Post # 1
Hello South Florida brides! This board has been pretty quiet, but I know you are all out there! It would be great if all of the South Florida brides could start posting here– sharing info about the best flowers, DJ, wedding coordinators, band… etc etc.
So introduce yourself! Tell us who you are, when & where you’re having your wedding, and where you’re at with the planning process!
I will start. I am getting married on May 9th in Key Largo. I’m actually from the Boca Raton area, and my vendors are spread out throughout South Florida. I’ve done a lot of vendor research! I have all of my major vendors booked (Venue/Caterer/Cake, Chapel, Ceremony musicians, DJ, Photographer, Videographer, and I’m almost there with the florist). I’m working on my invites right now & I need to order those within the next week *eeek* so that I can send them out the first week of March.
The bridesmaids are done and I’ve picked out, but haven’t purchased, my flower girl dresses.
I do need help in a few areas, so i will be back to ask some questions once you South Florida lovelies come out of the wood work!
Once these major things are done, its onto the details! My wedding is fast approaching… only three months left to tackle my insanely long to-do list!
<span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-weight: bold”> Speak up, South Florida brides… stop by the Miami & South Florida Board and say hi!
Post # 3
I noticed on some of the other South Florida posts, people were asking about where to get a wedding dress.
My favorite bridal salon in the Broward/Palm Beach area is Belissima Brides in Deerfield Beach. The sales consultant that I worked with was absolutely amazing. If you want, PM me, and I’ll give you the name of my sales consultant and my name as a referral. She was the sweetest person and really knew all of the dresses that she had in the store. She was super patient, and helped me figure out what I liked and what looked best on me.
I also shopped at Boca Bridal, Patricia South and Victoria’s. I liked them in that order, after Belissima Brides.
Post # 4
We are planning our South Beach wedding remotely, from the Boston area. I’d really love to hear any DJ, musician, and other entertainment suggestions you might have. Thanks!
Post # 5
Hi! Im a florida bride yey!
my situation is a bit different as i will be having a reception here but not until end of this year or even in the begining of the next, im first getting married in finland where my FI is from, still i would love to get as much info on anything that would help me plan the reception here 🙂 … ohhh by the way i purchase my dress from bellisima but in coral gables… hhhmmm? i wonder why i went all the way south instead of palm beach ?? anyhow i do agree the service is absolutely amazing i love it! they helped me so much… im very happy! funny thing is that i got the very first dress i tryed it on and a man pick it for me … i thought it was so weird you know the first dress .. the perfect one, i kept going around and ended up just trying many dresses but the first one was trully the one.
Wow yeah it would be good to share info…. Key west sounds awesome, i have searched for some venues and have found really nice locations, which venue did you picked? if i may ask.
as far as been somewhere with the process hmm? im basically no were! he he he but im so busy planning the otherone in finland which is in this june 26 that only after July i would start planning.
Post # 6
I’m also in Boston and planning a South Florida wedding. Not much is planned yet, since because of the number of guests (~150) we have to keep costs very low and I have not been able to find a place!
For dates we are thinking January/February 2010.
Post # 7
Hello! I’m a South Florida bride! I live in South Broward but I’m hoping to move to Davie/West Sunrise at some point. I got engaged in December of 2007 and my wedding is in January of 2010. I’ve already got my reception site (The Rusty Pelican in Miami, the views are so gorgeous) and I’ve found a wonderful company for my photo/video/dj (Party Time in Davie), both places have been so nice to me, I’m really happy with that so far. Flowers, transportation, and invitation/stationery are next on my list.
I’m a professional graphic designer & illustrator so I’m really into doing as much of my wedding stuff myself as I can. I can’t wait to design my invitations! I wanted to do letterpress but even with doing the design myself it seems a bit too pricey, so I will probably go with silk screen printing instead.
I am working on the wedding gown at the moment and I am really excited about it, I found a fantastic wedding gown designer on Etsy. Previously the dress was REALLY stressing me out but now I feel so much better after talking to her and finding one of her gowns that I love. I tried to find a seamstress/designer here in Florida to work with but I couldn’t find ANYONE who did custom gowns! It’s crazy. My designer is in Indiana but I’m not worried, she has a ton of wedding gowns posted to choose from and a lot of happy customers in her feedback area. I love etsy!
Anyway I have a lot of questions and I’d also like to post to recommend my vendors, the ones I have are all fantastic (so far!). Looking forward to posting more often!
Post # 8
First, apologies to a couple of hive members that have sent me messages to which I have not replied… I am so sorry! I have less than 4 weeks to go until our wedding day and less than 3 til we set off from England to south beach. miami. So I am a little stressed!
I will list the vendors below that we have decided to go for… This is my dream team!!!
