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Old 08-29-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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D&B's Summer Wishes Wedding! 08.03.2013 - How We Met!

Hey DISBrides!

After months of lurking, reading, researching, and absolutely loving the Facebook groups.... I'M STARTING A PLANNING JOURNAL!!!!!!

I've been meaning to start a planning journal for a while, but I don't have a lot of time at the moment, so I'll start with a quick intro for now, and then go from there!

Me: I'm Danielle! Or Dani. Whichever you prefer to call me. I'm 24 years old, and while I'm originally from NJ, I currently reside in VA. I've been in VA for the past two years, and moved here after I graduated from college (Go PSU!). I've been a Disney fan for life, but sadly only got to go to Disney World once when I was a kid... that's not the case anymore, lol!

Fiance: My fiance's name is Bart. He's 34 years old, and is originally from IN. He moved to FL for a few years, then bounced around from VA to MD and now back in VA. He is what you call the biggest Disney fan you know. It's his most favorite place in the whole world, and it is through him that I've gotten to experience so much Disney. He took me on my first "adult" trip to Disney last October (2011), and have been hooked ever since! It's now my favorite place to be, and I'm so happy he's brought that back into my life. How my fiance & I met is an interesting story - that'll be in the next post.

My fiance is my best friend in the whole world I'm so excited to be marrying him! He proposed at Disney World on June 2, 2012. I'll make a separate post for the engagement. It was kinda epic.

In the past two months, we've knocked out our site visit, getting our date, signing our LOA, booking a Planning Session, booked a bunch of our vendors, nailed down colors, and determined the wedding party. Whew!

Some details for now, with some more elaboration later:

Date: Saturday August 3, 2013
Ceremony: 12pm at Wedding Pavilion
Reception: Atlantic Dance Hall
Dessert Party: Epcot @ Terrace de Fleurs immediately following the reception
Estimated guest count: 80-100
Officiant: Rev. Kevin Knox
Hair/makeup: Beaute Speciale
Photography: David & Vicki Arndt
Colors: Cherry red & robin's egg blue (or aqua or teal or whatever the right shade of blue ends up being). I'll post inspiration pics later.

There are the basics for now. Another post to follow later with more details about how Bart & I met, the proposal, and some wedding ideas. I'M SO EXCITED!!!!
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:23 PM   #2
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Yay! I'm so excited!
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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Hey can you tell me why you chose the 12:00 clock ceremony for a reception at ADH and a desert party? How does the time line work? We are looking to book on Monday and are trying to figure out scheduling. I thought 2:30 would work well, but if you have a better idea, I would love it hear it! Thanks!

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:50 PM   #4
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Cant wait for the engagement story

love how much you got done in the last two month! i wish i were that productive

Happy planning!
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:41 PM   #5
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Yay! I'm so excited!
Thanks!!!!!


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Hey can you tell me why you chose the 12:00 clock ceremony for a reception at ADH and a desert party? How does the time line work? We are looking to book on Monday and are trying to figure out scheduling. I thought 2:30 would work well, but if you have a better idea, I would love it hear it! Thanks!

Congrats!
Sure!

It's a funny story how we ended up at 12pm to begin with. We originally wanted the 10am ceremony time, but when we found out (4 days before the 12mo mark) that another couple wanted the same time slot, we decided to bump to our 2nd choice, which was 12pm. We were the only ones interested so it all worked out in the end! It ended up being a blessing in disguise, if you ask me.

As for the timeline, I guess the biggest question is how long do you want your actual cocktail hour/reception to be?

Ceremonies at WP typically last somewhere between 20-25 minutes (depending on your officiant). So, if you start at 12pm, your ceremony should be over by 12:25pm. With the staged exit & getting everybody lined up, you're looking at another 15ish minutes to get that out of the way, which brings you to 12:40pm-ish. It's about a 15 minute drive from WP to the Boardwalk, and then it's another few minute walk from where the buses drop you off to ADH. We still wanted a 1hr pre-reception & a 4hr reception, so with a 1:15pm-1:30pm start time, the end of the reception would bring us to about 6:15pm-6:30pm. From ADH, the International Gateway is close, so it gives you more than enough time to leave the reception, still mingle for a bit, and then get to the gateway to get wristbands for the DP.

So, in short:

12pm- Ceremony
~12:30pm- Staged Exit prep/execution
~12:45pm- People on buses
~1:15pm- Arrive at ADH for cocktail hour
2:30pm- Reception start
6:30pm- Reception end
~7pm- Head to gateway to DP

For a 2:30 wedding:

2:30pm- Ceremony
~3pm- Staged exit prep/execution
~3:15pm- People on buses
~3:40pm- Arrive at ADH for cocktail hour
~4:45pm- Reception start
~7pm- Reception end to start heading to DP

This is probably a long winded answer, but I hope this helps. I guess it all comes down to what you & your fiance want. If you have any other questions, please let me know!


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love how much you got done in the last two month! i wish i were that productive

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Thanks! I'm going out of town for the weekend, but when I get back, the story will be up!
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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Thanks for the timeline break down. It certainly helps. Do guests walk from ADH to EPCOT for the DP? I had assumed you would head over around 8. Not questioning you, just trying to figure things out! Thanks a bunch!
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Thanks for the timeline break down. It certainly helps. Do guests walk from ADH to EPCOT for the DP? I had assumed you would head over around 8. Not questioning you, just trying to figure things out! Thanks a bunch!
No worries - I had all these questions too and just went through figuring this out a few weeks ago.

They can definitely walk. But it'll take about 20min and everybody needs to be at the Gateway at the same time. Disney wristbands the group in one shot and escorts the group to the locale. And if I remember correctly, my consultant said the meet time is around 7:45pm.

Or, the ferry is an option too. But depending on your party, everybody may not fit on one boat.

Just a note: If you plan on going into Epcot in your gown, you and your husband must get driven back there separately while everyone else goes to the Gateway. Epcot will not let you walk into the park in your wedding gown.
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Thanks a bunch for that breakdown. Do they have to walk from ADH to the International Gateway? Or is there other options?
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Thanks a bunch for that breakdown. Do they have to walk from ADH to the International Gateway? Or is there other options?
They can walk, or take the ferry. I'm sure you can do transportation as well, but it's so close that it seems silly to pay so much for transportation between two close locales. However, it's totally up to you.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:27 PM   #10
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Totally agree. I just wonder how some people will be after a few hours of drinking . Plus my grandfather won't be able to make that walk. Maybe I'll look into one of the friendship boats... I think they are a couple hundred for a one way ride. I appreciate the help!
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:39 PM   #11
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Following along! I can't wait to read all the details.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:57 PM   #12
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Danielle,

Yay! You finally started a pj! Can't wait to read more.

BTW, maybe it depends on your planner or DP location, but we are meeting at the International Gateway and I am wearing my dress. We only have to walk to UK, so there isn't that much difference between backstage and the IG for us. Love the Disney consistency!
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Totally agree. I just wonder how some people will be after a few hours of drinking . Plus my grandfather won't be able to make that walk. Maybe I'll look into one of the friendship boats... I think they are a couple hundred for a one way ride. I appreciate the help!
True, true. Lol! The boats from the Boardwalk shouldn't cost you anything. Are you speaking of a different boat??


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Danielle,

Yay! You finally started a pj! Can't wait to read more.

BTW, maybe it depends on your planner or DP location, but we are meeting at the International Gateway and I am wearing my dress. We only have to walk to UK, so there isn't that much difference between backstage and the IG for us. Love the Disney consistency!
Thanks Bethie!!! My consultant was the one who said I couldn't wear my gown at the gate. Our DP is going to be in France, so it's super close to the gate. We'll see what the planner says (whenever I finally hear from her!!!).
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:31 PM   #14
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Danielle!! I finally found your PJ But you need to update it more! Haha well I hope you do, I'll be looking forward to your plans and following along if you post anything else!
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:51 AM   #15
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Danielle!! I finally found your PJ But you need to update it more! Haha well I hope you do, I'll be looking forward to your plans and following along if you post anything else!
Lol Becky! I'm SO overdue to update in here. I'm so wrapped up in Facebook that I forget about here. I'll definitely start working on some updates!
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