Katie & Mike TR - SBP/Bluezoo/Morocco - Dessert Party (8/5)

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  1. twenty3curls

    twenty3curls Mouseketeer

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    Thanks for the great info on Bluezoo! We're definitely thinking of doing our dinner there for many of the same reasons (private dining, proximity to SBP, etc)....plus our wedding is on a Friday during Lent, and, for the most part, our families are Catholic and Greek Orthodox....so we definitely need seafood options! :thumbsup2

    I was able to download the menus from the Swan/Dolphin private dining site.. You don't happen to still have the pricing for the different private dining menu options, do you? Would you be willing to PM them to me?
     
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  3. figment fan21

    figment fan21 Can't wait to be a Disney Bride!

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    first of all WOOOOOOW! :eek::goodvibes:lovestruc I can't wait to hear back from Bluezoo and see what they can do for DF and I as far as private dinning goes! the place looks amazing and so did the menu!


    Second of all... I'm glad you wrote about how you and Mike we happy that you had your wedding at disney. I feel the same way about church/banquet hall weddings. It made me feel good knowing that you and Mike had that conversation and are both extremely pleased with your wedding day... it gives me great hope! :goodvibes

    Oh and I have a question for you.... how did you go about getting the ceremony decor to bluezoo? did someone from the disney staff bring them over for you or did someone in your family bring them over? If disney brought them over did they charge you some sort of transportation fee?
     
  4. PrincessShea

    PrincessShea Always planning...

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    Thanks :goodvibes They have non-seafood options just so you know...you can see on my menu.

    Thanks :goodvibes

    Unfortunately I do not have the prices still. I know there were like 5 different menus ranging from $55/per person to $112/per person. I think they would be willing to customize though. My menu originally included a dessert but luckily I knew that was too much, so I had it removed. I also requested that Simply Fish be added in place of something I don't remember. If you email Liz Torres, I'm sure she'd be happy to send you current prices.

    :goodvibes Thanks. I paid a $50 "moving fee" and Disney did it for me.
     
  5. Pirate's Princess

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    Katie, your wedding looked like it was truly perfect. I love the portraits, Bluezoo looked awesome! Seriously, it just looks wonderful. It makes me want to do an escape. Simple, elegant, fun. Of course, our must invites are beyond 25, but not by much :( haha

    BTW I teach high school as well! But chemistry and biology (yes I am a BIG science nerd). I am dreading the fact it is August, but I will be happy for a paycheck and will reward myself with mouse shoes, hehe.
     
  6. tinkerbell 766

    tinkerbell 766 <font color=purple>If I can't fly, let me sing. Or

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    Katie
    Your wonderful pictures of your elegant reception at Bluezoo have made me think of it as a serious contendor for our Escape meal!! I wonder if I could ask you a couple of questions?

    What did you do about wine/drinks?

    I see that you had your own decorations on the table, I plan on having the Cindy's coach decoration and floral. Do you think this would be allowed?

    What color were the linens and do you think they would allow you to add bows to the napkins?

    Were you allowed to place your favors on the table? I am aware that your planner can arrange for two items each guest to be placed and after that it is $35.00 an hour to place any more.

    Thanks for your help!!
     
  7. PrincessShea

    PrincessShea Always planning...

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    Thanks :goodvibes Your wedding will be wonderful. A Wishes wedding can still be simple, elegant, and fun! Thanks for the compliments.

    And high school science... well, god bless you that's all I have to say. I couldn't do it :lmao:

    Well, they offered making one of the signature drinks for everyone and handing them out when they got there, but I decided against it because I know a lot of people wouldn't like. I also received an extensive wine list before hand if I wanted to buy any bottles in advance. In the end though, no one is really a big wine drinker, so people just ordered the individual beers/mixed drinks that they wanted.

    Yes I think they will allow any decorations that you want.

    The linens were white, and I didn't make any requests, but I am sure they would accommodate anything you wanted. Now the question is how much they will charge you for making the accommodations :lmao:

    I don't really know about the favors. Disney put out the chocolate place cards for me, but that was the only favor I had.
     
  8. PrincessShea

    PrincessShea Always planning...

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    The Dessert Party
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    So the dinner was finally winding down. It was fantastic. I loved bluezoo and as I've already said my only regret is having so much food.

    The only thing that really bothered me though was at the end, someone brought me a bill :mad: I was extremely aggravated (but did not show it) because 1. that is so tacky and 2. I had no credit card on me 3. I really didn't need to see the grand total. I wanted the trauma after the day was over :lmao:

    So I said that Liz (the coordinator at bluezoo) already had my credit card number, and to just run with it. So then I got another check to sign. There was a space for a tip. Uh, the grand total was well over the $1200 minimum and there is an automatic 21% gratuity:scared1: So let's just say I didn't feel guilty writing a 0.

