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Hi Everyone

My name is Krystal and I have been married to my wonderful husband for 5 years now.  I am currently planning our vow renewal/"real wedding" since we only had a courthouse wedding two months before he deployed in 2006.  I have been wanting a wedding for a long time and although it feels weird to do, I want to wear the white dress darn it!  We have a 3 year old daughter and a 1 year old son so I wanted to find a way to incorporate something fun for them.  We are currently trying to decide on either doing a Disney cruise w/ wedding or Walt Disney World wedding.  Originally we had hoped and dreamed to do a wedding in Destin, FL during the EOD memorial so we could go to the ball and have his friends there.  I thought it would be a good idea to go to Disney for the wedding and do a family vacation with out then 4 and 2 year olds.  I am looking forward to planning the wedding and talking to individuals in the same situation as we are!  Every year we start planning a honeymoon or wedding something comes up.

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    edited December 2011
    Welcome to the Board!!

    I hope you enjoy planning your VR and that your PPD (pretty princess day) is all you dream it will be!!
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    edited December 2011
    I can tell you I went to disneyland when I was 4 and 11 (I don't remember the first time) but loved it the second time :)

    Your kids may be too little to remember but they will still have fun, just take lots of photo's and video for memory sake.

    Welcome to the board! :)
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    calindicalindi member
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    I'm a huge Disney World fan, and I love that idea since you have a family!  You guys will have such fun.  Will it just be you, your FI, and your kids?  Or will you have guests?  I know to rent out the pavilion or have it at one of the Disney hotels is super expensive.  But I bet you could get a JOP to marry you somewhere fun for cheap - there's a really romantic spot near the Beach/Yacht Club hotels that is a little pavilion that would be a little secluded. Disney has done every time of wedding imaginable, so I'm sure you'd be able to make it work!  If you don't want to pay Disney, just hire a local JOP and do a "flash ceremony" somewhere - just walk up and do it!  You could even do it next to the Castle, though you'll obviously have a few more lookers-on!

    The kids may not remember it, but the family experience and the memories will be worth it.  I'm taking my friend and her 2 year old son to Disney in July - they live in Scotland and won't be back anytime soon, so she asked if it was worth it.  I told her that if she'd enjoy watching him enjoy Disney, even if he wouldn't remember it, then it is TOTALLY worth it!

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    ESquared423ESquared423 member
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    Welcome! I love Disney World and hope to celebrate one of our anniversaries there one year just because I want to walk around in the bride/groom Mickey ears! lol..I've been to DW about a dozen times since I was 14 and always see couples wearing those and get super jealous..hahahah it's so tacky, but I love it!
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    krysmama2krysmama2 member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_military-brides_hi-everyone?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:13Discussion:dc32216e-3581-4e19-97e4-4bbff7be159dPost:8ca711f3-b1b1-43d6-b959-c05c9fc7a05c">Re: Hi Everyone</a>:
    [QUOTE]I'm a huge Disney World fan, and I love that idea since you have a family!  You guys will have such fun.  Will it just be you, your FI, and your kids?  Or will you have guests?  I know to rent out the pavilion or have it at one of the Disney hotels is super expensive.  But I bet you could get a JOP to marry you somewhere fun for cheap - there's a really romantic spot near the Beach/Yacht Club hotels that is a little pavilion that would be a little secluded. Disney has done every time of wedding imaginable, so I'm sure you'd be able to make it work!  If you don't want to pay Disney, just hire a local JOP and do a "flash ceremony" somewhere - just walk up and do it!  You could even do it next to the Castle, though you'll obviously have a few more lookers-on! The kids may not remember it, but the family experience and the memories will be worth it.  I'm taking my friend and her 2 year old son to Disney in July - they live in Scotland and won't be back anytime soon, so she asked if it was worth it.  I told her that if she'd enjoy watching him enjoy Disney, even if he wouldn't remember it, then it is TOTALLY worth it!
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    <div>Thanks! The problem with having our wedding during the EOD ball is that our family would need to babysit for us while we went and I thought that was a bit unfair.  Plus, our nieces have never been to Disney World and I thought it would also be a lot of fun for them too!  Weddings at Disney World did not seem to be too bad compared to other venues.  They have an "Escape Collection" that starts at $4750 and includes a venue, cake, bouquet, limousine, bottle of champagne, annual passes for the couple, and covers 20 guests.  If you include a reception the minimum expenditure would be $7500.  If you do a "Wishes Collection" the minimum expenditure is $10,000.  Is that a high-cost wedding?  It seemed to be reasonable compared to other weddings I have seen but please let me know if that is high :) We would also be able to take advantage of military discounts and tickets to cover the kids and in-laws.  My family is retired military so they could also stay at Shades of Green.  I do like your idea about the JOP although technically we could have a family member do it, lol! I know you are unable to wear a wedding dress within the park for safety reasons.  We also may look into having the wedding at Shades of Green, they are very reasonable but do not have package prices.  We are also willing to push back the date to February 2013 so we can save up the money to cover a Wishes ceremony and the kids will be 5 and 3, a little older to enjoy the parks.  I just think it would be adorable to have my daughter in a princess costume as our flower girl.  </div>
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