As a couple who knew that a traditional wedding was
not the way to go between all the people, music, and dancing, we
decided to opt for something smaller or perhaps a destination
wedding. I grew up as a fan of Disney World, Disney movies, and the
Disney Channel. Especially after learning that I shared a birthday
with Mickey Mouse. So I decided to take a look at the Disney's Fairy
Tale Weddings website. Little did I know my now husband was on the
same website that day thinking about having our wedding in Walt
This occurred about two years after our previous
trip to Disney World and from that day on, we knew Disney was the
way to go and we were extremely excited! We quickly came up with a
list of questions and called Disney's Fairytale Weddings to begin
the planning process. The only problem was the fact that Disney has
a timeline for everything. We called too far in advance for the
majority of our questions to be answered. There were still a couple
of decisions that we could begin thinking about at this point in
time though. Which package do we want and where do we want the
wedding to be within Disney World?
Disney's Fairytale Weddings offers three packages:
the Escape Collection, Wishes Collection, and Couture Collection.
Knowing that we did not want a big party, and coming from New
Jersey, we would not have all of our friends and family joining us
we opted for the Escape Collection, which is designed for 18 or
fewer guests and does not include the big reception a typical
wedding would have.
Our next decision was where we wanted the ceremony.
In addition to having the option of Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line,
or Hawaii, you can have your ceremony at multiple locations
throughout Walt Disney World. We had heard the spiel on the monorail
about the Wedding Pavilion several times and picked that as our
location. It turns out we made the right decision. The Wedding
Pavilion was absolutely gorgeous and the center window at the altar
perfectly frames Cinderella Castle. Upon stepping inside, you would
have no idea there is a construction nearby as everything was
covered up and the cranes where shut off while we were there.
After months of waiting, it was time to pick our
date and decide on other details. Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings sent
us a form and PDF guide to choose everything we wanted from flowers
to cake flavors, to songs that would be played throughout the
ceremony. This was the extent of our wedding planning and it was a
lot easier than we expected because after we returned the form,
Disney took care of EVERYTHING!
Finally our big day arrived. A limo picked us up at
the hotel and took us to the Wedding Pavilion where we were greeted
by the wedding coordinator Disney provided. The floral arrangements
looked great and my bouquet even had crystal Mickey's hidden inside.
Our ceremony started out traditional, but as we had planned, it
finished with a Disney twist as we lit a unity candle covered in
Mickey's while Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King
played followed by exiting to A Whole New World from Aladdin.
Immediately after the ceremony, Disney provided a
photographer who took tons of pictures inside and outside of the
Wedding Pavilion. Once we were finished with pictures, the limo took
us back to The Grand Floridian where we were greeted by all of our
guests for the cake and champagne celebration. We were all given a
glass of Disney's signature Fairy Tale Cuvee for a toast. The cake
looked and tasted amazing. We chose vanilla cake with raspberry
mousse which was decorated with silver Mickey heads and topped with
a Mickey groom and Minnie bride cake topper.
Before we could leave, our wedding coordinator
presented us with two watches that you can only get from Disney's
Fairytale Weddings set to the exact time we were pronounced husband
and wife. The watches were not the only present given to us. We also
received annual passes to Disney World (plus free cupcakes at half
of the restaurants we ate at, handmade leis made with real flowers
upon checking in at the Polynesian, and being able to skip the line
at the Tomorrowland Speedway). It was the little extras that Disney
provided that truly made our wedding magical and beyond our wildest
expectations. Everyone was so nice and everything was so beautiful.
If we had to do it all over again, I would not change a single
For those of you wondering what happened after the
ceremony and cake and champagne celebration, we went to dinner with
our families at the Coral Reef, which was amazing, and that was
followed by five more days of exploring throughout Walt Disney