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Shine Bright Like a….Sparkler

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Who doesn’t love a good sparkler? No matter how many times we see them or use them, there’s just something about playing with fire/sparks that is so much fun. This blog’s focus is toward those frequently asked questions about sparklers. So without further ado…

1. Does Shadowland allow sparkler send-offs?

Yes! We do allow sparkler send-offs. Due to city ordinances, lighting lanterns and sending them off into the skies is no longer allowed in St Joe city limits, but sparklers are allowed.

2. How do sparkler send-offs generally work at Shadowland?

Let’s go through the ideal situation! For arguments sake, let’s say the bar closes at 11 and the end of the night is at 11:30. Sparklers would be at 11:15. Your DJ would make an announcement for guests to exit the ballroom toward the sunset patio. Shadowland staff assists in handing out sparklers and we have to be the drink police…alcoholic drinks are not allowed past our patio (city rules again) and that is where guests need to line up for a proper send off. Staff works with your photographer to form two lines, about 10 feet apart from each other. Once the guests are in place, your photographer is ready to go and you newlyweds are set, Shadowland staff will help light sparklers. Then off you go! Take it slow, dip and kiss in the middle, and get some fabulous shots! If you choose, you can have someone pull your car around if you really are going to leave right after the send-off. When the sparklers go out, Shadowland also has a large bucket/trash can full of water ready nearby for used ones. By this time, it’s either 11:30 or a bit after and it lends nicely to starting the clean-up process. Read More

Erica and Kyle 5.24.15

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Kyle Decker and Erica (Weidner) Decker wed Sunday May 24, 2015 at Dunes Pavilion on Silver Beach with reception at Shadowland Ballroom. Their story all started on a wintery December night in Angola, IN; where they happened to meet when they were out with mutual friends listening to live music. After talking and dancing a bit, they decided to stay in touch. As multiple days passed, talking, texting, and chatting on Facebook were frequent, but it was a little over a month before they were able to have our first date. The rest as they say is history. Read More

Candles Do’s and Don’ts

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A lot of our couples have questions about the use of candles in the ballroom. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts when mapping out your décor for the big day:


Use real flame

It looks absolutely beautiful in the ballroom to dim the lights and rely on candle light to light the room later in the evening.

Contain them!

Having wax drip on linens, the floor, and walls is a big no-no. While we love candles, we love them being contained in some sort of vessel more.

Put them in the windows in the sunset room

The effect is just stunning! However, we recommend not putting them on the very top and bottom rows for safety and maintenance purposes. If the sun comes shining through we may need to blow out the candles and pull the blinds and since we can’t reach that top row without a stool or ladder, (and we don’t want to be pulling them out during your reception!) we ask no candles be put on that top row. Read More

Guest Books Galore

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There are few things that put a smile on my face faster than books. I can’t get enough of books and anything that has to do with them. Because of me Barnes and Noble will always be in business. When it comes to weddings, sometimes a traditional book is the way to go. Sometimes couples are looking for other ways to personalize the day  There are so many creative and personal touches that can come into play with the guest book area. Here are some of our favorite ideas that have come into Shadowland:

Incorporating the Couple’s Names:


Functional Art Pieces or Objects: Read More

Trick or Treat: Is a Halloween Wedding for You?

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Have you considered having your wedding on Halloween? Does having Halloween nuptials mean you have to dress up? Well, unless you are looking to have a mid-week Halloween wedding, the next time this ghoulish holiday falls on a Saturday is 2020. So for those of you planning ahead, here are some tips for those brides who don’t necessarily want to dress up as anything other than a bride on your wedding day.

Incorporate Orange and Black

White linen or orange and black accents, black linen with orange accents, you could even do orange linen with black and white accents if you wanted to rent specialty linen…while orange and black are traditionally considered Halloween colors, they are both pretty standard fall colors too. And all combinations look stunning in the ballroom. Read More

Expect the Unexpected

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Your big day is finally here! After months of build up and planning it’s finally time to tie the knot. But oh no! That fabulous manicure you got yesterday just chipped…and it’s of course your left ring finger that will be featured in numerous pictures after the nuptials. Thankfully your BFF maid of honor thought ahead and packed an emergency kit just for a mishap like this. What else did she pack away? Keep this list handy so you can be prepared for anything that could go wrong from before walking down the aisle to boogying into the night.

  • Hair pins
  • Hairspray
  • Lotion
  • Mini first aid kit (Pain reliever of choice), Epi Pen if needed, other medications you may need, band aids, antibiotic ointment)
  • Double Sided Tape/Garment Tape
  • Tic tacs/mouthwash/gum/breath mint of choice
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail care kit (Clear nail polish, nail polish matching your mani/pedi, nail file, nail polish remover, nail clippers)
  • Extra set of contacts and contact cleaner
  • Extra pantyhose
  • Tweezers
  • Tampons
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Q-tips
  • Extra make-up
  • Make-up remover
  • Needle and thread
  • Chapstick
  • Stain pen
  • Snacks (Granola bars, pretzels, chocolate, etc…)
  • Water
  • Lint Roller
  • Tissues
  • Super glue

This list is not all inclusive; some things may need to be added or taken away depending on the set up of your wedding day, but be prepared so a mini catastrophe doesn’t take away from the focus of your big day. Some couples also make up a small basket of some of these things and stick it in the bathrooms in case their guests need to freshen up a bit or has a mishap of their own. With a little forethought and planning nothing will slow you down as you marry the partner of your dreams! Read More