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Wedding & Event Catering

With 30 years of culinary expertise, Ms. Audrey will personally ensure your event is filled with a home-cooked flavor that all of your guest will remember for a lifetime. We only use the finest ingredients and recipes that have been handed down from generations. Ms. Audrey will exceed your expectations as you celebrate your special day. Our team is committed to catering your event with the freshest of ingredients, professional staff, and great award-winning tastes. Let us serve you in planning menus for your special day.

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The Event Centre @CLIMB CDC offers you the flexibility to create the perfect event limited only by your imagination!

Spanning nearly 10,000sqft, the Event Centre can accommodate even the most lavish affair. The space features 30-foot ceilings, exposed brick and an industrial feel. It reflects the 1930’s era in which it was built, however, it is capable of transforming from an elegant traditional wedding to an industrial chic event, or anywhere in between. CAPACITY: 996, STANDING; 350 SEATED, 12ft X 24ft STAGE

Ask about our additional rooms which are perfect for conference breakout sessions and meetings.

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P.31 / planning P.34 / photography

P.44 / f lorals P.50 / venues

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Crystal Scretching Farrah Underwood

THE COVER Our cover bride is Kailen Pope, who was married November 11, 2017. Photography by Tilley Photography

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PUBLISHER & EDITOR

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Tammy Smith EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sondra Striker CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Hannah Stewart Photography James Edward Bates Photography Julie Holmes Photography Kayce Stork Photography Lisa Cooke Photography Scarletf ish Studios Photography Shannon Lutkins Photography Southern Wedding Pixels Steve Linhoss Photography Tilley Photography

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LOVE STORY

TIFFANY & PATRICK Love makes a splash

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A spilled drink doesn’t usually lead to true love, but it did pave the way for Tiffany and Patrick Wilson to find each other. Tiffany was on vacation with her family at a condominium in Orange Beach, Ala., in early July 2010. She was relaxing poolside when a boy accidentally knocked her drink over. During the ensuing apologies, she met Patrick, whose friend is the boy’s father. “That led us to hanging out the rest of that weekend,” Tiffany said. While they enjoyed their time together, Tiffany initially didn’t think their paths would cross very often afterwards. “Me being from Bay St. Louis and Patrick being from New Orleans, I didn’t think we would see much of each other,” she said. Who was she kidding? Bay St. Louis is less than an hour from New Orleans. This love wasn’t going to let a few miles get in its way. “We kept in touch and took turns going to each other’s home town every weekend. I moved to New Orleans in 2011, and we built a home in Madisonville, La., in 2015.” On Labor Day 2016 weekend, Tiffany and Patrick were back in Orange Beach, this time as a couple. But they weren’t alone. Their families were there, too, as well as his friend and his son. The whole group went to Cobalt, Tiffany’s favorite restaurant in Orange Beach, where Patrick stunned her. “He chose the city we met and my favorite restaurant in Orange Beach to propose and had our closest family and friends (including the young boy who knocked my drink over at the pool where we met six years prior) there to witness it!” she said. Her Mississippi roots led Tiffany to choose Gulfport for the wedding – specifically, The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm. “I have never felt more special than I did on my wedding day. To see how many people from out of town came in to celebrate our love for one another was amazing,” Tiffany said. There was one member of the wedding party who made the day even more special. “My Paw Paw was the man to walk me down the aisle,” she said. “He has dementia, but on that day he knew who I was, and that is a day I will always cherish in my heart.” The newlyweds went to the Dominican Republic for their honeymoon and stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort & Casino. A week later they moved to Nashville, Tenn., where Tiffany works as a cardiac sonographer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Patrick, a veteran of the U.S. Army, works as a delivery specialist at PFG.

VENDORS Photographer: Julie Holmes Photography Wedding planner: Susie Davis - A Plan to Remember Ceremony venue: The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm Reception venue: The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm Florist: Pine Hills Caterer: Cajun Gourmet Makeup: Erin Gioe, Brittany Afkarian, & Allexx Neyland Hair: Erin Gioe, Brittany Afkarian, & Allexx Neyland Videographer: Take Two Video Jewelry: J. Crew & Etsy Shoes: Elegant Park Wedding gown: Mae Me’s Tux: Jos a Bank Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy Musician/Entertainment: D Play Clergy/Officiant: Brandon Ladner Rentals: ABC Rental Cake: Marguerite’s Transportation: King Limo Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Rehearsal: Dinner Patio 44 Winter/Spring 2018


INSPIRATION

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florist: pine hills floral designs Photography by Kayce Stork Photography


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LOVE STORY

KIM & AARON Stronger the second time around

When Kim and Aaron Rhodes met in 1998, she was managing a store, and Aaron, who was in the military, got a part-time job there. A work friendship soon developed into a mutual attraction, and sparks began to fly. “We started dating and got married a couple of years later,” Kim said. Then problems arose. Problems that didn’t appear to have a solution and grew bigger and bigger. “We were both very young, and the marriage didn’t last,” Kim said. “Over the first 15 years after our divorce, we did not have the best relationship with each other.” Their young son, however, provided a bridge to help his parents gradually find mutual ground. “We grew to a point where we started to become friends through coparenting our son well,” Kim said. That teamwork began paying off. Before they knew it, Kim and Aaron found that a little ember remained from that spark that they thought had long been extinguished. That renewed P. 28

