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, offers a scenic area alive with arts, entertainment, shops and restaurants. Elegant boutique hotels such as The Inn on Fifth offer an intimate setting for your reception and put your out-of-town guests in the center of pedestrian-friendly downtown Naples. Outdoor locations include Cambier Park and Sugden Plaza. Rent a horse-drawn carriage for an extra-special touch for the bride and groom's arrival or departure.
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 African lions. At the NGALA Private Reserve, your guests will enjoy the company of Coulter, the giraffe; Lexus, the Leopard;
Zambie, the Camel; and Zeus, the Zebra, not to mention a one-of-a-kind atmosphere featuring spectacular architecture, tropical foliage and unique water features.
Naples Botanical Garden has acres of cultivated gardens reflecting the plants and cultures of Florida, Brazil, the Caribbean and Asia, flowering tree groves, a beautiful Palm Allee that provides the perfect aisle and much more to provide tranquil yet breathtaking settings as only Mother Nature can. The beautiful Windstar Garden Room provides a lovely venue in air conditioned comfort for your reception. 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. The south beach of 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 gallery your venue, such as The von Liebig Art Center. 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 Philharmonic Center 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. Reception venues such as the Oyster House Restaurant in Everglades City offer lodging, boat and canoe/kayak rentals, fishing and sightseeing tours, nature trails, and an outdoor chickee raw bar – all on site. Other great accommodations 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 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 has a variety of charters and cruises, including sunset and dinner cruises. Two luxury yachts, the Naples Princess and the Marco Island Princess, can accommodate more than 100 guests. You may even have a few unexpected guests such as dolphins. And for even more magic, plan a cruise for the sunset and dancing under the stars. You can even set your wedding date for a full moon. That's amore!