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Congrats!  I love ur message to the brides! I really needed to hear that (Brides, don't let sh*t get to you. I know it's easier said than done. People might disappoint, frustrate, and surprise you and there are those that are just wonderful and love you. Grow from this experience, enjoy it, and most important don't take things out on your fiancé).

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I think I want to do the Carnival Liberty because it goes to Turks and Caicos. I really love that island. The oonly downside is the itinerary shows the boat leaving all of the ports rather early.
 

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Hi Ladylove, Beautiful wedding!!! I don't know if you answered this somewhere but I am curios to know the scheduling of events on your wedding day. Was your reception back on the ship?

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Thank you ladies so much! @emilyj Our reception was back on the ship. Our wedding ceremony was scheduled for 2pm (ship time), but began 2:30ish. We made it back to the Oasis dock around 4pm or possibly a little later. Took tons of pics on the dock with my hubby, bridesmaids and wedding guests...and strangers lol. Went back to our stateroom to freshen up (took a few pics in our room and on our balcony), went to dinner in the main dining room (took pics in Central Park on the way there). Our group of 41 sailing guests had tables close together in a section of the dining room but for the wedding day my bridesmaids had arranged with the dining room staff for us to have a 'head table' so our bridal party, parents and hubby and I could all sit together - so it was 1 big table with about 16 of us sitting together and then the rest close by. We then had the lounge 'Jazz on 4' booked where we hooked up our iPad and my husband played music he had pre-arranged and everyone had the cocktails we provided and boogied down. We were only to have the space for an hour, but ended up being there for an hour and a half. The cruise ship was very gracious. The staff was very accommodating because when the music stopped after the hour, our guests began giving toasts so that's what took the next half hour. After that we went all over the ship and took a ton more pics! It definitely took a lot of imagination and compromising to get to that itinerary, but it all ended up working out wonderfully. Initially, in our planning stage we had wanted dinner in one of the specialty restaurants, but for many reasons it wasn't going to work for us; yet, one of the sweetest memories I have is walking into the main dining room for dinner and EVERYONE gave us applause. The whole floor was clapping and telling us congrats as we walked by to get to our table...It was amazing!

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Your wedding pics are absolutely beautiful!  We are also getting married in St. Thomas, using Janelle, and we will be cruising on the Allure of the Seas.  Do you mind if I ask if you used the "open bar" option from Royal Caribbean for your reception in Jazz on 4 or did you just pay by the drink?  Did you do "open bar" at your dinner in the main dining room?  We are having a really tough time figuring out the beverage portion of this and how much to budget for it.  Thanks so much for your advice and your words of encouragement in your OP and congrats on a beautiful wedding and loving marriage :)

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