Carnival Imagination Wedding Review w/ Pics October 7, 2013

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#21
Atlanta, Ga
85 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by c&b love
OMG!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS and thanks so much for that review. Your pictures were beautiful! I'm having my wedding on Carnival Sensation in Feb 2014 leaving from Port Canaveral. Your review just got me even more excited!
Is your bouquet the bouquet that came with the package?
Did you have the hour or 1.5 hr reception and how was it?
I am working on making my passport wedding programs and I would love to get information on how you created yours!
My email is [email protected]
Thanks!!!!
Thanks I'm still excited from my wedding, I think my FaceBook friends are so annoyed with me. LOL!! Yes the bouquet I was holding came with my package and they asked me 2 weeks before what color I wanted and I told them hot pink.
Yes, I had the 1.5 reception and it was plenty of time! When I first found out that's all the time we were getting, I was a little worried, but it was more than enough time. Sure I'll send you an email of my passport documents and a few more goodies.
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#22
Atlanta, Ga
85 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by lightskinedgyal
YAY! right before i go i get to read a review! LOVE IT! was great! Love the small details i also didnt know i should write down every single thing i want i have two friends who know i figured they will tell them maybe i should write it down tho......YOU LOOKED GREAT! loved the pictures!!! Wonderful review! Thank yoU!
You want to know what's funny? I've been reading reviews for over a year so during my wedding day I was thinking in the back of my mind what I would say on my CC wedding review LOL! Thank You!
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#23
Orlando
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Joined Jun 2013
Originally posted by MrsFreeman21408
Thanks I'm still excited from my wedding, I think my FaceBook friends are so annoyed with me. LOL!! Yes the bouquet I was holding came with my package and they asked me 2 weeks before what color I wanted and I told them hot pink.
Yes, I had the 1.5 reception and it was plenty of time! When I first found out that's all the time we were getting, I was a little worried, but it was more than enough time. Sure I'll send you an email of my passport documents and a few more goodies.
Thanks so much!!!!! I was worried about the time too but I figure if they want more time, then invest on a vacation on the cruise with us! Lol I had some bouquets made for my bridesmaids and wasn't sure if I should make mine or use the one included. Thanks for your input. I'll be looking for that email! :-)

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#24
Atlanta, Ga
85 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by c&b love
Thanks so much!!!!! I was worried about the time too but I figure if they want more time, then invest on a vacation on the cruise with us! Lol I had some bouquets made for my bridesmaids and wasn't sure if I should make mine or use the one included. Thanks for your input. I'll be looking for that email! :-)

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#25
Brandon,FL
73 Posts
Joined Oct 2013
Once you book the wedding package & ask about a tour, can you choose where ceremony & reception will be? We're looking at possible June 13 2015 cruise from port of Tampa in Florida..so not sure of ship..
#26
Orlando
9 Posts
Joined Jun 2013
I requested my room and they basically told me I can have the rooms I requested. I'm sailing Feb 13, 2014 on Sensation out of Port Canaveral

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#27
Barbados
62 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
Hi

Hope you are doing ok. Congrats again. How did you handle the tipping of the persons that worked at the wedding? I am new to this whole tipping thing. Thanks a lot.
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#28
Atlanta, Ga
85 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by msargeant
Hi

Hope you are doing ok. Congrats again. How did you handle the tipping of the persons that worked at the wedding? I am new to this whole tipping thing. Thanks a lot.
I had the same question. Two weeks before the wedding, Carnival Wedding Experience called me and I asked them. They told me, everything I had to pay for has been paid and no more money was required.
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#29
Atlanta, Ga
85 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by LoveSetsSail2015
Once you book the wedding package & ask about a tour, can you choose where ceremony & reception will be? We're looking at possible June 13 2015 cruise from port of Tampa in Florida..so not sure of ship..
You can request the room location you want and they will let you know if you got it or not 2 weeks prior to the wedding
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#30
Houston, TX
200 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Thanks for the review and pics! You look beautiful. Hampton Inn sounds great. Did they give you a deal for encouraging your guests to stay there?

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#31
Atlanta, Ga
85 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by tranquilreign
Thanks for the review and pics! You look beautiful. Hampton Inn sounds great. Did they give you a deal for encouraging your guests to stay there?

