Engaged couples who were planning to get married this spring and summer ( and even beyond ) are having to re-think their wedding plans due to the current global conditions and inability to host large social gatherings. As a result, some engaged couples are eloping, postponing, or opting for a small wedding with plans for a larger celebration down the road.
However, if you have made it through quarantine together you probably realize your significant other is a keeper, and since it only takes two to say “I Do”, for couples ready to take the leap they can jump on the micro-wedding trend.
Whether your perfect day runs the gamut of casual to chic, you will find the perfect place to tie the knot right here on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Plus, with technologies such as Zoom, Google Meet, YouTube and Facebook Live, your family and friends can attend and share in this beautiful milestone memory.
The Ultimate Wedding Registry
Although your family and friends may not be able to attend your wedding ceremony in person, surely many will want to start your marital journey together with a congratulatory gift and as a unique response B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale answers with their “B-Bonds” special. Available for purchase online, “B-Bond” may be purchased directly in increments of $100, and when cashed in by or before December 31, 2020 will be worth $150. B-Bonds can be applied for all on-site purchases such as room fee, food and beverage, parking, etc. This is the perfect win-win for any couple who does not need another toaster, and for those who would typically give a check or cash, their gift offers a solid return on their investment in your matrimonial future.
Barefoot in the Sand
If barefoot in the sand describes your dream wedding, Fort Lauderdale Beach delivers all this and more. While currently it is suggested groups of now more than 10 are permitted to congregate, and facial coverings are recommended, you can still gather your nearest and dearest for your ceremony on the shoreline. Options range from the exclusive private beaches at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, and Lago Mar Resort & Spa, to the picnic table and palm tree lined public setting at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. Best of all are the savings with either option, as no permit is required to have a wedding ceremony on the sand and décor comes courtesy of Mother Nature as she shows off her blue and gold for sunrise services or the most beautiful hues of red and orange for sunset ceremonies. Planning is also as easy as the ocean breeze with online applications available to complete in advance to obtain a marriage license.
Wedding on the Water
Whether your perfect day includes sun dresses and flowered shirts or underwater adventures, an unforgettable excursion awaits you aboard Tropical Sailing’s state-of-the-art catamarans. Offering four distinct 3-hour tours, opportunities to set sail to their reef destination for a captivating snorkel tour where you and your guests can get up close with coral formations, exotic marine life, and colorful tropical fish. The trip includes beer, wine, soft drinks, snorkel equipment and instruction. For land lovers, the Barefoot Elegance package offers an ocean sailing to Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, a 253-acre barrier island, which offers a broad flat beach providing a perfect spot for your oceanfront event. This astounding beachfront park preserves some of south Florida’s vanishing natural resources where a beachside picnic, volleyball, kayaking, canoeing and other exciting games.
For the adventurous couple and wedding party crew, hop aboard a kayak or paddle board during Park & Ocean’s Friday evening Sunset Tour at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Paddle along an ancient and freshwater Coastal Dune Lake enjoying the stunning casts of our South Florida sunsets while you say I do. Priced at $35 per person, with a discount for tandem kayaks, you can opt to celebrate your union with dinner under the hammocks and take advantage of the Starlite Dinner option, where the select menu with choice of Craft Cocktail or Beer can be added on for $19.99 per person.
If winding down the waterways with a bottle of wine is more your speed, Intimate Waterway Tours Wine Cruise package may be the perfect reception setting following your dockside nuptial. Conveniently sailing from Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, the 90-minute private cruise aboard the 22 ft Bay Island electric powered Duffy features ample cabin space and a covered top with optional full-enclosure crystal clear windows for those notorious south Florida sprinkles. The Bluetooth radio with deluxe speakers, on-board fridge and table space keep the music, food and wine flowing. Priced at s a $259.95 inclusive for up to 6 guests due to capacity restrictions, includes to 2 bottles of wine and catering services available to start you off on this intimate excursion.
Ceremonies with Natural Flair
If you are looking for an intimate outdoor location, you will find several picturesque places to exchange your vows at the beautiful Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Embodying old-world charm and understated elegance the beautiful tropical and subtropical landscape seemingly transport you back in time as you start your future together. The Summer Wedding Special with Live Streaming package for 5 guests total, ranges from $500 for the use of the grounds to $1,300 for your choice of either professional photography or Video live streaming and $2,100 for both. For more information, contact David Woodin at 954-703-2608.
Located across the street from Fort Lauderdale Beach, Birch State Park features mature trees that canopy every turn. Birch is an ideal setting for the boho-chic bride or the rustic-beard toting groom looking for a natural woodsy location in the heart of the big city. No need to go far after the ceremony, have our team set up your reception in one of the two open picnic areas around the tree to continue your outdoor vibe. With lights crisscrossing overhead you and your guests will feel as though they left the city and are dancing under the stars deep in the country. The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year and for the cost of parking ($6 per vehicle/max. 8 per vehicle), this budget friendly option offers a lush setting beyond compare.
Luxurious and Chic Wedding Retreats
Located directly along the sultry shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach, W Fort Lauderdale invites wedding parties to live it up in true VIP fashion with their ‘Buy Four, Get The Floor’ promotion. Book four of the hotel’s stylish two-bedroom Residential Suites and the hotel will block off the rest of the floor, ensuring a full floor of privacy. Ideal for extended wedding weekend stays, these bold and beautiful suites include two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, and balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic waterfront views. The promotion also includes insider access to ‘The Spot’, a bespoke lounge with complimentary continental breakfast daily. Although the package starts at $2,000 per night, wedding groups with the full 24 guests, translates to just $83++/person per night - a sweet steal for premium privacy at one of Fort Lauderdale’s chicest properties. Bonus for the bride or groom, when your stay is booked by September 30 and completed by October 31, W Fort Lauderdale will gift a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes.
Set yourself up for a sweet life together by booking a three-night, Suite Life getaway for two in an ultra-luxury residence at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. Ranging from $396 - $427 per night for dates booked August through October, the expansive 1--bedroom oceanfront residence features all the comforts of home including a full kitchen with island, 50’ TV and a 300 sq. ft. private furnished terrace complete with 6-person dining table with sweeping oceanfront views. Best of all the packages includes a bonus $100 nightly resort credit to enjoy beachside dining at Terra Mare, poolside cocktails at Spinnaker and more, and resort amenities (a bargain at $40 per night) with 2 bottles of spring water in room & on pool deck; 2 beach chairs & umbrella; sunrise yoga classes; 4 hour bike rentals for 2 adults (18+); 20% off individual or couples spa services; local and toll free calls.
Couples looking for a change of scenery in a relaxed and refined setting will find their match made in heaven along with renowned personalized attention by the ladies and gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. Here you will find a touch of glamour borrowed from the 40s and 50s in a setting which pays homage to the yachting capital of the world with an elevated pool inspired by a ship’s bow. Florida Residents considering a change of scene to start their journey of matrimonial bliss will find the Florida Resident rate, starting at $249 per night ( through October 27) for an oceanfront balcony suite an affordable luxury hard to resist.
Please check with each individual business for any restrictions, blackout dates or other changes due to Covid-19 for applicable offers referenced in this article.