From waterside to city side, casual to sophisticated, Florida's Paradise Coast is filled with exciting ways to celebrate your big day. Here's a look at just a few.
For a day as special as your wedding, why not be surrounded in an atmosphere filled with historic charm? The Old Naples Historic District in the Third Street South shopping area offers several memorable locations, including Palm Cottage and the adjacent Norris Gardens, multiple public beach access areas, and several restaurants with private dining areas and garden courtyards.
Naples' downtown Main Street, Fifth Avenue South and nearby Third Street South both offer scenic areas alive with arts, entertainment, shops and restaurants perfect for pre-wedding shopping and dining. Outdoor ceremony locations include Cambier Park and Sugden Plaza.
For any woman who competes with the golf course for her man's attention, here's a venue that'll make him excited to help plan the wedding. Golf courses have always been a popular wedding location because of their majestic views and ability to accommodate large parties at their clubhouses. And for those who love golf, it's a great way for you and your guests to enjoy a golf outing as part of your wedding weekend. Florida's Paradise Coast boasts some of the most luxurious golf resorts in the nation that offer indoor and outdoor sites with breathtaking views, superb catering, special wedding packages and much more.
Love Gone Wild
For something really different, tie the knot at the Naples Zoo. Their Rainforest Grove offers a secluded setting that's surrounded by a natural living canopy of giant ficus trees and views of the resident Florida panther. At the NGALA Private Reserve, your guests will enjoy the company of Coulter, the giraffe, Lexus the leopard and other animals, not to mention a one-of-a-kind atmosphere featuring spectacular architecture, tropical foliage and unique water features. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's education boardwalk leads to a small, secluded amphitheatre with a canopy of old cypress trees, perfect for an intimate ceremony for nature lovers and available by special arrangement.
The beach is perhaps the most romantic place on Earth, and Florida's Paradise Coast provides all the elements for the beach ceremony of your dreams: soft white sand, gentle waves, swaying palms and magical sunsets. Many beach resorts offer everything you need on site to make your day unforgettable. You and your guests will enjoy a truly tropical ambiance and that feeling of being away from it all, yet you'll still have access to every convenience. South Beach Park on Marco Island and multiple sites along Naples Beach are popular ceremony spots on the public beaches with spectacular sunset views. If you opt for a non-beach wedding location, you can also stage a photo shoot at sunset at one of the area's many beautiful beach locations.
Passion For The Arts
For a refined and inspired wedding, make an art center your venue, such as the home of Naples Art Association. You'll enjoy Naples' sophisticated culture in galleries filled with modern works of art, scenic views of Cambier Park and the excitement of Fifth Avenue South just a block away. Artis - Naples, home of the Naples Philharmonic and Baker Museum of Art, is another fine choice for an elegant and enchanting setting.
For the adventurous at heart, the Everglades is filled with natural wonders and a taste of Old Florida. Accommodations and reception venues include the Ivey House Bed and Breakfast, which also offers guided eco tours, and the Rod & Gun Lodge, which has a marina on site and boat access. Tours for small groups are the specialty of Everglades Area Tours, including kayak and motor boat eco tours, kayak fishing, and more. It's sure to be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests as you celebrate your special day, explore the Everglades and see wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world.
The Love Boat
Exchange your vows surrounded by miles of sparkling water on a cruise. Many boats - both motor and sail - are available for private charter on Florida's Paradise Coast, whether you want your wedding to be big or small, formal or casual. Sea Excursions can arrange a variety of charters and cruises for groups, including sunset and dinner cruises. Two luxury yachts, the Naples Princess and the Marco Island Princess, can each accommodate up to 149 guests. Smaller weddings can just utilize the upper deck area while the lower remains open to public cruise guests. You may even have a few unexpected guests such as dolphins following in your wake. And for even more magic, plan a cruise for the sunset with dancing under the stars. You can even set your wedding date for a full moon. That's amore!