This enchanting guest post comes to us from Emma, a freelance writer and Disney enthusiast based in the UK! Enjoy:
Walt Disney was always adamant that he made entertainment for adults and children alike, which is probably why so many adults are choosing to sprinkle a little (or a lot of) Disney magic into their special day. If you’ve found your Prince Charming, then consider some of these supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ways to incorporate Disney into your fairytale wedding.
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A little bit of pixie dust
This section is for those of you who want to include smaller Disney touches into your big day, almost like hidden Mickeys, which fellow fans will feel triumphant when they spot. If Disney isn’t your overall theme, then try matching your style to a particular film (i.e. a beach theme to The Little Mermaid), so that the two blend well together.
- Print your invitations on Disney-themed stationary: Many independent stationery stores will have a selection of Disney wedding invitations and save the date cards to send out to your guests. Just pick your favorite film and get Googling!
- Invite your favorite Disney character to your wedding: That’s right, you can invite your favorite Disney character to your wedding. Unfortunately, they have very busy schedules and it’s likely that they won’t be able to attend, but when they RSVP, they might just send you an autographed photo and a Disney “just married” button, which will make a nice addition to your guest book or memory box.
- Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage (or a Cinderella Pumpkin coach): It’s a ride fit for royalty.
- Or turn up in Lightning McQueen: If you’re more into fast cars, then you might want to opt for a Pixar-worthy entrance.
- Insert a favorite Disney quote into your vows: The Disney back catalogue is filled with quotes that will fit perfectly into your wedding vows, from Frozen’s “Some people are worth melting for” to Winnie the Pooh’s “Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day”. Looking for more inspo? Check out Babble’s list of romantic Disney quotes.
- Get your officiate in on the act: Just after your first kiss as a married couple, have your officiate use the words “And they lived happily ever after”.
- Have a Beauty and the Beast rose as a centerpiece: This iconic symbol, which features one singular red rose under a bell(e) jar, will let everyone know that you found your true love before the last petal could fall.
- Use Tangled-inspired lantern lighting: If you’re having an outdoor wedding/reception, then you can use hanging paper lanterns to light the area to recreate the ‘I Can See The Light’ scene.
- Have a Disney-inspired table plan: There are several different ways to organize your table plan with a Disney theme from characters to films to famous Disney couples to theme park lands. You could even have place cards made to look like movie tickets or fast passes.
- Use vintage tea sets to recreate the Mad Hatter’s tea party: This will be especially fitting for anyone looking to blend a Disney theme with a rustic/English theme, but maybe leave the dormouse outside?
- Place gold candelabras on the table: Unlike Lumière, they won’t come to life and sing the menu, a’ la ‘Be Our Guest’, but they’ll still evoke memories in fans.
Food and Drink
- Choose a Disney-inspired cake: If you want to really showcase your love of all things Disney, then why not choose a beautiful, bespoke cake inspired by your favorite Disney film? No matter what you want, you’ll be able to find a baker who can create a perfect wedding cake for you. Just check out these cakes inspired by Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella for wedding inspo and some major cake cravings.
- Or a Disney cake topper: Alternatively, if you want to save money on your cake and get something that you can treasure forever, why not go for a wedding cake topper in the form of your favorite Disney couple or a ‘Happily Ever After’ quote.
- Serve punch in a Black Cauldron: This one will go over some people’s heads, but the Black Cauldron can still earn a place at your wedding. Just make the punch green and be sure not to summon the Cauldron Born.
- Use ‘Eat Me’ toothpicks and ‘Drink Me’ labels for your buffet: There’s no guarantee that won’t shrink down to the size of a mouse or grow to the size of a house with this food, but your guests will just have to take their chances.
- Place a sign by the plate stacks that reads ‘Who knew we owned 8,000 salad plates?’: Any Frozen fan worth their salt will be humming ‘For the First Time in Forever’ as they collect their food from the buffet.
- Wear a Disney princess dress: If you’re having your dress custom-made, ask your designer to base it off of the ballgown-style wedding dress favored by most Disney princesses.
- Style your hair like a princess: Nothing says Disney quite like a Rapunzel-style braid, Sleeping Beauty waves, or a Tiana updo. You could even use a tiara.
- Rock a ring inspired by your favorite princess: Disney’s Enchanted jewelry collection has wedding rings (alongside earrings, necklaces, and bracelets) that are inspired by your favorite princess. They even have a quiz to find out which princess you are most like.
- Wear a pair of glass slippers: Jimmy Choo designed some for the release of the live-action Cinderella (with a royal price tag), but you may be able to find similar versions online or in your local bridal stores for less. Just don’t leave one behind when the clock strikes midnight.
- Or Disney-inspired suit accessories: For a subtle nod to House of Mouse, why not choose cufflinks, ties, or even socks with your favorite Disney character on them?
- Write your partner’s name on your shoe: Just like Woody and Buzz in Toy Story, you can feature your partner’s name on the bottom of your shoe and the only people that will know are the two of you.
- Have a fancy dress wedding: State on the invites that you want everyone to come as their favorite Disney character, but be sure to let them know which characters the happy couple are using, to avoid another couple turning up in the same outfits.
- Play a Disney inspired wedding playlist: Whether you get a DJ, a band, or you’re using your iPod, make sure to add a healthy dose of well-known Disney tunes into the mix. If you’re looking for First Dance inspiration, then check out this list of romantic songs from Oh My Disney.
- Feature a Disney photo booth: Okay, so Mickey and Minnie might not have been able to make it, but having your friends dress up like them will help dull the pain.
- Have a Paradise Falls Jug to collect honeymoon donations: If like Carl and Ellie, you prefer adventure to material possessions, why not create a Paradise Falls jug, to collect money for your honeymoon? Perhaps even to a Disney park that you haven’t been to yet?
- Have a fingerprint ‘Up’ House: A Disney twist on the familiar fingerprint trees. The idea is that you have a piece of paper with the ‘Up’ house printed on it, and then your guest use their fingerprints to place balloons on the house.
- Use a ‘Be Out Guest’ guestbook: It’s a small touch, but one that you can be sure everyone will see. Bonus points, if your guests can make some Disney references in their notes.
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- Cookies in the shape of Mickey’s head: These fun sweet treats will be instantly recognizable, absolutely delicious, and easy to order in huge batches for relatively little cost.
- Candy from the Disney Parks: If you (or a really helpful guest) lives close enough to the theme parks, then why not pick up some Disney candy? If you don’t want to buy a park ticket, just to pick up these favors, pick them up from Downtown Disney or Disney Springs.
- Little jars of honey to pay homage to Winnie the Pooh: Make sure to put the Pooh quote “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside” on the honey tag or the favor sign to let your guest know how much you love them.
Going Above and Beyond
Disney mega fans, however, may be interested to know that you can actually get married through the Disney Weddings program!
These weddings can substantially increase the Disney magic at your wedding, by allowing you to get married inside one of the theme parks, have Disney characters attend your reception, and other, more subtle, touches, like a white-chocolate Sleeping Beauty Castle cake topper or a Cinderella coach charm on your bouquet.
Now, I’m throwing the mic to you, dear reader. Have you added Disney touches to your wedding? How did it go? Are there any that I missed? Have you gotten married through the Disney Weddings program? Was it as magical as I imagine? Let me know all that and more in the comments below.
Emma is a British freelance writer specializing in travel, and entertainment. Barack Obama (yes, that one) follows her on Twitter and she’s never been sure why. She takes her coffee seriously and wears odd socks because life’s too short.