Historic wedding venues can help you create a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your guests. According to Art & History Museums Maitland, there are 45 National Historic Landmarks located in the State of Florida. Yet only 10 allow you to host a wedding, and many significantly limit access during normal operating hours. In this blog, we are showing how one local Florida couple used Art & History Museums of Maitland to be the stunning backdrop to their perfect wedding.

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Photo by PB&J Studios from cover shoot of I Said Yes! Magazine

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Recently John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering shared with us one of their real weddings. Allowing us to see how Kate and John took full advantage of all the gorgeous spaces with-in this historic wedding venue.

From the Chapel & Mayan Courtyard, the cornerstone of Art & History’s Maitland Art Center, to the Main Garden. Without a doubt, this property makes wedding dreams come true.

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Mayan gardens at historic wedding venue Florida

Pre-Wedding Portrait Session

Kate and Ryan’s first look was more like a beautiful portrait session. As a result they have incredibly memorable photos of their wedding day. Of course the gorgeous architecture of the Art and History Center proved to be a perfect back drop for capturing these priceless moments. Unquestionably these photos are magazine worthy. In fact, this real wedding was recently featured in the pages of I Said Yes! Wedding Magazine

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Ceremony in a historic wedding venue

Following their first look, the couple exchanged wedding vows in the Mayan Chapel of this historic wedding venue. Kate and Ryan were married by wedding officiant Katherine T. Imundi.

Further, the chapel was accented with beautiful floral pieces by Atmospheres Floral and Décor.  Correspondingly pairing with the colors of the bridal bouquet.

Unquestionably an outdoor chapel wedding is not complete without live wedding entertainment. For this reason, Harpist Christine MacPhail filled the ceremony with elegant harp music. Moreover the music set the stage for Kate, as she was escorted down the aisle by her father.

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live wedding entertainment by Harpist Christine MacPhail

Reception in the Mayan courtyard

Following the wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed a selection of beer and wine along with butler passed hors d ‘oeuvres in the Mayan Courtyard. Including Boursin Stuffed Mushroom Caps, Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Grated Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Watermelon Bites.

Next they were escorted to the reception. Where, across the courtyard, tables were set with dusty rose linen, paired with burgundy colored napkins. Indeed a true compliment to the cool dark stone features of the Mayan Courtyard. Similarly the tables were dressed with floral centerpieces, votive candles, and personalized wedding favors. Further complimenting the wedding colors.

After the couple’s first dance and a few toasts, everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner.

The menu, provided by John Michael Exquisite Weddings & Catering, included:

  • Mediterranean Salad
  • Rosemary Garlic, Honey Wheat, and Sea Salt Yeast Rolls with Butter
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Baked Four Cheese Ziti
  • Maple Salmon
  • Rosemary Shallot Roasted Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetable Sauté
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Diamond Wedding Package

Kate and Ryan worked with John Michael Exquisite Events and Catering for an all-inclusive catering and vendor Diamond Package. Their diamond packages are the perfect fit for couples looking for a one stop shop for fresh, quality food and talented, reputable vendors. In fact, with this package, the vendors are vetted and verified for skill and quality. Likewise they are distinguished in their industry for continued excellence. These diamond packages provide clients with everything that they will need to ensure a successful wedding ceremony and reception. For more information on John Michael Exquisite Events and Catering all-inclusive packages, Click Here.

Wedding professionals who helped Kate and Ryan create their perfect wedding at this historic wedding venue: 

Catering and Day of Coordinator: John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering

Floral Design: Atmospheres Floral and Décor

Wedding Photography: Sterling Photography International

Wedding Officiant: I Marry Couples / Katherine T. Imundi

Wedding Cake: It’s Tasty Too

Ceremony Music: Harpist Christine MacPhail 

DJ / Lighting: Power Entertainment 

Get inspired to plan your one-of-a-kind wedding by viewing the I Said Yes! Wedding Blog for more real weddings, styled shoots and expert wedding planning tips.

And, get tickets to an upcoming I Said Yes! Wedding Expo and I DOs and BREWS wedding planning date night to meet wedding vendors face to face and learn more about how they can help you create your dream wedding.

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Congratulations Kate & Ryan!

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YES! You're engaged - now what?

Let us help you. Because we have a free wedding planning checklist for you. No matter what stage of the wedding planning process you are in, this downloadable checklist will ease some of your planning anxiety.

We have partnered with Just Marry! to bring you their expert advice. As a Florida wedding planning company, Just Marry! has been making wedding dreams come true for almost 30 years.

