Tag: Fairy Tale Wedding Venues

Apr 30

Real-Life Fairy Tale Wedding: Your “Once Upon a Time” Disney Wedding

If you’re a fan of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, you’ve probably heard the great news.

On April 12, Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White on the series, tied the knot with co-star Josh Dallas, her Prince Charming in real life and on the show. These two had the most fairy tale engagement of them all, because they met while filming and fell in love.

In honor of Ginnifer and Josh’s wedding, this post is going to give you tons of ideas you can use for your very own Once Upon a Time wedding!

The show pulls on many similar styles and themes as previous Disney-themed wedding posts on this blog, and since it doesn’t focus on just one character’s storyline, the ideas here are for the couple who wants a general fairy tale-themed wedding (but with some hints of the show included!).

Ready to dive in?


First thing’s first, you gotta start with some incredible invitations.

The key here is to pick invitations that emulate the magic of a Once Upon a Time wedding. This could mean you choose font that’s swirly and elegant, or font similar to the illuminated manuscript look of old texts or books. For even more impact, go with a pop-up design!

As mentioned in a previous Cinderella Disney wedding post, you could also choose to print invitations on tea-dyed paper with slightly burnt edges, and roll them up like scrolls for delivery (on horseback or through the post office, it’s up to you).


The ring you get for your engagement is of course completely up to you, but if you’re addicted to Once Upon a Time and don’t care for diamonds, you can opt for a Snow White-inspired peridot ring.

Disney Wedding Ring Ideas

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Disney Wedding Rings

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An alternative would be to get a diamond ring that’s surrounded by peridot gems, or get your wedding band made with peridot.


Snow White’s dress in the show, like many Disney princesses, was very much a ballgown style.

Look for a dress that has a fitted bodice and elegantly flares out at the waist or hips. And if you get one with feathers, you’ll be matching Snow White’s style to a T.

Disney Wedding Dress

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Want to reflect some of the current wedding dress trends? Get a short dress with feathers.

Disney Wedding Dress Ideas

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Finish off with some long gloves, a matching pair of shoes, and some elaborate vintage jewelry and you’re good to go!


This one’s a no-brainer.

For a truly Once Upon a Time-themed wedding, you should have your wedding at a castle. Castles can be found anywhere in the world, which means you can even have a destination wedding, if you want!

Disney Wedding Venues

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Disney Wedding Venue Ideas

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Even better, you could get married in a gazebo like Snow White and Prince Charming did in the show!

Disney Wedding Venue Locations

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Flowers and Centerpieces

Judging by the color Snow’s name represents, you likely want to include a lot of white decorations.

At Snow and James’s wedding, for example, there were garlands of white flowers twisting up the gazebo pillars. Throw in some elegant, romantic touches as well as some delicate pastels and you’re bound to create a fairy tale atmosphere.

Disney Wedding Flowers

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Don’t forget to throw in a royal carriage motif, too. You can use these as place settings or even table numbers if you wanted.

Disney Wedding Flower Ideas

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As if cakes weren’t fun enough, you can choose some of the coolest designs for your Once Upon a Time cake.

Whether it’s dragons or castles, you can pull on almost any fairy tale motif you want to. If you would rather have a simpler, more traditional cake, you can always adorn the top with a castle cake topper.

Disney Wedding Cakes

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Finishing Touches

Now, you just a few more final additions and you’ll be having the fairy tale wedding of your dreams.

Start with a themed guest book, even one that’s an exact replica of Henry’s storybook in the show!

Disney Wedding Decorations

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Don’t forget to have a head table that’s the kind of royal treatment that Snow White and Prince Charming deserve:

Disney Wedding Inspiration

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Disney Wedding Planning

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Now add some little details and you’re good to go.

Your Turn…

Though a Once Upon a Time wedding can be very general “fairy tale” themed, that doesn’t mean it has to be any less amazing.

Apply some of these ideas in your planning and you’ll end up with the happily-ever-after wedding of your dreams.

What is the one idea you just have to have in your Disney wedding? Tell us in the comments below!

About the Author

Bree is a freelance blogger and writer who creates content people want to consume. She enjoys investigating culture and entertainment, teaching people how to build an online business the geek way, and shopping for deals like a true Dutchwoman. Follow Bree on Google+.

Jul 2

3 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Destination Wedding Planning

3 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Destination Wedding Planning by Estate Weddings and Events

If the idea of a destination wedding thrills you to the very core, you probably need to have one.

Or do you?

Do you want to get married away from your home area, or does the idea of some vacation time just sound good to you? Are you really prepared for what goes into planning a destination wedding? Are your friends and family willing to make that type of commitment?

Sometimes we fall in love with an idea that’s impractical for our budget or goals in the long run. For example, you may love the idea of getting married in a castle in Ireland but hate the fact that you’ll have to wait months, even more than a year to have your wedding during a time when the weather is agreeable in that part of the world.

However, careful preparations are key to a destination wedding and, if done well, should allow you to have the destination wedding of your dreams with little worry!

So to make sure you’re as prepared as possible before you slap down those deposits for your wedding date, we’ve listed three important questions you need to consider before you start all your destination wedding planning.

1. How long do you want to be engaged?

Though this doesn’t seem like an unusual question to consider (all couples have to ask themselves this), figuring out the length of your engagement determines how quickly you’ll have to plan and what season you’ll have your wedding in.

For example, if you got engaged this summer but want to look at some winter wedding venues, you’ll need to decide if you can finish all your destination wedding planning in only a few months, or if it’s best for you to wait more than a year to get married.

You can either choose to set your engagement length right off the bat and work with the season that falls at the end of it, or you can choose your favorite season and deal with the length of your engagement accordingly. However, you may also want to consider your location into these factors, as well…

How long do you want to be engaged?