    Now I had arranged for 3 towncars to pick us up at The Dolphin and drive us backstage to Morocco. Amy told me it would be fine if we all met at IG and were escorted. But I was paranoid about several things:

    1. Rain. What if it was raining? We would walk from Dolphin to IG in our clothes? Uh...
    2. The stress of the walk. It's a long walk for some people in our group with medical problems.
    3. Having to run the show and guide everyone.

    So obviously Amy told me about the whole charter thing and that is ridiculously overpriced, so I thought no way. The towncars were $25 each, and I could live with that. Everyone would be walking back, but at the end of the night, who cares.

    So we all split up into the towncars. I was with my parents and sister. Our driver was nice and talkative. Going backstage was very cool. The only part of Keys to the Kingdom that I liked was the backstage stuff. I just really enjoy seeing the nitty gritty "real" stuff. As we entered into the backstage, the driver told us about the gate they installed after 9/11...it supposedly can withstand the force of an 18-wheeler :scared1: Awesome. Those are the factoids I love to hear...Walt's name being on a window on Main Street, uh, no so much.

    So our car pulls up and our event guide collects everyone's tickets. I had discussed with my family beforehand about the tickets. I explained that it would REALLY help us out if they bought 7 day instead of 6 day park passes. The difference is only like $4. The viewing fee is $12.50; so obviously it makes more sense to just use a day on the pass. If you have a small group like me with immediate family that you can be honest with, I recommend this. It saved some money. The only person we had to pay a viewing fee for was Carl. He was only staying 2 days and we gave him our 2 MYW passes that we had to get to get the buy 4 get 3 free room deal.

    So then the event guide pulls out her little light saber glow stick, opens the gate, and we are in the park. At this point everyone surrounding us started clapping and we go so many congratulations. It was so magical. I really can't describe it. It was like a movie.

    I was pleased when we got to Morocco. Because of these boards, I had nightmares about it being horrible, but it's a really nice location. I don't know if really comes across in the pictures, but if you are an escape/Morocco bride, rest assured, it will be great.

    When we got there Michael kept going on about how this was the greatest day of his life. Granted, he still maintains it being true, but I think he was a little inebriated at this point :cutie: His mom started crying though when she heard him say this.
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    In true female fashion, all I wanted to do was go to the bathroom. I don't know why I didn't go at bluezoo. You know, actually I think I did, but the alcohol was running through me and I wanted to go ASAP so I didn't miss anything. The event guide escorted me and my sister to Chefs de France to use the bathroom there. The waiters at the restaurant went crazy when I walked in. I have to say, I am the type of person who keeps my head down and avoids eye contact and generally hates any attention, but it was pretty enjoyable on my wedding day :-D

    While I was gone, people took some pics.
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    I think at this point, I have to start my mea culpa to Disney Photography. I guess in the end, I am not that unhappy with my pictures. I like my ceremony pictures, but there are a lot of them that area very far away or don't include our faces. Disney Photography did a lot of very clear face shots. So it was a good balance. Yes, you all saw the bad fireworks shots, and I wish there were more good ones, but at least we got one good one, right? There are some good pics, and they are the ones I am posting now (although some are snapshots. I think it's obvious which are which)

    When I got back from the bathroom Mike and I realize that Carl gave the event guide his ticket. NOOOOOOOO. He had two MYW tickets, so if she scanned it, that was $75 down the drain. Luckily, she had not scanned them yet. Phew.

    I posted my menu earlier in my PJ, so if you care, you can go and find it. Honestly, I barely ate. I was so full at this point. I did put food in my mouth, but you really can't enjoy it when you are shoving it down. It looked cute though.

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    The only bad thing was the bowl of tiramisu. I love tiramisu. Love. This was basically a bowl of cool whip and some biscotti. It wasn't even remotely like tiramisu. Am I missing something? It was literally a bowl of whipped cream. Is it some weird Chicago thing, or is tiramisu NOT some coffee tasting cake?

    Cheap and easy decor that everyone on these boards gets. They were cute, but if you are in a pinch, I wouldn't hesitate to cut them. The tables became so filled with glow stick bags, purses, drinks, food, etc...they were kind of pointless.
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    Speaking of the glow sticks, main were those a great purchase. I gave them at the welcome party assuming everyone would save them for Spectromagic. But everyone brought them for the wedding. They were a fun touch.

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    The party was just so fun. There is no word for it. The bar tender was hilarious too. He was so sarcastic, which is my style. My sister asked for a Pabst Blue Ribbon...he was like, "uh...I could pour beer through a sock for you." :lmao:

    There was just a lot of hanging out and talking.
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    And of course pictures. You already saw the family pictures, which I'm not crazy about. But I'm not crazy about the other family pictures either. You can't win 'em all. My sister and Michael's sister being shutterbugs was a lifesaver though. They got a lot of good shots. Obviously the quality of the picture isn't great, but sometimes I think family just knows when to snap.

