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Wow...

 

No one responded to my request for information...about Beach weddings in the Bahamas...I'll have to turn this request into a diary!

 

Since no one has done a Bahama Wedding via Cruise ship...I guess I will tell you what we are doing. Pay it forward!!

 

First, I am the groom. I am a Technical Project Manager by trade...so a wedding is one big project!

 

My fiance and I have know each other for 30+ years...and have been living together for 12 years. After running a small business for many years, I returned to the corporate world...which will (hopefully) provide us with enough money to do this wedding!

 

Since this is the second marriage for both of us...we are doing without a lot of the First Wedding "standards". Since this is coming right out of our pockets (cash only...no credit), we need to cut out a lot of the normal stuff.

 

Interested in following us on our journey?

 

Since I am the Groom...this will be presented from a guys point of view.

 

Ladies..you may find this a bit on the bland side...but I will try to dress it up!

 

So lets get started!

 

Dwayne

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I proposed about two weeks ago, in the Wine Country (Napa Valley). She (Kelly) got to pick out her own ring..so now it's on to the wedding.

 

It took me a year to save for the ring...so I had plenty of time to think about the wedding. I presented the info for a Destination Cruise Wedding...and she was all in!

 

Our two families are quite different. My side of the family would be all in....her family....not so much! Her family doesn't reach outside of their comfort zone too much. Heck...every year...for the past 12 years...they vacation in Vegas!

 

That's it. No where else.

 

Kelly and I want to see the world!!

 

We have gone one two cruises...both on Celebrity (Solstice) to the Caribbean. We were hooked!

 

Her family....didn't even want to watch the videos!

 

So...we went for it.

 

My first task was to narrow down the trip. We selected a 4 night trip to the Bahamas. This threw me for a loop...as I had spent a year planning for Cosumel. Since I had no info on Bahama Wedding planners...I asked for help on this forum.

 

No response. Bummer.

 

So I'll do it blind!

 

We selected the Celebrity Constellation for the March 13th trip! The wedding date....March 14th!

 

Now...time to tell the family.

 

I immediately started looking for a (Free) Save The Date and wedding site. I found two that I liked:

 

http://www.paperlesspost.com/cards/category/wedding-save-the-dates

 

and

 

http://www.theknot.com/wedding/Dwayne-and-Kelly

 

It took me a few long nights (after work), but I gathered the names and email addresses...and out they went!

 

Here's our Wedding Website:

 

http://www.theknot.com/wedding/Dwayne-and-Kelly

 

What do you think?

 

Ok...I've actually got do keep searching for a Bahama Wedding Planner...so I'll stop right here. If you are interested in what the family had to say....let me know!

 

Dwayne

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Congrats! There are very few men who post on this forum so it will be interesting to see how a guy's take is on planning a wedding. I hope you do find some information on a Bahamas wedding, sorry I can't be of help all my research went into St. Thomas!

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Congrats! There are very few men who post on this forum so it will be interesting to see how a guy's take is on planning a wedding. I hope you do find some information on a Bahamas wedding, sorry I can't be of help all my research went into St. Thomas!

 

St. Thomas....nice!!!

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OK...the search continues for a good, but affordable Wedding Planner.

 

I put together a "want" list, so i can copy it to each WP (Wedding Planner). That way, everybody has he same info.

 

So far, only one WP specifically mentions Cruise Weddings:

 

http://www.yourbahamasbeachwedding.com/

 

I filled-out their online form...and they called me the next day. Spoke to Sam, who was nice and knowledgeable. We spoke at length about the 24hr Bahama resident rule. She mentioned that we need to be in Bahama waters for 24hr..and that they can work with that. She sounded confident about it...but i worry.

 

Will our marriage be legal or not?

 

I sent her photo's of what we want...and we are waiting for her quote.

 

I received a call from Weddings in the Bahamas, this evening:

 

http://www.weddingsinthebahamas.com/

 

I spoke with someone (not Ann Marie). She was nice...but the conversation was very "Car Salesman-like" and she tended to talk over me a bit. I found that a little annoying..but she was very knowledgeable.

