Congratulations on getting engaged! Now that your significant other has finally popped the question, it’s time to plan for one of the biggest days of your life.
For those who love Disney and dream of a real-life fairytale wedding, getting married at Disney World might just be the answer. And it’s surprisingly easy to enjoy the ultimate celebration at the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’. There are loads of different options available, from small celebrations to big, Disney-themed bashes, so read on and start planning the wedding of your dreams!
Getting married in Orlando: what you need to know
Before planning the ceremony and reception, you need to know how to obtain a marriage license in the state of Florida.
To get married anywhere in Florida, you and your partner need to be at least 18 years old. To obtain a marriage license, you both will have to go to the nearest Clerk of the Circuit Court office. You can get married anywhere in the state, independent of which county the license was issued in. You can find a list of offices here.
Whether you’re from Florida, out of state or abroad, you and your partner will need to bring with you a picture ID such as a driver’s license, state ID card or valid passport (and birth certificate if you live outside of the US), as well as provide your Social Security numbers (for US citizens only). If you or your partner have been married before, you will need to provide either a Dissolution of Marriage proof or a death certificate of a deceased spouse.
A marriage license in Florida costs around $95 and you will need to wait three days to obtain the license. For those who have completed a licensed Florida pre-marital course, you’ll only have to pay around $61 and it will be given to you immediately.
A Florida pre-marital course instruct spouses in communication skills, conflict management, parenting responsibilities and financial issues relating to marriage. This is usually administered by a licensed psychologist, marriage therapist, mental health counselor, social worker, religious figure or other court-appointed individual, and it lasts at least four hours, however you can either do them face-to-face or take an online course.
Be aware that the marriage license is valid for 60 days after it’s been issued, and once the wedding ceremony is officiated, the notary needs to register the marriage certificate within 10 days by mail. Once your marriage record is received, the Clerk’s Office will mail a certified copy to you.
The options for getting married at Disney
So now you know the ins and outs of how to legally get married in Orlando, you can start planning your special day!
Not that you need any convincing, but where else could make you feel like a true princess or prince other than Walt Disney World? A place filled with wonder, magic and happiness is sure to be the perfect location for your wedding.
Disney wants to make your dreams come true with an entire department dedicated to your happily ever after, including three different packages covering a range of your needs and number of guests!
The three different wedding packages
There are three main options when it comes to tying the knot at Disney World.
The Memories Collection is for those wishing to celebrate with the people who mean the most with an elegant and intimate ceremony for up to 4 guests, in addition to you and your spouse. If you want a small but stirring affair, this package is perfect for you.
Included in the Memories Collection is a choice of three venues. You’ll also get a fresh floral bridal bouquet, a violinist to play you down the aisle, and a limousine charter for you and your partner on your wedding day. You’ll also have a photographer and an on-site wedding coordinator for the ceremony.
The Escape Collection is suited to those who want to share the day with their 18 closest family and friends in an intimate and classy ceremony. This collection gives you a choice of five venues, a fresh floral bridal bouquet and boutonniere, a violinist for the whole event, cake and champagne for you and your guests, a limousine ride, a Disney photographer, a photo album and USB drive with your pictures in it and an on-site wedding coordinator for the day.
You can also add themed entertainment such as Walt Disney World character appearances, regular entertainment such as a string quartet, and transportation such as Cinderella’s Glass Coach, for additional prices.
The Wishes Collection is for those really looking to splash out on an one-of-a-kind event. This collection is completely customizable so you and your partner can design your dream wedding. If you want a huge party for all your friends and family, this is the collection for you. With a minimum of 18 guests (not including you and your spouse) you’ll have a choice of 42 magical venues to choose from including Magic Kingdom where you’ll say “I do” in front of Cinderella’s Castle!
The collection also includes customizable bouquets, boutonnieres and floral arrangements, a choice of themed cakes, multi-course plated menus or buffet and food stations, three beverage service options, such as hosted or cash bar, a photographer and videographer, themed entertainers, and transportation.
See the venues
Disney World is huge, so how do you find the best venue for your wedding? As mentioned above different collections have different special venues to hire to celebrate your love. Here’s a closer look at each venue…
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The Memories Collection
You can choose from four stunning venues in Disney’s Magic Kingdom for your ceremony.
Conch Key Marina
Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Conch Key Marina is a lavish Victorian-inspired resort overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella Castle. Here you’ll exchange vows at the water’s edge framed by lush green riverbanks.
For a tropical vibe, you won’t go wrong with Luau Beach in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You will commemorate your union on sugar-white sand surrounded by swaying palm trees.
Also at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Luau Pointe is perfect for an intimate ceremony where a secluded oasis towering palm trees, lush greenery and the Seven Seas Lagoon awaits the both of you and your guests.
