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Old 07-23-2012, 01:32 PM   #196
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Hello Ladies! I just spoke with Meredith to confirm my packet before she sends it to DCL (I got commended for filling it out so thoroughly! I sent in my sheet music, and the photo of my cake topper with dimensions, and even submitted a request for the ERA dining rotation that includes Table 82 in the center of Royal Palace!) There's a couple things I want to send your way from out conversation!

First of all, they have discontinued the use of Light Pink Roses from the Solid French Bouquets- the reason being that they tend to look more like a dingy and brown-ish pink. Yuck! Also, you can only have TWO colors in a Solid French Bouquet! So instead of having a Red, Hot Pink, Light Pink bouquet, I'm going to have a Red and Hot Pink bouquet. Also, each french rose bouquet is said to have approximately 30 roses.

I also asked at what point we will learn who our onboard coordinator is, but unfortunately my answer was "When you meet them on your embarkation day" haha, okay- I understand that somebody may come down with an illness or other circumstances may affect the coordinators... but I still want to know! Alright, I guess I'll have to be patient! I've met the onboard coordinator, Laura (Very nice British girl) and she was incredibly helpful with all of my questions- so I guess I'll just have to cross my fingers that she'll be there... (And captain Henry!)

Everything else went well in our conversation. Meredith just went over all of the details of my entire packet confirming them before she sent it to DCL. In about a week I should get another update e-mail from her with the budget and signature form. The final payments (the $20/guest fee and the crystal Mickey pins in my bouquet, etc) are due 30-days prior to sailing, and 1-2 weeks prior is when I receive my welcome letter from the cruise line with all of my finalized plans. *phew* It's good to have an end in sight, and it feels good to have these things laid out for me! I must say that I like Meredith very much, and she's so energetic and attentive (unlike a former wedding coordinator we had, hah!) and I look forward to working with her further!

I hope some of this was helpful! This page has been pretty dead lately! There must be some prospective or newly booked DCL brides that have questions! There must be some soon-to-be DCL brides that are nearing their embarkation! What are the things you look forward to most? What ways are you personalizing your wedding experience? Lets get some dialogue going!
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:46 PM   #197
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I'm getting married on the Dream next May and of course they can't tell you time/location until 45 days prior to the cruise, but does anyone have a best guess of date? It's a 4 day Bohemian cruise. Also does anyone know if I will have time to go take pics on the beach prior to or after my ceremony?
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:53 PM   #198
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Are you doing an on board ceremony or castaway cay?
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:20 PM   #200
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:29 PM   #201
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I'm getting married on the Dream next May and of course they can't tell you time/location until 45 days prior to the cruise, but does anyone have a best guess of date? It's a 4 day Bohemian cruise. Also does anyone know if I will have time to go take pics on the beach prior to or after my ceremony?
I'm not exactly sure, since my Bahamian Dream cruise is only 3 nights. Our onboard wedding is going to be on the Nassau day, the second night of our cruise. I'm not sure if the 4-night cruise holds their onboard weddings while at port or while at sea, but it should be one of those days. Since there's only one event per day with the cruiseline, you can definitely rule out embarkation day and the castaway cay day.

If you are getting married on the Nassau day, I recommend trying to go to Cloisters- DIS member Lexis shared some of his wedding photos on facebook via his photographer ( https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...4668825&type=1 ) and check out our dialogue with him a few pages back, roughly page 9 is where I ask him all about Cloisters! It's such a gorgeous spot for photos!

Any 4-night Bahamian brides know which day they choose for you?? My wedding party is too large for the Outlook, so I won't know where my wedding will take place for a couple weeks after the cruise line processes my paperwork.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:47 PM   #202
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4-night cruises are also at port. Thanks for the info!
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:58 PM   #203
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We used a limo service. It was very fast to get there. We got very lucky our wedding fell on election day in Nassau so all of the shops were closed as well as all government buildings. This meant that the customs/shops building at port was empty, it also meant no traffic. The cloisters wanted $1,000 for 2 hours use. We opted not to pay and just try our luck with the general public. The cloisters is open to general public paying just reserves it for you. We spent around 2 hours there and not a single tourist showed up the entire time.
I absolutely love your pics at Cloisters. I'm having a May 2013 wedding. Is there any other advice you can offer about Cloisters and getting there?
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #204
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Thanks for passing along the info from your call with Meredith, Jillian! As I will be going through the same thing soon, it's very comforting to have a better idea of the process. I'm glad to hear positive things about her

Yay for getting your planning guide submitted! It must be so exciting confirming things, and getting a better picture of what your special day will be like.

