- 4 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
Okay! So I know it has been 4 months now (WOW!) but I am finally at a calm point to recap my wedding.
I had a Disney wedding. Crazy. Well crazy that I was a ble to convince my fiance to do it. He was actually pretty cool with it since Disney always has the best customer service and knew that it would help with trying to keep the wedding small. We did the Escape wedding for up to 20 people (18 guests + 2 of us). We knew we wanted to do a destination wedding and wanted to have a great trip with family and best friends.
Destination Weddings are tricky, a lot of people frown on them and we really had to look at what was important to us and then ask everyone who we had to have at our wedding if it was do-able. Luckily everyone said it was okay (Thank you friends and family!) and we were able to start planning. It was also hard because there were a few people we were really close to that we did not invite who would have been there had it been at home. Hopefully they all forgive us.
So anyway, we had an Escape wedding from Disney at the beautiful Grand Californian Hotel. My wedding planner was super helpful and nice. She sent pictures and helped me navigate the things included in the package (ceremony, bouquet, Boutinnaries, 3 course meal and reception, cake etc.) and add on a few things not included (bar, flowers down the aisle, and chiavari chairs which I loved in my pictures).
Planning a destination wedding was stressful but fun for me. I love to travel and I love to plan trips so planning the biggest trip of my life was super fun. One of the most stressful but most amazing things that I organized was renting a house a few blocks away from Disneyland. The house was amazing, gorgeous with a pool and a hot tub. It was so close to Disneyland that we watched the fire works every night and were able to walk to Downtown Disney when we needed to. It was hard to organize it for everyone and figure out who was sleeping where and paying what. It was amazing to have everyone so close by with all of our stuff in one place and able to spend so much time together. I don’t know how we would have managed if everyone was at different hotels.
So I planned a big trip for my fiance and myself while finalizing details of the wedding. We had our parents, brothers, sisters, one niece and 2 best friends who went ( with a few spouses/ significant others) and my grandma who lives in CA was able to come up for the day (she is too old to travel far so this was another reason we had a Disneyland wedding. )
My BFF and her BF drove out with us and we all met up in Vegas with my mom, sis, sis’s BF and my brother. We had a fun night in Vegas and then continued on to California. My family was staying with relatives for 1 night, my BFF stayed with friends for 1 night and my fiance and stayed at a hotel the first night before moving into our amazing rental house. Let me confess that I had 1 Bridezilla moment that came when our hotel that we were staying at was disgusting and scary. Like stains on the sheets, bugs in the shower and weird smell. After having a breakdown my wonderful fiance and I set out to a new hotel that was a little less gross.
The next day we went to get our marriage licence! And headed to the house. The house was luckily amazing and I forgot all about our terrible hotel nonsense. We spent the rest of the day checking out our ceremony site and getting food and drinks at Downtown Disney.The rest of our family arrived and we all relaxed and spent time together!
The next day (day before wedding) we ran around like crazy attempting to finish everything we hadn’t finished yet. Mani/Pedi at a not so Okay nailsalon, dropped my phone in the footbath! Went to the first florist we say and bought $60 worth of flowers to decorate the tables with (super happy with florist and centerpieces and price!). We ate In and Out. We sat by the pool.
For our rehearsal dinne my fiance and I suprised everyone with Geeks Who Drink Trivia…super fun and one of our best ideas ever. And we watched the fireworks at Disneyland.
On our wedding day I wwoke up and went hot tubbing with my two best friends and new niece while sipping champagne at 7 in the morning.
I shold have woken up earlier.
I ran around and got ready. Left a bunch of people in charge of loading and bringing a bunch of different things. Then my BFF drove me to MAC to get my make-up done. Makeup -check. Off to the hotel to get ready. Pulled up the same time my fiance was getting there-plesant suprise! and then chaos.
Things that were not ready: I did not know how I was doing my hair- when I tried to curl it it would not curl for some ungodly reason.
We never finished putting the wedding laylist on to the ipod so my fiance just loaded up his and my computers and left his uncle in charge of it (thanks Uncle Kev!)
and we never actually rehearsed who was walking when and where everyone was standing.
but the show went on and after what seemed like 30 min (2 hours) they were ushering me out to walk down the aisle.
Everyone kept asking me if I was nervous all week– and I wasn’t, cause I was too busy to be nervous. It did finally hit me the minute my girls (bridesmaids and niece) left me to go walk down the aisle. EEEE! Then i saw my dad and yelled at him to not make me cry and I was walking down the aisle. It was exciting to see my fiance at the end of the aisle and our beautiful ceremony area filled with friends and family.
Our Reverend was so amazing. My ceremony was perfect and it felt like us.
Reception was good, we were pulled in a new place every minute ( i.e. Dance, Dance again, Pictures here pictures there, toasts, eat, cake pictures again) but I will say that my pictures were awesome and I am happy to have it captured.
After we all went in to the hotel bar where my friends and family who live in California were able to join us and celebrate with us until late into the night.
New husband and I opted to book 2 night at a Disney hotel instead of staying in the house with everyone. Disney was amazing and upgraded us for free to an amazing suite!!! So cool i can hardly describe. The next day we met everyone at Disneyland and spent the whole day riding the rides with our family and best friends.
Over all our wedding was exactly as we pictured it. If you are interested in a Disney wedding and think that you can’t afford it check out the Escape plan which was cheaper than if I had been married in my own town. If you are thinking of a destination wedding it will be the best trip of your life and a special place for you and your new family to return to. If you are thinking of a small wedding- Do it. It was hard not to have everyone I know invited and it was hard to dissapoint some and tell my mom no on a few occassions when she wanted to add guests, but I know that I spent time with the people who I love most. Even with 18 guests I felt like it was such a blur I can’t imaging a wedding with 50 or 100 gueszts to say hi to and try to spend any meaningful time with.
Whew I finally did it.
I wrote my Post! and I got married. 4 months in I am soo happy!
Thanks for reading and feel free to ask if you have any questions!