BEACH THEMED WEDDINGS
Of course, the best way to plan a beach wedding is to hold them
on the beach, but if you are not able to do that, there are other ways to put a tropical mood into your wedding day.
From the decorations to the menu to the music, putting together a beach wedding is really fun and easy to do.
wedding begins with a great invitation. Maybe you can include a palm tree design or a hibiscus flower to indicate Hawaiian
leis. Or, maybe the wedding invitation can be shaped like a surfboard for the less formal wedding celebration.
Some bridal couples like to include a pinch of sand in the invitation for a surprise to
their guests. Of course, you could always have sea shell(s) glued to the front of the invitation or use a shell
design. Whatever strikes you as beach related, can be used for your invitation.
you've set the laid back mood for your beach wedding, then you can further the theme with a little tropical dress during the
ceremony. If you're on a beach, then you can go barefoot or wear floppies or even low cut sneakers under your full wedding
dress. Many beach weddings use 4 - 6 foot tall lighted tiki torches to create the aisle for the wedding processional.
Make sure the torches are spread at least 7 feet apart/across from each other. Remember, the Bride will have to walk
between those torches, (found at Wal-mart's, Michael's, etc.) OR.... you can set large sea shells to create the path,
BRIDE'S MAKE-UP TIP: Consider consuliing a professional make-up artist and your photographer about your make-up plans. The "shimmer
powder" that is so populat today can, if applied too liberally, and photographed in sunlight, may produce a slight glare
in your photographs. You will also want to use make-up that holds up nicely, even if you do sweat (or "glow")
a little. You want your make-up to hold up well during the outdoor sunlit ceremony, and through the reception, without
looking caked on or streaking.
CALL ME AT: (727) 8871-9900.
Some weddings have the bride in a lovely Hawaiian dress and the groom in shorts and an island shirt.
The male attendants can also wear shorts with a different color / pattern than the groom. Those colors / patterns
can then match with what ever the female attendants are wearing. Also, there is the option of even having all your guests
wear island clothes with the immediate family members wearing leis. Be sure to consider where the sun will be shining
when setting up the ceremony location. Consider providing hand-held fans and/or parasols for your guests, especially
the elderly ones. Unfortunately, most times the chairs are at outdoor weddings are set up directly in the sun without
any shade...and this can be quite miserable for your guests. Consider their comfort and they will appreciate it.
Have cold water available for your guests, if possible. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dr. Ronald Turcot 727-871-9900.
Be prepared if you think the weather will turn cold. Tell
your guests to bring coats or wraps.....especially at beach weddings. If the marine layer comes in, it can be
quite cold. Warn your guests to wear comfortable shoes if there is a walk of any distance to the wedding site.
If applicable, have sunscreen and insect repellent available for your guests.
WARNING! Be prepared for rain. If you don't have a "PLAN B" for inclement weather,
you are playing russian roulette with your wedding ceremony.
reception is the perfect place to showcase your beach themed wedding. If you are so inclined, to create a luau atmosphere,
complete with a pig roast. This can be a fun way to have a more laid back reception. To add to that, you can also
have dancers and island music to further set the mood. Perhaps, you can have a limbo contest for the guests at the reception
as well. Beach weddings are fun and magical. These type of weddings can capture the beauty of warm breezes and
newly commited love. They are popular in Florida. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Dr. Turcot at
HOLDING A WEDDING IN AN ALTERNATE OUTDOOR LOCATION:
If your outdoor wedding
will be held in an area with no building nearby (or a building too small to hold your guests) such as in a forest
clearing or in the garden of a private estate, consider using a tent for the reception. In the event of inclement
weather, you cam move the ceremony and reception into the tent. Be sure the tent is water tight and sturdy. Whatever
back-up plan you select, be sure to tell ALL of your wedding vendors (especially those that require lighting and electricity)
of your plan ahead of time. They may bring up alternate concerns you have not thought of and can help you solidify a
great back-up plan. Your wedding vendors are professionals and have likely had experince with this sort
of thing before.
FALL WEDDING IDEAS
Although there are
plenty of summer weddings, there can be a great advantage to being a September or October bride. The fall season takes
the beauty of nature and puts it into your wedding for a warm and inviting feel. And since weddings are traditionally
performed in the Spring and Summer, you may also find a deal on having yours in the fall. Fall weddings are as abundant
as the harvest, so let's talk about them now.
The first of many fall wedding ideas is to incorporate nature
into your wedding. This is an idea for the outdoorsy couple that likes to be in the woods or among falling leaves.