Click the cover image below to access your own free copy of The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist. Further, continue reading to find links to other helpful blogs and wedding vendors who can help you along the way to creating your perfect wedding. 

10-12 Months Before Your Wedding Day

Assuredly this is not a complete list, but rather a great representation of the items you need to check-off during your wedding planning process.  Start by reviewing the entire list. Then include additional items that are important to you, that may not be listed here.  Subsequently allow this to be your wedding guide. This list starts 10-12 months before the big day and offers the best timeline. However, it is also meant to be adjusted to fit your time frame as well. Remembering that some items on your to do list are time sensitive and need to be addressed right away. 

To get you started, below are some tips on completing some of the items in this section:

1. Collect design inspiration by viewing a digital copy of the I Said Yes! Magazine, reading Wedding Inspiration on I Said Yes! Blog and Just Marry! Blog and pinning your favorite ideas on Pinterest.

2. Hire a wedding planner. (Learn more about the importance of having a wedding planner in this helpful blog – Best Wedding Planning Tips From The Pros.)

3. Reserve your wedding venue.

4. Hire a photographer and schedule your engagement shoot.

5. Hire a florist, caterer, DJ/Band, and other must-have wedding vendors.

wedding planning checklist for 9 months before

Certainly you are looking forward to all the shopping. No doubt your wedding dress is on the top of the list. Therefore, start shopping for a wedding dress is #1 on the 9 months before list.

1. Start shopping for a wedding dress 

2. Choose a beautiful place for your honeymoon. Experts encourage you to not wait to plan your honeymoon. One reason is you can start making payments now, and reduce the big payment due right before all of our wedding day final payments are also due.

3. Schedule a custom suit fitting.  This isn’t on the list, but we can’t go without mentioning Leonardo 5th Avenue. Because they create a true experience for the suit wearer, just as the bridal salons do for the wedding gowns.

8 months before your wedding day

Obviously 8 months before is the sweetest time of your wedding planning process. That is to say, who doesn’t want to eat cake! 

1. Select and order your wedding cake and/or desserts.

2. Select and order bridesmaid’s dresses. There are many options available for online ordering. Be sure to read the custom fitting return policies, shipping timelines and sizing charts when reviewing these sites.  Here is a blog on Brides.com to help you compare online companies. 

7 months before your wedding day

Generally speaking, the items on this months section of the free wedding planning checklist will require some design and planning. Speak with your wedding planner or your designer to be sure you order the correct colors, quantity and styles of rental items for your wedding day. Remember most wedding vendors will require a deposit at time of signing, be prepared for this when you reserve any rentals that you may need for your ceremony, reception and after party. Review local wedding rental companies here

Furthermore, if your wedding is being held outside, consider putting a hold on a tent for a back-up weather plan.

wedding planning checklist for 6 months before

Are you wearing your hair up or down? Similarly, are you going all drama, or soft and natural with your make-up? This is why scheduling a trial run for hair and make-up is important 6 months before your wedding day.

Couple with this, do you want to go to the salon or have your artist come to your get ready room? For all these reasons, start early looking for your Hair and Make-up Artist so you find the perfect fit for your vision of yourself on your wedding day.  Also consider skin treatments may take many months to see a change, these too need to be started early.

3-5 months before your wedding day

Things are starting to speed up, can you believe there is only 3 months until you marry your best friend! During this time you are beginning to put the finishing touches on many of your items on the wedding planning checklist. Like submitting your catering menu, scheduling your rehearsal dinner and your first wedding dress fitting. Be sure to include your fiancé in some of these items, it will help to work together as a team to accomplish the details. 

weeks 1-8 on the free wedding planning checklist

Print these weeks out and hang them in a prominent place in your house. Consider creating a shareable checklist with your fiancé. Because these weeks are filled with finalizing, reviewing, applying, submitting, rehearsing, and confirming.  Remember to take it one thing at a time, and you will finish just in time for the big day.

1-2 Days Before Your Wedding Day

Drink plenty of water. I repeat, drink plenty of water. In fact, the wedding planning experts from Just Marry! suggest limiting your alcohol and coffee intake as well. Likewise plenty of sleep is a necessary part of the days leading up to your wedding.  Get rest, drink water and be ready, for tomorrow you marry your best friend.

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Today is the day! Oh my goodness!

The advice from the team at I Said Yes! is to give this list to someone else.  Unquestionably today is your day and you deserve to enjoy every single moment.

For some wedding planning fun, join us at I DOs and BREWS wedding planning date nights and I Said Yes! Wedding Shows.

Happy Planning! Download the Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist.

