Wedding Planning & Tips

Top Ten Wedding Hair Styles Feature with Four Brides

Bridal Hair Styles – Mission Inn’s Top Ten

Looking for ideas on great bridal hair styles for your wedding? Take a look at Mission Inn Resort’s favorite hair styles from recent weddings.


1. Elegant High Bun

bride posing in front of greenery with elegant high bun

For her bridal hair style, Abby chose an elegant high bun styled by Makeover Station. High buns are a great option for any age range.

This is a style that makes the face the focus of the wedding pictures. Check out Abby & Danny’s gorgeous photos by Silvana DiFranco Photography.

Bride sitting getting her bridal high bun styled

Groom Kissing Bride with High Bun

2. Romantic Up-Do

Bride and Groom Looking at each other

For her wedding day, Jeremy chose a beautiful up-do. This is a hairstyle that requires no other decoration. An interesting, but elegant twist to pin curls, it had the appearance of the hair being turned into roses, for a romantic updo. This is a perfect for wedding day look, captured beautifully by The Hendricks Photography.

bride and groom together for portraits

Bride and Groom standing on stone bridge with bride holding flowers

Bride getting ready to kiss her groom with gorgeous bridal hair style


3. Side Swept Do

bride smiling in front of ready room mirror with side swept do hair style

Amy was ready to sweep Andy off of his feet with this gorgeous side swept wedding day look. This style, created by Vanessa Pacheco with Beauty and a Bowtie, is perfect for keeping the hair off of the back for those warmer wedding days. Photographer KT Crabb Photography, was able to capture some great pictures of Amy & Andy for us!

Bride holding beautiful bouquet with groom

Bride smiling in wedding dress with side swept bridal hair style

Bride and Groom Holding Hands After Wedding


4. Soft Curls

Bride sitting in chair holding bridal bouquet with gorgeous soft curls

The team at About Face Design Team covered Diva in soft curls that elegantly framed Diva’s face on wedding day. Diva paired this classic bridal style perfectly with a long train for a dramatic effect. Check out these stunning photos captured by Lotus Eyes Photography of Diva & Kenny on their big day!

bride and groom embracing on a stone bridge with bridal veil blowing in background


5. Side Swept Fishtail Braid

Gorgeous Side Swept Fishtail Braid Bridal Hair Styles

Dana said “I Do” to Tan with a gorgeous side swept fishtail braid created by Laura Reynolds Artistry. Laura added soft curls to the look to frame Dana’s face for photos by Josh and Rachel Photography. This is another great option for summer weddings. A pulled back look will leave you cool and looking fresh, even in a Florida summer.

bride and groom with gorgeous flowers

bride showcasing her flowers and bridal hair styles

Couple holding hands and walking


6. Classic Up-Do

Bride holding bouquet showing off her bridal hair style

Alyssa wanted a classic up-do for her November brunch wedding. Michelle with M3 Makeup Artists created this look with securly placed curls that still had a soft look. Check out these gorgeous photos taken by Corner House Photography of Alyssa and Hunter on wedding day at Mission Inn’s Legends Wedding Courtyard!

bride and groom holding hands

bride looking at her wedding dress with a gorgeous updo bridal hair style

groom kissing brides head


7. Half Up Half Down

Bride and Groom Kissing with Pink Hibiscus

Lida wanted a soft curled, half up/half down hairstyle. This style, created by Vanessa with Beauty and a Bowtie is not your typical half up, half down. This kind of hairstyle gives dimension and volume, and pairs well with any kind of formal wear.Emily Paige Photography did a great job of capturing this bridal hair style in all of the great photos from Lida & Jeff’s big day!

classic wedding bridal hair style

bride and groom touching foreheads with sun setting in the background
bride sitting on a blue chair in her wedding dress smiling


8. Vintage Updo

Bride with stylish updo hairstyle putting earrings in

Another gorgeous updo by  Vanessa with Beauty and a Bowtie. On wedding day, Jessica sported a vintage style, side swept, updo with curls.  Her hairstyle was adorned with a beautiful flower crown. Jessica & Steven’s day was photographed by Nate Puhr Photography.

Bride in wedding dress with vintage hair style

groom looking at bride who is holding a bouquet of flowers

bride with beautiful vintage hair with flowers


9. Curled Braid

Bridal braid with curls hairstyle

Kati Rosado Photography perfectly captured this side swept braid. The team with Kristy’s Design Artistry created the braid with beautiful curls, leaving pieces out to frame Laura’s face. This hairstyle was the perfect compliment to Laura & Chris’s romantic wedding day on Plaza de la Fontana.

