A Disney World wedding is something many young girls dream of, but as they become young women, meet their Prince Charming, and begin to plan the special day, they’re hit with a big surprise: Disney weddings are incredibly expensive! The good news is that you don’t have to give up the dream entirely. You may not get everything you want, but you can find a way to make your dream come true if you’re willing to make some compromises. Here are our best four tips to help you make the most of your wedding.
1. Have your wedding off Disney property
You may dream of having the Disney wedding team plan your wedding, and you may dream of wedding photos in front of Cinderella Castle, but these dreams can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. There are plenty of beautiful venues in the Disney area that can be just as magical at 1/100th of the price.
2. Rent a vacation home
One of the biggest difficulties of having a destination wedding is ensuring everyone you want to be there can afford to come. A simple way to do this is to rent an Orlando vacation home. These homes start at just $99 per night and come with up to eight bedrooms. This cost can easily be split among even those with the lowest budget – plus they’re incredible homes with private pools, full kitchens, tons of privacy, and more!
3. Have an un-official wedding reception at a Disney restaurant
If you’ve been planning a wedding for a while then you’re already familiar with the fact that anytime you put the word “wedding” in front of something the price immediately goes up. This is true if you tried to make a large reservation at a Disney World restaurant. Though you’d get some extras, the cost for a wedding reception dinner is much higher than if you simply booked a table for 20 – plus you wouldn’t get as many options. There’s no reason they need to know beforehand what you’re celebrating that night.
4. Buy discount tickets for the group
If you’re planning to celebrate in the parks, everyone will need theme park tickets – even if you’re only going to have dinner. The good news is that you can save by buying discount theme park tickets. You get all the benefits of buying advance tickets, but without the gate prices. Some couples buy them for their guests as their party favors, while others simply coordinate the purchasing of them as a group to ensure everyone gets the discount price.
Whether you get married in the parks or nearby, whether it’s your entire extended family or just a few close friends and family there to celebrate, a wedding anywhere near Disney World is sure to have an incredible amount of pixie dust.