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Quick Guide to Planning a St. Simons Island Wedding

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Wedding planning is equal parts daunting and fun, but with the right resources, you can plan like a pro (or at least hire the right one).  There have been some FABULOUS additions to the world of Golden Isles weddings and we want to make sure you know about everything our Island has to offer brides as they plan for their big day!

Island Bridal Boutique: The Island FINALLY has its own bridal boutique and it couldn’t be any better. Created by two life long friends + a daughter in law, this sweet boutique is everything. Don’t take our word for it though, simply read their Mission: To treat every woman and every client with genuine kindness and compassion while providing an exceptional experience as they shop for their dream dress. Follow them here to stay up to date with their latest inventory and to see who is the newest member of the #IslandBridalBrides club.

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Wedding Dresses + more! [photos by @IslandBridalSSI]

Golden Isles Wedding Association (GIWA): As the region’s official wedding association, GIWA is proud to represent a close network of wedding professionals whose businesses are driven by their love for the wedding industry, their clients, and the beauty of our region. GIWA offers the most informative resources and the best access to the local, passionate, and reliable wedding professionals of the Golden Isles of coastal Georgia. Brides and grooms (and the parents and friends supporting them) can find knowledgeable answers and reliable service from each GIWA member. If you see a member directory, grab it! Or go here for the digital version.

 

If wedding inspo is all you need ~ Looking for ideas? Peruse our wedding blogs here to see what some of our brides have done in the past.

St Simons Island wedding venue + design ideas

Photos by Angelita Esparar Photography

St Simons Island Wedding photo ideas with dogs

Photos by Brooke Roberts Photography

 

 

 

6 Types of Wedding Guests That Will Love St. Simons Island

Monday, March 5th, 2018


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*This blog post was guest written by Jennifer Prince

Wedding planning involves many different aspects – the dress, the color palette, the flowers. There are so many decisions to be made, and it’s always wise to consider your guests when you are planning. One choice that should be easy is including St. Simons Island into your big day! Even if your friends and family are traveling from a distance – and no matter their interests – they are sure to find something fun to do.

1 - The History BuffThe History Buff

For those who adore an area steeped in history, St. Simons Island is full of options. One island favorite is St. Simons Island Lighthouse. Boasting beautiful views from the top, history buffs will certainly find the museum and its docents adept at describing the daily life of those who lived and worked at the lighthouse.

 

If a lover of the past enjoys the great outdoors, then Fort Frederica is a must see. With seaside views and lovely grounds, this national park showcases the remains of a fortification and the town that surrounded it.

 

Also of note is Christ Church, whose interior structure resembles the hull of a ship and includes beautifully stained glass. The surrounding cemetery is captivating and includes graves as early as the turn of the 19th century.

2 - The ExplorerThe Explorer

 

Have an adventurous guest? Suggest that they rent a bicycle from Ocean Motion. The island is easy to navigate, and a big plus is that bikes can be ridden on the beach during low tide.

 

For those who are curious about the waterways, taking a boat tour with Cap Fendig (of Lighthouse Trolleys) is a lovely option. The explorer will enjoy seeing native birds, open waters and the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

3 - The FoodieThe Foodie

 

If your guests love food, then they are certainly in for a treat. Whether craving fine dining in the evening or a quick bite before the day begins, ECHO at The King and Prince is the perfect choice. As the only oceanfront restaurant on the island, the culinary team has a philosophy of “local first” when choosing ingredients for their carefully curated cuisine.

 

Another choice for your epicurean friends is Georgia Sea Grill. With a focus on both sustainable and local ingredients, their dinner menu is fabulous, and save room for dessert!

 

Gnat’s Landing is the ultimate place for outdoor, casual dining. Visitors can linger over long picnic tables or take up residence on the outdoor “Gnatio”.

 

For a hearty breakfast, a gourmet can get their fill at Sandcastle Café at the Pier. The morning buffet is delicious and filling, and trying the Bloody Mary is a must.

4 - The Nature LoverThe Nature Lover

It goes without saying that the beach at St. Simons Island is beautiful. Whether your guests choose to swim, lounge, or walk on the sand at sunrise, the ocean will beckon.

 

The island is peppered with stately oaks dripping with Spanish moss. An interesting fact is that none of the buildings on the island can be built higher than the tree canopy, so St. Simon’s has a unique, natural vibe.

 

Speaking of trees, those who love the outdoors and a bit of a hunt will enjoy the island’s tree spirits. There are approximately 20 of these carvings around the island – with 7 on public property – and searching for them is an adventure on its own.

