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Old 02-24-2012, 12:34 AM   #1
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Brett and Britt's Swan & Dolphin Wedding Honeymoon PJ

Hey guys!

So I know it's kinda unconventional that the groom posts a PJ on here but I'm no stranger to unconventional since our whole relationship is kinda... well unconventional. haha.

Little back story for ya. We met online and chatted through email and text messages for a few weeks before deciding to meet up. I was living in Las Vegas and she was living/working at the Grand Canyon North Rim. We decided that the nearest thing to a halfway point would be St. George Utah at the outlet malls. Both of us hated the idea of a stereotypical first date of dinner and a movie; but guess what? We wound up doing just that! haha. We had sushi and then went and saw Friends With Benefits(not the wisest idea for a first date movie but hey! It worked!). We hit it off really well and decided we'd definitely meet up again. After dating and switching off who went to see who for two months she asked if she could move in with me when her contract ended in October. Of course I said yes! I had a month an a half to prepare myself mentally for it. Then, a couple days later on September 15th (her birthday nonetheless) I get a call while I'm on my way to work "Hey, some crap went down, I'll be there tonight" Needless to say I freaked out a bit. haha. It went really smooth though and our relationship grew exponentially from there.

Here's a picture of us from August 2011 on my first trip up to the Grand Canyon North Rim


We had been talking about getting married and had even looked at engagement/wedding rings. Little did she know I put one of the one's she fell in love with on layaway 4 days later. She found out about it when the receipt fell out of my wallet and she picked it up. (do'oh ) She was exited but I told her it'd take me awhile to pay it off so we won't be getting engaged until at least January

Fast forward a month. We've moved to Tucson together and are living in my parents house. I decided to take her out to dinner at Applebee's on October 14th and then go up to one of my favorite look out points on Mt. Lemmon with her and show her the amazing views of Tucson and the spot I usually go to clear my head when I'm in town. It's 10:30pm when we get up there. I had grabbed our sweatshirts before we left the house because I knew It'd be chilly (and much to her surprise later, the engagement ring). After walking around and talking for awhile, watching the moonrise over the mountains I finally decided it was the right time. I dropped to one knee and proposed to her. The funniest part is as I'm asking her all she's saying is "Are you kidding me?!" and as I'm putting the ring on her finger she says "you know you never ACTUALLY asked me right?" I retorted with "Yes I did but I'll do it again!" So I took the ring back off and got back down on my knee and asked again. She of course said yes!

Her engagement ring


Fast forward 4 more months and now we're living in Southern California. We had been going back and forth for months over a date, location, costs and all of that and finally settled on having a small ceremony at my cousin's house in Somis, Ca on September 1st, 2012. The venue is free(score 1! more money for the Disneymoon!) and her friend volunteered to cater the wedding for FREE if we buy the food( Score 2! Even MORE money! ). To top off the whole thing we found my wedding band on Amazon.com for $50 instead of the $500 the jewelry stores wanted!!(Score 3! )

My wedding band


We're headed down to Somis this weekend to do a cake tasting and have another one scheduled on March 17th. After that we'll have to sit down and figure out which one to go with.

She's picked out some DIY invitations/rsvp cards from Michael's which look great and are relatively cheap! :D

Now to nail down our menu, minister, decide whether we want to do a photographer or not since it's going to be a very informal wedding, and a few other things.

We're planning on hitting WDW December 3rd-10th so we're there for the Christmas season and renting DVC points so we can stay at BLT. I LOVE Disney's Christmas decorations and she's never been() to DL or WDW. I convinced her that we should take a mini-honeymoon to DL in October so the Halloween decorations are up and so we can avoid the crowds

That's all for now! I'll keep this up to date as often as I can. Any tips for saving money is welcome as we are paying for everything out of pocket. If you guys see anything we might be missing please speak up!

-Brett
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:26 AM   #2
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So great to hear the grooms perspective!

Beautiful proposal and a gorgeous unusual ring, love your wedding band as well

I think you should have a photographer, even if it's just a small basic package with a few prints, you'll want every memory possible of the day as it will just fly by, and as many pictures as possible of your beautiful bride!! xx
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:33 AM   #3
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:03 PM   #4
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So great to hear the grooms perspective!

Beautiful proposal and a gorgeous unusual ring, love your wedding band as well

I think you should have a photographer, even if it's just a small basic package with a few prints, you'll want every memory possible of the day as it will just fly by, and as many pictures as possible of your beautiful bride!! xx
I figured it'd be a nice change of pace haha.

Thanks. She picked out her ring though so I can't take credit for anything but buying it. I'd been looking at rings for months and when I saw that one I fell in love with it but not for the price the jewelry store wanted thats for sure! I was ecstatic when I found it for so cheap!

