As the new year has begun and the emerging wedding trends for 2022 have been revealed, many engaged couples and Disney fans might start planning their own 2022 Disney weddings. But how much does a Disney wedding in a Disney theme park actually cost? Disney is notoriously expensive, and most of the Disney weddings that make the news are extravagant affairs helmed by a Disney wedding planner, so many people might assume that an official Disney wedding in a Disney venue is out of their budget for their wedding day. Surprisingly, however, some Disney weddings can actually be cheaper than expected!
The Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Ever After blog shared a post on December 31 2021 revealing the actual costs of iconic Disney weddings–and there are definitely some reasonable options! When it comes to wedding pricing at Disney wedding venues or destinations, there will be a lot of overall factors making the wedding or vow renewal more expensive, but the preliminary pricing isn’t too bad depending on which Disney theme Park or Resort you want to use for a romantic event.
Even though Walt Disney World has many iconic locations and venues for weddings or vow renewals, a wedding ceremony and reception at a Walt Disney World Resort location is actually not the most expensive offering from Disney Fairy Tale Weddings! The minimum for a Disney World wedding is $7,500, with weekday weddings typically costing less than holiday or weekend weddings. The minimum goes up once you start looking at venues in EPCOT’s Japan, Germany, Morocco, France, Canada, Italy, China, or United Kingdom.
According to the blog post, the minimum wedding event fee is a “combination of the ceremony fee and a food and beverage minimum”. Florals and decor will also go towards your minimum. The Conch Key Marina, Luau Beach, Luau Pointe, and Sago Cay are the wedding venues with the lowest ceremony venue fees, so you could save big if you chose a weekday wedding at one of those wedding venues! Brunch per guest is also much cheaper than the lunch or dinner options per guest, if that helps you choose your wedding time.
Strangely enough, Disneyland is the more expensive option when it comes to standard Disney wedding pricing! The minimum cost for a Disneyland wedding is actually $10,000; your ceremony venue fee and any Disney Weddings Service elements such as florals, decor, food, beverage, and entertainment will all go toward your minimum.
The cheapest option for a Disney wedding is actually a Disney Cruise Line wedding! These cost a minimum of $3,500 and are arranged with package pricing so that couples already know exactly what they’re getting. While this is more formulaic and less creative than a Disney World or a Disneyland Park wedding that comes with a wedding planner and “a dedicated team of wedding experts”, it could be ideal for a no-fuss couple that wants a simple wedding with some Disney magic!
Disney Cruise weddings are for eighteen people, including the couple. You can add more guests to your wedding at $20 per person ages 3 and up. The minimum package for a cruise wedding includes an “on-site ceremony coordinator”, an officiant, a pianist, a cake and champagne celebration on the ship, and dinner at Palo for the newlyweds.
The couple’s wedding clothes will also be steamed, and they will receive fresh florals, an “engraved Cake Knife and Server set”, a “Commemorative Disney Cruise Line Wedding Certificate”, and a “$100.00 onboard stateroom credit”. For a $4,500 ceremony, you can get married at Castaway Cay, The Wedding Pointe, or your cruise ship’s atrium. Otherwise, the benefits in the package are the same!
Now let’s get to the cheapest options. Although the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii might seem luxurious, a wedding there is actually the second-cheapest option (if you choose one specific package) for a Disney marriage. There are two packages offered.
The Pilialoha ceremony package costs $5,400 and is meant for 18 people, including the couple. This package includes one hour of photography, water for the guests, an officiant, and garden chairs. Although this wedding package is minimal, an exotic locale like Hawaii will automatically add drama — and since you’re saving money already, you may want to pay the extra $750 for a nighttime wedding at “the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on O’ahu”, Kula Wai. This venue is shown below!
The other Aulani option is the Lokahi package, which costs a minimum of $10,600 and involves a full-scale customization of your fairy tale wedding. Once again, lunch per guest is cheaper than dinner per guest for an Aulani wedding. This package offers many more venue options, while the Pilialoha package only offered three!
As the blog post said, Disney Wedding participants might opt for anything ranging from “an intimate water-front ceremony with their closest friends and family to a “memorable wedding reception with confetti bursts and lots of entertainment” or “a dreamy event with lots of floral and a world-class culinary experience”. But you don’t have to be a Disney wedding planner, a Disney wedding expert, or a Disney wedding consultant to get started!
Which would you choose for your own Disney Fairy Tale Wedding? If you do have a Disney theme for your wedding day, are you going to choose a wedding dress from the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Collection by Allure Bridals? And have you already been inspired by seeing photos of Disney weddings at the Disney wedding pavilion, in front of the Cinderella Castle, in the Animal Kingdom, in the Magic Kingdom, at Disneyland Resort, or even further afield like in Hong Kong Disneyland or Disneyland Paris?