Illuminations Dessert Party: Is it worth it?

Thanks to one of our biggest blog contributors here on yourfairytalewedding.com, Living Seas Bride,  who talks discusses her thoughts on having an Illuminations Dessert Party. 

When we planned out Disney Fairy Tale Wedding in 2006, we knew three definite things.

1. We were having our reception at the Living Seas

2 We were having characters are the reception.

3. We MUST have an illuminations dessert party

In fact, above all else, I was willing to cut corners on floral and decor if it meant having that special moment. I had seen countless other brides have those amazing fireworks images and I was certain to have them.

Many couples struggle with the question when a budget is in mind:  Is it worth it?

My answer is always a resounding YES!!  The dessert party was a moment I will never forget and one that our guests still talk about six and a half years later.  They felt so special being led to a private location during park hours.  They felt like the show was all for them….and not the thousands of other guests. 😉

To be able to see the look of awe in the eyes of the youngest to the oldest made the cost worth every penny.

The desserts and view alone are enough to convince anyone who can budget it in, to go for it!

I remember leaving my reception and being so excited to experience one more part of the magic with my guests.

And the view………well it is next to none. I have never had a better view of Illuminations in my life.  The pictures can do the talking.

To read more about  how your Illuminations Dessert Party can really wow your wedding guests, please visit our Disneymooner Forums

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Disney Carriage Rides

Are you looking for something romantic to do on your next Disney vacation?  If you’re looking for something out of the parks, why not try a horse and carriage ride at one of the resorts?  Carriage rides are available at both Port Orleans Riverside and Fort Wilderness.

My husband and I had the pleasure of going on a carriage ride at Fort Wilderness and were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed it.  The carriages are stationed across from Crockett’s Tavern.  When you board the carriage, your guide will ask you what route you’d like to take.  You can do a rustic route through the trails that connect Fort Wilderness to Wilderness Lodge, or you can take another route that will allow you to view the water on your ride.

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Fort Wilderness really feels like worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the parks so it is a perfect way to spend a relaxing evening. You can even arrange to have champagne or wine on your ride. During the colder months, your driver will provide you with blankets.  If you visit during Christmas time, you can ask to go on a route that will let you view all of the decorations campers have used to decorate their RVs and campsites.

The ride lasts for 25 minutes and costs $45 (including tax). The one downside is that you cannot use a credit card, but you can use your Disney room key (or cash!) The first carriage leaves at 6 P.M. and the last one leaves at 9:30.  During certain times of the year, you can time it right so that you can view the fireworks while you are on your ride.

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This photo is from: wdwpionears website

What other romantic things have you done on your Disney Honeymoon? We’d love to hear about them!

Thanks to one of our Disneymooner Pixies, Jennifer for this article.  To read more about  tips and trends to make your wedding stand out, please visit our Disneymooner Forums

 

The Finer Details: The Card Box

Recently, one of your planning Disneyland Brides asked about card boxes on our forum.

This tiny detail can often be overlooked when planning a destination wedding.  Disney Weddings offers several options for brides and grooms to choose from.  Some brides get super creative and take the do-it-yourself route with these.  Others will rent or borrow one from Disney Fairytale Weddings Department.

Here are some fun card box ideas we love.

The traditional box can really be brought to life by a little color – Tiffany Blue anyone?

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Photo taken from http://www.etsy.com – Card box from LittleDivine etsy shop

One of the latest trends is the birdcage as a card box.  These can be customized with your wedding colors and monogram.

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Photo taken from http://www.etsy.com – Birdcage from SouthburyTreasures on etsy

How about an actual mailbox? We love this Disney themed mailbox giving a big nod to the movie UP. Adorable and easy to make.

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Photo taken from Strawberry Blonde Bride’s Blog

Disney World offers a few various card box options.  This was a card box holder used at my 2006 Living Seas Wedding.  We wanted something subtle and to be honest, forgot about it until the last-minute.  So we rented this large glass vase and had them tie a ribbon around it in our colors.  We loved it.

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Join the discussion on the Disneymooner forums and share what you used or plan on using.

New Look for YourFairytaleWedding Blog

We had a little break but we are back and with a new theme to our blog, we hope you like it.

We have lots of new ideas,  “Trends we Love” and suggestions to share with you and assist in your Disney Wedding Planning wherever you may be getting married.

Planning a Fairytale Wedding should be as much fun as it is hard work and the articles shared here aim to give you inspiration and memories you can share with your family and friends forever, just like those shown here in this magical montage of past Disney Brides.

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The YourFairytaleWedding Blog is run by the same people who bring you the Disneymooner Forums a place where you can interact with Disney Brides past, present and future.

Enjoy the new look!

Disneymooner Glass Slipper 2013 Categories Announced

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Here are a list of the Categories announced over these past 12 Days of Christmas:

1. Category for Art Direction (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
We are looking for the most visually inspiring Disney wedding photo, be it of the Bride and Groom, a location, a guest… anything that you consider worthy of winning this Category.