 

Overall...they could do whatever we wanted. She add all the pricing down and answered each question I had...as if she's heard the question a million times...which I'm sure she has!!

I'm not picking on them. She was very professional...it was just very shopping-cart like. Know what I mean?

 

She asked details about our cruise and told us that we would not be in Bahama waters long enough. We had two choices:

1) Fly to the Bahama's up to 90 days before our wedding and get the license....or

2) Get married here in AZ...and just do a Symbolic wedding when we are there?

 

Hh....a quick trip to the Bahamas is NOT in the budget....I will see what Kelly thinks...

 

My thoughts...?

 

You can't bend time and space. Either we are in Bahamian waters long enough..or we aren't.

 

Their pricing for my other request were about normal. To go with the package we want...plus extras..ir running TWICE what I had budgeted. Time to take a look at the extras...

 

More later...

 

Dwayne

P.S. Here's a few pics of what we want.....

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Looks like you are doing everything right to plan your wedding!

As usual something always can go wrong and screw things up.

I' am looking into a Vow Renewal so have looked at all of the

different islands that you can use cruising from a Florida port.

You can't beat St. Thomas for price, ease of planning and beauty.

Lots of people have had weddings there so you would get more helpful

advice.

There are short cruses that go there also. Just a thought.

Tropic Queen

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Ok..Week Two of the planning.....

 

Itinerary Change:

 

After looking at room costs in Miami, FL, we switch to flying into Ft. Lauderdale.

I really wanted to party in Miami Beach...but somethings got to give (budget-wise). Considering most people will be flying into Ft. Lauderdale in the afternoon (the day before we leave)..not sure how many people will be up for partying!

 

Sometimes the fantasy is never close to the reality.....

 

Wedding Planners:

 

We are still waiting to hear back from the three (3) WP's we contacted. We looked online for reviews...and so far, Weddings in the Bahamas is in the lead (with the most positive reviews).

Price will be a big factor...but we need to feel comfortable with the final Wedding Planner. I will let you know our decision when we hear from them!

 

Bahama License Issue:

 

As you may or may not know...you need to be in the Bahamas at least 24hrs before you can get a license.

We won't be.

We have been told that there is a workaround...but we don't want to risk it.

We will probably end up (secretly) getting married at the Court House...before the Cruise. Kel's really bummed...because she thought that the date, 3/14/14 was really cool. I'm a guy...so I just think it's a date. To me, the day of the Ceremony will be my wedding day. Not 30min in a Court House...but I'm a guy...so....

 

We have asked Celebrity Weddings about having the Captain marry us...before we dock...but (sigh) we are waiting to hear from them, also.

 

By removing the whole "License" issue from the equation....that free's up precious time in port...and a whole lot of worry. To me...the license is just a piece of (legal) paper. That's what a marriage is (to the state and country). Our destination wedding...is about the wedding. The event.

If Kel is cool with Plan "B"...then so am I.

 

Budget:

We are still crunching the numbers. Our problem is time. We just don't have a lot of time to save. I have about 40 days to come up with the deposit on the 10 Rooms...and just another 30 to 45 days after that...to pay the balance on the rooms. We are not paying for ALL ten of the rooms...but close enough.

 

Stay tuned....

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Quick update, folks...

 

Spoke to Celebrity Wedding Planners. No go on the Captain.

 

We were hoping to have the Captain marry us before we docked in the

Bahamas. It was another attempt to be married on 3/14/2014.

 

So now we are down to two choices:

 

1) Spend $ 2k to fly to the Bahamas for a few days...

 

2) Get married before we cruise.

 

It looks like # 2 it is!!! (unless some money falls from the sky).

 

Our Celebrity Group Rep has been less than helpful, lately.

 

We had to change our Suite...back to an Aqua Class room...guess it cut into his comish...Since then...I've been getting one sentence answers....:mad:

 

A few more tasks are underway....

