Category Archives: Advice

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...

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...

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...

Assistance from Tampa Bay Wedding Planners for COVID-19 Couples

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need some guidance on what to do for your 2020 wedding, our favorite Tampa Bay wedding planners are offering special assistance to couples affected by the Coronavirus. Coastal Coordinating Coastal Coordinating is offering free help/tips for couples who have had to postpone and who do not have a wedding...

Wed Talks: Live Q&A About Coronavirus Wedding Postponement

Master Wedding Planner and Tampa Bay Association of Bridal Consultants local co-Director Tammy Waterman, owner of Special Moments Event Planning, answers questions about postponing your wedding because of the Coronavirus in during “Wed Talks.” When Can Couples Start Having Weddings Again? 2:18 What Wedding Date Should Start the Rescheduling Process? 3:00 How does the Stay...

Expert Advice: 5 Tips for Personalizing Your Wedding Day

Most American weddings have a similar flow: ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, with traditional elements such as the first dance and cake cutting. Though, many Tampa Bay couples want to create unique experiences to make their weddings “different” from that of other friends and family. The best way to make your wedding stand out is...

Expert Advice: A Guide to Boudoir Photography

  With women becoming more comfortable with their bodies and redefining what “beauty” is more are turning to boudoir-style photo shoots. If you’ve ever snubbed the idea of boudoir shoot and thought that it’s just “taking sexy photos,” you’d be surprised to learn that these photo sessions are actual confidence boosters and celebrations of women...

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, choosing those numbers has many factors to consider: Weather. Hurricane season. Gasparilla. Spring break. Superbowl 2021. (Which is happening in Tampa Bay.) So that you don’t choose a date that costs you more money or that will lower...

Expert Advice: 7 Candid Tips About Wedding Planning

OMG. You’re engaged! This is honestly one of the most joyous and exciting times of your lives, so soak in that engagement bliss. Enjoy every moment of being engaged! There’s something so special about this transitional period in your relationship. Even if you don’t realize it at the moment, years from now you’ll look back...

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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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