Flawless Occasions loves destination weddings! TheKnot.com lists Florida as the #1 destination wedding location in the United States. Here is what they had to say:
With its sunny weather and beautiful beaches, Florida competes with the Caribbean and Mexico in beach appeal and is likely to be cheaper and easier for your guests to travel to. In addition to sand and surf, it boasts world-famous amusement parks and great access to golf and other outdoor sports. Each Florida location is a unique experience: Head to Palm Beach for a preppy country club-style affair, Miami for an event with international flavor, and the Keys to soak up a laid-back island vibe.
Although Flawless Occasions is based out of Tampa, we love to travel all around Florida to help our brides and grooms with their destination weddings. Here are some of our favorite wedding locations throughout Florida~
The Florida Keys
Beachside Marriott, Key West Florida
With it's private beach area and poolside cabanas, this Marriott in Key West has a laid back yet elegant vibe. They have several options for the reception including classic ballrooms and a modern dining room. It's just 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Duval Street so you can still visit all of the sites but your wedding will not be overrun by tourists. We can't wait for Morgan and Adam's Key West wedding in April!
Ancient Spanish Monastery
There really is no way to show the beauty of this location with a few photos. It's a huge piece of land in North Miami surrounded by gardens and trees. There are several areas available for rental including an indoor chapel, outdoor gardens, and the main hallways where most receptions are held around the courtyard. For a Miami location, this venue is very reasonably priced, however you need to bring in everything as it is a blank slate. If you are looking for historic and unique in the middle of a bustling city, this is your venue.
The Omphoy Ocean Resort
Upon first look at this hotel, I was immediately intrigued because on the outside, it almost does not look like a hotel. The Omphoy's exterior is about as odd as it's name, however when you step inside it's like walking into a different world. The entire hotel is dark, modern, and zen (they say it is water-inspired), which is a sharp contrast to the sunshiny beach outside. I think that is why I liked it so much - because it's so different. The Omphoy is Palm Beach's only boutique hotel, and since it's only a year old, it's still a hidden gem along the east coast. Your ceremony can be held on their outside terrace overlooking the ocean, or in their upstairs rectangular room which almost has a gothic feel to it. The reception room has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic ocean as well as buddha statues and awesome damask chairs. If you are looking for a zen wedding by the water, this venue is for you.
Central Gulf Coast
South Seas Island Resort
Heading over to the southwest coast, Sanibel and Captiva islands are a very popular destination wedding choice because of the laid back feel and the beautiful gulf beaches. South Seas Island Resort prides itself and providing a private beach setting for your wedding. There are several gorgeous spots to hold both a ceremony and reception, including the beach itself, the lawn overlooking the beach, an outdoor terrace, and several dining room and ballroom options depending on the size of your group. South Seas Resort actually can accommodate the most guests out of any other resort on the island.
Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel
Many couples choose to get married in Florida to be close to Disney. If you love Disney, but don't necessarily want a "Disney wedding", the Universal Resort hotels offer an alternative to the typical Disney feel but still have that magical touch. The Lowes Portofino Bay is a replica of the Italian Riviera, so you can get a European feel in Florida without a passport. :) There are multiple courtyards and ballrooms to meet your ceremony and reception needs. There are also several other restaurants on site to host a smaller reception or rehearsal dinner. Their authentic Italian restaurant, Mama Della's, has the yummiest polenta I've ever had!
The White Room Loft
You may remember Beth coordinating a wedding at this venue last January. It is such a unique and cool site in St. Augustine, which is the oldest city in Florida. The White Room Loft is an addition to the White Room, and it's located on the 3rd floor of the building with an outdoor terrace that gives you sweeping views of the city of St. Augustine and the water. It has a minimalist look with exposed brick walls and dark wood floors. It's a great space with or without a lot of decor. There are several cute historic inns and hotels nearby so your guests will have plenty of choices for accommodations.
The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
The panhandle is located in Northwest Florida, and although the oil spill in the gulf has started to affect them sadly...they need our support now more than ever. There are several beautiful options that do not rely solely on their gulf beaches. The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a huge and gorgeous resort in Destin, Florida. They have many options for your ceremony and reception, including picturesque lawn and garden ceremony sites, quaint verandahs, and many elegant ballrooms. Do not write off the panhandle yet - these cities are still wonderful choices for your Florida destination wedding! (photo credit, Sandestin website)