Destination Wedding: Key West and The Florida Keys

Couple walking on the beachfront of Florida Keys. Sunset, palm trees, and beach chairs present on beach.

The Florida Keys are quickly climbing the charts as one of the most popular destination wedding locales in the U.S. Further proving that you don’t have to travel internationally to enjoy a sun-soaked destination wedding, this group of islands, from the upper to the lower Keys, offers something a little different for every bride and groom.

From the gorgeous isle of Islamorada to Key West and Key Largo, choosing the venue is the tricky part because the scenery among them is just as breathtaking from shore to shore.

For a Legendary Pier Wedding on an Enchanted Evening

Cheeca Lodge & Spa, IslamoradaA Floridian-inspired space with traditional trappings of palm-tree linens and lagoon pools, the rooms of Cheeca Lodge hover over the gorgeous Atlantic. However, your guests won’t only be impressed by the Grecian influenced architecture or views from the rooms, the ribbon of sand for sunbathing, and sunset ceremonies is one of the most beautiful and private in the entire island region.

Whether you want to host your reception inside the exquisite Bougainvillea Ballroom or the oceanfront banquet hall with floor-to-ceiling windows, we recommend walking down the 525 foot pier at dusk between glass hurricanes with flickering candles for your vows.

High End Hoopla at the Hyatt

Hyatt, Key West Resort & Spa: When you book a wedding at the Hyatt, you know you are going to experience a wedding that is five-star quality. From the ocean-side elegance of their Hemingway inspired rooms and palm tree lined sunbathing spots, this hotel oozes elegance in all the right places. And since the Hyatt is so internationally acclaimed, be sure to ask the hotel if you can gain redeemable points for you and your guests which are redeemable at any of their hotels worldwide.

Before and after the nuptials when you are barefoot and on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, be sure to explore Old Town, charter a sailboat sunset, or fish the day away. A destination wedding at the Hyatt is a surefire way to have the perfect day.

Romance Out on the Ocean: No Need for Land-locking in the Florida Keys

While there are hundreds of resorts to choose from, you can’t beat the views from the water looking in. If you aren’t sure what Key you want to claim for your destination, consider hiring a yacht, sail boat, or catamaran for a chance to see your favorites.

While there may be a sail boat big enough to accommodate your guests, another option for slightly larger parties is a catamaran like those from Fury Cat. If you are looking to host the wedding party of the year, this allows everyone to enjoy the most beautiful views and inland waterways in the Atlantic.

Most catamaran or yacht companies in the Florida Keys handle everything for the bride from the music to the catering. So if you want a quaint affair that won’t be like any other beach wedding you’ve attended, then head out to sea and say “I do” beneath the neon beauty of a Florida Key sunset.

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