• Samantha Pauley

Five Subtle Disney-Details for your Big Day

Updated: Apr 16

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably had your days of binge-watching Disney Fairytale Weddings and Say Yes to the Dress while creating the perfect future wedding Pinterest board. And more often than not, this fantasy wedding is so overpriced that Walt himself couldn’t have afforded it. But what if I told you there was a way to tone it down so it didn’t cost an arm and a leg to have the most magical Disney wedding? Follow along for five SUBTLE ways to add a little pixie dust and imagination to one of the most memorable days of your life.


The Wedding Cake

Hidden Mickeys are an easy way to add that extra spark of magic to almost any aspect of your wedding, but especially the cake. Many Disney-loving couples want to add one but are unsure of how to tastefully place it. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add an outline of a Mickey head with a delicate swirl or lace piping on the middle or bottom tier

  • Ask for a beaded bottom border and add Mickey ears to one or a few of the individual beads of buttercream, frosting or fondant. *Hint: add a bit of gold luster to make it sparkle like pixie dust

  • Order a Disney-inspired cake topper with the option to customize the surname

  • Request a tier to be designed in a quilted fondant pattern with pearls and place Mickey ears on one or more of the pearls

Flowers

Mickey-embellished floral pins are the perfect delicate detail for bouquets and boutonnières, either in the flower themselves or used on the stem or handle. Many craft stores and Etsy shops offer them in crystals of various colors to add a bit of sparkle, or in pearl if you’re going for more of an elegant tone. They can be added to all the bridesmaids’ bouquets and groomsmen's boutonnières to look uniform. Or if you’re looking for a way to add a magical moment amongst you and your Disney-loving friends, add the Mickey shaped picks to theirs and regular crystals to the rest. This is a discrete way of showing your bridesmaids or groomsmen you thought of them on your special day. Another option is to only add them to the happy couple’s flowers.


If you want the Disney look to be slightly more obvious, talk to your florist about creating a Hidden Mickey using a designated flower or shade that will stand out amongst the other flowers in your bouquet.

Apparel

For the bride:

  • Check out Allure Bridals’ Disney Fairytale Weddings Collection to find a wedding dress inspired by your favorite Disney Princess. These dresses can be found at, none other than Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. That said, I’m sure you can guess the price range.

  • To find a Disney-esque dress in a more realistic price range, use the silhouette as inspiration rather than the designer name and price. For example, look at mermaid silhouettes if you want to feel like Ariel and ball gowns if you want to look like Cinderella. Many smaller boutiques also offer their own version of a Disney-inspired line.

  • Find wedding hairstyle inspiration from your favorite princess. Whether it’s a dazzling headpiece like Jasmine or a sparkling crown like Tiana, this is an easy way to make any bride feel like a princess.

  • From jewelry, to belts to shoes, there are many ways to incorporate a magical touch. An easy addition to your wedding day heels, is adding “I Do” to the bottom in the classic Disney-font.

For the groom:

  • Disney themed cufflinks are the perfect route to take for a subtle show of magic.

  • Inspired by a prince? Try coordinating the tuxedo color with the Disney prince of your choosing.

  • Don’t forget the obvious—Disney socks! While wearing appropriate color socks to match the shoes and pants is important, it’s your day! Have some fun! This is always a fun photo-op with the groom and groomsmen showing off their coordinating character socks.

Colors and Themes

Choosing a color scheme or theme is one of the first details a couple will decide on. These colors will typically appear in the bridesmaid dresses, flowers, decor, and the wedding cake design. Here are just a few themes that will immerse your guests in a magical evening.

For a Tangled glow:


Use shades of purple and gold

  • Incorporate the sundrop flower

  • Release floating lanterns at the end of the night

For a Cinderella elegance:

  • Feature shades of light blue and white

  • Use a pop of light pink and pearls in the bouquets and centerpieces

  • A ball gown and glass slippers are a must

For a Beauty and the Beast ball:

  • Choose navy blue with gold accents

  • Red rose centerpieces are essential

  • Make roses from book pages for your bouquets

For a Star Wars galactic-gala:

  • Stick with a black and white theme and add pops of colors based on Jedi or Sith

  • Incorporate “I love you. I know”

  • Exit your venue through a lightsaber tunnel created by your guests

Music

Imagine that feeling of being in Magic Kingdom watching the evening fireworks show. The pure joy and flutter of inspiration you feel when Happily Ever After starts and the first firework cracks. Now it may be cheesy, but if you know that feeling, imagine it being played at your reception to recreate that excitement and love in your heart between you and your partner. Not only do the lyrics embody a loving marriage and lively spirit, but also reminds you of the magic you feel in WDW.


For a more subtle addition, consider the fairest Disney resort of them all—The Grand Floridian. Anybody who has been in the lobby knows the sense of peacefulness and elegance you feel looking up at the grand chandelier and listening to the pianist play. Disney instrumental music is the perfect tone for a classy, black-tie apparel wedding that can be played during the cocktail hour and dinner.


If you’re looking for other wedding-appropriate Disney songs, whether it’s for your first dance or to sing on the dance floor, check out “Best of Friends” from The Fox & The Hound, “I See the Light” from Tangled, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin and “La Vie en Rose” from WALL-E.


In summary, this is YOUR special day. Whether you choose to add a subtle Hidden Mickey or theme your entire wedding to your favorite Disney fairytale, it is your decision to find the perfect level of magic for you and your partner. Take this guide and use it as inspiration, but make it your own!


Have you already incorporated Disney in your wedding? Let us know in the comments or tag us in your photos!


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