Even on its coldest winter day, Orlando’s weather can’t be described as worse than chilly. If you’re looking for a winter wedding without the goosebumps, escape the cold and head to Orlando for a warm and sunny walk down the aisle.
With over 60 million annual visitors, Orlando is the top tourist destination in the United States. A quick glance at the city’s roster of theme parks — Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Legoland, to name a few — and it’s easy to see why.
Orlando is filled with fabulously unique resorts and hotels, complete with water parks, spas, live shows, and fine dining options. Your guests can have an amazing, jam-packed vacation without ever leaving the hotel.
Out of all of the heartfelt moments that occur on a wedding day, your ceremony will shine the brightest. Make it special by finding a ceremony officiant who is the perfect fit. With this trusted person leading the service, and local ceremony musicians setting the tone with their sweet notes, the vow exchange will exceed your biggest wedding dreams.
Your reception is the part of the wedding day where you can be the most creative and let your personalities take center stage. Work with your Orlando wedding planners to develop a vision for the party that represents the two of you to a T. Armed with this vision, your florist, caterers, and band or DJ will work their magic to make your reception unlike any other. As you make your grand departure at the end of the night, you'll smile to yourself knowing that they day turned out even better than you'd ever hoped.
The rehearsal dinner is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your closest friends and family before all the action ensues. Orlando has a rehearsal dinner spot that meets the needs of every group — from enormous guest lists to intimate affairs, and from super swanky styles to more casual approaches. So sit back and enjoy the official start to your wedding weekend!
Orlando may be filled with theme parks, but you and your new spouse are the main attraction during your wedding weekend. Stretch your time with your best friends and closest family members by hosting a farewell brunch at your venue, hotel, or an Orlando restaurant. After the meal, you’ll be able to give your nearest and dearest a proper goodbye before they hit the road. And really, who doesn’t love a mimosa?
Though not required, wedding welcome bags are a thoughtful way to introduce your out-of-town guests to Orlando and give them a taste of the city. All you need to do is fill the bag with some of your local favorites, drop them off at the hotels you’ve selected for guests, and the staff will ensure the bags are delivered to the appropriate rooms. When your guests arrive, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by the sweet gift in their rooms!
Wedding favors make guests feel appreciated for the effort they put forth to attend your wedding — especially if they have to travel out of town for the occasion. Plus, these little gifts will serve as a reminder of your special day for years to come. Our advice? Select something locally inspired that will capture the essence of Orlando. We’ve rounded up our favorite Orlando favor ideas to help if you’re in need of inspiration.
Your guests probably know about Orlando’s most famous theme parks, but they may not have realized just how extensive Orlando's attractions list really is! To get a sense of all that the city has to offer, check out Virtual Tourist's guide to the Top 25 Orlando Activities. Consider linking to this, and the linked options below on your wedding website to make it easy for guests to tailor their itineraries with their favorites.
“Comprehensive” is the best word to describe Orlando’s food scene. The city’s array of restaurants are able to accommodate the tastes and preferences of each of the over 60 million travelers it sees each year. For the top spots, take a look at Orlando Magazine’s Dining Awards.
Orlando’s accommodations are an extension of the city’s overall vibe: fun, festive, and full of energy. Do your guests a favor and reserve a block of rooms at one or two of your favorite hotels and resorts. It’ll take the guesswork out of deciding where to stay and will be much appreciated.
Orlando has so many delightful engagement shoot locations! Locating your shoot in one of Orlando’s numerous parks and gardens will allow you to take advantage of Florida’s lush vegetation. If you’re hoping to create a more whimsical look with your photos, check out Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk. Or, head north to Park Avenue in Winter Park to use their charming streetscape as your backdrop.
Congratulations on choosing Orlando as the location for your premarital party! Because there is so much to see and do in Orlando, your maid of honor might feel overwhelmed at the prospect of throwing your bachelorette bash. If that’s the case, send her our ideas for throwing an amazing Orlando bachelorette weekend. Our foolproof suggestions will maximize the fun of your bachelorette party.
It’s impossible not to have a great bachelor party in Orlando. Between gator tours, whirlyball (a mixture of lacrosse and bumper cars), theme parks, and a plethora of live music and entertainment, the weekend is sure to be just as rambunctious as you always hoped. For specific recommendations on where to stay, play, and dine, check out our bachelor party ideas.
Orlando consistently tops the list of destinations for business meetings, sporting competitions, and association conventions. From cheerleading competitions to comic book festivals, Orlando hosts a special event just about every weekend. Fortunately, the city is accustomed to and well prepared for large influxes of visitors, which means that only the largest of these events will have an impact on your guests’ ability to secure affordable travel and comfortable accommodations during your wedding weekend. Pay special attention to the events below as you set the date:
Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Orlando, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry: