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Affordable Destination Wedding Planning Guide

So you have your heart on a destination wedding in Florida, but not sure if it’s affordable? Well, great resources and a little creativity go a long way in making your beach wedding dreams come true all within your wedding budget! Check out the guide below for everything you need to know about planning an affordable destination wedding

Bride Guide: Planning an Affordable Destination Wedding

Know Your Budget:  Before we dive into HOW to save money, let’s decide exactly how much money we’re starting with here. This number doesn’t have to be down to the penny, but we need a starting place. If you need to, maybe a side job can help you gain some cash for the wedding fund. It’s your big day, but you don’t need big debt to start your new life with when it’s all said and done.

Prioritize: Make a list of non-negotiable items and see where everything stands. Which Florida beach wedding location is the most budget-friendly? Can you cut back on your dress budget to make room for an upgraded hotel suite? Do fresh flowers make your wedded heart swoon? Or can you go faux to allow for professional hair and make up? So write it all down. Some ideas are:

  1. Wedding party size (most wedding planners charge more for larger groups of people)
  2. Hair/Make Up
  3. Wedding Package Design Choice
  4. Additional/Professional Photography
  5. Flowers
  6. Wedding Dress 
  7. Groom Tux/Suit
  8. Hotel/Accommodations
  9. Travel-Flight/Car
  10. Honeymoon
  11. Wedding Favors
  12. Bridal Party Gifts
  13. Invitations/Evites
  14. After party/Reception

               You can also check out The Knot’s FREE wedding budget calculator.

All Inclusive Packages: Most of all, your best bet to save money and stress is going with an all inclusive wedding package. This is especially true for destination wedding. With Florida Beach Weddings, everything you need for your wedding day is included in the affordable, upfront price! You can choose your colors and decor. Even your beach wedding officiant is included.

Clearwater Beach Weddings during the sunset with couple kissing

 

Money Saving Ideas: With a little creativity, you can save money left and right! Here are some ideas for trimming the fat from your sun and sea wedding budget:

  • Wedding Dress- Second hand (try a local Facebook resale group or high end consignment shop)
  • Hair and Make Up- If hiring a pro is out, there are no shortage of Youtube hair/make up tutorials. Just practice, practice, practice. 
  • Travel- Subscribe to a travel search engine and check back frequently for cheap air fare. These prices can fluctuate day to day so look for a price drop and pick up your tickets!
  • Evites over mailed invitations can end up saving you hundreds. Between the actual stationary and the cost to mail them, go paperless and save more.
  • Flowers- Have an creative and RELIABLE friend attending the wedding? Could he/she put together a some simple bouquets and boutonnieres?You may have to settle with whatever flowers are in stock that day/week at the local grocery/Florida, but if that’s not a priority to you, then that’s an option. 

Now you realize your dreams can come true without going into wedded-debt! Let Florida Beach Weddings help you plan your all-inclusive, affordable destination wedding today. Click here!

Florida Beach Weddings on a Budget

There are many wonderful new things newlyweds receive following their wedding. Presents, wedding rings, a new last name, just to name a few. One thing newlyweds don’t want to acquire is a load of wedding debt. Traditional wedding expenses can leave couples drowning in debt or depleting a lifetime of savings before even walking the aisle. And that’s no way to start off a marriage. So let’s talk about Florida Beach Weddings on a budget . Do the words affordable budget and wedding planning even belong in the same sentence? Yes!

Florida Beach Weddings on a Budget

 

1. $ Crunch the Numbers $

Before beginning any planning, do your homework. What is your budget? Planning Florida Beach Weddings on a budget can carry different price tags for different people. But even if you have the slimmest of funds, a little creativity and an affordable wedding package can come together for the beach wedding of your dreams. Once you’ve established your bottom line budget, it’s time to get to planning!

2. Consider Your Costs

Now don’t jump to the wedding ceremony planning just yet. Think of all the non-negotiable items involved in your Florida Beach Wedding Budget. It’s a common mistake to skip right to the wedding planning and neglect travel and lodging costs. So avoid any sneaky, costly, surprises with your wedding budget by considering the following. There’s a great tool to get an estimated cost calculator for traveling. And if you already know your beach city location, you can get even more accurate budget costs by city.