This waterfront venue on a tree-lined terrace has fantastic views of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella Castle. You’ll be so excited to say “I do” in a special ceremony away from the crowds.
The Escape Collection
This collection can offer five venues, including Luau Pointe from the Memories Collections.
Disney’s Wedding Pavilion
Disney World’s most popular wedding venue is a breathtaking Victorian chapel in its own private island, linked to the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Disney’s Magic Kingdom by a stunning footbridge lined with romantic archways. You’ll exchange your vows in the most beautiful setting you’ll ever see: soaring Victorian spires, a vaulted ceiling and a wall of arched windows leading to the main window behind the altar, where it perfectly frames a view of Cinderella Castle.
In the Canada section of Epcot park you’ll find Canada Terrace. If you ever wished to get married surrounded by cascading waterfalls, alpine trees and the charm of a quiet mountain town, this is the venue for you. You’ll be pledging your commitment to one another amongst beautiful scenery and serenity.
Sea Breeze Point
Step back in time at Sea Breeze Point and get married on the shores of Crescent Lake. You’ll wander down an old-fashioned wood-planked promenade at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and exchange your vows inside the beautiful lakeside gazebo, a perfectly tranquil and classic setting.
For a classically elegant venue, there’s no other place you will like to get married than the Wedding Gazebo at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Say “I do” on a sculpted lawn surrounded by a rose garden and your loved ones.
The Wishes Collection
This collection offers a huge range of 42 venues so we’ve picked our selection of the most magical of them all. See all venues here.
Magic Kingdom Park Evening
This is the ultimate fairytale wedding venue where you’ll get married in an evening ceremony in front of Cinderella Castle, enveloped by the wonder and magic of this breathtaking location.
You’ll find this fantastic venue in Epcot, where a replica of the Taoist Temple of Heaven provides the perfect backdrop for taking your vows. Your guests will enter the venue through the Gate of the Golden Sun and be among bold colors, jaw-dropping imperial architecture and beautiful lotus ponds.
Tower of Terror
Add a touch of old Hollywood gothic glamour to your ceremony and get married in the outdoor courtyard of the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is the perfect location if you and your partner prefer an intimate affair to celebrate your big day.
Oak Manor Lawn
Located in the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort at Disney Springs, Oak Manor Lawn brings southern charm to your day. Say your vows in a romantic and elegant garden, perfect for all sized ceremonies.
So, what is the cost of a wedding at Disney?
Getting married at Disney World gives you the chance to have the wedding of your dreams and the costs reflect what you’ll be getting.
For packages from the Memories Collection prices start at around $3,500, while the Escape and Wishes packages start from around $7,000 and $12,000 respectively for the basic packages, not including tax. Extras range from $13 for boutonnieres to $3,500 for Cinderella’s Glass Coach hire.
How to book a wedding at Disney World
When you’re ready to book your dream wedding, Disney Weddings is there to help you make your dreams come to life. Their wedding coordinators are dedicated experts who will help you put together your special day from start to finish. The team also provides you with an online planning tool so you can experiment with wedding colors, flowers, dresses, hairstyles and more, and when you’re ready, they’ll help you transform your ideas into reality.
Other options for getting married in Orlando
If getting married at Disney World is outside your budget, or you’d like to tie the knot somewhere else in Orlando, we have some great recommendations for unique locations to make sure you have a special day.
Have a sophisticated celebration at a resort
Whether you’re planning an extravagant wedding celebration or an intimate ceremony, Reunion Resort offers plenty of venues to suit your needs. With a range of outdoor or indoor locations, you’re sure to find the perfect place to make your wedding dreams come true.
You can choose to exchange your vows in the resort’s stunning 5,000 sq ft wedding pavilion or, for those who love golf, on the tee box of Arnold Palmer’s golf course. And after the “I dos”, you can either celebrate at the rooftop restaurant Eleven for a perfect view of Disney’s fireworks or at the huge reception pavilion.
Prices are dependent on packages, but range from $2,000 to $3,500, with reception packages starting from $139 per guest.
What’s more you’ll find plenty of places for you guests to stay. Top Villas offers a wide range of villas at Reunion Resort, complete with private pools, hot tubs, game rooms, home theaters and themed kids bedrooms.
Say “I do” at Harry P. Leu Gardens
One of the most popular wedding destinations in Orlando, Harry P. Leu Gardens is the ideal location to exchange your wedding vows surrounded by beautiful flowers and breathtaking vegetation.
Ceremonies can hold up to 25 guests and over. Bigger ceremonies (over 25 people) can be held at the Rose Garden or Landing, but if you wish to get married at the Rose Garden make sure that it’s in between mid-April and January, as roses are cut back in February each year ready to be in full bloom again by the middle of April. Smaller ceremonies can be held at the Trellis, South Woods Gazebo or Idea Garden Gazebo.
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Wedding rates start from just $250 for one hour of venue hire, excluding catering.
