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Disney Cruise Brides!!! Part Deux!!

Discussion in 'Disney Weddings and Honeymoons' started by DisneyDmbNut, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. JessieGlitter

    JessieGlitter Earning My Ears

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    Hi Diana,
    I dont know about everyone else but my hunny and I are on a tight budget as well especially since we have to have two wedding receptions (hes from cape cod and Im from NY) so we decided to have them in our backyards. As lame and birthday party-esque as that sounds, pinterest has been a HUGE help! Also if you look for people just starting their business, you can often get great deals in exchange for future references. Hope that helps!
     
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  3. JessieGlitter

    JessieGlitter Earning My Ears

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    I've heard the same thing. As far as I know you can't take the bouquet off because it is cosidered a live plant and customs wont let you bring plants, animals or food off the boat. I think some brides are just super sneaky with their bouquet in the suitcase. You could always get a bouquet from them and bring a paper bouquet if you are worried...that way you are covered on both fronts. :banana:
     
  4. JBeanBunny

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    Great! I'm just glad I remembered to take these photos! On our last day at sea, we had a champagne/ sparkling wine tasting that was hosted in the Cadillac Lounge! It's a really cool lounge- lots of red in the decor! If you can request another location onboard, I would request the Outlook Bar (I know, this is ALSO the name of the wedding locale on the Dream/Fantasy) It's a 'newly' renovated bar on deck 10 that is just gorgeous! It was renovated to be a nice warm indoor location to look out on the Alaskan cruises. It also has a spiral staircase leading down to the Cove Cafe on deck 9! Unfortunately, I didn't get any shots of that one, but I'm sure you can look it up online! The first thing I did when I walked in was say "This would be a gorgeous place for a wedding!" :rotfl:

    Anywho, here's the link to those Cadillac Lounge photos for you! I hope they are helpful!
    http://s1187.photobucket.com/albums/z393/JBeanBunny/
    I added a photo of that spiral staircase from Cove Cafe up to the Outlook Bar for giggles! I'm kicking myself for not taking photos of the Outlook!!!
     
  5. momof3poohlovers

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    Help! :) My dd decided finally she wants to get married on the Disney Cruise. Because of schedules, etc it needs to be in Sept. Luckily it isn't a busy time of year (hurricanes! ;) ) but she really wanted to get married on Castaway Cay but it is already booked so she would have to get married on the ship. We have on hold right now Sept. 8th on the Disney Dream. Does anyone know if she got married on the ship if they would allow her on the island in her wedding dress so that we could take pictures on the island? She really wants wedding pictures on the island and if the Disney photographer won't take them, her soon-to-be FIL can take them. Is this possible? Thank you so much!
     
  6. JBeanBunny

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    Welcome! You've definitely come to the right place! I got married onboard the Disney Dream on 9/14 last year- I got married onboard while we were docked in Nassau, then the next morning we put on our wedding attire and took photos on Castaway Cay, too! If you click on the link in my signature, you can read up on my Planning Journal or just skip to the end with my Trip Report! I added TONS of photos of my onboard wedding in the D Lounge (we had a group too large for the Outlook or the Meridian Verandah) and there's those Castaway Cay photos, too! Everybody has their preferences, but for me, the onboard was my #1 choice and worked best for us! Let us know if you have any more questions :goodvibes
     
  7. dclwonderprincess

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    Thanks for the pictures Jillian, they're very helpful.
     
  8. DisDiana

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    This is how we're leaning. Thanks for your perspective!
     
  9. momof3poohlovers

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    It's official!!! :cheer2: She decided that it was ok to get married on the ship as long as she could take pictures on the island in her dress! Thank you very much for answering my question so quickly. She will be getting married on the Aug. 8, 2013 sailing of the Dream.pixiedust: Our whole family is so excited.

    I had a couple of questions, what are her options for where on the ship she can get married? Also, is it always the Captain who marries them? Would you recommend the ship photographer and what is a good photo package? Any other suggestions?
     
  10. JBeanBunny

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    Congratulations! My timing was pure coincidence, but I'm so glad it was of prompt use to you! The two most common locations for onboard weddings on the Dream are in the Outlook, a secluded room in the faux smoke-stack. The other is the Meridian Verandah- at the aft of the ship up between Palo and Remy. Because of the guest count restrictions, I had mine in D-Lounge with 45 guests. It is most commonly the Captain who performs the ceremony, but it's not guaranteed- you may get one of the first officers instead if there's a reason the Captain can't be there... That being said, I don't think I've personally heard of any onboard brides who haven't had the Captain officiating!

