Planning your destination wedding couldn’t be easier, when you’re planning for an event in the glorious Florida Keys.
The biggest challenge you’re likely to find when planning a Florida Keys destination wedding is which beautiful venue or location are you going to choose?
As you all know, we LOVE love, and we love EVERYTHING wedding at Invitations by R Squared. And we’re just bursting with it when it comes to a Florida Keys destination wedding!
Did we mention that one of our favorite places is 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 destination wedding planners who offer diverse packages and can make the brides’ choices easy while behaving in a laid-back yet professional manner.
Sites for stunning photos abound!
At the water’s edge with a famed Florida Keys sunset as the backdrop, or an 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.
Although the Florida Keys put off a very relaxed, beach town vibe, the string of islands is better known for its incredible marine life than for the white sandy beaches.
However, if a Florida beach destination wedding is exactly what you’ve always dreamed of for your Best Day Ever, never fear.
You still have options amid several public beaches and several private resorts – and they’re utterly breathtaking.
And once you’ve found your Florida Keys wedding venue (Don’t forget the destination wedding invitations!), we’ve got just a few more people in mind who’d love to help you plan your day to perfection.
It’s safe to say that your wedding day catering is one of the largest details you’ll determine as you plan your happily-ever-after – along with your venue, your photographer, and your soon-to-be, of course.
Caribbean Catering is an Islamorada-based catering company with 15 years of experience and the ability to turn your wedding day into a one of a kind event with excellent service and gourmet menus. Fully involved in your dreams for the day, this company embraces your ideas and works hard to make your destination wedding day dreams come true.
We know you’re busy. And we know that planning this wedding is going to make you even busier – which leads us to one simple thought: wedding planners can be wonderfully helpful.
From the first ideas you dream up to the schedule of your day itself, a wedding planner will come alongside you to ensure that your wedding plays out exactly as you’ve imagined.
Island Life Events is one Florida Keys wedding planner we’d love you to meet. This local company focuses on irreplaceable wedding days with both form and function.
Some of our couples are super adventurous. And today’s savvy couples are very open to the ADVENTURE aspect of a destination wedding. The Florida Keys is absolutely perfect for an adventure.
Just look as some of these opportunities!
The iconic original vessel from John Huston’s classic 1951 film “The African Queen,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, set sail on Florida Keys waters again in 2012.
Couples planning destination wedding events in the Florida Keys can now enjoy a boat trip on the original African Queen after their Key Largo wedding or hold a small, intimate ceremony on-board for four guests.
The Keys’ clear, warm waters even attract scuba aficionados ready to tie the knot at the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef.
Take the plunge next to a shallow reef that perfectly sets the mood for bride and groom to “exchange” their vows on writing slates, nod in agreement and seal the deal with a kiss.
In the world’s most popular dive destination, the wedding party and guests don gowns, tuxedos, boutonnières and bathing suits for a uniquely marine matrimony.
If not all the guests want to get wet, couples can charter a glass bottom boat for passengers, and an underwater HD video package of the happy event can be made available.
We totally love THIS idea!
A famous Upper Keys underwater nuptial niche is the nine-foot-high shrine of “Christ of the Abyss,” a 4,000-pound bronze statue within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, in waters adjacent to Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
The statue is one of the most photographed underwater sites in the world, and its welcoming arms make a perfect place to exchange “I Do’s.”
Animal lovers can enjoy a playful celebration with gentle bottlenose dolphins in attendance at Islamorada’s Theater of the Sea, where wedding guests enjoy a private dolphin and sea lion show before the ceremony. All the animals at this location are lovingly and ethically cared for. This is not your average ocean park.
A watery chariot accompanied by dolphins can carry couples to the altar to exchange vows, with dolphins serving as ring bearers as well.
After vows are exchanged, guests can attend a lush island paradise reception at the Starlight Terrace. The terrace is surrounded by exotic orchid-filled tropical gardens, with a winding path lined with fiery torches and natural saltwater pools featuring reef and game fish, sea turtles and sharks.
Tall ships, sailing vessels, glass-bottom boats and luxury motor yachts are all available for declaring “I Do” at your Florida Keys destination wedding.
Couples can swallow the anchor in a pirate-themed wedding aboard a private ship, with guests dressed as scallywag crew. Guests can imbibe in the traditional rum and grog along with champagne.
Avid anglers have been known to cast lines after officially getting “hooked” aboard one of the Keys’ many charter outfits.
Picture this: taking your vows against an orange sunset, and wild dolphins jump up near the boat to celebrate with you following the ceremony.
Celebrate on the surface with guests aboard a spacious catamaran, complete with live music, a nautically themed Key lime wedding cake and a bouquet made of shells and starfish to toss.
Literary buffs can say “I do” at the former home of Ernest Hemingway, one of America’s most influential 20th-century writers, who lived in Key West throughout the 1930s.
The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum occupies an acre of land with lush tropical gardens, swarms of polydactyl cats, and a breathtaking home that is an official historical landmark.
Special events at the Hemingway Home are held outdoors and can include private guided tours through the museum for guests.
We’ve chatted up our community of Florida destination wedding planning professionals and have come up with these resources to help you choose.
To contact a wedding planner or find venues and resorts that specialize in weddings, please click on the region of the Keys that interests you:
And now for a few minor details …
- You’ll need a photo ID (passport/driver’s license) to get a marriage license
- Fee is $93.50
- If you are from out of state, you will need to get a marriage license from any county in Florida
- Both people must be a minimum of 18 years of age
- The date of a divorce or death of a spouse must be provided, if applicable
- No blood test is required.
- There is no waiting period for non-residents of the State of Florida.
- If one of you is a resident of the State of Florida, a three-day waiting period applies
- Other conditions/restrictions might apply. For more information, call the Monroe County Government office: 305-292-3550
We know that there will be some challenges in planning any destination wedding. Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed. Please don’t. Check out this collection of fabulous destination wedding images. You won’t be sorry.
Once you’ve picked a date and a location – It doesn’t even have to be an EXACT location – It could just be THE FLORIDA KEYS – be sure to chat us up here!
You’re going to want to talk with Fran about themes, papers, colors, and fonts for your Save the Date cards, destination wedding invitations, and the other elements of your stationery suite! Plus – you’re just going to love her!
Your event is going to be nothing short of magical, romantic, and altogether memorable! And we couldn’t be happier for you both!!