Wedding Planning & Tips

Wed-Venture Orlando Wedding Show

It’s time to plan your wed-venture!

Journey through wedding planning, meet awesome vendors and be inspired by Insta-worthy wedding designs at Mission Inn’s Wed-Venture Orlando Wedding Show.  The event will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, just outside Orlando.


What to expect at the wedding show

On May 23rd, you’ll start your Wed-Venture at check-in. You’ll receive an awesome swag bag filled with goodies from both Mission Inn Weddings and the participating wedding pros. You’ll also receive a map and program to guide you through the day.


Once checked in, you’ll either visit our Grand Ballroom or take a ride in a Hummer Limo to our Marina del Rey and Legends locations. Each location will have a full collection of vendors for you to meet.


Throughout the day, you’ll meet over 50 awesome wedding pros. Signature cocktails and food samples will be provided in each of the locations. There will even be gorgeous wedding inspiration and tons of selfie stations along the way!


The Wedding Pros You’ll Meet

Here’s a look at the Orlando area wedding pros you’ll meet at the show!


Wedding Cake & Dessert Pros

Orlando Wedding Bakery

Le Petit . 352-729-2453


Sweet Miss V’s . . 321-616-0646



Orlando Wedding Show Bakery

Sugar Sugar Cake . 407-412-6273



cake designers wedding cake creations orlando

Cake Designers . . 407-314-4693


Photography & Videography

Rudy and Marta . . 321-270-9524


Orlando Wedding Photography

KMD Creations Photo & Film . . 407-885-0177


Flora Bloom Photography . . 407-484-2931




Chynna Pacheco Photography . . 407-756-5433


Wedding Officiants in the Orlando Area

Sensational Ceremonies Officiant at Orlando Wedding ShowSensational Ceremonies . . 407-361-7781



The Ginger Officiant . . 386-383-2726


Ceremony by . 813-293-6211


Ceremonies by Ray .

Wedding Planners at the Show

Anna Christine Events . . 407-926-4103


Your Favorite Day Orlando Wedding Your Favorite Day . . 407-318-6949


Weddings by Kasey . . 321-298-6115



Runway Events . . 321-236-0757


Runway Events . . 321-236-0757


Orlando Wedding FloristAtmospheres Floral and Decor . . 321-972-2976



Orlando Area wedding florist le fleur atelier

Le Fleur Artilier . . 352-217-4947


The Flower Studio . . 321-422-0823


Orlando Wedding DJOur DJ Rocks . . 407-509-9786



Orlando Wedding DJWhite Rose Entertainment . . 407-601-3765



Orlando Wedding DJElegant Entertainment . . 407-414-6239


Orlando Wedding DJSoundwave Entertainment . . 407-905-0325

Hair and Makeup Artists for your Orlando Area Wedding

Gabriella Anthoney’s Design Artistry . . 407-233-8616

Kristys Artistry Design Team Orlando Wedding Hair and Makeup Kristy’s Artistry Design Team . . 407-766-3335


Bronze + GLOW Beauty . . 407-385-2381



M3 Beauty . . 321-459-3183

Orlando Area Bridal Salons

the bridal finery orlando wedding dress salonThe Bridal . 407-960-5225

Gray Collective Bridal . 352-989-5165


White Blossom Bridal  . . 407-687-8666

Live Event Musicians

Orlando Harpist Christine . 407-239-1330

Felix and Fingers Dueling . 407-988-6015


Party Shots Orlando LogoParty Shots Orlando . . 407-542-1292

The Van Cam

Photo Booth Rocks Orlando black and white wedding show logoPhotobooth Rocks . . 407-509-9786

Specialty Wedding Pros

  • A Chair Affair
  • Bryant Production Events
  • Over the Top
  • Apollo’s Chariots
  • PB&J Studios
  • Spa Marbella at Mission Inn Resort
  • P.S. I Love You Productions
  • SOUL Haven Ranch
  • Just Blow It Blow Bar
  • Tula Xii
  • Tiffany Kimberlin at Nova Real Estate
  • Designs by Laconic
  • Christine Kirby Studios
  • Event Painting by Jamie
  • Tootles Event Sitters
  • Orlando Flower Walls
  • Lewis Home and Bridal
  • Florida Candy Buffet

Event Sponsors

Rentals – A Chair Affair

Linen – Over the Top

Photo/Video – PB&J Studios

Transportation – Exotic Limo Orlando


As this is a group event – masks as strongly encouraged by all attendees and vendors. Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the resort. Please practice social distancing while at the event and do not attend if you are not feeling well.

