Michael and Shontavia started out with just 4 and by the time the wedding arrived they were up to 20 or so. It ended up to be a breathtaking day and everything went on schedule. Their son was the ring bearer and their daughter was the flower girl in her orange tulle dress.
Heath and Karissa from Nebraska renew thier vows with close friends. Leaving kids at home, they were able to have a 2nd honeymoon as well.
Our Ohio couple, Keith and Jeannie wanted something simple just for the 2 of them. They booked at the Sand Pearl Resort and were married north of the hotel down on Avalon Street. Because none of the kids could make it, Jeannie’s dear and talented friend Tim Grewe made their wedding cake and also made her a silk flower bouquet and placed 4 roses in the middle of bouquet to represent Jeanne’s 2 daughters and Keith’s 2 daughters. The rose buds draping down were for the grandchildren, Jeanne’s 4 and Keith’s 1. Adding something meaningful and personal to your ceremony is a nice touch and something to always remember.
60 guests surrounded the Bamboo canopy to watch Melanie and Alex tie the knot. Their beach wedding was held on the south side of Pass A Grille so they could be near the condos that they were renting for getting ready and dressed at.
Melanie looked beautiful in her pale pink dress while her girls were in a pleasing taupe/grey color to match the guys. We did a hot pink and bright orange tulle of the bamboo canopy and all the colors really complimented each other perfectly.
She walked down an aisle of simple tikis with tied raffia and instead of a sand ceremony, the bride and groom bought small cone shells for all the guests to make a wish and thow into the water afterward.
This bride and groom wanted just a small intimate wedding that was in walking distance from where they were staying, The Sand Pearl Hotel. They had their paster from their church come out and their parents and kids. This was a second marriage for both them, so it was important that the groom’s son and the bride’s daughter stand up for them and be apart of the wedding and sand ceremony.
It truly was a beautiful and magical day! They were married about an hour from Sunset.
Amber Kirkover marries Bryan Woodson from Illinois with their son Carter, parents and few friends to witness. It’s a 9am in the morning wedding. The sky is clear & the beach is empty for a perfect time to say I do & then spending the rest of the day at the beach together.
Photos by Marly- Beautiful Weddings
If you are looking to be in a more quiet area for a beach wedding,
Redington Shores has it. It is less crowded than the of large beaches and not to far of a drive if you want to hold your reception in Indian Rocks Beach or Clearwater Beach areas. I have attached a few pictures of John and Carla’s Wedding we did last week on the north end of Redington Shores Beach. Lots of parking and nice wood pathways out to the beach wedding site.
I am always looking for new ideas to give my brides for something different and fun. I came across this neat idea that involve your guests to take part in. Now this wont be for everyone but if you are having a outdoor wedding at a hotel, beach, park or even at someones home, these lanterns are a really fun idea.
They are biodegradable and non-flammable. How it works, lanterns are passed out to guests with note paper and pen. They are to write well wish, place it in lantern and release. Everyone of them comes with a pre attached fuel cell and instructions. go to www.wishlantern.com for more information on them and their wedding package specials offered
These days, budgets are so important to stick with and at the same time you are trying to have a fun and stress free day. You don’t want to worry about money when you should be enjoying one of the most important days of your lives. So, if you haven’t bought the new September Issue to Brides Magazine, there is a nice article on pg 150 that I will give you a bit of and you can then go and read in more detail if you like. Some ideas will not be for you and others may pop right out at you.
Always remember to start with your most important parts. Securing your ceremony with whom ever will be marrying you for your big day. It may be a beach destination wedding, a church wedding where you grew up or even a home wedding ceremony. Your choices are endless.
Your Reception selection is next, which needs to go hand and hand with your ceremony for securing your date and times that work together. You will need to have an idea of a approximate count when you go to discuss both Ceremony and Reception spots. Then you can start building on from there with bridal party, speaking with florists, DJ’s, Photographer etc.
I hope these tips can help you:
- Avoid Peak Season
Shrink your List by a Table
Embrace All-inclusive Packages
Focus on deliciousness
Limit Booze offerings to wine, beer and a few specialty drinks
Have fewer VIP’s – large bridal party means hefty floral bills etc.
Locavorize buds – Stick to seasonal and local flowers
Knock a star off a 5 star menu
Welcome Turn Tables – DJ’s on an average cost five times less that a band
Don’t gild the cake – Top with one X-large edible flower instead of cascades
Give Photographer a curfew