01 November 2018
FLORIDA KEYS – Many couples tying the knot in the Florida Keys & Key West are seeking a subtropical island experience, a customized event and personalized, creatively designed settings.
 
“Couples want something personal that speaks to the tone of who they are,” said Julie Shreck, owner-planner of Simply You Weddings in Key West. “The biggest trend we will continue to see is anything that is personalized and unique to the couple.”
 
Event attire for a laid-back Keys wedding? Men sometimes opt to don shorts, tuxedo jackets and sneakers, with women choosing sun dresses instead of traditional gowns.
 
Wedding requests include “a consistent theme of unconventional experiences such as live wedding painters, cigar rollers and steel drums with ambiance enhancers such as cafe lighting, live bands and sunrise ceremonies and brunch receptions,” said Jennifer Tacey, senior catering sales manager for Hawks Cay Resort in the Middle Keys.
 
Although Keys weddings may typically have 60 to 100 guests, the average number of attendees is climbing to 120 to 200 guests, said Liz Seligman, owner-planner of Island Life Events in Islamorada.
 
“Clients are doing away with the traditional protocol of a reception and seeking more of a party atmosphere,” Seligman said. “We create an atmosphere of a gorgeous ballroom on the beach.”
 
With beach settings, couples usually seek elegance, rather than “a bunch of shells on a table. We are bringing in linens, stylish chairs and using different shapes, with two or three styles of centerpieces,” Seligman added.
 
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