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Old 08-01-2012, 05:48 PM   #241
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Hi, all!

I got an e-mail yesterday with my table arrangements- it looks like I got my Table #82!! I've got the one 10-top, three 6-tops, and five 4-tops. I made a spreadsheet to keep myself organized and once I had a seating plan that suited me, my groom, and my mother, I e-mailed it to Meredith! I still don't know when or WHERE my event will take place because my party is so large... It's making me anxious! I get married in 44 days! I want to knoooow!
Congrats, Jillian!! That's awesome news about Table #82!! I can imagine the seating arrangements is a part of the planning process that takes quite a bit of finessing. Did you find that it took you very long? Hope they get back to you soon with your ceremony location! I can imagine how anxious you are to know!! I would be too!
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:52 PM   #242
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Disney Wedding Podcast

More DCL love on the Disney Wedding Podcast this week! Previous CC bride Aimee discusses her wedding experience

http://disneyweddingpodcast.com/2012...t-aimee-brent/
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:00 PM   #243
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Hello All,

Just wanted to post back with some details about my Castaway Cay wedding on the 14-21 July Eastern Carribbean sailing of the Fantasy The cruise was great and the wedding was awesome!

Our travel from CA to FL was a nightmare at best - long story short; United oversold the flight by 15 seats and since we are a party of 7 (between the two of us, DH and I have 5 girls) we were not allowed on the flight We were scheduled to fly in a day early, so that was our saving grace. We were compensated nicely by the airline (to the tune of $867 per person) but it was still a pain in the rear. When we finally arrived in Orlando we stayed (as orginally planned) at the Hyatt MCO (inside the airport) and I highly recommend it. Had two junior suites that were roomy, clean, and updated.

I made mickey ear door magnets and small gift bags for the guests. Bags contained sunscreen wipes, a bottle of water with a custom label, and personalized wooden fans.

Ana was the onboard coordinator and she was so sweet! I'm pretty low maintenance (partially because this was a second time around for both of us) but I don't have any complaints. We had perfect weather for our ceremony on Castaway Cay (well it was hot and humid, but perfectly blue skies)

The cake/champagne reception in Outlook was really nice. For those of you that will be having your ceremony there, it is a gorgeous location. I had the Touch of Romance cake with marble cake and vanilla buttercream. It was very pretty, and even better - it was yummy

We used Disney photography and were assigned Robin. I thought he was awesome and our pictures came out great (can't post attachments, but if I get the time, I'll try to upload a few to an internet album and post a link). I didn't have alot of expectations in this area though, as pictures weren't that important to us (we got the least expensive package).

Link to photos - hope it works http://www2.snapfish.com/snapfish/th...NAME=snapfish/


We had brunch, tea, and dinner in Palo. I loved them all; definitely book them if you get the chance (I hear they are doing away with the tea though).

Did the hot stone massage in the spa on the first day of the cruise and it was a great way to get into relaxation mode

This was our second Disney cruise, and we booked another onboard (Med next summer on the Magic). If you have any specific questions, I'll try to answer them for you, but we were a small party (16 total) and I didn't have a lot of extra needs/requests, so I might not be able to help that much.

