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Unread 2 Oct 18, 01:55 PM  
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We booked our wedding for October 2019 at Paradise Cove and it was all very exciting but now Im getting a bit stressed and anxious about planning the day itself.
Our ceremony ends at 3pm (this was the latest we could get) and I had ideas of going for a nice meal at about 5 or so (we have 4 children in the group)... however, what are we going to do between 3 and 5?! I think because we have kids its a bit harder as we cant just go somewhere to chat and have a drink. We kind of need some structure.

I am wondering whether to change the time of the ceremony to 11ish and then go for lunch, so that we can go straight there and the wedding all be over by late afternoon.

I think I am struggling with wanting it to feel like a wedding (like you would have at home for instance) but it not being like that as we arent contained as only having a ceremony and needing to organise the rest ourselves.

Sorry for the huge ramble. Would really appreciate some help or reassurance!
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Why not have a brunch earlier then meal about 4pm? I assume you will be having photos etc anyway which will pass some time?
No reason why you can't go for a sit down somewhere. Just take something to keep the kids amused, colouring or something?
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Thanks for the reply. The ceremony is at 1.30 i think so we are told to be finished and leave (so to speak) at 3pm. Think they have another event to set up for.
I guess we could do a 3pm late lunch type thing...

I wanted to book the grand 1 yacht but we have too many guests unless they dont include children!?

Didnt realise how tricky this would be
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Anyone else out there with some ideas?
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Our DD gets married at Paradise Cove on 18th July2019 at 1:30 pm we have to arrive at 1pm and leave at 3pm, there were originally 12 of us going now there are 25 up to now, they have an evening party booked for our return back to UK but wanted to do something the day of the wedding to make it feel like a big wedding like you, we had contemplated having a sit down meal after photos either in a nice restaurant near Paradise Cove or onsite somewhere in Disney then like you hiring Grand Yacht 1 but now we have too many guests, when there were only 20 guests we thought change it to 2 pontoon boats but now that numbers have grown we would need 3 which is more added costs and not sure how that would work, we had a look at restaurants while we were there this July and I think they had decided on Tratoria Alforno at Disneys Board Walk, but they are now thinking of Contemporary Resort to watch the fire works but not sure what to do during time between meal waiting for fireworks so like you we are struggling with plans and would be welcome for any suggestions also!
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Even though our wedding is small (just 2 guests) were struggling to make the day feel "special"

We're getting married at leu gardens at 11.30, we have the gazebo area for an hour but are free to begin the gardens after.
Then we were heading back to cabana bay to get changed, meal at Martinsville then hit universal/ioa.

Now it just doesn't feel "enough" if that makes sense?
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We're getting married at Paradise Cove in December. Ceremony is at 1pm. Originally we were going to book somewhere for an early evening meal, but I couldn't find anywhere that I was happy with the vegetarian options (I generally find Florida to be quite problematic, but that's another story!).

We ended up deciding to do a chilled out meal back at our villa for our guests. A friend is going to run the BBQ for us, will just get salad bowls, cheese, bread etc, plus drinks (of course!).

We have booked to stay the night at The Polynesian, so we have said to everyone that we are going to watch the fireworks from the beach there. If they want to join us great, if not that is also completely fine.

We wanted something very relaxing and chilled. Am so excited, 58 days to go!
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Even though our wedding is small (just 2 guests) were struggling to make the day feel "special"

We're getting married at leu gardens at 11.30, we have the gazebo area for an hour but are free to begin the gardens after.
Then we were heading back to cabana bay to get changed, meal at Martinsville then hit universal/ioa.

Now it just doesn't feel "enough" if that makes sense?
We got married in Leu Gardens just the two of us. It was a very special day and one we wouldnt have changed.

We had a limo to and from the venue. Could a limo be an option to make it a bit more special if you dont have one?

We got married in the afternoon and booked a very special restaurant (now closed sadly) where we could see the Epcot fireworks during our meal. So we stayed in our wedding clothes which made it a lovely day.

Leu Gardens is beautiful you will have a lovely day.
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What have you decided in the end? Hope you're sorted now.

We got married on Cocoa Beach - just 6 adults and 2 kids. Very relaxed, no pressure - we got married, had some photo's taken, messed around on the beach for an hour or so (got soaked in the sea in our wedding gear) then myself, husband and 2 kids went for lunch (In what turned out to be a lap dancing bar ! ), and everyone else had the afternoon to do what they wanted. We met back up in the evening for dinner and a few drinks then went back to the villa where we were all staying together

We chose to get married as we did as we didn't want a huge wedding being the centre of attention and wanted it as relaxed and as normal day as possible as it was actually booked after the holiday itself so it was everyone's holiday rather than them being there for our wedding.

I think it depends what you want to do - if you want the bigger day then perhaps start the day earlier and make more lavish plans for the afternoon rather than just mooching around then have a nice meal in the evening? You could find a more lively place if you wanted a more party atmosphere?
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We chose Florida because we didn't want a big wedding vibe
We had a villa so with seven family members (three generations) plus three American friends for the day we had a catered buffet meal and entertainment back at the villa. We hired entertainment for the villa and had our own music. We of course all ended up in and around our own pool.

its probably harder to replicate that big wedding vibe in Florida but easier to put your own stamp on things.
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