Wedding Planning: Staged Exits

Growing up as little girls, I’m sure there are those moments you dream of.  Your wedding day is certainly one of those days.   How it will be as you take those first steps down the aisle…how it will be when you kiss your prince for the first time…how magical it will feel to walk hand in hand towards your friends and family.

Many couples give lots of thought to how they will exit their ceremony venue.  Thankfully there are many options offered by Disney as well as some home spun ideas for them to choose from.

Some of the classic staged exits we have loved over the years:

1. Bubbles:  Always a classic, brides and grooms come back to this staged exit option all the time.  The pictures are always filled with laughs, some funny moments when the bubbles blow into faces and really set an atmosphere of whimsy to the photographs.

There is always this concerns with brides that the bubbles leave a stain on the dress fabric……to this day we have yet to have a brides say there was a stain on her dress. Not to say it can’t happen but we hope that little fact puts some worried brides at ease.

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Photo Taken by Randy Chapman Photography

2. Rose Petals: Romantic and charming, this is another classic staged exit that couple adore.  Petals often match the couple’s wedding colors or have several tones of the colors. These can be very custom and brides have rose petal cones made with their monogram for guests to hold.

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Photo taken by Paul Triller Photography

3. Ribbons Wands: This is more of a modern trend but we love it.  These are great ways to making a unique exit with a splash of color and nothing getting thrown in your faces. 😉 Disney can make these for you or perhaps you can make these yourself to save in your budget.

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Photo from Root Photography

4. Fireworks at the WP: for a real wow factor we have seen couples plan for a surprise fireworks exit at the wedding pavilion.  This really adds a sense of magic to the exiting of  the new couple.

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Photo taken from Disney Wedding Blogs

5. Sparklers:  We have yet to see sparklers being used in a Disney Wedding ( and perhaps they won’t allow that) but we think this is a really great idea none the less.

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Photo from Pretty Entertaining

6. Balloons! – One of the newest trends we have seen in the world of weddings is a staged balloons release.  Again, we have never seen this done at a Disney wedding or if it’s allowed, but we still think it’s pretty cool.  And how perfect if you are doing an UP! themes wedding?

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Photo from Heart Love Weddings 

We would love to hear what other type of staged exits you have had!! Please come share with us at the Disneymooner private forums now!

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Entertainment: Major Domo

Disney World  and Disneyland offer a world of entertainment options for both your wedding ceremony or reception.  While entertainment is not necessary for your event, many couples decide to add a special touch to their event.  One of the fun entertainment options for the bride and groom is Major Domo.

Disney Fairytale Weddings website describes Major Domo as:

A Renaissance-costumed Major Domo will act as your ring bearer and carry your rings down the aisle in a glass slipper.

Please consult your wedding planner for current pricing. The last pricing we had started at $675 for a WDW wedding appearance. Major Domo is classified as a themed entertainer and is offered at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland events.

Major Domo can be used for a number of duties at your wedding.  He can serve as ring bearer during your ceremony and carry the rings in on a pillow and glass slipper.  Major Domo can announce you as Mr and Mrs for the first time at both your ceremony and reception.  Some couples use him as master of ceremonies at their receptions and have Major Domo announce the bridal party with paper scroll and all. He can add a formal flair to your event.

However, Major Domo is not all formal elegance, and may couples have him serve as a jokester at their event.  Couples have played a prank on their guests and made them think the rings were lost.  We have had brides at both parks use Major Domo at their event.

I used Major Domo at my 2006 wedding and it’s an addition that was well worth the money.  Our guests still talk about this moment to this day and it really added a funny spin on our wedding ceremony.  My husband and I, love playing jokes on people…all in good fun.  When we were planning and heard we could add a special prank on our family and friends, we had to.  Our lips were sealed for months on this and no one knew the secret.  During the ceremony, the officiant turned to our best man and asked for the rings……he looked concerned….I don’t have the rings!.  The look on our family and friends faces was absolutely priceless. we heard gasps, awkward giggles, and even had several offers from married couples to just use their rings. After a moment of panic the trumpets blasted on the Wedding Pavilion and opened the doors.  Major Domo came in in full regala….pillow in hand, glass slipper on top and rings in place.  Our guests smiled, clapped and stood for the moment.  They couldn’t believe what we had done.  Looking back, we just couldn’t be happier.  Major Domo also announced us outside the Wedding Pavilion and into our reception. I loved when he announced our first dance at our reception, as it really set the stage for the event.

