Put a Twinkle in Your Lovebird’s Eye, Disney Style

Put a Twinkle in Your Lovebird’s Eye, Disney StylePut a Twinkle in Your Lovebird’s Eye, Disney Style

By Cara Goldsbury

Believe in Magic. If Walt Disney World is a land of magic it follows that it’s also a land of love. Amorous venues and storybook settings thrive in the land of Mickey Mouse. Here’s a step-by-step plan to help you light the spark that’ll put a twinkle in your lovebird’s eye.grand-floridian-romantic-disney-hotel

Indulge Yourselves at Victoria & Albert’s. Fine dining in an intimate setting combined with virtually flawless service sets Victoria and Albert’s apart. You’ll be treated to Wedgwood china, Christofle silver, Frette linens, Riedel crystal, and even personalized menus. A seasonal prix fixe dinner includes six sumptuous courses served by an ultra-professional wait staff, accompanied by lovely strains of music plucked by a harpist. It’s simply the ultimate in romantic dining. The lady leaves with a long-stemmed rose, the gentleman with the proverbial feather in his cap.

Capture the Romance of an African Safari at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. And don’t dare book anything less than a savanna view room or suite so you’ll get as close to the action as you possibly can. Enjoy breakfast on your balcony while giraffes nibble at the tree tops and gazelles frolic on the grassland. Later, after a long day at the parks, a bottle of champagne will set the mood for an enchanting evening sunset followed by dinner at the resort’s signature restaurant, Jiko. And don’t worry if your travel plans don’t coincide with a full moon. In true Disney fashion a shimmery moonlit effect is on order each night to assure you of a romantic nocturnal setting. It really is one of Disney’s best themed resorts.

Send a Postcard from Paradise. The tiki-lit Polynesian Resort is almost as satisfying as a trip to the South Pacific. Soft Hawaiian melodies set a dreamy mood throughout the resort’s luxuriant grounds where ducks and ibis roam the thick, grassy lawns and rabbits hop along meandering pathways lined with volcanic rock. As the sky darkens, three white-sand beaches dotted with hammocks and lounge chairs entice you to relax with your sweetheart and take in the Magic Kingdom’s breathtaking fireworks spectacular.

Cozy Up For a Carriage Ride. Bring your own beverages, a couple of glasses, and enjoy the moonlight and romance of the idyllic, pine-filled grounds at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Your private horse-drawn carriage ride is a rare excursion through the scenery of old Florida, a fast disappearing way of life where a myriad of wildlife including deer, peacocks, ducks, and more still roam.

Pamper Yourselves With a Couple’s Spa Treatment. Imagine relaxing together while enjoying the Romantic Couples Massage at the Grand Floridian Spa where each person receives an aromatherapy massage in a candlelit room. Choose an aromatic side-by-side massage in a beautiful Balinese-style treatment room, followed by a river-rocked rimmed hydrotherapy tub with The Time For Two Massage at the Walt Disney World Dolphin’s luxurious Mandara Spa. Or try a romantic duet at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Spa with the Couple’s Relaxation as you and your partner switch in the same room between an aromatherapy massage and hydrotherapy. Whatever your choice, you will emerge in a calm and romantic state-of-mind.

Hop On Board Your Own Personal Love Boat. Rendezvous on your very own yacht for an intimate evening on the Seven Seas Lagoon aboard a 52-foot Sea Ray, the Grand I. Arrange for hors d’oeuvres and wine onboard to toast the glorious evening in anticipation of a course-by-course dinner served by your own personal butler. End the evening on the glistening water with a spellbinding and oh-so-private view of the Wishes fireworks.

Stay In. One privilege of choosing one of Disney’s luxurious accommodations is the sheer enjoyment of it for its own sake and simply time alone. Plenty of room to spread out and luxuriate in comfy robes, listen to soft music on the stereo, order a nice bottle of wine, put your feet up, and just snuggle. And be sure to book a room with picture perfect views of one of Disney’s lovely waterways. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Stroll the “World”. There’s nothing quite like Epcot’s World Showcase after sunset. The lights, the music, the restaurants, the quiet nooks, the entertainment – it all adds up to one exotic and entrancing place. Plan dinner at Bistro de Paris, a charming belle ?poque dining room with an air of exclusivity. It’s the perfect setting for enjoying charming French accents and delicious cuisine prepared simply in tantalizing sauces. A dessert of crepe suzette prepared and flamb?ed tableside or the perfect apple tart with calvados while lingering over cordials and coffee is definitely my idea of a nightcap, itself romantically capped by Epcot’s spectacular Illuminations show.

