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Old 06-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #91
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Happy dance for the uneventful flight and getting a refurb room. Love Disney Customer service for taking care of you. Polarized glasses rock! I'm doi g the happy dance too becaus we booked our girls weekend for next May and got AKL Jambo house concierge level! I about peed my pants. Gotta love friends with DVC. It's the only way is stay at a deluxe.
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Those chips look awesome.

The rooms do look pretty after the refurb.

Looking forward to reading and seeing more.
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I slept horribly because I was so worried about oversleeping and missing our appointment at Franck's! I woke up when the phone rang with our wake up call. I was really confused by the phone ringing and it took me a second to realize I was awake when I answered the phone and the Imperial March started to play.

We woke up, showered, dressed and dashed out the door to get a cab over to the Wedding Pavilion. I'd heard that Coronado Springs was now running some kind of intra-resort tram car thing to get people around but there was nothing in sight.

Well, except a pretty lake.



Our cabbie took us to the Poly before he remembered we were going to the Wedding Pavilion. We turned around and went back to find the driveway enclosed by the Tiffany blue walls and two security cars blocking the way in to Franck's. I could feel my heart beat faster and my breath get shallower. What was going on???? I wanted to have my tasting!!!

The cabbie tried to explain we were going to a wedding and the security guard kept saying "planner? planner?" Finally I had had enough and shouted, "Yes! We have an appointment with a planner!!!!!" The security guard waved us in.

The construction next to the Wedding Pavilion is hideous. I know that it won't be reflected in our wedding photography but seriously, it's hideous.



And then we were at Franck's. We were half an hour early so we had a chance to look at all of the same displays that were there when we were there for our site visit. We were going to be meeting with Maxine in the Merriweather room so we sat in the love seat just outside the door and waited.



We talked to Maxine about the outside vendors we've got planned and what kind of theme and feel we want for our wedding. While we were talking the skies opened up and it started to rain really, really hard. I felt so bad for the couple who was getting married that morning. Their poor bridesmaids (in aqua blue, short dresses!) were going to get wet. People around Franck's started scuttling around with giant black DFTW umbrellas. It was pretty neat to see.

Maxine drove us over to the Grand Floridian in one of the SUVs.



Maxine said that our tasting was going to be in the actual working kitchen of the Grand Floridian. I wasn't sure if that meant that we'd be dining standing up at a stainless steel counter. I was very curious to see how the kitchens were maintained. They were organized and SPOTLESS. I did't see anything on the floors, nor a mess counter. It was impeccable. And they had a fancy shmancy table and hutch set up in the kitchen plus a nifty little sign with our names on it!



We sat down and got ready to go. We had a server named Kate and we had Chef Corey to explain and discuss each dish we tasted. Apparently I neglected to get a picture of Kate.



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Get to the food, right???!?!?!?

Okay...

First plate was two appetizers:

The one on the left is the Thai Beef Salad in a wonton cup. I really liked this- the little pieces of beef were so tiny and the dressing was light, crisp and not overly tart (something I knew Wayne was concerned about) and there was just the slightest hint of a floral heat. I'm guessing there were some jalapenos involved. The second dish is the Smoked Scallop with Cilantro, Sriracha and Basil Ponzu Sauce. I thought that the smoke was a little heavier than I expected at first but then it faded and the sweetness of the scallop came through. Both were really tasty.

I knew we weren't going to have a soup course for the wedding. We'd decided on a buffet for the adults and a plated dinner for the numerous children in attendance. But there was one soup on the menu that caught the attention of both of us. We asked that it be served as a shooter instead of as a full soup course.


It's a sweet corn bisque garnished with lobster and prosciutto. It was amazing. I think this was my favorite thing we tasted.

Next plate: Non-green salads:

The one on the left is Florida Rock Shrimp, Scallop, Crab and Hearts of Palm Salad with a touch of Fire Lemon Basil Lime Oil. I was really looking forward to this. My first bite was a little fishier than I expected but that was the only one. I ate all of this salad- every little scrap. It was so lightly citrussy but the dressing didn't cover the seafood and I loved the big hunks of hearts of palm. I love hearts of palm. Wayne loved it too, but I knew he would. The salad on the right is Rum Marinated Pineapple Couscous with citrus. This was really simple and light. It was colorful and playful and I could totally see my kids eating this. It was like a plate of confetti.

The last menu items we tasted were the three entrees we were trying to decide upon.


The first is a NY Strip Steak but it was there to represent the Beef Strip Loin served with caramelized red onion compote and here they served a horseradish cream sauce but on the menu (and for our wedding) it was supposed to be a Gorgonzola fondue. This was tasty but not really anything special. The center dish was my favorite, perennial Disney Bride favorite, apparently, the Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast with Mushroom Cream Sauce. I loved this. I swear I could have made a meal of the mushrooms and sauce. It was a little too saucy for Wayne too so we asked that for the wedding this be prepared with half as many mushrooms. The third item on the plate was the Roasted Chicken with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Shallots and an Apple Cabernet Reduction. This chicken was tasty too but it wasn't the rockstar that the other chicken was. The sauce was a little sweet in a weird way to me and it just didn't have the same wow factor as the other chicken. So it was the one thing we ruled out.

We sat and talked to Maxine and Corey for awhile, getting off on the topic of sad Pixar movies.

Maxine took a picture of us and Chef Corey, with the nifty little sign behind us. It wasn't until later that I realized we didn't get a photo with Maxine!

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Old 06-07-2012, 10:59 AM   #95
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Your menu tasting looks great. Wasn't the parmesean crusted chicken yummmmmmm? We liked that a lot too. Your salad choices look great too! I'm following along!!!
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oh my dear those all look grand. I can't wait to see the finished products!
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:58 PM   #97
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We interrupt this trip report for some wedding shopping news.

Apparently TheKnot.com is having a big sale today. I only found out about it on the DISBrides Facebook group this morning but I was able to take advantage of it to get some colorful napkins and coasters for the reception at half price.







They also have these pretty black and white polka dot photo coasters that I really love. I think they'd make excellent escort cards... and they're a little less than $0.50 each... I must confer with Wayne.



I would tie a red ribbon and add some kind of Mickey to Disney them up, but seriously, how cute would they look lined up on a table???
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Okay, back to the trip report! I didn't take a lot of photos on this trip. Normally, I'm behind a lens for almost the whole time we're there. Maybe, the lack of photos is because while we were in Franck's eating cake it started to pour. It rained and rained and rained and pretty much didn't stop all day.

When we were done with Maxine and Franck's and our amazing, wonderful planning session, we walked to the monorail station in the Grand Floridian. Luckily, I had remembered to pack our Walmart ponchos! We got on the Avengers monorail and headed to the Magic Kingdom.



I had to stop Wayne to take a goofy photo of me in front of the castle to text to the people I work with who were stuck in the windowless office while I was at the most Magical Place on Earth.



We crossed into Adventureland and started our rides for the day with a very soggy Jungle Cruise. We love the Jungle Cruise and all it's corny jokes. The cool thing about the rides on a rainy MK day is that we literally walked on to every ride we wanted. We didn't wait five minutes for anything.

Meanwhile, all day, I was taking goofy little pictures to text to my sister who was very bitter that I was at Disney and she wasn't.

We rode Pirates twice and the Haunted Mansion twice.

Oddly, by then we were feeling a little snacky. Our tasting session was kind of like breakfast and we were now into the early afternoon. So we shared a turkey leg and fought off the agressive ugly birds who wanted to swoop in and go all cannibal with our snack. There were many zombie/cannibal jokes on this trip, thanks to the crazy in Miami. We are so weird. Anyway...



We rode Splash Mountain and then we rode Small World twice and then took some pictures of the Fantasyland construction. It's so ugly over there right now and I can only cope because I know how awesome it will be when it's done.



We wandered into shops for a little while and then decided we were hungry and we were going to go see if we couldn't get a stand-by table at Ohana. It was 6 pm and we thought maybe we'd have a chance. We'd been lucky before.
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The coronado rooms look so pretty now, that is great!
Yay for getting Maxine! We had her and lost her sadly. I wish we'd gotten to keep her, she definitely knows her stuff. You are in good hands!

All your food choices look yummo! We had our tasting at the BW since thats where our reception is and I'll admit I wish we got to be in the cool kitchen with our names on a sign too

Ick rainy MK day, but sounds like you guys went with it and had a great time!

Awesome deal on the napkins and coasters, theyre super cute!!
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First Round BEO is in!!!

Our wedding is November 1, 2012 and this is our initial BEO (which seems to be missing a lot of stuff!)

Wedding ceremony 11:30 am on Thursday November 1, 2012
Grand Floridian, 50 guests
Catering Fees and Equipment
1 Wedding Pavilion Usage: $3195

Florist
1 Floral Moving Fee: $50
1 Floral Wedding package: $1254.57

Transportation
1 Limousine (4 hr. charter): $398.04 (this is getting axed)
1 Motorcoach (8 hr. charter): $796.08

Estimated Event total: $5693.69

Wedding Pre-Reception/Reception 1pm-6pm
Grand Floridian, 50 guests
Bar:
5 wine, sparkling- Champagne toast @$37.50/bottle: $241.63
4 sparkling, non-alcoholic cider @$23.00/bottle: $$118.56
1 hosted beer and wine bar (estimate): $1288.65
1 hosted assorted juices @$5 each: $6.44
1 hosted domestic beer @$6.00 each: $7.73
1 hosted imported beer @6.75 each: $8.70
1 hosted house wine@$7.00/glass: $9.02
1 hosted soft drinks assorted at $4.25 each: $5.47
1 bottled water (non-carbonated, hosted) at $4.25 each: $5.20
1 bottled water (carbonated, hosted) at $4.25 each: $5.47
1 hosted Kungaloosh Punch @ $7.50 each: $9.67

Catering Food & Beverage:
35 Dinner Buffet, Custom @$85/guest: $3833.73
15 Children's Plated Donald Duck @$26.50/Guest: $512.14
3 Chef's Choice Vendor Meals @24.50 each: $94.72
50 WDW Antipasto Display @$16.00/guest: $1030.92
50 Reception Flora ala Carte @$28.50/guest: $1835.33

Catering Fees and Equipment:
1 Fee Bartender @$100 each: $106.50

Entertainment:
1 Traditional Minnie & Mickey @$1350 each: $1350.00

Estimated Event total: $10,470.98

Farewell Dessert Party 8-9:30 on Friday Nov. 2, 2012
Epcot. 60 guests
Operations/Attractions:
1 venue pkg, Terrace des Fleurs @$250.00 each: $266.25

Catering Food and Beverage:
60 Desserts buffet: Celebrate 2012 @$28.00/ guest: $2164.93

Catering Fees and Equipment:
1 Outdoor set up fee @$85.00 each: $90.53

Estimated event total: $2521.71

Estimated Program total: $18,686.38
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holy smoly!!! I had no idea how spendy it was. It will be so bea you tiful!
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Crap, I skipped the floral and cake tasting part of the planning session.

After returning to Franck's from our trip over to the Grand Floridian kitchen, we returned to Merriweather and met with Elizabeth from Disney Floral & Gifts, who handles all of the floral arrangements and decor elements of the wedding. I sent her the link to my wedding board on Pinterest and partially filled out the floral planning form indicating what we were want ahead of our meeting. I wasn't sure what to expect. I've seen other Disney brides' floral bills and I think it's insane what Disney charges for flowers but, if you use outside floral, you get stuck with fees. So we plunged in...

For myself, I wasn't really sure if I wanted all of the floral elements to be matchy matchy or if we were going to go with personal floral that was different from the decor floral. We decided not to do matchy-matchy.

For myself, I requested a hand-tied, red rose bouquet in the bridesmaid size. The stems will be wrapped with a black ribbon with white polka dots. The ribbon will cover the entire stem. No green sticking out the bottom.

My stepdaughter will carry a red rose wand. I think that's three roses and a big bow of black ribbon with white polka dots. She will totally love it.

Wayne and our boys will have red rose boutonnieres with the same black and white ribbon. I don't know how they're going to add ribbon to something so small, but I have faith in Disney.