 

- Started on the Invitations. Gonna do email invites to most people..and about 10 - 15 paper ones. Cost is nothing...about $ 20

 

- Signed up for our online Honeymoon Registry and added the link to the Wedding Website. It was easy. Kel and I disagreed on the denominations to ask for...so we compromised. Without some nice $$$ gifts...our Honeymoon in Itay is DOA....:(

 

- Still working on the budget. Still haven't heard back from our primary Wedding Planner. I called them and left a VM.

 

OK..that's all for tonight. Maybe tomorrow I will have some answers?!

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Sorry to hear you aren't getting the answers you are looking for. I know it sucks when people take forever to get back to you. I'm in the same situation with my photographer. It will all be worth it though.

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Sorry to hear you aren't getting the answers you are looking for. I know it sucks when people take forever to get back to you. I'm in the same situation with my photographer. It will all be worth it though.

 

Thanks! Today was better!

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Hey All,

 

Not sure if anyone is reading this...but I'll continue our saga.....

 

Today was better (and worse). I started hearing back from people....

 

Linda (Weddings in the Bahamas....WIB from now on...) spent a great deal of time with me on the phone today. We walked through the list of questions I had. She even called me back, when i text her a quick question!! I would like to have some of this in writing...but we will soon enough. Tonight i will go through the choices with Kel. We narrowed down a few items via text.....

 

Out: Reception (Cocktail party at the beach). Booze is too expensive on land...and Linda said it's a quiet locals area (i.e. not a party place).

We will still have a party/reception back on the ship.

 

Out: Covered area on the beach (sun protection). WAAAY too expensive...and the ceremony is only 20min long.

 

Eliminating these two items saved about $ 2,500+

 

Now we just have to decide on the music and transportation times...

 

The Reception: Still haven't heard back from our Group planner, Rob. Starting to get a little annoyed. Because of the short time and payment deadline (forced on us by Celebrity), we need to lock in a budget and see what we can and cannot do...ASAP!!

I prefer email communication (because then I have the info in front of me). All he has to do...is respond to my emails...line by line...and we would be done?!

 

I will give him another day...then ask for another Group Planner. I don't have time for this...

 

Budget: The budget doesn't look good. We have gone from $ 10 to $ 13k. over half of it is due by Jan 15th!!! Just not enough paychecks between now and then....and i have no Catbitat sales in site!!

 

Come on Lotto!!

 

Bookings and Drama: Not doing the drama thing...so everything is rolling off my back. Trying to get kelly to sign on. She's doing pretty good...considering. You wanna bring your hubby you despise...fine....wanna bring your kids on an adult cruise ship...when they are bored at home (standing in front of an Xbox)? Cool...won't bother me at all....Wooosaaaaaaa:rolleyes:

 

As soon as we hear from Celebrity, we can get an idea on the amount of deposit we need to come up with. We currently have a block of 10 rooms that will require $ 200 or $ 50 each, to hold until Jan 15th (when full payment is due). $ 200 allows us to add names and etc to the rooms...$ 50 just holds the Aqua Class.

 

Ok..time to head home. I will start adding a few pictures, as soon as I can.

 

Later!

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Hey All,

 

I hope someone is reading this...otherwise...this is getting weird!

 

FINALLY heard from my Celebrity Group Rep. He was helpful (in the end), but I had to guide him. I asked him to call me around 10am AZ Time. He called me at 7am (my time).:(

 

Ok...AZ time can be weird....He did offer to call me at 1pm..but i had a meeting at that time...so....

 

I emailed him a list of my questions, so he would have them in front of him (when we talked). I then called him (because I had only a small window to talk...). Left a VM and waited. He called me back about 30min later.

He immediately launched in to multiple answers...i stopped him and re-directed him to the email. I had him answer each question completely...in the order of the email, while I kept notes...

 

Must be the Project Manager in me!! ;)

 

He eventually answered all of my questions. I told him, that we were going to discuss it this weekend and decide a "Go/No Go". I told him that I was a little frustrated with him...and considered asking for a replacement Rep.

