My son is getting married later this year, and in a move that flipped a lot of wedding traditions on its ear, he was the insistent one on where and how it would happen. He has always had a love for tropical paradises ever since I first read him “Treasure Island,” and when he proposed to his fiancé, he did it with the caveat they would get married on a beach with a palm tree blowing in the background. She said yes with a caveat of her own: it better not include any more work than planning a wedding at home would be.
Luckily for both of them, he did his work ahead of time and knew that Key West, Florida was going to be the perfect location. It offered multiple choices for every aspect, from how to get there and where to stay to where to hold it and what kind of food to serve at the wedding reception. Best of all was the number of full-time professional wedding planners living and working on the island. He and his fiancé had a chance to meet with several of them to choose the one that they felt most comfortable working with and thought could help make their dreams – okay, his dream – come true.
Already, the wedding planner has proven her worth by setting up tasting meals at several of the finest Key West restaurants to help them choose the reception menu. She checks in by phone and email constantly to keep them up to date and responds promptly whenever they have a question or concern. I’m just worried my son is setting a dangerous precedent of efficiency for the rest of his marriage.
Part of the reason my fiancé and I chose to have a tropical island wedding was because we wanted to create a complete experience for our guests. We knew that no matter how hard we tried to recreate the feel of Key West, Florida – an island that was special to each of us even before we met – it still wouldn’t be the same as if we were there. We also knew that meant making sure the menu for our reception wasn’t full of the same choices we could have gotten at home.
Part of why we love going to visit the southernmost island is to visit the amazing Key West restaurants. The hardest part of any vacation down there is deciding which restaurants we are going to visit. There are so many great ones to discover, but at the same time, we don’t want to forget about our favorites. Let’s just say that, even though the fresh seafood is healthy for you, when we get home from eating all that amazing key lime pie, we spend a lot of extra time at the gym.
We’re making sure that our reception menu features some of those great food choices. Obviously, you can’t be in Key West and not have some conch fritters, but we are also going to have Mahi sliders, shrimp and crab cakes, and plenty of Key West pink shrimp as well. The seafood is too fresh to not make it a featured part of the menu. One thing we are not doing is having a wedding cake. We’re going to replace that with a wedding key lime pie.
I have always dreamed about getting married on a tropical island. My husband-to-be was smart enough to not tell me that we couldn’t do it, but cautious enough to make sure we took care of as much planning in advance. He made a valid point by saying the things we are used to here at home may not be an option when it came to a destination wedding. So before we started even talking to wedding planners and travel agents, we started comparing the Caribbean islands to see which would be best.
Turns out the one that won our business you don’t even need a passport for. Key West, Florida has everything that we – okay, I – was looking for when it came to island weddings. There are plenty of different venues and Key West restaurants to choose from, the travel options means that most of our guests will be able to afford to come, and it even has plenty of things to do for people who are going to make a family vacation out of it.
Best of all, they host literally thousands of weddings a year, so not only do we – okay, I – know that we’ll have the right flowers, the right cake and the right entertainment, I was able to find a wedding planner who has years of experience and all the right contacts. She will be our eyes and ears on the ground, making sure that all of our plans come to fruition and will be able to handle any emergencies as they come up. Between my fiancé’s practical nature and my wild dreams, we are going to have the perfect island wedding.
So, you want to have an island wedding? You will have to make some difficult decisions in the near future so why don’t you sit down and ask yourself some questions first?
Where is your ideal wedding venue and why?
This is a question many couples planning a wedding face. It may seem like a really great idea to have a wedding in Bora Bora, but how much does it rain there and what are your options for a backup plan? Lucky for you, the answers to these and many other questions can be found online. In this day and age, every resort should have a virtual tour on their website so potential customers can see exactly what they are paying for before they make the purchase. Planning an island wedding costs a lot of money so it is natural to be a little nervous in this situation. Customer service is crucial to letting people feel at ease and like they are spending their money in a good way.
How many of your family and friends could make it to this island wedding? Are you okay with that?
You may think a small intimate wedding is what you want, but when you sit down to make your guest list, you will soon realize that you know a lot of people! More guests at a wedding means more money spent! This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your budget. An out of town, tropical wedding packed with entertainment may be just the thing to make your guests spring for a plane ticket!
One of the biggest mistakes my husband and I almost made when we were planning our island wedding in Key West, Florida was with the reception menu. We thought we had all the tips for picking a great reception menu, but we forgot that the reception we were planning was not going to happen in our small town. Our wedding planner made us realize what the point was of having such a beautiful ceremony if we were going to offer the same experience and not embrace all that Key West had to offer. Armed with this realization, we sat back down and rethought our plan of attack.
