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Disney: How to Create Your Own “Royal Wedding”

Last week, Reuters published my picks for the top 10 wedding destinations around the world. Guess who made the list? Walt Disney World Resort, of course. But even if you can’t get married at Disney (or Westminster Abbey for that matter), you can still add a few royal touches to your celebration.

Here are some expert tips from Korri McFann, of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, on how to tie the knot in all the majesty and enchantment of Britain’s royal couple:

• Travel in style!  For example, at Walt Disney World Resort, brides can arrive in Cinderella’s Coach, which makes for a truly grand entrance.  Built by Bennington Carriages – the same coach makers to the British Monarchy – this majestic coach is pulled by six white ponies, guided by a driver and two footmen in full regalia.

• Add a touch of fanfare to your ceremony, such as the majestic sounds of a herald trumpeter.  If you’re a Disney bride, you can request the presence of Major Domo, the footman from Walt Disney’s Cinderella, to carry your rings down the aisle in fairytale style.

• Make your pathway fit for royalty.  I love when couples create custom aisle runners with celebratory sayings such as, “And They Lived Happily Ever After…”

• Think about extra special touches.  Small details, like serving sorbet out of a glass slipper or having edible chocolate place cards, are the perfect way to tie your theme into your reception and “wow” your guests.

Need even more ideas? Take a look at the video below. No matter what royal elements and touches you choose, your wedding is sure to be your very own fairytale “wish come true.”



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Beautiful touch for that special day.

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This is a bit over the top for me. However, it is a good idea for those brides looking for that Cinderella moment.

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From a guys perspective: The day is for you both as a couple, but most of the important decisions during a wedding are up to the bride to make. We are happy to tie the knot, while she has been thinking about this day for most of her life.

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Gorgeous touch to the perfect day. The authentic chaperon is done up from head to toe. Awesome.

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