Cover photo by Steven Miller Photography

The I Said Yes! Orlando Wedding Magazine brings to you a special summer edition. Because we want you to plan your dream wedding while sitting by the pool, with a cool drink, and a pair of shades.  Or, if you’re not the outdoorsy type, then you can curl up on the sofa, with the A/C full blast and plan away. And, what better way to do that, then by flipping through the pages of a FREE e-magazine

In fact, this digital magazine makes finding your wedding vendors even easier. Particularly because you can click on the links in the magazine to visit vendor websites and online listings to learn more. Then you can click to connect through email, contact forms or social media. 

What's in this issue?

Unquestionably we create this Orlando wedding magazine with you, the engaged couple, in mind. Therefore we packed this issue with 7 real weddings, 2 styled shoots, 1 expert advice article and tons of inspiration. But that’s not all…it also has links to local wedding pros, information on upcoming wedding shows and I DOs and BREWS™ events. As well as social media links. In fact, there are even videos for some of the pages – simply click the play button when it appears on a page.

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Magazine cover photo by Steven Miller Photography

Real Weddings

We LOVE sharing real weddings with you. Seeing local couples create their perfect wedding day, then marry their best friend and start their new adventure is swoon worthy. Here is a sneak peek of a few of the local couples featured in this issue.

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28 North Photography
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Bumby Photography
Bella Collina wedding on I Said Yes FL
Jack Bates Photography

2 Styled Shoots

Of course we can’t publish an Orlando wedding magazine without a few styled shoots. Normally the cover of the magazine is created through a styled shoot. But, the cover of this issue is the beautiful wedding of our owners’ daughter. Seriously we can’t stop sharing their wedding. You must check it out starting on page 38.

Since the cover is actually a real wedding, we feature 2 different styled shoots in the pages of this wedding e-magazine. View the shoot starting on page 17 for a look at a new wedding venue in town, The Black Barn.

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Now it is time to sit back, put your feet up and enjoy flipping through the pages of this e-magazine. You can even share the magazine on your social pages, or send it to your fiancé, I DO Crew and family. In fact, you can take it with you every where you go because it is always accessible on I Said Yes! FL

View more wedding planning inspiration, real weddings, styled shoots and expert advice on the I Said Yes! Wedding Blog and don’t forget to get tickets to the next I Said Yes! Wedding Show and I DOs and BREWS™ wedding planning date nights.

Congratulations on your engagement and may your wedding planning be a fun adventure.

Wedding planning tips from the pros who know. We consulted with Florida wedding planners, Seas Your Day Events, to bring you some of their top wedding planning advice. 

One of this team’s favorite sayings is, “You don’t know, what you don’t know!” And their team of expert planners wants to help you, be in the know.  So you can create your dream wedding, from start to finish.

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Photo by William Arthur Photography

How Many Planners Does one wedding need

First, you booked your venue. And it comes with a coordinator. Next, you booked your caterer. And it too comes with a coordinator. Although you may feel like you are covered in the coordinator department, Seas Your Day Events gives expert wedding planning tips on why you should hire one more coordinator.  A wedding coordinator.

Each “coordinator” role has its purpose. In other words, all your vendors have been trained to do specific jobs that they love.  Adding a wedding planner to your team of amazing vendors benefits everyone in the long run. No doubt your other vendors will thank you, because each coordinator is responsible for their own area of expertise! For instance, the venue coordinator’s main focus, is the venue. Likewise, the catering coordinator is focused on the catering. As each should be. 

Next comes the wedding coordinator, whose main focus is you. The couple getting married. And their job is to be everywhere at once. From décor set up to keeping the entire event running on time. From helping the bride take one last trip to the bathroom, to putting your favorite drink in your hand after the ceremony. And EVERYTHING Before, After and In Between. All the while focusing on making sure you have your best day ever.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography

Seas Your Day Events says, “A wedding coordinator acts as your wedding guru throughout the entire planning process. Starting with answering all of your late night or early morning questions and making your dreams come true! (With SYD you get unlimited emails, texts, and phone calls. We will accompany you to vendor meetings or even go on your behalf. With SYD you get a wedding BFF!) By the time your wedding rolls around, your wedding coordinator will be able to answer any questions that arise from other vendors. Most importantly they will answer the way you would answer them.  Because they’ve spent so much time on your vision, they know how you would answer that question.”

Vendors love working together to create a magical, memorable event for you – the more hands, the better! 

Read the full blog on How Many Coordinators Does One Wedding Need

Wedding Planning Tips For choosing your venue

Searching for your venue is typically the first step in your wedding planning process. Because, without a venue, you have no date! Without a date you can’t even begin to start booking your vendors. 

