5 Wedding Tips That People Often Forget

April 27th, 2015
Pixel Pop Photography

http://studiopixelpop.com

 

Sometimes it seems like the moment you say “yes” everyone starts throwing questions and tips at you and it never seems to stop! Planning a wedding can be both memorable and stressful and there are a million things that you need to remember to do. Here is our list of the top 5 things many brides forget to do when planning their wedding.

5. Set up a wedding website- It may sound cheesy, but if you set up a simple (and easy to make) wedding site, you can direct people there if they have questions about your registry, need directions to the church, etc. It really can save your sanity and it’s such a simple solution!

4. Reserve a block or rooms at a hotel for your guests- Even if most of your guests are local, it is always a good idea to set up a block of rooms at more than one hotel. If you are having your reception at a resort, be sure to set up a block of rooms there as well so your guests have the option to take the elevator home. Usually, hotels will not charge you to set aside a few rooms for your guests which means there is no extra cost to you for this convenience.

3. Designate someone to be responsible for your “belongings” the day of your wedding- Believe us when we say that you will have a million different things on your mind on your wedding day. Make sure to designate the maid of honor or another friend to look after your things. She can keep your cell phone, lipstick and anything else you may need safe and close by for when you need it….without you having to carry it around or worry about it.

2. Break in your wedding shoes- There is nothing worse than wearing brand new shoes for 5+ hours straight! Break your shoes in by wearing them around the house during the last few weeks before your wedding. Your feet will thank us later.

1. Be present on your wedding day- With so much going on during your wedding day, it is so easy for everything to become a blur. This is your “once in a lifetime” wedding! Don’t let this day pass you by without you remembering most of it due to stress. Remember to take a little time for you and later on with your husband as well. Remember to be in the moment and enjoy every moment of this special day. There will be plenty of photographs but those wonderful memories last so much longer.

5 Groom’s Cakes Your Husband Will Love

April 23rd, 2015

The groom’s cake originated in Victorian England but has been adapted into modern culture. Many brides surprise their new husband with a special cake that shows off his personality or interests. Here are a few of our favorite groom’s cakes!

 

For the coffee drinker in your life…

Starbucks Groom's Cake

www.nutmegandcompany.com

 

If he loves Star Trek, Dr. Who or Game of Thrones….

Dr. Who Groom's Cake

www.divinecakes.com

 

For the Braves fan in your life…

Braves Groom's Cake

http://sugarandspicesweets.blogspot.com

 

A football cake for your sports fan…

Football Groom's Cake

www.mikesamazingcakes.com

 

There’s even a cake for movie buffs!

James Bond Groom's Cake

www.littlewishcakes.com

The ABC’s of St. Simons Island, Part 4

April 16th, 2015

Sailing on St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island has so much to offer and we want to share it with you! Click the links to view The ABC’s of St. Simons Island Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3.

R. Redfern Village- A shoppers and foodie’s paradise, Redfern has lots to offer. From restaurants to shops and art galleries, you could spend an entire day exploring this small corner of the island. Some of our favorites for shopping are: Tibi, Two Friends and The Vine. For delicious eats be sure to check out Blackwater Grill and Gnat’s Landing.

S. Sailing- The best way to experience the island is from the water! Barry’s Beach Service rents out Hobie Cat sailboats from East Beach. Spend a day on the water and you’ll enjoy every minute of it.

T. Tours- From trolley tours to history tours to ghost tours, you’ll find a tour for whatever your interest may be. Lighthouse Trolleys offers a variety of tours throughout the year ranging from history to water tours and even a foodie tour! If you are looking for something a little scary, Ghost Walk of St. Simons has you covered.

U. Undiscovered- There are undiscovered treasures and memories waiting around every corner of our beautiful Southern island. It doesn’t take much to start collecting them once you arrive!

V. The Village- The heart of the island lies in the village. You will find a lovely waterfront park and pier as well as many independent shops and lots of restaurants. Throughout the year, the village plays host to many festivals and live music events.

Stay tuned for our next post as we finish up our ABC series!

