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Discussion in 'Disney Weddings and Honeymoons' started by JonetteA, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. PrincessAri

    PrincessAri Disneyland Bride and Disneyland Mom

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    Hi and Congrats on starting to look into DFTW. The miminums do not go up per season but the minimums have been raised for 2012
    (All Seasons )
    Monday-Thursday $12,000++
    Friday & Sunday $15,000++
    Saturday $18,000++
    ++Denotes 21% service charge (applicable to all Food & Beverage)
    +Denotes 8.75% sales tax to be added
    ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

    About the preferred vendors those DO NOT apply towards the minimum.
    And about your floral budget put aside I just saw a floral budget that centerpieces and some decor for the ceremony, and reception upgrades and personal floral and the total was over 3 grand.
    The personal floral alone for 4 wristlet corsage, beautiful 8" hand tied bouquet will be made for the Bride, ): A beautiful 6" bouquet for maid of honor, Groom's and Best Man boutonniere's, and 4 boutonniere's for other special attendants and that was at $$615.00 NOT INCLUDING the ++

    I hope you can be able to sell your DFTW to your fiance and that you get to celebrate at the DLR
     
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  3. Mindyjoy

    Mindyjoy DIS Veteran

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    Hello and Welcome! Ari gave you some good information. Yes, if you plan on sticking to the $12k minimum, that is the minimum for Monday through Thursday weddings, only. And the tax and service charge is another ~30% on top of that.

    If you tell Disney that your floral budget is only $1000, they will work with you, but don't expect much. A "typical" bridal bouquet is $350.

    If you are aiming for August 2012 :scared1:, I would recommend calling and finding out availability! August is in the middle of prime wedding season.

    Finally, if you are on Facebook, join our Disneyland Brides group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/DisneylandBrides/
     
  4. tbscat

    tbscat Earning My Ears

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    Oops! I meant August 2013! My mind must have been somewhere else... the beautiful horse-drawn carriage, perhaps? A girl can dream :)

    Thank you so much for the info. Yes, we're planning on a Thursday wedding and a simple 1 or 2 day Disneymoon at DLR (apparently I'm getting this whether we get married at Disney or not, yay!) with anyone from the wedding that would like to join us. We're going to have our real honeymoon in Utah or Colorado later that winter since we both love to snowboard.

    PrincessAri, there was some verbiage in the brochure I got from Disney saying the minimums could be higher during peak seasons, so that's why I was asking, but it's good to know that no one seems to have dealt with it before!

    Of course the preferred vendors don't apply to the minimum :) That would be too easy. I have some photographer options and hopefully they'll work with us on the budget.

    As for the floral, I only need two bouquets and 3-4 boutonnieres. If we have to do the centerpieces ourselves, it's not a problem - my MoH is dying to go to the flower district. Roses in small vases and maybe some candles will be just fine. The bouquets will also be all roses, which is supposed to cost less since they're always in season, but since it's Disney they probably won't. I'm not too worried about it now since I have the info and feel more prepared. I've also added the service charge and tax amounts into my budget sheets so we can have a more accurate budget to compare our three venues. I'm trying my hardest to account for all costs I can think of so we'll have a realistic number to work with.

    We have an appointment a week from Thursday with Cynthia Autry (whom I've read good things about) for a site tour. I told her we need to sell the fiancé on this! I plan on joining the FB group if we go with Disney - it's in our top 3 - so I should know in a couple weeks. I'm so excited!!
     
  5. Mindyjoy

    Mindyjoy DIS Veteran

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    Cynthia is great! Feel free to join the FB group while you're still deciding. We have a handful of members who are in the "decision" phase. Feel free to join and ask us your questions! :goodvibes
     
  6. sunkissedwen

    sunkissedwen Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for all this information. I'm a wannabe Disney bride so this is all helpful.
     
  7. meechieistoocute

    meechieistoocute Earning My Ears

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    I am planning my wedding here as well......can't wait!:yay:
     
  8. aibarra5

    aibarra5 Earning My Ears

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am about to book my Escape wedding for the spring and really need some help picking a reception location. Does anyone have any thoughts, comments or pictures of the Brisa courtyard. We are pretty sure we are having the wedding in the Wedding Garden. Also I am interested in everyone's bouquets- More pictures please :)
     
  9. Mindyjoy

    Mindyjoy DIS Veteran

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    The Brisa is nice. We had our pre-reception there. Here's some pictures of the Brisa and also Grand Californian ballrooms on my blog.

    http://www.budgetfairytale.com/2011/08/in-part-i-of-site-visit-report-i-showed.html

    Feel free to also join the Disneyland Brides facebook group; we have tons of pictures there, too.

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/DisneylandBrides/

    Good luck with your planning! :hippie:
     
  10. aibarra5

    aibarra5 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the info and pictures. We just booked our wedding! Our ceremony is in the Wedding Garden and our reception is in the Brisa courtyard! yay!
     
  11. Heather1

    Heather1 Earning My Ears

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    One of my co-workers was married at Disneyworld. That's when I found out how wonderful it can be. The pictures are absolutely amazing, and the prices very reasonable. But now I have one little request. Can Mickey Mouse walk me down the aisle? Wouldn't that be a blast!!
     
