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ferretxxxferret
07-03-2008, 07:36 PM
I want to post about my wedding to show other brides what a swan wedding is all about. When I was planning my wedding there was not a whole lot of info on weddings at the Swan. Alot of pictures were way outdated and made the Swan look terrible. It is actually a beautiful hotel! In person it is stunning. I will try to post as much as possible, but it might take lots of installments!



When I began my planning, we were going to have our wedding at Disney. As many other brides know, DFTW gets expensive really quickly, and there are tons of hidden costs. We were trying to budget for $10,000 because of the Disney minimum. We were getting no where with that amount of money!

I guess I will start off with some information about the Swan. I will describe it for those who have never been there or don't remember it all that well. Here are a few pictures of the Swan and Dolphin:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/swan.jpg

(this one is not from my wedding, but from the internet)
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/swan-6.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/swandolphin-3.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/swan-1.jpg


Some pictures make the color combination of the peach and green look terrible. But really in pictures taken with a good camera the Swan and Dolphin look really nice. They are not as bright and tacky looking as some photos suggest. I asked my photographer to have most pictures not highlight the peach and green. He did a great job of this!



Why have a wedding at the Swan?

well, as I said earlier, Disney is just too expensive for many brides. The Swan is a way of getting the Disney magic without paying the DFTW price. Now, if you have the money to go with DFTW directly, I say go for it! But if you are like me and you just could't get what you wanted with your budget, the swan could be perfect for you!

The Swan and Dolphin are located in the middle of all that is Disney. They are located adjacent to the boardwalk and just a short walk from EPCOT. I had no idea how close it was until I went for my site visit!

Another plus is the flexibilty. Disney has so many rules regarding their weddings. With the Swan you can get exactly what you want. You can get an easy package where you don't have to do a lot of planning, or you can customize what you want! That's what i did, and it worked our great. I will try to go into all of my vendors later in the thread.

lov2b@disney
07-03-2008, 08:37 PM
Looking forward to hearing all about your wedding!

DecemberBride
07-03-2008, 08:39 PM
Looking forward to hearing all about your wedding!

as am I... I'm having a DFTW, but my dinner reception at Shula's at the Dolphin...

ferretxxxferret
07-03-2008, 08:41 PM
Basic Swan and Dolphin Info

I figured I would begin at the beginning and let you all know just a little bit about the Swan. When I began planning my wedding I had never even been to Disney, so lots of pictures and descriptions were super helpful. i am going to explain things as if all of you have never been there because I don't know how much you already know. I am not expert about the Swan and Dolphin, so fee free to correct me if I am wrong!

The Swan and Dolphin are located directly across from each other and adjacent to the Boardwalk. You can walk form one hotel to the other in just a few minutes! Here is a map to help give you an idea of what i am talking about:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/map.jpg

The great thing about the Boardwalk being so close is that you can get pictures taken at the boardwalk! (like in my current signature!) I would just be careful to not run into another bride! I wouldn't want to steal her thunder if her wedding was at the boardwalk or anything. They have the right of way! :) But since the boardwalk area is outside of a park, you can wear your dress and get pictures there!
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb87/jenniferaguilar/Wedding%20Day/after%20ceremony/JM19177-17-07.jpg

now onto more wedding related stuff....

There are several locations for a ceremony, and endless possibilities for a reception!

Ceremony locations

these are the locations that i know of, but there could be a few more! as always, i am just speaking from my own personal experience!

Crescent Terrace - this is where I had my ceremony! It is located to the right of the swan if you are looking at the Swan from the front entrance. If you look up at the map of the Swan and Dolphin i posted above it is shown as a pathway that ends as a circle surrounded by trees. Here are some pics of the location:

from above:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/swanlocation.gif

My pics here begin from the back entrance of the swan, on the Dolphin side. To get there, walk out the doors of the Swan towards the Dolphin and take a right.
You will see a pathway leading over a bridge and a path to your right.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0195.jpg
Take this right, and you will be on the path that becomes your "walk down the isle"
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0196.jpg
dum dum de dum...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0197.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0198.jpg

this is your view once you reach the end of the isle.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0199.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0208.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0346.jpg

Behind us is the hotel:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0349.jpg

looking at crescent terrace from across the waterway:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0238.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0231.jpg


Crescent Terrace is a beautiful area. It is right next to the waterway, and you can hear and see the boats from there. We had some go by during our ceremony! There are also lots of trees and greenery which I think showed up beautifully in our pictures! (which I will share later). It also shaded the area pretty well.

