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Destination wedding planner & how to pick one

Destination wedding planner & how to pick one

How to plan a successful destination wedding. Here is the “how to” to make it happen.  First, set a budget.  Second, determine what are your expectations and visions are.  Third, find a wedding planner/wedding service company that will help pull everything together for you as planning a destination wedding should be an enjoyable and stress-free experience from start to finish. So what can a destination wedding company do for you?  Destination wedding planning is a service that is desperately needed by wedding couples.  If couples were planning a wedding at home, they would already know which caterer to use, the perfect venue for it to take place at, and which florist and baker to use. However when planning a destination wedding, you need someone that knows all of those things for you, has options for your consideration, and can guide you. If you are considering a destination wedding, here are some key elements in selecting the wedding planning company for you: 1. Flexibility. Packages are great but customization is better. Every bride is different and their needs are unique so whether you are planning a large destination wedding a year in advance or an intimate elopement in just two weeks, a wedding planning company needs to be a chameleon and adjust to what preferences and priorities that you have. A question to ask:  are you able to pick and choose what you need and then make adjustments? There is not one bride that wants to be boxed in or made to feel that they should only have the choice of what is behind door number one, two or three for their big...read more

Get your sanity back with an Emerald Coast wedding

Get your sanity back with an Emerald Coast wedding

Imagine beginning the details of the planning of your big day — the one you have been dreaming of.  Picking a date, finding the venue, working on the guest list, figuring out a budget and then the tide shifts and the fun starts to become overwhelming.  You still want to get married but the stress and possibly the drama is spoiling it for you. Everyone has an opinion and do not always have the common sense to keep them to themselves. Many of our clients find themselves in that exact situation and decide to escape which is one of the reasons that makes the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area of Florida the premier destination wedding location for thousands of couples.  Get your sanity back with an Emerald Coast wedding. If the joy is leaving your wedding planning, it may be time to switch gears. Here are some of the top reasons why we have seen many runaway brides and grooms escape to the beach and retrieve their sanity. 1.     Budget.  A destination wedding can be very cost effective.  Your guest list will decrease. You can have your honeymoon start right away. 2.    Too many obligatory invites. A hometown wedding makes you feel like you have to invite everyone from work, neighbors, childhood friends, your parents’ friends and co-workers, and the list goes on and on.  Planning a destination wedding allows you to let everyone know you are planning an intimate destination wedding with immediate family and a few friends. 3.     The need to please too many others. There is a saying, too many cooks spoil...read more

Trash the Dress session and tips with Forever I Do Weddings, Destin area

Trash the Dress session and tips with Forever I Do Weddings, Destin area

Trash the dress We had such a great time working with Crystal and Juan from the very start of their wedding planning through their big day and more.  The next day we met at sunrise for this awesome trash the dress photo shoot. Through our other services of wedding planning and coordination, we were able to really get to know Crystal and her vision to make her dreams into reality. Trash the dress: both having fun with it Trash the dress: relax and have fun Trash the dress: get dirty Trash the dress: enjoy each other Trash the dress: different perspectives can be art Trash the dress: …and the shirt Some things to remember for your trash the dress shoot: 1.     Forget perfection. Your wedding photos had the perfect hair and the perfect makeup. Wet down your hair and add in texturing product then smokey up those eyes. 2.     Be crazy. These are not those same photo shots from the day before but the trash the dress is your chance to be editorial and non-conventional. Do not be afraid to channel your inner Tyra Banks and give yourself the chance to let loose. 3.     Go for it.  You have booked the session so get in that water, roll in the sand, and do not be afraid to get messy.  Our bride (and groom) was up for it all and that creates magic. 4.     Communicate with your photographer so your expectations and theirs are the same. If you have seen trash the dress ideas that you like on Pinterest, share them with your photographer. They will...read more

Why Have a Destination Wedding?

Why Have a Destination Wedding?

Why do couples choose to have a destination wedding over a traditional wedding in their hometown?  Since 1992, we have planned over 13,000 destination weddings and have heard countless reasons!  Here are our top 10 reasons for having a destination beach wedding:  1.     Saves money.  Many clients of ours have said that that planning a destination wedding would be more of a smaller event with close family and friends which in the end, saves them the extra dollars from the hundreds of guests that they would more than likely host at a wedding at home.  Expenses may be less than the cost of those same services at home. 2.     Wedding and honeymoon in one.  The honeymoon starts the minute you start your trip!  Not only is this your big day but it continues as a vacation for the rest of your visit. 3.      Eliminates pressure.  Whether it is the overwhelming details of a big wedding, obligations to invite everyone you know, or the feeling that things are growing out of control — a beach wedding allows the couple to relax and enjoy their big day and the days leading up to it.  When you think of the beach, you think of rest, relaxation and fun.  You and your guests will be feeling festive in this atmostphere and adding a wedding to the mix is a guarantee for a good time for all. 4.     Memories.  Everyone wants their wedding day to be memorable and unique.  What better way than to have beautiful, Emerald-colored water and white, sandy beaches as a backdrop?...read more

Telling the story of your big day

Telling the story of your big day

After the vows are said and the cake is cut,  The rush of the day can play with your memory and what could be a better present to yourself than a story-telling of your day. Many times I will sit with a bride at the beginning of her planning and chat about what are some of her high priorities and also what are some of the lower priority items.  No matter what size a budget is, many clients will immediately say that photography is one of those important things to them. We recall memories as snapshots    ...read more

Top Ten Reasons To Hire a Wedding Planner

Top Ten Reasons To Hire a Wedding Planner

Top 10 reasons to hire a wedding planner References: kimcalakotuis at Zimbo blog Photos: SG Photography/Forever I Do Weddings You started planning your dream wedding and now the budget is coming into play. With all the DIY tips floating around, are you starting to rationalize why should you spend money on having a coordinator? You have attended weddings before and so have all your bridesmaids to include your Aunt Sally who has coordinated a million events at her church so between you and them, you should be able to pull off this wedding with no professional help. That will free up some cash for other things like party favors. Caution — ask yourself a few quick questions before proceeding down that road: Would you be comfortable with handing everyone a disposable camera for the ceremony and hoping you get a few good pictures to cherish? Hopefully not. Last question, do you want to enjoy your wedding day and be able to look back and say it was all you dreamed of? Here are the top 10 reasons why you should hire a wedding planner: Number 10: Saves time. •Planning a wedding takes an enormous amount of time. The average couple spends well over 200 hours planning their special day. A good wedding planner will save the cou ple time and energy by researching vendors, taking care the many, many details and coming up with various creative ideas to make the event amazing Number 9: Saves money •Weddings can be extremely expensive, however by hiring a wedding planning, couples can save a great deal of money. Because wedding planners provide...read more

Beach Ceremony Chair Reservations

Beach Ceremony Chair Reservations

Place cards have been present at wedding receptions for as long as wedding receptions have existed but interesting they are becoming very popular for some of our clients for their beach wedding.  First of all it is very appealing for those of us with OCD but it can have a logistical aspect that is reasonable to consider.  Seating at a beach wedding is a cost per seat whether you are using chairs or the newly popular wedding benches so it stands to reason that name tags will ensure that not one seat is wasted.   The thought of name tags for each guest too daunting?  Consider the family seats only.  This can be a DYI items or it’s something that your wedding company can do for your.  When we design these for our clients, we take into consideration wedding colors as well as overall wedding theme.  Everyone is different so this is great opportunity to show your style.  Following the trends, we are currently designing a lace and burlap that matches great with our raffia and starfish aisle decorations and linen chair sashes. These details can be fun, little moments for both you and your guests to enjoy…the attention is in the details.  ...read more