7 Tips for Planning a Destination Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

  You think planning a wedding is stressful? Try organizing a destination bachelor or bachelorette party with flights, travel deposits, and trip itineraries. It can be like herding cats! I’ve had maid of honors give me less than a month to book an international flight and heard horror stories about groomsmen booking dangerous excursions that…

Tropical Burgundy and Gold Tampa Wedding | ZooTampa at Lowry Park

  Casie and Ray’s outdoor modern-chic Tampa wedding took things to a whole new level with a gorgeous tropical ceremony and reception at ZooTampa. With fall in the air, the bride and groom chose a rich jewel-toned color palette of burgundy and gold and served pumpkin beer to toast their special love. “We really wanted…

Luxurious Red and Pink Sarasota Garden Wedding | Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Nayda and Alex’s luxurious destination Sarasota wedding came to life with outdoor botanical surroundings, hanging chandeliers, and signature cocktails named after the bride and groom’s two adorable pups. With a color palette of oxblood, navy blue, and blush pink, the whimsical outdoor celebration exuded romantic elegance and charm. “The venue helped dictate our exact vision…

Classic, Elegant White and Pink Garden Wedding | Southern Hills Plantation Club

Erica and Thomas’ charming Spring Hill wedding embodied classic elegance with soft whimsical details, gorgeous floral centerpieces, and a magical sparkler sendoff. “We really wanted to capture our vision of a classic yet elegant celebration,” the bride explained. “Choosing our color palette of biscotti, petal pink, and navy blue, was an easy choice. The colors…

11 Best Tampa Bay Wedding Venues for a Waterfront Ceremony

  Home to some of the best wedding venues in Florida, the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area hosts a variety of event venues with stunning waterfront backdrops. Whether you’re looking for a “toes in the sand” beach wedding, private country club wedding or rooftop ceremony with sweeping water views, these 10 wedding venues are our top picks…

Romantic Clearwater Beach Destination Wedding | Sandpearl Resort Grace and Tom

Grace and Tom’s romantic Clearwater Beach destination wedding featured an unplugged sunset ceremony followed by an elegant ballroom reception, with a laid-back feel. “We love the sunset, so we got married as the sun was going down. Every time we go to Florida, we watch the sunset; it is special to us,” the bride shared….

Expert Advice: A Guide to Wedding Catering Styles

What is the secret to making your Tampa Bay wedding day memorable for your guests? Good food. As much as your friends and family will ooh and ahh over the decor, if you leave them hungry, that’s what they will remember about your wedding night. Every couple wants to make their wedding unique and personal,…

Winter Wonderland Meets Boho Chic Tampa Heights Wedding | Armature Works Alessandra and Vincent

  Alessandra and Vincent’s downtown Tampa wedding embodied a whimsical winter wonderland with elegant mismatched centerpieces and a romantic color palette of dusty blue and champagne gold. Dripping with personalized details, the bride and groom celebrated their Italian and Hispanic culture with a cigar roller and chicken and waffles during cocktail hour. “My main inspiration…

Elegant Charcoal and Merlot Downtown Tampa Wedding | Rialto Theater

  Jamie and Tony’s elegant downtown Tampa wedding was dear to my heart as the bride and groom our dear friends of mine. In fact, Jamie is the person who encouraged me to take Marry Me Tampa Bay full-time! The bride was a long-time resident in downtown Tampa (she lived literally two doors down from me),…

“Puppy Love” Dog Inspired Wedding | NOVA 535

  Whenever a wedding gallery shows up in our inbox with a dog in it, it’s so hard to say no to that submission! So we thought, in honor of National Puppy Day on March 23, why not just create an inspirational wedding styled shoot with ONLY puppies?! Of course, when we asked pet planners…

Industrial Green and White Italian Themed Lakeland Wedding | HAUS 820

  Christine and Joey’s industrial Lakeland wedding captured modern elegance at its finest with a mix of simplistic greenery and romantic decor. Featuring a handmade donut wall and plenty of Italian culture, this central Florida wedding incorporated charming personal touches throughout. “Joey and I are both Italian. Because of our roots, we wanted our special…

Elegant Rustic Chic Outdoor Inverness Wedding | Lakeside Ranch

Vivienne and Anthony’s outdoor Inverness wedding embraced their nature-filled surroundings by capturing an elegant, rustic theme and abundant natural lighting. The bride and groom’s choice for venue offered an open and airy atmosphere perfect for celebrating with friends and family. Sticking to her rustic-chic theme, the bride tied together sparkling chandeliers, modern lantern centerpieces and…

Emerald Green and Gold Old Hollywood Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Birchwood

