Alison and Katie – May 1 2014 – Italy/Attic/EpcotDP – Pre-Planning Session Update

Discussion in 'Planning our Happily Ever After' started by Alifay, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. charliegirl76

    charliegirl76 Mouseketeer

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    Wow, I just read through your entire PJ and.....wow. I know I commented before, but catching up. You have so many great ideas. Everything is going to be gorgeous! You have done so much already....I feel like a total slacker! I can't wait to read more. :thumbsup2

    I'm so happy that your families are coming around too! It's always so nice to have that support. :)
     
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  3. Alifay

    Alifay Emotes in shades of pink

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    Thanks so much! I love the idea of everything being like a storybook romance, all soft colors and happy memories. I am so excited about the painter. To have the painter though, we will likely have to cut back pretty seriously on the photography package. Crunching those numbers is nooot fun!

    Healthy food is feel good food, right :D. Yeah seven items is probably mooore than enough. We are probably looking at a pretty steep bill with all of those. Thanks for the opinion on the mango shooters, that really is a help!


    Okay, this is the best compliment EVER. Ah thank you so much, you are so sweet!! I cheat though, I have a degree in event planning and a pre-set obsession with weddings.

    Oh you went through it all -- that's commendable! I get so long winded haha. There is no way you are a slacker! I am just super obsessed. All I need now are contracts and LOTS of money!

    It will be really great to have our families involved. The whole country seems to be getting on the Love Not Hate bandwagon and I couldn't be happier about it!
     
  4. Alifay

    Alifay Emotes in shades of pink

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    Hello Lovlies!! I hope you all are well today. I am doing good, finally over the flu and enjoying my first day off and flu free of the whole year!

    Katie and I are in mututal super-planning mode! Yahhoo!! We watch toooonns of episodes of Four Weddings and get ideas and form opinions on things we love/dislike. It was so funny though because last week was my company holiday party (its an airline so it is more like a we survived the holidays! Party). We felt just like the people on Four Weddings --- This venue is too small! The buffets are set up wrong! This pasta is cold & but oh the potatoes are good. Seriously, did you ever notice how in Four Weddings the food usually sucks but the potatoes are always good? Its so funny! Same thing happened for us too.

    With all the thinking and minor-planning, I think there must be something to put in here!

    Liiiike & BRIDAL SHOWCASE NEXT WEEK!!! We are SO excited!!! My mom is coming, and Katies mom and dad are coming, but not going to the Showcase. They dont want to pay the money and say they would prefer to hear about it from us over the weekend.

    I took screenshots of all my favorite parts of my wedding pinterest boards so I could store them all on my iPad (Katie got me an iPad for Christmas!!)  so I will have that with me and can take pictures, jot down notes, and show our inspiration to all the vendors at the showcase!

    I am so very excited to meet Shelley from Impressions. I contacted her a long time ago, and she told me they were designing a Walt Disney World Brides exclusive invite --- and I have been on pins and needles excited to see it! They are inveiling it at the Showcase, and Shelley even said she would print it in ivory instead of white since that matches our color scheme! So sweet! So we will get to see that and show her the storybook style invites that we have been in love with.

    Also, I am very much hoping there will be hairdressers there. I have naturally curly hair and am finding it hard to locate many ideas that would work with natural curls. I dont want to flat iron and then curl my hair, I want to showcase the texture and natural curls! So maybe if there are hair people there they can help me out.

    Oh and, David Tutera! That will be soo cool to see him!!! If anyone has specific things you want to see pictures of, please let me know! I know for sure Katie will be on Facebook constantly, she loves uploading pictures as we are doing things. She might even be a guest tweeter on My Day In Disney again. That would be fun!!

    I found this shirt, and remember seeing it at the parks last time we were there  Katie said I can have it so she is going to buy it for me!
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    And then these adorable Bridal party shirts:
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    This is also super-adorable. I see so many things with Mrs on it .. which is cute & but in my somewhat feminist mind I think that the history of the term Mrs is a little unpalatable. The whole idea of adding a man to your name (while his doesnt change at all) & anyway  either way if there is no R as in Mr. then it doesnt make sense to have a Mrs & & does that make sense to anyone but me? Back to the point  I found this image and its adorable and I want one!
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    If it isnt terribly expensive (And well & it probably will be so this likely wont happen) Katie and I would love to serve a pre-ceremony beverage.
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    Since it is a morning ceremony, we thought a yogurt drink like a lassi would be perfect! Refreshing and will a little sustenance to add and calm the early morning caffeine buzz ;)  The only issue besides price is that lassi doesnt really make sense in Italy & & but maybe we can go with it anyway.

