Premier Bride - Woodland Romance

Premier Bride Magazine is a proud sponsor of the bridal show in St. Augustine Florida at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village.  This show kicks off the summer bridal show season for North Florida and you don’t want to miss meeting over 100 professional wedding vendors ! 

If you are planning a wedding….plan your wedding with us!  All of the vendors at the bridal show are true wedding professionals.  They specialize in their wedding category and are eager to meet brides and grooms to help them plan their wedding day.

No matter what stage you are in your wedding planning process, the wedding expo has something for you.  In the beginning stages you are looking at reception venues, wedding dresses,  wedding planners and photographers.  The middle stages you book your DJ or band, cake designer,  invitations, videographer and at the end you look at honeymoons, gift registries, and transportation.  Of course there are many other categories that are part of your wedding planning process…so  attend the show and meet the vendors that will complete your day!

Here is the latest show poster for our June 22nd show in St. Augustine.  This photo was taken by Caroline Momberg Photography and the beautiful bride is Liz. 

The theme for the show is “Woodland Romance.”  Visit our Pinterest board for our inspiration behind the theme!

6 Tips to Planning a Less Stressful Wedding

You’re engaged – hooray! Now the fun begins of planning a lovely wedding… trying on wedding dresses, registering for gifts, choosing the perfect party favor and so much more. Then reality sets in, and you discover that planning a wedding takes an incredible amount of work. It requires making countless decisions, handling thousands of details, juggling endless tasks and errands, and doing it all while also maintaining your relationships, job, life and sanity. What’s a stressed-out bride-to-be to do? For starters, take a deep breath, every bride has gone through this process.  By following a couple simple steps you can make the process of planning your wedding much more enjoyable!


Start early. Obviously, the more time you have to plan, the more breathing room you have, and the more options you’ll have for wedding vendors. Give yourselves at least a year if possible, so that you can spread the work out over time, and have the most flexibility in securing your first-choice vendors. If you plan on having a whirlwind wedding we recommend that you hire a planner, their guidance can make the process run smoother if  you getting married in a 2-8 month time frame!


Hire a planner. Your experience will be better and so will your families.  Not everyone can afford to hire a full service coordinator, but at least leave room in your budget for the day of coordinator.  Trust us, someone needs to be guiding and directing wedding vendors, guest, and the bridal party the day of.  You do not want to be left with making all of the decisions…you want to be enjoying your day!


Attend the Premier Bride Expo. The Premier Bride Expo only allows professional wedding vendors to exhibit.  Each exhibitor specializes in weddings and events and they are eager to help you plan your special day.  A bridal expo is a great resource.  Typically there are 60 to 125 different vendors in a wide range of categories.  If you are in the infant stages of planning your wedding, come to the expo to meet your wedding planner, research wedding venues, look at photographers work and set appointments for the dress shops.  If you have those elements planned, then come to the expo to find a videographer, a florist, taste test cakes, check out honeymoon locations, pick out invitations, start your gift registry, find a makeup artist, listen to a live band or DJ or meet décor and rental companies.  And if you have everything planned….there are vendors you can meet with for life after the wedding, like financial planners, home builders, and other service companies!  Our bridal shows are in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jekyll Island, Savannah and Daphne AL. Click here for upcoming shows!


Stay organized. Here are the basics you’ll need to manage all the details, deadlines and duties: Have one large manila envelope to hold all contracts and receipts. Have another one on hand for all information, ideas, notes and resources. (This could also be a binder, or an accordion file… whatever works for you, just as long as it’s all in one place.) Keep all wedding-related books, papers and other items in one place – the bookshelf in your home office, the corner of the guest bedroom – so that you always know where to find something. And finally, write everything down. Keep a “wedding notebook” and a detailed calendar where you can put everything in writing. Don’t assume you’ll remember – 47 details later it may be gone! Click here for the Premier Bride Planning Guide Tips.