Have your ceremony outside during the day. Perhaps , you may elect to have your wedding inside, so the location site
may be decorated in warm fall colors to resemble the outside. Then, after the ceremony, you can have your photographs
taken at a local park, or botanical garden to capture the season. Another idea is to dress your bridesmaids in a color
that reflects the season. A deep burgundy can be very pretty on most tones and colorings. Or you might want
to try a nice green. It can be a great change from the traditional pastels and blacks. A nice purple is another
Your reception can
also incorporate your Fall wedding. Perhaps, you might want to decorate with pumpkins or artificial leaves on your table.
Your centerpiece could be a carved pumpkin with a candle inside. It will give off a subtle light and still provide that
Fall touch. With the extra money that you save, you may be able to go on a very warm honeymoon.
SPRING WEDDING IDEAS
The Spring Season
is not the most popular season of the year, in fact it's a distant third place behind summer and the autumn. This could
be "good news" if you're planning a Spring wedding, as more top-notch vendors will be available, and you may be
able to get discounted rates, especially on sites (venue location) and travel. If your getting married in a church,
talk to them about their Easter decorations. You may very well be able to save money by using theirs. Vendors
and sites may be more available in the Spring than in the summer, but remember that's also when you may be competing with
"proms." It's advisable to consider booking limousines and tuxedos extra early.
wedding dresses seem to be made for a spring wedding. The wedding magazines are full of large skirts that may be too
warm for the summer, and sleeveless tops that may be too cold for the winter. Look for a versatile dress that can be
paired with a wrap if your chilly, yet is still light and airy. Many more brides are opting for a hint of color in their
wedding dresses - be it a baby blue sash, an all over hint of pink, or a light colorful embroidery. These touches will
look perfect at a Spring wedding, keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable. You may have 70 degrees and sunshine,
or you may end up with a damp chilly day. Choose dresses with sleeves, give your bridesmaids wraps to wear as their
bridesmaid gift, or go for a vintage look with cardigan sweaters. CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION: (727) 871-9900
Spring weddings are full of classic (and sometimes dreaded) pastel bridesmaid
dresses. Make things easier on your bridesmaids by allowing them to choose the color or cut of their dress, and you'll
hear far fewer complaints. Or go in a different direction with turquoise or lime green dresses, accompanied by pink
bouquets. For a daytime wedding, men look dapper in tan suits, colored shirts and coordinating ties. Because
of April showers, avoid putting your wedding party in satin shoes, and consider buying them matching large umbrellas, just
in case. Don't worry if it rains; there's something so romantic about a bride and groom under a big black umbrella,
shining and smiling in love. CALL ME AT: (727) 871-9900
YOU MAKE A MISTAKE WHEN SAYING YOUR VOWS!
take a deep breath & laugh-- It's fine to give yourself a few seconds to regain composure - and pick up where you
left off. (Your Officiant will coax you along) Everyone will consider it charming.
THE RING BEARER REFUSES TO WEAR HIS OUTFIT
Don't force it - but do consider bribery.
Some parents promise candy, even trips to Disney World. If he bows out, let him sit with his parents. (usually,
ring bearers carry fake rings; the best man will have the real bands.)
HATE YOUR WEDDING - DAY HAIRSTYLE
Speak up immediately and be very specific about what you don't like. Usually,
it's just a part of the style that the Bride is unhappy with, not the entire look. It's far easier to rework the front
of an updo, for example, than redoing the whole thing from scratch, so you need to be clear. To prevent this problem
from the onset, schedule a trial run a month before the wedding. A great idea would be to have a photo of the hairstyle
you wish to show the stylist. Look in Bridal magazines, (there are many in bookstores) or perhaps a picture of a bride
whose wedding you attended. Women's style magazines are still another source.
DEALING WITH FAMILY FEUDS
If there is a long-standing feud within the family, maybe a cousin / uncle problem or
two sisters who are not speaking, you have to decide whether to invite both, one, or neither. Although a wedding may
seem like an ideal opportunity to rebuild some emotional bridges, this is not the occasion for you to play peacemaker.
Let the relevant parties know that you would like both to attend if they can be civil and avoid causing a scene. If
they can't promise you that, then don't feel guilty about leaving them off the guest list. Frankly, if they can't put
their own issues to one side for your big day, do you really want them there anyway?
it doesn't hurt to be mindful of sensitive situations. The seating plan is where the best-laid plans tend to come
unraveled, so invest some time in making sure that you not only seat guests with people they know but that you don't put a
lot of loud or attention-seeking people together who may clash.
CALL Rev. Turcot at: (727) 871-9900.
THANKS, BUT NO THANKS!
Learn to say no (nicely) if family members start imposing their ideas. Do things your way, not your
mom's or his dad's or the grand-parent's. The modern wedding has moved forward light-years
beyond the time your parents and grand-parents got married, and innovation has as much a place at your ceremony and reception
as tradition. Try not to fall out with anyone, but be firm about whose day it is. If you start giving in at the
outset to keep people happy, by the time you are a few months down the line, your wedding may not resemble anything you wanted
at all. Most advice that you are offered will be well-meant if a little misguided at times. At least act
as if you are considering the options, and if you can think of a good reason why you are declining a suggestion or an offer
of help, use it. Phrases like " You must be joking" or " I wouldn't be seen dead doing that"
can easily offend.
