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Everything You Need for Your Paradise Wedding & Honeymoon in The Florida Keys

Dreaming of a unique, action-packed destination wedding and honeymoon in paradise? Deep dive into The Florida Keys & Key West and experience cultural sites, luxury resorts, and offshore adventures you'll never forget.

A hetero couple sit on a white beach under a parasol with their feet in the water

A hetero couple sit on a white beach under a parasol with their feet in the water

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One of your greatest adventures is set to begin; a new journey filled with great potential and endless magical moments. Whether you're after a destination wedding or a honeymoon in paradise, you deserve a dream location where you can explore your bond as a couple.

Everything You Need to Know About Weddings & Honeymoons in The Florida Keys

We’ve teamed with The Florida Keys & Key West, who have everything you need to book your blissful wedding and honeymoon. What we've uncovered is a paradise-like 125-mile tropical island chain brimming with diversity, culture, and natural beauty.

A trove of enlightening knowledge, shines a light on the five central regions that make up the Florida Archipelago. From the colourful LGTBQ+ community of Key West to Key Largo's famous underwater ceremony sites, there's no end to the fun that can be had here, making a destination wedding-come-honeymoon an incredibly tempting proposition.

Truly heaven on Earth, The Florida Keys is a favourite for adventurous couples searching for easy-going wedding planning without compromising on the wow factor. So, if you’re looking to book a lavish resort wedding, a waterside ceremony, and a tropical island honeymoon, Florida Keys has something for you.

Get ready to take a step into the realm of possibility as we guide you through each unique district and the exciting options for your wedding and honeymoon in paradise.

Diversity & Culture in Key West

A same sex couple pose outside a Key West resort

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Starting in Florida's southernmost subtropical oasis, Key West is the home of diversity and culture. From the cultural epicentre of the vibrant Bahama Village to the historic Seaport district, your senses will be ignited with thrilling water adventures and hip, eclectic dining spots; and you can unlock them all from the moment you say 'I do'.

Key West is internationally known as an LGBTQ+ hotspot, making it a must for LGBTQ+ destination weddings. Adopting "One Human Family" as its official motto in 2000, Key West boasts its fair share of LGTBQ+ bars, restaurants, and watersport adventures.

When it comes to your union, the options are endless and include the opportunity to have your civil ceremony on the very same Monroe County Courthouse steps where Florida Keys' first LGBTQ+ marriage was held.

Jumping into the honeymoon thrills, you could take your pick of excursions, including a trip with Blu Q Gay Sailing Adventures or relaxing on the famous Fort Zachary Taylor Beach.

Those searching for cultural delights will find ample opportunity to feast their eyes and quench their thirst in the contrasting neighbourhoods that form Key West. Its close proximity to Cuba can be felt in the island city’s distinctive architecture, sidewalk cafes and open-air bars. You can also embrace your creative side with a wedding in the former home of Ernest Hemingway, now a historic landmark.

Top off your evening or start your first night as newlyweds by joining the sunset celebration at Mallory Square, complete with jugglers and tightrope walkers.

We cannot think of a better way to set the tone for your great adventure ahead!

Intimacy & Adventure in the Lower Keys

A couple kayaking in the Florida Keys

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Taking a smooth westerly turn from Key West’s cultural oasis to a haven of thriving wildlife, we land in the beautiful surroundings of Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys. This quiet island hub is ideal for an intimate wedding and a thrilling honeymoon.

If planning from abroad feels daunting, you can find all the Lower Keys wedding businesses you’ll need in one convenient place.

After the wedding, give your marriage a memorable start by diving into the Lower Keys Marine Sanctuary to witness the world’s third-largest coral barrier reef. Here, you'll find the famous 500-acre Bahia Honda State Park which offers a host of fun outdoor activities.

Big Pine is a prime starting point for scuba diving, with a wreck dive off the 210-foot Adolphus Busch being a memorable highlight. July honeymooners can also take a quick boat ride to snorkel around the Looe Key reef. The Lower Keys boasts its fair share of watersports and activities, including backcountry kayaking in No Name Key and a freshwater exploration in the Blue Hole.

If deep-diving amongst the vibrant marine life isn't for you, you'll find no shortage of sand and stunning shoreline between the award-winning Calusa Beach and mile-long Sandspur Beach.

If you want a sweet moment on land, you can visit the Grimal Grove, a tropical fruit farm where you can sample rare fruits. You can also take a quick drive to spend the day in Big Pine, a standout setting for an unforgettable post-wedding excursion.

