Hi Carrie! First, your venue photo gallery and entire blog are so incredibly helpful! My fiancé and I are planning a wishes wedding and are considering holding our reception at Italy Isola so that we can see fireworks without adding a fireworks dessert party. We’d like for a couple of our family members to be able to give speeches/toasts, but understand that amplification isn’t allowed in this location during park hours, and wondered if speeches can be heard with a group of 40-60 guests, with the ambient noise from park music and guests. Would you happen to know, or know of any couples who’ve attempted this? Thank you!! -Andrea Reply
First, your venue photo gallery and entire blog are so incredibly helpful! My fiancé and I are planning a wishes wedding and are considering holding our reception at Italy Isola so that we can see fireworks without adding a fireworks dessert party. We’d like for a couple of our family members to be able to give speeches/toasts, but understand that amplification isn’t allowed in this location during park hours, and wondered if speeches can be heard with a group of 40-60 guests, with the ambient noise from park music and guests. Would you happen to know, or know of any couples who’ve attempted this?
Thank you!! -Andrea
Yes! Lots of couples do this for their receptions, and I’ve never heard of anyone running into problems with speeches being inaudible. I’ll bet they’d even set you up with a mic and speaker at a lower volume. The no-amplification rule is more about not blasting dance music while the park is still open to day guests.
We actually had the exact situation happen to us at our Italy Isola reception. I thought that they’d give us a mic for speeches (understanding that we wouldn’t be able to project music, etc), especially as we had the whole Isola to ourselves. But we didn’t end up being able to use a mic at all, which made some our speeches hard to hear for tables in the back. I assumed we would have just been able to take our mics from the ceremony (also at Italy), but when I asked my planner on the day, she said no. So we had to kinda half-shout the speeches, unfortunately. So def ask your planner in advance!
I received information from WDW weddings and I do not see many of these venues mentioned. Has it changed since posting this?
No, Disney has never been forthcoming about all the possible venues. It’s the whole reason I created this page! Pricing for all of them can be found in Chapters 2 and 3 of the Fairytale Weddings Guide.
Does your book include information about Disneyland Resort Weddings?
No, at this time it’s just Walt Disney World weddings and vow renewals. Thanks for your interest!
What venues at Epcot can be used for a morning wedding and a small, quick sit down breakfast?
Hi Christine! Any sit-down meal at Disney is going to last at least 2 hours. And because the seating and buffet have to be set up during the ceremony, Disney will require you to use a separate venue for the ceremony. Some popular combinations would be Italy Courtyard for the ceremony and Italy Isola for the reception, or Japan/Morocco for the ceremony and Terrace des Fleurs for the reception. Basically, you can use any World Showcase venue for the ceremony, and then you can move to any indoor Epcot location OR any of the fireworks-viewing terraces around the lagoon for the reception. But you wouldn’t be able to have a reception in the main pavilion areas (Germany, Italy Courtyard, Morocco, etc.) following a morning wedding.
Do you think they would allow a sit down breakfast at one of the dessert viewing areas during park hours? Like hypothetically following a 9am Epcot ceremony? No music or dancing just brunch?
Yes, they do this all the time! You can find the breakfast/brunch food and beverage minimums listed in each of these venues’ descriptions in Chapter 3 of Carrie Hayward’s Fairytale Weddings Guide. And you can see real couples who have done this in Disney Wedding Podcast episodes like this one, this one and this one!
Hello Carrie! I just listened to your podcast for the first time! Absolutely loved it. My question is, if I plan on having my ceremony at oak manor then would I have to pay an additional fee for another venue for my reception?? I know that we would have to meet the food and beverage minimum like you stated but what about the additional venue?
It depends on the venue. Ballrooms don’t have venue fees, but most in-park and special venues do. If you have my Fairytale Weddings Guide, it lists the food and beverage minimums and venue fees (if applicable) for every reception venue in Chapter 3.
I downloaded your Fairytale Wedding guide and it has been very helpful to answer my questions! I do have a couple maybe you can answer? I am interested in having a Wishes reception with about 50-70 people. I was interested in American Rotunda but do you have to have a minimum of 85? If so, are there any other Epcot venues that would allow speeches/dancing/more traditional reception for that specific group size?
