Premier Bride - St. Augustine Florida

The Premier Bride Magazine has been exhibiting at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village since 2012!  Each year we host a bridal show after the holiday season and during the summer.  The Renaissance provides an amazing setting for a bridal show.  Over 120 vendors can fit into the main ballroom making it an exciting show room floor for the brides. 

At each expo we have many different types of wedding vendors representing every need a bride and groom can think of and more! 

We are one month away from the February 23rd show, here are some the amazing vendors that will be there; Caterer’s like Black Tie Catering & Events, Videographers like Siberian Pictures Video, Travel & Honeymoons like Frans Travel,  Bridal Attire like Bridals & More,  Photographers like Severine Photography,  Florists like Anything with Plants and Flowers,  Décor and Rentals like Destination Planning,  Cakes and Sweets like Simply Delicious!, Reception Venues like The White Room, Wedding Planners like Weddings by Tina, Jewelry like Joel Bagnal Goldsmith, DJ’s like McGee Entertainment, Invitations from Kouture Kreations, Beauty from Jill Stonier Makeup Artist and SO much more! 

Brides will find everything they need to plan their wedding in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Palm Coast, Orange Park or Amelia Island in one location.

A new element to our shows is the live music and entertainment on a large stage.  When you need to take a break from walking the floor, relax at a table and enjoy live bands. 

It’s important to pre-register for the bridal show which you can do so by going to

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Makeup Artists and Makeup

Where do brides get their special glow? Love is the answer, though the right makeup doesn’t hurt either!

One of our best wedding tips is to hire a makeup artist for your wedding day.  By having your makeup done professionally your photos will turn out that much better!  Or another option is to take a lesson by a licensed cosmetologist.

With Premier Bride Magazine, you are going to find plenty of beauty vendors that can be your MUA (makeup artist) or vendors that can sell you great products to use before, on and after your wedding day.

It's natural to be nervous and excited on your wedding day. That's why it is so important to determine the look you want well in advance and to have a makeup rehearsal. Most makeup artists recommend at least one consultation prior to your wedding day, make sure you take the time to make the appointment. If you plan to do your own makeup, then take time to practice and perfect your special look.

On your wedding day you will glow as on no other day. You won't need strong colors to look sophisticated, but you will need the right colors. If you elect to use the services of a professional MUA, they will select colors that will enhance your natural beauty and features. If you are creating your own look, experiment with delicately blended sheer browns, pinks, purples and golds. Many brides may also use enhancers such as extended lashes or liner to accentuate the eyes for photographs.

When determining your wedding day make up, there are several factors to take into consideration. Do you want a dramatically trendy look, or something timelessly romantic? Is your wedding during the day or in the evening? If it’s during the summer, will you have a tan? Is your dress white or ivory? 

Consider whether you will wear your hair down or up and whether you will wear a hair ornament or headpiece.

The color of your hair and the color of your skin are what make you unique - select makeup to accentuate your natural beauty.

Many of our MUA’s at the bridal show will be doing light makeup applications during the expo!  Take the opportunity to meet them and schedule a consultation!

Premier Bride of Jacksonville & St. Augustine Makeup Artists; Jill Stonier Professional Makeup Artist, Makeup by Paulina Perez, Mary Kay by Kimberly Redding, Tracey Upson, Make Up Artists


Jacksonville Wedding Reception Venues

If you are planning  on getting married in Jacksonville Florida, you are in luck when it comes to choosing a wedding venue….because you have hundreds of options.  Maybe because Jacksonville is the largest city (land wise) in the USA, it gives you many options! 

Beach wedding?  You can choose from Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach or Jacksonville Beach for the perfect wedding background;


Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant

691 1st Street North

Jacksonville Beach, FL



Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach Ocean Front

1515 1st street North

Jacksonville Beach FL 32250



Maybe getting married on a golf course or in a country club is more of your style.  Jacksonville offers many choices that can accommodate your vision;


Queens Harbour Yacht & Country Club

1131 Queens Harbour Blvd

Jacksonville FL 32225



Deercreek Country Club

7816 McLaurin Road N

Jacksonville FL 32256



Maybe you are looking for a barn wedding or something rustic, in that case, check out these barn wedding venues in Jacksonville;


Diamond D Ranch

5903-1 Solomon Rd

Jacksonville FL 32234



The Keeler Property

17255 Normandy Blvd

Jacksonville FL 32234



Many brides gravitate towards a traditional wedding venue at a hotel or conference center for the large open spaces and convenience of sleeping rooms.  If that is your wedding style, make you stop by these booths;


Ramada Conference Center in Mandarin

3130 Hartley Rd

Jacksonville FL 32257



Jacksonville Marriott

4670 Salisbury Rd

Jacksonville FL 32256



UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center

12000 Alumni Dr

Jacksonville FL 32225



And if you are looking for a unique wedding venue setting then make a list to learn more about;


Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

370 Zoo Parkway

Jacksonville FL 32218



Maggiano’s Little Italy

10367 Midtown Parkway

Jacksonville FL 32246


Latitude 30

10370 Phillips Hwy

Jacksonville FL 32256



Aetna River Front

841 Prudential Dr.

Jacksonville FL 32207



Jacksonville offers many great wedding reception options.  Anything you can imagine, you can probably find within the city limits.  At each Premier Wedding Expo, many vendors from the surrounding areas also come to meet brides!  You will have no problem finding your perfect reception venue!

Your Wedding Reception Venue

With Premier Bride you will meet a variety of wedding venues.  These wedding venues are located in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Orange Park, Amelia Island and wedding venues in Savannah, Brunswick, St.Simons, Jekyll Island and the surrounding areas! We offer a wide variety of wedding venues in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Our goal is to offer each bride a variety of wedding venues in locations, styles, catering options, amities, and price points. 

We have everything from barns to ballrooms and everything in between!

While speaking with venue vendors at the wedding expos make sure you ask them these questions about the venue.  This will help make a decision on the wedding venue that is right for you!

Before You Book

As you’re searching for wedding locations, ask vendors about the following:

-   Catering policies

-   Alcohol policies

-   Bad weather contingency plans

-   Staffing availability

-   Parking

-   Decorating

-   Deposits

-   Refunds

-   Insurance

•  Book your wedding and reception site first. In order to book other vendors you have to have a date and a location.   At the bridal show ask for a description and a list of services: caterers, waiters, bartenders and parking valets. Make an appointment with the wedding venue at the bridal show if you like what you see!

•  Hotels, restaurants, private clubs and halls normally offer catering services, and may not allow you to use your own caterer, make sure you ask about their policy!

•  Make sure there is enough room for your guests, and electric voltage for your entertainment.  

•  If you’re going to decorate, ask about restrictions.

•  Churches and temples may have policies regarding alcohol and other restrictions, find out what those are.  Many churches also have strict photography policies – find out all the information you can before you book!

•  For a garden and outdoor weddings be sure you have enough room inside in case of bad weather.

  • If you are planning a beach ceremony – make sure that you have a plan B for bad weather!


Good luck at the show and we hope you find the perfect wedding venue for your wedding!

Tips on Great Bridal Show Give-A-Ways

Tips for Bridal Show Give Aways

  1. Writing pens - a bride will keep a great pen forever!  Spend a little extra for a great quality pen!
  2. A T-Shirt that indicates they are a bride, but with your logo on it
  3. Note pads – no one throws away handy note pads
  4. Hand sanitizer
  5. Candy, logo on wrapper or tie
  6. Water bottles
  7. Sample of your work, such as a cd (for musicians), or a cookie (bakers) in a wrapper, cake samples, food samples (catering)
  8. Bride/Groom coffee mugs with your logo on them

Wedding Theme Ideas

One popular trends in weddings in 2014 is the theme wedding.  For decades theme weddings have been popular, but now they are more popular than ever.  This can be attributed to wedding tv shows, blogs and magazines that promote and publish extreme themes and elaborate decors.  

It’s true, there are as many themes for your wedding as there are days of the year, but what really matters is what is going to make your day the most memorable.

The professional wedding vendors that you will meet at the bridal shows in Jacksonville and St. Augustine will help you make your wedding unique. 

One way to figure out your wedding theme is correlate it with the time of the year you are getting married.  The time of year you tie the knot determines colors of the wedding.

Spring-related theme weddings

In the springtime think gardens blooming, lace, the outdoors and fresh. It’s no secret that flowers are at their most beautiful this time of year so consider all those plants that can make your wedding special. Colors tend to be pastels or lighter/muted shades of pinks, purples, greens, blues, yellows or nudes.  Surprise your guests with both outstanding colors and the fragrance to match.

