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  • Wedding Day May 9, 2012

    AMI Sun – by Tom Vaught
    The attendance may have been down but the enthusiasm was up and the wallets were out at the Fifth Annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival this past weekend.Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce officials said Monday that even though the turnout was slightly smaller than last year, the roughly 350 people who did attend were much more willing to spend money. MORE

  • Wedding festival draws targeted audience April 19, 2011

    Bradenton Herald - by Christine Hawes
    Anna Maria Island’s bid to become the “beach wedding capital of Florida” is starting to reap rewards with the island’s annual wedding festival, island chamber officials said Monday. The fourth annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, held in February, attracted 240 brides-to-be, including one who switched her wedding plans from Orlando to Manatee County, festival officials told the Tourist Development Council.  MORE

  • Wedding Festival Photo Gallery March 2, 2011

    AMI Sun
    Photos from the 2011 Wedding Festival  MORE

  • Wedding Fest 2011 March 2, 2011

    AMI Sun – by Tom Vaught
    It was hard to tell whether this year’s Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival attracted as many people as last year’s because this one was more organized, according to organizer Deb Wing, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce’s executive assistant. MORE

  • Crowds love Island Wedding Fest March 3, 2010

    AMI Sun Newspaper
    The volunteers taking money to register brides, grooms and their families for the Third Annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival last Sunday knew they were on a roll. Some 550 registrations had been made in advance, more than all of last year’s event, and they knew that they were breaking the record…MORE

  • Variety makes Island wedding festival a hit March 1, 2010

    Bradenton Herald
    There are two basic ways to do the annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, which drew a crowd estimated at 800 on Sunday… MORE

  • Wedding Festival coming together February 24, 2010

    AMI Sun Newspaper
    The annual Island-wide festival is on track to be bigger and better than last year, thanks to a lot of volunteers… MORE

  • Wedding festival adds amenities December 23, 2009

    AMI Sun Newspaper
    The planning committee for the 2010 Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival on Sunday, Feb. 28, is looking to add to the event’s appeal toward taste buds and future grooms… MORE

  • Festival attendees marry on the beach September 23, 2009

    AMI Sun Newspaper
    Carrie Cerini and Eric Harter, of Bradenton, took their vows at the Sandbar restaurant last Friday in a wedding that they planned with some help from the Wedding Festival… MORE

  • AMI weddings boost tourism August 12, 2009

    The Islander Newspaper
    Anna Maria Island’s wedding industry has grown from about 50 weddings a year five years ago to nearly 1,000 in 2008… MORE

  • Writers experience Island wedding scene April 22, 2009

    The AMI Sun Newspaper
    If you’re going to write about something, you should experience it first. That’s what Lynn Walker did with her husband, Kevin Baker, when she researched her article on Anna Maria Island recently to do articles for Southern Bride magazine and Romantic Destinations Travel… MORE

  • Wedding festival a hit with brides-to-be February 18, 2009

    The Anna Maria IslanderBy Rick Caitin
    If the recently concluded second annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival is any indication, the Island is rapidy gaining a reputation as the best place in Florida to hold an island wedding… MORE

  • Wedding fest rings true January 28, 2009

    AMI Sun Newspaper - By Tom Vaught & Cindy Lane
    “This is a great idea,” Ruth said of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival last Sunday. “We come on one day and meet all kinds of people face-to-face who we might be able to hire for the wedding.”… MORE

  • Anna Maria touted as wedding capital January 6, 2009

    Bradenton Herald – By Grace Gagliano
    ANNA MARIA – Anna Maria Island has been touted as the “beach wedding capital of Florida.” The title is an unofficial marketing slogan of sorts for this seven-mile strip of land in Manatee County… MORE

  • The ‘Old Florida’ feel of Anna Maria Island December 12, 2008

    USA Today – By Kitty Bean Yacey
    ANNA MARIA, Fla. – “Please be sweet and rinse your feet” hand-painted signs over troughs of water outside rooms at the beachfront, 23-unit Cedar Cove Resort & Cottages gently urge. Down the 7-mile stretch of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico, waves lap and sea oats sway in the dunes. Two bridal parties and a few dozen tourists assemble by The Sandbar lounge/restaurant for Anna Maria’s nightly rituals: sunset weddings and guessing which minute the red orb will drop below the horizon… MORE

  • Anna Maria Island wedding festival promises to be huge success November 19, 2008

    PRlog.org – Global Press Release – Suntech Marketing
    Anyone engaged to be married and considering a dream wedding in paradise, may want to think Anna Maria Island, Florida. Anna Maria Island is the fastest growing and most popular wedding destination location in all of Florida, and on January 25th, from 11am – 6pm, local Anna Maria Island Wedding Merchants will host their second annual, strolling wedding festival… MORE

  • Hundreds say “I do” to festival February 14, 2008

    The AMI Sun Newspaper – Tom Vaught
    Last Sunday was a great day to think about weddings on an Island that is billing itself as the wedding capital of the world. The streets were filled with people who had weddings on their mind, whether as future participants or as wedding providers, in the inagural Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival hosted by the Anna Maria Island Wedding Merchants and the Island Chamber of Commerce… MORE

  • Love for Sale February 11, 2008

    Sarasota Magazine – Carol Tisch
    Okay, I admit it. I cried at a mock wedding. At the first annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, Reverend Charlie’s deep mellifluous voice, the Gulf-front Sandbar Restaurant setting, the spectacular sunset, and the beautiful young couple exchanging vows brought me to tears… MORE

Courtesy The Islander newspaper and Jack Egan. Copyright 2009

Courtesy The Islander newspaper and Jack Egan. Copyright 2009