Post # 1
Ok bee’s I am planning a june 2012 wedding in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I have no clue to what I am doing. I’ve never been to Fort Lauderdale or to Florida period. My husband is from florida and we thought it would be a nice destination wedding. I’ve been doing some research on it and I keep coming across wedding packages. The problem is which one to choose and which company to go with. All the hotels I have read about I’ve gotten mixed signals about some say they are very updated and will take care of your every need. Then I hear they are filthy rat holes. Of your in the Fort lauderdale area or are planning or recently had a wedding in fort Lauderdale please help. My budget is tight but i have big expectations. PLEEEEEASE help bee’s
Post # 3
@mrswrease: How many guests? I know from looking all over FL for venues that Ft. Lauderdale area prices are not cheap! Does it absolutely have to be on the beach? If you’re looking for a beautiful outdoor ceremony, I came across these:
Both have beautiful gardens & great photo ops. I personally fell in love with both (especially the Sundy House- close to the beach) but I couldn’t talk Fiance into having the wedding on the other side of the state…. good luck!
Post # 4
Hello Bee’s, I’ll be getting married at the morokami japenese gardens and museum this november! The venue is beautiful and if your really into Asain culture and themes it’s perfect. It has a huge lake which you can light for pictures:) And if you really want beach pictures the beach is 25 minutes away in downtown delray. They have day ceremonies for up to 35 people for $995. If your looking for an evening ceremony the packages get a bit pricey but it’s worth it. Hope this helps.
Post # 5
What places in FT Laud were u looking at?? There are beautiful places but some can be pricey… let me know what ur looking at and maybe I can help.
Post # 6
I’m getting married at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in a few weeks…There are a lot of fantastic places on the beach, but be prepared to spend a lot. I searched and searched, although I did want it at a place “on the beach,” so I didn’t look in the more western part of town, away from the beach. I only looked on the east side. It makes it a lot easier logistically too if all of your guests are coming in from out of town. The Fort Lauderdale beach area is not too far from the airport, so it won’t be a ridiculous cab ride for guests to have to pay for. Plus during the time that they are here while we don’t have something planned like a rehearsal dinner, there is plenty for them to do – hang out at the beach, walk around the boardwalk, etc., since no one will really have cars. I struggled with sticker shock, but there is just no way you can find anything super affordable. I didn’t see a single wedding package that started below $125 per person, before 22% service charge (the standard here), and 6% sales sax. I worked with my venue to get it down to $110 per person before svc charge/tax, but I removed a lot of stuff from the menu. I saw that the Sundy House link a PP posted has packages at $100 per person, but you can’t do that package on Saturdays, and it’s only a 3 hour open bar. Since all of our guests, like yours, are coming from out of town (FI and I live here, but everyone else is coming from other states for the most part) we wanted to make sure that the reception was amazing since they came all the way down here for us, went to great expense, etc. etc. I wouldn’t do just a 3 hour open bar….I think the standard here is 4 hour, and we actually added an extra hour for a total of 5 hour open bar. I was worried that our sit-down plated dinner would majorly cut into our party time if we only had 4 hours (1 hour cocktail, 1 hour seated dinner, only left with 2 hours to party – at SUndy house it seems like it would only leave you with 1 hour of dancing), so we added an extra hour.
Overall, our venue has really worked with us to negotiate, And it’s freaking gorgeous. So I”m not sure exactly what you’re looking for, but I suggest The Pelican Grand Beach Resort. Ask for Brigitte. It is the most beautiful and the most cost-effective that I found (It will be about $140 per person after tax/service charge), and I looked at A LOT of places….That is honestly just what it costs to get married in Fort Lauderdale…I didn’t like it either, but in the end, I am in love with everything about our wedding and I think it’s worth it…I can’t post pics with the whole pictures-issue on WB rignt now, sorry….Good luck!
Post # 7
Thanx ladies and sorry it took so long for me to reply. We were hoping that it would be on the beach. I’m happy to tell you that by going just a little over my budget ($500) I found the perfect beach spot for my wedding. I did comprimise with having the reception in a hotel and haveing the seated dinner but the park where we reserved our ceremony space has a pavillion that we can use. My biggest fear about an outdoor reception were the bugs!!!!!! I was put to rest when I was told that I could hang fabric from the pavillion aslong as it is removed easily. That would take care of bugs, sand, and on lookers. So now I can relax and stop having a panic attack about the venue. Thanx ladies and i will post pics soon.
Post # 8
@mrswrease: What place did you select for the ceremony and reception? I live in fort Lauderdale and looked at alot of places also.
Because of my limited budget I am having it at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Museum. It is on a river, downtown and very affordable.
Post # 9
key west, its beautiful, n not very far from ft laud.
Post # 10
Congrats on finding a wonderful spot! I am from Fort Lauderdale and there are a lot of beautiful spots in the area, even just the parks. There is also a park that goes along the beach – Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Is that where you found a spot? it is beautiful and right on the beach! Anyways – good luck with your wedding! 🙂