Hi Sam! First, I want to make sure you have the most recent version of my guide, since you mentioned Wishes, which has been discontinued. Your copy should have “v2” in the PDF name. If you don’t, you can download the latest one for free following these instructions. Epcot is firm on the 85-guest minimum for American Adventure Rotunda because it is not worth it to them to close the pavilion for a smaller group. Great Hall of China and Norway Loft are good alternatives in World Showcase. Otherwise, any of the indoor locations in Future World would work: Living Seas Salon, GM Conference Center and Spaceship Earth Lounge. If you started late enough, you could use the DVC Lounge in the Imagination Pavilion. You could also ask about the Odyssey and of course World Showplace, but they have less character and charm.
Do you have any pictures of cinderella’s castle after hours?
So far I haven’t been able to find anyone who’s actually had one of these! Even Disney doesn’t have photos of one. You could watch the Magic Kingdom weddings on the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings TV show, but be aware that most of what you see is not actually available at real weddings.
Hi how do I order the book and not the ebook please
Hi! This is the link to purchase the hard copy of the guide. Just know that it does *not* come with free updates like the eBook version. I update the guide multiple times per year, because Disney changes things so often. That’s why I usually recommend you get the eBook instead!
Do you have an overall price range of what these venues are before I look too deep into these options?
Yes, you can find the Event Minimum associated with each of these locations and every day/time in Chapter 2 of Carrie Hayward’s Fairytale Weddings Guide! Disney has generic price ranges on their website.
In the guide they have Sago Cay Lawn as a reception venue for up to 250 guests but I don’t see it online. Is that still an option? How flat is the lawn?
I included Sago Cay Lawn even though it is not commonly used, just so you would know all your options. There are many such sites that Disney doesn’t list on its website and you have to ask about. Mostly it is used by the couple and their photographers for fireworks photos (for free) rather than being rented for events.
Hi Carrie, do you know if the United Kingdom terrace is a dessert party location? If so what’s the maximum number of guests allowed there and is there still a good view of the fireworks? I’ve seen in your guide about the lochside and pub side but didn’t know there was as terrace too!
Hi Emily! Disney has stopped offering UK Terrace in recent years, so I took it out of my guide. It’s always worth asking your planner to see if you can get permission from the park to use it. I never thought it was the greatest location because there are permanent umbrellas on all the tables that make it hard to get good photos of you in front of the fireworks. It’s good to watch from because you can stand in front of the umbrella tables, though. When it was available, it had the same venue fee and food and beverage minimum as UK Lochside.
Excellent guide! Downloaded your ebook and have pursuing it all day. I think I know the answer but I want to make sure. If I were to have the ceremony/reception at a Disney Neighbor hotel (Dolphin/Swan) can I still do the bridal attire (wedding gown) Portrait Photos in Magic Kingdom?
So glad you’re enjoying the guide! Right now the policy is that you must have a Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings ceremony or reception to qualify for a bridal-attire portrait session inside Magic Kingdom. But all this could change when they start doing portrait sessions again.
Hi Carrie, I just wanted to say how incredible your guide is and how much it has helped me with all the questions I have had! Me and my future husband love Seabreeze Point but are concerned about being rained out. How flexible is DFW when it comes to choosing a back up location and what would be your top recommendations for back up locations?
Hi Hannah! I’m so glad you’ve found the guide helpful! Weather backup locations are assigned based on availability, but you can always put in a request. Usually for Sea Breeze Point they use Harbor Club Breezeway. They make the rain call several hours before your event so there’s time to set up everything at the backup location. If your event is during Hurricane Season, it usually only rains in the middle of the day, so a morning ceremony reduces the chances of a rain-out.
Oh, and my top rain backup recommendation for Sea Breeze Point is The Attic, if you can get it!
Hi Carrie, that’s so helpful – thank you! We are actually hoping to have our reception at The Attic. Do you know if it’s possible to have this as your reception location and your backup ceremony location?
Ah, so in that case Disney would probably say no. They won’t let you use the same space for a ceremony and a reception because they are still setting up the reception during the ceremony. But it never hurts to ask!
Hi Carrie! Which other desert party locations would you recommend in Epcot other than the UK lochside? We would of gone with the UK lochside but it’s unavailable! We have rue de Paris at the moment, do you get a good view of the fireworks from that spot? Thankyou!
Hi! Rue de Paris isn’t my favorite due to overhanging trees and its distance from the show. If you can score Italy Isola West (which is often unavailable due to its use as the queue for concerts at America Gardens Theater) go for it! Otherwise, I think I might take Germany over Rue de Paris. Or Terraces des Fleurs or Eau de France, if you can get one of them. If your group is 12 or fewer, you can request UK Pubside. And I always recommend checking back on the venue you really want as you get closer to the date. UK Lochside may be reserved as a placeholder by some big corporate event and get released about 30 days out.
If you have your wedding reception as a brunch at the Tomorrowland Terrace in Magic Kingdom, can you wear your dress? I know formal wear isn’t typically allowed in the Magic Kingdom.
When you plan a private event in any park via Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, you are allowed to wear bridal attire.
Planning ahead for a vow renewal for 2022, and I have a couple questions. If we want to have a quick meal after and epcot ceremony, but not a full reception with dancing and speeches etc, are we bound to the per person reception price? Or can we say, pay for a breakfast/brunch buffet as long as we meet our $50/pp that comes along with celebrations? Does this exclude chairs for people to sit after getting food?
Hi Gloria! This is explained on pages 6, 9 and 67 of your copy of the Fairytale Weddings Guide! The $50/person celebration does not include a full sit-down meal like a buffet. It would be a walkaround reception without 100% seating, so only some people would get a chair; others would have to stand at high-boy tables. (That said, there may actually be enough chairs for everyone, but Disney says that to make sure you know it’s not like a traditional reception where you have a place-setting for each guest.) But you can totally serve breakfast/brunch foods at your celebration!
Hi, Carrie! I would love your thoughts on elopement in EPCOT… my partner and I want to get married on our Disney trip this coming April (my son and brother will also be with us). Any thoughts on a package/offer or a location? Something simple, late afternoon, early evening, before dinner and Illuminations.
Hi Morgan! So the smallest event you’d be able to do if you want your ceremony in EPCOT would be the $7,000 Event Minimum, and you can use any of the countries around World Showcase. Usually these are held at 9am, but you might be able to have the ceremony after the park closes (and after your fireworks-viewing reception). Disney doesn’t offer late-afternoon or early-evening ceremonies inside the parks—they have to be when the park is closed. But it’s not really a big deal to have a gap between your ceremony and, say, a dessert party during the fireworks later. Lots of us do this! It gives you something to look forward to so that the whole day doesn’t end so early. If you have your heart set on going straight from the ceremony to the reception, you’ll need to have the ceremony at a resort venue like Sea Breeze Point. Also, everything is a la carte now, no matter how large or small your event. This episode and Chapter 1 of my guide will get you started! https://disneyweddingpodcast.com/how-to-have-a-small-disney-wedding/
Do you have to use Disney’s photo and video packages or can you bring your own people.
You can bring your own photography and videography anywhere but to events inside Magic Kingdom!
so if i wanted to have my reception at gm lounge in epcot and finish out the day with a dessert party in epcot my photographer and videographer will be good tp go.
Yep! You will just need to hire $120 media guides (one for the photographer and one for the videographer), but it’s well worth it to have photos you love!
Is it possible to just have a ceremony and no reception after? And if possible what are the prices for that if you know?
Hi Joshua! Yes, it is possible and actually how they price weddings by default. You meet an Event Minimum based on your ceremony location and day, so your price really depends on what you want. The lowest Event Minimum is $5,000. All the prices are on Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ website and in Chapter 1 of my Fairytale Weddings Guide!
We are hoping to get married at Disney the week following Easter. We really like the Japanese Pavilion in Epcot for our ceremony. Do you have any recommendations for location for a brunch reception? We do not want to make our guests travel very far.
Hi Lisa! So even if you do a reception location inside EPCOT, they will put your guests back on the bus to get them there—unless you just walked over to, say, France or Italy for an outdoor reception. If you’re OK with that, or you want to be indoors, Living Seas Salon and GM Lounge are very popular, though the latter requires permission from GM and they aren’t approving events there at the moment. You might also check out Spaceship Earth lounge. It’s not huge, but it has a great view into Future World during the day. If you’re OK to go further afield, The Attic at BoardWalk Inn is great for small groups and has amazing views, while Ariel’s is popular for larger groups (but only up to 50 guests).
