Weaving florals into your wedding day

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.

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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.

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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.

Aisle markers

The mostĀ popular options for aisle markers are conch shells, starfish, and grasses, but flowers can also lead the way towards the arch.


Flower girls

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!

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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 šŸ™‚ If you’re ready to start planning, give us a call at 727-443-0039 or visit us online at http://www.suncoastweddings.com




7 Ways to set your Beach Wedding Mood

We’ve had weddings with tears, we’ve had weddings with laughter, and plenty of ceremonies with both! How do you picture your special day? Serious and sincere or lighthearted and uplifting?

We’re looking at ways you can help set the mood for the day – for yourself and your guests. A bit of pre-planning can reduce your stress levels and set the stage for a fantastic experience.


If you are having music at your ceremony, think about the tone you want. You already have the soundtrack of the waves, how do you want to enhance that? Here are a few suggestions:

  • If you want a really tropical vibe, consider steel drums. We can help arrange the musicians and you’ll be dancing down the aisle.
  • If a friend or family member sings or plays an instrument, maybe they would like to perform. We have microphones and speakers for hire if you have a large gathering.
  • Traditional and instrumental pieces of music can bring sentiment and emotion to the occasion.
  • Play “your song”
  • Choose lyrics that make you feel good – a popular choice for 2016 has been Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”

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Dress Code

From tuxedos and gowns to flip flops and Hawaiian shirts, the dress code will change the mood of the day. Whichever choice you make, formal or informal, make sure all your guests have some expectation so that they feel comfortable and know what to expect.

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Beach Balls and Bubbles

Not just for kids! To bring an element of fun to the celebration and for some awesome photographs, beach balls or bubbles are beach friendly and easy to arrange. In addition, if children are in the group, they will love the distraction and your only problem may be keeping them waiting for the “I Do’s”.

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Your Own Vows

Surely the part of the ceremony where we’ve seen the most tears! Vows can be heartfelt and also humorous at the same time. Speak from your heart and rehearse your vows before the big day.

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Have fun with the Cake

Set the mood to deliciously relaxed by decorating your cake informally with a beach theme. We love starfish and shells and the sky is the limit when you get inspired.

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Time of Day

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico is magical and romantic so if you want those beautiful wedding portraits with the sun setting, aim for a ceremony about an hour before the sunset. If you want vibrant blue skies, then consider a morning wedding. Cooler temperatures, less change of inclement weather and a whole day to party!

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Take a Dip

You’re at the beach – why not! Whether you plan ahead or the mood just takes you, get ready for some serious fun and some great pictures.

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When you’re ready to start planning, call us at 727-443-0039 or visit us online at SuncoastWeddings.com.

Involving children on the Big Day

If you have children as guests at your Florida beach wedding or vow renewal, there are many ways to integrate them into your celebration, making them feel special and making memories together to last forever in your hearts and your photo albums. Here are some ideas … (we’ve taken inspiration from some of our happy Suncoast Weddings families!)


Getting crafty

Before the day even arrives, get crafty together to make your special bouquets, boutonnieres or favors.

seashell favors

Flower Girl

Obvious … but read on … to make it really special, have petals of one color along the aisle and let the flower girl scatter petals of a different color so she can see just how great a job she did, or if you have several flower girls, give them their own special petals or blooms. Another idea is to have each child present you with a flower at the start of the aisle which you then add into your bouquet. Different colors or flowers will stand out in your bouquet and will make you smile every time you see the photos.

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Ring Bearer

Typically a young boy, but not always, this important role can be made less nerve wracking by tying a ribbon around the rings so that if they fall, they’ll be easily found in the sand.

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Of course, sometimes, carrying the ring bearer is responsibility enough!


Sign Bearer

Very popular at a beach wedding or vow renewal, say it in style with a sign … either bring your own or rent one of ours šŸ™‚

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Include the children as part of your vows to each other.

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The Unity Sand Ceremony

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Normally, the sands blended during the ceremony are poured by the couple only. The ceremony represents mixing of grains from each person – symbolic of the two lives being joined together as one. An easy way to include children is to allow them to pour sands into the bottle at the same time. This is even more sentimental when colored sands are used so that you can see who poured which grains. Shells for each person will be set up and we plan in advance if any colored sands are required. A beautiful sentiment central to the ceremony, the children can take center stage and are actively involved. Sample text for a sand ceremony involving children can be found on our website here

green and purple colored sands

A Keepsake

As you exchange rings, present a token to the children at the same time so they also have a keepsakeĀ of the day.

Cool Kids

They could hand out fans or iced water to the other guests

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Have a ‘fun’ element to your service

YoungstersĀ (and those young at heart) will all look forward to celebrating the “I Do’s” with beach balls or a shower of bubbles.

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Formal Portraits

Ask your photographer to include some family portraits as well. Children can get bored easily so gauge when is the best time, before or after the formal photos of just the happy couple. To keep them entertained when they are not in front of the lens, consider presenting them with a disposable camera each so they can be an ‘official photographer’ – they feel special and you get bonus shots from their perspective.


Let them embrace your theme

If you’re wedding is themed, let them contribute and wholeheartedly join in.


Making the dances kid friendly

If you’re having a reception, make sure your playlist has a few favorites for the younger movers and shakers!

bridesmaid dance

Depending on the age and the willingness to participate, there are countless other opportunities for children to read a poem, sing or play an instrument. Let us know your plan and we’ll help coordinate on the day. A beach wedding naturally brings a relaxed atmosphere, and whatever plan you have, if the children get too tired, giddy or overwhelmed then just ‘go with the flow’. It’s fine if the day plays out in a slightly different way.

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