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  • [Question] In park weddings, is it worth the price?

    My fiance and myself are throwing the hometown Vegas wedding out the door and are looking into Disneyland. At first I was just looking at the "Wishes Collection" which has a minimume of $12,000 but now I have my eyes peeled at the ceremony infront of the castle. Now this is subject to change so please don't quote me on this but for a morning ceremony before the park opens is $25,000 CEREMONY ONLY. There's also a night choice after the park closes that includes the reception in the park with a higher price tag. With adding on a reception to the castle ceremony I'm taking a guess of maybe $32,000.

    If I had money to throw around I would book it in a heart beat but I don't and it will take A LOT of saving. Has anybody had an in park wedding or been to one? Is it worth the cost? I hear the average wedding cost for 2012 is about $25,000-$27,000. Sure I can get a fancy car or upgrade my house a bit but I don't want a fancy car nor does my house need work right now. I only plan on getting married once and well only live once why not live life a little....or have I gone completly mad?

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    Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

    Only you can answer if a wedding is worth $30,000 to you, or if you are completely mad.





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    • #3
      Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

      It is absolutely NOT worth the price. So I didn't do it. I wanted to do something else. Oh, wait. Did you mean is it worth the price for YOU? I can't answer that. Only you and your fiance know what is most important to you, and what you're willing to pay/sacrifice to have it. I'm not one who has money to throw away, so I wouldn't do it. However, there are less expensive ways to include Disney in your wedding plans, including theme, music, "princess-style" wedding dress, honeymoon.
      Good luck, and remember, make the wedding what you want it to be, but don't lose sight of what's really important here.

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      • #4
        Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

        A wedding including the reception only lasts around 6 hours or even less. Is it really worth it for just those few hours considering the hopeful countless years you'll spend as a married couple?

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        • #5
          No wedding is worth that price tag.

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            Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

            Originally posted by kaylas View Post
            If I had money to throw around I would book it in a heart beat but I don't and it will take A LOT of saving. Has anybody had an in park wedding or been to one? Is it worth the cost? I hear the average wedding cost for 2012 is about $25,000-$27,000.
            Only you can decide if it is worth it to you. The price you are putting out is a little low for the night wedding. Last time I checked into it, it was close to $50K and you were limited to 50 guests.

            My son recently got married, and we threw a decent sized wedding for them. We had about 150 guests, full buffet dinner (appetizers of cheese and fruit, meal was tri tip and chicken, salads, rice pilaf, green beans, rolls, then the traditional cake, cookies, mini cheese cakes, jellos for dessert), open limited bar (we had machine drinks) and all you can drink sodas. Even with a band and DJ, we were no where near your $20K, or even 10K.

            If your budget can handle your dream wedding, go for it, but don't overextend yourself for it.
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            • #7
              Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

              Yah the night one is $75,000.

              I'm not sure spending that much money would sit right but a girl can dream. The wedding we were planning in Vegas was about $5,000. The honeymoon is where I want to splurge most

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              • #8
                Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                It's a lovely dream, most of us here would love to have that kind of wedding. As everyone else has said, only you can choose what it is worth to you, but for me, I would want what I could afford, meaning cash we have available between myself, my fiancee, and what (if any) our families could help, and I wouldn't want any more than about $10,000 (if even that) being added to our debt as we start out married life.

                Best wishes to you, I hope you have a beautiful wedding and a honeymoon full of lasting memories!

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                • #9
                  I was a wedding planner for 5 years. Most weddings I planned were well over 30,000.
                  I did the prelim planning for 2 weddings at DLR , as a Disney fan I think it is worth it. But like everyone has said, its really a personal choice. To me, its worth getting married in DL even if it was just me, my hubby and our parents. But that's my dream.

                  The wedding planners at Disney are outstanding. The custom invites that are out there and Disney are just gorgeous. The chance to.be in the park with out any other guests is once in a lifetime to me and the price tag to show it.

                  If you can make it happen I don't see anyone being let down by it, but hey to each their own.

                  Best wishes !!!
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                    Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                    We got married at Knott's in the church that used to be inside the park, but is now across from the park. It was under $10,000 17 yrs ago, I don't know how much it is now. It was a beautiful wedding we had chicken dinner reception in a restaurant that is now gone in the park, but they still might have something like that. I am sure they still have weddings in that church.
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                    • #11
                      Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                      If you have to ask...

