Satisfy Your Taste Buds: New Foods Celebrating Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

Get ready to savor the magic because Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is setting sail at Magic Kingdom Park on June 28, 2024! To add a sprinkle of culinary delight to this grand opening, the culinary wizards at Disney have rolled out an array of delectable treats inspired by none other than Princess Tiana from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ beloved “The Princess and the Frog.”

Image: Disney

Be prepared to indulge in a culinary journey featuring mouth-watering new offerings like Hot Honey Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and beloved classics like Tiana’s Chantilly Cake. When the attraction opens its gates on June 28, make sure to come with an appetite for both adventure and these scrumptious bites.

Let’s dive right in and explore all the delicious details!

Magic Kingdom Park 

Golden Oak Outpost (Available June 28 through September 6) 

  • Hot Honey Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries: Chicken nuggets tossed in hot sauce-honey served with New Orleans olive relish and Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries (New)
  • Shrimp Gumbo with Sweet Potato Fries: Shrimp and Andouille sausage gumbo topped with Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries (New) 
  • Tiana’s Famous Beignets: Light, sweet, and fluffy beignets with powdered sugar and drizzled with honey

Pinocchio Village Haus (Available June 28 through September 6; mobile order available) 

  • Peach Cobbler: Cinnamon panna cotta, peach cobbler, brown sugar streusel, and whipped cream with a Tiana chocolate piece

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Available June 28 through September 6) 

  • Butter Pecan Praline Sundae: Butter pecan ice cream topped with praline sauce, spiced pecans, and whipped cream

The Plaza Restaurant (Available June 28 through September 6) 

  • Tiana’s Chantilly Cake: Vanilla chiffon cake, lemon chantilly, and fresh strawberries topped with a fondant flower and a Tiana chocolate piece

The Friar’s Nook and Outdoor Vending Locations near Cinderella Castle (Available starting June 28 while supplies last) 

  • Princess Tiana Sipper (New) (Limit two per person, per transaction) 

Main Street Confectionery (Available starting June 28) 

  • Tiana’s Sweet Popcorn Serenade: Caramel popcorn with praline pecans, M&M’S Caramel Chocolate Candies, pretzel pieces, and dark chocolatey drizzle (New)
  • Tiana’s Bayou Crunch: Cajun cheddar popcorn with M&M’S Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies, cheddar crackers, pretzel pieces, and white chocolatey drizzle (New) 
  • Green Apple Gummi Frogs (New)
  • Spicy Butter Toffee Peanuts (New)

NEW! Critter Co-Op (Coming soon) 

  • Green Apple Gummi Frogs (New)
  • Spicy Butter Toffee Peanuts (New)

Disney Springs 

Amorette’s Patisserie (Available June 28 through July 31; mobile order available) 

  • Over the Bayou Cake Bar: Vanilla cake bar (New)

Available at Various Locations Throughout Walt Disney World Resort (Available June 28 through September 6) 

  • Bayou Lavender Lemonade: Minute Maid Premium Lemonade with flavors of lavender inspired by New Orleans’ influence on American cuisine (New); available at the following locations:
    • Dockside Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • The Plaza Restaurant and The Friar’s Nook at Magic Kingdom Park
    • Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs (Available June 28 through July 31 only) 
    • Beaches Pool Bar and Courtyard Pool Bar at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Mardi Grogs Pool Bar at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Crisped Rice Cereal Treat Lily Pad (New); available at the following locations:

  • Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Big Top Souvenirs at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs
  • Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Screen Door General Store at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Pecan Praline Caramel Apple (New); available at the following locations:

  • Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Big Top Souvenirs at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs
  • Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Screen Door General Store at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

And for those who want to bring the flavors of New Orleans into their own kitchens, we’ve got some fantastic news! Starting June 28, you can snag Mama Odie’s Hot Sauce and Dooky Chase’s iconic seasonings in varieties like Gumbo Base, Seafood Seasoning, Meat Seasoning, and Fried Chicken Seasoning. This marks the first time these seasonings will be available outside of the legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, a culinary gem owned by the incomparable Leah Chase—one of the inspirations behind Princess Tiana’s character! You can find these items at the Emporium once it opens and at Critter Co-Op.

Coffee aficionados, rejoice! There’s also a new Joffrey’s blend to jazz up your mornings. The Disney Tiana Bayou Beignet blend is a medium-roasted coffee with delightful notes of honey and powdered sugar, creating a sweet sip that’s perfect for reminiscing on your park adventures. Pick up your own bag at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co. at The Landing in Disney Springs or simply order it from Joffrey’s website.

Wow—so much deliciousness coming your way with the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! June 28 can’t come soon enough. 🍯☕️✨

(Note: All offerings are subject to change and availability.)

Embrace the Chills Earlier This Year: Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2024 Kicks Off August 30

Halloween Horror Nights 2024
Image: Universal Orlando Resort

As summer fades and the shadows grow longer, an electrifying anticipation electrifies the air. It’s that time of year again, where thrill-seekers and horror fans alike mark their calendars for an event like no other. This fall, Universal Orlando Resort heralds the return of its legendary Halloween Horror Nights, and this year, the screams start earlier than ever. From August 30 through November 3, the park transforms into a nightmarish landscape, offering 48 select nights of unparalleled terror and spine-tingling excitement. Buckle up for a deep dive into what awaits you at Halloween Horror Nights 2024, where nightmares become reality and every corner promises an adrenaline rush.

