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myprincessgirlisa
02-09-2007, 07:37 PM
THis recent package change had me think...how did they come up with it??

Did they question/survey people to see what they would like to see??

I would have liked to have seen substitutions in their smaller packages.

From what it sounds like, not many people like the David T couture option.

What would you guys like to see or not like to see change?

Gina Loves Disney
02-09-2007, 09:53 PM
I think the new Couture options look beautiful but at what cost? I have heard 65k + but Disney has no prices.

Also I'd like to see them add more options to their Wish book because I feel like they don't let you really get an accurate idea of what you can do.

Ember
02-10-2007, 12:39 AM
I'd like them to change the price of Cindy's carriage. It's bloody ridiculous. Which is a shame because it's such a symbol of a Disney Wedding and many couples simply can't justify the cost for the whole 1/2 hour you get it (seriously, it works out to something like $83 a minute!!)

Maddiesmum03
02-10-2007, 05:34 AM
I'd like a bigger selection of floral options for bridemaids in the (intimate - whats it called now? ) wishbook

SRUAlmn
02-10-2007, 07:05 AM
I would like to see them offer some sort of honeymoon package. There could be different packages to choose from with different extras and hotel option levels. They could maybe offer more of a discount for brides and grooms who were married at WDW (come on, we pay $20000 for a wedding and they can't give us a little help on the honeymoon!!!) :laughing: From what I have seen, their website gives a bunch of info about what you can do on your honeymoon, but there are no official discount packages or anything.

Maggimus
02-10-2007, 09:30 AM
I would like to see a few things change...

I think the Characters should HAVE to stay for the entire 30 minutes AT LEAST (not "up to 30 minutes") We pay $1100 for 2 Characters only to have them escorted away in 15 minutes, its not very "disney-like".

I think the coordinator that is assigned to you should have to go and work the wedding. I have seen more times than not that your WC gives you a call just before the wedding to say "I wont be there, so&so will be there in my place, everything will go fine." Crappy if you ask me. We spend all of this time investing into these people, and yet all the person that shows up knows is whats on the BEO. Id rather have the person ive been speaking directly to show up and make sure things go as planned-- thats what I paid for.

I think DFTW should do a better job of staying in touch with their "brides & grooms" while in WDW. We got down there and it took forever for me to get in contact with my coordinator. That was ME trying to get in touch with HER. I never felt that they deemed it necessary to contact me. What if I had never called? La-la-lalalala....:rolleyes1 I suppose I would have been even more clueless than I was on the actual day. Which brings me to my next point...

Preparing the bride and groom for the ceremony is important. When i got there I had no idea what I was doing-- heck this is my first wedding people! I didnt know where I needed to begin walking, where I was walking to, the time lapse between the moment I got to the place and the time the wedding begins.

I would like to see Disney become a little more competitive in their photography package (no wait I take that back-- I like seeing Randy get the business). But they should at least be aware of how much money they are losing. I guess they cant hang with the big dogs.

Same goes for Videography. Seems like Stan from STVS is definitely the way to go-- why can Disney not see the possibilities in making money in these two areas?

I do feel the Characters are overpriced, along with the carriage and major domo. Some things should be somewhat standard in Disney. I feel they should work at-least one of those in to the package price so that every disney wedding has a little bit of extra sparkle. Perhaps they should leave out the *surprise gift* for intimates and make it something a little more memorable-- like something stated above.

Okay im hopping off my soap-box but I might be back...;)

JJClemson
02-10-2007, 10:19 AM
I would have liked to book my wedding earlier. Not being able to sign a contract until 8 months out is a little ridiculous IMHO. I know it's b/c conventions have priority over us, but why? Ok, that's a little selfish but come on, it's my wedding ;)

DisneyFairy19
02-10-2007, 12:16 PM
I Love the couture collection, but tooooo pricey for me.. So I am sticking with the Wishes Collection...I think it will still be as beautiful..

dee slack
02-10-2007, 12:40 PM
I would have liked to book my wedding earlier. Not being able to sign a contract until 8 months out is a little ridiculous IMHO. I know it's b/c conventions have priority over us, but why? Ok, that's a little selfish but come on, it's my wedding ;)


I so agree with you - I hate the uncertainty of not knowing if I got my first choice date / time / location - you can't feel settled nor plan properly until 8 months out for the majority of brides.

