Category Archives: Advice

Expert Advice: How to Protect Your Wedding Investment During Florida Hurricane Season

  Forecasters are predicting this year to be one of the worst hurricane seasons for the Atlantic, putting Florida weddings at risk. With flooding, damage and cancellations from Hurricane Irma 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…

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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…

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Expert Advice: A Guide to Wedding Cake and Desserts

  If you have a sweet tooth like we do, one of the best parts of planning your Tampa Bay wedding is choosing the desserts and cake. Wedding cakes are some of our top liked posts on Instagram and Pinterest, because not only are they truly pieces of art, but knowing you get to eat…

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Expert Advice: When Should You Book Your Wedding Videographer?

  Wedding videography has come a long way since the 90s, when videographers would show up with a camera on their shoulder, a huge bright light shining in your face and the grainy, boring videos that most likely your parents have that are now sitting on a shelf collecting dust. Nowadays, wedding films are engaging,…

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How to Set a Wedding Budget in Tampa Bay

  When planning one of the most memorable days of your lives, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of wedding inspiration pins, however, you have to be realistic when it comes to planning a wedding that you can afford. In the Tampa Bay area, we find that $30,000 tends to be a good…

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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…

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Expert Advice: 5 Reasons You’ll Regret NOT Hiring a Wedding Videographer

Tampa Bay Wedding Videographer | Bonnie Newman Creative Wedding photography is always at the top of couples to-do lists when it comes to booking their wedding pros, however videography is often looked at as an “extra” or “if we have enough money left in the budget.” The problem with this mindset is that there are…

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Expert Advice: What’s the Worst Wedding Planning Advice You’ve Heard?

Wedding Planning Advice from Expert Wedding Professionals When you get engaged, everyone will starting sharing their advice opinions about your wedding: who to hire, how much to spend, where to get married, the list goes on and on. However, you should take any wedding planning advice with a grain of salt. You have to take…

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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…

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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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Expert Advice: What to Know About Planning a Summer Wedding in Florida

Tampa Bay Wedding Planning Advice Choosing a date is one of the most important things you’ll do during planning process for your Tampa Bay wedding. When it comes to picking a season for your big day, we asked our Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding pros to share their best advice for couples considering a…

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Expert Advice: 10 Things to Know About Ordering Wedding Invitations

Advice Ordering Your Wedding Invitations with with Tampa Bay Letterpress Stationery Designer A&P Design Co Your wedding invitations and stationery are the first glimpse your guests will have into your big day, so you want them to be a bold and beautiful personal statement! However, we know that the ordering process can be overwhelming, so as a Tampa Bay…

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Expert Advice: What You Should Know About Choosing Your Wedding Video Music

Choosing Your Wedding Video Music | Imagery Wedding Films One of the questions that I get asked more than anything else is, “Why can’t we choose what songs we want in our wedding film?” The answer is simple. Copyright. Copyright Issues in Wedding Films When I first started producing wedding films, I’d take all the…

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Expert Advice: 3 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Getting Ready Location | Andi Diamond Photography

Wedding Planning Advice: Choosing a Getting Ready Location | Andi Diamond Photography You know that choosing your Tampa Bay wedding venue is important, but have you also thought about where you’ll be getting ready? As a Tampa Bay wedding photographer, we spend about two hours pre-ceremony capturing getting ready photos and details. Because about 20% of your wedding day…

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Expert Advice: 7 Wedding Menus to Fit Your Wedding Venue | Best Tampa Bay Wedding Caterers

Tampa Bay Inspired Wedding Menus to Fit Your Wedding Venue If you ask any wedding guest the most important part of a Tampa Bay wedding after the ceremony, they’ll almost always respond with “the food.” Weddings in Tampa Bay are home to many locally inspired dishes. Whether it be fresh seafood from the Gulf or menus with Cuban flair,…

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7 Pet-Friendly Tampa Bay Wedding Venues

Pet-Friendly Tampa Bay Wedding Venues | Fairytail Pet Care Pets are family, and we get that. So when you imagine your Tampa Bay wedding day, it’s hard to picture such a special moment without your best friend at your side! Including your pet in your wedding can seem like a challenging, stressful experience, but it doesn’t have…

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Expert Advice: 11 Tips for Choosing a Wedding Date

Wedding Planning Advice | Choosing a Wedding Date When it comes to selecting your wedding date, your instinct may say to choose your dating anniversary, but here are some tips to educate you on factors that you should consider when choosing your ideal wedding date. Weather Weather becomes a huge factor if you are planning an…

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Expert Advice: Top 5 Wedding Budget Killers

Wedding Budget Advice | Sarasota Wedding Planner Jennifer Matteo Events Everyone has a budget for their wedding, no matter what the number. The trick is to stay in your comfort zone and still have the wedding of your dreams! Believe me, it can be done with a little planning and by using the right vendors…

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Expert Advice: 7 Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

Tampa Bay Wedding Planning Advice Getting engaged is one of most exciting times in your life. You’ve found your life partner and are preparing for the next big chapter of your life. Though transitioning from fiancé to spouse requires a large step…the actual wedding. If you let it, wedding planning can consume you. It is typically a year-long…

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Expert Advice: How to Create a Wedding Day Rain Backup Plan

Wedding Planning Advice: Rain on Your Wedding Day Florida is known as the “Sunshine State,” averaging about 240 sunny days a year, however, that nickname doesn’t always hold true. The weather here is unpredictable and can range from a beautiful sunny day to a monsoon all in a span of minutes. With the east coast in the midst of…

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Exclusive Wedding Promotions and Discounts

Tampa Bay Wedding Promotions and Discounts As a special thank to your our readers, we’ve partnered with our preferred Tampa Bay wedding vendors to bring our couples special rates and exclusive specials. While we are providing you money saving rates through our professional, experienced weddings pros, don’t mistake this with cutting corners by hiring a “friend” or amateur to save a few…

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Expert Advice: Airbrush Makeup vs. Traditional Wedding Makeup

Airbrush Wedding Makeup Advice | Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio Post updated: September 6, 2016 Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life, and you want to ensure that you look beautiful from the inside out! Most Tampa Bay wedding hair and makeup artists swear…

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The Best Wedding Inspiration from 30+ Blogs in One Place | Aisle Society

Imagine if there were a website that showcased the most beautiful wedding inspiration from top wedding blogs around the world, Not only does it exist, but Marry Me Tampa Bay is excited to be a founding member of the Aisle Society. Launched this Spring, the Aisle Society curates the best weddings, styled shoots and advice from…

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Expert Advice: 5 Myths About Wedding Cake Pops

Wedding Cake Pops | Tampa Bay Baker Sweetly Dipped Confections All Cake Pops Are the Same There are two different kinds of cake pops. In one version, a full cake is baked, mixed with frosting, then hand-rolled into a ball. The resulting texture is akin to a truffle. In the other version, the cake pop…

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Expert Advice: Understanding Your Wedding Invitation & Stationery Timeline

Tampa Bay Wedding Invitations | A&P Designs Your Tampa Bay wedding invitations not only formally announce your date to your guests, but also set the tone for the atmosphere of your big day. Your Save-the-Dates should be mailed 9-12 months prior to your actual wedding date, so it should definitely be a top priority once your venue is…

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