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surprise-wedding.jpg1334547838pintopinterestWho doesn’t love a good surprise? We certainly love them! I mean think about it, a good surprise can create one of your most treasured memories. Whether it be a surprise that causes you uncontrollable giggles or one that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, a good surprise has the ability to alter the entire direction of your day, and in our opinion, in the best way.

Now imagine this, you’re newly engaged (and totally still on cloud nine) and it’s time to start dress shopping…. Let’s be honest ladies, we have all envisioned this day in our head a million times over. Will “the one” be romantic & subtle or will it be over the top & full of sparkle? Either way, your dress shopping at the holy grail of wedding dress boutiques, Kleinfeld. Gasp! So dreamy. Now envision standing in a gown that makes you look & feel like the queen you are and you need to pick out the perfect shoe to compliment your gown.
Now that you’ve got all of this on your mind watch this to see these unsuspecting brides get the surprise of a lifetime.
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10 Most “WOW” Wedding Details


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When thinking of standing out in a sea of similar weddings, look no further. We’ve surely got you covered with the top 10 “ways to wow” wedding details, guaranteed to knock the socks off your guests.

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Arrival Cocktails

I know it sounds silly, but presenting guests who arrive at the venue with an infused water beverage (think spa water), a mimosa (for brunch style weddings), a champagne (for evening weddings), or a nice glass of sparkling cider is sure to be a hit. As guests arrive via valet, or walking into the venue, a greeting with a butler-passed cocktail makes your guests feel special, and gets them in the mood for a relaxed ceremony.

Beverage “Station” Bars

While on the topic of cocktails, why not “wow” your guests with something different than the standard open bar.  These beverage bar ideas are starting to become trendy for weddings and bridal showers alike.  They can include alcohol or an option for those who would rather stick to a non-alcoholic beverage.  Below are our top 10 ideas!

  • Mimosa Bar
  • Bourbon Bar
  • Craft Beer Bar
  • Bloody Mary Bar
  • Sangria/Prosecco Bar
  • Lemonade Bar
  • Iced Tea Bar
  • Infused Water Bar
  • Juice Bar
  • Hot Cocoa Bar

Midnight Snacks

Surprise your guests with a midnight snack or “aftertizer.”  Here are some great ideas for options, sweet and savory!

  • Food trucks
  • Donuts in a bag
  • Mini sliders, pizzas, grilled cheese points, hot dogs and fry shooters
  • Cookies and milk
  • Pancakes and syrup
  • Popcorn
  • Chicken and waffle bites

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Fun Transportation

Offer your guest some local fun transportation in style. Trolleys, electronic carts, charter boats, buses, horse and carriage.  The options are endless! Keep them on their toes, and arriving on time and in fashion.


Bring your social media to life, and invite your guests in to take photos and capture fun memories from their eyes. Place your social media hashtag at fun spots like the bar, the candy buffet, the DJ booth, the gift or guestbook table. You can even have your band or DJ announce it in the opening announcements. Always fun to spend your honeymoon looking through all the fun photos that your family and friends took.

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 To-go parting gifts

Instead of a typical inexpensive wedding favor like a bell or a glass coaster, why not send your guests away with a fun, memorable treat like a mini emergency or hangover kit?  Here are some ideas to place inside of them:

  •      Visine
  •      Mini bottles of Advil
  •      Airborne packets
  •      Emergen-C packets
  •      Band aids
  •      Bloody mary mix
  •      Small vodka bottle
  •      Personalized sunglasses
  •      Hangover pills
  •      Ginger ale
  •      Tums
  •      Gatorade
  •      Pepto Bismol
  •      Protein Bars

Hospitality Boxes

Welcoming guests to your wedding is of utmost importance, as most travel from other states/countries to attend your event. It is only proper to greet them accordingly. A kit full of some decent sized waters, custom soaps, a few snacks, a bride and groom favorite, along with a personalized welcome note and itinerary would be practical and perfect!


Hire a babysitter/host games for the kids

Hire a few babysitters based on your guest count of those with children. Utilize a room close to the reception space so that parents can pop in on their children often throughout the long evening. Make sure you have a cute basket of snacks, a few fun DVD’s or portable DVD player, some board games, and crafts. If you have an outdoor space, you can even host a fun relay of games for the kids (tiring them out), and then have a back-up room for them to relax. Parents will love you!

Secret singers/musician

Have you ever been to a ceremony where random secret musicians or singers popped up in the crowd of guests and sang to the bride and groom and awed the people? This is an ideal surprise for large weddings.  Think of the movie Love Actually–having a group of musicians/singers serenade you and your new spouse to the tune of your most favorite songs. You can even have them seated in the reception as guests and secretly have them pop up during a silent time, possibly during first or main course and croon for your crowd. What a memorable small secret suggestion that will be spoken about for years to come!

