So You Are Planning A Wedding?

You met the perfect partner, you fell in love, and now it is time to tie the knot. You want it to me memorable, life-changing, awe-inspiring, and complete as a symbol of your love and devotion to your partner. The excitement of getting married sometimes clouds the underlying work at hand to make your ceremony PERFECT. Ceremonies In Paradise was constructed to give you all the resources that make this possibly HUGE task an easy path to follow. We select the Best Of The Best and put them all under one roof to make sure that memories are made and shared for your special day, whether it be a fancy wedding, a small gathering of friends, or a simple elopement or vow renewal.  

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Our Destinations in Paradise

Key West sign , CeremoniesByKat.comKey West is most often referred to as the Southernmost city in the continental U.S.  Located only 90 miles from Cuba and 100 miles from Key Largo, their is something for everyone on this 5 mile island. Key West has been home to such notables as Ernest Hemingway from 1931 to 1961.  Today his property is open to the public, as is the maritime museum of Mel Fisher and many other writers, actors and explorers.  The Harry S. Truman Little White House is open to the public for tours.  Key West brims with color, variety and excitement.  The island is a mixture of the galleries, museums, theaters, restaurants, shops, bars and entertainers.  It is an eclectic mix of old and modern architecture.  Duval street is well known, and so are the daily sunset celebrations. Key West is not known for it’s beaches (very few) but is full of private resorts which offer wedding packages ($$$$). Save

Key Largo sunset wedding by Ceremonies By KatKey Largo is an island in the upper Florida Keys archipelago and is the largest section of the Keys, at 33 miles (53 km) long. It is one of the northernmost of the Florida Keys in Monroe County, and the northernmost of the Keys connected by U.S. Highway 1 (the Overseas Highway). Its earlier Spanish name was Cayo Largo,[1] meaning long islet. Key Largo is home to many spots perfect for a tropical wedding.

islamorada beach wedding ceremony spot for Kat Newman, CeremoniesByKat.comIslamorada, a “Village of Islands,” is an incorporated village located on the islands of Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key in the Florida Keys. Plantation Key (approximately 5 miles long) was inhabited by Native Americans at least 1,000 years before European contact with the Americas. This area also boasts a multitude of art galleries and quaint shops.  From 5 star resorts to the more simpler roadside motel, their is a fit for everyone in the accommodations department.  From strolling the roadside shops to trolling for a big fish, Islamorada may be your choice in the Upper Florida Keys.Save

Marathon Florida Keys home to CeremoniesByKat.comMarathon is located in the middle of the Florida Keys island chain.  It is home to one of our two airports and an array of activities.  Visit the Dolphin Research Center, Turtle Hospital, Crane Hammock Point or Sombrero Beach.  Cruise the seven mile bridge (where the movie True Lies was filmed) or take to the water for a cruise around the Middle Keys.  Find yourself taste testing local favorites at a waterfront eatery or strolling the many shops that dot the area.  Marathon houses 5 star resorts to the one of a kind Botels, a motel right on the water with a slip for you to keep your boat right behind your room.  This family friendly community supports many events throughout the year and welcomes visitors to join in.

Anna Maria Island for destination weddingsAnna Maria Island, sometimes called Anna Maria Key, is a barrier island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida, in the United States.  It is bounded on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, on the south by Longboat Pass (which separates it from Longboat Key), on the east by Anna Maria Sound, and on the north by Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island is approximately seven miles long north to south. Also found in Anna Maria Island, at the southern mouth of Tampa Bay, are the cities of Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. If you are looking for a great location for a wedding, the endless beachfront which extends for mile after mile (as far as the eye can see) , you will LOVE Anna Maria! Strict regulations govern the type of buildings and businesses allowed on Anna Maria Island, but excellent dining – seafood, of course! – is very much encouraged. Come visit – you well might feel as though you have journeyed back in time. Vacation rentals abound here, and prices are far better than pricey resorts. Save Save

Siesta Key aerial photo for Florida destintion weddingsSarasota is compromised of several different areas which include the City of Sarasota, the barrier islands of Lido Key, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, and Casey Key. Known for it’s rich cultural roots, Sarasota has been one of the centers of art and theater for decades, and has a rich history of being home to more millionaires per capita than any other region in the United States. Despite the underlying opulence that is not always noticeable, Sarasota is a engaged couple’s dream for a destination wedding in Florida. Far less expensive than the Florida Keys, this town has more public beach accessible property than all the Keys combined. In addition to the sheer number of miles of beach, there are the sugar white sands of Siesta Key and was voted as the “Whitest Sand in the World “ by National Geographic, and the #1 Beach in America several times over the past 20 years.(even outpointing the beaches of Hawaii). has rated Siesta key as the “Best Beach in America” and “#5 Best in the World”.

Aerial of Venice, Florida, home to great destination weddingsVenice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The city includes what locals call “Venice Island”, a portion of the mainland that is accessed via bridges over the artificially-created, intercoastal waterway. The city is located 20 minutes south of Sarasota and north of Englewood. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,748. It is noted for its large snowbird population during the winter months and was voted as a top 10 “Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living. The greater Venice area is home to many beaches including Venice Beach, Casperson Beach, and Nokomis Beach. Casperson Beach is one of very few beaches where there is no development (no hotels, homes, roads or condos), just beach trees and the Gulf of Mexico running for miles and miles. Small charming hotels populate the region as well as many rental homes. If you desire laidback, sleepy beaches away from the hustle and bustle of resort towns, Venice has a welcome mat all laid out of you.

Boca Grande aerial photoBoca Grande is a small residential community on Gasparilla Island, in southwest Florida. Boca Grande is known for its historic downtown, sugar sand beaches, blue water and world class fishing. Its name – Spanish for “Big Mouth” – comes from the mouth of the waterway, called Boca Grande Pass, at the southern tip of the island. Boca Grande’s serene beauty also makes it a destination for high-profile weddings and residences for the elite seeking privacy.  Families such as the Bush’s (Presidential fame), the Heinz family, Audrey Hepburn, amongst a few of the world famous notables who reside there seasonally, or permanently. Boasting so many miles of beaches, Boca Grande is a perfect getaway for a simple ceremony or elopement, or have a large affair in the Gasparilla Inn which originally opened it’s doors in 1911.

Bradenton, FL aerial of venues for destination weddingsBradenton – The area that would become Bradenton (originally spelled “Bradentown”) was explored in 1539 by the Spanish during the famous expedition led by Hernando De Soto. Bradenton was established in 1842. The region boasts its own set of barrier islands as well as the vast reaches of the Manatee River , all of which provide some phenomenal destinations for a wedding. Bradenton includes the areas of Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, City Island, the fishing village of Cortez, and Longboat Key.


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