Archive for December, 2014

Our Top 5 Wedding Tips for 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Beach Wedding Photo

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is right around the corner. Since it is the holiday season and we know that many engagements happen this time of the year, we thought we would close 2014 and start 2015 with some wisdom from our wedding experts.

5. Set a budget: There are so many important aspects to planning a wedding but if you do not set a budget, you really cannot plan accordingly and can get yourself into sticky situations as far as your finances are concerned. One of the first decisions you should make about your wedding is your budget. After that big decision is made, you can really start planning for your wedding.

4. It is never too early to shop for bridal gowns: It can take brides several months to find the perfect dress for their big day. Add to that the time (and a lot of it) that it takes for alterations, and you’ll understand why we recommend starting to look for a dress sooner rather than later. There is nothing worse than rushing to make a huge decision. Go early, bring a few friends or family members with you and have fun! We recommend starting to look at least 9 months in advance.

3. Hire a planner: If you have money in the budget, we suggest hiring a planner for your big day. They will take care of a lot of last minute details that can stress out a bride. They will make sure that your day is perfect in every way possible and you won’t have to worry about the caterer showing up late or fielding phone calls about electrical outlets.

2. Consider getting married at a resort: Your wedding day can be hectic. Out of town guests usually stay at a hotel, your wedding ceremony is at one place, the reception is at another….it adds up to a lot of extra time spent driving for you and your guests. When you have your wedding at a resort, you are just steps away from the ceremony and reception. You don’t have to worry about your guests getting lost or drinking and driving and you have one point of contact for everything. Read more about resort weddings here.

1. Add some of your personality to the day: We’ve all been to weddings and we know how amazing they can be and also how bland some can be. Don’t have a bland wedding! There are so many ways you can add personality to the day! If you have a dog, incorporate them into the ceremony. Write your own vows, use childhood photos or quotes for table numbers, have a sundae bar or a signature drink for your guests. The possibilities are endless! For more fun ideas, check out our Pinterest boards.

A Fall Wedding on St. Simons Island

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

In late October, Jessica & Joe were married in a ceremony at Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island. A reception followed at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Britt Croft Photography captured beautiful images of their special day. Click here for more real wedding inspiration!

Bridal Party on St. Simons Island


Wedding Couple on the Beach



Wedding Photo Walking on the Beach


Blue and White Wedding Centerpiece

Wedding Dance Photos

Blue and White Wedding Cake

Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

First Dance Photo, Reception at The King and Prince

Christmastime on St. Simons Island

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer at The King and Prince! We have several decorated Christmas trees across the resort as well as many other holiday wreaths and decorations for our guests to enjoy. To help our guests get into the holiday spirit, we also offer several programs including cooking demonstrations and a holiday cookie demo! Please visit our website for more information.

Seashell Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at The King and Prince

Seashell Christmas Tree at The King and Prince

Mantel Wreath at The King and Prince

Seashell Ornaments

Joy Ornament

Noel Ornament

Wrapped Gifts at The King and Prince

Christmas Decorations on Mantel

Christmas Decorations at The King and Prince

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Garland on Mantel

Christmas Decorations at ECHO Restaurant

Meeting Planners Rave About Our St. Simons Island Resort

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Butler Board Room
The Butler Board Room at The King and Prince Resort – complete with an ocean view!


It is the goal of the management and staff at The King and Prince to make sure that every guest has a wonderful stay with us. Many of our guests stay with us for meetings and conventions and are able to enjoy the amenities the resort offers while they are here on business.

Here is what some of our group meeting contacts have said recently about their meetings at The King and Prince:

“Most attendees at our convention loved the King and Prince and said that the food at ECHO was very good. They were also happy with their rooms.” -A.O.

“We love the new decor!” -A. R.

“Thank you for everything. We loved The Lady Jane!” -M.W.

Recent meeting awards include Convention South magazine Readers’ Choice Award, the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine, Meeting South’s Best of the South Award and Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award. Contact us today to find out how we can help you host a productive and memorable meeting on St. Simons Island, Georgia!

Wedding Cake Inspiration

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The choices when it comes to deciding on a wedding cake are astounding. Your cake can make a statement or be a centerpiece at your reception. Or, perhaps you’d like a cupcake display instead of an actual cake! Here are some of our favorite wedding cakes. We hope they inspire you when you are planning your wedding!


The shabby chic wedding cake. Why we love it: This cake is simple, beautiful and romantic all at the same time!

Shabby Chic Wedding Cake


The Rustic Wedding Cake. Why we love it: This cake proves that imperfections (even on cake) are a beautiful thing.

Rustic Wedding Cake


The Unique Wedding Cake. Why we love it: The great thing about getting married is that you are able to really show off your personality and one of the many ways you can do that is through your wedding cake!

Unique Wedding Cake


Cupcakes. Why we love it: Cupcakes have evolved over the years to a much more gourmet experience. Serving cupcakes instead of cakes means that your guests can have a wide variety of cakes to try and it is a creative twist on a wedding tradition.

Wedding Cupcakes

Chef John’s Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Chef John Palacio

Resort Executive Chef John Palacio was born in Seville, Spain and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. After high school he joined the U.S. Marines and soon after completing his time in the Marines he signed up for a five-year chef’s apprenticeship at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Because he was willing to travel to gain experience and advance in his career field, over the past 25+ years he has worked in hotel kitchens in Kansas City, Beverly Hills, Tucson and Chattanooga before moving to St. Simons Island.

He has been married for 22 years to his wife Linda and together they have 3 children; Alexandria, Giovanti & Gulliano who all love to travel.