– Sarah, 2006 bride

He is great for the “flow” of things…and a special Disney touch.  Things I liked-the surprised look on people’s faces when he came in at the ceremony. That he orchestrated things into the “first dance.”  Things I didn’t like-since Narcoossee’s doesn’t have that “you are now entering the reception” thing, we came into Narcoossee’s and then later were announced. Which was fine. But, I was bummed he didn’t also announce our wedding party. I should have worked that out with Michelle, but I just assumed she would have them all come to the front of the restaurant and be announced.

– Heidi

The following pictures are from the Major Domo from Disneyland and the experience of Disneymooner Debbie.

We didn’t have a ring bearer in our wedding party so we thought it would be fun to add a little bit of whimsy to our ceremony by having the Major Domo bring us our rings. As our guests arrived at the Rose Court Garden he stood at the entrance and greeted them. He was in character the entire time. When the time in the ceremony came for the ring exchange, he burst onto the scene! We had asked for a regal “serious” Major Domo, but apparently the message didn’t get passed along to him because we got the “comical” Major Domo in all his glory. He was sort of weaving down the aisle trying to ensure the glass slipper (with the rings in it) stayed on his pillow and was making all kinds of funny exclamations. My husband and I looked at each other and he muttered “what is he doing?” We both kinda laughed and shrugged it off. After delivering the rings to the best man with a flourish, the Major Domo walked back down the aisle. He fake cried the whole way and said something about “I can’t believe those crazy kids are all grown up and getting married.” Our guests thought the whole thing was great and no-one but the wedding party knew he was supposed to be serious and not funny. It was kind of a nice break in the ceremony and it got everyone laughing. We didn’t want the Major Domo to seem hokey, but if this was on the one major glitch of the day, it was no big deal!

Before we were announced into our reception, the Major Domo talked with our wedding party to learn how to pronounce their last names. He stood inside the doors of the Sequoia Ballroom and in a nice clear “royal” voice announced the members of our wedding party and then us. Our DJ could have done this but we thought it would be a nice touch to carry on our fairy tale theme. (It didn’t cost extra.)

We were pleasantly surprised when we received our wedding video and found that he had recorded a very cute (and funny) message for us. Including the Major Domo in our wedding day was definitely a bit of a splurge but it was fun and added to the ambiance we were trying to achieve.

Stay tuned for more entertainment features to come.  We would love to hear about the special touches you added to your wedding festivities.  Join us on The Disneymooner Forums

Vendor Reveal: Chapman Photography

WELCOME to the next in our new series of “Vendor Reveals”.  Through our Disneymooner forums we’ve found our members have used a number and variety of Vendors for their Disney Wedding and we’ve been asking those Vendors to reveal just a little more about their business……. and themselves!

Our next Vendor Reveal falls to an “outside” wedding photographer…. a very popular choice amongst Disney Brides

What is the name of your business/service and what is your offering?
Chapman Photography ~ Randy Chapman, specializing in Disney Fairytale weddings and honeymoon Photography.  We also photograph Disney Vacations and Family Reunions!

What is your name? Randy Chapman

FantasiaSam “shoots” Randy at her own Disney Fairytale Wedding

What makes your business/service unique?
With 17 years shooting Disney Fairytale weddings, I have a great reputation for capturing unique, creative and natural fun moments. Over these years I have extensively communicated with and worked alongside Disney’s staff which aid towards a seamless day for the Bride and Groom!

How did you get started and how long have you been doing this?
I discovered my talents when shooting in New York City,, after shooting great upcoming models for 2 years, I moved back to my native State and City, Orlando Florida, where I pursued my talents in the wedding field.

After shooting weddings for 6 years, I was recognized by Andrea Rotondo in 1997. Andrea was a past Disney Bride in 1996 and founded the Disneymooner list and Unofficial Disney Wedding Guide… Andrea posted a link to my website and from there, history was in the making!!

After 17 years  numerous awards and thousands of Disney weddings, Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons is my home of 90% of all my weddings.

When not working a wedding at Walt Disney World (or another venue for that matter) what are you doing?
On my days off from shooting Disney weddings, I love shooting Family sessions, Honeymoon couples, engagement shoots, and try to get in 14 miles of biking every other day!!

What is your favorite part about your job?
The favorite part about my job is everything!! What better job can you have, do what you love to and go to work, where that day is one of the happiest days of another person’s life!! Then to see how excited a Bride and Groom are when receiving their photos!!

I also love shooting the engagement this is a great way to get to know my couples before the big day

What types of wedding packages do you offer Disney brides?
My Photography packages are customized for each Couple to fit their budget, in some cases full wedding coverage will include engagement session or Honeymoon session.  There are printed packages on my website www.chapmanphotography.com or email info@chapmanphotography.com   407-841-2300 cell 407-341-0761.  All the Packages include the master DVD with all the copyrights!