    I personally brought my own photographers aboard with me. I e-mailed Floridian based photographers until I was lucky enough to have one agree to come aboard with me for only the price of their cruise! I'd heard other brides have this same situation and it took me A LOT of searching and e-mailing to find this deal! The problem with the onboard photography is that the photographers aren't necessarily WEDDING photographers and there have been mixed reviews over the years- some have had great photographers and some have had mediocre photographers. The other issue with the onboard photography is that you're only allotted your photographer for about an hour or an hour and a half. You have to purchase additional time when you're submitting your planning guide- your DFTW coordinator can assist you with the current pricing. Another qualm I had about the onboard photography is that you have to select your wedding photos WHILE onboard the ship, usually the last night of your cruise... If you get any of the packages that DO NOT include the photo CD, then you run the risk of regretting your selections later on. If I were to go back and have onboard photography, I would have purchased the TOP package including the photo CD AND I would have purchased MORE time with the photographer. Now, if you are bringing family or a friend who is talented with photography, then you don't need to worry AS much, because you can go privately around the ship (And Castaway Cay!) to take photos and use inspiration photos from places like pinterest to recreate the look you like.

    Coincidentally, I just had my Podcast from the Disney Weddings Podcast released today, so if you want to take a few minutes to hear about my experience, give it a listen!

    http://disneyweddingpodcast.com/2013/02/20/cruise-wedding-spotlight-jillian-michael/

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  11. bats

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    Hi all .. exciting news to tell you, but shhhhhh it's a secret ok!!

    The plan was to get married on the Fantasy in 2015, but the WBTA cruise was sooooooo cheap, we will probably opt for that one. We can't actually get married officially onboard as it's not sailing out of it's home port, but we can do a little quiet secret legal ceremony here in the UK before we leave, then have a nice ceremony onboard. It will be the DCL wedding day that we will consider to be our proper wedding day.

    So, shhhhh, don't tell anyone yet as I've just got to sort out the money side of it (paying for other people too).
    We have over 50 friends and family booked on the cruise already so it was a no brainer to have the ceremony on this one ... some may not have bene able to afford to cruise with us in 2015 as well as 2014.

    If it all goes to plan, it's 19 months until my wedding and not 31!!:thumbsup2
     
  12. JessieGlitter

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    Thats exactly what I did!! DF and I got legally married a month ago but we arent considering that our real wedding until August when we get married on the boat! SO SO SO Nice to have it done before hand!
     
  13. PixyDusted

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    That's amazing! CONGRATULATIONS! And Jillian's a great resource for advice. I can vouch for her being an a great person! :thumbsup2
     
  14. JBeanBunny

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    How exciting!!! I want to do a transatlantic (or panama canal) repositioning cruise SO badly, but I don't think I could get that much time off of work! Which ship is that itinerary? Magic or Wonder? We got married onboard while docked in my home port of Port Canaveral, so we technically got married twice in two days!! We're celebrating our ceremony day as our anniversary date, too ;) How exciting that you'll have 50+ guests with you! Mine was almost that big (45 guests) and I only had 3 nights on my sailing, so I didn't feel like I got to spend enough time with my guests! You shouldn't have that problem!!

    Awww, Mikkel! You're making me blush! :goodvibes I still wish I could've brought you along on my wedding cruise with me ;) Let me know when you're @ WDW and maybe we can meet up sometime!
     
  15. bats

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    Our legal wedding will be the day before the cruise! Let's just hope it all goes to plan!

    Come on, book it .. it's sooo cheap! It'd be rude not to at that price believe me!
    2 adults in an inside cabin (10c) is only $1500 ... for 2 weeks!
    The Magic is doing the WBTA and the ports are:
    Day 1 Barcelona
    Day 2 At sea
    Day 3 Malaga, Spain
    Day 4 At sea
    Day 5 At sea
    Day 6 Tenerife, Canary islands .. great volcanic sands here
    Day 7 At sea
    Day 8 At sea
    Day 9 At sea
    Day 10 At sea
    Day 11 At sea
    Day 12 St Johns, Antigua
    Day 13 St Maarten (where the planes land on your head!)
    Day 14 St Kitts
    Day 15 San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Flights back up to Orlando are around $140.
    Bargain!!

    I'm all booked with Meredith now by the way .. very helpful, but we've got ages yet so won't bother her just yet for more info!
    Luckily, we're on the Magic this summer in the Med, so we can visit Sessions and speak to the current on board co-ordinator to see whats what and how things will go. meredith has put a 40 person limit on our ceremony, but she said a few extra would probably be fine ... if not, then it'll be 40, I can work with that number.

    Jillian .. if I could ask about your music please. How many tunes did you choose and what was the one you would suggest to pay the most attention to for getting right (walk down aisle, first dance etc)?

    Thanks
    Joa
     
  16. andeesings

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    Wait.... What?? Where is THAT price? What cruise, what dates??
     
  17. bats

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    Is the westbound Transatlantic 2014 .. 6th Sept is departure date. 14 nights of the beautiful Disney Magic!!!
     
