Dreaminess at Dream Bay Resort: Laura + Jake’s Valentine’s Day Wedding

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Ready for the sweetest couple celebrated on the sweetest day of the year?

Sharing their love story and Dream Bay Resort Valentine’s Day wedding day details, get ready to swoon along with me and hear from the bride, Laura, below!

The Story of Laura + Jake: From Daydreams to Dream Bay Resort

“Jake and I met on a 911 call, in the Winter of 2016.  We happened to work an overdose together, and remained close ever since.  After being friends for upwards of a year, I kissed him and sealed the deal!  We picked the Keys for a couple of reasons.  The first thing we knew is that Jake definitely wanted a beach wedding. The next was that I have a timeshare in Key Largo that has been in my family since the condo was built in the 70’s.  It was truly the perfect combo – we had to pay minimal to stay and could make it our honeymoon too, and there are a bazillion resorts that have beautiful beaches to have our wedding on!  Perfect!”

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“So the date we picked was all because we drove down to the Keys from MA, and were initially set to arrive to Dream Bay Resort on Friday, 2/12.  To have the traditional Saturday wedding, on the 13th, would be just too much work after driving 24+hrs, so we picked Sunday.  Go figure – it’s Valentine’s Day.  So we basically wanted anything BUT red/pink/purple.  We sat and thought for a bit – blue and yellow say chill beach vibes, and it’s not valentines colors!  I love yellow flowers, and dusty blues are a stunning pairing.

Our absolute most favorite details were the flowers on the natural tree under which we got married.  I love how grounded to nature it felt.  Jake and I are not over the top people, so that really hit home.  And then to be able to enjoy the sunset and get stunning pictures during that was incredibly important to Jake.  To be able to have all those memories to hold on to means so much to us.”

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“To anyone getting married in the Keys (or anywhere, for that matter): hire a wedding planner.  100% worth every penny.  I have friends here in MA planning weddings too, and I’ve told them all the same.  A wedding planner has connections to vendors, people, and business owners that no amount of internet research can make for you.  They know things the internet does not.  Trust them. They have done this before.  We were also limited in that we couldn’t travel for the planning, so we placed full faith and trust in Olivia when it came down to the things that it’s usually helpful to touch or taste or sample. It pays for itself when you have a trusted local who knows the local places to get you the best for your money.  A wedding planner can spend your money better than you and can make your perfect wedding come true.  Olivia did all of that and more for Jake and I.  From the bottom of our hearts, we can’t thank her enough for the work she did for us.  She made it feel seamless for us, even though I have no doubt she worked incredibly hard behind the scenes.”
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Laura and Jake, thank you for giving me the sweetest Valentine’s Day! I am overjoyed and extremely grateful to have been a part of your journey to “I Do”. Cheers to your happily ever after! Cheers to YOU!
Hair & Makeup: Elaine Hampson
Floral: Studio South
Bridesmaids Gowns: Birdy Grey
Planning & Coordination: Frond & Feather Events
Love & Light,
Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events
By |2021-04-16T17:49:51-04:00April 16th, 2021|

Kissing in Key Largo: A Florida Keys Resort Wedding

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Florida Keys bride and groom Andrew and Olivia said “I do” on a wondrous winter day last December. Working with them granted a joy that still puts a pep in my step when I think about them and their day! I could not wait to share their story with you. Who better to tell that tale than the lovely new Mrs. herself? Below, bride Olivia shares their story and all the details on their beautiful Baker’s Cay wedding day.

What made you select the Florida Keys as the beginning of your forever?

“I  had recently moved back to Indiana and moved in with my parents while I figured out where I wanted to live. Andrew lived about 4 minutes away from my parent’s house. However, we actually met on a dating app. Our worlds would have never crossed if it weren’t for technology and for that, we are very thankful. We immediately hit it off and were forced into a couple of weeks of FaceTime calls as we were both traveling or out of town. We were finally able to meet in person and have been inseparable ever since. He truly is my best friend. 

We had decided that we would like to do a destination wedding after visiting some venues in Indiana and nothing had really peaked our interest. We wanted to choose a place where we would want to visit again and again. Andrew suggested the Keys, and I had honestly never even been. He has always been a dreamer, and I liked the idea of a wedding on the beach, so we decided to fly down to Florida. We toured venues for 3 days straight, and eventually decided on Baker’s Cay due to the uniqueness of the property. It was beautiful and gave me all the feels when we toured the property.”

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How did you envision your Florida Keys wedding day?

“We really wanted a romantic and intimate wedding. We knew we were going to have a smaller crowd as this was a destination wedding, so we thought something more intimate would be perfect. Therefore, I leaned more towards soft pink, white, blush, and cream colors. I think both reception spaces (lol, thanks rain) turned out beautiful and matched the vision we were going for.”

What was your favorite part of the big day?