We're definitely looking around and pricing them out but we're on a very tight budget and don't have a lot of room to play sadly so we'll see what happens. If anyone has any recommendations for good photographers that charge by the hour and not just package rates in So Cal I'm open to suggestions!

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Old 02-26-2012, 01:09 PM   #5
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The cake tasting went really well yesterday and we deided that we're going to stick with this bakery! Their cakes tasted wonderful and some of the customers who came in chatted with us and gave rave reviews of them! If we have to do 3 tier's the cake is going to be ~$450 ! The bottom tier is going to be white cake with strawberry puree & cream cheese filling, the middle tier is a lemon poppy seed cake with creamy lemon curd filling and the top tier(if we have it) is going to be chocolate cake with a cookie and cream filling. All of them are iced with vanilla buttercream instead of doing fondant(since it's MUCH more expensive and we both hate the taste of it.

I didn't realize cakes cost so much! That's planning for 90 people though and we may only get 50 so we'll most likely lose the top tier and save some money there.

Britt is going out to a wedding supply store today to look for invitations and some other things.

We started working on our reception playlist and oh wow is it long. haha. We've only gone through my iPod so far. We still have to go through hers as well. It's a very eclectic mix of music that's for sure! I've been thinking about having her make some of the food she want's her caterer friend to prepare for the reception that way I can get an idea of what everything tastes like.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:12 AM   #6
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Here's our Budget so far:

Rings: $1,000
Wedding/Reception venue: $0!
Caterer:$0!

Food/drinks:$750
My Suit:$0 (Already own it XD)
Britt's Dress: $500
Best Man's Suit:$100
Best Man's hotel/travel:$250
Minister:$300
Cake:$450
Floral:$500 (Probably Less)
Invitations and postage: $75

Target budget: $4,500
Total Expenses Budgeted as of 2/26/12: $3,925
Total Spent as of 2/26/12(Bolded): $1,000
Total Left in Target Budget: $3,500
Total Expenses Left as of 2/26/12: $2,925
As of right now we are $575 under our target budget! I'm VERY excited about that!
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Life happened yet again. A week after we got married DW left for a job in Montana until October. Then, the day I got back from dropping her off I got let go from work. *sigh*

I moved us back to Las Vegas by myself and have decided to go back to school in the fall. We may be putting off the VR even longer. We'll see where things go I guess. She'll have an easier time finding a job out here also so that will definitely help out.

It's funny how life gets in the way of even the best laid plans. We're still shooting for October 2013 for the VR and decided to take our honeymoon in DL when she comes home in October.

I'm going to start getting in contact with the Swolphin and getting prices and such in a month or 2. If anyone has any BEO's you can share with me that would be great!
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Hey guys, Sorry I kinda dropped the ball on the whole wedding planning thing. Anyways, after much deliberation between Britt and I we have decided to have our ceremony at the Swan and Dolphin! We're in the early planning stages right now but we already have our photographer picked out, who happens to be a close friend of mine, Jen Sulak with Pink Light Images(Here's her link: http://www.pinklightimages.com/ and her FB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pink-L...59029967465823). She does some amazing work. We're possibly going to have our (VERY late) engagement photos taken possibly in October depending on our budget. I'm happy to finally be getting the ball rolling on this again, even if it isn't exactly what we had planned before!

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:58 PM   #9
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We've finally settled on a date! December 14, 2013 at the Swan and Dolphin! We're still working on getting the money together for a deposit to hold the date. Our officiant will be a close friend of mine since it's technically just a vow renewal since we're already legally married.

We're going to break tradition somewhat with our wedding(as if we hadn't already, haha). We're going to do the ceremony at sunset, followed by dinner with whoever wants to join us at Narcoossse's. We'll make a reservation for however many people will be there(we're planning on 30) and everyone will be on their own for paying as we're on a tight budget. We will be springing for a dessert party for everyone though. Not sure which location yet but the Grand Floridian's area looks amazing! Any DP location suggestions are welcome.

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Old 12-12-2012, 10:34 PM   #10
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Update:
Hey guys and gals,

We've decided to look into other venues outside of Disney for our wedding but are still relatively close. We have all but decided on Paradise Cove. http://www.paradisecoveorlando.com/ The price is well within our budget for the ceremony and almost $1,000 cheaper than the S&D for more stuff! We'll probably be able to do a reception and the VR this way!

DW is still looking for dresses and is thinking about changing our wedding colors. We'll see what happens. We only have 367 days to get everything done! AH!!! This year is going to go by fast!

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