Travel Expenses:

Flying? Driving? Check out travel costs, bearing in mind calendar dates may cause variations in price. Websites, like Trip Advisor, allow you to search for by date, airport, and travel preferences. Driving? Google Maps allows you to type in your location and destination for mileage and food, hotel, etc. along the way. Check out our beach locations page for your beach destination location.

Lodging: 

The average cost for a hotel in Florida is around $100-$200/night. Of course you can find more budget friendly places or live the luxurious life and go all out. So that’s a starting point. Again, check out the cost calculator by city to get a better idea. 

Food:

This is a budget point that will sneak up on you before you know it. The average cost for food is $44/day! However, finding a hotel with a kitchen/kitchenette can cut down on that price substantially. So if you’re on a tight budget, add a hotel room kitchen to your must have list and you can save hundreds on food.

Entertainment:

The great thing about Florida Beach Weddings on a budget is you have built in free entertainment- the beach! So a bathing suit and sunscreen could be your only expense here! But if you’re looking to hit up a concert, visit a theme park, book a fishing charter, or other fun Florida activity, consider those costs.

Dress/Accessories:

Bridal gowns and suits vary greatly in price. Some of the pricier gowns can be in the thousands, but the great thing about a Florida Beach Wedding is the laid back atmosphere. That means lots of options for the bridal dress code. You can find a casual beach wedding dress for less than $100. Or check your local swip swap/resale stores if you are set on that traditional wedding gown without breaking the bank. Same goes for the groom. A nice pair of khakis and white button down fits right in on the beach and your budget.

Invitations:

In an age where technology is king, the e-vite is a perfectly suitable and cost efficient means of inviting guests for Florida Beach Weddings on a budget. That should cover just about all the non-negotiable wedding costs. So now, let’s move onto your big day.. choosing your budget friendly wedding package.

3. Wedding Package

Now that you’ve calculated costs for all the “other” wedding planning items, it’s time for the best part! Florida Beach Wedding Packages! Florida Beach Weddings offers intimate elopement packages all the way to ultimate beach party wedding packages!

The next step is to visit our Florida Beach Wedding Packages page and find your perfect wedding day set up! Package prices start at $699 and go up to around $2,000. And the best part is that includes everything! You show up to the beach and Florida Beach Weddings does the rest. Florida Beach Wedding Packages are all inclusive and our affordable package prices allow you to truly have it all.

4. “I Do!”

Now that you have a clear budget outline, it’s time to make the “free” decisions. Wedding date, specific location, vow choices, color schemes…Contact us today to start planning the Florida Beach Wedding of your dreams.

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Hosting a Post Destination Wedding Reception

So you’ve chosen a destination wedding. But on the fence as to whether or not to host a party back home after the wedding? Is it too expensive? What’s expected? What’s proper etiquette for inviting guests? Bottom line, you want to know- is your post destination wedding reception worth having?

Post Destination Wedding Reception

There are different reasons for having a post destination wedding reception. But let’s first make sure you’re headed on the right path to your “after party.” Wedding receptions are a time to celebrate the newly married couple. A time to eat, drink, and party (whatever that looks like to you)! Read below for the three post wedding reception points- Affordability, Expectations,  and Etiquette to see if an “after party” is right for you. 

Affordability 

Before you commit to a home reception, make sure you have room for it in your budget. Depending on the size of your guest list, the amount will differ, but a fair price point is to expect to spend roughly $10/person. That price includes light food, drinks, simple decor, and cake. Of course, that number is loose and you can add or subtract according to your level of food & entertainment. If you’re looking a restaurant for your after party price will remain close to the $10/person mark. Any venue space will add thousands in rental fees to your budget(think not just the space but also tables, linens, caterer…). So it’s best to keep it simple at home or an affordable restaurant/private room. And while we’re talking money saving tips, you can read here about how to keep your overall destination wedding budget under control. 

