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my husband (yeaaa it feels so good to say that haha) and I have been together for 9 years now, since we were 17. We were engaged for almost 2 years and are now finally husband and wife :) When we first got engaged we knew we didnt want a traditional wedding and started looking online for different destination weddings. Cruise critic and this board actually helped with our decision to do a cruise wedding and I couldnt have been more happier with my choice. So now let me recap you with our planning and finally the big day.

 

We booked the wedding in Dec of 2011 starting our countdown at 417 days and I didn't think the day would ever come and now I can't believe its gone. The first thing we did was send out our save the dates made from vistaprint and also made a website with all of the info for our wedding and the cruise. We wanted to give people as much time as possible to plan for our wedding and cruise. All of our family is from Mass so we knew everyone would be cruising with us we ended up having about 40 guests cruise with us (which was a lot more than we expected).

 

After those were sent out and people started to pay the initial deposit with our travel agent I started to gather things for our "welcome aboard bags" which were a huge hit by the way. Heres the link with more info for those bags: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1742030

 

You will also see in our pics that I had my own silk flowers made from a vendor on etsy which were much nicer than the carnival provided bouquet which is very small.

 

Alright so on with the review of the actual wedding.

 

We had so much stuff to bring down to Port Canaveral that we had to drive which was only 6 hours for us so it was not bad at all. We stayed at the Radisson at Cape Canaveral with all of our guests that flew in from Boston, MA the friday before the wedding. Thats a story to tell too, we almost didnt have any guests at our wedding. The northeast had a major snowstorm that friday and sat and were canceling a lot of flights. The flight with our guests on it was one of the last to leave the airport before they shut the airport down. I almost cried the night before while we were checking the flight statuses like every 20 min. I am so glad they were all able to make it! When we got to the hotel we gave the front desk a newsletter to give to every guest as they checked in to the hotel.

 

We had reserved a meeting room for that afternoon and had everyone meet us there. This is where we passed out our welcome aboard bags and wedding day timelines. I also had tshirts made for our wedding party and parents which everyone loved. My in laws then paid for everyone to have dinner right next to the hotel at Kelsey's which is like an italian/pizza restaurant the food was fantastic. Everyone had a great time and the party actually continued on to the hotel where they had a bar and live music outside by the pool.

 

The next morning my two "maids of honor" and the moms came to my hotel room (we kicked the groom out) where we had Tiffany from professional elegance do our hair and makeup. She is fantastic!!!! I highly recommend her I cannot believe how great she made us look and she was so sweet. We had room service bring us breakfast and mimosas and had a some great bonding time.

 

We then took the hotel shuttle over to the port. It took them about 3 runs to transport us and all of our guests and luggage to the port. This is where I wish I had planned better for because there was so much confusion and I needed help carrying all of the wedding stuff on board. My husband was with me at this point and we gave our luggage for the cruise to the porters right away that left us with a bag of "getting ready stuff" his suit my dress, 2 boxes for the wedding and a plastic tub with all of the flowers. We clearly could not carry all of that by ourselves so we had everyone grab something and go. This is where it got all crazy. We met Mary, one of our wedding coordinators, right away once inside the terminal she was amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better coordinator she helped us get all checked in and then said we would be taken to a private room with our guests and she would go over everything with us. Well no that did not happen because the ship was cleared for customs right away and everyone was rushed to go through the security pictures and board the ship right away. This is where I lost track of all my wedding stuff because everyone just took off for the ship and I didn't know who had what and where they were. I started to panic a little when Mary said she needed the stuff so they could set everything up. Eventually everyone converged in the lobby of the ship and I was able to located everything and stop my mini panic attack. So my advice is to assign something to everyone and know whose taking what before you even get to the port. I also have to give a shout out to my husband who carried my 2 wedding dresses (I had a short one for dinner) his suit, and our 2 sisters gowns all held over his head the entire time so they would not get wrinkled. I think I had to give him shoulder massages all week haha.

 

to be continued....

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Once I got all the wedding stuff together I gave them to Mary. I had one box for the ceremony and one box for the reception. Each box had a set of instructions and also the CD of music for each one (i just used burned CD's and they worked fine). Mary told me after the wedding that I was very organized and it was so easy to set everything up, well that was the plan! :) She gave the boxes to someone else I cant remember her name right now who brought them to the wedding locations. She then brought our wedding party up to the 2 rooms we had ready for us. The groom and his two groomsmen used our room to get ready, we just had a balcony room. I and my maids of honor used my in laws room as they had gotten a suite. All of our guests went to explore the ship at this time. With the wedding day timeline in hand they all knew where they had to be and when.