What is your favorite wedding trend right now in relation to your business/service?
My Disney couples are less traditional and using a lot of bright colors, props, Trashing the Dress, shooting Honeymoons, Social Networking Facebook for Sneak Peaks. Checkout my Facebook.

What’s your favorite thing about doing Disney weddings?
One of many favorite  experiences of shooting Disney Weddings is working with Disney Fairytale Weddings Staff, they all do a great job. Another is shooting Cinderella’s coach, all the Charters and Monorail.

What was your strangest request when working a Disney Wedding?
I could write the top 10 strangest requests but I will keep it short   A reception at the Grand Floridian  approximately 200 guests and everyone is at their tables eating Cake… the Bride then had the DJ announce my name and request a dance with me…..eeek not a pretty site !!! Hips don’t lie!!!

What’s your most memorable moment that you have taken away from a Disney wedding?
The most Memorable Moment was at the last-minute of a wedding I was shooting my Bride asked me to walk her down the aisle at the Wedding Pavilion as her brother was delayed at the airport.

Also a family of 3 sisters and 1 brother all had their wedding at Disney which I photographed and I’ve been shooting their family portrait sessions every year since!

JUST FOR FUN – we asked Randy to answer these questions

If you were getting married at WDW where would you have your ceremony and reception and why?
If I was to get married at WDW it would be at the Disney Wedding Pavilion this being Florida and the weather changing by the hour, there’s no need for a back-up location plus it has A/C and an awesome location for photos.

My reception would be the Atlantic Dance Hall, because the location is at the Boardwalk which makes for great photos outside.

It also has an outside Balcony great for viewing the Illuminations at Epcot and I can make the photos look like we were there!! The inside is great, no need  for a whole lot of decorations and it has a great dance floor… perfect!

Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
Pluto has always been very playful and fun with photos!!

Which is your favorite Disney attraction and why?
Favorite Disney Attraction is Haunted Mansion, it brings a lot of memories, being born and raised in Orlando, our family went to Disney a lot in the 70’s even though the Haunted Mansion had a 45 min wait I was there. Not really an attraction but I love Eating Around The World at Epcot.

FINALLY

Why should a member of our Disneymooner Forums choose your service?
I believe with my vast knowledge and 17 years specializing in shooting Disney Fairytale Weddings, under very affordable packages, I can be of a great advantage for my future Disney Couples. My Experience in knowing all the great locations for photos whether you choose a Wishes, Escape, or Memories Wedding, I will keep the Wedding Couple on the required timetable throughout the day.

All the Disney Fairytale Wedding Staff  know me and we work great together as a team. I enjoy, being a part of making dreams come true with beautiful wedding photos.

90% of all my weddings are at WDW! I have a great following of past, present and future Disney Wedding Couples including many from the Disneymooners that will give you their experience with me, many have continued to come back to me after their wedding for Vacation shoots and/or Family Sessions around the Walt Disney World Properties, which I believe is a great testament to my work! We also offer Engagement and Honeymoon sessions at any of Walt Disney World Resorts.

Randy Chapman
Disney Weddings  Chapman Photography
Studio 407-841-2300
Cell 407-341-0761
Fax 407-841-2193

www.chapmanphotography.com
Info@chapmanphotography.com
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Thanks to Randy, Chapman Photography for answering our questions as part of our Vendor Reveal series, if you would like your work revealed to our readers please contact yourfairytalewedding@disneymooner.com

A Fairy Tale Focus ~ Gina & Steve

Disneymooner, Gina, and her husband, Steve, were married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion on January 5th, 2009. They had their reception at the Whitehall Room and Dessert Party at Sago Cay Pointe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Disneymooners: Tell us a little about yourselves!

Gina: Hi! I’m Gina and I am an attorney; my husband Steve is in manufacturing management. I law school during the wedding planning. We live in Connecticut with our two cats Shooter and Deuce. Besides Disney we love hiking, biking and being outdoors in general.

Disneymooners: What made you decide to have a Disney wedding and why?

Gina: I have been obsessed with Disney for as far back as I can remember and I took Steve along for the ride. When he proposed I just knew we had to be married at the Wedding Pavilion no matter what it took. I had always commented whenever we went by on the monorail. I’d say “How amazing would a wedding be there?” or “We’ll get married there someday”. When we got engaged and started seriously planning we realized that, hey, we could have a Disney wedding!!!!! The pricing was similar or even LESS than what a wedding would be here so why not follow our dreams and just do it?

Disneymooners: How did your friends and family respond when they found out you were having a Disney wedding?

