Katie Z. (NDW#70) (13 Posts)

Katie grew up on all things Disney. When she met her future husband she knew that converting him into a disney fan was a must! After a few WDW vacations, Disney history lessons, and lots of Disney peer pressure, she finally had her prince charming loving all things Disney as well. After getting engaged in 2008 on a carriage ride through Fort Wilderness, Katie threw out the idea of getting married in the place where they shared their happiest memories. Two years of planning, and a whole bunch of Disney magic later, they had the most amazing Disney wedding on October 2nd, 2010. Now living at home in New England, Katie keeps the Disney romance alive in her home and is constantly planning romantic vacations to the world. She has her own personal blog www.makingmyfairytale.blogspot.com and is thoroughly excited to start writing for the Disney Driven Life.


Michelle went to high school with me back in the day, and we have since reconnected when we discovered we both had a love for Disney. She did the Disney College Program a few years ago, of which I am completely and utterly jealous, and since then she has become like most of us here on the DDL who value bringing Disney into their lives. She is having her upcoming wedding at home but is going to have many Disney elements incorporated into her wedding. Here is Michelle’s story…

1.) What made you decide to bring Disney into your at home wedding?

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of Disney. But in 2007 I was accepted in the Walt Disney World College Program, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Tom & my first vacation together was to Walt Disney World in 2009, and we went again in the Summer of 2010. Luckily Tom shares my love of Disney, too, so it only made sense to add little touches of Disney to our wedding!
2.) How are you going to incorporate Disney elements into your at home wedding?

Tom & I want to make sure that Disney elements are present at our wedding without being to over the top or in your face.

Instead of having the plain old table numbers we’re going to name each table after a Walt Disney World Attraction. All of our stationery is going to be coming from Impressions out of Celebration, Florida, including invitations, table name signs, and my favorite Disney element: Fast Pass escort cards!!

Disney Music will be played during cocktail hour as well as our last dance will be to “Once upon a Dream.”

I purchased the Lenox “Minnie’s Dream” Collection which includes “Minnie’s Dream Proposal, Wedding & Honeymoon” which I’m going to display on the guest book table. I also purchase the Lenox “Once upon a Dream” figurine that I’m going to have on the cake table–it’s a little too large to be a cake topper.

I haven’t met with my florist yet so I’m not sure if or how I’m going to incorporate Disney elements into the centerpieces, bouquets, or boutonnieres. I might just do the small Mickey head in pearls or rhinestones down the handle of my bouquet and on the boutonnieres.

On the cake I have two different ideas but I haven’t met with my baker yet, so I’m not sure which I’ll go with.  The first one I like would just be a traditional wedding cake with subtle Mickey heads built into the design of the frosting.  The second one that I’ve seen a few Disney brides use would be a three or four tier cake and on each tier the saying “And they lived happily ever after.” It fits perfectly on three tiers; if my guest count requires the fourth tier I might have them write our names or the date.

Lastly Tom’s parents got us our cake knife and server as well as our champagne glasses. Now Tom and I have had a running joke since we got together about how when we say I love you one of us always follows it up with “To infinity and beyond” so we had that engraved onto our cake server.

3.) How does your Fiancé feel about incorporating Disney into the wedding?

Tom is really good about letting me have the wedding of my dreams so if that means an at home Disney wedding then he’ll go with it. He also keeps me in line if he thinks that something I want is too much Disney. We make a nice balance.

4.) What are you planning for your Disneymoon?

Our Disneymoon will be 10 days long!! We’re starting out by spending 6 nights and seven days at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs. From they’re we’ll head down to Port Canaveral and take the Disney Dream on a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas.

Tom & I went back and forth for awhile when we were trying to decide on a Resort. We really wanted to go all out since it was our Honeymoon and stay at a Deluxe Resort, but it was just too much for our budget especially since we’re doing the cruise, too. We had it narrowed down to either Coronado Springs or Port Orleans French Quarter. Coronado Springs won due to the fact that it looked more romantic and better for couples.

Contributed by: Katie Zwicker (NDW#70) Katie is the DDL Weddings and Honeymoon Blogger. She is also the creator of .

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