Here are some questions to serve as a guideline as you work toward choosing a wedding venue near me.  As we discussed earlier, if you have your planner early on, they can help you navigate through your venue search. Plus keep track of all this info for you.

  • Is there a bridal/groom suite?

  • What’s the plan for inclement weather?

  • Does the venue allow outside food and drinks? 

  • Can the rentals stay out all night or do they need to be picked up at the end of the night? 
  • What is the bathroom situation?  

  • Does the venue have required vendors?

  • What time can you start setting up?

  • If being provided by the venue, who will set up tables and chairs?

  • Do you have a permanent or mobile bar set up available? And is there a place to store ice?

  • Is there power where you envision the DJ going?

  • Can you bring your décor during your rehearsal and leave overnight? 

 
Learn why these questions are important to discuss during your venue tour on the Seas Your Day Events – Questions To Ask Your Wedding Venue Blog
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Tavares Pavilion on the Lake Wedding Venue

all inclusive packages

Seas Your Day Events provided us with the pros of an all inclusive package and why it works well for couples wanting to stay on budget and get the best out of their vendors.

  1. You get a vetted network of vendors so you don’t have to do a ton of research.
  2. You know that you won’t go over your budget.
  3. You get the full support of wedding planners.
  4. You know that the vendors have worked well together in the past.
  5. Vendors are familiar with the venue.
  6. It can be most cost effective.
  7. You can customize your package and still stay within the budget and still get complete control over your big day. Oftentimes packages will have more than one vendor option so you can customize your day.
  8. You can focus on the fun parts – picking your outfits, writing your vows, having your bachelor and bachelorette parties.
  9. Nobody is missing from the party.
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Photo by Jessica Thomas Photography

ultimate bridal party guide

Your bridal party is there to support you on your wedding day and is made up of your closest friends and family. No doubt, they are there to be a sounding board during the planning process. Most importantly, they are your “I Do Crew” for the party. Below are a few wedding planning tips for your bridal party. Get even more details and information on the  Seas Your Day Events Ultimate Bridal Party Guide. 

How to pick your bridal party

  • Don’t choose someone just because they chose you.

  • Choose someone responsible (ish) for your Maid of Honor / Best Man. 

  • Decide what they are paying for and what you are paying for. 

  • Girls or guys on either side – don’t be afraid to break tradition. 

  • Kids are not required. 

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Photo by Dreamscape Photography + Videography

What To Get Them

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are standing with you on your special day. For that reason, you may be planning on giving bridal party gifts. If so, consider something memorable. Also think about things you might “require” of your crew. Like robes or pajamas. Seas Your Day Events linked some of their favorite gifts below. But be sure to check out Etsy. Because, who doesn’t love Etsy!

Bridesmaids:

Groomsmen:

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Who pays for what - wedding planning tips

It should be clear from the get-go what you are expecting your bridal party to pay for. Certainly you should let them know as soon as possible. So that they can prepare financially. Wedding Wire estimates that the average cost of being a bridesmaid is $1200 for each wedding. This can vary wedding to wedding. But it’s definitely something to be aware of.  Here’s a list of things you could be asking your party to pay for:

What They Pay For

  • Their own travel and accommodations for bachelorette parties, the actual wedding and other festivities.

  • Potentially, part of your way for bachelor/bachelorette parties. This distinction should be made early in the planning process.

  • For their outfits, for all of your festivities

  • For their hair and makeup – this is at your discretion.  But note that paying for these services can add up and it’s not unusual to ask for your bridal party to pay for some or all of them.

 

What You Pay For

There are some things that the couple is responsible for. Some of these things are optional of course

  • Florals
  • Transportation to Wedding Venue
  • Bridal Party Gifts
  • Bridal Party Proposal Gifts

However you decide to build your bridal party remember that you want to be surrounded by loving and supportive people, specifically, people that support your marriage. You want to make sure you choose the people that you will have the most fun with, and will also have your best interests in mind throughout the whole day!

photo of wedding bridal party by Blak and Tammy Photography
Photo by Blak and Tammy Photography
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Photo by Shelbi DeMartino

Thank you to Seas Your Day Events for all these amazing wedding planning tips.  As wedding experts in Central Florida, they want you to know everything you need to know, to plan your perfect wedding.  Follow them on IG Reels and TikTok for their regular dose of wedding planning tips!

