I was never a huge fan of destination weddings. It seemed odd to me that you would want to invite all of your friends and family to your honeymoon (and odder still if you were going to travel all that way to get married and then travel somewhere else for the honeymoon). My mind was changed for me when my girlfriend’s cousin decided to get married in Key West, Florida.
I had heard about Key West and thought that I knew what it was going to be all about: lots of bars, live music, eating the best crab cakes and the best key lime pie, plenty of seafood, all washed down by margaritas. Let me tell you something: I was right, and I was oh-so-wrong at the same time.
The wedding itself was beautiful, and now I know why destination weddings are so popular, especially if they are going to be done somewhere like Key West. It seemed like everything that could be thought of for a wedding had been and was there. The wedding, though, was just the icing on the cake. Every night, my girlfriend and I ate at fabulous Key West restaurants featuring fine dining on the water, outdoor dining overlooking the night life, and food that was better than I’ve had anywhere else. I didn’t want to leave when the weekend was over. My girlfriend and I haven’t started talking about if we’re going to get married yet, but I know that when we do, we aren’t even going to have to discuss where we’re going to get married. I’m a destination wedding convert, and Key West, Florida is the place for me.
When it comes to pleasing the masses at your island wedding, you must realize sometimes it is not possible for everyone to be happy all at once. One person may love the music playing while the other is scrambling to find ear plugs. One person may rave about the food while another cannot eat because he or she is allergic. Although it is important to try your best to accommodate your lovely guests, at the end of the day it is your wedding, and you should do whatever you want!
Your wedding reception at your island wedding should be a happy and celebratory time for you to mingle with friends and family members as husband and wife. This time is all about you. However, you still want to make your friends and family feel special. They did come to your wedding and expect to be fed and entertained. Choosing the perfect menu for your reception can be a little tricky, but with a little planning and research, there should be no reason you can’t figure it out.
Some couples like to give their guests options. If you are planning a sit down meal for your guests, then the RSVP you include in the invitation should contain a space for them to choose between fish or chicken or whatever you are serving. This will allow the guests at your island wedding to feel like the couple is going out of their way to make sure you have an enjoyable experience, and get a dish they actually want to eat.
Planning the ultimate destination wedding in Key West, Florida is easier than you think. Just because it’s happening so far from you does not mean it has to be a challenge, especially if you follow these three basic steps.
1) Trust the locals. There is a reason Key West is #2 in the nation for destination weddings, and it isn’t just because of the best key lime pie and outdoor dining. Every professional service you can think of (and a few that you can’t) that you would need for your wedding will be available, and your local wedding planner will help you choose the right ones for you.
2) Embrace the unexpected. For all the planning you do, from choosing the seafood to arranging the entertainment, it’s the little things that make Key West unique that will help add to the color of the memories people take home with them. Remember, you’re planning your wedding on an island that sits, literally, at the end of the road. Anything can happen out there.
3) Have fun! This is your wedding, after all, and nobody should be having a better time than you! Key West, Florida is all about embracing life and enjoying it for all that you can. Any island that takes time every day to stop and celebrate the sun setting isn’t a place where you should have any worries.
If you simply take a deep breath and follow these three easy little steps, your destination wedding will be one that people will be talking about for years. You’ve chosen Key West for a reason. Make sure you make that beautiful island part of your wedding.
When you think of island vacations, you probably think of being stuck on a deserted island with no access to the internet or the outside world. This is not always the case! Unless you survive a plane crash and somehow wash ashore a tropical island paradise with mystical creatures, you will probably have access to basic resources in order to survive and absolutely enjoy your vacation! However, there are some eco-resorts that have limited amounts of electricity, no televisions and basic living quarters for those of you who want to be green and somewhat live off the land. If you are anything like me, you will want your vacation to be decked out lavishly, with numerous amenities to extend your vacation in order to enjoy.
Island vacations are not supposed to be stressful. There is no need to make an itinerary for each day you are there. Simply do what the locals do and be on “island time.” This means you have nowhere to be and all day to get there. If you are the planning type, you will probably take a day or two to adjust to being so “careless” with your time. Give it a couple days and you will get the hang of it.
The main thing many people look forward to on their island vacations is the fresh seafood available around every single corner. The food just does not get any fresher than being caught that morning and served that evening.
Here comes the bride! Oh wait, what is that she is wearing? Did she forget her wedding dress? Do not let this happen to you!
We all are well aware that planning a wedding is the most hectic thing in your entire life. The stress gets to some individuals, while others tend to avoid it all together. If you are planning an island wedding somewhere far away from your hometown, here are a few helpful hints to get you to that special wedding day.
Make a list. Actually, make as many lists as you desire. The trick is to actually check them before you leave for your wedding. This will ensure you do not forget your wedding dress or shoes or anything else that would ruin the big day. Also, do not take someone else’s word for your items being in your suitcase (even your soon-to-be husband)! Make sure you have actually seen and touched the item before you check it off the list. This could make or break your island wedding!
Next, make sure you wear sunscreen. Yes, you will have on makeup and will be looking your best, but make sure you reapply every hour or so. Heaven forbid your photographer has to spend an extra week editing all of your lobster skin out of your wedding photos! This could add up in expenses for you and could also take a lot longer to actually get the photos. Additionally, it’s your skin! Take care of it.
It’s is almost that time of the year! A time to have some well-deserved time off for all of the hard work you did all year long. Since most people earn one or two weeks off a year, it is important to get as much out of your vacation as possible. Some people decide to vacation near or at home, but if you are planning a destination vacation, it is highly important to make sure your vacation will be the most rewarding and plan it out before it commences.
If you are you are planning an activity-filled vacation, it is especially important to schedule each activity to ensure you will have the appropriate amount of time to fit everything in before having to return to your daily life. One way to plan your activities is to understand exactly what activities are available. The internet is a great resource for this. For example, if your destination vacation location is Key West, Florida, you can go to http://www.keywestchamber.org and there are informational pages such as Places to Stay, Events and Festivals and Things to Do. The Chamber of Commerce may also be able to provide you with discount and coupon booklets to help you save money. Other resources, such as Visitor Centers, are great for tourists to gather information on the destination of their choice.
If you are having a hard time planning out your vacation, try going to your local travel agency to have any questions you may have answered. You can also discuss what vacation packages are available for the locations you are interested in.
However you plan out your vacation, have in mind ahead of time exactly how you want to spend your time and you will enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Many people choose tropical locations for the annual vacations. There is no better feeling in the world than getting to that tropical paradise, being able to put up your feet and relaxing as much as you want. There are no worries about work and certainly no one bothering you about bringing your trash can in from the curb! This is a great time to enjoy having nothing to do at all. Key West, Florida is a great vacation destination because it has all of the perks of the Caribbean, but without being outside of the United States. Here you can enjoy the safety of being in the United States while experiencing the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean. It is the best of both worlds for sure!
There will be many things to do while you are vacationing in Key West, Florida. Some of these activities are for people who want to go on adventures like offshore fishing, boating tours, dolphin watching or scuba diving. Other activities require very little energy like lying on the beach, fine dining, receiving a massage or floating in the resort’s pool. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to lather yourself up with sunscreen! A sunburn is the last thing you want to experience in this gorgeous island paradise!
When visiting Key West, Florida, there is no hustle and bustle of large cities. Take your time to see what this city has to offer since you are in no rush. You may decide you’d like to come back again next year.