Did you know that September is one of the top three months in which people get married? Optimal weather (up north) ensures the bride’s dream day does not get rained on. A hint of fall’s colors and a crispness to the air create the perfect atmosphere for love to swirl. And, since December is the most popular month to get engaged, it gives a full nine months for planning. For Floridians, the weather is a bit more of a gamble and perhaps a tad humid. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Survey, the average price of a wedding in 2017 was $33,391 not including the honeymoon. Of course, there are plenty of outliers in either direction, but the bottom line is most couples, and their parents, pay a pretty penny for a nice affair. According to the same survey, the average number of bridesmaids and groomsmen is five, with the average number of guests being 136.
“Eat like a local”—that can be pretty tantalizing considering the plethora of restaurants Suncoast residents have access to. We are privy to fresh seafood and fish on a year-round basis, something landlocked diners consider a delicacy. Fresh produce is a staple for chefs who are well-versed in having common and exotic varieties of fruits and vegetables at their agile fingertips. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of over 50 locally owned independent restaurants. Their tagline, “Eat like a local” suggests that living in the Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice area is a trifecta culinary jackpot and their membership list reads like a veritable “Who’s Who” among Florida Trend Award and Zagat top-scoring restaurants.
As glasses are raised and good times with family and friends toasted, we look toward 2017 with gratitude for the possibilities that a new year holds. For all, it is a time of renewal, a clean slate to write your next year’s moments on. Some people like to keep calendars with well-kept notes of how days were spent attending kid’s events, traveling, making work contacts and so on. The time goes by in a blur so it is important to reflect upon the life you’ve lived, as much of our journey isn’t appreciated until later scrutinized.