Elegant Gold & White Outdoor Wedding – Sanibel Island, FL { Lauren + Joe }


Don’t underestimate the awe-factor a classic gold and white wedding can produce.  Lauren & Joe’s Sanibel Island wedding kicked off on the gorgeous Gulf view lawn at Casa Ybel Resort.  Guests supped on island style fare from the award winning culinary team at Thistle Lodge as they dined and danced under a tent on the ocean front back lawn.  The white roses on the gold trimmed tables were simply elegant.


Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 | www.casaybelweddings.com
Photography: Impressions Photography | 239-437-1838 | www.impress-photo.com
Flowers: Floral Symphony | 239-278-1500 | www.floral-symphony.com
Hair & Make Up: Duality Artistry | 801-557-0054 | www.dualityartistry.com
Officiant: Weddings by the Sea – Patricia Slater | 239-472-8712


Enchanted Tropical Beach Wedding – Casa Ybel Resort, Sanibel Island { Janine + Marcus }


It was tropical, yet whimsical.  It’s hard to explain just what it was about Janine and Marcus’s beach wedding that made it so enchanting.  Perhaps the lush floral spheres lining their sandy aisle or the oversized tropical leaves adorning their arch.  Perhaps it was just the sweet sounds of the ocean lapping the beach and the gentle seabreeze that put everyone in the mood for celebrating.  Perhaps it was Janine and Marcus.  Their Sanibel wedding reception kicked off on Casa Ybel’s ocean front lawn and continued through the night with dinner and dancing in the elegant fabric-lined outdoor tent.


Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 | www.casaybelweddings.com
Photography: Foto Bohemia
Florist: The Flower Path
Music: All Request Music Man | 239-770-1020 | www.allrequestmusicman.com
Wedding Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 | www.iloveladycakes.com

Do I really need a wedding planner? Here are 8 reasons you do.

written by Courtney Gabelbauer of Fabulously Chic Weddings


A wedding planner can be an invaluable addition to the planning process. They can save you time, money and a lot of stress.

Do I really need a wedding planner?

My venue provides a coordinator. 

I can do all of the planning myself. 

These are just a few of the phrases that I’ve heard from brides that opt to not get a planner. Can you do and handle all of the planning yourself? Probably; if you have the time. Will the outcome and your experience be the same? No.

Here are eight reasons you, your wallet, and your sanity need a wedding planner:

  1. Keeping you on Track

It’s a wedding planner’s job to keep you on track. They will tell you what you need to be doing when, specifically for your wedding. The peace of mind alone in this is significant. You don’t have to worry or wonder what you should do next, or if you’re forgetting something. You can enjoy wedding planning and simply do the tasks you’re asked as you are prompted to do them. It’s really that simple!


  1. Budget Management 

Weddings are expensive. Whether your budget is $20,000 or $200,000, the numbers need to be managed by someone. Your wedding planner can advise you to make decisions that stay in line with your budget, and they can let you know how decisions can affect the bottom line.


  1. Saving Money

Speaking of budgets, a wedding planner can actually save you money! They will advise you on where your money is best spent, and what’s truly “worth it”. They know who has the best options at the best price point. Wedding planners know what things should cost in their area. They can advise you on what you actually need and help you save on things you don’t. For example, I’ve had clients book my services after they have already hired their photographer. In numerous cases the client contracted the photographer for a ten hour package, and when we crafted the timeline, they only needed seven hours. I could have saved them around $1500+ in that scenario alone if they had hired me before signing a contract with a photographer.

  1. Constructing your Vision 

One of the biggest reasons my clients tell me they hire me is for the design aspect of the wedding. Bringing your vision to life can be extremely difficult for some brides. They know what they love on Pinterest, but the ability to execute is far above and beyond clicking “pin it”. It’s your wedding planner’s job to help you figure out your vision (if you don’t have one) and bring it to life (all within budget!). Wedding planners will help you choose the perfect color scheme, linens, charger plates, flowers, chairs, custom stationery pieces, lighting, bridesmaid dress, cake, signage, and this list goes on and on!


  1. Wedding Day Timeline

Properly planning out the wedding day is a crucial  requirement for the day to run smoothly and be stress-free. You need one person to manage the combined duties and agenda of all your vendors to ensure that everyone has the time they need to do their job the best they can. Things like getting ready: when do you need to be ready by? What time do you need to be putting your dress on? Is there padding in the timeline in case hair and make up runs behind, or if you’re missing an earring? Is there time for the special shot you wanted with your bridesmaids in their custom robes? There should be. Your planner will plan out every part of your day from start to finish to ensure that it runs smoothly. Your planner will also manage and plan the day for your vendors. What time is everyone arriving? What time can they start setting up? Your planner will take care of this!