Hi, I wanted to ask can you re use your ceremony location for your reception if you have a cocktail/pre reception hour in another location? Also would you have to pay for the location twice?
Just wanna say your e book is so helpful! I can’t talk to Disney yet cause my wedding date is farther than 16 months, but your e book/blog has been a big help in getting an idea of what it might cost!
I’m not sure they would approve this because it takes longer than one hour to set up a reception, especially if you have a lot of tables and decor. If you had a smaller group and less to set up, they might. You would still need to pay any venue fee and meet the food and beverage minimum, plus pay the standard ceremony fee. I’m so glad you’re finding the guide helpful!
Hi! Love all the content. I was wondering what is included with the train station minimum at Walt Disney World.
What extras I need to consider?
So if you have my Fairytale Weddings Guide, it lists everything that comes with the Train Station venue fee on page 62. You get a string trio and show transportation down Main Street, but you’d need to pay for any decor and real transportation to get guests into Magic Kingdom.
Sorry if this is a silly question, but is it possible to have both the ceremony and reception in Pandora and would I have to pay the venu fee twice? Once for the ceremony part and once for the reception part?
Not a silly question—some venue do let you do this, but Walt Disney World is not one of them. They need to be able to set up the reception venue while the ceremony is taking place, so they have you do them in two different locations. Now if you wanted your ceremony outside by the floating mountains and your reception inside at Satu’li Canteen, that would work because they would be setting up indoors. In that case, you would pay the Ceremony Fee for the ceremony site and meet the food and beverage minimums and pay the venue fee for the canteen.
If a site is listed for a brunch/dinner reception, but not a pre-reception (ie Great Hall of China) would they still allow desserts and dancing for 2 hours plus after we had dinner outside at Italy Isola? Thanks!
It doesn’t really matter what purposes Disney lists for each of their venues on their website—as long as you pay the venue fee and meet the food and beverage minimums, you can have whatever kind of event you want there! You would just need to meet the full $5,000 food and beverage minimum for Great Hall of China with whatever you have for dessert (and pay the $2,750 venue fee).
If I want to have my ceremony at The Railroad Station at Magic Kingdom where would my reception be?
I know you pay a ceremony fee but do you pay an additional free to have the reception somewhere else or is it just the plate fee per guest?
Hi Candace! You can have your reception at any venue you choose! If you want to have it inside Magic Kingdom, the only one available in the morning is Tomorrowland Terrace. Some reception spots have venue fees you must pay in addition to meeting the food and beverage minimums, but ballrooms and certain special venues do not. If a location has a venue fee, it is noted in the description for that venue in Chapter 3 of the Fairytale Weddings Guide.
Hi Carrie! Just purchased your e-book it is so great! We are planning our vow renewal for 2022. I really like the idea of having my ceremony at Luau Pointe then having a dessert party at Partisan Pointe. We are a very small group (15-18). If I’m understanding how the pricing works if I book on a Tuesday my venue is $2500 with a minimum expenditure of $5000. If I do not have a celebration then I can include my dessert party in my expenditure? So my venue fee at Partisan of $325 and the $972 for my food would count toward that $5000. I would owe the $10 pp viewing fee as well and if I want to add a mix-in that would also count? It’s a little overwhelming and your site and e-book are so helpful. Thanks in advance.
Hi Veronica! I’m so glad you are enjoying the book! Yes, you have it: The costs of the dessert party will apply to your Minimum Expenditure as long as it’s the only catered event you’re doing that day. Everything you pay Disney for counts toward the Minimum Expenditure, including the ride mix-in fees and the viewing fees.
Hi Carrie! I was just wondering can you get married in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot? I haven’t seen any pictures of a wedding there before. Also I love your podcast!
Hi Catriona! They don’t use Norway because there really isn’t room for a ceremony setup and chairs there and, because Akershus opens so early for breakfast, you would have to have your ceremony at or before 6am to be out of the area in time for them to open to day guests. There is a reception space above Frozen Ever After, which you can see here.