2. Category for Costume Design (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
In the past this category has been for the wedding dress but this year we are looking for what members consider the best dressed/themed wedding party.

3. Category for Music (Original Score) (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
We will invite nominations for the original song choices that the Bride and Groom incorporated into any part of their wedding, be it to walk down the aisle or maybe the wedding party entrance, anything really, you decide.

4. Category for Documentary Short (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
Without dwelling on the stressful too much… we invite you to nominate the Disneymooner Member you feel overcame the “unknown” during their wedding planning.. be it a guest, a family member, an unexpected event or maybe even DFTW themselves…. some or all can really bring out the Bridezilla in us LOL but let’s hear it for those that really had to deal with the trials and tribulations of planning a Disney Wedding.

5. Category for Cinematography (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
Some of our members have really managed to put together a most amazing wedding through design, creativity and sometimes complicated DIY projects resulting in an awe-inspiring look of a wedding that many of us can only dream of having. This category will be awarded to the Disneymooner you think pulled off this amazing feat., anything from invites, floral, hair, whatever … it’s entirely open to interpretation of DIY.

6. Category for Animated Feature Film (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
Planning a Destination Disney Wedding is not just about the Wedding and this award will therefore go to the Disneymooner who pulled off the most memorable event outside of the wedding day e.g. Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Tea, Grooms Day Out, Bridal Shower etc. etc… you get the picture.

7. Category for Visual Effects
This award will go to the overall Best Vendor who, on winning, will receive an official endorsement from the Disneymooners. This a chance for Disneymooner Members to nominate a maximum of THREE Vendors who they felt really shone from their wedding.

8. Category for Writing (Original Screenplay)
A $50 Disney Giftcard is on offer to the Winner of this Category with a $25 Disney Giftcard going to the Runner-Up

Disneymooner members can submit an article for the Yourfairytalewedding Blog to the Disneymooner Academy at yourfairytalewedding@disneymooner.com In the Subject Line be sure to mark it Glass Slipper Blog Entry

All articles submitted will be published on this blog at some point over the up and coming months.

Your post can be about anything related to a Disney Wedding, tenuous links allowed! Be sure to include at least one picture that you have permission to publish. You can post about many things:

– Your Favorite Moment
– A Disney Wedding Venue
– Why you chose a Disney Wedding
– Your Favorite Character to attend a Wedding
– Disney Wedding Tips
– How to welcome guests to a Destination Wedding
– A Vendor Review
– Dress shopping…… the list is endless!

Anything about your wedding planning or the wedding day itself that you think could be of interest to others – if you’ve kept a Planning Journal or written Wedding Day Recaps then you probably already have some pieces from those that can be turned into a blog article and a $50 Disney Giftcard without a lot of work!

9. Category for Actress in a Leading Role
This award will go to the member you feel most embodies the “Spirit of a Disneymooner” e.g. they are always actively posting in the wedding planning forums supporting and encouraging those who are in the throws of planning their own Happily Ever Afters. Think of those members who have added real value to your wedding planning. Maybe you have another reason to make a nomination?

10. Category for Direction (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
From the inception of your Planning Journal with your detailed updates, including negotiations, ideas, tips, photos to pulling off what your peers feel was a magical Destination Disney Wedding, you showed and shared with us everything including all the little details. Please nominate those you think worthy of this accolade!

11. Category for Best Picture (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
Sometimes it pays to keep things simple….so this award is for the most entertaining Wedding Day Recaps. Be sure to tell us your reason for your nomination and link to the actual wedding day recaps.

12. Category for Actress in a Supporting Role
The final award will be a Special Award for a Special Member….and will be awarded by the Pixies to one of our most supportive members! It’s a surprise

Nominations are now open until Sunday 10th February 2013. You can either nominate publicly, should you so wish, in the Glass Slipper Forums here by placing a nomination under each Day of Christmas Category Announcement, remembering to put a link in or place images in the post and give your reasons for nomination OR you can nominate privately by sending an email to :

slippers@disneymooner.comDON’T FORGET to type “Nominations” in the subject line

The Nominees (top 5) for each award will be announced on Monday 11th February – each nominee will also receive a notification of when their category will be presented but a full timetable will also be published on the Disneymooners on that date.

The Awards will be announced beginning 25th February 2013 we hope you can join us for all the fun as there are more surprises to come!

So, if you are a member of our Disneymooner Forums be sure to get posting all your future wedding day plans, past wedding day recaps and any other Disney Wedding snippets because who knows you’re contribution may be one that others really recognize and will wish to nominate you for!

Thank you again to all of you who contribute to our Community!

**small print

All active members of the Disneymooner UserGroup are eligible to nominate and BE nominated including Pixies (unless otherwise indicated), except for myself, you can even nominate yourself if you so wish. All emailed nominations will be treated as Private and Confidential.

Each Category may have certain restrictions please check the Category Announcement to be sure, please note that The Disneymooner Academy reserve the right to change the rules where and when necessary.