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8 Tips for a Beautiful South Florida Wedding

8 Tips for a Beautiful South Florida Wedding

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Planning a wedding in beautiful South Florida?

It's a wonderful idea, but there's much to consider in our area! Whether you're looking in Miami or Jupiter, it's important to consider a number of factors in planning your day.

Factor in Hurricanes

We’re in South Florida, so hurricanes can and do occur from time to time! Although they’re not typically devastating, they can greatly impact events. When a hurricane hits, there can be road closings, extremely high winds, flying debris, and much more. Hurricane season runs from June through November – make a note of this when planning your South Florida wedding!

Choose the Best Month

For an ideal South Florida wedding experience, choose a date between November and March. It gets hot and humid around April and May, and this definitely continues well into October. It can be very challenging for guests to endure long stretches of outdoor wedding events in the heat and direct sun. Additionally, rainfall is typically heaviest in June and September.

Where's the Beach?

The beach is basically the hallmark of Florida, and if you’re having a destination wedding here, it will more than likely be on the beach. Beach weddings can be incredibly moving and stunning, but there are many things to consider. From the time of day, to tides, to sound issues, sand type, rain and permits, it’s important to ensure you’re considering all of these things in your planning.

Use the Scenery

You don’t necessarily have to do an ocean beach theme for your day, but you can use the natural beauty of South Florida to enhance it. The area offers so much in the way of lush landscapes, palm trees, and gorgeous waters. If you can allow the natural landscape to be a beautiful backdrop and tropical ambiance for your day, it will only add to the charm of your Florida wedding.

What's in the Area?

Even if you aren’t using a Florida beach theme, it can be fun to incorporate the area into favors, welcome baskets, bridal party gifts, and other small, thoughtful details throughout your day. There are plenty of talented local vendors who offer personalized or unique items that would fit the bill of sophistication with Florida charm.

Take a Trip

If you’re planning a destination wedding in South Florida, make sure that you take a trip here (or several, if possible!) before the big day. As your planners, we can help with much of the legwork, but it’s still crucial to see your venue and the surrounding area for yourself. No matter where your day takes place, it’s very helpful to envision your wedding in person.

Beyond the Ocean

There’s more to this area than just the beach! You have the beautiful intracoastal waterways and other marina views that make for stunning weddings and reception backdrops. Consider other venues that may offer a unique view and vibe that might just be perfect for you. From the modern to the rustic, South Florida has a lot more options than just the beach.

A Plan B

With any wedding, it’s important to have a Plan B. Florida weather is notoriously unpredictable, and it can be sunny one minute and pouring rain the next. A solid Plan B will ensure that you still have a beautiful day in a dry (or less windy) setting – and avoid a lot of stress!

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Styled Shoot at the Bowery in West Palm Beach: Industrial Antique Glamour - Part Two

Styled Shoot at the Bowery in West Palm Beach: Industrial Antique Glamour - Part Two

Styled shoots are essentially small, mock events or weddings that allow several vendors to collaborate to creative something beautiful and/or innovative. The goal is often publication in industry blogs, but not always. 

In Part One of the styled shoot blog, I focused more on the people and concept of our shoot.  Today is all about the details and table setting! Details really make a shoot fun, unique, and set apart from the rest, so I'm excited to share this part of it.

The incredible hand-lettered writing on the back of the chairs was done by Ink Letter Love!

The incredible hand-lettered writing on the back of the chairs was done by Ink Letter Love!

The table setting was one of my favorites! Since the linen was so sparkly and involved, I wanted to keep the rest fairly simple. White plates with silver added that classic touch, along with rose gold silverware, acrylic napkin rings, and ivory napkins.  I also LOVE the marble place cards, also made by the amazing Ink Letter Love!

Palm Beach Wedding Bowery Palm Beach Tablescape

Onto the rest of the table! We did champagne glasses with gold polka dots, rose gold candle holders, clear glass candle holders, and bright flowers.  I felt very strongly about the brightly colored flowers against the more industrial, rose gold and marble look, as it's not typically done.

I love the bold pops of color against the more neutral tones!

I also did a lot of geometric touches with the tiny marble vases and the rose gold geometric votives. They added a lot of unique touches!

I also did a lot of geometric touches with the tiny marble vases and the rose gold geometric votives. They added a lot of unique touches!

LOVE these colors in the arrangement from Creative Florals!

LOVE these colors in the arrangement from Creative Florals!

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Palm Beach Wedding Bowery Palm Beach Rose Gold Tablescape
Palm Beach Wedding Bowery Palm Beach Rose Gold Tablescape
So. many. candles!

So. many. candles!

Next up was the INCREDIBLE cake by Johnson's Custom Cakes. It was marble, mixed with pink and geometric shapes...it was perfect!

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Another beautiful touch were these heart CHOCOLATE boxes from My Favorite Sweets Favors! Aren't they adorable? So intricate and edible too - the best part!

Another beautiful touch were these heart CHOCOLATE boxes from My Favorite Sweets Favors! Aren't they adorable? So intricate and edible too - the best part!

A few more details! The plate/bowl for our wedding pup, as well as some chocolate chip cookies dipped in white chocolate and covered with (edible) rose gold glitter. So much fun!

A few more details! The plate/bowl for our wedding pup, as well as some chocolate chip cookies dipped in white chocolate and covered with (edible) rose gold glitter. So much fun!

Our Bridal Party enjoying some champagne around the beautiful table.

