Meghan Markle is everywhere in the news right now with her and husband Prince Harry’s decision to step back from their senior royal duties and lose their HRH titles. Titles or not, Meghan’s style is still timeless, royal, stunning. Just days after the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, headlines were blaring with every romantic detail of the day including her dress. Classic glamour, elegance, and romance came together for an absolutely stunning look as Meghan continues to make fashion news. So while an elaborate train, sophisticated veil, and earrings that may be more than your annual salary likely won’t be on your wedding shopping list, we’ve found some affordable and royally inspired beach wedding dress ideas!
Wedding Dress Ideas Inspired by Meghan Markle
Romance, simplicity, class. We’ve chosen some style inspirations to achieve a similar royal look for your beach wedding: some are BoHo, others are structured. While Givenchy is a far cry from an “affordable” wedding dress, we’ve found some royally inspired alternatives. Meghan Markle continues to lead the way in romantic fashion wearing beautiful A-line and wrap dresses. Click below for links to shop the style for your romantic beach wedding.
Our last post focused on things to do in Daytona Beach. Today we’re looking at a hidden gem of a town, Ponce Inlet. Situated just a few miles south of “Daytona Beach,” Ponce Inlet, is a much quieter, more preserved version of it’s bustling neighboring “world famous” beach. That being said there are still days worth of exploring and fun within this quaint beach town. So grab your sneakers, bathing suit, and appetite and let’s explore Ponce Inlet Beach!
Top 5 Things to do in Ponce Inlet
So one of the coolest things about this list is you could do them all, without any transportation besides your own two feet! Now if you’re planning a peak summer Ponce Inlet wedding, you will likely still want to drive and soak up some A/C in between stops. Let’s explore Ponce Inlet!
1. Ponce Inlet Jetty
There a few places quite like Ponce Inlet Jetty. You can actually walk along a paved sidewalk atop the jetty for about 100 yards. Views like no other. It’s like you’re walking on water. The jetty itself is free. Parking at the Lighthouse Park runs $10. Public bathrooms, picnic tables, wooden walkway through the dunes, all make for a perfect beach adventure! And.. you can even get married at this park with the lighthouse in the background!
2. Ponce Preserve
You don’t need extreme survival skills to hike this trail. However, the views and peacefulness at Ponce Preserve are well worth any trek. You can walk through a shaded path to a lookout tower with a beautiful ocean view. Continue a little further to a beach access point. Walk in the opposite direction and you can journey down the boardwalk to the Intracoastal River. It’s the perfect spot to reconnect with your significant other and enjoy the beauty of nature.
3. Marine Science Center
A fun spot for animal lovers, kids and all grown ups alike! 😉 The Marine Science Center is an awesome place to visit for an hour or two. You can pet sting rays (don’t worry, they’re harmless), observe gorgeous tropical fish tanks, learn about the turtle rehabilitation and see sea turtles, visit the aviary, and more! And there’s a fun gift shop with perfect souvenirs to remember your Florida Beach Wedding by!
4. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Tie your sneakers and get ready for some spectacular views! Climb 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tall lighthouse. The views of the ocean, beach, and surrounding cities is breathtaking!
5. Off the Hook
Looking for a place to get some delicious fresh seafood (or a burger for you non-seafood lovers out there)? Off the Hook offers delicious food and an atmosphere that matches the Florida vibe. Picture you- sitting on the water, sunset watchin’, cold drink in hand, and maybe even a dolphin show in the river if you’re lucky! Sounds like a date!
Ok, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that getting married on Ponce Inlet Beach is pretty darn awesome too! 🙂 Click HERE to book your beach wedding today!
It’s “world famous.” But why? People have been attracted to Daytona Beach for decades. But just what is it that keeps people coming back for more? This “top 5” list will guide you to some of the top rated forms of beach entertainment.
1. The Beach
Ok, it’s in the name of the city. And our beach wedding background may be slightly biased. But we aren’t alone in our thinking that Daytona Beach’sbeach is pretty awesome! So whether you are ready to dive in and swim in the beautiful ocean or simply stroll along the shoreline, the salty air is calling your name! Something magical happens when you visit the ocean, so get ready!
While you can experience some form of the sunrise from just about anywhere on earth, there is something about a Daytona Beach sunrise that will still your soul and wow your senses. I’ll let the pictures do the talking on this point.
3. Beach Cruising
Beach cruisers, the bicycles are one totally enjoyable way to experience Daytona Beach. But the cruising isn’t just for the bicycles. Daytona Beach is amongst the few beaches that allows cars to drive on the sand. So roll down the windows, que the Bob Marley, and take it all in! Beach carts, electric bikes, or scooters are all fun ways to get around on Daytona Beach.
4. Surf’s Up
The east coast of Florida is known for it’s slightly bigger, more powerful waves in comparison to the west coast. So what does this mean for travelers? Surf’s up, dudes! Get your adrenaline flowing with a unique Daytona Beachsurf lesson or grab a body board and hit the waves. And if the water is calm, stand up paddle boarding will have to feeling on top of the ocean world!
5. The Open Seas
If you want to see the sandy shoreline and ocean waves from another perspective, a fishing charter is a fun way to take to sea. If you’re lucky, you may even bring back fish dinner. Doesn’t get an fresher than that!
Oh, and did we forget to mention that you can GET MARRIED on the beach?!
You’re getting married and not sure if a professional photographer is worth the money.
And if neither of those reasons pertain to you, welcome anyways! So hiring a professional beach wedding photographer is an easy choice if you ask us. And with Your Daytona Beach Wedding, your wedding package includes a staff photographer.
