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Wow...wow...wow. I have been waiting for your review since you posted about your guest bags! You had a beautiful wedding and your pictures are beyond amazing. I hope we are as fortunate as you are!

 

I am sure you are tired of answering questions, but of course, I have a few. Did you provide your own floor runner? I love the little touch with the rose petals. Other than not sure who had all your decorations, anything you would change?

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Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise wedding!! I have seen your pictures and they look amazing! It looked like it was a beautiful wedding. Congratulations on your marriage!

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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?

 

no problem haha :) About 3-4 weeks before your wedding they will email you an entertainment contract (if you reserved the DJ) in this contract you will fill out your reception song choices (entrance, first dance, etc) You also choose how you want to be introduced into the reception if you want your entire bridal party introduced or family, etc (we just did the two of us to speed that up) You also put down who is going to give toasts and if you want to do a bouquet/garter toss. You will then fax or mail that back to them. The day of the wedding the coordinator will go over this with you and confirm everything. And yes the DJ does announce everything and it flowed very nicely. :) Please keep the questions coming if you have anymore

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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?

 

Yes I had emailed the coordinator to let them know that I was bringing my own cake topper and ribbon and I also requested that they have no "piping/designs" on the cake. They was still some piping but no big deal we just covered it with the ribbon. Our coordinator had scissors too which was great because I had forgotten mine to cut the ribbon for each tier. The straws I did not mention just had them in the "reception" box with a note to put them in pint glasses on the bar and then guests could grab them as needed. The bartenders also put them in the drinks that required straws.

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Wow...wow...wow. I have been waiting for your review since you posted about your guest bags! You had a beautiful wedding and your pictures are beyond amazing. I hope we are as fortunate as you are!

 

I am sure you are tired of answering questions, but of course, I have a few. Did you provide your own floor runner? I love the little touch with the rose petals. Other than not sure who had all your decorations, anything you would change?

 

I did not provide my own floor runner that was the one carnival provided I just added the silk rose petals. Other than the rose petals I did not add any other decor for the ceremony. I would not change that. Probably the only thing I would change would be stressing about the music for the ceremony because seriously I don't think I even remember the songs we chose playing haha. I also did not request the song lounge for the ceremony I left it up to them but I am so glad thats where it was. It was the perfect size for our group of 40 and the pictures with the ceiling decor came out amazing. Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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Oh...and I forgot....did you have a picture of your short dress? I love your ceremony dress!

 

This is the only picture I have of it right now. This is when I tried it on at home, dont mind my dog running by haha

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

 

We are acutally getting married on 05/07/2013, just leaving out on the 5th. Where are you guys cruising to and what ship?

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I love the short dress! Where did you get it? I also have a question about your bouquet. Where did you find the jewels? I am making my own bouquet as well with real touch roses and I can't find any that have a strong enough wire to go through the center of the bud. :-)

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We are acutally getting married on 05/07/2013, just leaving out on the 5th. Where are you guys cruising to and what ship?

Oooh ok! Congrats still! Haha. We're cruising to Key West, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas on the Breeze. :) Where are you guys getting married?

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I love the short dress! Where did you get it? I also have a question about your bouquet. Where did you find the jewels? I am making my own bouquet as well with real touch roses and I can't find any that have a strong enough wire to go through the center of the bud. :-)

 

I actually had the bouquet made for me but the jewels were actually just hot glued on to the top of the flower not threaded through them.

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My friend did the same thing aboard the ship. She saw the photos and had to have them and ended up $1500 over her original budget for photos. To avoid this I thought I'd bring my own which requires me to tell them I don't need their services or ask my photographers to act as friends. I've been looking into Jennifer Bryan Photography. Her and her husband love to travel and are doing wedding photography in exchange for the cruise tickets and travel fees. She pays for her personal things on board and we get her for the day of our wedding and an extra day because we booked a 5 day cruise. Any thoughts?

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This is the only picture I have of it right now. This is when I tried it on at home, dont mind my dog running by haha

Where did you find your dinner dress? I could use some ideas of where to look!

