Appropriate Gifts for a Wedding

When it comes to wedding gifts, cash is always a good idea. It can help the couple pay for the wedding, their honeymoon, college loans or to save for a house or their future. The hard part can be determining an appropriate amount to give.

The exact amount should depend on the relationship between the wedding couple and the person who is giving the gift. There is no exact science here, but the following may help to give you a better idea of what is acceptable. A gift of under $50 is generally considered too small. If you are attending a wedding for a co-worker or distant friend or relative, think $75-$100. If your gift is for a relative or friend, $100-$150 would suffice. If you are in the bridal party or attending the wedding for a close friend or close relative your cash gift should be more like $200+.

If you would prefer to gift an actual gift, the best rule of thumb is to stick to the registry. Many couples make it easy by setting up a website that links to their registry or money you can allocate toward different items for their honeymoon, such as a dinner sunset cruise or a portion of their plane tickets. Either way, the couple personally chose these items, so you can’t go wrong if you stick to their list.

Traditional wedding gifts have more of a modern twist these days. Simple bed linens and cutlery gifts have morphed into a more modern type of wedding gift, like spa-like bed or bath gifts such as satin sheets or luxurious personalized bath towels or top of the line kitchen appliances, cookware or gadgets.

Another good idea, if you are part of a group of friends in attendance or a member of the bridal party, is to band together as a group to purchase a big ticket item, they may not be able to purchase on their own.

Why Beach Weddings Are So Popular in Florida

Florida is the “Sunshine State,” full of glistening water, palm trees, beautiful tropical plants, waves lapping gently across the shores and old oak trees draped with Spanish moss. It’s gorgeous; its climate is temperate and it is just loaded with fun things to do.

No wonder Florida is such a popular place for a wedding. Just imagine nature’s most picturesque beach scenery as the backdrop for your wedding. Beach weddings are relatively inexpensive too, depending on what you choose to do. You can make it as effortless or elaborate as you wish. Choose anything from a simple ceremony to a large catered affair.

Then, you and your guests can spend some time taking in the sites and tearing up the town! Orlando is amusement park central, with Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Epcot and more. St. Augustine is a charming town rich in history. Daytona Beach has 26 miles of white sand beaches just perfect for catching some rays, and world famous Daytona International Speedway hosts the world’s biggest and best races, holds the Country 500 Festival which is bursting with country’s hottest stars and too many other great events to list! There’s great seaside shopping and dining, and Florida is famous for anything that has to do with water! Go boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing. In Florida, the world is your oyster!

A Garden Can Be the Perfect Location for a Wedding Ceremony

Florida is a place where so many beautiful plants and flowers grow, and because of the warm climate, the growing season here is a long, glorious one. Gardens in Florida are brimming with tropical plants that can make you feel like you are in an exotic destination…the perfect place for a lovely wedding ceremony.

Florida’s flora includes a variety of palms from those with thick, lush leaves to the thinner, wispy variety. There is the regal bird of paradise in white or brilliant orange, lilies in all types and colors, angel trumpet, hibiscus in subtle peaches, light or bright pinks and creamy yellows, fluffy foxtail ferns, pink and lavender trailing lantana and so much more.

Imagine a garden in full, fragrant bloom. Tables will rest under chandeliers with mini candles that will flicker in the moonlight during the reception. You’ll walk down a garden path to an archway dripping with tiny, white cascading flowers to exchange your vows. Mimosa sipping guests will wear tea length, flowing dresses and violins will serenade you. A garden wedding is exactly what romantic fairy tales are made of.

For more information on how to create the perfect garden wedding, contact Affordable Beach Wedding, Central Florida’s premier beach wedding company. We work closely with you to create the wedding of your dreams at an affordable price. We take care of all of the details from elegant, artfully decorated arches and canopy displays, to on-site hair styling and make-up, photography, videography, flowers, your cake, band, DJ and more. Just call 386-428-0777 or 386-279-1179.

Having Your Wedding in “World Famous Daytona Beach”

Twenty-three miles of gorgeous white sand beaches line its shores; beautiful luxury condos pepper those world famous shores; the restaurants in Daytona Beach whet every possible appetite; and the nightlife is incomparable. There is no better place for a destination wedding than Daytona Beach.

Imagine how much fun you and your wedding guests can have smack in the middle of “The Fun Coast.” The races at Daytona International Speedway are world-renowned. It is a short ride to Orlando for fun at Disney, Universal or the Epcot Center.  St. Augustine will win your heart with its historic charm, and Kennedy Space Center is also nearby. Daytona Beach provides some great beachside shopping, challenging golf courses, exceptional views of the inlet at Lighthouse Point and the Marine Science Center offers an interactive adventure that’s fun for the entire family.