I also agree that the 30 mins min for characters should be compulsary (they are a LOT of money!) and also the coach is slightly over valued.

There should also be more info on extra's on the wishlist as previously mention - for instance, I wouldn't have know about 'hidden Mickey's' in bouquet's if it hadn't been mentioned on here, and they are a sweet touch.

Gina Loves Disney
02-10-2007, 12:52 PM
I so agree with you - I hate the uncertainty of not knowing if I got my first choice date / time / location - you can't feel settled nor plan properly until 8 months out for the majority of brides.

I also agree that the 30 mins min for characters should be compulsary (they are a LOT of money!) and also the coach is slightly over valued.

There should also be more info on extra's on the wishlist as previously mention - for instance, I wouldn't have know about 'hidden Mickey's' in bouquet's if it hadn't been mentioned on here, and they are a sweet touch.

OMG you can get hidden Mickey's in the bouquet?!

Tinkerbelle14
02-10-2007, 02:09 PM
I asked for a hidden Mickey in my bouquet, but they did it on my maid-of-honour's instead. Oh well, at least I got one! They use pearl pins to hold the ribbon around the stem of the flowers and will simply put three together to look like a Mickey. I've seen pictures though where they did the same thing in the centre of a flower though!

dee slack
02-10-2007, 03:26 PM
OMG you can get hidden Mickey's in the bouquet?!

I asked for a hidden Mickey in my bouquet, but they did it on my maid-of-honour's instead. Oh well, at least I got one! They use pearl pins to hold the ribbon around the stem of the flowers and will simply put three together to look like a Mickey. I've seen pictures though where they did the same thing in the centre of a flower though!

I've seen pearl and 'diamonds' hidden mickeys. They look so cute both in the flower centres and also on the 'handle' of the bouquets. They can also add them into the groom's buttoniere (sp) and I think I heard about $3.50 each so not a bad price.

Maggimus
02-10-2007, 03:32 PM
Adding to the list of things I think DFTW should change...

We should be able to edit our own DFTW website with information regarding the couple and itinarary.. I do understand that the Disney information cannot be changed (as to prices of hotels and whatnot- that would be misleading). But as for making it a unique site and something that the bride and groom could really use for communication- I think it would be appropriate for the couples to edit them as needed.:surfweb:

pixie08
02-10-2007, 03:33 PM
I so agree with you - I hate the uncertainty of not knowing if I got my first choice date / time / location - you can't feel settled nor plan properly until 8 months out for the majority of brides.

I also agree that the 30 mins min for characters should be compulsary (they are a LOT of money!) and also the coach is slightly over valued.
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I agree about the contract being a custom destination people, and inviting over a hundred people and having to wait until the 8 month mark to know if we have our reception site is majorly nerve wracking. I couldn't order anything! Plus having to wait so long for the BEO is like nails on a chalk board as well:confused3

princessblueeyzes
02-10-2007, 03:43 PM
Adding to the list of things I think DFTW should change...

We should be able to edit our own DFTW website with information regarding the couple and itinarary.. I do understand that the Disney information cannot be changed (as to prices of hotels and whatnot- that would be misleading). But as for making it a unique site and something that the bride and groom could really use for communication- I think it would be appropriate for the couples to edit them as needed.:surfweb:

I would have to agree with you on this one. I finally got so frustrated with the site that I didn't even give it out to anyone coming as they did get a lot of the times and places wrong and things like that on our site. I just printed an iteniary and told everyone ahead of time what was going on by e-mail.

ChocolateMouse
02-10-2007, 05:23 PM
Adding to the list of things I think DFTW should change...

