Aug 312016

Including Your Furry Friends On Your Wedding Day

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For many pet lovers, having their furry friend present at the wedding is a must have, and for good reason.  Pets come into your life, and become part of the family.  On your big day, you want your furry friend there to be with you, and they also make for some rally great photo opportunities. Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding to include your pet on your wedding day!

The Pros:  Dressing your pet in a wedding dress or tuxedo is probably one of the cutest things in the world.  Not to mention, walking them down the aisle and seeing how sweet they look!  One great way to include your pet is during the ceremony. Dogs often stand in for the flower girl or ring bearer. Pets can provide a comic relief, especially if your pet has a funny personality.   If having a small outdoor ceremony, this might be the best situation for your pet.  They are free to roam about, (with a designated handler) and can relieve themselves (hopefully before the wedding!) Sure, including your pet in your wedding ceremony or reception may be a little extra work and planning, but odds are you’ll be very pleased to have included your animal pal in the long run.

The Cons:  Pets are unpredictable, and you don’t know how your pet will react in a situation with two hundred people.  You also need to think about if you are going to pick the pet up, will their paws stain your dress?  Keep that in mind.  If you are the type of bride that is very traditional, you might want to steer clear of having your friend at the ceremony, since you might not know what they will do.

If you do decide to have your pets present on your wedding, keep in mind that some guests might be allergic, and some guests might not even be animal lovers.  Have a designated handler to keep watch of the dog throughout the day as well as take them home that evening.   You might want to have your pet present for the ceremony only, and then have the handler take them home directly after pictures. We think it is super cute to include your furry family member in your big day!








































































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Aug 192016

Mismatched Bridesmaids; Find Dresses That Suit Each Girl’s Body

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You’ve asked your best girls to be your bridesmaids — and they said “yes!” Now for the tricky part: dresses. These ladies are your dearest friends, sisters, and sisters-to-be; you chose each for her own special reason, so why put them all in the same exact cookie-cutter dress? Nowadays, it’s on trend to work with your bridesmaids to find dresses that suit each girl’s body type, skin tone, hair cut, signature style, and personality…..Not to mention, this generally makes for a very happy and comfortable bridesmaid!

The Basics of Mixing and Matching

The idea behind mixing and matching up your bridesmaid dresses is that all your girls will coordinate, but not match. In general, you could mismatch in terms of color, style, or length. Changing up one or more of these in each dress not only adds visual interest to your bridal party in photos, but your bridesmaids will be ever-grateful to you for letting them have a say in how they outfit their own body. However, it is definitely imperative to lay down some ground rules. These rules could be as open-ended as “Find a dress with some type of lace on it” or as refined as “Here are two dresses; pick one.”

Though each girl will be dressed differently in some capacity, you’ll still want these ladies to look like they belong together. Make sure each dress has at least one common element for a cohesive overall look. To maintain this togetherness, your bridesmaids might:

•           Wear the same fabric

•           Wear the same color or color theme (ex: shades of blue for an ombré effect)

•           Wear the same dress with different necklines or waistlines

•           Coordinate the length of their dresses

•           Stick to a certain style (ex: bohemian, 1950s silhouette, etc.)

•           Wear accessories to tie them together (ex: shoes, necklaces, etc.)

Making the Trend Your Own

So what do you envision for your bridesmaids? Reach a firm decision before letting your girls know; you don’t want to tell them one thing, then switch directions after they’ve already started shopping. Once they hear what you have in mind, get some feedback — but stand firm as needed. Know when to say “no” and when to be lenient. After all, these are the most important ladies in your life — this should be a fun experience!

If you want things to be a bit more structured, there are some big-name bridal shops all over the country that offer many dress options in the color of your choice. Decide on a color, then have each girl visit her local shop to pick out a dress in that color. This is particularly helpful if your bridesmaids-to-be live in different cities; each can do her own thing on her own time, and unity is still guaranteed. If you’re in Jacksonville and looking for a bridal salon to help with this task, you should definitely visit Bridals & More, located on Beach Blvd. They have a wonderful selection of wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses…..Their staff is amazing also!