 

Once we were in the room Mary just went over the ceremony and reception details with me and then left to set everything up. I thought we had all the time in the world to get ready but time flew and all of sudden we were scrambling to finish up. Once the girls got me in my dress they got dressed and had to run down to the ceremony location which was in the Song lounge on the Dream. This left me alone for about 15 min which seemed like forever!! Our photographer, Jay, then called the room asking to get some pictures of me I said sure so he came up and took some "getting ready" pics. They tell you exactly how to pose even where to look with your eyes he made it very easy. Once he left Mary came up about 5 min later and walked me down to the Song lounge. Once we got there they started the music and our parents walked in and then the bridal party. Once me and my dad started walking down the aisle I was trying so hard not to cry because my baby sister was bawling her eyes out standing up there. After that the rest of the ceremony is such a blur because I was so emotional and happy.

 

After the ceremony we did a bunch of pictures in the song lounge and then we were brought over to the Caliente disco (we reserved the DJ) and were introduced as husband and wife. We went straight to the cake table and cut the cake and then yes we smashed in each others faces (I definitely started that one he said he was gonna be nice but I couldn't help it!) definitely made for some great pictures. We then had my sister and his best man do a toast. They were both great and so funny and we got both of them on video. Then into our first dance and followed by the mother/son and father/daughter dance which we did together. Those were the only things that we wanted to do at our wedding. After that it was all dancing and drinking! I heard that the food was fantastic, although I didn't have a chance to try it. The drinks were flowing and we had a great time on the dance floor!

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Jeff the "fun dude" the manager of the comedy club is actually who DJ'd our wedding and he was amazing. He actually did the cupid shuffle with us which was so much fun. I can't believe how fast that hour and a half went by. Once our reception was done we all had to go to muster right away. My husband was certainly a little tipsy and was telling everyone he just got married (like they couldnt tell haha) and also making everyone fist bump with him everyone was a good sport and were cheering and clapping for us. After the muster drill we met with Jay the photographer again) We spent another hour and half going around the ship with him taking pictures and in fact my husband even pulled some random people into our pictures. We had a great time and Jay was laughing so hard at us by the time we were done.

 

After this we got back to our stateroom where I was able to unpack some stuff and change into my shorter wedding dress. We had everyone meet at Sam's piano bar at 7pm we had drinks before our late seating at 8:15 in the dining room. Our group was seated at 4 big tables in the same area every night. That night they brought our wedding cake back out and sang "happy honeymoon" to us, it was a lot of fun. After dinner we all went back to Caliente for some more dancing although we didnt last too much longer were in bed by midnight haha.

 

It was an amazing day and I am so happy with our decision to do a cruise wedding.

 

Jay called us in our stateroom on tuesday morning letting us know our pictures would be done that night after our dinner. We met with him in the photo gallery where he took us to a private room and started a slideshow for us which had me crying. Now let me tell you this going into this wedding I was not expecting great pictures I have seen good and I've seen bad pictures on this board. I was blown away with our pictures! He did an amazing job. This also had me crying because there was no way I could pick and choose which ones I wanted. We had budgeted about $1500 for pictures and he started out saying he wanted $6600 for everything. There is no way we could afford that. At this time my in laws met us and watched the slideshow and then looked at the photobook and they agreed we needed everything haha. So my husband and his dad started negotiating with Jay they got him down to $4500 and also had him include 3 copies of the pictures on CD and 3 copies of the slideshow that would also include a print out of every picture (about 300) and a leather photobook and 2 canvases. Well thats all great but we still could not afford that. So we made another apt with him for the next morning. We talked with my in laws alone and they let us know that they would split the cost of the pictures with us, which was incredibly generous of them. The next morning we met with Jay again and after much negotiating and me almost in tears we got down to $3700 for everything. There was just no way I could leave any of those pictures behind. Below is a link to our pictures.

 

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10102230065886981.3193164.10027860&type=1&l=a6b9ecb33c

 

Happy wedding planning :)

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The pictures look great, I especially love your flowers :o I've been looking into having a cruise wedding in March 2014 but I wasn't sure which cruise line to go with, I've never been on a cruise.

