A destination wedding doesn’t always mean getting on a plane and traveling to an exotic destination far from home. Brides and grooms can stay close avoiding additional costs and hassle and still “get away” by choosing one of these beautiful spots not too far from the Space Coast.
Tavern and Chapel in the Garden
This unique and historic riverfront estate has plenty of options for a couple’s big day. The ten acre private manor along the Halifax River can be rented exclusively or by picking and choosing the wedding locations. Certified bridal event planners make sure every detail is the way you want it. The beautiful gardens and riverfront offer plenty of places for photos ops. The Chapel in the Garden is a historic property built in 1897. The Tavern in the Garden can host up to 150 in the indoor venue. Agatha’s Guest House is a charming river-front home with three bedrooms, indoor pool/spa, wet bar, wide screen TV and a full kitchen that serves as the honeymoon suite. Even a 1940’s railroad bar car, fully restored to its original art-deco glory. Couples can enjoy Port Orange’s scenic riverfront, historic treasures, challenging golf courses and Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens. The area’s 23-miles of sparkling, white sand beaches are a 24-hour playground that’s perfect for moonlit walks or lazily soaking up the afternoon sun. Water sports enthusiasts can choose from a wide range of beach activities. Try a romantic cruise down the Halifax River. Authentic paddle wheeler tours offer spectacular views of the area. Highlights include historic, downtown Daytona Beach, beautiful riverfront estates, and, if you’re lucky, a manatee or dolphin sighting.
Amelia Island’s shores, soft sea breezes and breathtaking scenery provide the backdrop to romances old and new- whether exchanging vows, celebrating another year of wedded bliss, or just slipping away for an island adventure for two.
For weddings large and small, the island has a venue to meet the needs of any bride and groom. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, and Omni Amelia Island Plantation all specialize in large, luxurious affairs, inside, on the beach, or a little of both. For smaller, more intimate beach weddings, couples can experience a blissful day at Amelia Hotel at the Beach.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island has 444 well-appointed guestrooms, including 43 Club rooms, 42 suites and two Presidential suites. Each guest room has a private balcony and coastal or direct ocean views. Enjoy a spa treatment or fine dining without ever leaving the property.
A world-class retreat surrounded by white sand beaches and lush natural views, this resort blends Four-Star accommodations with an array of the finest amenities and a personal touch. Costa d’Este features 94 deluxe guest rooms and suites, a destination restaurant and bar, a sparkling pool, spa and fitness center.
In the Crystal Room, the romantic environment is enhanced by beautiful crystal chandeliers and accentuated by decorative lighting. The golden sand beaches on the beautiful ocean front area offers unlimited possibilities. The elegant 1,170-square-foot function room has space for up to 90 guests. An adjacent outdoor pool and patio provides the setting for an afternoon brunch, while the breathtaking beach is perfect for oceanfront weddings. The Costa d’Este special event concierge helps ensure an unmatched experience for every bride and groom. Vero Beach offers shopping, dining and other entertainment just minutes away. Take a leisurely stroll through the romantic McKee Botanical Gardens or visit the Vero Beach Museum of Art.
Find fairytale ambiance on the island of Palm Beach, at The Breakers Palm Beach, an iconic, 140-acre oceanfront resort. Combining Italian Renaissance style and European feel, with an alluring beachfront, the Breakers is an ideal wedding locale and honeymoon destination. The wide selection of space options has extraordinary appeal for a variety of events and styles. Majestic ballrooms are all breathtaking – from the resort’s venues that are modeled after the historic 14th and 16th century “palazzos” of Italy to the contemporary style of the Ponce de Leon Ballroom.
For destination weddings that typically take place over two or more days, the resort offers multiple venues to create distinct concepts for rehearsal diners, wedding ceremonies, receptions and post-wedding brunches. Beautiful outdoor courtyards – great for brunches or ceremonies, lush tropical landscaping and lawn space, and a 6,000-square-foot rooftop terrace round out the variety of scenic venues available.