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Florida is known for its notoriously hot summers, especially here in the Florida Keys.

Most of the time couples veer away from having destination weddings in the Florida Keys in July, August or September But, there are ways to beat the heat, especially when the best deals are on the table, being that July, August and especially September are the most cost effective times in the year to have a Florida Keys destination wedding.

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Rain, rain go away.....

I am writing this blog as Hurricane Irma is storming her way through the state of Florida: September 10, 2017

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Sadly, I had to help a Bride cancel her wedding this week: She arrived into town for her destination wedding with hopes that the hurricane would take a turn to the north into the Atlantic Ocean. A few days later, the county issued a mandatory evacuation for all tourists. I could tell she was fighting back tears when she called me asking "What am I going to do?"

It's not a subject most Brides want to discuss or think about when they are planning the most important day of their lives. Weather does not discriminate. It doesn't matter where you live, inclement weather is considered an "act of God" and cannot be ...

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Even if you’ve planned every last detail of your destination wedding in the Florida Keys, unexpected situations can and do arise. With the right wedding insurance you will be able to avoid the burdens of wedding day disasters such as a ruined wedding gown, a damaging tropical storm, and much more.

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What is wedding insurance?

Wedding insurance can help you get money back in the event of loss or damage of anything relating to your wedding—even if your wedding is unexpectedly cancelled due to inclement weather. With wedding liability insurance you will be covered for any property damages or bodily injuries that may happen during your celebration.

When should you get wedding insurance?It’s a good idea to purchase wedding insur...

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Destination Wedding etiquette can be a tricky thing. And when all of your guests are jetting or driving to the Fabulous Florida Keys, the destination wedding rules are a bit different, but it is not difficult. Here's a few tips:

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Figuring out your wedding budget is perhaps the largest hurdle to overcome when planning a Florida Keys wedding begins. After all, until you need to know how much money you can spend before you can start working out the details. As a professional wedding planner in the Florida Keys, I get many inquires from enthusiastic brides looking to begin their wedding plans with a common budget - $10,000. So let's take a very realistic look at what you can expect to pay for an average sized wedding of 50 guests in the Florida Keys.

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Whether you are planning a home-town wedding or a destination wedding, the bride's walk down the aisle is always one of the highlights of a wedding ceremony. However, there are a few other important people like the bridal party, mother of the bride, and officiant who enter the runway before the Bride makes her grand entrance. The wedding-processional order can be confusing, so we're breaking down who should walk when to ensure your bridal march runs as smoothly as possible. Disclaimer: Rules are made to be broken.....this is the suggested format:

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The Bride's Mother (MOB): The mother of the bride's entrance marks the beginning of the ceremony and processional. Once she reaches the end of the aisle, she takes her seat to the left of the aisle in the first row. In cases where the MOB does not want to walk solo, she usually has a strong opinion as to who she wants as an escort. Popular choices are a family member or the father (FOB) who would circle back to the Bride after seating the MOB (In Jewish ceremonies, she and the bride's father escort their daughter down the aisle together.)

The Groom's Parents (MOG & FOG): The parents of the groom should follow the mother-of-the-Bride as they are 2nd in line in importance.....especially if they are contributing to the payment of the wedding.

The Groom: Traditionally, the groom will enter next, walking down the aisle solo or accompanied by the groomsmen. However, many couples these days choose to have the groom's parents escort him down the aisle (then, his parents would sit to the right of the aisle in the front row). Another alternative would be for the groom to enter the ceremony from the side of the venue, followed by his best man and groomsmen.

The Officiant: A very important part of the ceremony, the officiant is usually honored with a spot in the processional. Alternatively, they could enter from the side of the room, with the groom or, leading the groom and his posse down the aisle (see above).

The Bridesmaids: During the processional, the bridesmaids walk down the aisle before the maid or matron of honor.

The Maid or Matron of Honor (MOH): Before the ceremony, the maid or matron of honor assists the bride with her dress, veil, and train, making sure everything looks perfect before she walks down the aisle. She then stands by the bride's side at the altar and holds her bouquet and sometimes the groom's ring.

Bridal Party Couples: Should you choose to have couples process together...then have the Groom walk in with the Officiant followed by the couples. Maid of Honor and Best Man would go last down the aisle.

The Flower Girl(s) and Ring Bearer(s): The ring bearer and flower girl precede the bride down the aisle. Traditionally, the ring bearer carries the wedding rings (or decoys, if he's too little to be trusted with the real things), tied to a small pillow/or other object. The flower girl may carry a basket of petals, which she scatters as she walks, or a posy of flowers. After the procession is over and the rings are handed off to the best man, the children's work is done, and they can be seated with their parents or stand with a responsible bridesmaid and/or groomsman.

These days, couples are becoming more creative with the childrens' accessories, incorporating fabric signs and banners, ribbon wands, and other sweet ideas.

The Father of the Bride (FOG) and the Bride: The bride's father traditionally escorts his daughter down the aisle, standing to her right. After he "gives her away" to the groom, he lifts her veil and kisses her, signifying his blessing, shakes the hand of the Groom, joins their hands together, then takes his seat beside the bride's mother.

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On your wedding day, your goal should be the guests of honor, not the host and hostess at your event. To do that successfully, you have to put your trust in your vendors to execute all the different elements of your ceremony and reception. Read more about trusting your Florida Keys wedding vendors:

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For some brides and grooms who seek perfection, a hands-off approach with their wedding vendors—at any point in the process- is truly difficult. But your goal should be to have all of your wedding schedules and details confirmed at least two weeks ahead of your wedding date. Then, you need to use the time in the last two weeks leading up to your wedding to get into the right headspace for a couple getting married.

The idea is, if you have ...

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According to a survey taken by The Knot Magazine of married couples in 2016, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is $35,329

The average cost of a wedding in Florida is $48,596

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Here are some other Wedding Average Facts:

Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29 ; Groom, 31
Average Number of Guests: 141
Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5
Average Number of Groomsmen: 5
Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (15%)
Average Length of Engagement: 15 months
Most Popular Month to Get Married: October (16%) and September (16%)
Popular Wedding Colors: Dark blue (29%), gold (28%) and light pink (28%)
Percentage of Destination Weddings: 20%

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We know that for some, diving into the uncharted waters of destination wedding planning can be, well... a little overwhelming. So here's a few answers to the questions you might have:

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What defines a BoHo wedding? Bohemian brides have long been a mainstay in the wedding market, but it's not all about flower crowns and fringe.

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Whimsical, romantic, non-conforming and effortlessly chic best describe these Brides. Start with color, lots of color, then add patterns and textures. Add personality in the form of the unexpected. What is sentimental to you?...bring it along and add it to the decor. Flowers bouquets cascade with colorful petals and dreamy greenery. The flower crown is popular for the Bride and bridesmaid too.....shoes are optional! Centerpieces are arranged in eclectic vessels and containers. Comfort food and casual dining work best with these weddings. How about food trucks, gourmet sliders, DIY s'mores with ch...

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