Post # 1
Hello! My fiance were planning a big traditonal wedding for July 2011 until we decided to throw out that idea and get married beachside in Miami, FL instead and use the money to purchase a house! So with little time left, we are trying to keep the July 30, 2011 date, I am trying to plan a destination wedding in the Miami area for approx 20 guests or so all the way from Oklahoma and I am about to pull my hair out!!!!
I need hotel suggestions on were to book our guests. I need to know what is a good beach to have as a wedding venue. I would also like to rent a yatch for the reception or just maybe have a small dinner rooftop as the reception. What is a good company to hire to coordinatie our wedding. Are there any hotels that will do it all in one? Since all of my guests including myself and my fiance will be traveling in from out of state we want to be close to the nightlife and shopping (walking distance or very inexpensive cab rides). Also if there are any wedding planners that I could hire for resonable prices to help me with this planning send their names too!
If anyone has any information that could be helpful to us I would greatly appreciate it! I would hate to have to push our wedidng back and I also have a wedding dress in the closet and would really LOVE to wear it but Im loosing hope… the courthouse may see us soon. PLEASE HELP!!!
Post # 3
Hi there! I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, so not quite Miami, but I hope I can be of some help. First thing that comes to mind is the time you are looking at. The pro is that this is the off season, so things should definitely be more affortable. Con: hurricane season.
South Florida has 2 seasons: dry and rainy. So, even if there is no hurricane, in Florida, in the summer, you can guarantee it will rain every day. Without fail. You really cannot hope that you will not have rain on your day. It seriously isn’t practical in the summer in South Florida. It also rains buckets for an hour or two and then it is fine. It also is incredibly humid. I now live in Nashville where we are landlocked and people complain about the heat in the summer, but it is nothing compared to South Florida. Nothing.
This being said, South Beach is incredibly beautiful and there are so many amazing indoor places that you can still see the beach. Miami is pretty spread out, so you should probably look at things in/near South Beach if you want to be close. You can also look at North Miami beach (or Aventura) where things are more affordable than South Beach prices, but it is more like a 20 minute cab ride from South Beach.
Lastly, there are also nice hotels and night life in Fort Lauderdale. I think those hotels and nightlife are more compact and easier to get around without a car if needed. I also think Ft. Lauderdale is cheaper than South Beach. I also could be totally off base with your budget, but I was basing on the saving for the house comment.
Anyway, those are my initial thoughts… Sorry, I don’t know any specifics of Miami! Hopefully, some one else can help on specifics. If you want things for Ft. Lauderdale though, I can help give ideas of hotels and whatnot there.
Post # 4
Yep, the bee up there is pretty informative. lol Born and Raised in Miami, living in Ft. Lauderdale now; getting married at a hotel in Miami.
She is right. Hurricane season can really ruin a wedding. (it starts June 1st and ends Dec. 1st). The odds are not high that there will be a huirricane during that time, but if there is one, everything you dreamed up may not happen. South FL practically shuts down for the a Hurricane (that can arise instantly).
Also, one of the reasons why we’re getting married in Feb. is due to rain issues down here as well. She is right again, during the summer, it gets so humid that in the afternoon its a GAURANTEE that it will rain (buckets) for about 2 hrs and then all of a sudden stop, and become beautiful again. So, anticipate rain on the day of.
Definitely not trying to persuade you to go somewhere else, but its nice to have all the information about the destination prior to making the arrangements. There are a lot of successful beach wedding pulled off during the summer down here 🙂 Just be aware and have your backup plans (just in case).
Hotels – practically ALL OF THEM have inclusive packages where you’ll have a coordinator and everything else included. Because the beaches (most of them anyway) are public, there is a cost for getting married on one. You have to get a permit, etc. With hotels, because its THEIR property (though still public) – they take care of all that for you and make everything inclusive.
We’re getting married on the beach at a hotel called The Newport Beachside Resort (and that’s the web address.com). We’re having a 120 person wedding, so it may not be necessary to do all that. But, the cost was very affordable compared to the other hotels and we love the decor (very modern). Its on Miami Beach/Sunny Isles. But, there are tons!!!! Just get to researching and make some phone calls dealing with their coordinator and tell them what you’re envisioning and how to make it happen. This happens to be a capitol for destination weddings, so I’m sure they all have a package to cover that for you.
Any questions, let us know. 🙂 Good luck and congrats!!!!
Post # 5
hes awesome! his prices are unbelieveable.
Post # 6
A good company to hire for catering and packages is definately Best Miami Weddings http://new.bestmiamiweddings.com/wedding-packages/. As for a coordinater, or a planner I would contact Nelly Taveras, she is an awesome planner http://try.bestmiamiweddings.com/nelly/. For a beautiful beach venue check out the Bath Club! It’s stunning, but there are a couple more as well on this list http://new.bestmiamiweddings.com/venue-type/beach-wedding-venues/