C.R. asks from Lakeland, FL on January 14, 2007
Beach Wedding Ideas??
Hi everyone, I am getting married in June on the beach. I have booked a resort in Treasure Island and have a package deal that includes help with the ceremony and food for the reception. As some of you know there are soooo many other thing I need to get and plan. My fiance and I are paying for it ourselves so I am on a tight budget...any ideas or advice would help out a lot. Thanks!
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Thank you all so much for the advice. I have used many of your ideas and the oriental trading co. was a big help. Thanks again!!
B.J. answers from Boca Raton on January 19, 2007
I too have made my own invitations it is pretty easy. there are many different was to do it. I would be willing to help. Just let me know if you would like it. I am pretty new here with a very small support group as well. I am pretty good with parites on a budget. So again let me know if you would kike some help. My email address is ____@____.com.
W.R. answers from Daytona Beach on January 16, 2007
heya C. ~ I got married on the beach too w/ little funding :c) ~ we used flowers laid out on the sand as an isle way ~ along with a few shells & it was soooooooo pretty!! ~ good luck......
E.G. answers from Daytona Beach on January 26, 2007
Simple is better! My husband and I got married in NewSmyrna beach on the beach in front of Chase's. We spent about 2-3 grand for the entire event. The only thing we had for on the beach was an arch decorated with fake green ivy and toule. Pictures were awesome! We made the ceremony short and intimate(only about 30 people),so we did not use chairs-standing room only. If you have a certain amount of people though,you have to get a permit from the county or city for a public gathering. Don't overdo the decorations,you will have the background of the beach, and much else would be too much. Even better if you do it at around the time of sunset!(that's what we did!)
S. answers from Lakeland on January 15, 2007
I don't know what you have planned for your reception, but my husband is a DJ, if you are looking to add some entertainment, I could give you the phone number for the office if you like.
C.S. answers from Fort Myers on January 16, 2007
check out the Chapel by the Sea in Sanibel!!!! My mom remarried there and it was wonderful there!!!
K.P. answers from Naples on January 16, 2007
Hi C., great name. I also am having a beach wedding, my wedding date is at the end of March and it is at Lovers Key. They also have the package deal where food,music and photographer, ect. are included. I don't know if they gave you a written proposal, but there are a lot of things you can do to make it cheaper, whereas skip the alcohol or just make it beer and wine, opt for no chairs for the actual wedding. I don't know if there is a monopoly on who you can choose for your florist or cake, so you might be locked in there, but as far as your invitations, there are create your own invitation kits, and you can print them out on your own computer. Dresses, get them at Davids bridal they always have a sale. I hope I helped a little bit if you have any more questions let me know
J.M. answers from Gainesville on January 15, 2007
How fun the beach! You could rent chairs and put them nearest a walkway down to the beach so that you can "make an entrance". I'm sorry I'm not familiar with Treasure Island beaches so I don't know how you get to the beach from your car. Are there any gazebos nearby? (My cousin was married right next to the beach in a cute little gazebo on Hutchinson Island and then they took pics on the beach.) You could tell everyone to dress casual (but no swimsuits/board shorts) and flip-flops and sandals and have them just sit (in an organized manner) on the beach. That would save tons on chair rentals. You definitely need to get a girlfriend or sister if you have one to help you so that she can take over the day before and the day of as another mommy stated. Is your reception then inside? If so, how about getting hurricane lamps from Wal-Mart (pretty inexpensive -and I know this will sound horrible-but you can return them when you are done if you will never use them again.) and filling the bottom with beach sand and setting a pretty white (or whatever your theme color is) candle in the middle of the sand. Not a thick pillar but a medium size pillar candle. Ebay is definitely a WooHoo! in my book too! (Thanks to the other mommy who mentioned it!) You could either start trolling the beaches now and look for natural shells, starfish or other pretty things you might find on the beach. Or, try online or go to