BREAKING WITH TRADITION
relatives may roll their eyes in horror, but there is nothing written anywhere that says a bridal
couple has to have a best man or attendants (bridal party), particularly for a small civil ceremony or for a service in a
tiny chapel. The best man can also be a woman, a teenage son, a nephew, or even twin brothers playing a dual role.
If the bride is "given away," the "donor" does not have to be an elderly gentleman, either, for
a bride who has lost her father. It can be very touching for the bride to ask her mother to walk down the aisle with
her instead. For generations who grew up with a fixed format for weddings, having a barbecue instead of a formal
sit-down reception or cocktails and hors d'oeuvres after the church ceremony may seem unusual, but it is your choice.
Brides , too, are increasingly choosing to give a little speech, so if you want to have your say, have it. CALL:
HOW TO SAVE YOUR 1ST ANNIVERSARY CAKE
Your wedding is over and now you are thinking about how do I save
my wedding cake until my first anniversary? Well that's a very good question.
First, Ask a close family member or a very responsible person
to take the top layer home. This layer should be placed into the freezer immediately, to harden the icing. In
one to two hours, the cake should be frozen. Take the cake and loosely wrap it in Saran Wrap (nothing else works)
at least seven (7) times and then place it in a cake box. Then put the cake box in two freezer bags (tightly wrapped)
and put in the freezer. This method will preserve the taste and texture of the cake. NEVER keep the cake in a
frost-free freezer, bacause the constant defrosting will draw the moisture out of the wedding cake. When you are ready
to eat your cake on your anniversary, just remove the cake from the freezer and THAW in the refrigerator for 48 hours,
then place at room temperature for two to three hours. The cake will be beautiful and tasty as the day of your wedding.
The other method that many brides do, is to have the top of the cake re-made by the original baker
about a day or two before the anniversary. That ensures the freshness and taste. It makes sense, especially if
you plan on having guests come over to celebrate your anniversary and taste the cake. In addition, some cake bakers offer
to make a new cake top or larger cake upon your 1st anniversary. It's good business for them. FOR INFORMATION: (727) 871-9900
Be sure and get competitive quotes and let your potential vendors know that you are comparison shopping.
This sends the signal that you are serious about doing your research and looking for the best rates.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: (727) 871-9900.
LISTEN TO YOUR "GUT" INSTINCT
Even if your research checks out, if your instincts
gives you a negative feeling about this vendor, look elsewhere.
IT ALL IN WRITING
The most common forms of wedding rip-offs aren't the dramatic no-shows, but rather the substitutions
that often happen at the last minute. Luckily, these are the easiest problems to protect yourself from. Make sure
that you have chosen acceptable substitutions that are specified in writing. Carefully check for hidden costs,
such as set-up fees for the waitstaff, cake-cutting fees, clean-up charges. All need to be specified in a contract and
countersigned by your vendors.
HAVE PROOF ON HAND
Bring a three-ring binder containing all your contracts and receipts to the wedding
and keep it in a safe place. Should any of your vendors not stick to any agreed services, you will have everything you
need to carry on an informed discussion.
PAY WITH CREDIT CARDS
This way you have some control over a situation: You can
stop charges from going through and investigate problems. Never pay in full until the service has been provided, and
make very sure that your vendors have given you receipts for all of your deposits. FOR MORE DETAILS:
Many "encore" brides (encore = previously married) wonder if they should
wear white. The answer is, if the bride wants to wear white, she can! While society tends to associate "white"
with viginity, it does not in tradition represent virginity any more. The beauty of marrying a second + time is you
don't have to wear white if you don't want to. This holds true for a first time bride as well, but many feel they must
wear white. CAUTION: "Encore" brides should never wear a veil as society STILL
regards this as definitely only for virgins. Instead, wear a gorgeous tiara or elegeant hair updo.
IDEA # 1.) Are you looking for a unique alternative to "ringing bells, or clinking glasses," etc. at your wedding
reception? Announce to your guests that in order for you to kiss, they must stand up and tell
a story, or share a memory, about either you or your Groom, or about you as a couple. Then get ready to reminsce, to
laugh, and to brush away tears. Your guests will be kept entertained and you'll have so many more special memories of
your big day to look back upon.
IDEA #2.) Assign someone to snap pictures of guests as they arrive at the reception using an "instant camera."
After the wedding reception, sign each photo, add your wedding date, and include a short word of thanks to each
guest for having attended. Mail the photos to the guests along with your thank - you cards as an extra memento.