 

Well...he would have none of THAT!!

 

He immediatlely offered to supply us with Hot and Cold Canapes for our 1 hour reception...!! I told him that I had spoken with the Wedding Department...and their "fee" of $ 795 for a wedding consultant, on top of the $ 32 per person for the Canapes...had us thinking about dropping the whole idea!

 

He told us, that there would be NO fee...and the Canapes would be part of our free Cocktail hour (because we are a group booking)!! He couldn't promise us Michael's Club..but would do what he could!!

 

The Reception is back on!!

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Next,

 

We tackled the Money Timeline...

 

The deposit on our 10 rooms is due on Nov 30. $200 x 10 rooms = $ 2,000.

 

OK...that's doable.

 

The BALANCE will probably not be....($ 13,000 by Jan 13)!!

 

I told him that we will probably not make the Jan 13th date. I then went ahead and put down $ 200 to get the ball rolling. He seemed surprised...??

 

He told me, now that I had a deposit down, he could process our request to hold Michael's for the reception...AND then he processed a CREDIT to our room for $ -549.00!!

 

Well...THAT helps!!:D

 

Just $ 12,451.00 to go!!!

 

Later....

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Hey All!

 

We are gonna go with Weddings in the Bahama's

(http://www.weddingsinthebahamas.com/ )

 

I've been talking to Linda. She is starting to grow on me. Very professional..and calls YOU. Heck...she even called me to tell me she was going out of town for a few days...and gave me another number to call...in case I had any questions!

 

SOLD! Communication is important to me!

 

She has supplied us with a preliminary contract and a song list. We just need to decide on the music (Soloist or prerecorded) and a few other items...

 

We went with the Hibiscus Package and added to it. Our original budget of

$ 1,595.00 is currently at about $ 3,500.00.

 

We'd have to cut the Archway and Flowers to do and real cost reduction....so they will probably stay.

 

Here are some of the Archway looks we are deciding on...as well as some location shots:

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And my favorite so far.....

 

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Overall...the destination wedding is not the driving stress factor...it's ALL of the deposit money that is needed upfront (or within 60 days).

 

Unless you are loaded....Give yourself a year to pay for this.....

 

Later!

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I am reading this and enjoying it so please continue to write. My daughter has hinted at getting engaged and we are going on a Bahamas cruise in September, 2014 so I am just looking just in case.

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Mr Carter, there on many silent groupies on this forum, they like to read, but not comment. We don't see many reviews for Bahama weddings. Your providing us with a great deal of info and we appreciate it. I'm currently planning in St Thomas, so although your planning does not pertain to me directly your process of planing and methods used to obtain the info you need is something I could definitely follow. So please just keep it coming. Best of luck.

 

Crystal

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Hey All!

 

Well….Kelly’s watching the football game…so I have time for a quick update (what’s wrong with this picture….)

 

We went over the budget and everything in 30mins!! It helps that I am so organized…and that a second wedding is SOOO much easier than the first.

 

Add the Destination Wedding factor…and this is a breeze!

 

Budget:

Nothing we can do about it. We are Go/No Go on by January 12, 2014. That is the last day we can get 100% of our money back.

We have trimmed all we dare. It’s up to fate now. We make what we make. I will hustle all I can…be we need about $ 10k by Jan. 12, 2014…or the wedding will be delayed until the fall (um…Santa….if you’re out there…?!!!)

 

Staterooms:

At this point, Kel and I have put down the first $ 200 to save our choice of room, and the reception date and location (location subject to change). Once we hear back from Celebrity Wedding Dept. about the cake and upgrading the beverage service during our Reception….we are all set. Guests are instructed to call Celebrity Group department and mention our Group number.

 

Invitations and Communication:

I just LOVE this “Electronic Wedding” development. I have a very informative wedding website, Save the Date and now…formal invitations……all for (virtually) free!

 

I highly recommend The Knot for your wedding website. You get a website, RSVP’s the works…for FREE!!

