Located in the southernmost part of Florida, Miami has become a melting pot for Latino languages, music, and cuisine. It’s the perfect destination for a multicultural affair.
For couples in love with both beaches and rooftops, Miami is the perfect spot. With the Atlantic ocean crashing against the shores of this booming metropolis, the Magic City is the best of both worlds.
Whether it's football, basketball, or baseball that makes your heart rate rise, Miami never lacks for athletic excitement. If you and your crew love cheering in a crowd, take your wedding to South Florida’s playground for professional sports.
Cold climate not cutting it? Any time of year guarantees a warm weather wedding in Miami. Trade in your jackets for sunglasses as you head down the coast to tie the knot!
If your inner party animal calls, a Miami wedding will answer. Packed with dance clubs and a get-down attitude, this city skyline buzzes with energy.
It’s a decision that some young women dream about for years, wondering just what fate has in store for her. Looks, personality, degrees of compatibility...all these elements cycle through her imagination. Will she have to compromise? Is the right fit out there somewhere? Oh, the search for The One. Wait—did you think we were talking about soul mates? Sorry, friend. No. We’re talking about The Dress. Find your sartorial match made in heaven at one of our Miami bridal shops, where your fairy godmothers of fashion are waiting to outfit you in the gown you were born to wear. (While you’re there, dress up your whole wedding party to match; you’ll see your entire wedding vision really come to life.) Then gild the whole ensemble with help from your local ring and jewelry specialists, where those eye-catching details, from wedding bands to a “something new” necklace, will secure the look you’ve been searching for. Then sit back and breathe a sigh of relief...whew. The hunt is over.
Unless you are a model or a celebrity (and if so, well then congrats to you), the twenty-four hours surrounding your walk down the aisle might be the most photographed day of your life. With all those cameras flashing, you’ll want to be sure you’re looking mighty fine, so book an appointment or two with local hair and makeup professionals well in advance to work through the finer details of your wedding appearance. They’ll help you achieve that polished, but not too “done” affect so that you look like you...just a really, really stunning version of you. What could be better? Reward yourself for all that hard work of being gorgeous with a trip to one of Miami’s pampering salons, preferably with your best buds in tow, to get that relaxed, glowy vibe that comes from a killer facial and massage. Oh, and remember when we said this was the most photographed you’ll ever be? Same message applies for your hands, so get those digits in front of a nail technician while you’re there. (Trust us, “ragged cuticles” is not a hot look.)
This is your day, dears, so let’s make sure that your wedding ceremony is the most you it can possibly be. In Miami, couples tend to favor outdoor weddings in a variety of settings, but the beach is a perennial classic. Whether you favor a buttoned up, black-tie soirée or a low-key waterfront I-do, there are abundant Miami wedding venues that will suit your purpose. From there, it’s down to the details. The pro who’s best suited to help you fine-tune the important parts—the language of the ceremony itself, to start—is your wedding celebrant or officiant. This individual is your key to the most emotional piece of this whole weekend. Hold out for someone who will help you tell your love story honestly and with integrity. Next, make sure you've secured fabulous Miami wedding photographers to capture all those meaningful moments for posterity! Finally, turn to the tunes played by local ceremony musicians that will stir the air as you make your way down the aisle. Whatever shape your wedding ceremony takes, Miami wedding vendors are here to support you.
Okay, you’ve thought through the ceremony and you officially feel ready to plan the party. Miami is the Magic City, after all, and shindigs around these parts tend to be heavy on the dancing, drinking, and overall merriment. Set the scene first: will your reception be an all-night, outdoor dance floor situation, or a sprawling, dinner-centric meal-of-the-century? And who’s to say you can’t have both? We’ve seen big ballroom bashes and intimate outdoor dinners done with equal elegance and savoir faire. Start sorting out the details by picking out a top-notch reception space. Then, on to the ambiance: assemble a crack team of wedding experts to help you with catering, florals, and one of our amazing Miami wedding bands. If being point-person for all these excellent professionals seems like it might be a bit much on the day-of, bestow your trust in a fabulous Miami wedding planner, someone with an equally excellent vision that fits your and your partner’s style. The last step? Get excited. You’re about to host the party of your dreams.
You’ve called your bridal party together, plus parents, to practice your best aisle moves. Don’t leave them hanging when you’re done: make the most of this extra time with loved ones by hosting a rehearsal dinner that shows off some of Miami’s finest food. It’s your last night as an unmarried human, so you should probably let someone else worry about cooking dinner. Miami is a foodie city with abundant restaurant real estate, so there are options all over the map. Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach is a high-end dining destination with a French-American menu you’ll want to savor surrounded by your nearest and dearest. In Fort Lauderdale, opt for dinner at Ocean2000, where it’s hard to tell what’s more worth it, the views or the locally sourced cuisine. If you want to score a view of downtown Miami, head to Area 31, the 16th floor stunner at the EPIC Hotel. Their seafood-focused menu and large private dining room make this place a win in most books. Wherever you choose, revel in this intimate time surrounded by great friends, food, and (let’s hope) flowing wine.
