(Closed) Which Venue in Key West?

posted 7 years ago in Florida Keys
Post # 3
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6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am planning for my Key West wedding for a similar time and have struggled a little bit as well. My original plan was to do everything at Southernmost Resort. The resort seems beautiful, I’ve read a lot of great reviews and the staff that I’ve been in contact with thus far (Melissa and Judi) are great! They respond to emails quickly and thoroughly, which I like. My only issue is that because of my party size (100) I can only have an all beach event which I don’t want.  In that case, they recommend a tent, and will even require it if bad weather is expected. This was an expense I just don’t want, especiallly since I really wanted something rooftop.

 The Ocean Key seems nice but it I just don’t love it. 

The Crowne Plaza took over a week to respond to my email which I didn’t like much.

 I think planning the reception myself will be easier than planning and coordinating the ceremony so my plan is to have my room block for my guests and my ceremony at SMR (the people are great and I know they will make our big day a success) and have the reception at the Rooftop Cafe Restaurant which is only a little over a mile away. We want to have the wedding not cost an arm and a leg but to still be a great event and I think this is a great compromise.  The lady at Rooftop Cafe is very helpful as well.  Hope this helps… Let me know your thoughts!

Post # 4
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375 posts
Helper bee

As someone who was born and raised in the Keys (just moved away 5 years ago), I personally vote for Southernmost.  It’s absolutely beautiful and I love the Old Town feel.  🙂

Post # 6
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746 posts
Busy bee

I’ve used Weddings To Go Key West several times. They do a great job!

I’ve met the owners, and they’re very nice.

Post # 7
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6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ agorter – I didn’t realize that the ceremony alone wasnt an option!!!!  OMG!!!  Every time I think I have things beginning to line up, I have to change them again..  AHH!!!  LOL  I liked Crowne Plaza as well but they seem a little more expensive than what I want to spend.  Do you know if their wedding menus can be customized at all?  I have heard good things about Weddings to Go but their website kinda freaked me out too.  Let me know what you come up with. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re staying at the Marriott Beachside Resort and it’s beautiful..lots of weddings there too apparently.

As for planners in KW, I’m using Nika Stroble of Soiree Key West. Very nice and thorough.  She even has packages too, but her photographers she uses are amazing!  I’m getting a fabulous photographer!  (Christy Tavernier)

Post # 9
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32 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

OOH I love Key West and lived there for 8 years..check out THe Reach Resort I think it’s a Waldorf Astoria now.. gorgeous beach and a really cool gazebo you can get married on..with shade, I used to work there too and have seen it set up really pretty for weddings. Or the Casa Marina is fabulous too..I was just there in March and it’s been re-done and looks great.

Also check out East MArtello towers..or maybe it’s West MArtello, the one near the airport, its a beautiful garden you can get married in, cheap too.

If you need a great florist check out Mama FLowers..ask for Dana.

 

Good luck, Key West is a beautiful place to get married..I miss it!

 

Post # 10
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6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ agorter – I was told today that SMR will do a ceremony only.  IDK how we are getting different information.  I saw the $4K min catering tab but Melissa’s assistant emailed me and told me that you can still have the ceremony only.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Do check out Marriott Beachside…it’s gorgeous! See the pics on tripadvisor.  Prettiest suites by far!

They do weddings there also!

 

Post # 13
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7054 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

The planner I’m using is a real planner..not a wedding in a box.  She can do packages, but she’s not cookie cutter and does them for small to large, elegant events.

I really like her and think she’s great.  I feel comfortable.  We are having our wedding our way on the beach at sunset with a fabulous wedding photographer.  On Weddingwire, the photog I have for the wedding got almost a perfect rating!

Post # 14
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140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How did I miss this post before? We are getting married at the SMR on Oct 1st.  We’re having the ceremony and reception with a tent and dancefloor on the beach.  We are having Kristin from Swankey Events (she rocks) plan it! I love we are all Key West 2011 Brides!! Happy Planning Everyone!!!

Post # 15
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136 posts
Blushing bee

I’m trying to decide on a location for my destination wedding in Florida.

What made you decide to have a keys wedding?!

@buffsbabygirl: You can have a beach wedding and reception there?! Because that is my dream goal, but I haven’t had much luck. Do you have to end the party by 10pm like all the other places?!

Thanks for any help ladies 🙂

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree!! Love all the Key West 2011 brides! we are getting married at Fort Zach and reception at margarhitaville. Kristin (Fort Zach) and Stacy (Margarhitaville) are amazing and extremely helpful!

@princs.sweetie: we chose key west because we wanted a great party with a laid back feel.

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