Disney's Wedding Pavilion
Want to have your own happily ever after and say “I do” at Disney? Here’s every magical detail you need to know:
“From beaches and castles to European villages, you name it and we have pretty much endless options for couples to get married,” says Korri McFann Spolar, the wedding expert and worldwide director of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, a team of full-service wedding planners with hundreds of unique properties to suit even the most particular princesses.
Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, the “signature crown jewel” of Florida’s Walt Disney World wedding destinations, is one of the most classic fairytale venues. Seating up to 250 guests, it boasts views of Cinderella Castle in a classic, elegant and airy space. “It’s certainly one of our most popular spots,” McFann Spolar adds.
Sleeping Beauty Castle
Real-life couple Britney and Hans tied the knot in front of the regal Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. After arriving in a glass Cinderella Coach, the couple was greeted by their own Major Domo (who acted as their ring bearer) and romantic music from a harpist. The newlyweds then continued the celebration with a dinner and dancing reception at Disney’s Grand California Resort Ballroom.
“Our job is to take a couple’s style and sensibilities and what they’re looking for — their hopes, their dreams, the logistical part of it — and help them pick the perfect venue and the perfect destination that works for them,” McFann Spolar says.
Oak Manor Lawn
This stately southern manor is a charming new addition to the Disney wedding venues, having just opened to the public in December 2018. Shaded by a canopy of oak trees, this lush riverside location is tucked away in Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort, which channels Louisiana-style backyard bliss.
Set against a bold and beautiful backdrop, newlyweds Emily and John tied the knot in front of the replica of the Taoist Temple of Heaven at the World Showcase in Disney World’s Epcot. Crossing the rose petal and candle-lined walkway, the couple and their families then hosted a traditional Chinese tea ceremony inside the temple, followed by a performance by the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats. The space can accommodate up to 60 guests (including the couple), and features traditional footbridges over lily ponds, a garden bursting with fruit trees and more Far East-inspired architecture.
That’s amore! This romantic and richly-hued venue, inspired by a Venetian piazza, is the perfect place to say “I do” surrounded by family and friends. With room for up to 100 guests, Epcot’s little slice of Italy will transport couples with its fountains, gondolas and replicas of famous Italian landmarks.
In nearby Germany, this Bavarian square features colorful medieval architecture inspired by ye-olde Munich, and makes for the perfect backdrop to any history lover’s nuptials. With buildings straight from the pages of a storybook and a replica of Munich’s famous Glockenspiel clock tower, this Epcot location can accomodate up to 50 guests (including the couple). A classic 16th-century-style Oktoberfest Biergarten serves as a unique reception hall, where guests can cheers the newlyweds with liter-glasses of beer.
United Kingdom Courtyard
Your love is sure to blossom in this miniature Hyde Park, designed with the elegance and romance of an English rose garden in mind.
Disney lover Gabriela and her husband Tanner renewed their vows amidst the maze of hedges with the help of their two daughters, who served as flower girls, as a celebration of their anniversary. The Epcot courtyard can accommodate up to 50 guests (including the couple).
Ready for your own royal wedding? With a view of the iconic Cinderella Castle lit up behind you, there’s no better place to feel like a queen on your big day. This highly-customizable evening experience begins after Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park closes, allowing a group of up to 300 guests the once-in-a-lifetime experience of taking in the sights without the crowds.
Rose Court Garden
This spacious and classic venue allows for up to 350 guests to celebrate your special day. The most picturesque wedding location at the Disneyland Resort features an elevated white gazebo tucked into a lush lawn, and there’s plenty of room for romantic additions, such as a rose petal-strewn aisle or a grand entrance in a Crystal Coach (led by footmen in full livery!).
Tree of Life
Can you feel the love tonight? Lorina and Greg (pictured) were the first couple to host their special day in the new addition to Disney’s selection of wedding venues, the focal point of Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park.
“We get to think about weddings here 365 days a year … it really allows these couples to enjoy what I like to call our ‘be our guest strategy.’ It allows them to be a guest at their own wedding so they can relax and enjoy, and really that’s what makes a great wedding,” explains McFann Spolar.
Sea Breeze Point
This timeless open-air setting near Disney’s Boardwalk Resort will make any wedding party feel like they’ve traveled through time to a classic seaside resort. Looking out over Crescent Lake, an old-timey boardwalk leads up to the grand gazebo’s arches, which makes for the perfect place to exchange vows in front of a crowd of up to 70 guests, including the couple. For the customizable ceremony, brides have the option to arrive in style in a horse-drawn carriage or an antique car.
Tower of Terror
What could be more thrilling than committing to forever in front of this old-Hollywood glamour-inspired courtyard? The Gatsby-esque backdrop of the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel, located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and able to accommodate up to 80 guests, gets a romantic (not spooky) twist with ample floral decorations and flowing curtains to keep all eyes on the newlyweds.
“No matter who you are or where you are, we’ve got a lot of great options for couples to take advantage of around the globe,” says McFann Spolar. Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, is the perfect backdrop for a beachy wedding. After guests have enjoyed a few days on the high seas aboard a Disney cruise, they’ll be treated to white-sand beaches fringed with palm trees and surrounded by clear blue sparkling waters.
Real-life couple Carolina and Isaiah married in a romantic ceremony on the dock after first enjoying a picture-perfect photo-op on the beach. After the couple said “I do,” they returned with their guests to the Disney Dream cruise ship to toast their new life in the Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar Room.
For many more Disney destination ideas, visit Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings