Expert Advice: The Effect of COVID-19 on Wedding Flowers

How Has COVID-19 Affected the Availability of Wedding Flowers? “The impact of COVID-19 on the wedding floral industry has been broad. The wedding flower availability has been affected starting at the growers/farmers. When COVID began and the wedding industry came to a screeching halt, flower buying for weddings all but stopped. This meant the growers...

Sophisticated Tropical South Tampa Elopement | Oxford Exchange

Katy and Chris’s South Tampa wedding featured an intimate elopement had been replanned three times due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The vibrant, modern tropical theme perfectly paired with the Palm Harbor couple’s decision to elope in their home state. “We were originally doing a destination wedding, but with COVID-19 and travel changing so rapidly, our...

St. Pete Beach Elopement & Intimate Wedding Packages | Don Cesar

If you’ve always dreamed of getting married in front of the iconic “Pink Palace,” now may be the perfect opportunity to plan your beach nuptials! For a limited time, the luxurious St. Pete Beach wedding venue The Don Cesar is offering inclusive elopement packages ideal for couples who are looking for an intimate oceanfront celebration....

Burgundy Disney-Inspired Clearwater Wedding | Kapok Events

Gabby and Michael’s glamorous Clearwater wedding was straight out of a fairy tale or rather several fairy tales because the bride and groom incorporated fabled Disney details throughout their celebration. To say the Tampa pair are fans of Disney is an understatement (just read their epic proposal story involving Epcot Food and Wine Festival and...

Tropical Green and Pink Boca Grande Wedding | Gasparilla Inn Beach Club

Whitney and Chad’s Boca Grande wedding was a tropical daydream that incorporated a vibrant pink floral palette that popped against rich green monstera leaves. While the weekend celebration had been planned for May, the bride and groom decided to move forward with their wedding date and scale down the attendance from 200 guests to 11...

Expert Advice: 4 Things You Should Know About Wedding Catering and COVID-19

How Has COVID-19 Affected Menu Selection? “Prepare to be flexible with your caterer if food item substitutions become necessary as your event date gets closer. COVID has disrupted supply chains, caused many companies to consolidate their inventory of available products and has caused some purveyors to go out of business altogether. What you selected as...

Intimate At-Home Tuscan-Inspired South Tampa Wedding

Theresa and Edward’s South Tampa waterfront wedding turned the couple’s home into an elegant oasis for their intimate wedding of 68 guests. A jewel-toned color palette added vibrancy to the decor and transformed the bride and groom’s newly purchased dream home. “We went for classic, elegant, Tuscan, and the Mediterranean. We wanted a relaxed and...

Romantic, Luxurious Pink and Gold St. Pete Beach Wedding Inspiration | The Don Cesar

When it comes to stunning wedding venues, there is nothing more breathtaking than driving over the bridge to St. Pete Beach and seeing the iconic Don CeSar, which is commonly referred to as “The Pink Palace” by locals as for its bright color and historic architecture. As part of their relaunch, wedding planner Elegant Affairs...

Elegant Rustic Tampa Heights Wedding | Rooftop 220

Amanda and John’s Tampa Heights wedding featured classic flora accented by rustic wood décor, gold geometric touches, nods to Disney, and shots of whiskey.  The Tampa bride and groom incorporated personal touches to their neutral wedding with favored music selections and a unique brunch menu, including a doughnut tower. When it came to the overall...

Expert Advice: Celebrating On the Dance Floor During COVID-19

What makes each Tampa Bay wedding different from the next is the experience you create for your guests. Couples love seeing everyone on the dance floor, but with guest counts fluctuating due to COVID-19, what do weddings look like today? We asked Tampa Bay’s best wedding DJs to share their experiences since weddings have resumed....

Dramatic Red and Black Modern South Tampa Wedding | Hyde House

With more Tampa Bay couples embracing intimate weddings with a focus on luxury experiences for their most treasured guests, this posh South Tampa wedding shoot showcases a chic and monochromatic fete fit for a modern bride and groom. Located in the upscale Tampa neighborhood of Hyde Park, Hyde House, South Tampa’s newest wedding venue boasts...

