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March 28, 2011

Disney Social Media Moms Day 1: Disney Weddings 20th Anniversary Platinum Soiree

I am honored to say, I was one of the lucky attendees of the second Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, hosted by Walt Disney World March 17-20, 2011.  As part of the conference, we were invited to attend a swanky soiree at Disney's Grand Floridian's Wedding Pavillion in celebration of Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons' 20th Anniversary!

For me, hearing this was a dream come true!  I met my husband at Disney World in 2000 and should have been a Disney bride, but wasn't :(.  I have passed by the "Pavillion" via Monorail numerous times dreaming of the what-ifs and could've-beens, but had never actually been inside... UNTIL NOW!

Since we were staying at the Grand Floridian Resort, the Wedding Pavillion was literally a hop, skip, and jump from our hotel rooms!  I met my Bloggy B.F.F, Mama Of All Trades in the lobby and we headed over to the Pavillion.

We were welcomed by Disney Fairy Tale Weddings staff and Cast Members as well as a table filled with Bride and Groom "Ears" and adorable buttons!  This made me even more excited because I've always wanted an excuse sport a pair of sparkley bride ears, but have never brought myself to do so!

After grabbing our goodies, we continued up the walkway and found ourselves in front of "Franck's", the Bridal Salon.  We were quickly met by our host, Franck himself (Wedding Planner from 'Father of the Bride' Films)...and let me tell you...he's a character! 

The area in front of Franck's was transformed into a grand reception area with  "Chic-y Candy Company" Buffets piled high with bright and colorful candies and over-the-top, vibrant fresh floral arrangements!  Waiters passed glasses of Champagne and sparkling cider to us guest bloggers as we mingled with and introduced ourselves to each other!

With Jennifer Marx, Passporter

We were invited into Franck's and once inside, I just wanted to stay and take it all in!  Each nook had a themed wedding set-up complete with a Cake, Invitations, Floral Arrangement, and menu suggestions.


Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons knows how to party:  The cakes...beyond words.  The flowers...indescribable.  The posh interior of Franck's...Unbelievabley classy.  This reception seals the deal: Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons is celebrating their Platinum Anniversary for a reason:  They are the "Go-To Guys" when it comes to weddings.  This is evident in all of the "little details." 

After touring Franck's we all headed over to the Pavillion Chapel where we would soon be introduced to several driving forces in today's wedding industry!

Me with Traci from The View From My Fishbowl
With Ashley, Mama of all Trades

 The first speaker was Alfred Angelo Designer Micheal Shettel!  Shettel spoke with us about the partnership between Disney and Alfred Angelo Designs out of which a gorgeous Disney Princess-inspired wedding gown collection was born. 


He excitedly spoke of the inspiration behind the designs as well as the future of the Disney - Alred Angelo "marriage".  And then announced the "unveiling" of the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons. 

Photo Courtesy of Disney Media

We all gasped and shrieked as the regal gown made its way down the aisle!  I can't even tell you what an honor it was to be among the first to see this stunning creation! Read my post on the Cinderella Platinum Wedding Gown here!

Next, Carley Roney, co-founder and editor in chief of The Knot, Inc. took the stage."The Knot has transformed the wedding landscape as the leading wedding resource and most-trafficked online wedding destination with over 3.4 million unique visitors a month and more than 125 million monthly page views."


 Followed by David Tutera, Party Planner to the stars and host of the reality TV series, My Fair Wedding on WEtv.  David talked to us about "reinventing" the traditional wedding and the importance of "trends" to the wedding industry!
To top off this absolutely "Fairy Tale" worthy day, we actually witnessed a Disney Fairy Tale Weddings vow renewal!  It was amazing, and I have been on my hubby's case ever since! Maybe I WILL get to be a Disney bride after all!

Disney Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons made us all feel like Princesses at their 20th Anniversary Soiree and this was only the beginning of AMAZING things to come at Disney Social Media Moms 2011! Please stay tuned for more exciting posts from the most sought after conference of the year!

Disclosure: I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference at a deeply discounted rate, unavailable to the public!  I am not employed by Disney, and all opinions on this site are my own!!!

1 comment:

Allison said...

It was an amazing event! I have enjoyed reading everyone's take on the event!!!