ferretxxxferret
07-03-2008, 08:45 PM
The beach- I know that it is also possible to have your ceremony on the beach between the Swan and Dolphin. The one downside to having your reception on the beach is that they do not have seating available (last I checked they didn't). This would work for a small number of people and a short ceremony. keep in mind that there really isn't any shade!
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/47741559_soulis_dolphin_and_swan_ho.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/beach-1.jpg

East Couryard- This will work for a small wedding. I am unsure of the number of people it can fit though. There are two areas at the swan that have this fountain, and I am unsure of which one is the east courtyard, so I will post both of the pics i took. they are pretty identical.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/pic_lv_outdoor_eastcrtyard.jpg

here is a pic i took on my site visit trip:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0170.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0165.jpg

I have also seen another picture of a ceremony set up, but I don't know any of the details. It can be seen in the pics on this page:
http://www.swandolphin.com/weddings/index.html (http://www.swandolphin.com/weddings/index.html)

ferretxxxferret
07-03-2008, 08:49 PM
Thanks 2be@disney and Decemberbride! :goodvibes I am excited to share so that others can decide if the swan is right for them. But first I want to give out all of the info that I know!

ferretxxxferret
07-03-2008, 08:55 PM
There is a really great link that I used while researching the Swan. It gives a 360 degree view of many areas of the swan and dolphin. Maybe it will help!

360 degree views- click here (http://www.swandolphin.com/360/360tour.html)

DecemberBride
07-03-2008, 09:21 PM
this is going to be soooooo helpful jennifer! a lot og s&d brides will thank you!

traceyr13
07-03-2008, 09:35 PM
This is so helpful! I am really thinking of doing a vow renewal there in 2010, so I really appreciate this! :)

Ember
07-03-2008, 09:56 PM
What a great thread! You're information is great and I love that you're illustrating everything with pictures, which makes it very easy to "see" what you're talking about. It's a lot of work to type everything out, and I know there are brides out there who are going to really appreciate it! :thumbsup2

ferretxxxferret
07-03-2008, 11:27 PM
DecemberBride- I really hope this helps some people out. I considered not really sharing our photos because it is kind of weird having them all over the internet, but I think the good outweighs the bad.

traceyr13- i hope that some of this is useful to you! I think that the swan is a perfect place for a VR! :lovestruc

Ember- I think the pictures really help. The swan and just marry give you a lot of info, but it's all descriptions and numbers. How are you going to know what they are really talking about without pics?? Maybe some other Swan brides will be inspired to come share their pics and info as well.



Just Marry!
If you would like to get married at the Swan, they will connect you with Just Marry!, a wedding planning company. Just Marry was awesome. For most of my planning I worked with Michele, but then was transfered to Aimee. Michele suffered through e-mail after e-mail and answered every single one of my crazy questions. Their website is www.justmarry.com (http://www.justmarry.com/). There really isn't any info about swan weddings on the site, but it can help you get in contact with them. i really can't say enough good things about them. So easy to work with!:thumbsup2

Ceremony Options

Like I said earlier, if you want to make it easy and not have to do all of the dirty work yourself Just marry will do it for you. It can be as simple as filling out a questionnaire, getting your marriage license, and showing up! i, on the other hand, wanted it customized.

My contract included the site fee for Crescent Terrace, my wedding planner, a musician (I used a harpist and she was great!), and seating. My price for this was about $1600. Compared to the price of the wedding pavilion (which i totally love and would have chosen if I could have afforded it) that's pretty darn good!

Their basic package typically includes Ceremony hosted at the Crescent Terrace or the East Fountain Courtyard, Officiant to perform the ceremony, Decorated brass wedding arch, Nosegay bridal bouquet and Groom's boutonniere, Single ceremony musician, Small decorated wedding
cake and a bottle of champagne. The fee they charge for all this is $2200.00 (but that price was given to me in 2006, so it might be more now). You can customize all of this, don't be afraid to ask!

Here is how they decorate the arch in this package... (something like this anyways. it comes with 3 bunches of flowers on the arch. it was not my style, so i customized this too, lol!):
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/flowers/swanwedding.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/flowers/bridalarch.jpg

On top of the basic package, you can add on a whole bunch of stuff. Someone posted a more recent list of this on the swan weddings FAQ stickied at the top of the DFTW forum.