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Setup reception with pre-planned necessities 

Rain forecasted? Have umbrellas ready on site. Forecasted swell of heat? Have fans and parasols ready. Forecasted freezing temps? Have pashminas ready. Always prepare early, and wow your guests with items already thought of to ease their minds, and make you the superstar couple. Here are some great details guaranteed to impress:

  • Bug wipes
  • Sunscreen bottles
  • Restroom emergency kits
  • Flip flops for the dancefloor
  • Slippers upon exiting
  • Tissue packets for ceremony
  • Mini water bottles for warm ceremony locations

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Home Buying Planning and Preparation as Newlyweds

(featured blog by Wendy Dessler)

When you have a two income family, as most newlyweds often do in today’s world of inflation and expensive purchases, there are a number of things that you need to consider when buying property.Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 10.00.10 AMpintopinterest

No doubt you are looking for a home in a great location perfect to start a family. And you’re obviously trying to find a property that you can buy at a reasonable price. Young couples around the globe often need a new home as they begin the beautiful adventure of starting a family.

Remember, a home is a huge commitment, and in most cases it’s where you intend to settle down for the next 20 to 30 years. It’s important to think of your immediate needs today, but you also have to plan for the future and consider your needs – as best you can – in years to come.

With that said, we’re here to help newlyweds plan for today and many years into the future.

Important Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Dream Home

Before you even begin looking at homes, it’s best to figure out all of your needs ahead of time. This way you can find the ideal home – and one suited to meet all of your needs – with the minimal amount of effort.

Please consider the following questions prior to looking at any properties:

  • Do we plan to have any children? If yes, how many?
  • Are we looking to buy a house, a town house, condo, a multi-family dwelling?
  • What type of house are you hoping to buy? Do you want a fixer-upper? A house in pristine condition? An average home that can use a little work but not too much?
  • Are you ready to spend money inspecting the property? Look for termites, water damage, whether or not it is structurally sound, and more.

As you can see, there are many things to consider when finding and buying a home as newlyweds. Spend some time figuring out your wants, needs, and desires beforehand. Remember, this is a huge investment and you have to get it right. Otherwise you might be surprised when you run out of room for all of your wonderful kids in the future or you find out that you have more space than you’ll ever need.

Are Your Finances in Order?

Before going to a creditor to ask for a mortgage, you better have all of your financial ducks in a row. Otherwise you’re just putting yourself in an awkward situation when no lender will extend you credit for your mortgage.

Consider the following critical financial issues prior to applying for a mortgage:

  • Do you have enough money on hand to pay 10% to 20% for a down payment? Without funds available for a down payment, lenders will not take you seriously. If you lack the money, consider free fundraising as a viable option to get the money you need to pay for your down payment.
  • Is your credit in order? Run credit reports with all three credit bureaus (Transunion, Equifax, and Experian) and determine if there are any negative marks that could hurt your chances when obtaining credit. If so, take the necessary steps to remove these unwanted blemishes on your record.
  • Are your debts in order? If you have too much debt, mortgage lenders might consider you a credit risk. If this is the case, take care of extraneous debts so that your chances of qualifying for mortgage improve.

Please use this guide when planning and preparing to buy a home as newlyweds.


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By Kerry Shorr

From flowers to favors, your wedding is stamped with unique and personal touches—be sure to show the same care when creating your celebratory sip. What could be more clever than a cocktail that perfectly pegs both of your personalities?

Here, we linked 10 couple “types” with the cocktail recipes from some of Florida’s top wedding venues.

Pick one then personalize it with a whimsical nickname, add a garnish that matches your color palette or swap out the liquor for one you both like better. Bottoms up!



Capa GinTonic

Capa GinTonic

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Michael Chiarello’s La Coqueta restaurant team helped to craft this colorful gin-and-tonic cooler for Capa, Four Seasons Orlando’s rooftop steakhouse. Instead of marigolds, use florals from your bridal bouquet and, voila, ready to serve!


2 ounces Caorunn gin

200-milliliter bottle of tonic

red apple slice
Key lime wedge
fennel frond
3 juniper berries

3 microflower marigolds

Ice sphere

Directions: Put one ice sphere (or 3-4 ice cubes) into a rocks glass or a stemless red wine glass. Add gin and tonic. Using tweezers, add garnishes. Grab marigolds by the pistol and rest them in the gin like a lily pad.


Rose-Colored Glasses

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Rose-Colored Glasses

The CooperPGA Commons in Palm Beach Gardens

Mixologist David Bouchard kept the cocktail’s mainstay ingredients—vodka, lime juice and simple syrup—and added a little je ne sais quoi: Aperol, an Italian aperitif famed for its orangy hue and bitter bite.


1-1/2 ounces Reyka vodka

1/2 ounce Aperol

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

lime wedge

Directions: Build in a mixing tin and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 5 to 10 seconds. Double strain into a lowball glass over one large ice cube. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.



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Gentleman’s Manhattan

50 Ocean, Delray Beach

50 Ocean’s beverage manager, Millie Wilkinson, crafted this cocktail to engage non-whiskey drinkers. We think it should come with a warning: Don’t even think you’re going to drink just one of these little nippers.