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Congratulations! Thank you so much for doing this review, I enjoyed every word! I do have a question, what decorations did you bring for the ceremony and reception? My wedding is on Carnival Imagination, October 7, 2013. I don't think the decorations they recommend are worth the money so I'm curious to know what you bought. Thanks again and you were such a beautiful bride!

 

 

Once I got all the wedding stuff together I gave them to Mary. I had one box for the ceremony and one box for the reception. Each box had a set of instructions and also the CD of music for each one (i just used burned CD's and they worked fine). Mary told me after the wedding that I was very organized and it was so easy to set everything up, well that was the plan! :) She gave the boxes to someone else I cant remember her name right now who brought them to the wedding locations. She then brought our wedding party up to the 2 rooms we had ready for us. The groom and his two groomsmen used our room to get ready, we just had a balcony room. I and my maids of honor used my in laws room as they had gotten a suite. All of our guests went to explore the ship at this time. With the wedding day timeline in hand they all knew where they had to be and when.

 

Once we were in the room Mary just went over the ceremony and reception details with me and then left to set everything up. I thought we had all the time in the world to get ready but time flew and all of sudden we were scrambling to finish up. Once the girls got me in my dress they got dressed and had to run down to the ceremony location which was in the Song lounge on the Dream. This left me alone for about 15 min which seemed like forever!! Our photographer, Jay, then called the room asking to get some pictures of me I said sure so he came up and took some "getting ready" pics. They tell you exactly how to pose even where to look with your eyes he made it very easy. Once he left Mary came up about 5 min later and walked me down to the Song lounge. Once we got there they started the music and our parents walked in and then the bridal party. Once me and my dad started walking down the aisle I was trying so hard not to cry because my baby sister was bawling her eyes out standing up there. After that the rest of the ceremony is such a blur because I was so emotional and happy.

 

After the ceremony we did a bunch of pictures in the song lounge and then we were brought over to the Caliente disco (we reserved the DJ) and were introduced as husband and wife. We went straight to the cake table and cut the cake and then yes we smashed in each others faces (I definitely started that one he said he was gonna be nice but I couldn't help it!) definitely made for some great pictures. We then had my sister and his best man do a toast. They were both great and so funny and we got both of them on video. Then into our first dance and followed by the mother/son and father/daughter dance which we did together. Those were the only things that we wanted to do at our wedding. After that it was all dancing and drinking! I heard that the food was fantastic, although I didn't have a chance to try it. The drinks were flowing and we had a great time on the dance floor!

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Thanks so much for sharing your review!! Happy everything went well for you! I will have to view your pictures later as I'm at work but Facebook is blocked at work :( lol

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Warning: this may be long :)

 

my husband (yeaaa it feels so good to say that haha) and I have been together for 9 years now, since we were 17. We were engaged for almost 2 years and are now finally husband and wife :) When we first got engaged we knew we didnt want a traditional wedding and started looking online for different destination weddings. Cruise critic and this board actually helped with our decision to do a cruise wedding and I couldnt have been more happier with my choice. So now let me recap you with our planning and finally the big day.

 

We booked the wedding in Dec of 2011 starting our countdown at 417 days and I didn't think the day would ever come and now I can't believe its gone. The first thing we did was send out our save the dates made from vistaprint and also made a website with all of the info for our wedding and the cruise. We wanted to give people as much time as possible to plan for our wedding and cruise. All of our family is from Mass so we knew everyone would be cruising with us we ended up having about 40 guests cruise with us (which was a lot more than we expected).

 

After those were sent out and people started to pay the initial deposit with our travel agent I started to gather things for our "welcome aboard bags" which were a huge hit by the way. Heres the link with more info for those bags: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1742030

 

You will also see in our pics that I had my own silk flowers made from a vendor on etsy which were much nicer than the carnival provided bouquet which is very small.

 

Alright so on with the review of the actual wedding.

 

We had so much stuff to bring down to Port Canaveral that we had to drive which was only 6 hours for us so it was not bad at all. We stayed at the Radisson at Cape Canaveral with all of our guests that flew in from Boston, MA the friday before the wedding. Thats a story to tell too, we almost didnt have any guests at our wedding. The northeast had a major snowstorm that friday and sat and were canceling a lot of flights. The flight with our guests on it was one of the last to leave the airport before they shut the airport down. I almost cried the night before while we were checking the flight statuses like every 20 min. I am so glad they were all able to make it! When we got to the hotel we gave the front desk a newsletter to give to every guest as they checked in to the hotel.

