5 Reasons to Avoid a Memorial Day Weekend Wedding

But it’s a three day weekend, right? Extra time off work without using up vacation days. Yes, you and the rest of America are all thinking the same thing. But guess where nearly everyone wants to go on Memorial Day? The beach. And for all the right reasons. That fickle, warm then cool again, leftover spring weather is gone. The water is warming up and refreshing. The grill is hot and ready. So the message isn’t to avoid the beach for the holiday. But unless you want to pay double the hotel rates and airfare, and share the beach with every other stress-free-seeking beach goer, avoid a Memorial Day Weekend Wedding. So go ahead and hit the waves, but save the vows for a better weekend. Read on to see why.

5 Reasons to Avoid a Memorial Day Weekend Wedding

Hotel Rates

While the “price gouging” line is fuzzy and grey, hotel rates seem to increase up to $50/night during Memorial Day Weekend. You do the math- that’s over $150 more for the weekend. Airbnb is a price flexible alternative, but book soon because the affordable, desirable places will get scooped up quick! 

Airfare

Price for Memorial Day travelers is approximately $30-$40 more per ticket compared to prices on non-holiday weekends. And traveling during popular months like May, can often increase prices $100 or more per ticket in comparison to less popular travel month like September and October. 

Crowds

Airports, beaches, restaurants, roads. All these Memorial Day Wedding Weekend spots will be experiencing a heavy increase in traffic. So if you love a big beach party, bring on the Memorial Day Wedding Weekend. But consider this your warning: Heavy Traffic Ahead! 

Guests

So not only are you paying more for your hotel and airfare, but your guests will be forced to as well. And often people have vacation traditions or book getaways planned around a year ahead of time knowing they have an extra day off work. So what seems like a convenient perk of the added day off, the added travel expenses may not be worth it. 

Wedding Planning Savings

If you are actually looking to save money instead of spend more, avoid the holiday weekends which are NEVER sale weekends in the wedding business. You can actually save money on these select dates

 

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5 Beach Wedding Expenses To Ditch Before You’re Hitched

Out of hand wedding budgets. Yikes! Don’t let it happen to you. Don’t let the pinterest-worthy ideals keep you from enjoying your wedding or neglecting your budget. At the end of your wedding day these words should come to mind: relaxing, special, and affordable. Read on to see what’s worth keeping and what needs ditching when it comes to your beach wedding expenses . 

5 Beach Wedding Expenses to Ditch Before You’re Hitched

 

beach wedding expenses

 

So whether you’re just beginning the wedding planning process. Or maybe your wedding is just weeks away. Here are some tips to keep your beach wedding on track and within budget. What to keep and what to kick to the wedded curb.

Your Clearwater Beach Weddings has you covered with EVERYTHING you need for a wonderful beach wedding. The rest, eh, it’s just details. You’ll need to get an official marriage license and something to wear, but we’ll handle the rest. 🙂 So these next points are ways to trim your budget and eliminate unessecary beach wedding expenses. 

1.Invites

Now we’re not saying elope (which you could do). But couples end up spending hundreds of dollars on fancy invites and postage stamps. These intricate, selective pricey invitations are usually read, RSVP returned (well hopefully), inputted to a smart phone calendar event, and end up in filing cabinet #13 (AKA your invite gets dumped in THE TRASH)! So save time, money, and stress with an evite. Or if you’re dead set on a paper invite, photo cards are an affordable alternative to elaborate cardstock invites.

2. Flowers

Again, we aren’t saying toss the bouquet idea out the window, but get creative. Hiring a florist is not mandatory. And depending on your level of creativity and vision, you can find tons of DIY bouquet ideas. Buying flowers at a grocery or market can save you hundreds (and in some cases thousands) on your floral budget. And if real flowers really don’t matter to you, you can also find a host of faux flower bouquet ideas. Fuax real! 

3. Cheesy Wedding Favors

No one needs a candle with your last name it. Seriously, what do you do with that? But personalized sunglasses for your wedding day? Fun, practical, and a perfect photo op! Check out our post on Beach Wedding Favors that your guests will love. We tried to limit the level of cheesiness. 😉

4. Expensive Accessories

It’s one day. Wear what is special to you. Family heirlooms and gifts from your groom or family/friends are perfect ideas to add to your wedding look. But don’t go spending hundreds of dollars on a piece that you will likely never wear again. And, spoiler alert, no one will know if you buy a good knock off (pearl, diamonds, etc.). If you just must have that statement bridal piece, did you know you can rent accessories from rent the runway? And as for the veil, nix it. There is often at least a light breeze on the beach which will have you constantly fixing your veil or blowing into your groom. 

