An Introduction to Getting Hitched in Key West

For decades, Key West has been a destination favorite for couples across the nation. It’s unique location makes you feel like you’re standing at the edge of the world, yet, it is one of the most easily accessible beach locations in the country. If you’ve always dreamed of having your nuptials overlook crystalline waters, beneath an azure sky, with palm trees swaying about in the wind, toss in a few swashbuckling tales, and you have yourself one heck of a setting for a wedding. And with no wait times and a minimal marriage license fee for out-of-state’rs, it’s a no brainer to start your life here on at the tip of the continent.

Getting married in Key West not only makes for picturesque memories, but it’s easy. With so many beautiful hotels and resorts to choose from, all equipped to handle your wedding, no matter the size, putting it all together is as easy as picking up a phone or firing off an email! Themed weddings are a popular notion down here in Key West what some of the colorful characters that have called Key West home in the past like American novelist Ernest Hemingway.

There is no shortage of exquisite settings here in Key West what with its pristine beaches, and spectacular sunsets, have your wedding on our shores, or sail out to to meet the sun, either way, you, your beloved and your guests will leave here with unforgettable memories. If you’re planning a lavish affair, there are a number of luxury resorts nestled shoreside that can cater to the most discerning of brides. And for those brides who enjoy taking a more laid back approach to their wedding planning, Key West is teeming with fantastic wedding planners who know exactly how to create the perfect day. But don’t think for a moment that you’re limited to beaches and fancy resorts, the history of Key West is long and rich, what could be more romantic than getting married in a place where Spanish royalty once walked? And the Southernmost Point, an iconic place here in Key West, marking the southernmost spot of land on the United States continent, is a fabulous place to say “I do”. And for the ultra romantics, how about exchanging your vows on the exclusive island of Pigeon Key beneath the Old Seven Mile Bridge. After your first kiss, gather your esteemed guests and chase the sunset on the beautifully restored African Queen vessel, a historic and iconic tall ship. As you can see, Key West is a wedding photographers dream, and if you really want to give your guests a party to remember, this is the place to do it!

Something else to consider, is that Key West is the ultimate locale to bring children. If you’re a couple with little ones or you have guests bringing children to the wedding, there is an abundance of activities to keep everyone out of your hair! The snorkeling in Key West is some of the best in the world, and if you have kids old enough, they’ll never forget their underwater adventure. If they’re still too young, there are several tours like the Wild Dolphin Encounter and Snorkel that are perfect for families with small children or toddlers. Tell them to keep their eyes peeled for ‘Flipper’ on the horizon, and you’ll have peace and quiet for hours! If you can swing it, a trip to the Dry Tortugas and a traipse around one of the most impressive Forts in the country will have them chatting about it for years!

If it’s a Key West wedding that you’re after, the location choices are endless, the number of activities abundant and the settings second to none - Happy planning!