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Old 05-27-2009, 09:02 AM   #1
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Talking Amanda & Mike’s PJ ~ SBP/Whitehall/ItalyWest 10/07/09 ~ Newsletters posted!

Hello everyone! I'm Amanda and I’m a procrastinator! My wedding is in approximately 4 months and boy do I have plenty to do! I've been reading this board for a while now and seeing everyones PJ's and TR's has been so helpful!

Anyways about us, we’re both Florida residents, I’ve lived in Orlando my whole life and even worked at Disney for a couple years a while back. I'm an RN at nearby hospital and DF is a network specialist at a local high school. We met online and clicked instantly! (Haha) Anyways, we are super excited to be doing a Wishes wedding and the months seem to be flying by!

Here’s what we have planned so far….

Wedding Details

Ceremony: Seabreeze Point @ 2:30pm

Date: October 7th, 2009

Cocktail Hour/Reception: Whitehall Room & Patio



Dessert Party: Italy West at EPCOT

Resort for us: Beach Club
Resort for our guests: Caribbean Beach
Guest Count: 38, including us
Honeymoon: Spending a few days at the Beach Club and going to the parks, then going back to work for a week, then going on a 7 day Eastern Carribean (Royal Carribean) cruise!

-No Rehearsal Dinner, or Welcome Brunch, or anything like that ~ But we still wanted to do something the night before our wedding so we’re going to attend MNSSHP (I’m gonna find a casual white dress and get DF one of those t-shirts that looks like a tux and wear our bride/groom Mickey ears). We invited everyone to come on the invites and gave info about it on our website but it’s totally optional…even if it’s just DF and I, I’m sure we’ll have a blast

Wedding Planner: Ken Weaver
Floral: Rose Dizon
Officiant: Rev. Jack Day
Photographer: Misty Miotto

Colors: Black, Ivory, Dark Red and Silver (for any accents)

Theme: A combo of romance and Italian.
Music: We’re having one violinist to play the ceremony and pre-reception hour.
-Prelude: Romanza, Adagio
-Mother’s Entrance: The Rose
-Groom, Best Man, Groomsman, and Rev. Day Entrance: Groom’s Choir
-MOH and Bridesmaid Entrance: Canon in D
-Bride Entrance: Traditional Bridal Chorus Processional
-Sand Ceremony: Candle on the Water
-Recessional: Traditional Wedding Recessional March, Can You Feel the Love Tonight

We’re doing a staged exit with rose petals…not decided on the whole transportation thing yet, we have Cinderella’s carriage booked but most likely will be switching to the Rolls Royce since we will be able to use it before the ceremony and it can take us to the reception location.

The Menu
We did our taste tasting last week and the food was so amazing. We decided to do a custom menu (we went with an Italian theme, both of our favorites!) since we are both picky so here is what we’re having (and some pics from the session, sorry some of them are missing some pieces of food, I forgot to take the photo before I ate it, lol!)

Here's a photo of a Mickey and Minnie they had on the table when we got there!


Pre-Reception: ~ $9.50/pp each
Chicken Bruschetta (the best thing I’ve ever tasted in my whole life, seriously…) and Margherita Pizza.




Dinner:
~ $113/pp
-Plated Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Emulsion & Basil & Light Olive Oil
-Served Cinderella’s Ice Slipper with Raspberry Champagne Sorbet (with red light)



Then the rest is buffet style….

Stations:
-Traditional Chicken Parmesan
-Traditional Eggplant Parmesan
-Parmesan Cheese Risotto
-Sautéed Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Squash, and Onions in Olive Oil & Garlic
-Penne alla Vodka with Tomato Basil Cream and Romano and Pecorino Cheese
-Butternut Squash Ravioli with White Cream Sauce (we originally asked for Pumpkin ravioli since our wedding is on October and we wanted a fall type dish but Disney couldn’t get the pumpkin so they substituted this and I thought it sounded disgusting but it was seriously SO good…I can’t wait to have more at the wedding!)
-Baguettes, Foccacia, and Garlic Bread
-Pressed Panini Station
-Garlic Encrusted Sicilian style flank steak (carved to order)



Custom Specialty Drink:
~ $10/pp
We aren’t having a bar so we decided to serve each person one specialty drink (name TBD!) it’s red to match our colors and has Vodka, Peach Schnapps, and Cranberry Juice. The picture shows the three that we sampled (Pomegranate Cosmo, Ultimate Lemon Drop, and Dream Martini) and then the other photo is the one we chose that we haven’t named yet.




Cake:
~ $14/pp min 65 people (with tax and handling fees) = $1,172
Small Bridge to Happiness
-Anniversary Layer ~ Yellow cake with Raspberry Mousse filling
-Top Layer ~ Yellow Cake with White Chocolate Mousse
-Bottom Layer ~ Marble Cake with Milk Chocolate Mousse
Originally we were going to do the white chocolate castle topper but I can’t bear to spend $128 dollars on it so I’ll probably find my own somewhere….The anniversary part over the side will have the Cinderella & Prince Charming topper from Disney ($20).

Dessert Party @ Grand Floridian Marina: ~ Right now it’s $38/pp…that will change…
This is tentative dependent on the MK fireworks schedule. I have a feeling there won’t be any because it’s not a night that they’re doing MNSSHP. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, though!

Chocolate Shooter Station:
-White chocolate shooter with Baileys
-Milk chocolate shooter with Frangelica
-Dark chocolate shooter with Chambord liquor
-Coffees with Whipped Cream, Shaved Chocolate, Orange Peel, Cinnamon Sticks, and Flavored Coffee Syrups, and Hot Teas

Mini Dessert Station:
-Mini Tiramisu Martinis
-Mini Cannolis
-Mini Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecakes (I’m cutting this so hopefully that will bring the price down a bit, this was the only thing at the menu tasting I didn’t like)


Edit: Right before we left, they gave us these little gifts, Grand Floridian's own salt! It came with a little jar with the salt crystals and then behind the paper it's a solid salt block. Haven't used it yet but can't yet to try it!


