Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings must operate events within guidelines based on corporate, state and local regulations. Below are the guidelines that have been released so far. This page will be updated whenever more information is available.
NOTE: Any policy may change at any time. Only your Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings sales consultant or event planner will be able to give you the most up-to-date details on COVID-19 restrictions for your date, and only as they obtain information from their corporate partners.
Below are some of the highlights of Disney’s current COVID-19 policies for weddings.
- Maximum guest count: 70 people, including the couple.
- Maximum guest count starting April 2021: 100 people, including the couple.
- Only 50% of max capacity allowed at each ceremony venue, up to the 50- or 70-person overall cap for weddings.
- Reception venue capacity decreases by an undisclosed factor for each additional hour of the event. Your sales consultant can tell you the capacity for your venue. Photographers and videographers do not count toward the maximum capacity.
- A complete list of guests and outside photo/video vendors (if applicable), including email addresses, must be provided 60 days out.
- Guests and outside vendors ages 18 and over will be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver sent via email. Those who do not sign may not attend.
- You must designate a friend or family member to participate in a briefing and communicate Disney’s health and safety measures to your other guests.
- Photography, videography and personal floral are the only services for which you may use outside vendors.
- Wedding parties are limited to 6 total attendants at the altar.
- You must provide ceremony and reception seating charts 45 days in advance; seating groups may be no larger than 10 guests.
- A household/travel party is considered to be any group that has been together for at least 14 days at the time of the event.
- Cinderella’s Glass Coach and the Landau Coach are the only specialty transportation available. Only a member of your party may help you into/out of the coaches.
- All other transportation available at 50% capacity. A mandatory transportation coordinator ($45/hour ) will assign seating based on travel groups and the seating chart for the reception.
- Disney cast members are not permitted to touch anyone—not to pin a boutonniere, grab a bouquet or arrange a train.
- In-park events require temperature checks with the same cool-off-and-retry policy being used for all park guests. Failing a second check triggers 24-hour quarantine (and prohibits attendance at the event).
- No in-person planning sessions, but you may pick up a cake-tasting kit if you are at Walt Disney World. Cake-tasting kits cannot be shipped.
- Seating will be assigned and socially distanced. Only members of the same household or travel party may sit together, up to 10 people per group. A household/travel party is any group that has been together for at least 14 days at the time of the event.
- Everyone seated must wear a mask.
- The officiant must wear a mask.
- Each member of the couple may have up to 3 bridal party attendants standing with them at the altar, and all 6 must wear masks.
- Bridal party members may remove masks during the processional. However, they must proceed down the aisle single file; pairs are not allowed.
- A family member escorting one of the bridal couple down the aisle is not required to wear a mask until they sit down.
- The bridal couple is not required to wear masks during the ceremony at indoor locations or outdoor theme park locations when the ceremony is held while the park is closed. Masks are required at outdoor locations visible to park and resort guests.
- The Bride and Groom vestibules at the Wedding Pavilion have a maximum capacity of 4 each.
- Cast members cannot accept your phone as an audio source for recorded music; only CDs and USB drives are permitted
- Certain musicians may be prohibited.
- DIYs like welcome signs, programs and favors are prohibited.
- Personal floral deliveries will be made at the ceremony site only; in-room delivery is no longer available.
- Staged exits (petal toss, bubbles, streamers, etc.) are prohibited.
- Unity ceremonies (unity candle, sand ceremony, etc.) are still allowed.
Reception & Dessert Party
- Masks must be worn unless you are seated to eat.
- Bridal couple may remove masks for first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance and cake cutting.
- Only members of the same household or travel party may sit together, up to 10 guests per table. For other groups, there is a maximum of two couples or three single guests per table. A household/travel party is any group that has been together for at least 14 days at the time of the event.
- Buffets will be positioned behind Plexiglass and servers will plate the requested food items.
- Plated meals are available but no food or beverages may be pre-set at tables; butler-passed food and beverages are also prohibited.
- Silverware will be rolled in napkins and picked up at the buffet.
- No condiments will be placed on the tables.
- The bar will be backstage and off-limits to guests; servers will circulate to take drink orders. Cash bars are prohibited.
- Ballrooms will be expanded to accommodate social distancing.
- Dance floors will be sectioned off; only members of the same household (i.e., seated at the same table) or travel party may dance together, up to 10 people total per group.
- Outside vendors are temporarily prohibited for floral, decor, entertainment and dance floors.
- You must provide a reception song list 7 days before the event; Disney may, at its discretion, prohibit songs that encourage close contact or singing.
- Bouquet and garter tossing is prohibited.
- Gift tables, guest books and favors are prohibited.
- You may still provide your own cake topper.
- Character appearances must take place at a distance. If your event is at a convention center location, click here for a sample diagram of the character-appearance setup. Arrangements may vary or be prohibited at other venues.
- No fireworks at dessert parties.
- Certain theme park venues may be unavailable due to use as mask-free relaxation zones.
- Masks must be worn by all guests and the couple at any outdoor location, excluding Picture Point at the Wedding Pavilion.
- Masks are not required for the bridal couple’s photos inside the Wedding Pavilion.
- Masks must be worn by other guests during photos inside the Wedding Pavilion, and groups who do not share a household must physically distance.
- Masks are required for traveling to and from photo locations inside the theme parks during pre-park-opening bridal portrait sessions, but they may be removed while photos are being taken.
- Disney Fine Art Photography will no longer take “getting ready” photos.