Carnival Magic 5/20/12

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#61
Riverside, CA
9 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by bridetobe52012
Thank you soooo much for your review -- I was panicking a bit after reading some others! My wedding is scheduled for embarkation day aboard the Carnival Magic on January 6, 2013. The date is sneaking up on me FAST! your pictures are great (especially the ones on deck) and you look stunning! Thanks for recommending hair/makeup people! I was gonna do my own, but I have decided not to stress myself out any more than necessary.

When you have a few minutes, would you mind answering a few questions? I will happily pay it forward to future brides after my wedding.

I have been so worried about the reception. They don't provide much info about it. I thought when it said "one hour open bar" that was pretty much our whole reception (no music, dances, etc.). So relieved to hear that those things are available!

1. Did you set up the DJ through Carnival or TWE? How much was it if you don't mind my asking?
Yes, we did. It was $100. They no longer have DJs though. It is now only social hosts. (same price) They made this change a few months ago. At first I was upset about not having the DJ, but the social host did great! I couldn't imagine a wedding without having the social host. We had a blast dancing!

2. About how long was the reception?
The reception was 2 hours. Our ceremony was from 1-1:30 and reception from 1:30-3:30. The length was good. We were able to do a good amount of dancing, pictures, visiting, eating, and drinking. Of course I wish it was a little longer, but it worked out great. And we still had time afterwards with out sailing guest. Although no open bar
3. Did you and the groom arrive together for boarding? I'd like to board separately so he doesn't see my hair and makeup and I am thinking I can arrange this somehow -- just curious as to what you did.
We actually arrived together. My husband and I stayed the night in the same hotel room the night before. Hair and makeup came to our room at 5:45 AM and I didn't want him to have to wake up that early (he did anyway) so he was actually there while my hair and makeup were being done. He ended up leaving for a little while but theres not much to do at 6am for 4 hours! Before the wedding day we had discussed not seeing each other but he is stubborn and said he was not boarding the ship with out me with him. I don't know if he was afraid something would happen and I wouldn't make it on or what. LOL. But I'm soo glad I had him with me. I was so stressed the morning of and he held me together. I'm sure you could somehow arrange to not see each other. There are plenty of walls and different rooms where you wait that it could easily be done.
4. Did your hotel have shuttle service to the terminal? Or did you have to get that through another company?
We didn't even ask about shuttle service. We didn't want to leave our car anywhere except the Galveston Cruise Parking Lot so I'm not sure if they do or not. As for the non sailing guest, the nonsailing parking lot is so close to Carnival terminal that none of them worried about being shuttled from the hotel either. Sorry I can't help you with this one. But, if you choose to drive yourself, the shuttle from the parking lot to the terminal do not run early enough, so what we did was have a non sailing guest follow our sailing guests to the parking lot to drop them back of. The parking is really far from the terminal, but non sailing parking is right across the street, much closer.
I am sure I will have plenty more questions in the days to come. Thank you so much for your expert advice!
I will answer any question you have! I know its hard going into it not knowing what to expect, but mine was perfect! I would do the exact same wedding if I could go back. I was super nervous wondering how it would play out since it was like we were going into it blind, but it was better than I could have ever imagined!!!!
Congrats!
Megan
That's a great price for a social host! I don't really care if it's a DJ or not, as long as there's someone to push play. ) I am so glad we will be able to do first dances and such. I thought I was going to have to do without.

Good point about boarding together. I am a basketcase when traveling as it is. Add to that the fact that we are coming in from out of state and that it'll be our wedding day and I'm sure I'll be a mess. I'll probably end up boarding with my fiance so he can calm my anxieties. ) It'll still be a surprise when he sees me in my dress.

I forgot you were local - sorry about the shuttle questions. ) I called a few hotels and it sounds like the nicer ones offer a shuttle free of change and the more economical hotels will set it up for you with an outside company pretty cheap. I appreciate the input though!

Thanks,
Megan
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#62
Beaumont, Texas
144 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Hey Bride520....


I have some questions now.

I have an email from my coordinator saying that it is OK to have burned CDs for the ceremony and reception.
Okay, not sure about this one. My coordinator told me they didn't care but Carnival did. Just have a backup plan incase they won't play it.
Also.... your reception was 2 hours? I know I specifically asked about 2 hours and was told no.
Yes, ours was 2 hours. We did the Deluxe Romance Package. I think it depends on what package you choose and if there have been any other weddings already booked for that day and what package they have choosen. They only do one wedding at a time. We got the 1:00pm time slot, so the next wedding on our day couldn't have started until 1:30 which means they could have only had a 1 1/2 hour reception. Does this make sense? Ask her why. It could be the package you choose or because of other weddings that were already booked.