I chose my own officiant (Mario's uncle), photographer, hair and make-up person, tux and steaming company, etc. I told my WP what I wanted for floral and cake, and she told me which companies she uses. You can use any company you want. I researched companies in Orlando by reading threads on here, and on other forums and such.

I will go into my personal wedding stuff later. For now, more general info....

ferretxxxferret
07-04-2008, 12:15 AM
Reception Options

There are soooo many options for a reception if you have your ceremony at the Swan! This depends on how many people you have at your wedding, and if you want to have it close or need transportation, etc.

One obvious option is to have it in one of the ballrooms at the Swan/Dolphin. I cannot recommend this option because they were just terrible to work with. The person that was assigned to me never answered any of my emails and I had to have Michele at Just Marry! contact them. They were a nightmare. :mad: Maybe it was just the person that i was working with. i am not even going to go into all of the problems I had with them. Maybe someone else has had better experience and can post about it.

There is also the option of having your wedding reception at one of the restaurants at the Swan or Dolphin.These are a great choice because they are all on-site and you don't need transportation to get to them. i will try to go over each of them at least a little. this website is helpful: http://www.swandolphin.com/dining/private.html

Fresh Mediterranean Market - located in the Dolphin Hotel

here is the info the swan and dolphin website gives for private dining:
http://www.swandolphinmeetings.com/menus/privatedining/fresh.pdf

here are some pics that WDWinfo.com posted:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Dolphin_dining_Mediterranean-Mar-3.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Dolphin_dining_Mediterranean-Mar-2.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Dolphin_dining_Mediterranean-Mar-1.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Dolphin_dining_Mediterranean-Market.jpg

a 360 degree view:
http://www.swandolphin.com/360/fresh.html

I don't really know more about this site for a wedding, but I ate here for lunch before my rehearsal. It was amazing! :thumbsup2 Seriously some of the best food EVER. My family still talks about it to this day. It is a made to order type buffet. I think it would be a great choice for a wedding reception.

I have talked with Leo, the guy you are supposed to talk to about booking private dining here, and he was super nice.

Keira1387
07-04-2008, 08:42 AM
great thread! I'm sure this going to help a lot of future brides.

trudy88
07-04-2008, 09:54 AM
Hubby and I are considering a VR at the Swan. I really appreciate the info!
And the pics are so helpful!
trudy <><

rigsby25
07-04-2008, 11:21 AM
My daughter was just married at the Swan and Dolphin on April 23. We did not have all this information beforehand and we were so pleasantly surprised that everything went so smoothly. JustMarry did a fantastic job. All this information is right on and will be so helpful.

XmasPixie
07-04-2008, 11:53 AM
Thank you so much for posting all of this information. I am just beginning to work with Just Marry for my Swan wedding this December. We are moving so fast so do not have a whole lot of luxury to make changes - the more information we can find, the better.

I'm curious about the way you customized the arch and if the cost was significantly more than the standard. I love the arch but I would also like it done differently...

Looking forward to your story popcorn:: .

Thank you so much!!!!!
MDB :santa:

MyMelody
07-04-2008, 05:32 PM
Yay I love to know other brides are thinking about Swan Dolphin that place is sooo pretty too :thumbsup2

Disneyaddict1973
07-05-2008, 09:57 AM
OMG Jennifer, this thread is a Godsend to those of us who have booked a WDW Swan wedding! Like you said, there is NOTHING out there! Even now after they have done sooooooooooooo many weddings, few Brides post pics or info anywhere about it! I have googled it over and over and that is how I found the DISboards. I am so glad I did:banana: I pledge to post all of my pics and info when we get back, I should have my pics by September:flower3: . Thanks for doing this for us!:grouphug:

ferretxxxferret
07-05-2008, 04:10 PM
Keira- thanks! :)

Trudy 88- hi there! I hope some of this information will help you make a decision. I think it would be a perfect place for a VR! :love:

rigsby25- I totally agree! Everything went perfectly smooth. Jsut Marry did an awesome job. It was great that I didn't have to worry about the ceremony except for showing up! They had everything all put together and made sure it went off without a hitch. i am glad to hear you say that the info is right on, because you never know what may have changed or something!

