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Old 10-04-2012, 09:57 AM   #1
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Amber and Wes 11/16/13 Swan/Fantasmic!DP Update 12/18 -Disbride ideas!

Amber and Wes 11/??/13 Swan

Hi! I’m Amber and my DBF is Wes. He’s still my DBF until I have a ring on my finger.

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So far, the location and date are finalized - Crescent Terrace at the Swan on 11/16/13 at 11 AM!!!!


Let's meet the couple!
Me – 36 year old Disney addict! My mom says I saw Mickey for the first time before I was a year old and went immediately to him – and haven’t let go since! I've been to Disney waaaaay too many times over the years - but it's so hard for me to justify spending my hard earned money on a vacation somewhere else - when I know I'll have so much fun at Disney!
I love kids, crafts, volunteering, learning, my dogs, and being busy every second! I'm from just south of Nashville, TN.

Wes - 28 (I'm robbing the cradle, I know! ) year old football addict. He's from Boston originally, but moved to Maryville, TN when he was about 11. I still don't understand why his family picked Maryville, but there ya go. It's a tiny town just outside of Knoxville. He played football in High School and is super laid back. He loves to game and loves dogs and kids as much as I do. He also likes cats.

They meet each other!
I’ve been searching for “The One” for so many years now (I've tried every dating site known to man!) – when it finally happened, it happened fast! Wes and I met on Facebook through a mutual friend who plays World of Warcraft (WoW). He saw me post on her page and responded with “I didn’t know so many hot women played Wow!”
I was smitten. We started talking in the beginning of April 2012, met and tried to do the long distance thing for a bit (only 3.5 hours – but it seems like a million miles when you’re falling for someone), but he’d moved in by the beginning of June.

We’ve adjusted to each other very well – he puts up with my busy schedule (I volunteer a lot) and ton of hobbies (I love crafty stuff!) and I’ve accepted that from late August until the end of January football will be on the tv pretty much 24-7.

My friends and family really like him – and his friends and family really like me.

We started talking about “Forever” about a month ago. I let him know from the beginning that if he wanted to be with me long term, he had to go through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace university with me. I’ve made some bad financial decisions in the past and want to get rid of all my debt as fast as possible. We enrolled and are more than halfway through the class – marriage discussions coincided with the class.

He’s ALSO known from the beginning that I really want a Disney Wedding. He’s let me know from the beginning that he wants to get married on the 50 yard line at a Dolphins game.
I actually tried to research that for him – I was married back in 96 for a year – I’ve already had a wedding – maybe it’d be possible to give him his wish….
Not so much. The only thing I could even find close to a football wedding were some people who got married in the stands. Ick.
Anyway, I can’t imagine the price you’d have to pay to get married on the field!

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Old 10-04-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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Love your story so far.

My fiance is from the TN/VA border (has family in both states) kinda near Knoxville...I think it's a few hours away?

Dave Ramsey is awesome! We're actually working on some of his worksheets / budgets right now during pre-marital counseling. Thomas' former youth pastor who is doing our ceremony and our pre-marital counseling is sending us a package full of Dave Ramsey's stuff...I think it's a kit for one of the courses he does?
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Dave's definitely awesome - if the course you got is the updated financial peace university, I was in the audience for the taping of that whole series!
It's much easier to work his program when you're with someone - as a single person for years, I had a hard time sticking to my budget because I had no one I was letting down if I moved things around a little for a shopping trip - or a Disney trip!
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The planning starts!

To be honest, the planning started many moons ago! I love Disney vacations and the next best thing to being ON vacation is PLANNING vacation! I'm so well known for it that my coworkers come to me to plan their Disney itineraries - I'll even provide laminated business cards for each day with their ADRs and general park plan on them. All for free. I'm weird.

So of COURSE I knew all about Disney's Fairytale Weddings - I knew what came with each collection and the upgrades available – I’d been reading Wedding PJs for years (Yes, I was a lurker on lurkyloo’s journey – I can’t believe she’s coming up on her 5 year anniversary! I still drool over the colors in her ceremony! That necklace! Those petals! I know she didn’t like the colors of her cake, but I think they were stunning!)
I’d planned my imaginary wedding so many times – with interchangeable grooms, of course.

When Wes and I started talking about marriage, I decided it was time to start planning again. I discovered pretty quickly that lurkyloo had written a book all about Disney weddings – so I bought it! It is definitely an invaluable tool. I’ve looked at it so many times in the past few weeks! And I’m sure I’ll reference it many more times.