Our Bridal Party enjoying some champagne around the beautiful table.

Cheers Champagne Bridal Party Bride Groom Palm Beach Wedding

Cheers to a beautiful shoot.

Thank you to the venue, vendors, models, and everyone who made it possible!

VENDORS:

Venue: Bowery Palm Beach
Photographer: Amanda Smith Photography
Planner: JN Event Design
Florist: Creative Florals
Invitations: Cricket Printing
Bridal Attire: Bacio Bacio Bridal
Men's Attire: Studio Men's Wear
Bridal Accessories: Champagne and Grit
Hand Lettering: Ink Letter Love
Favors: My Favorite Sweets Favors
Robes: Sandy Waters Store
Rentals: Allure Party Rentals
Cake: Johnson's Custom Cakes
Hair: Hair by Chelsea Marie
Makeup: Monica the Makeup Girl
Models: Camila, Doug, Ashley, Chris, Giovanni, Jaime

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Styled Shoot at the Bowery in West Palm Beach: Industrial Antique Glamour - Part One

Styled Shoot at the Bowery in West Palm Beach: Industrial Antique Glamour - Part One

Styled shoots are essentially small, mock events or weddings that allow several vendors to collaborate to creative something beautiful and/or innovative. The goal is often publication in industry blogs, but not always. 

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working with several excellent vendors on a styled shoot at Bowery Palm Beach. The Bowery, located in CityPlace in West Palm Beach, is a restaurant/concert venue/event and wedding venue that has a ton of beautiful space.

Our shoot theme was "industrial antique glamour," which combined several trendy elements with classic styles. We started with our love of marble, rose gold, and geometric shapes. We knew that this combination was modern and on trend, but adding touches of silver and more intricate patterns added to the antique vibe.

The Bowery also features a lot of industrial elements, so it was an interesting combination that gives an elegant-meets-urban feel. While marble and rose gold are extremely popular, the bright florals and lace details keep that classic look that's timeless!

We started by getting the Bridal Party ready...

Monica of Monica the Makeup girl did an incredible job of enhancing the ladies' beauty with her makeup design.

Monica of Monica the Makeup girl did an incredible job of enhancing the ladies' beauty with her makeup design.

Hair by Chelsea Marie did the gorgeous loose waves and classic updo for our Bride and Bridesmaids.

Hair by Chelsea Marie did the gorgeous loose waves and classic updo for our Bride and Bridesmaids.

One of my favorite details from the day were these adorable robes from Sandy Waters Store!

Ashley, Camila, Jaime

Ashley, Camila, Jaime

Doug, our Groom, was also busy getting ready during this time

Doug, our Groom, was also busy getting ready during this time

While everyone got ready, Amanda of Amanda Smith Photography was busy styling and taking photos of our other details.  The gorgeous blush and marble invitations by Cricket Printing and incredible bridal accessories by Champagne and Grit made for some fun photos!  The accessories were custom-designed for our shoot and added a touch of glam to the Bride's outfit.

Bowery Palm Beach Wedding Inspiration Wedding Invitation Accessories
A few more shots of these items!

A few more shots of these items!

Then it was time to get dressed! The classic lace dress, provided by Bacio Bacio Bridal, was a perfect "antique" touch to our industrial antique glamour theme. 

Bowery Palm Beach Wedding Inspiration Wedding Dress

Camila looked SO very stunning in it!

Bowery Palm Beach Wedding Inspiration Wedding Dress Bride
Our Groomsmen had a blast together! Chris, Doug, and Giovanni

Our Groomsmen had a blast together! Chris, Doug, and Giovanni

The beautiful Bride and her Bridesmaids! Jaime, Camila, and Ashley

The beautiful Bride and her Bridesmaids! Jaime, Camila, and Ashley

So handsome and gorgeous - and they were a blast to work with!

So handsome and gorgeous - and they were a blast to work with!

Then it was time for some shots of the Bride and Groom.

Adorable!

Adorable!

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The Bowery provided some exceptional food for our shoot as well.  From our Signature Cocktail to the Chateaubriand and scallops - it was all delicious!

Bowery Palm Beach Wedding Food Restaurant
And quite possibly my favorite detail of the day - pup Sophie! She was obviously a cutie and a real trooper throughout the whole day.

And quite possibly my favorite detail of the day - pup Sophie! She was obviously a cutie and a real trooper throughout the whole day.

After the indoor shots at The Bowery, Amanda took everyone around CityPlace and West Palm Beach for a few more group shots.

Bowery Palm Beach Wedding Inspiration CityPlace West Palm Beach
I love this shot on the beautiful steps of CityPlace. This Bridal Party was wonderful!

I love this shot on the beautiful steps of CityPlace. This Bridal Party was wonderful!

I'll be sharing more of the details and other parts of the shoot later this week!

VENDORS:

Venue: Bowery Palm Beach
Photographer: Amanda Smith Photography
Planner: JN Event Design
Florist: Creative Florals
Invitations: Cricket Printing
Bridal Attire: Bacio Bacio Bridal
Men's Attire: Studio Men's Wear
Bridal Accessories: Champagne and Grit
Hand Lettering: Ink Letter Love
Favors: My Favorite Sweets Favors
Robes: Sandy Waters Store
Rentals: Allure Party Rentals
Cake: Johnson's Custom Cakes
Hair: Hair by Chelsea Marie
Makeup: Monica the Makeup Girl
Models: Camila, Doug, Ashley, Chris, Giovanni, Jaime

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