Chelsea & Max's DCL Wedding 2011/2012 Planning Journal

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  1. chelsrae85

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    Hi Everyone! My name is Chelsea and I'm marrying my absolute best friend, Max, after nearly six years of dating (it'll have been almost eight by the time the wedding rolls around! We don't like to rush into things! ha!)

    So here's me:
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    And here's me with future hubby:
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    Anyway, I am a former CP, Fall 2005. I worked at DTD's Pin Traders, Summer Sands (may it rest in peace), and Team Mickey, and was one of Santa's Helpers at the Photo Chalet during Christmas time. My fiance, Max, stayed with me during the five months of long-distance while I was on my program, and we actually grew stronger from the experience. He and I met while working in an antique store here in Ohio. We wanted a wedding that would reflect our love of history (a vintage look) and our love of Disney. Voila--get married on a regal, majestic boat from the Disney Cruise Line. Problem solved!

    So, on to the details:
    Wedding date: Either fall 2011 or spring 2012. I gotta save some dough, and so do my guests. Ha!
    Guests: 40ish
    Location: Castaway Cay beach
    Length of cruise: either 4 or 5 day Bahamian
    colors/Theme: Vintage Disney French (Future Husband has French heritage). I'd like an elegant theme with subtle Disney details using peach, pale green, and pale yellow coloring. Inspiration board coming soon!


    MUSIC
    Processional--Vitamin String Quartet's version of Crash Into Me
    Recessional--Somewhere over the Rainbow, Israel Whatshisface's version
    First Dance--You and Me, DMB

    ATTIRE
    I don't know that I ever posted this because my dress seems to be one of the biggest conundrums of the whole planning process. I originally fell in love with the Maggie Sottero Alannah dress, but it seems no bridal shop in the entire state of Ohio has it for me to try on, and I refuse to buy my wedding gown sight unseen.

    Meanwhile, I found a used gown at a thrift store for $50 and grabbed it, thinking I could alter it (it's too big) and then I'd like it. Well, the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like work, and expensive work, for a dress I'm only going to *like* and not LOVE.

    So. I went to Perfect Weddings in Lancaster, Ohio, and tried on some gowns by myself one day. The first gown I tried on I fell absolutely in love with. Like to the point where I had tears in my eyes LOVED it. I'm posting the picture, but bare in mind that mine will be in a light gold, champagne color, and you can't tell by the photo but it's sparkly! It gives me the figure of a Goddess and it is right in the budget. I didn't want to spend more than 1k on a gown, and this one is $900. Perfect. Behold, the Casablanca 1891 gown.

    (note, that's not me)


    I also know that I have a vintage necklace which I LOVE that I'll be wearing with the dress, and I want to find a vintage birdcage veil to wear in pictures. I don't actually want a veil on the wedding day, because I want my long curly auburn hair to be wavy and have flowers through it. (I'm such a typical beach bride!)
    So, moving on to wedding party attire, then my gorgeous grooms' lastly (save the best for last...:D)

    I originally had told my 'maids that they can just wear whatever dress they have in their closet since they're already putting out the cash for the cruise. Well, the more I think about it the more I'm afraid of clashing colors so I think I'm going to buy their outfits for them. I am thinking of doing non-traditional matching tops and skirts from a department store, which I think will not break the budget but still look fresh and coordinated. Girls, whatchoo think?

    We've already agreed that our bridal parties need to be taken care of, which means...matching sunglasses to fight the Bahamian rays! :)

    Lastly, I'm not quite sure what Max will be wearing. We haven't really discussed fashion--probably something a little more dressy than the boys, but not a suit.

    FLOWERS
    Calla Lilies, green hydrangeas, peach roses, and yellow peonies for at-home reception decor. Tropical bouquets from DCL.

    DECOR

    At the reception, we'll be displaying the photos from the wedding in seaside frames, along with white taper candles and very minimal florals. The bulk of decor will be the frames and candles, but small accents of beach pebbles, starfish, sanddollars, seashells, and driftwood.

    At the wedding, the only decor will be what Disney provides.

    PHOTOGRAPHY
    On the cruise: Ariel (a friend of mine, not to be confused with Ariel the mermaid!) My Ariel is pronouces ARR-ee-ell, and he's a dude. :)

    At Home: Ariel and my friend Melissa (it pays to have friends who are photographers!)

    At WDW: I may or may not opt to do the Magic Kingdom photo shoot add-on after the cruise. Who doesn't want pictures with their new husband in front of Cinderella's Castle!