Take breaks. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in all things wedding that you forget to see movies, visit with friends on non-wedding topics, catch up on the world news… Take regular restorative breaks from wedding planning where you don’t think about, talk about, or work on anything wedding-related. And remember there is life beyond the wedding!


Cultivate gratitude. When frustration or stress overwhelms you, take a moment to focus on everything going right, and everything in your life that is good. Write them down, or call a friend to share your ‘gratitude list.’ You’ll feel better in no time and regain your perspective. This is also a good time to take a break – see above! And, call your wedding consultant and let them help.


We hope this tips will help you plan the wedding of your dreams and we hope to see you at the next Premier Bride Expo!

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Premier Bride - Butterfly Garden - February 23

The Premier Bride Magazine is excited to sponsor the bridal show in St. Augustine Florida!  The show is located at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in the large convention ballroom at the resort.  Each February and June the expo comes to the halls in St. Johns Country. 

Almost 140 booth spaces fill the floor.  Wedding vendors from St. Augustine and the surrounding counties occupy the booth spaces.  Everything  you need to plan your wedding can be found at the expo.  Many St. Augustine wedding reception venues can be found at the show like;  Colonial Quarter of St. Augustine,  The Hilton Historic Bayfront St. Augustine, Holiday Isle Ocean Front Resort, King and Bear, Slammer and Squire Club Houses, Marsh Creek Country Club, Renaissance World Golf Village, Serenata Beach Club, St. Johns Golf and Country Club, The Palencia Club, The Pioneer Barn and The White Room! In addition to the St. Augustine reception venues, you will also find venues in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Amelia Island, Southern Georgia and other parts of Florida!

St. Augustine is a big destination wedding location and if you are a destination bride…there will be many local vendors.  Other St. Augustine local wedding vendors include;  Cadeau, wedding invitations and gift registries, Chloe + Isabel by Vanessa Kromer, great for bridesmaid jewelry, wedding jewelry and fashion jewelry, Daniel Thompson Bridals , custom wedding dress designs, Jade Violet Wedding Floral Bouquets, flowers, Jill Stonier Professional Makeup Artist, Joel Bagnal, Goldsmith, Michaels Formalwear has a location in St. Johns County, Old Town Trolleys, wedding day transportation, Watercolors by Liz, paints your wedding dress, and the St. Augustine Wedding and Events Association!

Everything you need to plan  your wedding will be at the bridal expo.  Over 130 wedding booths will be filling the floor!

If you pre-register you will receive a special email detailing the prizes and give-a-ways for the show.


More vendor informatoin can be found by visiting Premier Bride of Northeast Florida

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Midnight Masquerade - Wedding Theme

It is fun to pick a wedding theme!  Since we live in the South, we love Mardi Gras and here is our take on how you can decorate your wedding with this theme! 

A bride might not want a full on Mardi Gras theme…so we toned it down a bit calling it “Midnight Masquerade.”  This allows you keep the feel of Mardi Gras but change the colors and the tone of the event. 

When creating your wedding inspirations boards it is important to find elements that inspire you or move you.  Never do you want to copy someone’s work or ask your wedding professionals to duplicate it to a T.  Be creative and let your wedding pros be creative so they can create a wedding that is yours and yours alone.  Unique is key!

Here are the inspirations our team has for the theme “Midnight Masquerade”

First,  we feel you have to have a dramatic ball gown dress.  This ornate gown would definitely set the tone for sleek and sophisticated “Midnight Masquerade”

A dark red, black or grey would be our color choice for the bridesmaid dresses.  We prefer the deep red in a chiffon fabric that is flows.  We would suggest a long dress for the more dramatic look.

If you are having a masquerade, then you have to have masks.  This is where we would splurge on the budget and make your guests masks dramatic so they get into the theme as well.  Each mask could be their name card when finding their seat and entering into the reception.  Keep the masks in neurtal colors like silver, black,  or gold so they go well with the guests outfits.

Splurge on a mask of your own.  Make sure your mask will stay on your face without holding it.  You will be doing a lot of hugging and dancing and you want your hands free.