                      I say have the ceremony somewhere else and party it out at Disneyland. That way you don't have to go back and forth to change (if you choose to). I was actually looking at the wedding packages a few nights ago out of curiosity, and, while extravagant and beautiful, I didn't feel it was worth the price just for location.

                      I will admit that it'll make a great story to tell people when they ask where you got married.

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                      • #12
                        Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                        Growing up, I adored Disney. I thought it was the best place ever. If I was in my 20s, a wedding at Disney would have been awesome. I've traveled a lot since then, and I think of a lot more alternatives.

                        However, you do know that Sleeping Beauty's Castle was based on a castle in Europe. I wonder how much they charge for weddings given that the euro is now getting progressively weaker and weaker against the dollar.

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                        • #13
                          Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                          Personally I think it is a huge waste of money and I know of a million other ways to use that cash besides a wedding that will last 6 hours. But it is not my money to spend.

                          Personally I would want to use that money to throw a wedding where all my family and friends could attend. And I would go on a great honeymoon to some tropical island and still have lots of money left over. Even if you love Disney wouldn't you rather spread that money so you can take multiple trips. But you have priorities. It is only how I would do it but I am not you and I do not know how obsessed you are with Disney that you would be willing to waste that much money.

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                          • #14
                            Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                            If YOU want to fork out the money for the once in a life time event and IF you have the funds... then go for it. But I've seen some really nice Disney themed weddings that haven't taken place at the park and have still been wonderful weddings. So if you just want the theme there are cheaper ways to go about it.

                            Weddings are subjective... you can spend $50 all the way up to bazillions of dollars. It all boils down to what its worth to you, your future husband, and your family (who I'm assuming will be paying for it, or helping to pay for it).




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                            • #15
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                              I don't think park weddings are worth the price tag, but I am never doing the whole getting married thing again, so I don't think any wedding it worth the price tag.

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                                Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                                Originally posted by kaylas View Post
                                Yah the night one is $75,000.

                                I'm not sure spending that much money would sit right but a girl can dream. The wedding we were planning in Vegas was about $5,000. The honeymoon is where I want to splurge most
                                For 75K you could probably take 3 months off and travel around the world and go to every disney park in existence and stay at all the resorts and get room service for every meal.

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                                  Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                                  Originally posted by QueenBee View Post
                                  I was a wedding planner for 5 years. Most weddings I planned were well over 30,000.
                                  I did the prelim planning for 2 weddings at DLR , as a Disney fan I think it is worth it. But like everyone has said, its really a personal choice. To me, its worth getting married in DL even if it was just me, my hubby and our parents. But that's my dream.

                                  The wedding planners at Disney are outstanding. The custom invites that are out there and Disney are just gorgeous. The chance to.be in the park with out any other guests is once in a lifetime to me and the price tag to show it.

                                  If you can make it happen I don't see anyone being let down by it, but hey to each their own.

                                  Best wishes !!!
                                  Wedding planning sounds like a lot of fun. I really do wish I could have a Disney wedding just not sure if it's in the budget but a disney honeymoon sure is.

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                                    Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                                    Originally posted by kaylas View Post
                                    My fiance and myself are throwing the hometown Vegas wedding out the door and are looking into Disneyland. At first I was just looking at the "Wishes Collection" which has a minimume of $12,000 but now I have my eyes peeled at the ceremony infront of the castle. Now this is subject to change so please don't quote me on this but for a morning ceremony before the park opens is $25,000 CEREMONY ONLY. There's also a night choice after the park closes that includes the reception in the park with a higher price tag. With adding on a reception to the castle ceremony I'm taking a guess of maybe $32,000.

                                    If I had money to throw around I would book it in a heart beat but I don't and it will take A LOT of saving. Has anybody had an in park wedding or been to one? Is it worth the cost? I hear the average wedding cost for 2012 is about $25,000-$27,000. Sure I can get a fancy car or upgrade my house a bit but I don't want a fancy car nor does my house need work right now. I only plan on getting married once and well only live once why not live life a little....or have I gone completly mad?

                                    yeah so having a wedding in front of the castle at 6am.. is that worth it? not to me!



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                                    • #19
                                      Re: In park weddings, is it worth the price?

                                      If you have to ask is a $30,000 + + wedding is worth it, then yes it's too much money for a wedding. I would suggest having a nice wedding elsewhere and then have the honeymoon at a Disney Park.
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