How To Plan Your Postponed Florida Keys Wedding

It’s official: the Florida Keys has reopened, which means it’s time to start planning your postponed Florida Keys wedding day once again!

First comes the storm, then comes the rainbow. There is no way to sugarcoat it: the last few months have been tough for all of us. The global pandemic has impacted us all in some way. Though a postponed wedding day is “small peanuts” in the grand scheme of things, that big day of yours is still important, and the heartache you feel over its postponement is very valid.

As we have poured our hearts into conversations with brides and grooms facing the many questions in this season, we wanted to share some general tips to other couples who have also found themselves in postponed Florida Keys wedding day shoes. Below, take a deep breath with us. Help is on the way, and your wedding day is, too!

Postponed Florida Keys Wedding Planning Tips

1.) Is your vision still 2020? If you have re-booked your wedding for late fall of 2020, for now, we recommend waiting until August before making final decisions. “Wait…two more months doing nothing???” Nope! Far from it, actually! There are plenty of things you can do without making final official decisions. In a re-booking scenario, you already have your dream vendor team re-booked for your new date. Final decisions include things like increasing the guest count with your venue and catering team, opting for add ons and upgrades in your floral and decor choices, and more.

Since you have your vendor team re-booked, stay the course, and don’t make any final official decisions until late summer. Guidelines may change, traveling may look different, and because of these things, your guest list may be impacted one way or the other. You may be able to have the large celebration you originally envisioned! Or, you may decide to stick to a more cut back guest list, allowing yourself the luxury to add some upgrades to your bouquet, wine selections, etc. that you may not have otherwise had room for in your budget.

2.) Swooning over a smaller day? For couples who have not yet booked your wedding date, and still want their intimate beach wedding but are wrestling with the worry of investing in planning a destination wedding right now, we see you! As we have studied and kept up with the shift in the wedding industry, we have been increasingly encouraged by the potential of micro weddings, elopements, and intimate weddings. Even more encouraging? The Florida Keys has the best spots for a small but mighty wedded bliss party. Shake the fear off, and give us a call today. We would love to share with you the many options you have down here in paradise to suit just the small wedding you desire.

The mightier the storm, the more vibrant the rainbow.

Though the planning of your wedding day has been far from ideal thus far, have faith! We know for certain your wedding day will be all the more celebratory when it does come.

Love & Light,

Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events

By |2020-06-05T15:53:42-04:00June 5th, 2020|

Florida Keys Wedding: Carrlee & Chris’s Love Story

Carrlee and Chris’s Florida Keys wedding has stolen our hearts for good. Embracing the natural beauty of The Keys, the duo’s bohemian style wedding day felt effortlessly striking.

We had such fun with the two of them, and we wanted to feature their sweet love story and wedding day with you all. Get your tissues ready and see below story from dearest Florida Keys wedding bride, Carrlee.

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It’s all about you two. Tell us your story!

“We met in Key Largo at a sushi & sake event at Corks & Curds. I actually ended up hitting on Chris’s married friend, whose wife was also at the table getting a kick out of it. They told me, “He’s married, but this guy is single! We’re having a party tomorrow night that you should come to!”

I didn’t realize it was a come & go event, so I arrived right on time with all my nervousness in tow. I didn’t know these people at all, but made enough small talk to get me through until Chris & others arrived. He walked me out to my car at the end of the evening, and we had our very awkward & memorable first kiss.

We both grew up in The Keys, and had always pictured getting married by the water. A family friend’s backyard on the bay in Islamorada was the perfect place!” – Carrlee

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What vision inspired your Florida Keys wedding?

“We wanted a laid back vibe that was still beautiful. I love collecting wildflowers, grasses & greenery, so I wanted most fresh greenery to be collected. We wanted things to be simple & as eco-friendly as possible.“- Carrlee

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What moment of your Florida Keys wedding day was most meaningful to you?

“On our wedding day, my favorite part was our ritual during the ceremony. We chose to incorporate our own spirituality & design our own ritual to represent our union of love.

We incorporated the natural elements of earth, wind, fire & water to represent our connection to nature, lit candles to represent loved ones who had passed, walked in a circle 3 times to take our first steps as a married couple together & included lots of sacred crystals & stones. It was a fusion of various wedding rituals with what felt true & meaningful for us & that made it really special. And something only we knew the true significance of.” -Carrlee

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A little love letter…

“Olivia was beyond incredible in organizing all the details & asking us so many questions way in advance so that we wouldn’t have to consider them the day of. Recently at a wedding where the wedding planner was asking the bride about ridiculous details on the day, I was floored! Olivia made such a priority of allowing me to enjoy the day, not be bogged down by extraneous details that I didn’t even care about by that point anyways!

