The Do’s and Dont’s of South Florida Weddings

Here’s what to do, according to Myrna Swire:
1. Always have fans or some sort of air-conditioning. Florida in the summer is beautiful, but it also can get up to degrees above 100.
2. Always, always, always have a backup plan in case of rain. Most resorts and hotels have some sort of indoor ballroom that can always be used in case of rain.
3. Make sure you have a roof in any sort of manner. There may be afternoon sun showers. Most bands also have clauses in their contracts that prohibit their instruments from getting wet. So you always have to have cover for them.

Here is what not to do:
1. Because it is hurricane season, don’t underestimate the weather. Hurricanes can form within a matter of days.
2. Do your photos on the beach earlier in the morning when it’s not too hot and not raining so that you’ll have the ocean in your photos, but don’t rely on the sun-shining at 4 p.m. before your ceremony
3. As much as you’ve dreamt of an ocean ceremony, don’t have a wedding on the beach in the summer.

Don’t let this happen to you!

The Best Wedding Hair for You

Who says up-do’s are the only way to go? More and more brides are choosing to literally let their hair down on their wedding day. Here are some of the best up and coming, and simple, styles we have seen:

1. Try a style that is down and to the side like Carrie Underwood in this picture. If you need more inspiration, this seems to be Carrie’s go-to hair style so there is plenty of photos for you to work with. The simple nature of the style allows you to play up more with your gown in terms of jewelry and maybe a veil. To turn it up a little, add more curls and volume than Carrie’s sleek hair.

2. If you have shorter hair, have your stylist smooth it out in a sleek, voluminous style – especially if you are having a beach wedding where your curls aren’t going to hold in the heat anyway. A simple hairspray will keep this style looking great through your ceremony, reception and beyond. Cameron Diaz, below, shows that straight hair can be more formal than you think.

3. Do you absolutely need to have your hair up at your wedding? If this is the case make sure to go with a simple up-do with lots of volume. Don’t add too many accessories or it can become distracting, especially if you already have a veil on your head.

 4. Princess Kate herself went very simple with her hair on her wedding day. Her dark brown hair seems as though it was taken through a large barreled curling iron and was sprayed just so it could look good under her crown. Get more tips on how to get her hair at:

 5. If you have short hair, there is a way for it to be curly at your wedding without looking too large for life. Eva Longoria’s delicate curls like the ones shown below are a perfect look for a wedding day. Have your hair stylist use hot rollers to give your hair body.

7. If you have long hair, there’s no way to got wrong with letting your hair stylist give you long, luscious curls for your wedding day. Kate Beckinsale, below, lets her hair fall naturally along her back. This hairstyle would be perfect to add a veil onto.
8. If you want an accessory, like a headband, have your hairstylist tease your hair along the line of the headband. Reese’s style below would look good on anyone, even people with longer hair than her.

9. A half-up, half-down hairstyle is always fun but it simple at the same time. Carrie’s hair has a ton of body and volume but it is not too distracting. This look is perfect for a wedding.

Why have a destination wedding?

Why should you have a destination wedding? Better yet, why does South Florida make an ideal place to step away from it all and get married?

First off, destination weddings are virtually stress-free. Sure you won’t get the opportunity to go to the location every other day to help you to visualize your wedding, but a great wedding planner, like Myrna Swire, can help to solve that problem all together. With a destination wedding, the world seems to be your oyster. There are no confines of what your family wants you to do or where they want you to get married in your hometown. The place is a blank slate for everyone involved.

Additionally, destination weddings serve as a once in a lifetime opportunity to reunite family and friends. These people can enjoy a vacation together while spending the time to celebrate you and your wonderful marriage.

Strangely, destination weddings can also save you money. Sure, there is usually airfare involved, but the select number of people that will choose to come to your wedding will make for a more intimate wedding, thus you will have more money leftover to enhance your wedding day.

Need some ideas for places to get married in South Florida?
Check out some of our favorites –
1. The Breakers, Palm Beach

2. The Boca Raton Resort and Club
Jessica, the bride, at a wedding planned by Myrna Swire that took place at the Boca Raton Resort and Club
3. The Colony, Palm Beach
4. Little Palm Island Resort and Spa
Photo courtesy of New Ground Photo
5. The Marriott of Singer Island
A wedding planned by Myrna Swire

Roses and lilies and orchids, oh my! Your guide to summer wedding flowers.