Melanie and Josh’s downtown St. Pete wedding embodied old Hollywood with classic elegance and modern decor. With gorgeous florals and a color palette of emerald, gold, and black, the charming ambiance was romantic yet simplistic. “Our theme had hints of an old Hollywood vintage feel to it,” the bride shared. “I always knew that when the…

Romantic Dusty Blue and Rose Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535

Nothing says romantic like pastel hues, and Anita and Rabbie’s downtown St. Pete wedding combined rustic and modern elements creating a unique vibe. “Our theme was as slightly rustic but soft and romantic. I wanted something somewhat simple and romantic that wasn’t too overstated,” the bride shared. “Our colors were rose and dusty blue. I…

Tropical Pink and Orange Anna Maria Island Beach Wedding | Sandbar Waterfront Restaurant

Marissa and Zack’s destination Anna Maria Island Wedding was filled with beautiful sunny skies, modern decor, and views that resembled a tropical postcard. Choosing a color palette of navy blue, rose gold, and orange, the bride and groom drew inspiration from their picturesque surroundings to capture their vision. “I would describe my wedding as minimalistic-beachy!…

Whimsical Vintage Dusty Blue Lakeland Wedding | The Magnolia Building

Ansley and Chase’s whimsical Lakeland wedding perfectly nailed a rustic, vintage theme with antique oil lamps and gorgeous handmade signage. With a late night treat of Italian ice and precious details that incorporated their love for family, the bride and groom cherished every minute of their special day. “Our theme was very vintage whimsical,” the bride…

Romantic Garden Inspired Downtown Tampa Wedding | Marriott Waterside

Kathryn and Frank’s elegant downtown Tampa wedding combined romantic decor and gorgeous greenery to capture their modern, garden-inspired celebration. Featuring a soft color palette of blush pink and champagne, the bride and groom transformed their ballroom reception into a whimsical dream. “I have always envisioned my wedding as romantic and garden inspired,” the bride gushed….

Romantic Rustic Blush Pink and Grey Spring Hill Wedding | The White Barn

Samantha and Chris’ rustic chic Spring Hill wedding took outdoor elegance to a new level with hanging wine glass chandeliers and whimsical S’mores party favors. “My wedding colors were blush, grey, and gold,” the bride shared. “The vision I was going for was definitely rustic chic. I had always wanted to get married outdoors, and…

Expert Advice: How a Wedding Planner Saves You Money

At the end of every real wedding feature, we ask couples their advice for other soon-to-be weds and hands down we hear the same reply: hire a wedding planner. If you ask any wedding vendor if you should hire a wedding planner, the will always answer yes, because experienced wedding planners are worth their weight…

White and Greenery Inspired Sarasota Garden Wedding | The Ringling Museum

Kim and Christian’s Sarasota wedding was the epitome of romantic garden elegance with sparkling chandeliers, gorgeous lush greenery, and sweet details that included their English Bulldog, Paisley. “We wanted something really light yet whimsical and romantic,” the bride shared. “Choosing a theme that really complemented our venue was important so we waited to decide on our…

Whimsical Cranberry, Blue and Gold Outdoor Plant City Wedding | Kathleen’s Garden

Katie and Tyler’s rustic Plant City wedding was the epitome of whimsical garden elegance with fresh florals, elegant centerpieces, and charming details. The bride and groom’s vision came to life with a romantic color palette of navy blue, cranberry, and gold, perfect for their fall nuptials. “If I had to describe our venue it would…

Who’s Who of Tampa Bay Wedding Pros: Carrie Wildes Photography

  When it comes to reputation, there are few Tampa Bay wedding photographers who are as experienced and highly regarded as Carrie Wildes Photography. The owner, Carrie, was one of the first wedding professionals I met with seven years ago when I started Marry Me Tampa Bay. I still remember how appreciative and honored I…

Romantic Greenery Inspired Outdoor Garden Wedding | Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast

  Katie and Nick’s elegant Sarasota area wedding complemented their historic venue perfectly with sweet personal touches and sparkling views of Manatee River. With signature cocktails and a late night delivery from Chick-fil a, this romantic celebration was everything the bride and groom had envisioned. “Our wedding theme included warm, romantic, earthy tones with pops…

Romantic, Waterfront Nautical Downtown Tampa Wedding | Yacht Starship

  Marissa and Eric’s waterfront downtown Tampa wedding featured beautiful views of the Tampa skyline and a theme that incorporated their love for the water. “Picking a nautical theme was perfect because it gave us the ability to incorporate our love for all things water without being at the beach,” the bride shared. “To go…

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