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Old 01-07-2013, 03:11 PM   #496
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This thread is turning out to be a real lifesaver. I have another question.

Shane and I have started looking at our guest list. How have you guys whittled down your lists?

We have about 40 people we want at the wedding for sure (and have verbally told us they're coming), another 50 we would like to invite but aren't sure if they would cruise or not, and 40 more that we'd like to invite to a reception back home.

Should we just invite all 130 guests to the cruise and reception, both? Or do we send invitations to the cruise to the 90 and send a separate reception-only invite to the other 40?

I have a feeling I'll be reading a lot of planning journals to find out how other couples have dealt with this issue. This is stressful!

Thanks in advance,

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:20 PM   #497
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Hi! This is a great thread! I read thru all the pages and i didnt see what i was looking for. Has anyone done or planning a wedding on DCL out of Galveston? We are planning a 11/13 wedding on the Wonder out of there. It will be a second wedding for both of us and it will just be us and our 6 kids. Any advice or tips would be appreciated!

I would think it would be the same as if you were cruising out of PC. You are still working with DCL Wedding Coordinator. From the PJ/Trip Reports I have read through the only differance bewtween East/West coast was the ship and the Iteneriaries.




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This thread is turning out to be a real lifesaver. I have another question.

Shane and I have started looking at our guest list. How have you guys whittled down your lists?

We have about 40 people we want at the wedding for sure (and have verbally told us they're coming), another 50 we would like to invite but aren't sure if they would cruise or not, and 40 more that we'd like to invite to a reception back home.

Should we just invite all 130 guests to the cruise and reception, both? Or do we send invitations to the cruise to the 90 and send a separate reception-only invite to the other 40?

I have a feeling I'll be reading a lot of planning journals to find out how other couples have dealt with this issue. This is stressful!

Thanks in advance,

Diana

Here is a non answer for you

You can invite everyone to the cruise, invite 40 or the 90

Actually, I would make a list of the people who are important/special/active in your life and invite those people. That may be 110 people and only 50 come. But those are the people that hold a special place in your life. I would not worry about if they can come, leave that up to them.

Than for your reception back home I would invite everyone from the cruise and the rest of the people that would want to celebrate with you(work, friends but not close ones, cousins/sunts/uncles).
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:47 PM   #498
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This thread is turning out to be a real lifesaver. I have another question.

Shane and I have started looking at our guest list. How have you guys whittled down your lists?

We have about 40 people we want at the wedding for sure (and have verbally told us they're coming), another 50 we would like to invite but aren't sure if they would cruise or not, and 40 more that we'd like to invite to a reception back home.

Should we just invite all 130 guests to the cruise and reception, both? Or do we send invitations to the cruise to the 90 and send a separate reception-only invite to the other 40?

I have a feeling I'll be reading a lot of planning journals to find out how other couples have dealt with this issue. This is stressful!

Thanks in advance,

Diana
There is a cap on guest count for ceremony. I'm not sure what it is but I would check with your planner for max guest cap for onboard and castaway cay.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:51 PM   #499
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Hi! This is a great thread! I read thru all the pages and i didnt see what i was looking for. Has anyone done or planning a wedding on DCL out of Galveston? We are planning a 11/13 wedding on the Wonder out of there. It will be a second wedding for both of us and it will just be us and our 6 kids. Any advice or tips would be appreciated!
It is true, the "Dream" cruises are very popular on this page! If you go to the old DCL brides thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1766164) you can get information about cruises on the Magic and Wonder (sister ships, very similar) and where, specifically, they hold their weddings onboard. Other than that, the rest of the process should be just the same as the Dream & Fantasy weddings. Just book your cruise, contact DFTW to book your wedding package, fill out the papers and submit! It's really an easy process!
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #500
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This thread is turning out to be a real lifesaver. I have another question.

Shane and I have started looking at our guest list. How have you guys whittled down your lists?

