South Florida and the Keys

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The Floridian Adventure

It's no secret that couples love Florida weddings. Easy to reach, balmy and laid-back, it's a slice of paradise right in your backyard. What's not so well known is the diversity of its many wedding-ready properties, from quaint inns to historic hotels to sprawling beach resorts. No matter your MO, the Sunshine State has the wedding venue you're seeking.

BOCA RATON

Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding. Waldorf weddings at Boca Raton Resort & Club can make dreams come true. From dreams of a barefoot beach wedding to dreams of taking your vows onboard a yacht, the Boca Raton Resort & Club can make a fantasy wedding a reality. The Waldorf Astoria can provide the special attention to every detail to turn those dreams into memories that will last a lifetime.


ST. PETE BEACH

Opened in 1928, the 277-room Loews Don CeSar was once the stomping grounds of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, baseball star Lou Gehrig and infamous mobster Al Capone. In addition to its prime Gulf Coast beach location, the Don also boasts three restaurants, a pool with an underwater sound system, a host of specialty shops and an 11,000-square-foot spa. Most nuptials take place in the sand or on the iconic Courtyard staircase, while receptions occur in indoor-outdoor ballrooms or covered beachside pavilions.

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.

Marco Island - Naples

Sugar white sands and spectacular sunsets are just one of the reasons couples go to Marco Beach Ocean Resort for their wedding! Whether you are picturing a large and exquisite wedding or a smaller more intimate one, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort is a great wedding venue destination.

SANIBEL ISLAND

Say “I Do” to the Gulf-front wedding of your dreams. Located along the Gulf of Mexico, just a short drive from Fort Myers, Sanibel Island is justly famed for its sunsets, lighthouse and luxurious resorts. When you are in love, the world feels like a special place made just for you. Nowhere is that truer than on Sanibel Island – the perfect Florida beach wedding destination.



Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami

With its majestic architecture and magical gardens on Biscayne Bay, Vizcaya is Miami’s premiere venue for unforgettable special events. Those who have enjoyed an evening at Vizcaya with family, friends, colleagues or clients know there is nothing quite like it!





The Breakers Palm Beach Resort, West Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach Resort offers over-the-top wedding venues that will make your luxury wedding vision come to life. Take your vows on the beach or celebrate in the lavish Mediterranean Ballroom, as the striking settings here are perfect for both intimate ceremonies and grand affairs. Styled after Italian villas with frescoed ceilings and Venetian-style chandeliers, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by the enchanting ambiance of this resort.


ST. LUCIA

Ready to step into a postcard? Head to St. Lucia, where the towering twin Piton mountains leave just enough room at their base to create a rim of curvy sapphire bays. Villages like Soufriere, Marigot Bay, Rodney Bay and Castries are lined with lively bars and restaurants; on Friday nights, find a "jump up" in one of the smaller enclaves for a fun, casual meal of grilled fish and local beer.Beach weddings are an option, of course, but since many of St. Lucia's resorts have the feel of mountain aeries (rooms at resorts like Ladera and Jade Mountain are designed with just three walls, so you can drink in the incredible views without any boundaries), consider a wedding in the clouds, with the misty mountains in the distance. St. Lucia's beauty is well appreciated by boat. Whether you choose to take a day cruise with your wedding party or say your vows aboard a rented yacht with the island as your backdrop, the sights along St. Lucia's scalloped coast are breathtaking!