Category Archives: Advice

Popular Wedding Dates Still Available | 2021

Typically Tampa Bay wedding venues and vendors are booked solid for weekend dates and Spring and Fall 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 dates...

When Should You Mail Your Save the Dates?

Announcing your wedding date is one of the most exciting things that kicks off your wedding planning journey, so what do you need to know when it comes to all things save the dates? We’ve enlisted Paperlust, a leading Australian-based online stationery designer, to answer the questions that every couple has on their mind when...

Expert Advice: A Guide to Hiring a Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist

What Should Brides Know about Choosing a Hair and Makeup Artist (HMUA)? “Do your research and make sure you love the pictures on their social media and website. Do the styles and brides that they have featured match your style? If the answer is yes, then that artist could be worth it!” -Christine Wheaton, owner...

Expert Advice: A Guide to Hiring a Wedding Planner

I was recently speaking to a newly engaged couple, and they asked me what advice I had for them. I told them what I tell EVERY couple…hire a seasoned wedding planner. Hands down, there is no better investment you can make for your wedding. “Hiring a wedding planner can relieve stress, provide options, create a...

11 Pet-Friendly Wedding Venues in Tampa Bay

You want to have your closest friends and family at your wedding, so you probably can’t imagine saying “I do” without your best friend. Even if your bestie has four legs and is covered in fur. Including your pet in your wedding can seem like a challenging, stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be!...

Expert Advice: 7 Tips For Choosing a Wedding Date

While you may have thought selecting a Tampa Bay wedding date was the simplest part of planning, there are many factors to consider for when choosing those special numbers: Weather. Hurricane season. Gasparilla. Spring break. Local events (think St. Pete Grand Prix or festivals at Curtis Hixon or Vinoy Park) So that you don’t choose...

Expert Advice: 9 Things to Do After You Get Engaged

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life. Though, with the celebration comes big responsibility. Your wedding day is a milestone and one of the most memorable days of your life. The first set of decisions you make over the next few weeks will set the tone of your wedding: budget,...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Expert Advice: Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Insurance + Hurricane Season

  Hurricane season has been active this year, with nine named storms in just two months. With flooding, damage, and cancellations from Hurricane Dorian still fresh in our minds, we wanted to learn more about how couples can protect their wedding investment, so we reached out the wedding insurance experts at Wedding Protector Plan. Hurricane...

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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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