A Festival of Frights Under the Floridian Skies

For those who revel in the adrenaline rush of fear, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando is the ultimate fall destination. This year’s festivities kick off on August 30 and stretch till November 3, offering a longer season of terror at Universal Studios Florida. Imagine stepping into the heart of your darkest fears as the park becomes an immersive playground for those seeking the thrill of cinematic-quality haunted houses and eerie encounters.

Ten New Haunted Houses to Explore at Halloween Horror Nights 2024

Prepare to be intrigued and terrified in equal measure. This year features 10 all-new haunted houses, drawing inspiration from the darkest corners of cinematic history and the original, twisted creations of Universal’s own Entertainment team. Each house is designed to plunge guests into the midst of horror movie-quality settings, complete with horrifying characters and blood-curdling scenarios.

Stalked by Nightmarish Creatures in Five Scare Zones

The terror isn’t confined to the haunted houses alone. As you navigate the streets of Universal Studios Florida, find yourself surrounded by five unique scare zones. Here, hundreds of menacing creatures roam freely, ensuring your heart rate never settles. Every step could lead you into the grasp of an unimaginable horror, making each moment of your visit thrillingly unpredictable.

Beyond the Screams: Entertainment and Indulgence

Amidst the frights, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights also offer moments of exhilaration and indulgence. Attend an energetic live show to catch your breath, only to have it taken away again by awe-inspiring performances. Treat yourself to sinfully delicious food and beverages inspired by the very horrors you’re there to experience. And for a souvenir of your brave adventure, visit the highly-themed Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store to shop the latest event merchandise.

Exclusive Perks and Packages for the Ultimate Experience

To fully embrace the horror and exhilaration of your visit, consider the exclusive Halloween Horror Nights vacation package. This deal not only scores you one-night admission to the event but also includes accommodations at a Universal hotel and admission to all three Universal Orlando theme parks. Plus, Universal Orlando hotel guests enjoy benefits like Early Park Admission and a dedicated gate for faster entry into the Halloween Horror Nights.

Looking Behind the Screams at Halloween Horror Nights 2024

For those intrigued by the making of the magic and mayhem, Universal Orlando offers the Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour. This daytime tour provides a lights-on glimpse into how Universal brings the scares to life, making for an unforgettable behind-the-scenes experience.

Merchandise to Mark the Occasion

Get in the spirit early with the launch of an all-new merchandise collection celebrating Universal Orlando as “Where Horror Lives”. The collection, available at select locations throughout the park and online, features exclusive designs that capture the essence of the horror that awaits.

As the details of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights continue to unfold, the excitement only grows. Stay tuned for more announcements, and prepare yourself for a season filled with terror, entertainment, and unforgettable memories. Mark your calendars for Halloween Horror Nights 2024 and get ready to face your fears at Universal Orlando Resort.

Ready to book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation to experience Halloween Horror Nights 2024? Request your complimentary quote today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com.

Set Sail on a Magical Journey: Disney Cruise Line’s Summer 2025 Itineraries

Picture this: the warm sun on your face, a soft sea breeze in your hair, and a horizon that stretches into infinity. Now, imagine blending that serene image with the enchantment of Disney – sounds like a dream, right? Well, dream no more because Disney Cruise Line is rolling out its summer 2025 itineraries, and they’re nothing short of magical!

European Elegance with the Disney Fantasy

First up, let’s talk about a European tour that’s practically begging to be in your photo albums. For the first time in the sunny season of 2025, the Disney Fantasy is setting sail across Europe! From the azure waters of the Mediterranean to the rich history of Northern Europe, these itineraries are the stuff of legends. Think five to twelve nights of breathtaking stops in Italy, Greece, and even a unique visit to Valletta, Malta. And let’s not forget the grand tour from Southampton, United Kingdom – a kaleidoscope of Spain, Norway, and the British Isles awaits.

Alaskan Awe and Wonder

Next, venture into the wild with the Disney Wonder as it charts a course through Alaska’s majestic landscapes. From the bustling port of Vancouver, Canada, embark on five to nine-night sailings that promise glaciers, gold mines, and glistening seascapes. Alaska with a touch of Disney magic is an adventure that’s as grand as it sounds.

Tropics Calling from Florida

Sunseekers, rejoice! Summer 2025 sees four Disney Cruise Line ships docking in Florida, ready to ferry you to paradise. Be it the Bahamas, the Caribbean, or Disney’s very own island retreats – Castaway Cay and Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point – your tropical dream is just a cruise away. Among the highlights is the Disney Treasure, with its seven-night itineraries that promise an immersive dive into the beauty of the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Disney’s Island Magic

Amidst the waves, two islands beckon with promises of idyllic escapes – Disney Castaway Cay and Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. These destinations aren’t just stops; they’re experiences, each painted with Disney’s unparalleled charm and bursting with tropical beauty.

Don’t Miss on the Ships

  • Disney Fantasy: Dine amidst animation magic at Animator’s Palate.
  • Disney Wonder: Let the good times roll at Tiana’s Place, where Mardi Gras is eternal.
  • Disney Treasure: “The Tale of Moana” takes the stage, weaving a spellbinding narrative.
  • Disney Magic: Get tangled in the enchantment with “Tangled: The Musical”.
  • Disney Wish: Journey across galaxies in the Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge.
  • Disney Dream: Kids can pilot the Millennium Falcon in a galaxy not so far away.

