Disneyland Festival of Brides Recap

Here’s a look at last weekend’s Festival of Brides at the Disneyland Hotel. Unlike the recent bridal showcase at Walt Disney World, this one was not sponsored by Disney, so there were many different vendors set up in the exhibition hall—which made for some interesting contrasts! However, this is in line with the differences between Disneyland and Walt Disney World weddings. Disneyland has far fewer restrictions on using outside vendors and doesn’t offer as many in-house services as Disney World does.

Disney-specific wedding planning info was limited to a few brochures, but there were planners on hand to answer all your questions. To me, the festival’s biggest benefit for potential Disney brides was the chance to see table mockups and decor in person—including the entire Sleeping Beauty Pavilion, which was done up for a gorgeous tea party-themed reception.

[Warning: This is a LONG post!]

This sign and the creepy Alice in Wonderland backdrop were the first clues that this wasn't a Disney production...

Disney’s Table Set-ups


And then there was stuff like this…


…and this, which caused more than a few double takes and an equal amount of creeped-out shivers.


We were told we could only take 1 picture of this candy buffet, so of course we took 2!

This vendor was giving out free light-up rings!

Sleeping Beauty Pavilion

On the way out… free desserts!

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  • Hope
    April 7, 2011

    Excellent wrap up! What’s up with the candy buffet nazi restricting you to one picture? LOL

    • lurkyloo
      April 7, 2011

      I know, right? It reminded me of the bakeries in Japan that don’t allow photography…. Did you get a flashing ring from the other candy display? 🙂

      • Hope
        April 8, 2011

        No. 🙁 I had no idea they were giving out free things other than food. Honestly, we just whizzed through the room real quick and didn’t really note what every table had (sort of afraid that we’d catch a vendors eye and get roped into a convo about our date/location, etc.) We wanted to avoid the whole, “we’re not planning a wedding; we’re just here for fun” convo. lol

        • lurkyloo
          April 8, 2011

          Tee-hee! Patrick was worried about that too. When they tried to rope us in and hand us flyers, I told them we were going to come back at the end and run down the aisles collecting flyers from every table so we didn’t have to carry them around all day. 😉

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