Fun Questions to Ask Your Fiance

We’ve put together a collection of fun questions to ask your fiance. Ask them all at once or space them out over a number of days. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to learn about one another.


Easy Questions

Easy Questions to Start Off

  • What’s your zodiac?
  • Do you have a lucky number?
  • Can you juggle?
  • What’s the best party you’ve ever been to?
  • What is your least favorite household chore?
  • A hug or a kiss – what’s better?
  • Have you ever built a snowman?
  • Do you believe in ghosts?
  • What is your idea of fun?
  • If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life – what would you choose?


Questions About Your Fiance

Questions about Your Fiance

  • What’s your favorite physical feature of yourself?
  • What’s the happiest you’ve ever been in your life?
  • Would you consider yourself an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?
  • What would you say is your most unique trait?
  • Do you ever compare yourself to other guys/girls?
  • What’s the best way to cheer you up when you’re having a bad day?
  • Other than our relationship, what’s the greatest thing that has happened in your life?
  • If you could turn back time, just once, what one thing in your life would you change?
  • Do you have a hidden talent?
  • Are you more care-free or more of a worrier?

Questions About Your Fiances Family

Questions to Get to Know Your Fiance’s Family

  • What’s your favorite memory with your mom?
  • Which parent did you go to when you needed advise?
  • Would you say you are more like your mom or dad?
  • Who is your favorite relative (not counting immediate family)?
  • What’s your funniest family memory?
  • Do you know your family’s heritage?
  • How often do you like to visit your family?
  • Which holidays are most important in your family?
  • Do you have any family traditions that you want to continue on?
  • Did you ever meet any of your great grandparents?

Questions to Ask About Your Fiance's Interests

Questions to Get to Know Your Fiance’s Interests

  • Do you have a favorite book?
  • What’s your favorite song of all time?
  • Which new thing would you want to try, if you had to pick a new hobby?
  • What is your favorite movie of all time?
  • Would you rather spend a week at a beachside cottage or a mountaintop cabin?
  • Do you have any places you really want to travel?
  • What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
  • How would you describe the perfect day off?
  • Sweet or Salty?
  • If you could restart your career tomorrow to anything you want – what would you do?


Questions to ask your fiance about their childhood

Questions to Get to Know Your Fiance’s Childhood

  • Did you have any pets growing up?
  • What was your favorite childhood tv show or movie?
  • As a child did you collect something?
  • What’s your earliest childhood memory?
  • Did you have a favorite class in high school?
  • Did you ever rebel against your parents as a teen?
  • What did you want to be as a kid?
  • Who was your childhood hero?
  • How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?
  • Did you have an imaginary friend?

Fun Questions to Ask Your Fiance about your relationship

Questions about Your Relationship

  • Do you have a favorite memory of us?
  • What’s your favorite place we’ve visited together?
  • When did you first know that you loved me?
  • What is one thing I could do to make you trust me even more?
  • Was there one thing that I did last week that impressed you?
  • Do you have any deal-breakers that would make you reconsider our relationship?
  • Do you ever wish I could read your mind? When?
  • What’s the best thing about our relationship?
  • What makes you feel the most loved?
  • What is the one thing in our relationship you think we need more of?

Your future together

Planning a Future Together

  • What did you learn from your parent’s marriage?
  • Do you believe in saving for retirement?
  • Do you imagine having kids some day? If yes, how long do you want to wait after marriage?
  • What are three values you would want our kids to have?
  • What do you want to do once you retire?
  • In ten years, where do you want to be living?
  • What’s one thing that you want to accomplish in the next five years?
  • If we ever needed to – would you be willing to go to couples therapy?
  • How would you describe your dream home?
  • What’s your idea of the perfect family vacation?

Fun Questions to Ask Your Fiance just for fun

Fun Questions to Ask Your Fiance

  • What food reminds you of me?
  • What laws would you make if you were a powerful world ruler?
  • If you were a super hero – what would your name be? What would be your power? Your outfit?
  • What would you do if you won a lottery jackpot?
  • If you were a cup – what would you be filled with?
  • In a movie about your life, what songs would you put on the soundtrack?
  • What fairytale character do you associate with?
  • If you had to go on a reality tv show, which one would you choose?
  • Can you name all 50 US states?
  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?


Questions for thought

Thought Provoking Questions for your Fiance

  • If our home caught fire and people and pets were safe – what three items would you take?
  • If you could send a 30 second message to the whole world, what would you say?
  • Would you rather know or not know the time and place you will die?
  • If you could have witnessed one event in the Bible or history, what one would you choose?
  • Is it better to know a little about a lot of things or a lot about a few things?
  • What would you do different if you knew no one would judge you?
  • When you get to heaven and God says “why should I let you in”, what’s your answer?
  • If you could know the truth to just one question – what question would it be?
  • Would you rather be rich and miserable or poor and happy?
  • How will humankind go extinct?


