Archive for the ‘Weddings’ Category

Cocktail Hour Ideas for Your Wedding

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Cocktail hour can make a great first impression for your wedding guests and it is a great way to get the party started. There are many good ideas when it comes to cocktail hours. Here are some of our top picks for how to start your wedding reception off on the right foot!

Champagne Grapefruit Mojito

Signature Wedding Cocktails: These have become quite popular over the past few years. Meet with the bartender at your wedding venue and ask them to come up with a few signature drinks for you or, if there are some unique drinks that you have in mind, let them know! Some of our favorites are: Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade, The Lavender Collins and The Champagne Grapefruit Mojito.

Food Bars: A relatively new trend in receptions are food bars. They allow your guests to customize the food to their specific tastes in a fun, new way! We’ve seen many different types of food bars including: baked potato bars, taco bars, mashed potato bars, popcorn bars and mini-burger bars….don’t forget the bacon!

Lighter Fare: Salad in a cup, Crudite cups or platters, fresh fruit kabobs, sushi, mini shrimp cocktail and caprese salad are just a few ideas of food that can provide guests with lighter, but still delicious options during the cocktail hour.

The chefs at our resort would be happy to create a custom menu for your wedding. Visit our website for more information or to contact us!

 

The Ultimate Dessert Bar for Your Wedding

Friday, August 15th, 2014

What better way to celebrate your sweet day than with a scrumptious dessert or candy bar for your wedding guests? Over the past few years, dessert and candy bars have become a popular way to add some sweet fun to wedding receptions!

Candy Bars with Color Themes: Add some color to the reception by creating a candy bar that incorporates your wedding colors into the candy! The type of candy you can use is endless. M&Ms, lollipops, gummy bears, cotton candy, yogurt covered pretzels, rock candy and Hershey’s Kisses…(just to name a few!)

Wedding Candy Bar in Pink

Wedding Candy Bar in Purple

Wedding Candy Bar in Pastels

Themed Dessert Bars: What could be better than eating the ultimate s’more after an evening of fun and dancing? The only limit on a dessert bar is your own imagination! Here are a few suggestions from our wedding experts: S’mores bar, milk & cookies bar, ice cream bar or a popcorn bar.

Wedding S'mores Bar

Cookies and Milk Bar

Wedding Popcorn Bar

For a Shabby Chic Wedding Look, Use Burlap & Lace

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Deciding on colors or a theme for your wedding can be tough. There are so many combinations, options and ideas out there that it can be hard to decide what to use. Here are our picks for ways to incorporate burlap and lace into your wedding day for a shabby chic, rustic wedding!

Invitations- The options are endless if you are considering burlap and lace wedding invites. Etsy has beautiful invites that will give your invitations and RSVP cards a personal touch.

Burlap and Lace Wedding Invitations

 

Flowers- Whether it is the bouquet or decorative accents, there are many ways to incorporate the burlap & lace theme into your flowers.

Burlap and Lace Wedding Bouquets

Options include: wrapping the flowers in burlap and lace for your walk down the aisle, incorporating burlap flowers into your bouquet or his boutonniere and wrapping vases or mason jars with it for table centerpieces.

Burlap Flower Ideas

The Reception- The possibilities are endless when decorating for the reception. You can use burlap and lace for table numbers, runners, place settings, wrapped around candles, even for pom-poms and signs!

Burlap Table Numbers

www.etsy.com/shop/RebeccasSilvaLining

Burlap Table Runners

www.biasampaio.com

Burlap Candle Holders

www.studioelevenphotography.org

 

For more creative wedding ideas, visit our Pinterest page. To learn more about planning your shabby chic wedding at our oceanfront resort, visit our website!

The Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Wedding at a Resort

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Oceanfront Lawn on St. Simons Island

There are endless options when it comes to where to hold your wedding ceremony and reception. Our wedding experts often hear from couples after their wedding who tell us that they are so happy they chose to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue. Here are our top 5 reasons to hold your wedding at a resort.

5. You Can Spend More Time With Family & Friends. Think about how busy a wedding weekend can be.  Often times, family and friends have flown in from across the country to attend your special day. There is so much catching up to do…but everyone is staying at different hotels across town. But, when you hold your event at a resort, you and your guests have the option of staying at the same location, usually at a discounted rate. This means more time to spend with friends and family and more money in your pocket!

4. You’ll Avoid Hidden Catering Costs. Did you know that many catering companies charge extra for tables and chairs….and even extra fees for plates, staffing and trash removal? The per-person charge at a resort will cover all of this-and more!