Lastly, no open bar? I thought that was included in the price. Kinda confused.
Yes, we did have an open bar. Sorry if I confused you. If I said there wasn't an open bar I didn't mean to. They open bar was awesome! My husband and I and our guests were very happy with the open bar.
Nona

Hope that helped!
#63
Beaumont, Texas
144 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by Herbaltees
What happened to the open bar?

We did have an open bar. I don't know where I said that we didn't, but we did. It was a very good open bar. Sorry if I confused everyone!
#64
Beaumont, Texas
144 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by Pjsgal
I think she was saying once the two hours was up there was no open bar but she was able to still spend some time w guests

Thank you! That is exactly what it meant! I was so confused as to where people were coming up with this? LOL
#65
Beaumont, Texas
144 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by FutureMrsGambino2013
Thanks so much! Good to know about the photos - I didn't realize they are after the reception. I am glad they are because that means we can enjoy the reception with all of our guests! I just hope my makeup stays! I am having Kristina Frank do it (based on your recommendation and beautiful pics) and it looks like yours stayed put for pictures, so I am sure I'll be fine. I'll bookmark Al's Formal Wear and keep an eye out for the coupons.

Thanks again!

Krinstina Frank was amazing and she's super sweet. Just spend the extra $25 and get the airbrush. They both look good (my sister got traditional and I got airbrush), but with crying, sweating and hugging and all the other crazyness of a wedding the airbrush held perfect. In fact even after I got out of the hot tub 12 hours after it was done it still looked just as perfect as it did at 7 am that morning!
#66
Beaumont, Texas
144 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by dst
Thanks - The info on the music is very helpful - what woud the alternative be if you did not ask for a DJ (social host) would you just have music in the background or just a cocktail hour? I think we would go with a DJ but just curious....

Thanks again for sharing
I'm not sure. I know you can hire a pianist or a trio band (or something like that), but if you don't hire anyone I'm not sure if they will even play music. In order for them to even put a CD in you have to pay for the social host.
#67
Riverside, CA
9 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by bridetobe52012
Krinstina Frank was amazing and she's super sweet. Just spend the extra $25 and get the airbrush. They both look good (my sister got traditional and I got airbrush), but with crying, sweating and hugging and all the other crazyness of a wedding the airbrush held perfect. In fact even after I got out of the hot tub 12 hours after it was done it still looked just as perfect as it did at 7 am that morning!
Yes, I am definitely getting airbrush. I am even upgrading to the waterproof (instead of standard water resistant). I am not used to humidity so I am really trying to combat that. Although the wedding is in January, so I am not sure how humid it will be then. I can't believe it stayed on after the hot tub - that's fantastic!
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#68
Victoria BC
103 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by bridetobe52012
Krinstina Frank was amazing and she's super sweet. Just spend the extra $25 and get the airbrush. They both look good (my sister got traditional and I got airbrush), but with crying, sweating and hugging and all the other crazyness of a wedding the airbrush held perfect. In fact even after I got out of the hot tub 12 hours after it was done it still looked just as perfect as it did at 7 am that morning!


So glad to hear this. I talked to Kristina this week and I am booking her based on your recommendation and she seems so nice on the phone. I am definitely going for the airbrush and since we are arriving into town 3 days early I am going to get to do a trial session.

Thanks again for your review!
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#69
Port Neches, Texas
56 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by ampaisley
So glad to hear this. I talked to Kristina this week and I am booking her based on your recommendation and she seems so nice on the phone. I am definitely going for the airbrush and since we are arriving into town 3 days early I am going to get to do a trial session.

Thanks again for your review!
Hey we will be getting married on the same cruise!!
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#70
Beaumont, Texas
144 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by ampaisley
So glad to hear this. I talked to Kristina this week and I am booking her based on your recommendation and she seems so nice on the phone. I am definitely going for the airbrush and since we are arriving into town 3 days early I am going to get to do a trial session.

Thanks again for your review!


