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  1. Yes, what questions do you have?
  2. Yes, the photographer was the same for the entire process. He came to the staterooms before the wedding to take pictures, rode with me in vehicle to the ceremony site, and returned with all of us to the reception to continue the photography. We could not get off the boat any earlier as we were the first wedding. As soon as the boat cleared customs, the wedding guests were escorted off the boat. I was escorted off about half an hour later. Carnival gave me the plans but they weren't as detailed ahead of time. The details came the first night on the cruise at dinner when our wedding coordinator met with us. Royal Ocean Events provided a coordinator to meet us once we got off the ship in Nassau. Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions!
  3. Also, I had every intention of wearing a second dress for the reception, especially because I planned to get in the water during the wedding ceremony. I ended up choosing a dress that prevented me from budgeting two dresses so I just wore a different set of jewelry for the reception. I wore pearls for the ceremony but totally blinged out the jewelry for the reception. It worked out well!
  4. "PHOTOGRAPHY: This is one I am still brainstorming about. I am a professional photographer. If i could shoot my own wedding.... I would, So this is a big deal to me and I will do everything in my power to get what I want. The beauty of this is that Iphones take pretty amazing photos, I will have photographer friends that have their cameras and I WILL have my camera on hand lol. So if I want to partake in the shots of the Groom with the bridesmaids....Im gonna do it. I also will be more than happy with 15 prints from the photographer and just ALL of the proofs on a CD or flash drive....this is a work in process and I know I will have to be prepared to speak to the photographer on the boat and sweet talk them a bit. Any advice from previous couples?" In response to the above... My husband and I were also hoping to come away with just a few prints but all if not most of the digital images from the Carnival photographer. Unfortunately, Carnival is aware that people would rather have the files instead of prints so they drive a hard bargain. We ended up having to buy way more physical prints that we wanted before the photographer would compromise and allow us to add some digital file only shots. I can't complain because they are in it to make money and they know they have less success now that so many wedding guests take pictures with high quality camera phones. We purchased maybe 60 shots from Carnival (though it might be more, I have to check again) but our guests sent us another 800 images from their phones. I don't regret any of Carnival's images (aside from the airbrushing) because it was nice to have the professionally posed pictures in addition to the candid shots. Hope this tidbit of info helps! Congrats and good luck!
  5. thecocoarose

    Carnival Pride Wedding Nov 2017. TIPS PLEASE!

    They made me place my dress on the scanner but I was right there when it came through. I carried it the rest of the way until I was able to hang it in the closet in our stateroom.
  6. Thanks Mindy! Our other flavors were carrot cake with cream cheese icing and chocolate with vanilla buttercream. All were good but the strawberry was best. Be sure to specify which flavor you want on each layer because we accidentally had carrot cake as the biggest layer and strawberry as the smallest. A destination wedding definitely allows time for the guests to hang out each night. Many of our family and friends met for the first time on the cruise and they all blended like they had known each other for years. It was awesome! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. thecocoarose

    Cruise Bride Panicking

    I agree with Mindy. As crazy as it seems, it is important to relax and accept that there will be glitches but overall, the day WILL go much better than you can ever imagine. We had our Welcome Dinner at Brano's in Cocoa Beach and they did a great job! They were reasonably priced and all of our guests enjoyed the food. They have a special menu for dinner parties that you can find on their website. Good luck and all the anxiety of planning will pay off, I promise!
  8. thecocoarose

    Carnival Reception time line?

    We were able to pick and choose what we wanted in our reception and we did all the traditional things such as garter toss, bouquet toss, first dance, groom and mom dance, and toasts. We opted not to use the reception time to take too many posed pics because we really just wanted to dance and have fun. We took many pictures after the beach ceremony. We were too tired to take pics after the reception so there were many poses we didn't get but I think it was better for us to have focused on spending the time enjoying our guests.
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  10. The DJ kept the party going from the moment we entered! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. I provided the Mr. And Mrs. sign. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. This was taken by the Carnival Photographer. I asked him beforehand to not airbrush the pictures, but as you can see his did anyway. Makes it a little to wax statue looking for my tastes so I'm glad we have plenty of cell phone images. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. RECEPTION We had 1.5 hours for the reception and it was just enough time. We didn’t need extended time to mingle because all of our 50 guests were cruising guests so we saw them at dinner each night. The reception was the perfect place to dance and unwind! The DJ was very good. My hubby and I aren’t into the current music but we chose “Top 40 Hits” because we thought it would get our guests up and moving. Well, the DJ read the crowd well and saw that genre wasn’t going over well and he mixed our favorite 90’s hip hop and R&B and even a few soul classics. We all stayed on the dance floor! We emailed Carnival the songs that we wanted for our first dance and groom/mom dance and the DJ played those as well. He followed our lineup and we stayed on schedule. The guests enjoyed the food but like most brides, I only managed to nibble. The layout in the club was nice and just happened to complement our wedding colors. For the 52 of us, the venue did not seem too large at all. The cake was delicious! We chose separate flavors for the three layers and the vanilla with strawberry cream was the best! We did not want our guests to be served the leftover cake at dinner so we brought it to our stateroom. I provided the ribbon and cake topper to our wedding coordinator and she made sure the cake was decorated. PHOTOS Our photographer did a great job! We opted not to order a video but he “surprised” us with one anyway and we negotiated it into our package. I brought along the photo package list from Carnival but we created our own package with the photographer. Many of our guests took great candid shots so we really didn’t want to pay Carnival for those. However, choosing just 40 shots from the 150 that he took was difficult. We ended up with about 75 shots from Carnival photographer, thank you cards, the video, and the digital files for the shots what we chose. I refused to buy their $1,100 dollar photo book. That is way overpriced, especially because it only includes 40 shots. I compiled all the pictures from our guests with the Carnival shots and made a WONDERFUL book on Snapfish. I personalized it the way I wanted and included almost 700 pictures. It’s bound like a deluxe yearbook, has over 80 pages, and it was only $80 on cyber Monday. I have left out so many of the planning details but I can provide those if anyone is interested. I know planning a wedding can be stressful so it’s great to be able to plan a Carnival cruise wedding with the personal experience from other brides. I did bring along wedding favors for the beach ceremony as well as the guestbook table at the reception. I’ll try to upload pics of those items as well as some from the reception so you can get a feel for the layout.
  14. Unity Cross View at Orange Hill Beach--middle of the afternoon and not a person on the beach...peaceful! Sent from my iPhone using Forums