Summer-related theme weddings

While spring might be a time for growing new things, summer themed weddings are bright and vibrant.  If you love rich colors, a summer wedding might be the perfect time for you to get married.  Electric blues, rich purples, bright pinks and vivid oranges are all great colors for summer weddings.  Wedding themes that revolve around fun and outdoors are great for summer. 

Fall-related theme weddings

Many fall weddings have reds, oranges, yellows, grays and greens that embrace Halloween or the fall harvest. .  As the weather is changing and the seasons are moving into a quieter time, so can your wedding memories remind you of how important change is in your own life.   Themes with lace, burlap, foliage, and vegetables are great for the fall!  

Winter-related theme weddings

Winter is indeed a special time to exchange wedding vows be it during Christmas, on Valentine’s Day or simply by creating your own winter wonderland theme.  Since we live in Florida, Georgia or Alabama….we should not expect snow…but your theme can be centered around it.  Colors for a winter wedding; blues, reds, greens, neutrals or black.  



Do's and Don'ts For Bridal Show Booths

Here are some simple, easy tips to keep in mind when you are an exhibitor at the Premier Wedding Expo!

  1. Do smile and have fun, it will give a great first impression!
  2. Do greet everyone in friendly manner.
  3. Do give a discount for anyone booking or purchasing at the show or extend a discount if they book an appointment with you at the show!
  4. Do not sit down at your booth if you can physically help it.
  5. Do take breaks one worker at time. We pass out bottle water to all of our vendors but make sure you drink plenty of fluids, you will be doing a lot of talking!
  6. Do not leave the show early or start breaking down your booth early.
  7. Do not speak negatively of the competition.
  8. Do praise your own work.

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Choosing the Best Wedding Photographer

Twenty years after your wedding, all you will have left of your actual day is the memories and your pictures.  The Premier Bride only recommends professional wedding photographers that will help brides and grooms capture their precious moments for generations to come. 


At the bridal expos, brides and grooms will get the opportunity to meet 8-12 wedding photographers at the expo.  We carefully select our photographers and make sure that we offer brides and grooms a variety in photography styles, price points for all budgets, experience and packages.


You will have the opportunity to meet wedding photographers from Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, Orange Park, Brunswick, St. Simons, Savannah and surrounding areas.


Here are some helpful tips to discuss with your photographer!


When choosing a photographer, make sure that you communicate exactly what your vision is.  But also keep in mind that IF they are a professional wedding photographer, they are very experienced in getting all of the important shots and them some.  Some of the most popular must have shots include:

- The bride getting ready

- The bride and her bridesmaid’s candid shots

- The groom getting ready

- The groom and his groomsmen candid shots

- Wedding ring shots

- When the father of the bride sees her for the first time

- When the mother of the bride sees her for the first time

- The bride walking down the aisle

- The grooms reaction when he sees the bride for the first time

- The first look (if the bride and groom see each other before the wedding)

- Giving the bride away

- Taking vows, and exchanging rings

- The first kiss

- Walking down the aisle as husband and wife

 - Family shots

- Leaving the ceremony

- First dance

- The wedding cake

- Leaving the reception


All of these shots will tell the story, especially if you are planning on having a photo album, which we always recommend.


CHOOSING THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER:  When you get engaged, it is one of the happiest times in your life, and you want to choose a great photographer to capture each and every moment of your big day.  When planning your wedding, choosing a photographer should be at the top of the list!   And you can easily find your photographer at the expo.  At the expo, check out their albums, see if their style is your style, pay attention to how they edit the photos, is it a style that you like?  And most importantly, do you like them?  You will spend all day with your photographer, they are the only vender that will be with you every step of the way, so make sure you like hanging out with them!   Don’t be afraid to ask about pricing!  Most photographers can adjust price based on the amount of hours they will be shooting, the number of images/prints, photo albums, second photographers, and many other factors. Gather their information, ask good questions and set up a consultation!

Jacksonville Bridal Show January 5th 2014

The Premier Bride Magazine is a proud sponsor at the University Center at the University of North Florida is the longest running bridal show in Northeast Florida.  Since 1994 a bridal expo has taken place in its halls and ballrooms.  This show has proven to be the premier wedding event in Jacksonville with 100 wedding vendors representing over 17 different wedding categories.