She stood in the pouring rain to hold an umbrella while Chris & I ate our dinner. Olivia went so above & beyond expectations. Her time & effort goes to the next level & I felt so personally cared for by her!”- Carrlee

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We send our sincerest thanks to Carrlee & Chris for allowing us to share in their unforgettable love story and wedding day. We absolutely adore you both, and have no doubt your journey together will continue to be fruitful of laughter, meaning, and deep connection.

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Special thanks to fellow Florida Keys wedding vendors who helped make their wedding day possible!

First Look Venue: The Moorings Village

Photography: Endearing Studios

Florals: Jacque Barnes Flower Co.

Bridal Gown: Rue De Seine from A&Be Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Entertainment: Assai Event Musicians

Catering: Custom Caterers

Officiant: Leila Dylla

Wedding Planning & Coordination by Yours Truly: Frond + Feather Events

Love & Light,

Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events

By |2020-04-22T17:59:53-04:00April 22nd, 2020|

Why To Postpone, Not Cancel, Your Florida Keys Destination Wedding

As you and your spouse to be dreamed up your wedding day with visions of sun, sand, and tropical drinks in hand, it’s highly unlikely you envisioned having to postpone those dreamy details. The coronavirus is effecting us all. From medical workers, to large companies, to small businesses, to students, to you: spouses to be, we are all impacted in some way.

As I have chatted with each client in the wake of this pandemic, I am more eager than ever to offer guidance, hope, and support. I am with you in this. I feel your disappointment. I hear your worries. I carry your many emotions with you. With that? I’ve compiled my thoughts in hopes to be a beacon to you during this time.

Postpone your Florida Keys wedding. Don’t cancel it.

Everything you have been planning for your Florida Keys wedding day is now upside down. At least it certainly feels that way. But just like anything else, the darkest times make the sweeter times all the sweeter. I am sure that among the many things you may be feeling, defeat may be top of the list.

But that is the top reason why you must persevere together. 

Once this passes, your loved ones, wedding vendor team, and local communities will crave community and celebration more than ever. What better way to celebrate health, happiness, and new beginnings than with your wedding day? Take a deep breath. Sit in how you are feeling together. Sort through it all. And after that? Claim your day back together. It might be a couple months delayed, but just like any victory, it will be even sweeter.

Dream up the details.

While it may be hard to believe, your newly dreamed up wedding can and will be so much more special. Consider how a shift in a season can make your selected colors pop even more. It may make your menu stand out even further. It may even offer up better weather for you–with more of a sea breeze than gusting, veil blowing winds.

As you change your date, you may feel tempted to refresh some details altogether. Go for it! Chat with your florist about unique late Summer or Autumn rends you can transition into. Discuss options with your bridal stylist on different makeup or hair looks. The bright blue sky awaiting us after all of us is the limit. It may be a different date, but it is still YOUR day. Make it your own in whatever way you feel led to.

Opportunity awaits you.

Some couples have fretted over a new wedding date drawing a smaller crowd. While this is not a guarantee, if you do decide you want to cut back on your head count for this new date, consider the opportunities that await. A smaller wedding can mean more wiggle room to dream big. A little bit goes a long way. A more limited guest count can mean upgrading your existing wine package, adding in that spa service you really wanted, adding some more detailed decor, or even adding in some additional tasty island bites to your menu. Great things come in small packages!

Want to stick with your original grand crew? Understood! As stated earlier, your loved ones will be so eager for celebration and time spent together after this uncertain time passes. You may find you receive more RSVPs than ever before.

Postpone questions?

You are not alone. Whether you are new friend or a returning face, shoot me a message today. 

My heart lies in connecting with and helping others. Now is as important a time as any to do so. If you have any questions, concerns, or dreamy details you want feedback on, I would love to hear from you. Let’s share a virtual coffee and pop that wedding planning binder back open together. Things may be dark right now, but that just means your celebration will be brighter than ever before.

A postponed Florida Keys wedding is not ideal. But starting your marriage facing this triumphantly together is the most romantic, dreamy thing you can do.

Sending Love & Light Now & Always,

Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events

Wondering where to start in the postponing process? BRIDES has shared an extremely helpful step by step guide. Dive in here: How To Postpone Your Wedding

By |2020-04-03T12:56:58-04:00March 19th, 2020|

The Pressure of Wedding Day Traditions

After the most exciting “Yes!” of all, it won’t be as exhilarating to say “yes” to some wedding day traditions. And guess what? Not only is that completely normal, it’s completely healthy and absolutely necessary.

