Hey fellow Disney Brides! I love the idea of having my very own journal and I did my introduction yesterday on the boards, so today I'm starting my journal. Although we're not 100% positive that we will be having a DFTW at this point I'm moving forward with the gathering information process because in all honesty, the more I learn about Disney Weddings the more I think that it is perfect for what DF and I are dreaming of. Here's our story. DF and I became engaged on July 4th 2008 at the Magic Kingdom! He proposed at Cinderella's Wishing Well and of course I said yes! We waited until two weeks ago to tell his family because the week after we came home from Disney his sister was getting married in Pittsburgh. So, we tell his Mom and her first response is "where are you going?". She knew that DF had always dreamed of making his wedding as unique as possible and something that reflects his fun, big kid personality. She then stated that if we wanted a destination wedding she would pay for it (which would not be an issue for her, in the slightest). DF and Mom started talking about cruise ships and private islands for about two hours and finally noticed that I had absolutely zero enthusiasm about any of those ideas. Then, FMIL made one comment that made my eyes widen and heart skip....A Disney Wedding!!!! Now, his family are HUGE Disney people. They are members of the VC and visit DW at least twice a year, so i know it has always been a huge part in his life. Now I have only been there twice in my life, most recently for a week long vacation with my entire family when DF proposed. We began looking into all the details just to scope it out. When we were looking through the wishes portion of the wish book and looked at the different locations for receptions, I saw something that literally made me burst into tears...A reception on the GREAT MOVIE RIDE in the LAND OF OZ!!! Where else could this happen on earth but at Disney!!!! I called last week to speak with Heidi (our planner) to learn more about this venue, and although a lot about it was discouraging (hidden extravagent fees, time, etc) my FMIL said that it would work and we should do it!!! So, now we're still in the gathering information mode, but secretly in my mind (and in DF) we are 99.99% positive that this is what we want. Here is the problem though...my mother and her side of the family (extended) are having a huge fit about it. My mom hasn't spoken to me in two weeks since we mentioned that we might have a destination wedding and when and if she does speak to me, it's to put me on a guilt trip. I'm feeling very depressed lately (even though today is my 28th birthday!) and at this point everything feels hopeless (Escape wedding instead maybe?!?). I have my first set of local reception site appointments starting this Thursday but I am lacking the excitement and interest in going to them and I feel like I'm going just to appease my mother but on the inside it's making me miserable! My Dad just wants me to be happy and will support whatever DF and I decide. He thinks my Mom will come around, and maybe she will. I just always pictured having more support and happiness surounding my engagement. Not this tension, arguing and name calling. It's breaking my heart. Okay, back to planning!!!! So, Disney sent us our information packet and we're going to go through that and see what we like and don't like and talk more about it with FMIL. Last night I started my first DIY project!!! I'm not a crafty craftsman in the slightest, but I wanted to make my bridesmaid special Disney themed cards asking them to be in my bridal party. I have only finished three, but one of them is bugging me so I think I'll start that one over. I'll post pictures tomorrow (hopefully). Basically, i took two pieces of cardstock. One black and one red. I bought onion paper (I dunno-my sister calls it that) and printed my text on that using Walt Disney font-very cute! I bought a Mickey Mouse Head paper puncher and used it to cut out a mickey head at the bottom of the card. At the top I attached the cards using red ribbon and made a bow. They really are cute! I wanted to find a Mickey Mouse Cookie to go with the card, but the local Cookies By Design quoted me at $9.25 a cookie so that idea got tossed. He said he can do something with the names of my attendants so I am going to speak to him tomorrow to see what he can put together. Hopefully it will tie in well with the red/black theme of the cards (if not Disney). I'll update soon with pictures!!!