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Old 08-15-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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Angie and Evas Italy/Germany Wishes at EPCOT and California Grill October 10, 2014

So excited to start this planning journal! We are Angie and Eva, and we are now planning our Wishes Wedding (well, technically its a "Commitment Ceremony")! Its all so very exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I really never thought that we would actually be able to get married in our lifetime, and now the dream is coming true.

About us, we have actually been together 22 years this past April. Angie is a family practice physician, and Eva is an artist (mostly works with glass) with a BA in Psychology. We live with our 4 dogs in San Antonio, Texas, and Angie's mom lives in our guest house.



Angie is Italian and most of her family hails from around the Detroit, Michigan area (Go Tigers!), and Eva is of German decent, and she has a very small area that is mostly local here.

We absolutely love Disney, and this past December 2012, we actually bought into the Disney Vacation Club, which we are going to use for the first time this October for the Food & Wine festival, and am staying at the Boardwalk Villas!

Our plans:

OK, have edited this thread as we have gone back to our original plan, to have the event in October 2014, over the weekend before Columbus day - Great weather (not too hot), Food and Wine Festival, low crowds, MNNSHP... so many good bonuses to this time of year!



We would like to incorporate both our heritages in the event, so we are trying to decide between Ceremony in Germany or Italy, reception in either California Grill or Living Seas, and dessert party in the World Showcase- preferably Italy... we wanted the Dessert Party in Italy on the Isola West (wedding party expected to have about 40-50 guests as of now)... however, after making contact with the Disney Fairytale Weddings office, we have discovered that the Isola West is not available for use during Food & Wine at all, and the Isola is only available Mon-Thursday during F&W. However, the minimum number or people for a dessert Party on the Isola is 100. So we are trying to arrange to have the dessert party in the UK.

Another snag is that none of the pavilions are available to have a dessert party on fridays and saturdays during the F&W, so at the moment we are trying to decide between dessert/welcome party on Thursday with ceremony and brunch reception on Friday, or entire event on Sunday. I already posed this question in another post on the boards, and the response really favored the Sunday all in a day celebration... so we are leaning that way (although it will cut into my football time, I guess I will deal....or TIVO)....



Wedding Party Size: Right now 51 have told us they want to come
Hotel Blocks: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Port Orleans, Pop century (wanted Art of Animation but it is not available for the block)

As an aside, several of our family are military or ex-military and asked us to inquire about using Shades of Green, but we were told that since Disney doesn't own this resort, it cannot be used for the room block, and rooms here cannot count towards your room number minimums.)

We have not yet been formally assigned a wedding planner yet, but have been exchanging emails with one of the planners named Joe who has scheduled us to have out site visit when we area there for food and wine in October! So exciting!
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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These are the wedding outfits we have come up with so far.... Kind of a German Style dress for Eva:



Angie is not a dress girl... she found this vintage outfit, and though its not available, we are using it for inspiration..

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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Congrats!!!!

Nov 2014 Bride here as well!!! Looking forward to reading your PJ. I'm just starting my planning too!!!
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:00 PM   #4
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So we are now busy trying to fill in the room block... definitely a challenge trying to estimate the travel plans of so many people, but Im not sweating it... I know it can be changed, and I know we will have no problem meeting the 25 night minimum as I plan to use my DVC points to try to book at least 10 rooms for at least the 2 nights around the wedding for all the close family.

We want to do the room block now, even though we cannot sign the letter of agreement until the 1 year mark, because if we can sign the form and get it back to DFTW quick enough, we might be able to get our annual passes to use this year for when we go for food and wine since we will be in Disney this Oct 21-16, AND for the wedding when we will be there Oct 8-14, 2014... so get both trips under the pass!

(and don't forget, going to have to go back at some point for the tasting....Im thinking in May 2014 during Star Wars Weekends!)

Next plan is to figure out the photography...so many horror stories about Disney photographers... and I saw LurkyLoo's Magic Kingdom shoot pictures and that has me rethinking if we are going to do that at all too (something I thought for sure was a must do)... I would like to see of we can do engagement photos when we are there this Oct...
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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Yay for starting a planning journal! I love your outfit inspirations!

I'm sorry my MK photos have scared you off, but you will find there are people lately who've been very happy with theirs. You might do a search for threads with photographer recommendations, which pop up here every couple of months. Unfortunately Disney can't guarantee you a specific photographer, but they will try to get you who you want.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #6
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OK- so we are now sold and decided on having the entire ceremony on Sunday- so next step is solidifying the location of the brunch reception...

I stayed up until 1am last night comparing the brunch offerings of California Grill vs the Disney Catering brunch offerings... I love the California Grill Champagne Brunch menu, but its pricey at $110 pp- however this includes a champagne and mimosa bar... but at 40-50 people, it might be more expensive then we are willing to go, and I was so looking forward to the tasting experience, that if we went Cali Grill and I didnt get that, it just seems like a let down (paying more...getting less)...