I’d always thought I wanted a Wedding Pavilion ceremony – I love that the castle is in the background – I think the Grand Floridian is sooooo romantic – I get goosebumps everytime I see the WP from the monorail…
But as I was showing my friend Bridget some of the pics – she asked what Sea Breeze Point was – I’d honestly never really looked at it because it didn’t sound interesting to me. I looked at some pics – and fell in LOVE!!!! It’s so simple, yet so festive at the same time – you can see the hustle and bustle of Disney, but you’re isolated – Kouzzina is RIGHT There – and a dinner at Kouzzina is so my style. Plus it’s CHEAPER than the Wedding Pavillion – I was sold!

The Dress
I had gastric bypass in 2007. I’ve lost 130 pounds, but I still have a lot of flab here and there – particularly my arms.

Have you ever looked for a wedding dress with sleeves? They pretty much don’t exist. I knew this since finding a formal dress period with sleeves is next to impossible. I think I probably have 15 shrugs in my wardrobe – and hate pretty much all of them! I find a dress, but then can’t find a shrug I like with it – it seems like it’s a never ending saga!

I wore this to an event several years ago – I love this style of dress (plus it was $6!!!!), but I was not happy with the sweater I’m wearing with it – you can still see part of my arm flab and it doesn’t match exactly.


This dress has WAY too much skin showing – plus I was fidgety and worrying about the wrap falling the whole time.


I’d LOVE to have a dress similar to this – probably not black and white. If only I could be as graceful as Grace Kelly!



So a day or so after I bought Lurkyloo’s book, I told my friend Bridget that we needed to go shopping on lunch break to Ross. I’m not sure if you have them where you are, but it’s like an even cheaper TJ Maxx! I love that place! Sometimes I’ll give myself a goal – for instance, I can buy up to 6 shirts, but each one has to be under $8 bucks. I’m weird.
So anyway – Bridget asked what we were shopping for – since the wedding wasn’t official yet (in my head it won’t be official until I’ve got my ring and we’ve penciled in a date with Disney), I told Bridget that we were shopping for a “party” dress. We had a lot of fun with it – we kept doing air quotes in the store and it led to some gems like “Yes, you don’t want traditional because you’ve already had a “party,” but Wes has never had a “party,” so he might want you in the big white dress!"

Anyway, I had no intention of buying anything - especially at Ross – I just wanted to see what styles they had so I could get an idea on what length, style, etc I wanted. I tried on about 6 dresses – and finally tried on one that Bridget picked out. I didn’t think it would work – and then I put it on, looked in the mirror, and got a goofy grin on my face.

Be gentle, peeps – I’m showing you my arm flab!
It was only $30 – so I just had to buy it!

See the goofy grin? That's how I knew it was the one!



Now I just have to figure out how to put sleeves on the thing!
The other day at work, I decided to try a sleeve.
Here’s the result:

I’m not sure what the split sleeves are called, but I like the look.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:06 AM   #5
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The Announcement/Save the Date/Invitation
While I was browsing planning journals, I stumbled across Jilian’s PJ (JBeanBunny).

I’d never thought about a cruise wedding, but reading about hers had me actually checking one out. I eventually decided it would be too expensive for our guests, but it was fun to dream!
Here’s her link! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2846692
I think Jilian is even more crafty than me! She made soooo many awesome favors for her welcome bags.

And her invitations are each a work of art!
Here’s a few shots of it (if you are a Dr. Who fan, you should recognize some things!):


I’m pretty sure she hand cut out the dancers for each invitation – I do not have the patience for that! Instead, I’m going to use a cricut to get a similar effect – only more Disney!
If you are a crafter, you’ve probably heard of the cricut – if not, it’s an overpriced tedious machine for crazy crafters! Ha. I refuse to buy one – or to let my mother buy one – but several of my friends own one and are nice enough to share.
The effects you get are awesome – but like I said, tedious!
For instance, the Cinderella and Prince has (I think) 8 layers each. Yuck!
I’m thinking of one of these images – but I’ll do the faces more like Jilian did hers. Princess eyes never look right to me in pins or other detailed work. I think blank faces will be better – and I can pretend it’s me and Wes!



The Guest List
I do NOT want to pay an extra $7000 for going over 18 guests! An escape wedding has everything I want – it’s just hard to figure out WHICH 18 people are going to come. What I think we’re going to do is send out invitations and if people decline, send out additional invitations.
If I had my way, I’d only invite people who are true Disney addicts like me – I know they’ll enjoy the wedding way more.
I’m really nervous about people coming out of obligation and then regretting it – and making me regret inviting them in the first place!
I’m pretty blunt and say what I mean, so I think (with the approval of Wes) I’ll compose a letter explaining that we’d love for them to be there, but not to feel obligated to come. Not sure of the wording yet, but we’ll figure it out.
If people think it’s rude, oh well. Don’t come.