Traditions. They may stem from hundreds of years ago from people we don’t even know, they may be following the footsteps of our own family’s wedding days, or they can even be brand new–dreamed up by you and your spouse to be. Traditions can be brought forth in the grandest of events to the smallest of details. From the father daughter dance, to ensuring you have “something blue” on your wedding day, there is an endless array of wedding day traditions you have likely heard of.

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I find that a lot of couples get wrapped up in the stress of following traditions, even when they don’t necessarily want to. A couple of years ago, a groom wanted to do a first look with his wife to be. A first look is a relatively new tradition that allows the newlywed couple the ability to see one another in a private moment before the ceremony.  It provides the most touching of photos, and creates the first peek moment into something even more intimate. It even allows the bride and groom to enjoy more of the cocktail hour themselves, as their photographer will be able to check off some portraits before the ceremony.

Unfortunately, mother of the groom was appalled at the idea. This led to immense stress on the couple. They thought if they did what they both truly wanted, their family would be upset.  As the wedding day is about the couple themselves, this was heartbreaking to hear. Most disheartening of all? This is not a rare roadblock. Nearly all engaged couples run into the wedding day tradition pressure at one point or another. I hear this with things like programs, favors, cakes, unity candle ceremony, rehearsal dinner, and more. The list goes on and on.

So what wedding day traditions to say yes to?

This is far simpler than it seems. Ultimately it’s recognizing when you are saying “I should do this.” versus “I desire to do this.”

Of course, there is a middle ground. If it is something you don’t mind doing that is important to your family, then go for it.

Remember that this rule does not strictly apply to the standard traditions. You can opt into or out of whatever you two would like as it is your day. Don’t want to wear bridal white? Perfect! Would you prefer holding a feather bouquet instead of a floral bouquet? Awesome! I tell every couple to swap the ceremony seating. This goes against the grain, but doing so allows the bride’s side the ability to watch her facial expressions throughout the ceremony, and vise versa for the groom’s family. Some couples feel jarred by this, because it “isn’t normal” and can even feel like it’s not permitted. But remember: it is your day. You make the rules. You say yes to what you love, and no thank you to what you aren’t over the moon about. Just as you felt up in the clouds with joy on your engagement day, build the happenings of your wedding day around all traditions and elements that bring you that same joy. You both deserve it.

Love & Light,

Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events

Need some more help navigating wedding day traditions and engaged life as a whole? Chat with us today!

By |2020-04-03T13:06:58-04:00February 13th, 2020|

How to Achieve Wedding Budget Bliss

One of the very first things we discuss with our couples is often their most worrisome topic: their wedding budget.

But no matter the budget, we have found that the reason for the worries is always the same. Couples feel compelled to stay in line with the standard wedding day “traditions.” Sure, mom, Aunt Sue, and even your sister may have gone big on florals. Maybe your best friend had the most show-stopping tiered wedding cake. Maybe your childhood neighbor spent an exorbitant amount of her budget on her ballgown.

But what about you?

What if you don’t care as much about these items? What if you and your spouse to be care more about the perfect wine pairings, music that gets your loved ones grooving, and a meal that leaves a lasting impression on everyone’s taste buds?

All of this is perfectly wonderful and perfectly welcome. Why? Because Aunt Sue’s day was unique to her heart’s dreams. Your childhood neighbor admired Cinderella her whole life, so dressing the part on her wedding day thrilled her soul. And just the same, whatever your priorities are, they’re beautiful and unique–just like your love story.

Once we have this heart to heart with our couples, we comb through their top wedding budget priorities. Let’s say you’re dreaming up luxury florals, but aren’t too concerned about the linens and attire. From there, you can tweak your budget to allocate more of your budget to florals, only leaving what is necessary for attire and linens.

Go big on what matters most to you two.

Do not let the traditions of the past, Aunt Sue’s big day, or anything and anyone else make you feel like you need to spend X amount of your wedding budget on a cake if you don’t really desire one. Want a bit more detail? We are all about the details, too! Below, we will list out specific areas and how to cut back in each one.

Florals

Reduce & reuse! Dreaming up a dripping floral arbor for your ceremony, while also wanting a swoon-worthy sweetheart table? Chat with your florist and planner about an arrangement that can be utilized for your arbor, and then moved over to your sweetheart table for your reception. Also consider whatever florals line your aisle being reused for your welcome table, accents at the bar, etc. For your bridesmaids, instead of a full on bouquet, you can opt for a smaller nosegay. We also love the elegant trend of single flowers being walked down the aisle. For your reception and cocktail hour, candles can be key. A simple pillar candle with some greenery can leave as much as if not more of an impression of a full on arrangement.

