Should You Get Married Barefoot or in High Heels during a Beach Wedding?

Never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes, especially if you are at a beach wedding.  A sandy beach can create some challenges if you are in heels. Tiny hills begin to seem mountainous in your journey across the sand, gullies in the sand become cavernous ditches which could eat you alive and heels sink deeply in the sand with every step.

So, if you are considering wearing heels at your beach wedding, watch your step. If you can’t live without showcasing that dazzling dress with a gorgeous pair of glistening Jimmy Choo Stilettos, you may want to consider an escorted walk to your aisle. A sturdy arm to hold as you walk across the sand could solve any sand issues. Just make sure that your aisle is solid. If you reach it and let go of that arm, you could be in big trouble if you find your aisle is only a carpet covering the sand.

Another option is to be comfortable while you are enjoying the beach portion of your ceremony. Barefoot ceremonies can be beautiful and carefree. If you prefer shoes, sandals come in all shapes and sizes, and can provide an elegant, stunning and safe option for navigating the beach.

Finally, if your reception is held at another location – a beachside restaurant, for instance – you can go barefoot or sandal-clad for the beach portion of the program and sport those Jimmy Choos at your reception…where, I might add…they may very possibly remain in better shape (as could you).

Best Wedding Songs for 2018

Your wedding ceremony and reception are a reflection of you, from the color and style of the bridesmaid dresses, to the flowers and setting. But don’t forget that one of the most memorable moments at your wedding will be when they play your song. As the saying goes, “Say it with music.”

Here are some wedding song options that have been making people cry with joy for many years, up to and through 2018…

As we all know – and have heard many times before – you can go old school with “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross or “Because I Loved You” by Celene Dion.

Maybe you are a little more “today” and prefer more of a “When I run out of road you’ll bring me home” or “And I live so I can die with you” type of song. Either way, there are some great tunes out there that could make the perfect wedding song for you. So, of course we have “Die with You” by Beyonce, “Sweet Creature” by Harry Styles; and then we have wedding songs like “What Lovers Do” by Maroon 5, “Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce, “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, “Charmed to the Rhythm” by Katy Perry, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Womack or “You and Me” by Lifehouse; “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, “Wolves” by Selena Gomez, “I’m the One” by DK Kahlid and Justin Beiber, “Rewrite the Stars” by Zac Efron and Zendaya, “There are Many Ways to Say I Love You” by Sylvan Esso. The list is enormous and keeps growing!

Oh and don’t forget to keep the party going with party wedding songs that liven things up, with songs like “Ain’t to Proud to Beg” by the Temptations, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen or “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.

Great Souvenir Ideas for a Beach Wedding

A wedding souvenir is a precious memento to mark what could possibly be the most momentous occasion of your life! You want your wedding souvenirs to reflect your personality and wedding style. And beach weddings open up a variety of wonderful and whimsical wedding souvenir options from which to choose…

If your wedding is lavish and you have something elegant in mind for your wedding souvenirs, it could be a silver scallop that opens to chocolate truffles, a beautiful vase etched with a sea scene along with your names and the date of your very special day, one-of-a-kind napkin rings made from exquisite stones from the sea, nautical wine stoppers, or personalized pilsner or stemless wine glasses with etched starfish or sand dollars.

For something a little simpler, yet still reflective of your beachside nuptials, you could choose beachy luggage tags, coaster sets, pillows or beach bags. There are bottle openers or keychains in the shape of a palm tree, flip flop, or anchor. Think sea themed photo frames or candles.

If your wedding style is more whimsical, go crazy and have fun with your souvenir choice. Give your guests oversized sunglasses or flip flops that they can wear during the beach portion of your wedding. You could provide personalized sunscreen or beach fans to keep your guests cool during the ceremony.

You can choose just about anything for your wedding souvenirs, so let your imagination run wild! For more souvenir ideas or any other help with wedding planning, call Central Florida’s trusted source for beach wedding planning – Affordable Beach Wedding.

How Far Ahead Should You Reserve Your Wedding

Timing is everything…especially when you are planning the perfect wedding. There is a beautiful event venue to reserve, caterers to schedule, guest lists to make, invitations to order and send, a gorgeous dress to choose, fittings, vow decisions, an entire wedding registry to decide, cakes to taste, a honeymoon to plan and so much more! If it’s a destination wedding, keep in mind that you also have hotel room blocks to reserve.

