Disney Wedding Podcast

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Synopsis

Plan your ideal Disney wedding, honeymoon or anniversary with insider tips, money-saving tricks, and creative ideas from the author of "Carrie Hayward's Fairytale Weddings Guide." This weekly show also features vendor spotlights and interviews with real Disney brides and grooms.

Episodes

  • #425 Jenny  Justins EPCOT Wedding

    #425 Jenny & Justin's EPCOT Wedding

    27/05/2020 Duration: 22min

    This week, Jenny Wilson shares the story of her wedding ceremony in EPCOT’s Italy Pavilion and reception at GM Conference Center, with dessert party at Terrace des Fleurs. She talks about how she chose to orient her ceremony in a unique area of the Italy Pavilion; offers her favorite menu items, desserts and cake flavors; and shares her idea for an easy, inexpensive welcome party. Jenny also offers tips for working with Disney Floral to ensure you get what you envisioned and explains why you might want to consider shortening your reception. Click here to see all the photos!

  • #424 Becca  Hunters Living Seas Salon Wedding

    #424 Becca & Hunter's Living Seas Salon Wedding

    20/05/2020 Duration: 25min

    Today, Becca White shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at Living Seas Salon, with a Fantasmic! dessert party that was moved to PizzeRizzo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Becca had a lifelong dream to be married in the Wedding Pavilion, and you’ll hear how she and Hunter made that dream come true—including the unique theme park food they added to their reception and how they chose the landau coach over Cinderella’s Glass Coach. You’ll also hear about their pre-ceremony bridal portrait session inside Magic Kingdom, along with later portrait sessions in Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios! Click here to see all the photos!

  • #423 Noelle  Jonathans Disney Cruise Wedding

    #423 Noelle & Jonathan's Disney Cruise Wedding

    13/05/2020 Duration: 17min

    This week, Noelle Miller shares the story of her wedding aboard the Disney Dream, with a ceremony in the Atrium and a celebration in D Lounge. You’ll hear how planning her sister’s wedding helped Noelle decide to get married on a cruise, how she was able to customize the basic package, and her top tips for anyone planning a Disney Cruise Line wedding—including bringing your own cosmetologist and photographer! Click here to see all the photos!

  • #422 Amanda  Chris EPCOT Wedding

    #422 Amanda & Chris' EPCOT Wedding

    06/05/2020 Duration: 20min

    Today, Amanda Kuhns shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at EPCOT’s Terrace des Fleurs. She discusses the unique opportunities and requirements of an outdoor, in-park wedding, including how they were able to time their cocktail hour to the Epcot Forever fireworks and have a DJ and characters by waiting until the park was cleared of day guests. Amanda also shares her favorite menu items and her top tips for anyone interested in having this uniquely Disney type of wedding. And you'll hear how she and Chris were among the first couples to do pre-park-opening bridal portraits inside Galaxy's Edge! Click here to see ALL the photos!

  • #421: How to DIY for Your Disney Wedding

    #421: How to DIY for Your Disney Wedding

    29/04/2020 Duration: 37min

    For those whose wedding plans have been postponed or who just need a while to save up for their wedding, this week’s episode is all about projects you can be DIYing while you wait. Event planner and Disney bride Lisa Hatch joins me to discuss what you’re allowed to DIY and where at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings in Walt Disney World. Lisa made or brought almost every element of the floral and decor for her Vintage BoardWalk-themed ceremony at Sea Breeze Point, pre-reception at the Whitehall Room & Patio, and reception at the Grand Floridian’s St. Augustine Ballroom on her own—including a carousel horse, a bicycle and multiple canopies to create seaside “shops”! On today’s episode, we cover which Disney venues allow you to DIY or use outside vendors and what specifically you can make or bring in yourself, including Disney’s guidelines for bringing items for them to set out.  Lisa also offers her best DIY advice gleaned from years of professional experience planning events. If you’re looking to save money but

  • #420 Caitlyn  Jacobs Animal Kingdom Wedding

    #420 Caitlyn & Jacob's Animal Kingdom Wedding

    22/04/2020 Duration: 21min

    Today, Caitlyn Putzer shares the story of her wedding ceremony at Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life and reception at Tiffins. You'll hear how she and Jacob originally planned to have the first wedding in front of Spaceship Earth but had to choose a new park icon due to construction, how they decorated the ceremony and reception venues, and some of the rules and restrictions of using these unique venues. You'll also hear Caitlyn's tips on adding one of the Tree of Life Awakenings special effects shows, which characters can appear at Tiffins, and her top tips for anyone interested in an Animal Kingdom wedding. Click here to see all the photos!

