How to be their guests
Interested in getting hitched at a Disney property? Here’s more about what you and your intended can expect. And on Sunday at 8 p.m., the FreeForm channel is airing a 90-minute special, hosted by “Bachelor” alums Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, highlighting four couples’ Disney experiences. You needn’t have Cruella de Vil’s budget to afford it. The parks offer a range of prices. A small-scale ceremony, with up to four guests, is $2,500 to $4,500; a ceremony-only occasion for up to 18 guests is $5,000 to $9,000; and customized ceremonies for more than 18 guests start at $12,500. Options include intimate elopements in secret pockets of the parks and extravagant, 300person, after-hours celebrations in front of the Cinderella Castle ($180,000 minimum). You may need a fairy godmother, or three, for that one. Early-morning and weekday ceremonies are typical. In-park ceremonies are limited because of operating hours, and can start as early as 7:30 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m. Want to customize your wedding? Disneyphiles can wave their magic wands and handpick an array of extras, including a white dove flyover ($250), a private fireworks display and dessert party ($2,500), and, yes, a spin in Cinderella’s coach ($2,950). Want Captain Jack Sparrow to dab on the dance floor? That’ll be $5,000 to $6,500. Had some lastminute cancellations? Disney will hire a pair of “uninvited guests” — actors posing as Disney-obsessed tourists — to “crash” your party and entertain for three hours ($1,800). Obsessed with the Little Mermaid? Throw an “Under the Sea”-themed fete in an underground aquarium, surrounded by more than 6,000 sea creatures in Epcot’s Living Seas Salon ($1,500 to $4,500). There are nonnegotiables. Disney characters are not allowed to officiate (sorry, Mickey) or attend the ceremony (although they can come to the reception). “It’s definitely an adult event, and they make it an adult event,” says Anne Chertoff, a WeddingWire trend expert. “They don’t want it to be like you’re just playing dress-up.” That being said, you can hire a major-domo or an English butler to deliver your wedding bands in Cinderella’s glass slipper or on a silver platter (about $800). Also, all food and beverages must be provided by the park, so if you have your heart set on In-N-Out Burger, you’re out of luck. And brides can’t wear their gowns during theme-park hours unless they’re willing to pay a pretty penny ($75,000 minimum).