Happily ever afters can happen anywhere, from backyard weddings to city hall nuptials. But it doesn't get much more magical—in the most literal sense—than a happily ever after at a Disney theme park. Having a Disney wedding can be a fairy tale for couples who have been watching Disney's Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and other classic movies on repeat since childhood. But they don't need to wish upon a star to say "I do" at Disney. Disney weddings happen every day at the company's famous resorts and, with the help of Disney's expert wedding planners—and, of course, a little pixie dust—celebrating your nuptials with Mickey and Minnie can be a reality.
Brides spoke with Korri McFann, worldwide director of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, to find out everything you need to know about having a Disney wedding. The takeaway? Disney weddings can be way cooler than you may think.
Meet the Expert
Korri McFann is the worldwide director of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, which works to create the wedding and honeymoon of every bride's dream at Disney.
How Much Does a Disney Wedding Cost?
According to McFann, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings packages start at $3,500 for an intimate celebration with up to four guests. You can also host bigger celebrations and choose extra-special details a la carte, with custom experiences beginning at $12,000.
Disney Wedding Perks
Disney wedding packages come with a slew of perks. From helpful services like a Disney wedding planner to nice-to-haves like the option to invite Mickey and Minnie, these are the advantages of a Disney wedding.
1. Get Access to Full-Service Offerings
You know the venue—Disney, of course!—but what about all those other little details? Well, there's no need to search for a florist and caterer for your Disney wedding. "We like to call ourselves a one-stop-shop!" says McFaan. "We offer a variety of wedding services like floral, food and beverage, entertainment, transportation, and more. We also have on-site world-class chefs who dish up signature culinary creations, or they can incorporate a couple’s favorite dish or family recipe into the menu." (We vote for those Mickey Mouse–shaped waffles!)
2. It's Perfect for a Wedding Weekend
Give your guests a mini Disney vacation by throwing a wedding weekend with all the works and tons of fun activities. "Today’s couples are looking to make every moment count on their destination wedding, from the moment the wedding guests arrive to the moment they leave," McFann explains. There are plenty of locations for rehearsal dinners throughout the theme parks and resort hotels. "Epcot is a popular choice with 11 unique international pavilions to choose from and where guests can enjoy the nightly laser, light, and fireworks display that lights up the sky," notes McFann. "We are also seeing more couples choosing brunch as an option for rehearsal dinners. Couples dine early and then spend the day playing in the Disney parks, relaxing at their Disney Resort as a group by the pool, or shopping the day away at Disney Springs."
3. You Can Say "I Do" in as Little as Three Weeks
As McFann tells us, a Disney wedding can be pulled off in as little as three weeks depending on availability. "We can begin the planning process anywhere between 16 months and three weeks ahead of a couple’s anticipated wedding date," she says.
To get your preferred date, reach out about a year in advance. But don't rule anything out. It's Disney—magic can happen!
4. You'll Be Paired With a Disney Wedding Planner
Think of them as your personal fairy godmother! "When a couple first reaches out to begin planning their Disney wedding, they are paired with a Disney wedding consultant who will help them identify some of the high-level details like their wedding date, wedding venue, and estimated budget," explains McFann. "After some of those details have been confirmed, they will be paired with their Disney wedding planner who will take their wedding vision and work with floral, food and beverage, entertainment, and other Disney wedding experts to make their fairy tale come true."
While this makes it possible to plan the wedding from the other side of the world, going in person is an experience in and of itself. You'll meet your wedding planner at the property's Franck's Bridal Studio—a re-creation of Franck’s studio from Father of the Bride—where you'll view cakes, linens, themes, florals, table settings, and inspiration boards, all while classical music plays quietly in the background.
5. Choose From 11 Unique International Backdrops
At Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot, you can say "I do" in front of 11 unique international backdrops. "From the Eiffel Tower in France to Doge’s Palace in Venice to the Koutoubia Minaret prayer tower in Marrakesh," lists McFann. "We recently introduced a lovely outdoor resort setting called Oak Manor Lawn, an intimate location at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside."
6. You Can Have a Disney Wedding Without Mouse Ears
You can host a wedding at Disney without necessarily having a Disney wedding. "Many of our couples choose Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings because of the variety of venues we offer," explains McFann. "Not just because they have an affinity for Disney." Meaning, you can throw an event that's decidedly more grown-up and formal, with very minimal Disney detail.
7. Or Incorporate Disney-Themed Details Throughout
You can choose countless Disney-themed details a la carte to make your nuptials even more magical, from castle wedding cakes (the tallest of which was a 10-foot tall confection!) to mouse ear favors. Couples can even say “I do” in front of Cinderella's Castle. "A dazzling fireworks display at Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite elements," adds McFann. "I also love when the bride arrives to her nuptials via Cinderella’s coach."
8. You Can Add Mickey and Minnie to Your Guest List
Make some room on that guest list, because you can have a number of Disney characters attend your nuptials, from Daisy Duck to Goofy. But the guest list additions don't stop there. Your reception can also include performances from Chinese acrobats, English butlers, musicians, magicians, Streetmosphere actors, and more.
9. Personalize Your Big Day With Cultural Traditions
McFann means it when she says the sky's the limit when it comes to personalizing your big day. Disney weddings can even include special cultural traditions. "We host couples from around the world and they love to infuse their heritage, such as with a Chinese tea ceremony or traditional Indian or Jewish weddings."
10. Enjoy Endless Photo Ops
According to McFann, a Disney wedding must-have is a Disney bridal portrait session, where the newlyweds snap photos in iconic locations throughout Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, in Cinderella's coach, at the fireworks show, and even with Mickey and Minnie! Proof that dreams really do come true.