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#111 Prettyhazardous

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    Posted 02 February 2009 - 12:28 AM

    That makes sense but my FI really had his heart set on being married on the beach (Like Martin and Gina haha). That's his only wedding request oh and that he doesn't have to wear a suit. So I'm like ok I'll give you those two things.
    Thus far I have only ordered my gown (like 2 weeks ago) but I loved my one experience there. I'm usually a person who takes forever to make a decision but I got my gown on my first visit there.My consultant was Julie she was great, not at all overbearing but she knew her stuff and knew what would l;ook righ on me, yet she still allowed my mom to pick stuff that was soo not me style just to make her feel good. I actually went there to get this Alfred Angelo gown but they didnt have it so I tried on other gowns and fell in love with this Mori Lee gown.
    I don't know how familiar you are with Pikesville but We Fit on right on Riestertown road near Backfin resturaunt. Everyone in my family gets their undegarments for weddings or speical events there. We are all rather busty lol.

    #112 Reese78

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      Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:46 AM

      Hi Ladies!

      Wondering if anyone is buying actual first aid kits? If not, what type of container are you buying to put all the goodies in? I am at a lost of what type and where people are getting these. Did I miss something?

      Trying to find all the goodies even I dont put everything together for another month...I know I'm a procrastinator but I know it'll all get done

      Just hope I'm sane afterwards.

      #113 Reese78

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        Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:51 AM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Prettyhazardous
        That makes sense but my FI really had his heart set on being married on the beach (Like Martin and Gina haha). That's his only wedding request oh and that he doesn't have to wear a suit. So I'm like ok I'll give you those two things.
        Thus far I have only ordered my gown (like 2 weeks ago) but I loved my one experience there. I'm usually a person who takes forever to make a decision but I got my gown on my first visit there.My consultant was Julie she was great, not at all overbearing but she knew her stuff and knew what would l;ook righ on me, yet she still allowed my mom to pick stuff that was soo not me style just to make her feel good. I actually went there to get this Alfred Angelo gown but they didnt have it so I tried on other gowns and fell in love with this Mori Lee gown.
        I don't know how familiar you are with Pikesville but We Fit on right on Riestertown road near Backfin resturaunt. Everyone in my family gets their undegarments for weddings or speical events there. We are all rather busty lol.
        Ah man a beach wedding; thats going to be beautiful!

        Do you have to bring the dress for getting the undergarment? I just want to make sure my ladies remain in their place for the whole day. This was one of my major concerns doing the strapless dress; support for the ladies. I dont wear anything strapless cause I just dont feel supported with the strapless bra's. Thanks for the referral!

        #114 Prettyhazardous

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          Posted 06 February 2009 - 11:04 AM

          Lol Thats mu big concern too. I hadnt even planned to wear a strapless gown bc I need a lot of support, but I'm comfy with my decision. I think you should take your gown but I would call them to find out for sure.
          Regarding the first aid kits. You can either pick them up at like target or walmart in the travel section for ab 1.00 to 1.99. I always get em before I travel. Or I just refill em before I travel. Or you can make em yourself. I'm sure it'd prolly be cheaper to pick up a bunch of band aid alcohol wipes etc etc. Check out the DIY thread and post the question of how to make a cute first aid kit. Someone will come up with or share their creative ideas. Good Luck.

          #115 merocket59

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            Posted 06 February 2009 - 11:31 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Reese78
            Hi Ladies!

            Wondering if anyone is buying actual first aid kits? If not, what type of container are you buying to put all the goodies in? I am at a lost of what type and where people are getting these. Did I miss something?

            Trying to find all the goodies even I dont put everything together for another month...I know I'm a procrastinator but I know it'll all get done

            Just hope I'm sane afterwards.
            People have so many great ideas regarding these, a lot of people buy Johnson & Johnson ones from Target or any other drug store and make their own label for the top. Some people use little paper bags and put a cute quote on them and add their own supplies. I am using sliding pencil boxes that I found at Staples during one of their penny deals and adding my own label. I just finished nursing school so I've collected a ton of alcohol wipes on my way (always throughing them in my pocket and not using all of them) so I put them aside for the boxes and I'll get the rest of the supplies at BJs or Sams wholesale club.

