💍 Let the MAGIC begin 💍
I never thought this moment would come but guys I am planning my very own Disney Fairytale Wedding! Pinch me because I truly feel like I’m dreaming, I always tear up when watching Disney Fairytale Weddings on Disney+ and to think I will be just like one of those brides in a little under a year is beyond exciting!
ICYMI – we got engaged in February at Disney Aulani (proposal story HERE) + from the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married at Disney World since it’s a close location for both of our families on the East Coast, PLUS it only makes sense given my LOVE of Disney (as if that weren’t yet obvious hehe :p). I want to share the entire Wedding Planning journey with ya’ll so here is blog post 1 (of many to come sharing initial steps in planning our Disney Wedding!)
So I was lucky in terms of knowing right away we wanted to have a Disney Wedding + it just so happened a few weeks after getting engaged Disney World was holding it’s Disney Fairytale Weddings Showcase where they share information with brides to be about planning a Disney Wedding, samples of cakes, tablescapes, food, floral + so much more so my future mother-in-law & I attended the showcase at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!
We got to meet vendors, check out tons of Disney Wedding merchandise, see various wedding ceremony locations throughout the resort and meet one on one with Disney Wedding Planners to help make your vision come to life!
After attending the showcase we got a clear idea of the locations you can have your Disney Wedding, minimum requirements, budget, add ons + more so here’s some exciting things I learned at the Disney Wedding Showcase that are also helping me step by step when planning my wedding ♥
Before getting to the steps of planning I highly suggest your initial step if you want to have a Disney Wedding is reach out to the Disney Weddings team on their website. From there you can choose where you are interested in having your Disney Wedding whether it be Disneyland in California, Disney World in Orlando, Disney Aulani in Hawaii etc. http://www.disneyweddings.com/
The Disney Weddings team will then connect you with the right location and designate consultants to assist you in the beginning stages of inquiring about planning your Disney Wedding. Luckily I got to meet my consultant while I was at the Disney Wedding Showcase and that consultant brought us for some site visits at Disney World etc which helped a lot in the planning process. Once you brainstorm ideas and concepts with your Disney Wedding Consultant, the real planning begins…
Step One – Plan Your Budget + Your Guest Count
Mike + I decided on a budget for the wedding early on along with estimated guest count, that comes in handy when beginning to brainstorm locations for your ceremony + your reception. The Disney Weddings team is awesome with working within your budget and you can have a Disney Wedding at various price points mainly dependent on guest count, time of year, day of the week, type of entertainment you want etc.
We plan on having around 85-100 people total and based on that and certain venues I wanted we were able to lock in our date and location options!
Step Two – Pick Your Venues
After coming up with your budget and guest count you can then decide your venues for your Ceremony, your pre-cocktail reception + your dinner + dancing reception. Different Disney Wedding locations have different requirements whether it be minimum guest count or type of dinner service available (plated vs buffet) etc.
We decided on our venues based on a few factors: Guest Count, Wanting our guests to be able to see fireworks and wanting a light and airy aesthetic for our dinner and dancing, so here’s our venues we decided on:
Ceremony – Disney’s Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Pre-Cocktail Reception – Italy Isola Terrace at Epcot
Dinner Reception – American Adventure Rotunda at Epcot
Step Three – Lock In Your Date
Once you know your budget, your guest count + the venues you are most interested in you are then ready to work with your Disney Wedding Consultant to lock in the date for your wedding. We based it off venue availability, time of year we wanted and day of the week we thought would work best for our guests so we are all ready for May 2021! YAY!
So this is what we have accomplished so far! Now that the date is set and contracted we get connected to our designated Wedding Planners who work with us every step of the way to plan the entire wedding from food to cake to entertainment to hotel blocks, transportation and more!
We are now beginning to plan all of the wedding details and also working on our wedding website and our Save The Dates, we are close to finalizing those so I’ll be sure to share deets soon so stay tuned ♥