OUR DISNEY FAIRYTALE WEDDING!

OUR DISNEY FAIRYTALE WEDDING!

After over two years of waiting, our day was FINALLY here! Wedding weekend was beyond what I imagined it would be. But, today we’re here JUST to talk about our wedding, which was nothing short of beautiful. Here’s the story of our fairytale!

The morning of the wedding, we woke up on two different sides of WDW resort. My bridesmaids and I all stayed in our honeymoon suite, at Animal Kingdom Lodge. My husband and his groomsmen, however, stayed at the Polynesian – which was where our ceremony was taking place. This is where the fairytale begins…

The Ceremony

6:30 a.m.: Me, Megan, and Emily wake up. We order room service, change into our robes, make some coffee, and pop a bottle of champagne for mimosas. At around 7:00, my hairdresser and makeup artist arrive and we start getting ready for the day.

9:30 a.m.: We’re finally done getting ready, and start taking “getting ready” photos. Surrounded by my family, I am on cloud nine. Most brides talk about how nervous they are the day of their wedding, but I was just so ready to walk down that aisle and see my groom!

10:30 a.m.: By this time, I’m completely freaking out. You’d think I was worried about getting married in less than an hour, but no – I was terrified to walk through the lobby in my dress. I’m beyond an introvert, so people staring at me while I walk by makes me very uncomfortable and I knew the white, sparkly dress I was wearing would attract eyes from all around. I walked through that lobby with my head completely down, just thinking about what was to come.

10:45 a.m.: The limo drops us off at the Poly. We walk in and we are greeted by our wedding coordinator. She shows us our bouquets, and lets us know of a few minor issues that needed solved before we could walk down the aisle. No big deal, we sat in the lobby and waited. This waiting, though, took about 45 minutes and this is where my anxiety fully set in. Again, I don’t think I was nervous about getting married, but the waiting was what was getting to me. My legs wouldn’t stop shaking, and my heart was pounding. Every minute felt like an eternity!

11:20 a.m.: Everything was situated and it was finally time to walk down the aisle. As we walked to the ceremony space, I heard the violinist and saw the backs of the heads of all of our guests. My anxiety went away, and was replaced with a swarm of butterflies. It was finally time! One of my favorite moments of the day was at this time, when I saw my dad standing off to the side, waiting for me with the biggest smile on his face. I swore I wasn’t going to cry before the wedding, but I immediately started crying. Just thinking about this simple but wholesome moment puts a smile on my face, and I’m so sad I don’t have a picture to capture that moment.

11:30(ish) a.m.: The ceremony began. All of the bridesmaids walked out one by one, and eventually there was no one left besides my dad and I. By this point, my shoes were killing me (as beautiful as they were), and I couldn’t walk very fast. But then, I saw Dee. With tears in his eyes (and all over his face), he was smiling and there at the end of the aisle. It was the moment I had been waiting for, for over two years. My tears immediately went away, and I couldn’t help but laugh and smile. This is the moment it really hit me. Also during this time, because I am the most socially awkward person alive, I literally said the word “hey” to Daron when stopping with my dad at the end of the aisle. This is still something he laughs at me about to this day.

11:50 a.m.: The ceremony was over, and we walked back up the aisle to cheers and the violinist playing in the background. It was now time to head over to take photos, do the champagne toasts, cut the cake, and have our first dance. The first thing I did, though, was immediately take off my shoes. I had a pair of sandals in my purse to throw on in case of this exact situation, but I left my purse in the limo. So, I spent the rest of the ceremony bare foot. Oh well, lol.

11:55 a.m.: The champagne toasts begin. First, Megan gave a speech that had me beyond tears. Megan is not too much of a sentimental person, but man, her speech killed it. Then followed Emily, who’s speech had me in tears but also cracking up. Of course, she had to throw in how much we hated each other when we first met – but that’s how the best friendships start right? Last was Dee’s brother, Anthony, who was told (by my own husband) that he wouldn’t have to give a speech at the ceremony. He didn’t find out until we were on our way to the ceremony itself that Dee was wrong and that he would, in fact, be giving a speech. So, he “wung it” and it was great.

