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Wedding Planners Clearwater FL – Hiring the Perfect Planner for Your Florida Beach Wedding

Choosing the right wedding planner for your wedding can be difficult. Finding the best wedding planners Clearwater FL just got easier. Planning a wedding is supposed to be fun.  After the thousands of details, and running the day before and of the wedding, brides and grooms often look back on the experience as stressful and time consuming- if they didn’t hire a professional wedding planner!   At Perfect Florida Beach Weddings we provide wedding planning services that will ensure you have a fun-filled, stress-free day. Wedding Planners Clearwater FL, Making Your Big Day Easy When hiring a wedding planner, you first want to assess your needs.  Think about the amount of time and involvement you want to spend on planning your wedding.   Remember, even if you are hiring a full wedding coordinator, you’re not relinquishing the rights to your wedding.  This is your day, and your planner is there to make sure your vision is realized.   They are there to hold vendors accountable to what you have been promised, and translate your needs into industry terms to make sure they are understood and fulfilled. If you think you would like someone on hand with you for the entire process, you want to look at full service.   We provide a Concierge service package for only $3,000.00, which includes an on-hand planner to be readily available to work out the details. This planner is basically your full time representative throughout the planning process, and makes sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. If you do not have a specific vision in mind beyond a beautiful beach wedding, and would like to fully trust our planning team to pre-select vendors, décor, and handle details for you, your wedding planner fee drops to $1,700.00.   This package is popular...

Beach Wedding and Reception Packages – 9 Great Ideas & Favors

Beach weddings are uniquely beautiful, and are personal to the couple who is getting married.  Choosing the best beach wedding and reception packages can be stressful.  Having a beach wedding says a lot about you as a couple, and it’s important that your personality shines through in every detail.   At Perfect Florida Beach Weddings, we’ve planned thousands of Florida beach weddings, and we’ve seen all types of wedding favors.  Some are tried and true, and some are truly unique.   Here are 9 of Our Favorite Ideas for Beach Wedding and Reception Packages Custom Flip Flops are fun and appropriate.  Guests love kicking off their dress shoes and throwing on a comfy pair of flip flops to get their beach dancing on!  You can order flip flops in a variety of colors, and even customize them to leave a message in the sand as the wearer walks around. Message in a bottle favors are adorable and a keepsake that your guests will take home and look at in remembrance for years to come.  These can be a DIY project, or ordered from a professional service, and come in various sizes.  We love the mini-bottles with a thank you message from the couple. Sand Dollar Soap is useful, pretty, and goes with your theme.  A soap maker can use different colors, scents, and ingredients to create your preferred combination. Personalized Compasses can be on the more expensive side, but they are something your guests can keep forever.  If the compass has a lid, you can even double these as seating cards so that your guests can find their table. For the wedding full of fun loving guests, Flip Flop Bottle Openers are the way to go!  These bottle openers are made of metal and are in the shape of...

Don’t Book a Resort Destination Wedding

Don’t Book a Resort Destination Wedding Some see resort destination weddings as the perfect answer to all their nuptial needs. Resorts are immaculate, providing a beautiful setting for the ceremony, reception and honeymoon. No need to travel to a separate location from the ceremony to the reception, and the catering is all taken care of. After the festivities, guests can simply go to their rooms or enjoy the amenities of the resort. No need to travel for the honeymoon either, because you are already there. Everything. All in one convenient location. An alternative route to a resort wedding that many brides wished they had gone is to hire a company to organize your wedding at a local beach. This is a more affordable option, and you have more say in the catering and decor.  Perfect Florida Beach Wedding can tailor your beach wedding to your specifications at an affordable rate. Many who have booked as resort destination wedding become disappointed and disenchanted with their decision and discover that it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Ironically, what people find ideal about resort destination weddings end up being drawbacks. Where Is Everyone? The top complaint to guests attending resort destination weddings is the cost. Unless you plan on paying for your guests’ travel expenses and hotel stay, you can expect a small turn out. Many people will not be able to make it because they just can’t afford to. What Honeymoon? Of the few guests that are able to make it will be your parents and in-laws. The convenience of not having to go anywhere, gets eclipsed by the fact that your family will be constantly around. While this doesn’t sound like a drawback, think about it. You’re relaxing in the hot tub getting some PDA time in with your spouse, when out of no where, “YooHoo!...