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2. Where in the world do you want to get married?

Sometimes as a couple your heart is simply set on a special location in the world. Maybe it’s in Rome where you met, or maybe you’ve just always liked the idea of getting married at a Disney theme park for a fairy tale wedding.

If this is the case, you’ll want to plan your engagement length and all your destination wedding planning around with your location in mind.

When you’re looking at your location first, make sure you pay most attention to the weather during the time of year you’re interested in. It won’t matter much if you get married in the coolest lodge ever in Colorado if your guests can’t even attend because of snow concerns.

Where in the world do you want to get married?

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3. Who do you actually want to show up?

This is absolutely necessary to ask yourselves if you’re considering having a destination wedding instead of a home-based one.

“Normal” wedding locations are easier for guests to deal with and many times cheaper for them to attend. A destination wedding may mean that many friends and family can’t attend, and will determine who you can ask to be your bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc. If you’re looking for a huge bash with friends and family, this may not be the right choice for you.

However, destination wedding planning can also be easier when you have less guests to worry about providing for. They’re also a great choice for the couple who only wants their most loving, dedicated friends and family showing up for an intimate gathering and celebration.

Who do you actually want to show up?

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Your Turn…

Though there are of course many more questions you’ll have to ask yourselves, these three will help get you started on figuring out when and where your destination wedding should be. Once you’ve got a clearer picture of your goals in mind, you can start some more detailed destination wedding planning!

What other destination wedding questions would you consider as important (maybe more) than the ones listed here?


About the Author

Bree is a freelance blogger and writer who creates content people want to consume. She enjoys investigating culture and entertainment, teaching people how to build an online business the geek way, and shopping for deals like a true Dutchwoman. Follow Bree on Google+.

Nov 27

Real-Life Fairy Tale Wedding: The Little Mermaid

Fairy Tale Wedding Themes

To all the beach lovers out there who have dreams of being under the sea, we are guessing that your favorite Disney movie growing up was The Little Mermaid!

Ariel is the perfect Disney princess to channel on your wedding day for more reasons than a beach wedding.

Just like Ariel fulfills her biggest hope of walking on land, you are taking your first steps in a new life.

Here are our ideas to transform your wedding into your own real-life Little Mermaid wedding: fish and prince included!

Seashell Bouquet

Fairy Tale Wedding Decor

What better way to represent flowers of the ocean than natural and unique seashells.

Mix and match different shapes of seashells with some pearl branches to make a lovely sea-inspired bouquet.

Intricate designs made by the ocean and the creamy color of most seashells are a perfect complement to your wedding dress.

We found this bouquet along with other amazing ideas on user HiLLjo’s Little Mermaid wedding inspiration Pinterest board.


Fairy Tale Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

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Let’s make things really interesting!

Bring aquatic life straight to guests’ tables with a showstopping hanging fishbowl, this one found on Opulent Items.

Fairy Tale Wedding Centerpieces

Accentuate your fishbowl (hanging or not) with pieces of coral, candles, and flowers around it to resemble ocean flora and seaweed.

You can even spray paint coral pieces to get the exact colors you desire!

Color Scheme

Color Schemes: Fairy Tale Wedding

The Little Mermaid movie brings to mind colors of red like Ariel’s hair and her crustacean friend Sebastian, and blue for the color of the ocean; however these colors are a little too primary for wedding decor.

Soften up red and blue by using seafoam or teal and coral for your main elements such as linens and plateware.

We also like the sparkle of mermaid scales that can be subtley added to your nails or shoes.

Wedding Colors and Themes

Gadgets and Gizmos

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Ariel has gadgets and gizmos aplenty, as well as whuzzits and whatsits galore.

Scatter these props on tables along with some antique candle holders that look like they came right out of Ariel’s grotto.

Wedding Themes and Inspirations

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Archive Vintage Rentals has a beautiful selection of vintage items to choose from such as tarnished silver candlesticks and mercury glass vases, to name a few.

Mermaid Look

Fairy Tale Wedding Dresses and Gowns

Determined to blow your friends away with how well you’ve stuck to the theme?

If you are bold enough to do it, do a bright red wig to match Ariel’s hair.

Otherwise, don’t worry we have a few tricks up our sleeve.

Mermaid Wedding Dress

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Style your hair in waves to mimic the traditional mermaid look and match that with a mermaid style dress which is tight from the shoulders to about the bottom of the thigh.

This style can be applied to your bridesmaids if you are in love with another look.

Finish with a starfish in hair of course!


Fairy Tale Wedding Venues

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For Disney fanatics, Disney’s Beach Club and Resort in Florida has a designated Ariel’s restaurant that is popular for beach-themed weddings.

The venue consists of a private dining room with a seaside/underwater theme.

There are murals of an under the sea world, with crystal bubbles hanging from the ceiling.

Fairy Tale Wedding Locations

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Lucky for the rest of us outside of Florida, there are more than enough beachside locations to choose from!

Take a look at our list of best beach locations including international ones.

If sand in your shoes does not sound appealing, go for a venue that has an amazing pool.


Fairy Tale Wedding Songs

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During the reception, play songs from the movie such as “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” and “Under the Sea.”

These can be added in with other breezy, beach inspired songs from artists like Jack Johnson, Colbie Caillat, and the Beach Boys.

More beach ideas can be found on Martha Stewart’s Beach Wedding Idea list and Disney’s Wedding Blog.

Ready to Start Planning Your Fairy Tale Wedding?

….or if you have any ideas to share, please do in the comments below!


About the Author

Nancy is Community Manager for Estate Weddings and Events.  When not typing away, she enjoys discovering new wedding trends and attending weddings and events to see all the people and private estates get dressed up! You can follow her on Google+,  Twitter or LinkedIn.

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