What do other brides do?
How do you handle who to invite and who not to?
I'd love to invite my disboard friends - there's a group of us that have known each other since 2006 and we've made sure our vacations coincided several times - I'd love for them to be there.
There's a group of work friends I'd love to invite too - we're all Harry Potter nuts, so going to Islands of Adventure for one day with them would definitely be magical!
Then there's a group of 5 friends and their husbands/boyfriends - they need to be there too!
Not to mention my best friend from high school -
plus my two best friends from church and all their kids (and one of their moms lives in Orlando, and I adore her, so I'd have to invite her too!)
oh yeah! family!
Argh.
For immediate family, I'm pretty sure Wes will have about 12 people. Some of those are maybes only - his stepbrother does not have full custody of his 2 kids - his sister has 2 foster kids and they might not be able to leave the state depending on the situation at the time -
plus, Wes and I just started foster parenting classes - WE might have a foster kid by that point.
If we do (and I hope we do), I sure hope we're able to schedule for them to go with us - I will NOT go on vacation (even for my wedding) without my foster child.

So I've already told my mom and sister to start saving their pennies - they both love Disney as much as me and will definitely be there!
My dad is not much of a Disney nut, so we're not sure if he'll come.
My brother probably won't be able to come.
My 96 year old grandmother has never been to WDW - I have no idea if she'll come or not - this is the same woman who went on a motorcycle ride to celebrate her birthday this year - there's no telling what she'll do!
My 85 year old grandfather is a bit of a loner - he went to WDW by himself last year - knowing him, it'll be too soon for him to go back.

So I guess having a list of people ranked and slowly going down it as people decline is the best way? Any opinions?

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Old 10-05-2012, 12:39 PM   #6
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Celery!!

Love that your inviting us to see your plans.

Love the dress design you picked out. Yes don't by a dress with sleeves they are all old lady looking and your not old.

As for your invite list I think your in trouble if you think your only inviting 18 people do you know how many you just listed there....Good luck on that one ,mind you it is a destination wedding so many might decline like you said due to cost.

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Old 10-23-2012, 07:39 PM   #7
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I am sooooo excited or you!! Now the planning can truly begin
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:11 AM   #8
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Hey stalker!

LOVE that TARDIS invite you posted with #10 and Madame du Pompadour! It's AMAZING.

I don't know much about the Cricut mini. I have an Expression and a Gypsy (the handheld Cricut thingee that has all of my cartridges loaded into it). With the Gypsy, for each image, you can "hide" a cut. So let's say you select the Arial you used. You click on the hide button and it brings up the image on the screen and highlights one cut in red. You can either include it or hide it, so when you press the cut button, it doesn't make the cuts you chose to hid. It essentially lets you cut the sharper silhouette without the face and folds in the fabric of her dress or whatever.

Another couple little tips-- make sure you're using a new cutting blade and mat for something like your invitations. Textured cardstock sucks for detailed cutting. You'll always get little tears and ugly bits. Lastly, the thinner the paper, the crisper your cut will be.

Congrats on the official engagement!!!!
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Shana - I know! At the rate I'm going, I'll have everything done by new years!

City - The TARDIS invite is the work of JBeanBunny - check out her planning journal - she's another crafter extraordinaire!
Thanks for the cricut tips. I'm slowly learning the craft room tricks - show contour lets me take out parts of the detail lines, so I'll be using that. I'll also buy some new blades - this is a used machine and I think it was only used a couple of times, but a new blade won't hurt.
I'm not sure if I'm going too deep or not - should an outline of the cut show up on the mat?
That poor thing has been cut to death!
And it's not that sticky already - I'm using double sided tape in sections that aren't cut to stabilize it.
I hate the way the hands are cutting - just a bunch of tears! I think it'd be cool to stamp a bouquet and put over that part anyway.
It'll give me another excuse to either use a stamp I have or buy a new one!
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Oh, it sounds like you're cutting way too deep if you're leaving deep marks on your mat. For cardstock, I generally use a blade depth of 4 and high pressure. Still, those tiny little pieces, like the hands, are tough and often tear. The bigger you cut a piece, the easier it is to get the finer details. Like, I wouldn't do any of the Cars cartridge at anything less than 5". It just turns into a big mess.