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interest led to a date. Then another and another. And then Kim and Aaron found that their love was rekindled. Soon a more permanent reconciliation appealed to both of them. That led Aaron to think about his second proposal to his love. “We discussed marriage a few times, but she didn’t know when it was coming,” Aaron said. “I chose a location that she would least expect a proposal. I knew she would want to share the special moment with her sister, so we planned it together. I proposed, and she said yes, but still in disbelief that it was happening. I can remember her saying ‘stop playing’ until she saw the ring and her sister crying.” Kim and Aaron decided to get married on their original wedding date. And even with all the excitement, nerves and busyness of the day, there was one special moment on that second wedding day. “It was seeing both families there together in one place loving on each other,” Aaron said. “The families

always have had mutual admiration for each other.” The Coastians went to the Bahamas for their honeymoon. Aaron is now a retired military veteran, and Kim, who is from Pass Christian, is a housewife. Kim has some words of advice, gleaned from years of experience. “Life isn’t always perfect and true happiness doesn’t come easy. It’s overcoming obstacles,challenges and fighting to be together. It was worth every second, minute and hour because we are here together.” VENDORS Photographer: Steve Linhoss Photography Ceremony venue: Oak Crest Mansion Reception venue: Beach Blvd. Steamer Florist: Village Florist Caterer: Beach Blvd. Steamer Makeup: Michelle Fields Hair: Hair Power Shoes: David's Bridal Wedding gown: David's Bridal Tux: Men's Warehouse Bridesmaid dresses: David's Bridal Clergy/Officiant: Dwayne Watson, Coastlife Church Cake: Fleur de lis Gourmet Bakery


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PLANNING

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This timeframe is the most critical when it comes to planning your wedding.

From a practical perspective if you are not an organized person, you should immediately hire a planner or a consultant to help guide you through the process. Many planners on the Coast also do fullservice design so you can have your cake and eat it too by telling the designer what you want and letting them assist you with all of the details. In some cases, a caterer or reception venue coordinator can help you with some details (linen choices, rental items, room layouts or seating plans). But generally, you want your chosen vendors to focus on what they are good at. These are the items you should deal with immediately because in most cases, there are limited options depending on the size of your wedding. During this time period you should: Book your ceremony and reception venues Select and inform your attendants Begin developing your budget Start your guest list Interview and book the following: • Planner • Band/DJ • Caterer • Photographer • Videographer • Officiant Book your ceremony and reception venues

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Purchase your dress. MONTHS S  elect your wedding party’s attire. Dress availability and alterations can take up to six months, so start this item as soon as possible. Have your guys fitted for their tuxedos as soon as possible as well. S  et up your wedding website, hashtag and handles. R  egister at a minimum of three major retailers with online offerings at least one local gift registry store. P  lan for your out-of-town guests. Reserve a block of hotel rooms at several different hotels with varying price points. These hotels should be as close to reception location as possible. S  ettle on an invitation design and begin the proofing process. Your invitation may go through several renditions before it’s just right, so give yourself plenty of time. If you are planning on having your invitations hand addressed, hire a calligrapher now. S  tart planning the honeymoon. Make sure your passport and any necessary shots are up to date if you will be traveling out of the country.

M  eet with the officiant and then plan your ceremony. If you are required to attend counseling or attend classes related to your particular faith, begin these as soon as your officiant says to. A  rrange transportation for yourself and any guests. O  rder your cakes. S  tart your day-of timeline. Work with your planner and other vendors (DJ, photographer) to schedule any special moments you want to be sure are documented.


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B  uy the shoes you will wearing and bring them to your first dress fitting. P  urchase your veil. P  lan a hair and make-up rehearsal with your stylist. Make sure they are available for your big day. V  isit your DJ’s website and peruse his or her play list. Make sure let him or her know what songs you definitely want (especially your first dances) and more importantly, those you don’t want to hear at all. If you are planning on live entertainment, make sure they can perform your first dances or have the availability to play them digitally. P  lan the rehearsal dinner. Settle one the guest list and reserve the venue. F  inalize invitations and place the order. Some processes can take up to four weeks to print, so give yourself plenty of time to make sure they are

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D  on’t leave your toasts to chance. MONTHS Ask a select list of people to give toasts or speak at the wedding or rehearsal dinner so they have time to craft a well-considered speech. P  lan the program and readings so your readers will have time to rehearse. S  econd dress fitting. Plan to purchase your undergarments this same day. F  inalize the orders of the ceremony and reception P  rint programs P  urchase wedding rings M  eet with your planner or other wedding pros and finalize your day-of schedule. Type up the timeline and send it to all of your vendors (this includes photographer, caterer, baker, decorator and church coordinator). The more you plan, the less stress and drama there is on the day of. F  inalize the menu and flowers I f you are having a number of out-of-town guests, plan welcome gift bags. These need be as simple as a bottle of water, a few snacks and a list of some of the more popular tourist sites where you live.

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M  ail invitations. RSVP cut MONTHS off should be about 10 days before the wedding. S  tart writing those thank you notes. You’ll thank yourself for getting a head start on this! C  hange up date night with dancing lessons. Dancing to your first dance several times with some expert guidance can help ease those jitters. P  lan your photography shoot list and then meet with your photographer to make sure he/she knows exactly what moments you want captured. F  inalize your playlist with your band or DJ.

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M  eet with your planner for any last minute adjustments or confirmations you feel you need to be reassured about. A  sk a trusted friend who is not in the wedding party to be your day-of “Helper.” This person is your planner if you’ve hired one. They will handle things like paying vendors, handing out tips and making sure your wedding party is on the dance floor. S  end wedding timeline to wedding party. P  ick up wedding dress. W  rite checks for vendors, put checks and tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event. S  chedule mani’s and pedi’s for you and your girls the day before the wedding. A  ssemble and distribute welcome baskets. P  ack for honeymoon.

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T  rack your RSVPs and call people who haven’t replied. N  o more than 30 days ahead, get your marriage license. M  ail rehearsal dinner invitations. T  hird and final dress fitting P  ay your final fees to as many of your vendors as you can.

