Florida is one of the most beautiful states in all of the fifty. In Florida, you can’t go far without coming across fresh springs, gentle ocean waves, and historic Southern mansions shaded by towering oaks. Lovely weather, tropical drives, and groves of citrus. Florida really does have a lot going on. A destination wedding in Florida is nothing short of perfection. Aside from the fact that brides-to-be have the times of their lives, it’s a really sweet vacation of your family and other loved ones. The team at Invitations by R Squared has sorted through the best of the best and offer this divine location to host your fabulous day.
First, we’re going to take a look at the Florida Keys. The best aspect of the Florida Keys is that there is so much diversity of vibe that you are bound to find a location that is perfect for you. Entertainment abounds in the keys from outrageous stilt artist to Reggae flavored music.
Key West offers nostalgic elegance and beauty at the Ernest Hemingway House & Museum. At this venue, afternoon ceremonies are the rage, followed by a pool-side cocktail hour reception. There are tons of local musicians of just about every genre to provide great music for dancing. This estate, situated on one glorious acre, is as breathtaking as it is historic. This is an environment that cannot be duplicated anywhere. Adventurous or eco-conscious couples may choose a pirate theme for their ceremony, or wed surrounded by butterflies and tropical flora at the Key West Butterfly Conservatory.
Key Largo offers some of the most amazing diving opportunities in the world. Couples who are certified divers can exchange their vows at the Christ of the Deep statue, while others can lodge in underwater accommodations for their honeymoon surrounded by sea life.
The South Walton area on Florida’s Panhandle boasts literally miles of coast, and sixteen unique beach communities. There are plenty lovely choices for seaside weddings. The Eden Gardens State Park has been a popular wedding destination for almost a century. This park offers an incredible antebellum mansion, with glorious grounds and a six-hundred-year old oak tree. What could be better than a picnic reception on blankets on the lawns?
If it is a small and intimate gathering you’re planning, a savvy wedding planner can transform one of the many vacation rental homes into a fabulous destination wedding venue, which will also provide accommodations for your smaller wedding party.
Most people think Disney World when they think of Orlando. It is the perfect destination for an over-the-top destination wedding, and it will be pricey, but if you’re chasing the fairy tale wedding, you’ll find it here. They offer fabulous wedding planning professionals, and magic galore! However, if it’s small and intimate that you’re after, The Cypress Grove Estate House, looking out over Lake Jessamine, is surrounded by stately oak and cypress trees and brilliant blooms, and is a glorious venue.
Central Florida can be difficult to book the wedding venue of your dreams if you have not started the processes at least a year out. Venues book very quickly. Planning your destination wedding in Orlando is all about timing. Early spring means you will likely avoid those late spring and early summer rain flurries, while later fall is more comfortable and past the hurricane season.
South Florida is known for offering a lavish lifestyle, and weddings are certainly a big part of that. It is very easy to splurge on the wedding that is your heart’s desire. One of the most popular wedding venues in South Florida is the iconic Biltmore Hotel. Everything about it is grand – from the 225-foot-long pool to the fabulous golf course. Your guests will appreciate the unique touches throughout, like the large cages in the lobby that hold handfuls of finches and the stellar wait staff. The intimate inclusive wedding package includes an officiant, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, photography services, champagne and cake for the bride, groom and up to 28 guests.
Another popular choice is the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Here, you can host a seaside ceremony with a glamorous, South Beach-style reception. The property features quite a few lovely event spaces including the 4,000-square-foot Great Room, the elegant Grove, and the Lawn, a semi-private hideaway with a neighboring VIP pool.
Of course, all of us at Invitations by R Squared love the idea of a Florida destination wedding. If you’ve not started your planning yet, it’s time to get busy. Choose a venue and a date, then give us a call and let us help you out with choices for Florida destination wedding stationery. We’ve got everything you need! And be sure to check out our inspiration boards here, at Pinterest! We know your special day is going to be the most magical and memorable ever, and we couldn’t be happier for you!