Archive for October, 2013

Beach Wedding Inspiration: The Tiny Details!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It’s the tiny details that transform an ordinary beach wedding into an extraordinary one. Here are some tips to make your wedding extra special!

1. Continuity. Make the most out of the theme of your beach locale! Centerpieces, boutonnieres, the wedding bouquet and even the cake present an opportunity to incorporate your beach wedding theme into many aspects of the wedding and reception.

2. Something blue. Kimberly Aurora’s custom beach themed wedding bouquets made of starfish and shells are a fun

seashell bouquet
Kimberly Aurora’s Etsy shop offers custom seashell bouquets.

and unique way to tie in your beach theme and include a ribbon for your something blue. Plus, they won’t wilt or turn brown so you can display them forever as a reminder of your wedding day! Warning: Just be careful tossing this wedding bouquet to the bridesmaids; the starfish and shells are pointy!

3. A beach cake. Take inspiration from your surroundings and opt for a seashell cake topper! You can find a variety of options and prices on Etsy!

seashell cake topper
Starfish and seashell cake topper from iDoArtsyWeddings.














4. The seashell centerpiece. At CereusArt, hand crafted wine charms and shell garlands can be used to create a centerpiece or adorn guest chairs at the beach wedding ceremony or reception.

seashell garland
Seashell garland from CereusArt.

Note that the seashell garland can serve as a foundation of the wedding reception centerpiece. To create a centerpiece, take a glass hurricane container, add sand, and then center a votive candle in hurricane and a few seashells. Now you’ve created a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for under $15 (excluding the price of the shell garland).

5. Boutonniere and bracelet corsages. For the groom, seashell boutonnieres can be found as low as $8 on Etsy. Bracelet corsages are a favorite among brides looking for something different than the normal corsage or wedding flowers this year. Maintain the continuity of your theme by including seashells in the bracelet.

Are you planning a beach wedding? Share some of your best beach wedding ideas with us or ask a question in the comments!


A Visit to Cumberland Island National Seashore

Monday, October 28th, 2013

CBS Sunday Morning recently aired a segment about Georgia’s most beloved treasure, Cumberland Island National Seashore. If you are staying with us for a few days, we recommend a day trip to the island. You are sure to leave with a greater appreciation for this national treasure.
To view the video, click the link.

To see GoGo Jewelry in person, visit their store located in Redfern Village on St. Simons Island.

Bridal Confession: Why I Choose a Destination Wedding

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

One bride’s point of view on the benefits of a destination wedding…

I knew that I had to plan a destination wedding. It all started with my husband’s family’s obsession with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. They envisioned our most important day on a farm in Nebraska, designed in the colors of the college football team.

When different members of the family started emailing us photos of various red and white colored barns, I knew that a destination wedding was my only way out of their Husker fantasy nuptial.

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, my family would never agree to a wedding to a Husker themed wedding…we had to be in neutral territory.

So, that’s when my fiance and I decided on a wedding destination.

Because my parents were financing our wedding and being from two different religions, we did not want have to choose one over the other. A destination wedding  would make the most sense. Besides, we did not want to evoke discord between our families’ about a church ceremony.

Our destination plans also served as another  convenient way to weed out our ever growing guest list. Between our family requests, friends and colleagues, we were up to 400+ people.

We knew we had to escape the drama of both our families, if our special day was going to play out without any conflicts.  Approaching our wedding plans  as if we were scouting a film for a movie, we wanted our destination wedding to take place somewhere, foreign and exotic from our usual surroundings. As we compared wedding destinations in other countries, we were pruning our guest list to 150 people.

At first, we contemplated a destination wedding in Florence, Italy. But, then we realized that we’d excluding many family members. Then, we considered Cozumel. But, that was still too far to expect 150 guests to board an international flight.

That’s when we decided on an oceanfront wedding right here in the United States. It was “beachy” enough to feel like we were someplace special without boarding an international flight. Choosing a location situated with a front row view of the Atlantic Coast that could host our ceremony, reception and honeymoon proved to be the perfect decision for us!

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the location for your wedding, but nothing beats an ocean view!

For more information about weddings at The King and Prince Resort, click here.


How to Choose a Beach Wedding Dress

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Saying “I Do” on the beach comes with no dress code. Yet most brides opting for a beach destination wedding have a number of wardrobe choices to make, such as:

  • Are you planning a casual or elegant beach wedding ceremony?
  • What style dress suits your figure and comfort?
  • What type of shoes do you want to wear?

On the cable show, “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” brides face family disapproval and indecision when it comes to a wedding dress. Yet, with a beach wedding destination, brides have the freedom to wear whatever they want.

beach wedding dress
Photo courtesy of and wedding dress designer A-line wedding dress called “Bliss.”

One wedding planner says, “Beach weddings usually fall into two categories: casual or elegant. Brides ease the wedding gown decision once they have an idea of what type of ceremony they want.”

