Feb 072018

Premier Bride Expo – St. Augustine

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Don’t miss out the Premier Bride Expo in St. Augustine at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village!

There are many other wedding expos in Northeast Florida….but just remember that if it does not say “Premier” it’s just average!  Premier Bride Magazine and the Premier Bride Expos are the only wedding expos and wedding magazine that is located in Northeast Florida, focuses only on Northeast Florida and the owner is a resident in Northeast Florida!

We have been the go-to guide and expo for brides and grooms in Northeast Florida since 2001!

At each show you will always find a wide variety of professional wedding vendors that are excited to meet you and help you plan your special day.  All of the vendors that are in the magazine and at the expo have been vetted to make sure they carry all appropriate accreditation,  liability insurance and licenses.

Make sure you check out the next expo on March 11th – for more information go to www.PremierBrideExpo.com

Oct 182017

Make Your Wedding Day Dream Become a Reality at St. Augustine’s World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

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Are you recently engaged and looking for the perfect venue to have your wedding? Look no more! We spoke with Elizabeth Hall McKenna, Manager of Sales & Events at St. Augustine’s World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum about their property and what makes them unique. Here is what she had to say.

 

What do you love the very most about what you do? I love how every event is different and you get to see your space transformed by each event.  I love meeting new people, hearing stories and making lifelong connections. It is so much fun to see our couples grow even more together after marriage.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? We will have a venue coordinator on site until the end of the event.

Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice. Make decisions and don’t look back. You will drive yourself crazy with Pinterest and second guessing. Also, this is your one day and you need to try your best to not stress.  This can be helped by a day of wedding coordinator so you can just relax. Enjoy the moment as it goes so quickly.  Finally, make sure you hire a good photographer as those pictures are what you will have to look back on.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? I love timeless weddings.  Those you will look back on in 20 years and still love.  White and gold is classic and on trend.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? I relate to my brides as I went through this recently.  I know it is stressful and expensive.  I try to help my brides get the best experience at an affordable cost. Our venues’ beauty helps our brides save cost and allows them to splurge in other areas.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it. I love our Pool of Unity area.  It is the perfect ceremony and reception site.  It offers breathtaking views with sunsets, beautiful architecture, a map of the world water feature and a grand romantic feeling.

Do you offer any other products or services? We have over 13 locations that we rent on property from our Tower (tallest point in St. Johns County) to our 18 hole natural grass putting course and TPC Sawgrass 17th Replica hole.

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? We have a facilities manager and 2 volunteers on property with an entire custodial team.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? At least a year out is when we start booking up.  Sometimes we have some openings left after but the popular dates go quick.

What are some of your specialties? Sunset ceremonies, Tallest point in St. Johns County and One-of-a-kind venue

How long have your been doing what you do? 5 years at the Hall of Fame but 12 years in the Industry.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? Bubbly/personable, Unique/one-of-a-kind, Timeless, Perfectionist, Kind

What is the most unique thing you have ever seen at a wedding? Helicopter Entrance

 

Name of Business: World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

Category of Business: Venue

Years in Business: 19

Contact Information:

  • Phone Number: 904-940-4021
  • Address: 1 World Golf Place St. Augustine, FL 32092
  • Website: www.golfhofevents.com
  • Facebook Link: @golfhofevents
  • Twitter Link : @golfhalloffame

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum is a state-of-the-art, world-class facility offering unique venues, breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience. The Hall of Fame offers 35,000 square feet of Museum space, two putting greens, a challenge hole, 18-hole natural grass putting course and a golf simulator.

Jul 202017

Premier Bride Expo – St. Augustine – September 24, 2018

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It’s the last PREMIER wedding expo of the year!  Brides, grooms, friends and family all know that the Premier Bride Expo is Northeast Florida’s biggest and best wedding experience! Join us and 120+ professional wedding vendors on Sunday, September 24th at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village!  Newly engaged to almost brides-to-be are encouraged to attended because there is something for everyone!  With vendors representing over 20 different categories you will find new ideas and inspirations down ever aisle!

We have live music, manikin fashion shows, food, sweets, swag bags, prizes, décor set ups and so much more.  It’s a great afternoon to be shared with your fiancé, moms, bridesmaids and/or friends.  Check out our tips for attending a expo to make your experience the best it can be!

