My friends always look at me funny when I use the phrase “destination vacation”, as if I’m being redundant. Of course, once I explain to them what I mean, they never look at their trip planning the same way again.
To me, a truly great vacation is one I can’t simply replicate. If I want to go to an amusement park and ride rollercoasters, for instance, I’ve got a few hundred options to choose from. When the trip is over, there will be very little to make it stand out. A destination vacation is something more unique, like an island vacation to Key West, Florida. I know that when I go there, I’m going to have an experience that will stick with me. You visit enough amusement parks, you soon forget which vacation your memory is from, but I know when I’ve been enjoying outdoor dining tasting the best key lime pie ever, I was in one specific place.
Of course, there is one minor drawback to this. I found myself having such a great time the first time I went to Key West that every few years, I have to break my own rule and go back again. I still plan a new destination vacation for myself every year (finally going to Machu Picchu this year, so excited!) but I can’t shake the pull that the southernmost island has on me. The good thing is, I know that there is only one place I can go to scratch that itch, and that’s why I don’t even try to look for it anywhere else. That, and I miss that amazing key lime pie.
I like to think that I know a lot and can do a lot. Probably the most important thing I do know, however, is when not to do something and let someone who knows better do it. This is why I don’t fix my own car or diagnose my own illnesses, and this is why you should let the professional wedding planners of Key West plan your island wedding. It takes the stress off of you and your spouse-to-be, and it helps guarantee that it will be a successful event.
Do you know that every year hundreds of couples get married in Key West? That means there are plenty of people down there who know what it takes when it comes to island weddings. They will work with you to find the perfect locations, whether you are looking for a sunset ceremony on the beach or a quiet affair in a historic fort. They can even help you get married in the air (parasailing) or underwater! Of course, the ceremony is only a small part of a Key West wedding. There are plenty of options for the reception. Imagine an outdoor event, under the stars, with live entertainment in a setting of casual elegance. With so many Key West restaurants to choose from, you can arrange for the perfect atmosphere.
Your wedding day should be a celebration and not a stress, so know that the smart thing to do is turn it over to the professionals so you and your guests can do what you came to Key West to do; enjoy your destination wedding.
When attempting to plan a wedding reception, the choices can often be overwhelming and the tasks become quite daunting. Generally, with a destination wedding, the goal is to keep it simple. You have fewer guests, you are far from home, and you want it to be about each other and not about hundreds of people that are on the guest list because your parents want them invited. So, the reception should be no different. To maintain the casual elegance of the setting is simple; there are plenty of venues to choose from, and by simply selecting the setting of the outdoors for dining, you can achieve this. The other thing you can do is to select buffet rather than plating the meal.
Next is the food. When in Rome, do as the Romans. So, if in the Keys, have seafood. You can have pasta or meat as an option if you like, but again, you are a smaller crowd and will generally know if you have anyone who is not a lover of seafood or perhaps has allergies where an offered substitute is suitable. Fresh fruits, grilled veggies, pastries, and a variety of drinks on hand will keep everyone happy and tummies filled. You can do traditional wedding cake, and if you’d like some variety and a little twist, add the option of key lime pie to the dessert table, too. Or even forgo the cake and go with the pie alone. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Whatever you choose for food, you will be thrilled, and having the reception outdoors will provide the perfect backdrop to the perfect reception. Cheers!
If you’re trying to decide on your next vacation and can’t choose, might I suggest the Florida Keys? An island vacation is one of a kind! It’s so fun to be in the surf and the sun. There’s so much to do in the Keys and so many possibilities with the various islands to choose from, it can be an absolute blast!
Many of you may decide to start your vacation golfing on Key Largo. Florida has some of the best golf courses in the country. The greens are so soft, your ball will effortlessly roll into the hole. After a day or two, you could do some boating over to Islamorada. Boating along the islands gives you the reverse view of the beautiful beaches of the keys. The water is such a beautiful blue. You could stay there for some snorkeling with the tropical fish. Add to the fun list of things to do and scuba dive. Swim deep into the ocean blue waters and experience the tropical sea life of the Keys. This stunning experience is something you’ll never forget. Then, you can jump to another island for some fantastic food and land on Key West to wrap things up. The cuisine on the islands is like none other. The spices and marinates are mouth-watering. The seafood is so fresh. The key lime pie is the best you’ll have anywhere. Enjoy the casual elegance of the outdoor dining experience that the islands has to offer with the ocean views and stunning evening sunsets.