    DETAILS


    BRIDAL PARTY
    Bridesmaids: Courtney, Kelly, Autumn, Kirsten (and sisters?)
    Groomsmen: Chris & Ryan, Travis? (Max hasn't asked his dudes yet)
    Ring Bearer: If we have one....probably Luke, my best friend's 4-year old. I am undecided.
    Flower Girl: If we have one, it will either be Addy or Bella. Or both.
    I love when weddings have multiple flower girls. On the other hand I don't know if I want to drive up the expense of the overall wedding for something I don't deem "necessary" (they're gonna be there anyway!).


    Things I think are important:

    1.) I'm weird, and I love stationery. The paper stuff is going to be one of the most fun things to make in the wedding. I'm DIY-ing like, 80% of this wedding. I'm an avid scrapbooker so I'm going to make (well, I say I'm going to make) Save the Dates, Invites, reception cards, RSVP cards, website info cards, menus, programs, at-home reception invites, announcements, engagement party cards, be my bridesmaid cards, and bach party invites. yeah, i'm insane.

    2.) The pictures, to me, are the most important thing (besides getting married--minor detail, really, right?). I know I want to do several photo shoots after the wedding. Ariel has told me he'll shoot us at a few Disney resorts after our cruise for fun, and I'd like to do a shoot of us in the water at the beach after our reception on Castaway. I'd prefer to do one of the cruises that hits Castaway twice--do they let you choose which Castaway day you have your wedding on? Anyone know?

    My planning blog is also located at http://chelseaandmax.livejournal.com and if you friend me there, you'll see all sorts of protected entries that have lots of wedding eye candy. I'm not putting this here to pawn off my blog, but if you wanna follow our wedding it will be there as well. Just laying it out there. Ha!
     
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  3. Disney9.9.10

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    Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! You have a lot planned out already which is great! Your theme sounds like it is going to be beautiful and you will be able to do some great things with stationary for a vintage feel wedding. I look forward to reading more!:goodvibes
     
  4. chelsrae85

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    Save the Dates​


    Max and I are (were??!!) huge LOST fans. To pay homage to our favorite show and our "date night" tradition of watching LOST every week during the seasons, we want to do the Message in a Bottle save-the-dates. Here are a few links to some cute ones for inspiration, although we'll probably find some wholesale bottles and make our own.

    The Basics: Sand, Information, and Shells

    This one is tied with a starfish. Cute!

    Step By Step DIY on how to make them, with Cute Insert!

    I would love to have someone make the inserted message actually LOST themed, with maybe the same font and colors as some of the LOST images?

    It's not Disney, but it is us.
     
  5. chelsrae85

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    Thank you so much! I'm really excited to be sharing it with everyone. Yay weddings! Yay Disney! Yay trying to get skinny for a beach wedding!

    Just kidding about that last part...
     
  6. chelsrae85

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    Last summer, our favorite band, Dave Matthews Band, released a new album called Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King. Well, he and I took an afternoon to sit and just chill out and listen to the album beginning to end. When we got to this song, we simultaneously just grabbed each others hands and began to slow dance. It's definitely been one of "our songs" ever since, and I'd like to use the lyrics in some of my stationery as well as obviously make it our first dance song. Bonus? It references taking a boat ride to the end of the world, and we're getting married on a Cruise, and it mentions flying through the sky (hello, PETER PAN ANYONE?). FANTASTIC, no? I also love how it references the couple's children. Max and I don't have babies yet, but one of the things I know we're going to be good at is parenting (wouldn't pick just anyone to be my baby daddy, LOL!) We do talk quite a lot of our future children, and this song really speaks to both of us.

    Here be the lyrics:

    Wanna pack your bags, Something small
    Take what you need and we disappear
    Without a trace we'll be gone, gone
    The moon and the stars can follow the car
    and then when we get to the ocean
    We gonna take a boat to the end of the world
    All the way to the end of the world

    Oh, and when the kids are old enough
    We're gonna teach them to fly

    You and me together, we could do anything, Baby
    You and me together yes, yes (x2)

    You and I, we're not tied to the ground
    Not falling but rising like rolling around
    Eyes closed above the rooftops
    Eyes closed, we're gonna spin through the stars
    Our arms wide as the sky
    We gonna ride the blue all the way to the end of the world
    To the end of the world

    Oh, and when the kids are old enough
    We're gonna teach them to fly


    You and me together, we could do anything, Baby
    You and me together yes, yes

    We can always look back at what we did
    All these memories of you and me baby
    But right now it's you and me forever girl
    And you know we could do better than anything that we did
    You know that you and me, we could do anything

    You and me together, we could do anything, Baby
    You and me together yeah, yeah
    Two of us together, we could do anything, baby
    You and me together yeah, yeah
    Two of us together yeah, yeah
    Two of us together, we could do anything, baby

    'til we reach the end of the world

    Bonus Pic: Here's us at a Dave Matthews Band concert with friends back in 2007
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  7. PixieDust1969

    PixieDust1969 Happily Married on Castaway Cay!

