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Old 05-30-2016, 07:47 PM   #1
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Default HOWWWW? Former Disney brides, I have questions!

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I keep seeing where people have had Wishes wedding for right around the minimum, some even with as many as 30-35 guests! Plus a dessert party! How? Every time I look, by the time the ceremony space fee and the photography is there, I'm about 3k below the minimum, if not closer.

Ideally, here is what we'd like to do:
Wedding at either Epcot, yacht club, or the pavilion. Flexible on the time for the WP, and I know Epcot venues are 9:30 ceremonies, which isn't an issue. Followed by a brunch or lunch reception for essentially the meal, champagne toast, first dance, and cake cutting. I do have a specific cake in mind, from my estimates from their price list, I expect it to be $1500, but I could easily be very wrong. With lunch I'd like to be able to offer beer and wine for the 3 hours.

That night I'd like to have a dessert party at Epcot, and hopefully just be able to have everyone escorted in to uk lochside, and avoid the transportation fee. There is like to offer the sundae bar option with two or three cupcake offerings, and have a limited bar, like a couple of signature drinks and beer.

Is all this possible keeping it near minimums? We have no bridal party, so I only need my bouquet and his boutonnière, and the only other floral I even care about would be some petals alongside the sides of the aisle. Beyond that, I don't care.

We plan on paying for the Magic Kingdom + another part photoshoot, so I don't consider that in the total. We're looking at probably hitting the minimum of the guests for Wishes.

Any ideas, help, etc? Thanks ladies!!

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Old 06-01-2016, 11:04 AM   #2
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It is absolutely possible to keep within the minimums! I stayed very close, with my one blow-out area being floral. I had 8 BMs and 5 GMs, with floral for mothers, fathers, grandparents.

Your instincts about transportation are fantastic. If your party is willing, you can use the friendship boats with an escort to transport guests. However, you will likely be too early for friendship boats arriving to your ceremony/pre-ceremony photos.

As far as food and beverages, keep close to the minimum and keep a varied menu. We only offered mashed potatoes and mac and cheese as sides, but we had a salad and caprese skewers. Etc. Don't go overboard on action stations, but you can ask for any salads to be "build your own" to add in that action station feeling. Absolutely cut down the bar package to 3 hours if you can, we saved TONS doing this!

Keep the DP simple. The sundae bar is GREAT! We replaced the brownies/cookies offered in the package with mickey waffles.

The real place where people slip over is in extras such as characters, artists, etc. If you aren't interested in all that (I wasn't) it is possible to keep the minimums!

Other than that, I would recommend expressing very clearly to your planner you want to stick to the minimums and ask if you think you can do something cheaper. Even as simple as "Can I do this at a lower price?" or "what would a lower-cost option be?" I had Jamie, and she was great at not pushing unnecessary items on us!
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Old 06-01-2016, 08:00 PM   #3
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It is absolutely possible to keep within the minimums! I stayed very close, with my one blow-out area being floral. I had 8 BMs and 5 GMs, with floral for mothers, fathers, grandparents.

Your instincts about transportation are fantastic. If your party is willing, you can use the friendship boats with an escort to transport guests. However, you will likely be too early for friendship boats arriving to your ceremony/pre-ceremony photos.

As far as food and beverages, keep close to the minimum and keep a varied menu. We only offered mashed potatoes and mac and cheese as sides, but we had a salad and caprese skewers. Etc. Don't go overboard on action stations, but you can ask for any salads to be "build your own" to add in that action station feeling. Absolutely cut down the bar package to 3 hours if you can, we saved TONS doing this!

Keep the DP simple. The sundae bar is GREAT! We replaced the brownies/cookies offered in the package with mickey waffles.

The real place where people slip over is in extras such as characters, artists, etc. If you aren't interested in all that (I wasn't) it is possible to keep the minimums!

Other than that, I would recommend expressing very clearly to your planner you want to stick to the minimums and ask if you think you can do something cheaper. Even as simple as "Can I do this at a lower price?" or "what would a lower-cost option be?" I had Jamie, and she was great at not pushing unnecessary items on us!
Thank you! I spoke with their rep yesterday trying to get more information. I think if we do a mini Wishes, and go with an outside photographer, wedding at the gazebo and reception at Ariel's, we can do it within $12-$14k, with a guest list of 20-30. Not bad, imo.

The photography was a hang up for me, and once I got over using DFAP, and looked at some outside photographers, it makes a LOT more sense to use them and just use floral and the 2 park photo shoot as our enhancements. Yay! Lol.

With a probable lunch reception, we'll probably keep it reasonably simple. Don't know what as far as menu yet, but we're working on ideas so we can say that X is what we'd like, can we do this within budget, and if not, what can we do similarly?

The cake has always been my big splurge point. I just love the look of it.

Do you know if they will hold the cake and bring it out at the dessert party too?
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I think it all depends on creating and sticking to a realistic budget. Additionally, it will be the add-ons that you'll have to weigh to determine how important they are to you and whether or not you'll remain on budget. For some budgets, the location, time, and day of the week also play a role.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:47 AM   #5
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It is absolutely possible to keep within the minimums! I stayed very close, with my one blow-out area being floral. I had 8 BMs and 5 GMs, with floral for mothers, fathers, grandparents.

Your instincts about transportation are fantastic. If your party is willing, you can use the friendship boats with an escort to transport guests. However, you will likely be too early for friendship boats arriving to your ceremony/pre-ceremony photos.

As far as food and beverages, keep close to the minimum and keep a varied menu. We only offered mashed potatoes and mac and cheese as sides, but we had a salad and caprese skewers. Etc. Don't go overboard on action stations, but you can ask for any salads to be "build your own" to add in that action station feeling. Absolutely cut down the bar package to 3 hours if you can, we saved TONS doing this!



Keep the DP simple. The sundae bar is GREAT! We replaced the brownies/cookies offered in the package with mickey waffles.

The real place where people slip over is in extras such as characters, artists, etc. If you aren't interested in all that (I wasn't) it is possible to keep the minimums!

Other than that, I would recommend expressing very clearly to your planner you want to stick to the minimums and ask if you think you can do something cheaper. Even as simple as "Can I do this at a lower price?" or "what would a lower-cost option be?" I had Jamie, and she was great at not pushing unnecessary items on us!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Mickey Waffle idea!!
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