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key west and the florida keys

Why do so many couples choose to get married in the Florida Keys? One of the best reasons is that the Keys are very easygoing and informal — so that much of the stress of typical wedding planning simply doesn’t happen. The Keys have excellent professional wedding planners who offer diverse packages, and can make the brides’ choices easy while behaving in a laid-back yet professional manner. Sites for meaningful photos abound: at the water’s edge with a famed Keys sunset as the backdrop, at a historic Civil War-era fort, at the Southernmost Point that marks the southernmost spot of land in the continental United States, on a private cruise aboard the restored African Queen vessel used in the film of the same name, at the wheel of a historic tall ship, and much more. Offshore islands accessible only by boat exude an exotic ambience and the choice of onsite private homes or luxury hotels.

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Best time of the year

The Florida Keys & Key West’s tropical weather year round makes for a wonderful place for a beautiful beach wedding possible any time of the year. Early spring to mid-summer are typically the most popular wedding seasons. However, mid- to late fall are also very popular. Choosing your wedding date during the late summer/early fall, when the Florida Keys tend to experience the “off season” will typically yield more flexibility as the hotel rates may be slightly lower than other, busier times of the year. When selecting your wedding date, be sure to avoid dates that have big, city-wide events or festivals taking place.

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The usual average is 50-75 guests but this can vary. However, the Florida Keys & Key West offer many options for a small, intimate, couples-only wedding, or a large wedding filled with friends, family and fun! As far as the best time of day goes, the Florida Keys is known for its breathtaking sunsets, evening weddings tend to be most popular. It is best to schedule your ceremony approximately one hour prior to the actual sunset time to ensure the best lighting for photographs.

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obtaining a marriage license

Obtaining a marriage license is very easy! Out-of-state visitors getting married in the Florida Keys should go to any County Clerk Office in the state of Florida and meet with the Clerk of the Court to obtain a marriage license. Photo identification is required. Both parties must be a minimum of 18 years of age, and the date of divorce or death of a previous spouse must be provided (if applicable). There is no blood test required, and there is no waiting period for non-residents of the State of Florida. For other information, restrictions and conditions,please contact the Monroe County Government office.