  1. Reviewing Contracts 

Contracts are incredibly important and a wedding planner’s familiarity with contracts is invaluable. They will ensure that every detail is correct and covered before you sign.


  1. Troubleshooting 

Things go wrong. Your perfect day is not always perfect. There is not always someone readily available or equipped to save the day if something unexpected throws a wrench in your plans. It’s the wedding planner’s job to foresee an issue before it occurs, and fix them when they do. (Almost) everything is fixable. It’s just a matter of knowing how to solve the problem.  Wedding planners have the experience and the calm to handle these issues for you.


  1. Managing Family Dynamics 

This is something I never would have known would be a part of my job, until my first wedding. There are different personality types within all families (and let’s be real, always a little drama) and the blending of two families isn’t always easy. Your planner has experience with different personality types and can help manage difficult situations. Let’s say your future mother-in-law insists on hosting a formal, sit-down dinner for the rehearsal dinner and that’s just not you. It’s my job to sell your future mother-in-law on all the reasons that a casual buffet will provide the most amazing guest experience and will be a better choice. (Disclaimer: Not all wedding planners will get involved in things like this, but I’m always genuinely happy to help!!)



Owner and Head Planner of Fabulously Chic Weddings, Courtney Gabelbauer has been planning and designing weddings in Southwest Florida for nine years. Her work has been featured in print in The Knot, The Celebration Society, Weddings Illustrated, and My Florida Wedding, and noteworthy blogs such Style Me Pretty, Every Last Detail, The Knot and MODWeddings. 

Sunny Beach Wedding on Sanibel Island, FL { Alysha + Jason }


Alysha and Jason had the perfect weather for a Florida beach wedding.  The sun was shining almost as brightly as the bride and groom.  The bright and tropical florals were a perfect match for this cheerful pair!


Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 | www.casaybelweddings.com
Photographer: Nick Adams Photography | 239-395-7671 | www.nickadamsphotography.com
Flowers: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 | www.floralartistryofsanibel.com
Hair & Make Up: Jamie Lyn Cintron | 239-839-5602 | www.jamielyncintron.com
Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 | www.iloveladycakes.com

Intimate Family Wedding – Sanibel Island, FL { Amanda + David }


Amanda and David invited only their nearest and dearest loved ones to their intimate wedding on Sanibel Island.  Their vows included their children as did their sand ceremony where the blending of different colored sands represented their lives becoming forever entwined.


Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 | www.casaybelresort.com
Photographer: Frank Simonetti | 239-565-4025 | www.fsimonetti.com
Florist: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 | www.floralartistryofsanibel.com
Officiant: Weddings by the Sea | 239-823-3497 | www.sanibelcaptivaweddings.com
Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 | www.iloveladycakes.com
Hair & Make Up: Red Salon

Cake on the Ocean! Tented Beach Wedding – Sanibel Island, FL { Yuyu + Dan }

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Casa Ybel Resort in Sanibel Island, Florida, is a popular choice for New York wedding couples.  Yuyu and Dan decided to escape the busy NYC scene for a laid back, island style soiree.  They tied the knot on the white sand beach and enjoyed cocktails and a night of fun in a tented reception on the Gulf of Mexico.


Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 | www.casaybelresort.com
Photography: Matt Steeves Photography | 239-246-1707 | www.mattsteeves.com
Florist: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 | www.floralartistryofsanibel.com
Music: Steve Farst | 239-645-0654 | www.stevefarst.com
Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 | www.iloveladycakes.com
Hair & Make Up: Jamie Lyn Cintron | 239-839-5602 | www.jamielyncintron.com


Romantic Beach Getaway Wedding – Sanibel Island { Siusan + Brian }


Siusan and Brian’s destination wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island had more than the ocean and the gentle sea breeze.  Their beach wedding celebration was filled with family, friends and ridiculously romantic images.


Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 | www.casaybelweddings.com
Photography: Jonathan Hare
Florist: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 | www.floralartistryofsanibel.com
Hair & Make Up: Jamie Lyn Cintron | 239-839-5602 | www.jamielyncintron.com