When you are classified a “Disney person”, people don’t forget that.
Case in point: many, many friends sent me the link for this Disney wedding that went viral a few weeks ago.
Okay, here’s the thing: I respect the choices a bride and groom make when they are planning their wedding. It’s a huge undertaking. HUGE. And I love that they made their wedding about the two of them because there are so many that are cookie cutter events when it comes to matrimony (yawn), but if I were the one to propose this exact idea, I can only imagine what our parents and our friends would have had to say.
I can deduce that:
- The families and friends involved in this wedding must love them very much.
- The couple was very sure they would love these pictures many, many years down the line.
- Everyone must really like Disney a whole lot. Like, more than me. More than Mickey Mouse?
I’m not so sure I could have climbed aboard this wedding train if a friend asked me to wear a Disney costume as a bridesmaid. Honestly, that’s something we did in high school when we were majorettes in the marching band and all the girls dressed like a different princess. (Although someone was Mary Poppins, which was pretty awesome.) But it was Halloween… not a day like your wedding day.
It made me think about all the early trips to Disney World when I would be dating such and such a guy and dreaming up my own wedding. (All girls do this, right?) After I jokingly thought getting married on a boat riding through “It’s a Small World” would be a cute idea, I kept going back to one in particular idea that semi-reminds me of what Jamie (the Ariel bride from above) executed.
This brilliant brainstorm was all centered around bridesmaids who wore dresses inspired by various Disney princesses. Like so:
I’d love to find a light yellow fabric for Belle/Snow White-inspired look! (These dresseas are from JCrew’s bridesmaid line.)
And because I’d rather look like myself than a Disney princess, I am loving this JCrew wedding dress (tea length would be perfect for a Florida wedding, don’t you think?):
The rosebuds totally remind me of something Belle would approve of.
While these ideas came to me when I was oh-so young and innocent, things changed when I met my future husband and I was getting married for real. One of my best friends told me not to say that I “grew out” of this idea when I wrote this post. And she’s right. I didn’t. Just when I was imagining my wedding day on those warm August afternoons in Florida staring at the Friendship boats, my ideas didn’t factor in the man I would eventually call my husband.
Sure, Disney was a part of our lives that we shared together but there was also so much more — and all of that took precedence in all the planning. (You can check out the wedding details I blogged about last year.)
I’m never ashamed of my love for Disney but I do try to integrate it into my life in a classy and organic kind of way, whether it’s home decor or clothing or even working on this blog.
I certainly can’t knock someone for their wedding choices. They must have some reason for going through with them, right? Yet even after seeing the attention to detail in Jamie’s wedding, I still prefer a subtle nod to Disney love than a cartoon-y celebration where you lose sight of who you are.
I’ll be very curious to know how this couple feels about their wedding 10 years down the line.