Xmas Pixie- you are getting married soon! Congrats! As far as the flowers, I wanted a different colored arch because I am not a big fan of gold. We had a black one. Then I had them put flowers all over instead of just a few spots. It blended in so perfectly to the location, and looked elegant and not cheesy (in my opinion). Here is a picture:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb87/jenniferaguilar/Wedding%20Day/Preceremony/JM12447-17-07.jpg

a closer view of the flowers:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb87/jenniferaguilar/Wedding%20Day/after%20ceremony/JM18817-17-07.jpg

I was really happy with how this turned out. All I went off of was a description. they exceeded my expectations.
here is how it was described in my floral quote:

Hotel’s nickel colored arch will be decorated with Italian Ruscus, Plumosous, white and blue delphinium and curly willow $370.

Greenery Productions was the florist they used. I will try to go into floral more later! They have several arch options, but i think this arch was the cheapest. I just wanted to get to your question ASAP since you are getting married so soon. Hope that helps! let me know if you have any more questions.

My Melody- great to see you here! :)

Disneyaddict1973- i know, I tried googling for hours! There really isn't anything out there except some outdated pics. :confused: i had to ask about everything, and I felt like I was bothering my WP! She was great though and thoroughly answered all questions. Definitely post your pics! I can't wait!

MyMelody
07-06-2008, 12:28 AM
:lovestruc Love to see your pictures.. You are a beautiful Bride and your pictures are really pretty. Glad you are doing all these swan post.

Lynn5700
07-06-2008, 05:19 PM
Congratulations to you :)!!!!!!

this is such a great thread for girls wanting to know info about Swan and dolphin weddings...it's nice to see actual weddings!

hmgolden
07-06-2008, 08:08 PM
Jennifer - this is fabulous! I look forward to seeing more pictures from your wedding.

Willow1213
07-06-2008, 09:20 PM
Thanks for all of the great info on Swan and Dolphin weddings! We are planning a Disney wedding and are trying to make things as affordable as possible. Thanks to your great info, I think the swan and dolphin might be the solution we were looking for. Thanks again,
~Abby

shezfrombermuda
07-06-2008, 09:50 PM
Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing more pictures!

ferretxxxferret
07-07-2008, 01:35 AM
Thanks Vanessa! :)

Thanks Lynn. Congrats to you too.

hmgolden- thanks! i think it was about time all of this got posted. I am sorry it took me so long!

Abby-I am glad i could help! Let me know if there is anything else you need to know. I might be able to help.

shezfrombermuda- thanks! plenty more pics are on the way!


So I figured I would continue with some more reception locations.

Shula's Steak House

I Don't really know all that much about this location, except it is at the Dolphin. I do know that many others have used this site as a reception location, so maybe they can be more helpful than I can! i will just post links and pictures:

Here is the link:
http://www.donshula.com/locations.php?l=1&restid=10&ext=1

And the 360 degree view of the pricate room(s):
http://www.donshula.com/locations.php?l=1&restid=10&ext=1

Menus and pricing:
http://www.swandolphinmeetings.com/menus/privatedining/shulas.pdf

and a couple pics:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Shulasentrance.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/shulas.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Shulasmaster.jpg


Kimono's

This restaurant is at the Swan. I don't know if they have a private dining room or not. I didn't find any pictures of it.

Here is the link:
http://www.swandolphin.com/kimonos/index.htm

360 degree thing:
http://www.swandolphin.com/kimonos/index.htm

menu Options:
http://www.swandolphinmeetings.com/menus/privatedining/kimonos.pdf

Some pics:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Swan_dining-kimonos_01.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Swan_dining-kimonos_01a.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Swan_dining-kimonos_03.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/kimonos_02.jpg

ferretxxxferret
07-07-2008, 01:52 AM
Il Mulino

Il Mulino is an Italian restaurant located at the Swan. The website says you can have up to 30 for private dining.

Website:
http://www.swandolphin.com/ilmulino/index.html

360 degree views:
http://www.swandolphin.com/360/ilmulino.html

Menu options:
http://www.swandolphinmeetings.com/menus/privatedining/ilmulino.pdf
Some pics:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/ilmulino1_l.jpg

Next up is the Blue Zoo- where I had my reception! :lovestruc

figmentfan814
07-07-2008, 01:57 PM
Reception Options

Fresh Mediterranean Market - located in the Dolphin Hotel

here is the info the swan and dolphin website gives for private dining:
http://www.swandolphinmeetings.com/menus/privatedining/fresh.pdf

here are some pics that WDWinfo.com posted:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Dolphin_dining_Mediterranean-Mar-3.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Dolphin_dining_Mediterranean-Mar-2.jpg


I don't really know more about this site for a wedding, but I ate here for lunch before my rehearsal. It was amazing! :thumbsup2 Seriously some of the best food EVER. My family still talks about it to this day. It is a made to order type buffet. I think it would be a great choice for a wedding reception.

