Ever dreamed of getting married in Disney World? Maybe you’ve always wanted to say “I Do” right in front of the Castle or near the waterfall in the Canada pavilion? Well, if you can dream it AND you’ve got the $$$, you can probably do it!
But seriously, when planning any wedding, staying within your budget can be one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you’re hoping to share your special day with a LOT of friends and family. So, how much does a Disney wedding actually cost? We’re breaking it all down for you here!
The cost of a Disney wedding all depends on what features you want, where you’re hoping to get married, how many guests you want to have there, and some other factors. Let’s take a quick peek at what weddings cost in Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and more!
Before we get into this post though, we did want to mention that all of this is based off of the information provided on the Disney weddings website. If you’re serious about planning a Disney wedding, you’ll want to reach out to the team at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings so they can provide you with more detailed quotes for whatever dream wedding you’re planning!
Alright, let’s begin!
Walt Disney World Weddings
For Walt Disney World, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has a unique pricing structure. Essentially, the team at Disney Weddings will set an event minimum expenditure limit that you must meet. That minimum is determined by the ceremony venue you want to use, as well as the day of the week and the time of day that you want to get married. Generally, lower minimums tend to apply to weekdays, while higher minimums tend to apply to holidays and weekends.
What costs can count toward that minimum expenditure amount? Well, your Ceremony Venue Fee and certain Disney Weddings Service elements can be used toward your event minimum. The wedding services that count towards your event minimum are food and beverage, floral, decor, photography, entertainment, and transportation.
There are a range of event minimums for different venues. There are some venues, for example, in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort that have event minimums between $5,000 and $15,000.
Other places have event minimums between $7,000 to $17,000.
If you want to get married at places like Destino Plaza or some others, you’ll be looking at minimums in the range of $8,000 to $20,000.
Thinking of getting married at the Tower of Terror or in front of the Tree of Life? Expect to spend quite a bit more! Those venues generally have event minimums in the range of $15,000 to $25,000.
Want to get married at the Magic Kingdom Train Station or in the Magic Kingdom East Plaza? Then you’re looking at event minimums between $20,000 and $50,000!
The Disney Wedding Pavilion has an event minimum of $10,000 to $35,000.
The website notes, however, that there might be additional venues available within certain minimum price ranges. You can look on the Disney Weddings site to see a full list of all the available venues for your wedding or reception. For example, you could host your reception in the American Adventure Rotunda…
…or even get married in Pandora!
Again, a number of costs can go toward your event minimum. So, let’s say, for example, you wanted to get married in the Magic Kingdom East Plaza. The event minimum would range between $20,000 and $50,000 depending on the time of day you want to get married, the day you want to get married, and some other factors. The ceremony venue fee ($25,000) counts toward your minimum. And the cost of food, floral, decor, and more can also count toward the minimum.
When it comes to food, there are per person minimums you have to meet depending on the event time. The minimums currently are $140 per person for brunch, $165 per person for lunch, and $190 per person for dinner. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to estimate additional amounts due for the sales tax and labor/gratuity service charge.
Also, note that different venues can fit different numbers of guests. So something like the courtyard at the China pavilion in EPCOT can fit up to 58 guests (in addition to the couple getting married), while something like the Magic Kingdom Train Station can only fit 20 to 48 guests (in addition to the couple).
Also, you’ll want to keep in mind that some places can only host ceremonies, while others specify that they can host ceremonies and receptions, or only receptions.
And, because it’s Disney, you can add on some special extras like having Mickey and Minnie (or other characters) stop by your wedding…
…or arranging it so that you can arrive at your ceremony in Cinderella’s Coach.
You can also get some themed decor for your ceremony or reception space, book special portrait sessions, have a PRIVATE FIREWORKS DISPLAY(!!!!!!), book entertainers to mingle with your guests (including a tacky tourist?!), and much more! But, don’t forget, everything you add on will cost ya. Disney doesn’t list prices online for many of those special extras, so you’ll have to work with one of their specialists to get all the details.
At Disneyland Resort, things are a little different. The pricing for wedding events in California is based off of a combination of the ceremony fee and the reception and beverage minimum. Some reception locations have overall food and beverage minimums, so that’s something you’ll also want to look out for.
For the food and beverage service, you must meet a per person minimum that is based on the event time. For brunch, you’ll have to spent $145 per person, lunch is set at $165 per person, and for dinner you’ll need to meet a $190 per person minimum.
You can also pay for some other wedding services, like floral, decor, and entertainment to add more magic to your wedding.
Just like in Disney World, different locations have different ceremony fees. Places like the Adventure Lawn Gazebo (at the Disneyland Hotel) have a ceremony fee between $2,600 and $6,000, while spots like the Brisa Courtyard (at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa) have a ceremony fee of $3,000 to $8,000.
