10 ways to help your guests relax at your Florida beach wedding

1. A wedding rehearsal

If you have a large wedding party and especially if some of your group aren’t familiar with the traditional order of the processional, a fun, light-hearted (but ultimately informative) rehearsal one or two days before the ceremony will help relieve stress on the big day.

2. Keep cool

It can get warm in the sunshine state so planning ahead with fans or bottles of water for each guest during the wedding can help guests stay hydrated and cool.

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3. Have an ‘unplugged’ ceremony

Trusting your professional photographer takes the pressure off family and friends. Taking this one step further, an ‘unplugged’ ceremony invites guests to leave their phones and cameras so that they can be fully present and enjoy every moment with the happy couple.

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4. Pick a seat, not a side

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Traditionally, families and friends of the couple sit on opposite sides of the aisle. A beach wedding is the perfect opportunity to let people mingle, bringing a modern and stress-free twist to the seating plan. For something totally different, banish traditional rows of seats and choose one of our spiral seating plans.

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5. Sandy Toes!

Enough said! Nobody can be stressed when they’re barefoot. Sandy toes rule on the beach.

6. Bring the fun

In place of confetti (which damages the beach), think out of the box when celebrating the “I Do’s”. Beach balls are great fun for everyone and they make fantastic photo portraits.

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7. Make the fun

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Selfie stations and props are the perfect excuses to not just smile for the camera, but to genuinely laugh! Oversize sunglasses, hats, masks – let your imagination run wild, let the good times roll and end up with some crazy keepsakes to remember the fun.

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8. Hire a professional

A day-of coordinator will help smooth any bumps in the road as your wedding takes place. They have the experience to remain calm, the local connections to formulate a ‘Plan B’ and your guests will know that everything is in hand and they don’t need to worry or step out of their comfort zone.

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9. Choose a fun soundtrack

To get your guests’ toes tapping and get the children rocking, choose some upbeat songs which everyone will recognize. A little dancing goes a long way to having a memorable and fun day.

10. Have fun yourselves!

Everyone else is here to celebrate your special day. When your family and friends see you having a great time, they will, too! Don’t sweat the small stuff and make sure everyone understands how much better the day is with their company. Love, laughter and Happily Ever After!

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If you’re ready to start planning your own Florida beach wedding or vow renewal, give us a call at Suncoast Weddings, we’re always ready to make the magic happen.

727-443-0039

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Florida Beach Weddings – 2017 Review

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!

Wedding Day Regrets

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!

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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.

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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

 

 

Should I wear a veil to my beach wedding?

If you are lucky enough to be planning your wedding and have dreamed about this day for months (or years!), then you probably already know the answer. Some brides have always imagined wearing a veil and having a beach wedding certainly shouldn’t get in your way. We’ve got some super ‘looks’ to share with you from our Suncoast Weddings albums as well as some ideas to inspire.

toasted8If you’re worried about a breeze on the beach, remember that you can buy small weights to keep the veil under control. To be honest, some of our most beautiful bridal portraits are when a breeze does catch the veil – the look is romantic and ethereal.

 

Cathedral length veils

These tend to bring the most drama and the ultimate ‘bridal moment’. Here are some portraits with long veils. Ironically, the length of the veil actually makes them less likely to blow up or misbehave in a slight breeze. To get movement into a portrait, you may need a willing helper to lift the veil then duck quickly out of the shot.

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Echo the veil in the train

This look gives the illusion of a long veil although in fact the veil is mid length and the train of the dress appears to follow the veil’s lines.

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Short Veils

Sharp, modern and sassy, these veils give the bridal look without any worries about a breeze. As an added bonus, they can be easily paired with accessories to enhance the look.

THAT photo op!

Yes – there are some brides who cannot imagine their wedding album without the classic shot of the kiss beneath the veil. Here are some of our favorites.

Showing off the veil

It’s also a great portrait shot when the bride revels in the one day she will wear a veil – maybe that is the ultimate charm of the veil …. this is the only occasion it will ever be worn.

What are the alternatives to a veil?

There are certainly options if you opt not to wear a veil. Here are some of our favorites.

Jeweled Clips

Starfish as hair accessories

Peacock Feathers

Flowers

Jeweled Headbands

When it comes to your wedding day, there are no rules, just follow your heart and the day will be perfect. If you’re ready to start planning, call us at Suncoast Weddings today 727-443-0039

Beach Wedding Ring Bearers

Tradition may hold many rules but when you’re having a beach wedding, there is an opportunity to get creative and make a serious duty into a fun walk down that sandy aisle.

It is certainly true that without exception all of our ring bearers take their duty very seriously. Some have even been known to wear a tux.

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Others try to steal the show with big eyes and effortless style

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Traditional pillows are also a popular choice (did you know that it is thought the pillows are symbolic of those used in Ancient Egypt to carry precious jewels during wedding ceremonies)

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These customized pillows fit into the ceremony theme of turquoise and lime.

turquoise and lime ring pillows

Beach Wedding Ring Bearer Tip (learned after some frantic searches for golden bands in the golden sand) – tie a ribbon to the rings. If nervous hands (especially young, excited hands) slip and the rings fall, they are really (really!) hard to find in the sand. Tie them with a small ribbon and the pressure is off.

There are some beautiful decorative pillows which will remain a keepsake afterwards.

ring bearer with sunflower lapel

You’re at the beach so how about some fun with a beach wedding theme … Seashells (here a scallop shell with added bling and some starfish jewels)…

scallop with rings

seashell and rings

Starfish …

starfish and rings with blue and peach

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starfish ring holder

For those with artistic skill and flair, how about something uniquely yours …

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Perhaps with the date …

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It’s a great way to let someone special contribute to your day making them feel truly involved. Check out our pinterest boards for more inspiration from Suncoast Weddings. Let’s get planning!

 

Tel: 727-443-0039

Website: www.suncoastweddings.com

Email: inquiries@suncoastweddings.com

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Leap Year Proposals -hello 2016

It’s here – 2016 is a Leap Year and we all know what that means…. girls, it’s your turn to propose!

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Well, we think any day of the year is a good day to propose to your soulmate but hey, February 29th is a cool date to get engaged anyway and if you know the time is right then why not?

Back in 5th Century Ireland, St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women were always waiting far too long for their suitors to propose marriage. St. Patrick then decreed that women could propose on February 29th each Leap Year.The tradition was then taken to Scotland by Irish monks. Back in 1288, the Scots passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their dreams in a Leap Year. The law also stated that any man who declined the proposal in a leap year would have to pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.

At Suncoast weddings we’ve come up with engagement ideas to help you plan the proposal and record it with engagement photos taken by our specialist beach wedding photographers.

From a “Message in a Bottle” proposal with your choice of music to a flyover with a plane trailing your proposal on a banner, we can help you make memories to savor and cherish, captured by our specialist wedding photographers.

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You can find more ideas and engagement packages here

Some couples start planning a wedding without really enjoying the engagement but it’s a big deal to say “yes” before the big “I Do” later and years later you’ll still be recounting the details to friends and family. What time it was, where you were, what the answer was (and how quickly it was given) and yes, maybe even it was on February 29th.

However you propose and whoever does the proposing, congratulations on your engagement. At Suncoast Weddings we can plan ceremonies at short notice or months (and sometimes years) in advance – give us a call to start planning and enjoy the anticipation of a magical wedding day.

Tel: 727-443-0039

Website: www.suncoastweddings.com

Email: inquiries@suncoastweddings.com