1-3/4 ounces Gentleman Jack whiskey

1/4 ounce clove-infused maple syrup

3 ounces white cranberry juice

squeeze of lemon

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake well over ice. Strain and serve up in a martini glass. Garnish with 3 black cherries.


Twilight Romance

Twilight Romance

DUSK at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

An exotic apertif for a cultured palate, this bubbly libation adds an Asian twist to the classic French 75—gin, lemon, sugar and Champagne. No passports required.

1 ounce Tanqueray Export Strength

1 barspoon Yuzu

1 barspoon grapefruit zest infused sugar

1 sugar cube, soaked in Campari

Champagne (your favorite)

Directions: Stir sugar with Yuzu and gin in bottom of shaker. Shake with ice. Fine strain into a flute over a white sugar cube soaked in Campari. Top with a splash of Champagne.


Watermelon Martini

Watermelon Martini 

Buccan, Palm Beach

This drink is simply too pretty to sip!. Add a tinsel swizzle stick to keep it well-stirred. Perfect, now let’s pour another.


1-1/2 ounces vodka (your favorite)

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce lime juice

8 cubes fresh watermelon (approx.full pint glass of fresh watermelon)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. As a garnish, add one cube of watermelon to rim.


Miami Mojito

Miami Mojito

The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables

Not surprising that Miami’s sexiest sip is also one of The Biltmore’s top tipples, favored by honeymooning couples and uber-amorous marrieds-to-be. Caliente!


2 ounces light rum (your favorite)

2 teaspoons sugar

club soda

6-8 mint leaves

1 lime, halved

mint sprig for garnish

Directions: Place mint leaves and one lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.


Instant Love

Instant Love

Marco Island Marriott, Golf Resort & Spa

How fun are fortune cookies? One of yours read:”Don’t wait until the end to enjoy your dessert now.” You finally understand what that means.

35 milliliters Grey Goose vodka
10 milliliters Johnnie Walker Gold Label whiskey
12-1/2 milliliters Godiva chocolate liqueur
1/2 teaspoon honey
dash of orange bitters
Directions: Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a frozen martini glass. Garnish with honeycomb and orange twist.


Sizzle Fizz

Sizzle Fizz

Loews Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach

A universally festive concoction, sangria can be easily updated with a few modifications. Traditionally made with chunks of apple and citrus, Don CeSar’s version stocks up on raspberries and pomegranate liqueur. Prosecco gives it its fizzy finish.


3 ounces Lolo Albariño white wine

1 ounce PAMA pomegranate liqueur

4 raspberries; save 1 for garnish

3 sage leaves save 1 for garnish

1/2 ounce agave syrup

1 ounce Prosecco


Directions: Muddle berries with sage and agave. Add ice, wine and pomegranate liquer. Strain over ice and top off with Prosecco. Skewer a raspberry and sage leaf for garnish.


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Railcar #91

HMF at The Breakers, Palm Beach

Not sure what “HMF” stands for or that it’s a popular watering hole for celebrities, presidents and tycoon types? Don’t worry. The Prohibition-style cocktail was named after one of Henry Morrison Flagler’s (“HMF”) favorite modes of transportation. See? Your stock is already improving.


1-1/2 ounces Courvoisier VSOP

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1-1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce local palmetto honey

orange foam*

Directions: Shake and strain all ingredients into a raw sugar-rimmed martini glass. Top with orange foam*.

*Orange foam: Bring a quart of fresh orange juice and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar to a boil for 10 minutes. While that mixture is boiling, take three gelatin sheets and soak in cold water until they are pliable. Then add to orange juice and boil for an additional 10 minutes. Let cool overnight. When ready to use, pour mixture into a whipped cream canister and secure the cap and charge with two cartridges (items available at gourmet kitchen stores). Shake canister upside down for 30 seconds and dispense on top of the cocktail.


La Tache

Baleen at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples

Prefer a goblet of wine to a boozy beverage? Head west to Baleen, where LaPlaya’s award-winning resto has a dizzying collection of more than 1,100 bottles, including some very rare vintages. We recommend splurging on something special, like a 2009 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti “La Tâche”(pictured above). Don’t fuss over the $2,800 price tag, it’s your wedding day!

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Photography: Chelsey Boatwright Photography | Event Planning: Simply Couture Weddings | Floral Design: J Morgan Flowers | Bakery: Earth And Sugar | Stationery: Dreamday Prints | Hair & Makeup: GS Makeup Artistry & Hairstyling | Calligraphy: Erica Dunhill | Groom’s Attire: The Tux Shop | Balloon Fringe Garland: Paperwhite Designs | Bride’s Dress: Boca Raton Bridal | Bride’s Tutu Skirt: Space 46 Boutique | Custom Cufflinks: White Truffle | Location: International Polo Club | Map: Creadora Pequena | Other Details: Weddingstar | Paper Flowers: The Bleu Dahlia | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals

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