Fun Questions to Ask Your Fiance about you

What does your fiance think about you?

  • Is there anything that I do that is predictable?
  • Do you consider me an introvert or an extrovert?
  • What’s a question that you’ve never asked me before?
  • What’s my best physical feature?
  • If you could change one thing that I do – what would it be?
  • What’s your favorite memory with me?
  • What has impressed you most about me lately?
  • Do I tell you that I love you enough?
  • What is your idea of a romantic night with me?
  •  What are your three favorite things about me?


Want to make these fun questions to ask your fiance even more fun? For a great stay-at-home date idea, write these questions on Jenga pieces or on the back of puzzle pieces and answer them as you play.

Sarah and Jayce

Photo By: PB&J Studios


If you loved our collection of fun questions to ask your fiance, be sure to check out our blog for date night ideas, wedding inspiration and more!

At Home Date Ideas

An at home date is perfect when you cannot or do not want to leave the house. They are also cheaper than a night on the town. Here’s a bunch of ideas we’ve put together for you:

Dog with his owners

Photo By: Sivan Photography


Vision Board Party

Remember those awesome collages you made as a kid? Grab all the magazines and brochures you can find laying around the house. Find a piece of poster board, cardboard, newspaper or paper plate to showcase your dreams. Work together on one board or separately on your own boards cutting and gluing together life’s dreams, aspirations and goals.


Plant a Garden Together           

Gardening can be a great bonding experience, plus it is relaxing and rewarding. If you happen to have packs of seeds lying around, perfect! Otherwise, head to a local stores that sells plants or if you cannot get to a store, take a drive and look for local farmers selling from the side of the road. Then get your hands dirty, start digging and plant away.

Bride and Groom in Vegetable Patch

Photo By: Heather Rice Photography


Create Art for the House

The point is not to be a Picasso, it’s to have fun! Remember to put down newspaper, trash bag or old shower curtain to protect the work space and go crazy. Whether it’s painting a picture, sculpting or something else completely – let your creativity run wild! Looking for some unique diy wall art projects? Check out this list featured on Buzzfeed.


Top Chef Challenge

Create some fun competition with a cook-off. Set a timer for one minute and race into the kitchen grabbing up ingredients for your creation. Once the timer goes off, it’s time to start cooking. Each of you gets one hour to prepare and cook whatever you can with the ingredients you’ve put together. After the hour is up, taste each other’s creations and judge based on taste, presentation and uniqueness. Then enjoy one of the creations for dinner tonight and package the other for dinner tomorrow. The perfect recipe for a fun at home date.


Star Gazing

With blanket in hand, head to the lawn, patio or roof and take a look up at the night sky. Lay on the blanket hand in hand, trying to guess constellations or pick stars for each other. Have binoculars or a telescope? Added bonus! Who knows, maybe you’ll even see a shooting star.

Star Gazing at Home Date Night Ideas

Photo By: Chris Redd Photography


Game Night

Time to pull out all the old board games or a deck of cards. Show your competitive side with a heated board game battle. Winner gets out of doing dishes for the night.


Funny Fashion Show

A fashion show is a super fun way to clean out the closet, without it feeling like a chore. Go through the closet, and pull out the items you haven’t worn in forever. Assemble fun outfits and walk the “cat walk” for each other. Then create a donate pile for clothes you no longer love. For added fun – if your donate pile is big enough at the end of the project, jump in it together like a pile of leaves just for fun before bagging it up.


Candlelight and Cabernet

Order your favorite meal at a local restaurant to be delivered by a service like UberEats or GrubHub.  After placing the order, go get dressed in your “dress up” clothes – an old bridesmaids dress, a tacky bow tie – whatever you can find. Then dim the lights, light the candles, cue the romantic 90’s boy band music and pour some glasses of wine. Once dinner arrives, transfer it to your fanciest china. Enjoy your dinner and wine while talking about things you don’t normally have time to talk about.

Couple Drinking Wine Together

Photo By: Sivan Photography


Truth or Dare, My Dear

Remember playing this game in high school or college? It’s definitely a classic. Keep it light and fun and definitely do not ask any questions you wouldn’t want to really know the answer to. Here’s some fun ideas for you:


  1. What was your last thing you searched on your phone?
  2. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  3. Who’s your celebrity crush?


