Florida Bees, where is the best place to "elope" in Jan?

posted 3 years ago in Florida – Central Florida
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@MrsBrown13:  have you looked into Sanibel Island? I love it there. They have some amazing hotels and resorts, right on the beach

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@MrsBrown13:  my parents eloped in St. Augustine 30+ years ago…you can’t get much more historical than that!  Unfortunately, they don’t have a single picture of their wedding day 🙁 BUT, they’re still together 33 years later!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsBrown13:  I second vote for the Historic District of St. Augustine! it’s beautiful with tons of history and places to stay. It is located outside of Jacksonville. I’m from there and love it! 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Haha, I can SOOO help with this! Feel free to PM me!

We are having an intimate wedding in Orlando (19 people, counting us). We’re having the ceremony at the Maitland Arts Center, which I posted in your other thread, lol.

St. Augustine is a great idea, and I researched St. Augustine locations a LOT. If we had more money (or were willing to SPEND more, actually), we would have had our wedding at the Casa Monica, which is to DIE FOR. Uggghhhh I try not to think about it!

I couldn’t find a less expensive St. Augustine venue that I liked for a small wedding. I did consider the Lightner Museum.

I also looked at Casa Feliz in Orlando, aaannnnd… Hmm… Postcard Inn and the Don CeSar, which are both in St. Pete. And a ton more, several of which I’ve visited, so feel free to ask if you have questions!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Key West!  Beautiful and historic!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsBrown13:  Depends on what you’re going for.  St. Augustine does Nights of Lights through mid to late January.  The whole historic area of the city is decorated with white lights and the effect is beautiful.  But I’m partial to St. Augustine since we go there pretty regularly for romantic weekends at The Agustin Inn and we recently got married there ourselves.  The only downside is that it can be downright cold in St. Auggie in January.

If you want a more tropical feel you really need to make the journey all the way down to Key West.  You might still get a few beach days even in January down there.  It’s like being on a Caribbean island but still having the safety and convenience of being in the States.

I love the Sanibel and Captiva Islands but I wouldn’t recommend them in January.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Oh and since I live in Orlando I get the draw but it’s not very good for eloping unless you’re willing to pay $$ to do it at Disney.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d go to Key West or somewhere in the southern portion.  Up in northern Florida there can still be come colder days in January (average high is probably low 60s, lows down to 40).  I’d certainly never get in the water in January in northern FL!  St. Augustine is really nice (and historic) but it’s pretty far north.  I’d want somewhere warmer so I’d go somewhere south. So it depends on how much of the tropical feel you want.

I’d probably do Key West because it’s warmer and historic as well.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Sanibel or Captiva!!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@kes18:  Yeah I don’t travel north of Orlando during the winter lol

 

St. Aug would be nice, still warmer than SC.  I think January is their off season too, so you might be able to get some deals.  But def too cold to get into the water. 

 

 Key West is beautiful, but keep in mind their really aren’t any beaches.  There is one man made beach on Key West and I think there is one natural one in the upper part before you get to Marathon.  I would reccomend renting out a bed and breakfast in Old Town, depending on how many people are coming.

http://www.oldtownmanor.com/

I stayed here and I think it would be a really cute place for a smaller wedding.

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