Hi Carrie! I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how I could use the Wedding Pavilion, the Grand Floridian Ballrooms, the UK Pavilion and the UK Lochside for my wedding? I can’t decide between these venues!
Hi! Well, let’s see…. If you wanted to use ALL of them I suppose you could do a Wedding Pavilion ceremony, a Grand Floridian Ballroom reception, a UK Lochside dessert party or dinner, and then an after-hours party at the UK Pavilion—but that would be a super-long day! I’m not a huge ballroom fan, just because you can get married in a ballroom at home. But it certainly is cheaper (and less weather-dependent) to have your reception in one!
Ok, thanks for your help!
Hi Carrie, I absolutely love you guidebook and website it has been so helpful. I was wondering which resorts or where there are bridal suites on the disney property that allows you enough space to get ready for your wedding.
Hi Victoria! I’m so glad you’re finding it helpful! Of the Disney-owned resorts, the ones with the largest rooms are The Contemporary, The Polynesian Village and The Grand Floridian. (I believe AllEars.net has either a room-size chart or lists the square footage of the standard rooms on each resort’s page.) It depends on your bridal party’s size, but many bridal parties get ready in these rooms with no complaints. Some people book DVC villas (1- or 2-bedroom ones) to get ready in. And some people book a room at the nearest convention center. This can be done via your planner, and there is a $750 food and beverage minimum (which might make getting an extra room more attractive, although then you can feed everyone as part of the price!). Hope this helps!
Hey Carrie! I was wondering if it is possible to have cinderellas glass coach in the UK pavilion or the france pavilion for my disney wedding?
Yes, but they don’t advise it for the UK Pavilion because it has to drop you off around the corner, where your guests can’t see you enter. But if you’re OK with that, they might let you use it there. France shouldn’t be a problem, but you do have to start your ceremony much earlier due to the pavilion opening to day guests earlier than all the others.
Why aren’t all of these on the official website? Do you have to ask for them specifically?
Great question! My hypothesis is that Disney only advertises the ones that are popular and/or easiest for them to hold events at. Certain venues have so many drawbacks that hardly anyone books them (for example, Casistas Courtyard being surrounded by guest hotel rooms puts off some people). So, yes, I always encourage people to ask for venues that they want but might not have seen other events at. Unless it’s inside Magic Kingdom, there’s always a possibilty that you can get approval for a less well known venue!
My fiance and I really love the look of the Boardwalk and would love to do a reception at one of those venues after an in-park ceremony, but a dance floor is a must have for us, and it seems like a lot of locations don’t have room for/don’t allow a dance floor. I was initially opposed to a ballroom, but if there’s one with good windows overlooking the Boardwalk, that could still be really nice. Does that exist? Is there anywhere we can go to still have those great views? Thank you!!
Hi! BoardWalk Inn’s conference center overlooks the parking lot and street, unfortunately. BUT… Atlantic Dance Hall is *made* for dancing and has views of the BoardWalk from its balconies! You can see tons of photos in the posts for each interview I’ve done with ADH couples here: https://disneyweddingpodcast.com/?s=atlantic+dance+hall
Hey Carrie! I was wondering that if you host a cake and champagne celebration in EPCOT UK Lochside or Terrace des Fleurs can mickey and minnie come?
Only if it’s after park hours. They don’t like to have the characters there in the morning—even when World Showcase is still closed—because day guests in Future World can see them at your private event. You could have them in a more concealed venue in the morning, like UK Courtyard or Canada Terrace, as long as it’s before park hours. Here are some couples who did that: https://disneyweddingpodcast.com/syreeta-davids-epcot-wedding/ and https://disneyweddingpodcast.com/wishes-vow-renewal-spotlight-vanessa-kris/
Hi Carrie! I have found your guide to be very helpful. My fiancée and I are planning a Disney celebration for our wedding next year. We are trying to decide if we just want to do a Dessert Party and Firework show instead of a traditional ceremony and reception. Our wedding planner said there currently the event minimum would be set at $15,000 which is the current minimum for a food and beverage event in a park that takes place without a ceremony involved. I don’t see this information anywhere on the guide. Is this a recent change to their policies or have I just missed this crucial piece of info? Thank you!
