Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Expo – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Disney wedding expo if:

  • You want to get married in the most magical place on earth
  • You want to see and sample the cutest of Disney desserts
  • You have a question for David Tutera

Stay faaaaar away if:

  • 400 Disney brides all in one room scare you
  • You can’t sit through the ride it’s a small world (then you definitely won’t make it through the expo)
  • Happiness just isn’t your thing

Even more shocking than the proposal was when Charlie let me know that he had purchased us tickets to the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Showcase!  It only happens once a year.  In November I saw it advertised and showed it to Charlie, who responded “cool.”  I didn’t push it and thought it would be stupid for me to buy tickets if I wasn’t engaged.  As the February date approached, tickets sold out and I was disappointed, but still felt like I couldn’t be since I wasn’t engaged.

Once we got engaged, I told him the expo was sold out.  Turns out that back when I had sent him the link, he not only said “cool” but also bought us our tickets!  Sneaky.

Having never been to a wedding expo, I was shocked by the size of the room and the abundance of free food to taste!

Cinderella's coach can carry any Disney bride... for the low price of??

Cinderella’s coach can carry any Disney bride… for the low price of??

Sample Wedding Meals

Sample Wedding Meals

Cheeseburger Springrolls?  Crazy or Genius?

Cheeseburger Springrolls? Crazy or Genius?

Donald?

Donald?

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You’re definitely wondering what French Onion Cappuccino Sips are.  I tried one.  I’m not sure.  I think it was french onion soup flavored like coffee served with biscotti.  Yum.  It wasn’t quite as good as the bizarre cheeseburger spring rolls, but it was a lot weirder.

The really impressive part of the food tasting was the dessert.

Do you want to build a snowman....tower of cupcakes?

Do you want to build a snowman….tower of cupcakes?

Perhaps you have gone over to the dark side?

Perhaps you have gone over to the dark side?

Milk and cookies bar!

Milk and cookies bar!

Oatmeal Raisin and Almond Milk, Please!

Oatmeal Raisin and Almond Milk, Please!

Of course, the most impressive desserts are the Disney wedding cakes!

Mad Hatter!

Mad Hatter!

So many choices!

So many choices!

Beautiful cakes!

Beautiful cakes!

Fit for a pricess!

Fit for a princess!

Besides the beautiful cakes, they had workers showing gum paste characters that can sit on or around your cake.  Of course there are Disney touches to everything.  They even let us sample different cake flavors.  They even gave me a gum paste orchid to wear in my hair!

Cake toppers

Cake toppers

Buttercream

Buttercream

Yum

Yum

The most ridiculous cake of all was the digitally projected wedding cake.  Watch it and wait for the fireworks.  It’s only $3000!

The event had breakout sessions, which included my favorite – planning your wedding meal!  There’s not much that I love more than buffets.  That list shrinks even more when it comes to Disney buffets, so it’s great to know that my dream wedding can include a Disney buffet I create all on my own!

"We can do anything you want!"

“We can do anything you want!”

There was also what appeared to be a drag queen walking around and energizing the guests.  Although I did a double take and think she actually was a woman.

Is this lady official?

Is this lady official?

There were examples of beautiful tables set up, photo options, and all types of wedding offerings.

My favorite!

My favorite!

Simple.

Simple.

This wouldn't be awkward at all.

This wouldn’t be awkward at all.

Glass slipper?

Glass slipper?

Finally – what everyone came to see – David Tutera from the Wedding Channel came to speak!  I had never heard of him but Charlie made me marathon watch “My Fair Wedding” that morning to prepare.  I even decided to ask him a question!  I asked if it was appropriate to basically spend all of our money on a really great Disney wedding.  His answer was pretty simple: “No.”

What does he know anyway?

David Tutera answering MY question!

David Tutera answering MY question!

He was really nice, actually.  At least three women showed up to ask questions who were clearly not engaged but just wanted to meet him.  He let each of them come up on stage and take selfies with him.  He also hugged a woman whose wedding was in three months and she hadn’t started planning.  He made us all laugh at a woman who bought a dress a year before she got engaged and now it doesn’t fit her.  And he obsessed over a couple who had secretly been married for two years and wanted to know how to break that news to their parents and the family at their “wedding.”

I definitely recommend this as a one time thing.  It was fun, but all those brides in one room on vacation with their parents was exhausting.  Fortunately, I have a very reasonable and snarky groom to make the weird stuff bearable and the fun stuff awesome!

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