Most people plan their weddings one to two years in advance and book their church or temple and wedding reception venue as soon as they become engaged. Don’t worry if you don’t have that much time though. You can plan beautiful beach wedding in less time. However, remember that your RSVP date should be three weeks prior to the event. Your caterer will need guest counts well in advance of your event. So, at a minimum, you need to send out your invites six weeks in advance and set an RSVP date for two weeks before. Add time to choose and print those invites too. Caterers, flowers, the cake, bands, etc. should be booked months in advance if possible. Timing is also largely predicated on your wedding date. If the timing of your wedding is in high demand, give yourself some extra wiggle room for sure!

And if this all seems too overwhelming, there is a place you can turn to for reliable wedding planning assistance. Affordable Beach Weddings is the Daytona Beach area’s trusted source for wedding planning that wows! Don’t lift a finger. Just tell us what you want and leave it all to Affordable Beach Weddings. Our extensive network of the area’s most exceptional special event vendors makes us the go-to, one-stop-shop for the wedding of your dreams. We work with only the best photographers, videographers, DJs, bands, caterers, florists and cake bakers, so you and your guests will enjoy every aspect of your special day.

Call 386-428-0777 or 386-279-1179 or email  for your free consultation. Also feel free to peruse our wedding packages on our website for some great ideas!

Why Selecting a Wedding Package Can Save You Time and Money

A wedding package designed by Affordable Beach Weddings is a tried and true, turn-key approach to wedding planning. As savvy wedding planner knows, a wedding that dreams are made of does not have to cost a fortune. And, as with any of our Affordable Beach Wedding packages, we have created them for beautiful brides time and time again, so they are absolutely flawless.

Planning a wedding can be stressful and overwhelming. Affordable Beach Wedding packages are not. They save time because they have already been carefully thought through. They have been strategically developed so that they are as cost-effective as possible. Additionally, and possibly most importantly, they eliminate all of the stress associated with wedding planning because Affordable Beach Wedding takes care of it all…down to every little detail, so that you can relax and enjoy your day.

Additionally, Affordable Beach Wedding offers a wide array of wedding packages from which to choose, so there is sure to be an option that will “be the one” for you. Choose from something as simple as just a wedding officiant, to what we like to call our Cinderella Package – with a beautifully decorated canopy and seating, a heart in the sand, a heart vase sand ceremony, lantern isle markers, music, photos, slideshow, welcome table, rose bouquet and boutonniere and wedding flags.

If you would like a beautiful beach wedding in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet or Ormond Beach, you can trust Affordable Beach Wedding with one of the most important days of your life. Our wedding packages have been designed by wedding specialists based on popularity, creativity, elegance and beauty.

How to Keep the Peace with Relatives at a Wedding Reception

Ever see those crazy wedding reception videos on YouTube…like the one where someone’s drunk Uncle Bobby Joe starts a fight with Uncle Billy Bob, wild punches ensue and one of them goes flying into the cake? Yeah, not so great, and guessing that’s not the entertainment you are looking for at your wedding.

Old wounds are sometimes bold wounds, and most families are bound to have them. However, I am sure you will agree that the fairytale wedding of your dreams is no place for a knock down drag out. So, there are a few things you can do to avoid massive mayhem on your special day.

First, you will want to invite wisely. If you are close to Aunt Edna and Aunt Edna hates Aunt Agnes because she stole her boyfriend 55 years ago, you may want to invite just one of them or possibly neither of them. If neither of those options is a possibility, hopefully you can avoid conflict with a strategic seating plan.

Make certain that Aunt Edna and Aunt Agnes are not seated at the same table; and, better yet, seat them at tables that are located on opposite ends of the room. The farther these potential sparring partners are placed apart (hopefully we are talking only verbal sparring here, but even so…), the better things will be for you.

It’s also a known fact that alcohol can be at the root of poor choices. As we don’t want any contentious situations to occur during your wedding reception, it is sometimes better not to serve alcohol around people who could exhibit questionable behavior. Keep in mind that sparkling cider is always nice for a toast!

Is White Still a Popular Wedding Dress Color for 2018

We all know the old Miss Manners’ rule that you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day, but are we still sticking to time-honored, somewhat antiquated traditions? Heck, most young brides probably don’t even know who Miss Manners is! For that matter, is white still the most popular wedding dress color for 2018?

Today, we tend to deviate from old-fashioned fashion rules and traditions, as evidenced by the stiletto fingernail, blue hair and man purse trends…just to name a few. And as with nail, hair and day to day fashion trends, wedding dress trends are on the move.

