Get Ready: Your Beach Wedding Day is Here!

You’ve gone through it all. The exciting engagement, the fun planning, the dress shopping, the choice of beach location. And it’s finally here, your big wedding day! Naturally, you are nervous but we hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your wedding ceremony on the beach. if you’ve hired the right beach wedding company then all systems are go! So here’s all you need to know for Beach Planning Wedding – the day of your wedding!

beach wedding planning

Time management is your best friend as you prepare for the day of your beach wedding (just like a traditional wedding day). You’ll have a detailed agenda  from your beach wedding specialist explaining the exact times of where to be and when so there will be no surprises. You also will be confident in your beach wedding décor because you made your package choices from online photos. So we’re going to focus on pre-wedding timeline plans! 

Rise and Shine!Omelet on plate

Hopefully you’re waking up on your big day refreshed and well rested. Well maybe we should back up and say, it’s important to get to bed at a decent hour the night before your wedding. And don’t party hard. A glass of wine or drink the night before is fine to settle any nerves and unwind. However, hangovers, headaches, and regrets are NOT the way to start your big day! Then start of with a normal breakfast – something like a smoothie, omelet and toast. No need to change things up here from your regular routine, however some foods can cause bloating: too much dairy, gluten, refined sugar, carbonated beverages, and caffeine.

Hair and Make UpBeach bride getting ready for wedding with veil

A girl’s got to look good on her big day! Whether you’re doing a D.I.Y. wedding hairstyle or getting a professional touch, remember the 2 hour rule.  You should allow at least 2 hours for hair (shampoo, blow out, the works). And you should have about 2 hours before your wedding of being “aisle ready.” Meaning you should be ready to walk the aisle – hair, make up, fed, ready to rock and roll. This sounds like a lot of time, but inevitably something will take a little longer than expected, or traffic, or… Better safe than sorry. When choosing your hairstyle, keep in mind that heat and humidity may be a factor depending on the time of year.

Snack:30

Breakfast, lunch, do your thing. Don’t eat anything out of the ordinary on your wedding day. It’s best to just stick to the usual. If you normally pig out for breakfast, do it. Breakfast skipper? Skip it. And make sure to stay hydrated. It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement that you forget the H2O. Don’t let dehydration happen to you! And it’s also a good idea to pack a healthy snack for a little pre-wedding snack so you don’t get dizzy. You may lose track of time and not eat for hours and we want you feeling your best on your best day! This applies to any children participating in your Florida beach wedding as well.

GPS

If you haven’t already, get an ETA from your pre-wedding location to the ceremony site. Thank you technology. And with that being said, you now have no excuse for being late to your own beach wedding. 🙂 

Calling Guest services

One thing couples often forget is how to deal with “needy guests”(you know that friend who always gets lost, explaining to grandma where to park, flower girl’s mom with 1,000 questions). It’s best to have your maid of honor or other reliable friend as a contact for any wedding guest Q&A. Send out his/her phone# to guests and indicate they can call them with any questions. Or simply give her your phone the day of and she can play operational manager for the day. Less stress = more fun!

Last StopsDestin, Florida beach wedding where the bride waits to walk down the aisle

So you’re ready to go! Wait until the last 30-45 minutes before leaving your last stop before the wedding ceremony to get your wedding dress on if possible. This eliminates the chances to get stains, wrinkles, etc. And don’t forget to use the restroom before dressing. Stay in your air conditioned car for as long as possible before meeting your Florida Beach Weddings coordinator. Soon enough it will be time to walk down the aisle!

I Do!

Once arriving to your wedding ceremony location all the beach wedding planning is a thing of the past. Florida Beach Weddings will give you instructions on where to go from there. And you get to simply enjoy the beautiful beach and your stress free wedding. 

Tropical Florida Beach Wedding couple in Clearwater, FL

Well that’s everything to do the day of. And if you’re not quite there yet, but like the idea of a beach wedding, contact us to speak to a beach wedding specialist and start planning today! 

How To Plan For A Destination Wedding

A bride walks down the beautiful aisleway of our Cocoa Beach Weddings.

Planning Destination Weddings

Just because weddings are common does not mean that each one is not special. There is are nearly 2.5 million weddings annually in the United States. You are not just a number…you are getting married and you want to plan something special.

You are planning a destination wedding so maybe you’re considering a beach wedding? How do you overcome the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, let alone one that is in an exotic Florida location? We have some tips for those planning destination weddings.

