graceandthomas: Here's a long one for you too : )
That would be so cool if you had your wedding on Thursday! I totally understand why you want to do that week. It will make yours and your future employers life easier if you can just delay your start date.
O my god I am jealous! I would absolutely love to go to on a cruise to Europe that sounds AMAZING! I have been on a couple Caribbean cruises and if I am remembering correctly both departed on Sundays so I think your plan sounds like a good one. I would for sure get with a travel agent they might be able to give you some stats on how many leave on Sunday versus any other day.
As for us we are going to stay at the resort (possibly upgrade to the grand at the end) for 10 nights. Most of our guests are staying for 5 nights so that would give us some nice alone time.
No, when we reserved our date we just filled out a form that Melissa (my TA) sent to us and scanned copies of my id and credit card to hold the date. I plan on sending out save the dates in june with an informational packet so I will probably book our stay somewhere around that time. So I say you should go for it if that day will work just so you don't have to worry about it getting snatched up and figure out the rest of your stay later when cruises post their stuff. Hopefully they will get it up in the next few months... march maybe?
I also plan on DIY'ing as much as I can! I am going to use our engagement photos that we are taking in April to make postcards on vistaprint. If you sign up for their emails you get amazing offers including 100 FREE postcards. I am totally just going to do that and save the money! Others have used them and they look really nice. I also want to make our invitations and plan to do the boarding pass idea. I found a template and some starfish clipart in my wedding colors that I will use so hopefully they will look good! I also want to do OOT bags but I am not sure what I am going to put in them. I want to do special ones for the kids that are coming with beach toys maybe.... What are you thinking about putting in them? O I am also making our table numbers using our engagement photos and want to do escort cards/table assignments out of starfish or sanddollors. Also, I think and probably programs with our monogram at the top..... Wow that seems like a lot right now lol good thing we have a year and 5 months : ) Do you think you are going to do programs or menus or anything like that?
Originally Posted by graceandthomas
Get ready for a longish one, girl!
Date: As of today, I'm thinking maybe the Thursday the 14th? Here's our date dilemma: Our graduation from THE Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes! is on Sunday the 10th. We both really would love to make it happen the following week... mainly so our employers can just push our official start date as "full-timers" back a couple of weeks and not deal with taking vacation time when we have none! Also, for our honeymoon we are looking to take a European cruise. Unfortunately, many cruise lines haven't posted their June 2012 sailings yet, which makes things difficult in terms of choosing a date that gives us plenty of time in Jamaica but allows us to leave a day or two after the ceremony to catch a plane to Europe. All of this is why we don't have a date booked! I'm fairly certain a Thursday wedding would work out well because based on this year's cruise itineraries, most embark on a Saturday or Sunday, so I would have a day to recover and relax (maybe? depending on flight times...) and then head for the cruise on Saturday. I REALLY just need the cruise lines to get it together and inform me of their sailing dates and my life would be much easier! Also, I should probably hurry up and get with a TA, they may know more than me...
As for DIY stuff, yes!! I hope to make STDs and any other "paper" items I want to use. Also, I want to make some crafty OOT bags. What are you planning on making?! I'd love to hear your ideas.
When you booked your date, did you also have to book your entire stay? If not, maybe I can get my date settled and figure out the coming and going later?!
I'm so nervous about getting a date worked out! I've poured through so many reviews and done entirely too much research, so I know Iberostar is the only place I want this wedding to be held! I'm just concerned all the dates that work are going to be gone! Ahhhh!!!
And I agree, I'd love to be able to plan with you... It would be so fun and encouraging to have someone to go through this with!! Happy planning and thanks for your help!!