5 - The UnwinderThe Unwinder

For your guests whose only goal is to attend your wedding and use the time to get away from it all, a stay at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort offers just the right atmosphere. With on-site eateries, there really is no reason to leave the property. They can have a massage, play golf, or soak in the sun by the pool or ocean. No matter the choice, your guests can truly have a respite at this historic hotel.

The ShopperThe Shopper

Of course, it goes without saying that mostly everyone likes to pick up a little something while they’re away. Whether it’s for a souvenir or some heavy duty purchases, strolling through the stores in St. Simons Island is a treat. Two favorites are the Savannah Bee Company, where you can taste and sample, and Pane in the Glass, which carries beautifully crafted, artisan goods. Also of note is Pier Village, which is a street bursting with locally owned stores.

 

No matter the guest, the beauty of the area and plethora of fun things to do only serve to enhance a wedding on St. Simons Island. Happy planning!

 

Planning a St. Simons Island Wedding? Be sure to get in touch with Golden Isles Wedding Association, which can help you plan your day.

 

Jennifer Prince blogs at Hill City Bride (www.hillcitybride.com) where she provides inspiration for brides-to-be, which includes showcasing lovely destinations for them to consider for their wedding day.

Erin + Stephen’s June Wedding on St. Simons Island

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Erin and Stephen’s beautiful church wedding was followed by gatherings at The King and Prince Resort which included cocktail hour on the oceanfront lawn, dinner service in the Lanier Ballroom, and the reception after party in the classic Delegal Room. We love this couple’s spirited exit, where their guests cheered them on with pom poms made of their favorite team’s colors. Check out more of Brooke Robert’s photos from their special day.

Ceremony venue: St. Simons United Methodist Church
Reception venue + catering: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Photographer: Brooke Roberts Photography
Coordinator: Ally Moline Events
Band: East Coast Entertainment
Cake: Betty Zeigler
Flowers: Cottage Flowers
Videographer: Aloha Films
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Want to see more? You’re in luck, Aloha Films was kind enough to share their video too!

Susanne & Jon’s Summer Wedding on St. Simons Island

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

This gorgeous couple chose St. Simons Island for their destination wedding because The King and Prince Resort is so near and dear to the bride’s family. Their June wedding took place at Wesley United Methodist Church, with a First Look prior to the ceremony, and followed by a reception in the Lanier Ballroom at The King and Prince Resort. A few highlights from their day include a morning round of golf for the guys at The King and Prince Golf Course, the creative activity book for kids, their stellar band that had the guests celebrating all night, and a massive family photo that took up the main staircase in the Resort’s lobby. All photographs were taken and kindly shared by Heather Kline Photography.

Ceremony venue: Wesley United Methodist Church
Rehearsal Dinner, Reception + catering: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Flowers + design: Urban Poppy
Cake: Mary Ann Daniels
Music: Party on the Moon
Photography: Heather Kline Photography
Makeup: Judy Crouch
Hair: The Back Porch Salon
Videography: I Thee Film

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Want more? Click here to see more blogs.

Anna + Tyler’s May Wedding on St. Simons Island

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Anna + Tyler’s May nuptials took place at St. Simons United Methodist Church followed by a trolley ride to The King and Prince Resort for dinner in the Lanier Ballroom and a reception chock full of dancing in the iconic Delegal Room. Take a look and see why this gorgeous couple was all smiles all day long! Photos were kindly provided by Brooke Roberts Photography.

Ceremony venue: St. Simons United Methodist Church
Reception venue + catering: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Coordinator: Lexis Hay
Flowers: Edward on St. Simons
Photographer: Brooke Roberts Photography
Cake: Mary Ann Daniels

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Want more? Click here to see more blogs from other “Real Weddings” at The King and Prince Resort.

 

Leslie & Hammond’s August Wedding on St. Simons Island

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Leslie & Hammond said “I do” in an oceanfront ceremony at The King and Prince overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Their reception immediately followed in the Resort’s Delegal Room surrounded by friends, family, and historic stained glass. Prior to the ceremony, the Bride & her tribe got ready in the spacious 4-bedroom Meadow’s House. Check out their details below with photos courtesy of Belletti Photography.

