(Closed) Advise needed!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
46237 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Would most of your guests be from Florida?

 Have you considered having the wedding in South America where his family lives?

It probably wouldn’t make a great deal of difference to those who would fly in from Europe.

Post # 6
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t live in S. Florida but I have relatives in Hallandale and Palmetto Bay and I’ve visited many times. Have you looked at Fairchild Tropical Gardens? I considered having a Destination Wedding in Florida and I think that place is just beautiful!

Post # 7
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

What about the Biltmore in Coral Gables?   I went to a few weddings there when I was living there and I kind of remember there being different rooms to use.

Or the Loews on South Beach?  They have a smaller ballroom that has great city views.

If you can go north, I think the Westin Diplomat in Lauderdale has a few different spaces.

It’s been about 5 years since i lived down there, sorry I’m not of more help!

Post # 8
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Have you thought about getting a coordinator. Spending the money up front might save you some money in the end, and they may have connections with venues that fit your style and your guest count.

Post # 9
6 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011


I highly recommend giving Events on a Budget a call. They have a service called wedding in a box. It’s pretty much where you tell them what you want to spend and they give you a total price (taxes and all included) to take care of EVERYTHING from venue to food, decor, photo, video etc. But they can also do as little as you want. 

They are AMAZING.  They just did our wedding & everyone said it was the most well run wedding they’d ever been to. Several people even thought we spent at least 2-3 times our budget. 

I think their blog gives a better representation than the website: http://www.eventsonabudget.blogspot.com/. I’ll post a few pics of their work.

Post # 11
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I ran into the same problem with the hotels in the Ft. Lauderdale area. The Addison was my dream venue but their minimums were way too high for Feb (even for Oct too ). Either way you should check out Stonebridge Country Club in Boca. The pics online and on their site do NOT do them justice. I’m working with Kim who is a DOLL and they don’t have any crazy minimums for months/days and we actually had lunch there when we toured the venue and the food was phenomenal!  Their prices are reasonable and they were able to fully customize a menu for me as well. One last thing, I’ve been going to a lot of bridal shows and meeting with different florists, etc. All of them had nothing but great things to say about Kim at Stonebridge and the service they provide. One vendor actually called the Addison a wedding factory and warned they nickel and dime you for everything! Laughing

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