In the Georgia area, brides often rely on Bridals by Lori, a wedding boutique seen on “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.” Many wedding gown consultants recommend figure flattering gown trumps over the most ornate. Most A—line wedding gowns, like the one featured here by Monique Lhuillier, flatter most body shapes.

For the bride planning nuptials at a beach wedding destination, comfort goes a long way. Primarily, the dress should be comfortable enough to walk around in. And because the bride will be outside, light fabrics are ideal.

Barefoot or shoes? From flats or flip flops to four-inch heels, a beach wedding allows for any type of shoe to be worn (as long as it is comfortable). As most women know, an uncomfortable pair of shoes can wreck any situation, especially your wedding! If the bride and groom plan to marry barefoot on the beach, be sure the area is clear of shells, twigs and other debris that may stab the feet.

Whatever gown and shoes you opt for at your beach wedding, don’t forget the sunscreen!

Vote for Us in Convention South Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

The King and Prince has been nominated for Convention South Magazine’s Readers Choice Award.

Help us win the award by voting for us! If you have planned or attended a meeting at our property, we would appreciate it if you could take a moment to complete the survey as Voting ends October 14th!


Thank you from The King and Prince family!


Convention South Magazine

Vintage Wedding Transportation in the Golden Isles

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Your relationship, nuptials and love are precious and one-of-a-kind, so your transportation to the wedding venue should

1940 Cadillac Fleetwood
This 1940 Cadillac Fleetwood vehicle is distinct to the wedding venues in the Golden Isles, off the Atlantic Coast.

be, too! To showcase this, some brides and grooms are opting for one-of-a-kind travel on St. Simons Island in the form of Martin’s Wedding Transportation.

Whether it’s to or from the wedding venue, the bride and groom can make an epic appearance or departure with Martin’s Wedding Transportation. Martin offers four classic cars to choose from. Choose the 1940 Cadillac Fleetwood Formal Sedan, which is definitely unique! It is the only one like it in the Southeast and guarantees originality and is known for being a favorite choice among brides and grooms who marry in the Golden Isles.

Or choose from 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, an original Model A Ford, or the Excalibur Limousine, which seats up to ten people!

vintage wedding transportation
Great for memorable wedding photos!




According to the wedding insiders at The King and Prince, bride and grooms select Martin’s Wedding Transportation for a number of reasons.  Namely, the distinct wedding transportation makes a grand statement! In addition to solving transportation for bride, groom and attendants, many wedding parties incorporate Martin’s distinctive wedding transportation into the photos.

Want perfect, one-of-a-kind wedding photos? A classic vehicle with a backdrop of the ocean, St. Simons Island Lighthouse, Christ Church, or any of the stunning vistas on St. Simons Island make for a spectacular photo collection in the wedding album.

Not getting married but don’t want to miss out on the chance to travel in style? Martin’s Behind the Scenes Customized Tours are also an option! Learn the history and check out the sights of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, or Brunswick from a classic car! Prices are available on Martin’s website.

classic car service
Between the wedding destinations and transportation, St. Simons Island is virtually a wedding in paradise!

How the Latest Trends Complement Wedding Destinations

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The latest trends in weddings illustrate how, when and where to plan the big event, and other useful details.

Wedding Venue

The US Bureau of Statistics found that December through April are not as popular for weddings compared to other times of the year, accounting for only 6 to 7 percent of nuptials.  Meanwhile, from June to September, a higher percentage of weddings take place.

The King and Prince Oceanfront Lawn
Destination weddings eliminate the hassle of running from the ceremony, reception and off to the honeymoon.

Deal seekers can offset wedding expenses by planning nuptials at wedding destinations during the off-peak season, when hotel properties are not as busy or can offer more flexibility.

Saturdays tend to be the most popular day for weddings, but many venues offer lower prices during the week. Talk to potential venues about your options for day of the week.


The average spends for wedding transportation, across the nation in 2012, was $708 for limousine service.

In another country, cost and reliability involved in coordinating wedding transportation can be too uncertain to risk. Brides and grooms have a better chance at coordinating unique transportation details  at a US  island  wedding destination versus an international island, where the couple maybe out of their comfort zone.


Many brides and grooms learn that a wedding at an international destination often limits the guest list or prevents some from attending the special day.

Destination weddings in St. Simons have been a growing trend among residents of Florida and Georgia. Wedding destinations on St. Simons Island appeal to many brides and grooms for a number of reasons.  You can read more about this destination wedding location here.

Wedding Destination

Approximately $20 to 26K is the average amount spent for a wedding in 2012.

To stretch the wedding budget to the max, a wedding destination combines three purposes in one venue: ceremony, reception, and honeymoon into one destination.

And with statistics showing a dwindling number of couples tying the knot at a place of worship, destination weddings can eliminate those extra details. Not to mention, it gives your guests a chance to vacation, too! Choosing a resort as your venue can provide a slew of attractions and convenient location for friends and family to partake in your special day.