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10 Responses
  • Michelle Malatia
    January 8, 2015

    I love reading your posts especially about your wedding and I myself am trying to pull off a Disney World Wedding in Dec/Jan of 2015/16. My question is: at your reception you used a playlist on an I Pod, correct? How did you manage the MC-ing duties, I would have a very small bridal party and how do people know when its time to cut the cake, time to eat, etc? I dont really want to pay the huge costs associated with a Disney DJ but am worried. We are hoping to pull this off for 10-12k. Any pointers? Thanks!!

    • Carrie
      January 8, 2015

      Hi Michelle! We wanted to have more of a casual brunch and didn’t care about announcements. We all traveled to the reception venue together (cuz I didn’t want to make my guests wait around for us to take photos – the boringest part of any wedding!) and just arrived together with no announcements. We had Patrick’s cousin cue the iPod based on playlists I’d made and a timed cheat sheet, so that guided the activities. The catering staff let us know when the buffet was open. The only slight hitch was our planner had disappeared by the time the cake cutting rolled around, so I just let the catering staff know that’s what we wanted to do.

  • Lauren
    March 13, 2016

    HI!

    Love all your posts about your wedding planning ect. We are planning on getting married in Hawaii next year with friends and family so your posts really helped. I was wondering if you know if we can go to Franck’s studio in WDW any time or is an appointments only? we plan on booking some time in september this year, we have to wait till a year out to book anything for the wedding , im going to be in wdw this october so im just wondering if you know if a planning session for alunai can happen there in Franck’s or if it will just happen over the phone. if you happen to know anything , website doesn’t really tell you anything.
    thanks!

    • Carrie
      March 13, 2016

      Hi Lauren! Franck’s is usually open between about 9am and 5pm on weekdays, but I gotta warn you, they will have very little info about Aulani weddings there, and no bouquets, cakes or other options for Aulani. The Aulani planners are all on-site at Aulani, so you’d need to have your planning session with them over the phone. It’s a drag, I know!

  • Lauren
    March 13, 2016

    thanks for the heads up! we won’t made that treck then! my only other question , when you did you vows their, do you remember if you have a choice of venders to chose from that disney works with or just who they provide ? like the photography , music ect

    thanks so much for you info!!!

    • Carrie
      March 14, 2016

      Yes, for most things they give you a choice of vendors. For example, I couldn’t get an affordable quote from either of their 2 recommended floral endors, so they dug up a third option for me. At the time, they only had one vendor choice for photography and officiant, but that may have changed.

  • Lowri Morgan
    November 25, 2017

    Your posts have been super helpful with planning my Disney wedding! Thanks so much. I’m hoping to get married October 2019 at Disney World. My question is: In terms of the wedding packages could you select the wishes package but only have 7 guests? I like all the extras that the wishes has, otherwise I’d have gone with the memories package. As were only having 7 guests were not that fussed about hiring a reception exclusively, we don’t mind being kinda mixed in with other guests at a restaurant. Do you know if this is an option? We’d quite like the be our guests restaurant.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Carrie
      November 27, 2017

      You can do Wishes with fewer than 20 as long as you pay for 20, but they don’t advertise that fact and if you mention your guest count to the first person who answers DFTW’s phone line, they will tell you it can’t be done. However, Wishes does require you to have a private catered reception, and the minimum expenditure is about $12,000 before tax and service charge. So if you’re OK with eating at a restaurant with other guests, it’s MUCH cheaper to do an Escape and then make a regular reservation at Be Our Guest (note that you may not be allowed into the park in your wedding attire; it depends on the whims of the cast members at the gate).

    • Carrie
      November 27, 2017

      This episode of the Disney Wedding Podcast talks about the basics of doing a Wishes event. This one covers Escape. And this one covers Memories.

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