Gina: We gave them PLENTY of notice, about 2 years. We knew it was a long way to travel and we knew they’d need some time to prepare. At first I think they might not have thought we were serious but as time went on they knew that we were going to do it. We told everyone that we’d understand if they couldn’t make the trip but we’d love to have them there. Everyone who mattered came and no one gave us a hard time about it. In fact, more people than we thought would make the trip made it which was heartwarming and special to us.

Disneymooners: Was there any particular reason why you chose your venue locations?

Gina: We had the wedding pavilion in mind for a while and I knew I wanted to try and host an outdoor reception. We went and looked at a few spaces and like the Whitehall Patio best for that purpose. We had a small wedding so we did not need a large space. That area just seemed to fit our small group perfectly and had sort of a blank canvas look to it which allowed us to get creative in the décor.

I knew my Disney wedding would not be complete without a fireworks dessert party. During my planning I’d seen many Disney couples’ photos of Illuminations parties and really wanted similar photos. We toured the areas available to us with such a small group and were not in love with them. On the way back to Franck’s with the planner Steve said “Is there anywhere we can watch Wishes from?” and she said “As a matter of fact there is” and took us right to Sago Cay. It was perfect. Walking distance from Whitehall with a view of our favorite fireworks show. SOLD!

Disneymooners: Planning a wedding, especially long distance, can be stressful for a couple. They wonder how it will all look in the end. How did it feel for you when you saw it all come together on your wedding day?

Gina: Overwhelmed with happiness, everything was exactly how I pictured it or BETTER. When I walked out onto the patio, before my guests went out and saw the linens, candles and floral I just smiled ear to ear. Everything was just how I wanted it Carol, my planner, and Elizabeth from floral exceeded all of my expectations. I looked around and simply couldn’t believe I was there. Was this really my Disney wedding? Had we really accomplished this dream? Were all of our loved ones really there to join us?! Surreal.

Disneymooners: Was there anything that surprised you? Maybe something that you didn’t expect to have such a huge impact on the day?

Gina: Steve and I were lucky enough to experience the most magical moment during our reception. As we danced our first dance on the patio below the monorail we were surprised to look up and see that the monorail had stopped and everyone on board was waving! All of our guests were laughing and smiling and waving up to the people on board it was just magic only Disney could provide. I still think of that moment often when I think of our wedding and our guests still mention it when they bring up the wedding. I like to think I am responsible for creating the dream of a Disney wedding in one little princesses mind who was on board that day.

Disneymooners: Part of the excitement for a lot of couples is to see their guests react to the magic of a Disney wedding. What aspect of your wedding do you think your guests loved the most?

Gina: I think they loved the monorail moment mentioned above the most. I also think they really loved finishing the night off with desserts and fireworks, those seem to be the moments that people remember most. I think many did not know what to expect from a Disney wedding and lots of them expressed to me that they were so thrilled at how nice it was.

Disneymooners: What was the #1 splurge you had that you couldn’t imagine not having on your wedding day?

Gina: The dessert party. Just book one. Now! It was perfect and made for some amazing photo ops. I think desserts and fireworks are uniquely Disney. Sure, some other places can provide similar experiences by Disney does it best!

Disneymooners: Tell our members about the top 3 things that you’re glad you did for your wedding.

Gina:

  1. Had my reception outside. It was a perfect day, sure, it could have gone wrong, but it worked for us
  2. Had a dessert party with fireworks.
  3. Followed our dreams. Do not worry what others think about your wedding choices just do what you want and it will all work out in the end. Everyone worth it will be there and will have fun!

Disneymooners: Was there anything that you wish you had done? Or wish you had done differently?

Gina: I wish we had a character but budget just did not allow and I also sometimes wish we would have had the Cinderella carriage but again it was too expensive for us at the time. Lastly, I wish my Magic Kingdom photo was not cancelled. One week before the wedding Disney Photo called me and said they couldn’t do it for us because there was going to be construction going on and they could only reschedule 2 weeks later when we were back home. That was a bummer. I’d love to have had those photos.

Disneymooners: Photography is very important to all brides. Was there a particular shot that you knew you absolutely had to have to document your day?

Gina: Not really. I didn’t ask the photographer for any particular shots. I just went with it.

Disneymooners: Do you have any words of wisdom to our future brides?

Gina: Follow your dreams. Plan the wedding YOU want. Do not worry about anyone else’s desires. It’s your day. Stay calm, let your planner take care of you, they will make sure everything is perfect. All you need is faith, trust and pixie dust!

You can read all about Gina’s wedding here

Gina, on behalf of Disneymooners, thank you for taking the time to share a little about your wedding planning and day. You are a great member of our community and we look forward to following along in your Happily Ever After! All the best ~ the Disneymooners

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… “

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“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.