Discounted tickets are available online, just make sure you print your confirmation for fastest entry to the show.  You can also purchase tickets at the door for $12 cash.  Go to www.PremierBrideExpo.com now to purchase your discounted tickets!

The Premier Bride Expos are sponsored by Premier Bride Magazine of Northeast Florida, so make sure you pick up your latest copy of the publication and find out how you can have your wedding featured!

Jul 292016

Wedding Planning Tips – Choosing your Florist and Understanding Wedding Flowers

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Congrats!  You are getting married and you are in the wedding planning process!  Premier Bride Magazine is dedicated to educating you on helpful tips when planning and selecting your wedding vendors!

If you have not figured it out already, there are a lot of different aspects to planning your wedding.  Choosing a florist and picking out arrangements, flowers, and flower décor is an important element to your wedding with many different “moving pats” that effect the price you will pay for your flowers.

At Premier Bride, our mission is to educate brides and grooms on the wedding planning process.  Here are some great tips and things to consider when choosing a florist and selecting your flowers!

Anything with Plants and Flowers, a long time vendor of Premier Bride Magazine and the Premier Bride Expos,  created the arrangements and wrote many of these helpful tips that tell brides and grooms!

Here are some tips about deciding on a florist to use

  • An important consideration is to make sure your florist has a proper cooler to store the flowers in.  Home refrigerators do not hold flowers at the proper temps and will kill your flowers.
  • Ask for references!  Make sure you check out the work that they have done from real weddings.  Remember, anyone can pull pictures off the internet!
  • Just because you see something online or on Pinterest does not mean that it can be duplicated.  Some things to consider, silk flowers might have been used, you don’t know what season it was and the availability of the flowers or what part of the country the image was taken in.
  • Talk to the florist about day of the wedding, make sure they and/or their crew will be there to deliver and fix anything that is needed

Let’s talk about budget!  It is so important to be honest with your florist about your budget.  Almost all wedding can work within any reasonable budget.  It does not mean you will get exactly what  you want, but a true floral professional will be able to present you with comparable alternatives!

  • Ask yourself, are you set on a particular flower or a particular look?
  • There are a lot of elements to determining the price of flowers; time of year and/or the season they grow, the color of the flowers, how many steams you have to order or if there is a minim order
  • The structure of the each arrangement reflects the price
  • The size of the arrangement effects the price
  • The containers of the arrangement effects the price

 

The bottom line is that a professional, educated florist can present you options.  By being honest about budget and being able to give your florist a vision, they can present you options to make your flowers, bouquets and arrangements for your wedding.

Here are two examples of centerpieces for weddings.  Anything With Plants and Flowers wanted to show similar centerpieces in the same size and color, however, their price is $100 difference because of the flowers.  Remember,  no one is going to know what might be missing in your arrangements!

Owner, Ann LeFiles was on River City Live talking to Eden Kendall about ways to save money when planning your wedding on the First Coast, to see the segment, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s break it down;

$ 125.00 Arrangement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Gerbera Daisy

6 Stock

8 Roses

5 spray Roses

6 Carnations

4 Hydrangea

Here is the $ 225.00 Arrangement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Dalias

8 Garden Roses

4 Jumbo Hydrangea

6 Astilibe

6 Ranunculus

5 parrot tulips

Both of these arrangements look amazing and would be a beautiful table setting for any wedding!  You can see by changing the types of flowers effects the price, but both are equal in size and in color!

Jul 132016

Money Saving Wedding Planning Tips

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One of the most popular topics of conversation is how brides and grooms can save money when they are planning their wedding.  It is important to understand, you don’t have to sacrifice hiring quality wedding vendors to save money!

STEP ONE

When you are starting your wedding planning process, sit down with your fiancé and establish a budget. Talk with your parents and see if they are going to contribute to wedding financially so you know what you have to work during the planning process.