Couple shopping at beach boutiques

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In the Lower Keys, another gem on the must-visit list is Stock Island. Get your snorkel ready and explore the crystal blue water on one of their eco safari tours. Afterwards, you can refuel and treat yourselves to dinner and a view at your choice of dockside restaurants.

With such a wide range of experiences to enjoy, The Lower Keys is a fantastic choice for your wedding, your honeymoon and even your family-moon!

Sail Away to Island Paradise in Marathon

Newlyweds watch the sunset on a boat

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Bang in the centre of The Florida Keys, Marathon is a ten mile-long island community known for its seafaring tradition. Tucked amongst this historic maritime city is a trove of luxury waterfront private homes, family resorts, and beachside inns ideal for a laidback tropical wedding and honeymoon combination.

In Marathon you can enjoy plenty of creative spaces and historic sites. One such site is Crane Point Hammock. You can tie the knot at the Crane House and after the wedding you’ll want to come back, because there’s so much to do here.

You can indulge your cultural appetites with a visit to the iconic Bahamian-style Adderley House, Marathon's original train station. Finally, you can take a romantic stroll through the butterfly gardens or relax on a trolley tour of the botanical gardens.

Marathon is a true boating paradise, offering access to world-class sailing and reef diving. If you want an unforgettable end to your honeymoon, take a sunset cruise. From the water you’ll have the best view of the Seven Mile Bridge and really appreciate its impressive expanse. Marathon isn't called the heart of the Florida Keys for nothing!

Celebrate a Tropical Island Ceremony in Islamorada

Newlyweds watch the sunset on Islander Pier

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Comprising six islands, Islamorada sits in between the turquoise depths of the Florida Strait and Everglades National Park. On this so-called Purple Island and one of the most romantic destinations in the United States, you'll find a mix of luxurious lodgings, unique charters, fine cuisine and boutique shopping.

Islamorada offers endless possibilities for a tropical wedding ceremony. Taking advantage of the region's thriving boating culture, you could host an on-the-water wedding with an intimate ceremony on a luxury yacht or glass-bottom boat.

Alternatively, you can take in the subtropical surroundings and keep it simple with a toes-in-the-sand beach ceremony. Whether you love a retro theme or prefer an unapologetically chic style, Islamorada is an ideal spot for a romantic destination wedding with an adventurous honeymoon.

After your vows, the sky's the limit. You can host a wedding feast amidst exotic tropical gardens or head waterside for Islamorada's famed fresh-from-the-dock cuisine. With everything from tiki-covered bars to gourmet beachfront bistros, it's a true foodie paradise that will keep you satisfied well into the honeymoon.

Make a Splash, Get Married & Relax in Key Largo

Newlyweds walk on the beach outside a Key Largo Resort

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The most northern point of the Florida Keys, Key Largo, is the closest of the Keys to Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, yet it feels a world away from both. Though the final stop of our journey, Key Largo is often the first stop for newlyweds and honeymooners, and for good reason.

It's a sensory paradise, ticking every box imaginable for a romantic destination wedding and a tropical honeymoon. From incredible luxury beachside resorts to enticing food trucks serving authentic local eats, there's every chance you and your guests won't want to leave!

Considered the diving capital of the world, Key Largo sits near the United States' only living coral barrier reef, so it comes as no surprise that underwater weddings are a popular choice. Charter a glass bottom boat for guests, encourage your wedding party to wear their finest attire, and take the plunge together next to the famous 'Christ of the Abyss' underwater statue.

As one of the world's most photographed underwater sites, it's a fitting location to mark the beginning of your new life together. Meanwhile, classic movie lovers can walk in the footsteps of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn with a ceremony on the original African Queen from John Huston's 1951 film.

Key Largo offers just as much potential for the honeymoon with numerous onshore and offshore activities. In true Key Largo spirit, you can take to the sea for scuba diving, snorkelling, or even pay a visit to Jules' Undersea Lodge, the only underwater hotel in the United States!

Those happy to stay grounded can embrace their inner eco-tourist at the Everglades National Park. Whether Key Largo marks the first step of your honeymoon across the Florida Keys and Key West or your exciting destination wedding, you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime.

Our tour is complete! Now all you have to do is make reservations and it couldn’t be easier.

Check out The Florida Keys and Key West website for top destination wedding suppliers and venues, accommodation for friends and family, a helpful list of marriage requirements and endless activities and experiences for your sunny honeymoon. Your journey begins here.