Archive for January, 2014

5 Tips for Efficient Wedding Planning

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

If you have a busy schedule or aren’t the type to relish in all the small details of planning a wedding, then efficient planning can be a lifesaver! Take a look our tips for managing your time and taking short cuts to cut down on planning:

Wedding Planning Idea #1

In order to stick to your budget, prioritize the most essential aspects of your special day. Number every detail of importance from the ceremony, attire, reception to the honeymoon. By prioritizing the most important details, it allows for decisive wedding planning and reduces the chances of you adding more than you can manage.

Wedding Planning Idea #2

Find one shop for wedding attire. Shop for your gown at a bridal shop that carries an extensive inventory of leading designers and different price points. This saves times by avoiding shopping at several different boutiques.

Here in Georgia, we have the celebrated bridal salon, Bridals by Lori, made famous by the cable television show, “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.” The bridal store has an extensive collection of wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses, and even accommodates the groom and groomsmen, mother of the bride, flower girls, and other wedding attire accessories. This way everyone can order and schedule fittings at the same time.

Wedding Planning Idea #3

When it comes to the bridesmaids dress selection, it’s impossible to please everyone. Not to mention coordinating everyone’s schedule to try on a ton of dress styles. Instead of selecting one style bridesmaids dress, choose one color. Then, let each of your bridesmaids select a style that suits their figure and personal style.

chairs set up on the oceanfront lawn

Looking for the perfect all-in-one destination wedding venue? The King and Prince hosts beautiful wedding ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons!

Wedding Planning Idea #4

Shop in bulk. Save time shopping around for gifts to dole out to your guests and wedding party. Retailers, such as Sam’s Club, Costco and party planning stores offer troves of fun party goods. For unique wedding party favors, trinkets and even jewelry for your bridal party, try Etsy.com. Some Etsy merchants even offer bulk rate prices on their unique wedding party offerings.

Wedding Planning Idea #5

Find an all in one wedding destination. Alleviate the stress of going from the church, the reception hall to the honeymoon. Opt for a destination wedding, where the venue can accommodate all three facets of the wedding.

The Next Generation of Golf Professionals Comes to The King and Prince Golf Course

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

King and Prince Golf Professionals

Mr. Rick Mattox, one of America’s most respected PGA professionals, has been leading the King and Prince Golf Course at the Hampton Club  for 25 years. Mattox, General Manager and Head Professional, who was honored in 2011 to receive the Bill Strasbaugh Award (presented to PGA members who have shown outstanding integrity and commitment to mentoring) has brought two new members to his island golf club team.

COLE STILES:

Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Cole was ‘on course’ with his family before he even took his own first steps. He played collegiately at the University of West Georgia through 2006 and knew that golf would be a main frame in his future. He began his PGA work at the private San Jose Country Club in Jacksonville Florida as assistant Golf Professional and the Outside Service Manager. Cole moved to Sea Island Golf Club in 2011 where he completed his PGA work and became a Class A Professional. At the King and Prince Golf Course “Home of the Hampton Club”, he is the First Assistant Professional where he is working directly with Mattox to help build and grow both the experiences and opportunities for club members and guests. Cole and his wife Courtney, daughter Palmer (age 5) and son Parker (age 1), are enjoying life in the Golden Isles and all it has to offer for their young family.

 

‘JB’ WORKMAN

JB is a native of Hartwell, Georgia where he grew up in the golfing industry. His father is a superintendent and his mother is the Executive Director of the Georgia GCSAA chapter. He received his BA degree in Biology from Emmanuel College and Masters Degree from the University of Georgia in Turfgrass Science. With his passion focused on golf course superintendent, he also worked on his PhD for 1.5 years at the University of Missouri. JB is pleased to be working under Chuck Moore, Golf Course Superintendent where he is already serving the members and learning to manage the crew to maintain premier playing conditions at the Club. JB and his wife of one year, Crystal Workman, are very excited to be back in Georgia.

 

Mattox comments: “I am very excited to have Cole and JB joining our team. They are already a valued addition for the future of the King and Prince Golf Course. St. Simons Island affords them a wonderful place to live and enjoy quality family life while pursuing their chosen career paths.”

It’s no surprise that Mattox cares about his club members, visiting golfers, employees and the golfing industry. The Bill Strasbaugh Award recognized his impact on the career of others, obviously well deserved as his newly developed lineup move forward together into 2014.

2014 Wedding Gown Cheat Sheet

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

It’s every brides dream to have her cake and savor it too, especially when it comes to wedding planning and selecting the wedding gown. For a fast study on what’s in this season, we compiled this cheat sheet on wedding gown trends in 2014:

2014 wedding dress trends

Beautiful wedding dress from an oceanfront wedding at The King and Prince Resort. Photo courtesy of Brooke Roberts Photography.

 

A shortlist of the most coveted designers trending in wedding gowns 2014 are Nicole Miller, Monique Lhuillier, Oleg Cassini, Caroline Herrera and Vera Wang to name a few.

Texture rages on among wedding gown trends 2014. Clad in beaded sheath dresses, pearl, handmade appliqués, wedding dresses are weightier than ever this year.

The roaring 20’s élan is huge this year, courtesy of The Great Gatsby popularity. With that trend in mind, look for glamorous embellishments and tea length wedding gowns in 2014. 1920’s inspired beaded head pieces complete the look!

Crystal is a reoccurring trend in wedding gowns. Designers are choosing crystallized Swarovski elements and hand sowing them into the fabric.

The traditional wedding gown never expires. This simplicity bespeaks elegance for some brides. And among wedding dress trends 2014, powder blue is the new white. Some wedding gown designers are including the palette in their collection. Originally, the “something” blue part of the nuptials symbolized purity. Nevertheless, a powder blue dress bespeaks serene, virtue. This blue dress from the Sareh Nouri collection or this blue and white dress from Oscar de la Renta are perfect examples of this trend.

Lace conjures a feeling of romance. And as lace makes a comeback in everyday fashion, it’s only fitting that the fabric is a favorite trend this season in wedding gowns.

Duchess silk satin is another material favorite among the wedding dress trends of 2014.

While the mermaid dress has not disappeared from the wedding gown trends of 2014, the A-line wedding dress proves forgiving on any body type.

And once you’ve selected the wedding gown of your dreams, the rest of the details, such as the wedding venue, cuisine and entertainment will start to fall in place!

Enjoy St. Simons Island With Your Pet

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Since our resort is now pet-friendly, we thought we would share a few activities you can enjoy with Fido!

Dog on the beach

The BeachDid you know that St. Simons Island is only one of a handful of places in Georgia and Florida where you can enjoy the beach with your dog? From Labor Day until Memorial Day, leashed dogs are permitted on the beach at any time. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, leashed dogs are permitted on the beach between First Street and Mallery Street after 6pm.

Neptune Park: Located in the heart of the village, Neptune Park is a great place to walk your pup, play catch, throw a frisbee or grill out under the oaks.

Palm Coast Coffee: Grab a bite to eat with your favorite four-legged friend at Palm Coast! They have comfortable outdoor seating for you and your pet to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on their patio. When you are finished, take a stroll on Mallery Street for some of the best window-shopping and people watching on the island. Many stores leave water bowls outside so our pets can stay hydrated.

Ride A Bike: St. Simons Island has over 30 miles of paved, well-maintained bike paths. Rent a bike from our friends at Ocean Motion Surf Co. and bring your dog along for the ride!

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: On the first Friday of each month from 5-8pm, downtown Brunswick comes alive! Complete with wine tastings, gallery receptions, live music and lots of fun. Many people like to bring their dog down for the evening to enjoy the fun with them.

2014 Wedding Trends

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Getting married this year? Here are just a few of the fun and exciting trends to look forward to in 2014!

The  Wedding Dress

This year’s wedding gowns arrive bedazzled in crystals, pearls, and other spectacular elements. “The Great Gatsby” inspired gowns from the 1920’s are also on trend this year.

The Wedding Venue            

Our historic resort and a vintage car rental from Martin’s Wedding Transportation are perfect for a vintage-inspired wedding!

Our historic resort and a vintage car rental from Martin’s Wedding Transportation are perfect for a vintage-inspired wedding!

Keeping with the “The Great Gatsby” inspiration, wedding planners say that lush, romantic weddings are on trend. Think romance and elegance when choosing your venue and décor.