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U are the BOMB.COM.... I LOVE UR pix and Review//// Thanks so much for written a Review for us...I wish U and Ur Hubby Nothin but Great Blessings :D

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My friend did the same thing aboard the ship. She saw the photos and had to have them and ended up $1500 over her original budget for photos. To avoid this I thought I'd bring my own which requires me to tell them I don't need their services or ask my photographers to act as friends. I've been looking into Jennifer Bryan Photography. Her and her husband love to travel and are doing wedding photography in exchange for the cruise tickets and travel fees. She pays for her personal things on board and we get her for the day of our wedding and an extra day because we booked a 5 day cruise. Any thoughts?

 

I had also thought of this too and have even seen some people on this board who had done this and the pictures came out great. Although I wouldn't change our photographer the ship provided for us for anything, he was amazing! Also one of our friends is a photographer and had brought her camera and although she does it for a living the pictures did not come out as great mainly because the lighting inside of the ship is really tricky. The photographers that work on the ship work with this lighting all the time and they also have the inside knowledge of the best places and backgrounds for different shots. Either way you go Im sure you'll have great pictures, good luck!

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Thanks so much for the GREAT review!!!! We are getting married on The Dream 10/12/13 and cannot wait!!!! This is soooo helpful.....I am starting to stress though about hotel/transportation the day we fly in! Help! I see that you guys drove in the day before. We are flying in from upstate NY and so are our guests - there are the 2 of us and our 4 children. So, with that being said, we don't want to spend a fortune on transportation to/from the hotel - I think we will stay at the Radisson - but how did your guests get to the hotel. I have read several posts about renting a car...so now we are thinking that may be the way to go for the 6 of us (our 6 other sailing guests haven't booked their flights yet). I'm dying to hear what you did....

 

Thanks and Congratulations!

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Another question lol for your personalized napkins, who did you go with? theknot.com? I'm just wondering if you feel whoever you ordered from did a quality job with them and was worth the money :)

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The pictures are beautiful! Congratulations!!! Looks like you all had a wonderful time!! Love your flowers!

 

(side note...I had the same wedding gown for my wedding, and all of my BMs wore the same dress as yours in Plum!! LOL...we must have done well matching their dresses with ours haha!):)

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Thanks so much for the GREAT review!!!! We are getting married on The Dream 10/12/13 and cannot wait!!!! This is soooo helpful.....I am starting to stress though about hotel/transportation the day we fly in! Help! I see that you guys drove in the day before. We are flying in from upstate NY and so are our guests - there are the 2 of us and our 4 children. So, with that being said, we don't want to spend a fortune on transportation to/from the hotel - I think we will stay at the Radisson - but how did your guests get to the hotel. I have read several posts about renting a car...so now we are thinking that may be the way to go for the 6 of us (our 6 other sailing guests haven't booked their flights yet). I'm dying to hear what you did....

 

Thanks and Congratulations!

 

Sorry it took so long to get back to you married life has been hectic with my husband getting a promotion requiring us to move to Buffalo NY (im so nervous for the winter after living in SC for the past 2 years haha) and buying our first home :) The radisson was awesome and I would definitely recommend staying there as there was a lot going on to keep your mind from going crazy thinking about your upcoming wedding. As for the transportation to the hotel from the airport that was a generous gift from my inlaws. They rented a large coach bus that transported all of our guests to the hotel from the airport and also back to the airport from the cruise terminal at the end of the week. I know the hotel also provides transportation but they do charge you by the person I would look at van shuttles or renting a car might be cheaper too, but shop around I'm sure you'll find a great deal. And happy wedding planning!!

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Another question lol for your personalized napkins, who did you go with? theknot.com? I'm just wondering if you feel whoever you ordered from did a quality job with them and was worth the money :)

 

yes I used the knot.com and I loved them and I even saved a few for a scrapbook :) Definitely worth the money I think i waited until they went on sale and got 50 cocktail napkins for like 12.99 or something like that. And 50 was more than enough

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The pictures are beautiful! Congratulations!!! Looks like you all had a wonderful time!! Love your flowers!