Advance Planning

    • Location. First, select a special location that both you and your soon-to-be spouse will enjoy. Destination weddings are not exclusively held in Tahiti! There are beach weddings, country weddings, barn weddings, museum weddings, and a host of other options to choose from. You may want to be in a park near your childhood home. Wherever you choose, you’ll want a place that will have a special place for your big day and in your memory. A wedding on the beach in Florida could be just the thing!
    • Weather. You want to make sure that your destination wedding will not be hampered by inclement weather. Research the area’s weather patterns, especially during the season and month that you’ll choose. This will affect how you plan other things, such as suggestions for how your guests should dress. If you’re getting married on the beach, this will also affect your guests’ dress options. Check out our chart for Gulf beach wedding weather.
    • Travel costs. Destination weddings can be near or far, so estimate travel costs for you and your guests. You and your guests will need to be aware of airfare costs and have time to research and order airfare tickets. Flying in to Orlando, Florida can be very cost effective and is central to many Florida beach wedding locations. If the destination is only a long drive for you or some of your guests, you’ll want to factor in drive time and gas prices.
    • Visit beforehand. Go to your destination before the big day so that you can reconnoiter the area and the potential venues for both the wedding and the reception. You’ll want to reserve the wedding venue well in advance, at least a year, especially if you have chosen a popular destination wedding location such as Clearwater, Florida. If you are having an outdoor wedding or a beach wedding ceremony, select a backup indoor location in the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

The Wedding Day Is Near

The wedding day is near. You’ve completed your advance planning. Now you’ll need to prepare for the final months and weeks before the ceremony.

    • Wedding invitations. Send out your wedding invitations well in advance. How far out will depend on how much time it will take for your guests to make arrangements for your wedding. Your guests will need to make flight and hotel arrangements and these take time. Some wedding planners say that you should mail your invitations 6 to 8 months in advance. You may also mail “save the date” notices even before the official invitation, so that your guests are given a heads up that the invitation is forthcoming. This will give them even more notice. The courtesy of a “save the date” and invitation is much appreciated by your guests.
    • Create a website. This is the age of the Internet, so if you’re tech savvy (or you can hire a professional), you can have a website with news of the wedding, engagement pictures, and a timeline for upcoming events up to the wedding day. You may also offer airfare and hotel accommodations, making it that much easier for your guests. With Florida Beach Weddings you will have your own private client portal.

Of course, these are only a few of the items that you’ll need to arrange for your destination wedding. However, these tips will set you and your guests on the right path for the big day. With your guests’ invitation needs taken care of, you can spend the rest of your time focusing on the needs of the bride, groom, and family.

Destination weddings are for the enjoyment of the happy couple and their guests. For more information on our complete beach wedding packages click here.

Fort Meyers beach Wedding ceremony at the hotel with fun watersports.

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!

5 Must Haves For Your Beach Wedding in Daytona

beach wedding in daytona
If you are planning a beach wedding in Daytona you want to be sure that you have given all the details the attention that they deserve. Most brides know that they should allow enough time to get their hair done (2 hours in the recommendation) but there are other things that need your attention. There are 5 things that you never want to forget to do for your Florida beach wedding.

The goal for any wedding is to have a memorable ceremony where everyone has all eyes on the bride and groom, then to follow it up with a reception where everyone can enjoy themselves. Every great wedding is great because every detail has gotten the attention it deserves.

5 Things That Will Make Your Day Perfect

If there is one thing that everyone can agree on it is that beach weddings in Daytona are beautiful. There is another thing that everyone can agree on, it can be hot on the beach. Making sure everyone attending your beach wedding in Daytona is comfortable relies wholly on the planning.

A little pre-planning for your guest’s comfort can go a long way in making sure that everyone has a great time. Incorporate the following into your wedding planning:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip Flops
  • A Foot cleaning station
  • Handheld fans

Setting up the beach area for comfort is key. You want all eyes on you and your beloved, you do not want people squirming in their seats because they are comfortable. A couple of buckets of cheap sunglasses will ensure that everyone gets to see the service and that they are not fighting off the glare. There are plenty of ways to present these little gifts for those that forget their own.

Sunscreen

Your beach wedding in Daytona is going to hopefully happen on a crystal clear day. Even a sunset wedding, requires sunscreen. Buy trial sizes and place them in the area that greets your guests. A little protection can go a long way in making sure no one is too burnt to enjoy the reception.

Bucket of Flip Flops

Coming to your wedding dressed to impressed may mean you will have some ladies that have left their sandals at home. Make it easier for them to get on the sand and watch the ceremony by placing a bucket of different sized flip flops near the entrance to the ceremony. You can buy flip flops online or at a dollar store for $1, and they will be greatly appreciated by those that forget theirs.

A Mat And Some Paint Brushes

Set up a station where your guests can brush the sand off their feet. A mat with some paintbrushes in a bucket can be a welcome relief for guests that have sand between their toes that do not necessarily want to take with them to the reception.

Fans

Help your guests to beat the heat by incorporating handheld fans into your wedding décor. You can place them on each chair with the wedding program.

You can have an amazing Daytona Beach wedding by paying attention to the comfort details.

Top 5 Beach Wedding Planning Mistakes

You’re big day is approaching. And you’ve got the beach wedding planning ideas rolling like the waves! But before you end up drowning in the ocean of wedding planning, be sure to avoid common beach wedding planning mistakes. 

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Top 5 Beach Wedding Planning Mistakes 

1. Poor Budgeting

From underestimating to overspending, don’t fall into the dreaded wedding money pit. Before you really get into any planning, know your budget. What’s your top dollar and what does your wedding week look like? Budget items to consider: 

  • wedding set up/planner
  • bride & groom bridal attire
  • hair/make up
  • hotel accomodations
  • travel expenses (airfare, baggage, airport commute or car/gas)
  • food
  • extra activities 
  • marriage license 

More budget friendly wedding tips here. 

