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Renewing vows in WDW

This is in it's early stages of planning but I think me and Sy will be renewing our vows next year at WDW!

We don't want anything big or fancy, at the min we are thinking officiant in our 2 bed villa at AKL, followed by a boat ride and Ohana for dinner though I am also trying to find out the costs to have a dessert party (but think this will probably be out of our budget). We will be celebrating 5 years of marriage so thought it would be a nice way to reaffirm our love for each other. Both sets of our parents will be there and we are thinking of not telling them and springing it on them the day before, or maybe even on the day.

Not going to tell anyone else either so I'm just sharing it with my lovely disney friends!

Any advice is gratefully received Smile

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
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How lovely! muchlove

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Thanks Kristen!

Very luckily for us we have a wedding planner friend who lives in Orlando Laughing out loud

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
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Oh that will be a huge benefit to you - if you need a photographer or hair and make-up the team that Bekah had was amazing.

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Thank you very much, I will pm her now xxxx

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
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On the Disney wedding site you can plan your renewal. You can put in a budget or just you are dreaming to see what they have available. That's a wonderful way to have a renewal!

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yay yay yay yay

This sounds so fun ! What a wonderful way to renew your vow muchlove

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Got your PM Robyn and replied. Hope it helps!

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I would love to do this on our 5th anniversary as well. I sooo wanted a Disney wedding, but for the size of our family (150 ppl) it just wasn't in the budget. So, maybe a vow renewal with a few close relatives/friends. Please keep us posted on your planning! muchlove

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My DH actually told me that he had looked into us doing this on our trip. But at $2,400 for just the two of us....we decided it was too much. For that amount, I could throw a heck of a party for many more people! Smile If I had unlimited funds, I sooo would have done it!

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A month ago, I looked into renewing our vows at Disney world. As much as I would LOVE to have a Disney vow renewel, their smallest package is a minimum $2495.

We are seriously considering hiring an officiant, paying for his or her ticket to Disney world, picking a pretty spot and renewing our vows in the Magic Kingdom. The officiant's fee + one ticket is SO much cheaper.

I thought we would do it at the wishing well down the hill to the right of the castle at MK. There are always people on the hill, but there's never many people at the wishing well when we pass it.

There's several other pretty places in MK that we are considering.

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As others have said, we looked into renewing either on the Fantasy or at WDW last May, but the cheapest package was well over $2,000 for just the two of us. I did not feel it was worth that much money...BUT if I had $2,000 to throw into the wind, I would do it in a heartbeat. Smile Good luck Robin!

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Well we won't be doing it through disney Wink not going to be spending anything like the disney money! Just money for officiant, I can do my own flowers (must remember to take the bits with me to do them) and maaaaaaaybe a new dress for me Wink (any excuse for a new dress right?!)

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

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So can u keep it low key and hire an officiant to meet up in disney for a quick service? Or does this violate
a disney rule (if you get caught of course biggrin )

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Disney has very strict rules about ceremonies (and any activity that looks like it) in the Parks, or really anywhere on their private property. However there are some locations that are more reasonable to be able to accomplish you goals than others. In your hotel suite, on a boat rental, and other locations that only hold a handful of people can usually be found. The Magic Kingdom is really not one of those places.

Make no mistake - if Disney sees a ceremony "on the fly" happening - it will be stopped and you will be escorted out of the Park. I have heard of brides that have gotten away with it, and I have heard of people who have gotten caught. In addition Disney does indeed keep a No Trespassing list. Is a sneaky vow renewal worth being banned from property forever?

A lot really depends on what each person considers a Vow Renewal - because really all that's needed to do that is the husband and wife. So if you're happy climbing into a TTA car flanked by friends as witnesses and renewing your vows to each other go for it! But if you consider anything larger in a public place - you should really strongly consider the consequences first.

"Disney Jail" is no joke. This topic, while not in violation yet - comes very close to skirting the WDWFG Terms of Service. So let's all stick to Vow Renewals that are within the rules. mickey

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I will only add that I noticed that the independent vendors that work on a lot of Disney weddings do all know each other. Our hair and make up team and my photographer were saying "Hey, how are you?" and "See you tomorrow" to each other, kinda funny actually. I would be very surprised if you found an officiant in central Florida who would be willing to jeopardize their relationship with Disney by doing an "unauthorized" ceremony. I do know many brides have used a company called Just Marry for wedding services or renewals at the Swan and Dolphin and give them rave reviews. www.justmarry.com

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Kristen K. wrote:
Disney has very strict rules about ceremonies (and any activity that looks like it) in the Parks, or really anywhere on their private property. However there are some locations that are more reasonable to be able to accomplish you goals than others. In your hotel suite, on a boat rental, and other locations that only hold a handful of people can usually be found. The Magic Kingdom is really not one of those places.

