Should a Disney Wedding be Big or Small?

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Should a Disney Wedding be Big or Small?

So I always imagined that people who did Disney weddings did small, intimate things. That seems to be far from the rule though. What would you want to do? What do you think most people do?

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I think I would go for the small intimate type wedding. I would not be surprised to hear that most would go for a large one though.

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Kinda depends. If its unlimited funds... id go big. But more than likely small and intimate.

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I think it depends. If it's a destination for families then it would probably be small. It's hard to expect people to travel far. If you are in the area and your friends and family are too, then it can probably be bigger. Their packages were not terrible- about the same cost as things up here but I am in NJ and so is my family and I couldn't expect them to pay travel costs and I know they would all be so upset if they couldn't make it.

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I looked into a Disney wedding when I was planning ours..basically because I just wanted to know how much I could get on our budget. My family is sort of scattered all over so they would have to travel one way or another. We didn't do it because a lot of our friends and extended family on Dave's side wouldn't have been able to go. If it were me though and money wasn't an option I would do about the same size wedding that I had (100 people). It was just enough to have lots of fun but not too many that I didn't get to see and speak to everyone.

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I really don't think that it matters if a wedding is big or small, there can be beauty in both.

Of course everyone dreams about the big David Tutera style blow outs with crazy budgets and all the excitement of a Broadway show, but events like that can really put unrealistic expectations on people. Sure I know what I would do for a Disney Wedding if I had unlimited funds, but how many people can really put it all out there like that?

I believe that every wedding is beautiful and special and magical in it's own way and the Disney Fairytale Weddings locations create a truly special moment for everyone. It's easy to get carried away in the drama of "the big day" but it's so important to remember that it's really about two people vowing to be together forever. It doesn't matter if there are 4 guests or 400, the only people who really *have* to be there are the Bride, the Groom, and someone to stamp the paperwork.

The spectacle is fun... but the heart and intention are what's important, and that doesn't depend on size.

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Quite a few years ago I watched a thing on Disney weddings and how there is one that will work for everybody. The cheapest one was $20,000 at AKL and there were 9 guests. Yes, nine. Might have only been 8, I can't remember exactly. I also don't remember the details of the wedding. Blows my mind. Does not compute.

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It'd have to be small and intimate, or mega MEGA big - all my family live here in the UK and I'd want them to be there if money was no object! But realistically my Disney wedding would be very small. Smile

When I win the lottery I'd do it, and do it big! First I need a fiancee, though...

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ocarina wrote:
First I need a fiancee, though...

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Kristen K. wrote:
ocarina wrote:
First I need a fiancee, though...

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Only a minor setback - I'll probably just pick one up on the way to the venue. laugh

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We're expecting 35-55 so its going to be a nice medium size shindig Laughing out loud

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ocarina wrote:

When I win the lottery I'd do it, and do it big! First I need a fiancee, though...

You can live vicariously through my Disney wedding until then Wink

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In my ideal world, I would have had a very small wedding at Disney--just my fiance & I and immediate family--but we have too many people who care about it to make us possible! In the end we ended up inviting over 200 people (whew!), which made a Disney wedding out of the question--though we'll still have many Disney elements at the wedding in my hometown. But if I WERE to do my dream, I would have had a very small Disney wedding.

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dewingedpixie wrote:
ocarina wrote:

When I win the lottery I'd do it, and do it big! First I need a fiancee, though...

You can live vicariously through my Disney wedding until then Wink

I certainly will! Smile muchlove

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I did not go to WDW until my honeymoon. I was raised at DL, but that is a totally different experience. Had I known, before my honeymoon, what I know now, my wedding would have been totally different. Probably still could not afford to do it at WDW, but the theme would have been SOOOO different!

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Actually you can have a Disney wedding for under $5,000. But very small though.

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I would want to have the ceremony at the Swan Boat landing in MK with Cinderella's coach to drive us away. Then have the reception at a nice restaurant. Then have a fun day at the parks with my wedding party and guests.

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Mine would be extremely extra small. As I honestly have no desire to have a wedding so I would be quite happy to elope & maybe host a reception when we got back. Of course that assumes I have fiancee which I don't.

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revral wrote:
Of course that assumes I have fiancee which I don't.

Ah yes that is one of the requisites for a wedding isn't it. laugh

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Vettelover wrote:
revral wrote:
Of course that assumes I have fiancee which I don't.

Ah yes that is one of the requisites for a wedding isn't it. laugh

Bah, minor details! biggrin

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Allie wrote:
Vettelover wrote:
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Of course that assumes I have fiancee which I don't.

Ah yes that is one of the requisites for a wedding isn't it. laugh

Bah, minor details! biggrin

I suppose I could marry myself. Is that legal? I can just imagine the vows. "I Laura take thee Laura..."

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My daughter Katie (14) and I were discussing her somewhere in the far future Disney wedding while in the grocery store yesterday. She thought that if she was going to have a Disney wedding that it should have a theme, and that she would want either an 'Aladdin' or an 'Alice in Wonderland' theme. Y'all should have seen how big her eyes got when I told her that they do weddings in the Morocco Pavilion. laugh I think I better start saving for that one now.

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Whatever you want and can afford!! I imagine most people, for the cost and because of travel, would do a small one, BUT I think it could be very fun to do a big one!

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Having just done our own small Disney wedding, I can honestly say that it was plenty big enough to suit me! laugh One of the vendor's that we used (Carolyn Allen Bridal's - they did the tuxes and dress steaming. Super nice people, wonderful service!) there was a 160 person wedding at the Wedding Pavilion the day before our wedding. I shudder to think what the final bill was on that one but I can tell you the minimum expenditure on the catering alone would buy you a reasonably nice car.

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Most wedding locations at Disney for weddings will fit 18 peoples including the bride and groom. One of them was 50 and the wedding pavilion can fit 300 people I believe.

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The package that a Bride chooses is what limits the guest count to under 18, most of the locations can hold many more than that, the biggest exceptions being Sunrise Terrace which I think can only hold 10, and GF Marina which is limited to 6.

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I want mine to be a Big Princess and the frog themed one in New Orleans! if I ever get engaged!

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Rumples_Belle wrote:
I want mine to be a Big Princess and the frog themed one in New Orleans! if I ever get engaged!

New Orleans Square at Disneyland is my favorite "land" of them all. They through some pretty awesome parties there.