Ashley & Billy’s Fort Wilderness Wedding

This week, Ashley Ricker shares the story of her wedding and reception at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. She and Billy both have long family histories of visiting Fort Wilderness, so it was the natural choice for their wedding. But when she called to inquire about having a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding there, she was told there were no ceremony options there and her best bet would be to rent a group of campsites and plan the wedding herself. On today’s show, you’ll hear how she accomplished a gorgeous DIY wedding at Fort Wilderness, complete with rustic chic decor and a family-friendly cookout.

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9 thoughts on “Ashley & Billy’s Fort Wilderness Wedding

  1. I love this rustic wedding! I would love to do something like this, but I’d be so nervous that Disney would shut it down. Since the Fairytale weddings show has aired the episode with a Fort Wilderness wedding, I am curious if the answer would be the same if I inquired?

    1. That is a good point. Now that they have officially used Clementine Lawn for a ceremony, DFTW would probably tell you that you have to have a Wishes event there if you want to do a wedding at Fort Wilderness. From all the discussion at the time I first posted this episode, the consensus was that a campsite is like a hotel room and Disney cannot legally stop you from holding a ceremony in a room you paid for. However, because a campsite is open for all to see, it would be easier for Disney to A) spot you and B) claim that you were disturbing other guests. That said, there are tens of thousands of employees at WDW, and not all of them know of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ crusade against unsanctioned weddings. So whether anyone would know/care enough to report you is another matter. What it comes down to is how comfortable you are with holding this sacred event in a way that makes you feel anxious or worried.

  2. I’m thinking of having a wedding in the fort too! I’m looking at about 50 guests, but I didn’t want to make it obvious and possibly get in trouble and have my day ruined. I thought about renting several sites and doing something similar to what you guys did. Would they allow that? Or would it have to be hush hush? The wedding pictures are beautiful!

    1. Ashley describes how they did it in this episode. Basically, they called around and didn’t get a “no” from anybody at Disney, so they just rented the sites and did it. I wouldn’t make a HUGE deal out of it to other people or Disney though.

  3. I have considered having a small wedding on the balcony of a Bungalow at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort but I was worried that I could get in trouble by not going through DFTW. After watching this podcast, I am thinking that it could be possible. Assuming we could find an officiant who would do it… should I still be weary about doing this?

    1. By all accounts, Disney can’t stop you from doing that in a hotel room you paid for. I would definitely not broadcast what you are doing, especially in Facebook groups and message boards frequented by folks who have paid For Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. But apparently it happens all the time.

    2. Did you ever do this? i saw someone online, and i have been so tempted as i love the poly and it means so much to us but i really don’t fancy the beach as its so open and not as private as i might like.

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