Ceremony + Reception: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Coordinator: Heather Marshall (Island Weddings Day of Coordinating)
Cake: Betty Zeigler Cakes
Florist: A Courtyard Florist
Band: KTG Entertainment

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Before the Ceremony

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Oceanfront Lawn Wedding Ceremony

Bride and Groom Oceanfront Lawn

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Cake and First Dance Photos

 

 

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Jackie & Alexander’s April Oceanfront Wedding

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Jackie & Alexander’s wedding had everything! Literally everything. From beautiful Spring sunshine, to sparkly details, panoramic ocean views, to surprise Speakeasy parties, you have to see it all. First the couple had their ceremony on the oceanfront lawn, followed by cocktail hour in the Colonnade as guests were serenaded by a jazz trio. Dinner was held in the iconic Delegal Ballroom which is where guests were when they received surprise invitations to attend the Speakeasy party in the upstairs Retreat Room. Photos courtesy of Brooke Roberts Photography.

Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography
Venue: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Event coordinator, design, + floral: Terrica Skaggs of Cocktails & Details
Emma Collins of Emma Collins Beauty
DJ: Kevin of Party Solution Entertainment
Music: Phil Morrison Trio
Cake: Serendipity Bakery

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Danielle & Porter’s Spring Wedding on St Simons Island

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Danielle and Porter’s magical day took place in April on St. Simons Island, Georgia. They had a traditional church wedding at Lovely Lane Chapel followed by a reception in the Lanier Ballroom at the oceanfront King and Prince Resort. Besides the couple themselves, things we LOVE about this wedding include the stunning Cake Table and the purple uplighting. Between the gorgeous tablescapes and the purple lighting, this has to be one of our favorite looks for the Lanier Ballroom! (Photos courtesy of Angelita Esparar Photography)

Photography: Angelita Esparar Photography
Event Coordinating/flowers: Carlson’s Premier Events & Rentals
Ceremony: Lovely Lane Chapel
Reception: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Cake: Cake-a-licious Cakes
Hair and Make-up: SunKiss Makeup & Hair
Dress: Frills and Fancies
Florist: JoAnn’s Florist
Photo Booth: Savannah Photo Booths

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Lanier Ballroom Wedding Decorations

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Kasey & Matt’s Beautiful March Wedding on St. Simons Island

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Kasey and Matt’s church wedding on St. Simons Island was followed by an oceanfront reception with perfect Spring weather. Something definitely noteworthy is the couple’s choice of uplighting that masterfully enhances the historic stained glass of the Delegal Room. Another takeaway is the couple’s attention to the guests’ experience, they opted for games on the lawn that would entertain all ages and added fun personal touches such as a doughnut tower. Check out some of the fantastic details from their #akozakmoment. (Photos courtesy of Clayton Brannon Photography.)

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Wesley United Methodist Church on St. Simons Island, GA

Prior to the reception, Cocktail Hour was held in the Retreat Room with elaborate fruit and cheese displays featuring local products and butler-passed hors d’oeuvres.

The buffet reception in the Delegal Ballroom featured the Taste of Georgia menu enhanced with a carving station – our most popular southern buffet. Also, Kasey & Matt’s wedding boasted craft beers, bourbon bars and a champagne toast with fun silver poppers that provided a festive and unique exit.

After the reception, guests had the opportunity to keep the party going and they continued the celebration in ECHO’s Bar and Lounge area after the bride and groom retreated to our romantic governor’s suite following their night of celebration.

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Portraits at Wesley Memorial Garden on St. Simons Island, GA

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Oceanfront Receptions at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, GA

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Reception Details at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, GA

Delegal Ballroom Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception in the Delegal Ballroom at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, GA

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Wedding Reception entrance and exit on St. Simons Island, GA

 

Stephanie & Lee’s September Wedding on St Simons Island, GA

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

We are excited to share photos from a recent destination wedding here on St. Simons Island that was absolutely breathtaking! Complete with a rehearsal dinner overlooking the ocean, strolling reception in the Delegal Room (and an amazing doughnut tower!), and a cocktail hour on the oceanfront lawn, they gave their guests a night filled with good food, fun, and beautiful views. Check out their wedding photos below (thanks to Chris Moncus Photography for capturing all these amazing moments)!

Ceremony: St. William Catholic Church
Reception & Catering: King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Event Designer, Coordiantor & Flowers: Cocktails & Details
Photographer: Chris Moncus Photography
DJ: Island Sound
Hair & Makeup: Fantasy Hair & Makeup
Cakes: Publix

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Rehearsal Dinner at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St Simons Island, GA

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Rehearsal Dinner catering by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

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The Bride & Groom’s First Look on the lawn at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

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The strolling reception in the Delegal Room included cocktail hour on the Lawn

 

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Oceanfront wedding photos and celebrations on St Simons Island, GA

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Oceanfront wedding reception in the Delegal Room at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort