Are you dreaming of a romantic destination wedding in the beautiful Florida Keys? As a photographer who has had the privilege of capturing many stunning weddings in this tropical paradise, I’m here to share my top five tips for planning your destination wedding to help make your process smoother. And, of course, make your wedding day even more magical!
1. Choose the Perfect Venue
When it comes to planning a destination wedding in the Florida Keys, choosing the right venue is crucial. With its picturesque beaches, stunning sunsets, and breathtaking ocean views, this tropical paradise offers a variety of venues to suit every couple’s taste. From beachfront resorts and luxury hotels to charming tropical gardens and private villas, you’re spoiled for choice. Consider your wedding style, budget, and guest count when selecting your dream venue.
Pro tip: Be sure to visit your chosen venue in person, or at least book a virtual tour if traveling isn’t possible. Pictures may not capture all the details and ambiance you’re looking for.
2. Embrace the Island Vibe
The Florida Keys have a unique island vibe that’s impossible to resist. Infuse your wedding with the laid-back, tropical energy of the Keys to create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Incorporate elements like lush greenery, vibrant colors, and seashell accents into your decor. Consider serving delicious seafood or tropical cocktails to truly embrace the island spirit. And don’t forget to have some fun with beach-themed props and accessories during your photoshoot!
3. Work with Local Vendors
To make your destination wedding planning a breeze, enlist the help of local vendors who are familiar with the area and have experience catering to destination weddings. They will have insider knowledge of the best venues, recommended local vendors, and can guide you through the intricacies of planning a wedding in the Keys. Working with local vendors also allows you to support the local economy while ensuring a seamless and stress-free wedding day.
4. Consider the Weather and Timing
The Florida Keys have a tropical climate, so it’s important to consider the weather and timing when planning your wedding. Keep in mind that hurricane season runs from June to November, so it’s advisable to avoid those months if possible. March to May and December to February tend to have milder temperatures and lower chances of rain. However, even during the “rainy season,” showers are usually brief and followed by sunshine. Discuss the weather patterns with your venue and vendors to develop a backup plan in case of inclement weather.
5. Plan Activities for Your Guests
One of the best parts about having a destination wedding in the Florida Keys is that your guests can turn it into a mini-vacation. Plan some fun activities for them to enjoy, such as snorkeling, fishing trips, sunset cruises, or exploring the nearby Key West. Provide a welcome package with helpful information about local attractions, dining options, and suggested itineraries to help your guests make the most of their time in paradise. Your wedding will not only be a celebration of love but a memorable vacation for everyone involved!
So there you have it, my top five tips for planning your destination wedding in the Florida Keys. Remember, this is your special day to create unforgettable memories, so don’t forget to relax, have fun, and soak in every blissful moment of your tropical wedding extravaganza. Cheers to a lifetime of love and adventures!
“Tiffany was amazing! She made us feel very comfortable and we had a blast during our photo shoot! I couldn’t have hired a better photographer.” -Nicole