Hi Rachael! This is explained on page 8 where it talks about how the minimums work when your ceremony is off-site. It’s the same when you just don’t have a ceremony at all. Hope this helps!
My daughter got married in December 2019 at the wedding Pavilion. Her reception was the Whitehall room and the did park shoot 2 days later. Instead of a rehearsal dinner we did a welcome party in Epcot. It was so magical, family still says that the food was the best and they will never go again to such a wonderful wedding!
That’s wonderful! It sounds like a really fun event!
If we book the celebration at Italy Isola, do we have to pay $10 each for the fireworks?
Hi Jocelyn! It depends on whether you book via Disney’s Fairytale Weddings or Disney Meetings & Events. If it’s via DFTW, you pay the $10 viewing fee for everyone except you and your partner. If its via Meetings & Events, that info is here: https://disneytravelbabble.com/how-to/private-party/
I’m thinking of having my ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and then doing the reception at the UK Pavilion. Would it be possible to do a dinner reception with dancing and amplified music at this location?
If so, what time could the reception start and how long would it last?
I’m also considering adding on a fireworks viewing in Epcot. But I’m not sure if it should be a dessert party because it would be before my after hours reception. Do you know if it is possible to have a cocktail hour event during the fireworks viewing and have it lead into my after hours reception? Thanks for your insight!
Hi Natalie! You can do all of that by having an after-hours event. These usually start 2-3 hours after the park closes. It would depend on how elaborate your setup is. EPCOT has no length limit on after-hours receptions, but Orange County requires liquor sales to stop at 2 am, if that matters. You could do fireworks as your cocktail hour instead of as a dessert party. But even if you add a ride mix-in afterward, it still might not fill enough time till your reception venue is ready. They usually suggest then going back to the cocktail hour venue after the ride mix-in to kill time. Alternatively, you could do something like they did back when there were COVID capacity limits and have your cocktail hour AND dinner at a fireworks-viewing venue and then just go over to UK Courtyard for dancing and dessert. It’s about 2 hours at each venue (though I have an upcoming interview where the guest says she wishes she’d extended the dancing and dessert portion to 3 hours!).
Thank you so much for your thorough response Carrie! You provided very useful information. I have a lot to think about. Thanks again! 🙂
Glad to help! 😀
Hi Carrie! I just bought your DFTW guide and it is so helpful!! I just wanted to clarify some things:
I am looking to have my pre-reception and reception in Italy Isola. Would I have to meet the minimum of 100 people or is that just for dessert parties?
How long can i stay at Italy Isola (what is included without adding on additional time) and what time would we be allowed to arrive?
Additionally would I have to pay for just the venue package fee and pp food and beverage minimum for a reception? I assume I will easily meet the overall food and beverage minimum for the venue.
Hi Natalie! They don’t really hold you to guest-count minimums when you do a full reception and pre-reception, as long as you meet the food and beverage minimum. DFTW’s standard reception length is 4 hours + 1 hour for the reception, so 5 hours total. Additional hours cost $400. You can arrive whenever you like. And, yes, DFTW’s per-person food and beverage minimums are concurrent with the venue’s food and beverage minimums. Depending on your group size and venue, meeting one usually means you’ll automatically meet the other.
Do you have any recommendations of foods to add on to a cake and champagne celebration apart from the cheeseburger spring rolls? I’m also looking to have a dessert party later so I was thinking more savoury foods to add on to the cake and champagne celebration.
If you check out my Catered Event Menus page, the first two sample menus under “Complete Menus” have lots of great ideas for appetizers and snacky things! I know chicken and waffle fritters (or just chicken + waffles) are popular, along with pretty much anything wrapped in bacon! The Food & Wine Festival menus are great for inspiration too.
Ok, thanks for your recommendations!
Per your guide, Magic Kingdom venues cannot confirm event dates more than three months. Does this mean there would be a backup venue from the very beginning? Otherwise, how would payments/deposits work from the very beginning (would it be based on the assumption that you are getting that Magic Kingdom venue) or on your backup venue until the Magic Kingdom venue is confirmed at the 3 month point? Interested in having wedding at the East Plaza Garden. Thanks!
