Walt Disney World. There’s something about this fantasy destination, and we’re not talking about just Fantasyland, but the entire Walt Disney World complex. It’s amazing. Once you arrive, you can literally leave the outside world behind and get absorbed into Walt Disney’s imagination. From posing with Mickey and Minnie to happily wearing hats with large ears, to gazing at the very castles you might have imagined playing in as a child, there’s something so magical about the world of Walt Disney.
Invitations by R Squared loves the magical aspect of a Disney World adventure destination wedding and we want to share some amazing details about this most magical of locations!
Whether you’re talking about theme parks, resorts, or even transportation options, Walt Disney World takes any theme and follows it through to even the smallest detail. So of course when it comes to planning a Disney wedding, the creative Imagineers have thought of everything: global locations to choose from, a rainbow of flowers to decorate with, and international menus to serve. The details are practically unlimited.
Fans of the 1990s’ remake of Father of the Bride, will love that they can get planning help from Franck’s Bridal Studio, the Wedding Pavilion’s dedicated wedding planning space. Couples will be assigned a wedding expert who, like a Fairy Godmother, grants their every wish, but unlike Franck, they’re much easier to understand. Check out the details online at DisneyWeddings.com
Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot, may offer you beautiful inspiration and planning advice, but you’ll get a real look at what Disney offers through their just relaunched web site, DisneyWeddings.com. Couples can see real weddings from various Disney destinations, create inspiration boards and shop for wedding fashions and ceremony and reception accessories. Invitations by R Squared is, of course, here to help with your Save the Date cards and whimsical keepsake wedding invitations!
Disney’s Wedding Pavilion is non-denominational and can seat up to 300 guests. The white palette gives couples a clean slate to decorate it in any number of color combinations. (And if you look carefully you can find some trademark hidden Mickeys in the building’s design and decor.)
No, Mickey Mouse cannot marry you. Wasn’t that your first question? While you may be envisioning the Mad Hatter acting as your officiant, and Mickey and Minnie as your best man and maid of honor, Disney characters are sadly relegated to reception entertainment only. You can choose up to two characters, bookable in 30-minute increments. For couples planning pre- and post-wedding events on property, you can talk to your Disney Wedding Coordinator.
Want to get hitched in a far off destination but can’t afford to fly there? Epcot’s World Showcase can be the venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. You can wed in Europe (Germany, Italy, United Kingdom), Asia (China or Japan) or even the Middle East (Morocco). And for couples who were hoping to stand on a white sand beach as they recite their vows, Disney’s Polynesian Resort offers couples, and up to 4 guests, views of the Magic Kingdom from Luau Beach.
Same-sex weddings may not be legal in Florida yet, but gay and lesbian couples can plan a commitment ceremony or renew their vows at Walt Disney World. If you want to make it legal in the house the mouse built, you should book your wedding at California’s Disneyland where Sleeping Beauty’s Castle Forecourt is available before and after park hours, as well as the Rose Court Garden and Stage 17 at Disney’s California Adventure Park.
For brides who are determined to have their Cinderella moment, arriving in Cinderella’s Coach is a must. Pulled by stately ponies and accompanied by a driver and two footmen in full regalia, you’re sure to feel like the belle of the ball as you arrive in a white pumpkin-shaped coach. To add to your Cinderella fantasy, reserve Major Domo, a Renaissance-costumed gentleman who will act as your ring bearer and carry your wedding bands down the aisle in a glass slipper.
When it comes time to choosing your wedding menu you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the options available. Multi-course plated menus, food stations and buffet options include international fare and Disney classics – Mickey waffles for a breakfast reception anyone? Offer your guests a selection of “World” favorites, and if you want to make your menu personal you can bring in a family recipe for cast members to recreate for your reception.
Let’s face it, some Disney fans or fanatics won’t want to miss a chance to see a wedding on property. If you’re worried that some resort guests may crash your big day, don’t be. “Tacky Tourists” or officially invited “Uninvited Wedding Guests” are available to entertain your guests with Disney factoids and comedy improv at your reception. They really do think of everything!
When you look into the eyes of the love of your life, you feel a spark, right? Maybe even fireworks? Then surely you must have a fireworks display at the end of your reception. The Illuminations or Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks are held nightly at Walt Disney World. If you book a venue in sight of one of those pre-planned displays you can save yourself a few bucks. But if you’re not in view, an amazing private fireworks display can be scheduled for your wedding night at select locations.
Invitations by R Squared is all about magical destination weddings and it just doesn’t get more magical than this!