 

http://www.theknot.com

 

Our page:

 

http://www.theknot.com/wedding/Dwayne-and-Kelly

 

For your Invitations….look no further than Paperlesspost!

 

http://www.paperlesspost.com/

 

I sent out 61 “Save the Dates” for…..FREE

 

I used the same template to design the invitations. I added a few nice items…which allowed me to send out 61 invitations (complete “moving” envelopes, and RSVP cards and tracking)…for a whole $ 16.00!!

 

Our moms aren’t internet savvy so we had the exact same template…and will have ten (10) complete invitations for……$ 51.00!!! Our moms, key wedding guest and rich friends will get the paper versions!!

 

Total price of my wedding correspondence: $ 67.00??!!!! I spent about $ 350 the last time!!

 

I created an Update page on the website…so whenever anything changes…I simply update my page…and send out an update notice email!!

We have no need to stare at the mailbox waiting for RSVP’s…..

 

Our Paperless Post informs us of who opened our invitation, RSVP’s, Regrets, and questions. (2 Regrets and 1 RSVP so far). I sent out the Invitations 3 hours ago!!

 

I receive all the above…in my email and on my iPhone (yep…there’s an app)!

 

What about our Registry?

 

http://www.pleasanthoneymoonregistry.com/

 

BOOM!!! DONE!!

 

Kel and I have so much stuff...we don't need any thing else. What we'd like...is to do a CruiseTour of Itay and Greece. That's gonna take some money. Instead of an envelope...guest just go to the website and "gift" whatever they'd like...towards our Honeymoon!

 

How did we ever do this, any other way?!!

 

And finally….

 

The Wedding Planner:

Just waiting on some final chair and decoration prices…but we are all set with Weddings in the Bahamas.

 

http://www.weddingsinthebahamas.com/

 

The modifications to the Hibiscus Package ($ 1,595.00) has us at around $ 3,600.00 right now (for 25 people). That’s doable.

(If I would find a way to attach a document….I’d post all of this).

 

Color theme will be simple…stunning white. We’ve narrowed it down to two views….

 

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So….what do ya’ think?!

 

D & K

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Everything looks and sounds great. I like the first pic better, but that may just be because I can envision family and friends sitting there. Question, are you having and Island planner for your ceremony and then using the ship wedding coordinator for your reception? If so what do you plan to do after the ceremony on the island?

 

Crystal

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Everything looks and sounds great. I like the first pic better, but that may just be because I can envision family and friends sitting there. Question, are you having and Island planner for your ceremony and then using the ship wedding coordinator for your reception? If so what do you plan to do after the ceremony on the island?

 

Crystal

 

Hey JAC1213!!

 

We are using the island planner WITB (Weddings in the Bahamas) for the ceremony. Our reception will be a Cocktail hour back on board the ship. I am coordinating this through the Group Rep from Celebrity.

 

Originally, we talked to Celebrity's Wedding department. They wanted $ 800 for the "room" (some area on the ship), $ 200 for the cake, $ 700 for Canapes and $ 150 for a Wedding Coordinator?!!!

 

That's one pricey Cocktail hour??

 

Because we have a group of 10+ rooms...our Group Rep got us the one hour Cocktail reception (well drinks) and the hot and cold Canapes...for FREE!!

 

As you can read in my next posting....the Wedding group was unwilling to do anything for us (not even a cake)...unless we bought something from them.

 

After the Ceremony? Our Wedding is at 1pm. The service will last until 2pm. We may hang around the beach and have a few drinks....but the Coctail hour starts at 4pm.

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Hey All,

 

Quick update....

 

RSVP's are beginning to come in (along with a few regrets). Kel has a few friends coming..that she didn't think would come..so that's GREAT!!!

 

Couldn't make many calls today....I did manage to talk to the Celebrity Wedding Planners.

 

Overall, the Celebrity Wedding Planners have been great to talk to..but they are in the profit business baby!!

 

After quoting us over $ 2,000 for a 1hr reception (the Celebration Package), we had to pass. We thought we could count on them for a cake...but they said...NOPE!!