Expectations

The main purpose of a post destination wedding reception is to celebrate the bride and groom (NOT a gift donation scheme, see “Etiquette” for more on that).  That being said, here are ideas for food, entertainment, and decor for a home reception to get your guests in party mode:

  • Food– Guests should expect some sort of food, drink, and wedding cake. Some ideas:
    • Food-Finger foods(chicken tenders, party sandwiches), themed meals (tacos, spaghetti, etc.)  You can even get reasonable catering quotes from places like Chipotle, Tijuana Flats, or Chick Fil A
    • Drink- Booze or no booze? A few bottles of wine, cooler of beer, and/or a signature cocktail are perfect if you’re going with alcohol. No need for a fully stocked bar, but nice to offer a celebratory drink. Dry reception? Lemonade, tea, soda, and water are staple reception beverages. 
    • Dessert- Traditional wedding cake is always a winner. You can also check out these DIY “wedding” desserts 
  • Entertainment– No need for a DJ, games, and a bag of tricks. Keep it a simple, social event where you get to talk about your big day and enjoy the company of family and friends.
    •  Photo slideshow/album. Smilebox is a great resource for creating slideshows and is very user friendly (for both Mac and PC users). You don’t need a degree in graphic design or editing to make a quality slideshow. 
  • Decor- You can really find some simple decor at affordable prices to add a little wedded touch. No need to go full Pinterest wedding mode here. A nice touch here and there will set a perfectly wedded party mood. A beach/nautical themed “Just Married” or “Mr. & Mrs.” banner is a great touch. Fresh flowers are also festive and fun decor!

Etiquette 

Who to invite: Give your guest list some thought. Are you inviting a large group? Only those who were invited to the wedding, including those who couldn’t make the wedding? Maybe you eloped and you want to have a family/close friends gathering. It’s up to you how big or small you make your home reception. But, as with any wedding, consider those closest to you and avoid making it just an opportunity to receive a bunch of gifts. Those closest to you will likely shower you with gifts, but that shouldn’t be the motive for hosting your party.

When to invite: If you’ve given this a lot of thought ahead of time, you can make mention of it on your invitations. Otherwise, a simple e-vite is cheap/free and simple. 

Thank you: Thank your guests for coming. An elaborate speech isn’t necessary but a formal announcement of gratitude is an appropriate gesture. And of course, thank you cards for any gifts received is standard practice. 

Are you having your dessert before dinner? Planning your post party BEFORE your destination wedding?? Click HERE to book your elopement, wedding, or vow renewal today!

5 Tips for your Daytona Beach Wedding Ceremony

Couple married on Daytona Beach

What do you need to know to ensure the best beach wedding experience possible? What should you do when you are down here? A Daytona Beach Wedding ceremony should be the most perfect day of your life, and our experienced wedding planners know how to make sure this happens! When you book one of our Daytona Beach Wedding Packages, you will not only get a beautiful setup with everything you need for your ceremony, but you get the benefit of over ten years of our expertise. We have a list of recommendations for hotels, hair and makeup, dining options and more. We also provide you with all the information you need for the location that fits your needs, we take care of checking the tides and sunset, give you the information you need for your marriage license, setup and breakdown everything, and make sure you have a stress-free wedding ceremony. 

  1. Location. Location. Location. A lot of factors go into choosing the perfect location for your Daytona Beach Wedding Ceremony. Daytona Beach is filled with amazing locations. The first thing to consider is your guest count. If you will be having a larger wedding, we highly recommend Wilbur By the Sea. This location provides plenty of parking, easy of access to the beach, there is no driving on the beach, and there is plenty of room for a larger wedding. If you will be having a smaller wedding or eloping, and will be staying directly on the beach, we may be able to have your beach wedding ceremony at your location. You can contact us for more information on this option.