5. Beg, Borrow, Just Don’t Steal

From earrings to shoes, make up must-haves to wedding gowns. Borrowing a family heirloom set of earrings, a friend’s gorgeous headpiece, or your cousin’s perfect wedding shoes will make it that much more special. You can even rent a bridal gown! There are lots of creative ways to take otherwise expensive things and get thrifty with it! Etsy, Goodwill, Swip Swap, or your grandma’s closet are all easy spots that just may be holding your perfect find!

 

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Destination Wedding Invitations

 “I’m having a destination wedding, but what do I include on my destination wedding invitation?”

Great question! So a destination wedding follows traditional wedding invitation etiquette in a lot of ways. However, there are some key points that should not be overlooked when mailing/e-mailing out your destination wedding invitations!

destination wedding invitations

So before we get to the actual invite, let’s brief with “Save the Dates.” Due to additional travel plans/vacation time from work, it’s important to give your guests plenty of time to plan for your destination wedding. Save the Date cards should be sent out approximately 6-8 months prior to your wedding date. No major details needed. Just date and location. Something like this will do the job (click photo for link)…

destination wedding invitations

 

Ok, now back to the invites! Here’s a list of what to include on your destination wedding invitation:

  • Date & Time (per usual)

  • Address (per usual) *Make sure to include clear indication of “beach wedding” so guests can plan attire accordingly.

  • Reception information or “Reception to follow.” If no reception, there is not need to make any additional note. 

  • Include an accommodations card OR double side your invite with accommodation information on the back. Accommodations card should include guest hotel options/information and any group discounts available. 

  • Wedding Website URL- A wedding website is a great way to inform guests of your engagement story, photos, ceremony/reception details, and any other important details worth sharing. Check out theknot.com for an easy to use and free wedding website creator!

  • RSVP card 

Invite ideas:

So you can go digital and choose evite.com to save time and money. Otherwise, websites like minted.com or etsy.com have some fun beach-inspired destination wedding invitations waiting for you!

destination wedding invitations

 

 

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What to do the Night Before Your Beach Wedding

So wedding plans are chugging along. Your big day will be here before you know it. And if you’ve hired Your Clearwater Beach Wedding Company, you can rest assured that your beach wedding ceremony is going to be smooth sailing. And speaking of resting, a good night’s sleep makes our to-do list the night before your beach wedding! 😉 Let’s talk about what else you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T be doing the night before your beach wedding. 

What to do the Night Before Your Beach Wedding

  • Delegate: Most pre-wedding plans should be in place the night before your beach wedding (check our One Week Away or How to Plan for a Destination Wedding posts for more on that). Don’t use the night before as a time to re-plan your wedding. However, there are a few things that are best left to the night before. 
    • Marriage license: Make sure to bring this to your wedding ceremony to keep things official. If you have a reliable bridesmaid or family member, you can give it to him/her the night before and ensure they bring it to the ceremony location. 
    • Rings: Give your rings to a trusted friend/bridal party member (maid of honor/best man) to bring to ceremony location. 

the night before your beach wedding

 

  • Bag It: Ya know, everybody has that friend that is a walking filing/medicine/snack cabinet. Or maybe it’s you. Whether it’s a band-aid, safety pin, stain remover, or granola bar, this person always seem to have it. So while it’s not necessary to bring a suitcase to your wedding ceremony, a little bag will come in handy. It’s best to pack a bag with some essentials for the day of your beach wedding. You can buy a fun bride bag or even a simple gallon zipper bag will do the trick. Some possible necessities: (this could also be where you keep the marriage license and rings if you don’t have a friend to delegate the responsibility)
    • Snack- often brides get so caught up with hair/make up/ and a little pre-wedding jitter that meals often go neglected. So to avoid hunger pains and dehydration, pack a mess-free snack and a bottle of water. Take a bite before driving/walking to your ceremony location.
    • Make Up- It’s good to pack your lip stick/gloss and a powder for a quick touch up before walking down the aisle and again before photos (more make up tips here).
    • Hair: Depending on your style maybe a few bobby pins, travel hair spray, or just a brush may come in handy.                                                         

             Don’t go crazy and overpack, just think of basic essentials and have this bag ready to grab and go in the A.M.

 

  • Choose Your Beverages Wisely: Water is best. It will keep your skin looking fresh and hydrated. A glass of wine or small cocktail to help take off the pre-wedding jitter edge is fine. But don’t go partying it up which will lead to a more restless night, dehydration, and a possible hang over. Yuck! It’s also best to avoid caffeine, which could just add to your jitters and make for a bouncing off the wall bride at night and sluggish beauty in the A.M.

 

 

  • Sleep. I know we’re not the first to talk of the importance of a good night’s sleep. This means turning off social media and other screens well before bed. Rest up so you are ripe and ready for your big day!  

 

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Why Beach Wedding Package?

Why choose a Clearwater beach wedding package, look how happy these brides are on their wedding day.