AFTER WEDDING

G  et your thank you notes out as soon as possible. You have up to a year. B  e sure to update your personal documents if you are changing your last name: Driver’s license, passport, insurance paperwork, bank accounts, etc. T  ake a moment to call your loved ones and say how much you love them and appreciate how they helped you all through this process. Winter/Spring 2018


PHOTOGRAPHER

CAPTURE YOUR DAY

Be sure your photographer knows what is most special to you

Here are other suggestions that will ensure you get the best photos representing your big day. • A solid timeline of wedding events. Include ceremony times and highlights and make sure this timeline includes the names of your bridal party and important family members. For the reception part, actual times (e.g.: “8:12 — first dance”) are less important than an order of events. Your planner will help you stay on track and will make sure all parties needed for the photos are present. • Have a meeting with your photographer to go over exactly what is most important to you. For instance, if

your veil was worn by your grandmother, you will want to be sure your photographer knows this so they will make sure it gets the attention it needs. • Don’t burden your photographer with too many details like handing them a list with 100 “must have” photos. Of that 100, probably 75 of them are obvious. You want your photographer focused on the events around you, not focusing on a piece of paper. While it may seem really obvious what photos you want, sometimes a list does help narrow what is most important. There are too many potential photos to list in this space (check out www.gulfcoastweddingsmagazine.com website for a more comprehensive list), but here are the highlights by category:

GETTING READY: BRIDE • • • •

Hair and makeup shots of bride and bridesmaids Bride stepping into dress and mom helping with veil Bride with bridesmaids, mom/parents, siblings, special relatives Bride ready to go

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Groom and groomsmen Men having ties straightened or boutonnière pinned Dad whispering last-minute advice to groom Groom ready to go

GETTING READY: OTHER • First look • Bride and groom separately making their way to the ceremony (in a limo backseat, hailing a cab, walking down the street/hall/stairs)

THE CEREMONY • • • • • • • •

Bridal party procession and recession including flower girl and ring bearer Close-up of bride just before she makes her entrance The kiss After the ceremony family photos and bride and groom together photos (if not done pre-ceremony) Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides Bride and groom with groomsmen Bride and groom with bridesmaids Bride and groom with whole wedding party

THE RECEPTION

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• Shot from outside reception site (to set the tone) • Reception details such as place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors table, and champagne glasses • Bride and groom arriving and first dances • Guests dancing • Cake cutting • Bouquet toss/garter toss • Bride and groom leaving, waving from getaway car's backseat


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BAKERY

TIPS TO HELP MAKE YOUR CAKE STRESS FREE By Stephanie Costa Owner/pastry chef, Sweet Enchantments Each time I build a cake, whether simple or intricate, if a new set of eyes is watching, the comment is always the same: “You make it look so easy!” Now, of course, I have been doing this for years and have found a rhythm that can be learned only through repetition. But – especially back when I taught college pastry – I had to learn to slow down and really focus on a few tips of the trade that would help any beginner, or even expert, improve their wedding cake game.

TIP NUMBER ONE, FROZEN CAKES.

This may sound odd at first, but hear me out. I bake all of my cakes in advance. Don’t get me wrong, they are extremely fresh and made of the highest quality, but I do this for stability and structure. As each cake is baked, it is cooled, wrapped in plastic wrap, and then frozen overnight so that as I put the cake together, I do not have to worry about the buttercream melting or the cake crumbling.

THE SECOND TIP IS TO HAVE FRESH BUTTERCREAM.

I will always make fresh buttercream the morning of the wedding to have silky smooth buttercream with which to decorate. The evening before, I will crumb coat the cake with buttercream, but the day of the wedding, it is essential to have soft, silky buttercream to create a flawless, smooth exterior to the cake. Not to mention that with the ever-changing weather on the Coast, buttercream can be affected as it settles, due to humidity and other factors.

LASTLY, AND PROBABLY MY MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL, BE SURE TO HAVE BOBA STRAWS. BOBA STRAWS? YES!

These are the super fat straws you find at many Thai restaurants for their famous boba tea. The tea features large tapioca pearls that need a fat straw to transport them. The same fat straw is an amazing, inexpensive support dowel when stacking cake tiers. Rather than spending money on store-brand supports, or purchasing wooden dowels at the hardware store, bags of these straws can be found at most Asian markets for a few dollars. The straws are easy to locate when cutting a cake for guests as well, and they have a hollow center to ease into the cake tiers, rather than to puncture the stable cake. Place a few straws in each tier measured to the height of the cake, and I assure you that you will P. 36

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have no wobble or tilting cake tiers while stacking three, four or even five tiers of cake. While these are only a few tips of the trade for wedding cakes, repetition is the most valuable tip of them all. As in most hobbies, sports and crafts, practice makes perfect. Find the tools that work for you, the best type of buttercream that you can master, and reliable cake recipes that can be duplicated again and again. Whether you’re new to baking or a seasoned baker, happy baking!


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BEAUTY

Photograph by Julie Holmes Photography

What to expect from a professional makeup artist

"You are looking for someone who is not only talented at their craft, but who also makes you feel relaxed, happy and beautiful"

by Jackie Merlau | jmerlaumakeup.com You may already know you want to hire a makeup artist for your wedding, but do you know what should be expected from a professional artist on the most important day of your life? Here are some tips to help!

THE SEARCH

You should find a makeup artist who is passionate about what they do. I believe 85 percent of your makeup experience has a lot to do with the relationship you create with your artist. You are looking for someone who is not only talented at their craft, but who also makes you feel relaxed, happy and beautiful. Spend time building this relationship. From the engagement photos to the wedding day, work with one artist who can get to know you and your makeup preferences.

THE PAPERWORK

Contracts are an important part in any business transaction. Having all the prices, day of schedule and the location details written out is a great way to stay organized and avoid confusion. Be sure you both know what your expectations are of each other and have it in writing to keep everyone organized and on the same page.

THE CONSULTATION

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see how your makeup will look and an even better time to make changes or adjustments. This is the time to be picky and specific. The last thing you want is to worry how your makeup will turn out on the actual day. When you know what your artist is capable of, you can be comforted to trust and rely on them.