 

We had reserved a meeting room for that afternoon and had everyone meet us there. This is where we passed out our welcome aboard bags and wedding day timelines. I also had tshirts made for our wedding party and parents which everyone loved. My in laws then paid for everyone to have dinner right next to the hotel at Kelsey's which is like an italian/pizza restaurant the food was fantastic. Everyone had a great time and the party actually continued on to the hotel where they had a bar and live music outside by the pool.

 

The next morning my two "maids of honor" and the moms came to my hotel room (we kicked the groom out) where we had Tiffany from professional elegance do our hair and makeup. She is fantastic!!!! I highly recommend her I cannot believe how great she made us look and she was so sweet. We had room service bring us breakfast and mimosas and had a some great bonding time.

 

We then took the hotel shuttle over to the port. It took them about 3 runs to transport us and all of our guests and luggage to the port. This is where I wish I had planned better for because there was so much confusion and I needed help carrying all of the wedding stuff on board. My husband was with me at this point and we gave our luggage for the cruise to the porters right away that left us with a bag of "getting ready stuff" his suit my dress, 2 boxes for the wedding and a plastic tub with all of the flowers. We clearly could not carry all of that by ourselves so we had everyone grab something and go. This is where it got all crazy. We met Mary, one of our wedding coordinators, right away once inside the terminal she was amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better coordinator she helped us get all checked in and then said we would be taken to a private room with our guests and she would go over everything with us. Well no that did not happen because the ship was cleared for customs right away and everyone was rushed to go through the security pictures and board the ship right away. This is where I lost track of all my wedding stuff because everyone just took off for the ship and I didn't know who had what and where they were. I started to panic a little when Mary said she needed the stuff so they could set everything up. Eventually everyone converged in the lobby of the ship and I was able to located everything and stop my mini panic attack. So my advice is to assign something to everyone and know whose taking what before you even get to the port. I also have to give a shout out to my husband who carried my 2 wedding dresses (I had a short one for dinner) his suit, and our 2 sisters gowns all held over his head the entire time so they would not get wrinkled. I think I had to give him shoulder massages all week haha.

 

to be continued....

Hey albean86! I have a question, what brand and style are your shoes? They're so pretty! I'm actually looking for purple ones though.

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Congratulations!!!! Everything sounds like it went wonderfully and your pictures are phenomenal. Tiffany did an incredible job with your hair and make up- and I loved your flowers and shoes!!!!!

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Congratulations!!! I've enjoyed reading your review, and your pictures are beautiful!

 

And I'm glad to see that the timeline saw some action. Lol!

 

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The pictures look great, I especially love your flowers :o I've been looking into having a cruise wedding in March 2014 but I wasn't sure which cruise line to go with, I've never been on a cruise.

 

this was actually our first cruise too and we loved it!! good luck planning your wedding :)

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Congratulations! Thank you so much for doing this review, I enjoyed every word! I do have a question, what decorations did you bring for the ceremony and reception? My wedding is on Carnival Imagination, October 7, 2013. I don't think the decorations they recommend are worth the money so I'm curious to know what you bought. Thanks again and you were such a beautiful bride!

 

For the ceremony I had made rack cards on vistaprint just thanking everyone for coming and being a part of our special day. I had also made ribbon wands for everyone to wave when we walked back down the aisle. I also provided silk rose petals for the aisle.

 

For the reception I had the custom napkins, pink and blue straws, signature drink signs for the bar. More rose petals for the cake and favor table and our cake topper and ribbon for the cake plus the favors and guestbook. The rest of the decor in the disco was fine. As a bonus they had the dance floor lit up in our wedding colors navy and pink (which I did not ask for but made everything come together!)

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Hey! We have the same wedding date! Just different ships! :-)

 

yeeeaaa congrats on your wedding too :D

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Hey albean86! I have a question, what brand and style are your shoes? They're so pretty! I'm actually looking for purple ones though.