Ciara & Justin’s St. Simons Island Reception

April 13th, 2015

Ciara and Justin were married on March 14th at Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island. After the wedding, guests were transported to The King and Prince Resort via trolley from Lighthouse Trolleys. A reception followed at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. The wedding and reception were photographed by Peacock Photo & Video. To view more photos of their special day, visit their website.

Lovely Lane Chapel

Lighthouse Trolleys

Peacock Photo & Video St. Simons Island

Wedding Party on Beach

Wedding Reception at The King and Prince

Bride and Groom on Beach

4 Tips For Meeting Planning On A Budget

April 10th, 2015

When it comes to meetings, not everyone has a big budget to spend. However, it is possible to have a professional meeting at a nice venue while still looking out for your bottom dollar. Here are some tips for saving money on your next meeting or conference:

1. Be Flexible- The best way to save money on rooms and event space is to be flexible with your dates. Let the sales manager know up front that you have a certain budget to work with and that your dates are flexible. This can help the sales manager find low-demand dates that can give you the same meeting space and rooms for less!

2. Select A Location That Has On-Site Food & Beverage- Food costs can really drive your bill up fast. By finding a location that has on-site food and beverage, you will be able to negotiate costs better and they may be willing to create a smaller, more cost effective menu for your event.

3. Ask For Volunteers- Save on labor costs by asking for a few attendees to volunteer their time to man the registration table for a few hours during the conference. You can discount or give them free registration to cover the cost of their time and it will save you on labor costs.

4. Offer Sponsorship Opportunities- Depending on the type of event you are planning, you may be able to ask businesses to sponsor the event for a fee. This will offset your costs and help them gain new customers. It can be a win-win situation!

To learn more tips on meeting planning or to host your next meeting at our oceanfront resort, visit our website.

 

St. Simons Golf Course Welcomes Assistant Pro

April 9th, 2015

Robert Long, Assistant Golf Pro

The King and Prince Golf Course is proud to welcome Robert Long aboard as the new 1st Assistant Golf Pro. Robert will work alongside Course Manager Rick Mattox to provide players with an exceptional golf experience.

Mattox says: “I am very excited to have Robert joining our team. He is already a valued addition for the future of the King and Prince Golf Course. St. Simons Island affords him a wonderful place to live and enjoy quality family life while pursuing his chosen career path.”

The course enlivens the old school tradition of golf. Located at the crossroads of the Hampton & Frederica Rivers, the scenic drive to the north tip of St. Simons Island allows golfers to begin unwinding long before arrival; when you enter the Clubhouse, you receive a quality experience that is rarely forgotten. You become part of the Club’s family ~ to relax, play golf and make memories with a caring staff.

For more information about the course on St. Simons Island, Georgia, visit our website.

The ABC’s of St. Simons Island, Part 3

April 2nd, 2015

Stand Up Paddle Boarding St. Simons Island

M. Mildred Huie Museum- Mildred Nix Huie was an impressionist painter who made St. Simons Island her home in the 1960’s. Along with fellow artists, they founded the Left Bank Art Gallery which began a tradition of sharing a love of the arts with the Golden Isles community. Today, you can visit her original studio, the Mediterranean house and view many of her original works.

N. Nature- St. Simons island is known for it’s love of nature and the abundance of animals and birds living on the island. Because of it’s location the island is a prime spot for bird watching. You can often glimpse rare birds that are not native to the area but are passing through during their migration. The island is also home to deer, alligators and many species of fish. You can also spot dolphins and North Atlantic right whales close to the shore!

O. One of A Kind- Anyone who has visited the island and all of the locals will tell you that St. Simons Island is truly one of a kind. The natural beauty and the friendliness of everyone you meet combined with great shopping, many golf courses, outdoor activities, delicious dining options and pristine beaches creates the perfect island for everyone!

P. Paddleboarding- A favorite island sport, you’ll see paddle boarders out on the water nearly every day! Due to the small waves off of our shores, our location makes for an excellent paddleboarding experience. If you are looking for something unique, we recommend nighttime paddleboarding!

