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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

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Engagement Photos & Save The Dates:

Save the Date with Dog

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Wedding Announcement with Dog

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Wedding Announcement with Dog

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

Dog Walking Down Aisle

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Dog with Bridesmaid

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Dog in Wedding Ceremony

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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

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Dog-themed Wedding Reception

Bride and Groom with Dog Cake Topper

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Dog Cake Topper

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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

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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)

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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.

5 Wedding Tips for the Budget-Conscious Bride

Friday, June 6th, 2014

5 Wedding Tips for the Budget Conscious Bride

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and talking about a budget can be a touchy subject. Here are some tips to help navigate the sometimes rough waters of budgeting for a wedding.

  1. Set Your Budget and Stick to it! The average cost for a wedding in the United States is $25,000 although most couples spend less than $10,000 on their big day. It is important to set a budget early on in the planning process and to commit to that number throughout the planning period. Talk to your partner and make sure you both agree on what the budget should be. This will result in less stress and anxiety. Remember- you are planning a happy occasion! There shouldn’t be any added stress!
  2. Beware of Hidden Wedding Costs. There are so many things that can slip your mind when planning your wedding. Here are a few costs that can creep up on you and cut into your budget in a big way. Stamps- The cost to send out bulky, layered wedding invites can cost up to $2 per invite. Save by choosing flat invites and paying the regular postage rate of 49 cents per invite. Cake Cutting- Many reception venues and restaurants charge a fee to cut your wedding cake. This charge can run between $2 & $5 depending on the venue. Sometimes, you can negotiate a lower rate or choose a venue that does not charge a cutting fee.
  3. The Guest List- Choosing who to invite can be overwhelming. Sit down with your partner and discuss who you would like to invite. Decide on a number and, just like your budget, stick to that number! The more you add to the list, the higher your budget will go. Adding additional guests for your reception can cost upwards of $150 per person which can really add up!
  4. Save Money by Making Wedding Favors Yourself. Take the time to make homemade wedding favors for your guests. It will be fun and your guests will appreciate the effort you put into it! This is also a good way to spend time with your partner, mother, sisters, bridal party or whoever you decide to make the favors with. Take a look at our Pinterest board for ideas on homemade wedding favors that your guests will love.
  5. The Dress. A wedding dress can be one of the most pricey items you purchase for your wedding. Save money by shopping for a dress when stores are having sales. If you are not having a traditional wedding, you may be able to find a dress somewhere other than at a bridal store. Another point to remember is that alterations can add up quickly. When looking for your dress, keep this in mind. It can make a big difference in the end.

Meet Our Wedding Catering Manager: Allyson Moline

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

One of the newer faces at The King and Prince, Allyson Moline has many years of wedding and event planning under her belt and brings a fresh perspective on weddings at our resort. We asked her a few questions to get her perspective on wedding planning and tips:

What makes The King and Prince & St. Simons Island a unique location for weddings? St. Simons Island has a small town charm that is hard to match and is very romantic. The King and Prince is the perfect touch of elegance and class to complement that charm. It is something that you and your guests will always remember.

What is your favorite location at the resort for a wedding? I love receptions in the Retreat Room. I think that the room has the best views on the island!

Do you have a specific spot where you recommend the bride and groom take a photo together? I love photos in front of our historic entrance.

What advice would you give to a bride in regards to planning a wedding? Book your wedding at The King and Prince! And as a general rule for event planning, always choose quality over quantity.

One tip for newlyweds from Allyson as they begin their new life together: In every argument, make a real effort to put yourself in your partner’s shoes and try to understand where they are coming from. Also, don’t be afraid to admit when you are wrong!

Meet Our Wedding Catering Managers

Allyson on her wedding day!

Meet Our Wedding Catering Manager: Scarlett Starr

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Wedding Catering Manager Scarlett Starr has worked at The King and Prince for 8 years. During that time, she has assisted many brides with planning their special day. We recently sat down with her for an interview about weddings at The King and Prince.

What makes The King and Prince & St. Simons Island a unique location for weddings? “The area is full of amazing history and southern charm. Whether you are a history buff or you envision your special day under the moss covered oak trees or at a historical landmark, our setting is magical and promises not to disappoint. The seclusion that is felt while being surrounded by the Atlantic ocean and coastal marshes is quaint and romantic and truly memorable.”

What is your favorite location at the resort for a wedding? “My favorite location is the resort lawn at high tide when the waves are literally breaking on the walkway just steps away from where the vows are being spoken. My favorite location for a reception is the Delegal Room which we frequently use in conjunction with the lawn. The two locations make for a perfect event!”

Do you have a specific spot where you recommend the bride and groom take a photo together? “I love the photos that are taken from the Retreat Room. The second level view is breathtaking and provides a unique vantage point for photographers when photographing the couple in front of the 180 degree view of the Atlantic Ocean.”

What advice would you give to a bride in regards to planning a wedding? “I would encourage our couples to hire vendors that they have complete confidence in, and then try their best to leave the job in the vendor’s hands. There is so much stress associated with that area of the planning process and a simple remedy is to turn it over to someone else. When you pay a vendor, you are paying for a service and not just for a product. The vendors truly do have the expertise to guide you appropriately. So, I would say to hire your vendors and then let them do their jobs. I truly believe that is one of the most important things to remember.”

One tip for newlyweds from Scarlett as they begin their new life together: “A marriage is a unit so always remember to consider your mate’s thoughts and feelings and know that compromise is a beautiful thing. As individuals who are selfish by nature, it takes work to consciously put your spouse first. If two people are putting each other first, it has to produce good things.”

Meet our wedding catering managers

Scarlett on her wedding day!