Exchange your vows 400ft in the air
Reach new heights and get married at The Wheel at ICON Park! Have a one-of-a-kind wedding in a private capsule with six of your closest friends while overlooking the best views of Orlando. You also have an option to get married at sunset with your favorite color on the wheel! Prices range start from $1,250.
Have a grand celebration
You don’t have to get married in front of Cinderella Castle to have a fairytale wedding. Why not wow your guests by hosting your wedding reception at a castle-style villa instead? Reunion Resort 6000 has a grand entrance staircase, a huge dining room and a spectacular pool terrace with a large infinity pool.
Top Villas offers a wide range of villas and mansions that are perfect for special occasions. Book with us and not only will you be staying in a jaw-dropping villa, you’ll also benefit from amazing round-the-clock customer service plus access to a wide range of travel extras such as car hire, attraction tickets or help with arranging a special experience.
*Please note that not all of our villas are licensed for weddings however they are all available for special occasions.
Spending your honeymoon at Disney World
You could make your wedding celebrations extra special by also spending your honeymoon at Disney World! There are so many special and unique things that you can do in addition to enjoying the rides:
You could get close to exotic animals on a Walt Disney World excursion, where you’ll have a close encounter with exotic African animals on Wild Africa Trek or feel like you’re Under the Sea with a snorkel or scuba experience swimming with sea turtles and sharks on Epcot Sea Adventures.
You could also dine around the park! Disney offers plenty of fantastic dining choices that can satisfy every craving; visit Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show for an immersive luau dining experience, enter Beast’s castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant for a quick-service breakfast, lunch or a magical sit-down dinner, go all out at high-end Victoria & Albert’s AAA Five Diamond Award restaurant or visit in time for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.
And why not find out how the magic is made with VIP backstage tours, such as the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour which will take you on a tour of beloved classic attractions at Magic Kingdom park, Backstage Magic which will take you on a 7-hour tour around Magic Kingdom to show you how rides, parades and shows are put on, or Star Wars Guided Tour, taking you on an all-access tour of the movie franchise’s fun in the park.
If you can’t decide what you’ll like to do, why not let your wedding guests purchase the experience for you by signing up to a Disney Honeymoon Registry. They’ll be able to pick and choose the experience that they want to gift you, ranging from the options above to park tickets, tickets for seasonal events, specialty cruises, shows and many more.
Here are a few tips to make sure your honeymoon is one to remember:
Make it a memorable trip
If you want to record your honeymoon, but you don’t want to drain the battery of your phone or carry around a camera, don’t worry because when you book your Disney tickets through our concierge service, you’ll also get a free Memory Maker. This way you can enjoy unlimited digital Disney Photopass photos captured at hundreds of locations throughout the park. The photos are conveniently stored in your online Disney account with a touch of your Magic Band or card.
Book your rides in advance
Skip queues by reserving rides with FastPass+. This allows you to book a time on specific rides around the park so you don’t waste all your time queueing up. You can book 3 rides per day and it’s included in the price of a regular park ticket. You can find out more about FastPass+ in our guide.
Take your time exploring
To start your life as a married couple you will want to relax and unwind on your honeymoon. Disney World is a busy place and you don’t want to experience it in a rush. We recommend staying for at least 14 days to see and do everything you want to. Book your attraction tickets with Top Villas and you can get great deals including 14 days’ unlimited admission for the price of 7!
If you want to take a breather from the parks, there are plenty of other things for couples to do in Orlando. You can take a hot air balloon ride, go kayaking under the stars or have a romantic picnic by a swan-filled lake. Here are many more romantic things you can do in Orlando.
Where to stay
Whether you’re getting married at Disney World or spending your honeymoon in Orlando, you’ll find plenty of amazing places to stay. Top Villas offers a wide range of vacation homes in all of the top resorts near Disney World.
Our villas and mansions at Reunion Resort are perfect for group stays and special occasions. Reunion Resort is just a few miles from Disney World and close to Orlando’s other top attractions. Many homes have swimming pools, hot tubs, home theaters and games rooms – some even have bowling alleys and rooftop pools!
You also have the option of hiring a private chef who will come to your vacation home to cook for you and your guests.
Reunion Resort boasts fantastic on-site facilities including a clubhouse, a water park, 3 golf courses, a spa, sports courts and restaurants.
Reunion Resort 1600
This huge mansion boasts 13 en-suite bedrooms suited to 32 people, themed bedrooms, a cinema room, an alfresco dining area with built-in BBQ, gym and an infinity pool.
Reunion Resort 892
Or if they’d like to stay at a quieter property, this is the perfect perfect option – 13 bedrooms that can sleep up to 33 people, home theater, open-plan living and dining areas with a private pool and hot tub.
Check out all of our villas at Reunion Resort to choose a home that suits all your needs.