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Hello from Newbie (& slightly panicked) Tampa bride

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#1 fireprincess

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    Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:31 AM

    Hi there! I'm new and just got engaged. My fiance and I live in upstate NY and had already had a 2 week FL vacation planned. Since we don't want (and really can't afford) a wedding, we decided to tie the knot in FL. The first week of our vacation we will be at a resort in Orlando (my wonderful parents gave us a week at their timeshare) and then we're off to Tampa where we'll set sail on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise.


    Oh, did I mention that this is happening in the middle of April, just 2 months away?!?!


    So, I'm trying to figure out how to make this happen. We will have a couple friends with us and would love to get married on the beach. No reception makes it easy, but not being from Tampa, I'm nervous about finding an officiant when I can't meet with them in person.

    Anyone have advice?

    #2 starchild



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      Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:23 PM

      Hi and welcome!  So it would be just the two of you?  Sounds very romantic.  Here are some links and tips that might make your time here on BDW more enjoyable.
      If you have not done so, you may want to:
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      • find the forum for your wedding destination and create a subscription to threads/members/vendors that you are interested in



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      #3 SweetFire

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        Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:53 AM

        Congratulations!!  Sounds fantastic.


        Warmest wishes,


        #4 JayKay

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        Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:12 PM

        Welcome!  Happy wedding planning!

        #5 boscobel

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          Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:47 AM

          Congrats and welcome!  Is our resort on the beach?  If so, I wuold talk directly to them.  Actually, I would start with them either way, they might be able to point you in the right direction to find someone to help you pull it together.

          #6 Moments That Matter

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            Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:32 AM


            Your parents are awesome!!! Congratulations and welcome to the forums! Have fun with all your planning for your wedding day.

            If there is anything I can do to help... don't hesitate to ask!

            Talk to you soon!





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            #7 JoanneIreland

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              Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:28 AM

              Such nice parents!!

              Congrats and welcome to the forum, you will find this site a life saver in your planning!

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