I have talked with Leo, the guy you are supposed to talk to about booking private dining here, and he was super nice.


I'm so glad to see your TR. FRESH was awesome; we had our rehearsal dinner here and like your guests everyone loved it. I also worked with Leo after the manager had left FRESH from last year; he was really easy to work with and finished up all of our final details.

I love your flowers; the color is so beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more of your pictures. The boardwalk shot is so pretty!

dakcp2001
07-07-2008, 07:42 PM
Thank you so much for posting this info! It is really going to help me in my planning! I am leaning towards S&D!

XmasPixie
07-07-2008, 08:31 PM
Hey Jenn,

Thanks for jumping ahead in your report and posting those pictures for me. You did an awesome job with your decorations. Everything looks amazing.

Thanks so much for your help!! Looking forward to continuing on.... :flower3:

*Valdez*
07-16-2008, 11:15 PM
I just got my first e-mail from Just Marry- we are planning a VR in June. I love your flowers, if you don't mind me asking what was the cost and where did you get them? Any additional info would be of great help. We do know the general stuff about the Swan, as we have stayed at the Dolphin for a couple of years, so we have all the spots. Have eaten at Shula's and that was great. Thanks again.

purple250
07-19-2008, 04:15 PM
Anymore photos of your swan wedding?

ferretxxxferret
07-20-2008, 05:58 PM
Sorry that it has been so long since I have posted! Life is a little busy right now. I do have lots more info to post, and tons more pictures! It may take a while, but I plan to add so much more.

*Valdez* I will totally add my entire floral budget soon. It was right around a thousand I think. Thanks for waiting!

pjstevens
07-21-2008, 07:07 PM
Sorry that it has been so long since I have posted! Life is a little busy right now. I do have lots more info to post, and tons more pictures! It may take a while, but I plan to add so much more.

*Valdez* I will totally add my entire floral budget soon. It was right around a thousand I think. Thanks for waiting!

Congrats on your wedding. What I've seen things were wonderful. Can't wait to read more (and see LOTS of pics).

ferretxxxferret
07-23-2008, 02:37 PM
Thanks PJstevens! :)

So I want to finnish the reception locations that are available at the Swan and Dolphin before I move onto anything else.


Another option for a reception would be on the beach between the Swan and Dolphin. I already posted a pic and link to the 360 degree look at it when I talked about ceremony locations.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/beachparty.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/beach.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/beachatswandolphin.jpg

If you wanted to have your reception on the beach, you would need to contact the Swan and Dolphin catering. This was my original idea for a reception. I thought the beach sounded like an amazing option. The cons to having a reception here are:

the beach is not a private space, and the public may come and go here. They will not secure it as a private venue.

It may be too hot to have it here. My wedding was in July, and my guests would have been so miserable.

you have to go through the swan and dolphin catering. They were horrible to work with in my expereince. but don't let my experience stop you! Maybe I just got a bad person to work with.


But other than those things, I think that it is a great spot. You are outside, in the middle of Disney world!

Up next is my reception location- Todd English's Blue Zoo! :thumbsup2

gattra
07-25-2008, 01:29 PM
Thank you sooo much for this info...your wedding looked beautiful!! Can't wait to hear more!

TigerKat
07-26-2008, 02:21 PM
Subbing, great thread!!:thumbsup2

Disneyaddict1973
07-27-2008, 11:06 PM
OMG I know you're busy but we are popcorn:: waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiting:surfweb: and sooooo impatient!!!!!!:)

ferretxxxferret
08-08-2008, 12:42 AM
Thanks Gattra and tigerkat! :)

Sorry disneyaddict1973! I know I am waaaaayyyy behind! It's tough to find time with a baby at home! I promise I will try to write some more soon!

Disneyaddict1973
08-08-2008, 07:29 AM
Many apologies:flower3: ....I know how tiring the baby thing is;)
We will wait patiently:angel: Congrats on your baby!!!!!:banana: Best wishes:)

ferretxxxferret
08-09-2008, 12:47 AM
Thanks! She is a handful, but amazing. :) no need to apologize, these were definitely over due!

Ok, I promised info on the Blue Zoo next, so here it goes!