THE LONGEVITY

Keep in mind that there are makeup artists for different types of work. You have artists for film, fashion, special effects and weddings. Make sure your artist can create a look that not only photographs beautifully, but also remains intact. You will be dancing, crying, kissing, drinking and eating. You want to be sure your makeup lasts all night, looks flawless and continues to be photogenic.

THE DAY OF

You want an artist who knows the wedding industry and will help make things flow for you. Make sure you have a reliable artist who will arrive early to set up, start on time and stay on schedule. I personally like to help my brides put together the makeup appointment schedule prior to the date. And most importantly, make sure your artist brings a makeup kit full of products needed for all skin types, tones and textures for everyone having their makeup done.


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THE DRESS

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Empire has a high waistline located just under the bust line, and the rest of the dress flows out. Empire waist dresses mark the smallest point of your figure and flow to the floor in a very demure fashion. For those ladies who are less shapely, an empire silhouette adds more curves.

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There is a perfect dress out there for everyone.

Choosing the right one has a lot to do with knowing what’s going to look great on you. You’ll know it when you find it. Not only will it feel right, you’ll love the way it makes you feel and that’s what is most important. These six silhouettes are the most common dress shapes. The descriptions should help guide you to the one dress that was made for you!

Sheath Princess Trumpet

Drawings by: Dara Parker

Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames as the cut follows your body’s natural shape. The long, straight lines have a lengthening effect—great for ladies with an hourglass figure who are willing to show off their curves.

The“fairy “fairytale” tale” The dress,with withaafitted fitted dress, bodice, flairs at thewaist waist bodice, flairs at the withaafull fullskirt. skirt.AA with slim-cutbodice bodicetrims trims slim-cut thewaist. waist. Layers Layersofof the fabric in the fullbell bell fabric in the full shapemake makeanyone anyonelook look shape likeaaprincess! princess! like

Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is ideal for frames with small waists. Fits closely to the body until mid-hip then widens gradually to the hem (resembling the mouth of a trumpet). Often confused with mermaid, but trumpet flairs from mid-hip, whereas mermaid flairs below the knee

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Exquisite custom jewelry designed with personal detail for your special day. j Glossy stones, unblemished pearls... j Bridal Statement Pieces j Bridal Party Gifts j Mother of the Bride Gifts

For Consultations 601-460-4612 info@creative-marx.com | www.creative-marx.com

Balayage | Color | Cuts On Location Wedding Hairstyles & Makeup Airbrush Spray Tanning | Hair Extensions Novalash Eyelash Extensions | Lash Lifts

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228-282-3000 www.thesequinsiren.com 1765 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532 Winter / Springl 2018


FLORALS

5 Tips

Professional florists offer peace of mind by Rachel Bond Owner/designer, Pine Hills Floral Designs The dress has been altered, the venue booked, the catering menu curated and everything is falling perfectly into place. Now, to decide one of the final details: flowers. It’s time to complete the look for your bridal party and also decorate the venue. If you’re not familiar with flowers, this can feel like a daunting task. Fear not, a professional florist can pull everything together and you won’t have to lift a finger! Here are five reasons to invest in a professional florist:

1. CHOOSING FLOWERS

Many flowers have a season in which they are available, prettiest and most inexpensive. Your florist will know what’s available and also what can be substituted. Flowers come in many sizes, shapes and colors. We know which varieties complement each other within your color palette. How many flowers will you need? Flower bunches are sold in various stem counts, and some foliage is even sold by weight. Your florist will create a “recipe” for each design to know just how much product to order.

2. TIME

Prep work begins on Wednesday for a Saturday wedding. Buckets are washed, vases cleaned, boxes unpacked, flower stems trimmed and leaves removed. This is all happening while you and your bridesmaids are enjoying mani/pedis and mimosas. Would you rather be removing thorns or celebrating at your bridal luncheon?

3. ASSEMBLY

Flowers are messy. Water, leaves, stems and wet cardboard are not things you want cluttering up your kitchen or the wedding venue. Flowers also take up a lot of space and need to be kept cool. Transporting sloshing water buckets is not for the faint of heart. Strategic planning goes into every delivery and set up a florist does.

4. DESIGNING

After all of the preparation comes the actual designing. Flowers do not easily fall together to create the flawless look you see in magazines. It takes a trained eye and many years of practice to make even the most natural designs come together. A professional florist has the tools and supplies necessary to make sure arrangements are sturdy and flowers stay fresh.

5. STRESS

You may be a very creative, energetic and planning-oriented bride who is willing to take on all of the above challenges. But is that what you really want to do in the days leading up to your wedding? Wouldn’t it be nicer to relax, get pampered and reap the benefits of your months of tireless planning? You’ve done your job, so leave the rest to the professionals. Florals are by Pine Hills Floral Designs

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Host your next wedding or event at

The Hotel Pass Christian

A beautiful 10 room boutique hotel overlooking the harbor in Pass Christian. Simple elegance with coast chic design Perfect wedding destination on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Offering suites and a penthouse Balconies overlooking the Harbor

116 W Scenic Dr. • Pass Christian www.hotelpasschristian.com Book online at Stay@HotelPassChristian.com or call us now 228-222-2062 P. 46

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at Love Farms

THEBARNATLOVEFARMS.COM 228.493.0983

Ashleigh Jayne Photography

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The Barn 16990 OLD JOE MORAN RD KILN, MISSISSIPPI

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Rustic Space. Elegant Possibilities.

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DIAMONDHEAD COUNTRY CLUB Fun, Elegant Weddings in aResort Setting Distinctive wedding packages based on your preferences. Share your wedding dreams with us...we’re right with you, committed to making your dreams a reality! Diamondhead...a place like no other. Where everyone is welcome!