Some flowers are only available in the summer season for your wedding. But in my eyes, they are also the most beautiful. Here is your guide to the most beautiful flowers of the summer season:
1. Roses are available year-round. They set the standard for wedding flowers.

2. Lilies are available in the summer and are always a beautiful match in terms of color for brides. According to “The Standard White Calla Lily is one of the brides most popular choices year around.” Casablanca lilies and stargazer lilies are also in season and are very beautiful.

3. Orchids are also a popular wedding flower. In one wedding planned by Myrna Swire of It’s Your Party the bride wore purple orchids in her hair. They can also make beautiful center pieces and bouquets.

4. Gladiolus are in season and come in a wide variety of colors. They would be perfect to adorn a wedding arch or a beautiful ballroom.

To accessorize your flowers you can add paper cutouts or sparkles to your arrangements. Paper butterflies make a great addition to any arrangement. Or try something that Myrna Swire has done in the past, work your flowers around branches to make a fuller arrangement.

What to eat/not eat before YOUR wedding

Nothing could be worse than waking up for that special day looking like you just ate the biggest breakfast of your life. You are already nervous, excited and anxious all at the same time, there is no need to add in the stress of a bloated tummy.

Here are some tips on what to avoid eating around the time of your wedding.
 1. Soda – Carbonated drinks can make any bride feel bloated. According to Women’s Fitness, a website specializing in women’s health, “Fizzy drinks, including soda pop and spritzers, increase bloating because the carbon dioxide trapped in the bubbles creates gas, which slows down stomach emptying.” However, if you must have your daily dose of soda, drink it through a straw to help rid some of the carbonation.
 2. Dairy – If you’re already anxious, dairy can become your worst nightmare. Stay clear of yogurts, milk and cream so that you can be feeling your best on your wedding day. “Soy milk, rice milk or almond milk might provide a suitable substitute,” said Lance Armstrong’s health website, Livestrong.
 3. Caffeine – Caffeine can dehydrate you, and combined with the stress of the day it can make you feel fatigued. If you have to have caffeine stick to a light tea or limit your consumption.

 Here is a list of what to eat on your wedding day:
1. To nourish your skin… Eat Omega 3s, grains and citrus. These will help you to have a natural glow when you walk down the aisle.
 2. To have your hair looking great… Eat foods rich in zinc, iron and calcium. Try eating flaxseed, spinach or fresh fruits and vegetables so that you can be feeling your best.
3. Drink water with lemon. It is a trick used by many models and celebrities before special events. It is a natural cleanse that will keep you hydrated too! ‘Now’ magazine reports that Jennifer Aniston begins every morning “with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice to flush out her body.”

Eco-Chic Weddings

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something…green?
“Eco-chic is an opportunity to be both generous and creative,” said Myrna Swire of It’s Your
Party Events. A bride and groom can ask for guests to include a donation to the Wildlife Foundation, or a favorite charity, in lieu of gifts at a wedding. They can include a “butterfly release” or have eco-friendly invitations that are printed on completely recycled paper, as
Swire has done before with 100 percent pesticide-free bamboo paper.

“You can also present your guests with green favors,” Swire said.

A plant or a small organic garden can make the perfect place card or party favor for questions. Couples can also provide their guests with organic foods like jam, chocolate, teas or coffee. Apart from the progressive nature of “green” weddings, Swire has also seen a trend toward vegan and vegetarian food selections.

At a recent wedding, Swire saw guests leave satisfied after eating a selection of organic fresh fruit and vegetables and other vegetarian staples. The “raw” movement is also becoming a trend and couples can make statements purely based on the foods and preparations they choose.

“Less is more,” said Swire at a Boca Raton Bloomingdale’s event that featured eco-friendly
weddings last year. With eco-friendly weddings on the rise it is definitely a theme to consider integrating into your future wedding. Exchanging vows under a biodegradable arch is definitely a gift that will keep on giving to you and the earth.
– Kelsey Meany