evallance (wedding date: August 31, 2013)
We chose to have a native chief do our ceremony and to include a blessing to the four directions. People seemed to really like her and commented on how “us” that was. Neither of us is actually native.
Mrs. Dragon (wedding date: September 22, 2012)
Rather than focus on inviting a ton of family members, we opted to invite the nearest and dearest and fill the rest up with friends, instead. We only had a 50-person guest list, and if we had invited all the aunts and uncles and cousins, we would have gone over that limit. So we had our immediate family members, grandparents, a few cousins, and a few aunts—we probably hurt some feelings, but it wouldn’t have been our wedding otherwise!
mylittleviolett (wedding date: May 19, 2013)
To our family, everything about our wedding was nontraditional. I’m from a big Italian family and our wedding was not the typical Italian wedding. Our ceremony was outside in an apple orchard and all of our guests loved it.
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Sustenance being kind of important, the decision of where to eat each meal on our honeymoon was a matter of some discussion early on. Disney makes it both easy and hard by offering plenty of dining options at various levels of service and price points. (After all, they don’t want you leaving the parks for anything if they can help it, so they try to cater to [yes, I went there] as many different tastes as possible.) They also offer the Disney Dining Plan as a way to pre-pay meal and snack credits, and on the plan we chose (Deluxe Dining) it gave our trip the feeling of being at an all-inclusive resort (well, almost—tips and booze were extra, just like on most cruises).
Let’s face it: very little is cheap at a Disney park or resort, but you go more or less expecting the markup. The Dining Plan isn’t always a money-saving device, but it is a hassle-saving device, and a no-sticker-shock device if you’re the type to get antsy at the thought of $30 entrees. It was just nice not to have to think too much about it in the moment.
Rather than go day-by-day, here’s a breakdown of where we ate by category and a few thoughts on (and plenty of pictures of) our experience with each. Who knows, if you’re still on the fence about where to dine on your Disney honeymoon, this might help sway your decision one way or the other.
Quick Service/Counter Service
(left) Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory breakfasts (right) Sunshine Seasons
This is the Disney equivalent to fast food, and we used it mainly for breakfasts at the resort and once in EPCOT (Sunshine Seasons in The Land). Breakfast fare at Disney is pretty standard: eggs in various ways, breakfast meats and sandwiches, with some specialties depending on your resort. For instance, there were beignets available at our resort seeing as it was French Quarter themed. I stuck to simple, safe dishes like cheese omelets and oatmeal most mornings rather than having to go through the allergy procedure of calling over one of the chefs or managers and going through the big book of ingredients.
Hey guys, this is Mr. Bee again. It’s been a year since I last blogged on Weddingbee, about the severe head injury that board member Macintosh’s husband suffered after being hit by a car.
Macintosh emailed a thank you on the anniversary of the accident and as we chatted over email, I asked her for an update to share with the Weddingbee community. I wanted to post her story here because we talk a lot about weddings here on Weddingbee but at its heart, I think a wedding is really about the wedding vow. And I think that when something like this happens, it really tests the traditional wedding vow: “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health.”
Here is Macintosh’s letter:
One year ago today, I was riding the train on my way home from work, completely unaware that my life was about to change forever. It was a little after 5, and my husband was riding his bicycle home from his job at a small town library. The sun was already going down, so he turned on the lights on the front and back of his bicycle and strapped on his helmet. Justin had been riding his bike around the Chicago streets for years, but today he was only riding through the suburb of Berwyn. He was almost home, traveling north through a green light when he was hit.
My sister, MOH Curls, has a tendency to exaggerate about some of my not-so-fine points, so if you find yourself in conversation with her, just keep that in mind. Little sisters, right? She likes to remind me that I “hate kids.” And this is not true. I don’t hate kids, I’m just not very good with kids. I’m not Robin Scherbatsky or anything, but I just feel like I don’t connect with them very well.
My sister and I used to tag-team babysit sometimes, and I was always in charge of preparing their dinner and making sure they got to bed on time and that we didn’t leave a mess behind. She was the one that played games and kept them entertained. But I’m only human female, and precious little kids will give me some pretty hardcore baby fever and that’s something I’m trying to keep at bay for a little while! I feel like I’m getting better at interacting with kids—being a cast member at Disney World will do that to you—but I’m not really around children in my life.
Suffice it to say, we won’t be having any children at the wedding. It’s not because I don’t like kids, it’s just that we really don’t know any.
That also means no flower girl or ring bearer. None of our family members have children yet, but a couple of his friends do (including one groomsman). We thought about including the groomsman’s son as a ring bearer, but he would still be a little young and the only child in attendance, and we didn’t want the parents to have to worry about him all night. And anyone else we thought of would have been a stretch, and I didn’t think it was worth it.
So we just skipped right over the decision that some people go through about children “ruining” a wedding. Crying during the ceremony, taking over the dance floor, sticking fingers in the cake (a crime committed by MOH Curls at our aunt’s wedding back in the day!)—I think these would all be worth the risk if we had tiny cousins, nieces, nephews, or godchildren. Showing them the pictures when they grow up or sharing the stories of the day would be worth it even if there were some misbehaving.
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Hi hive! I’m all done with telling you about my wedding(s), but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to talk about holiday gifts! I love giving gifts and think about Christmas gifts all year long, but with Pinterest and blogging, it’s not always easy to keep those things a secret. Luckily, I don’t need to keep them a secret from you!
WHAT I’VE ASKED SANTA FOR
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I’ve been using my phone to take pictures ever since I got it, and basically haven’t used my older point-and-shoot for a really long time, so long that it’s basically obsolete now. The problem is that while phones are convenient, they don’t take the greatest shots. I’m not that committed to photography that I need or want a DSLR, but I do want something that takes better pictures for big trips, life events, and blogging. This is Canon’s long-zoom point-and-shoot with a wide-angle lens. It’s the best of both worlds in a compact body!
bruin2005 shows off her DIY Swarovski crystal rhinestone wedding heels.
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For the longest time (read: a few months), Mr. Big and I have been searching up and down for shirts for the groom, the best man, and the groomsmen, which fit the following criteria:
I made a board of different shirt combinations that may work for the groomsmen, best man, and groom, but Mr. Big hated them all. They either didn’t fit the similar weave/fabric criteria or had patterns (and he hates patterns on shirts for formal wear).
But let me show you some of these combinations, hive!
Plain blue pinpoint shirt for the best man, plain blue indigo poplin shirts for the groomsmen, white shirt for the groom / Shirts via T.M. Lewin
I was a bit frazzled from, well, stuff going wrong, and we were running out of time in the reception and our photographer’s time. Thus, I put on a brave face and decided we were going to cut the cake ASAP, just so we would insure that we would get some pictures of it.
I believed I talked in great detail about the sheer number of cupcakes we tried out in order to pick a bakery for our cupcakes. We ended up picking Cakeology, half because their logo is a panda (and what can I say, I’m a sucker for cute logos) and half because their cupcakes are delicious.
Photo by Lisa Rigby Photography
Well, this ended up being our cupcake tower on the day of. We had a small cutting cake on top with some of our flowers on top. On the bottom, we had four different types of cupcake, german chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, strawberry white chocolate, and peach melba.