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Old 12-23-2012, 05:15 AM   #226
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So whereís this wedding taking place, anyways?

After our breakfast, we hopped onto the now-working monorail to the Grand Floridian, where we received directions to the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings office through the construction walls that were now up. (We didn't actually try going this way, but from looking at maps, it seems like it would have been a somewhat equidistant journey from starting out from the Poly.)

The new Alice in Wonderland Splash area:



I was really surprised to see how big the new GF DVC seems to be, Iíll be very interested to see what it looks like when it is all done.







We were a bit early for our Site Visit appointment, so we meandered around the area.







This was also my first time seeing the Wedding Pavilion in person. It is a beautiful area, and I can definitely see why it is such a popular choice with Disney brides, despite not being able to see the inside of the Pavilion itself.





(This isn't to say that we didn't try though... )





We found these paving stones by the side of the office with all of these couples that had gotten married at Disney.



They seemed to stretch all the way back to the Poly.



Eventually, we decided that we were a bit too cold to keep wandering around outside, so we went into the office and checked in for our appointment.

The inside of the Disney Weddings office really is pretty much everything you would expect it to be, with cakes and flowers and linens and favors everywhere, and Disney love songs playing softly in the background (ďAt Last I See the LightĒ from Tangled is one that comes to mind). We hung out for a little bit looking at everything, and soon were heading out in the Disney Weddingsmobile to check out the sites for our day!

(Iím going to get this out there right now and apologize, because I barely took any photos during our site visit. I know, Iím shocked too.)

The places we visited were:

Sea Breeze Point (Ceremony)



Atlantic Dance Hall (Reception)



and...

Le Terrace de Fleurs (France Upper) (Illuminations Dessert Party!)



We were really excited to visit all of these areas and really start to visualize how the day would come together. I love how you are able to see ADH from SBP, and vice versa. We really wanted our guests to be able to dance and mingle and love that aspect of ADH, with its dance floor, two levels, and balconies overlooking the lake. And we especially canít wait for our dessert party that evening, itíll be such a fun way to end the festivities. (And yes, that will GUARANTEE we will see Illuminations on that trip!!! )

We were all thrilled with the locations, and it got us even more excited for the rest of the planning to come the next day. We were dropped back off at the DFTW offices, and then discussed our plans for the rest of the day. We were all planning to have dinner together that night at Sanaa, but what park to visit before then?

Time for a round of Bus Roulette!!

(P.S. I hope everyone has an absolutely wonderful and safe and happy holiday!!!! )
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:55 AM   #227
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Great update! At first I thought you were visiting the GF to possibly get married there, and I thought "no way, they have to have an Epcot or Epcot resort wedding"! Ahhh seeing this update makes me wish SO much that we had a Disney wedding! But at least we had a Disneymoon!

I think all of your choices are wonderful, it sounds like your wedding will be amazing!

Happy Holidays!
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:23 AM   #229
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How excited to see your ceremony, reception, and dessert party locations!! Is Sea Breeze Point the site at the far end of Boardwalk before you get to the bridge to Epcot?? It all looks so lovely!!

This all makes me want to drag my man back down the aisle and make him declare that he still loves me after all these years with a vow renewal!

Wishing you and Wingnut (ok, not Joe apparently!), planty, and Hoot a wonderful Holiday as well!!
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:07 AM   #230
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Your wedding is going to be SO magical! I knew you'd choose an Epcot location, and the dessert party is a great idea! It's fun living vicariously through you guys as you plan!
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:11 PM   #231
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I am so impressed with how your plans are already coming together! It is going to be amazing!!!
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:02 PM   #232
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Did you know I actually went in the wedding pavilion once? Yup. True story. Several years ago I was on a girls' trip and we were pool hopping at the GF. So we decided to walk down the beach towards the chapel. A force just pulled me in and I kept getting closer and closer until I was at the door. I pulled on the handle and *bam* it opened. Queue the hallelujah chorus. It was gorgeous. O.M.G.

Your venues for your service, reception, and dessert party are wonderful choices. What is the date again? (you know - in case I happen to be there at the same time and become an accidental lurker....). Cynthia and I saw a lovely reception set up near the cottages and the quiet pool at the BWV. We didn't stay around to see the guests come in, but the area looked beautiful and we got a sneak peek of the bride out near the boardwalk.

So there's a wedding mobile?

Fun update.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:16 PM   #233
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Oh my goodness!!!! Yall's wedding is going to be AMAZING. You are so lucky you have a chance to get married at Disney World... and a fiance that's willing to do so!

Your own private IlluminNations dessert party? Oh my Heaven.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:21 PM   #234
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All of those locations look wonderful!!!!

So excited for you!!!!
A Disney Wedding :D

Illuminations Dessert?!? um, AWESOME!!!!! Perfect way to end the night, AND make sure you see illuminations!!!
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #235
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What great choices for your wedding venues!!! We saw a wedding taking place at the SBP one visit. It was so pretty!

I remember MEK's stealth visit to the wedding pavilion! She got some great pictures!!
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:13 PM   #236
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I want to try to get over to GF to see the new pool area on the March trip.

So fun to be making Disney wedding plans! Thanks for letting us in on the behind-the-scenes preparation.




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Did you know I actually went in the wedding pavilion once? Yup. True story. Several years ago I was on a girls' trip and we were pool hopping at the GF. So we decided to walk down the beach towards the chapel. A force just pulled me in and I kept getting closer and closer until I was at the door. I pulled on the handle and *bam* it opened. Queue the hallelujah chorus. It was gorgeous. O.M.G.
Oooooooh, how fun!!!
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:17 PM   #237
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Great Location!

Not that I am biased, or anything, but Sea Breeze is the best spot! I can still remember standing there with my husband on a beautiful sunny day, with Disney blue skies (you know Exactly what I mean), a nice breeze and our family. Some of our best pictures have all of the Boardwalk buildings as a background. So excited for you! We go back every year and take a picture there together.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:37 AM   #238
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WOW! Your wedding looks like its going to be amazing! I shouldn't be even remotely surprised that you chose a Boardwalk area/EPCOT location. I think you made great choices and I can't imagine any better way to end a wedding than with Illuminations!
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:26 PM   #239
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Love all your wedding location choices! Sea Breeze Point looks like a gorgeous place to have your wedding ceremony. And I've always thought the IllumiNations Dessert Parties are a great addition to a Disney Wedding. (It was number 1 on my must-have list back when I toyed with a Disney Wedding.)
And, it looks like day 1 of wedding plans ran smoothly! Always a plus.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:17 AM   #240
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Excellant choices, i wonder which one you will go with. Not a loser in the bunch, good luck. And Illuminations to cap off the night. Perfect for you two!!!
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