3. Transportation. Remember the time that you went to your cousin’s wedding and half the guests got lost on the way to the reception? That simply does not happen when your wedding is at a resort. The reception is steps away from the ceremony location. If there is time between the ceremony and reception, your guests can go back to their room to freshen up or relax for a few minutes. Sometimes, couples will pay to transport their guests from one location to another and again, when you have your wedding at a resort, there is no need or cost for this!

2. Take The Elevator Home. When your guests are staying at the location of the reception, there is no need to worry about anyone drinking too much and driving to their hotel. It is one less thing to worry about on your big day.

1. Less Stress, More Fun. Planning a wedding is stressful and it usually stays that way right up until the wedding day. When you have your wedding at a resort, there is far less stress involved. From the moment you wake up ’til the moment your head hits the pillow that night, the resort’s wedding team is working hard to ensure that you and your guests have a great time. Hair & makeup can be done in your room, your ceremony is just a short walk from your room and the reception is just steps from the ceremony! With less stress AND saving money, you’ll be able to enjoy your weekend with your friends and family!

For more information about resort weddings, please visit our website.

Sweet Ways to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

Friday, July 18th, 2014

In today’s society, dogs have become part of the family. So, it makes perfect sense for many pet owners to include their dog in their nuptials and the celebration. Here are some tips from our wedding experts on how to include your dog for your big day!

 

The Proposal: 

Dog with Engagement Ring

www.kellyginnphotography.com

 

Engagement Photos & Save The Dates:

Save the Date with Dog

www.dianadeaverweddings.com

Wedding Announcement with Dog

www.glitterandgluebride.blogspot.com

Wedding Announcement with Dog

www.anikalondon.com

The Ceremony: Include your dog by having them walk down the aisle or sitting next to you during the ceremony!

Dog Walking Down Aisle

www.luxlightphotography.net

Dog with Bridesmaid

www.crystalgenesblog.net

Dog in Wedding Ceremony

www.houstonweddingblog.com

The Reception: Pet-themed table numbers and cake toppers are just a few ways you can tastefully include your dog in your big day

Dog-themed Table Numbers

www.joanloveevents.com

Dog-themed Wedding Reception

Bride and Groom with Dog Cake Topper

www.etsy.com/shop/mudcards

Dog Cake Topper

www.weddingstar.com

Thank You Cards: Have your wedding photographer take photos of you with your dog at the wedding to use for your thank you cards.

Dog Thank You Picture

www.luckypicturesphotography.com/

Incorporating Social Media into Your Wedding

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Social media has become a part of everyday life for most Americans. So, why not use it to your advantage when it comes to your big day? Here are some tips on tastefully incorporating social media into your wedding.

Wedding Planning: Pinterest is a dream come true for every bride to be. If you don’t already have an account with them, you should sign up (it’s free!) and start pinning. It is easy to search for what you are looking for and to keep track of ideas and inspiration by creating several boards. It is an excellent way to come up with creative, fun and even inexpensive ideas for everything from photography, bouquets, themes, reception ideas and wedding cakes.

Fun Photos:  Long gone are the days of disposable cameras on the tables at receptions. Now, everyone snaps away with their smartphones. Why not use it to your advantage? Create your own wedding hashtag that guests can use when posting photos of your wedding on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The day will be so busy and fun that you won’t have time to look at everyone’s photos but, if your guests use your hashtag, you’ll be able to look through the photos when you have time and even be able to print out the ones that you like!

Live Streaming: If you have many guests who live too far to attend the wedding, you may want to consider live streaming the ceremony. UStream is a site that will enable you to broadcast your ceremony for a relatively low price. This is also a great option for family members who may be ill or unable to travel due to age or health reasons.

The Wedding of Your Dreams at The King and Prince

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The King and Prince provides a breathtaking oceanfront backdrop for magical wedding festivities. The resort’s venue spaces (which can accommodate up to 300 people), culinary creations, amenities and attentive staff are sure to make your day memorable!

These are photos of real weddings at The King and Prince. For more information on hosting your wedding at our resort, visit our website or call 912-638-3631. More wedding photos are available to view here.

Bride and Groom at The King and Prince

Flower Girl Umbrellas

Wedding Palm Trees

King and Prince Wedding Centerpiece

(Photo by Britt Croft Photography)

King and Prince Weddings

Wedding at The King and Prince Resort

(Photo by Peacock Photo & Video)

A Bachelor Weekend on St. Simons Island

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Bachelor Parties on St. Simons Island

 

So much emphasis is put on the bride that sometimes the groom gets forgotten when it comes to the wedding and festivities. When it comes to where to celebrate your bachelor party, why not turn it into a weekend for you and your guy friends and head to St. Simons Island? With golfing, fishing, great restaurants and nightlife right outside our door, you are sure to have a weekend to remember!

