Category Archives: Advice

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 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...

Expert Advice: 5 Things International Couples Need to Know About Hosting a Destination Florida Wedding

  Tampa Bay is one of the top cities for destination weddings in the U.S. and especially attractive for international couples looking to wed in Florida. Getting married in the States can have its challenges if you’re not familiar with the laws, customs, and expectations of an American wedding. With Florida located in the southern...

Expert Advice: 7 Tips For Choosing an All-Inclusive Wedding or Honeymoon Resort

  Selecting your destination wedding or honeymoon hotel can be a daunting task because when you enter “all-inclusive resort” into Google, you’ll easily get thousands of matches. And, of course, they all look fantastic with white sand, blue water, and pristine beaches. But don’t be easily fooled. Be savvy enough to know that what is...

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: 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 wedding guests what they remember about their experiences, they’ll often comment on the food and entertainment. 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 lot to be said of hiring musicians who...

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...

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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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Lifelong Photography Studio

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Monarch Events And Design

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Lynn’s Catering

Amici’s Catered Cuisine

Sweetly Dipped Confections

Bella Bridesmaid

A&P Designs

Grant Hemond & Associates

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A Chair Affair

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