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Old 06-20-2013, 12:06 PM   #331
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I am totally with you on not doing a traditional guest book. I told DF my idea and he had to think about it. I told him I just didn't want people to sign a book that I'll put in a closet and never look at again. So, much like you, I've been mulling over ideas....I've finally figured it out.

I love your initial ideas. I think the Tangled scene sketch is adorable! Your kitties in the boat.... so cute! But I agree, it doesn't fit too much with your theme. The cel is perfect!
My thoughts exactly. I think my parents have a book from their wedding and that's exactly what's happened. It's in the closet, yellowing.

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That's some serious talent. You couldn't find a punch in the shape of an umbrella?! LOL
That's what my MoH said and everyone who walked through the room while we were doing it.

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The shade of red will probably make all the difference in the world. I can't do ruby red lipstick; it makes my face look washed out and brings out the underlying rosacea.
I have the same problem with the rosacea too. I'm hoping the red can work, because it definitely makes the look.

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Have you been wedding planning for two years?! I must have missed that somehow.
Well... I've been working on this PJ for about two years, because yes... I started writing it before I was even engaged. And I started writing it officially on the DIS in September 2011... I've been doing this so long it's starting to feel like my job.

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I understand this, but don't let it keep you down. Just watch out for the powersellers on eBay, and always check through the feedback. Unfortunately, there are evil buyers out there, too; PayPal makes it SO SO easy for people to rip-off online sellers. I've had to deal with it only twice so far -- and both on Etsy, of all places! I've been selling online since 2001... but of course PayPal didn't come around until the mid 2000s. So when you see a seller who only has one or two negatives out of 100+ positive, those are probably the crazies. The powersellers are hard to judge. I usually look at the volume of neutrals and negatives. The problem is that they become so giant that they no longer care about individual disputes. On Etsy, if someone leaves a negative comment for any seller, you can click on the item link and read the description for yourself and determine whether the person's comment was legitimate or inane...
Thank you for your advice here. It is nice to hear an opinion from a seller, as I've only ever been on the buyer side. It never occurred to me to be wary of powersellers because of the volumes of sales they do, but that makes total sense.

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I wish my relatives had the same sense of obligations... Several have been vocal about my choices in a not-so-friendly way. This whole wedding planning process seems to be bringing the worst out of so many of them, and it's creating rifts with family members that I had never had any issues with before. Isn't that crazy? My mom is sad for me, and she said she can't believe how selfish so many of our relatives have been. Sigh.
I am so sorry to hear this. I don't know what it is about weddings that bring out the crazy in some people. Suddenly jealousies you never knew about are abounds, and everyone thinks that they're entitled to some say. My family unfortunately is the opposite of vocal, they give us the silent treatment and then talk amongst themselves behind our backs. At first, my mom told me I was being very selfish having a Disney wedding, because I know there are certain family members that would never go. Oh, and she even asked if I was doing this because I didn't want her there, because I know she hates flying. It's all ridiculous. Now that we're getting closer they've all cooled off thankfully, but really, no one ever warned me about all the crazy I would have to deal with from selfish family and friends.

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Are they signed on the back or on the screw top? They're screw-backs.. A lot of the time they're signed to show the maker. They're quite pretty! I have a couple pairs of screw-backs, but I always do a bad job of aligning them up well on both sides. Yours could be as late as the 50s, too, because they were still popular then. Coro made a lot at the time.
Unfortunately there is no maker's seal. I spent a lot of time trying to do some research on earrings from that period once I found them and also because I was originally looking for a pair to purchase online. True, screw-backs were popular in the 1950s, so could be 1950s too. That would still be awesome. I'm more hoping they're 30s/40s, and I saw a pair on etsy (not that I'm taking their appraisal as a certainty) that were very similar and from the 1940s.

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OH SNAP! Those are Christian Louboutin! The famous red sole! Rock it girlfriend! Good call! They're well made and you'll use them for years. I know I'm always posting about frugality this and frugality that, but I can definitely appreciate craftsmanship and the value inherent in that.
I love it!

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I had also seriously considered the fingerprint tree! It became seriously popular, yeah? I decided against it because I didn't think people would like inking their fingers, and I wanted something that required a bit more thought (on their part).
It really did... Seems like the popularity has cooled off a little. And I agree, I was worried certain people would just not do it, rather than stick their fingers in ink, or that certain people might even be reluctant to put their fingerprint on anything.

