(Closed) Ft. Lauderdale…Confused????

posted 7 years ago in Miami and South Florida
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How big of a wedding are you planning?

 

Sundy House (Delray Beach) is gorgeous and unique! http://www.sundyhouse.com/

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I got married in Ft.Lauderdale but i had a tiny wedding so i might not be much help. What i do know i that the the W and Ritz Carlton don’t have direct beach access, you have to cross the A1A which is not a big deal. But their beaches are quite small and way too crowded for my taste because of their central location.

Take a look at the Pelican Grand or the Lago Mar Beach Resort. The Lago Mar has a beautiful beach and we would have loved to get married there, but couldn’t meet their minimum requirements

http://www.pelicanbeach.com/

http://www.lagomar.com/

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@kwynn: Wow, that’s a pretty wedding and such a beautiful bride. I bet she’s a really nice person! And who is that Ratschinsky??? She looks like my avatar Cool

The Sealord might be too small to accomodate a wedding with 150 guests and they don’t have a wedding package or someone to coordinate the event. If the OP doesn’t live nearby it will be too difficult to arrange everything unless she hires a wedding planer or DOC

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Hey, Natascha! 🙂 So excited to see you here! That bride is super pretty!

You are probably right, the Sealord might be too small for 150, but I do love the location a lot more than Fort Lauderdale proper since it is less busy and literally beachfront from the hotel. Can you think of any places that might be nice that are on the beach there?

I can think of a few places that are beachfront, but they are either further south (Miami) or north (Jupiter/West Palm). I’ve heard the Pelican Grand mentioned a few times around here!

To the original poster, do you want to be beachfront or did you want other suggestions? There are a lot of affordable places once you move out of the beach area. Perhaps a ceremony on the beach and reception elsewhere would work?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@kwynn: Hi Kristen, how are you? So funny to see your comment right after mine. I was like “wait, what??? one of my clients… lauderdale-by-the-sea… natascha and thomas… hey, that’s Kristen, talking about me! Cool” :))

I agree that Fort Lauderdale beach is not the best area for a beach wedding. Most beaches are public and getting married right next to the A1A is not very romantic.

@pspeech1:

That’s another place we considered but unfortunately our date was not available: http://www.bocaresort.com/

Or you could rent an oceanfront vacation home or villa

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I looked at the W Ft. Lauderdale.  Their price per person isn’t too bad, compared to others we’ve seen….. Harbor Beach Marriott was way more expensive than I would have thought it would be.  If you’re looking for a Sunday evening wedding at the W, I think their minimum is $12k for the Grand Ballroom.  (It was $20k for Saturday when we looked).  No windows in the ballroom though – but the smaller room has windows overlooking the ocean.  There’s a new hotel called B Ocean – where the old Holiday Inn used to be on Sunrise & A1A – their ballroom has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water.  I think you have a lot more options available because you’re interested in a Sunday instead of a Saturday.  Have you tried Hollywood?  Maybe the Diplomat would have a good deal on a Sunday/ 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@pspeech1: Funny you say that about the Diplomat….. I’ve actually been to huge conferences/conventions there!  I totally agree about Harbor Beach Marriott as well.  We haven’t picked a date yet….. we fell in love with The Addison in Boca, but the only date available this year was Oct. 1 and since it’s in the peak of hurricane season, it totally freaked me out.  We’re still working with them on a date next year.  I liked The Addison because it reminded me of the feel of other places I loved but can’t afford – Villa Woodbine, Vizcaya, Deering Estate, etc.

I love Jeff Kolodny photography and Munoz… and I fell in love with the work of Corbin Gurkin (S. Carolina photographer, but known to travel often for weddings – her price includes domestic travel).  We’re planning a smaller wedding (75ish) because both our families live overseas, so we’ll probably just end up with a DJ instead of a band.  The last 3 weddings I’ve been to used Elegant Occasions for DJs and we had a really good time, so we’d be interested in using them as well.  Let me know if you find any great amazing deals anywhere!!  🙂 

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