Spring 2015 Wedding Dress Trends

February 10th, 2015

Our experts have been hard at work scouring the Internet to bring you the top wedding dress trends for spring 2015. If you are planning on getting married, or have a friend who is, take notes and let us help make your wedding even more beautiful than you could imagine!

 

This season you will see lots of off the shoulder necklines!

The Orchard from designer Lela Rose

The Orchard from designer Lela Rose

Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Carolina Herrera Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress

Carolina Herrera

 

Subtle colors are making a big statement this spring. They are a great way to add an extra pop of color to the day.

Meadow by David Tutera for Mon Cheri

Meadow by David Tutera for Mon Cheri

Aurora by Maggie Sottero

Aurora by Maggie Sottero

Geraldine by Sophia Tolli

Geraldine by Sophia Tolli

The ABC’s of St. Simons Island, Part 1

February 6th, 2015

St. Simons Island Georgia

St. Simons Island is rich in history and charm. It’s no wonder island residents and visitors fall in love with the area so quickly! Learn more about our little slice of paradise and the reasons you should visit (if you haven’t already).

A. The Atlantic Ocean- Just steps from our resort you can dip your toes into the water of the Atlantic Ocean. Along with being able to hear the ocean from your room, there are miles of unspoiled beaches to explore and great fishing, sailing and paddleboarding.

B. Pristine Beaches- The island is home to miles of pristine beaches which visitors are able to enjoy year round due to the mild climate.

C. Southern Charm- From the Spanish moss draped oaks, to the quaint shops in the village and the friendliness of everyone you meet, it is clear from the moment you step foot on the island that Southern charm is alive and well!

D. We love dogs!- Did 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.

E. Easy Access To The Island- Located just a short drive from I-95 and right between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL, the island is easily accessible by car. For those traveling from further away, the Brunswick Airport is an ideal (and convenient) spot to fly into.

F. Fort Frederica- This centuries old fort is located at the northern end of the island was established in 1736 and still stands today as a testament to the dreams, struggle, victory and defeat of the early colonists. If you visit the fort, there are ranger-led tours and re-enactments that take place throughout the year. While learning about the history of the fort, you will take in breathtaking views of the marsh and see many coastal birds. The fort is open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm except for certain holidays.

 

Stay tuned to learn the rest of the “ABC’s of St. Simons Island.” To learn more about the resort in the meantime, visit our website.

 

The Top 3 Ways to Wow Attendees at Your Next Meeting

February 2nd, 2015

Delegal Meeting Room at The King and Prince

Meeting and conference planners are always looking for ways to create a unique experience for their attendees. With many professionals attending multiple conferences a year, they can become bored with the “same old” experience time and time again. Here are our top three ways to wow attendees at your next meeting!

3. Spice up your banquet. The steak, chicken and veggie entrees can be eaten anywhere. Ask your catering manager if they can prepare a meal with locally inspired dishes. In the south that would mean shrimp & grits, fried green tomatoes, delicious BBQ, crab cakes, cat fish and mac & cheese. If your guests are traveling from out of town, they will enjoy the local cuisine instead of the same old standby foods!

2. Engage attendees in person as well as on social media. In today’s society, we cannot focus on just engaging with clients and attendees solely in person (although that is very important). Create a social media strategy to not only engage with your attendees but to encourage them to engage with each other throughout the conference! This will help them to enjoy their time at the conference and will also result in continued dialogue about the topics presented at the conference long after everyone has gone home.

1.  Encourage attendees to get out and explore the local area. So many times meetings are scheduled so there is no “down time” for those attending the conference. Work with your meeting planner or local CVB to provide your guests with local activities that they may enjoy. This will translate into more productivity during the meetings and happier attendees! That sounds like a win-win to us!

For more information about meetings or to plan a convention at our Georgia resort, visit our website.

The Perfect Groomsmen Gifts

January 31st, 2015

It can be easy to come up with ideas for what to give as bridesmaids gifts, but sometimes the groomsmen’s gifts can be harder to find and decide on. Our wedding team has come up with some great ideas for some fun (and some functional) gifts for your future husband to give to his groomsmen.

Hand forged railroad spike bottle opener (with name & wedding date)

Groomsman Bottle Opener

www.etsy.com/shop/WayfarerForge

 

Personalized Whiskey Glasses

Personalized Whiskey Glasses

www.etsy.com/shop/UrbanFarmhouseTampa

 

Personalized Cuff Links

Personalized Cuff Links

www.etsy.com/shop/weddingonline16

 

Handmade Leather Toiletry Case

Handmade Leather Toiletry Case

www.etsy.com/shop/LifetimeLeatherCo

 

A Shotgun Bullet Money Clip

Shotgun Bullet Money Clip

www.etsy.com/shop/RicochetRounds

February 2015 Events In The Golden Isles

January 29th, 2015

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, February 6th- 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.

