Discussion in 'Planning our Happily Ever After' started by kaitrex93, Nov 13, 2018.
Yes, the room block comes early LOL!
I barely have my guest list together, how does she expect me to do this already LOL
I know exactly what you mean, that was the biggest headache of the process so far.
Ask them if that max number is including a dance floor and a buffet. I have a dinner so I'm not sure if brunch can only do buffet or not. You'll be surprised closer to who says no to coming, I definitely was.
Its been a while for me now since the beginning of the planning process so I don't remember exactly, but I think I had to turn in the roomblock info really soon after everything was set. I lowballed the number. If numbers haven't changed, you're allowed to lower by 25 nights. I figured that some people would want to stay offsite for cheaper rates, that some of my guest count wouldn't come. So I didn't want to get stuck with rooms I couldn't fill. So I had 50 nights for my 80 guests. When people booked early and wanted more than the two nights I reserved (I had Saturday night and Sunday night and my wedding was on a Sunday) the roomblock number was able to help them book additional nights at the same hotel. When people did this it helped with my final numbers because it added nights. Most of my guests were only staying for the weekend not turning it into a full trip. Another thing, if people book another Disney hotel or DVC room you can get their reservation number to help fill the nights. I would also think about where most people would want to stay. I had Contemporary, Port Orleans Riverside and Pop Century. I originally had only a few nights at the Contemporary, but a lot of family actually wanted to stay there and I had to add nights. Very few booked the middle hotel and the majority of my guests booked at Pop Century since it was the cheapest. People don't need to book the rooms right away, it just locks in these rooms so your guests will have them as an option. Especially since your wedding is during a busy time and rooms will fill up. Many of my guests didn't book until a little before the wedding, but the hotels were all sold out outside of my roomblock when they did.
Hey BFF! I'm so excited you got your date and choices! I also did not realize how soon the room block would need to be turned in. That's crazy! I hope you have an amazing Christmas, can't wait for the next update. P.S. I'm loving your headings for your posts. They make my soul happy.
The Longer you wait for something, the more you Appreciate it when you get it... I guess.
HAPPY NEW YEAR Y'ALL! It's been a little bit since the last time I posted, honestly there was just nothing to really talk about, still really isn't... I've come to the conclusion that I need to get used to WAITING for everything that goes on with the planning, I'm finally seeing a pattern. HA
Now that the room block was handled (I got over the "suddenness" of the due date) I just had to wait until I was sent my LOA. Which I finally got sent to me when I was back home in California for Christmas. Once I read it over once, and then my dad read it over we had to WAIT to hear back from Amanda (Kristi's assistant) so we could get some clarification and adjustments to a few minor things, but weren't supposed to sign until then, so more days passed, and finally the LOA was completed and signed by ALL parties (this whole process almost took 2 weeks) SIGH.
YESTERDAY I was sent an email providing info for my ACTUAL "Dream Team": YAY
Wedding Event Manager: Carol Mikles
Wedding Event Assistant: Ashley Zirfas
Weddings Room Specialist: Marie Hallberg
(I had no idea Kristi & Ashley weren't involved in any of the actual planning )
So now I wait for them to contact me to move forward... MORE WAITING OMG I CANNOT.
A FUN SIDE STORY TO PASS THE TIME.
So I've begun searching for photography & videography vendors (am I looking too early? too late? idk.)
I know that I don't want to use Disney's Fine Arts Photography, because frankly, it's just not my vibe. I cannot say this enough: I AM NOT A PRINCESSY DISNEY BRIDE. I do not think there is anything wrong with those who DO like that, but it's just not me and I have a certain feel I like in photos that I just plan on finding elsewhere, and prefer to find a vendor that does both photo AND video.
My Hairy God Mother/coworker/friend has tried to describe my vibe as this as of late:
jaded princess with a love of black velvet/ Maleficent fell in love and decided to get married & likes balloons.
I feel like I'm getting offtrack, ANYWAYS this is a story, LOL
So back in October when we first got engaged, the t-shirt company I order all my amazing Disney shirts from
(shoutout to @thelostbros check them out on insta, and thank me later!) reposted our photo and it went semi-viral for a minute (it showed up in the explore page of two friends so it wasn't that big of a deal honestly lol) OKAY now I end up getting this DM from this guy @disneydadswag congratulating us, and then telling me he has a company in orlando that does photo/video. Didn't really think anything of it, just followed their account @theportos (check them out if you're confused AF about what vibe I'm trying to explain ) and moved on. Fast forward to like a week ago, I had just gotten off a phone consultation with another company that does photo/video and their quote was VERY reasonably priced... I'm talking 8 hours photo/video, two shooters, free engagement shoot, all for under $4k, which I'll be honest, I didn't know if that WAS a good deal, or not.
