I’m planning my upcoming June wedding, and throughout the planning I’ve worked to incorporate my love of theme parks into the event. My fiance also loves theme parks, so it made sense for us.
However, I didn’t want these nods to our favorite vacation destinations to come off as tacky or overdone. It’s been a balancing act between what is too much and what is not enough.
In this series, I will share a few of the ideas we’re incorporating into the big day. Be on the lookout for follow up posts!
Save the Dates with Disney Flair
We used bride and groom mouse ears to add some magic and quirkiness to our save the dates. The balloons added another theme park touch. I originally thought I would order mouse-shaped balloons (like the ones sold in the parks), but decided they would be overkill paired with the ears. You can purchase the bride ears here and the groom ears here. You can purchase used ears from Amazon and eBay, but I wanted brand new hats as we plan to use them for several things. When ordering from the Disney Store, you don’t have to worry about the hats being squashed in transit.
I wanted our ceremony to be a mix of traditional and unique music. We’re still using traditional songs, like Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” and the Doxology, but we’re also incorporating some different songs to showcase our love of theme parks.
Some of our ceremony songs:
- “Soarin’ Over California Ride Score” by Jerry Goldsmith: The Soarin’ music is some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard. It completely transports the rider to, well, California as you see and smell sights over the state. Every time I ride Soarin’ I cry. The music touches me deeply, so I wanted it to be part of this important day.
- “Main Theme from Jurassic Park” by John Williams: One of our favorite movies of all time is Jurassic Park. My fiance is probably most excited about hearing this song at our wedding. He visited me while I lived in Orlando, and during his visit, I took him to Universal’s Islands of Adventure (he had never been). The Jurassic Park section entranced him.
- “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington: This song has become the theme song of Disney and the Disney dream, so I knew it had to be part of our wedding. Our families will be seated to this classic tune.
I purchased the sheet music for “When You Wish Upon a Star” and the “Main Theme from Jurassic Park” on MusicNotes. The site offers a wide selection and is easy to use. It also lets you preview how the song will sound with the given sheet music. The “Soarin’ Over California Ride Score” is free for private use via SheetMusic.cc.
- Download “Soarin’ Over California Ride Score” (Free for private use)
- Purchase “Theme from Jurassic Park”
- Purchase “When You Wish Upon a Star”
I highly recommend listening to the songs you’re interested in on YouTube before making your decision on ceremony music. If you’re using live musicians, listen to how the songs sound played on the instruments you’ll have at the wedding. I will have a pianist, so I wanted to make sure these songs sounded just as beautiful without the other instruments. I’ve listed the YouTube piano covers of these songs below.
- “Soarin’ Over California Ride Score” on Piano
- “Theme from Jurassic Park” on Piano
- “When You Wish Upon a Star” on Piano