After-Wedding Meal (Escape Collection Advice?)

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  1. alexandrapt

    alexandrapt Earning My Ears

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    Hi everyone!

    I have my phone consultation/meeting with a planner today and am hopeful that i'll be booking in/holding my spot at Luau Point for a small (10-14 guest) wedding! We are planning on a number of upgrades, like the cake and floral, maybe a ceremony musician, etc., but what I am super curious about is your input on post-ceremony meals. We know we want to have something, whether it's morning or afternoon, and we know that the options are either a private catered meal or something in a restaurant. Would you recommend one over the other for such a small party? I'm also hoping to add in a dessert party (hopefully Illuminations, if it's not gone by then!) so that is something we want to factor in. Thanks!!
     
  2. Pglenn90

    Pglenn90 Earning My Ears

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    Hi! :wave:
    My husband and I had a morning ceremony at the Canada pavilion, we then did a ‘brunch’ reception at the boathouse from 11-2 we had 13 guest and the private room was a good side for the group. The menu was also AMAZING. The food was so good, and the portion sizes were HUGE which was unexpected!!

    We decided to do a meal right after the ceremony because we had a dessert party that night at Epcot, which also was amazing and I HIGHLY recommend doing that! The timing was great because of the early ceremony we had ‘down time’ for about 5 hours between the meal and the dessert. If you’re doing the meal and party in the same day, I would reccomend having the meal earlier so you have time to relax and recharge before the desert party.

    We also did a ride add on for test track which was so amazing. If your able, I would look into this option as wel! It was everyone’s favorite memory of the day...well hopefully second!

    All in all - you can’t make a bad decision, the entire day will be amazing!!! Congrats!!!
     
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  4. rspencer38

    rspencer38 Mouseketeer

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    We just returned from our escape wedding and had a catered meal following our ceremony through DFTW. We had a 5 PM ceremony at the Boardwalk then used our included transportation to take us from the boardwalk to Epcot for our reception at 645 PM. We only had 8 people but Disney allowed us to book the lower french island with a rain backup of a room in Norway.

    It poured on our wedding day forcing us to move both our ceremony and reception. Disney surprised us by moving our reception into Spaceship Earth. It was such an amazing location with a beautiful view of the park.

    Our only complaint was that we had WAY too much food haha. Because we had to hit minimums we ended having a lot of food but it was incredibly delicious.

    After our reception they took us again by limo up to France so we could see illuminations. We then followed that up by a ride mix-in on Soarin.
     
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  5. ALegrande

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    I had a full reception at Swan and Dolphin, so I'm not really much help lol but I just wanted to say YAY and HELLO to a fellow Escape bride! :wave:
     
  6. Smgorn

    Smgorn Earning My Ears

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    Question about your ride mix in, did you wear your gown to the dessert party and have to change before the ride?

     
  7. alexandrapt

    alexandrapt Earning My Ears

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    I actually just got back from my wedding where we had an Epcot dessert party with a ride add-on, so I can offer up my experience as well! I stayed in my dress the whole time! We chose to go on Frozen after our Norway dessert party so I just brought a towel to set down beneath me on the boat and I was totally fine!
     
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    Smgorn Earning My Ears

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    Thanks. That is what we want to do but I'm worried my dress will be too puffy/long per what I read.
     
  9. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    It's ultimately up to the discretion of the cast member loading the ride. Which ride are you doing? A boat like on Frozen should be no trouble.
     
  10. rspencer38

    rspencer38 Mouseketeer

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    My wife sent a photo of her dress to our planners who verified with Epcot that it would NOT be acceptable for Soarin. She ultimately changed her dress right after our ceremony/cake cutting before heading to Epcot for the reception.
     

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