How to Save Money on Destination Weddings

How to Save Money on Destination Weddings Destination weddings are the ultimate way to celebrate your union away from home. They combine, travel and exotic locales to create the perfect storm of romance. Destination weddings create memories to last a lifetime, and every time you look through your wedding photos you’ll be transported back to paradise. Such memories can come with quite a hefty price tag. Perfect Florida Beach Wedding excels at helping people plan their special day from the reception to photography. In this post, we  are going to teach you how to save money on destination weddings several different ways. Keep It Local Keeping you wedding venue within the U.S. will cut the cost of your wedding by more than half. If you still wish to travel to an exotic destination like Belize or Bali, save it for the honeymoon. If your desire for a destination wedding stems for want of a tropical setting, not many states can compete with the Sunshine State. Florida’s white sandy beaches, palm trees and gorgeous sunsets are hard to beat. Off Season Florida as well as the other beach destination states are a huge draw for tourists, for the exact same reason you want to visit. Because of this, certain times of the year offer better travel bargains. The better bargains are typically during off season months like December and January. While that time of year may not seem ideal, remember, it’s Florida. Unless it’s an El Nino year, you can pretty much be guaranteed weather in the 70’s. Clearwater, St. Pete, Treasure Island, Indian Rocks Beach, and Madeira Beach are excellent choices for beach weddings on the West coast of Florida. Use Local Flora ​ ​Instead of importing flowers from Amsterdam or some other exotic country, use the local flora to your advantage. Planted floral beds are beautiful and because it’s already...

Beach Wedding Reception Packages

Beach Wedding Reception Packages Beach weddings in Florida are absolutely gorgeous, but planning one can be trying. Do you really want to test your patience planning not only the wedding, but the reception as well? A lot goes into planning a reception from obtaining a venue, caterer, bartender, photographer, and more. It would be much easier to hire someone to take care of it for you. Perfect Florida Beach Wedding can plan a custom beach wedding reception packages tailored just for you. With our resources, we can make it affordable and tasteful. To give you an idea what planning a beach wedding reception involves, here is a little more detail on what to expect of you go the DIY route. Beach Wedding Reception Packages: The Venue and Decor The venue is where everyone you’ve hand selected to be a part of your magical day will gather to feast and celebrate your union. Maybe you’ll have your ceremony there as well. You call, but the day you want isn’t available, or it’s more expensive than you thought. After a few calls to different locations, you finally get a date locked in. The venue will provide table and chairs for your guests, but in most cases won’t provide any decoration. You will have to arrange for décor and any help setting it up. Arranging décor can be fun. But, it has to be set up the day of, and it can take time away from more important things, like getting married. So, a friend or family member has offered to set up the décor for you. This is one less thing for you to worry about, and this person even offered to help. You are still inconveniencing someone that is more than likely attending your wedding. Maybe it’s the Maid of Honor and you feel it’s her...

Benefits of Having a Weekday Wedding

Benefits of Having a Weekday Wedding You shouldn’t have to compromise on the date of the wedding, especially if it holds a special meaning to you. If that date happens to fall on a weekday, that may end up being more of a benefit than you realize. With advance notice, even out of town guests can make a weekday event. Sending your save-the-date cards 8 months in advance is enough time to afford any guest time to plan. Perfect Florida Beach Wedding offers weekday wedding packages. We are THE place to go for help planning your perfect, Florida beach wedding. In addition to our weekday package, there are many other benefits of having a weekday wedding. Cost Effective The cost effectiveness of a weekday wedding cannot be emphasized enough. Saving every penny on items of less importance, means more funding to buy things that warrant any extra cost. Almost everything you need for a wedding is always cheaper when purchased for use during the week. Why is this? Saturdays, of which there are only 52 per year, are the most popular day of the week for weddings. There are people chomping at the bit to get their preferred Saturday, and they will pay more for the privilege. In contrast, there are 261 weekdays in the year, and less people vie for them. Each of the following are cheaper for use on a weekday: Venues Vendors Catering Airline travel Hotel costs Flowers The savings depend on who you are working with and your negotiation skills. Your best bet is to have two dates, one weekend and one weekday. For venues and caterers, you will have to call and request quotes. Other items, like airline tickets and hotel rooms you can quote online. For example, an online quote for a resort hotel room on Clearwater Beach, 8...

Wedding Gift Etiquette for Destination Weddings

There is no huge secret when it comes to wedding gift etiquette for destination weddings especially when proper protocol is followed.  I often see a lot of my couples asking guests to forgo gifts due to the cost of traveling for their Florida destination wedding. Seriously, who wants to drag a blender to the beach just for the couple to figure out how to get it back home? If you’ve been invited to a destination wedding or plan to host one, here are some of my tried and true tips destination wedding gifts. Wedding Gift Etiquette for Destination Weddings: Tips for Brides The best thing a couple throwing a destination wedding can do is let guests know that their ‘presence is their present’ since plane tickets, hotel rooms, and a rental car costs can quickly add up and become a big investment of both time and money.  It is not required to opt out of gifts but remember it is actually bad etiquette to not send/post as much detail as possible for your guests. Include these details on your wedding website; it is in poor tastes to put gift-giving guides on your wedding invitations.   As a destination bride, we highly encourage that you take advantage Amazon’s features where guests can opt to have wedding registry gifts shipped automatically to your address. If opting for another online registry, a polite line on your wedding website specifying whether to send gifts directly to your home or a family residence if you and your fiancé don’t live together yet will ensure that you are not stuck carting a bunch of gifts back home. Additionally, a lot of our couples host a celebration at home where wedding gifts can be received. Wedding Gift Etiquette for Destination Weddings: Tips for Gift Giving Traveling...