Your welcome! And you will love her!
#71
Victoria BC
103 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by mallen1683
Hey we will be getting married on the same cruise!!
Yay how exciting!!!! How is your planning going? I am from Canada so it is tough to figure everything out from afar....but love this thread and these brides! soo helpful!!
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#72
Port Neches, Texas
56 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Originally posted by ampaisley
Yay how exciting!!!! How is your planning going? I am from Canada so it is tough to figure everything out from afar....but love this thread and these brides! soo helpful!!

well as of right now I've just gotten it booked....haven't really done anything else. its going to be small....just our immediate families. we are having a big reception for everyone to come to a couple of weekends after the cruise. but yes! these boards are awesome! i'm so glad i stumbled up them because reading everybody elses experiences have been very helpful!

how about you? how is your planning going?
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#73
Houston
162 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
Originally posted by bridetobe52012
Hey Bride520....


I have some questions now.

I have an email from my coordinator saying that it is OK to have burned CDs for the ceremony and reception.
Okay, not sure about this one. My coordinator told me they didn't care but Carnival did. Just have a backup plan incase they won't play it.
Also.... your reception was 2 hours? I know I specifically asked about 2 hours and was told no.
Yes, ours was 2 hours. We did the Deluxe Romance Package. I think it depends on what package you choose and if there have been any other weddings already booked for that day and what package they have choosen. They only do one wedding at a time. We got the 1:00pm time slot, so the next wedding on our day couldn't have started until 1:30 which means they could have only had a 1 1/2 hour reception. Does this make sense? Ask her why. It could be the package you choose or because of other weddings that were already booked.

Lastly, no open bar? I thought that was included in the price. Kinda confused.
Yes, we did have an open bar. Sorry if I confused you. If I said there wasn't an open bar I didn't mean to. They open bar was awesome! My husband and I and our guests were very happy with the open bar.
Nona

Hope that helped!

Hey Bride520...
Thanks for the answers. I will email my coordinator about the extended reception.

And after seeing your pictures, I too have decided to get airbrush makeup. I don't want to sweat it off while trying to get on the ship.
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#74
Crystal Beach, TX
252 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Originally posted by dst
Thanks - The info on the music is very helpful - what woud the alternative be if you did not ask for a DJ (social host) would you just have music in the background or just a cocktail hour? I think we would go with a DJ but just curious....

Thanks again for sharing

Of course it's been almost two years since we got married on the Conquest. But, we hired the social host and brought our own music. We made a "Wedding Playlist" on our IPOD with all our favorite dance songs and he played them for us. He wasn't that great, we had to keep asking him to turn the music up. But it all turned out well.
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#75
Vidor, Tx
16 Posts
Joined Aug 2012
I have heard that they limit you to 3 bridesmaids is this true... I hope not because I have 4 sisters. Do you know anything about this.
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#76
Idaho
113 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
Originally posted by bridetobe52012
http://godeauxwedding.shutterfly.com/pictures/5

Here's the pictures! Let me know if it doesn't work

Your pictures turned out beautiful! Where did you get your flowers? I want to do hydrangeas and roses.
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#77
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Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by mdeason
I have heard that they limit you to 3 bridesmaids is this true... I hope not because I have 4 sisters. Do you know anything about this.
Neither Carnival nor the company they use for planning or organizing weddings has mentioned a limit on the amt of ppl in the wedding party.I have seen pics and read a lot of reviews with varying amts in the bridal party. So I don't think this is true.

Where did you hear this information?
#78
Houston
162 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
Originally posted by mdeason
I have heard that they limit you to 3 bridesmaids is this true... I hope not because I have 4 sisters. Do you know anything about this.
Its not in Carnivals financial interest to do this. Even the 50 guest limit is flexible and more about the ship limitations then Carnival policy. I have 84 guests with only 7 sailing.

The more guests the more money carnival makes.

I also have 5 bms and gms. 2 ushers a bell girl and ring bearer.

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#79
6 Posts
Joined Aug 2012
Originally posted by WDrake_98
Hey Bride520...
Thanks for the answers. I will email my coordinator about the extended reception.

And after seeing your pictures, I too have decided to get airbrush makeup. I don't want to sweat it off while trying to get on the ship.
Oh my goodness your special day is coming soon !!! How exciting !!! I wish you and your other half the best of luck!! My wedding is also going to be taken place aboard carnival magic on april14,2013 for which I can't wait please give any advice! Congrats bride to be !!
#80
Vidor, Tx
16 Posts
Joined Aug 2012
Originally posted by Herbaltees
Neither Carnival nor the company they use for planning or organizing weddings has mentioned a limit on the amt of ppl in the wedding party.I have seen pics and read a lot of reviews with varying amts in the bridal party. So I don't think this is true.

Where did you hear this information?
I read it on another board I have since talked to carnival and no limit so I am good...
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