Your 2025 Adventure Awaits

The time to start planning is now. Summer 2025 offers a kaleidoscopic array of Disney Cruise Line adventures that promise not just journeys, but memories that last a lifetime. Whether it’s the allure of ancient cities, the call of the wild, or the serene embrace of tropical paradises, these itineraries have something for everyone. So, why wait? Choose your adventure, pack your bags, and let’s set sail into a summer filled with magic, wonder, and indelible joy. Your Disney cruise dream starts here!

To start planning your Disney Cruise Line vacation, email siera@spreadingmagic.com today!

A Complete Guide to Meeting Characters at Universal Orlando Resort

Step into the magical world of Universal Orlando Resort, where beyond the pulse-pounding rides and dazzling attractions, awaits an array of beloved characters ready to make your visit unforgettable. From timeless favorites to modern icons, the parks are alive with opportunities to meet and greet your favorite personalities. Join us as we embark on a journey through Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure, discovering the enchanting encounters awaiting around every corner. Whether you’re seeking adventure, mystery, or simply a warm hug from a cherished character, Universal Orlando Resort has something special in store for every visitor.

Pro Tip: Stay ahead of the excitement by checking designated meet and greet times on the Official Universal Orlando Resort app.

Universal Studios Florida

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang

Location: Hollywood

Join the Mystery Gang, led by the ever-lovable Scooby-Doo, as they make regular appearances in the Hollywood area with their iconic Mystery Machine. Stop by to unravel the latest Universal mystery they’re tackling, and don’t miss out on some Scooby Snacks along the way!

Doc Brown

Location: Hollywood

Great Scott! Prepare to be amazed as Doc Brown from Back to the Future traverses Hollywood Boulevard, immersed in his latest scientific marvels. Rumor has it, he’s on the lookout for adventurous souls eager to join him in his daring experiments. Will you be the next to step into the world of time-traveling wonders?

Marilyn

Location: Hollywood and New York

Between Marilyn’s captivating shows with her Diamond Bellas, located near Revenge of the Mummy, you might catch her taking a leisurely stroll down the illustrious Hollywood Walk of Fame. Keep an eye out, as she might serenade you with a tune or even impart a mini acting lesson, perfect for aspiring stars of tomorrow!

Beetlejuice

Location: Hollywood

He’s the ghost with the most! Speak his name three times and behold, he materializes on Hollywood Boulevard. Keep your wits about you, for this mischievous trickster is often spotted loitering outside the Horror Make-Up Show.

Hello Kitty

Location: Hollywood (inside the Hello Kitty store)

Indulge in a delightfully sweet meet and greet with the one and only Hello Kitty, adorned in her signature bright-pink attire. And for those die-hard fans, don’t forget to grab an adorable headband from the Hello Kitty store to perfectly complement your photo op with the iconic character!

DreamWorks Characters

Location: Central Park (near NBC Media Plaza)

Embark on a whimsical journey with our beloved DreamWorks friends, gathered near Central Park to spread joy and laughter. Shrek and Fiona extend warm greetings from Far Far Away Land, while the swashbuckling Puss in Boots shares tales from his latest escapades, occasionally joined by his adventurous counterpart, Kitty Softpaws. Madagascar’s Alex, Gloria, and King Julian inject the scene with their infectious energy, while Poppy and Branch from Trolls enchant visitors with their delightful dance routines. Join the festivities and make unforgettable memories with these iconic characters!

Location: Illumination Theatre

Explore the vibrant world of Minion Land and step into Illumination Theater for an exclusive chance to meet and greet beloved characters from Illumination films. Rub shoulders with the lovable Minions, the cunning Gru, and his delightful daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes, alongside characters from the hit film “Sing”. Keep your eyes peeled for a certain fan-favorite “Despicable Me” supervillain, easily recognizable in his distinctive orange attire. Get ready for an unforgettable encounter that’s sure to leave you saying, “OH YEAH!”

TRANSFORMERS

Location: Alley near TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D

Attention, recruits! Get ready to embark on an epic encounter with the Bots from Transformers! Positioned next to TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D, keep your eyes peeled for appearances by Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron, who grace Universal Studios Florida at various times to interact with humans. With the characters rotating randomly, brace yourself for the heroic presence of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, or the formidable presence of Megatron. Are you prepared for the adventure that awaits?

The Simpsons

Location: Hollywood Area

Indulge in a delicious Lard Lad donut and make your way to The Simpsons Ride for a memorable encounter with your favorite Springfield residents. Join Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa Simpson, along with Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob, for a delightful experience straight out of Springfield, U.S.A. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of The Simpsons!

SpongeBob SquarePants & Friends

Location: SpongeBob StorePants

Welcome to the SpongeBob StorePants, where “F is for friends who do stuff together!” Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of Bikini Bottom as you meet and greet SpongeBob, Patrick Star, and Squidward. Get ready for a fun-filled adventure alongside these beloved characters from the deep sea!

Knight Bus Operator

Location: London

The Knight Bus Operator is always eager to share insider tips about London sightseeing with visitors. And don’t miss out on the animated shrunken head that accompanies the operator—it promises a unique and entertaining experience every time you pay a visit!

Mummy Pharaohs

Location: New York near Revenge of the Mummy

Are they also on the hunt for our souls? Perhaps, but fear not, for they’re also here to strike a pose! Strike your most chilling stance as the Mummy pharaohs loom overhead, capturing a spine-tingling photo memory that you’ll cherish forever!