Daytona Beach also offers the best water sports around. Try paddle boating or kayaking. Jump some waves on a jet ski, or catch some waves with your board. Go fishing in the ocean or on the backwater, or “boat-hop” to your favorite seaside restaurant for lunch. Speaking of food, Daytona Beach is teeming with terrific options for dining and, subsequently, wedding reception venues. Hold your reception in an upscale restaurant or beachside with gorgeous ocean views.

It’s indisputable…Daytona Beach is the perfect place for a destination wedding, and Affordable Beach Weddings – Central Florida’s trusted source for perfect wedding planning – is the perfect way to do it. Affordable Beach Weddings, Central Florida’s premier beach wedding company, delivers elegant, professional wedding planning at an affordable price. We will work with you to create the wedding you have always dreamed of, and handle every single, glorious detail – from elegant arches and canopy displays, to on-site hair styling and make-up, the finest photographers, videographers, florists, wedding cake designers, bands, DJs and more.

Best Hotels in Daytona Beach

Take a dip in a pool offering one of this country’s best oceanfront views. Enjoy a relaxing massage after some quality beach time. Dine in your choice of a variety of delightful gourmet eateries. Then, watch the sun set over a pristine white sand beach from your private terrace. Have I piqued your interest yet? If so, it’s time to spend some off-the-charts vacation days in one of the best hotels Daytona Beach has to offer.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the number one ranked hotel in Daytona Beach is The Shores Resort and Spa. This luxury resort boasts an unbeatable location between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean and an oceanfront, heated saltwater pool. There are cabanas for lounging, spa services and an open air restaurant with coastal fare directly on the beach.

Number two in the U.S. News ranking is Hilton Daytona Beach/Ocean Walk Village, including seven dining venues with everything from fresh seafood and steaks to burgers and deli sandwiches. This Hilton also offers luxurious suites with separate parlors, wet bars and ocean facing patios or terraces.

U.S. News also gives Catalina Beach Club four stars and 3.5 stars to Plaza Resort and Spa, Tropical Suites and Wyndham Ocean Walk.

What Makes a Wedding Memorable

Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life and should be a memorable one. There are some things you can do to make your wedding day light the corners of your mind – just like the song says.

One of the things that you can do to make your wedding memorable is to make it beautiful. Colorful floral bouquets with cascading ribbons, a lace train and bow ties, shrimp canapes, bubbly champagne, and all the people you love in one place. These are the things from which the most beautiful memories are made.

Location can also play a big part in making your wedding memorable. If you are a casual couple, your favorite seaside venue could do the trick or cater your reception on the beach and dance among the tiki torches. Or pick the best, most fancy venue you can think of to pay proper tribute to your special day.

Lack of stress is also very important. Proper planning and preparation can go a long way toward making your day one a smooth, stress-free one. Granted, a bunch of stress and catastrophes can make some memories too, but not the kind you want.

And one of the most important things that make a wedding memorable is sentiment. Writing your own vows, a toast that tells a sentimental story, a reception in a place that means the world to you, remembering those who can’t be with you…all make your wedding memorable.

Daytona Beach Events for 2018

Daytona Beach is not just a pretty face with a sunny disposition. It is a place full of exciting, fun things to do year-round.

In February alone, there is the Daytona Beach ½ Marathon on February 4th which starts and finishes at the World Center of Racing – Daytona International Speedway. Feb 18th is the 60th anniversary of the Daytona 500 – where the world’s best NASCAR drivers are pitted against each other in a battle of skill, speed and determination.

Bet you didn’t know that Daytona Beach is the Festival Capital of the World! The Blues Festival, held at Jackie Robinson Ball Park, is three full days of music from the biggest names in blues, plus up and coming artists – 2018 dates to come. Halifax Art Festival, the second oldest continual arts festival in Florida, is held in early November and showcases art from ceramics, to water painting, to oil paints and more! Immerse yourself in Greek culture and traditions during the Greek Festival in November. There will be food, music, dancing and a marketplace for shopping.

If it’s music you adore, free Bandshell concerts are held every Friday and Saturday from May through September on the oceanfront. Coke Zero 400 Weekend, 400 laps on America’s most iconic track followed by the largest fireworks display in the Southeast, will take place July 6-8. Motorcycle rallies include Bike Week in the spring and Biketoberfest in the fall – both offering entertainment, music, food and thousands of bikes to behold!

