Honeymoon Destinations

Well, it pretty much goes without even saying that a Florida beach wedding has its own amazing honeymoon built right in. In fact, you can find several remarkable beach wedding spots right here along Central Florida’s glorious coastline. 

For instance, say you say, “I do” on Daytona Beach, “The World’s Most Famous Beach,” along charming New Smyrna Beach or within the tranquil serenity of Ponce Inlet, you will be surrounded by the best of all worlds. Aside from remarkable dining and shopping venues, numerous challenging golf courses and miles and miles of pristine beaches, you have all the world’s best theme parks to your west, the historic cobblestone streets of St. Augustine to your north and Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach just to the south.

Some of the best honeymoon destinations are beach vacations and aside from Florida, which offers so many levels of entertainment and enjoyment, there are a multitude of exotic options from which to choose – such as Italy’s Amalfi Coast, offering Moorish architecture and a short boat ride to the Island of Capri; the rich culture and beauty of Hawaii; the South Pacific paradise of Fiji. There’s Costa Rica, Bali, Greece, Turks and Caicos; Madagascar, the Maldives and Morocco. Or cool things off on the lush highlands of the Scottish coastline or Cape Cod for quaint Nantucket or impressive and lovely Martha’s Vineyard.

Like things French? Visit the romantic city of Paris, the French Riviera or French Polynesian Bora Bora. Go for the glitz of Las Vegas; experience the big easy allure of New Orleans or sip your way through California’s Napa Valley. The choices are endless!

How to Change Your Last Name

There are a lot of changes that take place after you get married. One of the first is the bride’s name should she choose to take her husband’s surname or take a new hyphenated last name. Every state has its own particular laws and procedures for changing your name, but – all in all – the process is a similar one. 

The good news is that if you are changing your name due to becoming newly hitched, there is no legal process other than the wedding itself. You can use your new name as soon as you are married, but the documentation could take a little longer.

To change your name, you will need your marriage certificate, which you can request from the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Depending on where you go, you will most likely also need a valid ID and the documentation associated with that particular office. For instance, when you visit the Office of Social Security, you will need your original Social Security card when applying for your new one and your current driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

When changing your name, don’t forget your passport, bank accounts, investments and vendors such as your mortgage company, credit cards, utility company, cable, phone, etc. Your employer will also need to be made aware of your new name.

If you are working with a premier wedding planner such as Affordable Beach Wedding, you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing that there is someone in your corner to help answer all of your questions.

Daytona Hotels for Your Wedding Party and Guests

With numerous beachfront resorts and wedding venues, Daytona is a glorious locale for a destination wedding…the perfect place to hold your wedding as well as provide exceptional accommodations for all of your guests. Here are a couple of Daytona hotel options to consider:

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach offers its beachside terrace for wedding services for small or large events. So, whether you want to rock it out with an extravagant celebration or keep things intimate, this is a beautiful wedding venue and hotel.

Listen up race fans! If racing is your thing, how about The Daytona Autograph Collection, located in One Daytona at 1870 Victory Circle? This is a Marriott hotel also offering event space for up to 300 guests and top-notch catering services.

If you are simply a fan of Marriott, there are also two beachfront Marriott hotel options, including the Residence Inn by Marriott at 3209 South Atlantic with an outdoor oceanfront terrace accommodating up to 200 wedding guests, and Delta Hotels by Marriott at 2505 South Atlantic.

Hampton Inn also offers a couple of great wedding party and guest accommodation options, including Hampton Inn Daytona Beachfront at 1024 North Atlantic or Hampton Inn Daytona Shores at 3135 South Atlantic.

Hilton provides its Hilton Daytona Beach Resort at 100 North Atlantic with its beachside wedding and hosted bar options or the Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Oceanfront at 2560 North Atlantic.

Max Beach Resort at 1901 South Atlantic offers weddings and a beachfront restaurant with ocean view too. 

The list goes on and on. So, for more detailed information and options, turn to the experienced wedding planner you can trust for your special day – Affordable Beach Wedding!

Five Things to Do After the Big Day

From lounging on the warm, white sand of “The World’s Most Famous Beach” to strolling Daytona Beach Boardwalk hand-in-hand, the Daytona Beach area offers plenty of things to do after your wedding that are romantic and fun.

You may want to start your day enjoying sweets with your sweetie at Sweet Marlays’ Coffee in Daytona Beach, which specializes in steaming cappuccinos, creamy lattes and delicious pastries.

If you want an excuse to hold on tight, you might want to opt for the thrill of the Daytona Slingshot Ride, an airboat ride in search of gators or a zipline adventure.

