Post # 1
We just got engaged a month ago and my father just told us that we would be on our own for paying for the wedding. My father decided it was more important for him to get married first (no I am not Bitter) lol.
We were looking at having a beach wedding in Florida near the Daytona Beach area and I have no idea where to start. I have no sisters and my mom died when i was 18. I go to Bridal shows and look at things on line all the time but seem to end up more confused by the end of the day…
Any feed back, ideas, location, DIY things would be greatly appreciated
Post # 3
First piece of advice. Breathe. Just take a breath and relax. It will be fine.
Your first things you need to cover are going to be date, budget and approx how many guests. Those things are the 3 biggest factors in choosing any other vendors. Then you should probably come up with a general theme/feeling you want to portray. Pick out some colors, etc. After all your general stuff is settled, then I would look into vendors.
I would book venue and photog first. Those 2 seem to fill up faster than anything else.
Post # 4
I think I looked up some beach areas around there for someone else before you. It seems pretty easy to get married on the beach in that area, if I remember right. There seems to be an abundance of “wedding packages” you can get. I just found this information for you. Daytona Area’s Beautiful Beaches
No charge or permit required for less than 50 people. For weddings with 50 or more, a beach permit may be required.
Call Beach Services to find out: 386-239-6414, Ext. 21 (Tammy Andrasco) or 386-329-7873. I bet this person could give you names of people that she thinks are the best for packages. I think I also found a restaurant just off the beach for someone earlier. Feel free to email me if you want more assistance. I don’t mind helping bees. Rhonda 🙂
Post # 5
First and foremost, you need to decide on the total amount that you and your FI are comfortable with spending on the wedding. (I think too many poeple jump in and start going crazy shopping for stuff without first knowing their own bottom line.)
Next, you need a rough idea of the number of guests you want to invite. Once those two items are nailed down, I would look for at The Knot or just google for a wedding planner in the Daytona area. They are really not that expensive and WELL worth the expense. It sounds like this will be destination wedding, so having a wedding planner that knows the area really well will help you with everything from flowers to photographers, and will know which vendors are good & reliable as well as which vendors will fit into your budget. He/she can also help lay out the budget so you will know how much you have to spend on yor dress, your invitations, and every other aspect of the wedding celebration.
Post # 6
As a wedding coordinator, first, I would suggest you put together a reasonable budget (including how much you can comfortably put away each month). Don’t include how much you have in credit in your calculations, you don’t want to start of in debt and you only want to have to use a credit card in case of emergency. Second, decide what’s most important for you (i.e. flowers, favors, invitations, food, beverages, music etc.), list all the aspect of your wedding and number them (1 being the most important). From there you will have a better idea of how you want to structure your budget. Remember most vendors take a deposit and then work on payments or delayed payment (meaning day of the wedding). Make sure you contract your vendors in a timely manner (in accordance with your budget).
Best of Luck!
Post # 7
Since this is a duplicate post, I’m going to close this thread and direct you back to this one!