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Monday, August 25, 2008

Disney Wedding with Historical Romance Author Deb Mullins!

Destination Weddings – Disneyland Part 1 (The Ceremony)

Susan asked me to guest on the blog since I was recently a bride—my second wedding anniversary is coming up on September 2! My husband and I had a cross-country romance. He is from California and I was living in New Jersey. Whenever I came out to California to see him, we would go to Disneyland. So naturally, once we decided to get married and hold the wedding in California, where else would it be?

Disney weddings are a great one-stop-shopping way to have a fabulous wedding in a wonderful setting while allowing Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding planners take care of everything for you.

That’s right—Disney has its own wedding planning department! They can take care of everything from food to music to photography to flowers—they even bake the cake. And boy, are some of these cakes memorable! You can take a look at some of their breathtaking creations at the Disney weddings site at http://www.disneyweddings.go.com/site/gate/index.jsp. Click on the park you want and the link for Fantasy Fare.

Disneyland has two “wedding gardens,” especially set up for weddings. There is one at the Grand Californian Hotel, which has a lovely rustic feel to it. There is also the Rose Court Garden at the Disneyland Hotel, a beautiful setting with a huge green lawn and a white gazebo and 800 rose bushes. (Kelly, our Disney wedding planner, told me if the roses are not in bloom on my wedding day, they will pull up those bushes and plant new ones!) I’ve included a picture of the Rose Court Garden, the site of my wedding. My mom snapped this picture when we were out visiting possible wedding venues.

You can also get married in the park. That’s right, you can arrange to have your ceremony inside Disneyland park after hours. There’s more information on that at the Disney Weddings website.

You can also include some extras in your package. Ever want to ride in Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage? Here’s your chance! Brides at both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida can opt to arrive at their ceremonies inside the famous coach. You can also elect to have royal trumpeters herald your arrival or have Mickey and Minnie Mouse attend the festivities. This is Disneyland—anything is possible!

Part of our service included a sand ceremony, and while we provided the materials, the Disney staff made sure everything was all ready for us.

This picture of our sand ceremony was taken by our wedding photographer, Alyn Stafford (www.alynstaffordphotography.com). Unfortunately someone had provided us a very small funnel, so the sand moved very slowly…and the guests all applauded when it was finally done! Other than that tiny glitch, everything went very smoothly. Then it was off to the reception—which was taking place steps away inside the Disneyland Hotel. I’ll talk about that next time!


Blogger Shirley Jump said...

That would be Just Too Cool. We had our honeymoon at Disney, but getting married there too -- I know it would be amazing. Disney always does everything well, and I can only imagine how awesome a wedding would be.

Thanks for sharing!!!


August 26, 2008 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

How cool Deb! I saw a wedding there when we were vacationing and it looked so romantic! Congrats on your upcoming anniversary and thanks for telling us about your special day. Can't wait to hear more!

Melissa M

August 26, 2008 at 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Tori Lennox said...

I would totally love a Disney wedding! What fun!!!

August 26, 2008 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I noticed they also do renewal ceremonies.......*G*
Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary!

August 26, 2008 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Cait London said...

Weddings. One daughter had 4 to the same guy for various reasons and to make everyone happy. Another daughter had 2, married different men, both major weddings. Another daughter eloped. We had our own Disneyland. :)

August 26, 2008 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Linda Goodnight said...

I had no idea Disney did weddings! Now that I think of it, it makes perfect sense though. I absolutely love this unique idea. The garden photo was gorgeous and oh, to ride in Cinderella's carriage...sigh.

Alas, I've never heard of a sand ceremony. Can someone clue me in?

August 27, 2008 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Debra Mullins said...

Linda, the sand ceremony is where the bride and groom each have a vial of sand in different colors. We each take turns pouring our sand into a decorative container with a top (you might be able to tell that ours was heart-shaped), and the officiant said that if we ever wanted to break up, we would each have to fish out each grain of our individual sand!

August 27, 2008 at 8:09 PM  

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