Hashtag the Panda

Location: Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Step into the spotlight with the greatest dancing panda bear of all time! Bust out your best dance moves and strike a pose alongside this iconic figure, who holds a special place in The Tonight Show’s illustrious history. Get ready for a photo op that’s sure to be a highlight of your visit!

Location: Near Mel’s Drive-In

Come on, let’s go meet Dora! With her trusty map and backpack by her side, Dora has journeyed to Universal Studios Florida and is excited to meet fellow explorers like you!

Universal Islands of Adventure

Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel Villains

Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

The iconic superheroes from the pages of comics have assembled at Marvel Super Hero Island not only to combat crime but also to strike a pose with you! Join forces with Spider-Man, Captain America, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, and Rogue, and feel like you’re part of the team. For those with a penchant for mischief, keep an eye out for iconic Marvel Villains like Doctor Doom and The Green Goblin, prowling the streets in search of allies to aid their sinister schemes.

PRO TIP: If you’re a die-hard Marvel superfan craving more time with your favorite heroes, don your own superhero attire and don’t miss the Marvel Character Dinner at Cafe 4 in Islands of Adventure!

Dr. Seuss Characters

Location: Suess Landing

Embark on a whimsical journey to meet beloved Dr. Seuss characters, including The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Sam I Am, Thing One and Thing Two, and the Grinch. Discover these iconic characters scattered throughout the land and catch them live in the delightful show “Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear,” located next to All the Books You Can Read. Get ready for a Seuss-tastic adventure filled with joy and wonder!

Blue, the Velociraptor

Location: Raptor Encounter in Jurassic Park

Ever dreamt of coming face to face with a dinosaur? Well, at Raptor Encounter, your dreams can come true as you meet Blue the Velociraptor from the Jurassic World films! While this “clever girl” is trained, she’s still quite feisty, so keep an eye on your fingers and toes during your interaction. With the right approach, you might just earn the title of the next qualified Raptor trainer!

P.S. Keep an eye out for resident baby Raptors, occasionally brought out by our skilled Raptor trainers to help them acclimate to human interaction. It’s a fantastic opportunity, especially for those guests who might find the fierceness of an adult Raptor a bit intimidating.

Kung Fu Panda Characters

Location: The Lost Continent

Prepare for an epic encounter with the Dragon Warriors Po and Tigress from the Kung Fu Panda movies, who have graciously extended an invitation to meet future kung fu champions at The Lost Continent. If fortune smiles upon you and they happen to be there during your visit, consider yourself truly fortunate!

King Julian

Location: The Lost Continent

Besides Universal Studios Florida, this lively lemur can also be spotted in The Lost Continent! King Julian reigns supreme here, hosting energetic dance parties throughout the day. Afterward, guests can capture a moment with him and strike a pose!

Popeye and Olive Oyl

Location: Toon Lagoon

“I am what I am, and that’s all what I am!” Get ready to meet Popeye the Sailor Man and his sweetheart Olive Oyl as they make appearances in various locations around Toon Lagoon. You can often find them near Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and throughout the vibrant streets of Toon Lagoon.

Hogwarts Express Conductor

Location: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade and be greeted by none other than the Hogwarts Express Conductor, the friendly face that welcomes you to this enchanting snow-capped village. With a wealth of knowledge about all the wonders Hogsmeade has to offer, he’s always delighted to meet you for a magical photo op!

Students of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang

Location: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Witness the dazzling spectacle as the students of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute for Magical Study grace the Triwizard Spirit Rally with their vibrant procession of magic. After the mesmerizing show, they’ll linger to offer photo opportunities, welcoming wizards and non-wizards alike to capture memories of the magical moment.

CityWalk

Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome & Jacques

Location: The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Let’s not overlook the beloved characters at Toothsome! While you savor the delectable and diverse offerings at the restaurant, don’t miss the chance to spot Penelope Toothsome and Jacques. Penelope, the culinary genius, delights in sharing tales of her travels, which inspired the mouthwatering recipes featured in this establishment. And alongside her is her loyal robot companion and co-entrepreneur, Jacques, ever ready to assist in creating culinary magic.

Which characters at Universal Orlando Resort are you most excited to meet?

Your Wedding Team: Why Hiring the Right Wedding Vendors Matter

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. And when it comes to planning the big day, it is crucial that you have a team of experts on your side. From florists, caterers, photographers to makeup artists, each wedding vendor or as I like to call us “your wedding team” plays a crucial role in making your wedding day unforgettable. But with so many wedding vendors out there, how do you find the right ones for your big day? That’s where your wedding team comes in.

Selecting the perfect team of wedding vendors is akin to assembling the pieces of a finely crafted puzzle, each one contributing a unique element that comes together to create a harmonious and unforgettable celebration. From the ethereal florals that set the tone to the delectable cuisine that tantalizes taste buds, every vendor plays a pivotal role in bringing your dream wedding to life. The journey of choosing these professionals goes beyond mere logistics; it’s about finding kindred spirits who understand your vision, reflect your style, and collaborate seamlessly to turn your wedding day into a masterpiece of love and elegance. In this guide, we delve into the art of selecting the right wedding vendors, offering insights and considerations to ensure that your wedding day becomes a seamless tapestry of cherished moments and impeccable execution.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss why hiring the right wedding vendors is essential in building your perfect wedding team.

