Enhancement Minimums

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  1. Pandora.becca

    Pandora.becca Earning My Ears

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    Hi!

    Wondering if anyone knew if on holidays like MLK day, Presidents' Day, or July 3rd if the Monday enhancement minimum applied or if its higher because of a holiday??

    Also, does a wishes dessert party, if you do a brunch reception, count towards enhancement or food and beverage minimum?

    Thanks!
     
  2. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    Usually the only price that changes in relation to holidays is the cost of a DJ (doubled on Fridays and Saturdays in December). With the new seasonal pricing, this may have changed, but so far I haven't heard of anyone being charged higher minimums on or around a holiday.

    Dessert parties do not count toward any of the minimums. Only food and beverage served at the reception and cocktail hour count.
     
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  4. Pandora.becca

    Pandora.becca Earning My Ears

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    Thanks so much! I was worried if I wanted a Monday wedding on Presidents' Day if it would cost just as much as a weekend wedding. Fingers crossed!
     
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  5. Pandora.becca

    Pandora.becca Earning My Ears

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    Sorry for another question, since disney posts outside vendors for videography now-will their prices count towards your minimum or no??
     
  6. NephieRN

    NephieRN Earning My Ears

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    Our wedding was on Labor Day Monday in 2015 and we did have the higher enhancement minimums because it was a holiday. Not sure about the specific holidays you mentioned though.
     
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  7. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    What did they charge you? Did any of your other minimums go up?
     
  8. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    Yes, if you use one of the vendors on Disney's list.
     
  9. Pandora.becca

    Pandora.becca Earning My Ears

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    And the park portrait sessions don't count in your enhancement minimum correct?
     
  10. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    Not unless Disney is also shooting your wedding.
     
  11. Jackie-ella093015

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    This is great information...I assumed the MK photoshoot always counted toward minimums! We are leaning toward using utilizing outside photography, but also want to do the MK photoshoot. Game-changer in terms of planning to meet the minimums! Thanks @lurkyloo
     
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  12. Pandora.becca

    Pandora.becca Earning My Ears

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    That's what I thought too-tough choice. Would love to use a particular outside photographer because of the horror stories I've heard with DFTW photography but also like the money saving aspect. Am I just being dramatic about using their photography??
     
  13. LadyD

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    No. They still seriously botch photographing weddings sometimes and miss key moments. While you cannot guarantee an outside photographer of your choosing won't have an absolutely horrific day and fail to capture your wedding to the normal standard of their body of work, you can at least control who you're working with and get a good sense of the kind of images you can expect. Going through Disney you can't even get that. It is a complete crapshoot.
     
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    NephieRN Earning My Ears

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    It was only on the enhancements. Food and beverage stayed the same at $175 for dinner reception. I want to say it was the same as a Saturday wedding-$10,000-but I honestly can't remember because I ended up well over it. But I specifically remember during my initial phone call the consultant told me it would be higher because it was a holiday.
     
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  15. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    I agree with @LadyD. Wedding photography is too important to select based on budget alone. I've known plenty of brides who put in requests for three DFAP photographers and didn't get any of the ones they wanted. And I still see enough disappointed brides that I am compelled to recommend using outside photography for your Disney wedding

    Besides, Disney's wedding photography packages are so expensive, you may save money by using an outside photographer.
     
  16. NephieRN

    NephieRN Earning My Ears

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    I went back and found my letter of agreement and it was actually $8000 enhancement minimum since it was on Labor Day. So I think that is the same as a Sunday, Thursday, or Friday wedding.
     
  17. lurkyloo

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    Interesting.... thanks for digging that up!
     

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