While it may not immediately sound as exotic as certain far-away locales in which to hold your nuptials, South Florida still boasts plenty of possible reception areas in its lush, yet very American, bosom. In Palm Beach County alone, there are dozens of places to choose from, depending on your personality, theme, or budget.
So whether you and your intended are avowed beach bunnies, are into flora and fauna, would love a bit of theatricality to spice up the wedding motif, or are just people who simply hold a special place for South Florida in their hearts, chances are you’ll find the perfect place to say “I do” in this sunny state.
If proximity to the ocean is one very big requisite in your wedding plans, then consider a beach-front wedding. Palm Beach County boasts of a large stretch of sandy beach in Jupiter, Florida, alone. This is where Jupiter Beach Resort is located, and it’s become widely known as a pristine backdrop for many Floridians and non-Floridians alike to exchange vows in.
If a tropical theme is what you have in mind, there’s Crane’s Beach House, a more private and intimate venue with thatched-roof huts and a pool you can float flowers in to up the isolated-on-an-island ambience.
The Delray Beach Marriott, meanwhile, can be found in Florida’s Gold Coast, and is right smack between bustling Fort Lauderdale and romantic Palm Beach. It provides a tailor-made venue for those who want the comforts and amenities of a classy hotel, and the exciting nightlife, restaurants, and tourist attractions Atlantic Avenue offers, melding with the more rustic sea-and-sand attractions of Palm Beach.
It’s like having the best of both worlds for engaged couples and honeymooners alike, because they can simply walk back and forth from serene beach to lively city life anytime the mood hits them.
For more personalized events (especially for those who do not want their wedding rituals and receptions marred by the presence of bikini-clad strangers), South Florida has several private venues that are perfect for intimate gatherings. There’s the American Orchid Society Visitors Centre and Botanical Garden, for one. This is a venue that’s played host to hundreds of weddings before, owing largely to its paradise-like setting with foliage that will make you feel you are in your own private Eden.
If it’s something more exotic and Zen-like you crave, however, why not think about booking the Morikami Museum and Gardens? Now a popular South Florida wedding reception venue, it boasts of a gorgeous view of sunset overlooking its very own lake, and a Terrace and Japanese garden to bring about the most serene, peaceful atmosphere to you and your guests.
Want to borrow an Old World and feel to your wedding reception? Believe it or not, South Florida will graciously provide this, as well. The Sundy House Inn is a beautiful place filled with romantic gazebos amidst lush tropical gardens, freshwater ponds, waterfalls, and a naturalized pool teeming with gently-swimming fish. And if you’re feeling more theatrical, there’s always the newly-restored Harriet Himmel Theater at Cityplace to party in.
Now with an 11,000 square-feet performance hall and capacity for 900 guests, this versatile place is perfect for weddings that have a lot of creative programs in its itinerary.