Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration!
Christmas and New Years is a super popular time to get engaged, especially at a Disney Park! So if you found this post after experiencing your own fairy tale Disney engagement – Welcome! We hope you find tons of useful information and inspiration for your own Disney wedding.
Image Source: Disney Weddings Inspiration Gallery
This post is all about what to do if you just got engaged and you’re considering a wedding at a Disney Park. Keep in mind that this is just general information and everyone’s experience will be different. But I hope this gives you a launching point for your own planning!
Step 1: Call Disney! Calling Disney Fairy Tale Weddings (DFTW) and getting their most up-to-date brochure is the smartest thing to do right at the beginning. The starting information will be vague, but it will give you some rough ideas about what type of events they offer and the minimum prices.
DFTW at Walt Disney World: 321-939-4610
DFTW at Disneyland Resort: 714-520-7005
DFTW on Disney Cruise Line or Castaway Cay: 321-939-4610
Step 2: Figure out your budget! Disney offers a wide array of event packages to suit pretty much any kind of wedding you are dreaming of, but before you get carried way, figure out what you can realistically spend. Disneyland Escape weddings start at $5000, and Wishes weddings start at around $12,000. Walt Disney World weddings start at $2500 for the Memories collection, $5000 for Escape weddings, and $12,000 for Wishes weddings. Cruise weddings start at $3000, depending on your event location, but don’t forget this is on top of the actual cost of the cruise. (Prices taken from Disneyweddings.com as of January 2017.)
Step 3: Join the community! One of the best parts about getting married at Disney is the wonderful and supportive people you will meet online. There are several websites and forums dedicated to all things Disney Weddings. Here are just a few to check out:
The Disney Weddings and Honeymoons forum on DisBoards.com – Lots of great and informative threads here, and you can start your own planning journal (kind of like a diary) to keep everyone up to date on your planning. Keep in mind the DisBoards is a public website and anyone can find and read your entries, so don’t go ranting about your future mother-in-law (FMIL) or post pictures if your dress if you don’t want your partner to see it before the wedding! (Insider tip – once you’ve been active in the forum for a while, ask the members to direct you to the accompanying secret Facebook group.)
Disneybrides.com – Another forum like the DisBoards only this one is private. You need to request to join, and only other members of Disneybrides.com can read your entries. This *IS* the place to rant about all the wedding things your partner doesn’t care about.
Magical Day Weddings – MDW was started by a former WDW bride and now features real wedding spotlights, as well as engagement photos and wedding planning tips. A wonderful resource!
Disney Wedding Podcast – Also run by a former WDW bride, the Disney Wedding Podcast is a weekly download that covers a different Disney Wedding topic every week. I recommend going through the archive and downloading two or three episodes that seem to match your initial wedding dreams – then come back and download the rest when you’re a little deeper into planning.
Married at Disneyland on Facebook – Poor Disneyland Brides get the short end of the stick because their venue isn’t as popular as that “other” park in Florida. Fear not, for I have started a Facebook group JUST for Disneyland brides and grooms. You can also check out our sister website, Married at Disneyland, for pretty much all the info you could possibly want or need about Disneyland Weddings.
And as always, if you have any questions about Disney weddings, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll try to help you! Happy planning!