Todd English's Blue Zoo- located in the Dolphin Hotel

here is the info the swan and dolphin website gives for private dining:
http://www.swandolphinmeetings.com/menus/privatedining/bluezoo.pdf

a 360 degree view:
http://www.swandolphin.com/bluezoo/360.html

The main website:
http://www.swandolphin.com/bluezoo/index.htm


Here are some of my pictures, which are a little dark because the lights were off when we went for planning, and some taken by wdwinfo.com:


When you walk from the Swan over to the Dolphin, the Blue Zoo is right at the entrance.


http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0179.jpg

a really cool light fixture in the back entrance of the Dolphin:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0180.jpg

looking into the restaurant (this is actually an area you can reserve by the bar, i will talk about it a little later):
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0182.jpg

ferretxxxferret
08-09-2008, 01:21 AM
still looking in from the restaurant entrance:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0183.jpg

the sign (from wdwinfo.com)
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/bluezoosign.jpg

looking back towards the entrance (which is where those horizontal wood slats are, if that makes any sense!) :
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/bar.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/barentrance.jpg

this one is looking in the other direction. At the end there is a fire pit where they roast a fish stuck on a skewer. They call this a dancing fish, and you can order it off the menu!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/bluezoodancingfish-1.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/bluezoodancing.jpg

The main dining room:
my pics (which are super dark):
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0320.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0319.jpg

The pretty carpet:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0321.jpg


Here are some that are better (from wdwinfo.com):
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/bluezoodining3.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Bluezoodining.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/Bluezooendofdining.jpg

in the private room (through the glass doors you can see in the main dining room pictures):

Here is the place setting:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0324.jpg

The chandelier, which is meant to represent a puffer fish (this is called the Blue Zoo, you know!).
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0323.jpg

The carpet in here:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0325.jpg

the cool wine wall:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0326.jpg

This room was really gorgous! It is so classy and just really nice looking. Here is the whole room(sorry it is so small. i have more from the wedding that i will post later) :
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/private_dining.jpg

Here is some information on the private room:

disclaimer- Please keep in mind that this info may be out of date a little, and the prices may have changed.

The private room can be split into three rooms. As one big room, the food and beverage minimum is $3,600. (meaning you have to spend at least this much on all of your food and drinks. there is no fee or anything). Each section has a minimum of $1,200 that must be spent, so it would then be $2,400 for 2 sections. (I hope I am making sense here!) They are seperated by a big wooden wall that can be moved. Here is the number of people you can have:

one section up to 15 people
two sections up to 30 people
all 3 sections up to 50 people

I invited more than 50 people, and they said they would allow up to 54 people. That would be pretty crowded though. if you have that many people there will be no extra room for dancing and such. If you wanted dancing (like the first dance), I think you would need to bring your own music and sound system anyways. It can be done though!


The room would be yours for the night. They don't really have a time limit. We were definitely there after they were closed.

The Blue Zoo is only open for dinner at this time. They are not open for lunch.

Hmm, what else?

The menus are on the link I listed above. However, they can mix things around. They also have a seperate appitizer list they gave me that i could choose from. They even made a new appitizer up just for my wedding! and it was awesome. I even picked things from their regular dining menu.

As far as alcohol, I made my own menus by picking several that they offer. I wanted to keep the price down, and they have some expensive drinks. This worked out ok. It turns out a couple guests were allowed to order more expensive drinks, but it wasn't too bad.You don't have to order alcohol.


I really love this restaurant's theming. :love: It is just so nice and does not really need decorating. The food was pretty good too, at least what i ate! :rolleyes:

I will try and go over the evening here at a later time. Overall I don't think that anyone would be disappointed with the Blue zoo. I had things go wrong, but not enough to outweigh how much I really liked this place.

ferretxxxferret
08-09-2008, 02:45 AM
There is another area that is available at the Blue Zoo. It is called the lounge deck, I believe. It is located right next to the bar and is semi-private. When I was inquiring about the wedding they told me that I could have this room for an hour a cocktail hour. The minimum price for that hour was $1,000. It would be $3,600 for the whole evening. This was way too expensive for us, so we opted not to use it. I was sad we couldn't use it, I really like this area! Anyways, this might be helpful to someone, so I will post pics and stuff:


inside:
this is my picture, that's why it is dark. To do the cocktail hour in here, they would remove the tables on the left, and the tables on the right would have to stay. they are permanently attached. This way guests can walk around and mingle.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0328.jpg

Glass rods on strings! These things are so neat!!
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0329.jpg

looking behind me, at the main restaurant:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/Disney%20Trip%202006/PICT0330.jpg

Here is a better pic from wdwinfo.com. The entrance to this area is to the right:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/bluezoobardeck2.jpg

another:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/bzldeck.jpg

and a table:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/ferretxxxferret/locations/bluezooseating.jpg

~Piglet~
08-09-2008, 08:02 AM
Brilliant information :thumbsup2 We're thinking of having a Swan & Dolphin Wedding in 2010. I can't believe there is so little on the S&D website!

