Planning a wedding in the Gulf Coast city of Tampa, Florida is rather exciting because of the endless ceremony and reception sites found about town. From historic cultural roots to an active nightlife scene, Tampa is also a popular location for destination weddings. As you begin organizing the details of your Tampa wedding, keep in mind that Forbes ranked Tampa the 5th best outdoor city in 2008 – good news for couples considering nuptials or a wedding reception out in the open, fresh air.
Photo by Limelight photography
Tampa Wedding Planning: Highlights of the City
Attractions scattered about Tampa can help couples looking for inspiration during their wedding planning. Busch Gardens is a colorful sight to see with plenty of tropical features. Wedding dresses, bridal rings, and other services are found at the International Mall. Other highlights of the city include Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa Museum of Art, and the Florida Aquarium. Tampa is also home to a handful of professional sports team, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tampa Wedding Planning: Weather Watch
It's hard to believe, but in the history of the city's hot summer days – Tampa weather has never reached 100 degrees. Categorized as a humid subtropical climate, the city sees frequent thunderstorms during the summer with elevated temperatures appearing from mid-April to early October. If you're planning an outdoor wedding during the hot weather – keep in mind that high humidity could prove rather uncomfortable. You should also know that Tampa has earned the nickname of being the 'Lightning Capital of North America.'
Tampa Wedding Planning: Tips and Ideas
From wedding cake frosting to your ceremony flowers, Tampa weather conditions may adversely affect various parts of an outdoor wedding. For example, when making decisions regarding wedding flowers in Tampa, you may want to choose cut flowers that last. Carnations keep their vibrant colors longer than delicate roses, which possess a shorter vase life. When purchasing your floral arrangements, ask the florist how long you should expect your arrangements to last in the heat.
Images via Weddings by Georgia http://www.weddingsbygeorgia.com
Images by Limelight Photography http://www.stepintothelimelight.com/