Make no mistake - if Disney sees a ceremony "on the fly" happening - it will be stopped and you will be escorted out of the Park. I have heard of brides that have gotten away with it, and I have heard of people who have gotten caught. In addition Disney does indeed keep a No Trespassing list. Is a sneaky vow renewal worth being banned from property forever?

A lot really depends on what each person considers a Vow Renewal - because really all that's needed to do that is the husband and wife. So if you're happy climbing into a TTA car flanked by friends as witnesses and renewing your vows to each other go for it! But if you consider anything larger in a public place - you should really strongly consider the consequences first.

"Disney Jail" is no joke. This topic, while not in violation yet - comes very close to skirting the WDWFG Terms of Service. So let's all stick to Vow Renewals that are within the rules. mickey

WOW~ we just thought it would be fun and romantic to have just the two of us renew our vows somewhere in the parks, with an officiant. But it is not worth Disney JAIL eek We had no idea it is that big a deal! Certainly not worth getting banned from Disney!!!
There are tons of beautiful spots in Florida to renew vows(pick a beach!) But there is only ONE Disney world biggrin

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:
Kristen K. wrote:
Disney has very strict rules about ceremonies (and any activity that looks like it) in the Parks, or really anywhere on their private property. However there are some locations that are more reasonable to be able to accomplish you goals than others. In your hotel suite, on a boat rental, and other locations that only hold a handful of people can usually be found. The Magic Kingdom is really not one of those places.

Make no mistake - if Disney sees a ceremony "on the fly" happening - it will be stopped and you will be escorted out of the Park. I have heard of brides that have gotten away with it, and I have heard of people who have gotten caught. In addition Disney does indeed keep a No Trespassing list. Is a sneaky vow renewal worth being banned from property forever?

A lot really depends on what each person considers a Vow Renewal - because really all that's needed to do that is the husband and wife. So if you're happy climbing into a TTA car flanked by friends as witnesses and renewing your vows to each other go for it! But if you consider anything larger in a public place - you should really strongly consider the consequences first.

"Disney Jail" is no joke. This topic, while not in violation yet - comes very close to skirting the WDWFG Terms of Service. So let's all stick to Vow Renewals that are within the rules. mickey

WOW~ we just thought it would be fun and romantic to have just the two of us renew our vows somewhere in the parks, with an officiant. But it is not worth Disney JAIL eek We had no idea it is that big a deal! Certainly not worth getting banned from Disney!!!
There are tons of beautiful spots in Florida to renew vows(pick a beach!) But there is only ONE Disney world biggrin

A lot of people think it's a big joke when we have talked about this before, but Disney is very strict about this.

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We have often thought aboout doing a vow renewal at WDW but the sheer cost (and logistics of getting people over from the UK) have always been a no -go for us.However we are in the process of arranging a ceremony at our other happy place (Durrell Wildlife Trust) and then maybe flying onwards for a second Disneymoon after . muchlove

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Totally OT but in March we renewed our vows in Las Vegas at the Doo Wop Diner. Elvis did the honors and sang three songs. We wore shorts and t shirts, my wife with a veil and me in a bow-tie. With pictures and a webcast for family and friends to watch. And our name in lights on the chapel on Las Vegas blvd. Totally tacky but way cool. Less than $500

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Awwwwwwww that sounds lovely!

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa

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I can so see me and DH doing something like the Vegas thing considering we held our wedding on a playground.....yes, yes we did!

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When my parents were married 40 years we did an untraditional/unofficial vow renewal!

Mom and Dad had no idea they were going to renew their vows.

I gave Jane (www.giftsofalifetime.com) the story of How Mom and Dad met. Gave her all the details of what they did for a living, our first trip to Disney and their favorite attractions. With this came something very magical.....

