I’ve been engaged now for about three years. It’s been so long that our friends have stopped asking us “when” and started asking us “if.” The truth is that we want to make sure our wedding is special for us. Not necessarily “big church, lots of attendants, fancy reception” special – although we’re not opposed to that – but meaningful, so that when we look back, we know we did it right. We never thought that might include basically eloping.
My fiancé was reading an article about destination weddings and how couples were already making plans for 2016. The article mentioned that Key West was actually the most popular choice for island weddings. She looked at me, I looked at her, we looked at our summer schedule and we started making phone calls and online searches. In three days’ time we hired a wedding planner and booked a weekend trip to meet with her and discuss our options.
The trip was great. We ate at a few of the Key West restaurants she suggested for our reception, looked at some of the locations for the ceremony and got an overall feel for the island. When we reached some decisions, she had a schedule ready so we could be sure to pick a weekend when we could have all we wanted.
Those same friends that started asking “if” aren’t really surprised by our decision. Most of them are pretty happy, in spite of their good natured grumbling. I mean, who wouldn’t want an excuse to have to take a vacation to Key West this July?
My niece decided to have a destination wedding in Key West, Florida. My wife and I were invited but were on the fence about going. We wanted to be there, but we both work full-time and getting time off might be a challenge. Plus, we both thought that maybe we were too old to go there. It seemed to us to be a younger person’s island. But we love our niece so we decided to look into it.
The first surprise was finding a flight that got us directly into Key West and only involved us taking two vacation days. The second surprise was discovering the number of quirky little inns to choose from. Based on the recommendations and reviews we read online, we chose one that was close to where everything would be happening but far enough away that it would be quiet at night (the third surprise was actually getting there and discovering that the reviews were true. The place was beautiful, relaxing, and, yes, quiet).
Since we had had so much luck trusting anonymous reviews for where to stay, we decided to try our luck again when it came to the Key West restaurants. We went online and found several places that had received great recommendations, so we checked them out. We were blown away by not only how amazing the food was, but also the level of service and the beauty of the outdoor dining.
We had such a great time that after the reception was over and some of the younger people were going out, we decided to join them. We may not have stayed up as late as they did, but we discovered Key West is perfect for just about everyone.
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.
I get along great with my mother-in-law now, but I almost didn’t, and it was all because of, you guessed it…the wedding. My wife and I had been to a few island weddings and we decided that was what we wanted: a simple affair on the beach at sunset, with a wedding reception that featured great seafood and an outdoor dining place where we could dance under the stars. Unfortunately, my wife was an only daughter, and when her mom saw that engagement ring, she went into overdrive trying to micromanage and plan every little detail for us. It got to the point where the two of us, plus my wife’s dad, scheduled an intervention.
We went out to dinner, figuring a public place would diminish the likelihood of a “scene”, and tried to explain the reason we wanted an island wedding and wedding reception was because we weren’t looking for a stressful environment for anybody. She was skeptical at first, but when we invited her to come with us to Key West while we made the arrangements, she decided she could use a vacation.
We imagined that she would watch us like a hawk, asking questions and making demands, but when she saw how professional all of the Key West restaurants were in making arrangements (not to mention how beautiful she found the island), she understood what we were looking for. At our island reception, I saw her having the time of her life, and she confided that from now on, island weddings were the only type of weddings she was going to attend.
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.