There’s just something about the music, the look, and the lines that has brought the magic of Disney movies to life for children around the world since 1938. But children grow up, and when it’s time to get married, many of them still have a special place for Mickey Mouse in their lives. A Disney wedding doesn’t have to take place in a castle with a prince and singing animals. You can throw a wedding with your own prince or princess and make your own magic!
Not all Disney characters spend their days in a huge, romantic castle. Ariel explored the sea whenever she had a free moment and Snow White preferred a cottage with her friends as opposed to her step-mother’s castle. Your venue should be what you make of it, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to getting the themeing you want. Use natural settings to your advantage! An aquarium would be perfect for a Little Mermaid wedding, surrounded by the blue sea and underwater wildlife. What about a garden wedding for Snow White? She spends most of her movie surrounded by the woods and woodland creatures. Nature features heavily in Disney movies in a lot of ways, so use it to your advantage.
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Of course, you shouldn’t write off that classic castle look if it’s something you want. There are still plenty of real castles to bring your fairy tale to life. These can get pretty pricey so a true castle might not fit every bride’s budget. Fortunately, there are some good substitutes.
Historical buildings are amazing places to hold a wedding. They are perfect because even if it’s not a castle per se, they all have a vintage feel with a story to tell. Your decor will highlight what is already there to bring the Disney magic to your ceremony and reception.
Mansion rentals are also a great choice. Built by those with a lot of money to spend, there is a mansion in every style imaginable with all the bells and whistles.
Of course, if you’re going all out for your Disney dream wedding, there’s always Disney World or Disneyland itself. There are venues at each to host your wedding. These cost a pretty penny, or a few suitcases full of Aladdin’s gold, but no one can deny the magic that exudes from the land where dreams come true.
Disney-themed wedding attire can be anything from just the bride wearing a dress that makes her feel like a princess to every one in the wedding party dressed as Disney characters. One thing to note, if your groom wants to dress like a Disney prince, most of them didn’t get married in the traditional tuxedo. Cinderella and Ariel’s grooms wore suits complete with a sash, gloves, and epaulets. These may be a little harder to find, but it just depends on how all-out you want to go.
When it comes to saying yes to the dress, most brides know what fits them best, and Disney’s princesses are no different. Check out the actual wedding dress each Disney princess wore, and you’ll realize none are exactly alike. Ariel had puffy sleeves, Jasmine basically wore an elegant crop top, and Sleeping Beauty had a bow resting on her waist with a cascading skirt. All of the dresses in each film were beautiful and fit the personality of the princess. Yours should too, so find a good compromise between what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful and what throws back to your favorite Disney look.
If you’re looking for something that fits a classic princess motif, start your search with ballgowns. Sequins and sparkle bring even more life to any dress, but you can be a little more bold like Pocahontas or Mulan with tiny accents of color throughout your look. To top it all off, every princess needs her crown. A tiara is a perfect accent to any dress you choose.
It’s up to you how themed you want your decorations. You can go with different Disney flicks or stick with one movie for the entire look. The best thing is you can usually find amazing decorations at your local party store, the actual Disney store, or online. A lot of kids either dress as Disney characters on a daily basis or have a Disney-themed birthday party once in their life so decorations are everywhere. You don’t want your decor to look cheesy, of course, so you’ll probably want to pair more kitschy pieces with other, more elegant decor. For example, centerpieces can often be made with collectibles and inspirations from the films. Think about getting a tea set with Mrs. Potts and Chip and accenting them with crystal vases full of red roses.
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Placecards with Disney characters’ names are also fun to put at each table, or themed place settings. You can even go with Disney toppers for your cake or an entirely Disney look! Just make sure that if you’re planning a lot of decor themeing that you give yourself the extra time needed to pull it all together.
One thing you must have is a sign that says, “And They Lived Happily Ever After,” for your reception. Disney or not, your wedding is your happy ending!