Post # 1
Hello all – I am from London and after 16 years together with my partner we are going to elope to Florida. It will just be us and our two small children. We are getting married on Pass a Grille Beach while staying at the Don Cesar Hotle for a couple of nights. I am really struggling with how we can make it special in the evening. We are getting married at 4pm so will be having sunset photos…but what can we do after that?! I want to do something afterwards where I can still wear my wedding dress, but becasue we have our little children with us, we are quite limited to what we can do. Obviously, living in London I am unable to check local places out. We thought about eating at the Don Cesar Hotel but I am wondering whether I will look out of place in my wedding dress alongside all the other diners. I don’t want to get married and then that’s it, so if anyone has any suggestions on what we can do in the evening I would love to hear them.
Post # 2
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
olipops: I would use tripadvisor to find nearby attractions, their reviews are SO helpful! Sorry I can’t be more helpful, that’s not an area of FL that I’m familiar with.
Post # 3
I love pasagrille beach, it is my favorite beach and spent so many days there as a kid. When are you getting married? As for activites, I do know there is John’s pass in Madeira beach which is not too far away. There is also the St pete pier. Those places may be kid friendly. I wish I could be more help, because I can tell you all the cool spots to drink and party 🙂
Also, I do not think you will be out of place at the Don Cesar in your wedding dress. That hotel is beautiful and really do not think people will look at you weird.
Post # 4
How dressy is your dress? Florida pretty much has its own dress code, which is very very casual. You may feel more comfortable changing into an upscale sundress or similar outfit, leaving your wedding makeup and jewelry on, for your evening activities. Everyone loves a bride so no one is going to side-eye you if you’re out and about in a formal wedding gown, so if you don’t feel like changing, you’ll be fine. That said, even in the winter months, Florida (especially the Tampa/St Pete area) can be oppressively humid. You might have great temperatures and brutal humidity that make a more formal dress stick to you like a wet washcloth. So, if it were me, I’d change to a lightweight cotton type outfit as soon as I could!
as for what to do in the evening, there are loads of charter boats in the area (not sure about the specific beach but Tampa/St Pete greater region is boating heaven). A moonlight cruise might be a fantastic way to end the day.
Post # 5
Thanks so much for your replies. My dress is a proper big dress. Suppose what you might call a princess dress. We are getting married this October (late October). So I am hoping the weather won’t be too warm and sticky. We did consider a cruise but it clashes with the time we’re having our sunset photos so we are doing that the night before now. FireLily, that’s so lovely to hear thanks for your lovely comments.