The holidays are also a glorious time in Daytona Beach. The Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade, with an endless stream of boats decorated for the season, is also a spectacle to behold. Then, Main Street Daytona shuts down and livens up for New Year’s Eve. The ball will drop, fireworks will be set off, live music will ensue and street vendors will provide a constant source of entertainment.

We Put the “Affordable” in Affordable Beach Wedding

It’s your wedding. You are about to embark on a lifetime journey, so depleting your entire lifesavings at the start is a terrible idea. Never fear! It is entirely possible to have the wedding of your dreams without busting the bank.

A beach wedding with Affordable Beach Weddings is the perfect way to get the wedding that dreams are made of…and get it affordably. Think about it, you already have nature’s most majestic scene as your backdrop. The rest is gravy! All you really need are you, the love of your life and the people who mean the most to you. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make it, but whatever you decide, a beach wedding is always a beautiful thing!

It sounds simple, but there are still a lot of details to coordinate and Affordable Beach Weddings can handle those cost-effectively while you relax and enjoy your day. You will need the proper permits, legal documents to file, an officiant, chairs for your guests. You may want music, an arch that is artfully decorated with your favorite flowers, a welcome table and canopy.

The start of your life together is exciting, and there are plenty of things you may want to do, like paying off your student loans, buying a house or maybe just setting some rainy day money aside so that you are safe in the case of any unexpected expenditures. Why not have the wedding of your dreams AND keep your savings safe? Affordable Beach Weddings will enable you to have your wedding cake and eat it too! For more information, call 386-428-0777 or 386-279-1179. Ask about our special wedding package pricing!


Beach Wedding     Beach Hair     We Do Both!

Hair – it’s the crown glory…the first thing that people notice when they glance your way.

A Wedding – if it’s done right, it is the event of a lifetime…a day dreams are made of.

Affordable Beach Weddings does both and we do them expertly.

There’s hairsprayed high 80s hair. There’s short, spiky, bleached blonde hair. There’s librarian bun hair. There’s pink, purple, blue or green hair. There’s rasta hair. Then there’s beach hair…hair without a care…hair with that effortless tousled, sexy look. Tousled styles tend to work well because when the breeze blows, your hair is – of course – already tousled! Some argue that pinned up or pinned back hair is best to combat beach weather. Sleek, slicked back hair is a good option as well because it tends to remain in place. Whatever beach hair you desire, Affordable Beach Weddings can beautifully create that style for you.

Affordable Beach Weddings also provides elegant, professional wedding planning at an affordable price. We work with you to create the wedding of your dreams, and handle every detail – from elegant arches and canopy displays, to on-site hair styling and make-up, the finest photographers, videographers, florists, wedding cake designers, bands, DJs and more. We can even help you choose the perfect wedding officiant and vows, and take care of your wedding license.

Wedding coordination and all that goes with it can be pretty hairy. Affordable Beach Wedding is Central Florida’s trusted source for wedding planning, and who better to style your hair for your special day than the people who are showcasing your style on your special day? Hair’s to a lifetime of happiness!

What Type of Music to Choose for Your Wedding

The type of music you choose for your wedding should be reflective of your style, but appealing to your guests as well…at least for the most part.
Are you a little bit country? Think “God Gave Me You,” by Blake Shelton; “I Loved Her First,” by Heartland; or “I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack.
Or a little bit rock and roll? Think “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” by Savage Garden; “Sunday Morning,” by Maroon 5; or “You and Me,” by Life House.
Don’t deviate from your song to please anyone else. Your song should be YOUR song. You should also include your favorites from your playlists. Remember to try to keep things upbeat to keep people dancing, and mix it up so that couples and older folks get a chance to slow dance.
It’s also important to appeal to the masses. In other words, consider your audience. Try not to pick anything too “heavy” or to stick to one genre. It’s a pretty good bet that old Aunt Ethel won’t be tapping her toes to Five Finger Death Punch, and your younger cousins most likely won’t be inclined to listen to Patsy Cline belt out “Crazy.” They may even think that YOU are crazy. Keep things varied, but keep it fun for you too. Remember, it’s your day!
If you need help with your selections, Affordable Beach Wedding – Central Florida’s premier beach wedding company – can help. In fact, the wide array of what they can help you with – from the area’s finest photographers and videographers, to florists, caterers, bakeries, DJs, bands and more – will bring music to your ears!