  18. andeesings

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    Oh man I'm so jealous... I'm a teacher. I can't imagine anyone getting a price like that on a school holiday.
     
  19. JBeanBunny

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    I work for ::MickeyMo and I seriously don't have enough seniority to get 2 weeks off of work!!! Sometimes I see last minute-deals for those repositioning cruises (I want to do transatlantic or panama canal so badly, though!) I don't anticipate DCL will stop going to such great ports, so a repositioning cruise is something I'm going to put on the back burner for the time being!! Besides, I'm already booked for the Fantasy 9/21 Eastern Caribbean this year as my 1-year anniversary/belated honeymoon cruise! We're traveling with close friends of ours who also got married close to when we did! I'm also booked for the Magic SOUTHERN Caribbean cruise in Sept 2014 that starts and ends in San Juan and goes to St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Antigua, Barbados, and Granada!! OMG, such amazing ports!!!

    That's exciting that you're now booked and in contact with Meredith! It's exciting to be "official" isn't it? Hmm, for music I did ALL Disney tunes!!! I just had the pianist play because AT THE TIME they said that you could submit sheet music for them to play songs that weren't on the list... but apparently, they've pulled back on this rule! So not fair to future brides! The 3 songs I added were all Disney (or Disney owned!) songs anyways, so I don't see what the big deal is! I chose the Fantasmic theme for our recessional (I worked @ WDW Fantasmic for 4.5 years and we got engaged after DL Fantasmic, so it was something we both were eager about!) At Last I See the Light from Tangled for our first dance (It ALWAYS makes me misty eyed when I hear it now!) and Rainbow Connection... cause I love that song too!! Here's my full 'playlist':

    Prelude: *Someday My Prince Will Come & *So This is Love
    Grandparent/Parents seating: *Can You Feel the Love Tonight
    Bridesmaid/Flower Girl: *A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
    Processional: *A Whole New World
    Recessional: *Fantasmic! Theme
    Cake Cutting: *When You Wish Upon a Star
    First Dance: *At Last I See The Light
    Celebration: *Once Upon a Dream, *Kiss the Girl, *Rainbow Connection, *Beauty & The Beast

    I wouldn't fuss TOO much over the music, I spent DAYS shuffling and readjusting my playlist- AGONIZING over the order and the significance of the songs to the timing... And I barely remember hearing most of the songs! I remember hearing the first couple bars of "A Whole New World" because it was my processional, but once they opened the doors everything went fuzzy in my memory! I remember hearing our first dance and thinking... WHY did I pick such a long song when I'm such a terrible dancer!??? Then I remember hearing Rainbow Connection, When you Wish Upon a Star, and when he ran out of my music, he played other Disney songs as we mingled...

    So, my take on music is this: If you really want to hear it, play it AFTER your processional!!! Also, the aisle is SO short, so they don't get to play much of your song when walking down the aisle. To prolong your song, walk down the aisle SLOWLY! My brother escorted me and he was walking FAST! None of that left-together-right-together footsteps like we're supposed to do! Walk slowly because, YES, we're eager to get to our almost-hubby, but keep your pace slow! It's better for photos and you get more out of your processional song! Also, it suggests 4-5 songs for the celebration portion of your event, but put as many as you can fit in there, because chances are you'll need them!

    On embarkation day when you meet your onboard coordinator, you could try to find out who your pianist is! If you can find out when he's playing or find a moment to talk to him, see what other Disney songs he knows! Each pianist is bound to know a variety of songs, even if they're not listed on the planning guide! You never know- it never hurts to ask! My pianist was playing as guests were entering the Dream and I heard him playing At Last I See the Light- I mentioned it to my onboard coordinator, and she said that he was practicing it for our event! It gave me warm fuzzies :goodvibes Otherwise, they're easily set up for audio if you submit or bring along your own music! You'd have to ask another bride who brought their own music/ CD to see how their experience was... but I loved having the pianist- my dad was a piano tuner and an organ player when I was growing up, so it's an art that I love to hear!

    Yikes, I've gone and rambled again!!! Sorry if that got too long winded! Hope my answer helped! :rotfl:
     
  20. bats

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    Thanks loads .. It did help lots.

    I like McFly's It's All About You. Not sure if they're popular over in the US, but they're just a nice pop band.
    The lead singer Tom, did a fantastic wedding speech for himself .. Take a look:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=27WufdasQYs

    He basically takes the tunes to some of their songs and changes the words, but it's so cool and had me crying all the way through, but especially at the end!! Enjoy!!
     
  21. 1EvilQueenfan

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    So I've finally started my PJ, YAY! I hope it will help some people like others have helped me!

    Question-- What cake flavored and fillings did you have or are you going to have? Would you chafe anything? We know they style of cake we want but haven't decided about the rest!

    Thanks
    Jodi
     

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