My fiance and I had Walt Disney World’s list of recommended rabbi, clergy and officiants for four months now. It sat in my inbox, and his, tagged and starred. It was clear and simple to read, there was really no … Continue reading
I’ve been engaged for over a year now and, because of booking and contract timelines, have yet to have a clue as to what we’re doing, but we’ve just started renegotiating with Walt Disney World Weddings and made some important decisions.
We chose to pass on being the first Tower of Terror Courtyard wedding. While we had our hearts set on it, the park schedule and space limitations would have stopped a few of our favorite guests from being able to make it. Instead, we’re moving one park over for an Animal Kingdom ‘Casablanca’ themed reception at Tamu Tamu Courtyard, and we’ll keep our small ceremony at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, just outside of the Magic Kingdom.
- A few things to note about a theme park reception if you’re preparing your own Disney World wedding:
- Your venues are not solidly booked until six months before your proposed date.
- You cannot access your venue until two hours after the park has closed, making Animal Kingdom, the park that closest earliest, a clear choice winner.
- Parks may decide to add a day of ‘Extra Magic Hours’ and keep the park open for longer, on a whim. If this happens, your reception is pushed back even further.
- Should a larger gathering want to book your space (or your whole park) you can be booted out, even as close as a month ’till your date.
Not exactly ideal. But because we’re having a very small party of just close friends and family, we felt that any emergencies could be easily handled. For others, it may not be that simple. We’ve even picked a Plan B location in Hollywood Studios Park.
So, we’ve moved on from the idea of a Disney Wedding, or destination wedding in general, being the simple easy choice, but we have decided that it’s for us. Nothing is perfect, but this is the party, with its laid-back vibe and surrounded by fun, that best reflects us.
Photo by Disney Travel Babble.
Between faxing flower orders, sending travel docs, and praying the rain gods to stay at bay for just a few more days longer, travel brides do not need anything else to worry about. For me, this includes shoes.
My hot, hot, burning hot, humid August Florida wedding is causing me some major havoc in clothing. Sure, everyone else can enjoy their sweet lil outfits and sit under a fan, but Travel Bride here needs to hoof it across the ceremony and reception in a sweaty beaded gown, tiptoeing in 6-inch heels. Somethings gotta give, so, I’m giving up the heels. Sorry, Jimmy Choo, no one needs you acting up in 90-degree humidity.
Below I’ve cataloged a few of my all time favorite flats. These aren’t your nieces school-day shows, but chic bridal options that will carry from quiet ceremony to funky reception- and all the way back to the honeymoon suite.
By now you’ve probably guessed that I’m tying the knot. In true Lola Gigglesworth fashion, I’m making it infinitely more complicated by opting for a crazy destination wedding.
Though @Scrabb and I aren’t saying our “I do’s” till 2011, having a destination wedding means having everything prepared months ahead of time, and creating a plan B for disasters of all types. Particularly, at our venue of choice, we can’t place a hold till 12 months in advance, but are asked to present a detailed guest list, color palette, and vendor contracts at that time, as well. We have a great team of friends that are assisting us with everything we need, and sharing thoughts from their own upcoming nuptials, as well.
Because planning a destination wedding is travel + wedding, I’ve decided to unleash all my bridely fury on the viewing public by creating this channel at Frill Seeker Diary, Destination: Wedding. This section is here to provide slight guidance for any other destination wedding brides, as well as some travel tips for brides and grooms who chose an away wedding, and will probably spend many months zooming back and forth planning for the big day.
Before I unleash details of my own not tying, be warned, I’m not giving it all away till the very end. I’ll be posting tips, clues, and colorful inspiration tid bits, though. Below you can find Inspiration Board #1, the first clues to what will go down in 2011.