Even if you’re off to an exotic, tropical locale the day after your wedding, consider pushing that flight ‘til the afternoon and brunch it up with your crew. Why waste a moment when all your friends are all together in one place? Plus, we personally believe it would be remiss to turn down what is, frankly, the best meal of the day in magical Miami. Town Kitchen & Bar in South Miami has a private event space for 40, great brunch options, and an awesome champagne carafe special. Invite your guests over to Coconut Grove for a deluxe buffet brunch at Berries in the Grove, complete with omelet station and all the fixings. If you’re looking for some more fabulous suggestions, check out our recommendations below for local spots with scrumptious spreads that can help you plan brunch for a crowd.
That envelope, standing out like a diamond amidst the bills and junk mail, is the first piece of information your guests will receive regarding your wedding. The invitation is an insight into your affair’s personality, offering clues about such fundamentals as formality, mood, size, and setting. It’s a gift, really, and can be as pretty as any present—if done well. Don’t waste the opportunity to make a first impression with your invites; enlist the design expertise of a local invitation and paper goods boutique to help craft an original, considered, and cohesive paper suite that truly plants the style seeds for your complete wedding vision. Of course, if your budget allows, going the extra mile to have your stationery hand-calligraphed will pack a majorly sophisticated, not to mention personalized, punch. Miami’s talented calligraphers can do just about anything with a pen and ink, so whether your vibe is clean and modern or elegantly casual, consider adding an extra touch of artistry to your wedding stationery. That envelope will shine all the brighter for it.
Your guests are finally headed to the Sunshine State to spend the weekend celebrating you and your new spouse, so dust off that red carpet you’ve been saving for a special occasion. It’s time to show these out-of-towners what a Miami welcome looks like, and you’re gonna do it up right with a locally sourced wedding welcome bag chock full of treats, tips, and a sweet thank you note. We’re sure the city will grace your guests with its customary good weather when you arrive; add to the experience by treating them to a couple of cold ones from Miami’s Wynwood Brewing Company, like a La Rubia blonde ale. Since these babies don’t have a distro deal yet, bring your own growler or pick one up there to get your fill. If your guests are serious snack people, get them a Knoshy box, a Fort Lauderdale-based subscription snack box full of small-batch, made in the U.S.A. treats your guests will fall for. A little bit of kitsch never hurt a welcome bag, either: look into picking up a wee Miami souvenir, like this wooden Florida magnet in Miami Dolphins colors, for your guests to hang onto as a keepsake. We’re sure your Miami-inspired bag is going to be a slam dunk, but check out our post below on how to pack a seriously rad wedding welcome bag from start to finish.
What better way to give guests a meaningful thank you gift for attending your excellent wedding than by sharing a bit of Miami magic with them? Gifts sourced locally give your event a little extra street cred and ensure that friends and family leave with their present in tow at the end of the night. For a little something sweet (or spicy), select a jam, honey, or hotsauce from the Jam Jelly Honey House, who are regulars at almost every South Florida farmer’s market. Dress up a wooden drink muddler from Miami Bar & Restaurant Supplies with a sweet ribbon and your favorite mixed drink recipe to add a personal touch to a great local item. Or, for more immediate gratification, do your friends a real favor and cash in on this food truck craze that’s making its way into weddings around the country. Miami’s Empanada Truck would be an amazing, snack-y end to a night full of dancing. For more thoughts on what favors go best with a Miami wedding, read on.
If you’re planning a Miami wedding, your guests probably only have one thing on their mind: The Beach. Don’t get us wrong: we love the beach, but cut their complexions a break and give them some handy suggestions for places to hang out while they’re in the area. If your guests are looking to relax for the day, send them to the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables to play bathing beauties. For a dry land activity, suggest a stroll through the Art Deco District, where they can take a break from the sun by doing some light shopping and dining in some of the area’s hip restaurants. For friends with little ones, suggest Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Science and Discovery, which has a particularly fun kid section. And, yeah, if you’ve got a favorite beach spot, throw that in there, too. To make your job a little easier, we’ve put together a list of our favorite Miami places to visit to ensure your guests fully enjoy their downtime.
Miami is a sleeper foodie city for sure, even outside of the glorious Cuban fare offered in Little Havana. Each neighborhood has its own jewels, so if you know where friends and family are staying, it might be best to break it down by ‘hood rather than price point. Your guests will be forever in your debt when you tell them about Morgans, which has locally sourced brunch every day of the week, essential for a leisurely day of eating, beaching, and sleeping. To have the ideal seafood experience, send your friends to La Camaronera, and don’t let them come to your wedding unless they ordered the fried oysters—they’re that good. For some seriously mouth-watering small plates, it has to be Beaker and Gray, where the only thing as good as their globally-inspired menu is their cocktail selection. We suggest looking into their sweet-meets-savory cocktail offerings, like The Greenhouse, which blends botanist gin with chartreuse, basil, and celery soda. Read on to see some of our other favorite spots in the greater Miami area.