 

If you are not buying one of their packages...then they can't help you with a cake?!! I'm not mad....I understand. This is a for-profit business. I also found out...that they are a sub-contractor of Celebrity...so don't be too hard on Celebrity.

 

Tomorrow, I will call my rep, and see what he can do about a cake...and some music.

 

Once I hear back from WITB about the flower cost...we will have a working budget!!

 

I'm going to try to attach our Budget as it stands, today.

 

More, later!!

 

 

D

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I like the Ceremony on the beach and reception on the ship, that's the way I wanted to go. However once you start planing your ideas begin to change all over the place. If it's cheaper to go through the group department then you should stick with them. Hopefully the next time you speak to them they will be able to offer you something similar to a reception with cake at a cheaper cost. Your doing a great job of planing. Best of luck. Love the spreadsheet TY.

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Hey All!

 

Had some personal drama to deal with this week (unrelated to our wedding).

 

One of our four rescue cats, Spike got out on Wednesday. Our security cameras showed him slipping right through my legs, as I left for work. Because both Kel and I leave at about the same time…Spike was outside all day. Long story short….I raced home from work…got a $ 400 ticket..and was prepared to look for him all night.

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Invitations and Communication:

Our paper invitations arrived yesterday!!! We’ll be filling those out this weekend. They’ll be going out to our moms and select friends. We only bought 10 of them…but that should do.

We are waiting on RSVP’s from about 50 people…but we don’t expect more than 20 people to attend. We’ll see….

 

The Wedding Planner:

Just waiting on the final proposal. The overall ceremony price keeps creeping up. Mostly the flower prices are to blame. We are at about $ 800 for the flowers alone. What can you do…..

We are duplicating this look (for the most part). Mostly white…with a little light pink.

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More info, soon!!

 

D & K

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Hey,

Just trying to keep up with all you planning and work! Really getting a kick out of the fact a GUY is doing all this!

The difference is, a women would have started a year ago and would have checked the

marriage requirments first off. Maybe ,choose a different location. one with no waiting

or have done the offical stuff by mail.

This will be a good story for you to tell at parties! Keep up the hard work and try to

enjoy what you can!

Tropicqueen

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Well Tropic Queen....

 

As much as you believe in the superior planning powers of the female species….:rolleyes:

 

Yes…planning this a year ago would have been nice….but..if you have been following from the beginning….

 

You would have read, that we only became engaged a few months ago….and because this is our second wedding…Kelly didn’t want to wait a year to marry me (yes..I’m that wonderful).

 

Also,…we picked a shorter cruise, because her family would not have gone on a 7+ day cruise….AND…

 

Celebrity cruiseline only offers shorter cruises to the Bahamas….WHICH…requires a 24hr “in territory” requirement before you can get a license.

 

So you see….sometimes..you need to roll with what you’ve got….

…which is the point of the whole “Diary”.

 

As a matter of fact, I have stated several times..that I do not recommend doing this in less than 6 months…

 

So…doing it in 5 months is the challenge!

 

So..kick back and see how a MAN does it!!!

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Dwayne, your doing a great job. I give it to you, you have gotten more accomplished in this short time than many have in years worth of planing. I must say everything looks and sounds great so far. I'm team D&K all the way. Keep the plans coming you will be giving much help to a Bahamian bride/Groom somewhere out there.

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Dear Dcarter,

You are both right and wrong. I have been reading your sad story from the start.

However, some how I missed the part about 6 months. That would make it hard to have started planning a year ago.

You could have checked around for some other shorter cruises to other Islands though.We took a 4 day on RCL out of San Juan a few years ago that went to some other places.

I know, I know, you are trying to make this nice and as special as you can for your Bride.

I think you are doing an excellent job under the time limits you have to work with!

Why don't you write your own vows for on the beach and just repeat those to each other

and save on a minister. After all you will already be married.

As far as the guest list, invite who you want but don't try and please everyone. This is

for you two and after all, it will be a nice vacation for those who do come along!

My husband and I will be renewing our vows in 2015 and will have some of the same

issues with guest.