  1. Attempt to break dance for 30 seconds
  2. Put on an outfit of your other half
  3. Call the 9th number in your phone and sing to them for 30 seconds


Mambo #5

Ready to bust a move? Move the living room furniture out of the way and learn some new dance moves. Whether you decide it’s finally time to learn the Electric Slide, want to get with the times and learn the Cowboy Boogie or get fancy and learn some ballroom dance, now’s the time. Fred Astaire Dance Studios & “Dancing with the Stars”, Tony Dovolani, have put together some free dance classes here.

Couple Dancing on Date

Photo By: That First Moment Photography


Slumber Party

Grab blankets and sheets, put on your most fun pajamas and build a pillow fort in the living room. Make microwaved s’mores, tell spooky ghost stories by flashlight, snuggle in a sleeping back together and laugh the night away. Best part? Now that you’re an adult you don’t have to worry about mom or dad telling you to “hush” and “go to sleep”!


Brunch About It

While one handles cooking the bacon and eggs, the other is making waffles and pouring mimosas. Then, if the weather permits, grab your plates and drinks and head out to the patio, deck or yard for a garden brunch.

Stack of Pancakes for a Fun At Home Date Idea

Photo By: InStyle Imagery 


Get Puzzled

Break out a jigsaw puzzle, the more pieces the better. Cuddle up close and spend the day putting the puzzle together. Want more of a challenge? Dump two boxes of pieces together, mix them up and work on two puzzles at once.


Photo Shoot

Do your hair and makeup, get a few different outfits and host a photo shoot! You can decide to keep it real, make it fun and silly or get sexy with a boudoir shoot (oh-la-la). Seeing someone through a lens allows you to see them in a whole new light.

Couple Taking Photo Together


Relive the College Days

Time to relive the college days with a night of fun drinking games together. Grab some drinks, alcoholic or not, and spend the evening playing games that once upon a time seemed only appropriate at a frat house. Some favorites include, never have I ever, quarters and beer pong.


Spa Day

Light some candles, put on some relaxing music and treat each other to at home spa day date. You can start the spa day with a warm bath and face masks and then spend head to the room and treat each other with massages. Not sure how to give a good massage? Check out this article featured in Oprah Magazine.

Couple enjoying a stone massage

Photo By: Stephanie Abeles Photography


Travel the World

Switch on the Travel Channel or National Geographic, whip up some delicious internationally inspired cuisine and travel the world from the comfort of your home. You can limit it to one country per date or you can mix it up. For added bonus, try creating a signature drink from your travel locals using the ingredients you have at home.


Tie the Knot

With string that is! String art is a fun, easy and inexpensive project. Use it to create art for your home, gifts for family and friends or even greeting cards to keep on hand for special events. Need some ideas? Check out this awesome collection of projects by MostCraft.Com.

Pizza Party

Buy or make some fresh dough, roll it out and create custom pizzas with all of your favorite toppings. Don’t like the same things? Make two mini pizzas instead.

Couple Enjoying a Pizza Date Together

Photo By: Kathy Thomas Photography


At Home Nerf Wars

For this fun at home date – grab some nerf guns and start shooting! Use pillows, couch cushions and furniture to block shots and create obstacles for your partner. No Nerf Guns? Have an old fashioned pillow fight instead!


Learn Your Love Languages

Knowing your partner’s love language can be a complete game changer in your relationship! Learn each other’s language with this free online test. Love personality tests and want to try a few more? Cosmo put together a list of 15 awesome tests four couples to take together.

Two Men Sitting and Drinking Champagne

Photo By: Rinat Halon Photography

Do you have a fun, at home date night idea that we didn’t mention?

The Wedding Team at Mission Inn is all about love and fun, so let us know!



Narrowing Down Your Wedding Venue Search

Narrowing Down Your Wedding Venue Search

With over 500 wedding venues in Central Florida, narrowing down your wedding venue search may seem impossible. If you jumped onto a venue search website like Wedding Venue Map or The Knot moments after getting engaged, you’re not alone. It is completely normal to have FOMO (fear of missing out) when it come to choosing a venue. After all, your venue will be the background to your happily ever after. But there is a fine line between having choices and being completely overwhelmed with options. So how do you narrow down your wedding venue search?

bride and groom walking on garden path next to lake With over 500 wedding venues in Central Florida, narrowing down your wedding venue search may seem impossible. If you jumped onto a venue search website like Wedding Venue Map or The Knot moments after getting engaged, you're not alone. It is completely normal to have FOMO (fear of missing out) when it come to choosing a venue. After all, your venue will be the background to your happily ever after. But there is a fine line between having choices and being completely overwhelmed with options. So how do you narrow down your wedding venue search

Photo by: Captured by Elle Photo & Video


Knowledge is Power

Yes, this may have been a cliche saying on a classroom wall at one point, but it is true. Before you even click search, start your planning with some preliminary information. Two of the most important things you can go into the wedding venue search armed with are your approximate guest count and a general idea of what you are wanting to spend. Venue options are going to be very different if you’re looking to host 30 guests versus 300. This allows you to quickly narrow your search to only venues that fit your guest count and desired budget.