7600 Country Club Circle | Diamondhead, MS

228.255.2917 www.diamondheadms.org

UNIQUE GIFTS AND HOME DECOR FOR THE

Not So Ordinary Bride

Featuring local, MS, and USA made art, gourmet foods, and gifts. Erica Layton, Owner 630 Washington Ave. | Ocean Springs, Ms 39564 | Mon-Sat 10-5

228-215-1415

Gift Registry Available

RENAE ALLEN Wedding planner, office & communications director Winter / Springl 2018


VENUES Capacity

Deposit

Almanett Hotel & Bistro (228) 865-9901 www.thealmanett.com

200

Yes

Yes

Call for details

Yes

Amour Danzar (228) 324-3730 www.amourdanzar.com

200

Yes

Yes

Yes (licensed caterers only)

No

Bayou Bluff Tennis Club (228) 896-9166 www.bayoubluff.com

150-300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Azalea Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

150-200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Camellia Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

100-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Magnolia Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

50-1,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Indoor: 200 Outdoor: 750

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

1,000

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

40-44

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Black Tie White Rose Events (228) 233-0550 www.facebook.com/Blacktiewhiterose

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Blue Rose (228) 452-0949 www.historicbluerose.com

200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Boomtown Biloxi (228) 435-7000 www.boomtownbiloxi.com

250

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Up to 700

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Coastal Ballroom at Courtyard Marriott (228) 864-4310 www.courtyardgulfport.com

300-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Diamondhead Country Club (228) 255-2917 www.diamondheadms.org

100-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

1,700

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Beauvoir - The Jefferson Davis Home (228) 388-4400 www.visitbeauvoir.org Biloxi Civic Center (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Biloxi Visitors Center (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Biloxi Schooners (228) 435-6320 www.maritimemuseum.org

Chimneys Restaurant (228) 863-7604 www.chimneysrestaurant.com

Event Centre @ CLIMB CDC, The (228) 864-6677 www.climbcdc.org

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Great Southern Club Where Fun Meets Elegance

Magnificent inland, seaward and coastal views. Open to Non-Members Custom Menus and Packages www.greatsouthernclub.com Winter / Springl 2018

2510 14th Street ~ 15th Floor ~ Gulfport, MS ~ 228-865-0200


Capacity

Deposit

Onsite Catering

Outside Catering Allowed

Cancellation Policy

Grand Magnolia Suites & Ballroom (228) 696-1894 www.grandmagnolia.com

300-450

Yes

Yes

No

No

Grass Lawn (228) 343-1688 www.cateringcreationsllc.com www.historicgrasslawn.com

300-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Lawn, The (Harrah’s Gulf Coast) (228) 436-2946 www.caesars.com/harrahs-gulf-coast

50,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Southern Club (228) 865-0200 www.greatsouthernclub.com

50-550

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Southern Golf Club (228) 284-2237 www.greatsoutherngolf.com

99

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

150-300

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Gulfport Yacht Club (228) 863-2263 www.gulfportyachtclub.org Members only or member sponsored event

250-300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (228) 374-7625 www.hardrockbiloxi.com

700-800

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Harrah’s Gulf Coast (228) 436-2946 www.caesars.com/harrahs-gulf-coast

100-130

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hilton Garden Inn (228) 863-4996

80-130

No

Yes

No

Yes

Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast (866) 758-2591 www.hollywoodcasinogulfcoast.com

700

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hospitality Resort Management Center (228) 897-3971 www.mgccc.edu/hospitality-and-resortmanagement-center

400

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

20-1,700

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

La Maison Gautier (The Old Place) (228) 762-4500 www.theoldplace.net

Indoor: 100 Outdoor: 800-1,500

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (228) 897-6039 www.lmdc.org

100-500

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

400

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center (228) 875-4211 www.gulfhillshotel.com Gulf Coast Event Center (228) 867-6322 www.gulfcoasteventcenter.com

IP Casino Resort & Spa (228) 436-3000 www.ipbiloxi.com

Magnolia Hall at Florence Gardens (228) 539-5039 www.magnoliahallfg.com

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Where Southern Charm and Elegance Unite

THE GULF COAST EVENT CENTER THE MS GULF COAST’S NEWEST AFFORDABLE & LUXURIOUS EVENT VENUE!

Featuring Flexible Event Rooms THE GULF COAST EVENT CENTER can assimilate any taste or budget with our three preferred, well established coastal caterers. THE CHANDELEUR PRE-EVENT SPACE offers over 1,200 square feet for an array of set ups. With a layout that encourages guest interaction and mingling, the elegant ambiance of our Chandeleur Pre-event space is sure to get the conversation started among your guests. Whether you are looking to seat a certain number of guests, or are more focused on standing room, we have the perfect setup for you! The options are endless. THE CHANDELEUR ISLAND BALLROOM offers 3,550-square feet of pure elegance. Complimentary Wi-Fi | ADA Accessible | Full Service Catering In House | Customized Event Menus | State of the Art Audio Visual Equipment Complimentary Spacious & Well Lit Parking | Complimentary Airport Shuttle Services | Private Restrooms | Three Chain Hotels within Walking Distance Winter / Springl 2018

9475 Highway 49 Gulfport, MS 39503 | 228-867-6322 | sales@gulfcoasteventcenter.com | www.gulfcoasteventcenter.com


Cancellation Policy

Capacity

Deposit

383-600

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Martime & Seafood Industry Museum (228) 435-6320 www.maritimemuseum.org

Indoor: 750 Outdoor: 1,500

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (228) 594-3700 www.mscoastcoliseum.com

5,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Morton's The Steakhouse (228) 436-8761 www.mortons.com/biloxi/privatedining

150

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Oak Crest Mansion (228) 452-5677 www.oakcrestmansion.com

400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Outdoor: 150

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

60-150

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

125

No

Yes

No

Yes

250-300

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

60-70

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

250-500

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Slavonian Lodge (228) 860-9599

600

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Sunkist Country Club Ballroom (228) 388-3961 www.sunkistcc.com

100

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm (228) 218-1906 www.venueatsouthernoaks.comw

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel (228) 385-6017 www.treasurebay.com