We knew that we wanted the menu to feature seafood. One of the reasons my husband and I fell in love with the island was because of all the great Key West restaurants and the chance to have amazing food we had never heard of before. We wanted to be sure that our guests would have a chance to experience some of the food that Key West is famous for, like its crab cakes and pink shrimp. That was when my husband had a great idea.
“Why not go all the way,” he said, “and trade in the traditional wedding cake for a key lime wedding pie?” That was exactly what we did. It was one of the biggest pies I had ever seen in my life and it was delicious. Everyone loved it. It was such a memorable part of our island wedding that I don’t even mind the little green stain of it that my husband got on my wedding dress.
Having one daughter, my friends laughed at me the whole time she was growing up. They knew that she was daddy’s little girl and I was spoiling her rotten. To her credit, she has grown up into a level-headed young woman who doesn’t act entitled or take anything for granted (of course I’m going to say that. I’m her father). Still, I was taken aback when she told me that island weddings were all the rage and she wanted to have hers in Key West, Florida.
All I could think of was how much more of a logistical nightmare it was going to be planning a wedding on a tiny island a thousand miles away from where we live and that I have never been to. Turns out that, not only was it no more expensive than what it would have cost here at home, there were so many people down there who work on weddings for a career that it was a breeze. The first thing we did was hire a trustworthy wedding planner who was our point person. She had all the tips for planning an island wedding and made everything, from finding the perfect beach to choosing from between the Key West restaurants, a snap.
When the big day came, everything could not have gone more perfectly. The weather was beautiful, my daughter and her husband were ecstatic, and I discovered a place where I could both go fishing and play golf on the same vacation. For that reason alone, I don’t think my wife will ever forgive my daughter for having her wedding in Key West
When it comes time to plan your island wedding, you will be so excited you will not know where to start. Before you know it though, you will be halfway through with the planning and your wedding will seem closer than ever. This is the perfect time for you to get really excited about your upcoming nuptials!
Before you even begin planning your wedding, make sure you take as much time as you want to enjoy being engaged. Sometimes couples get overly anxious about planning their wedding and they forget to simply enjoy one another’s company for a little while. This is the perfect time to daydream about your ideal wedding and also not feel any pressure from anyone. You will have many friends and family members who will offer their ideas. One may wish for you to have a huge hometown wedding while another will want an island wedding. At the end of the day, it is your wedding and you can do whatever you want to do. Do not let anyone pressure you into doing anything you do not want to do.
Once you have made up your mind and you are set on having an island wedding in a tropical paradise, make sure you shop around for the best prices and packages. This may not seem like something you want to do, but it is a necessary evil in order to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Everyone loves doing a little bargain shopping, especially in the name of destination weddings.
When planning your dream island wedding, there are many facets to consider. Probably the most important thing to consider is that you will have people attending from far away. This means they will probably have to travel by plane and it may even involve passports. If they have to travel very far, that probably means you will have to travel too! Getting all of your ducks in a row before leaving town for an extended period of time is hard enough, but when you are traveling to your own out of town wedding, it gets even more tricky!
Island weddings are becoming more and more popular as each day passes. This is great news for you because that means all of the employees at the resort where you will be staying are getting plenty of practice before your wedding date arrives! Since this is their job, the more practice means more perfection for you! These resorts typically go all out for every single wedding they throw. You can customize your special day depending on what you want it to be like, but they should have just about everything you need in order to have a fantastic island wedding your guests will never forget!
People often think the small details of a wedding are what people remember, but that is not necessarily the case. If you drive yourself crazy over the small details of your island wedding, chances are people will not be any wiser. Instead, you should focus on the big goals like the venue and your dress.
If you are planning a wedding, then you will eventually have to make the decision about when you should have this wedding. The holiday season is a great time to get married because everything will already be decorated beautifully and that is one less thing you will have to see to. A holiday island wedding is an even better idea because it is typically the slow season for resorts and that means they would have extra time to make your special day even more special! You should definitely make sure your island wedding is booked at a place that will offer you many perks like entertainment or many restaurant choices. This will make your experience all the better! When it comes to preparing for your island nuptials, you certainly want to look into everything your resort has to offer, past weather patterns and read online reviews of the facility.
The amenities package for your island wedding could make or break your trip! If every single activity they have to offer costs an arm and a leg, then you may not want to go with that particular resort. There should be plenty of activities from which to choose and they should also give you some vouchers or credits for other services they offer.
Going online to research past weather conditions is a must! Since you will be traveling during a time when other people are probably not vacationing, it is important to understand what kind of weather you will be subject to.
Always read online reviews before spending a penny!