All you need is love. Florida supplies the rest sunshine and sea breezes, bouquets of tropical flowers and resorts that excel in celebrations.
Here is a look at Florida’s diverse and dazzling choices for heavenly honeymoons, wondrous weddings and leisure for the modern family: straight, gay, blended or other. Look for perks such as a complimentary suite on the big night and entertaining features from swimming with manatees to bonfires with Champagne and s’mores.
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The sophisticated Lago Mar Resort and Club is part of Fort Lauderdale’s Luxe Collection. Traditional and secluded, Lago Mar excels at white-glove service and ceremonies on the beach or in the ballroom.
At the southern end of Greater Fort Lauderdale, the exciting Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is a tropical beach parry with posh interiors and fabulous photo ops on a spectacular glass terrace with a panorama of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Hollywood Beach Marriott also has a spectacular oceanfront, but traditional interiors with mahogany panelling and brilliant chandeliers. The Vow to Get Away promotion, when available, offers triple Marriott Rewards points.
The classic queen of Hollywood Beach, The Diplomat Resort & Spa is one of Florida’s largest resorts, with two pools, a sublime spa, a kids’ club—and weddings to remember.
The rainbow spirit is strong in Fort Lauderdale, the No. 1 LGBT resort destination in the US, with nearly 20 gay hotels and hundreds of LGBT-owned businesses. The Grand Resort & Spa is a haven for gay men who love its terrific spa and clothing-optional pool. Several mainstream hotels also are strong on same-sex unions, including the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, which has a private swatch of sand, and the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, popular for its penthouse ballroom and oceanfront terrace.
The cool town of Delray Beach is more intimate. The deluxe Seagate Hotel & Spa is a gorgeous getaway with wedding options, such as the Wine Room in the Atlantic Grille, the Country Club and the truly distinctive Beach Club, a beautifully restored 19205 oceanfront colonial pavilion.
Sundy House in Delray Beach has charm, history and fine cuisine. The ambrosial botanical area called the Tam Garden encompasses a gazebo, tropical foliage, a flowing waterfall and pretty ponds.
The high-society landmark of Palm Beach, The Breakers is a matchless destination for prestige and pomp. The Breakers’ wedding blog dishes on food, drinks, fashion and the best parties, so you are sure to have a creative celebration and an indulgent honeymoon.
The all-suite Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort offers variety with bonfires on the beach and cocktail soirees on the veranda.