Featured Venue Fridays: Sunset Pointe

This week’s Venue review is written by Disneymooner Beth. To read more about her wedding and read her recaps, please going our private forums.

Everyone who is planning a Disney wedding has a reason for why Disney was the perfect place for them. Everyone who has had or is planning a Disney wedding has a reason for why they picked their location and here is mine.

We knew from the get go that we wanted a small wedding. My husband does not like being the center of attention so we decided to focus on our families and to pick a place that they might want to go to. We explored options in Colorado, California, but my heart kept coming back to Disney in Florida. After quite a bit of discussion and pricing we decided to make it a go.

Once we knew for sure we wanted to get married at Disney we had to decide on a wedding location. There were so many amazing choices from those that were in the park, to the Wedding Pavillion, to several of the resorts. We sat down and started really talking about our vision. My husband and I are both very laid back people. We knew that a suit or tux was not really his style so I ruled out places that seemed very formal to me like the Wedding Pavillion. Then I saw a picture of Sunset Pointe and I went that’s it. For us Sunset Pointe was perfect for so many reasons. It was at the Polynesian which is where we were going to be staying. It seemed very romantic to me with the palm trees around a path that was isolated. It had a view of the castle, I don’t think any explanation is needed there LOL! I had many fond memories from growing up of walks around the Poly with my family so really for me it was perfect. My husband agreed with me absolutely that it was right for us.

Our wedding trip was going to be his first trip every to Disney so the day we arrived we went straight to Sunset Pointe so he could actually see it. We walked slowly up the path with the excitement of knowing that in a day or so this place would have a permanent place in our heart. Once we reached the top we sat down for a little while to soak it all in.

Escape Wedding at Sunset Pointe

Disneymooner photo by Chapman Photography

Looking back now seven years later there is no possible way I would have changed our location because it did truly represent us, who we were, and who we wanted to be.

So why did you choose your location? What about it made it perfect for you?

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Specialty Desserts at Disney Weddings

We all know Cinderella wore a glass slipper, but did you know that slipper comes in chocolate and ice as well?

Disney’s excellent chefs offer Disney wedding couples the opportunity to add several special treats for their guests.

Typically the cake is the traditional dessert served at weddings, but brides and grooms can also choose to serve other treats that will make the “ooooh’s and aaaah’s” flow.

Some of the choices are:

  • Serving sorbet as a palette cleanser from one of these spectacular light up mini ice  sculptures
    • Cinderella’s Ice Slipper
    • Beauty’s Ice Rose.
    • Mickey’s Icon in Ice
    • Mickey Hand

Want to give your guests individualized attention for dessert rather than a slice of cake?

  •  Serve a chocolate slipper filed with your  choice of chocolate mousse and fresh fruit such as raspberries.

  •  Mini cake designs for each guest

Have you served one of these specialty treats to your wedding guests?  Or Have you done something even different?

Come share your stories and pictures on the Disneymooner Forums.

Other brides have shared images and details on these treats, including surprise ways to present them and pricing details.

We always remind brides to ask their planners for other options

A Disney Bride’s Favorite Moment: Lianne

Some of our Disneymooner Forum members have been sharing their favorite moments from their Disney Wedding

By Lianne

“Ohhh, I had so many memorable parts… but I, got weak in the knees when I walked from the Bride’s Vestibule into the hallway at the WP, the chiming of the bells, the whoosh of the door opening, the “Here Comes the Bride”, and seeing Andy’s face when the door opened. That moment really took my breath away… and I cried. It basically the first moment when my world stood still after everything that I had been through the past year… “

Wedding Pavilion Entrance

“I also loved going into the MK before it opened… “

 
Magic Kingdom Bridal Shoot
 
Thank you for sharing your favorite moment Lianne.  To read more Disneymooner’s favorite moments please visit our forums.
 

Featured Venue Fridays: Atlantic Dance Hall

This week’s Venue review is written by Disneymooner Jennifer. To read more about her wedding and read her recaps, please going our private forums.

The Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is the perfect reception venue for the couple that wants a beautiful view. Located on the bustling boardwalk, the Atlantic Dance Hall is a two-story 1940s style nightclub. The venue has art-deco touches throughout the building with polished-gold railings and marble tables, as well as a balcony overlooking Crescent Lake. There are so many beautiful touches throughout the venue that you don’t need to add much décor, but all floral, décor, and entertainment that you do use must be provided by Disney. The maximum capacity for this venue is 200 guests.

Atlantic Dance Hall - Disney's Boardwalk
You can host events at the ADH 7 days a week. The venue typically hosts buffet style events and these have a lower minimum, but you may serve a plated event on Sunday and Monday, with a higher food and beverage minimum. Tuesday-Saturday, your event must end before 8 P.M. but on Sundays and Mondays you can have the venue for the whole night. A perk of having your night reception at the ADH is a waterfront view of the Illuminations fireworks show, but the views from the wraparound balcony are stunning at any time of day.

View of Boardwalk from Atlantic Dance Hall Venue

There is a beautiful wooden dance floor. The second story of the venue overlooks the dance floor so your guests can watch you complete your first dance as a married couple from the indoor balcony that wraps around the club and then descend down the grand staircase to the reception.

View from Second Level of Atlantic Dance Hall

View of Illuminations Fireworks from Atlantic Dance Hall

The Finer Details: Transporting the Dress

This piece for our Finer Details was written by Disneymooner Beth.  To read more about Disney Weddings please join our private forums.

The wedding day was drawing nearer when one of my much loved family members asked me “so how are you getting your dress down to Disney?” Ummmmmm dress to Disney yeah the thought had not really crossed my mind. I mean sure I had thought about it but life happened and it wasn’t one of the most pressing issues at the time but the time was getting closer so it was time to bump it up in the thought process. The bridal panic flared and I was on a mission to have this problem solved before I went to bed, My poor fiancé at the time just looked at me like I was nuts when I told him I was panicking over trying to figure out how to get my dress to Disney.

My first thought was my parents, they were driving they could take it with them. Great plan if they had been leaving from town but due to other situations in life they would be starting their journey to Florida from a much different location than I would be so that was out. The thought also crossed my mind that if something happened to their car I would be in Florida without a dress and did not want that to happen either.

I thought about shipping it to a vendor for steaming who could deliver it to the hotel. I decided that wouldn’t work when I was really pondering what would happen if my parents car broke down, their car was much more reliable than the mail, UPS, or FedEx all of which had lost packages for me in the years prior to my wedding. I decided there was no way that I could ship the dress. I did not mind mailing my welcome bags, or the items for the welcome bags but the dress I did not think I could put in the mail.

So it was decided the dress would be coming with me but then came the question of HOW? There is no way that I wanted to check my dress, I mean there is no end to horror stories of disappearing luggage right? My luck would be that the one bag that dropped out of the plane would be the bag that my dress was in. I had nightmares about that one for a long time.

Then came the thought of buying my dress it’s own seat. I priced it out then called the airline to see what they would say. The dress really only needed a one way ticket as coming home it could be delayed in it’s return and I wouldn’t worry as much as I would with it getting there. The all so helpful airline told me that my dress could not be strapped into a seat even if I purchased it a ticket. I then asked them about what would happen if it were in a garment bag could that be laid flat in an overhead bin, and was politely told no. The phone call ended.

As a very persistent person who was at this point freaking out about many different things that was not an acceptable answer so I called back. I was finally put through to an agent who could help me. She got my flight information, checked the type of plane and told me that when I got to the airport I was to talk to the gate agents and let them know I was traveling with a wedding gown that would be worn shortly after arrival. The gate agents would then get me in touch with the head steward or stewardess to have my dress stored in the coat closet area. Finally an answer I could live with.

The day we left for Disney I got many strange looks as I carried that garment bag through the airport but I didn’t care I was finally on my way to get married and that dress would be within my viewing distance the entire trip. I had absolutely no problem at the gate, and only received congratulations from the flight crew. My dress was properly stored for the flight to Orlando and when I sat down in my seat I was able to take a deep breath and relax. It was all coming together.

How did you get your dress to Disney? Did you have to go through any harrowing adventures or worries?