Karen C. (NDM#224) (22 Posts)

Karen was born in Massachusetts and primarily grew up there with a few pit stops along the way. Her first trip to Walt Disney World did not occur until she was 14 years old when she went with her family to the Polynesian Resort. It was not until years later when she returned with her children and husband (for their first trip) that the real obsession began. Returning to the lobby of the Polynesian brought back all the memories she had forgotten, and ignited a Disney passion in her family's life. Karen currently guest blogs for The Disney Driven Life as their wedding expert and is co-founder of her blog, The Best Friends Guide To.


Previously I have talked with all of you about the Escape wedding collection which I have personal experience with. I actually would like my BF to go back and do it all over again it was that much fun! But today I’ll switch gears and go from a small intimate wedding to the grand Wishes collection.

You can choose from Magical ceremony locations- Magic Kingdom or the Wedding Pavilion

Exotic locations- several choices throughout Epcot

Garden Locations – two locations throughout The Boardwalk Resort  or the Yacht & Beach Club

Beach Locations- The Grand Floridian or the Yacht & Beach Club.

Any way you slice it this collection is for a grand gathering indeed and customized to fit any style or taste. Check out this list of all that comes with your Wishes package

Wishes Wedding Services & Resources

  • Full Service Planning Team which includes a Wedding Consultant, Wedding Event Manager, Floral and Décor Specialist
  • Professional day-of coordination team to assist with your event
  • One-Stop-Shop for all your planning needs.Walt Disney World Resort offers floral, photo, video, transportation, culinary and entertainment.
  • Complimentary Room Night(s) for the couple (with minimum room night block).
  • Annual Passes for the couple, valid for one full year from first use.
  • Watches engraved with the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Logo for the couple.
  • Theme Park Ticket and Room Discounts for your Guests.
  • Personalized Wedding Website where Guests can learn all about your wedding events, registry and discounts
  • Personalized Save-the-Date Announcements for each of your Guests.
  • Full Access to the Disney’s Honeymoon Registry Website.
  • Wedding Rehearsal location space
  • Limitless options for planning related weddings events such as rehearsal dinners, bridal teas, and wedding showers across 42 square miles of Theme Parks, Resorts and Convention Centers.
  • Recreation Options such as golf, fishing, boating and horseback riding for you and your Guests.
  • Full use of Disney’s Magical Express as well as the Walt Disney World Transportation & Monorail System.
  • Franck’s Planning Studio – A place to view products, services and samples from everything from favors to flowers

The Disney Difference at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion

  • Private Groom’s Room and Bride’s Vestibules in which to wait prior to the ceremony processional
  • Symphonic Organ at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion – A beautiful instrument that can sound like a Grand Pipe organ or a heavenly harp
  • View of Cinderella Castle as you walk down the aisle
  • Mounted Video Cameras to capture all angles of the ceremony in real time
  • Editing and sound suite
  • Sound tech and microphones
  • Complimentary Self-Parking for your wedding guests
  • Picture Point and Disney’s Wedding Pavilion boat dock for beautiful photos
  • Beautiful bridge surrounded by white sand beaches with views of Disney’s Grand Floridian beach and the Magic Kingdom Park
  • Situated on its own private island with a beautiful footbridge and views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, white sand beaches, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Magic Kingdom Park.

Culinary and Catering/Reception

  • Cake Tasting prepared by our world renowned pastry chef
  • Menu Tasting for all receptions held at a Theme Park or Ballroom Reception Locations prepared by expert culinary team
  • Personalized menu planning and customization with the culinary team
  • Complimentary use of all Ballroom floor length linen, chairs, glassware and china
  • White Glove Service and Tuxedo Costumed Service Staff
  • Personalized Menu Cards for all plated receptions
  • Custom Room Diagram created for you by your Wedding Event Manager to help you with your seating chart
  • Use of ballroom with no rental fees
  • Cake table, gift table and guestbook tables
  • Coffee and tea service included with every catered meal
  • On-site Catering Manager

Contributed by Karen (NDM #224). Karen is our resident Disney Wedding’s expert and co-creator of The Best Friends Guide To . . .

2 thoughts on “A WISHES WEDDING

  1. We did the Wishes Wedding last year. I wish I could find the words to express just how GREAT the wedding was. We STILL get comments from our guests on how much fun they had and that they’ve not had another experience like it. More people need to know and understand how the Wishes collection makes a Disney wedding affordable. I never thought I’d get past the first call with Disney. I was so afraid that they’d quote this astronomical price and that would be it. I had my tissue in hand when I had that first call but turns out that I needed it cause I was crying with joy by the time I got done with the call. Thanks so much for posting this!

  2. Hey Jami,

    My names Vicky, and I’m getting married march 10th 2011 @ Disney. We originally wanted an escape wedding and decided to have the reception somewhere else. Now we have more then 20 guest who want to join us in the ceremony, with Disney making no exception to the rule, we have no choice but to bump it up to a wishes wedding. And change my reception location to Disney as well. So if you don’t mind me asking how many guest did you have at your wedding? And about how much did you spend? My fear is that I’m going to start off my marriage in dept. We want to spend no more then 20,000.We’re looking for a great time, great music, good food, and to dance the night away with the people we love. I don’t plan on getting any of the extras for example Micky and Minnie, the horse and carriage etc… Now as someone who’s already done it, do you feel its possible? Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    Vicky

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