Monday, August 26, 2013

Planning a South Florida Wedding During Off-season?

Are you in search for the perfect time to host your South Florida Wedding? Yes, depending on your wedding day vision, it might not be a bad idea to get married during off-season. This blog post will assist you on your planning journey!


  • Wedding costs will be lower – During this time period everyone in the wedding industry is less busy, therefore their pricing is adjusted to accommodate the market. You will have more room to negotiate your rates. A bride could easily host her wedding at her dream venue and end up under budget! Couples will pay less and receive the same quality, what more could you ask for? 
  • You can cool your guests with creative options- In light of the hot weather, you can choose to give your guests personalized bottled water for the ceremony or even serve a light and refreshing sorbet course during dinner. Use the season to your advantage and make your wedding unforgettable!
  • Brides can play dress up- Brides can comfortably wear short-sleeved, sleeveless, halter neck and even backless dresses with ease in this climate! The bride-to-be will have a very wide variety to choose from, so go ahead and unleash your unique flair!
  • It gets dark later– Use this lighting to your advantage and enjoy sunset photographs! Your photos will not be run of the mill, as the sky offers a dramatic backdrop.


  • The inevitable heat- It will be hot, but everyone will live! 
  • The flights may be more expensive- During this time of the year, airline tickets are more costly.
  • Flowers sections could get tricky – Conduct your research, narrow down your preferences and wedding vision to fit the season’s flower availability.

In Summary

Clearly the pros outweigh the cons! If you are taking the off-season plunge, please consider the following:
  • Select the right photographer and videographer –In South Florida, along with the summer heat, we have afternoon showers. Based on your ceremony and reception time, it is essential to have a photographer and videographer that have the ability to work creatively in varied weather conditions. In the matter of moments, you may have to relocate your formal shots. Brides need to feel comfortable with their vendors’ professional expertise and aptitude for delivering the very best product. I always tell my brides “After the wedding day you are only left with your memories, the photos and the video. Make the investment where it counts!”
  • Be Prepared – The heat may prove to be an issue for your hair and makeup, ensure that you stylist prepare accordingly and schedule your appointment as close to the ceremony as possible. As I planner, I usually recommend, having beauty vendors on site after the ceremony so that they can retouch the bride’s hair and makeup prior to the formal shots and ceremony.
  • Remain open-minded- The weather will be hot and humid, please take your guests into consideration. It is not the ideal environment for an outdoor wedding. However, there are many creative ways that you can capture the beauty of our tropical setting, without torturing your guests with the ultimate sauna experience. Consider hosting your ceremony and reception in a ballroom that has a panoramic view of the beach or cityscape. This way you can capture the essence of South Florida while creating a comfortable environment, which will allow your guests to truly savor your affair.
  • Keep it compact- Go with an all-inclusive planning approach. Get ready, host your ceremony and reception all in one venue. This will make it easier on you and your guests!

Eventfully yours,

Amarae`Blyden-Richards, MBA

Chief Event Strategist & Designer 
Plan Perfectly