If you’re open to a more eclectic look, give your bridesmaids some loose parameters such as color, length, or vibe (more casual day dress vs. elegant eveningwear). A fun way to approach this is to create a group Pinterest board. Each girl can pin potential options and you can all weigh in and see how the dresses look side-by-side. If not a Pinterest board, at least have your girls run their options by you before they finally decide on a dress. And, if you feel strongly about it, make it clear up-front that you have the power to veto. In the end, you have to do what works best for you: your style, comfort level, venue, and your bridesmaids as a whole.

Jacksonville Wedding Coordinator, Cindy Vallely, owner of I Do…Wedding by Cindy featured this wedding on her blog. To see more gorgeous photos from this wedding click photo below.

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Apr 052016

Wedding Greenery is the Latest Trend in Wedding Decor

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It wasn’t too long ago when brides refrained from both excessive greenery and any amount of baby’s breath in their floral arrangements. Generally speaking, when it comes to floral arrangements, flowers get all the “Oohs and Ahhs,” but here’s a recent trend that is sure to give colorful blooms a run for their money: arrangements with greenery. Over-the-top blooms are no longer the only option for wedding décor.  Greenery is everywhere, and you’ll find large bouquets of nothing but baby’s breath. Florists are using everything from magnolia leaves to ivy—even herbs (think basil, parsley, rosemary, mint) in creative ways. Succulents are also huge on this list and can be incorporated in many fun and creative ways.

Using greenery, like ferns, eucalyptus, olive branches, ivies, boxwood shrubs and lily grass, not only give brides a budget-friendly alternative to flowers, but also creates a refreshing and clean look for the wedding day. This is especially beautiful during the Winter and Spring months. Not only is this green wedding theme affordable, it is very chic. Many florists will add clear glass pieces to the look which adds to the overall clean look.

Greenery is no longer bound to one kind of arrangement (i.e. garland). It has expanded to gorgeous bouquets, centerpieces, and even within the wedding day decor. With so many different hues, from forest green to sage, this beautiful color is at your fingertips.

Check out these greenery creations we found to be just gorgeous!









Apr 272015

Southern Traditions: Bury the Bottle of Bourbon

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Southern wedding traditions are the best….at least we think so!  If you live in the South and want to embrace some of the deep rooted Southern traditions during your engagement and wedding we are compiling the top traditions you should embrace to pull off a true Southern affair!  Here is our #1 pick!

Bury the Bourbon Bottle

Do you want perfect weather on your wedding day?  There is a Southern tradition that can help you out!

This may be a bit superstitious, but I can vouch from personal experience that it works!  There are a couple different versions of how to bury the bottle of bourbon  but the one that worked for us went like this; bury a bottle of bourbon, upside down,  at the location of your ceremony, exactly one month (and within the hour) of the day of your wedding.   After the ceremony you get to dig up the bottle and pass it around to the wedding party to celebrate!

The other option is to repeat the same steps but to do it on a where the weather is exactly how you want it on your wedding day.

Burying the bottle at Bowing Oaks Plantation

Here are a couple tips if you want to embrace this tradition;  First; ask permission from the venue.  Many venues in the Greater Jacksonville area will accommodate this and/or have a special spot for this like Bowing Oaks Placation!  If you are getting married at a golf course or wedding venue that might not be keen for digging up the landscaping, ask about bringing in a large flower pot and burying it in that for a month!  Second; have a marker indicating where you buried it.   Our marker got moved due to construction and we dug up the whole side of the tree to just to find it.  It was funny…but it was a bit messy too! Third; save the bottle!  It is a great keepsake, especially if it worked!

Photos by Susan Michal 

Digging up the bottle…where is it?


Found it!


A swig for everyone!