I have a couple questions about filling out the planning guide, if that's okay:
-for the guest list, did you list each guest on a separate line (even if they have the same reservation number)? I know there is no charge for children under 3, but do you also list them on the guest list?
-There isn't a blank for if you're bringing along an external photographer. Did you just write his or her information in the photography section?
-Are you having ushers or escorts for the parents?

I totally agree about this thread being a bit slow lately! Maybe we should start posting some updates from our own personal planning. I know many of us do regular updates in our PJ, but it may be nice to post some of these updates here as well. I'll start

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It's now 99 days till our wedding day! I truly cannot believe how fast everything has gone by. When I first started planning, it all seemed so far away, and now I have a huge list of To-Do's that I can't seem to keep up with. My most recent wedding related accomplishment was getting our invitations posted. DF and I had previously sent out email STD's last year and an email trip planning newsletter in May, but formal invitations went out last week. Something Printable by Victoria Ann (she's fabulous!!!) designed our custom invitation suite, Vistaprint printed the invitations (very easy and I was impressed by the quality), and I added the envelope liners (gotta love Hobby Lobby). DF and I are really excited with how they came out:




We're kinda going for a whimsical, travel, Australia/America, slightly vintage feel for the wedding. Very complicated I know..

At the moment, I'm up to my neck in attire selections--bridesmaid and groom/groomsmen. Once that's done, I'm looking forward to filling out our Planning Guide and booking reservations/excursions for the cruise.
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Thanks for passing along the info from your call with Meredith, Jillian! As I will be going through the same thing soon, it's very comforting to have a better idea of the process. I'm glad to hear positive things about her

Yay for getting your planning guide submitted! It must be so exciting confirming things, and getting a better picture of what your special day will be like.

I have a couple questions about filling out the planning guide, if that's okay:
-for the guest list, did you list each guest on a separate line (even if they have the same reservation number)? I know there is no charge for children under 3, but do you also list them on the guest list?
-There isn't a blank for if you're bringing along an external photographer. Did you just write his or her information in the photography section?
-Are you having ushers or escorts for the parents?

I totally agree about this thread being a bit slow lately! Maybe we should start posting some updates from our own personal planning. I know many of us do regular updates in our PJ, but it may be nice to post some of these updates here as well. I'll start

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It's now 99 days till our wedding day! I truly cannot believe how fast everything has gone by. When I first started planning, it all seemed so far away, and now I have a huge list of To-Do's that I can't seem to keep up with. My most recent wedding related accomplishment was getting our invitations posted. DF and I had previously sent out email STD's last year and an email trip planning newsletter in May, but formal invitations went out last week. Something Printable by Victoria Ann (she's fabulous!!!) designed our custom invitation suite, Vistaprint printed the invitations (very easy and I was impressed by the quality), and I added the envelope liners (gotta love Hobby Lobby). DF and I are really excited with how they came out:




We're kinda going for a whimsical, travel, Australia/America, slightly vintage feel for the wedding. Very complicated I know..

At the moment, I'm up to my neck in attire selections--bridesmaid and groom/groomsmen. Once that's done, I'm looking forward to filling out our Planning Guide and booking reservations/excursions for the cruise.
Ahhh, that cursed planning guide! I'm so glad to be done with it! Honestly, I had a hard time figuring out a few things myself! I put a couple things as TBD like who was giving the toast... I DON'T KNOW!!! haha! Also the ushering part was a bit difficult to figure out! Since both of our parents are divorced and bringing their spouses/ significant others along, it would make SENSE that the spouses just escort themselves! BUT my mom didn't like this, Our dads are being escorted by their wives, and the moms are being escorted by their sons (then the hubby/ beau can seat themselves) And I have my two grandmothers in attendance, One of my brothers is walking one, then the other brother is escorting the other. One of my brothers is walking me down the aisle since my dad and I aren't very close. (Wow, that makes it seem like I have 3 brothers! haha, I only have 2, but they'll be doing a lot of escorting between them!)

