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sarah_n_brian2006
01-31-2007, 03:24 PM
Did you have charaters at the wedding? If so, what characters?

janine
02-02-2007, 05:54 AM
I had Minnie & Mickey. It just wouldn't have felt right without them. My guests just loved it.

JoD
02-02-2007, 10:31 AM
We had Mickey & Minnie and everyone loved it. They are alot of fun and add a special touch to your special day.

cryssi
02-02-2007, 10:38 AM
Mickey and Minnie!

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6dd02b3127cce97b1c487c5e900000016108AZMmzNs4cOE

Mickey and I:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6da22b3127cce8849e086809500000016108AZMmzNs4cOE

ForKeeps
02-02-2007, 10:43 AM
We had initially planned to have Mickey and Minnie, but within the last month and a half cancelled them.

It was the right decision for us. We didn't have children at the wedding, I was nervous that I was going to feel flustered and rushed around at the cake
cutting (to get rid of the champagne before they came), and the cost of them will cover 3/4 of the cost for us to go back to Disney for an entire vacation.

Laurafoster
02-02-2007, 12:24 PM
We had Mickey and Minnie and we LOVED them!! It was a perfect addition to our day - we only had a few kids but the adults loved it just as much! People are still taking about how they "popped in" lol!

Maggimus
02-02-2007, 12:28 PM
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l301/maggimus/Chapman%20Photography/ChapmanPhotographyPhotos542.jpg

We loved Mickey and Minnie-- although they werent there the full 30 minutes we paid for:sad2:

JandJ
02-02-2007, 03:48 PM
First of all, I have to say that I love everyone's pictures with the characters :goodvibes We didn't have characters. In fact, we had a very "non-Disney" Disney wedding! It was perfect for us and shows the diversity of what Disney can do for each individual couple. Really the only things "Disney" were our chocolate favors (bridal Mickey & Minnie) and the violinist who played Disney songs for the guests before the ceremony and at the cake cutting. I love how Disney makes each wedding special and as Disney or non-Disney as the couple wants it to be.

Raspberry Bubbles
02-02-2007, 04:46 PM
We had initially planned to have Mickey and Minnie, but within the last month and a half cancelled them.

It was the right decision for us. We didn't have children at the wedding, I was nervous that I was going to feel flustered and rushed around at the cake
cutting (to get rid of the champagne before they came), and the cost of them will cover 3/4 of the cost for us to go back to Disney for an entire vacation.

Why did you have to get rid of the champagne before the characters came?

Maggimus
02-02-2007, 04:53 PM
you have to get your champagne toast over with before they come-- and I cannot tell you why, because I dont know. We cut the cake with Mickey & Minnie.. and we could still sip on the drinks around them-- so i dont know. Maybe they dont want that spilled on them? Which wouldnt make too since because they are there when you are throwing the cake on one another..?
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l301/maggimus/Chapman%20Photography/ChapmanPhotographyPhotos496.jpg

lurkyloo
02-02-2007, 04:58 PM
Disney has a rule about the characters not being seen with/near alcohol, I guess so that you won't have people posting pix of Goofy knocking back a 40 on the Internet or something....

Raspberry Bubbles
02-02-2007, 05:00 PM
Hmmm..... How bizarre!

Another thing I should ask is about this cake throwing custom. We don't have it in England - what do you do, and why? I'm sorry I have no clue, but it looks like fun. We cut the cake together here, but that is all. Most brides and grooms here hardly ever get to taste their own cake!

Raspberry Bubbles
02-02-2007, 05:01 PM
Disney has a rule about the characters not being seen with/near alcohol, I guess so that you won't have people posting pix of Goofy knocking back a 40 on the Internet or something....

Ahhh, gotcha. That would be rather funny. Boozy Goofy. Ha ha. Do weddings have to hide all of the Champagne bottles for the photos too, then?

Maggimus
02-02-2007, 05:07 PM
NO NO NO... No hiding Champagne

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l301/maggimus/Chapman%20Photography/ChapmanPhotographyPhotos468.jpg

Our chapagne was the focus in a lot of our photos...

About the cake throwing-- i think its just something people do. I have no explanation for it other than the person hopes you will feed it to one another gently.... and usually... someone ends up ruining that and throws it on the others face-- getting them pretty messy. Its makes for a couple giggles and good memories..

