I'm finally back home after a week long vacay in the sunny state of California, home of the world famous Disneyland Resort. Although it's hard not to have a good time in the "Happiest Place on Earth", I found myself enjoying our annual trip more than usual as I spent more time seeking wedding inspiration than I did enjoying the rides and tempting park food.
See, I was proposed to in Disneyland right next to Sleeping Beauty's castle at Snow White's wishing well. It was the perfect spot for our engagement as our first trip together had been there, and we both loved the magical romance that fills the air (or maybe it's the vanilla scent they pump into the street to keep you craving their food?). Regardless, it was a magical moment and the perfect spot to make such a commitment to each other. A small part of me regrets not tying anything Disney related into our wedding, even if it was just a small touch that only the two of us knew about, be it a charm on a garter or something sentimental to put in my bouquet. And it was on this trip back to Disneyland this year that got me thinking of all the wonderful ways a bride could do a Disney wedding, either all out or just small references here and there.
Disney has done an amazing job turning a family amusement park into a hotspot for destination weddings. From designer Disney wedding dresses inspired by the princesses to a horse drawn "pumpkin" carriage ride, Disney has thought of mostly everything, and I'm sure with your own signature touch it could be as personal and magical a wedding could ever be.
My favourite spot for a Disney wedding would have to be the Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World in Florida. After staying there a few years before I met my husband, I was absolutely in love with the whimsical architecture, the gorgeous sandy beach and the romantic Wedding Pavilion that was just a short jaunt over a wooden pier away. It was perfect and I was convinced I had found my future wedding destination, although I had yet to find a groom! Now, when that knight in shining armor did finally come around, we decided to host our wedding close to home as most guests were local. However, I'm thinking we'll have to go there to renew our vows when the time comes!
Whether you're envisioning your princess perfect day in front of the Castle, a gothic inspired fete by the Haunted Mansion, or even an Alice in Wonderland High Tea Party, Disney and the Disney parks are full of romantic inspiration no matter where you look!
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