Or how about listening to your favorite tunes performed live at the iconic Daytona Beach Bandshell which always has a great schedule of concerts and dazzling fireworks displays scheduled?

Like things wet and wild? Visit Daytona Waterpark, which is brimming with waterslides, wave pools and a fun park or Sun Splash Park in Daytona for access to interactive fountains and decorative walkways.

If you prefer soaking up culture, with museums, romantic restaurants and gardens galore, you’ll find that Daytona Beach is not just a pretty face.

And if the excitement of racing is more your speed, take in some NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway, meander through the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum or take a drive on Daytona’s Beach where it all started…because Daytona Beach IS home to the World Center of Racing, of course.

Black Wedding Dress Trend

For those who know where they are going without being told to do so, with a style uniquely their own, there is a new, striking wedding dress fashion development trending – the black wedding dress.

Regal, out of the ordinary and untraditional, the black wedding dress trend has taken the fashion world and weddings by a storm. Although traditions are important to most, sometimes traditions can pigeonhole us into choosing things that aren’t quite right for us, such as a white wedding dress. In fact, A-listers, including Chloe Sevigny, grasped that concept decades ago and have strayed from the beaten path to wear a black wedding dress. 

Black dresses can also be elegant bridesmaid dresses. Ask any of your friends if they would prefer a fuchsia dress made of tulle or one a silky black one? Just sayin’. Plus, I can speak from experience when I tell you that my best friend threw one of the best New Year’s Eve parties ever when she got married that night and all of her bridesmaids wore velvety black gowns for the occasion…and at the risk of showing my age, that was over 25 years ago! 

Unlike white, black dresses can be more flattering to more figures and, like white, they go with pretty much everything. Additionally, if you decide to schedule your wedding in the evening, black is a great color for nighttime events. So, it’s no wonder the black wedding dress has made its way into what may just be the most important day of our lives.

A Beach Wedding Package Custom Tailored for You

When you choose Affordable Beach Wedding planning services, you can choose wedding packages ranging from those fit for a princess, to those designed with royalty in mind, to wedding ceremonies that appear as if they popped right off of the pages of a fairytale – each customizable so that they perfectly meet your particular needs and style.

For instance, imagine the majestic beauty that only the ocean can offer and the peaceful sense of calm that the surf gently lapping the sand just beyond your wedding canopy provides. That canopy is artfully wrapped in elegant fabrics, ribbons and flowers in the colors of your choosing. The guest chairs are adorned in matching ribbon and fabric. White flags gracefully flowing in the breeze and a table with your guest book and guest favors of your own design welcome attendees. 

The isles are marked with driftwood and ornamental grasses and music of your choosing plays while guests are seated, throughout the bridal party entrance, during the bride walk and while you take some time to mingle with your wedding guests.

Marry the love of your life on New Smyrna Beach, which was voted “Florida’s Best Beach” for seven years; the fun filled city of Ormond Beach; Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet, which offers a more private setting with wooden walkways along the dunes; or world famous Daytona Beach. You can opt for traditional vows or write your own that come straight from your heart. Maybe you’d like a sand ceremony in which two colored sands are melded and placed in a heart shaped keepsake vase to signify your unity. From fresh flowers, to a slideshow or a restaurant reception to follow, Affordable Beach Wedding packages can be custom tailored just for you. Call 386-428-0777 or direct to cell at 386-279-1179 to learn more.

Wedding Registry Must-Haves and Other Suggestions!

To help ensure your wedded bliss and that you don’t end up with three woks, a well-planned wedding registry could do the trick…or at least help.

On the practical side, if you don’t already have any of these items in your kitchen, you really may want to consider adding them to your wedding registry:

  • An air fryer or toaster oven will bring tasty treats to the perfect crisp.
  • Whether you prefer healthy kale smoothies or frozen margarita weekends (or both), a blender is a great addition.
  • You will need a good knife set (NO, not for the bad days – jk!) for each chopping, slicing and dicing application and a kitchen dinner set to make kitchen prep more enjoyable.
  • Whether it is a one-and-done or eight-cup variety, a coffee maker is a must if you have a coffee lover in the house.

Ok, so on to comfort, entertaining and even adventure…

  • Cozy, quality bed linens are definitely a must.
  • How about a barbeque set or patio furniture for when you move the fun outdoors?
  • There are elegant candlesticks, photo frames and wireless speakers to be had.
  • Wall art can personalize your home together.
  • Wine glasses, champagne flutes and anything else you choose to set a beautiful table are also an excellent choice for your registry.
  • Want to maintain your sense of adventure and fuel more fun times? If you like to camp, camping equipment isn’t off the table.

