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A Groom’s Guide to Beach Wedding Days

It’s the big beach wedding day! While your partner gets plucked, painted and fussed over for hours, while sipping mimosas, getting nails and hair done and dressing for the sunset ceremony. They’ve got their day planned out to the minute. But what’s a guy, whose wedding ritual is to shower and shake his hair dry, to do with his time — waiting eight hours or more until that perfectly timed sunset ceremony? I sat down with former General Manager, Jeff Shuff, to get the “innside scoop” on how a groom can enjoy his last unmarried moments:

FORE! ‘Tween Waters Inn has a partnership with Sanibel Island Golf Club — just a short drive away — which includes a 10% discount to our guests when you show your keycard. AND, as the lucky man of the hour, I’m certain your companions will give you a mulligan or too if you find yourself in a sand trap. Make your tee time at 239.472.2626.

GET MOVING! If you’re looking to burn off some excess energy, there’s a multitude of activities to keep your groomsmen and you active. Try beach volleyball (grab a volleyball from the front desk), bike the beach (check out fellow Innsider, Lyle Fitzsimmons tale of beach biking), or hit the courts and show off your best backhand (just try to keep from diving — your partner won’t be happy with a groom limping down the aisle).

WET AND WILD! The bachelor party’s over, so not “that kind” of wild. Think wild animals. Manatee bumping your SUP paddleboard. A kayak trip through the mangroves. A snorkel trip with the dolphins.  A wild morning fishing trip to catch the “big one.” Just keep those cigars dry!

Thinking of seeing your partner on the wedding day? Plan a couple’s massage at the Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn, for the perfect chance to relax before a night full of dancing.

RELAX! Duh! You’re sandwiched between two bodies of beautiful water, hanging with your best buds, getting ready to commit yourself to a lifetime with your partner — of course you need a moment of peace. Sit back on the beach in a rented cabana, smoke a cigar, let the drinks flow lightly, and drift off to the sound of the waves. After all, you need your rest for a big night ahead.

If you’ve got time to spare, write a little message to your partner, check in with your parents, or meet up with the florist or photographer, all to take the pressure off your future spouse. And then take a deep breath. Everything is going to be perfect.

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Wedding Reception Options to Fit Every Style of Sanibel and Captiva Beach Wedding

Wedding Reception at 'Tween Waters Inn

From formal to flip-flops, every wedding is different, and every bride and groom desires to make their wedding personal and perfectly tailored to his or her personal style.

I think that’s what I love most about weddings at ‘Tween Waters Inn — the variety of rehearsal and reception options to fit those individual styles makes for each and every wedding to be unique and personal. I had an opportunity to sit down with Christine Harrower, Sales Manager at ‘Tween Waters Inn, and she gave me the “low down” on the variety of reception options to fit a variety of wedding types:

Wakefield Banquet Room: If you’re looking for a more traditional banquet setting, the Wakefield Room is a perfect choice. Not only does this room boast 2,400 square feet of space, but it also has spectacular views of the resort’s gorgeous beach and sunset.

Captiva House: The resort converts this 100+ year old restaurant to a timeless banquet space that can accommodate small to large crowds, but in a little less conventional space.

INNSIDER TIP: If you’re looking to keep on a tight budget, ask the wedding sales team about weekday weddings! 

Sunset Room & Garden Terrace: The romantic sunset room opens to the beautiful garden terrace and is the perfect scene for a smaller wedding and more intimate and enchanted setting.

Canoe & Kayak Club: The Canoe and Kayak Club is the only option that faces the bay, and if you’re looking for an intimate setting that accommodates a medium-sized wedding, this is a great option for you. Think fairy lights reflecting off the bay.

The options are endless at ‘Tween Waters Inn, and perfectly tailored to a variety of styles. If none of these seem to suit, the resort is also willing to think outside of the box. They’ve hosting rehearsals on the beach or the Oasis Poolside Bar & Grille, and have options for a sunset cruise and if you want to take your party to the water. From intimate parties to groups of 160 or more, every wedding dream seems to be accomplishable at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

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WEDDINGS: Your Special Day For Only $1,000

The sunsets from Captiva Island are rated some of the most beautiful in the world, and now, Sundays through Thursdays, they also come with the best deals. ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort is now offering the “All-In-$1,000” sunset beach wedding package Sundays through Thursdays for a limited time only, for a wedding day you’ll never forget at a price you can’t pass up.

This special “All-In-$1,000” offer includes a private beach setting, tiki altar, ceremony officiate and complimentary wedding-night’s stay in a luxurious bridal suite. Additional services, rentals and vendors are also available for fee, including a great variety of award winning banquet services such as the on-site pastry chef to build the cake of your dreams. Breathtaking sunsets are included free-of-charge. Visit http://tween-waters.com/Weddings.cfm for more information.

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