The flowers for the centerpieces and altar decoration are different. No roses. Instead, I wanted spider mums. They don't sound very wedding-y but I love them. There was one in a grocery store bouquet that Wayne gave me awhile ago and it reminded me of a burst of fireworks. I took photos of it and sent it to Elizabeth with my survey. She said that they don't grow that way, that my flower was sprayed or dyed but that they could do the same.

So our altar arrangement, which will then be moved to the head table at the reception will be these spider mums, white gerbera daisies with dark centers and ting ting (that wiry, spiral-y, sparkly stuff that sticks up from flowers) in a long, low arrangement.

The centerpieces will be a small grouping of the spider mums and ting ting, nestled in greenery in a cylinder vase, tied with our black ribbon with white polka dots.

Elizabeth left and Maxine came back with the cake tasting tray. OH. MY. WORD. The cake tasting tray was amazingly fun.



Look at that! Just look at it. It was so cool. We tasted five different cakes: orange, almond, marble, chocolate and yellow. They gave us a cup of their basic buttercream, which is what will be under the fondant. It was pretty standard buttercream. We also tasted their Bavarian Cream, Amaretto Mousse, Bailey's Mousse, White Chocolate Mousse, Tropical Mousse (a combo of passionfruit, mango and pineapple), Dark Chocolate Mousse, Mocha Mousse and Raspberry Mousse.

Prince Charming and I had an absolute blast mixing and matching fillings and cakes and feeding each other. There were crumbs everywhere



The Bavarian Cream was kind of bland and boring. Maxine warned us of that! Other than that one, they were all AWESOME. We decided that with our three layer cake, the bottom (biggest) layer would be chocolate cake and alternating filling of dark chocolate mousse and raspberry mousse with fresh raspberries. The middle layer is going to be almond cake with a mixture of Bailey's and Dark Chocolate mousse fillings. The top layer is orange cake with tropical mousse filling.

The cake is going to be decorated all in white, to be reminiscent of the clock in the line queue area for It's a Small World. I'd post my sketch but that's all kinds of secret until the wedding itself. I am ordering wooden peg dolls for the toppers-- bigger ones for me and the Prince; four smaller ones for the munchkins.
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Received the floral BEO and it sucks. I'm no expert or anything but a quick cruise around the net kinda tells me the prices Disney charges for floral are insane.

Round french petite bouquet of red roses with 9 Mickey crystal accents, wrap stems with black with white polka dot ribbon: $177.00

1 rose "wand" with three red roses and ruscus, with black with white polka dot ribbon and crystal Mickey accent: $48.00

1 red rose with ruscus boutinniere with black with white polka dot ribbon: $12.50

3 red rose with ruscus boutinnieres with black with white polka dot ribbon, for children aged 5-8 (smaller?) $37.50

1 white rose with ruscus boutinniere with black with white polka dot ribbon: $12.50

1 wristlet of white spray roses and filler, greens with black with white polka dot ribbon: $26.00

Altar arrangement with white spider mums sprayed red, red gerber daisies with dark centers, white gerber daisies with dark centers, greenery and silver ting ting: $200.00

6 centerpieces: 8" cube vase (rental) with flat black marbles, topped with an arrangement of greenery with white spider mums sprayed red extending out like fireworks at various heights, accented with silver ting ting and tied with a black with white polka dot ribbon: $660.00

Column Rental (for memorial candle): $12.50

2 bags Mickey Confetti for tables: $17.00

9 Balloon clusters tied with black ribbons- 3 balloons per cluster at staggered heights on the same ribbon. Mix of 9 red and 13 white 16" latex and 5 red latex Mickey balloons with weights: $133.00

Move fee to take altar arrangement from WP to Sweetheart table: $50

Dessert Party Centerpieces: 9" cylinder vase (rental) filled with colored gel, black Mickey confetti and LED lights: $140.00

With tax, the total is $1618.26
So I've started contacting outside florists who are near/familiar with Disney Weddings.
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Yup seems a bit much. Sis used to work for a floral wholesaler. Glad to hear you can bring in your own florist.
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It was dress shopping day!!! Guess which one I bought?









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