Creating a Cohesive Wedding Vision

Hiring the right vendors can help create a cohesive wedding vision. A cohesive vision ensures that all aspects of the wedding, from decor to floral arrangements, theme to food, work together seamlessly. When you hire vendors who understand your vision, you’ll get a cohesive and well-put-together wedding that exceeds your expectations.

Professional Support and Expertise

Your wedding team will consist of several professionals with years of experience in their respective fields. You can leverage their experience, creativity, and expertise to make the most of your wedding day. You can rely on their advice and guidance every step of the way. Your vendors are primarily invested in making your day special, so they will work hard to execute your vision and make your day unforgettable.

Time and Stress Management

Planning a wedding can be challenging, and it can easily get overwhelming. Having a strong team will help relieve you of the stress and burden of micromanaging every detail. When you work with experienced vendors, you’ll have more time to focus on yourself, your partner, and your guests. You can relax and enjoy your day, knowing that everything has been taken care of by professionals.

Ability to Solve Problems

On the day of your wedding, things might not always go according to plan. Your wedding team should be well-equipped to handle any unforeseen issue, emergencies, and time delays. An experienced vendor will prioritize problem-solving, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your day. Your wedding team will be your go-to people for everything, so you don’t have to worry about things going wrong.

End-to-End Execution

Your vendors will be responsible for executing your wedding day down to the last detail. They’ll ensure that each element of your wedding comes to life as you envisioned it, from the wedding cake to the flower arrangements. The vendors you choose will be responsible for making sure that your wedding runs smoothly and is executed perfectly from start to finish.

Choosing the right vendors for your wedding team is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make while planning for your wedding day. A good team of vendors means everything is taken care of, and you can relax and focus on enjoying your day. Do your research, ask for referrals, and go with vendors that align with your vision, priorities and budget. With the right vendor team, you can have the wedding day of your dreams. Happy planning!

If you need help planning your destination wedding or honeymoon, schedule a complimentary consultation with me today!

Pocket Boutonnieres: The Perfect Choice for Your Big Day

The wedding season is here, and the preparations are in full swing! One of the most critical decisions that every bride-to-be needs to make is choosing boutonnieres for the groom and his groomsmen. Boutonnieres are the small, decorative flowers that are traditionally worn on the jacket lapel. But the real question is, which type of boutonniere to choose? There are many options available, but in this blog post, we will tell you why pocket boutonnieres should be the only boutonniere option for you.

Pocket Boutonnieres: The Perfect Choice for Your Big Day

Pocket boutonnieres, also known simply as “pocket squares” or “pocket flowers,” are stylish accessories worn on the chest of a suit or tuxedo jacket. These small decorative items are commonly worn by men to add a touch of elegance, color, and personality to their formal attire.

Pocket boutonnieres are traditionally worn in the jacket’s breast pocket, on the left side. They are designed to complement the overall outfit and can be coordinated with other accessories such as ties, bow ties, or the color scheme of the event.

Pocket boutonnieres can be made from various materials, including fabric, silk, linen, paper, or even real flowers. Silk and fabric pocket squares are more durable and versatile, while real flowers can add a touch of natural beauty but may wilt over time.

Pocket boutonnieres come in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. They can be plain, patterned, or adorned with subtle details like embroidery, monograms, or small decorative pins.

There are different ways to fold and arrange pocket boutonnieres to create distinct looks. Common folding styles include the “square fold,” “puff fold,” and “one-point fold.” Each style offers a slightly different appearance and can be chosen based on personal preference and the formality of the event.

Pocket boutonnieres, especially those made of fabric or silk, should be stored and handled with care to avoid wrinkling or damage. They can typically be spot cleaned if necessary.

Pocket Boutonnieres: The Perfect Choice for Your Big Day

Versatile and Fashion-Forward

Pocket boutonnieres are versatile and fashionable, making them the perfect option for modern weddings. These boutonnieres can be made from a wide range of materials like silk, fabric, and paper, among others. You can also choose from various designs, colors, and patterns to match the groom’s or groomsmen’s attire. They also don’t have to be limited to the lapel. They can also be clipped onto collars, shirts, pockets, or waistbands. This versatility makes them a more fashion-forward choice for groomsmen.

Low Maintenance and Long-Lasting

One of the most significant advantages of pocket boutonnieres is that they are low maintenance and long-lasting. Unlike traditional floral boutonnieres, pocket boutonnieres do not wilt, droop, or lose their shape. In fact, they retain their shape and beauty throughout the day, without requiring any maintenance or watering. This is especially important for outdoor weddings where the heat and sun can wilt fresh flowers.

Comfortable and Convenient

Pocket boutonnieres are also comfortable and convenient for the groom and his groomsmen. Traditional floral boutonnieres can sometimes be heavy, bulky, or itchy, causing discomfort if worn for an extended period. Pocket boutonnieres are lightweight, compact, and easy to wear and remove, making them more comfortable for the wearer. Additionally, they can be easily slipped into the pocket when the groomsmen need their hands-free for various wedding activities like dancing, eating, or drinking.

Pocket Boutonnieres: The Perfect Choice for Your Big Day

Budget-Friendly

Weddings can be an expensive affair, and every bride-to-be wants to reduce costs wherever possible without compromising on quality or style. Pocket boutonnieres are a budget-friendly option compared to traditional floral boutonnieres. Since they are long-lasting, they can be ordered in advance, saving you time and money. Furthermore, the reusable nature of these arrangements means that you can also keep them as souvenirs or gifts for the groomsmen, making them an excellent investment.

