One of my guilty pleasures for a few years now has been checking out the Disney Wedding Blog. At first it was because my husband and I talked pretty seriously about having our own Disney wedding. And then even when we decided to keep the event local, I kept reading because I love weddings and everything associated with them. So what does this have to do with anything? Well, my husband and I celebrated our one-year anniversary yesterday, and I thought it might be nice to share the Disney elements we managed to incorporate into our day.
First up: our wedding invitation. Designed by Katie of Rocket Ink. She fit a little hidden Mickey in there. Can you see it? (We also added yellow Mickey confetti into our envelopes which my husband hand-punched himself… that got painful after awhile.)
Décor. For my bachelorette party/birthday, one of my closest friends (who I actually met while I worked at the Disney Store) gifted me these adorable bride and groom Vinylmations that she designed herself. Last minute we decided to allow them to attend the party, and they were later the front of our wedding thank you notes.
Our centerpieces were basically pretty bookish; we collected vintage-looking books, and used lace or twine to wrap them up. On top, for the numbers, we used photo frames that featured the engagement photos we took at the BoardWalk Resort. (The opposite side had a table number printed on a book page.)
Music. For our wedding ceremony, we hired a guitarist who learned how to play “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” for when my mom walked down the aisle, and later, after we said our “I dos”, he played “The Muppet Show” theme song for the processional. Although, we’re not sure if anyone even noticed he played it, but he did!
(This is one of the inspirations I sent to our real-life guitarist. I can’t figure out how to embed his mp3s.)
For the introductions, our wedding party walked in to Corbin Bleu singing “Celebrate You” which was part of one of the Magic Kingdom parades and the park campaigns. (It was fun when I heard it during our honeymoon.) I also love High School Musical so that sort of evened out the Metallica we chose for our first song.
This is one of my favorites. From the very beginning of planning, I knew I wanted to dance with my dad to the Carousel of Progress song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”. It was always his favorite attraction when we visited the parks in the early years, even if we were bored and the song would annoyingly get stuck in our heads. Somewhere along the line, it won me over and now it’s one of my favorites too. I picked the Rex Allen version of the song. And halfway through my sister and mom joined us for a group dance. This is by far one of my favorite wedding moments.
Favors. We were pretty focused on finding favors that were both US and functional. So we went the pencil route. We got to pick the sayings & they were sort of Disneyish. Happily Ever After, Adventure Awaits!, and It Feels Good to be King (James’ last name is King so The Lion King tune totally worked there.)
So even if we didn’t have our wedding at the BoardWalk or end the night with a dessert party and Illuminations, we still had a little piece of Disney on our big day. (And good beer too!)
Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me!
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