            #116 InspiredBride

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              Posted 07 February 2009 - 10:25 AM

              With the cruise first aid kits, I was thinking I might skip them since you can always get everything you need from the nurse's station on the ship...But if I was going to do one I'd do bandaids, tylenol/advil, and Pepto/Rolaids. I might also get a few of those motion sickness patches to give out before the cruise in case anyone is worried about getting seasick. I can't remember the name of them, but it's the kind that you wear for the whole trip. It worked well for FI and best friend last cruise.

              #117 Prettyhazardous

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                Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:40 AM

                Kimber when I was typing my last comment in here I was kinda thinking the same thing: Since most things are provided free of charger why make the first aid kits? Plus on Carnival in your bathroom they provided little toiletries like razors a few pills (like sample size items). But I think I will do as someone said and go to Sams and buy in bulk (band aid, alcohol wipes maybe small neosporin sp?, And maybe little packets of pills if they have the one that come two in a pack), then make my own little kits. My group seems to be growing larger and larger so my budgeting is getting smaller and smaller lol.

                I have a question. Is anyone bring their own minister? And if so how much is he charging. My pastor and first lady are making a vacay out of our wedding so they will meet us in St Thomas to marry us. But he is saying that he doesnt want us to pay for anything for him. Now granted we have great relationship with our pastor and he is a very generous man but we still want to give him something. We were planning to pay for his flight and one night hotel stay. But he says he's thinking of trying to use his timeshare time for the trip. So can someone give me a valid amt of what you think we should pay him. We were thinking between $500-$1000. (We'd budgeted $1000 just in case he wanted to go on the cruise in which we would have paid for his whole trip).

                #118 Banana11

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                  Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:52 AM

                  Hey fellow cruise brides! We are back from our wedding cruise on Freedom of the Seas and it was fabulous! That ship is amazing, so much to do, delicious food, and the best staff around. Sarice, you will just love your cruise! Make sure to check out lunch in the main dining room. I didn't discover that until the last day and it was so yummy! They have this giant salad bar and you walk around and point to what you want. The chef mixes it all together, chops it up, and serves it with fresh bread. OMG that sounds so good right now :)! Our guests kept thanking us for picking such a great ship. That was a big relief to hear!

                  My advice after going through our wedding and cruise experience is to be ready for whatever comes your way. Everything I had read on different wedding message boards said be prepared as something will go wrong on your wedding day. Their advice was to just go with it and everything will be fine. Because of their advice, I went on this journey saying I will be totally satisfied as long as I come home married. That really helped me deal with the bumps in the road we encountered on our wedding day. And it turns out we were really really lucky to have our wedding!

                  I woke up, stepped out on my balcony in Jamaica, and found it to be super humid, cloudy, windy, and rainy. On the way to the hotel it rained even more. Once we got to the hotel our WC said we needed to be ready to go promptly at 1 p.m. as pouring rain and a cold front was approaching and we needed to beat it. The WC ran around setting up tents and clearing out the rainwater and mud. After I saw 1:15 pass, then 1:30 p.m. pass with no one coming to get me and my dad, I knew something was wrong. The WC called my room and asked when we needed to be back on the ship. She said everyone was in place and ready to go except the minister hadn't showed up yet. OMG, I couldn't believe it! I was able to let the terrible weather go and accept the fact that there would be no beach pictures, etc. but leaving there unmarried wasn't an option. They scrambled to find another minister and he showed up around 1:45. The new minister was sooooooooo amazing! He gave a beautiful ceremony and palm blessing. I guess it was meant to be that he would marry us :). Anyway, I hope by sharing this you can see it never goes as planned but at least it still goes! One of the biggest bummers to me is our pictures and video. We weren't able to get many because of the down pouring rain and wind. We had to hide under tents and this pink cement structure and that's where we took almost all of our photos . But, I do have tons of memories from all of the craziness! The next day our ship was unable to get to Grand Cayman because of weather and a couple on our ship couldn't have their wedding. My heart broke for them and I also knew how fortunate and blessed we were to have our day. I don't have many pictures yet to share. Sarice, if you want Freedom of the Seas pics let me know. As my family/friends start loading them onto our photoshare site I can send them your way! Let me know if you have any questions!