2. Daytona Beach Wedding Attire. One of the biggest perks of having a wedding on the beach in Daytona, is the opportunity for beautiful, reflective photos off the water. There is also a beautiful ocean breeze every day. We recommend lightweight and flowing attire. Something that you aren’t afraid to get a little wet and that will beautifully pick up in the breeze making for stunning photos

3. Beach Wedding Hair. As previously mentioned, there is always an ocean breeze! We cannot stress enough how important it is that you find an updo that works for you. This will eliminate you from having the constant disturbance of hair (or loose strands of hair by your face) constantly needing to be moved. And, don’t forget about the wedding pictures. Preventing your hair from flying all over will make a huge difference in your photos. 

4. Go to Orlando. Daytona Beach is just a short drive from Orlando. With an abundance of fine dining, theme parks and unique experiences, it will bring endless entertainment to your trip to Florida. If you are looking for a thrilling experience, we recommend staying on the beach before your wedding and heading to Orlando for a few nights after your wedding, This will allow you to have two very different experiences in one vacation. Visit the world famous Disney World in Just Married Minnie and Mickey ears or for thrill seekers visit Universal Studios. 

5.Complementary Breakfast. If you and your guests will be staying at the same hotel, and if there is complementary breakfast try to plan a morning. In most cases, your guests will have traveled down here to see you get married on the beach. While you will be busy getting ready and trying to enjoy your new married life, inviting your guests’ to enjoy breakfast is a great way to spend time with them. Try to pick a day when all of your guests will be in town and inform everyone when you will be there. This is a great way to throw in an additional meal at no extra cost to you. The gesture is sure to go a long way with your guests. 

We look forward to working with you for your Daytona Beach Wedding Ceremony. This area is one of our favorite locations overall for your destination ceremony. You will be able to be a part of less crowded beaches, closer to the water than the West Coast and actually on the ocean! This is also one of the only locations with an abundance of hotels directly on the beach, so you will be able to partake no matter your budget. This is a magical place that has something for everyone and deserves to be your Florida Beach Wedding location. 

We hope our 5 tips for your Daytona Beach Wedding Ceremony have been helpful in your planning process. For more information, check out the helpful links below. 

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St. Augustine Beach Weddings- Charm meets paradise

St. Augustine, Florida beach weddings
 
Looking for the perfect romantic location to host your wedding? Hundreds of couples are choosing St. Augustine, the Nation’s Oldest City, for their big day!

Bustling cobble stone roads with the occasional horse drawn carriage and Spanish Colonial inspired architecture, St. Augustine is boasting of old world charm. The streets tell a story from a time long ago. Large victorian homes, rustic doorways, overgrown arches of ivy and greenery; it is hard not to feel like you took a step back in time. The historical charm of this city is one of the many reasons couples are choosing St. Augustine for their destination wedding. 

Another appeal to this unique little city is in just a short scenic drive over a bridge- beautiful sandy beaches! Be assured that rest and relaxation comes with the sounds of the crashing waves and the warmth of the bright sun! St. Augustine Beach definitely offers more than just sand in the toes. It is a great place to surf, paddle board, climb a light house, or just enjoy good food. 

Indoors, outdoors, or maybe even both, St. Augustine offers many unique wedding venues. From historical buildings, exquisite gardens, and beautiful beaches there are a variety of locations to help every bride set the scene for the most important day of her life. 

Besides the variety of venues, St. Augustine is a great location for wedding guests. It is conveniently located within driving distance to Jacksonville, Daytona, and Orlando airports. It offers a variety of locations for guests to stay whether they prefer to be on the beach or stay right in the heart of historical down town. There are many hotels, as well as charming bed and breakfasts that are located walking distance to many attractions. 

Weddings guests have plenty of activities to choose from while visiting, like touring museums, riding trolleys, or just enjoying a casual stroll on the bay front.  St. Augustine also offers many unique, trendy restaurants for any “foodie”. There are many bars and restaurants with outdoor seating and live music for guests to enjoy the beautiful warm weather. 

If you are a bride who envisions your big day in a special place where romance meets fun, St. Augustine may be the place for you!  Read more about our St. Augustine Beach weddings here. 

If you are ready to start planning your wedding in St. Augustine, check out our beach wedding packages here or contact us for more information.