Florida Keys Offer Array of Options For Tying The Knot

By: Florida Keys and Key West Tourism Development Council

You'll find the wedding that perfectly matches you and your beloved in the Florida Keys.

The ardent sunsets, generous foliage and seemingly endless seas of the Florida Keys & Key West easily entice those pledging or renewing their vows — or simply seeking an island escape following a commitment ceremony.
Popular sites for shore-side ceremonies and celebrations include parks, beaches, restaurants, tiki bars and lodging facilities, several of which offer romance packages. On the high seas, tall ships, sailing vessels, glass-bottom boats and luxury motor yachts are available for reciting “I do,” while offshore islands accessed only by boat exude an exotic ambience and the choice of on-site private homes or luxury hotels.

Houses of worship throughout the island chain cater to a variety of denominations, and professional planners can coordinate everything from officiators to reception details.

Opportunities abound also to unite in a setting unique to the Florida Keys & Key West. In Key Largo, certified divers can take the plunge by pledging their vows beside a coral reef or at the bronze Christ of the Deep statue. Jules Undersea Lodge, situated in a Key Largo lagoon, offers underwater honeymoon accommodations with sub-sea marine life views.
Unions in Islamorada can be backdropped by a 125,000-year-old fossilized coral reef at Windley Key Fossil Reef State Geologic Site, which at one time served as a quarry. Alternately, historic Indian Key Historic State Park and Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, accessible only by boat, transport couples back to the Florida Keys of yore.
Avid anglers have been known to cast lines after officially getting “hooked,” while animal lovers can enjoy a playful celebration with gentle bottlenose dolphins in attendance. The lush Crane Point Hammock and the historic Pigeon Key — once a base for laborers and operators of Henry Flagler’s Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway — also provide appealing outdoor locales.
Partners and their attendants also can marry in a pirate–themed ceremony on land or at sea, or amid clouds of exotic butterflies at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, where John James Audubon conceived avian images, is one of several outdoor garden-party settings. For literary aficionados, the gardens at the former residence of Ernest Hemingway provide a locale for beginning a new chapter in their lives.

Former president Harry S. Truman’s Little White House is ideal for those who want a presidential seal of approval on their vows, while charming 19th-century homes and bed & breakfasts offer Victorian elegance.
In addition, historic forts such as the Civil War-era Fort East Martello Museum and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park provide impressive military backdrops, and maritime history buffs also can set a course to unite before the coastal Key West Lighthouse Museum.
In fact, two people eager to exchange vows will find a setting as unique and memorable as their love in the Florida Keys & Key West.
For more Florida Keys & Key West travel information, including electronic brochures and videos, visit the Keys website at www.fla-keys.com. Keys social media sites include facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest, twitter.com/thefloridakeys and youtube.com/floridakeystv. For personal service, call toll-free, in the U.S. and Canada, 1-800-FLA-KEYS (800-352-5397).

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