any souvenir gift shop for inexpensive sand dollars, sea shells, conch shells, star fish, etc. to spread around the base of the hurricane lamps on the tables. Oh! Whatever your theme color is, if you cover the tables, use SHEETS from walmart, (they are about 2-3 dollars) they are CHEAPER than actual table cloths and you can either use them later or donate them to a homeless shelter etc. That is what we did for our wedding! It was so much cheaper, and nobody knew they were sheets! I would also put some sort of greenery around the lamps like maybe moss or something algae-ish looking and then put down the shells, starfish, sand dollars etc. Costco has silverware that is actually PLASTIC but looks like it is REAL SILVERWARE!! It is so nice! It is relatively inexpensive and completely DISPOSABLE but looks like the real thing! We just used it this past weekend at our Ladies' Day for church. Also clear plates (that are also plastic) are still elegant looking and inexpensive. Get some tiki torches maybe and spread them around the room. Put them on either end of the food table if you are having a buffet or somehow strategically place them. Almost like a luau (which always makes me think of beach anyway!) Are you doing invitations? Are you crafty? DO NOT PAY for store bought invitations!!! Make your own!! I did and we saved sooooo much money! Besides how many of your girlfriends/sisters/friends invitations do you still have? I have maybe two or three and have thrown away the rest. You should NOT be spending any chunk of money on invitations! If you want to know how to make it or want to know how I did mine, just email me! Make your own bouquet! I used silk flowers from Michael's Craft store and now I still have my wedding bouquet because it wasn't real. I wouldn't waste money on printed napkins because what do people do with them? Use them and then throw them away! You can get something in your color and that will be just as nice. I hope you're not planning on wearing shoes! I got married in a church and didn't wear my $100 shoes! They got lost before the wedding and we just said "Oh well!" and went with it! I was never happier! (We did find them later and they are to this day still sitting in the box NEVER WORN!) I am a strong advocate of a "No Shoes" wedding! LOL! Paying along the way definitely helped my husband and me. So you're doing a smart thing. We also had to pay for everything. Are you having flower girl(s)? Are you having bridesmaids? Is he having groomsmen? What other info would you like advice on? Oh! If you have your heart set on real flowers, there is a place in Palm Beach Gardens off of Northlake Blvd. called Jerry and Joe's Marketplace. They sell TWO DOZEN LONG STEM ROSES in LOTS of colors for only $12.00!!! It's been a few years since I've been back there, but the roses were stunning! Tight buds and they come packaged together in a large bundle. For my bridesmaids we took about 6 roses and tied them together with a really pretty ribbon and they carried them down the aisle. We also made boutinneres(?) for the moms, aunts, and groomsmen from them as well. For $12!!! (Very EASY to make) Let's see: flowers, invitations, centerpieces..... I have LOTS of ideas and I love doing this kind of thing! Please don't hesitate to contact me about any of this in more detail especially the invitations if you are doing them. Let me know if you have any other questions or were thinking of another area you need advice in for the wedding! I can't think of anything at the moment! I would love to hear from you, hope this helped!!
J. (sorry I wrote so much, but I love theme weddings!)
K.H. answers from Fort Myers on January 16, 2007
my mom is a seamstress for about 30 years. If you need anything and your near Cape Coral give her a call. She has worked on Vera Wang gowns, and handled thousands of clients. Some local celebs, and lots of rich folks from Sanibel. Very professional. Her number is ###-###-####, or email me at ____@____.com for info.
S.B. answers from Boca Raton on January 16, 2007
Congratulations !! Sounds like you have your hands full!! I don't have experience with weddings but I do make a good friend (you said you need a support system) and I live in Jupiter. I'm 28 and my son Matteo is 7 weeks old. Email me at
____@____.com and I'll share my experience in the flower business with you!
W.N. answers from Pittsburgh on January 15, 2007
Have someone you really trust handle the details starting the day before the wedding so you are not left to deal with the leason when you should be cherishing the moments... wish i had let go and done that!
Best wishes on a wonderful day and your new life together!