 

Why Clearwater Beach Wedding Package over Hiring Independent Vendors/D.I.Y.?

Think of a Clearwater beach wedding package like choosing a new home. You could spend months, even years, finding land, hiring builders, contractors, painters, plumbers, electricians. The list goes on. Consequently, you’re left waiting on workers. You’re spending more money than originally anticipated. You’re pouring blood, sweat and tears into building. Or, you could choose a move-in ready model home. Buy the house and simply add all of your own personal touches. Liking the sounds of a move-in ready model home? Clearwater Beach Wedding Packages are your move in ready beach weddings. We’ve done all of the hard work, hours of phone calls, emails, and researching for you. Therefore, you get the fun part-color selection, unique decor choices, and a ceremony that suites you and your future spouse perfectly!

Still not sure? Read more about why choosing a Clearwater beach wedding package is preferred:

  1. Location, location location: Clearwater Beach Weddings has been in business for over 10 years. So we know parking and permits. We’ve found the sunset views. We’ve set up beach weddings for groups large and small. We KNOW beach weddings. Hiring unexperienced planners is a recipe for last minute disaster. 
  2. Personalize: Although the packages are clearly defined, you still have the opportunity to make your wedding unique. You choose the canopy and chair color, walkway decor, canopy topper, sand ceremony, and vow selection. Try surfing Pinterest and you’ll be floundering amoungst thousands of choices and “seemingly simple” DIY projects. So that $10 project turns into a disaster, time killer, and then you’re back to where you started. Furthermore, our skilled planners have perfected the beach look and have the perfect amount of variety for you to choose from without being overwhelmed.
  3. Cha-Ching: Clearwater Beach Weddings prices are affordable and up front. It’s a one stop shop and no unforeseen costs. Consequently, our packages are designed to cut out travel, set up, and rental fees saving you money. 
  4. Time: Here’s a list of all the people you WON’T have to contact: officiant, photographer, set up crew, linen rental company, county beach permit department, chair rental company. Now here’s a list of the ONE contact you’ll need for ALL of that: Clearwater Beach Weddings.  Pretty easy right? As a result, spend your extra time and money booking a honeymoon. Or go on a date to talk about the excitement of your upcoming stress free and affordable beach wedding!

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Beach Weddings or Cruise Weddings?

Why Cruise Weddings are not as great as beach weddings and cruise honeymoons. Enjoy the beautiful natural beach setup with canopy and chairs for your guests and relax before your honeymoon.

By land or by sea? With Clearwater Beach Weddings you can have it all!

So you’ve already decided you want to get married by the water, be it by boat or beach. Now it’s decision time. Cruises can be fun and relaxing and they sell you that everything is all in one place. Sounds to me like a perfect….. honeymoon. Cruise boat weddings can be stressful, expensive, and complicated. So get the best of both worlds with a beach wedding and then it’s “All aboard the S.S. Honeymoon!”

Why beach weddings are a better choice than cruise weddings:

  1. Expenses: It’s good to set a clear budget before any planning starts. Your Clearwater Beach Wedding has affordable and upfront prices with no hidden charges and fees. Set up/break down, wedding coordinating services, officiant, photographer, unity sand, and legal filing of your Florida marriage license is all included at a budget-friendly price. Cruise wedding packages can average around  $4,000-$8,000. And that starting price comes with a whole list of fine print, exclusions, and additional charges. Oh, and it definitely doesn’t include the cost of the cruise/stateroom itself. 
  2. Time constraints: Pre-departure cruise weddings can be stressful. If guests are not cruising, the ceremony and time may feel very rushed. Guests are provided specific boarding and exciting times and special accommodations will not be provided for non-cruising or late guests. 
  3. Don’t rock the boat: Considering getting married mid-cruise? Those pre-wedding jitters don’t mix well with rough seas. A seasick bride, groom, or guests could make for a rocky wedding day. With a beach wedding, seas could be 10-15 feet all while you can enjoy them from the flat sand. 
  4. Make it official: Many cruise wedding packages are not actual legal ceremonies. Don’t be tricked by “keepsake wedding certificate.”  That does not pass for a legal marriage. Furthermore, foreign ports can also be tricky when it comes to legalizing marriages. Your Clearwater Beach Weddings provides all the information you need to legally by Mr. and Mrs. _____________(fill in the blank)!
  5. Plan ahead: Cruise ports, itineraries, and conditions can change, leaving you scrambling last minute. However, you can book your wedding with Your Clearwater Beach Weddings way ahead of time without thinking twice. 

You and your guests can set sail from the Port of Tampa after your Clearwater Beach Wedding. Therefore, beach weddings are the way to go. Say “Bon Voyage” too pricey, regulation-heavy cruise weddings and head over to Clearwater Beach Weddings!