Luxurious Pink and Gold Downtown St. Pete Wedding | Vinoy Renaissance

Julieanna and Henry’s downtown St. Pete wedding enchanted their guests with a sophisticated soirée that featured a romantic ballroom ambiance. The luxurious St. Petersburg wedding was filled with neutral-toned florals that perfectly complemented the tropical paradise of Tampa Bay. “My favorite period is the 1920’s Great Gatsby era, so we tried to incorporate the decadence...

All-Inclusive Luxury Micro Wedding Event at Armature Works | $2,999

If you’ve always dreamed of a gorgeous wedding at insta-worthy Armature Works in trendy Tampa Heights, mark your calendar for this exclusive one-day pop-up micro wedding event, without the price tag that comes with a large scale wedding! On Sunday, November 15, 2020, an elite team of Tampa Bay wedding professionals are creating a one-of-a-kind...

Romantic Pink and Gold Clearwater Beach Wedding | Opal Sands

Lisa and Josh’s romantic Clearwater Beach wedding paired glamorous gold decor with soft pink and white flora against a breathtaking ocean view backdrop. The bride and groom’s day epitomized the combination of two families, as Josh’s two children as well as the couple’s furbaby all had special roles in the celebration. The Oldsmar couple opted...

Sentimental “Secret Garden” Backyard Elopement

Since love is not canceled, wedding planner and designer John Campbell Weddings created an inspirational wedding shoot that fits in any size backyard. “Our concept was that a couple has decided to elope in their backyard and hold a large reception at a later date, with close friends and family attending the ceremony and enjoying...

Expert Advice: 7 Things Your Wedding Planner Wants You to Know About COVID-19 Weddings

Although Florida has lifted restrictions on capacities at gatherings, (though tables need to be six feet part) it’s important to remain socially responsible when hosting your wedding. While we always recommend hiring a wedding planner, now it’s even more crucial as your planner can help put a safety plan in place so that your guests...

Elegant Green and Gold Rooftop Wedding | Hyatt Clearwater Beach

Erica and Tom’s Clearwater Beach wedding was a tropical daydream featuring the bride’s favorite views in all of Tampa Bay. The bride and groom selected a classic color palette and theme to cohesively tie in their wedding venue’s pink facade and beachfront location. “I would describe our wedding as elegant. We did white florals with...

Teal and Gold South Tampa Brunch Wedding | Tampa Garden Club

Cassandra and Michael’s South Tampa wedding featured a morning ceremony amidst lush gardens, followed by a delicious brunch reception including live music, lawn games, and a tower of specialty donuts. The Bradenton couple chose a soft color palette of watery blue and green shades paired with rustic wood elements and gold accents for their daytime...

Intimate Fall-Inspired Downtown St. Pete Rooftop Wedding | The Birchwood

Rooftops are always a sought-after wedding location and with more intimate wedding packages on the rise, couples can now celebrate atop the posh downtown St. Pete Birchwood hotel with views of Tampa Bay and Beach Drive. Channeling the impending fall season and showcasing The Birchwood’s newest micro-wedding offerings, this styled wedding shoot features a warm...

Vibrant Pink Floral-Filled Downtown Tampa Wedding | The Vault

Andrea and Brian’s downtown Tampa wedding featured luxurious finishes and colorful blooms that brought sophisticated style to their historic venue.  The bride and groom’s top priority was making memories with their friends and family, so they kept the ceremony brief so that they could extend the party. The bride envisioned a flora-focused celebration filled which...

Intimate Destination Florida Wedding | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

Aimee and William’s destination Clearwater Beach wedding provided a getaway experience for their 38 closest friends and family amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Although they had originally scheduled to get married in March, the couple postponed to a summer date. “We decided to move forward with our wedding date because we honestly just didn’t want to...

Popular Wedding Dates Still Available | Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Typically Tampa Bay wedding venues and vendors are booked solid for weekend dates in October, November, and Spring 2021, which are also known as “Florida’s wedding season.” However, with couples rescheduling and moving dates around due to COVID-19, prime wedding dates that are normally reserved months in advance have opened up! Discover which popular wedding...

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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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