    A few things we found for the reception/cake/beverages&
    I finally found a place to buy the lovely crown cake topper I posted last time!
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    Now I just need to find out how big the top layer of our cake will be so that I know which size crown to order.

    We bought some prosecco and juices and fruits to experiment with last week. The blend of berries ended up being awful, it was ugly and had a bad texture. Complete fail. Citrus fruits also were a no-go. I really liked the mango juice. Katie really liked the pomegranate juice. We were on a good path! &Then good got great when Katie added a splash of pomegranate juice to her mango/prosecco mix&
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    Look how pretty!!! Its amazingly delicious too!!! We decided this is too perfect, and it simply MUST be our signature drink. We decided to call it Happily Ever After, or just Ever After for short (Yes, I do adore a good cliché !) . Pretty and yummy and a combination of each of our favorite flavors. Looove.

    I showed Katie this picture, and she was in love&
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    Blue mason jars :D She started talking about how she wants a lot of mason jars at the wedding & etc. Then I told her how very, very trendy mason jars are (along with burlap and lace and mustaches..) she was a little bummed. I laughed and told her that there is nothing wrong with trendy details. She really likes the blue mason jars for our centerpieces, so I think it will be garden roses in blue mason jars on a slice of wood. Maybe lace around the mason jars. Hm. Lots of options  its so fun!

    I think that is all that is new for now. Hopefully I will have lots to share after the Bridal Showcase next week!! Hope to see many of your lovely faces there!
     
  5. leelee9878

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    Love the updates. I was just reading Rachel ray magazine (jan/feb issue) and they have "year of champagne cocktails" there are 12 champagne drinks, I can take pictures and email to you if you want, just PM me.
     
  6. lpizzuro123

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    Just found your PJ and I am loving everything. My DH and I were married in Epcot in Italy in November 2008, so this your PJ is so great to read.

    It is so great that things have worked out with both your families, I am sure this makes life so much easier. Love your engagement story.

    I was so excited when I saw that your changed your location to Italy - that was our first choice and both us and our guests loved it. We have 50 people attend our wedding. Everyone was picked up at their resort in the morning, brought to Epcot through the back way (everyone LOVED that) and then after the ceremony brought over to The Boardwalk for our reception at ADH (right next to The Attic).

    It looks like you will be facing into Italy and I just wanted to show you a few photos of facing the other way (towards the lake). The thing I really wanted to do was to walk over the bridge. If you are facing the lake - my DH and his guys walked over the smaller bridge on the right side and me and my girls walked over the larger bridge on the left side. First all the guys and my DH walked over their bridge and then my girls walked over our bridge. My dad waited for me in the middle of my bridge and I met him on the bridge and then continued walked over. I do not have any photos in photobucked of this but here is a picture when our ceremony was over of the bridge.

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    Before the ceremony my DH and his guys took pictures.

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    Then they hid them in Germany (ok, that sounds strange) and my girls and I took pictures around Italy.

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    My favorite thing about Italy was all the arches. It made for some great photos.

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    After the ceremony - we did not see each other before the ceremony.

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    Ceremony location with all guests.

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    Gotta love Italy.

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    I love your idea of a Katuba - my DH is Jewish and I am Catholic and while we did not do a Katuba, we did something from each of our religions.

    Candle lighting for me. I am sorry we did not do the sand ceremony - it was windy the morning of our wedding and we could not get the candles to stay. It was actually kind of funny but I am sorry we did not do the sand.

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    Breaking the glass for him. This is a picture of the picture frame I purchased after our wedding. It comes with a tube attached to put in some pieces of the broken glass. I love your idea with the glass that you will then have made into the unity glass.

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    The kiss.

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    I also love how you are thinking of decorating the chairs at your ceremony with those ribbons. They are just perfect.

    We also had a brunch that was a big hit with everyone also.

    Can't wait to read more.

    Linda
     
  7. librarygeek

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    Have fun at the bridal showcase!! I will just be missing you, I visit Disney the next weekend. Be sure to come back and post all about it!
     
  8. Bewitch324

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    I just got caught up on all your updates...so exciting!!

    I think you guys made the best choice moving the ceremony to Italy...the stress related to the MK ceremony would make me a basket case!!! And since you are still doing a MK photo shoot you will still have those special magical moments in MK and with the castle...so really, a win-win!!

    I am so happy to hear that your families are being more supportive; that will make the whole experience so much more special. I loved that you loved each other so much that it didn't matter in the beginning, but I'm so happy for you both that it will turn out even better than expected!

