5 Awesome Bride Survival Tips for Florida Weddings
Florida locals know that its almost ALWAYS hot, humid and bright (I tell my out-of-state family that January, February and March are BEAUTIFUL, but that July lasts for 9 months!)! However, if you're planning a Destination wedding, your Pinterest photo's can never convey just what the couple were physically experiencing, as their beautiful 'sunset kiss on the beach' portraits were being taken.
Here are your five tips, to help you have a healthy, happy wedding day in paradise...
Seasonal Traffic! - The time of year in which you choose to book your Florida wedding, will directly impact on how easily you, and your wedding party/guests etc get to move around the local area. High season traffic can literally DOUBLE low season driving times, queues to get gas, and the same principle applies to eating at restaurants/bars etc, and especially...PARKING! Pad your timeline, to factor in realistic timeframes for getting to/from locations.
Assign a 'photo wrangler'! - you may be lulled into thinking "I have great organizational skills...I got this!", but the reality is, you'll be so busy...you're finally JUST married, your guests and loved ones are flurrying around you, all wanting that "congratulations" hug...so utilizing a designated guest (M.O.H, Best Man, relative etc), means that your Photographer can be lining up the formal photo's for immediately after, and getting his/her groups of family/friends corralled, so that he/she can get you transitioned through the Formals and into your Couple portraits, then out of the sub-tropical heat/humidity as smoothly as possible.
The climate - can be literally brutal, especially on a day where there are high emotions, flurries of activity, long periods of standing, and crowds of bodies. Provide parasols, hand fans and sunglasses for your guests, to pick up as they go to their seats. These items also make awesome souvenirs, and can be 'branded' with your names/wedding date etc.
Daily Survival - Chances are that, during your Florida wedding day, your guests and yourselves are going to leave the wonderful comfort of Air Conditioning, and enter what can feel like the equivalent of an outdoor sauna! This is not an over-dramatization, and you'll fare so much better, if you constantly bear this in mind...carry a 'survival kit' of wet wipes, hand fan, hand mirror, tissues (to 'blot' sweat, tears etc). I often carry a small cooler bag, filled with frozen bottles of water, (which act as their own freezer block, and can make a refreshing drink as they thaw), plus wet wipes etc.
Which brings us to 'ALCOHOL'! - Pace yourself, if you do it...take it moderately, the heat/humidity can easily double the effect of alcoholic beverages...so unless you like the 'messy bride' look, resist the urge to 'pre-game and dive right in! Hydrating yourself the day(s) before, and on the day itself is a 100 percent MUST! You'll enjoy the experience so much more, AND look your absolute BEST for your portraits!
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