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Top 5 Things to Splurge on For Your Wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn

Every bride and groom has a budget, and everyone goes over that budget by a little (or sometimes a lot). But wedding planning is full of tough choices and most of them come down to budget. Do I splurge on cupcakes instead of a cake? Do I spend more on a dress that really flatters me? Do I buy expensive gifts for my wedding party? Well, say no more. I’ve done the dirty work for you and narrowed down the top five splurges you should consider for your wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

‘TWEENIES WEDDING SPLURGES:

  • HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER. Okay, I should preempt this with, hire the best photographer ever, and THEN hire a videographer as well. This day goes so fast, and while you think that everyone will be taking video of your big day, you’d be surprised when it comes time to rounding up video, how many of your friend Maggie’s videos were deleted to make room on her phone. Plus, you’ll want to relive this day again and again, and what better way to do that with good photography and video.
  • PRE- OR POST-WEDDING ACTIVITY. Skip the in-room gifts for guests like beach towels and sand shovels (don’t worry, ‘Tween Waters Inn has nice luxury towels available for all guests anyway) and instead, spend the money on a cool activity that your guests or bridal party can enjoy together. Take out the kayaks and canoes, rent bikes or spend the day on the water with few boat captains.
  • Food. Food. FOOD. I’ve attended countless weddings where the food was forgettable.
    INNSIDER TIP: Hire our Executive Chef Jason Miller to do a cooking demonstration for your bridal party! It’s a fun way to get everyone together plus learn from a pro!
    If your reception is at ‘Tween Waters Inn, you’ll never have to worry about forgettable food, but you might consider splurging on a little on something extra like pizza at the end of the night or special dessert.
  • Captiva WeddingPAMPER YOURSELF. A lot of time was spent on my hair for the wedding, so I was definitely rushed to “don” my dress and get out of the door on time. I regret not taking the time instead to pamper myself with a massage in the morning and a little R&R before the ceremony. Brides and grooms (and friends and family) will love The Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn — complete with massage rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, sauna and even a whirlpool spa tub.
  • TIME. Okay, this one’s a little abstract, but hear me out. Spend the extra few days off from work to enjoy your time at a Captiva Island resort, with all of your friends and family. My pre- and post-wedding celebrations were some of the best moments of my wedding experience, so don’t just stay the night, stay the week! Enjoy all the amenities of the resort — beach, spa, marina, restaurants, pool, pool bar (!), and more — and consider it your wedding gift, to you.

No matter where you spend or where you cut, there’s no going wrong with a wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn. It will be the kiss you’ll remember for a lifetime, with the love of a lifetime.

 

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Beach Weddings on Sanibel & Captiva Islands — Top 5 Trends You Need to Know

Sanibel Captiva Beach Wedding

I sat down with the Wedding Sales team to give me the Innside scoop on the latest beach wedding trends, in five short questions.

 

What is the average size of a beach wedding?

Out with the big affairs and in with the intimate. The cozy setting of a sunset ceremony is coupled with a fun but intimate party with close friends and family. We’re seeing average weddings of under 100 people these days, when in the past, weddings were 300 to 500 of your closest friends!

 

So give me the long and short of it. Are brides wearing traditional gowns or tea-length dresses on the beach?

It’s a brides’ prerogative to wear what she wants on her wedding. We’re still seeing a lot of long dresses out on the beach. They’re not typically the heavy, “cupcake” dresses, but more flowing, soft gowns.

Aren’t the brides hot?

A lot of brides are only on the beach for a short ceremony and photos. Then they come indoors to air conditioned rooms and evening temperatures. The trend now is to have two gowns — one for the ceremony and one for the reception. We see a lot of shorter dresses for the reception, once pictures have been taken.

 

What’s the hottest beach wedding trend you’ve seen?

We’ve seen a lot of “trash the dresses,” where the bride and groom stand in the ocean or bay and get a little wet and dirty. The photos are phenomenal, but you have to be in the moment to have this done, and you need to select a great photographer for the job. Any one of our preferred photographers would do a fantastic job.

 

You’ve spoken a lot about intimate settings — is it possible to have a big bash at ‘Tween Waters Inn?

Yes! We’re willing and able to modify any wedding package to fit a brides needs. We have the opportunity to host weddings in the on-property restaurant, Captiva House — a building rich with history and charm, which can hold up to 160. We’ve hosted larger weddings on the tennis courts under beautiful tents as well.

 

Why choose to have your wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn?

Everybody’s wedding is unique, and at ‘Tween Waters Inn, we truly strive to cater to your vision. Our venue alone, set against the backdrop of a setting sun or gorgeous Gulf of Mexico, changes hourly, making for a unique wedding every time. If a bride dreams of a stunning beach wedding, they’ll find it here.

 

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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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