Tip: Illuminated by candlelight, burlap and crystal are common accessories of wedding centerpieces this year.

Cuisine  

Going back to their heritage, chefs and caterers are seeing more requests for cuisine specific to the bride and grooms culture. At The King and Prince, native Southerners find comfort in the culinary offerings such as fresh seafood, Southern BBQ, or a low country boil!

Cake and Dessert

Even though cakes remain a standard, wedding caterers forecast that gluten sensitivities will put fresh fruit in the spotlight at the dessert table.

As  new trends turn up at wedding dessert stations, some national patissiers predict that cupcakes and doughnuts are becoming passé. Southern style mini biscuits, filled with fruit jam and whipped cream, are making a comeback.

Music

While some brides are aiming for the romantic elegance of the 1920’s, some brides aren’t looking quite that far back for inspiration. According to The Knot, the 90’s are back! They are predicting 90’s music, hip hop groups, or even break dancers at the reception so your guests can party like it’s 1999!

A Celebration

Once the vows have been exchanged, let the celebration begin. To keep the party abuzz beyond a one day affair, more elaborate wedding parties are extending the festivities over a course of several days, typically three. These multi-day nuptials involve activities that include the bride and groom’s guests. A ladies spa day, cooking classes, wine tastings, golf outings, and even boat tours represent a short list of things to keep the wedding celebration rolling.

Thinking of a wedding at The King and Prince Resort? Call our weddings team at (912) 268-5002 and let them help you bring your vision to life!

Meeting Location near Georgia Attractions

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Meeting planners all too often face the quandary: how to entertain and occupy attendees beyond the confines of the conference halls. Holding your next meeting or conference on St. Simons Island presents a variety of boutiques, restaurants, and activities to accommodate the most diverse group of meeting guests. Below is just a glimpse of what your attendees can do in their free time!

  1. As seen in Popular Mechanics and the cable television show, National Geographic, SouthEast Adventure Outfitters provides marine lovers plenty of adventures, including fishing, kayaking and a variety of boat tours.
  2. Ocean Motion Surf Company also rents kayaks and even bikes to explore the island.
  3. St. Simons Island has no shortage of specialty shops. From antiques and crafting to clothing and home decor, the shops here will appeal to everyone
  4. Even non-antique lovers appreciate the artifacts housed at Oglethorpe Antiques. Showcasing French and English treasures from the 18th and 19th century, the antique, flooring and interior design boutique sells rare finds, comparable to a museum.
  5. There’s also the Tabby House, an old slave cabin, filled with gifts, home accents and textiles.
  6. Craft hobbyists may be drawn to the yarn, canvasses, and resources at the Stitchery of St. Simons.
  7. Whether it’s to buy art, create it, or attend an artist’s opening, the Glynn Art Gallery presents a group alternative to shopping and outdoor activities, especially during those days when the weather is uncooperative.
  8. Have history buffs in attendance? The area boasts historic churches, battle sites, plantations, historical trolley tours, and more.

With hundreds of other places to shop, dine and play, St. Simons Island eases planning activities outside the confines of the meeting hall.

This is only a sneak preview of everything the island has to offer! For more information about activities on St. Simons Island and the surrounding area, check out our extensive activity guide here!

Learn About Locally-Sourced Ingredients in our Restaurant

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Tapping into the local farms while creating new menus was a no-brainer for our Executive Chef Jason Brumfiel. He understands the importance in providing restaurant patrons with the freshest ingredients while supporting our neighbors. We are excited to be featuring many local farms and seafood markets on the menu at ECHO Oceanside Restaurant and Lounge. Here are some of the names and products you can expect to see featured on our menus.

Sunset Farms of Valdosta, GA has been owned and operated by the Carroll family since 1918. Founder Walter W. Carroll started by selling two sides of beef a week to a local meat market in Valdosta, GA. In 1932, his son James D. Carroll joined him and together they purchased the land where they still sit today. Although the family had long been a supplier of meat to the surrounding areas, it was a sausage recipe created in 1969 that would become the pride of the company. To this day, that same tried and true recipe is still being used to make their famous sausage. Some of their products include; Beef sausage links, fresh ground sausage, boneless ham steaks, Chitlins, Chicken Sausage, bacon and specialty made private label sausages. All of their products are gluten free.