STEP TWO

Sit down with your fiancé and create a list of what are the most important elements of your wedding.  Use this list as a guideline when creating a budget for each element of your wedding.  Remember, it is what is important to you as a couple and every couple is different.  Here is a list of “elements” to a wedding that you can consider when creating your list;

Reception Venue                             Ceremony Site                  Photography                      Videography

Ceremony Musicians                      DJ or Band                           Catering/Food                   Cakes & Sweets

Invitations                                           Wedding Planner             Décor & Rentals                Transportation

Wedding Dress                                 Tuxedo/Suites                  Officiate/Clergy                Flowers

Photo Booth                                      Bar Service                         Wedding Bands                Honeymoon

Hotel/Accommodations                Rehearsal Dinner             Hair & Makeup                  Linens & Place Settings

Favors & Gifts                                    Calligraphy                          Guest Experiences          Other Entertainment

STEP THREE

Attend a Premier Bride Expo and pick up your copy of Premier Bride Magazine of Northeast Florida!  The expo allows you to “Speed Date” wedding vendors and can offer discounts!  The magazine is packed with many other tips and advice on all aspects of the wedding planning process!

 

 

Wedding Planner Tips

  1. Hiring a wedding planner can save you money in the long run.  Experienced wedding professionals know many tips that can help you save money and eliminate expensive mistakes and misjudgments
  2. If you can’t afford a full wedding planner, consider hiring a Day of Coordinator.  The day of coordinator will work with all of your vendors and confirm times and keep you on schedule all day long
  3. Hiring a coordinator/wedding planner that is newer to the industry might be less expensive than one with many years of experience

Reception Venue Tips

  1. Reduce the number of guests you invite to the wedding!  The more people  you invite, the more of everything you need including; food, invitations, tables, flowers, and more
  2. Reception venues typically have different pricing structures depending on the day of the week.  Saturday’s are the usually the most expensive.  For a more cost effective option, think about a Friday, Sunday or weekday wedding
  3. Having a morning wedding and serving brunch can be a less expensive option in some cases
  4. Time of the year, Jacksonville’s more popular wedding months are October, November, March, April and May
  5. Avoid holiday’s and other major events like TPC or Florida vs. Georgia weekend

 

Ceremony Tips

  1. Having the ceremony in the same location as your reception saves on transportation costs
  2. Use pre-recorded music instead of live music
  3. Reduce the number of ceremony musicians from multiple musicians to one or two.

 

Photography Tips

  1. Many photographers have pricing structures that correlate with the number of hours they work, to save money, hire them for 6 hours opposed to 10-12
  2. The time of year and the day of the week can affect the price for your photographer
  3. A lot of photographers also bring a second or third shooter with them, only having one photographer can also save you money
  4. Don’t order your photo album right  away, wait until after the wedding when you can save money to purchase your album

Videography

  1. Consider hiring a videographer for fewer hours of coverage or only covering the ceremony part of the wedding
  2. Just like reception venues and photographers, the date of wedding could affect the price
  3. Some videographers are also photographers and vice versa, to save money on both services, considering hiring a company that offers both

Cake & Sweet Tips

  1. Instead of paying for multi-level cake to serve to all of your guests, make a smaller cake for pictures and serve sheet cakes to your guests
  2. Cupcakes can eliminate the “cake cutting” cost at some venues
  3. Having a sweet/candy table can reduce the cost of buying in bulk and you have the containers available

Catering & Bar Service Tips

  1. Smaller guest list means less alcohol you have to serve
  2. Limit your open bar hours so it does not cover the entire wedding reception
  3. Just serve beer or wine and/or have a signature drink
  4. Plated dinners might cost less, but there are additional staff needed to serve
  5. Tell your caterer what budget you have in mind “Per person” – have them discuss options with you to create a menu that fits within your budget
  6. Talk to a few catering companies and get quotes to compare.

Invitation Tips

  1. Size of the envelope, weight and thickness effects the postage rate – take to post office before mailing
  2. Addressing correctly will eliminate the returns, so make  sure you understand the USPS rules for addressing envelopes

Transportation Tips

  1. Having your ceremony and reception at the same location cuts costs on transporting the wedding party
  2. Most transportation companies charge by the hour with a minimum number of hours.  If you are having your ceremony and reception in different locations, have them close together in time to reduce the number of hours

Wedding Dress Tips

  1. All bridal salons have sales racks and many of them will sell you the sample dresses – don’t be afraid to ask
  2. Bridal salons also have trunk shows for wedding dress designers.  These trunk shows typically offer discounts or sales.
  3. Buy your dress 9-12 months out to avoid rush fees