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Your sketch is so pretty!!!!!
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I'm in the same boat for our guest book. I have the concept, but it's not quite settled yet... I keep tinkering with it too. I think the second Mickey/Minnie b&w art worked out much better than the Beauty & the Beast version. B&TB really wouldn't tie into your them at all, you know?
I totally agree and I am so glad we found that Gala Premiere cel. The B&tB is nice, but before we got to the wedding I'd probably be second-guessing it.

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I know you already got your pens, but I would highly recommend looking into getting Sakura's Pigma Micron pens. I've been journaling for more than 16 years, and I can attest that ink pens change color and also fade with time, regardless of whether they're rollerball, gel pen, or ballpoint. In my middle school journals, the black ink took on a greenish tinge, for example. The Sakura pens are archival quality, so they shouldn't fade or change color. So when you're 80 years old and looking fondly at your guest book frame on the wall, it will look as fresh as if it had been signed just the day before.
Thanks for this tip! We are going through a lot of trouble to get archival matting and everything for the cel, so I never really thought about getting archival pens as well. I will definitely look into this! And our Mickey and Minnie pens can be decoration or something.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:07 PM   #332
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:57 PM   #333
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Table Names & Escort Cards

Last night I made an impromptu visit to the bridal dress shop. I had a little freak-out the past couple days about not liking my dress. Well, specifically the way my dress looks with my new crinoline. I was filling out a questionnaire from Trinity for our videography and one of the questions was what is your favourite part of your dress. I realized I didn't know what to write. When I bought the dress I had been adamant about getting a very specific kind of flowy skirt, but with the crinoline it wasn't right anymore. It looked to me like I was a bell on the end of a long handle, and that small hint of je ne sais quoi that been present to link my dress to the vintage theme felt eliminated by this cursed crinoline. Eugh. And I may or may not have had my freak out in front of DF. He told me forget about it, I should go back, tell them I'm unhappy and fix it. This is supposed to be my dream dress, I only get this one chance, I should make it right. My mom agreed. So we went back yesterday. I didn't even put the crinoline on, and unfortunately had to wait for the seamstress to mark it for a hem job. Sigh, I don't want to even think about how much the alterations for this dress have cost because it is starting to feel astronomical. But my parents have very generously agreed to cover all this and at least it's getting fixed.

Anyway with that over, here are a bunch of things for our reception.

Table names:

I had a lot of ideas for this and none were really working, and I'm still not even totally pleased with what we are going with, but one needs to settle eventually.

First idea: Paris street/ Arrondissement signs. Paris is divided into twenty Arrondissements or districts. We'd name each table one of the Arrondissements and we could even have a little sign with info about which sites were located in that Arrondissement. It was a not bad idea, but some of the Arrondissement are more interesting than others. For example Arrondissement 2 doesn't have that many interesting spots (e.g. home of the former stock exchange), so do we skip 2?



Second idea: Disney related. Disney movies, Disney couples, Disney characters, Disney songs, Disney shorts. You name it, I probably considered it.

Third idea: Movies that take place in France or Paris.

Fourth idea: Classic romantic movie couples.

Fifth idea: Period appropriate movies. Anything made in the 1930s or 1940s, takes place in 1940s or is somehow related to the period or our wedding theme as a whole. And this is what we're going with.

Here are the names we settled on:
Casablanca (head table/sweetheart table)
Sabrina (bridal party table)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (DF's parents)
It's a Wonderful Life (My parents)
It Happened One Night (DF's family)
Shop Around the Corner (DF's family)
Top Hat (My family)
Fantasia (My family)

As an aside, we invited around 80 people to this wedding, with significantly more people from DF's side. In our final count, we actually have an even fifteen adults from each side attending (plus DF's 2 year old niece). Even though I would actually have liked it if a few more people could have attended (like my aunt who is a Disney FANATIC whose job won't let her off even though she's been working there 30+ years! Ack!), I like that it's so even between our families.

Table names will go in frames I picked up from Michael's clearance section. There's a lot because I am hoping to reuse this idea for the at-home reception.



I primed and painted them all silver and cut out the cheap plastic that's supposed to look like "glass". I have a whole box of overhead transparencies I bought in grade 12 for a history project that I may cut to make a new sleeker "glass" to protect the table name image. Or I may not, haven't gotten that far yet.