Mar 122015

One of the most popular wedding themes is vintage.   Vintage typically refers to a particular harvest or crop of wine, but can also mean pertaining to a high quality past time.  In this case, we mean the latter of the two.  Vintage wedding themes are taking the wedding industry by storm and they will be trending for years to come.  Considering that many of our favorite TV shows and movies have a vintage flair to it, we will continue to see weddings emulate those themes.  Premier Bride of Northeast Florida loves “vintage!”  We live in the South and we do vintage well.  Many of our reception venues in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas also cater to a vintage theme.  Let’s explore “vintage” on the First Coast.


One of the first things to check off your list is a wedding gown, and designers have caught onto the vintage bandwagon.  There are tiers of lace on gowns, along with sleeves, and sweet pearl details.  Along with strings of pearls adorning bride’s necks, birdcages are making a comeback, as well as bridal caps.  Detailed bodices and backs also give dresses a vintage feel.  Gloves and lace boots are also making their way back onto the wedding scene.  The bridal salons in Jacksonville have you covered if you are looking for a “vintage wedding grown”



With a vintage theme you have two really great options; a brooch bouquet or traditional flowers. You can indulge in a gorgeous brooch bouquet, which can be solely made up of vintage brooches from your grandmother, or from an antique store.  Or you can have a florist create vintage inspired bouquets and centerpieces to tie your theme together.  Vintage flower arrangements include a lot of greens.  There are also 3 main flowers that fit the era; roses, freesia and lisianthus.


Decor and Special Touches

You can be taken away in a vintage car, like a Rolls Royce, or swept away by carriage.  You might find yourself in a barn type wedding, adorned with chandeliers and mason jars all over.  Mason jars are extremely popular right now, and can be adorned with lace, or have pictures in them showing family.  Don’t be afraid to find some hat boxes to capture the vintage era you are going for in your wedding.  There are a lot of talented decor companies , rental companies and wedding planners on in the Jacksonville area that can make your vision a reality!



Mar 052015

If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource. There’s a new player in the online wedding game, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular – Pinterest.  Even Premier Bride of Northeast Florida has a Pinterest account….follow us here!


On, you can grab photos from around the web and ‘pin’ them onto ‘boards,’ meaning you can post the photos online, under your user name, into categories of your choosing. You can also browse other Pinterest user boards.


Many Pinners that are dreaming of their big day post boards dedicated to weddings. The photos are often accompanied with comments, and can include tips or instructions on how to create the look that was captured in the picture. Like wedding forums, you can interact with friends or strangers to get suggestions and ideas for your special day, but this time, it’s all centered around pictures of your choosing.  Many of the local Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orange Park and Amelia Island vendors have Pinterest accounts and boards that you can search and see their work.


Pinterest certainly displays boards for all the biggies like the gown, décor and food. But Pinterest’s real strength is in highlighting the details. It’s on this site that you’ll find inspiration behind your personalized napkins, the perfect photography poses or an idea for ‘something blue.’ Those seemingly insignificant details will make your day truly unique.  One thing to keep in mind when using  Pinterst is expectations.  Many of the top wedding professionals that plan celebrity weddings and events with unlimited budgets post to Pinterest.  When planning your own wedding, use it for inspirations….but make sure that your budget and the ideas you pin can be achieved.


Like many online wedding hotspots, Pinterest runs the risk of overwhelming. So, to get the most out of the site, make sure to be specific when you’re scoping out ideas.


In the search box in the top left hand corner of the page, use as many details as possible, such as ‘fall DIY wedding décor,’ or  ‘cream wedding pumps.’ If you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, it helps to at least separate your searches into different categories, such as ‘wedding décor’ or ‘bridesmaids,’ rather than just a generic ‘wedding’ search.  Another great tip is to limit the number of pins you share with your wedding vendors.  Choosing to share hundreds of pins with your wedding vendors becomes overwhelming for everyone.   Try to choose 3-4 pins per “category.”  Only pick 3 bouquets, 3 cakes you like, 3 to 4 different table scapes and so on.  Remember, you hired your wedding pros because they are professionals.  They are creative and they have probably done 100’s of weddings and they can make yours unique and special too!


