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Brides who are handling their wedding and reception themselves are always on the lookout for easy ideas when it comes to food. Often considered the most difficult to plan and the most expensive part of a wedding, the food is important. These 5 ideas will make things easier on the bride while pleasing the guests!

1. Yogurt Bar

A yogurt bar allows guests to serve themselves, eliminating the need for servers, and it’s perfectly appropriate for a reception – especially a mid-day reception.

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Yogurt can be kept in iced containers for guests to grab, and all sorts of toppings and add-ins can be kept along the bar. Things like granola, crushed cookies, gummy bears, etc. are perfect for a reception yogurt bar.

2. Taco Bar

Another perfect self-serve idea, a taco bar is more appropriate for a lunch or dinner reception. The beauty of this idea is that only 1 or 2 dishes will need to be kept hot while the rest can stay at room temperature or sit on ice dishes.

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A taco bar can alleviate some of the stress by allowing guests to get their own food, and it’s the type of food that is usually a win-win with everyone!

3. Fruit Kabobs

This is a wonderful idea to go along with various other appetizers or light foods during a reception. It’s also incredibly easy to create.

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Fruit dip can be placed between the kabobs, or they can simply be stacked on a platter for guests to grab as they wish. Simply cut fruit into cubes and place on skewers in whatever pattern you’d like! Smaller fruits (grapes, strawberries, etc.) can remain whole. It’s also a beautiful and visual addition to any appetizer table.

4. Popcorn Bar

A popcorn bar is a fun idea that will appeal to every guest. It’s also super easy to create.

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You simply set up jars full of different kinds of popcorn, from caramel to chocolate to plain. Guests can scoop out what they’d like into little bags or containers provided.

5. Chocolate Fountain

Last but not least, a chocolate fountain is a delicious and fun idea for a reception food. It can be surrounded by all sorts of things, from diced fruit and cookies to fudge and more.

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This is perfect for reception guests, who can opt to just eat the food without the chocolate, especially if they’re unable to eat chocolate for some reason.

Overall, each of these ideas work very well in a reception setting and help the bride keep the costs low as well as the stress!

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When couples think “destination beach wedding,” they often picture Caribbean islands, turquoise blue waters and giant price tags. However, there are more affordable destinations closer to home. One of those, Jekyll Island, is certainly worth looking into.

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Just off the Georgia coast, Jekyll Island is an image to behold: stunning beaches, ancient live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and beautiful structures – some of which serve as the perfect ceremony or reception venues.

Resources

Jekyll Island is host to hundreds of couples each year looking to tie the knot, so they have a long list of vendors and resources that are quite helpful. If you’re not a resident of Georgia, you can apply for a marriage license in the county you’re getting married in. The cost on Jekyll Island is between $25 and $35 and there is no waiting period. No blood tests are given in the state of Georgia.

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There are several vendors present on Jekyll island who can help, from officiants and florists to transportation, videographers and hair stylists.

Wedding Venues

There are a variety of beautiful venues ready for your ceremony and reception. If you’re looking for a historic venue, go with a site like the Faith Chapel, built in 1904. It’s located in the Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District.

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Another great option is Cherokee, a beautiful and stately home that will accommodate up to 50 people. Most brides have their ceremonies outdoors with their receptions in the main hall. There are 10 rooms available for rental, so it solves the accommodation and venue problems at the same time.

There are plenty of all-inclusive packages available from the vendors on the island, so it’s certainly worth looking into. In any event, Jekyll Island is a beautiful and affordable way to have the destination beach wedding you want!

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Must-Have Beach Wedding Emergency Kit

by Samantha on March 28, 2014

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You’ve heard of packing an emergency kit for weddings that includes essentials to help you survive nearly any disaster, but beach wedding kits should be a little different.

After all, you will be braving mother nature in order to say  your vows. Here are the essentials that should be added to any standard wedding emergency kit:

1. Sunscreen

While many brides provide single packets for their guests, you should pack extra in your emergency kit. This way, you’ll have plenty for bridesmaids or groomsmen who forgot, and extra incase you want to reapply.

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Be sure to get the highest possible SPF so you can keep your skin glowing and beautiful the way a bride’s should be!

2. Wet Wipes or Moist Towelettes

It’s a beach wedding and if a beach promises one thing, it’s sad. When the ceremony is over and it’s time to dance away the night at your reception, the last thing you’re going to want is sand between your toes, stuck to your legs or anywhere else! Wet wipes will allow you to clean up, even if there are no adequate facilities (a sink or shower) at your venue.

3. Body Lotion

A beach wedding might give you a sun-kissed glow, but it can also be hard on your skin. The sun and salt water can combine to dry your skin and make it quite uncomfortable.

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Pack at least a travel-size bottle of your favorite body lotion so you can keep your skin moisturized and soft.

4. Insect Repellent

While you may be lucky enough to have a small breeze that will keep the bugs from swarming, with any outdoor wedding, there should be insect repellent. It’s best to be on the safe side, as the last thing you want is to be swatting bugs all day!

Adding these items to your beach wedding emergency kit can be a serious life saver. Don’t forget all the other essentials, from super glue to bobby pins!

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5 Clever Ideas for a Beach Wedding

by Samantha on March 24, 2014

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Beach weddings are gorgeous and with spring coming, hordes of brides are ready to drop anchor and tie the knot on their favorite beach. These 5 clever ideas can help you plan exactly what to do for your beach wedding!

1. Clever Beach Wedding Signs

These are becoming so popular and they’re so easy to create. All you need are a few pieces of weathered wood and some paint.

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The more rustic they look, the better. Clever beach wedding signs look outstanding in wedding pictures and will delight your guests as well.

2. Bridal Flipflops or Sandals

The last thing you want to do is wear heels to your beach wedding. Either purchase or make a beautiful pair of bridal flipflops or sandals.

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Not only are they adorable, but they’re way more practical and even more affordable than traditional wedding shoes.

3. Seashell Place Cards

This is such a great way to lay out your place cards, and it goes right along with the beach theme. Decorative shells can be purchased at virtually any craft store, and they’re super affordable.

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Simply use them as paperweights to hold your place cards for a simple, very beach-oriented look.

4. Guest Benches

For a beautiful and laid-back look, skip chairs and provide benches for guests to sit on during the ceremony.

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This is an easy way to bring your colors in as well, because you can choose whatever cushions you’d like. This is a beautiful look and quite clever for the beach bride.

5. Add Plenty of Color

Don’t be afraid to add plenty of color to your beach wedding. Many brides tend to go with neutral, light colors like tan, cream, white, etc.

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However, vivid and bright color can look breathtaking for a beach wedding. Don’t be afraid to add as much color as you want.

These clever beach wedding ideas may provide you with some inspiration as you plan your own gorgeous wedding!

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