 

Gayla’s Grits is owned and operated by Kevin & Gayla Shaw of Lakeland, GA. Kevin is a local farmer who produces corn, cotton, peanuts, wheat and olives. The grits were born from an idea they had in 1997 to grind corn into grits for their own consumption and to give as gifts to friends at Christmastime. Today, they produce all-natural grits by growing corn with 100% non-GMO heirloom seeds.

 

GA Olive FarmsGA Olive Farms began in 2009 when five farmers in Southeast Georgia had a dream of resurrecting olive production in the Southeastern United States. Because of that dream, they are proud to harvest the first olives east of the Mississippi since the 1800’s. 99% of the olive oil used in America is imported and most of the 1% that is produced in the United States is from California but Georgia Olive Farms is proud to be part of that 1%. They are based out of Lakeland, GA and supply some of the freshest olive products on the East Coast. Their olive offerings include: Arbequina & Chef’s Blend olive oils and olive trees.

Secrets to Planning a Warm, Oceanfront Destination Wedding

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Does the cold weather have you dreaming of a warm wedding? We specialize in creating memorable, oceanfront weddings and have some tips for planning your destination wedding. Think of it as a three step process:

  1. Select a wedding destination to accommodate the ceremony, reception, and honeymoon.
  2. Hire a wedding planner, who specializes in producing wedding events in the area.
  3. Then fill in the other details (attire, invitations, and travel).

Location generally trumps the top criteria in selecting an oceanfront wedding destination. Note that the further the destination wedding, the more expensive travel will be for guests. For instance, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and international wedding destinations can be off putting for family and friends, who do not have the wherewithal or a passport. (We are partial to staying stateside – St. Simons Island, anyone?) At the oceanfront wedding destination, consider hiring a wedding planner to manage the flowers, centerpieces, cake, entertainment, and other local vendors near the wedding destination. (On the day of the event, a wedding planner oversees last minute details, alleviating any last minute fires for you to man.) Review wedding destinations where the airport and other travel details offer the easiest logistics. The Jacksonville International Airport and Savannah/Hilton Head International are both convenient for guests flying into the area. The drive from either airport to St. Simons Island is less than an hour and a half.

Oceanfront honeymoon suite

A personal view of the Atlantic Coast is always a complimentary amenity from the Governor’s Suite at The King and Prince Resort!

Weddings, planned during off season, generally afford more value and savings. January through March is typically off-peak season at most resorts in the area. Because hotel properties have fewer bookings during this time, planning a wedding allows for less time and expense. Don’t forget the honeymoon suite! In addition to finding a location within a 2 hour drive from the airport, consider wedding destinations where there are plenty of stores to shop for last minute bride and groom needs. The last secret in planning an unforgettable trip for your guests is to opt for one nearby tourist attractions, restaurants, and other amenities to accommodate everyone. Let this be a vacation for them, too!

Send Us Your Pet Photos to Win a One Night Stay

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Did you know that we are now a pet-friendly resort? 

Pet Friendly Hotel in Georgia

Let your puppy play in front of The King and Prince Resort!

If you have visited the resort or St. Simons Island with your pet and snapped some photos of your pet at our resort, we would love to see them and add them to our Facebook album. Throughout the year, we will choose winners who will receive 1 complimentary night in one of our pet-friendly accommodations!

Send your photos along with your name and telephone number to kingandprinceresort@gmail.com.

For more information about our pet-friendly accommodations, visit our website.

Meeting Venue Awards from ConventionSouth Magazine

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Delegal Room at The King and Prince Resort

Delegal Room at The King and Prince Resort. Visit our website for information about this and other venue spaces and event rooms.

We here at The King and Prince Resort pride ourselves in hosting top-quality meetings and events and are excited to announce two recent awards:

2013 Readers’ Choice Award from ConventionSouth

From ConventionSouth Publisher J. Talty O’Conner: “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort indeed displays the commitment to professionals, creativity and service that they require.”

2014 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award from ConventionSouth

From ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Marlane Bundock: “ConventionSouth readers are constantly seeking information on the newest and like-new meeting sites in the South in order to offer their attendees the most modern facilities available, and this is why we are honored to bestow The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort with a Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award.”

For more information about meetings and events at The King and Prince, including venue photos and catering menus, please click here.