The idea of a destination wedding, while certainly nothing new, has definitely become much more popular over the last several years. With more people than ever not living in the same area where they grew up, a wedding today usually requires a fair amount of travel for most people. It almost makes sense then to have the wedding somewhere special and make the traveling worthwhile. One of the most popular spots, and the number one choice for tropical island weddings, is Key West, Florida. If a destination wedding has always been your dream, here are a few tips to make it successful.
The most important thing to remember is to try not to do it all on your own. You may have what you think is the perfect image in your mind of what your island wedding will look like, with a beachside sunset ceremony followed by an elegant reception with fresh seafood and dancing on outdoor patios. That wedding can definitely happen in Key West, but it might happen even better than you imagine if you let the professionals help to put it together. Too many people visit a destination and get specific locations locked in their minds, unaware a better spot might be right around the corner.
Another tip is to trust those who have come before you. Unfortunately, you probably will not have as much time to explore Key West as you would want to - nobody ever does - but remember that lots of other people already have. Close to 10,000 people a year get married on the southernmost island, and they love to talk about it on places like TripAdvisor, Yelp, Yahoo and other peer-to-peer review sites. This is an especially great way to find out about the Key West restaurants and learn which one is going to offer you the perfect reception menu for you and your guests.
Finally, remember that part of the reason you are having a destination wedding in the first place is so you can enjoy yourself. Weddings are always stressful affairs, regardless of where they happen, but if you are working with a trusted professional wedding planner and have the advice and experience of thousands of couples before you, it will be far easier to have the wedding of a lifetime. So be sure to take some time and explore the island, create memories with family and friends, and just relax and enjoy the island lifestyle.
Key West is a paradise for millions of tourists each year. When it comes to destination weddings there is no other place in the world quite like it. Make your wedding truly something people will remember forever by having it in the tropical beauty of Key West, Florida.
Jack Terry is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer who lived in Key West for several years. http://www.rooftopcafekeywest.com