We have about 40 people we want at the wedding for sure (and have verbally told us they're coming), another 50 we would like to invite but aren't sure if they would cruise or not, and 40 more that we'd like to invite to a reception back home.

Should we just invite all 130 guests to the cruise and reception, both? Or do we send invitations to the cruise to the 90 and send a separate reception-only invite to the other 40?

I have a feeling I'll be reading a lot of planning journals to find out how other couples have dealt with this issue. This is stressful!

Thanks in advance,

Diana
I'll be honest- I didn't know who to invite! I had a guest list for a regular wedding that was near 100-120. My mom didn't think many people would come on the cruise (to pay their travel to florida, then to pay for the cruise) so she told me to invite everybody! I sent out 50 invitations (assuming that at least 2 would be coming with each invitation) and I was surprised by the amount of friends and family that were able to come! we had 47 in our party, which means 45 guests. We were too large for the Outlook or the balcony by the Meridian Bar on deck 12, so they set up a space for us in D-Lounge. I was NOT pleased with this response, but they transformed it to a gorgeous space.

Of course, with all wedding invites comes prioritizing. It sounds awful to "categorize" your family and friends, but when I was planning, I was told to make an "A" list, a "B" list, and a "C" list. Mail out all of your A invites and see how many RSVP's you get! Then if enough say "no" you can send out your "B" list, then if you still have space, you can move onto your "C" list. Then for your at home reception, I'd say invite everybody you can to get more gifts I mailed my invitations out nearly 1 year in advance to give my party time to save up and book the cruise, and most of my guests were booked within the first few months. I only had a few late joiners. Also, keep in mind what time of year you are sailing! Are you going during the slow or busy season? I booked slow season (working in the tourist business, myself! ) and I still sent out invites early to make sure everybody could book the category of room that they were comfortable. The longer you wait, typically the more expensive the rooms get.

I also highly recommend starting a google document- make an RSVP spreadsheet and give the link to those who you invite- then have your guests RSVP "Yes" or "No" in one column, then add all of their information: Full Names of all guests attending, Cruise Confirmation #, Room #, Cell #, Home address. This information will all become useful along your journey! ESPECIALLY their confirmation #'s because you will need those to link your party together!!! You'll also want to make a list of guests and what rooms they are in so you can distribute lists to your guests so they call call each other on the wave phones while onboard! Ginger had a wonderful notion to have the "guys" take the Wave phone #1 and the "gals" take the wave phone #2 to make it easier to reach your contact! The phone number to each wave phone is the room number plus 1 or 2 depending on which phone you have. If you're in room 7076, your wave phones will be 70761 and 70762

Wow, I might have gone on a tangent there! Whoops! You can leave some of that as food for thought at a later point! If you need any tips or pointers, let me know! haha

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There is a cap on guest count for ceremony. I'm not sure what it is but I would check with your planner for max guest cap for onboard and castaway cay.
I don't think they could or would actually limit you on your guests. (They may say it, but I don't think they would enforce it) I know that certain venues can't exceed a certain amount, but when I told my planner (back when it was Shanda) she didn't mention any problem to me inviting more than 100 people. Generally speaking, the bottom line with Disney is this: if there's money to be made, they'll make it work. I had 47 in my party, much larger than they usually get, and they just moved my large party into a larger venue! They created the lovely space in D Lounge- and they arranged it in a way that they had never done before! To be safe, you can always ask your wedding planner, of course. But to me, it makes NO sense to set a limit on your guest count!
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:07 AM   #501
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Thats right my crazy cheap dress from china was super amazing. Its a lacy a-line dress with buttons all down the back.