I made all the table name images in photoshop using poster art (mostly international posters). Some required more work than others (had to paint in Clark Gable's hair in one, for example, because the poster didn't extend up far enough for me).







And because we are doing the movie themed tables the escort cards are made to look like old fashioned movie tickets.



Originally they were all going to be silver with the black lettering and frame. But since we are doing a plated meal where each guest can choose their own entree, the escort cards are printed on coloured card stock for the servers to easily see who gets what. Not as sleek as I'd like, but that's okay. (Pink represents the Beef selection, and is the overwhelming favourite as the pick of half our guests.)



And because this seems relevant, here is a mock-up I did of how I requested the room to be set up. The stairs/entrance is located in the lower left-hand corner. And I assume the tables will not be cleared out in the pre-reception area, I just didn't bother drawing them all in.

(My apologies this one is a little bigger than usual because the font is pretty small when resized.)

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:03 PM   #334
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Monsieur Paul menu and Dessert Party menu

Time for food! If anyone's curious Monsieur Paul's food options come directly from their menu, which means if they change their menu during your planning process you will also have to change with them. We got our first menu from them in December. I was pretty set on what I wanted. They changed their menu in April and the thing I wanted was no longer being offered. You are at their mercy in that regard. Luckily we hadn't asked our guests what they wanted yet!

Pre-Reception:
Fruit display and our BOC bar options.

I think the fruit display is $9.75 per person. I don't know if that's typical, but we have to go through the restaurant for all our food. And the fruit display seemed like the most appropriate choice given the time of day and us not wanting our guests to fill up too much before our lunch.

Reception Lunch Menu:

First course
Soupe aux truffes V.G.E.
Beef broth, oxtail, vegetables, black winter truffle, puff pastry

Second course
Salade au Roquefort à la poire et aux noix de pécan caramélisées
Mixed greens with Roquefort cheese, pear and caramelized walnuts

Choice of Main Course
Rouget Atlantique en écailles de pommes de terre, fenouil, sauce romarin
Red snapper in potato “scales”, braised fennel, rosemary sauce

Pot-au-Feu de St Jacques, crème de choux fleur, consommé de homard au gingembre
Seared scallops with vegetables, cream of cauliflower, ginger lobster consommé,

Ballotine de poulet, purée de carottes et de topinambour, cassolette d’épinards
Free-range chicken ballotine, carrot and sun choke puree, creamy spinach

Magret de canard à l’orange, pommes paillasson, jeune carottes
Roasted duck breast a l’orange, grated potatoes & baby carrots

Filet de bœuf grillé forestier, purée de pomme de terre, sauce Bordelaise
Grilled beef tenderloin with mushroom crust, mashed potatoes, Bordelaise sauce

Wedding cake for dessert and pink champagne for the toast (DF's idea because he knows how much I love it). Cheers!



Dessert Party Menu:

For our dessert party we did a completely custom menu. (This is from our BEO because I love how our planner wrote it up! )

Bread Pudding with Banana Foster Sauce
Mini Strawberry Shortcakes
FRENCH Chocolate Caramel Macaroons (not the coconut one please make sure French ones)
Fresh Popped Popcorn Boxes
Fruit Display
Hand Scooped Vanilla Ice Cream
Coffee, Teas, and SWEET TEA

Our custom dessert party menu comes to $32 per person.
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Decor: Centerpieces

Centerpieces:

From the beginning I wanted to keep this more restaurant-y and less wedding-y. Flowers were pretty much out. My inspiration was from Casablanca and actually the Bistro de Paris restaurant itself, pre-renovation. It feels strange, but all my decor choices are basically making Monsieur Paul back into the more formal Bistro de Paris look. Well, we did fall in love with Bistro de Paris after all, that's why we chose it!

From Casablanca I decided I wanted lamps on the tables. Perhaps something a little smaller and less ornate.



Bistro de Paris:



And here's what we are going to get: (the silver one on the far right)



I think there are going to be two per table, except for the sweetheart table, since I'll just be using my bouquet. The rental is $15.00 each, which is pretty good when you think about how much centerpieces usually cost and contextualize it within the scope of DFTW decor pricing. I wasn't necessarily trying to save a bunch of money here, this is just the look that I wanted. Saving is a bonus!
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I love your table themes with the old movies, and I think your little framed movie posters are brilliant and beautiful. I think you are on track with your centerpieces too...much more "Restaurant-y" than wedding-y, so perfect!! And the escort cards are so perfect too. LOVE!!!

