So first off I jus wanted to thank whoever started this board! I am still in the early planning stages and being able to log on here and read what everyone else is doing and hearing their stories has been wonderful! So I thought well hey maybe I can help someone out by posting my planning story as it developes. Here goes! We have gotten our date, May 17th 2008! We are having our ceremony at the wedding Pavillion at 2:30, with reception at the Atlantic Dance Hall, and dessert party after that at Island Isola in Italy. We were so excited to beable to finally settle on and get our date. I think it was one of the hardest things for us as a family so far. This is because my FH and I are both originally from Long Island but in the past 2 years have moved to Tampa area in FL. SO we still have alot of family and friends in NY and have accumulated a lot down here as well. I would say it's not an even split. With myslef being a teacher I figured the easiest time would be the summer, but then as floridians we know how HOT it gets down here in June, July, Aug. so we kinda didn't want to deal with extreem tepms or the rainy/huricane season. So then we had the issue of me having to take off work AND everyone coming from NY to take off work/school. Would anyone come? Well my FH and I decided that May would be the perfect time because the weather here is still awesome, mostly sunny days, and you don't get that rain shower every afternoon. We figured if people couldn'c come then they couldn't come and those who were the most important would be there no matter what so we had Disney pencil us in for May 17th a saturday. After the date selection was over we asked if we could come look at all the venues just to make sure we liked everything in person. This was easily done sine we live 90 mins form Disney and are ferquent visiters anyways. Love the AP's! So Kristi Davis got in touch with us and set up a Saturday that we could come down and check everything out. When we got there she was just finishing up with another couple and they said we were in great hands b/c they loved her! That was good to hear. When she was done, herself , my FH and I took a seat in one of the smaller rooms to the side in Frank's and we started talking about what we were thinking about. I had brough my planningn/ scrap book with me to show her ideas I had taken from magizines. We talked over budgets and numbers of guests and then she took us to the two places we wanted to see, the atlantic boardwalk and the grand floridian. It was my mother who wanted us to look at the ballroom b/c she wasn't quite sold on the idea of having a formal reception in a "Dance Hall" so to keep the piece I promised her I would look at it nd take lots of pictures. The grand Floridian was nice we really liked the out door cocktail area that we would use but we just couldn't see ourselves in the actual ball room, maybe because it was set up for a conforance but we both thought it looked too boardroomish. Now my FH wasn't sold on the Dance Hall either, until he saw it, and the boardwalk area itself. He loved the idea of all the night life and carnival type acpect that would be going on around us and though the dance hall was just perfect. We both loved the outdoor balconies and the idea of having small tables so people could mingle. So it was settled. Since our meeting, we have signed our letter of agreement, and are waiting for our final copy to come in the mail. I am also anxiously waiting to hear from our planner, I have so many questins for her. We are also waiting for our que to beable to book rooms. both my parents and myslef want to get that done asap! Oh and speaking of room blocks! How hard was that part of the process? HUm let me think... oh yes I know exactly whoes going to stay where and when and for how long. It was really crazy to have to plan that all out. Then once we got our number of 145 nights we were a little crazy as to weather that would actually happen. Good thing we have already heard from a lot of guests that they are deffinatly coming! We also made sure they wrote in the contract that we can change the room block as long as it's more then 90 days before the wedding. So if at that point peole don't book too bad! So thats at the piont we are now. We started this process I would say back in April and here is where we sit. If anyone has any pictures of the Dance hall set up for a wedding I would LOVE to see them! Also has anyone done assigned seating there? If so how did it work out? Thanks I'll report back when more infor comes in!