We should be able to edit our own DFTW website with information regarding the couple and itinarary.. I do understand that the Disney information cannot be changed (as to prices of hotels and whatnot- that would be misleading). But as for making it a unique site and something that the bride and groom could really use for communication- I think it would be appropriate for the couples to edit them as needed.:surfweb:

I save all the good things about the site (like the background, colours, etc.) and made my own web site. That way I can put my own pictures - as many as I wish, info about dinner reception at home and so forth.

SRUAlmn
02-10-2007, 05:31 PM
I save all the good things about the site (like the background, colours, etc.) and made my own web site. That way I can put my own pictures - as many as I wish, info about dinner reception at home and so forth.

I was interested in doing this and adding the web address to our invites to save on future mailings. Can you suggest a great site for making your own?? There are so many out there and I'm new to this (although I'm pretty good on computers.) The whole write your own html stuff is too much! ;)

mermaidbride1108
03-10-2007, 08:03 PM
Ok I know this is an old thread, but I thought it was a VERY GOOD ONE. you would check these boards to see how they are viewed and the kinds of questions their FUTURE CUSTOMERS ask.

ok, heres my rant....

1. when you call to inquire, they should send you something physical other than a very outdated DVD - I have no idea what, but any other place you ask about weddings they provide you with you SOMETHING when you inquire


2. They should list options if you want to do a some reception-like afterparty (how about that for a description?) whether it be a wishes cruise to celebrate or listing the restaurants where private rooms would be available to book

There's more but most of already said what i was thinking

SRUAlmn
03-10-2007, 08:14 PM
Ok I know this is an old thread, but I thought it was a VERY GOOD ONE. you would check these boards to see how they are viewed and the kinds of questions their FUTURE CUSTOMERS ask.

ok, heres my rant....

1. when you call to inquire, they should send you something physical other than a very outdated DVD - I have no idea what, but any other place you ask about weddings they provide you with you SOMETHING when you inquire


2. They should list options if you want to do a some reception-like afterparty (how about that for a description?) whether it be a wishes cruise to celebrate or listing the restaurants where private rooms would be available to book

There's more but most of already said what i was thinking

I definitely agree with #1. The current video is more of a promotional video, not an informational video. They need something that shows video of all the ceremony options, reception options, dessert party info, etc... Not just a fluffy video showing brides getting their pictures taken.

aprincess72
03-10-2007, 10:11 PM
You have all raised some really great points!

My biggest complaint is that as an intimate I have not been offered any options at all. I've had to ask for everything! As some others have mentioned there are numerous things I would have never been aware of if it had not been for these boards! As much as Disney loves to sell stuff they should have some sort of catalog offering to DFTW brides no matter what kind of wedding you are having. I had to ask about the guest books, cake and knive server, etc.
My other big beef is like many of you - the cost of the characters and Cinderella's coach. My question is... do the folks in the suit have a clue about what Disney is charging for the character visit? I bet they don't make anywhere near that!
I think they should have characters as a part of the MK photo shoot!

Don't get me wrong...I'm thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to have my wedding at Disney!

Lynn5700
03-10-2007, 11:33 PM
ok I am nervous now after reading this. I thought that Disney takes care of everything for you. I mean I know I have things I have to take care of but I think it's ridiculous that you have to get in touch with them the day of your wedding.Are you kidding me?

And why do you not get your final budget till 2 weeks before the wedding? Sorry but I will need to know my total as soon as I am done picking my menu ans dj and everything that goes along with planning a wedding.

Im freaked out now.

