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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 12:32 pm Quote

I could be wrong, but it is my understanding is that going through Disney/Fairy Tale Weddings, that the lowest cost for an *Intimate Wedding*, is $7,500 during the week and $10,000 on the weekend, not $1,000, which is the same for vow renewals. This does not include your dress, tux, invites and a few other incidentals. One reason for this is that you have to *guarantee* a certain number of rooms. I've heard this from 4 past Disney brides, and 2 couples that have recently done vow renewals. I spoke  my wedding co-ordinator 2 weeks ago. Also, if you book a cruise and want to have a vow renewal at Castaway Cay, the add-on is $4,000 vs. $1,000 while at sea. Plus, if you want a Disney wedding *at-sea*, you actually have to have a civil ceremony before you board the ship.
By doing it on your own in your room, you not only save money, but aren't *committed* to a dollar amount or booking rooms, which is my main point here, saving money and having a Disney wedding. I attended a gorgeous wedding performed in a *suite*, not a room at the YC, last year and the only thing missing was the castle in the background, which would have cost the couple quite a bit more that they could afford....this was the only way they could afford to have a *Disney Wedding* and they pulled it off beautifully for under $3,000, including invites, favors, officiant, flowers, dress, tux, wine and cheese, cake,  and dinner...quite a big difference. 12 of us were seated quite comfortably.


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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 12:52 pm Quote

Thanks you guys!  I will post my plans so you can hear about them.  

We will be having, in place of a rehearsal dinner the night before, an Illuminations Dessert Party at the United Kingdom Upper Pavillion.  We will be serving a dessert buffet consisting of cookies, brownies, lemon bars, rice krispy treats, nothing too fancy.  

We will be having the wedding at Sea Breeze Point at the BoardWalk, which is the white gazebo off to the side of ESPN Zone.  We will be using Rev Kevin Knox as our officiant.  The colors are pink and silver and I will be carrying a bouquet of pink tulips, pink peonies, and pink sweet pea, with white stephanotis with crystal centers.  We are using Charming Events for floral as she is cheaper than Disney Floral.  

No Cinderella's Coach for me, unfortunately, as it is $2500.   :wow:   And that's a bit out of our price range, we are trying to stay as close to our $10,000 min as possible.  That's not the minimum for all weddings, but ours is a weekend wedding.  We will be using Disney Photography and havne't decided on a videographer yet.  

After the ceremony we will be taking photos as the rest of our guests enjoy a cocktail hour at the BoardWalk Convention Center, with drinks and light snacks of fruit, crackers, cheese, veggies, and dip.  After we arrive, we will be doing our first dance, followed by a champagne toast, and then our buffet dinner.  

Dinner consists of:
Marinated, Vine-Ripe Tomatoes and Buffalo Mozzarella With Basil Leaves
Pork Pot Stickers with Soy-Wasabi Dipping Sauce
Mixed Green Salad with Pear Tomatoes and Cucumbers tossed with Citrus Vinaigrette
Lobster Bisque
Grilled Vegetable Ravioli tossed with Infused Olive Oil, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast with Pinot Noir Mushroom Sauce
Herb Rubbed Quail with a Port Wine Reduction
Bourbon Glazed Ham with Pommery Mustard (from the carving board)
Wild Rice and Cranberry Stuffing
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Medley of Fresh Vegetables

We had a tasting in December and everything was fantastic, so I can't wait!  

We will be having a DJ, but more for background music, because we are only having about 15-20 guests and don't expect much dancing.  

:mickey: will be coming to help us with the cake cutting.  Our flavors are red velvet with bavarian cream filling and almond cake with amaretto mousse filling.  It's a 3 layer cake with the white chocolate Cindy's castle on top and stairs winding down the side of the cake.  The buttercream icing at WDW is just incredible, I highly suggest ordering a cake sometime from the GF Bakery just to try it!


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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 12:59 pm Quote

Hi Maggie!  

Disney Fairy Tale Weddings have 2 different types of weddings, "Intimate" and "Custom".  

We are doing a custom, which has the minimums you stated above of $7500 for a weekday and $10,000 for a weekend.

But for an intimate wedding, which includes 4 nights Deluxe hotel stay, the cost is about $3500.  Definitely a bit more expensive than the in-suite wedding you described, because that doesn't include things like favors and invitations, but a nice compromise and a way to get an awesome disney experience.  It is basically a package wedding, but with a lot of upgrades available (characters, Cinderella's Coach, etc).  It includes a champagne and cake reception, and 4 hours of limo use.  A lot of people also choose to host a dinner party at a resort restaurant after to include a fuller reception.  And you can have it at the Wedding Pavillion or 4 other locations.  They are beautiful and don't feel packaged at all because you can completely personalize it.


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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 1:04 pm Quote

Sounds absolutely wonderful!

So Disney had no problems with you using your own floral provider?