Raspberry Bubbles
02-02-2007, 05:10 PM
Aaahhhh.... I was wondering if it was some American custom - it does look like alot of fun!

I'm glad about the champagne - I'd feel like a teenager trying to hide bottles otherwise!

IrishCinderella
02-02-2007, 05:16 PM
The rule about the characters can be interpretted as: they cannot be photographed around anyone in the act of drinking alcohol beverages. For example, I was in Epcot with a huge group of friends DATW; we ran into Aladdin in Morocco and just had to get a picture. His handler just asked us all to put down our drinks somewhere out of the picture, even the people with sodas and water. If you are holding the glass, the photo could be miscontrued as you drinking with the character.

This rule also applied at my wedding reception. They can be in the same place with the beverage, just not near any situations where it would appear they drank and/or condoned others drinking.

DisneyFairy19
02-02-2007, 05:32 PM
Awww Mickey and Minnie must be so much fun to have at your wedding....:cool1:

DisBride2007
02-02-2007, 09:19 PM
We had Mickey and Minnie as well. At first we were considering something else, because we wanted to be different, and DH loves Chip & Dale, but in the end we are very glad we went with Mickey and Minnie. Do not let a lack of children prevent you from getting the characters. We only had 3 children under 18, and all the adults loved them. Even people who had never been to Disney, didn't care to visit the parks, and didn't "get" the idea of a Disney wedding were excited.

Also, I would have to recommend keeping it a secret, if you can. I think if people had been expecting it, it wouldn't have gone over as well as it did.

Janet2k
02-03-2007, 12:27 AM
Did you have charaters at the wedding? If so, what characters?

Having characters at an event is a personal decision. Some folks want them, and some folks don’t. It’s up to you to decide what's right for your event.

As for my custom vow renewal, I had the following cast of characters:

Hollywood Movie Producer (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928803349241904/63)
Gun Moll (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804213522784/107)
Gangster (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804213513800/112)
Cowboy (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804213531351/136)
Cowgirl (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804213531410/132)
Glinda, the Good Witch (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928803349247162/159)
Sorcerer Mickey (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928803349248630/168)

I had so many characters because my event was a progressive dinner party that was held inside the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. The Hollywood Movie Producer Streetmosphere Character provided a sense of continuity throughout the entire event since he greeted my guests backstage at our private motor coach (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804213597465/61). He then personally drove my husband and I (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804207148023/64) to the Handprint Ceremony (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804207175099/70) that was held in the courtyard of the Great Movie Ride. After the ceremony had ended, he led everyone inside the Great Movie Ride attraction. Our first stop was a cocktail party that was held inside the Gangster Venue. We were greeted there by a Gangster and his Gun Moll who entertained while a Honky-Tonk Pianist (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804213631267/113) played background music. Once the cocktail party had ended, the Hollywood Movie Producer reappeared and led everyone into the Western Venue. We were greeted there by a Cowboy and Cowgirl who entertained while a Country & Western Band (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804213652422/133) played. Once the dinner party had ended, the Hollywood Movie Producer reappeared and led everyone into the Land of Oz Venue. We were greeted there by Glinda the Good Witch. She entertained while everyone enjoyed their dessert (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928803349246248/153). Once the dessert party had ended, the Hollywood Movie Producer reappeared and led everyone outdoors to the Sorcerer's Hat Icon (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928803349248276/166). There we were greeted by Mickey Mouse who was dressed as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Mickey Mouse posed for photographs (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928803349248519/167) and then began the dance party. He even taught me how to do the Electric Slide (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928804213531394/170) since I had never done it before. Once our dance party was in full-swing, Mickey Mouse left us in the hands of our DJ who spun tunes while my guests danced (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928803349248976/172) beneath the stars. It was an incredible party (click here) (http://new.photos.yahoo.com/janettwokay/album/576460762326629411/photo/294928803349249298/175), thanks to all the wonderful Streetmosphere Characters.

Since my party was slightly unique, it required a cast of characters. Most parties aren’t like that. You need to determine what's right for your event. That might mean having no characters, having one character, or having multiple characters. Have fun planning.

Luvndisney
02-03-2007, 08:17 AM
rebecca is right. a few of my guests got told to put their drinks down in the pictures with the characters as well.