DisneyBrideWannabe
03-11-2007, 09:59 AM
As an intimate bride, I would say more options for intimates, especially in regards to add-ons, like cake upgrades and after-ceremony options. It seems like you have your ceremony and that is it.
They don't offer dinner receptions and you have to go through the parks if you want to have a dessert reception (And you CAN'T wear your dress :sad1: ). Like a custom, you should be able to add this onto your DFTW bill and get the same as a custom bride (if I am paying the same for the dessert reception, I should be able to wear my dress as well!!). You basically have to book everything seperately yourself, and therefore pay seperately :confused3
Also more competive prices with the pics. If they are going to charge $$$ you should get a lot more pics!! Oh, the idea about a discount for the rooms & tickets is great! :thumbsup2

Skylarr29
03-11-2007, 11:27 AM
As an intimate bride, I would say more options for intimates, especially in regards to add-ons, like cake upgrades and after-ceremony options. It seems like you have your ceremony and that is it.
They don't offer dinner receptions and you have to go through the parks if you want to have a dessert reception (And you CAN'T wear your dress :sad1: ). Like a custom, you should be able to add this onto your DFTW bill and get the same as a custom bride (if I am paying the same for the dessert reception, I should be able to wear my dress as well!!). You basically have to book everything seperately yourself, and therefore pay seperately :confused3
Also more competive prices with the pics. If they are going to charge $$$ you should get a lot more pics!! Oh, the idea about a discount for the rooms & tickets is great! :thumbsup2


Intimate brides can wear their dress to their DP as long as they use Disney transportation to enter back stage (ie. your limo charter, Disney towncar or motor coach) because you can not walk through the park in your dress.

Also your planner should now be able to plan a Dessert Party for you.. you no longer go directly through Epcot.

Laurafoster
03-11-2007, 01:37 PM
Oh so many things i would like them to change!

As a UK bride not being able to confirm your wedding till 8 months out is near impossible if we dont want extremely high flight prices!!

I think they should offer a discount on you accomodation for a planning trip to make it easier for people to get there!

Agree on the character 30 mins thing although ours were there for 30 mins so i cant complain!

The main thing that bugged me about my disney wedding was that we were "bumped" from our original reception location for a convention. It sucks that they are given priority over weddings because they generate more money - although in hindsight mine worked out MUCH better!! but thats not always the case.

hiwaygal
03-11-2007, 02:15 PM
ok I am nervous now after reading this. I thought that Disney takes care of everything for you. I mean I know I have things I have to take care of but I think it's ridiculous that you have to get in touch with them the day of your wedding.Are you kidding me?

And why do you not get your final budget till 2 weeks before the wedding? Sorry but I will need to know my total as soon as I am done picking my menu ans dj and everything that goes along with planning a wedding.

Im freaked out now.

I can understand your fears...and the best advice I can give is trust Disney. With at least 1500-2000 weddings per year, they know what they are doing (I know that sounds patronizing, but I really don't mean it that way).

While everyone here can see ways to improve some aspects of the packages or certain things, I doubt anyone of us would say that they were not happy with their Disney wedding or that they regret their decision to have a wedding at Disney. And some of these issues may be related to their EM/WC and not necessarily DFTW as a whole. We've all heard of different CM's giving different information.;)

For my intimate wedding, my EM/WC was in touch with me early that morning. You having to contact them is not the norm.

I think some of the "Disney takes care of everything for you" depends a bit on which type of wedding you are having. I believe you are responsible for coordinating the officiant for both an intimate or custom wedding. And, if you are using outside vendors for anything, it's pretty much your responsibility to coordinate that as well. If you are using Disney for "everything" then, yes, they do pretty much take care of it for you...but you still have to make the decisions (which can be harder than the coordination!;) :rotfl: )

I believe I got my final budget about 3 weeks out. It's just how Disney operates, and I think it goes back to them not needing a whole lot of time to coordinate everything. You can talk to your EM/WC and let them know that you need a final budget earlier, they may be able to accommodate you. Also, be very clear up front with your EM/WC what your budget is. They can offer alternatives to keep your wedding at your budget.

