Weddings are such a big deal and involve so many people it is hard not to feel stressed out about your own the closer it gets. Because they are such a momentous occasion in a person's life, everybody around them seems to want to get in the act. Most people's intentions are good, hoping for a fantastic wedding and successful marriage, but good intentions do not mean no stress attached. The best way to counter the stress is to have the wedding someplace where people know how to always relax, and that is Key West, Florida.
One of the unofficial mottos of the Southernmost Island is "Slow down: this ain't the mainland," and that is the way most people live. The locals - colorfully referred to as Conchs - call it living on island time. That means lazing over a two hour lunch at one of the many Key West restaurants is not uncommon, and a promise to see you in a few minutes is usually closer to an hour, but this laid back attack helps them live a peaceful life.
Thankfully, however, there is one part of life down there they are not so cavalier about, and that is when it comes to hosting a tropical island destination wedding. With close to 10,000 people a year getting married in Key West, they have the art of the wedding down to a science, and part of that science includes knowing your pushy relatives from Brooklyn will not stand for anything that does not start on time, and they will be glad to tell everyone how upset they are.
That is when you call in the best weapon of all: the professional wedding planner. What may seem like a luxury back home becomes a priority when planning a destination wedding. He or she will be your eyes and ears on the ground when you cannot be there, making sure all of the arrangements are in place. They will help secure the venues that you want for your ceremony and reception. They will coordinate with the florist, the salon and any other services you need. Best of all, on the big day, they will have a finely tuned watch and a drill instructor's personality, and make sure your day goes off like clockwork.
Countless movies, books and television shows have all featured as their plot device the stressed out executive who ends up on a tropical island and learns to relax and embrace the concept of stress free living. A Key West wedding may not take all the stress out of your life, but at least for the most important day you might ever have, it will certainly go a long way to helping you live the laid back island life.
Jack Terry is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer who has lived in Key West for several years. http://www.rooftopcafekeywest.com