http://www.discount-dress.com/aline-...tyle-10044-g49

I learned that you just have to be really specific in what you want during the comments section. I wanted my dress more ballgown then mermaid so I just wrote that in the comments section! I was so nervous but it really worked out. If you have any other questions, let me know!!
Thank you so much for posting this! I found several dresses on this site I love and budget friendly!
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:41 PM   #502
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It's not as cool as Ginger's Magical Day Weddings blog post, but my photographer posted her blog about our DCL wedding yesterday! She said it was her favorite wedding of 2012 Awwww

http://lorarodgers.com/jillian-michael/
Those are the most beautiful cruise wedding pictures I have seen on this board!
I love your Mom's dress too.
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Those are the most beautiful cruise wedding pictures I have seen on this board!
I love your Mom's dress too.
Aww, thanks! You are too kind! My mom did find a fabulous dress! She did well!
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:37 AM   #504
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I have to do a quick celebration dance with you ladies because I just got the confirmation email from Meredith with our planning guide and that our wedding with be on Nassau day (2/7/14)!!!!

We just put down the deposit last night after continually going back and forth between an Escape and DCL wedding, but I felt that it would be easier for the people that (actually) come to just get on a cruise and enjoy.

However now I actually have to start working on welcome bags, figuring out if we can do Palo private dining room (is it bad that I'm hoping we will only be a group of 14 total?? ), and finding a dress (which has been the nemesis planning item so far).

YAY!!
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I'm impressed that Meredith gave you a confirmation. All I've been given is the you'll be given the time & location 45 days prior.
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I'm impressed that Meredith gave you a confirmation. All I've been given is the you'll be given the time & location 45 days prior.
Maybe they're just starting to be proactive now? I was surprised by how quickly I got this. I've been reading the thread for a while now and I just assumed it would take a long time to get information. I didn't get the specific time/room (like outlook vs meridian) yet, but based on the cruise itinerary (with us being in Nassau on 2/7 and Meredith said it will be on Nassau day) that should be our date. She sent me everything in one email, the planning guide, huge block of text w/ info on the wedding/cancelling/etc, so maybe they're starting to streamline! We're also sailing at a low season time so that could also be a factor.
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Congratulations! I've assumed mine will be on the day of Nassau, maybe I should just email her to ask.
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Congratulations! I've assumed mine will be on the day of Nassau, maybe I should just email her to ask.
I would ask! My email says this:
Onboard Ceremony ( Nassau Day-Specific ceremony time and location will be confirmed by Disney Cruise Line approximately 45 days prior to you sail date )
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Getting Married in FEB 2014 on the Disney Dream-NEWSLETTER HELP!

Hi Everyone!

Well, it seems as though my DF and I are finally going to tie the knot!! We will be getting married on-board the Disney Dream, in February of 2014. My immediate family lives in Indiana and his in New Hampshire, so I thought the best thing to do for our families would be to assemble a newsletter. I have started doing some research and looked at some of the other brides' newsletters to get ideas, but the font is so small on most of them that you cannot tell what people have included. I am lost and overwhelmed at the same time as to format/layout as well as what information to include for our families and friends. PLEASE HELP! Thanks so much
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Well, it seems as though my DF and I are finally going to tie the knot!! We will be getting married on-board the Disney Dream, in February of 2014. My immediate family lives in Indiana and his in New Hampshire, so I thought the best thing to do for our families would be to assemble a newsletter. I have started doing some research and looked at some of the other brides' newsletters to get ideas, but the font is so small on most of them that you cannot tell what people have included. I am lost and overwhelmed at the same time as to format/layout as well as what information to include for our families and friends. PLEASE HELP! Thanks so much
Hi!! I'm actually another February 2014 bride as well AND on the Dream!

I think honestly you don't have to include TOO much information in the newsletter, since a lot of people are so tech savvy now you could put most info on your wedding website, when are you planning to send them out? Will they be in between invitations or as a last minute follow up?
If you're giving them general info you might want to include some sample prices for the cruise, the itinerary for the sailing, maybe a cute backstory to open the newsletter (how you two decided on a cruise wedding), and if you're doing a multi-page newsletter you could even include a cute word puzzle that is nautical themed!
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