Try not to be freaked out. I know that's harder to do than say. I often used to think I wasn't stressed enough about my wedding planning compared to how much other brides had to go through. But that's an unfair comparison, IMO. As a Disney Bride, you really don't need to stress as much about some things...but I guess that's part of what we are paying for, huh? ;)

Good luck with your planning!!:)

purplegirl247
03-11-2007, 05:53 PM
I guess I lucked out. I got my budget and BOE (or whatever it's called) six weeks to the day before the wedding. I've also heard some people complain that major things weren't right (like the groom's name, some of the requests, etc.) but so far I've only found one major flaw, which it turns out may be my fault. [I booked the MK photo shoot, then called back to change the date but didn't talk to my coordinator at all. The date on the BOE is the original date, so I hope it isn't too late for me!]

aprincess72
03-11-2007, 06:03 PM
As an intimate bride, I would say more options for intimates, especially in regards to add-ons, like cake upgrades and after-ceremony options. It seems like you have your ceremony and that is it.
They don't offer dinner receptions and you have to go through the parks if you want to have a dessert reception (And you CAN'T wear your dress :sad1: ). Like a custom, you should be able to add this onto your DFTW bill and get the same as a custom bride (if I am paying the same for the dessert reception, I should be able to wear my dress as well!!). You basically have to book everything seperately yourself, and therefore pay seperately :confused3
Also more competive prices with the pics. If they are going to charge $$$ you should get a lot more pics!! Oh, the idea about a discount for the rooms & tickets is great! :thumbsup2

They let intimates wear their wedding dress to their dessert party. I am having one next month that I scheduled through DFTW. I was told as long as we are being escorted in I can wear it.

Kashmir104
03-15-2007, 09:41 PM
THis recent package change had me think...how did they come up with it??

Did they question/survey people to see what they would like to see??

I would have liked to have seen substitutions in their smaller packages.

From what it sounds like, not many people like the David T couture option.

What would you guys like to see or not like to see change?



I actually love the David Tutera options! I think it's great for someone who is looking to do a grand event in the most magical place on earth! Definitely princess material and you can still customize aspects of it! My complaint is that I wish they had a DVD or an actual booklet to look at the pictures upfront and personal to see the details of the Tutera themes. Its hard to get a good sense of the decorations with just the mini video and small pictures.

I'd love to see the design of the Save the Date cards ahead of time!

I also am super stressed already about getting my day, and it's a year and 8 months away!!!! AHHH!

NeverlandClub23
03-15-2007, 10:19 PM
I think they should offer a discount on you accomodation for a planning trip to make it easier for people to get there!



I definately agree with this. I'm looking forward to the planning session but to get a resort and food at WDW is a chunk of change a lot of couples would be happy to get some kind of discount on before the wedding. I mean at that point they already have a non-refundable deposit so it's not like I would cancel just to get the discount on a room.

autumnbride2B
03-16-2007, 07:45 AM
Since custom weddings get APs we used the AP discount when we booked the rooms for our planning session. You can book before you have them - you just need to have them when you check in to get the rate. We are also going to get the DDE so most of the food will be 20% off when we are there. You have to make the arrangements yourself, but you can get some really good discounts for the PS trip.

mems484
03-16-2007, 02:12 PM
When I went to Disney for our planning session, we told our EM our reservation number and he got us the same discount as guests get for weddings. This might be something that you need to ask...they won't just come out and say it.

mems484
03-16-2007, 02:17 PM
When I went to Disney for our planning session, we told our EM our reservation number and he got us the same discount as guests get for weddings. This might be something that you need to ask...they won't just come out and say it.

SRUAlmn
03-16-2007, 03:48 PM
Since custom weddings get APs we used the AP discount when we booked the rooms for our planning session. You can book before you have them - you just need to have them when you check in to get the rate. We are also going to get the DDE so most of the food will be 20% off when we are there. You have to make the arrangements yourself, but you can get some really good discounts for the PS trip.

That's what we did too!! We stayed at POFQ for less than/close to $100 per night :) We wanted Pop Century for even less (plus we love it,) but they were full because of college dance and cheer championships. Plus, we had our APs, so we didn't need any tickets.