2. Over-planning

Type “A” brides listen especially closely- there is such a thing as over-planning. Trying to plan out every minute is going to drive you to the “crazy bride ward.” Let Florida Beach Weddings do all the beach wedding planning for you so you have more time to focus on fun things. Things like which beachfront restaurant you’ll hit up after your wedding. Or what color is perfect for your bridesmaids’ dresses? And over-planning only leads to our next mistake…

3. Stressing Out

There is certainly a healthy level of anxiousness that comes with committing yourself to another human for the rest of your life. 🙂 But cold feet and a stone cold stressed out bride are two different wedding animals. And avoid falling into either category. Remember, at the end of the day, you’ll want to look back with fond memories of planning and your wedding day. With over a decade in the beach wedding planning business, one word of advice for you: TRUST. Trust that you will have a beautiful wedding ceremony. Trust that you won’t be stuck with hidden fees with our up front affordable beach wedding package options. 

4. Social Media

Yes, we said it. And since there’s no elephants roaming the beach, let’s address the blue whale in the room. Pinterest, Buzz Feed, Facebook, Tumblr.. Healthy choices, people. It’s ok to get inspired. It’s not ok to get obsessed. Whether it’s the perfect wedding or bridesmaid dress, make up tutorial, hair D.I.Y., photo pose, or beach wedding dream experience (you know the kind with magical sun rays, the perfect amount of wind, high heels in the sand- ha ha yeah right), keep it in check. So get your ideas, be inspired, but keep reality in check and focus on enjoying your day more than absolute perfection.

5. The D.I.Y. Wedding 

We go into detail with the trouble with D.I.Y. weddings here.  But the bottom line is the budget, time planning, and details involved in planning and executing your own wedding is often misunderstood until you’re too far in planning. Let Florida Beach Weddings give you a stress free beach wedding experience and keep your budget. A win-win! 

Well we’ve covered the Top 5 Beach Wedding Planning Mistakes, now for the #1 thing you SHOULD have on your beach wedding planning list, contact Florida Beach Weddings! 

 

Beach Wedding Planning – Just Say NO to D.I.Y. Weddings!

In a culture FULL of D.I.Y. projects, YouTube tutorials, and Pinterest boards, bloggers and t.v. show hosts are pushing the “let me show you how to do it yourself” movement. And maybe that worked for that coffee table, paint project, car engine restoration (or maybe not). But we’re here to tell you don’t DIY for your wedding. Let Florida Beach Wedding DI”F”Y- Do it FOR you! Here are three reasons why to leave the beach wedding planning to the pros (ahem- that’s us) and save the D.I.Y. for some tie-dye honeymoon t-shirts! 😉 

Florida weddings on the beach with blush, ivory and baby's breath for a rustic feel.

 

Top 3 Reasons to Just Say “NO” to D.I.Y. Weddings

1. Money

One of the top reasons people are attracted to the D.I.Y. idea is to save money. And yeah, saving money is a great idea. But by the time you’ve gathered, wheeled and dealed, nickeled and dimed everything you need for your wedding ceremony, the costs start adding up real quick. And not to mention most of the items you’re planning to use for your wedding will never again see the light of day after you say, “I do.” With Florida Beach Weddings you can keep the “D.I.Y.” budget without the hassle, stress, time drain of trying to do all on your own. Our affordable beach wedding packages are all-inclusive so you know exactly what you’ll be spending on your wedding. No surprises, no hidden fees, and it’s completely planned out beginning to end. 

2. Personality

So you don’t want the next factory produced, seen it all before wedding. We get it! And a D.I.Y. wedding could allow for you to put your personal touch on every decision. Let’s say that again, every decision.. location, chairs, aisle, flower decor, unity ceremony, vows, photographer, officiant…the list goes on. Ok, so there are A LOT of decisions that go into planning a wedding. And some things, like ocean tides, sunset, beach permit regulations, wedding party size, parking issues, all these often are forgotten. So what started out as fun quickly makes an overwhelming turn! Florida Beach Weddings has put in the time, experience, and will do all the work for you. So you can still add your personality and creative touch in your color and package choices, bridal gown, choose from selected vows, with a heck of a lot less stress. And why not put your creative flare into creating fun beach wedding favors for your guests!?

3. Convenience

While D.I.Y. weddings seem like they save money and allow you to channel your inner creator, they are way more involved than what first meets the eye. Florida Beach Weddings is all about you fully enjoying your wedding. That includes the beach wedding planning before AND the day of. Our all-inclusive packages really do include everything you need for your wedding day. Wedding officiant, vows, consultations by phone and e-mail pre-wedding, unity sand ceremony, photographer, legal filing of your Florida Marriage License, all this is included with even our most basic package. So you have time to enjoy your destination beach wedding, spend more time on shopping for the perfect beach wedding dress, local entertainment while you’re in town, and truly enjoy your entire beach wedding experience. 

 

Ready to save money, personalize your wedding day, and kick back and enjoy your beach wedding planning experience? CLICK HERE to start planning your beach wedding today!