 

thank you! I loved my shoes too :) the shoes were actually purchased at Davids Bridal when I got my dress once I told the sales associate my wedding colors she grabbed these and they were love at first sight I'm pretty sure they come in almost any color and they were pretty comfortable heres the site http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Satin-Peep-Toe-Platform-High-Heel-with-Bow-Maribelle_Accessories-Shoes-Heels-from-2-to-4-Inches

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Congratulations!!! I've enjoyed reading your review, and your pictures are beautiful!

 

And I'm glad to see that the timeline saw some action. Lol!

 

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Thank you so much for that timeline as I wanted to do one but I got so lazy at the end with everything else going on haha. It was actually the one thing that everyone used the day of and there was no confusion of where they had to be and when, it was perfect :D

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yeeeaaa congrats on your wedding too :D

Oops! I meant to reply to Ericas85 on the matching wedding dates! I'm getting married 5-5-2013. Sorry for the confusion! Silly me lol

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thank you! I loved my shoes too :) the shoes were actually purchased at Davids Bridal when I got my dress once I told the sales associate my wedding colors she grabbed these and they were love at first sight I'm pretty sure they come in almost any color and they were pretty comfortable heres the site http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Satin-Peep-Toe-Platform-High-Heel-with-Bow-Maribelle_Accessories-Shoes-Heels-from-2-to-4-Inches

Thanks! I will have to go to DB and try these on!

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Thank you so much for that timeline as I wanted to do one but I got so lazy at the end with everything else going on haha. It was actually the one thing that everyone used the day of and there was no confusion of where they had to be and when, it was perfect :D

 

Haha! I know what you mean about getting lazy. I was worried that would happen to me with some of my smaller projects so I decided to work on the timeline while I was out of work for 10 days on a holiday break. I'm happy to hear that folks actually used yours and knew where to be when. That gives me hope! I love my family, but they don't always follow directions. :rolleyes:

 

Also thanks for sharing what you used for decorations. Did you have to clean them up from the aisle yourself? I think I read that somewhere once.

 

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Haha! I know what you mean about getting lazy. I was worried that would happen to me with some of my smaller projects so I decided to work on the timeline while I was out of work for 10 days on a holiday break. I'm happy to hear that folks actually used yours and knew where to be when. That gives me hope! I love my family, but they don't always follow directions. :rolleyes:

 

Also thanks for sharing what you used for decorations. Did you have to clean them up from the aisle yourself? I think I read that somewhere once.

 

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I had heard that too but I still wanted to use them and no they did not make us clean them up, I don't know who did but they did contain them to the upper half of the aisle where we stood so you can see them in pictures but it also made it easier to clean them up when it came time to.

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this was actually our first cruise too and we loved it!! good luck planning your wedding :)

 

 

Hi Albean, I love your review and pictures. I definitely friend requested you on FB lol. Are there any other suggestions you have for us brides?

 

I am not sure if I am next, cruisin' on April 8th, getting married on April 12th, cannot wait!!! I have an island ceremony so my review will be a little different.

 

I am confused about the picture packages. They send you them ahead of time and the packages only go up to like $1000 so I don't know why they don't have you be ready to spend more?

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Congratulations!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review and adding the link to the OOT bags, I've just started working on the door hangars, glad to see the rack cards work well!!

 

Congratulations again!!

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Hi Albean, I love your review and pictures. I definitely friend requested you on FB lol. Are there any other suggestions you have for us brides?

 

I am not sure if I am next, cruisin' on April 8th, getting married on April 12th, cannot wait!!! I have an island ceremony so my review will be a little different.

 

I am confused about the picture packages. They send you them ahead of time and the packages only go up to like $1000 so I don't know why they don't have you be ready to spend more?

 

As for any other advice I would definitely say don't stress the small things while planning. My husband and I kept disagreeing over which song to choose for the recessional (it took us weeks to decide!!) We laugh about it now because neither of us actually even remember the recessional song being played as we were so happy and excited that we had just gotten married!

 

As for the pictures when we sat down with Jay we did have the list with those packages carnival provides to us and he also had a sheet with his own custom packages for us but when it came down to it we just couldn't narrow down the pictures to what the packages will give you, he had taken over 300! So you are still able to stick with those packages but be prepared to spend more if you want everything they take.

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As for any other advice I would definitely say don't stress the small things while planning. My husband and I kept disagreeing over which song to choose for the recessional (it took us weeks to decide!!) We laugh about it now because neither of us actually even remember the recessional song being played as we were so happy and excited that we had just gotten married!