I think your dress is lovely on you and perfect with your theme, I can't wait to see how everything looks together. I'm glad you trusted your instincts and went back when you weren't 100% in love with the way it was looking...it's so important that you love the way you look that day, so I think it was so important that you honored your feelings!

Those earrings are perfect and I love that they are vintage, and full of family history, too... love the shoes. I would fall over or break an ankle as I am not good with heels that high, but I love them and so wish I could wear shoes like that!

It's getting so close now! I'm so excited to see how everything turns out for you! We're in the very early planning stages of our wedding (Nov 2014) and I haven't started a PJ yet, but I've been reading on here for years and it is so much fun to see everything come together and hearing about the actual events!!!

Take care of yourself and make sure you don't let yourself get too stressed out!

It's all going to be beautiful and so much fun!

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Hi Nicole!

I just sat here and read your entire planning journal. It was beyond fantastic. I absolutely love your vintage movie/Casablanca theme. It reminds me of The Great Movie Ride, which is my favorite ride at Disney.

My two most favorite things:

Your Cake Topper is simply divine. I have never been super interested in the cake topper, but yours makes me want to care and have mine as perfect as yours. Plus Champagne is my fav. drink.

Your invitations the bomb. I couldn't even come up with a better way of describing them. I cannot put into words how absolutely wonderful they are. I am super jealous.

I cannot wait to read more as it gets closer and closer to your wedding day.
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That. Sounds. AWESOME.
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I love what you're doing with the tables (both names and centerpieces). It's simple but elegant, and I think it'll be awesome with your theme. And really, at $15 a centerpiece, that's a steal.


I'm a bit jealous of your spray painting btw - last time I tried that with something, it came out looking a bit....comical.
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You're so detail oriented, I love it! The centerpieces are perfect. I love that they take you back to that era and set the scene of Casablanca. The table names are great! As I started reading the idea, I thought, "That's the one!" The movie tickets. Love.

Your dress, it's so beautiful, but the crinoline can definitely make a huge difference. You'll have to take photos when you have it all fixed and love it again. Alterations are expensive! I haven't even had a fitting and I'm nervous about how much it will cost. Sounds like you have awesome parents to help you out, but really you should love the way you look on your wedding day, so it's definitely necessary!
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I'm SO excited to see pictures after your wedding...it sounds like it'll be gorgeous! And so unique, I love it!
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I love your table themes with the old movies, and I think your little framed movie posters are brilliant and beautiful. I think you are on track with your centerpieces too...much more "Restaurant-y" than wedding-y, so perfect!! And the escort cards are so perfect too. LOVE!!!

I think your dress is lovely on you and perfect with your theme, I can't wait to see how everything looks together. I'm glad you trusted your instincts and went back when you weren't 100% in love with the way it was looking...it's so important that you love the way you look that day, so I think it was so important that you honored your feelings!

Those earrings are perfect and I love that they are vintage, and full of family history, too... love the shoes. I would fall over or break an ankle as I am not good with heels that high, but I love them and so wish I could wear shoes like that!

It's getting so close now! I'm so excited to see how everything turns out for you! We're in the very early planning stages of our wedding (Nov 2014) and I haven't started a PJ yet, but I've been reading on here for years and it is so much fun to see everything come together and hearing about the actual events!!!

Take care of yourself and make sure you don't let yourself get too stressed out!

It's all going to be beautiful and so much fun!

Brooke
Congratulations Brooke on your own upcoming wedding! I hope you will start a PJ, it really is a lot of fun to see all your plans take shape in one place. I started my PJ very early too -- at 22 months out! Seriously though writing this PJ has really motivated me to keep on track (for the updates, lol!), kept me organized (it's all here!) and makes me even more excited to see how my wedding will come together!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I am really happy with how the movie theme is coming together. And also the dress, I am very glad that I decided to go back and get it fixed. I was keeping it all to myself for a couple days because of the fear of the hem alteration cost and just going on sheer hope that the hem wasn't as long as I thought it was and I could just not put the crinoline on on my wedding day and it will all work out. I'm glad I really did not go back, because with in moments I was stepping all over my dress hem and it would have been horrible! The person assisting me that day was even trying to convince me to get higher heels, and I was like, No! These shoes are non-negotiable.