Renew Your Vows. All this romantic talk is bound to ignite a desire to recharge your marriage with a fairy tale ceremony. Choose from a variety of magical settings from a service overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Polynesian or Grand Floridian Resort to a stunning backdrop of Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom. Arrive in style in a vintage Rolls Royce or even a horse drawn carriage. Hire a bagpiper to play at sunset. Surprise everyone with a private fireworks presentation. Really, just about anything your heart desires.

So if you believe in magic, I highly recommend Walt Disney World. It’s a surefire way to make your romance sparkle.

Cara Goldsbury, is the author of The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World? Resort, a guide book designed for travelers who desire to experience the Walt Disney World? Resort without sacrificing luxury and style.

With over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, and after innumerable visits to the Walt Disney World? Resort – where she has stayed at the most luxurious resorts, dined at the finest restaurants and been lavishly entertained in style – she is now considered an authority on Disney luxury travel. Cara has appeared as a leading Disney expert on two Travel Channel specials, Disney Splurge! and Disney Royalty. She has also been cited numerous times in national news articles, in such notable publications as Forbes Traveler, as an expert on the Walt Disney World? Resort.

Cara has assembled a team consisting of only the best and most knowledgeable Disney travel specialists from around the country to create Glass Slipper Concierge. Glass Slipper Concierge originated from a desire to offer a client centric option to those who want an exceptional and unforgettable Disney vacation. Much like the classic fairytale Cinderella in which Cinderella’s prince tirelessly scoured the kingdom until he found the girl whose foot fit perfectly into the glass slipper, the travel specialists of Glass Slipper Concierge will work diligently to advise you on all aspects of your Disney vacation, down to the tiniest detail, until your vacation fits you perfectly.

Visit Cara at http://WDWLuxuryGuide.com or at http://GlassSlipperConcierge.com



Disney Happily Ever After Contest

Want to have your own Royal Wedding? Well, you can try to win one with Disney’s Happily Ever After contest. Just upload a photo and share your love story. You could win a Royal Wedding Celebration with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings at Walt Disney World and a $1,000 Wedding dress gift card from Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo. I think I will enter because you can win to get a vow renewal too! Here’s the link to enter: http://family.go.com/happily-ever-after-contest/.  Good luck!

I Now Pronounce You Paid In Full: Who Pays for What During the Wedding

There’s no two ways about it: weddings are expensive. Paying for every detail is enough to drain any family’s financial coffers and – even worse – leave them wrestling with debt. Especially for new couples paying their own way during the wedding, the expenses quickly add up. The following is a traditional guide to dividing expenses equally and fairly among the four major participants in planning the four main parts of the wedding celebration: rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. These are guidelines more than rules, and are intended to show tradition more than carved-in-stone etiquette.

The Bride’s Family

There’s a popular misconception among the unmarried of the world that the bride’s family foots the entire bill. That’s not entirely true, though unfortunately it may feel that way for the father of the bride! Traditionally, the bride’s family finances the reception dinner with all its facets: the food, drink, venue, service staff (including tips), flower arrangements, wedding favors, and any other miscellany. The bride’s family also pays for many of the necessities leading up to the ceremony: these usually include the bridal gown, the wedding invitations and save-the-date reminders, as well as the engagement and wedding photographs. Finally (!) the wedding ceremony costs, the photographer and videographer fees, the cost of the ring bearer and flower girl accessories, the transportation costs and bridesmaids bouquets are all picked up by the bride’s family. Honestly… if you’re the parent of a young girl, start saving right now.

The Bride

Compared to her family, the bride gets off relatively easy. Brides traditionally pay for the groom’s wedding band, gifts for her bridesmaids, the bridesmaids’ luncheon, her blood test fees, and the wedding day lingerie. In the strictest traditional sense, the bride should also pay for her out-of-town bridesmaids accommodations.

