After getting engaged in Epcot, we always knew a Disney Fairytale Wedding was for us. We started narrowing down options of where and when shortly after getting engaged, and reached out to Disney a little over a year before our preferred date, as they only start booking 12 months in advance. As locations are very popular, we had to let them know our top three choices of locations or dates and times. The date was important to us, so we had backup locations instead of backup dates. There were three other couples that wanted our date and location, so we were entered into a lottery, and as luck would have it, we won our first choice!
|View our guests had for Epcot's fireworks|
|Disney's Wedding Pavilion from the Seven Seas Lagoon|
Our wedding was in December, so we leaned into the holiday atmosphere at the park with dark red tones throughout, but also had subtle hints of Tangled, which is our Disney couple. See if you can spot the nods to Tangled throughout the photos!
There are so many extras you can add to your Disney Fairytale Wedding such as Cinderella's carriage, characters at the reception, or even a private ride on your favorite attraction. We didn't do any of those, as we thought the locations we had chosen, including the prime spot for viewing Epcot's fireworks, along with Disney at the holidays, were special enough.
After what felt like an eternity of planning, the day was finally here! We booked a villa at Bay Lake Tower with a theme park view for our getting ready room and in no time Cooking with Character was bringing by the breakfast and lunch I had ordered and shortly after Stacie Otto and team arrived to do hair and makeup. It was a whirlwind from there but everything turned out just wonderful.
Once everyone was ready, we headed over to the Grand Floridian for our first look. Our photographer found the perfect private spot with a castle view for us to have this special moment. From there, we did portraits in a few spots and went into family and wedding party photos outside.
Finally it was time for the reception. Since we were using park attraction space, we did have a rather late schedule going. We once again kept décor pretty minimal here, the American Adventure Rotunda is beautiful on its own and already had a Christmas tree up and wreaths for the season. Disney was able to move our floral from the ceremony to the reception for centerpieces, and we used our personal floral from the bridesmaids for the cake table.
We hopped in our limo to Epcot for our cocktail hour, which we held at Italy Isola for honestly perfect fireworks views. We had time to get some snacks and a beverage, which our coordinator brought over to us and mingle before the fireworks show. Our cocktail hour menu was park inspired favorites from the Magic Kingdom and Food and Wine Festival. For the fireworks, we went over to the bridge to watch them while our guests continued to enjoy the food and beverages and their great view as well. This was truly magical to just be just the two of us (you know, minus our photographer and videographer telling us how to pose and move) watching the fireworks away from the crowds of the parks.
|Bao Buns, Moroccan Meat Skewers and Cheeseburger Spring Rolls|
|Short Ribs with Potato Pave and Roasted Vegetables|
|Almond Amaretto Cake, Lavender Lemon Blueberry Cake, and Chocolate Raspberry Cake|
Two days later, we woke up at 3am for our park photoshoot in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, which are only done for Disney Fairytale Wedding couples and only before the park opens. Since it was winter, the sun hadn't risen yet for our entire Magic Kingdom portion, and it remained hazy while we were in Epcot, but we still got some amazing shots. We headed to brunch at Topolino's Terrace after to extend our wedding celebration and refuel with some amazing food, and then headed to Epcot with our friends to finish off the long weekend of wedding events!
Of course, your Kingdom Konsultant Travel Agent can help you and your guests book their stays for the wedding and help everyone get the most out of their trips! I was able to work with Disney to offer a discount at three different resorts which my guests appreciated and we were able to take advantage of as well.
I did oodles of research before our big day to pick out the perfect vendors for our wedding weekend. Anyone listed I would absolutely recommend, and I've actually used Stacie Otto Hair and Makeup and Cooking With Character Catering both again since our event, they were that wonderful!
Getting Ready: Bay Lake Tower
Breakfast/Lunch Catering: Cooking with Character
Hair and Makeup: Stacie Otto
Photographer: Bella Allure Imagery
Videography: Trinity Wedding Cinema
Personal Floral: Leaf and Blossom
Décor Floral: Disney Floral
First Look: Grand Floridian
Officiant: Kevin Knox
Ceremony: Disney's Wedding Pavilion
Cocktail Hour: Italy Isola
Reception: American Adventure Rotunda
DJ: JW Jaeger
Cake: Disney Weddings
Menswear: Men's Warehouse
Bridal Party Attire: Azazie
Flower Girl Dresses: David's Bridal
Gifts & Other Details: Ear for Each Other & Etsy
Park Photoshoot: Disney Fine Art Photography - Dawn
You can read more about other events during our wedding weekend at the blog posts below.
Rehearsal Brunch: Homecomin'
Welcome Event: Splitsville