Roman brides wore white robes as a tribute to the god of marriage and fertility, and later, the traditional long white gown symbolized virginity; but as our times changed, more and more brides chose eggshell, cream, and ivory. Now there are brides who love the idea of a wedding dress saturated in color. In fact, Vera Wang’s wedding collections show everything from black and white to fiery red, to an entire assortment of rainbow colors.

So, it seems that the color of the wedding dress, as with every element of a wedding can vary from one bride’s idea of her dream day to the next bride’s preferences. And what she picks can become the centerpiece of the wedding, as well as dictate the entire color palette of the wedding. So go bold or go home, or stick to tradition. The choice is yours…and isn’t it nice to have so many choices?

What to Do When It Rains at Your Wedding Location

“Into each life, a little rain must fall.” Don’t let a little rain ruin one of the most special days of your life. Here’s what to do in case of rain at your wedding location…

The first thing you want to do is to be prepared. If you plan a beautiful beach wedding outside, cover your wedding arch, guest seating and reception area with tented canopies. Even if it doesn’t rain, the canopies can help to keep the sun out of your eyes and the wind off your back (and that of your guests as well!).

Another good idea is to make sure you have a backup plan. If you plan to have your wedding ceremony on the beach and then hold the reception at a beautiful ocean side restaurant venue, see if your restaurant of choice has available space in case you need to move your ceremony indoors due to weather. If not, you can always check around to see if there are other indoor facilities that can accommodate you and your guests during your ceremony should inclement weather require it.

The best way to ensure that your wedding comes off without a hitch – rain or shine, is to enlist the forces of Affordable Beach Wedding – Central Florida’s premier beach wedding company. Affordable Beach Wedding has an extensive network of contacts in all the right places. Don’t take chances when you don’t have to. You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. Start it off right. Start it off with Affordable Beach Wedding services

Planning a Daytona Beach Wedding Has Never Been Easier!

First, we sit down with you to find out everything you could possibly require to make your special day exactly what you desire. Then we individually tailor the wedding plan of your dreams. Our wedding planning experience and knowledge, as well as our reputation, are stellar recommendations, so even if you are not sure exactly what you envision, we can provide examples and suggestions to come up with the perfect event for you.

Our clients never have to lift a finger. They can leave absolutely all of the “heavy lifting” to us. We also understand how overwhelming and important this planning is to you, so we make sure you feel as though you are part of the process every step of the way.

Our extensive network of the area’s most exceptional special event vendors makes us the go-to, one-stop-shop for the wedding of your dreams. We work with only the best photographers, videographers, DJs, bands, caterers, florists and cake bakers, so you and your guests will enjoy every aspect of your special day.

Affordable Beach Wedding makes sure that if you are planning a destination wedding on one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, you can rest assured that Affordable Beach Wedding will make your event a memorable one. Affordable Beach Weddings is Daytona Beach’s trusted source to bring your magical day to life! Call 386-428-0777 or 386-279-1179 or email  for your free consultation. Also feel free to peruse our wedding packages on our website for some great ideas!

Daytona Beach Wedding: Where Your Magical Day Can Happen in Any Season

Daytona Beach is a magical place, where beautiful beaches are lapped by warm water, gentle breezes blow and the sun glistens on the ocean. Why not enjoy your magical day in a magical place? Daytona Beach is the perfect place for a wedding…in any season!

Peak season in Florida is mid-December – April, so if you are looking for gorgeous, temperate weather, this would be a great time to choose. Peak season will also offer your guests a respite from the colder weather wherever they live. Everyone needs a break from chipping ice from windshields, shoveling snow and driving (and just existing, for that matter) in inclement weather conditions.

Also, think of all the things there are to do in Daytona Beach during peak season. Your guests will have a ball! Think February for romantics and race fans! Aside from Valentine’s Day, it is time for the Daytona 500. In fact, Daytona Beach holds fabulous events all year long. There are live concerts, over-the-top car shows and festivals of every kind throughout the year. Did you know that Daytona Beach was named the “Festival Capital of Florida”?

If you are looking for a bargain, try off-season. Late spring and early fall are both beautiful times of year in Daytona Beach, Florida – when the weather is still mild (and not too hot), the crowds are thinner and you can get the most for your dollar. Peak season is prime time for wedding venues so, during the off-season, aside from enjoying better availability, you will pay less for your venue. Your guests will pay less for their plane tickets and accommodations, and other important items, such as your cake, flowers, and music, will all cost less for you.

Summer has its perks as well. Keep in mind that summer is the time when kids are out of school, so some of your guests may find it an easier time to make that trip to Florida. Those with kids may also enjoy the fact that America’s greatest theme parks are just an easy drive away!