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Wedding dance floor traditions get a new spin at todays weddings, according to White Rose Entertainment. As wedding DJs, we are traditionally tasked with MCing wedding reception activities. Such as the wedding party introductions and first dances. Or the cake cutting, bouquet or garter toss. May of these wedding traditions have changed in the last 10 years.  So below we are discussing some of our favorite twists on the classics. Because in 2022, we want to make all wedding guests feel included.  Literally every guest will feel like they are part of your celebration. From your grandparents to the single gentlemen. As well as the single ladies, mothers, fathers and everyone in between.

Wedding Party Introductions

In the past, many wedding party introductions included the wedding party, parents of the newlyweds and the newlywed couple. However, we want you to get more creative with introductions.

For instance, invite your grandparents, flower girls and flower men to make a a grand entrance. Further, special guests, out of towners, step parents and more. Let all your favorite people be introduced into your reception.

What matters is that you feel you have introduced those who deserve a spotlight. Each introduction can be different. For example, the parents of the groom are introduced from their seats. While grandparents of the bride are introduced virtually.

White Rose Entertainment packs the dance floor

Unquestionably we love an introduction that is choreographed on the wedding dance floor. Above all, those are the most memorable entrances. Whether it’s a dance off and your wedding party competes for best dance intro or most applause wins. Or the entire wedding party is part of the choreographed dance. One thing is for sure: your guests will love it!

White Rose Entertainment on I Said Yes! Blog
wedding dance floor traditions with I Do Crew intro

Furthermore, consider props to help ease nerves and make it colorful. For this reason, we’ve seen bridesmaids dancing into ballrooms with bubble guns. Likewise, entire wedding parties donning sunglasses, cowboy hats and even outfit changes. Assuredly, your photos and wedding video will shine. While the props make it more interesting and memorable.

Not your thing? No stress. There are so many ways to get creative with wedding dance floor traditions. Singularly it’s all about personalization. Therefore, you can pull your wedding theme into the introduction. In fact, add something you both LOVE, like your favorite sports team, movie, hobby, or vacation.

wedding dance floor tips

When thinking about wedding dances, typically there is the father and bride dance. As well as, the mother and groom dance. However, in the last decade this has been exponentially expanded upon.

Many times, we also see brides dancing with their moms.  In addition to grandparent dances.

Last month, we had a groom dance with his great-grandmother who was in her 90’s. Assuredly, there wasn’t a dry eye in the ballroom!

Expert tip: Cut the song time on these dances. Although these moments are some of the sweetest at your wedding, if a song is 3-5 minutes long, we promise it is going to feel like an eternity. Also consider inviting everyone to join in by heading to the dance floor with plus one.

Recently, we had a wedding fall on Mother’s Day weekend. Therefore, the bride and her mom invited other moms and daughters to join them on the dance floor.

grandparent date at wedding reception

Without a doubt, our personal favorite is when we invite ALL married couples onto the dance floor for a special dance. Following this, we begin asking those married for 1 day, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, to kindly leave the dancefloor. Until the only couple on the dance floor is the longest married couple. We did this recently at a wedding and the longest married couple were the groom’s grandparents. They had been married for over 60 years! It was such a beautiful moment and the newlyweds very eagerly had a group hug with them. Of course, followed by photos where the bride graciously gifted them her bouquet.

Bouquet Gets Tossed Out

The classic garter + bouquet toss is getting a renovation.  Recently a wedding video went viral of a female wedding guest holding up her champagne glass as all the single ladies trampled over one another to grab a brides’ wedding bouquet. Then as the other ladies fought over, and lunged for, the brides bouquet, this chic slammed her champagne in one sip and then slammed the glass on the dance floor. As if to say: NOPE, NOT INTERESTED. We got the memo too.

There are so many new takes on these wedding dance floor traditions. For example, have everyone from single ladies to married ladies vie for the bouquet. Instead of just the the single ladies. In fact, one of our brides invited her brother to help her with the bouquet toss.

Or, gift your wedding bouquet to a special wedding guest.

bouquet toss with bride's brother

Gifting Your Wedding Bouquet

At one White Rose Entertainment wedding over 10 years ago, we had a bride gift her wedding bouquet to her Godmother. Whom had recently battled breast cancer and was finally cancer free! There are many people you will want to thank during and after your wedding. Certainly there is no shortage of people you can gift your bouquet to.  Or your extra bouquet. As a rule that’s why the extra toss bouquet was created. And because many wedding bouquets are now being preserved in resin to keep for decades to come.

garter toss at Orlando wedding
do your bouquet toss on the wedding dance floor

Above photos by Live Happy Studios.

However you spin these wedding moments, the point is to always MAKE THEM YOUR OWN. With thousands of weddings under our belts, White Rose Entertainment has seen so many incredible ways of including the people you love most on one of, if not the most, special day of your life. 