It’s also a great place to see real photos from themed weddings, which can be more difficult to find on other websites. If you’re planning something outside the box, search for that specifically, such as ‘Halloween wedding’ or ‘Great Gatsby themed wedding.’


That being said, Pinterest is also a great way to explore outside your comfort zone. Whimsical, woodsy, DIY, rustic, vintage, elegant, chic, romantic and couture are all popular words on Pinterest’s wedding pins. Even if you think those adjectives wouldn’t apply to your big day, type them in and browse. You might be pleasantly surprised!


Finally, if you’re serious about using suggestions from Pinterest, do your homework. Each picture can be traced back to its original blog or website, so when you find something you like and think you could apply to your wedding, click through and take notes or bookmark the page. Otherwise, you’ll get lost on the site and look up from your computer three hours later without any clear idea on how to make your wedding nicer.  Make sure you search for local Pinterest boards…and follow the local wedding pros!


One Pinterest trick, you are able to have up to 3 secret boards.  Make your wedding board secret so your guest are surprised!


Now, get pinning!

Here are some local wedding boards;First Coast Weddings and Events, Calligraphy by Cami,   Winterbourn InnKeeler Property by Tonya Beaver Photography,


Jun 302012

2012 Wedding Color Trends – Tangerine

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One of the trendy colors for 2012 weddings is Tangerine!

Tangerine is a shade of orange which denotes energy and warmth.  This is a shade that grabs peoples attention .  Tangerine pulls from the energy of red and the happiness of yellow.

It is associated with joy, tropics, sunshine, celebration, and enjoyment of the senses.

Here are the color combinations that will go best with Tangerine!

Tangerine Color Schemes


We also wanted to highlight some great ways real weddings have used the color tangerine in their flowers, cakes, fashion, decor and more!

Photo Card Boutique

Tangerine Bouquet by CreativeTangerine Candy Table by Bridal Bubbly

Muse Floral Design

Tangerine Escort Cards by Elizabeth Anne Designs

Tangerine Wedding Shoes by Nina Stasy

Tangerine Wedding Cake by Wild Orchid Baking Co.

Jun 062012

Wedding Trends: Black and White

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Black and white is one of the hottest wedding trends in 2012!

Whether you are using black and white in your wedding decor, for your bridesmaid dresses, with your photography, or your cake – black and white is a popular pallet!

Maybe we can thank Princess Kate or Kim Kardashion for this popular trend with their integration of white bridesmaid dresses and in Kim’s case – black and white throughout the entire wedding.


Jun 052012

Wedding Trends:Signature (Healthy) Cocktails

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Having a signature cocktail at your wedding can be memorable, fun, tasty and cost effective!

So how do you choose a signature wedding cocktail?  It might be a reflection of your wedding theme, a drink the two of you like, something that will compliment the food or you can choose the new trend in low-calorie, healthy cocktails!

Here are some amazing  cocktails we came across in our quest for some signature drinks…

Blueberry-Lime Margarita- 125 calories

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup blueberry nectar
  • 1/4 cup seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons frozen limeade
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila, optional
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Coarse salt

Raspberry Spritzer – 168 calories

  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 2/3 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3 ounces raspberry-flavored syrup, or Chambord
  • Ice cubes

Watermelon Gin Fizz- 153 calories

  • 5 cups diced watermelon, divided
  • 6 ounces gin, divided
  • 8 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups ginger ale, divided
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Freeze 1 cup watermelon for garnish. Puree the remaining 4 cups watermelon. Strain; divide the juice among 4 ice-filled glasses.
  2. Top each with 1 1/2 ounces gin, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/3 cup ginger ale. Garnish with the frozen watermelon and lime wedges. Non-alcoholic variation: Omit the gin.

Talk with your venue, reception location and/or caterer about having a signature cocktail to server at cocktail hour, during the meal or at the reception.  Once cost savings tip: if you are watching your budget – don’t have an open bar – just a signature cocktail! 


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