Tux Tips

  1. Attending a bridal show will get you discounted rates on your tux rentals

Flowers

  1. Reduce the number of attendants to reduce the number of bouquets and boutonnieres you need to have
  2. Fewer wedding guests, fewer number of tables you need to decorate with center pieces
  3. Use flowers that are in season, talk to your florist about flowers that are easier to order
  4. If you are trying to achieve a certain look (height or fullness for arrangements) work with a florist to find alternative flowers that might not be as expensive.
  5. Use the bridesmaids bouquets as centerpieces or to decorate the head table
  6. Florists that have storefronts typically purchase flowers in bulk at wholesale pricing, working with storefront florists could save you money

DJ’s & Musicians

  1. The day of the week and the month of your wedding can affect the price
  2. Larger DJ companies with multiple DJ’s have different rates.  Less experienced DJ’s charge less but still bring great equipment and the customer service is still great
  3. Bridal shows offer discounts
  4. Shorter reception times can reduce the cost
  5. Providing your own ceremony and cocktail music can reduce the DJ cost
  6. Having a wedding coordinator that handles the reception events (dances, cake cutting, bouquet tossing, etc) can reduce the cost of your DJ
  7. Have a bridesmaid or sister that is also getting married?  Booking the same DJ (or the same wedding vendors for that matter) could get you discounts!

 

 

Just remember that hiring a true wedding professional will save you money and time in the long run.  Individuals and businesses that work weddings every weekend do it because they love helping brides and grooms create the wedding of their dreams.  Many of them have done hundreds, if not thousands of weddings so and they love to offer advice and tips to their clients….take advantage of their knowledge and experience.  You do not have reduce the quality of wedding vendors you hire…you just have to prioritize what is important to you, be honest with the vendors about budget, and plan smarter!

 

Jun 202016

Premier Bride Expo – St. Augustine

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The Premier Bride Expo is back at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village on September 18th from 1-4 pm!

The Premier Bride Expo is the leader in the wedding expos in Northeast Florida.  It’s easy to remember, if it’s not a Premier expo…it’s just average! Each show is packed with 100 to 120 of the top wedding vendors in Northeast Florida area.  Brides and grooms will also be to realize that there are over 20 different wedding categories at each show.  This guarantees that no matter what stage you are in the wedding planning process…there is something for you to find, see and explore at the show.

We encourage you to come as a couple and bring other key decision makers.  Each show offers a great opportunity to meet incredible wedding professionals and connect with them.  Remember, all of your wedding vendors are helping you plan one of the most important days of your life…so pick them wisely!

The September 18th show is the last bridal expo of the 2016 season, so don’t miss out!

Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance, online at www.PremierBrideExpo.com or you can buy your tickets the day of the show at the door. Make sure that you check out our tips on attending a bridal show.  Don’t forget your labels and your comfortable shoes!

We also encourage you to follow us on social media!  We have an Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest account with the handle @PremierBrideFL or follow us on Facebook at Premier Bride of Northeast Florida.  Our official hash tags are #PBExpo #PBNEFL and #PremierBride

Mar 172016

Premier Bride Expo – Rock N Roll – Jacksonville

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Northeast Florida, get ready for the “Rock N Roll” Premier Bride Expo happening on June 12th at the Prime Osborn Convention Center presented by Premier Bride Magazine of Northeast Florida!

The theme for the expo is inspired from the fashion and décor photo shoot that happened for the new edition of Premier Bride Magazine!

Over 40 wedding vendor came together to create over 5 table scapes, 6 guest experiences, and  17 wedding gowns for the “Rock N Roll” spread.  Make sure you pick up the newest copy of the magazine at the show and check out the décor showcase that is all about “Rock N Roll!”  Follow us online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterst for all the images from the shoot!

Come see us at our booth and grab your copy!

When attending the Premier Bride Expo, expect to meet well over 100 of the top wedding professionals in the Jacksonville and surrounding area at the show.  There will be vendors representing all aspects of the wedding planning process.   There will be wedding venues, photographers, invitations, honeymoons & travel, catering companies, cake & sweets, videographers, bridal salons, beauty, health, grooms wear, florists, DJ’s & musicians, transportation, accessories, and so much more!  For more vendors make sure you check out our vendor directory on our website by clicking here.

