Destination Weddings in Florida are trending
You are reading this, so you probably already know of the benefits of a destination wedding. So let’s take it one step further and see why so many people are now choosing a destination wedding in Florida. A wedding at home can be expensive. If you’re at home the guest list will likely build up and up. It’s difficult to invite one favorite uncle and not invite another less favorite. Before you know it you’ll be paying for people you hardly know to eat and drink at your wedding. So what if you turn it on it’s head and decide to go abroad for a destination wedding?
With that single decision you fix so many challenges. Firstly the guest list comes way down. Maybe just immediate family will go with you, or open it up to close friends too. Usually the ones that will spring for flights abroad really care about you.
It’s a very British thing to have a nice holiday in a warm destination
With a destination wedding in Florida, you and your guests are killing two birds with one stone. Orlando has so much going on that your guests can go off and do their own thing and you can all get together for the occasional meal or activity. No pressure. The other decision you’ve just fixed is your honeymoon. The day after you’re married you can get away to the coast or go and do something with your other half for a few days. A nice bit of intimate time together in a sub-tropical paradise. All this for probably less money than you would pay for your wedding at home. So on to the 5 reasons…
1. Florida has superb weather year round
Florida is called the sunshine state for good reason. There’s lots of sunshine and palm trees and places to enjoy the sun, such as the beaches, Disney World, Universal Studios and other World class theme parks. Warm Winters and even warmer summers. Florida has a sub-tropical climate which is why there are lots of rain showers daily in the summer, but they usually build up in the afternoon and are gone as quick as they arrive.
2. It is very easy and affordable to get to Florida
There are more direct flights to Florida from the UK per day than any other long haul destination. Which also means there are a lot of choices and in the summer there are even more flights from regional airports throughout the UK and not just the big cities such as London and Manchester. This opens up the options from airports such as Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham and Stanstead. With there being so many carriers, prices are very reasonable and most of the big tour operators have extremely competitive packages. Look at operators such as Virgin Holidays and Thomas Cook to start with.
3. English is the official language in Florida
The official language in the US is English and although phrases and some spelling is different (As you will notice in this blog) it really does make things easier than if you have to navigate a foreign language.
4. It is really simple to obtain your marriage license in Florida
If you decide on a destination wedding in Florida, you are in good company. Guests from the UK and have been getting married in Florida for many years, so it’s really easy to get your marriage license from your closest courthouse a couple of days before your big day. If you book through a tour operator or Winter Park Wedding Company, your coordinator has all the details and directions to walk you through the process.
5. Florida is a popular destination to honeymoon
Immediately after the wedding you don’t have to go very far. You have the option of leaving your guests to enjoy the theme parks and all the fun that Orlando has to offer and you can literally drive off into the sunset for a romantic honeymoon within a holiday. You can head to the gulf coast beaches, drive down to the famous Florida Keys, or even sail away on a Caribbean cruise from nearby Port Canaveral. It’s all possible because you’ll already be in Florida.
How to choose the best destination wedding venue
Now you know why Florida is such a good choice, here’s the little secret that will make your wedding extra special for you and why you will impress the socks off your family and guests.
A couple of miles north of Orlando away from the craziness of the theme parks and tourists is a beautiful, historic, posh little town called Winter Park. Don’t take my word for it, just google “Winter Park, Florida” and you will see just how beautiful it is. Think of it as the Florida equivalent of a quaint little village in the Cotswolds. You can also visit the WInter Park Chamber of Commerce online visitors guide for more great info on this wonderful place.
Winter Park is constantly featured in magazines across the USA referring to its beauty and quaintness. The City of Winter Park was founded in the late 1800’s by some wealthy business tycoons from the North of the US as a place to build their mansions and spend their Winters in a warm climate. This is where Winter Park Wedding Company comes in. The company currently features 6 of the best Winter Park Wedding Venues. Whichever one you choose they all have the wonderful backdrop of Winter Park for your wedding photographs. It’s a photographers heaven and photographers come from miles around to take photos. From engagement shoots, to trendy fashion and family photographs. It’s simply stunning.
Making sure you’re in good hands with people you can trust
The founder of Winter Park Wedding Company is Suzanne Graffham. she grew up in Manchester and went to University in Durham.
Suzanne came to Florida from the UK 20 years ago and has been taking care of couples from the UK and all over the World getting married in Florida for more than 15 years. She works with top UK tour operators such as Virgin Holidays, TUI and Thomas Cook and you can also book your Winter Park wedding through them. But if you are more independent and like to book things yourself you can also book direct with Suzanne.
You can start a conversation through Facebook, email or even telephone. You can even schedule live FaceTime or Skype tours of the venues with Suzanne while you’re in the UK. Suzanne and her team are there to answer your questions and make the process fun and exciting. You just have to take a look at some of the many reviews Suzanne received online to see the pattern of excellence. Orlando has other wedding venues and you will see them as you search. Take a look at them and Compare, but don’t choose until you have seen the Winter Park venues.
To start a conversation about a possible destination wedding in Florida think of possible dates and ideas you have, fill out the form below and Suzanne will get back to you with information on the packages and prices. Even if you’ve just started looking around it is smart move to get the information so you can make better informed decisions.
It’s also comforting to know you’re dealing with an expert.
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