Pre and Post Wedding Activities

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Pre and Post Wedding Activities

Hi, I am having a destination wedding at WDW in October. Both my ceremony and dinner reception are at the Swan.
I am looking for ideas for my group of guests for the night before and after dinner the night of the wedding. We are getting married on a Saturday. There are approximately 40 people coming, most of which are adults but we do have about 10 children. I am hoping for a fun place to have drinks, appetizers and fun for the night before (Friday) and drinks and dancing or some sort of entertainment for after dinner the day of the wedding. Any ideas for things to do with or without the kids would be greatly appreciated!!

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stars Hi Shannon! Welcome to the forum! stars

Congrats on your upcoming event! That's so exciting! Hrmmm... here some off the top of my head night before thoughts!

A welcome dinner/ pool party the night before having Pizza or Earl of Sandwich delivered pool side.
Head over to the Beach Club for movies under the stars & Smores
A scavenger hunt of some sort around the Epcot area hotels
Mini Golf at Fantasia Gardens
The Crew's Cup Lounge at Yacht Club has a fantastic food menu & cocktails as well as a good amount of seating.

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welcome and Congrats

Well as far as I know, your not aloud in any of the parks in your wedding dress if you were thinking of doing that. You could always resort hop to the Poly and do drinks at the Tambu Lounge and do pictures on the beach or the point with the Magic Kingdom in the back ground. You could do the same at the Grand Floridian. That big of a group may be hard.

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speaking of being in the park in a wedding dress, I saw a bride in her dress and bouquet at DTD one afternoon right after her Poly Beach wedding a few weeks ago. She was getting a free chocolate sample. Wonder if she got "pulled over" at some point while at DTD?

And WELCOME to Shannon, and congrats! mickey

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I think DTD is aloud. That's more of a open public area, I doubt they would bother there.

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Congratulations, Shannon!

I like Kristen's pool party idea. Swimming will definitely keep the kids happy, and the adults can enjoy poolside cocktails.

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mrhub wrote:
welcome and Congrats

Well as far as I know, your not aloud in any of the parks in your wedding dress if you were thinking of doing that. You could always resort hop to the Poly and do drinks at the Tambu Lounge and do pictures on the beach or the point with the Magic Kingdom in the back ground. You could do the same at the Grand Floridian. That big of a group may be hard.

Why can't you wear a wedding dress in the parks?

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They don't want to be responsible damage and they don't want people thinking they are Princesses. You know if some poor bridezilla got her dress dirty or ripped on a ride, they would be coming right back to guest services and want it replaced or paid for. I can understand Disney's point behind this completely. Plus then you know you would have tons of people trying to tie the knot in front of the Castlle, or on a ride, it would be a total mess. Not gona happen unless you pay big, big bucks! The biggest reason is they want you to use the Disney Wedding planners.

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That makes absolute sense, mrhub, and I'm not surprised at all.

Disney also tries to hide the fact that they do more than one wedding simultaneously, and they do a wonderful job of it. On the Disney wedding special show they talked about how there are usually like, seven weddings going on at once. I actually stumbled upon two ceremonies at Epcot in the same day while the parties were taking group photos, one in Canada and one in Italy. They were separated by about three hours. I'm guessing that there is also an emotional reason that they wouldn't let parties remain in their outfits in the park after the ceremony. If the bride from Canada (who was earlier in the day) was still in her gown in the evening while the wedding party from Italy were taking their places...well, it can make someone feel like their big day wasn't that special and unique if there's proof that there was another one right there a moment before. Especially for the cash you need to dish out for an in park ceremony.

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Oh with what those brides go through bidding on their dates and times. Trust me, they know how many other girls are getting married there on "their" day.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Oh with what those brides go through bidding on their dates and times. Trust me, they know how many other girls are getting married there on "their" day.

Oh yeah, I hear it's literally like the movie Bride Wars. Still, once that's taken care of, must be so nice to not have to worry about anything...

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Boardwalk area has a number of options for Friday and Saturday night:

Jellyrolls - $12 cover, but lots of fun with a large group
Atlantic Dance
Big River Grille - brew pub
ESPN Club - baseball playoffs and college football in Oct - drinks and food

Il Mulino @ the Swan, and Bluezoo @ the Dolphin have excellent bars and great appetizers. Kimonos has sushi and karaoke.

Congrats and have fun!