                  Oh, you mentioned needing lots of support in your strapless dresses. I'm also bigger on top (DD) and was worried about that. My seamstress sewed cups under the lining of my dress and it worked perfectly!!! At first I hated the idea of not being able to wear a bra. She suggested buying Hollywood Tape as a security blanket and it worked like a charm! Plus, you won't have to worry about your bra showing or pulling on your dress.

                  #119 Cattie

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                    Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:41 PM

                    Andrea!! I can't wait to see your pics!! I'm so excited to go on Explorer for our wedding!

                    And I'm still fighting with Royal trying to get Portofino's reservations!!!

                    #120 Reese78

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                      Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:44 PM

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                      Originally Posted by ~Andrea~
                      Hey fellow cruise brides! We are back from our wedding cruise on Freedom of the Seas and it was fabulous! That ship is amazing, so much to do, delicious food, and the best staff around. Sarice, you will just love your cruise! Make sure to check out lunch in the main dining room. I didn't discover that until the last day and it was so yummy! They have this giant salad bar and you walk around and point to what you want. The chef mixes it all together, chops it up, and serves it with fresh bread. OMG that sounds so good right now :)! Our guests kept thanking us for picking such a great ship. That was a big relief to hear!

                      My advice after going through our wedding and cruise experience is to be ready for whatever comes your way. Everything I had read on different wedding message boards said be prepared as something will go wrong on your wedding day. Their advice was to just go with it and everything will be fine. Because of their advice, I went on this journey saying I will be totally satisfied as long as I come home married. That really helped me deal with the bumps in the road we encountered on our wedding day. And it turns out we were really really lucky to have our wedding!

                      I woke up, stepped out on my balcony in Jamaica, and found it to be super humid, cloudy, windy, and rainy. On the way to the hotel it rained even more. Once we got to the hotel our WC said we needed to be ready to go promptly at 1 p.m. as pouring rain and a cold front was approaching and we needed to beat it. The WC ran around setting up tents and clearing out the rainwater and mud. After I saw 1:15 pass, then 1:30 p.m. pass with no one coming to get me and my dad, I knew something was wrong. The WC called my room and asked when we needed to be back on the ship. She said everyone was in place and ready to go except the minister hadn't showed up yet. OMG, I couldn't believe it! I was able to let the terrible weather go and accept the fact that there would be no beach pictures, etc. but leaving there unmarried wasn't an option. They scrambled to find another minister and he showed up around 1:45. The new minister was sooooooooo amazing! He gave a beautiful ceremony and palm blessing. I guess it was meant to be that he would marry us :). Anyway, I hope by sharing this you can see it never goes as planned but at least it still goes! One of the biggest bummers to me is our pictures and video. We weren't able to get many because of the down pouring rain and wind. We had to hide under tents and this pink cement structure and that's where we took almost all of our photos . But, I do have tons of memories from all of the craziness! The next day our ship was unable to get to Grand Cayman because of weather and a couple on our ship couldn't have their wedding. My heart broke for them and I also knew how fortunate and blessed we were to have our day. I don't have many pictures yet to share. Sarice, if you want Freedom of the Seas pics let me know. As my family/friends start loading them onto our photoshare site I can send them your way! Let me know if you have any questions!

                      Oh, you mentioned needing lots of support in your strapless dresses. I'm also bigger on top (DD) and was worried about that. My seamstress sewed cups under the lining of my dress and it worked perfectly!!! At first I hated the idea of not being able to wear a bra. She suggested buying Hollywood Tape as a security blanket and it worked like a charm! Plus, you won't have to worry about your bra showing or pulling on your dress.
                      OMG! You looked beautiful! Congrats and I'm glad everything worked out in spite of the weather. I would love to see your pics. We are really starting to get excited about the cruise and wedding and surprisingly so is the family. We just sent out our invitations so people are starting to call us; this is also the reason for the delay in my reply...the labor of love that is wedding .

                      I just had my first fitting and the seamstress said I should be fine no cups or anything. It kinda worries me but with the corset back I was OK; it was still weird no bra and out in public. Outside of a swimsuit this is first time for my DD's I even considered having her add straps but she assured me I will be fine; had me walk around a bit and I'll admit I didnt think I would pop out. The final decision will have to be made by the next fitting though.




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