After breakfast at Cindy's Castle we met at Snow White's fountain to make a wish for their 40th Wedding Anniversary when a woman popped out of nowhere and asked if they were Theresa and Santo, Mom looking confused said yes, we are. Jane replied with a simple, "This is for you." She handed Mom and Dad a Scroll with the first of many suprises. The scroll read how Mom and Dad met, where they went on their first date etc... at the end it asked them to go to the Carousel.

Once on the Carousel, another woman popped out of nowhere and handed Dad another Scroll. Telling a short story of how and when my brother and I were born and of our first memories of Disney. At the end of this scroll it asked them to go to It's a Small World.

While riding on it's a Small World (and as you can imagine, it's now getting emotional) yet another woman reaches her hand over Mom and Dad's shoulder to give them the last scroll. This tells the story of how much they have loved one another over the past 40 years and poked fun at two of them (i.e. Dad's nickname is Cinderfella, because he is retired and does the housework and how despite Mom's NON cooking abilities he still loves her). At the end of this scroll it asked for all of us to proceed to the gazebo area (the rose garden) where they renewed their vows and got sprinkled with Pixie Dust.

That was a very quick version!!! It was fantastic!!! Very relaxed and nothing fancy but....IT WAS MAGICAL!!! Dad cried the whole day, he wouldn't stop...lol (the funny part was he was wearing his grumpy shirt).

Jane was delightful hugged and kissed all of us and made us feel so special. Mom and Dad got to keep the rest of the pixied dust and the girls were given septors.

I have used Jane since this suprise for some smaller scavanger hunts for friends and she has yet to disappoint!

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Oh that's amazing and beautiful!

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Yogini- that's a really nice story. I used them for a treasure hunt for my daughter and her friends. They were great.

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mrhub wrote:
AnnielovesDisney wrote:
Kristen K. wrote:
Disney has very strict rules about ceremonies (and any activity that looks like it) in the Parks, or really anywhere on their private property. However there are some locations that are more reasonable to be able to accomplish you goals than others. In your hotel suite, on a boat rental, and other locations that only hold a handful of people can usually be found. The Magic Kingdom is really not one of those places.

Make no mistake - if Disney sees a ceremony "on the fly" happening - it will be stopped and you will be escorted out of the Park. I have heard of brides that have gotten away with it, and I have heard of people who have gotten caught. In addition Disney does indeed keep a No Trespassing list. Is a sneaky vow renewal worth being banned from property forever?

A lot really depends on what each person considers a Vow Renewal - because really all that's needed to do that is the husband and wife. So if you're happy climbing into a TTA car flanked by friends as witnesses and renewing your vows to each other go for it! But if you consider anything larger in a public place - you should really strongly consider the consequences first.

"Disney Jail" is no joke. This topic, while not in violation yet - comes very close to skirting the WDWFG Terms of Service. So let's all stick to Vow Renewals that are within the rules. mickey

WOW~ we just thought it would be fun and romantic to have just the two of us renew our vows somewhere in the parks, with an officiant. But it is not worth Disney JAIL eek We had no idea it is that big a deal! Certainly not worth getting banned from Disney!!!
There are tons of beautiful spots in Florida to renew vows(pick a beach!) But there is only ONE Disney world biggrin

A lot of people think it's a big joke when we have talked about this before, but Disney is very strict about this.

Well, I am certainly NOT one of the people that think it's a "big joke." We were just unaware of the policy.

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Yogini- that's a really nice story. I used them for a treasure hunt for my daughter and her friends. They were great.

Thanks! I recommend them highly and have used them on several occassions. Great way to renew without breaking the bank.

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:
Well, I am certainly NOT one of the people that think it's a "big joke." We were just unaware of the policy.

Annie, I wasn't implying anyone here thought it was a joke, just mentioning about prior discussions we've had around here. Whats common knowledge to some is new info to other, and thats part of the reason we are here. People learn something new here every day! mickey

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mrhub wrote:
AnnielovesDisney wrote:
Well, I am certainly NOT one of the people that think it's a "big joke." We were just unaware of the policy.

Annie, I wasn't implying anyone here thought it was a joke, just mentioning about prior discussions we've had around here. Whats common knowledge to some is new info to other, and thats part of the reason we are here. People learn something new here every day! mickey

Oh I get that, I was just clarifying so no one would think I was intentionally mentioning something that is against Disney policy awesome
The idea of being banned for life from Disney world seriously gives me a panic attack eek

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:

The idea of being banned for life from Disney world seriously gives me a panic attack eek

So this! awesome