We had Mickey and minnie and my favorite little blue terror STITCH. I have to say that Stitch was the hit of the party - when he entered it was as if a rock star cam ein!

dee slack
02-03-2007, 09:11 AM
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We loved Mickey and Minnie-- although they werent there the full 30 minutes we paid for:sad2:

The price for characters says 'for up to 30 mins' but how do they work that? Technically then, they can charge you full price for 5 mins? Doesn't seem fair, as it's a lot of money for 30 mins as it is, let alone LESS time!
How long did anyone else have their character's for? Is there a 'secret' to getting them to stay the full time?

Maggimus
02-03-2007, 09:33 AM
The price for characters says 'for up to 30 mins' but how do they work that? Technically then, they can charge you full price for 5 mins? Doesn't seem fair, as it's a lot of money for 30 mins as it is, let alone LESS time!
How long did anyone else have their character's for? Is there a 'secret' to getting them to stay the full time?

You are right-- although it does say 'up to 30 minutes' ... it being disney you expect the full 30 minutes (that I feel we well paid for-- especially by getting 2 characters)... its just the chance you take. They certainly dont time it and allow for only certain things.

Randy was our photographer and he shoots 34986y2983=-some odd photos a minute and we still didnt end up with the amount of photographs of/with Mickey & Minnie that I would have expected.

I suppose this is a downside to having Characters. I really see no reasoning why they should/could leave earlier than 30 minutes... with people paying that much they really do deserve a little more time than they pay for.

Just my opinion..http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l301/maggimus/Chapman%20Photography/ChapmanPhotographyPhotos172.jpg

dee slack
02-03-2007, 09:53 AM
You are right-- although it does say 'up to 30 minutes' ... it being disney you expect the full 30 minutes (that I feel we well paid for-- especially by getting 2 characters)... its just the chance you take. They certainly dont time it and allow for only certain things.

Randy was our photographer and he shoots 34986y2983=-some odd photos a minute and we still didnt end up with the amount of photographs of/with Mickey & Minnie that I would have expected.

I suppose this is a downside to having Characters. I really see no reasoning why they should/could leave earlier than 30 minutes... with people paying that much they really do deserve a little more time than they pay for.

Just my opinion..


That is pretty unfair.
Do they follow a set schedule of poses or things they do? :idea: I wonder if you could somehow 'stall' them when taking the last lot of photo's until your 30 mins are up:rolleyes1
I want LOTS and LOTS of photo's with M & M that's why I'm paying an outrageous price for them to come to our 'party' so I really want to get my money's worth.

Tammy32
02-04-2007, 12:49 AM
We had Mickey and Minnie at our wedding too. They were such a big hit. I loved all the pictures we had with them. They stayed for a long time at our wedding... more then 30 minutes. It was late at night so maybe that makes a difference.

Mickey proposing to Minnie. My brother took the photo and I just think it is so cute with the flowergirl watching it. Only a few people saw it. I didn't see it.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/tsouva/littlegirlwatchingMickeyandMinnie2.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k149/tsouva/GroupwithMickey.jpg

dee slack
02-04-2007, 09:38 AM
cute pics Tammy32

TheSawas
02-04-2007, 10:20 AM
When I first approached my mother with my DFTW the first question she asked was, "Can you have characters there?" All of my guests are traveling from the Northeast and Mickey and Minnie would be a lovely surprise for those who may not be able to spend alot of time in the parks (not everyone will make a mini-vacation out of this). I can't wait to see the look on some of the children's faces. So looking forward to this!

Those pictures are so wonderful Tammy 32:bride: and Maggimus:bride: . Beautiful weddings.

Jenny

mushumadness
02-05-2007, 01:24 AM
I really want stitch and Mushu lol but dont know if thats possible

smoof
02-05-2007, 06:15 PM
Mom and Dad surprised us (and EVERYONE ELSE TOO) with Mickey and Minnie. It was great! The adults loved it as much as the kids. They were contracted for 30 min, but probably stayed 45.

princessdisneybelle
02-05-2007, 06:33 PM
Mom and Dad surprised us (and EVERYONE ELSE TOO) with Mickey and Minnie. It was great! The adults loved it as much as the kids. They were contracted for 30 min, but probably stayed 45.

