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What You Need To Say “I Do” in Florida For couples dreaming of a romantic outdoor wedding, Florida beckons, especially the Gulf Coast or SunCoast with its spectacular sunsets. Destination beach and resort weddings are popular for people from all over because of the year-round warm weather and sunny skies. Florida just may be the perfect place to Say “I Do,”...

Don’t want the big, extravagant country club or hotel wedding? Or to spend a fortune on something that will be over in a few hours? Or, have you been there and done that (and realize it’s not about big or extravagant?). If your style is more relaxed, a destination beach wedding can be a dream come true for you, your...

9 Ways to Start Investing in Your Marriage  Stacy Prouty, Non-denominational Minister with Say “I Do” Ceremonies As wedding officiants since 2004, we’ve met thousands of people, officiated hundreds of wedding ceremonies and renewal of vows and heard firsthand what makes a marriage work. Here are a few things that we’ve heard and learned that seem pretty consistent with what psychologists offer...

Also see Spicing up your Wedding Ceremony Looking for fun ceremony ideas for your wedding ?  Don't wan't people to glaze over or even skip your ceremony all together?  Just because your great aunt says that’s just the way it’s done doesn’t mean YOUR wedding ceremony has to follow “the rules.” While there are a few legal requirements you need (and...

The Hows and Whys of Engagement and Wedding Rings Rings given before marriage (i.e., engagement rings) and during the wedding ceremony are common in many cultures.  These symbols demonstrate a person’s intent and commitment (and belonging) to another. Rings have a long history as they relate to love or marriage. In fact, hieroglyphics show Egyptian brides wearing wedding rings almost 5,000...

[caption id="attachment_5611" align="alignright" width="297"] Borrow a vintage veil for good luck[/caption] Weddings used to come with many rules, rituals, traditions and customs.  Many formalities have been eschewed by the modern bride, but some bestow wisdom and benevolence from those who’ve come before us  - and are worth the test of time.  The ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’...

  So you’re getting married and have the date and venue secured!  Best wishes and congratulations – finding the right person is the most important part.  And once the date and venue are set you can start focusing on how to CELEBRATE - pre-wedding parties, festivities, wedding ceremony, reception and of course, the honeymoon. The Wedding Ceremony When it comes to the ceremony,...

In 2018 156,248 couples got married in Florida - the majority were destination weddings on the beaches on the West Coast and East Coast. On the SunCoast (also referred to as the Gulf or West Central Coast), we married more than 14,000 couples in 2018. Destination weddings are extremely popular because of the beautiful weather, islands, keys, resorts and beaches in...

    Your wedding ceremony should reflect what's important to you and your partner - your preferences, lifestyle, values and what you hold dear. Tradition is great is that's important to you and your loved one, but never before have there been so many options to put your personal signature on every part of the special day. Beyond personalizing your vows, there are...

Yay or nay on a first look? A "first look" is when a couple sees each other on their wedding day before their wedding ceremony. It is a private moment for the couple, away from the eyes of family and friends.  On your wedding day, much of what happens is public, so the "first look" has been gaining in popularity. "To...

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