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Old 04-07-2013, 07:55 AM   #31
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What if you have an early morning Epcot ceremony and you arrive an hour or so early to take photos? Can you use your own photographer then? Does that technically fall under the category of "ceremony?"
They budget in time before and after the ceremony to do pictures, at least they did for us, and our photographers were aware of the schedule. We didn't do an in-park ceremony but I would imagine that if you're having an 8am ceremony and pictures start at 7, you'd be absolutely fine to use your outside photog. But, they will tell you when you can enter the park, and I'm not super sure how much time the allot for pre-ceremony photos for in park weddings.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:16 PM   #32
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What if you have an early morning Epcot ceremony and you arrive an hour or so early to take photos? Can you use your own photographer then? Does that technically fall under the category of "ceremony?"
Hey Mel. I have an Epcot ceremony on October 20th and booked an outside photographer last week (David & Vicki Arndt). My fiance, bridal party, and I are taking pictures in Epcot from 7:30 until 9am, or whenever we need to be in place for the ceremony.

The catch is you can only take photos in the country your ceremony is in. Also, if you are using an outside vendor, you cannot go to any non-public areas. ie: they cannot pop the gate into the Canada gardens for us to take pictures in the garden. We can take pictures in front of the gardens, but can't go to any "restricted access" areas.

Hope this helps!
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:18 PM   #33
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Hey Mel. I have an Epcot ceremony on October 20th and booked an outside photographer last week (David & Vicki Arndt). My fiance, bridal party, and I are taking pictures in Epcot from 7:30 until 9am, or whenever we need to be in place for the ceremony.

The catch is you can only take photos in the country your ceremony is in. Also, if you are using an outside vendor, you cannot go to any non-public areas. ie: they cannot pop the gate into the Canada gardens for us to take pictures in the garden. We can take pictures in front of the gardens, but can't go to any "restricted access" areas.

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Ahh... It's a shame that they feel the need to place those restrictions. Although, if you have a good photographer, your shots will be amazing anyway! Thanks for the information!
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:52 PM   #34
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That Is Awesome News!!

As a photographer planning on doing my first Disney Wedding Next Year, I'm so happy about this!
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:00 AM   #35
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This is awesome news!
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:44 AM   #36
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Great news! DH and I got married in 09 on DCL and I would have loved to had pictures taken at MK. I wonder if there is a possibility of having pictures done on our next trip?
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:20 AM   #37
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We are getting married next January at SBP and have booked Regina Hyman as our photographer. Her work is AMAZING, and her packages are even more reasonable that what I had originally budgeted for Disney's Event Photography!
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:20 AM   #38
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May I ask when this announcement was made? Only b/c my DH and I sent quite a letter to the CEO explaining our process with DFTW photography and our search for outside photographers... and I'm wondering if our letter helped to change their minds a little bit about the policy. If so, I'm very happy for all you guys who can now use outside photographers, but I'm kind of like, "Grrrr!!! The money we could've saved!!!!" Lol. I was actually very proud of our letter, I think we made an excellent case for allowing people to have outside photography, especially when it comes to price and what you get for the price.

By no means am I trying to take credit, but never underestimate the power of a letter, especially if a bunch of people keep sending letters in! Change can happen! :-)
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Great news! DH and I got married in 09 on DCL and I would have loved to had pictures taken at MK. I wonder if there is a possibility of having pictures done on our next trip?
DFTW's official policy is that outside photographers are only allowed at ceremonies/reception/dessert parties, not portrait sessions. You can book a portrait session through Disney photography, though, and since you had a Disney's Fair Tale Wedding, you can even book the Magic Kingdom bridal portrait session, if you want.

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May I ask when this announcement was made?
Last week.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:51 PM   #40
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Oh, Lord. I need to get engaged fast, before they change the policy again!
My thoughts exactly!!!
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Any one know if there are fees /restrictions on this?
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Any one know if there are fees /restrictions on this?
Yes you have to pay for a guide to escort your photographer. I have read it is $95 for 4 hours but there was some confusion about that definitely being the final price
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It looks like they've settled on $90 for the length of the event.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:02 AM   #44
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It looks like they've settled on $90 for the length of the event.
Whoop .... Not as bad as I was expecting
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Just to clarify, my response was about the ability to book the Magic Kingdom portrait session when you're using an outside photographer for your wedding. You still have to use Disney Photography for the in-park bridal portrait sessions like the one in the Magic Kingdom. You just don't have to use them for wedding-related events (ceremony, reception, dessert party).
Ah, I'm sorry! Didn't read that correctly.
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