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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.

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.

Awards-2017 Best of Ft Lauderdale

That Wedding Lady has won the Best Of Fort Lauderdale 2017 award for outstanding service to the wedding community. I am immensely humbled for this honor and can only say my passion for my work is the catalyst. Thank you everyone who made this possible for me.

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Best Of Ft Lauderdale Award for That Wedding Lady


That Wedding Lady Receives 2017 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award

Fort Lauderdale Award Program Honors the Achievement

FORT LAUDERDALE March 22, 2017 — That Wedding Lady has been selected for the 2017 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award in the Wedding Officiant category by the Fort Lauderdale Award Program.

Each year, the Fort Lauderdale Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Fort Lauderdale area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Fort Lauderdale Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Fort Lauderdale Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Fort Lauderdale Award Program

The Fort Lauderdale Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Fort Lauderdale area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Fort Lauderdale Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Fort Lauderdale Award Program

Fort Lauderdale Award Program