One year ago, I said I do to the man of my dreams at the Happiest Place on Earth! It was truly a dream come true and something I’ve thought about since I was a little girl. We started to plan our wedding two and a half years prior to the date and about one year into the planning process our daughter was diagnosed with Autism. At that moment, our world stopped turning. When you hear that you think the worst possible things so we devoted all out time and money into getting her therapy and put the wedding on hold. Disney was beyond accommodating and understanding. They let me know that when we are ready they will be there.
Once we were ready about 6 months prior is when all the fun started to happen. We had a planning session that lasted about two hours. We went over everything from colors, the feel and so much more. Disney makes things very easy and prior to the planning session they gave me a booklet to fill out that had a ton of options like menu choice, extras like if we wanted characters or an open bar, so many choices!! I was told to bring:
- Swatches that represent your desired wedding colors (this is really helpful for the floral and décor team as well as the bakery if you chose to use those colors on your cake)
- Pictures (wedding attire, bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony décor, reception décor, favors, cake design, etc.)
- Questions (make a list as ideas and questions pop in your head!)
Those couple of hours went by so fast. We saw a ton of pictures of example wedding cakes, for me the design of the cake was so hard. I had a lot of wedding cakes pinned to my Pinterest board (which you can still see) Eventually we found a cake design that we tweaked to make our own. Next on the agenda was floral. Disney allows you to use an outside florist but for certain things you must use Disney. Example, we chose to get married at the Rose Court Garden which has a beautiful outdoor gazebo and Disney floral are the only ones that can add décor to the gazebo also there is a clean- up fee at the Rose Court Garden for things like flower pedals or confetti. I really wanted to have rose pedals tossed as we walked down the aisle so we decided to go through Disney to decorate the gazebo and create toss rose pedals. Those were the only two things that we used Disney Floral for.
Next, we chose the menu, in the planning pages Disney gave us a lot of options and we asked the typical questions like gluten free options and vegetarian options. We dreamed big and as we originally wanted steak and lobster but to cut costs and add other important things like an open bar and reception décor we went with chicken (the chicken was the best) We did have one hick up at the time, the bakery did not have my cake flavors so they only had two slices for us to try, normally they give you 4. I was obviously super disappointed because the planning session was during the week and my husband and I had to take the day off from work so it wasn’t easy make it but as Disney does they used their pixie dust and made us 4 full size cakes for us to try. So in a week or so we came back to pick up the cakes (shown in pictures). I had a great time at the planning session it really sets the tone for the rest of the planning. My planner was amazing, she always returned my emails promptly and made time for our phone calls. On the day of the wedding when I saw our planner I cried, seeing her made it seem real, like that was it.
The photo’s I attached were from our planning sessions and food tasting.
Flowers on the gazebo by Disney Floral
Added the drapery (provided by Disney floral) and the cluster from the gazebo was added to my sweetheart table.
Rose cone by Disney floral
The pixie dust cakes
Dole whip cake
Dulce De Leche Cake with fresh strawberries
Vanilla pound cake with fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting
Pound cake with fresh bananas and cream cheese filling
Deconstructed lemon bar
Flowerless chocolate cake with mini macaroons (SOOOO GOOD)
Lemon chicken with garlic mashed potatoes
Romaine Lettuce with Garlic dressing salad with Parmesan crisp
different napkin folds they offered