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Hi Nicole!

I just sat here and read your entire planning journal. It was beyond fantastic. I absolutely love your vintage movie/Casablanca theme. It reminds me of The Great Movie Ride, which is my favorite ride at Disney.

My two most favorite things:

Your Cake Topper is simply divine. I have never been super interested in the cake topper, but yours makes me want to care and have mine as perfect as yours. Plus Champagne is my fav. drink.

Your invitations the bomb. I couldn't even come up with a better way of describing them. I cannot put into words how absolutely wonderful they are. I am super jealous.

I cannot wait to read more as it gets closer and closer to your wedding day.
Aww, thank you so much for reading! Whenever someone says they've read the whole thing I can't help my reaction: I think this smilie says it best -- LOL And thank you so much for your lovely comments. I'm so glad my cake topper could help inspire you to want your own perfect cake topper! There are so many cute and personal cake toppers these days, it's really great. My parents' cake topper is one of those stereotypical two doves under an arch... things have come a lot way!

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I love what you're doing with the tables (both names and centerpieces). It's simple but elegant, and I think it'll be awesome with your theme. And really, at $15 a centerpiece, that's a steal.

I'm a bit jealous of your spray painting btw - last time I tried that with something, it came out looking a bit....comical.
Thank you, I'm so happy I was able to get my lamps. Well, I wouldn't say I'm an expert spray painter, I still got a couple cracks in a few frames. But a couple years ago I actually had to spray paint a pair of boots and a pair of shoes for some costumes. It taught me a lot about taking time to prep the surface, prime in thin layers and then spray paint in thin layers. Also using floral spray paint, because it is meant for fake flowers the paint is somehow more flexible. And that was probably a lot more than you needed to know about spray painting, LOL! I won't lie though, there are quite a few little splotches on the back despite my best attempts to avoid it.

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You're so detail oriented, I love it! The centerpieces are perfect. I love that they take you back to that era and set the scene of Casablanca. The table names are great! As I started reading the idea, I thought, "That's the one!" The movie tickets. Love.

Your dress, it's so beautiful, but the crinoline can definitely make a huge difference. You'll have to take photos when you have it all fixed and love it again. Alterations are expensive! I haven't even had a fitting and I'm nervous about how much it will cost. Sounds like you have awesome parents to help you out, but really you should love the way you look on your wedding day, so it's definitely necessary!
Thank you so much! I'm very happy that I'm making this Casablanca look come out. And I know DF is very happy about the movie tickets tie in, most of our table name movies are his favourite movies.

Ugh, alterations. I think I said my dress was quite under budget. Well, maybe my consultant knew all along that these alterations would bring me right to my full budget. I've had basically every single area of my dress altered at this point: back taken in, side taken in, bust taken in, cups purchased and sewn in, lace straps purchased and sewn in, modesty panel moved, and now hem. The store didn't tell the alteration prices before we had it all pinned up in place, and the individual breakdown of each item is not that bad, because I sew, I know how much the alterations I need would suck to do.... but once it's all added up it's insane. The only upside is if one of the alterations is not to my liking, they won't charge again for it to be fixed and we don't have to pay until it's all done. But I would advise, if you can definitely find out how much they charge first and see if you can shop around if it's too much.

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Thank you so much!
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:19 AM   #343
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Well ladies, as of Friday we have officially finished our BEO changes and floral BEO and paid off our final balance!

Less than a month to go, I can't believe it!

I think this calls for some banana dancing!

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Old 06-25-2013, 11:41 AM   #344
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Well ladies, as of Friday we have officially finished our BEO changes and floral BEO and paid off our final balance!

Less than a month to go, I can't believe it!

I think this calls for some banana dancing!

You're so close! I think you guys deserve a party for paying that off.


Oddly enough, whenever you post I remember that I should really post an update about something we've figured out.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:49 PM   #345
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Well ladies, as of Friday we have officially finished our BEO changes and floral BEO and paid off our final balance!

Less than a month to go, I can't believe it!

I think this calls for some banana dancing!



I bet you fell down on your knees. I know I will when all is paid off.

Congratulations!
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