Whether your dream wedding will take place in a garden, beach, or religious setting, your reception, dinner rehearsal, and bridal shower need to be equally spectacular. Some couples prefer these other parties to follow the wedding’s theme. Although it is supposed to be a grandiose moment for the couple, and lavish is customary, the wallet can only stretch so far. The following are ideas for hosting receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers that fit your budget.
The sound of the waves crashing in the shore, the melody of seagulls at a distance, and a breezy summer day set the ambience for a perfect wedding ceremony. Weddings on the beach are casual; yet, they are romantic and unforgettable. The view is irreplaceable, and has infinite potential for designing ideas. First, you will need to decide if only the ceremony, or both the ceremony and reception, will take place in the same setting. There is a lot of flexibility with beach weddings, especially because glamorous hotels and restaurants surround its shorelines.
Choose color schemes that resemble the scenic backdrop such as sky blues and sea foam greens. Set an altar-like focal point near the shore and face rows of chairs in that direction. Create an aisle using flower petals from your wedding flower. Provide guests with personalized woven-straw fans while they wait for the “I do’s.” Planning a wedding on the beach can be tumultuous due to weather conditions. Therefore, depending on where you plan to host your wedding, a few arrangements with the rain deity might need to be made. Florida’s climate is wonderful, but not if you want to sit outside in midsummer for an extended period of time. Your wedding guests might suffer a heat stroke, or summer showers can ruin the ceremony- not to mention the bride’s makeup. Therefore, it is recommended to hold the ceremony out on the beach, but have the reception elsewhere. Provide 3-inch paintbrushes from your local hardware store for your guests’ sandy feet. Tie a card personalized with the couple’s names or have them read “brush the beach from your feet” as suggested by brides.com.
Decide on the theme you want to convey for your seaside wedding. Will it be tropical paradise, nautical escapade, or seashore romance? Each particular theme can be magical and made especially yours with the right accessories. For instance, you can have a beachfront wedding ceremony and walk into the Hilton Daytona Beach Walk Village for your reception. They provide catering, open bar, and table cloths and linen in your pre-chosen colors. However, if you want a more private setting is a better idea to rent a beach house on your favorite beach. You can sleep there the night before your wedding and get ready in style. Plus, you can stay after your wedding and get your honeymoon started. A beach house can be decorated to host a private reception, and it offers plenty of room for a dance floor, cocktails, and lounging. Your guests will have loads of fun, but you cannot forget the cocktails!
Instead of escort cards, place vintage glass bottles with each guest’s name printed on a card for a message in a bottle motif. Tuck a special location, preferably outside, and give it a romantic name. Set a couple or wicker lounging chairs, toss pillows, lanterns, and candles. You will provide a relaxing spot for guests to sit back or for the couple to escape the crowd for a few minutes. You can also have guests leave a special message for the couple and slide them inside the bottle. For more unique ideas visit www.brides.com.
Where to find it in Gainesville?
Visit Michael’s on Southwest Archer Road for basic supplies such as satin boxes, favors, and artificial flowers that can serve as fillers to lessen the costs of purchasing the real thing. However, place real fresh flowers where it counts (on the altar and as centerpieces); it looks tacky otherwise. For tables, chairs, flooring, and tents visit Party Time Rentals located on SouthGate Centre on Southwest 34th Street. Visit The Plant Shoppe Florist on Northwest 8th Avenue for your floral arrangements.
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