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Thanks! They upgraded my double room to a 2 room suite and gave us a bottle of wine and a bottle of champagne.
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#34
Merrillville, IN
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Joined Feb 2015
Originally posted by MrsFreeman21408
Monday October 7th…….WEDDING DAY!!
The morning was very hectic because I had to pack up everything in the hotel, separate my wedding stuff from my cruise stuff, shower, do my own hair, and get makeup done all before 9am. During this whole process, the one thing I regret not doing is hiring someone to do my hair & makeup. I counted on my cousin from another state to do that but I did not like how she did my hair or makeup. She didn’t like it either, so I took matters into my own hands and grabbed the curling iron and makeup. Everything turned out good but that was very stressful.
Once we arrived at the port, we were greeted by two people from the wedding department. I cannot remember their names but they were super nice & helpful. They explained to my husband and I and our guest the order of events. They would send me, my mom, and two of my bridesmaids to one of our guests suites to get dressed and my husband and our two sons to our room to get dressed and our guest to the top deck to eat and explore the ship. They gave everyone a map of the ship and the time everyone had to be at the wedding location. I then gave both wedding planners copies of how I wanted the processional along with my selected music and two copies of how I wanted my decorations laid out. I also gave copies to three of my family members just to make sure the planners got it right.
After I was finished getting dressed, my photographer came in and took a few pictures, then the ships photographer came and took similar pictures. In the end, I’m glad I bought my own photographer because the ship’s photographer pictures came out much darker.
For the ceremony, I wanted pink & blue rose pedals on each side of the white aisle and wedding programs placed on every other chair. For the reception, I wanted my custom wedding guestbook placed on a table with my personalized pink napkins, matches, with a sprinkle of rose pedals. For my cake, I bought a personalized cruise ship cake topper and light stand from Esty.com for $50. It had our names, the date, and the name of our ship Carnival Imagination. I wanted pink ribbon wrapped around each layer of cake ($3 at Michaels). I wanted a double strand of rhinestones ($2 on Amazon) wrapped around each layer of cake (over the pink ribbon). Under the cake I bought a round Styrofoam stand wrapped in rhinestone ribbon.
I bought two boxes of rose pedals (one pink, one blue) from Hobby Lobby for $5 each (originally $10). Hobby Lobby has a 50% off wedding products sales every other week. I bought 24 fan wedding programs from Amazon for $10. I was a little sketchy about the product after reading the reviews but they were easy to do and turned out perfect! Those two boxes of rose pedals were more than enough pedals for the ceremony, reception and flower girl basket.
The Ceremony (Shangri La Lounge)…
My mom was escorted by my brother and my husband’s parents have passed away, so his sisters were escorted by our oldest son. Once my husband and his best man walked down the aisle, the water works begun. My husband began to cry, and this shocked me because, he is not the emotional type. The last time I seen him cry was at his dads’ funeral. Once he started to cry everybody in the room was crying, so by the time I walked in the room, there wasn’t a dry eye left. Now I’m a cry baby on a daily basis so when I saw my husband crying, I had to turn away because I knew I would start crying and I mean the ugly cry too lol.
The bridal party walked down to the John Legend song, “So High”. It’s a really nice song, if you have not heard it before, YouTube it. That also goes for the song I walked out to, Jennifer Hudson’s “Giving Myself”. After we kissed and turned around to our guest the song we chose for them to play was Beyonce’s “At Last”. We chose this song because, we’ve been married for 5 years, but we finally had our wedding!
Our “officiant”, was my uncle who has been married for over 30 years. I wrote our whole vow renewal ceremony, if you would like a copy emailed to you let me know.
The Reception (Illusions Nightclub)…
Our wedding party and we walked into the reception room to Chris Brown’s song, “Forever”. I wanted to incorporate that song into our wedding somehow because I’ve seen a cute YouTube video using this song as a wedding entrance. We did our first dance to Brandy’s remake to “Everything I Do”. After that we went right over to the cake to cut it and for all the toast. Then it was time to eat, drink, and dance! Close to the end of the reception, I was pulled on the dance floor for “Pin money on the bride”. This was not planned at all; it was an idea of one of my cousin’s. I’m glad we did because, we hadn’t received any wedding gifts and we didn’t have much spending money. By the time the song was over, we racked up over $300! My wedding was perfect, I wish I could rewind time and do it all over again.

Well that concludes my review…………..ask all the questions you like!!
Me and the hubs are finally having our wedding 2/6/16 would love to have a copy of the vow renewal ceremony my email is [email protected]