Sweet Treats

This one is easy as pie. Truly! If your heart isn’t set on a tiered cake, your options are endless. Being in the Florida Keys, you can opt to serve your guests key lime pie, guava cheesecake, or offer an ice cream bar for a cool down experience. Other options include assorted cookies, or a small cake with cupcakes. If you do have your heart set on a traditional cake, but don’t quite have the wiggle room for it, talk to your bakery about a buttercream tiered “fake cake”; with the bottom tiers fake and the top tier real for your cutting moment. After the top tier is cut and the photos are snapped, you can serve your guests sheet cake instead of the more costly tiered cake. They’ll never know, we promise.

Wining & Dining

If neither one of you are big drinkers, we always recommend opting for the lowest bar package your venue or catering company offers. Being in the Keys, the offerings even on the lowest packages are all excellent choices. If your venue charges extra for a champagne toast, opt to cut the toast from your price per person cost, and encourage your loved ones to raise whatever may be in their glass at the moment. With the sight of you two in their vision as they sit back and enjoy the Florida Keys, we promise, they won’t mind.

For food, ask your venue or catering company about stations. Sometimes, they will offer an assortment of different food stations. Pairing these together can be more cost effective than a buffet package. If you’d like to stick to a plated offering, offer your guests two options to select from on their RSVP card instead of three, as this can also help cut costs. Do not be afraid to ask questions! The Keys’ chefs love getting creative, and are happy to customize whatever is needed to bring your dream to life.

Just like anything else, your wedding budget begins and ends with prioritizing what is important. Chat with us about your dreamiest details. We will match you up with the best vendor team fit for your visions–all within your budget. Budget (and bridal) bliss, here we come!

With Warmth,

By |2020-04-03T13:14:35-04:00December 12th, 2019|

Top 3 Reasons to Hire A Wedding Planner in the Fabulous Florida Keys

You’ve said “YES!”. But after your engagement is officially official, there’s another thing you should say yes to very soon after: a wedding planner.

We truly adore our incredible couples. As such, we are always wanting what is best for them. Even if we were not in the wedding planning business, we would still agree that the biggest mistake engaged couples make is not hiring a planner. We are fairly certain our fellow vendor friends would agree, too!

To help paint the picture a bit more, we’ve rounded up our Top 3 Reasons to Hire A Wedding Planner in the Fabulous Florida Keys. Snag a planning cocktail & snack (or two) and dive in with us!

1.) With a wedding planner in hand, you’re the star of the show.

Yep, it’s true. This day is all about you two: past, present, and your beautiful looking future. Do you want to be waiting in the wings? Do you really want to be calling wedding vendors in your wedding gown? Ensuring all is going according to plan? Lining everyone up for your ceremony and being so involved that your spouse to be sees you before the special peek? Of course not! That’s where your planner steps in. We always recommend opting for a full service package, but if that’s not feasible, having a trusted, licensed and insured hand to guide the main players throughout your wedding day is absolutely essential. Spotlight, on!

2.) You’ll gain your wedding vendor dream team.

Once you’ve hired a planner, one of the first things you’ll chat through together is your budget. You will discuss what is most important to you in terms of splurges, and what you’re willing to cut back on a bit to accommodate your top priorities. The best part of this? Your planner already knows how much is customary to allot to each piece of your wedding day puzzle. Even better? He or she will be able to point you in the perfect direction as far as assembling your vendor team.

Have a specific vibe in mind for your DJ? Dreaming up the most elaborate, unique florals? Your planner has trusted contacts in the area that have worked with countless times. They’ll be able to partner you with who they know will take your visions and knock them out of the island! Also note, mostly all venues in the Florida Keys require a license and ensured wedding planner. Hiring the perfect fit for you and your partner gets you one step closer to landing the full dream team–venue and all!

3.) You & your guests will (fully) enjoy island time.

You and your loved ones very likely traveled quite far to get to the Keys. One of the best parts of having a destination wedding is that it doubles as a family reunion, too. With nearest and dearests all traveling, your wedding weekend becomes a vacation for all, too. Knowing your wedding planner has everything perfectly orchestrated, you’ll be able to put your feet up and enjoy fun in the sun alongside everyone you love. Even better than that? You won’t be stressed out on your Best Day.

In return, the ones closest to you won’t be either. Wouldn’t you hate to dream up this day your whole life, only to have your mom running around organizing vendors, your sister trying to assemble centerpieces, and your cousins constantly having to check in on the vendors throughout the night, ensuring the timeline is adhered to? Phew! Surely not!

Say “YES!” to hiring your wedding planner in the Florida Keys. We can assure you, it’s something worth raising your key lime pie to.

Love & Light,

 

By |2020-04-03T13:51:45-04:00December 5th, 2019|