Time away on the islands of the Florida Keys will be a memorable one for sure. If this vacation doesn’t sound amazing enough to convince you to go yet, then heck! Move over, because I’m there!
While going on vacation sounds like a great idea, it’s just another thing to plan. It’s more decisions to make, it’s more lists to make, and more things to add to organize and arrange. Ugh! Well, don’t shy away from the idea, but rather choose a destination vacation. Destination vacations are package deals that have it all in one click! The place to pick is the Florida Keys. Tropical paradise awaits you. Everything is included; all you have to decide on is which island appeals to you.
Packages include airfare, hotel, and any activity that tickles your fancy. Want a big hotel with all the modern amenities? No problem…you can have it all with a hotel that has room service, concierge, restaurants, shops, spas, and shuttles. Or maybe you’d prefer a smaller more quaint hotel where luxury meets subtle Oceanside. Maybe you’d like to really spoil yourself and travel in style with all the luxuries. Fly first class, then pick the suite with the spa package.
The activities are abundant. Want to swim with the dolphins and snorkel with all the tropical fish? Or perhaps you’d like to scuba dive one of the ship wrecks. Would you enjoy fishing for marlin? How about parasailing? Do you want to nap on the beach under a big umbrella and sip on tropical cocktails? Maybe you have the kids along and you all can enjoy a sun-splashed day on the beach and in the surf. You can also take joy in the many splendors of the city perusing the museums, art galleries, and restaurants. The cuisine is simply wonderful with seafood, key lime pie, and all the island fare your palate could imagine.
Just point and click! See you there!
Thinking of a wedding on the islands? Maybe the Caribbean? The distance and expense of that may be a bit out of your budget. There is an alternative that will give you the same dream wedding but for a whole lot less. Come to the Keys! An island wedding in the Florida Keys could be the destination wedding of your dreams.
The Keys have so many options to choose from when it comes to planning your perfect nuptials. The islands are a stunning backdrop for any ceremony during that moment that you promise yourselves to one another. Nothing could be more beautiful than a sunset with the ocean waves in the background and the sand in your toes. You and your betrothed can declare your love before your closest friends and family without all the pomp and circumstance that so often clouds the occasion, and then the point gets lost in all the confusion and fuss of the petty details and annoying guests that your mother said just had to be invited. This wedding affair is sure to be intimate, romantic, and filled with moments to remember for a lifetime. The surf, the sun, the breeze, the sand and nothing more. It’s a dream come true for everyone there.
After the ceremony, continue the dream of a lifetime with a reception that is intimate, fun, and full of casual elegance. Outdoor dining venues with rooftop views or oceanfront charm are absolutely delightful and continue with the tone of the event. Dine on delectable seafood and flavors of the island that will make your senses come alive. Take a twist on tradition and serve the best key lime pie instead of cake and treat your taste buds.
Have your special moment be unforgettable. Mazel Tov!
Picking a great reception menu for your banquet, wedding reception or other big event isn’t so hard when you’re in sunny Key West, Florida. This island is known for its thriving fine dining culture and entertainment scene, and these venues and performers get plenty of practice. Unlike other regions where the wedding season is the only busy time of the year, Key West remains sunny and warm 365 days a year, meaning that there is a constant influx of tourists no matter what the season. With its cozy climate, beautiful architecture, rich literary history and food, it really is no surprise. This is the go-to spot for destination weddings and destination vacations in the United States, drawing people from diverse backgrounds to enjoy some fun in the sun.
Key West restaurants have a unique draw. Not only do they provide some of the best crab cakes in Florida and what is certainly the best key lime pie in the world, they also are in the midst of a revolution. New island cuisine, a cultural menu upheaval currently being undergone by some of the best restaurants and pioneers of Key West food culture, is on the rise. This menu is an attempt at accurately reflecting all the modern influences of the island’s culture, bringing a plethora of exciting new possibilities in terms of dishes and flavor combinations. When you are planning your great reception menu for your island wedding, consider giving your guests the most authentic experience possible. Look for the new island cuisine for seafood staples and the cuisine of Florida’s future.