Groom holding bride

Bride holding her veil with gorgeous hair style

Groom kissing bride in front of spanish tile fountain


10. Celtic Knot and Chignon

Celtic Knot hairstyle

Melissa chose a soft updo in a celtic knot style, featuring side swept bangs, and a Celtic inspired chignon. This beautiful look was created by Before the Aisle and captured byMonica Grace Photography.

bride and groom kissing

bride smiling while putting her earrings in

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Gorgeous Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom in Orange Lillies at Sunset

Gorgeous Wedding Portraits at Mission Inn

Top Locations for Gorgeous Wedding Portraits 

Gorgeous Portrait of Bride and Groom in front of Tree and Bridge

Photo By: Brian Sumner Photography


Are gorgeous wedding portraits a must have for you on wedding day? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Couples constantly ask where to find the best spots at Mission Inn Resort to take gorgeous portraits on wedding day.  


We partnered with some of our favorite Central Florida wedding photographers to create a guide to some of the best photo spots at Mission Inn – both the iconic locations and the more hidden gems.  



Mission Inn’s Iconic Wedding Portrait Locations: 

The Sunset Bridge 

Bride and Groom on a Bridge Looking at Each Other

Photo By: Photolocity

Stephanie and Joe kissing by the water

Photo By: KMD Photo and Film

Gorgeous portrait of bride and groom on sunset bridge at sunset

Photo By: Jamie Reinhart Photography

El Campeon Golf Course – 100 Year Old Stone Bridge 

newlyweds sitting on stone bridge with dramatic sunset

 Photo By: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema

Gorgeou Portrait of Same Sex Wedding Garden Bridge Portrait

Photo By: Heather Rice Photography

Gorgeous Portrait of Bride and groom holding each other on stone bridge at Mission Inn Resort

Photo By: Lotus Eyes Photography

The Famous Mission Inn Waterfall 

Portrait of Groom in Scottish wear kissing bride's hand

 Photo By: VMP Photography

Bride and Groom Indian Wedding Questions to Ask your Planner

Photo By: Corner House Photography

Stephanie and Joe next to golf course waterfall

Photo By: KMD Photo & Film

The Mission Inn Resort Sign 



Mission Inn’s Resort-Side Portrait Locations: 

 The Gates of Plaza de las Palmas 

Bride and groom kissing in beautiful tunnel with wrought iron door

Photo By: That First Moment Photography

Bride and groom at iron gate for wedding portrait

 Photo By: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema

Two brides wedding portrait

Photo By: PB &  J Studios

The Fountain of Plaza de la Fontana 

Bride and Groom at Sunset

Photo By: Passio Photography

Portrait Plaza de la Fontana - bride and groom next to fountain

Photo By: The Hendricks Photography


bride and groom standing in front of spanish style fountain for wedding portrait photoPhoto By: Kiki Blue Photography

The Staircase at Plaza de la Fontana 

Bride and groom kiss on outdoor stairsPhoto By: Brian Sumner Photography

Bride and groom dramatic staircase shot at nighttime

Photo by: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema


Bride with blue bouquet standing next to her groom on a staircase of pink hibiscus trees in front of a lake

Photo By: KMD Photo & Film

The Market Lights of Plaza de las Palmas

Bride and groom with umbrella in the rainy Plaza de las Palmas

Photo by: That First Moment Photography

Bride and groom in Plaza de las Palmas with ribbon of light surrounding them

Photo by: Emily Paige Photography

Bride and groom kissing in Spanish courtyard during sparkler sendoff

Photo by: KMD Photo & Film


The Portrait Locations at Legends Courtyard: 


The Fountain at Legends Courtyard 

Bride and groom kissing next to vintage fountain

Photo by: Kathy Thomas Photography

Picture of Bride holding flowers kissing groom in front of fountain

Photo By: Jessica Leigh Photography

Boho bride and groom in front of vintage fountain

Photo By: Jaime DiOrio Photography

Marina del Rey’s Portrait Options: 

The Big Oak 

Bride laying on the branch of an oak tree surrounded by spanish moss next to her groom for gorgeous wedding portrait

Photo By: Sivan Photography

Bride and Groom Dancing and Holding Hands in front of oak tree at Mission Inn Resort

Photo By: Brenda Anderson Photography

Bride and Groom sitting in oak tree for their wedding portrait

Photo by: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema


Woodland Marsh Path 

Bride carrying red flowers holding grooms hand while walking on a boardwalk

Photo By: Jessica Leigh Photography

Beautiful Boho Wedding Bouquet Bride and Groom in the Woods

Photo by: Kathy Thomas Photography

Walking on Boardwalk with Spanish Moss

Photo by: KMD Photo & Film


Docks at Marina del Rey 

Bride in blue blazer kissing bride in wedding gown on the pier at mission inns marina del rey at sunset

Photo By: PB&J Studios

Bride and Groom standing on the docks in front of a seaplane getting ready to take off

Photo By: Nikki Ogden Photography

Bride being dipped by her groom at sunset on the docks of marina del rey on wedding day

Photo By: Jessica Leigh Photography


Reflecting Pond

Bride and Groom standing on bridge with reflections in the water

Photo By: Ashley McCormick Photography

Bride and Groom Kissing on a Bridge in Front of a Reflecting PoolPhoto By: Brenda Anderson Photography


Seasonal Floral Portrait Options: 

Bouganviellas at Marina del Rey

Bride and Groom in front of Hot Pink BouganvillaPhoto By: Kristen Weaver Photography


Poinsettias at Plaza de las Palmas 

Bride holding red and white wedding flowers in front of tower of red pointsettias

Photo by: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema


Orange Lilies at El Campeons 18th Hole 

Bride and groom dancing in front of large orange lillies at sunset

Photo By: Nick and Lauren Photography


Azaleas at Legends Courtyard 

Bride and Groom in front of oak tree behind beautiful pink flowers

Photo By: Jessica Leigh Photography


Wildflowers at Marina del Rey 

Bride and Groom standing in wildflowers

Photo By: Brenda Anderson Photography


Fun and Unique Portrait Ideas: 


Giant Chess Board 

Groomsmen standing on giant chess board

Photo By: PB&J Studios


Billiards Room 

Bride and Groom Playing Pool

Photo By: That First Moment Photography


Mission Inn Bikes 

Bride and Grooms Riding Bikes

Photo By: Critsey Rowe Photography


Playing at the Playground 

Bride and Groom on Tire Swing

Photo by: Errol Colon Photography


Portraits on the Golf Course 

Bride chasing groom with golf club on golf course

Photo By: Richard Harrell Photography


The Vegetable Gardens

Bride and Groom in Vegetable Patch

Photo by: Heather Rice Photography


Poolside Portraits

Bride and Groom Poolside with Drinks


Resort Backdrop:

Bride and Groom in front of Mission Inn ResortPhoto by: KMD Photo & Film 


Do you have a favorite portrait spot at Mission Inn Resort  that isn’t listed here?  

Please share it with us in the comments! 


Want to see more wedding day inspiration? 

Click here to view our wedding inspiration collection 


Date on Plaza de la Fontana

Central Florida Date Night Ideas

Date nights are a must for keeping your relationship new and fresh – no matter what season of life you’re in. Here’s a list of some awesome date night ideas. We even included some great options right in Central Florida!


Photo of Man and Woman on a Date at Night in Central FloridaPhoto By: Sophia’s Art Photography

Date Nights Ideas for Foodies:

  1. Eat at a new restaurant together (Café Tu Tu Tango or Boxi Park)
  2. Satisfy your java fix at a trendy coffee shop (Axum Coffee, Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar or Orlando Cat Café)
  3. Grab a drink at a unique bar (The Courtesy Bar, Mathers Social Gathering or Cocktails & Screams)
  4. Go out for ice cream ( Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream or Twistee Treat)
  5. Check out a local food truck event (Tasty Takeover in the Milk District or Disney Springs Food Trucks)
  6. Go to a build-your-own pizza bar (Mod Pizza or Blaze Pizza)
  7. Bake something together (Publix Apron’s Cooking School  or Truffles & Trifles)
  8. Try a Dinner Show (Pirates Dinner Adventure, Mango’s Tropical Café or The Royal Palm Dinner Train)

Couple Sharing a Cupcake at a Bakery Date Night in Central Florida by KMD Creations

Photo By: KMD Creations Photography & Film


Date Nights in the Great Outdoors:

