Disneymooner Sally, and her fiance Scott, will be having a Wishes wedding on January 7th, 2013 at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion at the Walt Disney World Resort. They will be having their reception at one of the Boardwalk ballrooms.
Disneymooners: Can you tell our new members a little about the both of you?
Sally: Scott and I met and began dating while working at our former employer. Scott manages a team responsible for the email and collaboration system at a large University, and I’m a Sr. IT Associate at a financial services company. We’ve been together just over 8 years, and have been engaged for a little over a year now.
Disneymooners: When did you first decide you wanted to have a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding and why?
Sally: Disney was our first vacation together, and has become a place we go back to every year. We decided Disney would be where we marry after Scott proposed at Disney. I thought it was a trip to celebrate my birthday and see the Holiday decorations, but Scott surprised me with a romantic proposal on our first night during dinner at Victoria & Albert’s. I also have to add that the most special part of the engagement was when Scott told me he had asked my father for permission to marry me. My father was ill and unfortunately he passed away a month after Scott asked him. While I never got to share the exciting news with him personally, knowing that my Dad knew was very special to me.
Disneymooners:Did you have any concerns about having a destination wedding? If so, what were they and how did you work them out?
Sally: No concerns whatsoever. I knew that a majority of our guests had never been to Disney, so they will use the wedding as a good reason to finally plan a vacation for our event.
Disneymooners:Any special reason why you chose these locations?
Sally: Whenever we rode the monorail, I would always look at the Pavillion and imagined how special it would be to get married there. While we were at Disney during our engagement vacation, I was lucky to get an appointment to meet with a consultant and see the inside of the Wedding Pavillion. I knew as soon as I walked in, that was it. For the reception, we originally planned to have it at the Napa Room at California Grille, but it is going under refurbishment on January 1st,, 2013, so we chose the Boardwalk because we love the location and atmosphere.
Disneymooners: Many brides pick a Top 3. These are components that are a non-negotiable. Chiavari chairs, lots of floral, lobster, etc. Tell us about your Top 3!
1. Dessert Party 2. Photography 3. Wedding Pavillion
Disneymooners: Do you have any extra magical touches planned? Such as a dessert party or characters?
Sally: We are planning a dessert party at Italy Isola West as the welcome party the night before the wedding. One of the advantages of being a member on the Disneymooner site is all of the good information posted by past brides – specifically Glad I Did, Wish I Had. A consistent message I read was “glad I had a dessert party” and “it is so unique to Disney”. I may never get another opportunity to have all of my extended family together again, so this is going to happen!
We’re also going to have an “Around the World” pub crawl at EPCOT complete with passports. Each guest will have their passport stamped as we visit each country and sample the beverage of choice!
Disneymooners: What would you say has been your biggest challenge?
Sally: It hasn’t been too much of a challenge, but planning the wedding from a distance. I know that will pass when I get to Florida in June and meet with my planner, plus there is plenty of information available on Disneymooner’s and the internet.
Disneymooners: Budgets are very important to all of us. Do you have a favorite budget tip that you’ve used and can you tell how it’s helped you?
Sally: Yes, I have 2 tips. The first, if you are creative enough or have a vision and can DIY some things, do it. I DIY’d my Save the Date’s and saved approximately $250! My second tip would be to get the Passporter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoon book. It has all of the budget worksheets you need, and if you buy the ebook version, you can enter and track your expenditures in the program and how much you will owe, including what is service charged, taxed or both.
Disneymooners: Have you found it to be easy to plan a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding on your planned budget?
Sally: Yes, I compared the Disney minimums to other local and destination venues and Disney’s costs were coming out on par or better. But, no other venue can offer all of the amenities that come built-in with a Disney wedding, so I feel it is very worth it.
Disneymooners: Do you have any fun splurges planned for your trip that you’re excited about?
Sally: Well besides the “around the world” afternoon at EPCOT, the guys are going to have a golf outing and I would love to have a bridal tea, but that has not been planned yet. I’m going to work with my planner on coming up with a girls event.
Disneymooners: You have a Planning Journal in progress on our forums, have you found that to be helpful in your journey?
Sally: Yes, it’s been great to have a support system to give you words of encouragement, bounce off an idea and get feedback, or ooh and ahh over a choice you’ve made. It’s clear that people come to Disneymooner to get ideas and inspirations for their wedding, but then stay on long after their wedding is over because they’ve made connections with other members.
Disneymooners: What are you most looking forward to on the big day?
Sally: Besides the obvious of finally making our relationship official?! I’m looking forward to waking up that morning knowing that it is finally my wedding day and having that quiet time before the chaos of getting ready begins. And selfishly, I’m also looking forward to all of the fuss with hair and makeup, and then putting on my gown and feeling like it’s my Cinderella moment!
Disneymooners: Do you have anything else you’d like to share with our new members?
Sally: I’ve learned some great tips and ideas that have helped me in my planning by joining Disneymooners. Being long distance, I’ve also used Google to get other brides feedback on various vendors – I’ve found great feedback at weddingwire .com. Lastly, good luck with your plans and I hope your wedding turns out to be everything you wish for!
Sally, on behalf of all of us, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to share your experiences so far. We are so happy you have joined Disneymooners and we are so excited to follow your planning. Wishing you a wonderful planning journey and a beautiful wedding next year! All the best ~ Disneymooners.