Hashtags for Beach Weddings

#beachweddings #floridadestinationwedding #weddingplanning #laceweddingdress #hastagsforbeachweddings These days, having creative hashtags for beach weddings that can be used on social media like #twitter #instagram and #facebook is something people expect. While it’s true that 10 years ago this wouldn’t be something the #happycouple needed to add to their #weddingplanning list, nowadays it makes it easier for couples to have a place where wedding pictures are easily sorted. It’s a clever way to get people who are already snapping photos of your destination wedding to consolidate and easily find their “#professionalweddingphotography .“ Creating and using wedding hashtags for social media is great for the bachelor/bachelorette party, traveling, and other aspects of a destination wedding. We’ve some pretty crafty wedding hashtags as well as some pretty terrible ones and there are plenty of resources and hashtag wedding generators out there to help get the creative juices flowing. As wedding planners we see our fair share of wedding hashtags, so to ensure that your #wedding hastag inspires, Perfect Florida Beach Wedding has put together a few tips for creating hashtags for beach weddings. You have opted for a beach wedding because you want the atmosphere to be lighthearted and fun; use puns, idioms, or popular euphemisms to keep your wedding hashtag playful. Another way for easily remembering your social stamp is to use alliteration or your last name. For example, a recent bride was taking her fiancé’s last name, Poole, and their hashtag was #PooleParty2015. Remember there is no registration or procedure on Instagram or Twitter for hashtags; anyone can just use it. That is why you want to make sure your hashtag is the only one for your destination celebration. Using #Beachbash might get a random collection of other people’s photos mixed in with your Instagram wedding photos. If you want your...

Beach Wedding Etiquette

Beach Wedding Etiquette I’m sure you’ve been to a church wedding before where “traditional etiquette” take precedence but how familiar are you with proper beach wedding etiquette? The majority of my destination wedding brides don’t adhere to the standard way of doing things. They tend to be more relaxed and are looking for a stress-free wedding where they can still include friends and family. To help, we have put together some tips so you are ready for your next wedding on the beach. Beach Wedding Etiquette: Attire Most brides who choose a beach wedding do so due to the relaxed and carefree atmosphere. More often than not the outfit you choose to don will reflect this. Beach weddings are casual which means cotton dresses, shorts, flip-flops, or even bare feet can be expected. A bride will usually let guests know in advance what the dress code will be so that everyone is comfortable in the sun and sand throughout the ceremony. For more information on What to Wear to a Beach Wedding, check out some of our other posts on Beach Wedding Attire. Beach Wedding Etiquette: Where to Sit? The side that everyone sits on in a traditional ceremony goes out the window with the exception of the parents for beach weddings. Guests are generally told that “It’s open seating so please take a seat on either side.” Some couples even opt to walk down the aisle together which makes sitting on one side over the other a mute point.   Beach Wedding Etiquette: Who Pays for What? Guests are typically responsible for their hotel rooms, transportation to and from the destination, and any activities or meals outside of wedding events. The bride and her family traditionally pay for bridesmaids’ lodging and the groom and his family pay for the groomsmen. Also,...

Florida Beach Wedding Photography: Photography Wedding Packages

Florida Beach Wedding Photography: Photography Wedding Packages In just about every post we stress the importance of Florida beach wedding photography and hiring a professional with the qualifications and experience needed for your beach wedding. Often, we get asked why we don’t include pictures in our ceremony packages and there are several reasons for this. First, we understand that consumers don’t like having to purchase goods that they don’t want or need simply because it’s included in a package deal. Pictures are an emotional and very personal purchase by nature and each and every client wants something different. Some destination brides just want to purchase digital images so they can print pictures when they get back home while others prefer to purchase a canvas to display on their wall or even an album to share with their family. Everyone wants to relive the memories of their wedding day in a way that evokes the most emotion out of them when they look at the pictures. Of course, every bride needs a Photographer, but the photographic product that they choose is based more on what each client wants and how it makes them feel. It’s for this reason, that when we put together our Florida Beach Wedding Ceremony Packages, we decided that we would include a professional photographer but then let the client choose what they want to purchase. Another reason we don’t include pictures in our ceremony packages is budget. Like our brides, each is different. The Wedding Budget is an important factor and we want our clients to have the option to choose photography products that fit within their budget. We aren’t trying to break the bank as our couples walk back up the Aisle!   Purchasing the pictures after the Ceremony allows for two things. One, you can purchase what you want and can...

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