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable

Lastly, pocket boutonnieres are an eco-friendly and sustainable choice for conscious couples. Traditional floral boutonnieres are made from freshly cut flowers, which have a short lifespan and contribute to flower waste. Pocket boutonnieres, on the other hand, can be made from recycled or up-cycled materials like fabric scraps, paper, or ribbons. This way, you can reduce your carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment.

In conclusion, if you want a versatile, fashionable, low maintenance, comfortable, and budget-friendly boutonniere option, then pocket boutonnieres should be your only choice. They are a charming accessory that allows men to express their style and personality while adding a touch of sophistication to their formal attire. With their endless variety of designs and materials, this choice can complement any wedding theme or style effortlessly. Furthermore, their eco-friendly and sustainable nature makes them a responsible choice for couples who want to leave a positive impact on the planet. So, if you’re looking for a boutonniere that checks all the boxes, then go for pocket boutonnieres for your big day!

If we can help you plan your destination wedding or honeymoon, please schedule a complimentary consultation with me today!

5 Wedding Photography Tips To Get Images You’ll Love for Forever

In the kaleidoscope of wedding memories, few things hold the power to transport you back to your special day like the photographs captured. These snapshots freeze moments of joy, love, and celebration in time, allowing you to relive your wedding day for years to come. To ensure that your wedding album brims with images that evoke the same emotions as the day itself, we’re discussing five essential wedding photography tips that will help you achieve timeless and captivating shots. From selecting the right photographer to embracing candid moments, these insights will guide you in capturing images that resonate with your heart forever.

Being a lasting memory of the day and with so much investment (not only money, but also time), you’ll want to ensure your wedding photos are everything you wanted and more. Not only will they be photographing you as a couple and documenting the day but they’ll also be capturing each little detail you’ve painstakingly put together over the past few months. There’s going to be no second chances getting these right so we’ve put together the photography tips that’ll help you get the best out of your photographs for years to come.

Your Prep

Your first set of images on the day will likely be of your wedding prep and whether you are getting ready at your venue, your house or your parents house cluttered images do not make for good photographs. So make sure you have a little tidy up and that the room is as clear of stuff as possible – removing all of the non essentials.  This way your photographer can really concentrate on you and capturing the emotions during the wedding day build up.

Aim to get ready with plenty of time so that there’s time for your photographer to capture some images of both of your wedding preparations. If you’ll be traveling to the venue from wherever it is that you’ve gotten ready, leave with time to spare so you can compose yourself, soak in the moment and have a few extra images just before you walk down the aisle.

Unplug

You may have heard of an ‘Unplugged’ ceremonies or weddings before but do you know what they mean? An unplugged ceremony is when you ask your guests to not take photos during the ceremony or other parts of the day. It enables them to really be in the moment for your special moments but also ensures that your photographer is able to get unblocked shots of those key moments for your wedding album too. These usually happen when you are both walking down the aisle and you have guests leaning into the aisle to get their own photographs. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that the shot is blocked and there’s not really another opportunity to capture that particular moment again. It’s never nice but it does happen.

Consider telling your guests that there’ll be opportunities to take their own photos at specific times, such as signing the register or after the I do’s. Some couples even ask their guests to not post any photos online until the day after their wedding – enabling their evening guests to enjoy all the moments of the wedding through fresh eyes too.  Let your guests relax and be present in the day and your photographer produce their best work by considering an Unplugged Wedding.

Couple Shots

Schedule in some shots and capture those romantic moments by getting away just the two of you and enjoy some time together. Whether you schedule this to be just after your ceremony and on the way to the reception venue or whether you do this after your group formal photographs. It enables you to have some alone time as a newly married couple before all of the hustle and bustle of the day, enjoy some private moments and really let your commitment to one another sink in.   It’s always a nice idea to go out together nearer the end of the day too as you’ll get some great photos with the sunset. You’ll likely feel more relaxed and be more used to your photographer too, and the light fading away makes for beautiful images.

Group Shots

If you are having group wedding day shots ensure you plan ahead and give your photographer a list so that nothing gets missed out. Many will ask you for your ‘must have pictures’ before the wedding day so have a think as to which group pictures you want and let your Ushers have a copy ahead of the wedding day too so they are able to help round up bodies. It’s much quicker for you to plan your bigger group shots early so that you can have more time for everything else. Another great tip is to have this part of the day scheduled and share this with everyone. Let them know who’s needed, when and where that way you’ll have more time to enjoy the pictures and also get to your reception much quicker!

Trust Your Photographer

You will have likely spent many hours searching through huge amounts of photographers and their work to find yours and you booked them ultimately because you liked them and love their work. So, trust their judgment! Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in wanting everything to be perfect on the day but trust their creativity, allow them to work in their own zone of genius and trust that the result will be beautiful images.

You’ve seen their portfolio and what they can do and you’ve booked them for a reason. Listen to their instructions and although it may seem a bit unnatural for you to pose a certain way, the result on camera is likely to be beautiful and most probably your favorite image! 

As the echoes of your wedding day gradually fade, the images that you’ve captured will stand as vibrant testimonies to the love and joy you shared. By heeding these expert photography tips – from collaborating closely with your photographer to seeking out authentic moments – you’re not only preserving memories but weaving a visual narrative that will endure the test of time. The beauty of wedding photography lies in its ability to transcend fleeting moments, granting you the gift of revisiting the emotions and magic of your union whenever you desire. With these insights as your guide, your wedding album is bound to be a treasure trove of images you’ll cherish for eternity.