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    WOW! You have it all planned out! I am looking at planning a DCL wedding for November 2011 on the Disney Dream. I am not 100% DCL or DVBR. Thank you for sharing your planning. If we do the cruise we will also have a reception when we get back.
     
  8. chelsrae85

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    ...but in the meantime, check out this beautiful Cinderella carriage centerpiece, pieced together by the folks over at Scrapologie. Lovely inspiration for some Disney Bride who loves to craft!
     
  9. chelsrae85

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    Do it! And when you start planning, start a PJ! I need help from other DCL brides! :)
     
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    I decided on a DCL Wedding ~ September 2011. Excited to read another person's progress. Congrats!
     
  11. pink_tink8i8

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    congrats and welcome :goodvibes
     
  12. chelsrae85

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    Before I get too entirely detailed with flowers and shoes and guest lists and etc., I should probably introduce US, the Bride and Groom!

    Here's Us:

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    The Groom:
    Max, 24, works for a very large utility company that provides phone and internet service, former Archaeologist, LOST fan, DMB enthusiast (Dave Matthews Band), my Disney adventure cohort, proud Daddy of our Miniature Pinscher

    The Bride:
    Me, Chelsea! 25, work for a safety shoe and work boot company, former Disney Cast Member on the Fall 2005 College Program. ALSO a huge DMB fan. Travel, photography, and scrapbook- extraordinaire. We also own a small antique store which we run on the weekends at a local flea market area

    The Story:
    We met in 2003 when I started working at the local antique store. Max was my coworker so it took us over a year to work up the nerve to date each other. We fell in love in 2004 and haven't looked back since! He stood by my side as I decided to pack up everything and head to Florida for my WDW internship, and he even visited me 3 times in the 6 months I was there! We're Ohioans so it was quite a trek for him!
     
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    Photo Locations Post 1: Resort Photos


    After our cruise, we want to take a day to head over to Walt Disney World (only about 45 minutes from the cruise terminal) and get some gorgeous pictures at some of the resorts. These could be at the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian Resort, DAK Lodge, Coronado Springs, Yacht Club, Wilderness Lodge, or Port Orleans. We may just make a day of it and make sure our Photographer is fed and housed for the day. :) Below are some ideas:


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    Disney's Wilderness Lodge--we definitely want photos here. It's the most "us" of all the resorts. Imagine gorgeous pictures in front of that cascading waterfall, in that lovely lobby, and with the huge Lodge in the background. As much as Max and I love the Great Outdoors (both the place and the movie, LOL!), this resort is a for sure if we do resort photos. For this shoot I'd like to just have my natural makeup, maybe some lovely but casual sandals, and understated jewelry.

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    I also think it would really unique and beautiful to snap some shots in front of the Lighthouse at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. Fun Fact: I used to collect Lighthouse figurines when I was younger, and I've always had a fascination for them. This is probably where I'd wear my birdcage veil and go all red lips vintage glam in the pictures.

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    Finally, the Animal Kindgom Lodge is a must. We love safari/African themed anything, and Max & I stayed here one night during our first trip back in 2005, and it has special meaning to us. I'd like to get some really cool feather earrings and a sort of tribal statement necklace to wear if we do a shoot here. And for my groom, it would be cool to be untucked and in sandals but still in his suit in this location. A very casual, yet fashion-forward shoot--I wanna go all Vogue style on this one!
     
  14. weedee

    weedee I wanna go back to Disney already...

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    welcome and congrats on your engagement! Your plans look great so far. :goodvibes
     
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    You are a cute couple. Congratulations!
     
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    Everything looks great so far! Can't wait to read more! Yay for DCL brides! popcorn::
     
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    Oh yay, readers!! Woo!! Thanks everyone for the compliments!

