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Ceremony Flow of Events

For That Wedding Lady in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, whether yours is a vow renewal ceremony, a wedding or commitment ceremony, this post shows my typical flow of events.

The order may change depending on your circumstances and preferences.

You can use this information to create a wedding placard for your guests to follow during the event.

  • Seating of Parents/Grandparents (optional)
  • Processional (bridal party enters in order: -groom, groomsmen, ring bearer, flower girl, bride and escort; note: ring bearer and flower girl complete their entry task then go sit in front row during ceremony.)
    • Opening Remarks
      In Remembrance (optional; included in opening remarks)
    • Giving the Bride Away (optional)
    • Words of Wisdom
    • The Story of You
    • Unity Activity (optional)
    • Taking Vows
    • Ring Exchange
    • Moment to Reflect
    • Proclamation
    • Recessional (bridal party exits in order: bride and groom, best man and maid of honor, continue pairing groomsmen and maids until complete, ring bearer, flower girl, grooms front row VIPS, brides front row VIP)
    • Announcement: I announce to the crowd that you are off to take pictures and they should proceed to a designated area….  (you tell me what this is-usually I’m supposed to send them to the bar to have a cocktail until you rejoin the group.)


Pre-Cruise Ceremonies, Uber, Great Photos and You

Taking a cruise and looking to have a vow renewal or wedding ceremony on the beach before you set off? Take a look at these meet location details especially designed for a quick in and out ceremony with a couple of great photography spots thrown in for extra fun.

Most of my cruise folks use Uber to get around because they won’t be in town long enough to need a car rental. Moreover, they want a spot very close to Port Everglades to make their tight schedule efficient. Here’s what you need to know, and what to enter into your Uber app to set you up for the best drop off/pick up location.

Uber Drop Off and Pick Up is Tightly Controlled

Fort Lauderdale Beach is a constant flow of people. To that end, Uber is limited to specific “No-Go” areas for pick up and drop off. The fine is big money for them so they need a side street location and not one on the main drag known as A1A or Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. This presents a problem as visitors don’t know the side streets or any addresses on them. Below you will find a carefully chosen set of locations to give you exactly what you need to plan your meet up location then walk across to the beach.

*Relax! Even with heavy traffic,  you are
only approximately 10-15 minutes from Port Everglades.

The Middle Ground

Fort Lauderdale Beach is actually comprised of 3 sets of beaches: North Beach, Central Beach and South Beach, the entire length of which is about 2 miles top to bottom. The locations in this post are at the top end of the South Beach section. They were chosen specifically to :

  • Get you to a nearby beach for your gig
  • Avoid traffic congestion and weird one-way street problems
  • Set your Uber drop off/pick up spot convenient for you AND the Uber drivers’ needs
  • Keep you close to the Port for those on tight schedules
  • Plunk you down in the middle of some supremely neato photography options.

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The red pin is the exact location on the map for each entry.

Beach Shack Paddleboards Address – Use this address and location for Uber drop off/pick up

This one-way side street is a sneaky little spot that allows Uber to pop in for  drop off/pick up, plus it sets the Uber driver up perfectly to return you to the Port without having to drive several very congested blocks to U-turn south to Port Everglades to catch your cruise ship. In your Uber app, enter Beach Shack Paddleboards and you’re set to go.


Neato Bandito Photography Options Post Ceremony

>>>>>>North of the Uber drop off point (2 Min Walk)<<<<<<

Greetings to Fort Lauderdale Postcard Stand


Photo Greetings PostcardImmediately due south of the main intersection of Las Olas Blvd & A1A, (one block north of Uber drop off/pick up point,) you’ll find a large, colorful, wooden postcard stand with “Greetings to Fort Lauderdale” on it. You can stand next to it and take a fun photo, then head across the street to the Wish You Were Here Postcard Stand.

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Wish You Were Here Postcard Stand

Photo Beach Postcard Fort Lauderdale FL
This Postcard photo station actually has a cut out so you can be “inside” the sentiment.

>>>>>>South of the Uber Drop Off Location (30 sec walk)<<<<<<

Giant Beach Chair

Big beach chair photo


Immediately south of 5th Street and A1A (the street where Uber dropped you at the Beach Shack Paddleboards address,) check out this gigantic chair you can both sit in together and take a magical photo.

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D.C. Alexander Park

picture of a park in florida

A rare green space down at the beach with grass and trees for some photos set against a lovely natural background. Usually not crowded at all and right next to your Uber drop off/pick up point.

Wooden Totem Pole

picture of totem pole


Essentially located within D.C. Alexander Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd/A1A, this wooden totem pole gives you another unique photography option.

You’ll breathe easier with this set plan connecting Fort Lauderdale Beach to Port Everglades for your vow renewal on the beach (or wedding ceremony or commitment ceremony) before you leave on your cruise.

Visiting America? Need your Mobile Phone?

How to use your cell phone on vacation answered! Check out this SIM card special to use your phone while you are traveling to the USA. Your Vow Renewal Ceremony (or wedding or commitment ceremony) is important. Capturing these precious moments just became easier with T-Mobile’s International Visitor Plan.