As wedding vendors, we like to explore all the Central Florida wedding venues. Because we produce monthly events, we are always on the look out for something new or something WOW.  So far this year, we have patronized 4 different styles of event venue. From Tuscany to downtown Orlando. And by the end of the year, we will have personally experienced at least 12 different wedding venues.  Join us on our journey, starting with these four spectacular locations.

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Bella Collina

Bella Collina is a luxury Orlando wedding venue conveniently located just 30 minutes from Orlando. Without a doubt you will be surrounded by the spirit of Tuscany. From the moment you pull up to the private entrance. All the way through to the stunning views. Assuredly your wedding guests will be swept away to a picturesque Italian countryside.

For our event, we were treated to exquisite cuisine and impeccable service. Coupled with the design and planning of Blush by Brandee Gaar. Together creating a memorable experience for all of our guests. 

Bella Collina, a Central Florida Wedding Veneu
Bella Collina wedding veneu
reflecting pool at Bella Collina Weddings, a Central Florida wedding venue
gold place setting at Bella Collina
gold and purple reception tables at Bella Collina Weddings
dessert served at Bella Collina
chicken entree served at Bella Collina
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Wedding professionals that created this stunning event: Venue – Bella Collina | Planner- Blush by Brandee Gaar | DJ – Our DJ Rocks | Photobooth – Photobooth Rocks | Florist – InBloom | Stationary + Signage – Two Peas Paper Co | Desserts – Bakers Cottage Cakes | Photography + Videography:  : Contempo Photos + Videos

Central Florida Wedding venue - The Wellvue

Unquestionably, working with Weddings by aVenue means we are going to be treated to the ultimate in attention to detail and care. From the soft pink linens and place settings. To the perfectly pink florals and cake accents. The room was awash with a soft color palette that was both welcoming and comfortable. 

In February of 2022 we hosted our monthly event at The Wellvue. This Central Florida wedding venue is the private event space at the Center for Health & Wellbeing. Further, it is an elegant and unique venue. Including a magnificent grand lawn and gardens, free onsite parking, and over 25,000 square feet of event space.

However, the heart of The Wellvue is the exquisitely designed Commons with high ceilings banked in windows. As a result this large gathering space is rich with natural light.

wedding cake by Sweet Miss Vs
pink wedding reception
chargers at The Wellvue Wedding Venue
pink reception table at The Wellvue
live entertainment by Felix and Fingers
live dueling pianos by Felix and Fingers
appetizers by Foodie Catering
passed hors d'oeuvres by Foodie Catering

Contributing wedding vendors: Venue – The Wellvue | Planner – Weddings by Avenue | Food – Foodie Catering | Bar – My Bar Service | Rentals – Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals | Entertainment – Felix and Fingers | Artist – Cartoon You Caricatures | Floral – Atmospheres Floral and Décor | Photography – Cona Studios | Linen – Connie Duglin Linen

the MEZZ orlando

Hidden in the heart of Downtown Orlando, The MEZZ is perfect for the couple that loves city life. And nightlife. This expansive wedding venue. features wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows. Subsequently providing a sweeping view of the beautiful brick-lined streets below. Of course we must mention the impeccably furnished décor, featuring modern art. Finishing with the innovative LED lighting.

Assuredly the ghost chairs were chosen to reflect the purple lighting. Along with the black linens that set the tone for the moody, jazzy piano bar feel of this event. Certainly a must for this event, is a lounge singer and keyboardist for entertainment. Both provided by iRock Your Party. Whom also provided our DJ and MC services.

No event is complete without food. Indeed we were treated to a delicious menu provided by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering. Consisting of Passed Hors d’oeuvres: herb shipped goat cheese crostini with port poached shaved bosc pears, crushed pistachios. Plus pancetta wrapped date and ahi tartare crisps with wasabi cream.

Also chef stations with Atlantic salmon and carved tomahawk steak. Including aged cheddar mac and cheese. To finish off the night…blueberry shortcake.