160

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Walter Anderson Museum of Art (228) 872-3164 www.walterandersonmuseum.org

150

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

150-250

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center (228) 818-2878 www.themaryc.org

Old Brick House (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Pascagoula River Audubon Center (228) 475-0825 pascagoulariver.audubon.org Patio 44 (228) 207-2628 www.patiofortyfour.com Pelican Landing Conference Center (228) 474-1406 www.cityofmosspoint.org Preserve Golf Club (228) 386-2500 www.preservegc.com Salute Italian Restaurant (228) 864-2500 www.saluteitalian.com Scarlet Pearl Casino (228) 392-1889, ext. 1137 www.scarletpearlcasino.com

The White House Hotel (228) 233-1230 www.whitehousebiloxi.com

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Hospitality & Resort Management Center offers flexible space, catering options

Gulf Coast Weddings recently chatted with Lisa Bradley, director of Business Development & Hospitality & Resort Management at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

GCW: PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THE HOSPITALITY & RESORT MANAGEMENT CENTER. HRMC: We are a 5,000-square-feet event center that can accommodate events up to 350 people. We have several rooms of flexible space, some small enough for the most intimate occasions. Our facility offers a boardroom, classrooms and a café for meetings and events in addition to our ballroom space. We offer catering through City Line Café, which is an extension of our culinary school. Catering is provided by our instructor chefs and culinary students. We allow outside food and drink as well. GCW: BEFORE WORKING AT MGCCC, WHAT WAS YOUR BACKGROUND IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY? HRMC: I have worked in event management for nearly 20 years in nonprofit organizations, local government and professional sports. My background is in corporate events and professional sports. However, the Hospitality Center has given me an opportunity to work on weddings, receptions and parties of all shapes and sizes. I have worked with local businesses for decades and have relationships that serve us well in the event business. GCW: WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE WEDDINGS AT THE HOSPITALITY & RESORT MANAGEMENT CENTER? HRMC: We have done a number of themed weddings, mostly vintage chic or Hollywood glamour, but last year we had a couple do a Halloween-themed wedding that was done very tastefully and was well-planned and executed. It was such a fun event and very different from what we do on a day-to-day basis. GCW: WHAT WISDOM WOULD YOU OFFER BRIDES LOOKING FOR A WEDDING VENUE? HRMC: Look for flexibility in a venue. Look for a space that allows you to customize every aspect to achieve your vision. Plan in advance and go back as many times as you need to be comfortable with the plan. Also, be aware of hidden costs and fees. Our facility provides tables and chairs, as well as setup and breakdown, at no additional cost. Feel free to ask the venue for advice; if they’ve held hundreds of weddings, they likely know what will work best for you. If a venue says “only 100 people will fit in this space,” listen to them. Don’t risk being uncomfortable at a time that should be enjoyable and memorable. P. 56

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GCW: WHAT ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU RECOMMEND THAT A BRIDE SHOULD ASK IN HER CONSULTATION WITH A VENUE? HRMC: If you’re using an outdoor venue, you should always have an indoor backup plan. Ask about additional time for setup and cleanup and what the expectations are. If the venue offers catering, seriously consider using those services to cut down on the chaos of multiple vendors. Ask about “extra” spaces such as dressing rooms or catering preparation areas that you can use. Definitely ask about hidden costs, such as table or linen rental fees, security or added gratuity or service charges. GCW: WHAT IS SOMETHING GULF COAST WEDDINGS READERS MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE HOSPITALITY & RESORT MANAGEMENT CENTER? HRMC: We offer complimentary planning services to help you decide how you can achieve your vision. Our rooms can be resized for a more intimate setting or to accommodate a large function. We offer spaces adjacent to one another, which allow for separate ceremony, cocktail hour and reception spaces for many weddings. We also offer military and nonprofit pricing. We offer on-site catering, but we allow external vendors as well.


Pottery • Art Gallery • Creative Glass • Artistic Jewelry S tor e Ho urs : Mon - Fr i 9:30am-5:30pm S at 9 : 3 0 a m - 5 p m S un 1 2 p m - 4 p m

www.HillyerHouse.com

920 Washington Ave. • Ocean Springs • (228) 875.8065

Rustic barn full of Southern charm Beautiful setting for weddings, receptions, showers, and parties

The Camellia Located on Highway 603 (15 miles North of I10)

228-623-8842

Southern Pixels Photography

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228.219.0695 www.nightshiftsounds.net

• • • • • • •

Weddings Corporate events Office delivery Offsite catering Bar/Alcohol service Full staffing Venue referrals

Rent event business conference space at Hyatt Biloxi, 1150 Beach Blvd and Preferred cater @ Gulf Coast Event Center.

Contact Paige Luckett at paige.lucketttsfc@gmail.com or call 228.697.0150 or visit her Facebook page at Southern Flavor Catering P. 58

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only the best. When you want

ONLY BEST.

Naomi’s Catering offers the

personal and exclusive service Weddings by referral only. We’re not for everyone, but you know who you are...

And you already have our number.

A GULF COAST TRADITION

228.832.6171 naomis@naomis.com Winter / Springl 2018 www.naomis.com


CATERING & EVENTS

2404 23rd Ave | Gulfport, MS 39501 | 228.863.0409 | cateringbywildflower@gmail.com P. 60

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Serving the Southeast Region | elementsms.com

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VENDORS ATTIRE

Mimi's Bridal & Formalwear 515 N. 16th Ave. Laurel, MS 39440 mimisbridal.com The Sequin Siren 1765 Popps Ferry Road Biloxi, MS 39532 (228) 282-3000 thesequinsiren.com Bella Luna 900 Washington Ave. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 327-9191