  12. Mindyjoy

    Mindyjoy DIS Veteran

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    Cute idea, but no. Characters are not allowed at the actual ceremony, only at the reception.
     
  13. dannysgirl

    dannysgirl Earning My Ears

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    Hi everyone,
    My DH and I are looking into a vow renewal at Disneyland. We were looking at the Escape Wedding package, since we never had a wedding, we eloped. We're fine with the limit on guests, but we are fighting over whether or not this package has a reception? And if so, whats included, where would it be, etc? We're waiting on the DVD planner now, and will be contacting the Wedding Planners when it gets closer to the time....I just dont know what I'm getting. Also, does anyone have a price list for the add ons? I dont know whats available or even offered!! Thanks soooooo much!!
    Torrie:wave2:
     
  14. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    The Escape package at Disneyland includes a meal (from a choice of two set menus), but it isn't what you think of as a traditional wedding reception—i.e., no DJ and dancing. Here are the upgrade options for an Escape event (prices include tax and service charge):

    Ceremony Upgrades
    • Bouquets: $100 each
    • Boutonnieres: $15 each
    • Wrist Corsages: $30 each
    • Flower Girl Baskets: $35 each
    • Gazebo Medium Floral Cluster of seasonal Flowers: $325 each
    • Basic White Aisle Runner: $85
    • Rose Petals Scattered on Aisle: $125

    Wedding Reception Upgrades
    • Colored Organza Overlay: $25 per table
    • Colored Full Length Satin Linen: $40 per table
    • Standard white or ivory chair cover with a colored sash:$10 per chair
    • Upgraded Chiavari Chair with colored sash: $12 per chair
    • Chiavari Chair color options: Silver,gold, mahogany, fruitwood, black, white, crystal. With black or ivory chair cushion and colored sash of your choice.
    • Short Square or Round Glass Centerpieces: $100 per table
    • CD/iPod hook-up: $100
    • White Chocolate Castle Cake Topper: $260
    • Fresh floral Cake Decor: $200
    • White or Milk Chocolate Castle Favor with personalized ribbon: $5.50 per favor
    • White Chocolate Mickey and Minnie Photo Frame with personalized ribbon: $7.50 per favor
    • Mickey and Minnie Character Appearance at the Cake-Cutting: $1,350
     
  15. CADisneyMom

    CADisneyMom DIS Veteran

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    I know you can only have your wedding before the park opens or after the park closes if you're having it in front of the castle. My daughter definitely wants it in front of the castle at night. So here is my question that hopefully someone can answer for me. Since the park usually closes around 8pm off-season and they keep the shops open an hour later (9pm) I'm figuring the earliest you can have the wedding would be like 9:30 pm. So, instead of having dinner at like 10pm can you just have a dessert buffet instead? I know you have to meet a minimum amount spent but can you put more money into something else to come up with the money. And, does having Mickey & Minnie at the reception for a short period of time count toward your minimum (I would think not but thought I would ask). Can you also have princesses & their princes for a short period of time also at the reception (I heard before that you could but don't know if they changed that). And finally, we have friends who are photographers and would we be able to use them as our photographers or do you have to use who they recommend.
     
  16. Mindyjoy

    Mindyjoy DIS Veteran

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    In-park weddings are highly specialized and customized so there's really no way for any of us to give you definite answers your questions. You'll have to call the DFTW offices to get confirmed answers.

    You could probably do a dessert-only buffet ...but that would be some expensive dessert! You have to meet a certain food minimum and for in-park receptions it's a pretty high number (in my opinion, at least).

    Mickey and Minnie generally do count towards the minimum for hotel weddings; not sure about in-park weddings.

    I don't believe you can have "face" characters at weddings but I'm not 100% sure on that.

    You can use your preferred photographers.
     
  17. CADisneyMom

    CADisneyMom DIS Veteran

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    We weren't going to have the reception in the park, probably at Disneyland hotel, so I'm hoping it would be a little cheaper lol. Now for M&M and princesses/princes I would only want them there for the first dance and that's it. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what we can do.
     
  18. Mindyjoy

    Mindyjoy DIS Veteran

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    I believe for evening castle weddings, you have to have the reception in-park as well. I'm not 100% sure on that but I believe that is the policy. Also, characters only make appearances during the cake-cutting and for a 30 minute window.
     
  19. CADisneyMom

    CADisneyMom DIS Veteran

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    Thank you for that information, I thought you could bring them in whenever you wanted but the cake cutting is fine, I guess I'll just have to limit it to M&M then. I just thought it would always be nice to have the princesses and princes dancing around them while they did the first dance...oh well I'll just have to imagine it then
     
  20. Kaylars

    Kaylars Mouseketeer

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    Is the escape reception 4 four hour time limit? or is it just pretty much dinner and thats it?

    I dont feel they really go over the reception in the escape package
     
  21. gelandnick

    gelandnick Mouseketeer

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    Hi everyone! I'm new here and just starting the planning process for an escape (maybe) wedding at Disneyland in 2014. I'm wondering if anyone has more information regarding the actual menu items for the escape meal. Also, what happens if I have my wedding in the morning? Is the food strictly dinner? I would almost rather have annual passes than the dinner! Lol.
     

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