The two Wedding locations look so bare it almost put me off until I found this thread :) Do you have any more photo's of the Wedding locations / hotel grounds? and also does the foliage in the grounds change much throughout the year?

ferretxxxferret
08-09-2008, 02:06 PM
Thanks Piglet. I can't believe how little information there is either. I know lots of people get married there!

I have more pictures of crescent Terrace from my wedding day. I will definitely post them when I go over the wedding day. unfortunately i don't have any more pictures of the other locations because they are so hard to find, as you know. :confused: I might be able to find some more pictures of the hotel grounds though.

I don't think that the foliage changes all that much throughout the year. When I went in December, it looked much like it did in July. There may be some changes here and there, but I didn't notice any.

I did notice that they try to keep the hotels looking nice though. the grounds were very nice looking and they were even repainting one of the fountains on one of my trips.

Let me know if this answers your questions or not! :thumbsup2

~Piglet~
08-10-2008, 06:20 AM
Thanks for the quick reply :) Even though we're not getting married until 2010 I want to decide on the venue as soon as possible, especially being over in the UK too.

I'll look forward to seeing your photos :)

tinkandonaldfans
08-11-2008, 03:14 AM
i thought i had my mind made up on a sea breeze point wedding. I considered the swan due the money saving aspect but then went back to the SBP wedding again. Now after seeing your thread it has made me change my mind again!

aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

i do find it really tempting about saving so much money but a part of me wonders whether i would be missing out on something.

can you still get a hidden mickey in your bouquet or is this something only disney floral does?

what about the cake cutting, how do they go about this?

can you still have mickey join you?

sorry for all the questions.

tinkandonaldfans
08-14-2008, 08:40 AM
i can't stand the wait! i want to see more!!!!! i have finally decided on a swan wedding- dbf doesn't get much say apart from helping to pay for it hehehehe

well as i have decided on what i want i can now start saving so when he finally gets his butt in gear and asks me we can get booking straight away!!!!!

although i have decided i still can't wait to hear more about your wedding!

ferretxxxferret
08-14-2008, 05:17 PM
You make me laugh! :rotfl: I can totally relate to wanting to see more. I will try and go as fast as possible, it's just tough to find time right now!

On to your questions...

I am not sure about the hidden mickey in your flowers. i don't see why another floral company couldn't do this. I bet they could. If not, you could always make a mickey out of crystals and pin it to the bouquet yourself! :thumbsup2

Would you be missing something? Yes, probably. As much as I loved my wedding, if we could have afforded it I would have gone with Disney. I mean we could have had a Disney wedding, but it would have been bare minimum and not at all what I would have wanted. That, and we would definitely still owe money (on credit cards or something). My parents paid for the wedding, and I did not want them to spend a huge fortune. In my opinion it is not worth going into debt. My wedding was totally paid for months in advance and it was a HUGE relief. Now, I am not trying to pick on others who have gone into debt. For us, it was just not worth it. Hey, maybe in the future we can have a Disney VR! Oh! and we got to spend more money on our honeymoon! we had a great trip at Disney. We would not have been able to stay at the Poly, or eat at so many great places. You just have to decide what is right for you. Just make sure you at least like the places you are having it at, otherwise, what's the point? We LOVED :lovestruc the Blue zoo. love, love, loved it.

you know, you could walk over to sea breeze point and take pics there with a swan wedding, assuming there is not a wedding there that day.

There are ways to make your wedding more Disney. You could always have an illuminations dessert party later in the day if you have a morning or early afternoon wedding. You would not be able to wear your wedding dress, but it could still be amazing. hey, you could get two dresses (just one has to not look like a wedding dress).

As far as cake cutting, it depends. I know that you can get a cake with The swan at your ceremony, kind of like Disney's smaller package. (used to be called an intimate, not sure what it's called now?:confused3 ) I didn't do this, so I don't know how the cake cutting would go. I had my cake delivered to the Blue Zoo. The servers cut up the cake in the back after we did our cake cutting, then brought it out for everyone. I would ask the restaurant that you have your reception at to see if they can do it the way you want. I don't believe I got charged for it either. I can't remember.

Yes! You can absolutely have mickey join you!! Minnie too. :) Not sure about the other characters. They cost the same as what Disney charges at their weddings. They come after the ceremony and take pictures with you and your guests.

No worries about the questions. I will answer! Ask away, that's what I am here for. I don't know everything, but I will try to help!





...and just for being so paient, I want to just post a couple more pictures. Some teasers, if you will:

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb87/jenniferaguilar/Wedding%20Day/after%20ceremony/JM13537-17-07.jpg


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb87/jenniferaguilar/Wedding%20Day/after%20ceremony/JM12967-17-07.jpg

BecBennett
08-20-2008, 03:41 AM
haha! Damn, I was hoping that this would all be finished and I'd just be able to read straight through!! Oh well, can't wait to read more!

figmentfan814
08-20-2008, 09:11 AM
The sneak peek pictures are great, looking forward to your full report.

I didn't know you were able to still have Mickey and Minnie, that is so great!

tinkandonaldfans
09-16-2008, 04:45 AM
i know you must have been busy but Disneyaddict has just returned from her Swan wedding and from the sound of things it wasn't as magical as anticipated. i would love to know more about your experience before i disregard the swan as a venue.

Mgmgal
08-23-2010, 07:14 PM
Thank you for this wealth of information! The Swan and Dolphin was just presented as an option to my fiancé and I recently. We, well I, was getting really discouraged with the DFTW prices and our budget but this opens up so many more options! I'm really glad that it is still possible to have a Disney wedding.

jenngb
02-12-2011, 08:31 PM
Has anyone had a wedding at the Swan & Dolphin with a guest list of 150-200? I would love to get an average cost for this?

tinkerbell 766
02-13-2011, 04:59 AM
Hi there!!!
There are not too many of us on here who are S/D brides - we are a small but very exclusive group!!!!:thumbsup2
I think all the S/D brides who are actively posting on here at the moment have yet to have their weddings/VRs, so my guess is that you will have nobody answer your question.
Were you intending to have the whole sherbang at the S/D or just the ceremony?
I highly recommend that you e-mail JustMarry (S/D's wedding planners) with your questions. Karen, my planner has never failed to amaze me with the speed with which she responds to e-mails and will give you all the answers you need and put you under no pressure or obligation. Here is the link to their website

http://justmarry.com/

Check out the S/D FAQ sticky at the top of the page and feel free to check out my PJ - the link is in my signature.
Try to listen to the 'Inside Disney Weddings' podcast this Wednesday - always very helpful and I think that this week it may be touching on S/D weddings. Here is the link

http://www.insidedisneyweddings.com/

Good luck with everything and be sure to come back and let us know of all your plans!!!

hrhamanda
01-27-2012, 08:27 PM
Thanks for all of the information!

djsmith
07-25-2012, 04:37 PM
i want to say thank you so much for all this information! i originally had my heart set on the wedding pavillion, the biggest draw bein havin the castle in our wedding pics. After visiting the pavillion while on holiday last year an seein how far away the castle is to the point where u only see it if u know wht u r lookin for an realisin that a lot of the time its superimposed onto ur pictures i'm not too happy with this now.
We also visited the swan hotel last year as this is where we planned on stayin for our honeymoon. at this point we actually visited the west courtyard(which we'r now considering for the wedding) without knowing you could get married there an without knowing that the swan and dolphin is not "officially" a disney hotel as its not owned or operated by disney(meaning we couldnt spend our compulsory 4night disney hooneymoon there :().

Now i'm torn between the "fairytale disney" wedding at the pavillion and the "cheaper and more intimate but not really disney" wedding at the swan hotel. i'm gathering as much information as possible on the two locations and ceremonies just not ready to give up my "fairytale disney" wedding with the castle backdrop yet either with the let downs i'm finding out so far. Will start my planning journal soon when i get closer to a decision but again a big thank you for this info from a possible future swan bride :)

xXx

Icecoldpenguin
07-25-2012, 06:21 PM
I just want to tell the previous poster that all of us Swan brides consider our weddings to still be TRUE disney weddings because after all we got married on disney property. There are several planning journals including mine where I am recapping my wedding and honeymoon. We also have a Facebook group. Feel free to message me and I can send you links my PJ is titled Teresa & Greg Swan/Fulton's/GF Marina

I hope to hear more about your swan wedding

Teresa