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Old 06-13-2011, 02:28 PM   #31
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Personally, I think you made the right choice by moving the wedding inside! I totally agree with you that given the heat, bugs, and rain that you get in Florida, there are too many things that could make it uncomfortable for guests. Plus, it's one less thing to worry about on the day!
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:15 AM   #32
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Personally, I think you made the right choice by moving the wedding inside! I totally agree with you that given the heat, bugs, and rain that you get in Florida, there are too many things that could make it uncomfortable for guests. Plus, it's one less thing to worry about on the day!

I mean, it would definitely be awesome setup wise. And we wouldn't need much in terms of floral/decor because it has the water as a backdrop and the beach theme already there... however, there is a lot more options with having it indoors as well. So, so far, we are happy. (but obviously there will be 30,000 more changes from now 'til July of 2012)
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #33
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Monogram Draft v.1

A few ideas I've been kicking around on the design of the monogram... Three styles so far. Not considering color, opinions?







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Old 06-20-2011, 12:36 PM   #34
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The guest list keeps rising?!

Each day our we look through the guest list, see changes, update guests, and while we know we have a budget on the number of guests arriving (60 max), we feel we're inviting too many. It's hard to just not invite people, especially ones we have a really good relationship with. My Italian side of the family is big, and as you can tell, it's hard to leave them out of the biggest party of the year!

Currently we are at 100 people on the invite list. However last night, we realized we are missing a good 20-30 more people total on both sides.

I'm hoping we don't get all 100-130 people to say yes... We feel at least 40 will say no, and we hope this isn't the time that everyone wants to just pick up and go on vacation to Disney.

We'll see.. Heather says she knows a lot won't come. I'm banking on that statement.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #35
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I like your monogram designs! I think I probably like the last one the best. And hopefully your guest list will work out... I do think destination and Disney weddings get more "no's" than the average wedding. I'm having an at home wedding and we invited 125 but have a budget for about 100. I read somewhere that if you're planning for 100 you could invite 125 and expect about 100, so I imagine that in your situation it would be even more. Good luck!!
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:52 PM   #36
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I like your designs! And I too like the last one best. If it helps any, we invited 161 people and 90 people came.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:36 PM   #37
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I like your monogram designs! I think I probably like the last one the best. And hopefully your guest list will work out... I do think destination and Disney weddings get more "no's" than the average wedding. I'm having an at home wedding and we invited 125 but have a budget for about 100. I read somewhere that if you're planning for 100 you could invite 125 and expect about 100, so I imagine that in your situation it would be even more. Good luck!!
Thank you! It's a start. I will have other designs from the mixture of opinions I've been getting soon. We decided to keep the guest count low, so we are finding out how we can keep it to 100 invites and not the 130+.

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I like your designs! And I too like the last one best. If it helps any, we invited 161 people and 90 people came.
lol. What was your budget for the number of guests? Were you surprised on the final count?
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:17 PM   #38
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lol. What was your budget for the number of guests? Were you surprised on the final count?[/QUOTE]

Well, my budget was high because my parents were very generous and I got everything I dreamed of...so don't hold this too carefully but it was 50,000. But that includes lots of extras like the carriage, and the MK photo shoot and engagement shoot, and the ice slipper sorbet for every guest, extra bogos, expensive centerpieces, videography, photography, plus things like flower girl baskets, ring bearer pillows, guest books..

And I was surprised at the number of people but even though DH and I are local, are families aren't so it was truly a destination wedding. Another friend who got married at Disney back in 2002 invited 210 and had 150 come so they had around the same number decline.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:27 AM   #39
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I just read through your whole PJ. Congratulations! I have really enjoyed reading about a groom's perspective. Keep the updates coming!
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:47 AM   #40
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Congratulations! You are gonna have an amazing wedding. Cant wait to see more!!
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:58 AM   #41
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It's classical, with a shade of modern.

I was coming home from work tonight (I work a second shift until 11pm), thinking about how much of a 'not-so-great' day I had. I needed a night that was stress-free and not work related. Coming home to Heather is always a great feeling, and it is comforting to spend time with her, especially after a long day at work.

We knew we needed sleep, because we would be headed to the Jersey shore very early in the morning. We are going to be relaxing on the beach, reading Carrie's Disney Wedding book (again) and gathering our ideas together. Needless to say, we did not get to sleep early. No no, wasn't like that...

We spend a good 2 hours talking about some really awesome ideas. One of which making a major stride in our planning.

To start, we discussed the idea of not using Disney for lighting. Heather noted that with other brides, they have opted to use a vendor for GOBO's and other lighting to save hundreds. To me, it's not always about the money, I just want things to work out and look great! It's one of the reasons I don't mind spending a little more for Disney over a vendor, if I know for sure everything will fall into place. However, after looking at Get-Lit-Orlando, I was impressed. It also gave us a lot of inspiration. I'm still nervous about using a lot of vendors that aren't necessarily working with Disney... maybe I'll get over this fear when we talk to our planner.