We encourage all brides & grooms to attend with their significant other!  It is also recommended that you only bring other people to the show who are part of the decision making process.  Large groups of people are always welcome, but if you are coming to the show to book your wedding vendors, having a large entourage it can be harder to talk to everyone you want too.

Another trick is to print labels so you can peel and stick instead of writing out all of our information.  Most vendors will have prizes at their booths, but they do require filling out a registration form.  Your labels should include your name, phone, email, wedding date and address!

Visit Premier Bride Expo’s website to for more information by clicking here.  We also suggest pre-registering  and pre-paying for the bridal show online and printing out your tickets.   This will allow for a speedy entry at the show.  If you can not print out your tickets, don’t worry, they will be able to look up your registration and payment online.  This line is sometimes long, so if you can print your tickets out that would be best!

Tickets are $8 online or $12 at the door.  Doors open at 1 pm to 4 pm!

Feb 252016

Premier Bride Expo – St. Augustine Florida

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The Premier Bride Expo is back at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village on Sunday, February 28th from 1-4 pm in the afternoon.  Brides, grooms, family and friends involved in the decision making process are welcome and encouraged to attend!  In order to maximize your experience at the show we suggest that brides and grooms limit the number of people they bring to those who are involved in making the major choices for the upcoming wedding!

With over 110 different wedding professionals to meet, representing over 20 different categories related to planning a wedding, there is something for everyone!

Premier Bride Magazine suggests that your make a list of what types of wedding vendors you want to meet at the show.  If you are at the beginning of your wedding planning stages, the first thing you need to decided is your wedding venue and date.  From there you can fill in all of the categories.  We also highly suggest enlisting the help of wedding planner.  If your wedding planner is not a vendor at the show, ask them to come along with you! If you don’t have a wedding planner, there are great ones at the show that offer full service or day of coordination!

Make sure you wear comfortable shoes,  bring mailing labels for vendor registration and door prizes and get ready to have some fun!

Copies of the newest Premier Bride Magazine will be there, make sure you pick up your copy or read it online here.

We suggest that you pre-register and buy your tickets online, click here!

Dec 082015

12 Tips to Wedding Planning

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Lets get in the holiday spirit with “I Do Weddings by Cindy!”  Cindy created the 12 days of Wedding Planning and we wanted to share them with you!  Cindy is a seasoned wedding planner in the Jacksonville area and she has some wonderful tips! To learn more about Cindy check out her information here

 

 

May 112015

Coastal Coordinating knows how to make your wedding day just how you’ve envisioned.

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Today we are featuring Coastal Coordinating, a full-service wedding and event planning company based out of St. Augustine, Florida. We spoke with owner, Katy Hurtig, about her love of weddings, why her company is different than other event planning companies and much more. Read on to see if Coastal Coordinating is the right fit for your wedding!

What do you love the very most about what you do? I love working with my clients to make their visions come to life.  Working on the event design is so much fun and it really allows creativity to come to life.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? Yes, We are the first vendor to arrive and the last to leave.  We make sure that everything is taken care of from start to finish.

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice. The best advice I can give to any couple is to make sure you hire the right vendors and to hire professionals.  The vendors are the ones that make your event a success and it is important so that you can enjoy all aspects of the day.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? Currently I love the golds. I love that it has come back in style.

 What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry?  I think that making myself available to my clients after hours and on weekends helps me stand out from others in the industry.  I pride myself on getting back to my clients quickly.

 Will you have an assistant during the wedding? Yes, with all of my wedding planning packages you will get an assistant with the day of coordinator.

 How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? Currently for Saturdays we are getting booked up a year in advance.  For weekdays and Sundays we are booking up 9 months in advance.

 What are some of your specialties? RSVP Management.  This is a service where we will contact anyone that has not RSVP’d.  This takes a lot of stress off of the couple and the awkwardness of contacting their loved ones to get an answer.

 How long have your been doing what you do? I have been planning weddings for 10+ years.  I did my first college internship in weddings and have been doing them ever since.

Name of Business: Coastal Coordinating

Category of Business:  Wedding Planning, Event Planning, Event Design

Contact Information: Katy Hurtig, Owner

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