Whew…that’s all for now! Will post more later this week...

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Old 05-27-2009, 12:04 PM   #2
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Welcome and congrats on having so much accomplished!

MNSSHP is one of my favorite events! I think it would be so much fun for a welcome party.

I really like all of your menus too!

I have one question - don't they do the MK fireworks every night now?

Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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The food looks amazing!! Do you remember how much it cost per person for the slipper with the sorbet? Its so cute. I also love the MNSSHP idea.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:32 PM   #4
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Your menu looks so tasty

Can't wait for more updates!!!
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Welcome and congrats on having so much accomplished!

MNSSHP is one of my favorite events! I think it would be so much fun for a welcome party.

I really like all of your menus too!

I have one question - don't they do the MK fireworks every night now?

Can't wait to hear more!
I just assumed that the Magic Kingdom would do fireworks every night but my planner told me that they don't always have them scheduled each night and that they don't post the schedule until about 3 months out so I still have about another month to go before I will know!
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Yay for another October bride! You're just a few days before us! Welcome! All your plans sound awesome! When did you do your planning session?
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The food looks amazing!! Do you remember how much it cost per person for the slipper with the sorbet? Its so cute. I also love the MNSSHP idea.
I believe it was listed at $20.50/pp...to get some other ice design like a rose or butterfly I think it was only about $13.50 but I think the Cinderella's slipper it so cute that it's worth it just for the presentation!
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Yay for another October bride! You're just a few days before us! Welcome! All your plans sound awesome! When did you do your planning session?
I was just reading your PJ! Sorry about your MGM trip I love all your pictures, though! October is such a great month...it just start to "feel" different around that time for me! Maybe it's all the Halloween decorations that makes it feel like fall! We did our planning session at the end of April and then the menu tasting last Friday. Our planner is going to be out of town most of June so I wanted to get all the big stuff done early!
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Welcome!!!! Everything looks great!!! One more Amanda on the boards. Cant wait to hear more!!!
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I was just reading your PJ! Sorry about your MGM trip I love all your pictures, though! October is such a great month...it just start to "feel" different around that time for me! Maybe it's all the Halloween decorations that makes it feel like fall! We did our planning session at the end of April and then the menu tasting last Friday. Our planner is going to be out of town most of June so I wanted to get all the big stuff done early!
I was upset about MGM, but the rest of the trip was great! I'll probably start on my tasting and planning session tomorrow in my PJ tomorrow!

How cool that you live down there - I was wondering how you made two trips there until I saw that! (Sometimes I'm just out of it - ok most times! lol) And I agree with you 100% about October - definitely one of my favorite months! I'm excited about MNSSHP! I've never been.

I didn't take any pictures like you did of the food tasting - in retrospect I wish I had! It's so hard to describe the goodness of Disney food without pictures! Everything you had looks yum!
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I was upset about MGM, but the rest of the trip was great! I'll probably start on my tasting and planning session tomorrow in my PJ tomorrow!

How cool that you live down there - I was wondering how you made two trips there until I saw that! (Sometimes I'm just out of it - ok most times! lol) And I agree with you 100% about October - definitely one of my favorite months! I'm excited about MNSSHP! I've never been.

I didn't take any pictures like you did of the food tasting - in retrospect I wish I had! It's so hard to describe the goodness of Disney food without pictures! Everything you had looks yum!
I can't wait to read about your planning/menu tasting! I found the planning session more stressful than fun but the menu tasting was awesome. Oh, and you will *love* MNSSHP! Have you ever been to the Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT? It's a do not miss!!! Even though I live here I haven't been to Disney in a while...we're probably gonna cash in our AP's soon we can get some more photos of us together to use at the reception!
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I love your menu! Particularly the DP menu. The white chocolate amaretto shooters we had at our Sago Cay DP were a HUGE hit!

I know what you mean about hating to spend so much on floral...and some brides have made some beautiful DIY centerpieces, so it's an option. The only thing I'd caution you about is biting off more than you want. I only brought stuffed penguins to the tea party...and that ended up being another "To Do" that I hardly had time to do (and I just had to drop them off). For some reason, things get REALLY busy.

I did ship the carousel horses I had made for the tea party to Rose Dizon...so you can do something like that. Then, I had her add floral around it. They were beautiful.

Last "two cents"...if you really want the chocolate castle topper...get it! I know it's expensive, but it makes the cake beautiful. And you're spending that much for ONE guest to eat a meal. If you find a different one you like (I know Keenercam did!) then do it! But, don't settle. You'll regret it later and you won't remember what you did with the money you saved! If at all possible, get exactly what you want for the things that are important to you.

Can't wait to read more!
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welcome and congrats!!! I'm loving your plans so far!
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Here are a couple pics of our invites we painstakingly made ourselves! It took us about 6 hours straight to do all of it but I think we saved a ton of money and we were really pleased with the way they turned out! Total cost was $78 which included the pocketfold invites, two packs of cardstock, two packs of self-adhesive rhinestones, a multi-pack of cards and envelopes (which we used for the RSVP's and we're also going to use to make our thank you cards) and all the postage. The postage itself was about $30!







So our RSVP's are due back in just a couple of weeks. I'll be so happy to have a final guest count because I think it will definitely bring down the budget some! I just love checking my mailbox and seeing my little RSVP envelope in there
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Beautiful! I love the embossing details!
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