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Guess what's hot in Florida wedding entertainment

Weddings are hot in Florida. No surprise there. But it’s not just the weather influencing the events; it’s the number of marriages, nearly 170,000 annually. And that number has been rising for the last several years. What might surprise people are the variety of styles that are popular around the state. Many couples seek out the settings that make the beauty of nature the backdrop for their wedding. Of course beach weddings top the lists, but Cedar Bay Retreat in Jacksonville entices with tall trees and green lawns. Burroughs Home and Gardens in Fort Meyers sits along a riverfront. Historic Shadow Point in the Keys provides the feel of a private island. And there is the ever popular fairy tale weddings the Disney World is happy to host. Whatever the place, couples select them to make their wedding meaningful. When they choose a venue, Floridians and those who’ve made Florida the destination for their wedding are trying to make a personal statement, not a tweet to trend on Twitter.

Those married in Florida pride themselves on being true to themselves. Whether they are natives, new residents, or just visiting, their weddings are likely to contain a link to where they are from. That may be why rustic chic remains a favorite in Florida while national trends are leaning toward industrial.

That definitely accounts for food choices that range from Cubanos to Maryland crab cakes. Any setting is the right setting for whatever the menu choices. Traditional weddings stick with buffet or sit-down style for their reception meal. Trend-followers, however, are enjoying the fun (and sometimes bargain price) of the cocktail reception with the mini menu items. It doesn’t matter if they’re down on farm at Horsepower Ranch or off the Miami coast on a yacht, the menu reflects the couple.

Of course, some trends here happen just because it’s Florida, and won’t blow away in the next hurricane. The heat has likely contributed to elaborate braids and twists being the favored bride hairstyle. Long-sleeves are trending, but not so much here. Flowers grow abundantly here, so brides and grooms are keeping them as big a part of the decorations as ever. They may incorporate the trend toward greenery, but bright, colorful flowers will dominate. In entertainment, the live-band vs. DJ debate continues with live bands higher on the seesaw this season. In addition to dancing, expect lawn games or lawn games in the sand.

Choose a Selfie Station photo booth

One thing beyond the trends, beyond the seasons, and that defies the heat is the photo booth. The photo booth is as necessary as the wedding ring, as much a mainstay as the first dance tradition. It unequivocally tops brides’ and grooms’ entertainment lists with good reason. Couples can rely on them to capture memories for everyone. They create fun as well as wedding favors. They spark guest activity and involvement. Even great-aunt Esperella is picking up props and gingerly making her way over to the photo booth. Photo booths make down times active. Those long minutes waiting for the bride and groom to arrive suddenly breeze by as guests mug for the camera.

No matter what type of entertainment you have, don’t forgo the photo booth. Tell your wedding planner to make sure it’s booked. Make the decision even better by choosing a photo booth with all the perks, including a connection to social media, slo-mo and personal video options, and photo filters. Selfie Station, a high-tech system boasting a spectacular 32-inch screen, DSLR camera and HD web cam, offers all the bells and whistles.

Another beautiful thing about the Selfie Station is that it’s beautiful. It is freestanding, sleek, and compact. It fits in at any wedding, from casual to elegant. A Selfie Station photo booth owner will set it up and stay in attendance to help guests use all the features. Hashtag your wedding and send out those filter-full photos on Instagram and Facebook. Text them to the people who couldn’t make it. As each guest takes home a personalized picture, the newlyweds will have an album available as proof of all the fun that was had.

As more people discover the advantages of photo booths at their events, some areas struggle to fill all the wedding engagements. Call and book a Selfie Station now .

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