“The first look! I know a “first look” isn’t the most traditional thing to do, but I have never really been “traditional”. It was important to me to see Andrew before we walked down the aisle to get those final nervous butterflies to go away. I only wish I had seen him earlier in the day so I could have eaten! 🙂 It was so nice to spend a few moments together prior to the ceremony, and he even brought champagne with two beautiful glasses in an engraved wooden box with our wedding date carved into it. Now we have that box in our home to remind us of our special day.”

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Where did you find your gown, groom + groomsmen and bridesmaid dresses?

“My mom and I decided to randomly go dress shopping one day at Luxe Redux Bridal Boutique in Indianapolis, and I tried on about 10 dresses and decided that this was the one. I cried when I put it on, and thought it would match our romantic vibe perfectly. I have not really seen many dresses like it! Bridesmaid dresses were purchased through Birdy Grey and I highly recommend them. Such great customer service and very affordable dresses. The groomsmen were traveling in from multiple different states, so we rented suits from Men’s Wearhouse.”

What advice would you give to couples currently planning a Florida Keys wedding?

“2020 was a year for all of us! There are so many things out of your control with the pandemic, but this honestly was one of the best days ever! Nothing is ever going to be perfect! Did it rain? Yes. Did we have to move inside and not get to use our farm tables and chairs? Yes. BUT, I got to marry my best friend and at the end of the day, that was all that mattered. Plus, Olivia made sure everything went smoothly and I knew we were in great hands if things couldn’t go exactly as planned. Enjoy every moment because it seriously goes by so fast!”
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Cheers to you and your “I Do” day, Olivia and Andrew! Thank you so much for choosing me to walk beside you on this most wonderful day. Wishing you endless love & light–now and always.

Thank you to fellow Florida Keys wedding vendors:

Venue: Baker’s Cay Resort

Photographer: Jannette De Llanos Photography

Florist: Floral Fantasy

Rentals: Keys Audio Party Rentals

Wedding Planning by yours truly: Frond & Feather Events

Love & Light,

Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events

By |2021-03-21T16:47:23-04:00March 21st, 2021|

Rainy Wedding Day: Managing Weather for your Florida Keys Wedding

Even though legend has it that a rainy wedding day brings good luck, it’s likely not something on your wedding day wish list. When selecting the Florida Keys as your destination wedding location, the stunning weather is likely a top reason. But just like any tropical climate, sometimes that sea breeze picks up a bit too much. Rain showers can decide to invite themselves into your wedding day. But just like anything else, there are ways to navigate this wedding storm! Below I am sharing my tips on how to ensure those sandy feet will keep dancing on your wedding day—even if a rain cloud or two stops by.

Rescues on Your Rainy Wedding Day

Planning for a potential rainy wedding day has many facets involved. But the most important factor in navigating inclement weather on your wedding day depends largely on your wedding venue. If you decide to host your big day at one of the many Florida Keys wedding friendly resorts, chat with your contact at the venue about your back-up location. Most venues offer one included in your contract, but not all. If your venue does offer a back-up location, ensure it is in your wedding day contract before signing. If the venue does not offer a back-up location, be sure to ask them what kind of tents are allowed on property.

When thinking about your back-up location, be sure there is enough space for not just your reception, but your ceremony, too. Just in case the rain comes before your ceremony, you will need space to place your full ceremony set up too. Space can be saved using the dance floor as much of the “stage” for the ceremony space, but be sure this is enough, just in case!

If you opt for a tent, be sure to chat thoroughly with the tent company about what size your party will be, as well as any furniture rentals, stages, etc. you will have. This will help them ensure your tent will safely fit everything underneath. Be sure to also discuss tent siding options, as these are an added cost and additional labor.

Rainy Wedding Day Plan A, B, & C

Backup included in your venue? If not, tent secured, with proper accessories? Ceremony space also protected? Check, check and check! Planning for a potential rainy wedding day is far from fun, but it’s extremely important. However, often, even when planned perfectly, rain can come in rapidly and unexpectedly. In this event? Ensuring you have hired a team of local wedding vendors who are seasoned in this scenario is key! Which wedding vendor to start with? You know who! Chat with us today about how to keep a chance of rain from stealing your wedding day sunshine.

Love & Light,

Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events

 

By |2021-01-24T16:13:36-05:00January 24th, 2021|

Dreamy Key Largo Wedding Day {Chelsea & Duke at Baker’s Cay Resort}

A Kaleidoscope of Light & Joy: Chelsea & Duke’s Dreamy Key Largo Wedding

It was an honor to be a part of Chelsea & Duke’s Key Largo wedding day at Baker’s Cay Resort. Originally planning to have a large celebration in Nashville, the sweet couple postponed and moved their wedding day to host a Key Largo wedding day with a small intimate group of family and friends. Like so many other 2020 couples, their wedding was not what they first dreamed up, but in turn, even better than originally imagined. Good things come to those who wait, and great things come to those who persevere!

