Hyatt Key West or other KW wedding ideas?
Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:59 PM
My goodness. I can't tell you how many places I have considered for my destination wedding. I still haven't found that one place that really speaks to me. Now I am thinking about staying in the US, but wanted a fun destination feel to the wedding....so, maybe Key West!
We are planning for 2010, and no more than 30 people would be expected to come.
I know some of you are planning in Key West and I have seen bits here and there about the Hyatt Key West. Can you provide more information? Why (or why not) did you choose this hotel? How has your experience been working with them? Do you find it to be quite expensive? Other hints or tips? If you have chosen other places in KW, I would love to hear about them too.
I am hoping for an easy, no stress wedding. Budget is in the range of 20-25K for everything. I hope for a fun atmosphere, good food, and a pretty location. I have to find a place my picky mom who likes luxury, and my budget minded friends, can enjoy.
Thanks my friends-- I really appreciate the time everyone puts in here to help each other out!
Posted 18 January 2009 - 10:58 PM
Posted 19 January 2009 - 01:26 PM
Hopefully some of our Key West brides will come forward soon!
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 03:45 PM
I am so glad to see the responses coming in...
Amanda-- can you share more info about this house that sleeps 16? I had also considered something like that. Where did you find it? Which B&B are you using?
Open question: I had been thinking about wedding in the spring between March and June. Any thoughts on when the "best" time would be? I want to avoid peak season prices, so shoulder season would be ideal... but no hurricanes or temps over 90! I also want to avoid major festivals that would jack up prices.
Final question (for now anyway!): thoughts on photographers? I am very picky about this and it's the one area I don't want to cut corners on.
Looks like we need to plan a trip to get down there and check it out for ourselves.
Posted 30 January 2009 - 04:55 PM
I love it and the pricing was on a shoulder rate. One thing that they don't tell you is there is an additional $475 cleaning rate, about 1k in taxes, and a $200 pool heating cost (there are two pools and depending on time of year it might not apply). I booked it for 8 days and they came down a little in the price for me. Frank and Findlay were very responsive and I believe you can get the contact info from the link above.
I worked with Jessica/Jess at The Artist house for the B&B. I liked the look of it and she was really helpful.
As for photographers I had looked at a lot of portfolios. I love Studio Julie. Her website is www.studiojulie.com and she has amazing stuff on it! I am still waiting on a quote from John Hunter but I liked his portfolios too.
If you need hair done I am booking with Marie Pierre and her website is // Studio Marie-Pierre Key West Hair and Make-up
let me know if you have any other questions and you can PM me too. I hate not being able to look at your thread while responding. I might have forgot something.
Posted 31 January 2009 - 02:43 AM
I'm using Marie-Pierre for hair and makeup. She's coming to my room because less stress is best. Even though I am a makeup artist and can do my own hair, I need to reduce my stress.
May or June would be good for lower rates and it won't be hot as hell as it is in July. We were there in July. I'm used to humid heat in Maryland, but dang..it was hotter than hot! May and June will be warm, just know Key West has the highest mean temperature for the United States...meaning it's consistently warm. Memorial Day weekend is our wedding and we're running into minimum night requirements. So avoid that weekend (I've got the Hyatt on LOCKDOWN! LOL).
I've done a ton of research (I over research everything) and have been there 4 times. So I still have a tourist perspective. I like nice things, but I also have a beer budget in this economy. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Also, this is a place where you can have a wedding Weddings in Paradise :Old Town Manor Elegant Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Old Town, Key West, FLorida. Unfortunately, I don't have first hand knowledge of the place, but considered it for a moment. Other places we considered were Southernmost Hotel Resort and Audobon House.
Posted 01 February 2009 - 03:33 PM
Thanks again for all the invaluable information! After test-driving several destinations in my head, I think we are getting closer to a decision.... may 2010 in Key West!
Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:14 PM
So I guess it depends on how much of a production you want, how relaxing you want your day to be and how much time you are willing to spend researching your options. We wanted to use the d.o.c money towards our honeymoon...I can't wait.
There is a KW wedding coordinator on this site, but when I get a chance I will send you info. from another one that Key West Cakes recommended. She has a great website too!
Here's the info:
The website: http://simplyyouweddings.com/
And here is a website where she talks about the company.
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