in unfortunately! We are still looking for a container for these. We like something like this:



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I am planning on using m&m's as our favors too at a Little Mermaid/Under the Sea themed wedding. I found these http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...DID=xprd986551 and am thinking I will use them as the containers to put the m&m's in. I like that they are storybooks and would like to put a Little Mermaid picture on them but I know DF probably won't agree withthat idea so I will probably put our date or a picture of us.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:41 PM   #28
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Planning Session

Our planning session was at 9am at Francks on Friday April 3rd. It was POURING out - I mean cats and dogs!
The directions to Fracks say follow the "green line" on the road after the toll booth... which we thought we were. Until we ended up in the handicap parking for MK!!! In the pouring rain we had apparently followed the Blue line, and not the green line!
Mind you, I was already agitated because we were running late through no fault of our own (see previous comment that the marriott village was terrible). So now we are even later - which I really hate.
But, we arrive at Francks at 9:15, and as it turned out, our planner was also a few minutes behind so it wasnt a big deal.

We have Ken Weaver as our planner, and it was wonderful to meet him in person! As it turns our he is originally from Long Island as well so we had something in common - and he understands when the NYer in me comes out.

We talked briefly about our overall plans, and then launched right into cake tasting.
We had these cake flavors: Yellow, chocolate, almond, and lemon
and we had these fillings: dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate mousse, amaretto, tropical mousse, raspberry, blackberry, peanutbutter, and bavarian cream and fresh raspberries.







We were so disappointed by the taste of the raspberry, tropical and blackberry mousses! They all tasted fake and not very fruit-like to us.
I personally dont like chocolate, so that tasting was left to Brandon. He thought the cake was great, but the dark chocolate mousse was very bitter. Our planner said most people like the milk chocolate mousse better.

In the end, we chose almond cake with ammaretto for top and bottom layers, and lemon cake with white chocolate mousse for the middle layer.
Yum Yum Yum!
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We talked a little about the design for our cake as well.

We liked this one, one display at Francks





We also liked the standard "coral and shells" cake so we asked for kind of a hybrid of the two. And less blue, more jade.


We gave the bakery general guidelines, but left some room for creativity on thier part as well.

We already have our cake topper too:
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Hey there! Just found your PJ, wow you have so much done already! You guys make a great couple, love all the pics. Your wedding is coming up so soon, you must be super excited

And you TR, wow you guys did so much in such a short amount of time. We were in WDW at the same time btw, and I think we were at Epcot when you were Family of the Day (4/2 if my math is right lol)! Too bad we didn't run into each other That sounds like an awesome experience for sure! My Df and I wore our buttons all week too and we weren't Family of the Day but we did get to be Grand Marshals of the MK parade earlier that week, isn't it crazy what 2 little button can do lol! It was a good week for the DisBrides for sure lol!

I also love the cakes you picked, I bet the jade color will look amazing with your under the sea theme! Question, did you pre-pick the flavors of cake and icing at your PS or did they just bring out an assortment for you to try?

Can't wait to follow along with your plans
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