If they join us great! If not, too bad for them. They miss a fun week, but we will understand.

I 'am keeping my fingers crossed for you'all, but I don't think you will need it.

Tropicqueen

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Oh yes good ol' guests, you eventually (after changing plans numerous times to meet the demands of them) figure out that they don't matter it's your special day. Enjoy it the way you want it don't sacrifice to much for everyone else. The guests that drive you the craziest are the ones that don't show up. Of course this is all true except for parents. Now for them just roll over and play dead because it's there way or the highway

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Oh yes good ol' guests....Of course this is all true except for parents. Now for them just roll over and play dead because it's there way or the highway

 

hahaha...you guys are great!!

 

TropicQueen..I don't remember writing a SAD story? Does anyone?:confused:

 

Anywho...

 

So far...only the M.I.A. is going to be MIA. She has decided that she "just can't go" and "It's too far out of her comfort zone"...so...

 

She's off my budget list!!! Minus $ 1,500.00!!!:):rolleyes::mad:

 

The only problem is....she was supposed to share a room with our 16yr old daughter?!!

 

So....Now what the #@$$# do we do with her? Give her, her own $ 1,500 Aqua Class room??

 

Nope....she hasn't been THAT good!!

 

If we give her a cheaper inside room...then she won't be able to eat at Blu...which she probably won't like anyway!!:mad::mad:

 

I guess that $ 1,500 goes right back on the budget list!! (Enter swear words, here)!

 

Celebrity had a little sale that knocked off about $ 100 per room. I will keep checking back...

 

Hint: The price you book for your room...is probably going to go down, between the time you book...and when you sail!!

 

On our last cruise, we had about $ 300 of onboard credit, by the time we sailed!

 

Update: Staterooms

 

My Mother in Law and my brother aren't coming. Since we were paying for both of them, we are saving between $ 1,500 and $ 2,200.

 

Of course...we would rather have them with us...but oh well....

 

At this point..it's a potential game changer....

 

Update: Ceremony

 

We have finalized our wedding plans. The final cost of the beach wedding will be around $ 5k.

 

Of that, $ about $ 600 are for flowers...$ 1,275 for decorations and chairs. The basic package will give you none of these. While spending $ 675 for the 30min rental of an Archway would normally make me pass out.....

 

...Kelly likes it...so it's in! Gotta keep her happy.

 

Besides...i will remind her of it, the next time I buy some boy toys!

 

More later!

 

D

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Oh...I forgot!

 

The wedding rings and things are NOT included in our budget, as I wanted

this to be about the ups and downs about Destination Weddings....

 

But....needless to say...her "rock" can really throw a budget out of wack!

 

Before you ladies freak out...you must know, that Dwayne is not a cheapskate!!

 

While I won't mention what I spent...I saved a whole YEAR before asking her. So budget-wise...the rings are (or will be) paid for,shortly!

 

I find having the money taken from each check, really helps to save!

 

I let her pick her own ring out (yes...she had an unknown budget). I only asked that she visit 3 places. In the end, she picked a custom ring:

 

<a href=ring.jpg' alt='ring.jpg'>

 

and

 

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The ring is being made right now. Should be ready by Thanksgiving...I think i will hold off giving it to her....until Christmas?!!

 

Whatdaya think about THAT, ladies!!?? (Hehehhehe....):D:D

 

Cheers!

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Oh my goodness you keep me laughing. That ring is beautiful and most important original. Hummm I'm not sure what your going to do with your daughter. I'm banking on my mom to come and share a room with my 10 Y/O son. I have plenty of time to convince her though (3/2016).

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Well, on the cabin for the daughter, why not let her bring a good friend. Maybe the parents would poney up for at least half the cost of the cabin. You will have to pay

for two whether you have two or not.

On a serious topic, Cruise ships are not free from creeps and situations that could be

dangerous for a 16 year old girl.

Just go to the home page (NEWS) Rapes happen, assults happen people even dissapear.

You should have her near you not decks away!