    So today I was feeling really OCD about planning (I like to detail all events in my life out at least two years in advance....jk), so I made an inspiration board. I got really frustrated because the first time I tried creating it, it duplicated the bottom half of the mosaic as the same image repeating over and over. It was the eyeball with the makeup. Very, very creepy. Anyway, I finally got it to work, so here be the inspiration for our wedding:

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    As you can see, it details things like the underlying french theme with the fleur-de-lis, to the Disney cake, to the dress and the style "atmosphere" we're going for. I love the cookies made with stamps, so those are almost for sure happening. I'm also a huuuuuge makeup guru, so my bridesmaids are probably going to be a bit glammed out. I know it's hot in the Bahamas, but seriously, that's why they made Model in a Bottle--for brides who love MAC as much as their grooms. :)

    Here it is numbered out, left to right top to bottom. If you see an image that is yours claim it and I'll give credit!:

    1. Casablanca 1891 Dress. I am in love with this dress. It fit like a GLOVE.
    2. Shell wreaths. I saved this because I'm thinking they might be some of the few decorations we do on the door of our at-home reception.
    3. I LOVE the idea of wedding party carrying *whatever they carry* in a shell.
    4. Green and peach candy buffet for at home reception.
    5. This silver shell necklace is at Kohls. I'm thinking bridesmaid gift, maybe?
    6. I love this centerpiece. Add some yellow roses or peonies and I'm all about it.
    7. Hydrangeas and calla lilies surprisingly work really well together. I think they're going to be the primary floral we use at our home reception.
    8. Another little "theme" I'd like to somehow use a lot is pearls. They're oceanic, but still vintage glam. I saw this arrangement once that used faux pearls as vase filler. I may do that for our arrangements at our home reception.
    9. This is my actual ring! Good job, future hubby! :)....(it's not real!)
    10. This was one of the first pictures I saw that really had me thinking about my color combination: the demure, soft peaches, greens, and yellows. It's unique, and I like that about it.
    11. Mad Hatter cakes, to pay homage to Disney without being OHCRAPDISNEYINYOURFACE!
    12. This is the cake that we want at our home reception. Except no flowers whatsoever. Just square cake with green and fleur-de-lis.
    13. Lapel pins instead of boutonnieres.
    14. I will die without these toasting flutes.
    15. This pic I took with my phone at hobby lobby, trying to work out flower combination. I know I want to utilize cream ostrich feathers in a lot of my craftiness. They just go well with pearls and with the french theme. Think Marie Antoinette!
    16. Our Thank You Cards I designed on Vistaprint.com. They have a DMB quote on the inside in script that says, "Above all things, if Kindness is your King, then Heaven will be yours, before you meet your end". Fabulous.
    17. This is the vintage necklace I found at a local antique store that I plan on wearing.
    18. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the mismatched look of the wedding party in this pic, and bonus! they're holding FANS! FEATHER FANS! OMG AWESOMENESS!
    19. Glam green eye for my bridesmaids. They're going to love it.
    20. Pearl necklace baubley thingy from Kohls. I pretty much am accessorizing my wedding party from Kohls merchandise. Hello, Kohl's Charge!
    21. THESE are the cookies I mentioned above. I want a fleur-de-lis stamp, an ostrich feather stamp, and maybe something beachy like a starfish stamp. Make mixed up cookies and display them close to the candy buffet. Way, way cute. I can't tell you how much I adore these.
    22. I just really like the birdsnests. They don't match anything in my theme, but they're awesome.
    23. Ricketts is going to be our last name. We made this emblem to put on the outside of all our mailings.
    24. More amazing french-inspired cookies. See my Fleur AND the feathers!!
    25. This is the save the date that I want to roll up in a scroll inside my message bottles.
    26. Just a gorgeous green and peach tablescape. I LOVE tablescapes, btw. You'll grow aware of this as the planning rolls on.
    27. Color inspiration on this cake.
    28. I sort of like the idea of a bridesmaid wearing a more evening gown or prommy type dress instead of your usual satin. What can I say, I like to be different!
    29. Linen suits for the boys, MUST. :)
    30. DISNEY CAKE ON THE CRUISE--WOOO!
    31. ...I also like the idea of going all-out casual for the bridesmaids. Can't decide, glam it up or calm it down? I feel like casual on a beach is too predictable, but I also don't feel like people can handle it if you stray from that idea. IDK
    32. BOAT OF AWESOMENESS
    33. Beach weddin'!
    34. Sandcastle favors
    35. I wanted to do something with drinks at our home reception. Probably colors of our wedding: a peach inspired sorbet punch, green mojitos and/or margaritas, and yellow lemony inspired cocktails.
    36. Starfish and pearl decorations for tables at home. Might even make a few and take them to scatter on our tables for dinner the wedding night. Who knows how much space we'll end up having and if it's worth it. I wish that DCL was more customizable, but I also like the stressfreeness of it all.

    We shall see how much I'm calling it stress-free when the time actually gets here, right??!!

    ONLY TWO YEARS!:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: :) haha jk
     
  18. dancin_princess

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    Congrats! Everything looks great so far.
     
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    Aw, thank you so much! :)
     
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    I think I want to print this on linen paper and roll it up to put in our Save the Date message bottles. Whatchoo think?! :)
     
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    That's an excellent idea. It's a beautiful map!
     

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