Sandwich sign on sidewalk for T Mobile Sim Card Plan
Tourist Mobile Phone Plan while Visiting the US

After passing this sign nearly every day, it occurred to me what a big help it would be for my international visitors to help plan their phone needs for the big event. After stopping in and talking with them, they were delighted to give me details, and offer a delivery service to for groups of 3 or more. T-Mobile is a large provider in the USA so their coverage is excellent throughout our country.

The Deets
  • Free Sim Card
  • Unlimited Data  *see fine print
  • Unlimited Text  *International and USA
  • 1000 Mins of Talk  *USA Only
  • Cost: $30 USD
  • Time Period: 3 weeks
  • Bring in Your Unlocked Phone
  • Group of 3 or more?  They will bring everything to you!
How to Arrange Using Your Mobile Phone Visiting America

Normally phone stores have high turnover and every time you go in, it’s always a different person. I had the great luck of meeting Frank who has been at this T-Mobile store for 3 years. He was oh-so-helpful, and gave me all his contact information so my clients can work directly with a single, well-informed person. All you need to do is email Frank with your details and he’ll hook you up easy peasy lemon squeezy. Let him know Rachel, That Wedding Lady sent you to get his best, personalized attention. Disclaimer-I get absolutely no reward for this referral. I’m just trying to help my clients out.

Frank Manasse, Mobile Expert
T-Mobile Store 1296
27 North Federal Highway (in the CVS plaza on the corner of Broward Blvd and US 1)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 478-0125 (this is his direct contact number)

It’s stressful enough trying to plan your beach vow renewal ceremony or other ceremony from a faraway location. Figuring out how to use your phone while your there shouldn’t be. Frank is a straight up good guy representing a trusted mobile provider in the U.S. He’ll sort you out at a price you can live with.

Same Day Service Bouquet Delivery

In Fort Lauderdale, vow renewal ceremonies and beach ceremony clients need extras like small bouquets, corsages or flower arrangements, often for a simple beach ceremony before a cruise. Discover how two vendors I put together solve this dilemma easily, especially for those not renting cars, and relying on Uber to get around in this article.

The Bride Bouquet

Everyone wants to feel like a princess on their special day and flowers are key! Take a look at a previous post where I detail the perfect local florist in Fort Lauderdale proper who gets the look and price right on the money.

Vow Renewal flower bouquet in sand.
Delivery Straight to Your Hotel or AirBnB

Now check out this local delivery service I found who will go pick the bouquet up and bring it straight to you. Broward County Courier Delivery is not far from this florist location and just a hop, skip and a jump to the primary Fort Lauderdale area: hotels, beaches, port, airport, downtown.

This means you benefit from their lowest charge which is only $35! The dispatchers are Robert and Mary who will get you squared away.

Broward County Courier Delivery
(954) 895-5449

Flower covered walkway to Pergola used for outdoor wedding ceremonies

Total Cost for Wedding Flowers

If you’re like most of my clients and only need a bride’s bouquet and perhaps a corsage for your sweetheart, you might spend $50-60 with the florist. Throw another $35 at it for courier delivery and you’ve gotten your special ingredients to make your day magical for $100 or less.

That seems like a pretty decent deal to me.

Photo of a "This way to the Wedding" sign at Secret Woods Nature Center

Scouts Honor

BTW – I get zero money or any other reward from either of these vendors. My goal is to make my clients’ lives stress free. If I can do that by putting them together with vendors in the area that help my brides (and grooms) then I’m all about that.


Best Outdoor Wedding Venue-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Outdoor wedding ceremonies located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL can be romantic, dreamy, and also fraught with concerns of how to pull it all together. That Wedding Lady TM shares a post with information on a perfect location for a rustic ceremony with all the amenities a bride needs, and at an extremely affordable price. It is, in fact, Broward County’s best kept secret, and a perfect place for your special day.

Photo of a "This way to the Wedding" sign at Secret Woods Nature Center

Why You Need to Know About Secret Woods Nature Center

It is one of the few locations I’ve visited that offers everything a ceremony venue needs, from the necessary, such as, beautifully appointed restroom amenities, on-site free parking, superior cost per value, rain backup, on site reception facility to your wish list items like, a gorgeous pergola surrounded by a wood close next door to a butterfly garden,  and oodles of spectacular photography options for the before and after pictures. Rarely do I visit an outdoor location that has everything. Nearly always they are missing a key feature making it a less than perfect option. Not so with Secret Woods, I was very impressed and highly recommend it for your consideration.

Photo of decorated pergola for an outdoor wedding

Location Details

Secret Woods Nature Center
2701 W. SR 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 357-8884
Open 9 AM to 5 PM every day
Google Maps Location:

Pergola and guest seating surrounded by the woods
View-from main walkway into pergola space; decorating the pergola
View from inside a pergola looking back towards the walkway
View-Looking from inside the pergola towards the walkway
Looking into the wedding space from the butterfly garden
View-Looking into the pergola space from the adjacent butterfly garden

Facility Details

– Ample parking and no fees!

