5 Things to Remember When Postponing Your Wedding from Wedding Planner and DWS Founder Peggy Russell

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When we left Key West for home after our last wedding in early March we never would have imagined what is now our present coming into fruition-wedding postponements, wedding cancellations, and a whole lot of uncertainty about when things will return to the way they were, or at least some variation of the way things were.  But that being said, we here at Destination Wedding Studio have faith that things will eventually return to some sense of normal.  Destination Weddings in the Keys will happen again.  The Florida Keys will be bustling with tourists.  And Duval street will once again be a place to spectate and celebrate.  So to all of you couples out there that have chosen to postpone your weddings here are 5 things to remember when postponing your wedding to better get you through this time.

1. Remember you still have each other!

That in the grand scheme of the long life you will live together, this is but a blip in the story that will be your ‘together’.  Take a moment today to turn to your partner, soak them in, their presence, the gift they are to your life.  Be grateful that you get to do this. Start now to never take the ability to so for granted.

2. Remember practice makes great (we‘re switching this from perfect in our household)!

No marriage is without it’s struggles, but how you, together, work through them matters.  Think of this delay as some extra practice, some really really good, extra practice on how together you two will wade through the mud life puts in your way.  And the best thing about mud, it washes off.  Nothing sticks forever!

3. Remember no one every complained about having a little bit more time.  

We‘re almost always scrambling about for more time.  More time to say what we wished we had.  More time to get the work done.  More time to really finalize the details of our weddingWell, now you have it!   Time to really fine tune anything needing, well, a little bit more fine tuning: your tablescape, your bridesmaids’ gifts, your wedding vows (wink, wink).  Instead of being angry or sad at this time, thank it and use it wisely.  And if you need any help, we‘re just a phone call away.  Side note: if you’ve fine tuned your fine tuning, well, now kick up those feet, relax, and enjoy…at home, please!

4. Remember to breathe and take in a daily dose (or two or three) of fresh air.  

There is simply not much that cannot shift just a little bit towards the better with a few mindful breaths and some fresh air.  Some of our favorites offering free mindful initiatives during this time are Elena Brower, Yoga Girl, INQ Life and Noah Maze.

5. Remember have FAITH that whenever, wherever you say your I Do’s, it will be perfect, just as it is. 

We‘re big fans of Alan Watts here at DWS so we‘re gonna let him finish this one,

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water.  When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown.  Instead you relax, and float.”

So our dear couples out there, it is what it is right now.  Don’t fight the current, relax into the waters and trust all is well and all will be well.  And on your Wedding Day, whenever that day is now going to be, if your beloved it by your side, it will be perfect, just as it is!

If you have any questions or concerns or need to talk to a planner in Key West, the Florida Keys and beyond, please contact us and we would love to be of service.  Happy Planning y’all.  We are in this together!

Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Destination Wedding in the Florida Keys

Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Destination Wedding in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys continuously remain one of the most popular wedding destinations in the U.S. and with good reason. With a plethora of delectable eateries, charming stores, brilliant colors, both above and below the sea, vibrant nightlife, breathtaking panoramas, and an infinite amount of stories, both told and untold, it truly is unparalleled. Whether you’re driving over one of its many bridges or swaying lazily in a hammock as the ocean lulls you into a mid-afternoon sleep or taking in one of it’s famous sunsets, there is something magical about the Keys that never grows old, which is why the Florida Keys are one of the best, if not the best place to have your destination wedding. It wasn’t easy but here is a list of the top 5 reasons to have your destination wedding in the Florida Keys.

#1 – Postcard Ready
Everything Becomes a Postcard in the Florida Keys! And we mean everything! From the Conch Houses of old Key West and the Florida Keys to the flora and fauna native to the area to the picturesque and always memorable sunsets, everything in the Keys is the perfect backdrop to your big day. So don’t fret, your pictures are going to be beautiful. They can’t help but not be!

#2 – Hassle Free
The Florida Keys are hassle free! Contrary to some other destination wedding locales, what we love about the Keys is that they’re like being out of the country without all the hassle to get out of the country. No need to ask your guests to get a passport or pay to renew their passport. There’s no need to get a visa. No special shots. No travel bans. All your guests have to do is commit, buy their tickets, and voila, before they know they’re sipping pina coladas poolside while listening to the waves and Jimmy Buffet in the background.

#3 – Great Weather
The Florida Keys guarantee great destination wedding weather! It’s not called the Sunshine State for nothing. The Florida Keys have an average of 260 sunny days a year so any wedding in the Florida Keys has a 70% chance of falling on a sunny day- pretty good odds. And what makes that number look even better is that if you happen to not be part of the 70%, you’re looking at clouds (not too shabby) and warm weather or rain, which doesn’t seem all that great at first glance, but when looked at within the context of a longstanding wedding tradition of ‘good luck’, a little fun, and possibly epic photographs- WORTH IT!

#4 – Diverse Venues
There is a venue for everyone and every wedding in the Keys! Somewhere along the 43 islands and 138 miles that comprise the Florida Keys you can find the perfect place to exchange your I do’s and celebrate the night away. As rich in diversity each island is, so too are the wedding locales and venue spots from which you can choose. Whether you want to be barefoot on the beach or dressed in black tie attire or somewhere in between, it can be found in the Keys! Whether your theme is rustic chic or multicultural or classic romance or seaside celebration it can be made possible in the Keys! It is all possible in the Keys!

#5 – Vacation Destination
The Florida Keys are a vacation destination wedding for you and your guests! Every wedding requires that some or most of the guests inevitably have to travel, but not all locations will leave your guests feeling like they’ve just gone on vacation. That isn’t the case with the Florida Keys.
It doesn’t matter if your guests are traveling from Miami or Seattle or from overseas, they will without a doubt feel like they’re on vacation the moment they step foot in the Florida Keys. We don’t know exactly what it is but there is something in the air in the Keys that makes one want to unplug, lay back, relax, and soak it all in. You can’t ask for anything more! And trust us when we say, your guests will thank you, more than once!

Destination weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get all those you know and love together in the same place at the same time to celebrate you and your love story. And if this is your once-in-a-lifetime, why not do that with sand between your toes, the ocean breeze, saltwater in your hair, and sunshine in the sky. For a truly unforgettable destination wedding look no further than the Florida Keys!

For all the other reasons you should have your destination wedding in the Florida Keys contact Destination Wedding Studio at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Thank you to Care Studios, Evan Rich Photography, Daniel Lateulade Photography for your beautiful images.