Here’s another thought. No one wants to go into debt before their marriage even starts, so how about a contribution toward your honeymoon or new home deposit fund?

Been together forever and don’t really need anything? A donation to your favorite charity is another excellent wedding registry option, because what better way to pay tribute to an affair of the heart than by supporting a cause that is near and dear to your heart?

Wedding Planning Included!

The wedding of a lifetime doesn’t have to deplete your life savings. Affordable Beach Wedding, offering beautiful, romantic wedding ceremonies by the sea, enables you to celebrate one of life’s most memorable days affordably.

Affordable Beach Weddings are elegant and professional with one-on-one personalized wedding planning included so you don’t have to worry about a thing. At Affordable Beach Wedding, we take care of all your wedding ceremony and reception needs from start to finish. 

This can be exceptionally helpful, especially if you are planning a destination wedding. Planning a long-distance affair can be intimidating, but with Affordable Beach Wedding’s intimate knowledge of the area and long-standing relationships with an extensive network of premier wedding vendors, you can pull it off with only one incredible hitch – YOURS!

Affordable Beach Wedding offers access to perfect ceremony locations on the beach; amazing restaurants, resorts and recreational facilities nearby; wedding services including on-site hair and make-up, decorations, music, photography, videography and officiating; and customizable wedding packages for every budget.

Your wedding day is a monumental occasion, so why go it alone when you don’t have to? Call Affordable Beach Wedding at 386-428-0777 or 386-279-1179 (cell) for more information or email eva@affordablebeachwedding.com. Affordable Beach Wedding is just an hour drive from Orlando and serves Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet, Sanford, Ormond Beach, Edgewater and the Central Florida area.

Ponce Inlet Wedding for the Win

A Ponce Inlet wedding is a win…in fact, it is a win-win! It’s got all the glorious beachside beauty and magnificence deserving of your wedding day and it is an amazing vacation destination for your guests.

Theme-park heaven, with Disney World, SeaWorld, Epcot, Universal Studios, Gatorland, The Crayola Factory and Legoland, is just a convenient drive away; and Daytona Beach offers waterparks and splash pads, as well as the iconic Bandshell Amphitheater right on the boardwalk. There are miles upon miles of beautiful beaches and oceans, rivers and bays for watersports galore; and don’t forget the museums, shopping, golf courses, unsurpassed nightlife and beachside bistros for seaside dining and indulging in refreshing adult beverages!

Ponce Inlet is even the perfect place for a honeymoon if you so choose. Stay at one of many nearby beachfront, ocean view hotels, B&Bs or condos, wake up to a leisurely breakfast at your choice of the delightful and delicious cafes and coffee houses close by, dig your toes in the warm white sand and walk along the charming and historic streets of surrounding towns. There are also a bunch of fun local pubs and live music venues where you can share a toast during a romantic night on the town.

Ponce Inlet itself is the serene home of absolutely gorgeous surroundings, as well as a famous lighthouse, its very own Marine Science Center and Natural History Museum and Hidden Treasures Restaurant and Rum Bar which conjures mental images of pirate days gone by and is an excellent venue to overlook the water, enjoy a bite to eat and let the beachy vibe wash away everything else but the two of you.

Stream Your Wedding Live for Those Who Can’t Make It!

When you picture the perfect wedding, is it a destination wedding – one with palm trees, warm rays of sunshine on sandy beaches with glistening water and blue skies? Destination weddings are popular because they offer all of the amenities of a tropical resort, they have a honeymoon venue for you and a vacation venue for your guests built right in and they can be very affordable. So, what’s the hold-up?

Are you like so many people who forgo their dream destination wedding in exchange for a local, run of the mill wedding so that everyone you care about can more easily attend? Don’t give up your dreams when it’s not necessary.

There’s a solution for everyone…We stream everything, from our favorite television shows and movies, to our sports games and gaming. So why not stream your wedding? That’s right, you can stream your wedding for all of the people who are important to you, but can’t make it!

Do you have an older relative who is infirmed or might not otherwise be able to travel? Does your cousin have a house full of kids who weren’t invited or who may just be too cumbersome or expensive for her to transport? Are some of your friends limited on funds so they had to decline your invitation? No worries, they can all watch your wedding live (and so can anyone else you choose!) with everyone who attends when you stream your wedding in real time.

If you have any questions about making your dream wedding a reality, just contact the premier wedding planners on Florida’s majestic coast – Affordable Beach Wedding (386-428-0777 or direct to cell at 386-279-1179).