How did you do that at Shades of Green? :confused3

smoof
02-05-2007, 06:51 PM
My mom spoke with Linda S., who still works there, but is now in HR. She put Mom in touch with the Disney people, and they treated it as a Disney Wedding. They didn't care. I know someone else (may have been you) said they couldn't do it. I don't know if things have changed, but it was not an issue then. I regret not trying for a Magic Kingdom photo session.

princessdisneybelle
02-05-2007, 06:54 PM
My mom spoke with Linda S., who still works there, but is now in HR. She put Mom in touch with the Disney people, and they treated it as a Disney Wedding. They didn't care. I know someone else (may have been you) said they couldn't do it. I don't know if things have changed, but it was not an issue then. I regret not trying for a Magic Kingdom photo session.

I never really asked, didnt realize you could. I will. Thanks!

janine
02-07-2007, 03:58 AM
Minnie & Mickey only stayed approx 15-20 minutes at our wedding. It was disappointing that they didnt stay longer, but absolutely priceless for the memory we all have.

Maggimus
02-07-2007, 09:42 AM
Minnie & Mickey only stayed approx 15-20 minutes at our wedding. It was disappointing that they didnt stay longer, but absolutely priceless for the memory we all have.

I completely agree with you. Though they werent there long (which was a big disappointment and I dont think my bank account was too pleased either)... it was great to have them there as long as they were.

dee slack
02-07-2007, 01:08 PM
do their 'handler's' just whisk them away in the middle of something, or do they sense there is a lull so presume you've had enough of them? Do they give you a reason for them leaving after a short time? Do they give you a '5 minute warning' that they'll be leaving? I'm just really concerned that they don't give you your money's worth, after all they aren't cheap for what is essentially 3 people's time (1 hour tops, incl dressing and travel time?)

shaylih
02-07-2007, 01:21 PM
I really want stitch and Mushu lol but dont know if thats possible

My DF's sister got married in Vegas and had an Elvis impersonator. On our trip to the world right after we got engaged we went to Mickey's not so scary Halloween Party and saw Stitch dressed up like Elvis for Halloween. We asked DFTW if it would be possible to have Stitch come in the Elvis costume to our wedding as a nod to her wedding. They told us that as long as the Elvis costume for Stitch was still available we could use it.

We're kind of leaning towards Mickey and Minnie now, just for the classic Disney elements, or Chip and Dale. But we may switch back to Stitch.

sarah_n_brian2006
02-07-2007, 05:43 PM
Does anyone know if Cinderella is available? And if so, is it a different price? Or maybe even the Fairy Godmother?

Luvndisney
02-07-2007, 06:30 PM
as far as I know princesses are not available at weddings - you are the princess in disney;s eyes:goodvibes but the godmother---hmmm i don't know

Meyer1110
02-07-2007, 08:17 PM
We had Mickey and Minnie at our wedding and they were there longer than 30 minutes. They came after the cake cutting and danced most of the time with us and then went outside the ballroom for pictures. It was an awesome time for both kids and adults!:thumbsup2 http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c85/slowe09/MickeyandMinnie.jpg

Luvndisney
02-08-2007, 03:00 PM
they were at our wedding for 40 min..which included our pictures. i felt like it was well worth it.

Tiggerific04
02-08-2007, 04:36 PM
Does anyone have a list of which characters are available?

ChocolateMouse
02-08-2007, 05:04 PM
Officially, on the Disney Weddings web site:
Mickey
Minnie
Donald
Daisy
Goofy
Pluto
Chip
Dale

I wonder if you can request characters not on the list?

I wonder if you can request three or four Mickeys? That'd be memorable to have several differently dressed Mickeys running around your reception.

I've only ever seen photos of Mickey and Minnie at weddings. I have yet to see a Chip, Dale, Pluto Goofy, Donald and Daisy.

Maggimus
02-08-2007, 05:11 PM
Officially, on the Disney Weddings web site:
Mickey
Minnie
Donald
Daisy
Goofy
Pluto
Chip
Dale

I wonder if you can request characters not on the list?

I wonder if you can request three or four Mickeys? That'd be memorable to have several differently dressed Mickeys running around your reception.



I've only ever seen photos of Mickey and Minnie at weddings. I have yet to see a Chip, Dale, Pluto Goofy, Donald and Daisy.


I dont think they would have several mickeys for a few reasons. mainly because it might confuse the kids, ya know? They dont overlap mickeys in the same theme park either.