For your bouquet  think about a brooch bouquet – it is a perfect theme to rock this look.  Or we love the white and black flowers with hints of feathers in the bouquet.

Cocktail hour or ceremony…or both…think about hiring an opera singer.  It can’t get more romantic and perfect for your wedding theme.

We love dramatic and over the top cake table displays….and you can go all out.  This two colored multi fabric table cloth is stunning.  We also like a bold wedding color for the cake…possibly red?

For the reception décor for “Midnight Masquerade” we love roses and candelabras.  The romantic glow of candles sets a perfect tone and roses are classic and elegant choice.  Dramatic lighting and warm tones will enhance the experience.   

If you have the ability of hosting your reception in an old theater…do it.  Having this theme in an historic theater would set your wedding over the top!

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Butterfly Garden Themed Wedding

At each Premier Bride Expo an extra special twist is added to each show that brides and vendors enjoy…our shows are themed.  Vendors are encouraged to decorate their booth according to each theme and the entrance ways and stages also reflect the show theme.

Wedding themes are very popular.  It is not just about colors anymore but brides and grooms are looking to set a mood that can be carried through from the invitations to ceremony to the reception  and all of the special elements in between. 

As producers of the show we try to pick themes that are a direct reflection of what is trending in weddings and sometimes we choose a timeless classic. 

The wedding vendors that will be at the Premier Bride Expo in St. Augustine Florida are extremely talented.  Brides, grooms, friends and families are in for a treat who attend this show.  Over 130 booth spaces will fill the floor with the most talented, creative and professional wedding vendors in the area.

The theme for the St. Augustine bridal show is “Butterfly Garden.”  Florida is full of beautiful flowers, wildlife and outdoor settings, so we loved the possibilities and the creative ideas we thought of when thinking of “Butterfly Garden.” 

A trip to the Jacksonville Zoo inspired this theme….they have a butterfly garden that people love to gather in and take in the wonder of this beautiful, colorful creatures.

If the team at the Premier Wedding Expo was to plan a wedding with the theme of “Butterfly Garden” this is what the important elements of the wedding would look like!

When creating a wedding inspiration board, it is important not to copy someone else’s work or ask a wedding vendor to mimic someone else’s ideas.  Make your wedding unique and think of your own special touches!

One of our favorite aspects of the Butterfly Garden Theme is the bright flowers.  If you love color this theme is perfect for you!   When selecting your flowers, make sure you select  flowers that butterfly’s are drawn too.  They make interesting choices in arrangements and bouquets and your guests will ohh and awe over them!

Pinks, yellows, oranges and blueish purples are great choices.  You can get really creative with the flowers.


It is important in any wedding theme not to overdo it…which can be easily done.  You don’t have to have a butterfly on everything…but if you “sprinkle “ them  throughout the ceremony and reception it will tie everything together.  We love having fake butterflies on the Allium Flower. 

Have a real butterfly release at the ceremony – it is fitting and will be fun element for your guests

Add a butterfly to the bridal parties hair or to the brides hair.  It is sweet touch that will enhance the theme without being overbearing and it will add an element of interest to your pictures.

We would choose short, soft purple bridesmaid dresses.  The soft purple will go great with the bright and vibrant color flowers and is a complimentary color to green.

Think of an element that your guest might not expect.  Make origami butterflies for their place cards and make them find them on a tree  or on green shrub bushes or have them sitting on flowers, displayed like a garden.

The table décor should be low and people should be able to see across the table.  We like the idea of long tables with bright colored flowers and lots of green.  We would change the lights to lanterns…it seems more butterfly esk to us!

For the cake, you could easily go with butterflies but we prefer the fresh flower look.  Again, you don’t want to overdo it.  Using flowers that you used in bridal bouquets or on the tables to incorporate the look!

Here is our take on the wedding theme "Butterfly Garden"



Wedding Reception Venues in St. Augustine

Are you following the “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” tradition on your wedding day?  If so, think about making St. Augustine  “Something Old.”  Considering it is the oldest city in America it is a perfect fit. 