If you are looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind space for your wedding, be sure to stop by and check out The Mezz.ghost

The Mezz, a Central Florida Wedding Venue
iRock Your part at The Mezz
The Mezz Orlando, a Central Florida Wedding Veneu
lounge singer by iRock Your Party
carving station by Puff 'n Stuff Catering
carving station provided by Puff 'n Stuff Catering
Ocean Hawks Rentals typewriter
Le Fleur Atelier at The Mezz
lounge keyboardist at The Mezz Orlando

Wedding professionals who contributed to this event creation: Venue – The Mezz | Planner – Weddings by aVenue | Catering – Puff ‘n Stuff Catering | DJ + Entertainment + Lighting – iRock Your Party | Linen  – Connie Duglin Linen | Photography  – Steven Miller Photography | Florals + Rentals – Le Fleur Atelier  | Rentals – Ocean Hawks Rentals / GoTo Event Rentals

the Monroe, a Central Florida Wedding Venue

If you haven’t visited The Monroe in the Creative Village in Downtown Orlando, you are definitely missing out. This unique wedding venue is located on the ground floor of The Julian Apartments.  And is a diverse social gathering place with a main dining room, bar, lounge/study. Plus a backyard patio, semi-private dining area, and daytime coffee bar. Furthering it’s uniqueness are the bold murals that create stunning backdrops for your photos.

As Floridian, we all love to take advantage of beautiful weather and the outdoors. So this event started with specialty drinks on the patio. Then we moved into the main dinning space to have a meal to be remembered.

Chef served us some of their menu favorites.

First Course: White Bean Humus (olive oil, sumac, lavash cracker) | Buttermilk  with honey mustard butter

Second Course: Buttermilk Fried Chicken (tomato, pickled peppers, clothbound cheddar, buttermilk ranch) and The Monroe Burger (double patty smash burger, smoked provolone, secret sauce, pickles, shaved onion, potato bun)

Dessert: Oatmeal Cream Pie and Buttermilk Panna cotta with fresh blueberries and caramelized milk.

While creating your wedding plans, remember to include some of the unique Central Florida wedding venues, like the Monroe. Not only can you have your full ceremony and reception here. But you can also have a shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, just reception or any number of your wedding events.

outdoor ceremony venue at The Monroe
sitting area at The Monroe Orlando, a Central Florida Wedding Venue
A Central Florida Wedding Venue, The Monroe Orlando
The Monroe specialty cocktails
The Monroe Burger
specialty desserts at The Monroe
mural at The Monroe, a Central Florida Wedding Veneu

Venue – The Monroe | Photography – Natural Flash Photography | Floral – InBloom 

Keeping following the I Said Yes! Wedding Blog to see where in Central Florida the wedding pros go. In the meantime, join us at an I Said Yes! Wedding Show….Get Tickets Here.

A bridal picnic is a creative way to celebrate any of your wedding events. Starting with the proposal, then the bridal shower, and even the rehearsal dinner. To help you learn more about hosting a picnic for your wedding event, we consulted a local expert. Cathy, of The Picnic Drop, shares some ideas with us. 

bridal picnic by Picnic Drop

How One Bride Did IT

Before Cathy shares some expert advice, she shares a picnic she recently created for a client. 

The bridal shower picnic was hosted in the bride’s backyard. Without a doubt the event was stunning. In addition, it was intimate and private nestled on the family property. 

First, multiple long tables were linked together to create family style seating. Then the table was surrounded by big, comfy pillows in the colors of the event. Correspondingly the ivory placemats, gold chargers and flatware further enhanced the setting.

Next a lovely array of flowers and greenery added some color to the table. Along with candles and other decorative pieces.

Likewise, the place cards and place settings mirrored the colors and floral theme.

We imagine this bride will not soon forget this lovely afternoon with her closest family and friends.

bridal shower picnic place setting
luxury picnic set up

ways to host the ultimate bridal picnic event

Now on to some ways to host your bridal picnic event. 

Expert Advice:

  • First decide which bridal event you wan to host for your luxury picnic. Whether it is a surprise picnic proposal, bridesmaid proposal or bridal shower. Also consider an intimate rehearsal dinner. Either way, your guests will love the uniqueness of your bridal picnic event.
  • Second, select the picnic location. The fun part is deciding where. For instance, you can transform your backyard like the bride above. Or visit your local park, garden, or lake. Of course there is always the miles of Florida beaches, with endless ocean views.
  • Third, determine your theme. Do you want the design centered around a few of your favorite colors? Or do you want to go all out with a full on Mad Hatter Tea Party? Whatever you decide, share your inspiration and ideas with your picnic company. This will help them create your perfect picnic setting.
  • Lastly, decide what additional elements you want to include. Consider delicious charcuterie boxes and a customized cake or desserts. Unquestionably you will want photos to remember the event by. So hire a professional photographer to capture this special event.
luxury picnic decor
wedding arch by The Picnic Drop

Whatever you choose to create for your bridal picnic event, it is sure to be memorable. It’s important to enjoy every moment of your wedding planning process. So we suggest hiring a luxury picnic company to do the work for you. Let their expertise help you relax and soak up the moments.