Restroom interiors
Inside the lovely and ice cold restroom facilities

-Very nicely decorated
-Stalls and floors are made of a lovely wood
-Ice cold air-conditioning
-Connected to reception room by private door; plus another door leading out into the Nature Center
-Ample mirrors


Artsy picture from inside a pergola looking towards the sky.

Flower covered walkway to Pergola used for outdoor wedding ceremoniesReception Hall
– Unable to visit on this day since they had a active ceremony going on.

Building structures:
-Attractive and blend in with the area
-Offer excellent backgrounds for photography
-Japanese bells adorn many of the buildings

Nature Center Features:
-Gorgeous greenery throughout
-Two walkway trails – one of which leads directly to the New River upon which the Park is situated
-They have a dedicated butterfly garden with a lovely arch. This would be a great setting for some photography. I saw monarchs, zebra butterflies (Official State of Florida butterfly,) and dragonflies.
-Cute benches are tucked around in and out the grounds offering shade and more photography options.
-Pergola and benches are a short walk from the main area with a wooden walkway leading to them for the Bride’s grand entrance.

Benches surrounded by nature
Hidden benches throughout the grounds for thoughtful contemplation and photography options.

-Fully accessible in most areas (the trail paths are somewhat handy-capable friendly.)
-Parking, main grounds, walkway to Pergola and some other areas are suitable for wheelchairs or for persons who may have difficulty walking and getting around.

Rental Details and Cost:
– The Pergola is not available for rental on its own. You have to rent the reception hall and, for an additional fee, include use of the Pergola for your event. There is also a large outdoor space adjacent to the reception hall which comes with the package.
– Cost: $600 for four hours, or $800 for the whole day. Know that I obtained this information from the Groom there that day. I do not know if these figures include the additional add-on option for use of the Pergola. Of note, the Groom was absolutely thrilled with the cost and amenities.
– Rain Backup Location – Yes, the reception hall

Picture of main walkway entering Secret Woods

Pro Driving Instructions

**The entrance to the park is located on State Road 84.

If you’re coming from the east, Drive West on State Road 84 passing the freeway interchange for I-95. The entrance is just past this interchange on the right-hand side.

If you’re coming from the west, proceed east on State Road 84 until you come to 15th St. (there will be a 7-11 on the corner, big intersection) and make a U-turn to travel back west on State Road 84. Go past the freeway entrances for I-95, and just past this interchange, the entrance to the nature center is on the right-hand side.

Romantic Wedding Music

Looking for some romantic music for your wedding ceremony? I just adore this song on an album I recently purchased from Amazon called “An Evening in Paris: Romantic French Cafe Music.” In particular this track for the bridal party to enter to just before the bride makes her grand entrance. Here is the song link:

Moonlight Walk

Here is the album link:

Beach Wedding Clothes You’ll Love

Find the perfect beach dress for your wedding, commitment ceremony, same sex marriage or vow renewal ceremony at Briny Boutique in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This article covers why their clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories are perfect for beach themed events whether you want to rock a boho look, exude beach elegance or pick up chic outfits for your cruise.

#brinyboutique #thatweddinglady #beachweddings #beachweddingdress #bohoweddingdress #clothesforcruises #fortlauderdaleflorida

Vow Renewal Ceremony on Beach in Florida
This Could Be You Right Now
Specialty Women’s Clothing Boutique for the Beach

I recently stumbled across this amazing shop for ladies dresses, tops, jumpers, skirts, shoes, and accessories near downtown Ft. Lauderdale that cherry picks their products based on summer styles and beach wear. With 90% of my wedding clients coming from out of the area, I’m often asked for recommendations on where to find a great wedding dress perfect for beach ceremonies. Unequivocally, Briny Boutique fills this need. It is chock full with gorgeous styles and outfits to choose from for your special day. Extra bonus – the clothes are priced right and won’t break the bank!

Information about Briny Boutique

Briny Boutique                           logo for Briny Boutique
274 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: (954)552-0217

  • Alexa Chaviano, Owner and CEO, Miami native and fashionista with beach babe vibes in her DNA.
  • Free shipping on all orders all the time!
  • Briny Boutique’s website is a Top Rated National® Online Store.
  • Follow Briny’s blog to stay current on beach wear trends.
Photos of the Store and Clothes

Okay, enough chatter. Let’s see some pics you say. I’ve included some I took of the store when I visited it, and also snagged a few from their website to give you some idea of potential beach wedding styles for your special day.

Beach Wedding Style Clothes

Casual beach long wedding dress
Boho Chic Off Shoulder Dress
Beautiful long dress for beach
Long sexy semi-transparent dress for summer beach fun.
Cute white dress for beaches.
Fun and flirty beach dress
Think Melania Trump style short chic dress
Sophisticated and elegant white wedding dress for your beach event.

Briny Boutique Store Photos

boho style summer clothes

summer wedding women's clothes Elegant beach wedding clothesWedding clothes, shoes and more picture

Clothes for Cruises

Photo Credits:

All photos in the Beach Wedding Style Clothes section are copyright by Briny Boutique and used with their permission.

All other photos in this article are copyright by That Wedding Lady, and may not be used without permission.