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  1. Thank you! Our ceremony was in the Leonardo Lounge, and the reception was in the Rex Nightclub. Both locations were really nice and spacious, I was pleasantly surprised.
  2. Thanks for all the kind words! As far as personalized things - not very much. We brought a personalized cake topper (just an "F" initial from Michael's), a guestbook, some "in memory" charms for my bouquet, and then our favors - the personalized M&M's. Honestly, with all the luggage I was bringing, I didn't want to try and lug a bunch of crap onto the ship with me that would just get thrown away or I'd have no use for after the wedding. My fiance and I are not religious at all, so we didn't feel the need to bring anything related to that for the ceremony. The only thing I'll add is
  3. Hi ladies!! Well, I've been back about 3 months now, and a very kind person sent me a PM reminding me to post about my wedding, so I figured it's better late than never. I know there's not a lot (barely any!) of information out there about cruise weddings, so I'll try to include as much as I remember. If I leave anything out or you have questions, PLEASE ASK! I'm definitely not shy about wedding stuff so I'll answer just about anything. First things first: Zac & I got married on May 5th on the Carnival Paradise while in port in Tampa. It was a 5 day cruise sailing from Tampa to Gr
  4. If you plan on not inviting some people to your reception at home, I would just wait and send their announcement until after you're back. That way you can still use normal post-wedding announcement wording. Then for those who are invited to the reception, you could mail them earlier and say something like "So and so will be married July 11, 2012 in Playa del Carmen. To help us celebrate when we return, please join us for dinner and dancing on August 4th" .. or something like that, only worded a little better.
  5. So, I plan on doing welcome bags for our guests, but I was also hoping to have some small favors for the reception on the ship, and need some ideas! Do any of you wonderful Carnival brides know if you can bring your own edible favors? I was thinking of doing the personalized m&m's, but I thought I read somewhere that edible favors have to be provided by Carnival... but now I can't find where I read that. Go figure! What else are you ladies doing/have done for favors during the reception? I'd like to not spend TOO much money, and the less cheesy, the better.
  6. Hi there!! Just wanted to pop in because I haven't seen many other Paradise brides! Mine will be May 5th at port, and we're doing the 5 day cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. I don't have much for suggestions yet, but I'll be sure to come back afterwards and let you know how it went. Have you been working with anyone at TWE? I've been e-mailing back and forth with Raven, and she's been terrific. She's helped me get everything I wanted booked so far, helped me get a custom floral quote for a bouquet I designed, and even recommended a couple hotels in the area for the nights before and afte
  7. I'm not cruising on the Sensation, but I'm on the Paradise which is essentially the same ship... we booked a grand suite, so that we would have the balcony, a tub, and the extra room to get ready on the wedding day. I think our exact room number is U90, right in the middle of the ship on the upper deck. Our parents and some other immediate family members all booked junior suites, and everyone else is in inside cabins, I believe. I just had to reply to you... we're like almost twins! We're both Ashley W and our weddings are so close, haha.. mine is May 5th!!
  8. That's a good idea! I didn't even think about selling them afterwards. I guess I'll have to try and make my case again for the fakes ones. Then I'll just have to worry about getting them on the ship along with all my other junk, argh!
  9. So, fellow cruise brides, what are you all doing for flowers?! I'm kind of stuck and can't decide how I want to handle them... if I go through Carnival and get their "tropical" flowers, it'll be $685 for all the bouquets & bouts, etc that I need. If I do them myself with silk, I got it to around $200 but then I have to deal with getting them to Florida and lugging them all onto the ship. FI is cheap (and I mean cheap ) and thinks we should just stick with what Carnival includes in the package, which is my bouquet and his bout. Which means nothing for my maid of honor, his best man, or
  10. Yep!! They only had my size left, so they had them marked way down - $70ish, if I remember right. If you want them, though, Amazon has them on sale as low at $103 (depending on color/size) right now, plus they're a style that is part of their 25% off promotion. So once you add them to your cart, it takes 25% off the price! Not a bad deal. http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Madden-Womens-Partyy-R-Satin/dp/B0058WXFSY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321554395&sr=8-1
  11. All right, I HAVE to show off my shoes. They're the Partyy-R pump by Steve Madden. They had my fuschia color on sale at Nordstrom, so I even managed to get them for almost half off. Love them!
  12. Hi ladies!! Another non-Chicago bride here. I'm Ashley and I'm getting married May 5, 2012 (cinco de mayo!! ) on a Carnival cruise. We'll be getting married while in port in Tampa, then we'll be headed to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Right now we're getting ready to send out STD's and hopefully will get started on some other projects right after the holidays.
  13. That's what we decided, too! It costs the same, and is less work for us, so pretty much a win/win situation.
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