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Old 10-21-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Question Question for Escape Brides Regarding Venue and Date Availability

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So I'm newly engaged and recently posted about the possibility of having a Memories Wedding. Although that's still definitely on the table, my fiance and I were discussing the possibility of doing a lower key reception back home (we're from PA), and going with the bigger wedding at Disney. I just had a question about venues and availability:

Basically, it is really important for us to be able to get married on Leap Day. Since it only comes once every four years, I'm really concerned that there will be fierce competition for the day. I'm just really concerned I'll get my heart set on the Escape wedding, only to lose out in the lottery.

Other than our date, we are absolutely NOT PICKY about anything else (times, venues, etc.) I'd even get married in the middle of the night if I had to!

I guess what my question is, is how likely am I to at least be able to get SOMETHING on that day? If I'm not picky is it still likely I'll be forced into the lottery? Also, if I just tell them I don't care, will they force me to pick something so I can enter a lottery- and am I able to enter multiple lotteries at once? (Like, being as I'm not picky, could I just ask to be put in for every time and venue in the Escape package for that day, or would they limit me to just a 1st and maybe second choice?)

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Old 10-21-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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welcome and congrats! as you already know, that is going to be a day that there would be a lottery for i am positive of that (is it a weekend or a weekday iím wondering as well?). i canít give you a guess at a percentage of likelihood but my guess would be that if you wanted an escape wedding on that day and were open to anytime and location combo, you would get something. iím imagining the biggest competition would be the wedding pavilion and then go from there. iím not sure offhand how many potential DFTW can happen in one day, but iím willing to bet that chances would be good you could get something. you would want to obviously be ďpenciling inĒ as soon as you could and iím not sure offhand what the timing is as to when they confirm things with a lottery system. if this were important to me, i would try to nail down the time frame to confirmation with DFTW vs. your ďplan bĒ and associated timelines and deposits etc.... it may be something you can plan around or not?

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Old 10-21-2014, 10:01 PM   #3
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thanks! it falls on a monday, so maybe that will help me a little. Also, I've had a few people talk to me about "penciling in", what exactly does that entail? When I called the Wedding number for Disney the other day the girl just told me to call at a certain amount of months away and seemed annoyed that I had any additonal questions- she sort of rushed me off the phone. How soon before my scheduling date could I call to get "penciled in?" And what would that entail?
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:47 PM   #4
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"Penciling in" means letting your DFTW contact know that you want a certain date/time/location. It is not any kind of guarantee, but it gives them an idea of how many people want that date/time/location and lets them know what you'll be asking for the day you're eligible to sign a contract. Usually you can start talking to them seriously about a month before you're allowed to sign a contract. So 9 months out for Escape, which you can sign a contract for at 8 months.
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Old 10-22-2014, 01:43 PM   #5
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So from what you're asking/saying:
Currently Escape weddings are only held Mon-Fri (weekends and holidays are not available; I'm not sure if Leap Day would be considered a holiday). I'm guessing it's not, but I'm also guessing it'll be a popular day as is 12-13-14 is this year.

Wishes weddings can book before Escape weddings, you do run the risk that all the most of the time slots will already be booked.

After you are penciled in, a Wishes Wedding can still 'bump' you out of your desired choice(s); so have backups ready and planned.

As far as the lottery goes, I'm not sure how that would work on the same day.

Welcome and Congrats!
When you're able to be penciled in, keep in mind there are some locations that may not be listed on the DFTW site. Or if you're OK with an additional cost and super early ceremony; you may be able to select an Epcot location - there are options that might work for you.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:56 AM   #6
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If you are totally flexible about time and venue i'm 99% certain you'll get somewhere. The Gazebo at the Yacht club is hardly ever used for weddings.

Your best option is a couple of days before the 8 month mark ask what is already booked by Wishes brides and then ask what has been pencilled in by Escape brides, then you'll know what times and venues no one is interested in and you can book that.
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