One of the most popular destination wedding locations in the world, Florida is the perfect place for couples to tie the knot. From wedding venues and bridal boutiques to florists and photographers, the Sunshine State has everything (and everyone) you’ll need to help you plan the big day.
If you dream of saying “I do” with your toes in the sand, then Florida’s 825 miles of beaches offer plenty of gorgeous venue options that inspire marital bliss. You’ll find snow white beaches in Northwest Florida’s coastal towns like Pensacola Beach, Destin and Seaside. In retreats like St. Pete Beach, Siesta Key and Naples, you’ll discover a combination of super soft sand and stellar sunsets. There are a variety of Florida state parks where you can host a wedding on the beach, like Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park in Fort Pierce and Sebastian Inlet State Park in Melbourne.
Florida is home to an assortment of hotels that will suit almost any budget. Whether you’re hosting a reception for 5 or 500, hotels in the Sunshine State offer wedding packages that often include rooms, venue rental, catering, wedding planning services, decor and more. If luxury is what you’re after, then Palm Beach and Miami are hotbeds of over-the-top resorts where on-site wedding planners will cater to your every whim and will even reserve the presidential suite for you. South Florida has the highest concentration of Forbes-rated four- and five-star accommodations in the state, so expect nothing but the best from hotels in the area. For a more laid back approach to waterfront nuptials, check out the island-inspired hotels that line the coast along the Florida Keys that offer equal parts serenity and splendor.
Don’t just head to the Sunshine State for your walk down the aisle, come visit ahead of the big day to pick out the perfect wedding attire, décor and details. Bridal Row on the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables is home to more than three dozen bridal boutiques and wedding shops. You’ll find gorgeous gowns, bespoke invitations, diamond rings, decadent cakes, fresh flowers and more. Nearby in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, new wedding shops are popping up left and right to cater to the bohemian bride. Stylish wedding shopping opportunities abound in Boca Raton and Winter Park.
Marrying the love of your life is the most important part of the wedding (of course!) but the next most important part might just be the photography because it’s those images that you’ll look at fondly for years to come. In St. Augustine ask your photographer to snap a photo of the two of you riding in a horse-drawn carriage or at one of the many historical sights. Charter a boat for a sunset cruise to score a few of those on the water shots with the perfect lighting. In Miami Beach, the funky art-inspired lifeguard stands make for a fun and whimsical backdrop on the beach. Pose under the moss-draped oak trees in Amelia Island or choose one of the many beautiful beaches for a memorable photoshoot in the sand. And there are plenty of lovely churches and places of worship for those who desire a more traditional marriage ceremony and backdrop.
However you decide to spend your wedding day in Florida, we wish you a lifetime of happiness.