As one of the top destin fla weddings venues, the SOLARIS in Sandestin has been voted “Best Wedding Venues in Destin” by the knot for 5 consecutive years. Voted as the best venue for Destin Florida weddings by readers of the Knot for 5 consecutive years, a SOLARIS wedding also includes experienced wedding planners, a breathtaking, open-air sky deck, flexible Destin wedding packages and award-winning cuisines. This is where amazing is unforgettable.
For today’s Wedding Wednesday, our wedding planners brainstorm fun theme ideas for weddings on the SOLARIS yacht. With an amazing venue and stunning environment, the sky’s the limit when it comes to ideas for themes and decor for Destin weddings.
If you want to go down the nautical route, you can do cute save-the-date cards with a white rope tied in a knot (Save-the-date as we Tie the Knot) or “We Anchored the Date”. One couple used “Two less fish in the sea” as their theme and carried it out throughout the wedding and reception. “A Voyage of Love” could be another fun theme, using nautical maps and captain’s logs.
Two of our favorite ideas was asking guests to leave you a message in a bottle for you to read on your first anniversary and having guests sign personalized wooden paddles that you can display in your home. We’ve even had not only grooms, but brides where boat shoes under their wedding dresses.
You could also theme your wedding around coastal elegance, using soft pastel colors (sky blues to sunset corals with silver accents). Decor could include anything from starfish and shells to sugar white sand from the beaches of Destin and floating candles in fishbowls. Some brides have had flip flop buckets for guests and served a signature tropical drink from the SOLARIS bar.
Our wedding planners have 10+ years of tried and true ideas for how to make your SOLARIS wedding just as special as the couple that you are. You can also visit our Pinterest page where our wedding planners are pinning ideas daily to our many Destin Florida wedding boards.
Extra, extra, read all about it. Destin, Florida has recently been in the national spotlight as a top vacation destination and even the SOLARIS’s award-winning wedding venues in Destin has been highlighted.
[For water-lovers, take to the high seas to say your “I do”s on SOLARIS, the
only 125-foot dining and entertainment yacht in Northwest Florida, where you
and your guests will have unparalleled views of the Choctawhatchee Bay.]
The amazingly unique collection of beach communities known as 30A was featured today in the New York Post. Referred to as the ‘hidden pocket of Florida that beckons’, 30A is rapidly growing in popularity for its pristine beaches, unique architecture and variety of things to do, such as a SOLARIS dinner & fireworks cruise.
Kristi was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where her dad was a youth minister. Throughout her first 18 years, she witnessed her dad officiate hundreds of weddings, many taking place near or on the Chesapeake Bay. Kristi’s mom worked at the U.S. Naval Institute, so boats were a part of her life as well.
Kristi has always been a team player. She grew up playing soccer beginning at the age of five years and continued playing while earning her Communications Degree from Brewton-Parker College in Georgia.
Kristi has been an integral part of the SunQuest Cruises team for the past six years. Her warm personality and contagiously positive energy makes her a tremendous asset to the company and the couples she works with.
What is your philosophy on wedding planning?
“The biggest thing I focus on first is that this is the couple’s day. Our couples not only get a planner but they are more importantly getting an entire team of wedding experienced staff to take care of them. We do everything in our power to make their wedding day as easy and stress-free as possible. If it were up to us, we would do everything for them and let them enjoy the ride.
I love helping people – it’s one of the things that drives my husband and 2 kids crazy! I believe we were given 2 commandments- Serve God and Serve People and by serving people, we are serving God. Helping couples and their families in any way that I can is how I can live out my desire to serve people on a daily basis through my work.”
What is the first step after a SOLARIS wedding is booked?
“I get in touch with them immediately and we start working on the Big Day Questionnaire. I generally correspond by email and this is especially good for couples who have tight work or school schedules or who live far away. The questionnaire covers everything from descriptions of their ideal wedding and expectations to colors and themes.”
What is it like to work with couples that live across the country?
“It’s actually a lot easier that it seems. Sometimes our couples don’t come into town until the weekend of their wedding so it’s up to our team to send them real time pictures, videos and all the details to ensure they are comfortable with their big day plans. Over the past six years, I’ve grown to know lots of vendors in the area. I am here to help brides find the right vendors for them, whether they are local or not.”
Where does most of the focus lie in the wedding planning process?
“Day of coordination is key – our team coordinates from beginning to end, so our bridal parties aren’t lost during the event, they have guidance. When we coordinate, we don’t coordinate events the way we think it should go—I create a timeline WITH the couple beforehand and we implement the timeline that was approved by them—and if day of changes are needed—no problem, we roll with the punches!”
What is unique about planning SOLARIS weddings?
“They are some of the most beautiful weddings in the world – between the water, the sunset and the venue, it’s just breathtaking. But the yacht is a very unique venue that requires experienced professionals. We’re planning indoor and outdoor decor, specialty lighting, etc. It’s also important that our couples select outside vendors (i.e. photographers, videographers, etc.) that are experienced with unique venues and locations.”
What is your main objective when working with a SOLARIS couple?
“My objective is that the couples feel completely comfortable and calm when they wake up on their wedding day, knowing that their Sunquest wedding professional team is taking care of it all!”
Have a wedding planning question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and Kristi will answer your question on our blog and Facebook page!