Brides, grooms and their  entourages have the opportunity to meet their potential wedding vendors, see their work first hand, taste their food or cakes, smell and see their floral displays, hear musicians play, talk to wedding coordinators, gather information on honeymoons, and so much more.

Each bride that walks through the door gets a swag bag full of goodies.  The bag is also helpful in gathering information from all of the local wedding vendors. 

The Jacksonville bridal show is also a great opportunity to win prizes and give-away from the Jacksonville wedding vendors.   Almost all of the bridal show vendors have a prize to be won.  In order to win prizes you have to register to win.  A helpful bridal show tip is to create a label sheet with you contact information on each label.  Be sure to include your; Name, Address, Phone Number, Wedding Date, and Email Address.  Simply peeling and sticking a label is much easier then hand writing out the registration forms. 

Another helpful tip for the Jacksonville bridal expo is to make a list to types of wedding vendors you would like to see.  It is unlikely you can talk to everyone at the show.  This all depends on where you are in the wedding planning process.  If you are just starting you want to see all of the wedding venues, bridal attire stores, wedding photographers , DJ’s, invitations  and cake bakers or sweets.  Remember you need a wedding date and location to book most of your wedding vendors.  If you are in the middle stages of your wedding planning process talk to; florists, décor and rental companies, caterers, transportation and limos, videographers,  wedding makeup artists, officiates,  ceremony musicians and grooms attire.  And if you are at the end of your process check out; honeymoons, wedding registries, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner locations, bridal accessories, photo booths, accommodations for guests and all the vendors that help make married life easier!

As you can see, no matter what stage you are in the wedding planning process there is something for everyone at the expo!  Our Jacksonville shows happen every winter and summer, typically in January or February and September each year so plan on coming twice!

Our next expo is January 5th 2014 from 1-4 pm at the University Center at UNF 

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Finding the Best Wedding Caterer

When attending the bridal show you will be pleased to find excellent caterers.  A bridal show is a great way meet and taste test the caterer you might plan on hiring for your wedding day, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or any other wedding related event or celebration.

Here are the caterers in  Jacksonville we can recommend; Davoli’s Catering, Anthony’s Gourmet Catering, The Capital Grille, Black Tie Catering and Events, d’Vine Cuisine, A Vision Events, and PJ’s Catering.

Caterers in Southern Georgia; Southern Soul Catering, Straton Hall Events, and King and Prince Beach Resort.

Keep in mind that many reception venues also offer off-site catering too!    

A professionally catered meal can be the crowning glory of your wedding celebration, so choose your caterer with care. If you want to hire a caterer, make sure you book a reception venue that allows outside catering.  Many reception venues keep their catering in-house so be prepared to ask those questions depending on your preference.

Here are the wedding reception venues in Jacksonville that allow outside catering; Jacksonville Marriott, Diamond D Ranch, River Cruise Annabelle Lee, River Cruise Lady St. Johns, The Keeler Property, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Suwannee Weddings, Cummer Museum, The Downtown Library, Ribault Club and In the Garden.

Here are the wedding reception venues in St. Augustine that allow outside catering; Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, River House, and the Lightner Museum.

Here are the wedding reception venues in Amelia Island that allow outside catering; Ocean Club of Amelia, The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Mansion.

Here are the wedding reception venues in Southern Georgia that allow outside catering; Horse Stamp Inn and The Club at Osprey Cove.

Most restaurants and hotels will have to use their catering service. Some facilities will include catering charges in the rental cost, and some won’t. Know the score before you book and always comparison shop.

Many good private catering concerns will cater meals at any location. As you investigate these possibilities, determine what extras are included in their charges: table linens, plates, glasses, crystal, silverware and service pieces. While these are usually included, it is something you will want to confirm in advance, not find out on your wedding day.

Also ask the caterer if they have a alcohol license and can provide the bar services at your wedding.

Almost all caterers can generally work within any reasonable, agreed-upon budget. Determine your food budget by deciding how much you will spend on each person. Simply multiply the cost per person by the number of guests. Get in writing which menu and the number of guests your money will cover. Then mentally add an additional 10 percent for overage and 15 to 20 percent for a gratuity, if appropriate. Your caterer will know, from formulas and experience, how much of each item to allow per person.

As you visit the different caterers we have at the show, taste test their food, set up a consultation and ask questions!