As we look forward to 2018, it’s time to reflect on some of our favorite moments of 2017. Thanks to all our wonderful couples who have made 2017 such a romantic year!
With so much focus on wedding planning, it’s important to also learn from others. When regrets occur on a such a carefully orchestrated day, there are lessons to be learned and we know a few tips and tricks to help the wedding day stay a regret-free zone!
Make time to interact with your guests
Let’s face it, the day is primarily about the two of you. Having said that, if you choose to invite family and friends who are important to you and your future, taking time just to say a quick hello should figure somewhere in the day. Traditionally, this was in the form of a (sometimes stuffy and awkward) receiving line. Do you have to do that? Absolutely not! The more modern approach is to mix and mingle either on the beach after the ceremony or when you have eaten at the reception. Beach weddings are perfect for this as they tend to be a more relaxed setting anyway. A few heartfelt words will be remembered forever and you won’t regret not saying how wonderful it is they made the effort to celebrate with you.
Too many cooks
We’ve all seen the pictures where the bride is looking straight at the camera and the groom is looking at someone at a slightly different angle! When you hire a wedding photographer, trust them and let there be one focus. This is especially important when there are group portraits. Well-meaning guests trying to catch your attention and get their own snapshots will result in confusion and will compromise the professional shots. If you are not hiring a photographer for the reception, then designate someone you know who loves to take pictures and let them snap away!
1-2-3 Eyes on me!
It is a sign of the times that many people now regard life through the lens of their phone. If you want people to see the details and engage in person, consider an ‘unplugged ceremony’. Not only will they not feel any pressure to try and capture the perfect moment, your pictures will look better without a sea of phones in the image.
Not taking notes
When you’re opening the gifts, make sure to make a note of who gave what. It sounds basic but will enable you to personalize each thank you note instead of sending a generic ‘thank you’ to everyone.
Not hiring a professional
Not everything may go to plan. It could be the weather, it could be an extra few guests being able to attend, it could be the florist is late, it could be that the paperwork is missing … the list goes on. Did you know you need a permit to marry on many of the beaches, even though they are public beaches? This is a one-off event for you and an important day. We are finding that more and more couples are hiring a coordinator for the day just to make sure that if something unexpected crops up, they are not the ones who have to troubleshoot and save the day. Professionals who have coordinated many weddings are more likely to have ready-made solutions or know the local vendors and venues to remedy any issues. As we often say – “Go be a bride” – it’s hard to enjoy the day when you’re worrying if a vendor has arrived.
Breaking the budget
We’ve seen a lot of advice on this subject and still, it often gets broken. Perhaps the best we’ve heard from our couples is to set a budget, then build in 5-10% ‘wiggle room’ for the unexpected. It’s a day that shouldn’t feel about compromise so plan carefully and look for beach wedding packages or deals that will help with overall costs. A couple of really easy ways to potentially save money:
- Rent beach wedding signs instead of buying them
- Use silk floral accents in your decor
- Re-purpose bouquets as centerpieces at the reception
- Ask about military / first responder discounts
Do you have any more ideas to share with couples? We’d love to hear them! If you’re looking to say “I Do” in sunny Florida, give us a call to start planning. 727-443-0039
If you love planning and playing with a theme, beach weddings give a perfect opportunity to think outside the box and have fun with the details.
Here are some of our favorite ways to take inspiration from the beach and incorporate them into your wedding.
1. Message in a Bottle
A great way to send ‘save the date’ invites is a ‘message in a bottle’. Here, the addition of a sand dollar adds extra charm.
2. A nautical centerpiece
A net, shells, and starfish transform the table with style and whimsy. Easy to set up, yet effective and appealing, this popular choice works for indoor and outdoor receptions.
3. A seashore inspired sign
Everyone loves being at the beach, and there are so many ways to personalize your wedding day.
4. Themed Coozies
Because once you say “I Do” they’ll be …
This is a really nice idea to create a personalized keepsake for guests. Shells can be picked from the beach or locally bought and the sand can be from your special location 🙂
6. Fisherman’s Frivolity
For the couple that loves to fish, we have unexpected ideas like starting your aisle with fishing poles!
And for symbolism and theater during the ceremony, tie a fisherman’s knot together.
7. Beach ball shower
No confetti is allowed on the beach and a shower of beach balls creates a fun mood and a great backdrop for pictures
8. Tropical Music
Everyone is transported by the distinctive and uplifting steel drums. Get ready to dance down the aisle!
9. Wedding cake – beach style!
No need to compromise on flavor or impact – a beach inspired wedding cake can be a show stopper!
10. Beach bouquets
We love seeing these creative and beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres – look forward to great portraits and style points from all your guests.
If you’re ready to start planning, we’re here to help! Call us today to get started 727-443-0039
We’re looking at some of the factors in deciding if a package is the best fit for your wedding day.
There’s something magical about crystals catching the sunlight and that’s the beauty of having an outdoor wedding in Florida – when you come to the Sunshine State, why not maximize the bling appeal and incorporate crystals into your big day. We’ve got some creative ideas and we’ve been inspired by our Suncoast Weddings couples. So read on and start planning, here’s to the glitz and the glam 🙂
A crystal drape
A picture is worth a thousand words. In the sunshine or as the sun sets, adding our crystal drape as a backdrop for your arch truly sets the stage for a magical ceremony and stunning wedding portraits. It can be added to any of our packages or as part of a customized a la carte ceremony.
Why not? If you love crystals, a chandelier is an easy way to set a shimmering centerpiece within the arch. There are many styles to choose from – some bring a vintage flair and others are chic and modern in style. Looking to carry the theme to the reception? A chandelier over the top table will leave no doubt who the stars are on this special day 🙂
This could be an homage to crystals or some strategically placed gems in your flowers, we’ve seen both versions and they both look awesome. Easy to transport, you can order these well before your wedding and adding that touch of decadence will really make a difference to your photos.
