Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hotels around the Bay...

As mentioned in my previous post, there are so many venues to choose from for your BIG DAY and for ALL budgets too.

Here are some great venues you should take a look at......

Ritz Carlton Sarasota....what can I say it's The Ritz:

Clearwater Hyatt:

Courtesy of Clearwater Hyatt

I LOVE the Vinoy Renaissance for that Classic look:

Sandpearl Resort:

The Westin Rocky Point:

Marriott Waterside:

  Let me know what hotels you love?!?!

Images courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Clearwater Hyatt, Vinoy, Sandpearl Resort, Marriott Waterside, Westin and Limelight Photography.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Venues I love....

There are so many AWESOME venues in the Tampa Bay area (this includes St. Pete, Clearwater and Sarasota). We have beautiful beaches, amazing weather, great hotels and many venues that can create a fabulous event.

I love venues that provide outdoor/indoor wedding options with our weather (in the RIGHT months of course). So we'll start with those first and I'll follow-up with another post on great hotel venues I love.

***Destination brides be warned when booking a wedding outdoors in July and August, always have a PLAN B for rain and humidity!***

My first choice is probably completely due to my bias opinion. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Davis Islands Garden Club but I did get married there so others may think differently. I just feel there is so much you can do with this venue for the DIY bride. The outside area is already decorated for you with its beautiful garden and you can transform the reception hall area to whatever theme you want to create. :

Gazebo at the Davis Islands Garden Club

 The Crosley Estate is also a very beautiful venue. It's on the water and provides beautiful landscaping:

Want to plan a very unique wedding, think about using the Lowry Park Zoo as the perfect location for your big day:

Ringling Museum in Sarasota has beautiful grounds and an amazing backdrop for an outdoor wedding:

Barbara Baker Photography

The University of Tampa provides for a great location for your wedding or special event:

If you're looking for a very modern feel for your wedding, I think museums are great locations to get this look:

Tampa Museum of Art

Tampa Museum of Art
Atrium at Tampa Museum

Glazier Children's Museum:

Tampa Bay History Center located in Channelside near the St. Pete Times Forum:

Please be assured there are still so many awesome venues and these are just a handful of what the Tampa Bay area has to offer. Please feel free to add venues you think deserve to be on a list of best venues in Tampa Bay. I love getting feedback and even learning about hidden gems I don't know about! :)

Images courtest of Mandy & Me Studio, The Crosley Estate, Ringling Museum, Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazier Children's Museum, Univerity of Tampa, Tampa Bay History Museum and Barbara Baker Photography.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Vendor Spotlight

Scites Photography

Chris Scites started taking photos as a hobby when he was a kid....he loved going on vacation and taking great shots of the nature he came across and continues to do so today:

He then turned that passion for photography into a job (who doesn't want to enjoy what they do for a living, right)?!

Contact Chris with Scites Photography if you have an upcoming wedding, social or corporate event. He has an amazing talent and great to work with. He goes the extra mile and captures all those special moments. You'll be in good hands.

Images courtesy of Scites Photography.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

More Ideas I LOVE

I found a few other great ideas I would pass along for the fall....

Add a little flavor to the traditional boutonniere:

Not into the traditional cake, try different desserts for your guests:

Individual fondue plates
Caramel apples
Colorful bouquets:

Fun and budget-friendly decor ideas:

Carnations are a very budget-friendly flower to add color to your reception and come in a variety of colors. You can find vases at IKEA, Home Goods and Old Time Pottery Barn.
Make your own menu cards at
If you don't want to choose different cities you have visited, try different neighborhoods from your hometown or city you're currently living in.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Fall Inspirations

Yeah, yeah, yeah....I know we don't have much of a fall season down here but that doesn't mean we can't pretend and cater our wedding to the season. I came across some cute ideas and thought I would share them...

I absolutely fell in love with the idea below. Decorate your ceremony with leaves rather then the usual roses in the fall. It's a great way to spruce up your ceremony decor BUT the only thing missing are mahogany chiavari chairs to complete the picture!! ;)

Make sure you get this for the ring bearer:
Be consistent with you bouquet:

Add some drama to your tables with the simplest items:

Help people find their seats and add a different spin to table numbers:

You can always go with a different look for your centerpiece and sprinkle some leaves on the table:

Include your cake into the final decor details and really wow your guests:

Check out and for more inspiration and ideas. The best way to plan for your wedding is to take in as many ideas as possible and create your own! :)

Images courtesy of The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings.