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Old 03-07-2012, 05:53 AM   #1
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Mega early pj- nicki and dean sept 2014

I know this is mega mega early but i need to try get myself organised and have somewhere to keep all my ideas! My Disney wedding is in its very early stages but i really cant wait to get planning even if it is soooo far away!

So anyway Iím Nicki and Iím 25, my fiancť is Dean and he is 24, we live in England (another reason why we have to get planning now) we have been together since July 2008 (3 and a half years ish) and engaged since September 2010- Dean proposed in Magic Kingdom by the castle but near to Snow Whiteís wishing well as he is a bit shy so didnít want too many people to see! I am completely obsessed with Disney, ever since i was little, I have been to Disneyland Paris, Disneyland California and more frequently Disney World Orlando- i also love America so much i wish we could live there! I took Dean on his first Disney trip in 2009 and he loved it, we are going on our 3rd Florida holiday together this September and cant wait!

We decided not to set a date for the wedding straight away as we were saving for a deposit on buying a house (we now own a house yay) but always knew it would be September 2014! After going back and forth we finally decided at the beginning of the year that we would have the wedding at Disney World and have an evening reception back in the UK- we are aiming for Weds 17th September for the ceremony but obviously cant confirm this until next year!

We are inviting 45 people to the wedding but obviously it isnít cheap to come to Orlando from the UK so i think the figure will be much less- for this reason we donít know yet whether we will be having an Escape or Wishes package! I think if we can afford i would prefer the Wishes package because i want a private reception, i donít like the idea of having dinner with Joe public in my wedding dress!

Iím not sure what i want to do at night- i think maybe the Epcot Illuminations Desert party depending on cost because we can have a disco back home for the evening reception!

I am not sure where i want the wedding, i like the wedding pavilion, Dean likes the idea of it being at Epcot! We may look in September when we are on holiday at the different locations!

I am having a Cinderella theme for our evening reception, tables named after the characters, cupcakes with the castle and glass slipper on, Cinderella characters on the cake- iím not too fussed about having a theme at the wedding as i will be trying to stick to the minimum expenditure for my budget so can save money by not having centrepieces, favours, place names etc they would be cheaper to buy outside of Disney but coming from the UK i am limited on how much i can bring in my suitcase

The only thing i know i really want to splurge on whatever the cost at this stage is Mickey and Minnie at the reception

My colour scheme will be royal blue, really bright vibrant blue, my girls will be in this colour and the boys cravats will be this colour- also the cake and my bouquet and the bows on the chair covers if i can afford them! Also to contrast i want the bridesmaids to carry bright orange gerbera daisies and wear orange shoes! Im not sure whether the mens buttonholes will be blue or orange! I want the men to wear grey suits, which i will buy in England off the high street!

I have asked 7 girls to be bridesmaids and 4 little bridesmaids- however i understand not all of them will be afford to come so im not sure who my bridesmaids are lol i have my sister Jo, my best friends Diane and Hannah, Deans sister Kim, my cousin Katie and Victoria and my oldest school friend Sarah- my ickle ones are my gorgeous adopted nieces Alice, Amy and Emma who are Hannahís daughters and the 4th one Amelia wont be here until June as she is still in Dianeís tummy lol

Dean hasnít got a best man yet, he doesnít know who to ask! But he has picked 2 ushers, our friend John and his brother-in-law Gavin plus his little nephew Rory as page boy!

I donít know what dress i want at all, going to look next year for some inspiration- i want the bridesmaids in 50s style skater dresses, Dessy do a gorgeous one but iím not sure on my BM dress budget yet as i donít know how many BMs i will have lol

I am definitely going to use Randy Chapman for my piccys

Music has to be Disney Disney Disney as i walk down the aisle, first dance etc lol not sure what songs i want yet- my first dance back home is going to be ďYou got the loveĒ by Florence and the Machine (iím not sure if she is well-known in America?)

I have ordered my Save The Dates, they will be posted out Tuesday, they are amazing, the seller is on ebay and shes just so creative, she did them in the Disney font using the cheesy little poem i wrote- i will put a pic of the sample on when i work out how to post pics! Everyone thinks im crazy sending invites out 2 and a half years in advance but i want to give my family and friends chance to save up to come- i wont be disappointed if our wedding is just me and Dean as i know how much it costs to come to Florida

Do you have hen doís in America? I think they are called bachelorette parties? I arenít really having a proper hen do coz of how expensive it will be for my family and friends to come to Florida so were just going to have a night out in my local town and my best friends, mum, sister etc will have a couple of treatments with me at the local spa!

Wow I have more ideas for the wedding than i thought- its the important stuff like the actual wedding day that i have no idea what i want! If anyone can suggest ideas that would be great- i think i want to get married at 12pm to get a full days wear out of my dress, and i want a sit down 3 course meal, i just donít know what i want to do at night- it doesnít need to be too late coz on Florida time i am usually tired by half 10 haha i think thats it, im gona go try work out how to put pics on!
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:59 AM   #2
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First question- Flowers- I donít want any centrepieces or aisle decor etc, my floral would literally be my bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet and the mens buttonholes- does anyone know roughly how much gerbera daisys would be with Disney? Are they in season in September? I just want a few orange gerberas tied with blue ribbon for the bridesmaids and a slightly bigger version of this for my bouquet- possibly blue gerbera daisys for mine as my colour scheme is mainly royal blue, i just want a bit of orange to contrast! The men are in grey suits and blue cravats so iím not bothered whether they have orange or blue gerberas, whichever looks the best! Thanks
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:12 AM   #3
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My gorgeous engagement party cake- made by Dean's sister Kim

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:14 AM   #4
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Me and Dean not long after getting engaged at Magic Kingdom

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:19 AM   #5
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This is the style of bridesmaid dress i want- dont think i can afford Dessy but you never know, i might only have 1 or 2 bridesmaids that can afford to come to Florida with us so my budget may stretch- the colour is gorgeous

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:22 AM   #6
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My amazing engagement ring picked by my fiance all by himself- i was so shocked, i would definately have picked this style if i was choosing

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:24 AM   #7
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Seen this wedding ring on the Kays website- it matches my engagement ring perfectly! Unfortunately they dont ship to the UK so fingers crossed i can pick it up on my trip to Orlando in September!!

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:26 AM   #8
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got this cake topper as a present from work- total surprise i nearly cried- its from the Jim Shore Traditions collection and will look lovely at my evening reception back home! and mickeys suit is blue!!!

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Love the cake topper
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:02 AM   #10
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thanks, me too!

almost forgot- i have ordered the lady on here's wedding book- think her name is Carrie- it will arrive tommorow!! i'm hoping she can answer all my questions! I will be happy when i know my guest list and whether we are having a Wishes or Escape package- if i have less than 18 i think i will go with Escape and hire a private room for the reception meal and add all the extras on like characters etc i think i want an MK and DHS photo shoot if my budget will stretch that far- we can only afford it if we have a small amount of guests i think as the $12k minimum for Wishes is about my limit
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Congratulations. It's never to early to start planning.

Carrie's book is the best thing ever. If you want to start reading it sooner, purchase the ebook from the passporter website to read before the hard copy arrives. That's what I did.

I'm not even engaged and I've started planning LOL. I'm planning on Aug 2014 but the heat is somewhat of a detterent (sp?) & unfortunately when my partner proposes I have to let him have his say on dates, locations, etc.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:33 AM   #12
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My book has arrived at work this morning!

Cant wait to get home and read through it!! I hope it makes things a bit clearer and i noticed on Carrieís PJ that she had the wedding, reception and dessert party for just over the minimum spends!
Knowing my luck though it will have gone upto $14000 minimum expenditure in 2014 coz i noticed on the Disney website it only covers 2012 and 2013!

Its never too early to start planning- weíve been really slow coz we got engaged in 2010 and only really started planning now- we will have been together just over 6 years when we get married so if you know what you want i would definitely start thinking about it now even if you arenít engaged yet
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Congratulations! You have a lot figured out so far! I love the Dessy dresses too and have my eye on one for my BMs. I totally agree that it's never too early to start planning!
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Yay another early planning 2014 bride!! We are looking at November 2014

Your ring is gorgeous, and bridesmaid dress is gorgeous - another option which might be cheaper for that style is a designer called Vivian of Holloway - she's based in London - have a google
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:53 AM   #15
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aw thanks for the tip i will definately google it! I'm not sure how much the Dessy dresses are but i'm guessing a lot! wow you're in the same situation as me then- itching to provisionally book the chosen date but cant for another year! i'm aiming for weds 17th at 12.00pm i think but i've gota feeling i will end up in a lottery if i go for the wedding pavillion! i can be flexible with the day and time as long as its that week!

Mini update: I am two bridesmaids down so far- my 2 cousins cant make it, 1 is pregnant and just about to graduate so i completely expected her to say no and the other cant afford to spend all that money on a trip (which again i completely understand and expect most of our invited guests will be in the same boat as its a lot of money to travel from the UK) they sent me lovely texts though to say they hope its magical and they cant wait for the evening reception back home
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