Theeeeen for the guests, I just printed 3 or 4 sheets of that page! I used almost 3 whole pages! I put each guest on their own line, then I made a bracket in the margin (I wrote in the margin A LOT!) to indicate which guests were in which room... That made the most sense to me! I only have one child under 3 years old, so I just notated that in the OTHER margin! I added my photographers to my guest list so they know that they're linked to us, but I notated in the margin that they were my photographers. (hopefully that's $40 less I have to pay DCL!) Under the photography section, I just crossed them out and wrote that I'm bringing my photographers, here are their names. Hmmm, where else did I write in the margins... OH! There was no place to add my Mickey Crystals for my bouquet! I didn't consider them as "additional floral" so I just wrote them on the page with my bouquet options. I also made VERY specific requests for the cruiseline regarding DINING! I need to be in the ERA dining rotation so we're in Royal Palace on the night of our wedding. Also, the HUGE 10-top table in the center of Royal Palace is #82, so we requested that we have that table and surrounding tables for the Royal Palace night. I let them know that I understand that tables shuffle around with the restaurants different floorplans, but that we need to be together on the night of our wedding!

I was thinking about doing something special for dinner that night of the wedding- I had originally wanted to get glow ice cubes for everybody's waters, but those run about $2-$3 each! Then I found some gorgeous freeze-dried orchids and I've pondered putting one on each plate- maybe getting two of our wedding colors to mix it up (30 orchids = $15) I think that would be a pretty addition, and it would make our tables seem special! I also found freeze dried rose petals that my flower girls could throw onto the aisle ( 5 cups of petals = $7.50 @ http://www.save-on-crafts.com/preserved.html ) BUT I don't know if the cruiseline will allow them since they're flowers- all of those picky customs rules, you know? But I know that there are some gift services on land that deliver floral to guest staterooms, so I don't know! I'm afraid to ask Meredith, because I'm afraid the answer will be "No". What do you ladies think???

Alrighty, let me know if you have any more questions!

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I would like to see more photos of the seashell cake people chose. I found one good link (I forget where I found it) and honestly I wasn't impressed with the design of the cake. It looked like a kid had plastered the lower tier with the white chocolate (?) shells and I only saw 2 of the neat blue sea stars standing up between tiers. I believe Lexis had this cake and wasn't all that impressed with it? I have that upgrade cake on my wish list, but would almost prefer to decorate it myself! (not that it's allowed I'm sure). What does everyone else think?
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We're kinda going for a whimsical, travel, Australia/America, slightly vintage feel for the wedding. Very complicated I know..

At the moment, I'm up to my neck in attire selections--bridesmaid and groom/groomsmen. Once that's done, I'm looking forward to filling out our Planning Guide and booking reservations/excursions for the cruise.
Freckledinger - LOVE your creative invitations! Great job :}
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But I know that there are some gift services on land that deliver floral to guest staterooms, so I don't know! I'm afraid to ask Meredith, because I'm afraid the answer will be "No". What do you ladies think???
The outside vendor who delivers to DCL is The Perfect Gift (http://www.theperfectgift.cc or 800-950-4559).

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I would like to see more photos of the seashell cake people chose. I found one good link (I forget where I found it) and honestly I wasn't impressed with the design of the cake. It looked like a kid had plastered the lower tier with the white chocolate (?) shells and I only saw 2 of the neat blue sea stars standing up between tiers. I believe Lexis had this cake and wasn't all that impressed with it? ?
This may be the shot you've already seen, but here's Disney's official photo of the cake.... $75 extra....

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The outside vendor who delivers to DCL is The Perfect Gift (http://www.theperfectgift.cc or 800-950-4559).



This may be the shot you've already seen, but here's Disney's official photo of the cake.... $75 extra....

Thanks Carrie! Yeah this picture is why I want the cake, I just hope whoever makes it the day of the wedding actually makes it look as neat as it's supposed to.
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Has anyone come up with gift bags or fe gifts for their guests? I'm look for ideas if anyone has some suggestions.
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