12:15 p.m.: We cut our cake and our guests enjoyed a slice. Dee tried to feed me only icing, which is only the worst part of the cake itself. Dee also tried to make it as messy as possible, but I made sure that didn’t happen!

12:20 p.m.: While our guests were enjoying their cake, they also got to enjoy our first dance. We asked our violinist [prior to the ceremony] to play Perfect by Ed Sheeran, and it was just that – perfect. Dee made fun of me just about the entire dance for not having shoes on and for saying “hey” at the end of the aisle, but I mean I really didn’t expect anything else.

12:25 p.m.: It was time for pictures! A few dramatic shots of Dee and I, followed by group pictures of the families, the bridal party, etc. Before the pictures, though, we had our “bubble exit” from the ceremony space to where we would be taking the pictures, which was fun! Are you really at Disney World if you don’t walk through a cloud of bubbles?

12:45 p.m.: We took just a few more pictures on the beach, and it was time to head back to the lobby. We had a few drinks, then all parted ways to rest, hang by the pool, and get ready before the dinner show/reception in the evening.

1:00 p.m.: The limo picked up the bridal party and took “the long way” back to AK. We had some champagne, listened to some music, and really took a step back to celebrate and enjoy everyone’s company. The limo ride was about an hour, and it was definitely a highlight of the day!

Now, you might be looking at the times in the timeline thinking “wow, all of that in an hour?” Well, you weren’t the only one thinking that – so were we. You see, you pay for two hours time to have all of these experiences. However, due to a few situations out of our control, our ceremony time was cut in half. It felt very rushed, family members missed certain events happening, and we really didn’t have a moment to step back and take it all in – but it was still beautiful. It is absolutely a story to tell, and I am so grateful to have even had the chance to get married in Disney World and have such a magical experience.

The Dinner 

For our dinner/reception, we chose to head back to the Polynesian and watch The Spirit of Aloha dinner show. All of our bridal party and guests, about 30 of us, made reservations for the show when booking the wedding. The dinner show is a base ticket that you are supposed to purchase ahead of time. However, since we were with the wedding, they just “reserved” our space and we didn’t have to pay until before the show itself. So, we showed up about an hour early and waited in a painfully long line to purchase each ticket.

The dinner show was nothing short of amazing. This was my second experience at the show itself, and neither time did it disappoint. Each adult paid about $75 for their ticket, which included an all-you-can-eat family style meal, unlimited beer and wine, tax, and gratuity. Combine all of that with an amazing show, and it’s absolutely one of the best deals you’ll find in Disney.

The cast members at the show went out of their way to really make the night special for us as well. They gave me a lei made of beautiful live flowers, and dee got a seashell necklace that he fell in love with. Throughout the show, they had different times where our guests and I were invited up (along with other guests at the show) to dance and become included in the show itself. They even called Dee up to dance on stage, competing with some other guy in the audience! Knowing how shy Dee is, I still can’t believe he got up there – but he did, and he forsure gave everyone a show! Lol

To end the night, a few members of the bridal party as well as Dee and myself stayed after the dinner show to talk, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company on the beach. It was the perfect end to a long, special day!

Looking back, I think about the saying that I believe everyone told me to expect – Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. This proved to be true, but it still didn’t take away from the fact that it was our special day. Of course, there are things that we wish we could have changed about the day – but that’s with everything, right? I can’t help but look back on the day and smile, knowing that I got to marry my best friend surrounded but the people I love in the happiest place on earth.

Well, there you have it – our Disney Fairytale Wedding! I know this was super basic, but I didn’t want to go into great detail and make a never ending post. However, be on the lookout for upcoming posts and major announcements, where you’ll get to hear all of the magical details!

