Have you had a destination wedding in Florida?? if so, HELP! :)

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@SoontobeMrsKCee:  Hi! I got married on Anna Maria Island at the Sandbar Restaurant. You can look at my profile for a recap with a few pictures. The island is small and laid back, everyone who came to my wedding (about 80 people) kept telling me how much they loved it there! The Sandbar was AMAZING! the food was great and the location is beautiful. Let me know if you want any more info 🙂

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am doing a destination wedding in destin, florida. The embassy hotel and hilton sandestin have weddings but they are pretty pricey. I have found it is cheaper to use one of the companies that sets up everything on the beach for you. If you want info on who I used pm me 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@SoontobeMrsKCee:  Dh and I attended a FL DW on Key Largo at the Bayside Inn http://www.baysidekeylargo.com/

The hotel isn’t that great and the cops were called due to a noise violation because of the party (despite the bar next door also playing music).  I’m not sure I would recommend it but there’s the link!

Post # 6
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26 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SoontobeMrsKCee:  Hey there! We got married in the Destin area of Florida, even though we live in California. My DH’s family rented a beach house and a lot of our guests stayed at hotels on the beach. We got married at the Air Force base so I’m not quite sure about which hotels specialize in destination weddings. Destin is a beautiful area with a lot to see and do. Jan/Feb is not really the tourist season so I don’t think you’d have a problem with booking vendors or hotels. Let me know if you want to hear more 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@SoontobeMrsKCee:  Lots of hotels specialize in DWs down here in FL.  Your best bet would be to find a DW planner and have them set you up.  Have you checked wedding wire?  I know they sometimes censor bad reviews but if a place has a lot of good reviews, it’s probably a good bet they are okay.

I can recommend The River House in St. Augustine based on friends’ personal experiences with them.  They are newer and very nice.  It’s not on the beach but it’s beautiful.  http://riverhouseevents.com/facility.html

You could also fly down to Key West and do it up right down there.  For that I highly recommend staying in a B&B and getting a local planner to set up your ceremony on the beach.  Most B&Bs offer wedding services.  Remember that weather in Florida in Jan/Feb can be unpredicatable so you may have an 80 degree day or a 50 degree day.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SoontobeMrsKCee:  Destin is a fun place! The beaches are beautiful, a lot of cool nightclubs and the seafood is amazing 🙂 We had both our ceremony and reception on the base. The reception was at the Officer’s Club which was right on the water. 

Post # 14
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1190 posts
Bumble bee

@SoontobeMrsKCee:  I’m not sure what your budget is, but have you thought of a Key West wedding? My dream is at Casa Marina in Key West; I watch their webcam sometimes to look at other people’s gorgeous weddings there 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m getting married in Panama City Beach using this company: http://carillonweddings.com

They are the planners and also have the beach venue as well as recption venue spaces.  They have been great to work with, most of their couples are coming as a destination wedding.  They frequently have couples they don’t even meet until the wedding day itself.

There is a hotel there onsite that has decent rates and also gives a wedding rate.  Plus there are plenty of places to stay near by that range for very affordable to luxury depending on what people want.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

When you think Florida in Jan/Feb, are you thinking “warm tropical winds”, outdoors on the beach, etc?
I bring it up because it can be surprisingly cool in those months.  Even way down here in South Florida, we often get cold fronts down into the 30’s and 40’s.  Not so cold in comparison to up north, but often a shock when thinking tropical vacation.  

Based on your answer to that, you could then consider overall areas.  Destin and Panama City are in the northern panhandle, FYI.

Florida is a big state; once you narrow down the overall area you’re interested in, we might be able to offer specific ideas. 

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