Kick It Off with Confetti

Chelsea & Duke processed down the aisle as husband and wife in celebration with biodegradable confetti canons. Talk about taking the phrase “going out with a bang” to a whole new level! Not only did this delight the duo and their guests, kicking off the celebration with plenty of joy, but it also created the most magical photos!

The sweetness continued throughout the evening as delightful details were themed after their fur baby, Riggins. Naming their specialty cocktail after the furry friend & providing themed Riggins cocktail napkins brought the very important pup into their very important day seamlessly. Bringing about an unforgettable golden hour, even the sky seemed to celebrate Chelsea & Duke!

Closing out the evening with a sparkler entrance into their reception, the couple brought their guests as much joy as they bring one another. From the sweetest father of the bride toast, to the dreamiest bridal gown and kindest crew–it was a true joy of a day.

Thank you so much to Chelsea & Duke for inviting me into your incredible story. It was an honor & joy!

As always, utmost gratitude to fellow vendors for making their Key Largo wedding day so special.

Venue: Baker’s Cay Resort

Photography: Finding Light Photography

Entertainment: Carlos Abanto & Philip Bixby

Cake: Maggie’s Bakery

Hair & Makeup: Style Me Elvi

Officiant: Frank Nunez
Looking for another Florida Keys wedding to inspire your dreamy day? Dive into Carrlee & Chris’ bohemian style big day here: Florida Keys Wedding: Carrlee & Chris’s Love Story
Love & Light,
Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events
By |2020-12-11T16:00:53-05:00December 11th, 2020|

The Number One Florida Keys Wedding Budget Saver

There are so many things I hope to armor my brides & grooms with, but it all begins with swooping in and being their very own Florida Keys wedding budget saver. Sure, the budget is far less important than the union, the loving attendees, and the love surrounding the big day. However, since you already have your best friend ever perfectly picked out, I am here to help give you both the best day ever. And to do that? Budget is most important!

You have started off your engagement with your left hand. Let’s make sure you are starting off your planning season with the right foot. We know finances are tight for so many in the current season we find ourselves in, so staying comfortably within your budget is more important than ever before. To do this? Spend money to save money.

Florida Keys Wedding Budget Saver Top Tip

Hire a local Florida Keys wedding planner. It seems like the most counterintuitive thing to do. Handed a budget, especially during uncertain times of 2020, spending money before the planning even officially kicks off seems a bit silly. But here is why it is absolutely undoubtedly necessary.

Hiring a wedding planner local to the area you plan to wed in straight off the “Yes!” of engagement sets you up for utmost success–in both your wedding day and your wedding budget. A Florida Keys wedding planner for a Florida Keys wedding will be able to look at your budget and instantly think of trusted vendors in the area who can accommodate you. Instead of wasting time pouring through Google, trying to rely on gut feeling alone to hire your entire wedding day crew, you are hiring a source who knows the vendors personally.

Happy Budget, Happy Life

Seeing so many couples disheartened after unknowingly hiring someone who may not be able to stay in line with the couples budget, be it DJ or decor and more, in turn causes the couple to spend even more money. Maybe their biggest desire is good food, but they unknowingly went forward with signing agreements with floral and entertainment teams whose minimum spends are over and above what the couple needed. This then forces the couple to cut back on their most important dream of great food, costing them to potentially go over budget just to end up cutting corners.

Knowing a wedding vendor personally allows the wedding planner to explain to you what they can do for you, what their typical price range is, and more. From there? Your planner can take your visions, match it with your budget, and pass it along to said trusted vendors. With this, multiple options from each area, from florals to catering and more, will be brought back us to then be presented to you for you to choose from. No endless Google searches, no contracts signed feeling uneasy, and certainly no wedding budgets blown. That easy breezy feeling you get when you are in the Keys? Imagine that during your entire planning process. That is what you both deserve.

Florida Keys Wedding Budget Win

Your Florida Keys wedding budget should be as carefully thought out and respected as the cherished details you choose for your special day. While most couples choose the Florida Keys as a destination wedding, some have an even trickier time figuring out budget stipulations while being so far away. To help mitigate this, we have created Consultation Packages. With this, we chat with you both and review your dreamy desires and budget needs. From this information, we can then present you with venues and vendors who are in line with your needs.

Sometimes, couples are surprised to find how much more expensive or inexpensive the Keys may be. After reviewing all of this with them, they find they may be better off opting for a different destination, or even better, they find they can afford a larger, more extravagant wedding in the Keys than originally thought. Either way, we are here to help steer your ship! Happily Ever After can begin at the beginning of your planning story–in turn gifting you the fairy tale day you dream of alongside a cast of characters best suited to bring it to life. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Love & Light,

Florida Keys Wedding Planner Frond + Feather Events

By |2020-12-08T15:26:37-05:00December 8th, 2020|

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.

Wedding day tradition pressure

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,

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