The Happiest Place on Earth... A Super Gorgeous Disney Wedding

First of all, I am completely OBSESSED with Mindy's wedding dress and shoes! WOW! I mean... If you know me at all, then you know that I love pink, and this dress and shoes... I can hardly contain my excitement!

Now that I got that out of my system... I think it's really too bad... I feel like when people hear that a couple is choosing to get married at Disneyland or Disneyworld, they throw some serious attitude. They don't get it. I mean... How could two adults get married at a place typically reserved for children? Why would they want to have Mickey and Minnie Mouse at their wedding? Isn't that childish? And the worst part? They do NOTHING to hide how they feel when the bride reveals her venue. Honestly, that's just bad form. Mindy took some serious heat from people, but it wasn't from her family and friends, it was from opinionated assholes online. 

Well you know what haters? Check out at these kickass pictures, and breath in how happy this couple is... Does it really matter WHERE they get married? I think not. 

Although, I have to admit I have never been to or planned a Disney wedding. But, it's not because I don't want to, I've just never had the opportunity... And after seeing these pictures and reading all about Mindy's experience, now more then ever I want to at least GO to a Disney wedding (planning one would be awesome too!). And as you browse the stunning pictures, and read about Mindy & Tim's day, you'll see that while no wedding is perfect, it can still be magical!

1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse?

Tim and I met at a comedy show, through a mutual friend. He is a comedy TV writer, and I’m a comedy TV viewer. It was a match made in Hollywood heaven.

2. How long were you together before you were engaged?

Over five years!  We both knew early on we would get married eventually but we waited until the timing was perfect – I was wrapping up my bachelor’s degree and he had several months of steady employment at the time he proposed.

3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding? 

We were engaged for a year and a half, from November 2010 until our wedding in May 2012. We knew we had to get married in the Spring to fit around his work schedule, and planning a wedding in six months sounded stressful to me. Plus we had to save up money! So, we decided on a long engagement. 

4. If you had to rate your wedding planning experience on a scale of one to ten with one being shitty, and ten being awesome, how would you rate it?

I would rate it an eight. Compared to a lot of horror stories I’ve read, especially here on Bitchless Bride, my planning experience was pretty drama-free. Every bride has her stresses, but I was pretty lucky. Both our parents were pretty hands off since they weren’t paying for the entire thing (but they all helped) and were pretty supportive of our decisions. I thought we would get some raised eyebrows due to getting married at Disneyland, but our friends and family actually thought it was pretty cool. In fact, most of my planning “drama” came from strangers on the internet!

5. What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? Least fave?

I actually have a lot of great memories of our wedding planning. Working with the Disney weddings team was wonderful. They were so excited about all our ideas and helping us bring them to life. Our food tasting was especially wonderful and trying five different cake flavors was definitely a highlight of wedding planning.

Least favorite? Even though I don’t regret going the DIY route at all, I have to say that staying up late making 1000s of fabric flowers for our centerpieces was not the most fun I’ve ever had.

Mindy: You see pretty centerpieces... All I see are hot glue gun burns!

6. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about it (and maybe even see a picture?). Allow us to learn from you, bridey!

No wedding is perfect, and ours was no exception! There were little things here and there, but the major one was our DJ did not have our first dance song! As we were waiting to make our entrance to the reception, he came out to the hallway to tell us he had it on a jump drive but it wouldn’t play, and he couldn’t connect to the hotel wifi to download it. Luckily, my husband had his iPhone in his pocket and the DJ was able to play it the song off the phone (after some technical difficulties which left us standing in the middle of the dance floor in a deafeningly silent ballroom for what felt like several minutes but really was only a few seconds).

And then, with all the chaos, our DJ forgot we only wanted to dance to the first minute of the song, and instead played the entire three-and-a-half minutes while my husband and I swayed back and forth like awkward middle school kids, since we didn’t practice our first dance.

Mindy: All alone on the dance floor while my husband and DJ try to get our song to play. I’m laughing to keep from crying.

7. What was the biggest challenge you faced from the moment you were engaged to the day you walked down the aisle?

The biggest challenge was probably money. I had a lot of big wedding dreams and a smallish budget. Disney is not cheap, and it was a challenge to find ways to cut our wedding budget elsewhere so we could afford my dream venue. 

8. What advice do you wish you had before started planning your wedding?

It’s so cliché, but don’t sweat the small stuff! As the wedding is happening, you’re not going to be focusing on all the small details, and if you are, then you’re doing it wrong. All I focused on at the wedding was my husband and if our friends and family were having a good time. I had heard this over and over, but I didn’t believe it. Now I know.

9. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?

The only thing I probably would have done differently is practiced our first kiss! I know it sounds so dumb, and I thought, “We’ve been kissing for over five years, we don’t need to practice.” But at the wedding, I stepped forward for our kiss, but my husband’s feet were planted to the ground and he gave me a quick peck! I was like, that’s it??? It wasn’t the romantic embrace I had envisioned. I mean, it’s so not a huge deal, and it makes me laugh when I look at the pictures now. But, in hindsight I wish we had practiced!

Mindy: I swear we really do like each other. Really.

10. Bridey, please provide the most valuable lesson you learned while planning your wedding.

When you’re planning a wedding, you learn a lot about people. Weddings bring out the best and worst in people, and this includes you and your fiancé! We learned a lot about each other, and about compromising and respecting each other’s opinions. Since our engagement was so long, we had to plan nights out where we wouldn’t discuss the wedding at all. It was great to have those little breaks from wedding planning and really kept us sane. 

Mindy – www.budgetfairytale.com and www.pixiedustbride.com 

 

Industry Folk (AKA Vendors):

Photography: Root Photography
Hair and Makeup: Fairytale Hair and Makeup
Dress: Vintage Jessica McClintock, found at a thrift shop and altered by In Stitches (She's AMAZING)
Venue Coordinator: Traci Banister with Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings
Day-of Coordinator: Laura with Rebel Belle Weddings