3rd Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball: Saturday, February 7th 7-10pm at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. This annual lively gala is a fundraiser for the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 per couple. For more information, visit their website.

2015 Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run: Saturday, February 14th from 7am-12pm. Regarded as “The toughest 5k in Georgia”, participants cross over the bridge twice while taking in the beautiful views of Brunswick, St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. For more information, visit their website.

Live Music at ECHO: Grab your friends and head over to ECHO at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort for an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing! Here is the lineup for February:

Friday, February 6th, 7-10pm: Robby Schenk

Saturday, February 7th, 7-10pm: Cops & Robbers

Friday, February 13th, 7-10pm: The Stingrays

Friday, February 20th, 7-10pm: Michael Johnson

Saturday, February 21st, 7-10pm: Defunk

 

Reception Featured on Destination I Do

January 25th, 2015

Jennifer & Brad were married in a spring ceremony at the St. Simons Presbyterian Church and a reception followed here at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. JD3 Photography captured their special day which has been featured on the Destination I Do blog.

Wedding at The King and Prince

Oceanfront Wedding Party Photo

Setting Up for the Reception

First Dance Photo

Wedding Photo with Bubbles

Valentine’s Dinner on St. Simons Island

January 22nd, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love by treating them to a tempting four course meal at ECHO. Dine in our romantic dining room just steps from the ocean and then take a romantic walk by the ocean to end your evening. Reservations are recommended. Please call 912-267-5967 or, for more information visit our website. Or, surprise your sweetheart with a romantic weekend away at our beach resort!

Valentine's Dinner Menu 2015

Destination Wedding Tips

January 18th, 2015

Destination Weddings on St. Simons Island

Planning a destination can be both fun and nerve-wracking. You are getting ready to have your wedding at your dream location but the downside is that you don’t have the luxury of having someone run to your house to pick up an item that you forgot to bring to the wedding venue. Although there can be last minute challenges that can occur during a destination wedding, remember that most weddings (no matter where they are) will have a hiccup or two. Here are our tips to help make sure your dream destination wedding goes off without a hitch!

  • Hire a wedding planner. One of the best investments you can make for your wedding is to hire a planner. This is even more important when you are planning a destination wedding. If you are able to hire a planner who is local to where you are getting married, you will have their expertise at your fingertips when you have a question about a wedding venue or a vendor. This will mean less of a headache for you!
  • Stay organized. When packing for your wedding, write a list of everything you plan to pack and be packed up and ready to go a few days prior to your departure. This will help alleviate the issue of forgetting to pack something.
  • Ship items. Don’t try to pack ceremony items & wedding favors in your suitcase. You will drive yourself crazy. Instead, ship these items to the wedding venue (or to your wedding planner) ahead of time. That will free up space in your luggage to pack that extra pair of shoes or your favorite dress!
  • Do NOT check your wedding dress. Whatever you do, do NOT check your wedding dress when you get to the airport. It may be a pain, but carry it with you. You won’t be able to forgive yourself if you check your wedding dress and the airline damages it or it gets lost for a few days.

Once you arrive at your destination, we recommend you meet with your planner, do a walk-through of the wedding location and have a menu tasting with the caterer or reception venue. Remember that you chose a destination wedding for a reason. Don’t forget to take in the local culture and scenery. Enjoy the location and relax before you say “I do”!

For more information about planning a destination wedding on St. Simons Island, visit our website.

Enjoy Live Music at ECHO This January

January 18th, 2015

ECHO Restaurant St. Simons Island

Stop by ECHO this winter for live music, good food and fine drinks that are sure to lift your spirits and warm you up! Dine in the restaurant or at the bar and then take a seat by the fire while you listen to some of the area’s best musicians. Here is the lineup through January:

January 17th- Defunk

January 23rd- Backbeat Boulevard

January 24th- Don Berg

January 30th- Georgia Midlife Crisis

January 31st- Pier Pressure

Try a Photo Booth For Your Next St. Simons Island Event

January 15th, 2015
Photo Booth for Parties and Events

www.studiopixelpop.com

 

Meeting and event planners are always looking for fun ways to spice up their events. Themed banquets, fun team building activities and group outings are all great ways to add some extra excitement to group events but the new trend is adding a photo booth to your event! Many photo booths come complete with fun props to take hilarious photos that attendees will be able to laugh about and keep for years to come.

Local Golden Isles photographer, Studio Pixel Pop is the expert when it comes to photo booths for group events. Photo booths can be set up for corporate events, holiday parties, church groups, group meetings and even weddings! For more information about booking a photo booth for your next event, visit Studio Pixel Pop online. To learn more about group events on St. Simons Island, visit our website.