I always wondered what that spot was, and we'd figurered it must be used for special occasions, although we'd never seen anything happening there. So that's Sea Breeze Point? (It's that really pretty gazebo area right on the water, between ESPN and Epcot?)


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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 1:05 pm Quote

You're wedding sounds gorgeous! I wish you all the best! One of these days I'd love to ride in Cindy's coach....for any reason! One of the things we've always been happily surprised with when we stay at the YC for our annual Thanksgiving weekend, is being surprised witha Disney wedding right under our balcony and last year was no exception. We awoke at 8:30 a.m. to the strains of violin music playing Someday My Prince Will Come, and when we meandered onto the balcony the bride had just started walking towards the gazebo beneath. It was gorgeous! We even got to see Mickey and Minnie pose for pictures and take turns dancing with the bride and groom.
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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 1:11 pm Quote

Thanks you guys!

Yep, that's Sea Breeze Point!  They also have occasional private luncheons and things like that there.  

They didn't have a problem with me using an outside florist, as long as you meet your minimums they are fine.  Obviously, they'd rather have you use them, but they don't make you!  We are also going to be using an outside videographer, they do charge a $30/hr fee to provide an "escort" for them.  But it's still far, far cheaper to use an outside vendor for that.  I would have used an outside vendor for photography, too, but we need to use Disney to meet our minimums there.  

We're saving Cinderella's Coach for our vow renewal... of course FH doesn't know that yet!  
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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 5:14 pm Quote

Congratulations, Kami! It sounds wonderful!

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For those of you who are dreaming of a Disney wedding, but don't think you can afford it...here's an answer for a small intimate wedding of under 10 people. It isn't advertised, but you can book a 1 or 2 day stay at any resort....I'd suggest the YC or the GF for this, and have the ceremony in your room...on the balcony.

How about booking two connecting rooms (allows another bathroom and a place for the bride to change).

And then see if any strong guys in your party can temporarily move the bed in one room to be upright against the wall in the connecting room. That would give a lot of space for the wedding in the other room!

Of course, Disney would object to that :tsk: if they found out about it  :hush: ...just an idea.


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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 5:26 pm Quote

Quote (FireflyGirl @ Feb. 08, 2004 12:52 am/pm)
:mickey: will be coming to help us with the cake cutting.

And, how! I'll be sure to have my suit nicely pressed for the occasion.  :coolgrin:

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Our flavors are red velvet with bavarian cream filling and almond cake with amaretto mousse filling.  It's a 3 layer cake with the white chocolate Cindy's castle on top and stairs winding down the side of the cake.  The buttercream icing at WDW is just incredible, I highly suggest ordering a cake sometime from the GF Bakery just to try it!

I've had their cheesecake and they're stuff is dee-licious!
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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 6:20 pm Quote

Yes, the intimate wedding package is definitely the way to go, pricewise. Personally, we don't know too many people who could've even afforded to go down there for the wedding anyway, so this limited the number of guests. Nevertheless, even with the number that my sister wanted, which as I recall was just over the limit for the "intimate" wedding, like 10 or 12, it would've been a pretty penny. She wanted a breakfast/brunch somewhere at Boardwalk and to stay at Boardwalk, then took into account the flowers and cake and all and decided she'd rather cut the price in half and have the wedding at home, using the savings for the honeymoon. We'll see what she winds up doing. I love her, but she's not much of a "planner." The wedding's supposedly 6 months away and she hasn't even booked a reception location, thought about the ceremony, flowers, a photographer, etc., etc. All she's done is purchased a wedding dress. So I think she's gonna be very surprised when she realizes she can't pull it together in just a few months, if for no other reason than she can't find a hall. I suspect they may have to do it in the spring or wait until the following year... My husband and I had a relatively smallish wedding (not as small as my sister plans on, but small in the vast scheme of things) and it took us a year to pull together. Anyway, we'll see! I agree, though, that if you are ok with a 8 or less wedding (and aren't Catholic, which is another issue) then the price is doable and it would be a fun time.
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Posted: Feb. 08, 2004, 6:32 pm Quote

Just read the description of the wedding. Sounds like it will be a combination of beautiful, delicious, somewhat informal, and also fun. Congratulations and God bless!

Yes, I remember there being a lot of "fine print" when it came to the Disney Weddings, but handle-able. At my husbands' and my wedding here in NJ, which was relatively informal, we spent around $10,000 back in '01 (wow! we had no idea at the time just how expensive even inexpensive weddings could be! ) and we had approximately 100/110 guests total, including children. My sister would've had about 12 people total and would've spent AT LEAST $7500, so yes, big difference. If you just allot $7500 for your wedding, however, and then plan it within those parameters, then it's a different story because you don't consider the number of guests so much. Funnily, my sister and I also considered the WDW option an opportunity to not worry about inviting relatives we did not "care for" since they might not be able to go to FL anyway...  LOL  ;) That was actually a big motivator for my sister to have the wedding "elsewhere." She just couldn't fathom spending money to invite people she couldn't stand yet felt obligated to invite.  :uhoh:


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