Where to stay: The King and Prince has many options to choose from when it comes to hotel rooms. We have 194 rooms which are a combination of villas, homes and hotel rooms. Our hotel rooms are a great option for small parties while our homes are able to accommodate up to 10 people at once. Staying at our resort will put you just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and only 1 mile from the pier village area. While you are at our resort you can enjoy our 4 outdoor pools, beach access, a restaurant with ocean views and discounted golf rates at our golf course.

What to do: St. Simons Island is a golfer’s paradise. We recommend a guys day at The King and Prince Golf  Course which is on the north end of the island. If golf isn’t your thing, there are several fishing charters available and our concierge would be happy to help you select a charter that best fits you.

Where to dine: ECHO offers the only oceanfront dining on the island and has spectacular views along with great food and drinks. The Crab Trap which is at the foot of our resort has a diverse and delicious menu and is within walking distance! Redfern Village has several different restaurants to choose from and offers a casual atmosphere that guests enjoy. No matter where you choose to dine, we know that it will be a delicious meal!

Nightlife: ECHO often has live music and you won’t find a better view from a bar on the island! Throughout the village you will find several spots with live music and good drinks. In addition, Ziggy’s which is located by Wynn Dixie is an excellent place to dance and have a good time.

Green Wedding Tips

Friday, June 20th, 2014

 

Chalk Board Seating Chart

Every year, 220 million tons of waste are generated in the United States. Some eco-friendly brides want to do their small part by making sure that their wedding lessens that footprint. Here are some ways you can do your part to help the environment and still have an amazing wedding!

Wedding Invitations: Many companies now offer wedding invitations made out of recycled paper or paper with seeds. They will usually cost a little bit more but are beautiful….especially if you use seeded paper that your guests can plant so they can enjoy the flowers for years to come! Another way to save postage and some trees is to forgo the RSVP card and ask guests to RSVP via phone or email.

Flowers: Many florists use flowers that are imported or sprayed with pesticides. Do your part for the environment by using local or seasonal flowers. Instead of having large floral displays on the table, try using succulents or a small bush that guests can take home and plant after the wedding is over. They will last a lot longer than cut flowers will too!

Transportation: Is your reception being held at a different venue than your ceremony? Think about getting some motor coaches or trolleys to transport your guests to the reception. This will ensure that nobody gets lost and will help your carbon footprint.

Seating Chart: Instead of individual place cards for seating, how about using a chalk board or vintage window to display your guest’s names and their table. Both can be re-used in your home!

Wedding Favors: There are some really neat ideas when thinking about eco-friendly favors for your guests. Flower seeds, succulents or potted plants, local honey, seedlings and homemade soap are all great examples of green wedding favors that your guests will love. In addition, in leiu of favors, you could make a donation in your guest’s name to an eco-friendly charity that is close to your and your spouse (such as: The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy or the World Wildlife Fund).

Green Wedding Favors

For more green-wedding ideas, visit our Pinterest page. To learn about weddings on St. Simons Island, visit our website.

How to Write Your Own Wedding Vows

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Tips for writing your own wedding vows

 

With so many different things to think about when you are planning a wedding, writing your own vows can get lost in the mix and also be very nerve-wracking. Here are some tips to help you write your vows and be relatively stress free!

1) Write down the things that made you love your spouse. Was it their smile? The way they stood by your side during a difficult time in your life? Their love of life? No matter what it is, write it down and include them in your vows.

2) Share a quote that is meaningful to you. If you have a favorite quote that is meaningful to you and your relationship, use it! If you don’t, this is a good time to search for that perfect quote that expresses the love you have for each other. Have fun looking for a quote!

3) What about them inspires you? No matter what it is, we know your spouse will love hearing about how they inspire you. Be vulnerable and share that with them.

4) Share your dreams for the future. We all have dreams and you are celebrating a new chapter in your life. Why not add in a few lines about your dreams for the future. It could be having a family or a trip around the world….or even as simple as looking forward to growing old next to your spouse.

5) Practice reading your vows in front of a friend. Most people find it very difficult to speak in public. Add to that the wedding day jitters, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. But, it doesn’t have to be. Take the time to practice with a friend or in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable reading them. It will make a big difference for when you say them on  your big day.

Let your vows live on long after your wedding day is over! Frame them or have them printed as a keepsake so you can see them often and think of your big day.