Top 5 Reasons for Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer
Well a no-brainer really, but let’s clarify. So having a friend snap some shots on his/her latest iPhone may seem tempting to save a few bucks on a photographer. However, the angles, tricky lighting, perfect timing, are all things a few YouTube tutorials can replace years of experience. Professional wedding photographers have to know the flow of the ceremony to make sure the bride and groom are the objects of attention (not the photographer). Down, set, hike ready position for the first kiss, sand ceremony pouring, ring exchange, etc. Check out our photo gallery to see for yourself!
Late, last minute cancellation, dead battery, full storage space. All things your professional wedding photographer will NOT have issues with. The professionals are prepared. And they have a back up for batteries, memory cards, and worst case, even themselves. Another professional could stand in. Whereas your friend who caught the stomach bug probably doesn’t have a replacement on hand.
So getting the perfect shot is only 1/2 of it. Brighten, darken, soften, touch up, remove unwanted objects. All the job for an experienced photographer/editor. That speedo jumping character in the photo below can be easily erased with a few handy photoshop tricks.
Wait, WHAT?! Yes, there are photographers out there who charge more money for your wedding photoshoot than a down payment on your new home. But Your Daytona Beach Wedding Company isn’t in that category. So by eliminating the middle man and using staff photogprahers, the result is easy on your wallet.
Your marriage, your vows, your photos. Your wedding photos will adorn your walls, Christmas cards, Facebook page, Instagram feed, Time Hop…. And they never get old. Your wedding photos are your one way to preserve the beauty and experience of your destination wedding. These photos will be passed on for generations and hiring a professional wedding photographer means clear and perfect shots and the preservation of a once in a lifetime experience.
So….ready to have your wedding photos hanging up in your home? Click HERE for more information on your Daytona Beach Wedding!
I’m not sure if it’s the pure innocence or the nostalgia of dressing up like a bride as a young girl. But there’s just something heart melting about a beach wedding flower girl. So from dress choices to child-proofing your wedding ceremony, here are some helpful tips for your beach wedding flower girl experience. Beautiful and dramatic melt-down free.
Bride Guide: Beach Wedding Flower Girl
Asking Your Flower Girl
Flower Girl Decision Process: So the process for choosing your flower girl is relatively simple. Whether it’s daughter of a bridesmaid, niece, goddaughter, etc. Here are some points to consider:
Age appropriate: Flower girls are typically anywhere between 18 months (give or take) and 9 years old. Once they hit 9, they may be better suited as a “junior bridesmaid.” You can choose younger, or a non-walker for the tradition, but a bridesmaid or “mom” will need to “walk” her down the aisle.
Memorable invitation: So it’s totally standard to simply ask the parents first and then formally ask or invite your future flower girl. You can also take things a step further and double up with a wedding gift with something like this adorable bride/flower girl memory picture. And it’s totally customizable. What a sweet token to remember this special bond.
Weather: First and foremost, consider your season. Now a destination Daytona Beach wedding is likely to be a warm environment. But that’s not to say we don’t have a chilly day here and again in January and February. So you don’t want your sweet little Miss shivering or sweating because of her inappropriate dress.
Color: White is the traditional flower girl color choice. However, it’s totally ok to think outside the box or add a splash of color with a sash or bow embellishment.
Style: You can stick with a similar style or fabric as your bridal gown or go a different way. I think it’s best to have a budget in mind and keep the affordability factor especially if you won’t be footing the bill. You can check out a variety of ideas and styles HERE.
Accessories/Footwear: So barefoot is best for little walkers. If your wedding is peak summer season, a securely strapped, light sandal may be best to keep little toes from the heat. As for accessories, you can find lots of cute ideas from headpieces to jewerly, flower baskets and more at Etsy.com
Pre- Wedding Practice
It’s important to communicate with your flower girl’s parents the timeline for when and where to be the day of your wedding. Make sure you communicate who will be transporting/walking/caring for your flower girl the day of the wedding. The ideas is to enjoy each other’s presence and cherished wedding relationship. NOT a hectic babysitting scene from “Problem Child.” It’s VERY important for kids to know the expectations in order to ensure compliance, understanding, and no misunderstandings. Don’t let the wedding day be the first time she hears these reminders. Take note to discuss:
Procedure for walking down the aisle/flower dispersing/where to go after the aisle (standing or sitting)
Expected noise levels at a wedding
Photo shoot post wedding
Length of wedding (though most young kids don’t have a great concept of time, explaining the wedding timeline helps and a candy bribe doesn’t hurt) 😉
So you’ve chosen the dress, you’ve reviewed expectations, now it’s show time! Here are some fool proof tips for a great beach wedding flower girls experience:
Who’s in charge? Make sure the flower girl’s “supervisor” (AKA mom, bridesmaid, etc.) reviews the plan for the ceremony. This “supervisor” should also make sure the flower girl has a:
Snack/Drink: A quick, mess free snack and sip of water isn’t a bad idea before walking the aisle. Once it’s all said and done it could be a while before the next meal post wedding.
Bathroom Break: Nothing like a potty dance or scurried rush to the bathroom in the middle of your wedding ceremony.
Flowers: Fake flowers are BANNED from certain beaches so be sure to stick with the real deal and check with Your Daytona Beach Wedding Company on questions regarding this.
Flexibility: Some times the best laid plans just don’t work out. So if your flower girl is having a diva melt down or just too nervous to walk the aisle, don’t worry. The show must go on. Have your designated “supervisor” walk/carry her down the aisle or down the beach a bit while she calms down.
Treats: It’s always nice to offer a little treat as a reward for a job well done and to keep the little one entertained/happy. Some ideas are bubbles, candy, a small toy. You can arrange ahead of time who will be in charge of bringing that to the beach.