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May 10, 2012

A Disney Wedding by Allie Collow

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 Disney World.

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 thing.

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 World!


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