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.

Must-Have Beach Wedding Emergency Kit

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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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When planning a beach wedding, everything is different from the traditional stuff. This includes the dress, the shoes, the hairstyle, etc. The jewelry is no exception. It’s important that you find the perfect beach bridal jewelry to add a little sparkle to your day. Below are some wonderful choices from J.H. Breakell & Co. that are not only beautiful for your wedding day, but can be worn at any other time as well.

14K Gold Scallop Shell Double Sided Pendant

This beautiful 14k gold shell pendant has “beach wedding” written all over it. It’s dainty and feminine, and because it’s simple, it will work well with virtually any beach wedding dress. It’s a wonderful choice for any bride.

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This one is available for just over $800, but don’t worry, if your bridal jewelry budget is a small one, there are lots of other choices available from this company.

Sterling Silver Sand Dollar Pendant

Another beauty from this company is this sterling silver sand dollar pendant. Available for just $50, this one is very affordable and quite pretty. Designed to look like a miniature example of the real thing, it’s feminine and perfect for a beach wedding.

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This is also a great choice for bridesmaids gifts. It’s affordable and a gift that bridesmaids can wear long after the wedding ceremony is over.

14k Gold Sea Star Earrings

For a little bit of gleam at the ears, these 14k gold sea star earrings are perfect. They’re beautiful and simple, and the price tag attached reads $520.

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They feature excellent texture that makes them look like tiny versions of the real thing. They are heirloom quality and can be worn for years after the wedding.

Sterling Silver Sand Dollar Bracelet

Finally, this gorgeous sterling silver sand dollar bracelet is the perfect jewelry to wear at the wrist for a beach wedding. It comes in large (7 and 3/4″) or small (7 and 1/4″).

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This one is affordable, at $275, and was hand designed by J.H. Breakell. This piece of jewelry will last for a lifetime and can be cherished for just as long.

Beach wedding jewelry needs to fit a certain criteria to work correctly for the big day and each of these is perfect.

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Key West Beach Wedding Destination

by Samantha on March 3, 2014

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The southernmost city in the continental US plays host to a slew of weddings each year. With gorgeous crystal-blue waters and fine white sand beaches, it’s the perfect backdrop for your nuptials, whether you plan to have a formal ceremony or something more laid-back. Here are a few tips and suggestions that will help make your Key West destination wedding perfect.

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Think Outside the Box

If you’re a non-traditional couple, then Key West is perfect for you. Not only do you have the option of a beautiful beach wedding, but you can get married underwater at the shrine of “Christ of the Abyss.” This 4,000 pound bronze statue is located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and is one of the most photographed underwater sites in the world.

Couples can also opt to include marine animals in their ceremony at Islamorada’s Theater of the Sea, where the couple can be whisked away on a chariot accompanied by dolphins to say their “I Do’s,” and then enjoy a private reception at the beautiful Starlight Terrace.

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All in One “On the Water” Packages

Another great option for non-traditional couples is an “on the water” wedding. With a plethora of charter boats available, couples can take advantage of the wedding packages and get married on the water in the Florida Keys. Most packages include things like the wedding cake, champagne, and space for a small group. Some even include extras, like beautiful bouquets created from shells and starfish!

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Venues

It’s as if nearly every business in Key West was created with a wedding venue in mind. From Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville to the Avalon Bed and Breakfast, there is a wide array of options when it comes to venues. Most are prepared to work with out-of-state couples and have destination wedding packages available. Be sure to check out the capacity of the venue as well as making sure the packages are all-inclusive (food, cake, etc.).

Important Information

Couples will be happy to know that there is no blood test required in the state of Florida for a marriage license, and there is no waiting period for non-residents of the state of Florida. Residents of Florida will be required to wait three days before receiving the license. Both individuals will need a form of identification (driver’s licenses or state IDs, etc.) and can obtain a marriage license from any county in Florida. There is a fee of $93.50 that the couple should have with them when they go to obtain the license.

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