 

(side note...I had the same wedding gown for my wedding, and all of my BMs wore the same dress as yours in Plum!! LOL...we must have done well matching their dresses with ours haha!):)

 

thank you!! That is so funny about our dresses. I actually never even planned for the bridesmaids dresses to match mine I gave them full reign just told them the color and said I preferred a long gown I even gave them the option of getting different ones, in the end I LOVED the way the dresses looked together

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Congrats to you and Your hubby. What a Blessing.. It seems like U are starting a Beautiful New Season,,,, Take it, Embrace it, and Know GOD wouldn't have given all of this to you if he didn't know that U could handle it :D

Enjoy Life :)

 

Sorry it took so long to get back to you married life has been hectic with my husband getting a promotion requiring us to move to Buffalo NY (im so nervous for the winter after living in SC for the past 2 years haha) and buying our first home :) The radisson was awesome and I would definitely recommend staying there as there was a lot going on to keep your mind from going crazy thinking about your upcoming wedding. As for the transportation to the hotel from the airport that was a generous gift from my inlaws. They rented a large coach bus that transported all of our guests to the hotel from the airport and also back to the airport from the cruise terminal at the end of the week. I know the hotel also provides transportation but they do charge you by the person I would look at van shuttles or renting a car might be cheaper too, but shop around I'm sure you'll find a great deal. And happy wedding planning!!

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Sorry it took so long to get back to you married life has been hectic with my husband getting a promotion requiring us to move to Buffalo NY (im so nervous for the winter after living in SC for the past 2 years haha) and buying our first home :) The radisson was awesome and I would definitely recommend staying there as there was a lot going on to keep your mind from going crazy thinking about your upcoming wedding. As for the transportation to the hotel from the airport that was a generous gift from my inlaws. They rented a large coach bus that transported all of our guests to the hotel from the airport and also back to the airport from the cruise terminal at the end of the week. I know the hotel also provides transportation but they do charge you by the person I would look at van shuttles or renting a car might be cheaper too, but shop around I'm sure you'll find a great deal. And happy wedding planning!!

 

 

Buffalo!!! We are only a couple hours away. Thanks for the information. I am checking into a shuttle (Travel Lynx) - suggested by a Cruise Critic member (love this site). Congratulations and good luck in Buffalo!

 

Deb

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Your pictures were gorgeous! My fiance and I are planning a carnival wedding August 2014 and I have been apprehensive about the lack of control you can have over the event but reading these forums have made me feel so much better. Thanks for sharing!

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Hello,

 

You pictures are gorgeous and congrats on your wedding!

 

I noticed on your wedding day timeline it included "Free time for guest" from 11:15am-12:45pm for your guests to go explore the ship and grab lunch. Was that option included in your wedding package or did you have to pay extra for your guest to eat lunch before the ceremony?

 

Thanks in advance.

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The Lido deck is open and serving food as soon as guests are allowed to board the ship. This is a great place for everyone to hang out, since most everyone will not have access to their rooms yet. If you have non-sailing guests, there is an option to pay for them to enjoy the food on the lido deck, but there is no real procedure for them to get checked. We had one non-sailing guest at our wedding and we didn't pay the extra fee, but I'm not sure if he went to the lido deck with everyone else or if he explored the ship until our wedding.

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Hello,

 

You pictures are gorgeous and congrats on your wedding!

 

I noticed on your wedding day timeline it included "Free time for guest" from 11:15am-12:45pm for your guests to go explore the ship and grab lunch. Was that option included in your wedding package or did you have to pay extra for your guest to eat lunch before the ceremony?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Thank you! Can't believe we're celebrating 2 years next month, time flies! As all of our guests were sailing with us they were free to grab lunch and do whatever they want. Unfortunately their rooms were not ready at this time so they were all ready for the wedding before we got on the ship. I believe there is an option to pay for non-sailing guests to have lunch also but honestly there's no way for them to check so I wouldn't worry about it. Hope this helps :)

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We had 14 sailing guests and 11 non-sailing guests. The lunch buffet is included for sailing guests. We did pay the $10 for each non-sailing guest to eat at the buffet before the ceremony. Most people say it's not a problem to get them in without paying and nobody really checks, but I didn't want to risk it over $110. And I certainly didn't want to take the chance that someone did check and they couldn't eat.

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A question for those who already had their weddings. Do you have to buy a package of the photos? Or can you just buy a few? It's not the first wedding for either of us so we would just like a few pics, not $1000 worth.

Thank you.

Joanna

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Hi! Great review!! Quick question, who put the ribbon for your cake on? Is this something the wedding coordinator can do? Or does it have to be arranged before the ceremony? And how do you know what the signature drink is? Thanks!

 

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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