Happy planning to all the future cruise brides. I know you will have an awesome experience just like I did!
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:49 PM   #244
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Your pictures came out great, thanks for sharing, I've been a little nervous about using dcl photography.
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Emily, your photos are fantastic! You were a beautiful bride, and your girls looked adorable in their dresses!! So glad to hear you had a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for sharing your special day with us!
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #246
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I'm trying to come up with subtle Disney ideas for our engagement photos, other than a red polka dot dress does anyone else have some cute ideas?
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We had Robin for our pictures also and were very pleased.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:08 PM   #248
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I'm trying to come up with subtle Disney ideas for our engagement photos, other than a red polka dot dress does anyone else have some cute ideas?
What kind of elements are you thinking of. You could try a hidden mickey but if you want guests to make the disney association I'd be less subtle maybe you can wear disney shirts or have a mickey plushy or some other prop in your photos.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:23 PM   #249
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What kind of elements are you thinking of. You could try a hidden mickey but if you want guests to make the disney association I'd be less subtle maybe you can wear disney shirts or have a mickey plushy or some other prop in your photos.
I was thinking Mickey ears but df doesn't want to wear them.
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I was thinking Mickey ears but df doesn't want to wear them.
Sounds like you have an unwilling party perhaps your going to have to find a hidden mickey he won't notice also lol. You could wear an ears headband or have ears added to your shadows or something like that.
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Sounds like you have an unwilling party perhaps your going to have to find a hidden mickey he won't notice also lol. You could wear an ears headband or have ears added to your shadows or something like that.
Great idea, I'll start working on hidden mickey's.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:15 PM   #252
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Ok so I'm a bit upset. I've been working on my wedding packet to send back in to meredith and it asks for our stateroom number, so after digging and calling our travel agent I find out our room is GTY and it's a obstructed view! Not very happy right now. Anyone else have had a GTY room before?
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:05 PM   #253
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Ok so I'm a bit upset. I've been working on my wedding packet to send back in to meredith and it asks for our stateroom number, so after digging and calling our travel agent I find out our room is GTY and it's a obstructed view! Not very happy right now. Anyone else have had a GTY room before?
I'd contact your travel agent. Unless you requested a gty or least expensive room available I would complain. I selected one gty room for one of our guests but it is last room grade before a veranda room so I know at the very least they are getting that room or a verandah.

I didn't want to chance not getting a room I would be happy with so I called and made our reservations $25 room credit not worth my frustration.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:30 PM   #254
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I'm starting to feel like the disney stepchild bride lol. With the increases to the cost of the cruise wedding and once you add elements to your wedding, you pay the increase for guests over the 8 they provide, you add upgrades to cake, add diner for you and your guests cover onboard event for guests, cover alcohol at dinner, add a photo package, pay to transport guests to port and anything else you can think of. I see many brides doing dessert parties or fireworks cruises, mini golf, dinner plus park tickets etc etc and on and on. Cruise brides spend as much as Escape brides once you total it all up and we guarantee Disney Cruise guests.

So why is it Disney treats us like step children. They offer no discount on group room block for day before the cruise, no park pass discount no annual pass for the newlyweds. It also seems to me like some cruise brides get little extras and gifts while other don't. Doesn't that seem strange? I mean honestly I could care less about a cake topper. But it would be nice to see some incentives for cruise brides. A little pixie dust or frosting on the cake would be nice. I feel like whenever I call the response I get is like someone is doing a favor for me vs me paying for it.

I tried to inquire about a desert party or renting the grand one today and all I got was a ton of bs and minimums that I know don't exist. Then I'm told call your wedding planner whom had already told me she does not coordinate these things.

Ok sorry ladies needed to vent a little.
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Hi Evi,

Well said. I think it's a very valid "vent." I agree that cruise brides end up spending much more money on our weddings than we are given credit for.
I think the biggest shortcoming is in the planner area... I don't think one planner is sufficient for all the brides booking DCL weddings/VR. Customer service is such a huge emphasis for Disney that I've been surprised that they do not make a better effort in this area. I understand we may be more limited in customization options because our weddings take place so far from DCL, but I wish the planning process was a bit more hands-on/enthusiastic.

I'm sorry DFTW has not been helpful with giving you information about ancillary events. When I decided to plan a DP, I emailed Shanda, who in turn, passed my inquiry along to a different consultant, Michelle Gilhooly (Michelle.R.Gilhooly@disney.com). Michelle was absolutely fantastic, and in terms of planning this event, I was treated as an 'escape bride.' Perhaps try emailing our new planner, Meredith, again and ask her to put you in touch with someone in DFTW that will help with planning a DP? Or you could email Michelle and see if she can provide you with some information? What type of DP are you interested in? If you're interested in planning a Wishes DP, I may be able to help with some of your questions also.

Have a good weekend!
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