Best of Destin Weddings | SOLARIS Yacht Awarded Recognized by Knot for 6th Year

SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Awarded Best of Weddings for 6th Consecutive Year by The Knot

 

Book a wedding by December 31st to receive up to $1,000 off

 
SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS is pleased to announce its selection as a 2015 “Best of Weddings” winner, a special section featured on The Knot’s Web site. Winners represent the top one percent of reviews from recently married couples. This is the sixth consecutive year SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS has been voted the winner of The Knot “Best of Weddings”. In addition, the SOLARIS is one of only 748 new inductees into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame for 2015.
 
“This award is significant to us because it’s a direct result of reviews from our recent brides and grooms,” stated James Murray, General Manager for SOLARIS. “We take great pride in providing our couples with the most valuable, stress-free and memorable wedding experience.”
 
The 2015 “Best of Weddings” award recipients represent the best- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot. This year, a select group of 5,500 local wedding professionals – representing two percent of Knot wedding professionals – received the distinguished accolade.
 
As the area’s only dining and entertainment yacht, SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS was built specifically with Destin weddings in mind. All Destin wedding packages include a full-time wedding planner who has worked with couples from across the country from planning to the execution. The open-air, sky deck features a bridal platform where couples can say their vows in a private, majestic setting while cruising into the sunset and enjoying unlimited views. Brides enjoy the private bridal suite as a secluded, serene space to enjoy with friends and family before the big moment. The 125 foot yacht also includes three decks of indoor and outdoor spaces, offering a weather-proof venue.
 
“Our wedding planner Kristi and the staff at the Solaris were amazing starting from day one. I never had to stress about my venue or their vendors,” wrote the Macdonnell’s on theknot.com. “The staff at the Solaris knew what I wanted better than I did. I explained my ideas and they made it work. I can’t rave enough about it. I had a memorable, beautiful, amazing wedding and the Solaris team made it happen.”
 
The SOLARIS’ ideal location at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort provides couples with a convenient, all-inclusive experience for them and their guests that includes a variety of accommodation, transportation and entertainment options in one location.
 
“Planning a destination wedding can be stressful if you don’t live near the location,” stated Kristi Adkinson, SOLARIS wedding planner. “We go above and beyond to make sure every wish and need is met by staying in constant contact and serving as a trusted, local resource our couples can count on.”
 
Other recent accolades the SOLARIS has received for weddings include Weddingwire.com, Emerald Coast Magazine’s Best of the Emerald Coast and Destin Magazine’s Best in Destin.
 
To kick-off the New Year, the SOLARIS is offering up to $1,000 off on a private chartered wedding that is booked by December 31, 2015. Details, as well as additional information and a wedding e-brochure, can be found here or by calling the SOLARIS wedding planners at 850.650.2519.
 
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Destin Weddings Planning | So You’re Engaged….Now What?

Destin Wedding Planning – From SOLARIS Wedding Planners

So You’re Engaged….Now What?

 
Congrats on your engagement. Now that you’ve found the one, it’s time to start planning the day you’ve dreamed of your entire life. If you are planning a wedding in Destin Florida, you are choosing one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Whether you live locally or far away, planning a destination wedding can be quite stressful. Consider these tips from the SOLARIS wedding planners who have over 10 years experience planning weddings in Destin.
 
Shout It From the RooftopsFirst you have to share the good news with family and friends. Obviously engagement announcements to immediate family and close friends should be in person or on the phone. Announcements to everyone else could be via email, social media or scheduling a photo shoot and printing out engagement announcements to snail mail out. Your parents or close friends might also consider throwing you an engagement party to tell everyone at once.
 
PlanJanuary is one of the busiest months for wedding vendors, with many booking up for the entire year and into 2016. The sooner you can plan, the sooner you can secure the vendors you want. The first step is for you and your fiancée to sit down together to brainstorm what you envision for your wedding, i.e. what you want, what you don’t want, timing, etc. Sketch out an outline or notes on things you both agree on for the location, ceremony, reception and honeymoon.
 
BudgetThis might be the most important part of the wedding planning process. It will also be a sticky conversation for you and your love but it will be the first of many throughout your marriage. Discuss if either of your parents will pay for portions of the wedding and how much the two of you together will pay. Write out all the expense categories from beginning to end (i.e. venues, planners, gifts, attire, flowers, rehearsal dinner, bridal lunches, venue, entertainment, food/drinks. reception, honeymoon, tips, etc) and discuss the max you are both willing to spend on each. Also, have a contingency budget for unexpected and last minute expenses that will come up. You must both make a commitment to stick to the budget, no matter what.
 
Guest List – The next important step in the planning process is the guest list. This will make or break your budget and determine what venue you select so you need to plan accordingly ahead of time. If you are having a destination wedding, consider who might not be able to travel due to health issues, finances, young children, etc. Consider if each guest will be invited to bring a guest as well, which will double your guest list and budget. Also, don’t forget to include your groomsman/bridesmaids and a guest for them as well, if applicable. Add a few extras to your total because there will be someone left out of the initial list.
 
Venue – Venues book up quickly as they are the first thing most couples book. Some venues book up 2-3 years in advance so as soon as you plan the timing and location and have your budget and guest list numbers, this needs to be your next priority. If you’re planning a beach wedding in Destin, then consider a close by venue for the reception. Also, if this is a destination wedding, consider near by accommodations for guests. Make sure the venue offers a rain plan as well. Also, consider venues for the rehearsal dinner, bridal lunches, etc.
 
Save the Date – As soon as the venue and location has been secured, send out a save-the-date to everyone on your guest list. If you’re planning a destination wedding in Destin, make sure to include accommodation options for guests and give them as much notice as possible to schedule their trip.
 
The SOLARIS has a full time team of wedding planners in Destin who would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Give them a call at 850.650.2519. While you’re at it, ask them how you can get up to $1,000 off a Destin Yacht Wedding on the SOLARIS!
 
Happy planning and congrats!
 
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Destin Fall Weddings Ideas from SOLARIS Wedding Planners

“Fall” in love with these autumn-inspired ways to enhance the seasonal mood for Destin weddings. Whether you are in the planning stages or looking to add a special final touch, our Destin wedding planners give you so many ways to show your individuality and creativity with your wedding in Destin.
 
Colors: The most popular color this fall is cranberry. You can also go with vibrant color schemes like pink, coral, and yellow shades or go more on the pastel side with mustard yellow, peach, butter yellow, and pink. Other popular colors include camel, bronze, teal, sangria, navy and mauve.
 
Fall Foliage: Incorporate pinecones, wheat, acorns, and fresh autumn blooms, such as freesia and orchids, in everything from bouquets and boutonnieres to center pieces and even the ring pillow. Embellish aisles and altar with colorful wreaths from vibrant fall foliage as well.
 
destin fall weddings sandestinUnforgettable Fall Fun: Regardless of the season, give your guests an experience they will never forget. Outdoor fall weddings and receptions on the SOLARIS are unforgettable with the fall crisp air and vibrant sunset colors. You can also have a Facetime Photobooth on the yacht – giving your guests a fun keepsake to remember your big day.
 
Fall flavors: Let our bartenders mix up a fall signature drink for your wedding – anything from Cranberry Cosmopolitans to Pomegranate Champagne. Our chefs can also incorporate succulent fall flavors into your menu – everything that you will plan with your wedding planner.
 
Fall favors: The Emerald Coast is home to various local honey merchants. The Honey Hutch is one of several family-owned businesses that keep bees to make and sell homemade candles, soaps, lotions and even face scrubs in addition to locally harvested honey. A sweet, local keepsake for your guests.