Your wedding reception
Bring the bling to catch the candles and lights of your reception. We can help with beautiful centerpieces or votives. The glimmer from the crystals showcases your flowers and brings an opulent setting. It’s a super special day and every detail counts.
Your Wedding Dress or shoes
Yes – there are stunning wedding dresses with crystals as a part of the gown. Stylish, eye-catching and very fashion forward, if you love crystals then check out your options.
Hair clips, bracelets, necklaces, tiaras, earrings … whatever makes you feel special on your wedding day! You’ll remember this day forever and it’s the perfect time to take your confidence to the next level with your bridal style.
Flowers are a classic staple of any wedding day but why stop at the traditional bouquet and boutonniere? Here we look at some creative ways to feature your florals. Fresh flowers are most affordable when they are in season and featuring them more could help lock in a ‘bulk’ deal, however, fresh flowers, especially the exotic blooms, can soon add up. Silk flowers are a good alternative or even a mix. Consider fresh florals for the bouquets and the arch, then silk flowers for the chairs or aisle.
She wore flowers in her hair …
The options here range from subtle to bold. An example of a subtle style would be simple, elegant orchids. These images also show the contrast between a bright color palette and softer tones. The flowers are a great way to extend the color theme of the wedding into your bridal fashion.
For a bolder style, flower crowns give an ethereal, utterly romantic wedding day aura.
Decorating the cake
The flowers needn’t be edible, having them purely for decoration before slicing the cake is a great way to get a show-stopper impression. Flowers can also be positioned around the cake as well as on it.
Of course, you can always evoke the romance of flowers with the skill of a great wedding cake designer, who can craft the flowers as part of the design.
A centerpiece with a twist
Flowers are often used as centerpieces, in fact, the bouquet(s) can be ‘recycled’ after the ceremony to do double duty. We like the effect of submerging flowers (real or silk work equally well) as a centerpiece. Teamed with floating candles or alone, the beauty and delicacy of the petals and stem seem to be magnified.
A backdrop for the rings
A great album shot, use the flowers as a ‘stage’ to showcase your wedding bands.
An accent for the chairs
Flowers can be peek-a-boo style in the sash, or can be attached to chairs as accents. Some couples opt for all chairs, others opt for those only along the aisle.
The most popular options for aisle markers are conch shells, starfish, and grasses, but flowers can also lead the way towards the arch.
It’s exciting to be a part of a beach wedding – especially such an important role. To make it extra special, let your flower girl sprinkle petals of a different color if you already have a petal-strewn aisle – she can see what a great job she has done!
If you have a unique way you would like to weave flowers into your wedding day, we’ll help may the dream come true. Maybe you ‘make’ your bouquet as you walk along the aisle by gathering a stem from each person in your wedding party, maybe you want a backdrop of suspended flowers behind the arch. When December rolls around, how about mistletoe on the arch to await that first kiss 🙂 If you’re ready to start planning, give us a call at 727-443-0039 or visit us online at http://www.suncoastweddings.com
Trust your photographer
There is nothing more frustrating than looking at a beautifully composed shot of a wedding party where some people are looking in another direction! This happens easily when well-intentioned family or friends are also trying to capture ‘the perfect shot’. When you have a professional wedding photographer, trust them and let them direct your wedding photography session. This will lead to less frustration and better shots with everyone looking the right way 🙂
To encourage people to put down their electronic devices and truly enjoy the ceremony with you, consider an ‘unplugged ceremony’. The sign says it all.
If you want a chance to get portraits as the sun sets, work backward from the scheduled sunset time to plan for the ceremony and group shots before the happy couple poses for romantic sunset shots.
Sunset is also the perfect time to get creative with stunning silhouettes, particularly dramatic with a ballgown style wedding dress or a veil. Make sure the couple aren’t too close as their silhouettes will merge into one.
Use the beach for inspiration
You chose a beach wedding because you love the beach so what better way to be creative with photographs. Sand, starfish, shells and the surf itself all make for great photo opportunities.
Keep Equipment Clean
Sand can be an enemy of cameras and spare equipment. Use clear plastic bags to protect and seal and change lenses carefully.
Have a wishlist? Speak up!
If there are certain photos you know you want in your album (like a particular grouping of people for instance) then make sure your photographer knows asap.
Keep the horizon straight
A crooked horizon will instantly draw the eye and can ruin a picture. Set the horizon straight and remember the rule of thirds – a picture will often look better if the horizon is at the 1/3 or 2/3 level than at halfway.
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Look for reflections
If the tide is going out you may be lucky enough to get some great portraits and awesome reflections. If the tide is coming in, this isn’t likely to be an option.
Beach Wedding Photography is unique
Taking great beach wedding photos is not as easy as it looks. Being able to take great photographs elsewhere doesn’t directly translate to the lighting challenges and changing weather conditions on the shore. The safest way to plan on a beautiful beach wedding album is to hire a professional beach wedding photographer. The Suncoast Weddings team of photographers specialize in beach wedding photography.
Play with Color
Sometimes looking at an image in black and white can change the mood of the photo. Alternatively, selective pops of color can be used to great effect.
Listen to your photographer
Part of being a good photographer is composing shots. Listen to your photographer during the shoot so they can coordinate the wedding party. A good example is the blessing stones, the best shots have everyone throwing the stones at the same time.
Turn off any sounds on your camera and have backup plans by bringing spare memory cards and batteries.
If you’re ready to start planning your destination wedding, give us a call and we can start planning! 727-443-0039