Calling Key West a romantic wedding and honeymoon destination isn’t just some kind of slogan or marketing pitch. A bare-foot sunset ceremony here with the white sand beach and turquoise water out front is achingly beautiful, and that’s why so many wedding planners recommend it. However, there’s a lot more to it that just this.
Key West is one of the island cities in the Florida Keys, and it offers a very steamy tropical climate courtesy of the Gulf Stream that flows nearby. The city has an ancient dated feel to it, and still has noticeable remnants of its 1521 Spanish origins. The American side of its history isn’t so bad either, since visitors can see and feel the presence of legends like Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and President Truman.
Bare-foot nuptials on the beach are so popular here because of the unique combination of the beautiful beach, the timeless quality of the city and the popularity of its sunsets. In fact, they have an official ‘Sunset Celebration’ every evening at Mallory Square, where the Gulf of Mexico meets Duval Street. It’s kind of like a carnival or street party that starts to come alive a few hours before sunset.
Apart from the beach, luxury yachts and historic schooners are also available for ceremonies. Not to mention a few Victorian Mansions and the odd landmark or two such as President Truman’s Little White House and the Hemingway Home. Couples can also tie the knot at one of the many luxury resorts and outdoor tropical gardens.
Considering the large number of weddings that take place here, anything that could possibly be needed is always available. A couple could hire a planner at the drop of a hat, and instantly put together all the pieces including catering, the florist, a videographer and the photographer. As for shopping, Duval Street does offer a healthy selection, but a quick trip to Miami would probably be more advisable.
Then there’s also the marriage applications and license to be taken care of, which the planner (if one is hired) will usually handle. As for the hotel stays, ballroom, reception and honeymoon arrangements, this can also be arranged by the planner. But the couple should oversee and sign off on the choices here.
Inspite of all the modern facilities and arrangements that are available, the city still retains a charming old world feel to it. The combination of natural beauty, historic setting and steamy climate makes it the dream that every wedding aspires to be. The summary of it is that very few other cities can even come close to the romantic wedding and honeymoon destination that is Key West.