You can also re-stickify (is that a word?) your mats. I use a baby wipe on mine and rub pretty hard to get all of the lint and paper dust off them. It takes a couple minutes to dry after that. I've also heard of people spraying their mats with repositionable spray adhesive.
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So I started typing this yesterday, but photobucket at work wasn't working, so now I'm posting it!

Erin at Just Marry! is drawing up our contract as I type! Eep!

This makes it very real.
What will make it even more real is the money leaving my bank account!

Confession time – Wes lost his job at the end of September. It is soooooo stress free planning a wedding with only one income!
Dave Ramsey meant for the emergency fund to be used for a wedding deposit, right?
Ha.
On the bright side, Wes is selling some of his stuff his dad left him to raise some funds. Currently he’s selling an old gas pump he refinished – a guy has made an offer for $2000, so hopefully that will be completed soon!

Wes has also catalogued his dad’s G.I. Joe collection and I’m sending the info to a specialty shop to see if they want to buy any of the collection.

Save the Date!
Since our contract is being drawn up, I figured it was time to order the Save the Dates!
I created 3 designs on Vistaprint and asked Wes to choose one.
He chose this one:


The wording on the back is borrowed from CityGirlLost (Juli’s) Save the Dates.


Thanks to CMDbuddy’s post, I got the Living Social Vistaprint deal - $50 worth of merchandise for $10! I ordered 80 Save the Dates (more than I’ll need) and still hadn’t met the $50 – so I ordered two t-shirts as well!

I think Wes will look very fetching in his! Just kidding. I’ll probably wear the extra around the house.
All that for $24 bucks! I love a deal!!!!

Update to the update - Erin sent the contract. Eepeepeep! We're not signing it until Wes is back in town next week.

I also heard back from Disney Event Planning - the menus for Hollywood Studios sound sooooo good!
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The shoes are amazing! And looks super comfy- great for dancing
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Disbrides inspire me!
I get so many great ideas from other brides on here!
But first, I need to discuss how my DF has definite opinions about odd stuff. I figured he wouldn't be into the whole wedding planning thing - so I started making plans.
I think these are really cool and they match our colors!

He doesn't like them.
I mentioned the groom top hat ears. He vetoed them.
I decided we would have a cake pop cake since my friend Julie makes some awesome ones! (her website is partypopsbyjulie.com, if you're interested!)


Wes decided he wanted a traditional cake, not cake pops.

So since our colors are blue and teal, I found this!


He didn't like it.

At this point, I started getting a little frustrated! So I made him go with me to a wedding place. It's hard to describe what it is - it's called wedding 101 and it's like a co-op of vendors - lots of vendors have information and displays there and you can browse and possibly book a vendor. My aforementioned friend Julie has her stuff there.
I showed him cakes, and it turns out he likes topsy turvy ones (sometimes called mad hatter cakes). I personally love them, but I told him they are usually more expensive.
He also was not opposed to the pomanders they had hanging - I explained that I would want some of them to be Mickey pomanders, and he was fine with that.
He also said throwing fruity pebbles for our exit like icecoldpenguin would be fine with him.
Success!
So I started some craft projects!
Thanks so much to princesswendy720's tutorial on the mickey head pomander!
And here's the first prototype:

Now back to the ideas from other brides -
Freckledginger used two vendors that I absolutely fell in love with - her cake topper was by sophiasworkshop (She has an etsy store and a website) and some of her flowers were by dk designs hawaii (she has an etsy store as well).
Here are some samples of their work:







Wes loves the cake toppers and doesn't care about my flowers - so we're in business!
I've contacted both sellers and negotiations are in the works!
The only problem is I think a topsy turvy cake will take away from the awesome topper - So I think maybe a plain cake with a ribbon or something simple will be good.
I'm so excited about having a permanent reminder of our wedding to display - both the flowers and the cake toppers will be uniquely us and can be displayed for years!

In other news, we have a new addition to our family!
Meet Natalie Mystique Gomes (I'll post a picture later since photobucket and work don't always mix!) Her big brothers Riley and Moxie aren't too sure about her, but we think she's awesome!

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I love that cakepop cake and the big rings on it the top. So cool.

The unique tops are cute too.

I found the flowers the hardest to pick because I love them all. Love that blue and white one.

We also went to a wedding show ,they have them here every Jan. Everything from limos to honeymoons draws. You can get some real cool ideas you never thought of but weddings eat a lot of money that's for sure. You can get sticker shock.
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Love he cake toppers!
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