Posted 14 January 2010 - 12:20 PM
Places we've looked into include...
Casa Morada but they can't accommodate a larger wedding
Cheeca Lodge and Spa but it's too expensive for our guests
Coconut Cove....read good things online about weddings there but don't know anything about it
Pierhouse but apparently their private beach is "top-optional" which is not exactly what I had in mind for my wedding day
Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:09 PM
We ended up booking a private estate (2 beach houses) on the Atlantic side of Islamorada for 4 days. This estate provided lodging for 23 people and all of our events were at the estate. Our other guests stayed at a resort down the road called The Islander, which you might also want to add to your list of potential venues (also look into Pierre's restaurant, but I've heard they're on the the expensive side). If you're interested in booking a private beach house or estate, here are some links to real estate companies who manage properties in Islamorada.
Vacation Rentals Florida Keys (this is who we booked through)
Florida Keys Vacation Rentals | Imagine Rentals
View Florida Keys real estate, Islamorada rentals & Key Largo rentals with Island Villa
Some other resort/villa options:
The Moorings Village, Pearl of Florida Keys Resorts
The Caribbean Resort, Islamorada, Florida: Sport Fishing and Diving Rental Homes and Villas
Our caterer was by far our most helpful vendor - Florida Keys weddings & Islamorada wedding catering starts with Caribbean Catering. Debbie at Caribbean Catering can also help you with finding a location. For our wedding she handled SO MUCH - all of the rentals (tables chairs, etc), decor, set-up, coordination, and food.
Another local Islamorada vendor I loved was our florist, Floral Fantasy Weddings
Had I hired a local photographer, I would have absolutely booked Michelle Young (Endearing Studios Just another WordPress weblog). She is one of my favorite photographers and I often wish I'd coughed up the extra money to book her. She's worth it.
You can also view my wedding page on Wedding Mapper for some more photos and you can see other couples' weddings in Islamorada on that site: http://www.weddingma....amorada/0yi2as
Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:11 PM
We're getting married at the Pier House June 26. We went down this past November to check out a few hotels and make our decision. They do have a small, private, topless private beach, but that is the area that is where the wedding ceremonies are held, so when there is a wedding, it is closed to sunbathers. They do have an additional adjoining private beach that is not topless, so there may be people on that during afternoon weddings.
Pier House is in Key West, but when we were there in November, the Pier House, itself, was very quiet and relaxing (even though it is on Duval Street), but the craziness/touristiness of Duval starts about a block away for anyone who wants it.
Posted 14 January 2010 - 04:21 PM
Juliepfief, Are you planning on staying at the Pierhouse or could you offer suggestions on places to stay in Key West? I don't really want to spend the days leading up to my wedding around half naked people either. I think I'll just be uncomfortable.
Inanna, the private beach house or estate actually sounds really nice. We would like to have our wedding New Year's Eve and finding somewhere that will carry the reception past 11 or into the New Year has been a pain so far. I will definitely look through everything you suggested. Which estate did you end up using?
Thank you both again!
Posted 14 January 2010 - 05:09 PM
If you'd like to see pictures of our wedding weekend and the houses/setup, just PM me with your email address and I'll send you a link to my wedding album. We really loved Islamorada! Its such a nice, laid back, "Keysy" community with unique shops and restaurants as well as plenty of outdoor activities to keep guests entertained. Our vendors from Islamorada were also incredibly helpful and professional.
Edit: I just also wanted to mention that we honeymooned in Key West after our wedding in Islamorada. We stayed at the Mermaid and the Alligator B&B (http://www.kwmermaid.com). We tend to like small "boutique" type places when we're vacationing so this was perfect for us... and it was also within easy walking distance to Duval and of all the action of Key West.
Posted 14 January 2010 - 06:14 PM
I've also stayed at the Paradise Inn, which is heavenly. Small, boutique inn/cottages, but very upscale and lovely. And for a more cost-effective place to stay, the Westwinds Inn is very sweet. I stayed there a few years ago. Clean and comfortable with friendly staff. Both of those are also an easy walk to Duval.
Posted 17 January 2010 - 01:59 PM
Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:38 PM
I also found Wunderground's trip planner very helpful when deciding on dates: Trip Planner : Weather Underground
Posted 25 June 2010 - 09:01 PM
Thet helped them out with everything.
Photographer was from Miami. www.frankpanarophotography.com
Another great place is Hawks Caye and Cheeca Lodge.
Best of luck always !!!!
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