As a Christmas tradition, the Palacio family starts with everyone helping to make the big Christmas meal for the evening. The kids make pumpkin pie and fresh bread, Linda prepares the vegetables and Chef John makes the entrees. The morning is started with homemade hot chocolate, tamales and Mexican sweet breads. They embrace this time of year to spend time with family and have fun.

Chef John’s Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

8 oz. of bittersweet chocolate

1 cup of sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

A pinch of nutmeg

2 cups of water

3 cups of milk


In a small pot, add the water, sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg. Bring to a simmer and then add the chocolate. Stir until it dissolves. With the liquid simmering, add the milk and simmer again. Place marshmallows in your favorite mug, pour in the hot chocolate and enjoy!

For more information about Chef John Palacio and for more recipes, visit our website!

Winter Wedding Reception Ideas

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Winter can be a magical time for a wedding. Most people associate winter weddings with colors such as white, blue and silver. Our experts recommend adding a pop of color to your reception to liven up the space a bit! Also, try using strands of mini white lights or candles to decorate the space and, if there is a fireplace available to you, use it! Here are some of our favorite ideas for a winter wedding reception.


Add winter elements and color to your bouquet to make it unique.

WInter Wedding Bouquet

Use fresh flowers to brighten up the reception space. You can also use crystal for an extra “winter” effect.

Crystal in Wedding Bouquet

 Use candles to make the space feel warm, inviting and cozy.

Candle Centerpiece

 Help your guests get into the winter spirit with a hot chocolate bar.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Have fun when choosing wedding favors! You can give candles, s’mores kits, and our favorite, Christmas ornaments. 

Ornament Wedding Favor

Wow your guests with a delicious, winter-inspired wedding cake!

Winter Wedding Cake

For more information about planning your wedding, visit our website.

5 Catering Trends for 2015

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

St. Simons Island Catering

Meeting planners and event venues are always looking to please their attendees. Our catering department has done some research to bring you the top 5 catering trends of 2015.

1. Vegetarian Dishes– Studies show that many Americans are now eating at least one meatless meal a week. Many of us also now enjoy a vegetarian meal from time to time just “because.” Diners are also starting to ask for more vegetarian options. As a rule of thumb, you should offer a vegetarian menu option during your event.

2. Tapas– Instead of a full buffet or plated dinner, the new trend is bite-sized appetizers and small plates of entrees. This enables the attendees to taste a variety of delicious foods while mingling with other attendees and networking.

3. Local Ingredients– Chefs will continue to source as much of their menu locally as they can. This translates into dishes with a fresh twist and more seasonal menus based on what is available locally during your event.

4. Retro Cocktails & Craft Beers– Bartenders are doing a throwback to the past with fun, retro drinks like the Manhattan and the Gimlet. Craft breweries are popping up all over the country and those who enjoy beer are taking notice. Adding retro cocktails and craft beer to your meeting mixer will surely make your attendees happy to be there!

5. Healthy Menu Options– These days it seems like almost everyone is on one diet or another or is watching what they eat. The surefire way to please everyone is to add some healthy items to your banquet menu. Many event venues including The King and Prince are now offering delicious, healthy options to their guests.

Enjoy Christmas Dinner on St. Simons Island

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Christmas Dinner Restaurant on St. Simons Island

Join us this Christmas for a buffet with all of the traditional favorites as well as some delicious coastal cuisine. This year, our Christmas buffet will be from 11am to 7pm on Thursday, December 25th, 2014. Adults are $59 per person, children ages 8-12 are $24 and children 7 & under are complimentary.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling 912-268-5967.

The menu includes: assorted salads, a seafood display featuring Carolina oysters, crab legs, shrimp, salmon & tuna. There will also be a carving station with turkey, prime rib & ham as well as all of your favorite Thanksgiving sides. To view the full menu, please visit our website.

December 2014 Events in the Golden Isles

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, December 5th- 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.

The Cassina Garden Club’s 30th Annual Tour of Homes: Saturday, December 6th from 9am to 5pm- The tour will showcase five beautifully decorated Sea Island homes and will also include a bake sale. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic tabby cabins on Gascoigne Bluff. Advance tickets are $45. For more information visit the Cassina Garden Club website.

The Pier Village Holiday Market: Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th- Stroll through the village and enjoy the annual “Holiday Market” from 10am to 5pm. There will be vendors from across the Southeast selling artwork, jewelery, photography, organic teas and much more.The best part is Santa’s arrival at the pier by boat at 2:30pm on Saturday, December 13th!

The Small Town Throwdown Featuring Dierks Bentley: Saturday, December 13th 6pm to 11pm- The Wainwright Foundation’s inaugural benefit weekend kicks off with a concert featuring country music superstar Dierks Bentley with special guest Thomas Rhett! For more information, visit our website.

Eco Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing: Tuesday,December 16th. Bar opens at 5pm, lecture begins at 6pm- The guest speaker will talk about environmental topics and preserving Georgia’s coast. Admission is $10 and space is limited. Please RSVP by visiting their website.

New Year’s Eve-Partying with Ease Cooking Demonstration at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, Wednesday, December 17th from 5-8pm- New Year’s Eve is coming to the island early this year with one of the most informative and fun culinary ‘events’ that blends creative party ideas with easy-to-make recipes. In anticipation of one of the biggest party nights of the year when family and friends get together, our chef has planned an interactive demonstration that’s as easy as 3-2-1-Party! Visit our website to learn more and to register for the event.

Holiday Cookie Class: Thursday, December 18th from 5-8pm at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort- This cookie demonstration features 3 types of cookies, icing, and colorful decorations. Join us for a memorable evening of hands-on participation for adults and children. Sip a specialty holiday cocktail (hot chocolate, milk and other child-friendly beverages also served). Start a new tradition this year and come on over for a cookie bash! Visit our website to learn more and to register for the event.