Category Archives: Advice

EXPERT ADVICE: 18 Unique and Favorite First Dance Songs

  Customization is key to making your Tampa Bay wedding stand out, and your first dance song can truly reflect you and your soon-be-spouses’ personalities. Whether you choose a classic Ed Sheeran ballad or a timeless Ray LaMontagne tune, your dancing shoes better be ready! We asked the top Tampa Bay DJs and live musicians…

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…

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,…

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…

Expert Advice: 4 Mistakes Couples Make When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

  Hiring a Tampa Bay wedding photographer is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during planning. Some couples experience sticker shock when initially searching photographer, but you’ll also quickly realize this is one area in your budget that you don’t want to skimp; it’s worth the investment. When you hire a wedding photographer, you’re…

Expert Advice: A Guide to Wedding Day Music

If you ask most weddings guests what they remember about their experiences, they’ll often comment on the food and entertainment. However, your Tampa Bay wedding day music goes beyond hiring a DJ for your reception. Your entertainment selections set the ambiance for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. There’s a whole lot to be…

Expert Advice: 8 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: What to Know About Hiring a Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist

THE EXPERTS: What should brides know about choosing a hair and makeup artist (HMUA) that fit their style? Priscilla Charite, owner of The Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group by Priscilla Marie, adds: “You get what you pay for. However, that doesn’t mean you need to book the most expensive artist in your area….

Expert Advice: How Much Should You Budget for Wedding Catering?

THE EXPERTS: What is the average cost of hiring a professional wedding caterer in Tampa Bay/Sarasota (not including the venue)? Paulina Nicka from Amici’s Catered Cuisine estimates: “If you have 100 guests then you can expect about $30 in only food costs at Amici’s. That doesn’t include service and other costs. Average costs for a…

Expert Advice: A Guide to Tampa Bay Wedding Photography

    THE EXPERTS: What factors go into the cost of professional wedding photography? Carrie Wildes, owner of Carrie Wildes Photography, who just celebrated 10 years in business shares: “Having a professional photography company has all the same costs as a normal business (marketing, equipment, insurance, second shooters, product cost, etc.,), so there is a…

What it Means to be a Small Business Owner in the Wedding Industry

As you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this holiday weekend, don’t forget the up and coming Small Business Saturday. The wedding industry is unique in that most businesses are small and locally owned. Just like that restaurant down the street who depends on you to keep their doors, so do Tampa Bay wedding…

Expert Advice: How to Make Your Wedding Unique

Wedding Planning Advice | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner UNIQUE Weddings & Events One of the most important elements of designing your wedding is to make it be reflection of you and your fiancé. Your guests want to attending a wedding that has touches of you sprinkled throughout. Tampa Bay wedding planner Staci Mandikas of UNIQUE…

Expert Advice: What to Know if a Natural Disaster Cancels Your Wedding

Tampa Bay Wedding Planning Advice There are many things in life that occur that are simply beyond our control, such as natural disasters. While we anticipate and hope that your Tampa Bay wedding day will be filled with blue skies and happy memories, some couples have the unfortunate luck of a hurricane or tropical storm…

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