The Disney Wedding
I have always been a Walt Disney fan, it may be something about that magical feeling you get when you walk through the gates that instantly brings you back to childhood or maybe that amazing feeling that just makes you have to smile. It is a place that is truly filled with magical moments that make amazing memories. I would imagine that this is just a few of the many reasons hundreds of couples rush there to get married each year.
However, before I get to ahead of myself, let me just say that the greatest thing about staying at Disney property is the service. No matter which hotel you choose to stay in, and no matter what price point you can afford, each property makes you feel like a VIP guest. This combined with the magical setting are just more reasons why Disney makes a great destination wedding location.
I was lucky enough to interview a lovely new bride who was willing to share her magical Disney experience with us! Jessica Lubetsky got married back in March at Disney. Her and her husband, with about 80 of their closest friends and family, they tied the knot in one of the most amazing places on earth.
A wonderful use of lighting & the couples custom monogram!
I asked this new bride to describe in one word her overall Disney Wedding experience, and all she could say was; incredible.
She then went on to describe their overall planning & wedding experience for us. “They always tell you that Disney weddings are magical – but seriously, I swear it was. Our wedding planner went above and beyond and when we saw everything in person it was all exceeded our expectations (which were very high!).”
The bride went on to describe for me her experience, which started a few months prior to the wedding. She explained that planning didn’t happen until they went to Disney in late October 2008. They had a 2-3 hour session with their wedding planner and in preparation for this meeting, Jessica searched the internet and bridal magazines for photos of things she liked.
Disney details were as perfect as the bride requested!
She then printed photos of place settings, centerpieces, ambiance visuals, favors and even printed photos of the dress she had picked so everyone would be on the same page. She even printed what she assumed the bridal party attire & colors would be and then made a small 3×5 album out of these photos.
She also printed index cards to put into the album with information about her and her fiance, how they met, how her fiance proposed, words that described the photos and what they liked and what they didn’t.
This picture captures the magic of a Disney wedding!
She explained that she was explicit about the flowers and colors she did not want to see and even made 3 copies of this little flip book; one for the wedding planner, and 2 for the florists. Her amazement looking back was to see how incredible it was to see how “spot on” the actual wedding was to what they asked for.
Once at the meeting, things went great – it was a true give and take of ideas and they provided Jessica with some fabrics in addition to photos of other weddings they had done at Disney. Jessica went prepared with some basic menu ideas for the wedding planner to take to the caterer. (Disney uses a Kosher caterer from Miami to cater weddings/event that are Kosher).
Jessica was was told after her wedding that the staff at Disney had never seen a wedding quite like theirs and based on the photos she was shown at the intro meeting, she could believe it. It was very unique.
No detail was left out!
The bride and groom decided that there was plenty of activity in Disney for their guests to keep busy with, and therefore decided not to “host” much. The night before the wedding they had a family dinner at the Yacht and Beach Club and this was a perfect time to spend with some close family. They did not do a rehearsal dinner – as many Jewish couples do not.
The day of the wedding, the men went one direction and the women another. The bride had her sister-in-law’s and mother in law’s hair done. The sisters helped get the bride dressed and then they all went to the Grand Floridian for the Bedeken (a Jewish pre-ceremony) and Ketubah signing.
This is when they got ALL of their family and couple photos out of the way so they could spend the rest of the wedding with their guests and enjoy the time. They were then taken over to the wedding chapel. Impressively enough – all of their family and friends at the bedeken ceremony were taken by limo over to the wedding chapel (about a 5 min walk). A nice touch – especially for their elder family.
The Disney Chapel
Their wedding ceremony was at the wedding pavilion which was incredible – leaving this as a surprise, they never went in to check it out when they were planning in October. After a few photos after the ceremony and their wedding planners were organizing our guests with bubbles in hand for them to walk across the bridge (the perfect photo op!) to the limo.
Their guests were then put onto coaches to go to EPCOT for the reception. The bride & groom were brought there early enough to enjoy the cocktail food and drinks before the guests, so they could spend the rest of the time schmoozing. Cocktail hour was at the Italy Isola patio.
The walk over the Disney Bridge
They were then moved to the American Adventure Pavilion for the reception after cocktail hour. As their favors, there was a candy buffet set up for guests to indulge (in wedding colors of course). The bride laughs thinking about the great photos of guests practically wrestling each other to get at the candy – just hysterical. They served 2 courses for the sit down dinner and then had stations around the room for guests to enjoy as much as they like.
Looking back the bride felt that the best part might have been something entirely unplanned. The bride and groom as well as their guests were witness to the last evening space shuttle launch there may ever be. It was stunning… and whats even better was that the couple’s wedding planners, who seemed as though they had direct contact with NASA, kept the cocktail hour going about 30 minutes longer so they could see it fly right over them.
Watching the Space Shuttle take off!
Perfect weather, perfect day, perfect ending. Better than the fireworks we could have opted for. The brides mom plans to send a photo of the couple watching the shuttle to NASA to be signed by the astronauts who were in the shuttle.
I asked the couple if they would change anything, and they both stared at each other and could think of nothing.The brides father is a relatively quiet man, who likes to joke and is rarely impressed by much and even he was speechless. The brides father is still talking about how amazing everything was and how detail oriented it all was. The couple had a monogram that was used all over in some really creative ways…
This couple left no detail out. I am so excited for this couple and can’t wait to visit Disney for the wedding planning tour myself! I want to thank Jessica for her time and for sharing her magical day!
Thank you & Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Lubetsky!