Getting Married Before the Wedding???

Discussion in 'Disney Weddings and Honeymoons' started by Petals & Pixie Dust, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Petals & Pixie Dust

    Petals & Pixie Dust DIS Veteran

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    I know there are some people here who have had a ceremony before their disney wedding...how did this work? Was it more of a VR or did you have to get paperwork? :confused3
     
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  3. DISNEY*lover

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    I did this so I can get benefits. My wedding planner told me it is considered a vow renewal but can be treated at your actual wedding. I was told we'd only need to bring our marriage certificates and our drivers licenses to get married at WDW. HTH!
     
  4. mickeymom923

    mickeymom923 <font color=red><b>"Someday my prince will come"</

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    I thought this was only for the Disney Cruises.
     
  5. DISNEY*lover

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    Not that I'm aware of.
     
  6. Petals & Pixie Dust

    Petals & Pixie Dust DIS Veteran

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    Are the prices the same?
     
  7. jenna77

    jenna77 Disney Vow Renewal 2015!

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    I'm sure they are.
     
  8. Keira1387

    Keira1387 Married at Disney August 2, 2008

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    I believe a DCL VR would be cheaper, but not a DFTW VR!
     
  9. scottish/canadian

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    We got married in Canada before our Disney wedding. We wanted to get the immigration process moving early. It also made life so much easier not having to worry about any legalities in Florida or any issues using that wedding certificate when we got home. We told our planner that we were already technically married, but that to us, this was really our wedding...the other was just for "immigratory convenience". We also made sure our officiant knew and was comfortable. We still did everything as if it was the wedding, not a vow renewal at all...except there was no signing of anything. We had to bring a copy of our Marriage Certificate, but I honestly can't even remember if anyone actually looked at it.

    It made the day of a little less stressful too. We knew we were already married so that level of nervousness was gone and we could just enjoy. Some people that were there knew, some didn't. Didn't matter, that was our wedding...end of story. Although, we did joke that when we were asked to say "I do" that maybe we'd say "Umm, not, not really" instead. :upsidedow
     
  10. Petals & Pixie Dust

    Petals & Pixie Dust DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for posting this. I'm worried about the whole benefits bit, but really want a Disney wedding...:rolleyes: I really want my mom and his mom to sign the paperwork. However, if we have to do this I don't want people to know. I want the Disney wedding to be ours.
    I can see where it would definately take some of the stress off. I'm actually nervous about saying my vows in front of people! (which-if you know my peronality is totally weird!)
    Thanks for the insight...
     
  11. RachaelA

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    I wouldn't lie to people about it. If you are already married your guests need to know. There has been a bunch of posts on other wedding sites where the bride and groom lied to their guests and the guests found out and were really upset and there were a lot of problems.

    If people are paying all this money to travel for your wedding they deserve to know. And I'm sure your guests would understand something like benefits or immigration issues.
     
  12. scottish/canadian

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    We didn't lie to people about it. We just didn't really discuss it. My parents, my sister, my best friend and his mom were the only ones there. We needed pictures and for it to look real for immigration, but that's all it was. We don't have two anniversaries...we have one...May 5th. We will always remember Jan 3 but May 5th is our anniversary. Our Disney Wedding was our wedding. I wouldn't have done it if there weren't legit reasons for getting "pre-married". I wanted him around to help with the planning process. I'm not sure what effect it would have on benefits though? Other than to get them earlier than normal. If your company has issues with you being married in another place, you could always go to City Hall when you got home instead of going before. A great example would be my boss who is getting married in Mexico. She has to do blood tests, etc. down there. In that case, I would do it here first to eliminate all of that.

    Just how we chose to do it...
     
  13. Lorelei528

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    I talk about this in my PJ, but like Scottish/Canadian...we are also already married (also for immigration reasons)....however, this is our one and only wedding. Getting married at city hall was like getting your drivers license, nothing more.

    We are only having family at the Disney Wedding and they all know, but for our at home reception, there will be some who think our Disney Wedding is our wedding date. Because this is the way we wanted it. It's not that anyone was lied to, the subject was just not brought up. And I really don't believe people will have a problem with it, in any case they want to celebrate with us, so it shouldn't matter what date we got married and what date our wedding was, as long as we have made the decision to spend the rest of our lives together.

    Our WC knows as well as our offiiciant and neither have a problem with it or are calling our ceremony a VR, it is a wedding.

    There are a definitely a few Disbrides who are in the same boat...
     
  14. dakcp2001

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    I honestly wouldnt be offended at all, if I were a guest. I think people do it for a lot of destination weddings.
     