BAKERY

Sweet Enchantments (561) 699-1740 sweetenchantmentscakes@ gmail.com

BEAUTY

Antonian Salon 9354 Three Rivers Rd c, Gulfport, MS 39503 (228) 832-2875 antonianonline.com J Merlau Makeup 827 Howard Ave Suite D, Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 238-9222 jmerlaumakeup.com Salon Alexanders 1115 Cowan Road Gulfport, MS 39507 (228) 896-3352 salonalexanders.com Salon Rouge 6905 Washington Ave. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 875-4233 salonrouge-ms.com

CATERERS

Ms. Audrey’s SouthernKitchen & Catering 1621 30th Ave. Gulfport, MS 39501 Restaurant: (228) 357-5633 Café Climb: (228) 864-6677

Elements Catering 1202 MS-13 Columbia, MS 39429 (601) 550-8634 elementsms.com Naomi's Catering 18224 Dedeaux Clan Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503 (228) 832-6171 naomis.com Café Climb: (228) 864-6677 Southern Flavor (228) 697-0150 paige.luckett@gcrginc.com facebook.com/ SouthernFlavorCatering Wildflower Catering 2404 23rd Ave. Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 863-0409 cateringbywildflower@ gmail.com

ENTERTAINMENT Nightshift Sounds Entertainment (228) 219-0695 nightshiftsounds.net

JEWELRY

Creative Marx (601) 460-4612 creative-marx.com

FLORISTS

Pine Hills Floral Designs 7434 Cuevas Road Pass Christian, MS 39571 (228) 669-7900 pinehillsfloral.com

PLANNERS

After The Proposal Weddings & Events 829 howard Ave. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 326-4853 aftertheproposal.com Sarah Rollins sarahrollinsevents@ gmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

Kayce Stork Photography Cajun Gourmet Catering 827 Howard Ave. Co. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 323-0579 (228) 235-0884 Cajungourmetcatering@ kaycestorkweddings.com gmail.com P. 62 cajungourmetcatering.com gulfcoastweddingsmagazine.com

Tilley Photography (617) 763-2538 tilleynewman.com

REGISTRY

Heritage House 738 E. Pass Road Gulfport, MS 39507 (228) 897-7644 heritagehousegiftsgulfport .com Hillyer House 920 Washington Ave. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 875-8065 hillyerhouse.com Martin Miazza 1208 Pass Road Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 863-1252 martinmiazza.com Layton's 630 Washington Ave. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 215-1415

RENTALS

ABC Rental Gulfport: (228) 864-5361 Ocean Springs: (228) 872-5577 Bay St Louis: (228) 467-1081 abcrental.com

VENUES

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 875 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 386-7155 beaurivage.com Ballroom By The Bay 4061 Suzanne Drive D'Iberville, MS 39540 (601) 454-2210 ballroombythebayllc@ gmail.com Climb CDC Event Centre 1316 30th Ave. Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 864-6677 climbcdc.org/event-centre Diamondhead Country Club 7600 Country Club Circle Diamondhead, MS 39525

(228) 255-2917 diamondheadms.org Great Southern Club 2510 14th St. Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 868-8619 greatsouthernclub.com Gulf Coast Event Center 9475 US 49 Gulfport, MS 39503 (228) 867-6322 gulfcoasteventcenter.com Hospitality Resort Management Center 420 Debuys Road Biloxi, MS 39531 (228) 897-3971 mgccc.edu/ hospitality-and-resort -management-center Hotel Pass Christian 116 W Scenic Drive Pass Christian, MS 39571 (228) 222-2062 hotelpasschristian.com Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum 115 East 1st St. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 435-6320 maritimemuseum.org Oak Crest Mansion 5267 Menge Ave. Pass Christian, MS 39571 (228) 452-5677 oakcrestmansion.com The Barn at Love Farms 16990 Old Joe Moran Rd Kiln, MS 39556 (228) 493-0983 thebarnatlovefarms.com The Camellia 27360 Hwy 603 Perkinston, MS 39573 (228) 623-8842 White House Hotel 1230 Beach Blvd Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 233-1230 whitehousebiloxi.com


Cajun Gourmet Catering Co. Inspired Cajun, Creole and Gulf Coast Cuisine

We specialize in wedding receptions & private parties! This is our lucky 13th year in business and we are so proud to say that we have a 5 star rating!

A Rich Family Tradition Cajun Gourmet Catering Co. is a family owned company with over 60 years of combined experience in the food service industry. Our executive chef, Scott Simpson, is a talented culinary artist. His passion for fresh ingredients, contemporary preparation techniques and intuitive pairings combine to provide our clients with the ultimate culinary experience. Visit our website at cajungourmetcatering.com and click on the menu button to see our unique blend of offerings and see our Facebook page for other information.

Cajun Gourmet Catering Co.

(228) 323-0579

cajungourmetcatering@gmail.com www.cajungourmetcatering.com

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DRI R EE GC I STTOR RY Y Bridal Registry Check List FOR THE KITCHEN r Cooking r Ice Cream Scoop r Canister Set r Kitchen Timer r Knife Block r Knife Set r Steak Knives r Tongs r Mixing Bowls Set r Wooden Spoons r Measuring Cup Set r Measuring Spoon Set r Pepper Mill r Oven Mitts r Pots & Pans r Broiler Pan r Basting Brushes r Can Opener r Garlic Press r Cheese Grater r Veggie Peeler r Citrus Zester r Roasting Pan r Casserole Dish r Bakeware Set r Knife Sharpener r Cutting Boards r Bread Knife

SMALL APPLIANCES r Blender r Food Processor

r Hand Mixer r Slow Cooker (crock pot) r Coffeemaker r Coffee Grinder r Toaster r Dutch Oven r Stand Mixer r Rice Cooker r Panini Press r Ice Cream Maker r Juicer r Waffle Maker