Struggling on your determining your budget? Download our free wedding budget tracker.

Boho bride and groom in front of vintage fountain narrowing down wedding venue search

Photo by: Jamie DiOrio Photography

Have a Vision

This one may seem obvious but often times couples start the venue search not even sure what they are looking for. Does your perfect venue have lush gardens or is a tropical beach more your vibe? Are you looking for classic and romantic or rustic and laid back? Narrowing down the wedding style you are looking for keeps you from having to look at every venue type from a chic city rooftop to tree-filled state park. It allows you to spend your time seeing venues that really fit you.

Not sure on your wedding style? Check out our Pinterest inspired Wedding Inspiration Boards for some ideas!

Wedding reception with tall, rustic, floral centerpieces an example of choosing your venue based on style

Photo by: Live Happy Studio

Set Limits

Before you start touring venues, decide on when you’d like to choose your wedding venue. Setting a deadline can keep you from spending forever going on endless venues tours. Once you start touring venues, give yourself a max number of venues that you are going to see in person. For home buyers, the national association of Realtors recommends a maximum of ten home visits and ten weeks for the house hunting process. For your wedding day, you could safely cut each of these in half, limiting yourself to five venues in five weeks but definitely don’t see more than ten or you’ll start forgetting what details you liked or disliked about each.

Bride and groom in tall grass with letters spelling forever

Photo by: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema


Compare Apples to Apples

Wedding venues are all really different (that’s why you’re looking at more than one – right?) Just as different as wedding venues are, wedding venue packages are just as different. Each venue chooses different features to highlight and menus to offer. Once you’ve started receiving wedding venue packages and later, formal venue proposals, be sure to compare them equally for what is included. Some items to look at that often differ from venue to venue include ready room and honeymoon suite accommodations, bar allowances (hosted bar versus consumption bar versus cash bar), quantity of hors d’eouvres and entrees. Comparing packages in this way ensures that you are getting the best “bang for your buck”.

Confetti Cannons Give You the Best Bang for your Buck When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Photo by: Kathy Thomas Photography


 Consider Your Guests

If a lot of your wedding guests are coming in from out of town for the wedding, consider how close your venue is to local accommodations. Consider hosting your wedding day at a venue that offers plenty of rooms for your guests to stay. Also keep in mind transportation for these guests from the accommodations to the venue and activities for them to do on wedding weekend outside of wedding day itself.

Groom and groomsmen playing pool in Toronto Blue Jays jerseys

Photo by: Jennifer Werneth Photography

Know Your Non-Negotiable Items

Whether it is staying in budget or walking down the aisle with your fur baby, it is important to know what is most important to you and stick with it. As you go through the planning process and start seeing venues, you may find yourself adding items to your want list. Keep your wants in order of most important to least, that way you don’t rule out a venue that has all of your key hot buttons simply because it is missing one that you really don’t care about any way.

Bride and Groom with Fur Babies in front of infinity arch after choosing a wedding venue

Photo By: Alexis Kline Photography


Keep it Real

No one knows wedding venues like, you guessed it, wedding venues. As you tour venues and meet with venue staff, keep it real. Don’t love the venue? Be honest. Your venue contact may be able to recommend other venues in the area that better fit your needs. Love the venue but received a proposal that’s way over what you had budgeted? Let them know. They may be able to adjust the package to work within your budget if you are flexible with your date or package inclusions.

Bride and Groom with Greenery Holding each other at wedding venue

Photo by: Chyanna Pacheco Photography 


Think you’ve narrowed down your wedding venue search and decided on “the one”? Don’t gamble with the losing your spot. Get it locked in! Popular venues and dates can book out up to two years in advanced, so if you’re date is available book it.

Groomsmen Betting on their wedding venue

Photo by: PB & J Studios


Still looking for the perfect Central Florida wedding venue? Mission Inn Resort has three different venues on property that match any style. Check out our website and our instagram to see if we might be what you’re looking for. Happy Wedding Planning!