Let us help you to become the ultimate Miami wedding guru by anticipating your guests’ accommodation needs. Sure, they can probably find a place on their own, but you’ll score serious hospitality points by telling your loved ones about the best hotels at a few different price points. Like restaurants, you might be tempted to break it down by neighborhood—after all, there are so many great areas to explore—but we suggest sticking to spots that are close to your reception venue for ease of transportation at the end of the night. Want some suggestions to ignite your hotel hunt? Your guests will be blown away by the pool alone at the Metropolitan in Miami Beach. The Mutiny in Coconut Grove is an edgy option right on the Biscayne Bay. For a slightly smaller, more boutique hotel feel, offer up The Hotel of South Beach, about two blocks from the beachwalk and the ocean at 8th Street. If you’re still stumped, have a look through our suggestions for a sweet spot to stay in Miami below.
You’re one lucky duck if you’re posing for engagement photos in Miami. Between the wealth of excellent photographers and all of the incredible backdrops to choose from, we’re sure your e-sesh is going to be a blast. Your wedding photos will be all the lovelier when your photog has the chance to get to know you and your partner in a low-pressure environment before the wedding. Plus, who can say no to extra gorgeous pictures of you and your spouse-to-be? (Your mantle called; it thanks you.) Double down on the awesome by picking out a gorgeous Miami location for your shoot. Set the stage for some elegant photos at the Olympia Theater, where you can take sweet snaps sitting in the audience and grand glamour shots up on the main stage. Head out to Stiltsville, which is now a national park, to strike some surreal poses in the middle of the Biscayne Bay. If you want to keep your shots landlocked, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden offers a lot of horticultural beauty for you and your love to nestle up to. If you’re looking for more suggestions, don’t worry: we called some expert Miami photographers who were more than happy to share their favorite engagement shoot locations.
Sure, you might hear “bachelorette party in Miami” and imagine some basic ladies poppin’ bottles in a beachfront hotel and then clubbing all night long. While Miami does that sort of thing well, it’s also the Magic City, baby, and magic is for everybody. You could spend a three-week bachelorette vacation in this city and not run out of fun, adventurous activities, delectable restaurants, and gorgeous accommodations. Get super up-close and personal with tropical ocean life on a snorkeling expedition, then chase it with drinks at Blackbird Ordinary, where the cocktails are made with fruit grown on the premises. Treat yourselves to a party at Midtown Nail Bar, a minimalist, ultra-gorgeous salon on NE 1st Ave. And, really, would it be a true bachelorette experience without doing something that might otherwise totally horrify you, like going up on stage and belting “Material Girl” during karaoke at Sing Sing Miami? We think not. If you’re looking for more ways to move this bachelorette party from basic to extraordinary, read on.
You best believe it’s time to get stoked if your bachelor party is in Miami. Live it up with your best friends as an unmarried man one last time, and make it count. If you’re tryna check in, head to the Surfcomber in South Beach for a gorgeous yet down-to-earth hotel experience. (Make sure you check out the fire pit, between the pool and the beach, in the evenings.) In terms of activities, well, you could go pretty much a million ways on this one. There simply might not be a more rad place to go deep sea fishing than Miami. Another challenging water option? Surfing, if the tide is right. If you’re more of a landlubber, no worries: we respect that. Pick up a Citi Bike for ease of transportation and hit up a great restaurant, like Havana 1957 in Brickell. Then head to the lounge at Baoli to end the night right. Let’s keep the ball rolling on this planning thing: check out the rest of our bachelor party ideas.
Where would we be without the immensely talented pool of Miami wedding vendors? Their passion for planning, commitment to their couples, and incredible ingenuity is what makes the local wedding scene as remarkable as it is, and it's the unique team behind every wedding working together that makes each event an affair to remember. Their combined experience and expertise is second to none, and we want you to benefit from it while assembling your dream team of vendors. Check out our Spotlight Series for in-depth Q&As with the best of the best in the industry, and make sure to read the articles they've contributed to Borrowed & Blue for the most reliable wedding tips and tricks, straight from the source.
It would be hard to envision a more exquisite tropical paradise than Miami if you tried. Consequently, people like to visit, and tons of visits all at once tend to put a cramp in booking that venue you wanted for your wedding, and reserving those hotel blocks like you’ve been meaning to, and getting your guests in from the airport without a ton of traffic, and...You get it. Our suggestion? Before you really get going on planning in earnest, have a look at our list of important annual events to consider when you choose your wedding and book your venue. We’ve made sure to include big draws to the area—other than the usual gorgeous weather, of course—that might make driving difficult or interfere with your guests getting a good rate on a hotel. Your loved ones will be bowled over that you thought so far in advance and saved them a huge headache. Check it out.
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