  • #419 Brian  Allens Paddlefish + Epcot Wedding

    #419 Brian & Allen's Paddlefish + Epcot Wedding

    15/04/2020 Duration: 27min

    This week, Brian Klose-Koehler shares the story of his wedding ceremony at Paddlefish in Disney Springs and reception at Italy Isola in Epcot. You’ll hear how he and Allen decided to combine a non-Disney ceremony with a Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings reception, what it was like working with two different planners, and their tips for saving money on both events. You’ll also hear advice on having an outdoor reception inside a theme park, how they surprised their guests with a Frozen Ever After ride mix-in, and what happened when their original reception venue became unavailable a month before their big day! Click here to see all the photos!

  • #418 Charlotte  Davids Grand Floridian Wedding

    #418 Charlotte & David's Grand Floridian Wedding

    08/04/2020 Duration: 34min

    Today, Charlotte Harvey-Butler shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at the Grand Floridian’s Whitehall Room & Patio. She talks about how she planned the event from the UK with no in-person planning session, and what she did to bring UK wedding traditions to the US. Charlotte also shares her favorite menu items, floral and decor tips, and the story of her choreographed first dance—including five different dance styles set to seven different Disney songs! Click here to see all the photos!

  • #417 Amy  Mikes Luau Pointe Elopement

    #417 Amy & Mike's Luau Pointe Elopement

    01/04/2020 Duration: 18min

    This week, Amy Shaw shares how she and Mike had the last Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding at Walt Disney World before the resorts closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll hear how they originally cancelled a hold on a local venue to plan an elopement at Luau Pointe for just the two of them, what happened when they found out the Disney parks were closing as they arrived in Orlando, and how they managed to have a magical wedding day despite it all—complete with an extra photo shoot at Animal Kingdom Lodge, a character brunch at Topolino's Terrace, and a wedding photo bomb by Pluto! Click here to see all the photos!

  • #416 Celia  Johns Elopement

    #416 Celia & John's Elopement

    25/03/2020 Duration: 14min

    On today’s show, Celia Kucera shares how she and her fiancé had to postpone their March 28 wedding at Walt Disney’s World’s Shades of Green resort due to the COVID-19 pandemic—and how they then decided to elope instead! You’ll hear how they got engaged, what their original wedding plans were, and how they were able to pull together an impromptu wedding in just three days. Celia also shares her plans for their eventual wedding celebration, which was rescheduled for December, and her best advice for anyone whose wedding has been or may be affected by the pandemic. See all the photos here!

  • #415 Walt Disney World Wedding Showcase Recap 2020

    #415 Walt Disney World Wedding Showcase Recap 2020

    18/03/2020 Duration: 35min

    This week, Disney bride Michelle Santillan  joins me for an in-depth look at Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings' March 13–14, 2020 Wedding Showcase at Walt Disney World. We cover all the  Showcase Exhibits, the "Happily Ever After" fireworks Welcome Dessert Party, the Self-Guided Venue Tour, the Planning a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding 101 session and the Menu Planning Experience. We also look at what was new and different this year, what was most valuable, what we wish we'd seen and whether a future bridal showcase would be worth the trip for couples planning weddings and vow renewals in Florida. Click here to see a bazillion photos of all the food, cake, floral, decor, venues and activities at the showcase!

  • #414 Kaitlyn  Christians EPCOT Wedding

    #414 Kaitlyn & Christian's EPCOT Wedding

    11/03/2020 Duration: 26min

    This week, Kaitlyn Divelbiss shares the story of her ceremony at Bonsai Promenade in the Japan Pavilion and reception at GM Lounge. She discusses how she and Christian chose these two venues, what the planning process was like, and her tips on decorating GM Lounge. She also offers great advice on the transportation required for in-park events and a unique tip to guarantee you have a memorable wedding day. Click here to see all the photos + a video!

  • #413 Shikha  Anupams Indian Disney Wedding

    #413 Shikha & Anupam's Indian Disney Wedding

    04/03/2020 Duration: 47min

    Today, Shikha Saxena and Anupam Kumar share the story of their ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at the Grand Floridian Ballroom. You’ll hear how they were able to combine traditional elements of an Indian wedding with Disney touches—including Anupam’s ride to the Wedding Pavilion on Rapunzel’s horse for the Baraat procession! They also discuss using outside vendors for food and decor at their “Whole New World”-themed reception. And they share how they hosted a Sangeet welcome party at Italy Isola and American Adventure Rotunda, complete with traditional dances performed by family, friends and the bride and groom. Click here to see all the photos!