    Love the centerpiece ideas...the piece of wood with the mason jars will be really pretty and organic I think... Loving your menu, too.

    I can't wait to hear about the showcase. I so wish we could go. We just got engaged and haven't really started planning yet, but I would love to see everything and just absorb it all. Have a great time and take lots of pictures!!!

    Can't wait for more updates!!

    Brooke
     
  9. Summer Daydream

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    Hurrah for Katie agreeing to a centerpiece! I love garden roses and the blue mason jar will make the pink of the roses stand out. Your drink sounds delicious, and there is nothing wrong with calling it HEA. I think that is a name I would give something :)
    Have the best time at the Bridal Showcase! I'm so jealous you get to meet David. Take lots of pictures!!!
     
  10. BritKansas

    BritKansas Earning My Ears

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    Just caught back up on your PJ and everything looks amazing! Have fun at the showcase! Can't wait to hear all about it! :)
     
  11. lpizzuro123

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    Almost forgot.

    Love, Love, Love the idea of having your ceremony painted while it is going on. That would be SO wonderful to hang in your home.

    Also wanted to show you a photo of our IllumiNations DP. We had it in UK Lower and the spot was perfect. Although we love to watch IllumiNations from the Bridge in Italy - but we did not have a large enough group for that spot.

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    Have a great time at the Bridal Showcase. Looking forward to reading all about it.

    Linda
     
  12. disneydania

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    Alison, you are just too adorable for words. Your lovely wedding ideas are true reflections of your personality no doubt. Yours and Katie's story is a true inspiration and an example of the power of love. I will be following your PJ eagerly! Our VR is just a few days before your wedding! GAH :cool1:

    Oh and P.S., don't be surprised if I "borrow" a few of your ideas:rotfl:
     
  13. lpizzuro123

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    That's what I love about these boards, everyone is so helpful. I definately "borrowed" a few ideas from former brides before our wedding.

    Linda
     
  14. LittleKittyMarie

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    I love all your updates! Your wedding is going to be so magical!

    Also, are you saying you can get French macarons in Disney??? Those are my absolute favourite and I'd love to have them at our dessert party or reception.
     
  15. pkdang

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    Just joining in! You absolutely have amazing ideas! I totally love the unity glass you are thinking of getting. So unique!

    I also loved how you are thinking of having a live painter of some sort to paint during the ceremony! Did you have hear anything back about that?

    Can't wait to hear more that you got lined up!
     
  16. ccbride412

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    I was thinking about your First Look pictures at MK and maybe you could do it near the moat. I've seen on another bride's photos where the photographer took them down to the "moat" (on the left of the castle as you look at it) and did pics with the full castle in the background. If I remember correctly, you can see part of the drawbridge into the castle in the background. Maybe Katie could be down on the lawn and you can come onto the bridge from the castle? I'm not sure exactly how that might work (or if you would be too far away in the picture to be seen), but you can try out ideas like that. Or maybe the same placement for you, but with Katie in the rose garden (near the photopass spot looking toward the castle)... Just some thoughts if your Main Street idea isn't able to work.

    I love the Italy change! It sounds like you are so excited!! :wizard:
     
  17. Summer Daydream

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    I just saw this comment. There is a shop in NY that makes amazing French macaroons (including one called Wedding Cake!) and they ship anywhere. If you guys find Disney to be too expensive for these, I can always send you both the link to this place and you can see if its cheaper for you.
     
  18. purplegirl1818

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    Just read your PJ. Our dates are only a couple days different!

    Love everything you have so far - and just followed your boards on Pinterest!
     
  19. Deesknee

    Deesknee <font color=blue>When we were kids (long time ago)

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    I was only looking for welcome bag ideas. But, I found so much more in your PTR. I have read it, (although I admit from end to beginning) and haven't commented until now.
    So blessed a girl you are. I pray for you that all smooth sailing continues. I look forward to reading more.
     
  20. Alifay

    Alifay Emotes in shades of pink

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    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and responses!!! I am so sorry to leave everything so long, but I think you will understand.

    Early this year Katie was laid off. She lived on unemployment and I picked up shifts to help make ends meet. Things in Denver seemed to be consistently not-nice to her, so I told her to apply to jobs anywhere Southwest flies and we will move.

    Long story short ... we are now living in Florida and Katie is working at Walt Disney World! She has an intern job now, but it is a foot in the door and she hopes to one day be a VIP Tour Guide! It is VERY exciting, but has effected our wedding plans significantly. Mostly, we moved. And we had to dig deep into our wedding savings to move. In addition, Katie is making a lot less than she used to, and we are both paying a lot more in gas to get to our respective work-places.

