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Ask a Disney Bride – Will My Guests Have Fun at a Morning Wedding?

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A wonderful Thursday evening to you, my dear readers.  I hope you had a great week and an even better weekend awaits you.  Any wild St. Patrick’s Day plans?  I think I am going to try to check out some of the special food and drink at Uva Bar in Downtown Disney on Saturday!

You showed up on a great day, because we have another installment of:

Ask a Disney Bride

This advice column is where we tackle some tricky wedding situations.  Some are general wedding planning questions and others are unique to Disney.  Today’s question is a common one I hear from Disney couples in particular so I hope we can shed some light on this subject and help you respond to guests’ questionable looks if you are in this situation.

Dear DWI,

We are having a morning wedding at Walt Disney World.  Our ceremony is at 9:30am, followed by a breakfast buffet and light dancing.  Will our guests still have fun at a morning wedding without booze and a DJ?

Concerned in Connecticut

Dear Concerned,

First of all, there is really nothing to be concerned about!  Yes, the WIC (Wedding Industrial Complex) tells us that weddings should take place at sunset and your guests should get drunk and dance until the wee hours of the morning.  But, guess what?  A wedding is a celebration, and your friends and family will celebrate with you whenever (and hopefully wherever) you choose.  Having a wedding on Disney property can be especially tricky and a simple explanation of “This is the only time we could get married at our desired location,” or, “Having a morning wedding saved us a ton of money,” should quiet most guests’ concerns.

If you still get some complainers, try to show them the positives of your chosen time.  A morning wedding means avoiding the afternoon Florida heat.  An 11:30am wedding means your guests won’t have to drive home from Disneyland at midnight.

If you do have a morning reception, I recommend having something for guests to do aside from mingling and eating breakfast.  A photo booth is fun at any time of the day or night.  Another suggestion is to put either a deck of cards or a different game at each table (Mad Libs? Connect Four?).  This will get guests talking and moving around.  And don’t forget to have some background music.  The orchestra scores to your favorite Disney movies piped through an iPod hook-up would do nicely.  Finally, if you can afford it, get the ultimate in entertainment – a visit from Mickey and Minnie!  When your special guests arrive, I promise your human guests will completely forget about any qualms they had regarding your “weird” wedding time.

The bottom line is, the friends and family who truly care about you will be there to celebrate, whatever time your ceremony happens to take place.

Have any of my readers received similar complaints from guests?  How did you handle it?  How did your morning wedding turn out?  Please help out our bride in the comments.
About Mindy

Mindy Marzec is a life-long Disney fan who grew up in Los Angeles. She started This Fairy Tale Life to share Disneyland travel tips for adults. When not at Disneyland, you can find Mindy at home snuggling with her cats and re-watching Thor: Ragnarok for the billionth time.