Exactly! They would book you with the Wedding Pavilion (or any other location you preferred) as a backup. Your BEO would still say East Plaza Garden, and you would make all the arrangements as if you were going to get it.
Is luau pointe still available for weddings for the $7,500 minimum expenditure as I have noticed that disney have taken it off their website?
Neither Luau Pointe nor Luau Beach are available anymore, which is why they are no longer listed on this page or in Carrie Hayward’s Fairytale Weddings Guide. If you have an older version of the eBook, you can download the newest one for free by following these instructions!
Do you have suggestions for an alternative to Luau Point? I really wanted that location but with it no longer available, I’ve been trying to identify an alternative. Thanks
Hi Renee! It’s definitely a bummer because there aren’t really any tropical-feeling alternatives for ceremonies. You could use one of the outdoor venues at the Grand Floridian, like Sago Cay or Picture Point and then have your celebration or reception at Trader Sam’s, if that’s the feel you’re going for. If it’s more about the beach, Crescent Cove at the Yacht and Beach Club is a good alternative.
Hi Carrie! After looking at your guide, myself and fiance are hoping our late September date to get married in the Wedding Pavillion will be granted. We really loved the UK courtyard to have a sit down dinner with speeches and our dancing but understand this would have to be an after hours event. Can you give me an idea of what the best time would be to have our ceremony if we went to UK for reception? Also does Disney do dinner THAT late on after park closes? Wouldnt it be too dark? We love the day time photos we have seen of the table dressed but I am also conscious I would really like some wedding photos in the daylight. What do you think? Any insight appreciated
Hi Laura! I have an upcoming podcast interview with a bride who did an after-hours UK reception, and she was able to have her Wedding Pavilion ceremony start at 9:15pm. That makes things time out better for going straight to the UK after the park closes. Her photos haven’t come back yet, but she didn’t mention needing to add extra lighting in the UK. You certainly could, if you were willing to pay the $3,000+ Disney charges. There are no time restrictions on when you can have dinner. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to get daylight photos before the ceremony, especially if you do a first look so that there’s time to take all your bridal portraits together while it’s still light out.
Do you know if it’s possible to do an after hours reception at Pandora in Animal Kingdom, or is it only available for ceremonies?
It is! I have an interview with a Pandora after-hours reception couple coming up. The Event Minimum is $75,000 and the venue fee is $35,000.
I read your guide front to back and always listen to your podcast; but I had one question! I have seen some guests more recently using the Magic Kingdom only for a reception or after hours party. Do you know how this work? Also, do you know if they are still approving any other venues in Magic Kindgom for an after hours dinner, and if so , which ones and how would the cost work?
Thank you!!! Your guide is a lifesaver!!!
Hi Michelle! Info on after hours parties/receptions is on pages 61 and 97 of the guide. The two places I’ve seen them approve in the last year are The Hub and Storybook Circus, but I haven’t heard that the others listed in the book are unavailable. Park management approves each request individually, so you’d just need to tell your sales consultant what you had in mind and see if the park will approve it.
Hello! Thank you for this resource! I do have a question that I have seen previously, but not recently.
We were hoping for a Tamu Tamu ceremony and reception. Is that possible? Could they have it set up for the reception with everyone sitting at their tables so minimum setup/breakdown is required between ceremony and celebration?
What would that look like, if possible, fee breakdown wise?
Yes, this couple did that and discusses it in detail here: https://disneyweddingpodcast.com/sara-jeffs-tamu-tamu-courtyard-wedding/ The Event Minimum is always based on your ceremony venue, so you’d have the Event Minimum listed on page 7 of the guide and the food and beverage minimums listed on page 101.
Hi Carrie, thank you for providing all of this amazing info! Do you know the approximate price range of the venue fee for having an after hours reception at the Hub while the ceremony is at a different park?
The most recent venue fee I’ve seen for any After Hours venue in MK is $20,000.
Hi Carrie! I have read your book about 100 times. We have a large guest count, possibly over 100+, and would love a welcome party with a safari mix in. Is there any location that can allow that?
Hi Stefani! Wow—that’s impressive! Harambe Marketplace can hold up to 200 people and is available before the park closes, which means you’ll be able to go there directly after a Safari ride mix-in. You can see photos of a welcome party there in this episode of the Disney Wedding Podcast!