Q. Quaint Village- The heart of St. Simons Island is the pier village. Located just a mile from The King and Prince Resort, you will find a waterfront park, mini golf, many shops and restaurants and a pier for fishing, crabbing and people watching. The laid back and friendly feel of the village makes it the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Be sure to stay for sunset and watch the spectacular colors reflecting off of the water!

Click to view The ABC’s of St. Simons Island part 1 and part 2.

What Meeting Planners Are Saying About Our Resort

March 31st, 2015

Many meetings and events are held at our resort over the course of a year. Our guests come first, and each and every team member strives to provide a relaxing and memorable experience for them. After a meeting or event has ended, we ask the planner to give us feedback about their experience. Here is what meeting planners are saying about The King and Prince.

“We had an incredible stay. Everyone was courteous. If we had a problem, the staff was easy to work with to get it taken care of. I was very appreciative and it made the retreat an excellent event.” -G.W.

“Our ladies had a fantastic time and loved being at The King and Prince. This was perfect for our meeting and we loved Wesley Cottage.” -G.W.

“We had a wonderful experience and will definitely be having more events and meetings here in the future.” -J.W.

“As always, an excellent event. I received many comments from the attendees as to how impressed they were. The hotel, grounds and staff are excellent.” -D.J.

“The catering staff was very accommodating to our last minute changes. . . went above and beyond and were very pleasant regarding our requests.” -B.H.

“Your hotel, staff, food & service was excellent and I do mean excellent. It is so very nice and accommodating. The way our customers went on about the Saturday night meal was unreal. I enjoy dealing with professionals who are on their game and your team is. Thank you for everything. We have has some great venues in the past , this may have topped them all.” -C.S.

Color Trends For Your Spring 2015 Wedding

March 30th, 2015

Choosing colors for your wedding will help bring out your personality for your special day, but deciding which colors to use can be a headache because there are SO many options! Our wedding experts have chosen their top picks for spring 2015 wedding colors!

aquamarine bridesmaid dress

www.ktmerry.com

 

Aquamarine - We think this color would look great for a beach wedding. Complimenting the colors of the sand, it is a flattering color on most skin tones.

tangerine wedding bouquet

www.gideonphoto.com

 

Tangerine - Add a pop of color to your bouquet with bright flowers! Adding a few bright colors into the mix will make the bouquet uniquely you!

purple wedding table setting

www.allielindsey.com

 

Purple -  A timeless, classic, and we think a rather “royal” color; there are so many different ways to use purple in your wedding. We love the idea of different shades/flowers on the table at the reception combined with purple napkins to tie it all together.

No matter which colors you choose, we know your wedding will be one of the most beautiful days in your life! For more information about planning your wedding, visit our website.

April 2015 Events In The Golden Isles

March 30th, 2015

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, April 3rd – Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick, and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings.

Painting with Peggy Buchan at The King and Prince: Saturday, April 4th – from 2-5 p.m. Learn how to capture the beauty of the Georgia Coast through paintbrush and canvas.  St. Simons Island local artist Peggy Buchan has many years of experience painting the tranquil scenes for which the Golden Isles are known. For pricing and reservations, please visit the website.

Glynn Art in the Park Spring Festival: April 11th & 12th from 10AM to 5PM – Enjoy a day of art by the ocean! This annual festival presented by The Glynn Art Association, features talented artists from across the country. The event is held in Postell Park by the Pier on St. Simons Island.

St. Simons Island Antique Show: April 18th & 19th from 9AM to 5PM – Antique dealers from across the Southeast will be under the oaks in Postell Park by the Pier. Admission and parking are free!

Cassina Garden Club’s 9th Annual Tabby & Tillandsia Garden Walk: April 25th from 10AM to 5PM – Tour beautiful and blooming private gardens on St. Simons Island. Proceeds from the event help maintain Cassina’s historic Hamilton Plantation slave cabins  on Gascoigne Bluff. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event. For more information, visit their website.