Despite the fact I have 1 cruise listed, too lazy to post all the other ones, we have been on close to 15 on 8 different lines. So have learned a lot.

You don't know what her cabin steward, who will have a key is like. Maybe he or she

is a really nice person, maybe not! But they will know she is alone!

I would be worried about that kind of arrangement for sure.

Just something to consider.

Tropicqueen

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D.carter,

Just checked some of these for you to check out. http://www.cruisecritic.com/search/results.cfm?q=assults%20on%20ships

 

On a nother note, really glad about you cat!

My husband an I are real animal lovers and activist. Especially wilh our dogs.

Our last cruise was on New Year's 2013. We can't go anywhere and haven't been any where all year. We have a very old dog who can't be left with anyone.

So, we just go where we can take him. We have a rental house by Disney, so we can go

to that for a break.

When you have time, try and watch "Black Fish". It's about the treatment of Killer Whales

in places like Sea World. Horrible!

.TropicQ

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Hey All,

 

TQ- Yes...we would have "The Child" close to us...but not too close!!

 

We are also concerned about predators. Being a 16 yr old, she is convinced that she is invincible...which is why she has parents!!

 

We are hoping a friend of kel's ( a guidance counsuler no less) will dedcide to come. She is looking into it.

 

Having them room together would be great on so many levels. We have even offered to cover your "part" of the cost...considering we would have to pay full price for the room, anyway.

 

Keep your fingers crossed!!

 

In other news...

 

More of my friends (including my best man) have booked their rooms...so we are over the magic 8 now!! We are offically a GROUP!!

 

Still waiting for my Group Rep to email me the updated pricing (showing the new discounted price). he can't seem to get that to me?! :rolleyes:

 

More soon!!

 

D

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OH yes...

 

We thought about her bringing along a friend...but being responsible for TWO teens...in and out of another country is WAAAAYYY too much stress on a Wedding Cruise.

 

We'd be worried sick....

 

D

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So far things are looking good. I can't imagine that feeling of relief you felt after having an official group booked. Hoping for the best with your daughter. I am sure it will all work out.

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Hey All!

 

Out of town this past weekend…

 

Just a few quick updates…...

 

Wedding Drama:

 

We are still attempting to keep any and all wedding drama to a minimum. Emotionally, we are adjusting to the fact that Kel’s mom is still claiming she will not go…but what we didn’t expect…is the problem it’s causing with our 16yr old daughter.

 

She was supposed to share a room with Kel’s mom (her Grandmother), but since she isn’t going…we are now tasked with what to do. Not only is it probably going to cost us $ 1,300+…but the logistics of the situation is adding a bit of…Mama Drama!

 

I’ve posted our situation on this forum, under the Celebrity page. So far we have two pages of advice (and growing)!! We are getting comments ranging from helpful and practical, to judgmental and useless (“Well I would NEVER allow my child to be alone in a room, but that’s just the type of parent I am!”)…

 

People are funny….

 

We are still hoping one of Kelly’s female friends will come, solo….that would solve the problem right there. Stay tuned!!

 

Budget:

 

No big payments towards the “Bill”. I was able put down $ 750 deposit with the wedding planers, so the beach is being held. We are toying with the idea of pushing the time of the wedding back. This would allow people to do some morning excursions….more on that, later.

 

We did finally get the updated invoices from Celebrity, reflecting the $ 100+ off on the rooms.

 

Every little bit helps!!

 

I’d really like to take some bigger chunks out of this bill…but can’t get any movement on the “hustle” side..

 

Oh well….maybe tomorrow….:(

 

D & K

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I've been following along with great interest, both here and on the Celebrity thread, and enjoying it immensely. I think you are doing a great job planning this destination wedding. Very romantic!

 

And the wedding and engagement rings are just beautiful!!

 

Has your Celebrity Group rep said anything to you about the Tour Conductor credit? I don't know how many berths you would have to sell, but it's often 16....or 8 cabins with 2 people in each, which you should have no problem reaching. There should be some savings for you there.

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