 

As for the pictures when we sat down with Jay we did have the list with those packages carnival provides to us and he also had a sheet with his own custom packages for us but when it came down to it we just couldn't narrow down the pictures to what the packages will give you, he had taken over 300! So you are still able to stick with those packages but be prepared to spend more if you want everything they take.

 

 

I agree! I saw all my photos and he said I could have everything for $4000, I said no problem here is my credit card haha!! So yes be prepared to love your photos and remember this is a once in a life time experience that you want to remember forever!! I do not regret spending that money ever! I have every photo and have people compliment me every time someone comes over my house.

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Congratulations on getting married! We went on the Dream last March so it was nice to see the places I remembered on the boat. Your photos are beautiful and you both look very happy!

 

Welcome to the cruise ship married club :D

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Congratualtions on the wedding. My fiance and I are sailing on the Dream in September and getting married so it was great to read something from someone who had a good experience.

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For the ceremony I had made rack cards on vistaprint just thanking everyone for coming and being a part of our special day. I had also made ribbon wands for everyone to wave when we walked back down the aisle. I also provided silk rose petals for the aisle.

 

For the reception I had the custom napkins, pink and blue straws, signature drink signs for the bar. More rose petals for the cake and favor table and our cake topper and ribbon for the cake plus the favors and guestbook. The rest of the decor in the disco was fine. As a bonus they had the dance floor lit up in our wedding colors navy and pink (which I did not ask for but made everything come together!)

 

How did you get signature drinks, do you have to request it or is it offered? Also, where did you buy the straws and cake ribbon from?

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Thank u for taking the time n writing ur review! Ur wedding looked amazing and u looked FABULOUS!!!! Who makes ur dress n what style is it? I love it!!!

I can't wait I am getting married on the Grandeur of the Seas in July 2014 n ur review made me excited :)

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How did you get signature drinks, do you have to request it or is it offered? Also, where did you buy the straws and cake ribbon from?

 

I had to request it from my wedding coordinator and they gave me 2 options to choose from. The straws I got from http://www.etsy.com/shop/angieheartsjared

and the cake ribbon my mom actually made she purchased the two different ribbons and rhinestones from a craft store then used fabric glue to put them all together.

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Thank u for taking the time n writing ur review! Ur wedding looked amazing and u looked FABULOUS!!!! Who makes ur dress n what style is it? I love it!!!

I can't wait I am getting married on the Grandeur of the Seas in July 2014 n ur review made me excited :)

 

Thank you so much the dress I actually got from Davids Bridal last June http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Satin-Fit-and-Flare-Gown-with-Bow-Detail-V3204_Bridal-Gowns-Shop-By-Silhouette-Mermaid-Trumpet

I did have a seamstress take out the zipper in the back and put in a corset back. Have fun planning your wedding :)

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Albean86, which vendor on Etsy did you use if you don't mind sharing? :)

 

O man this is a hard one I used so many lets see

 

Flowers: alexisgracedesigns

hair flower: serenitycrystal

Jewelry: treasures570

Custom Cake topper: doodlesandthings

Mini banner on cake: seasonaldelights

straws: angieheartsjared

bridesmaids jewelry: allstrungout1

Favors: cupcakeqtscelebrate

hanger for dress: goodlookinghangers

Signs for guestbook and signature drink: everlastingmoment

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Amanda, you're the best! :) Thank you for being so kind in sharing with us.

 

I have another question (don't hate me!): For the reception, we also booked the DJ. I'm just wondering though, does the DJ guide the flow of the reception for you as far as letting you know to go straight to cut the cake, asking if anyone wants to make a toast, first dance, etc.? Or the coordinator? Or do we need to do that ourselves?

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I had to request it from my wedding coordinator and they gave me 2 options to choose from. The straws I got from http://www.etsy.com/shop/angieheartsjared

and the cake ribbon my mom actually made she purchased the two different ribbons and rhinestones from a craft store then used fabric glue to put them all together.

 

That is so creative. Did you let your coordinator know ahead of time that you were bringing cake ribbon and the straws for the drinks?

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The pictures look great, I especially love your flowers :o I've been looking into having a cruise wedding in March 2014 but I wasn't sure which cruise line to go with, I've never been on a cruise.

 

We were married in August on the Glory. It was great! We knew that we wanted something non-traditional, and this did just the trick! People are still talking about it.

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