The Groom

Okay, guys. Time to pony up. Following the engagement ring (that two-month’s salary guideline is passé, by the way) you’ve still got a few things left to buy. You’ll pay for the honeymoon, the marriage license, and gifts for your groomsmen. The gentleman groom, however, also pays for the bridal bouquet and corsages for your mother and your new mother-in-law. You’ll also pick up the boutonnieres, ties, and accessories for the groomsmen, and finally the bride’s wedding ring. Gifts for the ushers and for your parents go the extra distance to showing your class. You should also pay the honorarium for the judge, justice of the peace, or clergyman who officiates the ceremony, too.

The Groom’s Family

Besides their own attire, the groom’s family is responsible for the rehearsal dinner and all its details.

The Maid of Honor

Bachelorette parties and wedding showers are the responsibility of the maid of honor. This includes all the details, top to bottom.

The Best Man

The best man is master of ceremonies and godfather of the bachelor party, from the planning to the execution to pouring all the guests into cabs at the end of the night. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

The Groomsmen and Bridesmaids

Most of the attire – for example, the tuxedo rental and costs of the gown – are the responsibility of the individual wedding party member. They also give a gift to the newlyweds. Groomsmen arriving from out-of-town are also expected to pay for their accommodations. My Wedding Favors has a complete selection of elegant yet inexpensive wedding favors to fit any taste and style. We also carry a complete selection of groomsmen and bridesmaids gifts. Visit us online at www.myweddingfavors.com to browse our complete catalog.

Tips on Planning Your Disney Wedding

Celebrating the happiest day of your life at the happiest place on earth. Here are some tips to help you plan your wedding atprincess-wedding-dress-pictures-27.jpg


Chose a Season: Central Florida has a reputation of warm sunny weather. But some times of the year are better than others.  Use this as a guide to help you chose the right month for your Disney Wedding.

  1. January-February: Cold (60-50 degrees F) It may not sound cold to most, but when you are wishing for sunny tank top weather, your not going to find it here. The up side? It’s the least busy time for vacationers.
  2. Later February-April: (70-80 degrees F) Spring break can bring vacationers, the weather is warm, but tolerable but there is a chance for spring thunder storms.
  3. April- May (83-87 degrees F) Humidity is going to high, and it makes you feel hotter but most vacationers aren’t present.
  4. June-August (90-97 degrees F) This is high season for vacationers as well as hotel rates. Hurricane season starts June 1st.
  5. September- October (89-84 degrees F) The heat starts to lessen, after Labor day vacationers start to thin. The hotel rates start to lower. This is the peak of hurricane season.
  6. November- December (85-71 degrees F) November is the most popular month for a Florida wedding, and hurricane season ends. Mid December starts getting busy with vacationers.

Chose the day of the week. While Saturdays are most popular Fridays and Sundays are becoming increasing popular. It is not unusual for the Grand Floridian\’s Wedding Pavilion to have multiple weddings a day, including weekdays.  Some Saturdays are booked up to two years in advance. This means that you may need to consider a weekday for your celebration.

Choose the time of day. Sunset weddings, morning brunch or even afternoon tea time weddings should be considered. Keep in mind you and your fiancée personality as well as guests that may attend. Some older guest and children may leave early at a late wedding reception.

Send ‘Save The Dates’ Early. If any of your guest are coming from out of town, you want to send you save the dates (STDs) early to give your guest time to plan.

Consider hiring outside vendors. When planning your wedding, you will be given package options including Djs, Photographers and Videographers. You may have some more flexibility if you hire an outside vendor. Orlando wedding videographers and other vendors can be found using a search engine.

Splurge on preserving your memories. You spend a year planning and then in 8 hours the whole thing is over. Make sure you preserve your memories. Hire a great Orlando wedding videographer and photographer so that you can relive those memories.

Go excotic. The Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian is the most popular venue at Walt Disney World but there are other wonderful venues you can wed. Get creative and marry at Epcot’s Paris or Italy. The decor is already set for a romantic wedding. Little to no additional decorating is necessary.

Plan a Vacation. If having your wedding at Disney is a destination wedding, and most of your guest are traveling for your wedding, make it easy for yout guest to make it a vacation. There are vacation homes that can be rented or a block rooms at a choice hotel.  You may be surprised how many people RSVP when the find out they can take a vacation as well as attend your wedding.

Orlando Wedding Videographer, Mary Angelini shares her tips she has learned from filming weddings.

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