IDEA #3.) Have REAL doves released around you as you step
out of the church or ceremony location creating a true fairy tale effect. Your guests will never forget it! Neither
will you. Check your local Yellow Pages for companies offering this service.
IDEA #4.) Make your wedding day really special....Ask your mom,
grandmother, or a special aunt to be your Matron of Honor. Who better to honor on the single most important day of your
IDEA #5.) Can't come up with a really
unique gift for your Flower Girl? What little girl wouldn't love a "Bridal Barbie Doll"? All the magic
of your wedding day is certain to capture her imagination and keep her mesmerized. You can bet she'll spend hours reliving
it over and over again in the fantasy world of "Barbie". This is one gift that is sure to be both cherished
and well used.
DECLARING YOUR WEDDING SETTING TO
BE A SACRED PLACE!
On your wedding day, regardless of where you are,
that setting can simply be declared to be a sacred space for your wedding. Invoking "Divine Presence"
is a matter of intention and faith in God. His spirit will be with you.
NOTE: If you think God will
ignore you because you are not getting married in a church or other religious building, then this ritual is not for you.
FOR INFORMATION: call Dr. Turcot (727) 871-9900
Don't take anything for granted. You'll probably
need to arrange the details, such as flowers and pew or end of row / aisle decorations yourself. Ask to be sure!
Inquire up front about any restrictions on (for church use) photography and music, as well as what the fees are for cleaning
up and parking attendants. Ask if you can have your own Officiant or must you use their Officiant? I personally
do not have photographer restrictions!
THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S REQUIREMENTS
one! Don't embarrass the bride! Otherwise, I really don't have any requirements! Tell him he can use "FLASH" anywhere.
As long as he / she doesn't get between the Officiant and the bridal couple, everything will be just fine. Many
church pastors have a "fit" when a photographer uses his flash attachment during the wedding, especially on or near
their altar. Some pastors will even ban the photographer from using a camera at all. Actually, there is NO canon law that
mentions anything about photography. When canon laws were created, there was no such thing as a photographer.
When a pastor halts the use of "flash" he's just stating his /her own preferences. Sadly, many churches
actively engage in a medieval belief that earthly things will destroy the holy character of a sacred place such as a church
sanctuary. This is absolute nonsense!
Based on this pagan belief, they prohibit the use of cameras during
a wedding ceremony. How does the bride get any pictures of her wedding if a church prevents the taking of pictures?
It is absolutely ridiculous for anyone to prevent the recording of a wedding and ruin a bridal couple's big day.
Be sure to ask the pastor what restrictions he may have concerning the use of a photographer / videographer in
his church or synagogue. FOR INFORMATION: Call Dr. Ronald Turcot at (727) 871-9900.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR A STREES-FREE
In spite of all the planning that you put into your wedding day, when the day
actually arrives, it can still be a whirlwind of pressure and last minute decisions. Even the calmest of brides can
become stressed under these circumstances. Here are some tips to guarantee you won't be one of them.
Think about holding your ceremony later in the day. Getting ready for
a 5:00 PM service is much less stressful than trying to get down the aisle by 11:00 AM.
a go-to-person for last minute decisions and make sure that your vendors know that this is the person with whom they should
coordinate everything with on the wedding day. This could be the mother of the bride, a trusted friend, or even someone
that you hire. Choose someone who is decisive, assertive, dependable and detail-oriented, and make sure you fill them
in on exactly what you want so that they can make informed decisions.
Allow extra time for everything.
Hair and nails always take longer than planned and the photgrapher always wants just one more getting ready photo prior to
Have a detailed day -of-wedding timeline
-- - not just for the bride, but for everyone involved. Distribute copies to vendors and the wedding party members ahead
As you plan your wedding day, designate
a wedding day item box and place everything you'll need for the big day in it. And, make a list as you add things to
the box. That way, on the day of your wedding, you'll need only to grab the box and go. HINT: review the
list a few days before with your mom or your maid of honor to be sure you haven't forgotten anything.
Have a bridal emergency kit on hand for last minute glitches. you can
purchase one or put together your own.
Be sure that you have signed contracts from ALL your vendors, so there will be no last-minute surprises. Be wary
of the vendor who does not require a deposit or a signed contract for their services. There is a higher likelihood that
a colossal error might be made. (like your flowers or your D.J. don't show!) if things are not in writing.
Let go of rigidity. Even if you have planned every aspect of your wedding
day down to the minutest detail, there will always be last minute changes. You'll have a much better day if you go with
the flow when weather forces your outdoor wedding inside, your bridesmaid sprains her ankle, or an extra guest or two shows
Plan to be totally ready 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.
Use this time to sit and breathe! You'll be the picture of serenity when you walk down the aisle.
(727) 871-9900 TODAY!