    So overall that means we are now trying to keep things SUPER on budget, and probably as close to the minimums as we can get. I think my parents might pipe up and help out as things go ... we will see. I am hoping to get a lot of money back on taxes since I moved for work. Fingers crossed!!

    ANYWAY! On to the HAPPY!

    Today is FRIDAY and TUESDAY IS OUR PLANNING SESSION!!!

    I wanted to get an update here before our planning session, to organize my thoughts and also to track how things change :)

    So here is my current Wedding Day vision...

    Wake up WAY too early. Undecided on if I will ask my maids to be up with me, probably not. Maybe just my Mom.
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    First look and Bridal portrait session in the Magic Kingdom :lovestruc

    Over to Epcot Italy, pre-ceremony photos with bridal party etc.

    Wedding ceremony in Epcot Italy
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    I want simple decor, ribbons on the back rows of chairs, and petals in a pattern down the aisle. If the petals are too much, we can scrap them all together and thats fine.
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    If we can afford it, I still really want a ceremony painter. But I am pretty sure that is the first thing to be sacrificed. Bridal portrait session and actual wedding photography are more important. Dangit.

    We will have a harpist for music, and a friend to officiate.
    Katie will enter to Someday My Prince Will Come
    Katie's parents: Golden Afternoon
    Bridal party : Once Upon a Dream
    Myself with my parents: I See The Light

    The ceremony will include a unity cocktail. A flute of prosecco and glasses of pomegranate and mango juice to be poured in, then we will each share a sip (this drink, our Ever After, will be served at the reception). The ceremony wording include representations of all that I am, all that I was, and all that I ever will be. The song for the ceremony will be Married Life from Up.


    We will sign either a legal marriage license or a decretive personalized marriage contract during the ceremony. Maybe both.
    We will personalize vows, the first part we will share the same vows, the second we will each have individual vows.
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    Our recessional will be Ever Ever After from Enchanted.
    I recently learned about petal cannons and !!!! I want it!!!! I am certain we can't afford it though .. but ugh! Want!!! Does anyone have pictures? Never even heard of them until I filled out my floral checklist!

    The portion between ceremony and reception is a little fuzzy to me. I am thinking we will have enough time to get through all the pictures we need before the ceremony so we might be able to go with our guests over to the reception and skip the pre-reception. I am very undecided about how to work transit from ceremony to reception as well. I'd love a boat .. cause I LOVE boats ... but that might cost too much. Ho hum. We'll see.

    Reception at The Attic !
    Our entry song is going to be Ever Ever After again, I think.
    Our first dance is Can I Have This Dance from High School Musical 3.
    Our brunch menu has not changed, signature drink from ceremony.
    But the CAKE! CAKE HAS CHANGED AND I AM SO EXCITED!!!

    Turns out Katie and I were both un-enamoured with the lanterns cake but just hadn't mentioned it. So that conversation went real easy. We came together on three separated tiers on three separate cake platters, in pink and blue buttercream (no fondant) and a simple wrap of lace around the base of each cake. Non-fondant is the next big thing in weddings, you heard it here first :)

    Colors and style:
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    The look without fondant (no burlap or twine for us, and the tiers separated like above)
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    Cakes without fondant -- I LOVE the texure!
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    The largest tier will have our monogram on it (did I mention we have an AWESOME monogram?!):
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    On the cake instead of the crown on the monogram, we will have a crown cake topper:
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    Disney Mania's A Dream is a Wish for the cake cutting.

    Still hoping to be able to afford the Dapper Dans for the reception!!!

    AND! We weren't going to do favors, but I found this picture and it is SO cute and so appropriate and not much money at all:
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    And maybe these champagne flutes
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    Katie really wants rose folded napkins, and I want bows, so we are thinking of doing both.

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    Other things...
    We have booked Regina Hyman for our photographer.
    We are in the process of ordering our invites! Look how pretty!
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    We booked our honeymoon!!! 7 days on the Disney Fantasy Eastern Caribbean ! We leave two days after the wedding, ON KATIE'S BIRTHDAY! It'll be so great. I have never been on a cruise and Eeee!


    I thiiiink that is most of the things that have changed ... I guess overall very little has changed since the last update (part of the reason for there being so long between updates). Mostly just trying to keep things as affordable as we can now while still staying within the dream. Doin good!

    Oh yeah! Look at this adorable boutonniere !! It's so perfect!
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  21. DisHallowsBride

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    Reading over your board and everything looks amazing!
     

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