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Almost every little girl dreams of being a Disney princess, but by the time you reach adulthood you realize you’re destined for a career in business, medicine or journalism, not a life of royalty (and, sadly, none of those come with a coronation). Well, a Disney-themed wedding is one day where you can kiss your regular life goodbye and become the cartoon heroine you’ve always dreamed of (well, sort of). From finding that perfect Disney-inspired castle venue to crafting a few magical centerpieces, there are many ways to make your Disney dreams a reality.

Here are a few things every Disney-themed wedding needs.

A venue worthy of royalty
A castle venue is the obvious choice for a Disney-themed wedding. Luckily, Canada has a handful to choose from. From snowy Chateaus in Banff (hello, Frozen) to Toronto manors surrounded by sprawling gardens, you’ve got options.

Casa Loma

A Princess-worthy gown
Your wedding is the perfect excuse to dress up like a princess - so take this as your opportunity to channel your inner Aurora or Tiana. If you're favourite heroine is the Ariel, the obvious choice is mermaid cut gown. Want to channel Cinderella? A classic ball gown is calling your name. Don’t feel obligated to stick to white on your wedding day either - a yellow, pink, green or blue frock will give your look that extra oomph.

Kim Payant (left)

A horse-drawn carriage
A limo may be fancier than your Prius, but it’s not exactly fairytale-worthy. So what should you be pulling up to your venue in? A horse-drawn carriage, obviously. Bonus: yours won’t turn into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight, so you can use it as your getaway car, too.

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A dreamy cake
Your wedding cake is one area where you can really get creative. Ask your baker if they can fashion Disney-themed wedding cake tiers inspired by your favourite flick. No, you don’t have to go all out and feature cartoon characters made of fondant, but a few subtle nods to Walt will make your cake look extra dreamy. Need some inspo? Check out this gorgeous castle cake topper and this sweet Beauty and the Beast-inspired confection.

Kim Payant Photography

A few magical centerpieces
Infusing your centerpieces with Disney vibes is easy, you just have to use your imagination. From candelabra and bell jars a la Beauty and the Beast to miniature versions of Cinderella’s carriage, ditching your plain ‘ol vases and votives for more creative Disney-themed wedding vessels is the way to go. If you’d rather give a low-key nod to your favourite childhood flicks, take a look at the flowers used in Alice in Wonderland and create arrangements using those select blooms or go with red roses like the enchanted one in the Beast’s castle.

Kim Payant Photography

A playlist featuring Disney hits
Your entire playlist doesn’t need to be dedicated to Disney love songs, but throwing on a few fan favourites couldn’t hurt. I mean, who can resist singing along when a track like “Hakuna Matata” comes on? Answer: No one. If you want something a little more subtle, we recommend using one of the sweet slow songs for your first dance, it’ll make your first spin around the dance floor truly magical.

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