Wishes weddings have a bunch of minimum expenditure rules.
There is a total amount of money you must spend on the day of your wedding depending on what day of the week you choose and the time of your events. Like most wedding type places, it's most expensive to get married and have your reception on a Saturday night. That's why we're not doing that.
We have a thing with twelves. My birthday and Prince Charming's are both on the twelfth. Our kids' birthdays are either twelves or fours or both. It's weird, but that's how we picked the date. No, it's not December 12, 2012. I have a feeling that date is going to be booked pretty solid. No, our date is November 1, 2012.
So, our date is a Thursday and that makes our minimum wedding day expenditure $12,000. We can reach that number through our venue choices, food and beverage, photography, floral, transportation and entertainment, basically anything Disney provides on the actual day of your wedding.
With one exception, if we choose to have an in-park photo session the cost of that contributes to the minimum expense whether it's the day of the wedding, before or after. And who wouldn't sign up for that? You get to go into a Disney park (or two or three or four) before it opens and take gorgeous wedding photos. Look. Click on stuff in the lower left corner.
|From the DFTW website, Tamu Tamu Courtyard in Animal Kingdom|
So that's two sets of minimums down but there's still one to go: some venues have a site-specific amount you must spend for your event. Of course, one of the locations we're considering is like this. Their minimum expenditure is $3,500 but that doesn't seem like it would be hard to hit based on the minimum per person amounts and the number of people we are hoping will attend.
But lets throw a wrench in the works! Meals and beverages for children are priced much lower, depending on your selections, and whether the meal is sit-down or buffet. That can throw off meeting the minimum requirements. Especially when, like us, a third of the guest list is children!
Disney also charges tax on some components and a huge service fee on other components and both on some components. It makes budgeting a real headache but, in my opinion, it's all worth it to have the fairy tale.