A key topic was brought up while talking about the lighting... What was our theme? We've talked about it... We've discussed colors and music and (sorta) the looks of the ballrooms, but didn't really go in depth with the theme of our wedding. And I'm not just talking about the reception... from ceremony to dessert party, our theme will cover the entire day.

So, to explain our theme, I need to explain the vision....

Traditional weddings have a focus. Actually, every wedding has a focus. And usually, the focus is on the couple. While our wedding would be no different, we don't want to portray it that way. We want the focus to be on our guests. Without them, we all wouldn't be there together. Families reuniting, families uniting for the first time, some seeing what Disney is all about for the first time, some living the Disney dream! It all sets up for.... The Show.

We have been to Disney World countless times. Between us going together and when I went with family, we have had many memories, experiences, surprises and fun that will never be forgotten. We want to bring the Disney experience to our wedding. When you go to a park, lets say MGM (I refuse to say anything different), and see the Muppets in 4D, you get an experience... when you see Indiana Jones stunt spectacular, again, another experience only Disney can provide. We want to bring that familiar Disney experience to our day. We want our guests to be wow'd like they would at any of the parks, and have that same consistency from park to reception.

To us, our reception is a show to all our guests. From our staged entrance with the Bridal party (a future post will explain), to a dramatic finale at the dessert party, it will all be a show that every one of our guests will treasure forever.

When I write more about the stage entrances and some of the reception ideas, it will be more clear with our direction and how it leans more towards an entertaining show than a traditional wedding reception.

So the theme? It's classical, with a shade of modern. We want a classical and elegant type look and feel (it's like David Tutera marrying Simply Chic and Classic Elegance from the Couture collection). Since a dark purple is the primary color, this extenuates the vision.

Think classic Disney and what do you get? Well, of course... Mickey Mouse! We were bringing up the idea of table naming, and we wanted to incorporate Mickey Mouse as not only our table names, but the overall theme. Heather suggested awesome ideas of hidden mickeys throughout the ballroom, have a signature drink that's mickey related, having mickey ice cream bars at the dessert party and anything and everything related to the good 'ole Mouse! So, out of the blue, we came up with an awesome plan.

Tables are named after the different Mickey styles. From Steamboat Willey to a Fantasia Mickey to even a Mousercise Mickey (remember that show?!) The idea is to bring back memories of who we all remembered Mickey Mouse to be. It could have been a younger generation who knows the more modern Mickey we all see today. Or the older crowd who remembers Fantasia or Mickey's Christmas Carol. Or even the nostagic/trivia crowd who loves Disney so much and can relate to Steamboat Willey and Mousekateer Mickey. We want every generation to relate to the one character who made all our memories...

It's an interesting concept, and we are so excited to put this planning in place. One idea I added to the mickey tables was to have a place card on each plate (where the menu would be), that looks like a bigger baseball card. This card would be a picture of the mickey style from that table (ie. The Steamboat Willey table), and on the other side, have a bio/meaning of that character. Gives personalization to the table name and guests can learn more about a particular era and roam to other tables to see the other Mickey's. It also gives them chances to see all the hidden mickeys and gives uniqueness to our vision.

So, off with the Classical theme, with shades of modern (in color) and Mickey as our centerpiece. We love it, we absolutely love it, and I couldn't be happier with the progress in our vision.

Thoughts on a signature drink that's Mickey related? (think games that Mickey has been in, movies, rides, shows, experiences, memories, etc...)

An idea or two swimming around the noggin,

Cosmickey (Neon green lighted cosmopolitan)
Castle of Illusion (Dark Purple {almost grape flavored} Frozen cocktail)
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:22 AM   #42
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Love your ideas! And you just brought me back 20 years (maybe longer?) by mentioning Mickey's Mousercise! OMG I used to watch that really really early in the morning on the Disney channel! I actually have a distinct memory of watching it in the morning when it was still dark out before we set off (via car) for Disney!
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:56 PM   #43
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i like your theming

you could call it: "it all started with a mouse"



it's a good feeling when it all starts taking shape right? thanks for sharing all your ideas... they sound great!
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:27 PM   #44
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None to happy about the fact I am the second person known to have an issue with our consultant, Bill. I still haven't received an email confirming our date and space for October 10th was held. Now I'm a little nervous it may not be. Blah!
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:38 PM   #45
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None to happy about the fact I am the second person known to have an issue with our consultant, Bill. I still haven't received an email confirming our date and space for October 10th was held. Now I'm a little nervous it may not be. Blah!
UPDATE: Got our reply. Date and space has been held. Well, at least now I can worry about other things...
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