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Christmas memories on Fort Myers Beach

Posted by Jeanne On December 28th

Walking on Fort Myers Beach on Christmas Day brought bittersweet memories to this beach loving family!

Each year as a child, my family would fly to Southwest Florida and spend two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays playing on the beach.  The memories of my parents playing with my brothers and me, as well as enjoying themselves as a couple are priceless.  Little did I know then, how important it is for parents to have time to themselves as well as with their children.  I mean really…isn’t it always just about kids, especially at Christmas?  I can assure you that every moment that I am able to spend with my husband, it is a moment treasured.  This Christmas I saw many young families walking through Times Square, not needing a thing, not shopping, just enjoying the atmosphere that a beach town provides.  While no one is enjoying this economic upheaval, maybe it is teaching us to communicate, not by texting or email but face to face.  Watching a young child mesmerized by the building of a sandcastle cannot be capture over a text message.  You can you tube the chasing of a gecko, but isn’t it better to be right there?  When the dolphins swim so close you can almost touch them, do you want a picture of your daughter’s face or do you want to be there with her.    What memories did you make this Christmas?

You have chosen your date…what next?

Posted by Jeanne On December 28th

Ok, you’ve chosen the date.  What’s next?  Decide how many guests you’d like to attend, and make your guest list.  The Outrigger will then set aside a certain number of rooms based on how many people you think will be coming.  Because it’s a destination wedding, not everyone you invite may be able to attend but they will appreciate being included in your plans.  Since travel plans will be involved, it’s a good idea to send out “Save the Date” cards prior to the actual invitations.  Once you’ve made your guest list, the Outrigger will be happy to send out those cards on your behalf.  All the information they will need to make their hotel reservations will be included, so all they’ll need to do is make the call and book their room.

 Now that the rooms are all squared away, we can get on with planning the details of your day.  You will be provided with a list of cake and filling flavors to make your choice.  Since we have two options of arches for your beach set up, you will be able to view those and see which one will best suit your taste and vision.  We also have the option of adding palm trees or chairs to your package for your set-up.  Flowers will need to be determined, and we can work together to design your bouquet or you can email me photos of your favorite ideas.  The possibilities are almost unlimited.  I’ll keep this all simple for you – you can just make your choices, let me know your decisions, and I’ll take care of all the rest.  I’m also here to answer any questions you may have during these early stages so you never need to wonder about how things will work, or how the flow will go.  You will be able to spend your big day stress-free, just show up looking good and ready to take your vows on our beautiful sandy beach.

How to plan a beach wedding!

Posted by Glory On August 6th

Wedding FLowers 300x298 How to plan a beach wedding!Congratulations, you’re getting married!  It’s really exciting, and you’ve made one major decision – you want to have a beach wedding in Florida.  Now it’s time to start the planning of your big day. You’ve got lots of ideas and a vision of how you want your day to be but also have a lot of questions about where to begin.  It’s a bit scary, planning a wedding in another location, but that is why we’re here.  Let us worry about the details.  We will be with you every step of the way, so that you can relax and have a stress-free wedding day that will be everything you want it to be.  Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Vacation on Fort Myers Beach

Posted by Jeanne On August 5th

Is there anything better than summer time on Fort Myers Beach?  The Gulf of Mexico is warm – perfect for anything that ails you.  The sand is so white that it reflects the heat of the summer sun and if you dig your toes in the sand – just a little bit – it’s cool to the touch.  The mornings are a great time to take a walk along the water and watch the dolphin feed at the shoreline.  The summer afternoon showers come along just in time to save you from the ‘oops my skin is fried’ feeling.  A nice leisurely nap, a cool shower, and it is Tiki Bar Time.  My favorite is the Tiki Bar at the Outrigger Beach Resort.  Nicky has been tending bar there for over 20 years and knows exactly how much Vodka to put into my Seabreeze.  Yep, its summer on the beach, just the way I like it.