The Tinkerbell Brunch is $75pp- (but I know I can customize the menu some, which is apparently frowned upon at the Cali Grill). Would be nice if the Disney Catering side offered a champagne or bloody mary bar, but they do not... could add bottles of champagne I suppose... but then we have to settle on a location- Attic is too small, Ariels seems too not us, Living Seas looks cool, but I worry it will be too dark and enclosed for a Sunday Brunch, and I dont care for the Ballroom idea (Im at Disney! I want a Disney area!)

I am hoping we get inspiration for one site over the other when we do our site visit in October, but the only issue is we need to sign our contract about 2 weeks before we go to lock in the date- so we have to pick something...

Anyone who has done or seen these locations have any advice?
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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OK- so just found the "Disney Wedding Podcast"! I have never really listened to any podcasts before, so this was new for me, and I just finished the most recent one, "Nikki & Matt" and now I think the Atlantic Dance Hall sounds kinda cool too! It would be sweet to boat the wedding party over from the World Showcase for the reception... and since most are staying at the Boardwalk, it would be way close... gotta put that one on the list for the site visit!

We had briefly discussed having the ceremony in Germany, the Reception in Italy and the dessert party in the UK... but if there was rain that day... every single one of our plans would be shot... so we think it is probably best to have at least the reception planned for indoors, in case the worst happens, at least one thing won't be affected....
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Well... Found a hiccup in our plans to have all of our events on the same day, and that is that the photographers we really want, The Arndts, are not available that day (already nabbed by another Disney bride- darn it!)...

Also, we have determined that our most important aspect of the wedding is #1.- Time of year (October), and #2. That the dessert party is on the Italy Isola... since we don't meet the minimum for the dessert party on the Isola (100)... that means we need to do a dinner/fireworks party (minimum of 50 people). The Isola is only available Sun-Thurs in October... which narrows it down further..... so now, do we have ceremony at 9 am and wait all the way until evening for the reception... or do we have 2 parties, a reception and then a dinner, or do we have a welcome dinner on the Isola, and then ceremony the next day with reception at Living Seas?

Not sure anyone can help us with all the decisions... Just trying to talk it through!
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Well... Found a hiccup in our plans to have all of our events on the same day, and that is that the photographers we really want, The Arndts, are not available that day (already nabbed by another Disney bride- darn it!)...

Also, we have determined that our most important aspect of the wedding is #1.- Time of year (October), and #2. That the dessert party is on the Italy Isola... since we don't meet the minimum for the dessert party on the Isola (100)... that means we need to do a dinner/fireworks party (minimum of 50 people). The Isola is only available Sun-Thurs in October... which narrows it down further..... so now, do we have ceremony at 9 am and wait all the way until evening for the reception... or do we have 2 parties, a reception and then a dinner, or do we have a welcome dinner on the Isola, and then ceremony the next day with reception at Living Seas?

Not sure anyone can help us with all the decisions... Just trying to talk it through!
I'd say welcome dinner on the Isola and then ceremony the next day with Living Seas reception... That's sort of the best of everything! Good luck talking it through I'm enjoying your PJ!
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So excited! WE GOT OUR DATES!!!

WHOO - HOO!

Just received the email this morning from our contact Joe at the wedding office, and we are confirmed for :

Thursday Oct 9, 2014: Welcome Dinner and Dessert Party on Italy Isola
Friday Oct 10, 2014, 9am: Ceremony at Germany
Friday Ocy 10, 2014, 10:30am: Brunch Reception at the Living Seas!

Found out they actually ended up doing lotteries for most of our plans for those wanting the Sunday October 12... so glad we were able to get out of the way of all that!

Have between 50-55 expected to attend now... and couldnt be happier!

Just waiting for the email with the contract now, so we can send it back with the $2000 deposit... as soon as they get it, they will send us an email with the annual passes voucher so we can use the passes for our trip next week to the Food and Wine! So excited!!
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:34 PM   #13
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Here's the confirmation date dance!

So glad you got your dates (and that we ended up not competing!) I think I said it in my PJ but LSS was our second choice reception venue but I liked it just as much as ADH! (ADH is better for dancing though, which is why it won out for us). This is going to be such a fun weekend with all of us down in WDW!
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So excited! WE GOT OUR DATES!!!

WHOO - HOO!

Just received the email this morning from our contact Joe at the wedding office, and we are confirmed for :

Thursday Oct 9, 2014: Welcome Dinner and Dessert Party on Italy Isola
Friday Oct 10, 2014, 9am: Ceremony at Germany
Friday Ocy 10, 2014, 10:30am: Brunch Reception at the Living Seas!

Found out they actually ended up doing lotteries for most of our plans for those wanting the Sunday October 12... so glad we were able to get out of the way of all that!

Have between 50-55 expected to attend now... and couldnt be happier!

Just waiting for the email with the contract now, so we can send it back with the $2000 deposit... as soon as they get it, they will send us an email with the annual passes voucher so we can use the passes for our trip next week to the Food and Wine! So excited!!
I'm so excited for you!!! It is so great that you got your date confirmed and your venues. Now your planning can REALLY begin! I think your events sound wonderful and I can't wait to read all about your plans as time goes on!

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Hope you had fun on your planning trip. Hope everything worked out liked you wanted.

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