The Top 5 Musts After You Get Engaged

• Insure Your Ring
• Take Advice with a Grain of Salt
• Plan a Budget
• Decide on your style – 1st (Colors, wedding theme, etc.)
• Book Your Venue, Planner and Photographer Early


Editor and founder of the area’s top local, online wedding publication, Marry Me Tampa Bay, Anna Coats is a tastemaker on the Tampa Bay wedding scene.As a former journalist and marketing manager of a Fortune 500 company, Anna combined her skill set to create the ultimate wedding planning guide for couples getting married in Tampa Bay.

Marry Me Tampa Bay features hundreds of local weddings and reaches over 125,000 readers a year, with over half a million page views.

When she’s not viewing the latest designer wedding dress collection at New York Bridal Fashion Week or speaking about branding to top wedding professionals at a National Association of Catering Executives workshop, Anna is creating the area’s most innovative wedding event for newly engaged couples, Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Week. The week-long wedding planning event, from February 15-21, 2016, is the first of its kind in Tampa Bay and will feature a bridal fashion show, St. Petersburg “venue crawl,” educational wedding planning workshops and more. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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