5 Wedding Ceremony Mistakes Wedding Couples Should Avoid

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes and the ceremony is one of the most unique and memorable moments throughout the day. Naturally, you want it to be as perfect as possible. To make sure your ceremony goes according to plan, there are a few common wedding ceremony mistakes you should be aware of.

1. Failing to Communicate with Guests. Your wedding ceremony is going to have a start time, so remind your guests what time they need to be seated by. Encouraging guests to find seats ensures nobody is left standing for the entirety of the ceremony. It’s also important to remind guests to turn off their cell phones. The last thing you want is for some crazy ringtone to start playing as you say your vows.

2. Not Communicating with Your Officiant. All too many couples have a first kiss photo with an officiant in the background. Speak to your officiant ahead of time about moving out of the way during the first kiss, giving your photographer a clear shot of you and your partner. Another good reason to keep the lines of communication open with your officiant is to make the ceremony more meaningful. All too often, officiants don’t focus enough on the couple. Your guests want a deeper view of your connection and working with your officiant to shape what’s said during your ceremony can help with this.

3. Forgetting to Get the Rings Ready. Before you head down the aisle, make sure your rings are easily accessible and don’t need to be freed from any unnecessary packaging. This also includes removing any price tags.

4. Failing to Do a Mic Check. If you are planning to use a microphone during your ceremony, make sure it’s checked ahead of time. Technological issues can’t always be avoided but the risk of something going wrong during your ceremony (or before it even starts) can be reduced.

5. Not Looking at Each Other. When you’re wrapped up in what your officiant is saying, you may forget to look at each other. Make a point of looking at your partner as much as possible during the ceremony. Not only does it make the moment more special, but your photographer can get some romantic shots too.

As the final chords of your wedding ceremony reverberate in the air, you’ll want to remember every moment as a harmonious blend of love, joy, and flawless execution. By sidestepping these five common wedding ceremony mistakes – maintaining open communication with your officiant, practicing for perfection, prioritizing comfort, keeping the guest experience in mind, and embracing flexibility – you’re ensuring that your journey into marital bliss begins on the most enchanting note. Your love story deserves nothing less than a ceremony that shines as brightly as your hearts do. Planning your ceremony doesn’t need to be complicated, it just helps to be aware of a few small details to avoid these common wedding ceremony mistakes.

Universal Mardi Gras 2024 Celebration at Universal Orlando Resort

Embark on a captivating journey as Universal Orlando Resort transforms into a celebration like no other—Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval! From February 3 to April 7, 2024, let the good times roll with a vibrant Mardi Gras party featuring a global feast of sweet, savory, and spicy dishes inspired by New Orleans and iconic Carnaval flavors. Enjoy a dazzling Mardi Gras parade with new, detailed floats, and savor live concerts on select nights by top music artists like DJ Khaled, Ava Max, Luis Fonsi, and more. The best part? You can revel in all the excitement with your regular theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida.

Get ready for an unforgettable concert series this year with ten live performances from chart-topping artists spanning various music genres! Groove to the beats of GRAMMY-winning sensation DJ Khaled, the talent behind the chart-topping hit “Sweet but Psycho” – Ava Max, and the five-time Latin GRAMMY-winning artist Luis Fonsi. Join us on select nights after the Mardi Gras parade at the Music Plaza stage, right in front of the exhilarating Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster. Check out the complete concert lineup below!

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S MARDI GRAS 2024 CONCERT LINEUP
DateHeadliner
February 3Walker Hayes
February 10The All-American Rejects
February 17Elle King
February 24Barenaked Ladies
March 2DJ Khaled
March 9Ava Max
March 10Queen Latifah
March 16Luis Fonsi
March 17Zedd

Immerse yourself in the magic of this year’s Mardi Gras parade as it comes to life with a captivating theme celebrating the elements – Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, the Sun, and the Moon. Experience the enchantment with six new, intricately designed parade floats that complement Universal’s classic New Orleans-inspired lineup. Join the celebration with high-energy music, a myriad of performers adorned in stunning costumes, and an abundance of beads for an unforgettable parade experience!

Embark on a global gastronomic adventure at Mardi Gras, where you can indulge in over 60 delectable tasting-sized items inspired by Carnaval celebrations worldwide. Traverse the park-wide celebration to discover kiosks offering mouthwatering culinary delights from New Orleans to Spain to China and beyond. Delight your taste buds with classics like the Fried Green Tomato Po’boy and irresistible Beignets, savor Chicken Schnitzel from Germany, indulge in Chilaquiles Verdes from Mexico, and explore a diverse array of flavors that promise a festival of international tastes.

Immerse yourself in the full splendor of Universal Mardi Gras by choosing to stay at one of Universal’s eight extraordinary hotels. Guests are treated to exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission and complimentary transportation to the theme parks. Elevate your stay with unique Mardi Gras offerings at all Universal Orlando hotels, featuring delectable treats like Crawfish and Andouille Sausage Egg Roll at Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Mardi Gras Empanadas at Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Jambalaya at Beach Break Café at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, and more.

