(Closed) Disney Brides?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

oh man my sister thinks she wants a Disney wedding so I’m saving this thread for later!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Haven’t signed the contract with Disneyland yet because we’re more than 18 months out… Will be signing in January.

So far, the communication has been on point! I started emailing in September with my contact person and even though we still can’t book for another few months, she checks in with me weekly. I’ve had other venues completely drop off the face of the earth when they realized our date was so far out. 

As far as I know, they do the best they can to work within your budget. Plus, your minimums may be high but you can use that money to go towards a dj, flowers, decor, favors, etc.

Are you disneyland, disneyworld, or just considering?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wish! Disney was my dream wedding and I actually know a ton about their different venues and packages, but for us it just wasn’t realistic because we had close family who we really wanted there who would never be able to make it to Florida. We settled on a Disney honeymoon instead.

Theres a ton of Disney brides on disboards.com I think they even have their own board on there!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@maplemag:  OOOH You’re getting married at DiSNEYLAND?!

Oh please tell me everything! My sister wants that but we’re not sure how it works (like where you get ready and where your ceremony is and etc) and how costly it is…

Would you mind sharing the minimums? I think she wants a small wedding…

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Disneyland was on our short list. I am a big disney fan so this has been a dream of mine! We really liked our would be coordinator and the Grand California hotel reception space, but for the size of our wedding (150-200) there was only one ceremony space. And the logistics was just not for us.

The ceremony space was fine, but we had a winter wedding and the plan b in case of rain was not to our liking. We wanted our reception to be at the Grand California Hotel which meant the cocktail hour space was right under the monorail so it was LOUD. Our other hotel choices was the Paradise? Which had cocktail hour in the hallway! Also, not to our liking. The Disney hotel was out for me because that is where I had prom so I didn’t want my wedding to be “prom like”.

We also didn’t like that our guests had to either cross the street twice, or walk through downtown disney to get from our ceremony to the cocktail/reception area to either hotels.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m a Disney bride. We actually just got back from our planning session last week. So far, it’s been great! I was coming down with a nasty cold on the day of our planning meeting and my planner spoiled me rotten. (Coffee, tea, shawl for my shoulders? No problem, it’s my pleasure!) I think the biggest misconception about a Disney wedding is that its so super exspensive that “regular” people can’t afford it. Given the average price of weddings nationally and considering that we live in a large metro area where weddings are super-pricey, I feel like we’re getting good value for our money. Seriously, one venue in the area that I really liked came back with a 5 figure rental charge. Just the venue – nothing else. I about fell out of my chair. Monetary issues aside, my fiance and I are big Disney fans, one of our first trips together was to Disney and yes, he proposed at Disney. It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that we’d be getting married by the Mouse.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dewingedpixie:  Sounds like our budgets are in about the same place! By The Way, you’re going to get amazing weather for your wedding! We just got back from Disney a few weeks ago and I seriously didn’t want to come home. Warm, blue skies, no humidity, the Magic Kingdom looks awesome with all the Halloween decor and Food & Wine at Epcot. Well played ma’am!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dewingedpixie:  We’re expecting between 40-50 people. Ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at the Whitehall Room & Patio. Our minimum is 12k but I think we’re really going to be in the 14-15k range. I should have my BEO from our planner in the next month or so.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@yellowshoe:  I’m not trying to discount your opinion but this is the first time I heard that the monorail was loud! I belong to a few disney bride boards and I’ve always heard it was quiet. We were considering doing our reception outside but I don’t like the monorail above us either… I’m from NYC and I just have flashbacks of the A train passing over my head… No thanks!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@yellowshoe:  SO, Future Mother-In-Law and I all have season passes and every time we pass by the cocktail area we comment on how beautiful it is. Until the monorail comes zooming by. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@KimmySumShuga:  Sure thing! So They give you a room next to your ceremony/reception area where you can get ready. It’s pretty spacious from what I understand, but I”m still not clear on whether this is extra money… 

There are a few ceremony locations. The most popular is the Rose Court Garden beause it has a gazebo and is totally private. Plus you have the lush bushes (lol) so you don’t have to decorate too much. 

Reception area depends on your guest count.

How small of a wedding does your sis want? If it’s under 24, then you can definitely do an amazing escape wedding.

Anything above that is pushed to the Wishes package and for Saturday is $18K minimum with $125 food and beverage. But if you stay at the $125 per food, you have a lot of money left over for DJ and flowers, etc… 

With all the other locations, we were considering Disneyland came out on top. Price wise, they were on par with other places but you get so much more. Plus I’m no longer local, and if I trust anyone with my wedding… It’s the Disney brand.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@maplemag:  It was loud in our opinion. Everyone has different definitions of loud.

@DeadlyNightshade:  exactly! It’s just not something we wanted zooming by every few minutes.

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