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    "The girls" lined up for a shot
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    So that was the professional picture, and the only reason I post it is to show this picture my sister's boyfriend got on her camera while we were posing
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    Hahaha. I love it. THIS IS WHY I WORE FLATS. All you girls in heels, kudos. I think you're nuts. hahaha. But the dessert party, as you can see, everyone learned the valuable lesson of wearing comfortable shoes in Disney World.

    So eventually it's time for the show and me and Michael get ready for our pictures. As I'm sure you already know, you will not watch the show. You are facing the camera almost the entire time.

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    This is my favorite picture of the entire wedding. Just a note that I have cropped it to make it look centered and played with the brightness and contrast, so the 8X10 I got from Walgreens looks a lot better than this. But still, definitely a keeper in my book.
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  9. honey2741

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    I would have been equally annoyed. Who did you arrange the towncar transportation through or with? Thanks. I love all your details, it truly helps us fellow Escape brides.
     
  10. HeatherNJNC

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    Katie, you were a gorgeous bride! And you just sold me on the flats! :)
     
  11. MainStMandy

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    Oh I love your dessert party pictures!!!
     
  12. twenty3curls

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    Thanks for posting all of the DP pictures at Morocco, Katie! I agree with you that Morocco gets a pretty bad rap here on the boards and it was nice to see some great pictures. Also nice to see that your one sister, whom I believe you said wasn't that tall, could easily see over the wall. Some people make it sound like you have to be part-giant to see over it! :rotfl:

    Looks like you had a great evening!
     
  13. PrincessShea

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    My coordinator arranged it all.

    Thanks :goodvibes

    Thanks :goodvibes

    Yea the wall was a total non-issue. If I did not compulsively read the boards here, the height of the wall is something I would not have even noticed during the party :confused3
     
  14. gemmybear83

    gemmybear83 <font color=royalblue>I would blame it all on Bob<

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    Your wedding day was beautiful - I love your photos and ideas :goodvibes can't wait to read the rest of your trip report :thumbsup2
     
  15. tiggerrifficheidi

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    Like this???

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    Yeah, for some reason, Epcot doesn't get Tiramisu (which I don't get). We had tiramisu at our DP at Sago Cay Pointe, and it was much more normal (but in martini glasses).

    Everything else at your party looked GREAT!
     
  16. PrincessShea

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    Thanks :goodvibes

    Hahaha. Basically. Actually, yours looks a little more fancy. You can see what mine looked like in the picture of my dad and sister picking out food. It's right under her arm.

    Truly bizarre. It'd be like me wanting pizza and them bringing me tomato soup with some cheese and pepperoni in it :confused3
     
  17. figment fan21

    figment fan21 Can't wait to be a Disney Bride!

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    Your pictures make me want to have a DP! Most of the deserts look good... minus the whip cream filled bowl with biscotti in it...
     
  18. ghoulish delight

    ghoulish delight Mint juleps make me a very happy Anj, indeed!

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    Read through the whole TR last night, but was too tired to post a comment! :rotfl2: What a beautiful wedding you had, my dear!! I loved the Donald and Daisy topper you had, and their visit was priceless! You were a stunning bride! :goodvibes

    If DL had some sort of DP option (and we could swing being able to afford it), seeing your pictures from yours makes me wish I could have one! :rolleyes1 Having the fireworks so closeby seems amazing!

    One more thing!! I loved your picture of the random people filming your wedding! I was in stitches when I saw that and read what you had to say about it. :rotfl:
     
  19. Boardwalk_bride

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    I have to thank you again for your descriptive TR!!! It is really SO helpful for Escape brides, and people who don't have a PS or a chance to visit before. I really had a totally different vision of what I thought Morocco would look like. For some reason I thought it was more of an alcove, private area, I'm not sure why. DF and I have been debating between Morocco and Sago Cay, but after we sat down and went through your DP post, I think we have settled on Morocco.

    Again, your pictures really lay out (for both the ceremony and DP) what it REALLY looks like, so now I feel like I have been there, and have a better feel what is going on, so THANKS:thumbsup2

    You look so amazing in all your pictures, and everyone looks like they had a great time :goodvibes
     
  20. SleepingBeautyOH

    SleepingBeautyOH Earning My Ears

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    What a beautiful day! Everything from start to finish looked amazing! Your pics have def confirmed that someday, when I am a dis bride I will be having a dp. I know I've said it before, but congrats on an absolutely beautiful day!!
     
  21. DisneyFairy66

    DisneyFairy66 I love my Bichon Frise, Dixie Mae! Fan of Daisy Du

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    hi, i noticed in your siggy you have daisy and donald, I want them at my wedding too. catching up on your report : )
     

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