FOR THE TABLE r Dinnerware r Coaster Sets r Coffee Mugs (4-6) r Napkin Holder r Gravy Boat/Stand r Salt and Pepper Shaker Set r Serving Bowls r Serving Platters r Formal Silver 5-piece r Flatware Set (8-12) r Everyday Stainless Steel r 5-piece Flatware (8-12) r Sugar and Creamer Set r Salad Bowl and Servers Set r Soup Tureen and Ladle r Butter Dish r Cake Stand r Place Mats r Tablecloths

r Cloth Napkins r Glass & Barware r Cocktail Shaker r Carafe r Red Wine glasses (8-12) r White Wine glasses (8-12) r Water Goblets (8-12) r Champagne Flutes (8-12) r Double Old Fashioned Glasses (8-12) r Margarita Glasses (6-8) r Martini Glasses (6-8) r Juice Glasses (8-12) r Highball Glasses (8-12) r Seven-Piece Bar Tool Set r Ice Bucket r Bar Cart r Wine Fridge r For the Bedroom

BEDDING r Flat Sheets r Fitted Sheets r Duvet Covers r Comforter Set r Mattress Pad r Bed Blanket r Standard Pillows r Pillow Case Set r Pillow Shams r Bed Skirt

FOR THE BATH r Soap Dispenser r Toothbrush Holder r Lotion Dispenser r Shower Radio r Tissue Holder r Bathrobes r Bath Towels r Hand Towels r Washcloths r Bath Mat r Tub Mat r Shower Curtain r Scale

OTHER ESSENTIALS r Hamper r Handheld Vacuum r Vacuum r Iron r Handheld Steamer r Ironing Board r Broom/Mop

FOR THE HONEYMOON r Luggage Tags r Toiletry Kit r Suitcase r Carry-on r Garment Bag r Travel Totes r Digital Camera

Registry Tips: Most big box stores allow you to post your registry online making it super convenient for guests to select items that are shipped straight to your door. You will more than likely want to register with smaller, local gift stores as well. You will also find that these shops have local and regional gift offerings as well that not only help you stock things you need but can help with your decorating too. Register for things you want and need but also register for things you may not use now but likely will as you mature in marriage. Fine china and crystal may seem frivolous at the moment, but will make future entertaining easier and will remind you of your wedding day and the give you fond memories of the guest who gave you a special piece. One final thought, if you already are set up and don’t really feel like you need a formal registry, consider allowing your guests to make a donation to your favorite charities. Nearly all reputable charities allow this. Like any gift though, be sure to acknowledge it with a thank you note.


HONEYMOON

TOP DESTINATIONS

by Sandi Favre, Viagio Travel owner

Every year, there are surveys among travel consortia like Virtuoso that predict the best honeymoon destinations are around the world. (Spoiler alert: Italian cities are eternal favorites!). This list is used by travel advisors around the world to fulfill dream honeymoons, and is truly a “you can’t go wrong” list. The coming year is a most unusual one because of so much devastation in the Caribbean. Hurricanes Irma and Maria upended life, but in fact, nearly 70 percent of resorts were not damaged by the hurricanes and are eager to delicately tout that they’re open for business, according to Frank Comito, chief executive officer of the Caribbean Hotel Association. The CHA is an organization that represents hotels and tourismrelated businesses in 32 Caribbean

destinations and they have created a site where travelers can learn the latest on travel to the Caribbean: caribbeantravelupdate.com. Top destinations on the travel survey are Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa Rica and Mexico. For those wanting the best all-inclusive value, Mexico and the Caribbean have some great destinations and luxury resorts that will spoil you. For those who want an exotic pristine beach, Hawaii is not as far as you think. It’s only five hours flying time from Los Angeles. And if Tahiti is the big dream, it’s only one movie past Hawaii! Many bungalows in Tahiti feature glass floors or coffee tables where you can watch the fish, or open the glass and feed them! Want to go somewhere off the

beaten path? Other top destinations on the survey are New Zealand, Peru, Canada, an African safari and the Maldives. To avoid disappointment, do your research early, and book early. The resorts that offer the best value for your money, no matter what your budget, have their best rates when booking well in advance and also will typically fill up many months in advance. Use the internet as a guide, but there is no advice better than talking to a travel advisor who has been to many destinations and can help you find the perfect fit. The world is an awesome place and your honeymoon is a perfect time to start discovering it together… for many years to come.

Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa Rica, Mexico Winter / Springl 2018


s g n o S g n i WTeOddP FIVE Looking for a unique song to mark that special wedding moment? Jeff Vance, owner/DJ of Surf-Vibes, has compiled a list of the Top 5 songs that are big hits at his wedding receptions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE: 1. “Your Song” - Elton John 2. “There Goes My Life” - Kenny Chesney 3. “Daughters” - John Mayer 4. “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” - Darius Rucker 5. “In My Life” - The Beatles

FIRST DANCE: 1. “Say You Won’t Let Go” - James Arthur 2. “From The Ground Up” Dan + Shay 3. “Lucky” - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillet 4. “You Are The Best Thing” Ray Lamontagne GARTER TOSS: 5. “Die A Happy Man” 1. “Bad Boys” (COPS - Rhett Thomas Theme Song) - Inner Circle 2. “Hot In Here” - Nelly 3. “Danger Zone” - Kenny Loggins 4. “Pony” - Genuwine 5. “Oh Yeah” - Yello

MOTHER/SON DANCE: 1. “The Perfect Fan” Backstreet Boys 2. “93 Million Miles” - Jason Mraz 3. “Never Alone” - Jim Brickman featuring Lady Antebellum 4. “A Song For Mama” - Boyz II Men 5. “Days Like This” - Van Morrison

BOUQUET TOSS: 1. “No Scrubs” - TLC 2. “Lady Marmalade” - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink 3. “Hollaback Girl” - Gwen Stefani 4. “Maneater” - Nelly Furtado 5. “Worth It” - Fifth Harmony


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Winter / Springl 2018

Gulf Coast Weddings July 2018  

Vol. 3 Issue 2 | Summer/Fall 2018

Gulf Coast Weddings July 2018  

Vol. 3 Issue 2 | Summer/Fall 2018