I am debating my options for a Disney wedding/ wedding reception. My preference is to have a very small ceremony (not for cost reasons we’d just like it to be extremely private), but both our families we feel need to have something to come to and celebrate with us. So we are looking into a wishes wedding as well as thinking about doing a memories ceremony, but then renting out a place for a lunch reception then a dessert party that night (that way they feel like they are getting a lot out of their trip even though they are not coming to the ceremony).
Sorry for all the background!
My question is I have seen Narcoossee’s and Jiko’s as really the only places a lunch like that would be possible – probably 60-80 people max. How do able is this? Will Disney catered events be the ones I would work with for the reception? Are these the only places you know of? Any tips or other suggestions you can think of to pull off what I am thinking?
Thanks so much!!
No worries—background is helpful! There are lots of other places you can do a private lunch reception—it doesn’t have to be a restaurant. Depending on your final group size, you might want to look into the Attic, Ariel’s, Atlantic Dance Hall, California Grill, Citricos (OK, so those two are restaurants), and in-park spots like Living Seas Salon, American Adventure Parlor and Monsieur Paul. I have links to photos of all these spots and more on this page. If you do a Memories Collection event, you would indeed need to book your lunch and dessert party through Disney Catered Events. But since you have the guest numbers and the means for a Wishes reception, I would suggest booking one and just inviting fewer people to the ceremony, if that’s what you want. That way everything will be streamlined through one planner.
Hi! I am having a Memories wedding in September 2018, but will be having dinner that night with about 16 people total since they can’t all attend the small ceremony. Do you know if Narcoossees can accommodate this big of a group, at one table (or push a few tables together)? I want to have the dinner at a resort, but having trouble figuring out which ones can accommodate a party of this size. Any input on this location or any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
Hi Jenna! All Disney restaurants can accommodate large groups, but they do advise that you may not be seated together and recommend you book the first (5:30pm) or last (9pm) reservation for best results. And Narcoossee’s is one of the trickier places because the layout of the restaurant is so narrow. They might be able to push tables together on the top platform, but you’ll have an easier time of it someplace with a different layout. Ohana is very popular and accommodates large groups all the time. Even the other restaurants at the Grand Floridian would probably have an easier time of it with a big group. If you have my PassPorter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoons, there’s a chart in the Escape chapter that lists all the restaurants with private rooms and those that are popular for large-group reservations.
Is this venue available to use for Wishes Dinner Receptions Carrie?
Hi Robin! The restaurant locations are only available till 3pm because they need to open to regular guests for dinner. The only way to get one for dinner would be to buy out all the “covers” for the evening (paying an estimate of the money they would make if they were open to regular guests, usually in the tens of thousands of dollars).
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