St. Augustine is the perfect setting for a wedding.  The old Spanish feel gives off a historic and romantic feel if you get married in the city.  St. Augustine Beach provides the Florida beach backdrop with sand dunes, wide beaches, and piers.   St. Augustine also offers golf club and country club wedding venues.   


The Palencia Club

600 Palencia Club Drive

St. Augustine FL 32095



The Palencia Club offers brides and grooms a country club feel with beautiful lake views.


Marsh Creek Country Club

169 Marshside Drive

St. Augustine FL 32080



Marsh Creek Country Club offers brides and grooms a country club feel with beautiful views of the marsh and the intracoastal waterway.


The White Room

One King Street

St. Augustine FL 32084



The White Room offers brides and grooms roof top views of historic St. Augustine in the heart of downtown St. Augustine. 


Sawgrass Country Club

10034 Golf Club Drive

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082



The Sawgrass Country Club offers brides and grooms two stunning options.  One is on the golf course and the other wedding venue is oceanfront.


Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

200 Ponte Vendra Boulevard

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club offers brides and grooms beautiful country club feel with views of their immaculate golf course.


The Lodge & Club

607 Ponte Vedra Blvd

Ponte Vendra Beach, FL 32082



The Lodge and Club at the Ponte Vedra Resorts gives brides and groom close to indoor panoramic views of the ocean.


Hilton Historic Bayfront St. Augustine

32 Avenida Menendez St

St. Augustine FL 32084



The Hilton on the Historic Bayfront in St. Augustine gives brides and grooms great views of downtown St. Augustine while located in the heart of the historic district.


St. Johns Golf and Country Club

204 St. Johns Golf Drive

St. Augustine FL 32092



St. Johns Golf and Country Club gives brides and grooms perfect golf course views and lake landscapes.


Colonial Quarter St. Augustine

33 St. George Street

St. Augustine, FL 32084



The Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine gives brides and grooms one of the most unique wedding settings, located right off of the famous St. George street.


Serenata Beach Club

3175 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082



The Serenata Beach Club gives brides and grooms ocean views in an elegant beach club location for a beach wedding scene.


Holiday Isle Ocean Front Resort

860 A1A Beach Blvd

St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080



The Holiday Isle Ocean Front Resort is one of the only venues located oceanfront in St. Augustine Beach, complete with ballroom for the wedding reception.


Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort  & Spa

1000 PGA Tour Blvd

Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082



The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa offers brides and grooms several ceremony locations with grand ballrooms for the wedding reception.


King & Bear

2 World Golf Place

St. Augustine, FL 32091


The King & Bear offers brides and grooms a wedding reception venue  golf course views from famous golf course designers.


Slammer & Squire

2 World Golf Place

St. Augustine FL 32092



The Slammer & Squire offers brides and grooms a reception venue located onsite at the World Golf Hall of Fame.


The Milano Room

1915 B A1A

St. Augustine FL 32084



The Milano Banquet Room is attached to the famous Amici’s Restaurant in St. Augustine Beach. They offer brides and grooms a great room with great Italian food.


Marsh Landing Country Club

25655 Marsh Landing Parkway

Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082



Marsh Landing Country Club has a stunning club house with golf course and marsh views.


Riverview Club

790 Christina Dr

St. Augustine FL 32086



The Riverview Club in St. Augustine offers brides and grooms around 5,000 square feet of indoor space located on the intracoastal waterway.   


Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Beach Club

500 South Legacy Trail

St. Augustine, FL 32092



The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village offers brides and grooms many different options for the ceremony and reception sites, including one of the largest ballrooms in North Florida.


St. Augustine Visitors and Convention’s Center  and the St. Augustine Wedding and Events Association are other great resources if you are planning your wedding in this historic city. Make sure you come to the Premeir Wedding Expo in St. Augustine to see many of these great wedding venues!

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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!