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Princess for a Day, Disney Bride for Life

What’s it like to get married in the “happiest place in earth”? Disney weddings are so popular that 5,000 couples tie the knot every year in one of Disney’s theme parks or cruises. The biggest number of them happen at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in Florida, where the window behind the couple and their officiant frames Cinderella’s Castle. Those happen before the park opens, or after it closes. Or you can get married in the East Plaza Garden overlooking Cinderella’s castle while hundreds of park visitors watch. You can arrange to arrive in Cinderella’s coach, or have Mickey and Minnie attend, or even arrange for Darth Vader to crash the reception.

But there are downsides: you may have to get married early in the morning and have your reception late that night, your photo session may be several days after the wedding, and none of it is inexpensive. To sort out all the options and keep up with planning, Disney brides, or “Disbrides” have a Facebook group to help each other out. Read about the ins and outs of a Disney fairy tale wedding at Racked. -via the A.V. Club

(Image credit: David and Vicki Arndt)

I used to work at an upscale bridal boutique, we even carried the official Disney wedding gowns for a while (which, by the way, look nothing like the dresses of the character they're supposed to evoke). It was a disheartening experience. These brides came in quite a few times (choosing dress, showing their choice to family/friends, measuring, multiple fittings, testing accessories, etc). It was amazing how much I got to know about their lives, their drama with their bridesmaids, their hairstyles and wedding colors and a million other things. These women and their parents were dropping thousands (oh you absolutely need this $700 sash! These are REAL swarovski crystals!), but I never ever heard a word about the groom.

I'm not saying that there aren't men out there who want Cinderella themed weddings. I just think this whole "it's the bride's day" mentality is a little ridiculous. Also, I felt bad for a number of brides and parents who felt so much pressure to pull off an elaborate wedding (REAL swarovski crystals! - it's glass, guys, no one is going to tell the difference if it's off-brand) that they took on more debt than they could handle.
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