  1. Try for a Hole in One (Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Top Golf or Winter Summerland at Disney)
  2. Have a Picnic in the Park (Leu Gardens or Bok Tower Gardens)
  3. Hike Hand-in-Hand (Seminole-Wekiva Trail or Ocala National Forest)
  4. Spend the Night Under the Stars (Observatory at Orlando Science Center or the Planetarium at Seminole State College)
  5. Live the Lake Life (Swan boat ride on Lake Eola, Paddle Boarding with Lake Life Paddle or Tubing at Rainbow Springs)
  6. Pick Your Own Flowers or Practice Building a Bouquet (Southern Hill Farms or Mick Farms)
  7. Bioluminescent Kayaking (A Day Away Kayak Tours or Get up and Go Kayaking)
  8. Have a Shoot-Off with Trap & Skeet (Mission Inn Resort’s El Cazador)

Couple having a date on the lake in Central FL

Photo By: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema


Rainy Day Dates:

  1. Check Out a Movie (Enzian Theater or Silver Moon Drive-In)
  2. Grab Some Quarters & Get Your Game On (Player 1 Video Game Bar or Joysticks Arcade Lounge)
  3. Get Locked In at a Local Escape Room (The Escape Effect, Lockbusters or Escapeology)
  4. Laser Tag (Ultrazone Extreme Laser Tag, Warrior Sports Park or Main Event Entertainment)
  5. Throw Axes Together (Epic Axe Throwing Orlando)
  6. Muse Around a Museum (Science After Sundown at Orlando Science Center) (1st Thursdays at the Orlando Museum of Art)
  7. Stay home and play board games or check out The Cloak & Blaster
  8. Check Out Some Intense Virtual Reality Gaming (The Void – Disney Springs)

Two Hands Holding on Top of Scrabble Board, Love, Wedding Glamping, Couple having a scrabble date

Photo by: Heather Rice Photography


Date Nights for your Inner Artist:

  1. Take a Pottery Class Together (All Fired Up)
  2. Make a Woodworking Craft for the House (Hammer & Stain)
  3. Swing by a Local Art Festival (Mount Dora Art Festival or Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival)
  4. Go to a Play ( Phillips Performing Arts Center, Orlando Shakes or The Ice House)
  5. Sing Karaoke Together (CityWalk’s Rising Star or Big Daddy’s Orlando)
  6. Paint Some New Wall Art (Painting with a Twist)
  7. Check out a Comedy Show (Sak Comedy Lab or The Improv Orlando)
  8. Participate in Open Mic Night (Open Mic Orlando)

Blue and Orange Color Couple Date

Photo by: Wings of Glory Photography

Date Nights We Couldn’t Forget:

  1. Go on a Scavenger Hunt (City Hunt, The Go Game or Operation City Quest)
  2. Volunteer Together (Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, Give Kids the World or Feeding Children Everywhere)
  3. Say Cheese! (Engagement Session with KMD Photography or a Boudoir Session with Bumby)
  4. Get Matching Tattoos (Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. at CityWalk)
  5. Visit a New Place Neither of You has Been (Disney’s Boardwalk or Tarpon Springs)
  6. Go to a Trivia Night (Yellow Dog Eats Café or Toll Road Brewing)
  7. Check Out a Local Brewery (Mount Dora Brewing, Castle Church Brewing or Orlando Brewing)
  8. Have a Couples Spa Getaway (Spa Marbella at Mission Inn Resort)Woman in White Dress and Man in Blue Shirt on Date at Disneys BoardwalkPhoto By: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema

Looking for more date night ideas?

Come visit us at Mission Inn Resort where you can enjoy one of our many restaurants, a round of golf one of our two championship courses, spa services and boating and fishing on Lake Harris.

Date Night Star Gazing in Central FL

Photo By: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema

Questions to ask your Wedding Vendor on Lined Paper

Questions to Ask your Wedding Vendor

What one question do you wish couples asked before they booked you as a wedding vendor? We reached out to some of our favorite Central FL wedding vendors and asked them that very question. Here’s what they had to say:


Planner Question: What elements should I have friends and family help with?

Planner Answer: Do NOT depend on friends and family to do the work of professional vendors. IE – photographer, florist, cake, planner, caterer etc. Use your family and friends to add personal touches – designing table numbers, gifting a wedding accessory or maybe a special moment at the ceremony or reception.

Source: Beth McIntyre – My Favorite Day

Bride and Groom Sunset

Planning by: Your Favorite Day

Photo by: Jamie Reinhart Photography



DJ Question: Who picks all the music for our wedding day?

DJ Answer: This question allows us to explain the process of how we take the couple’s favorite music and mix that in with our DJ’s experience ability to read the crowd in order to get the perfect formula for an amazing night.

