Saturday, October 5, 2013

Bridal Shows in St Petersburg, FL

Haven't been to a bridal show yet? You might be missing out on one of the best opportunities to plan your wedding! Why drive all over town meeting with wedding vendors, when they're already all in one place, waiting to meet you and give you discounts and door prizes?

Whether you're just looking for ideas and inspiration, planning to book with a particular wedding vendor, taking advantage of special bridal show discounts, or just going to enjoy the free food and entertainment, attending a bridal show is always worth your time if you're planning a wedding! Bridal shows can be a great way to get started with your wedding plans, or wrap up a few final details.

So no matter where you're at in your wedding planning timeline, attending one of our bridal shows in St Petersburg, FL is always a fun and productive way to spend a couple of hours!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

An Interview with Kelly Nishimoto from TLC's 'Something Borrowed | Something New'

Many of you are fan's of TLC's Bride Night, which has produced some of the most popular wedding shows in the country and has become a must see for engaged couples who are planning a wedding. So when TLC asked us to help promote their newest show, we were thrilled to help them out!

And we must say, this new show looks pretty addictive! It's called 'Something Borrowed | Something New', and according to Sam Saboura, one of the show's stars, "It's like one part Say Yes to the Dress and one part Project kind of get the best of both worlds". 

The basic premise is that a bride must choose between wearing her Mother's wedding dress (that is being completely re-designed by the show's co-host, designer Kelly Nishimoto), and wearing a brand new dress that is chosen for the bride (based on her real budget) by Saboura.

The emotional attachment that the Mothers tend to have to their wedding dresses makes for some interesting moments. In one scene in the sneak peak TLC shared with us, a Mother-of-the-Bride stands in the corner crying whilst Nishimoto literally cuts the neckline out of her wedding dress with a pair of scissors!

Even the show's hosts don't know which dress the bride will choose until the moment of the big reveal at the end of each episode, so the suspense is truly addicting and will keep you watching until the very end!

The show premieres tonight at 10/9c on TLC, and earlier today, Jeff had the opportunity to interview Kelly via video chat. Check out her comments below and be sure to check out the show tonight on TLC!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Put a Ring on It: Wedding Ring Trends for 2013 and Beyond

Special guest post by Tiffani Sherman

It’s time to put a ring on it. You want to be trendy but classic, make a statement without going over the top, and purchase quality without breaking the bank. What to do? We asked the experts for you! 

“Brides are definitely part of the decision,” says Dawn Winston, manager of Philipson’s Jewelry in Clearwater, Florida. They research on the internet, shop for rings with their prospective grooms, and tear out pages from magazines as hints. Winston says couples are educating themselves about rings, stones and trends. 

Solitaires still sell, but ornamental designs are definitely in for 2013. “Ninety-nine out of a hundred rings we sell have a fancy design”, says Winston. White gold in 18k is the top seller because it is bright and retains its shine, but older brides tend to prefer yellow gold. 

Speaking of yellow, colored diamonds are in again for 2013! They’re both accenting larger stones and are the main focal stone. Celebrities are driving this trend, according to Winston, since they're choosing chocolate, yellow or pink stones for their diamond engagement rings. But white is still queen. “Everyone knows white diamond is a diamond!” says Winston. With colored stones, it isn’t always clear (no pun intended!). 

Halos are trending as well. A halo is a frame of smaller diamonds surrounding a larger diamond. The main stone can be round, princess or any other cut. Winston says the halo makes the whole ring, and especially the main stone, look bigger. Double halos are also trending, but the addition of the additional ring of stone drives up the cost. 

Cost concerns have actually driven down the size of the main stone over the years, says Winston. One to two carats is now the norm. Couples have often researched stones and want better clarity and quality, even if that means reducing the overall size of the stone. 

Fancy designs for the engagement ring often eliminate the need for a separate wedding band. But when couples do opt for a wedding band, eternity rings are the most popular designs out there right now. The ring is a single row of diamonds all the way around and accents most engagement rings.

Have a wedding ring question or story you'd like to share? Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Presidential Wedding Greetings

While we've had President Obama do a presidential fly-by at one of our St Pete beach weddings, we've never actually had him and Mrs. Obama in attendance.

Maybe that's because they weren't invited!

Did you know if you invite the President and First Lady to your wedding, you'll get a congratulatory note back from the two of them?

We think this is a fun idea and an interesting keepsake, so we wanted to share the details and show you what the end result actually looks like.

Step 1:

Wedding Invitation addressed to
the President & First Lady
Send a wedding invitation to*:

The Honorable Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama
The White House
Greetings Office, Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

(*Allow several months if you want the note back in time for your wedding.)

Step 2:

Watch the mail and enjoy your Presidential keepsake:

Presidential Wedding Greetings:
Congratulatory note signed by the President and First Lady

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tampa Bay Watch | Waterfront Weddings in St Petersburg, FL

In keeping with our recent series of blog posts about our favorite local wedding and reception venues, today we'd like to tell you about one of our favorite waterfront wedding venues in St Petersburg, FL: Tampa Bay Watch!

Tampa Bay Watch is located at 3000 Pinellas Bayway South on Tierra Verde near St Pete Beach, Florida and adjacent to the entrance to Fort Desoto Park.

Tampa Bay Watch is a breathtaking waterfront wedding venue! Your guests will gasp at the lush green grass, breathtaking sunsets, wall-to-wall windows, hardwood floors, and wrap-around waterfront balcony surrounding the upstairs dining room!

Contact us today to schedule a tour, or visit our Tampa Bay Watch Waterfront Weddings page for more info and pictures!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nova 535 Weddings

Centerpieces at Nova 535. Designs by Simple Weddings.
If you're looking for a truly unique wedding and reception experience for your guests, look no further than Nova 535 Weddings in St Petersburg, Florida!

Nova is a 1920's era red brick building (originally "Slap Happy's Five and Dime"!) that has been converted to a world-class wedding venue in St Petersburg, FL by owner Mike Novilla.

Featuring an outdoor bamboo courtyard, elegant indoor seating for up to 320 guests, state of the art lighting and sound, fine furnishings, local art work, and award-winning restrooms, Nova truly has it all and can be configured to fit just about any theme or style for your wedding and reception!

There really is nothing else like it!

We offer all-inclusive wedding and reception packages at Nova 535 to suit your style and your budget! Contact us today to schedule a tour of Nova and start planning your wedding and reception!

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