When I was in Disneyland last week, I had the chance to do a (very quick!) meet up with a bunch of the Disney brides who were in the area. That visit solidified the idea that we need to do a longer event or a Disneyland Hotel sleepover or something because I just never have enough Disney bride time, but it also bright to light a very common frustration. The Disney wedding community just isn’t what it used to be!
When I was planning our Walt Disney World wedding back in 2008, it was a pretty high point for Disney brides who wanted to be online. There were two big places to be: the Disneybrides forum (private and my personal preference) and the larger DISboards forums where the posts updated so quickly you could skip a day and find yourself playing catch up through 6-7 pages of new information. Both were great and both introduced me to all sorts of brides who had either just gotten married or who were also planning their weddings. We updated each other on our planning and our lives in general and celebrated each event and did card/gift exchanges and a couple people even ended up hopping into wedding parties and onto guest lists to cover no shows. So. Much. Fun.
There are still a ton of Disney brides online, of course, but there seems to be a big shift toward private groups on Facebook, which is great if you’re in the groups but not so great if you haven’t yet been invited (which is where most people land when they get engaged). Although I understand because of the convenience factor and the privacy factor, I would love to see the community open up a bit more so we can hear from new voices. To facilitate this, I’ve made a few changes:
(1) No more wedding comments on Carly’s Facebook profile
For the longest time, I’ve been posting photos and events from Disney weddings on my own Facebook profile, which was wildly convenient for me because I automatically saw all of the responses and got to chat with everyone. The sad thing is, I think it cut into the comments people would have otherwise left on the blog so when the brides checked back on their events there wasn’t any love. It’s narcissistic, but I loved the love when I used to post wedding plans or photos from our event and I still remember at least twenty very kind comments that people left about our wedding. I don’t want to “steal” that from anyone, so I’m not going to share the photos on my FB profile anymore. They’ll either be up on the Magical Day Weddings Facebook page or you can just pop over to the blog to leave love. (Remember that all these brides are checking, so comments are the best!)
(2) We have a new community over on Google+
Yes, Google+ is new and a little weird and feels kind of like uncharted waters, but I made myself get used to it and now I’m a pretty big fan. I set up a Disney weddings community on Google+ and I want you to go join it right now. It’s perfect for sharing photos or videos and it’s really easy to interact with people in the communities so I’m going to draaaaag all of you over there to play with me and share your weddings. (Remember when I dragged you guys onto Pinterest? Was I right or what?)
I want to stress stress super-stress that this isn’t supposed to just be a way for me to share my posts and get you guys to read them. I want you to share! Share your photos, share your planning blogs, share your businesses if you’re a vendor! Share five times a day. Tune me out with all of your sharing. Oh, and comment on what other people share so we can get conversations going! My hope is that it’s a dogpile of Disney wedding love over there pretty soon.
(3) Everyone is eligible for the Disney wedding awards this year, no matter when you got married
This is a big one! I’ll release more information about this year’s Disney wedding awards on Friday (Valentine’s Day) but most of you already saw my announcement on Facebook that everyone will be eligible this year. We’re five years in to doing these awards and for lots of reasons there were people who got missed and also people who got shortchanged by ending up in categories that didn’t really showcase this event. Not this year!
I’m changing the format and opening it back up, even to past winners, so if you had a Disney wedding get ready to dust off those high-resolution photo CDs. I want this event to help make the connections between the new brides and the brides who got married a while ago, because everyone has something to share. I really hope you’ll add your event to the showcase!
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