Thank you to The Picnic Drop for sharing some expert tips.

For more wedding planning tips and inspiration, visit the I Said Yes! Wedding Blog.

Wedding Venues in Central Florida include event spaces from Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tavares, and everything in between. From barns to ballrooms, gardens to estates, and tons on the water. Search for Florida’s Best Wedding Venues right here on I Said Yes!.

The venue ultimately should be the first vendor you book for your big day. That is to say, you can’t have a wedding without a location. However, we know you want it to be…the perfect one.

Our list of venues will give you an abundance of choices no matter what style of location you are looking for.  In addition, each venue has a professional wedding expert on hand to help you navigate their space.

First, review the wedding venues below. Next, click the links and learn more. Then contact them directly for information, scheduling tours and availability by clicking the “Request Pricing” button.

In conclusion, we are excited to help you on your journey to finding your perfect wedding venue.

(cover photo venue: Villa Festa)

make your event memorable
Venue: Tavares Pavilion on the Lake

Unique Variety of florida wedding venues

Villa Festa

518 E New York Ave
Deland, FL 32724
407-900-0757

Historic home offering an all new wedding venue PLUS vacation rental concept in DeLand, FL. In other words, say “I Do”, then continue the celebration by staying the whole weekend. Or even the whole week.

D'Space orlando Event Venue

6838 Hoffner Avenue,
Unit 1200
Orlando, ,FL 32822
321-225-9561

 

Orlando’s First Modern-Industrial Event Venue”. This innovative venue features a multi-functional space with a twist of modern-industrial design. 

Celebration Gardens

1871 Minnesota Ave
Winter Park, FL
407-960-2853

An elegant and unique indoor/outdoor venue. In addition a breath taking ambiance with gorgeous flowers and lush greenery year-round.

Museum of Arts & Sciences

352 S Nova Road
Daytona Beach, FL
386-255-0285

Art, culture and romance flow through each of the spaces. Including a variety of unique indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options.

Sugar Mill country club

100 Clubhouse Circle
New Smyrna Beach, FL
386-426-5200

 

Coastal charm and elegance will greet you at Sugar Mill Country Club. 

Barn or Farmhouse style

The Legendary Horsepower Ranch

280 Campbell Ranch Run
Geneva, FL 32732
407-278-2868

The Legendary Horsepower Ranch is an all-inclusive venue hosting rustic style weddings nestled in the heart of Central Florida. Our property sits on 22 acres of beautiful land and acres of white picket fencing backed up to 500 acres of National Forestry.

Legacy at oak meadows

590 Bennett Road
Pierson, FL
386-747-5493

Not just an event, but an experience to last a lifetime. We are rustic, waterfront event venue complete with summer kitchen, open air barn and gorgeous property.

stunning views of the water

Brannon Center

105 S Riverside Dr
New Smyrna Beach, FL
386-410-2880

Central Florida’s premier wedding venue located on the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of New Smyrna Beach, FL. Additionally, just steps to historic downtown and minutes from the beach.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

100 N Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach, FL
386-254-8200

Your big day is our big honor. Share your vows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Then dance the night away in one of our grand ballrooms. 

tavares pavilion on the lake

200 South Disston
Tavares, FL 32778
352-253-4300

The Tavares Pavilion on the Lake offers an 8,000-square-foot event facility located over the water. Further positioned at the end of a 40 ‘ x 150 ‘, brick-paved pier. Moreover, adorned with ornamental railing and gas lamps. Without a doubt lighting the way to your perfect wedding day.

The Plaza Resort and Spa

600 North Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach, FL
386-239-9800

Exchange your vows on the beautiful Seabreeze Terrace against the backdrop of the lapping ocean waves. After, host an elegant pre-reception hour in the Grand Colonnade. Then raise a toast in one of the magnificent ballrooms.

resort wedding venues

caribe royale orlando

8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
407-238-8100

From polished ballroom spaces to scenic outdoor settings, Caribe Royale Resort features a gorgeous collection of venues for your wedding celebration. Find the perfect locale across 60 lush, picturesque acres at our resort.

Hilton Orlando

6001 Destination Parkway
Orlando FL
407-313-8454

Celebrate love, we will do the rest. In short, it is our mission to take your wedding vision from dream to reality. With locally sourced cuisine, experienced wedding planners and breathtaking indoor and outdoor venues.

Need inspiration and ideas for picking your perfect wedding venue.  Then read
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Then meet venues in person at the next I Said Yes! FL Wedding Expo and I DOs and BREWS wedding planning date nights.

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