Source: Tabitha McCausland – Firefly Productions

Bride and Groom in Confetti from Firefly Productions

Confetti Canon by: Firefly Productions

Photo by: Kathy Thomas



Planner Question: What is the average cost of a wedding?

Planner Answer:  So many couples go into planning uneducated because, for the most part, it is their first time getting married! I LOVE the opportunity to educate my couples on what they can estimate for their wedding. From the cost of floral depending on their vision, what the average plated dinner runs them at a hotel or how we can save some money on the groomsmen’s suits because of our partnership with an amazing tux company! Talking about realistic costs is so important to me from the very beginning! This allows the couple to be well prepared from the start and isn’t caught off guard when they start collecting quotes. As a Certified Wedding Planner, it is my job to ensure my bride and groom get all the facts they need to make the best decisions for their special day!

Source:  Amanda Borero – For the Love of Events FL

Halloween Table Decor - Questions to ask your Vendor

Planning by: For the Love of Events

Photo by: Rudy & Marta



DJ Question: What should my wedding day timeline look like?

DJ Answer: We have years of experience with weddings of all types. The timeline we create will have very accurate times and realistic expectations of how the evening should flow. An example would be to have the toasts before dinner instead of during. If dinner is a buffet and toasts are given during dinner, many people will be in the buffet line and not paying attention to the toasts. If you do it after dinner some family members take a bathroom or cigarette break and will also end up missing the toasts. Remember, it doesn’t cost you anything additional to ask a professional you hired to create a timeline for you.

Source: Joe Moralis – Elegant Entertainment

DJ Joe Moralis Elegant Entertainment at booth

Photo by: DR Photography



Planner Question: What does our planning investment cover in detail?

Planner Answer: Not all planners are the same and each of our packages are designed differently to better suit our planning strengths. I appreciate it when a couple asks what the planning service includes rather than assume that all planners offer the same services.

Source: Donnamarie Williamson – Kiss of Perfection

Bride and Groom Indian Wedding Questions to Ask your Planner

Photo by: Jake Brian Photography



Photographer Question: Does your vendor have any experience with whatever is unique about your wedding day? Outdoor wedding ceremony during rainy season? Blended families? Cultural incorporations?

Photographer Answer: Having a vendor that has experience with these unique situations ensures that they can guide you through the process – through planning and on wedding day. An experienced vendor can also make great recommendations of other vendors with similar experience to help make your day really shine.

Source: Kara Rebello – Embrace by Kara

Sillouette of Couple at Marina del Rey in front of Lake Harris

Photo by: Embrace by Kara



Planner Question: Do you set up DIY centerpieces or décor?

Planner Answer: Your planner (and all of your vendors) want your day to be nothing but a success. If you are thinking of  doing DIY for your wedding, your planner can guide you through what actually works and what ends up being a total Pinterest fail. Your planner can also ensure that there is enough time (and manpower) to bring your vision to life. Imagine a planner expecting small, simple centerpieces only to have a U-Haul pull up on wedding day filled with structures that need to be built!

Source: Katie Jimenez – Big Day Celebrations

Sweetheart Table - Bracco - Big Day Celebrations - Vendor Question

Planning by: Big Day Celebrations

Photo by: Kristen Weaver Photography



DJ Question: Do you offer anything other than just music?

DJ Answer: A lot of times someone will refer them to us as DJ services. On wedding day we see that the couple has another service for something else (say lighting or photobooth) that we could have provided them at a discounted rate for multiple services.  I have personally experienced a bride and groom that booked a Photobooth that never showed. We could have provided that service for them and they would have had a booth for their big day!

Source: Joe Moralis – Elegant Entertainment

Wedding Toasts with Bride and Groom

Photo by: KMD Creations Photo & Film 


Extra Questions that Are Great to Ask Vendors:

Ask for referrals and recommendations! Nothing brings your wedding day together better than working with a team that has experience with each other and can work flawlessly as a team.

If there is anything that you are struggling with – tell us! Don’t love cake? Let us know, we can make non-traditional recommendations that you’ll love. Unsure about how you want to handle the lineup for your wedding party (or if you even want one)? We can help with that too!

Will your vendor have more than one wedding on your wedding date?

In an emergency situation in which your vendor cannot be at your wedding, is there a back-up plan in place?

Do you offer any discounts for specific days of the week, times of day, holidays etc.? If you are looking to save on your wedding day and are flexible – this one question can save you thousands!


Asking the right questions will ensure you enlist a team of superhero vendors on your wedding day!

Superhero Socks at Wedding


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