My Dreams of a Disney….Wedding

Wedding-Pavilion

When my fiancee proposed to me, my first thought was “I would LOVE to get married at Walt Disney World. Imagine saying your vows in a beautiful location with Cinderella’s Castle in the distance; that’s what you would get if your ceremony is held in Disney’ Wedding Pavilion.”  There are other ceremony sites (for more information and additional ceremony sites, check out the Disney Wedding website.

Then I began thinking about it. I wouldn’t feel right asking my nearest and dearest to have to take a vacation and travel for my wedding. The only way I would have been happy with a Disney wedding would be if we could afford to pay for everyone’s Disney World trip. Given the cost of the wedding and then a trip, I priced our wedding out of Disney (plus I figure having all our wedding guests at Disney would create a situation where our wedding guests would be on our honeymoon with us!)

The obvious choice was to head to Disney World for our honeymoon! While looking at the Disney Wedding site, I found that you can register for a Disney honeymoon (as my fiancee and I live together, we have many of the more traditional registry items so this registry is a great option for us). The way it works is you make your travel plans (you can reach out to a Disney trip planner, such as Mike who runs this wonderful blog) and then you can register for items for your trip. My registry includes requests for contributions for the room, the dining plan, tickets as well as Mickey and Minnie bride and groom ears, a carriage ride and a champagne welcome. Check out the Disney Honeymoon registry site for more information.

In addition to my honeymoon, Alfred Angelo makes Disney princess dresses and veils. I have ordered a “Belle” dress, the picture of me in a Belle dress is not the dress I am wearing for my wedding (I don’t want to publish pictures of me in my wedding dress before my wedding).

Belle

There are many other Disney items you can get for your wedding as well. There are Disney invitations, Disney cake toppers, Disney champagne flutes. Pretty much anything you would want for your wedding, you can get a Disney version of! An added bonus is that the Disney items are not more expensive than non-Disney versions of these items.

Did you have a Disney wedding or go to Disney World on your honeymoon? If not and you are thinking about it, I hope I have given you some ideas.  Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

When the World Grieves

A Tearful Mickey Mouse – hand drawn by 11 year old Sophie.

On Friday, December 14th, 2012, the small town of Newtown, Connecticut, was struck with a grief so intense, it has shaken a nation — even a world — to it’s core.  On that morning, as you all likely know by now, a gunman came into Sandy Hook Elementary School and ended the lives of innocent lives.

As a parent of an eleven year old, that news hit home.  Part of me was thinking “How could this happen?” while another part of me was thinking “This was a movie scene, right?  It didn’t really happen, did it?”  Well, you all know that it did happen, and it is in the aftermath of such a tragedy that we struggle mightily to deal with the grief, and to try to explain to our children when they hear about it why such a thing could happen.  When the world grieves, what, as a parent, can you do?

I thought long and hard this weekend about whether or not to write a post — so much so that I haven’t posted anything since Friday to the site.  In the end, though, I decided that, perhaps, if I did write about it, someone, somewhere that is grieving right now might take comfort in knowing that this little blogger and his family are thinking of them.

When tragedy strikes such as this, more then anything it brings me back to my Bible, and it is a reaffirmation of what Jesus tells us in John 16:33:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

No one right now is going through as much hurt as those families who have lost loved ones.  But they have one thing going for them, as sad as it is for them to comprehend right now — their loved ones are in the arms of Jesus right now, and while they are left behind, Jesus has not forgotten them, and He is giving them the strength they need right now to get through this, as well as bringing his Peace upon them.

it is far too easy to ask why in cases like this. It is really easy to be angry with God for allowing this to happen, and that is probably happening right now.  I don’t pretend to have the answers about why this has happened, and I don’t think that we will ever really know why this happened.  What I do know, though, is that our God is a loving God, that Jesus has won, even though it may not seem like it is so right now.  It is really easy to let our grief lead us down a road that takes us into sin through anger, and if this is happening to you right now, please, PLEASE, get down on your knees right now, clasp your hands together, and pray to God to give you the Peace you need — the Peace that only Jesus can provide — so that you won’t give in to your anger and do something that could cause more grief.  If you have sinned as a result of your anger, do the same thing — but first ask God to forgive you for your sin.  He will forgive you.  He always forgives those who ask forgiveness with a humble heart.

The grief won’t go away anytime soon, I’m afraid.  I know that it may seem like you want it to go away, that you want to just forget what has happened, but that isn’t what you should be doing, I believe.  Forgetting the grief, blocking it away, will not allow you to heal, and that wouldn’t help.  It is tough, but love always is, and saying goodbye, especially to your children, spouses, or other loved ones is never easy.  Life will go on, though, although I won’t claim that it will be any better for a while, if ever.  Your loved one is still gone, after all.

I doubt that this has been helpful to any of you, but maybe I’m wrong.  If this has helped you deal with your grief, then my objective was met.  At the very least, please know that the entire nation, but especially Newtown, Connecticut, is in my prayers, and in the prayers of my family.  God Bless Us, and God Bless the USA.