Thanks for reading! Below are some pictures that were shot by my family and friends, as well as a few we got in our sneak peak book from Disney! We should be getting more photos soon, and we are also headed to the Magic Kingdom to do a wedding photo shoot there – so be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages so you can see all of the beautiful pics when we receive them! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog so you’re notified when we post next! See ya real soon 🙂

2019 GIANT EASTER EGG DISPLAY AT THE GRAND FLORIDIAN!

2019 GIANT EASTER EGG DISPLAY AT THE GRAND FLORIDIAN!

Every year, Disney pastry chefs create chocolate Easter eggs to put on display at the Grand Floridian. This year was my first year to see them in person, and they were absolutely a sight to see!

The eggs were put on display April 1st, and will remain for guest enjoyment until April 28. There are a total of 40 chocolate eggs with details made of fondant, royal icing, sugar sculptures, and more. A sign at the GF describes the eggs to be 16 – 20 inches tall and weigh 9 – 12 pounds. An entire team is dedicated toward the eggs, and production takes about three weeks!

The detail to these eggs are immaculate, and were just as memorizing as the Grand Floridian’s gingerbread house display. I was in awe at how much little detail was put into these eggs. It’s so hard to believe they are made out of chocolate and other edible delights! Below are some of our favorites from the display.

The Giant Easter Egg Display is definitely a can’t miss for the Easter season if you’re on property. Other Easter offerings today included a special Easter parade in the Magic Kingdom, meeting Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny at MK, an Easter egg hunt at EPCOT, Easter brunch, religious services, and special merchandise.

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7 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY IN WDW!

7 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY IN WDW!

A trip to Disney World is pretty expensive. Between room rates, ticket prices, dining, and merchandise the costs add up! Today, I am going to list a few ways you can save money on your next trip to WDW!

  1. Never book a rack rate room. Disney almost always has room discounts ranging from 10%-30% a night depending on the resort. Do your research and explore different resorts and I’m sure you’ll find something lesser in price than rack rate!
  2. Don’t bring or rent a car. Disney offers complimentary transportation to and from the airport to your resort, and back and forth from all theme parks. Bringing your own vehicle might be convenient, but you’ll pay nightly for parking at resorts, and daily for parking at theme parks. If you have to leave property, and Uber will still be much cheaper!
  3. Stock up on snacks and bottled water. Bottles of water are ridiculously expensive in the parks, as are the snacks. Bring your own from home, or use Postmates to get some delivered to your hotel. Pack them in your park bag daily!
  4. Look into getting an Annual Pass. Annual Passes are available to anyone, and there are different levels. Calculate how many days worth of tickets you’d be buying and the price, then compare to a pass. In some cases, it’s cheaper to get the AP – which comes with perks. You’ll get special discounts and rates on resort rooms, dining, and merchandise!
  5. Look into getting a Disney Visa. Chase bank offers Disney Visa debit cards for bank members and credit cards. Chase Visa cardmembers also get special perks including dining and merchandise discounts and also have special photo-ops with characters!
  6. Buy souvenirs ahead of time. This works really just for kids, because we all know that they want everything. Head to Target, Amazon, Walmart, etc. and purchase Disney brand merchandise. When your child is dying for a toy, pull out one of the pre-bought souvenirs and give it to them. It’ll be much cheaper, and make the whole family happy!
  7. Skip adding on Park-HopperI will preach this until I cannot preach it anymore. Especially if you are staying multiple days, the Park Hopper is not worth it! A vacation is supposed to be relaxing, and although it’s hard to do on a WDW vacation, park hopping is just too much in one day. Take your time in the parks one day at a time, head back to the resort mid-day for a nap or to lounge around the pool, head back to that same park. You’ll be much more well rested at the end of your vacation!

And there you have it – 7 ways to save money on your next vacation to WDW! Thanks for reading 🙂 Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you’re notified when we post next. See ya real soon!