  • #412 Tania  Arts Grand Californian Wedding

    #412 Tania & Art's Grand Californian Wedding

    26/02/2020 Duration: 24min

    This week, Tania Castellanos shares the story of her wedding at the Grand Californian at Disneyland, including a ceremony in Brisa Courtyard and a reception in the Wisteria Room. Tania talks about how her plans for a large in-park wedding changed when Sleeping Beauty Castle went under refurbishment at the same time that she and Art decided they wanted to have a second, Catholic ceremony. They ended up using the (now-discontinued) Escape Collection package for a small Disney wedding followed by a large fairy tale-themed wedding at home in Baja California, complete with a giant castle cake suspended from the ceiling! Tania and Art also flew to Florida for bridal portrait sessions in Epcot and Magic Kingdom in order to incorporate a Disney castle into their celebration. Click here to see all the photos! 

  • #411 Christen  Stephens UK Courtyard Wedding

    #411 Christen & Stephen's UK Courtyard Wedding

    19/02/2020 Duration: 26min

    Today’s guest is Christen Cunningham, who gave up a deposit on an at-home wedding venue to have a UK Courtyard wedding in Epcot after seeing the one on Season 1 of the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings TV show. In this episode we discuss some of the differences between what is presented on the show and what is actually available, including the swaps Christen made that ultimately lead to her dream ceremony in Epcot’s UK Courtyard and reception at Ariel’s. She also shares her top menu items and planning advice for anyone interested in a wedding or vow renewal at Walt Disney World. Click here to see all the photos!

  • #410 How to Start Planning Your Disney World Wedding

    #410 How to Start Planning Your Disney World Wedding

    12/02/2020 Duration: 30min

    It's not déjà vu! Because Disney radically changed the way they price Walt Disney World weddings just days after the release of this year’s “How to Start Planning Your Disney World Wedding ” episode, this week, Disney bride Carissa Redden and I have recorded an all-new episode incorporating the new pricing structure. Whether you’ve been planning your Disney wedding in your head for years or you just discovered that Disney does weddings, today’s show has the steps and tips that will set you on the path to your dream Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding or vow renewal. Today we will help you with the first four crucial steps: Understand how Disney prices weddings now, pick a date, estimate the number of guests, and prepare for your first call to Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. Click here to see all of Carissa's photos! And click these links to hear the other episodes mentioned on today's show: Complete Details on the New Pricing for Disney Weddings How to Have a Small Wedding for the Minimum Expenditure How To Have A Lar

  • #409 BrieAnn  Ians Epcot Canada Wedding

    #409 BrieAnn & Ian's Epcot Canada Wedding

    05/02/2020 Duration: 26min

    Today, BrieAnn West shares the story of her ceremony at Epcot’s Canada Terrace, pre-reception at Abracadabar and reception at The Attic, with a dessert party at UK Lochside in Epcot. You’ll hear how she incorporated non-traditional choices into their French vintage-themed wedding, including parasols instead of bridesmaids bouquets and a magician instead of a DJ. BrieAnn also shares details of her paleo autoimmune protocol-friendly brunch menu and the distinctly themed margaritas she added to each of her events—including one that changed colors!   Click here to see all the photos!

  • #408 How to Have a Small Disney Wedding for the Minimum Expenditure

    #408 How to Have a Small Disney Wedding for the Minimum Expenditure

    29/01/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    With the recent elimination of Disney’s Memories package for elopements and vow renewals, you may be wondering if it is possible to have a small wedding at Walt Disney World for the lowest of the new Event Minimum Expenditures. Today, Memories bride Mariela Betancourt joins me to show you exactly how to pull off a small wedding or vow renewal at the lowest possible price, including tips for customizing and enhancing your event while staying within the minimum. Mari shares what she learned during her own planning, what she’d do differently now, and whether she thinks a Disney wedding under the new pricing structure is still worth it. Click here for resources and to see Mari's photos!

  • #407 Shelby  Daniels Oak Manor Lawn Wedding

    #407 Shelby & Daniel's Oak Manor Lawn Wedding

    22/01/2020 Duration: 25min

    Today, Shelby Baird shares the story of her ceremony at Port Orleans Riverside's Oak Manor Lawn and reception at the Grand Floridian's St. Augustine Ballroom. You'll hear how she and Daniel chose this unique ceremony venue and get answers to frequently asked questions about using it. Shelby also shares her top planning tips, best menu items and favorite cake flavors. And you'll learn how she worked with Disney on her elaborate floral and decor.  Click here to see all the photos!

  • #406 Classic Episode: How to Save a Bundle on Your Bar

    #406 Classic Episode: How to Save a Bundle on Your Bar

    15/01/2020 Duration: 33min

    The Disney Wedding Podcast will return with a new episode next week! In the meantime, please enjoy this classic episode full of timeless tips. Wading through Disney’s beverage options and bar packages can be overwhelming and confusing. And if price is a factor, it can be especially difficult trying to estimate how much your guests will drink. On today’s show, I’m joined by Beth Landry, who shares her experience coordinating bars for six private events. Together we break down the three different ways to pay for the bar, compare package vs. bill-on-consumption bars, explain how to BYOB, and offer lots of tips for saving big on beverages.

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