Frequently Asked Questions
We provide our services from Miami to Tallahassee. We have a variety of different venues to choose from.
Sooner rather than later is always the best. However, if we are available, we can put together a wedding ceremony same day or within 24 hours. We understand elopements can sometimes be very last minute, so we will do our best to work within your timeline.
Yes! We encourage couples to find ways to make the wedding more of a representation of themselves. If you would like to add a few sentences to the ceremony or even write your own vows, we can add those special touches.
We coordinate the wedding and work with you during the planning process to make sure all the things you need are handled. We take care of any permits that are needed, provide the extra services requested, have our officiant and photographer ready, and even pick up your flowers. The only thing the two of you need to be responsible for is making sure you show up on time and that one of you brings the marriage license for the officiant to sign and file with the city.
I’m sure we all from time to time, enjoy rain in our Sunshine State…just not on our wedding day! Unfortunately, we cannot be in control of the rain. I even think I heard somewhere that if it rains on your wedding day that is considered good luck. We can go over a plan B, but changes would need to be decided quickly and extra fees may come up with a new location.
We take care of filing your marriage license for you, however you will need to visit one of the Florida county City Halls to get your wedding license. If you are visiting from out of state, you have the option in Florida to get your marriage license the same day you get married. Once you get your marriage license, make sure to bring that with you to the ceremony.
Yes, if you do not have a witness, one of our staff members that day can witness your wedding.
Once you have finalized your wedding date, we require a deposit to hold the wedding date. The deposit acts as the first payment. The rest of the payment is due a few months before the wedding and sometimes divided into 2 payments. The deposit is non-refundable and will secure your wedding date. The deposit is applied to the final payment.
Not necessarily, the contract and deposit info are all done electronically. An interesting fact is that we have only meet with about 5% of our couples before their wedding date. We are really good at working with couples who don’t live locally!
Some locations have limits on time and others don’t. If your location requires a permit or venue fee, most of the time you are limited to the time you can stay. Let us know in the planning stages if you are planning to stay at the location after pictures are taken, this way we can make sure you have enough time.
Since the weddings we perform are small, a rehearsal is many times not needed. However, we can add a wedding rehearsal on to your package.
About half the weddings we do are ones without chairs. Friends and family usually gather around the couple on either side of the aisle and watch the ceremony. The ceremony is around 15 minutes, so the guests aren’t standing for too long. However, we do offer packages with decorated chairs.
When we say small weddings, we like to keep the number of guests to a maximum of 50. However, most of our weddings are around 14-24 guests. If you are planning a larger size wedding, please let us know so we can work around the extra guests. Sometimes it is as easy as adding extra chairs and an assistant to coordinate guests. But, remember, if you prefer, it can be just the two of you.
We understand you might have a personal relationship with your own minister or officiant, but our packages are created to work with all of our staff. We have a great team and all work very well together! If you want your minister or officiant to be part of your ceremony, perhaps you can involve them in giving a talk about the two of you or maybe even a blessing over your marriage. Having your minister officiate the entire ceremony doesn’t work well with the flow of our services and our vision for your wedding.
The quickest way is through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we get closer to your wedding date, we will make sure you have our contact phone number for any last-minute changes. You can also text me. I answer texts and calls between 9 am and 8 pm. I know people sleep in or work night shifts, so I try to be considerate of times. I may call or text back after 5 pm but no later than 8pm.
I pride myself on offering cost effective, budget friendly weddings for couples and have taken that into consideration when coming up with the pricing of each package. Each wedding is special, and it takes time to plan all the parts of the ceremony. I truly value the work I do and do not offer any discounts. We do have some mid-week packages that are available at a lower rate.
It is best to arrive already dressed and ready to go. A few of the locations have bathrooms and some locations have changing rooms for brides and grooms. Other locations have hotels steps away, so the couple can get ready at the hotel and walk to the ceremony.
Some locations offer more privacy than others. Other locations like the beach and the park are a little more open to the public (the beaches/parks are not private beaches/parks so there is the risk that there might be people there). We do know some off the beaten path beach locations were there might not be as many people out. We try to take photos from different directions, but there might still be people in your photos.
It depends on the beach. Some beaches require a permit and others don’t. Let us know which beach you are interested in and we can provide you with more information.
We take credit card, debit card, and cash
What Does a Wedding Planner Do?
Wedding planners are all about the logistics, from vendor referrals and contract negotiation to the day-of execution of your vision. Planners take the guesswork out of the process, making planning a wedding as seamless and smooth as possible. A planner will keep track of your budget and handle the logistics. Some planners also provide design or styling services, helping with the creative specifics of your wedding day.
Wedding Planner Duties:
· Provides vendor referrals and negotiates contracts; schedules and attends all vendor meetings.
· Creates detailed timelines and floor plans.
· Helps determine and manage your budget.
· Attends site tours and menu tastings.
· Brainstorms style ideas and coordinate design details.
· Coordinates hotel room blocks and transportation.
· Manages the rehearsal.
· Oversees everything on the wedding day (makes sure everyone adheres to the timeline, handles snafus,
manages vendors, and executes your vision on-site).
What Does a Wedding Designer Do?
A wedding designer's role is purely aesthetic and doesn't include things like contract negotiations or attending appointments alongside the bride. We help with the decisions that will give your event a cohesive, stylish and sophisticated look.
Wedding Designer Duties:
· Creates the wedding's design concept.
· Provides color palette guidance.
· Oversees the decor budget and vendors (florist, rentals, lighting, stationery).
· Sources special props and equipment.
· Attends a site visit to visualize where you want everything to go, devise a layout, and identify potential problems.
· Creates detailed floor plans.
· Ensures all the decor elements are in place on-site at the wedding.
What Does a Wedding Coordinator Do?
A wedding coordinator is logistically focused, but on a shorter timeline than a planner. They usually begin helping you prepare a month before the wedding and function as the point person on the wedding day. They will confirm vendor contracts and create a day-of timeline, as well as make sure things like payments and guest counts are in order but won't be involved in the earlier planning phases or keeping track of your budget. Part of the job of a wedding coordinator is to coordinate everything involved on the day of the event, from load-in and load-out to ensuring that everyone is on schedule. Coordinators make sure everything you've done up until they take over is in good shape.
Wedding Coordinator Duties:
· Meets with you four to eight weeks before the wedding to get a handle on what you've planned thus far.
· Checks in with your vendors to review the signed contracts and confirm logistics.
· Creates detailed timelines and floor plans.
· Completes a final walk-through of the ceremony and reception sites.
· Addresses any overlooked details (such as forgetting to hire a coat check attendant).
· Manages the rehearsal.
· Oversees everything on the wedding day.