Ive heard of people having Stitch at their wedding-- so i'd say its possibly to have others not on the list. Never hurts to ask.:yay:

IrishCinderella
02-08-2007, 05:12 PM
I have yet to see a Chip, Dale, Pluto Goofy, Donald and Daisy.

I've seen Donald and Daisy up close and personal. ;)

I've also seen people use Chip and Dale. I doubt they'd allow more than one Mickey in the room at one time (takes away from the 'magic'), but they'd probably allow it on a rotating basis.

The rule of thumb with the characters, and with DFTW as a whole for that matter, is if you don't ask you might never know. If there's a character you really want, ask - the worst they will say is no.

sarah_n_brian2006
02-10-2007, 09:30 PM
Bump

DLR2WDW
02-11-2007, 07:09 AM
Beyond Disney's main characters, they don't provide a list becuase the entertainment guidelines change every once in a while. I have seen photos of the Princesses and Princes at weddings as well as characters from the newer pixar movies. I asked about woody from Toy Story because my godson loves him...Disney told me Woody can come to the reception but not at the same time as the classic characters (they keep the non-computer animated characters in separate worlds than the drawn ones).

DLR2WDW
02-11-2007, 07:14 AM
Whoops...I almost forgot...the 30 minute thing was a question I had too...They say up to 30 minutes because if the characters have made their way around the room to greet everyone and finished photos, they will leave instead of just standing around. The other thing is that depending on where the reception is taking place, the characters can only be in their "outfits" for 30 minutes. That means if you are in a remote location, part of that time is used in traveling to the area so that is why it can sometimes be less than 30 minutes. It's an entertainment thing, not just up to the planner or escort.

dee slack
02-11-2007, 08:24 AM
Whoops...I almost forgot...the 30 minute thing was a question I had too...They say up to 30 minutes because if the characters have made their way around the room to greet everyone and finished photos, they will leave instead of just standing around. The other thing is that depending on where the reception is taking place, the characters can only be in their "outfits" for 30 minutes. That means if you are in a remote location, part of that time is used in traveling to the area so that is why it can sometimes be less than 30 minutes. It's an entertainment thing, not just up to the planner or escort.

you mention remote location as being a factor for how long the characters stay - what counts as 'remote'? We'll be at GF. You think Disney would tell you this if you were paying full price for them.
Also then, if you keep them busy with photo's, dancing etc they SHOULD stay the fiull 30 mins?

Maggimus
02-11-2007, 09:29 AM
Whoops...I almost forgot...the 30 minute thing was a question I had too...They say up to 30 minutes because if the characters have made their way around the room to greet everyone and finished photos, they will leave instead of just standing around. The other thing is that depending on where the reception is taking place, the characters can only be in their "outfits" for 30 minutes. That means if you are in a remote location, part of that time is used in traveling to the area so that is why it can sometimes be less than 30 minutes. It's an entertainment thing, not just up to the planner or escort.
I was just wondering where you got this bit of information?

A lot of brides have had them stay for over 30 minutes. They were in no-way finished taking photos at my wedding and literally-- they were there 15 minutes. I dont consider SBP to be a very remote location. :confused3

I feel as though they do not time the characters but give it what might seem like 30 minutes and then the escort makes a point to have them leave. It is basically in the escorts hands considering the characters dont wear watches and are "in character".

You may certainly be right though. Did DFTW tell you this?

DisBride2007
02-11-2007, 04:57 PM
As far as which characters can be used, I believe you can use any character (in any costume) with the exception of Winnie the Pooh & friends. We were told that we couldn't use Cinderella in the LS because they didn't "go together"... so maybe they have similar restrictions. We were considering Chip & Dale because DH loves them, but went with M&M in the end and we're glad we did.

Maybe they're only supposed to be "in costume" for up to 30 minutes at a time... and as long as they are behind closed doors, they can change out of their costume, but can't do so in an outdoor location? Maybe some people got them for longer because they had so many people, they didn't want any kids to start screaming or anything who didn't get a picture. I honestly can't say how long they stayed at our wedding, but I did get a feeling like "they're leaving already??"

princessdisneybelle
02-11-2007, 05:12 PM
Does anyone know how much 1 character is? DF would love! Goofy.

dee slack
02-12-2007, 12:37 PM
Maybe some people got them for longer because they had so many people, they didn't want any kids to start screaming or anything who didn't get a picture.

have they ever seen a grown woman screaming '*** M&M left early? Well they might do this December;)