  15. Petals & Pixie Dust

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    I've heard a lot of people do this. My reason would be benefits. The co. DF works for doesn't have domestic partnerships for health ins.I'm finishing school and only working part time...I'd need the health insurance once I graduate.
    I know someone who got married before their Destination wedding and didn't tell anyone...they did it b/c they were buying a house-even tho the paperwork didnt require it...She said it was a pain to do it and not be married where they lived.


    I read your PJ and love the story. I love how you explain its like getting a drivers lic. Thanks for posting...
     
  16. rumrunnergirl

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    We are doing this. We want our anniversary date for our wedding date, and it falls on a Sunday and you can't do Escape Weddings on a Sunday - so our pastor will marry us in his office on Sunday, and our DFTW is that Friday (and we are taking our pastor to WDW to do the ceremony there). Five days later is not a vow renewal to me, LOL.

    Our DFTW will be our wedding. All our printed "stuff" will have 5/15 on it, although our official wedding date will be 5/10. Easy enough for me. :)
     
  17. MegKate

    MegKate 2010 UMaine Graduate... now unemployed. What to do

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    I must admit I've been tempted to run to City Hall (a two minute drive) and just get done - for so many reasons. But there's no way to keep it on the down low up here. And as soon as it got out - there goes the wedding! But insurance would be a big part of it. I haven't had health insurance in 5 years. I'm getting really sick of paying full price at the doctors if I ever get sick. :headache:

    So I'm not going to, but I could easily see the reasoning behind doing it.
     
  18. *Nessa*

    *Nessa* Cinderella is proof... a new pair of shoes can cha

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    We are doing this ! :woohoo:

    We are getting married at home in Australia and then having a mini "reception" at WDW.

    All we did was contact our coordinator Brie (we never had a sales person only Brie) and explain what the situation was and what we wanted. She has been great and came up with a few options for us, you don't need to lie, just explain what you are looking for and they will make ever effort to work with you.

    The easiest thing for us was to book a standard escape package ($4500) and as we are responsible for finding a celebrant, we have been told, we don't have to do this (we are also dropping the violinist) and then you just have a cake cutting ceremony with yourselves (the photographer & your planner) at the location you pick. We are then booking either a fireworks cruise for dinner or going to one of the restaurants in downtown disney.

    This way we get all the things we wanted (flowers, 2hrs of photography, cake, annual passes, plus this is the only way to be entitled to book the MK photo session in the park before it opens) but we don't have to go to the added expense of paying for a celebrant and calling it a vow renewal.

    ETA - You can always get dressed up in your bridal attire, organise for flowers and book a photography session at one of the hotels, this is much cheaper (we were quoted $450).
     
  19. Ember

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    I know a couple who did this... Admittedly, it was two years between them getting married and having their wedding. When guests found out it wasn't a pretty scene. There were a lot of hurt feelings from both family and friends, because they felt lied to. The fact is that you are inviting people to witness your marriage, not a repeat performance. And if it "isn't a big deal", as some people claim, why the need to not tell people? Why keep it a secret at all?

    Anyway, I'm not meaning to rain on anyone's parade. I've just witnessed first hand how much negativity can come from an unnecessary deception. Your family and friends love you and want you to be happy. Be upfront and tell them your reasons why you got married before your wedding, they'll understand. And if they don't, they aren't your friends. Why start your marriage with a lie?
     
  20. DisneyDmbNut

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    We got married and had a VR

    We had the cruise already booked for July 2008 with all our friends. Rather than have a wedding here at home with only a few family members, we decided to just go to the courthouse and have our "wedding" on the ship with all the people that lived in California, NY and Virginia that would not have been able to come to the actual wedding.
    Now, there was no deception about it, we mailed out announcements of our actual wedding but the VR was every bit of a wedding. I had bridesmaids and cake and even a reception in Palo. I made sure DFTW knew this was my wedding day and not just a VR.
    It was MUCH cheaper to have the VR (our whole cruise and VR was cheaper than a wedding at WDW), but I felt better being actually married for the year while we waited for the cruise. My husband is a firefighter and that makes you really think about "what if"
     
  21. rumrunnergirl

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    Is it really being "deceptive" to do what I'm doing? With Escape, you don't get a rehearsal or anything, so we're viewing the ceremony in the pastor's office as a rehearsal, and then the "real thing" is at WDW - with the dress, flowers, cake, reception, etc.

    I really want to keep our anniversary date as our wedding date, and I can't do that with an Escape wedding. I don't think our guests will think it is a "repeat performance". I have mentioned to several guests what we are doing and why. I think we're just going to do it our way because that's what works for us. Only 3 months to go and I'm not going to stress over it.

    Plus - we've got two kids and I've got a babysitter all Sunday afternoon. I don't want to have to get a babysitter at WDW so us newlyweds can stay in our room all day, LOL. I'd rather mingle with our guests. ;)
     

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