The Tides Hotel
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Rev. Eddie Rodriguez
Trevor Goldsmith Photography
Ft Lauderdale Tel: 954-662-6135
Toll Free: 800-635-0662
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Alison Renee Restak,
Design by guerdy/Ocean florist
Hair & Make-up
South Beach makeup studio
Post # 9
I am a Miami bride planning my wedding from NY. It’s in November so the weather should cooperate. My fiance’s family is in NY so we planned our wedding around the weather (snow/hurricanes).
Planning remotely has been a bit of a challenge, but definitely doable.
Nice to meet all of you!
Post # 13
I’m a ft. Lauderdale bride and so far this is what I canon tribute:
I ran into the same problem (super high minimums) with the hotels in the Ft. Lauderdale area. The Addison was my dream venue but their minimums were way too high for Feb (even for Oct too ). Either way you should check out Stonebridge Country Club in Boca. The pics online and on their site do NOT do them justice. I’m working with Kim who is a DOLL and they don’t have any crazy minimums for months/days and we actually had lunch there when we toured the venue and the food was phenomenal! Their prices are reasonable and they were able to fully customize a menu for me as well. One last thing, I’ve been going to a lot of bridal shows and meeting with different florists, etc. All of them had nothing but great things to say about Kim at Stonebridge and the service they provide. One vendor actually called the Addison a wedding factory and warned they nickel and dime you for everything!
Post # 14
I am having my wedding on May 24th, and it will be at the Addison in Boca. I admit their prices were very high for certain months, as stated by the previous post. But ours being in May had drastically reduced the price. My mother works in a hotel and to be honest, it seems a universal thing down here that the cooler months are nearly 1.5 x the price. The things I loved about the Addison though, and made the idea of some extra $$ worth, is it is almost like getting a venue, caterer, and wedding planner in one. They provided some great tips for bakers and decorators that I ended up using. I found the DJ, photographer, and videographer on my own though, as the ones on the Addison preferred list were a little $$.
They may appear to nickel and dime you, but if you aren’t afriaid to bust out connections or try and haggle… they will work with you. Because my mom is in the hospitality industry, they waived any “outside vendor” fees for us. Their minimum for F&B seemed high at first, but after realizing how many guests we would have and looking at open bar, cake, food, hors doervres for everyone..we realized without even trying we would excede that minimum. And that is after factoring in what other venues (hotels and such) may charge for the same things. Helene at the Addison has just been so helpful along the way, I don’t regret anything at all so far.
For Dj and Photo – I am using 84 West / AKA Party Time Dj’s from Davie. Lisa has been great to work with over there and we picked the DJ named Adam, and the photographer Tony. We haven’t had our wedding yet, but I took my FI to one of their open house events to meet them, and he just loved them both. So friendly, amicable, knowledgeable and I love that they let you meet 1-on-1 with the ACTUAL people you will work with before the wedding and before you actually choose them. Great place. My friend used them and her wedding reception was so much fun so I already have high hopes.
We used a website called WedWu to book our videographer. I am not as particular about that, I just want to have some video. Photos were more important.This site allows you to “bid” on your video package. You can say what you want and how much you will pay and they will contact you and work out a deal. I haven’t met with this videographer yet, so I can’t say much. But I liked the ability to customize a package in your budget.
I hope that helps!
Post # 15
~~~ Waves ~~~ Hi
Saw this post, and just had to drop by and wish you all well.
Mr TTR and I Eloped to a Destination Wedding (just the 2 of us) marrying on the Beach in Key West over the Christmas Holidays.
IT WAS AMAZING…
We L♥VE The Keys… having been a couple of times now…
Lol, now we have more excuses to go back and visit… all those “sweet Wedding” memories
We drove down…
Canada to SC… and then wandered thru the Mississippi Delta… Memphis to New Orleans… before hitting Florida and some of our favourite sites… Pensacola – Tampa – Fort Myers Beach – THE Alligator Alley / Hwy 41 – and then over to Key Largo. The day we hit the keys we had lunch at Alabama Jacks – Drinks at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar – and then arrived in Key West mid afternoon (had to get there in time for sunset !!)
Spent 3 Nights… and had a wonderful time (as we always do)
Then back to Miami and an overnight at an Airport Hotel before jetting onto San Juan (2 Nights there) before we boarded our 1 Week Southern Caribbean Cruise
Back to San Juan… flew back to Miami (gosh that airport is huge)… and then drove up to Fort Lauderdale for the night.
After that it was the long 3 day drive back to Canada… a fantastic 5 week adventure… with over a week in Florida. Can’t wait to get back to the “Sunshine State” later this year !!
Happy Wedding Planning Everyone !!