If you’re hoping to get married in the Rose Court Garden (in the Disneyland Hotel) that’ll set you back anywhere between $4,000 and $10,000.
There are some other venues where you can get married in the Disneyland Resort listed on the full venues listing page, including in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, in the area in front of “it’s a small world,” or even in the Disney Animation Building.
Just like in Disney World, each venue notes how many people can fit there and whether it can be the location of your ceremony, reception, or potentially both.
When it comes to other wedding services, like floral, decor, and entertainment, there are a variety of options available. At a Disneyland wedding you can arrive at the ceremony in a crystal coach, have Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, or Daisy Duck stop by, or choose from some other options.
In general, the wedding options listed online do appear to be more limited than what’s listed for Disney World. But, we expect there’s quite a bit of customization and magical extras the team can create for you, so it’s important to work with a Disney weddings consultant to see what exciting things you can add on. Also, all of these extra things will all be an additional cost, so just keep that in mind!
What if you want a more tropical touch to your wedding or vow renewal? Well, then you might want to plan a special event in Hawaii at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.
There, you’ll find 2 different packages you can choose from. There’s the Lōkahi Package which includes a tailor-made ceremony and full reception experience.
Or, you can choose the Pilialoha Package which is made for a more intimate ceremony. That ceremony, however, only includes up to 18 guests in addition to the couple.
The packages include certain things depending on which one you pick.
If you just want to host a reception there, you can also arrange for a reception-only package as long as you meet the food/beverage minimums.
The food and beverage minimum cost for lunch is $125 per person and the cost is $175 per person for dinner for any reception held at Aulani.
There are different locations that may fall into the Lōkahi package versus the Pilialoha package. From what the website lists, there are 6 spots available for the Lōkahi package and the pricing starts at $10,600+. At some places, the venue fee is included. For others, there is an additional venue fee specified.
There are 3 spots that can be used for the Pilialoha package and these start at $5,400+. Note that the Kula Was spot has a venue fee of $750 in addition to the package price.
There are some required minimums when it comes to planning your wedding in Aulani that you should know about. Specifically, for the Lōkahi packages, the resort requires a 10-room minimum be booked by the couple getting married and their guests (in any combination). These 10 rooms can be used in 1 night or in any pattern that works for you. Also, each Lōkahi package event MUST be coupled with a reception.
For the Pilialoha package, the resort requires a 4- night minimum be booked by the couple getting married and their guests in any combination during their stay.
You also have the option of adding on Disney’s floral, photography, or entertainment services for your wedding. In terms of entertainment, you can once again have Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie stop by your reception. But, Aulani also offers some more unique characters like Duffy the Disney Bear and Shellie May!
You can also get Hawaiian entertainers like lei greeters, hula dancers, and even fire-knife dancers to be a part of your celebrations! Note that essentially all of these extra services will require additional fees (except that some services may be included depending on what package you select — for example, wedding photography is included in the Lōkahi package).
Disney Cruise Line
And finally we get to Disney Cruise Line! If you’ve always wanted to get married on the ship or maybe on Castaway Cay, you can make that happen.
Cruise ceremony packages are designed for small groups though. The base pricing includes up to 16 guests plus the couple getting married. Each additional guest age 3 and older will cost you $20.00 per person.
In terms of venues, there are a few different spots to pick from. Packages starting at $3,500 include locations like Deck 10 Aft, Meridian Patio, or the Outlook.
If you want to get married in the Atrium, Castaway Cay, or the Wedding Pointe, those packages start at $4,500.
After your ceremony, you’ll be able to enjoy some cake and champagne in a small celebration. Some basic items are included, but you can add premium items or additional snacks for an additional cost.
Other than the champagne and cake, there’s really nothing listed on the Disney website in terms of true reception offerings. Disney notes that you can enjoy dinner at Palo with those ages 18 and up (which is an additional cost) or enjoy their typical rotational dining. If you want to plan something extra special, you’ll want to talk to a Fairy Tale Weddings consultant to see what you can arrange!
In terms of entertainment, a solo pianist is included in the cost of your package who will play during the ceremony.
Other entertainment may depend on the ship’s approval and availability. Private character appearances by Mickey or Minnie at the cake and champagne celebration can be arranged on some ships.
And that’s a peek at what a wedding in a Disney park or resort costs. Of course, most (if not all) of these are just beginning or “starting at” costs. Things could (and likely will) get WAY more expensive depending on just how many people you’ve got on the guest list, when you want to get married, what extras you want to add on, and more. But, this at least gives you an overview of some of the costs and what options are out there!
If you’re ready to live out your Disney wedding dreams, then you can get started planning. Or you can just dream about all the possibilities!
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