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5 Items Not To Forget On Your Wedding Day

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Oceanfront Wedding at The King and Prince Resort

We’ve all heard of “pregnancy brain” but many brides swear that while planning their wedding, they had “wedding brain.” With so much to do leading up to and on one of the most important days of your life, it’s no wonder many brides forget a thing or two! Here are the top 5 things that brides often overlook-and how you can be sure this doesn’t happen to you.

5. Break in your shoes: You searched high and low for months to find the most amazing pair of shoes to go with your dress…but after the 2nd hour in your dream shoes (and dress), your feet are killing you. By the time your feet are hurting, the only thing you can do is take off the shoes for a bit or be a trooper and suffer through the pain. Do yourself a favor and break in those dream shoes before your big day! Wear them for a few hours around the house every day to ensure that your feet are happy!

4. For outdoor weddings, remember the sunscreen: Our ocean front location means that we have many couples who tie the knot outside. Ceremonies can range from short and sweet to lengthy. No matter how long your ceremony is, be kind to your skin and apply sun screen before you get dressed. Task one of your bridesmaids with bringing sunscreen to re-apply if the weather or sun warrants it. This tip goes not just for you but for the wedding party and your guests. If you are having an outdoor wedding (especially in the afternoon), have a sunscreen station or hand out sunscreen favors to your guests so they don’t burn!

3. Don’t do anything drastic: We all want to look perfect on our wedding day. In an effort to do so, many brides make plans to dye or cut their hair, try a spray tan for the first time or get a facial just days before they say “I do.”  This can result in disaster and many women have heard horror stories about what can go wrong (or lived through it). If you want to treat yourself to a facial, do so 3 or 4 weeks prior to the wedding. If you are thinking of drastically changing your hair style, don’t! Just wait until after you get married. The last thing you want is for you to not like your new style and to be stuck looking at it in wedding photos for years to come. And that spray tan you’ve always wanted but never tried? Try it out a month or two before your wedding to make sure it will look ok. Then, re-apply a few days before the wedding.

2. Eat: With so much going on, many brides lose track of time and forget to eat. Ask your maid of honor or wedding planner to have non-messy finger food available for you throughout the day. The last thing you want to happen is for guests to hear your stomach growling while you say “I do.”

1. Make it official: Pack up the marriage license the night before the wedding. Double and triple-check to make sure you have it. Also, remember to have the officiant sign the document afterwards. You’d be surprised how many couples forget this very important paper.

Tips to Lessen Stress While Planning a Wedding

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Vintage Wedding Theme

Although it can be the happiest day of your life, your wedding can also cause a lot of stress. From the moment he proposes, to the moment you say “I do,” there is a lot of planning to do-and a fair amount of stress along the way. Here are our tips on lessening the stress while you are planning for the happiest day of your life.

Hire A Wedding Planner- A wedding planner will help you in so many ways. They have built relationships with many businesses so they know who is trustworthy and does a great job…and who does not. The planner will give you back something that many people lose when planning their own wedding-TIME.

Set A Budget- Setting a budget early on can help you plan more efficiently. It is important to make sure that you and your significant other (along with whomever else will be paying for the wedding) are on the same page with the budget and expenses. Prioritize the really important items for you and your spouse so you have a good starting point. Once you have set a budget, be sure to stick to it. Remember that you have a budget for a reason! This will save you a lot of stress.

Ask for Help- Often in life, we find ourselves in over our heads because we did not ask for-or accept help that was offered. When it comes to a big life event like your wedding, if someone offers you help, take it and delegate! Your close family and friends really won’t mind giving you a helping hand for your big day and you won’t be as stressed out!

Treat Yourself- Set aside a little time and money to get away with your fiancee for a weekend or to spend the day at a spa. Many couples get so caught up in planning the wedding that they forget to spend time with each other or to take care of themselves. So, set some time aside to spend time together as a couple or for pampering.

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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.

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.

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!