IDK WHAT IS CONSIDERED REASONABLE FOR WEDDING PHOTO/VIDEO YOU GUYS, HELP!
That same day, Christian had posted one of our engagement photos on insta and that SAME guy comments:
"FIRE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER, I WANT TO SHOOT YOUR WEDDING!" we laughed about it, and he told me I should just email him to see what his rates were... you guys, I have NEVER had someone email me back so fast, also I almost died when I saw his quote- NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS for HIM to shoot our wedding. (he had people who worked under him that ranged from $6.5k-$8.5k) with the same package deal as the other company's quote.
I replied "thank you for getting back to me but unfortunately you're a bit outside my budget (by thousands) and I'll just have to admire your work from afar." Thought that was the end of it, I THOUGHT WRONG.
He gets back to me and after asking a few questions about what our budget was and what we were looking for, he came back and offered to shoot it himself for the low low price of FIVE THOUSAND, the man offered me a FOUR THOUSAND dollar discount.
The only thing I can think of is that:
a. he wants a Disney wedding for his portfolio
b. he's a hardcore disney fan (he told me he has a DVC and an AP)
c. see a and b
He also made a very good point: for how much we spend on this Disney wedding, to go with another company that I'm not in love with just for the deal is like eating at Taco Bell: it seems like a good value/deal and is pretty good, then later all you have is REGRET.
I truly do like his work, much more than the other company that I got the lesser quote from, so I'm just thinking bite the bullet and pay the extra thousand dollars? Is that high? I don't want to regret not investing in photo/video because THAT IS FOREVER, THOSE ARE YOUR MEMORIES. Basically I told him I would talk to Christian, and we honestly just needed more info from Disney about everything before booking any outside vendors. Since then he has reached out MANY times, to make sure I haven't "forgotten about him" so I know he is VERY interested, VERY. lol
that's my little story, not that exciting, but more so I would love some opinions on pricing, or just like people's experience if they've used outside vendors for photo/video.
I LOVE EVERYONE'S INPUT IT IS FOREVER HELPFUL.
(ALSO, I completely cannot remember how to insert a photo from flickr so there's that...lol help)
Don't compromise on photography! We spent double our original budget and haven't regretted it for one second (still spent less then your low quote 3000 Euro for 2 shooters, only photography,including a big book for us and two smaller versions of the same book for our parents)
https://www.trouwdaginbeeld.nl/blogs/bruidsfotografie/trouwreportage-kasteel-heeswijk-andrea-olaf/ here are our shots
Manifestation at It's Finest Ladies & Gentlemen.All that whining I did on Saturday paid off because I got an email this morning with my Planning Session date and all the planning kit info I need!
We get to go to Franck's Studio and meet with Carol on MAY 2nd! WOOH I could honestly, cry I'm so excited!!!
But of course I'm going to take advantage of going to the planning session, and make it a mini trip, so we will probably go from April 30th- May 4th so we can enjoy the parks.
(Christian has yet to see Pandora, so I'll be excited to do that with him, I've also never seen it at night *sigh* so yay for me too!)
I've started looking through the planning kit, and checking out the menus to look over, music, etc.
The Cake Tasting is honestly going to be the most difficult, like how can you even begin to choose only 4 from the cake and fillings sections??
SUGGESTIONS are appreciated! leaning towards lemon, marble, almond, and churro, and have no idea where to begin with the fillings...
I was also looking at the Brunch buffet menu, and I'm not totally in love with the full choices, so I'm hoping that there is wiggle room with changes, and what not. I just have a ton of questions for her when we have our introduction phone call on the 28th
With the utmost regret I will NOT be staying on property this trip, to be "monetarily responsible" which frankly is killing me inside. we Typically stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and buy timeshare points through DVCRequest, but since we aren't staying a full week+, it's not really worth it, THIS TIME.
I'm going to try an get us some DR, but since we aren't staying on property, I know that it will be slim pickings. Any Recommendations?
We Love O'hana, Beaches & Cream, Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater... to name a few off the top of my head.
It is my GOAL for the wedding to get us a breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest, since last time we had a PRIME reservations at 8:30, and Chris ended up getting a RANDOM fever the night before and we had to cancel.
That's all for now, I just addressed 65 save the dates, and two dozen thank you cards from our engagement party so, my hands are down for the count.
BRIDE OUT *drops mic*
That's so glad to hear, and honestly what I've been hearing from many other brides, so even though the price HURTS lol I think we will pull the trigger!
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