Unlock the magic of Universal Mardi Gras with your regular theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida. For an even more enchanting experience, you can seize one of these extraordinary offers to revel in Universal Mardi Gras and explore all the wonders of Universal Orlando’s theme parks:

  • Indulge in two additional days of free admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure by purchasing a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket or 3-Park, 2-Day ticket, giving you a total of four days of theme park excitement
  • Make the most of your vacation time with the 25% discount on a 3-Park, 5-Night Vacation Package. This package includes a 5-night stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, or Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, along with a 3-Park, 5-Day Park-to-Park ticket for visits to Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, and Universal Volcano Bay

Are you ready to experience Universal Mardi Gras? Call or email Siera today at siera@spreadingmagic.com to book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation!

6 Reasons NOT to Book Your Destination Wedding Directly With the Resort

Planning your dream wedding is no easy task, especially when you’re looking for the perfect resort venue in the Caribbean or Mexico. It can be quite a challenge, especially when you want to find the ideal spot that checks all the boxes. When you stumble upon that dream venue, your first instinct might be to pick up the phone and book your destination wedding directly with the resort. It seems like the most logical thing to do, right? Well, hold on a minute! Let me share a few things to consider before you make that decision based solely on cost or personal preferences.

As a destination wedding planner, I’ve helped many couples plan and book their destination weddings. While many clients choose to book directly with the resort, I suggest that you may want to think twice before booking your destination wedding directly with a resort. In fact, there are quite a few reasons why booking your destination wedding directly with a resort could be a very bad idea!

Here are the top six reasons why I do not recommend that you book your destination wedding directly with the resort.

Let’s dive in and discover why it’s not the best idea:

You Might End Up Spending More

Sure, you might think that booking directly with the resort will save you some bucks,
but that’s not always the case. Resort managers are aware that it’s a one-time deal
with you, so they may try to maximize their profits.

On the other hand, a destination wedding specialist or consultant will have solid
connections with resort management and can often score special rates, discounts, and
package deals that aren’t available to individual customers. They can help you compare
prices across different resorts and make sure you get the best value for your money.

You Could Get Slammed With Fees

It is so upsetting to see couples get blind-sided with fees based on the group contract.
Essentially, when rooms are held for a group, there are attrition dates and cancellation
penalties. If you don’t pay attention to those and have empty rooms in the group, or if
your guests cancel their room when there are cancellation penalties, couples can be
stuck holding the bag and have fees they weren’t expecting.

This is why most destination wedding couples will learn from the mistake of others
and choose to work with a travel professional who specializes in destination wedding
group travel.

You’ll Be Left with Stressful Tasks

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when it’s a destination wedding.
While the resort will take care of the wedding-specific infrastructure, there are dozens
of other aspects to manage. Juggling all these tasks from afar can be incredibly
stressful.

Hiring a wedding planner or working with a destination wedding specialist can
alleviate much of that stress. They can handle the logistics, coordination, and communication with the resort, allowing you to focus on taking care of your loved ones
and ensuring their comfort and enjoyment during the wedding preparations.

You’ll Miss Out on Personalized Service & Experience

Keep in mind that the resort might be handling your wedding along with a dozen other
unrelated events at the same time. The best they can offer is a dedicated manager, but
that doesn’t really qualify as a personalized service.

A destination wedding consultant can work closely with you to understand your dream
wedding ideas and preferences. They’ll customize the event to reflect your style,
theme, and budget, ensuring that all the details are taken care of. They can also
connect you with top-notch photographers, decorators, and entertainers to make your
wedding experience truly memorable.

You’ll Be Busy Troubleshooting on Your Big Day

No matter how meticulously you plan your event, unforeseen hiccups may happen at
critical moments. And when they do, the resort may leave you to handle them on your
own.

Having a dedicated wedding planner or travel agent by your side can be a real lifesaver
in such situations. They’ve dealt with similar cases before and know how to quickly
troubleshoot problems, ensuring that your wedding day runs smoothly.

Communication Issues May Cause Problems

Let’s face it, the customer service at some exotic and remote destination wedding
resorts isn’t always as speedy as we’d like. If you need to communicate changes or get information to help with your planning, reaching the right people quickly can be a
challenge.

Booking directly with these resorts may lead to communication difficulties. They might
not respond to your emails promptly, and if you manage to get them on the phone,
they might keep you waiting until you’re frustrated.

On the other hand, a reputable event management service or wedding planner knows
how to connect with the right person quickly and relay your messages effectively. They
might even have local contacts to make sure everything is set up perfectly for your big
day.

If you’re planning a destination wedding or honeymoon, I strongly urge you to think twice before you book directly with the resort. While booking your destination wedding directly with the resort might seem tempting at first, there are better options out there.

I would encourage you to consider the advantages of working with a destination wedding consultant and let them help you design your perfect destination wedding or honeymoon. Not only can they offer more personalized service than the resort, but they can also negotiate deals, find you exclusive deals, and secure discounts for you, too. By teaming up with a good consultant or planner, you can ensure that everything goes off without a hitch—and that’s something you won’t regret.

If you are in the middle of trying to figure out your destination wedding, or just feel like you need a helping hand. Hit the easy button, and schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me today. I will do my best to help you make your dream wedding a reality.

By entrusting the planning to professionals, you can focus on cherishing precious
moments with your partner and loved ones, knowing that every detail is expertly taken
care of. So, embrace the support and guidance a wedding planner or travel agent can
offer and get ready for a truly magical and unforgettable destination wedding.