Today we have a guest post from Globetrotting Cindy, one of my favorite travel correspondents!
I hope to walk down the aisle but I've never had visions of a big local wedding. I've planned events for the past 10 years and I would happily choose to have an outsider stress over my big day. So, for me, a destination wedding, organized by a fabulous wedding department is the only way I will go!
I recently visited the luxurious Breakers Palm Beach and was tempted to reserve a wedding date…. Perhaps 2015??? It is one the most beautiful and glamorous hotels with everything a bride needs to host the perfect wedding. Here’s the scoop:
WHERE: The Breakers Palm Beach is surrounded by 140 acres of oceanfront property, just minutes from Palm Beach. Florida has always been a popular wedding choice since its close enough to home, but far enough away to feel like you are truly having a destination wedding.
WHO: The Breakers Palm Beach isn’t for brides on a tight budget. Their elaborate ceremonies and receptions cost between $225-$800 per person.
WHAT THEY OFFER: They'll handle just about everything. They have a separate design studio on-property that works to create wedding themes, room décor and set designs, cutting edge floral designs, and theatrical lighting. They'll also coordinate prop rentals, music and entertainment, tuxedo rentals, transportation and find an officiant for the wedding.
WHEN: Book a year out to get your preferred date. In 2008 they hosted more than 100 weddings, with November and May being most popular. If a hurricane (hurricane season is June-November) should disturb your plans, they will reschedule the wedding and apply all deposits to the new date.
THE RECEPTION: So many choices! Brides can choose from majestic ballrooms (for 50-500 guests), outdoor spaces, Ocean Terrace or Ocean Lawn and Ponce Promenade.
ADDED PERKS FOR THE BRIDAL PARTY: Did anyone say spa day? The Breakers Palm Beach has a world-class spa with an array of spa packages. My favorite is the Island Escape, which includes an 80-minute Personal Retreat Massage, Honey Papaya Smoothing Scrub, Citrus Sorbet Pedicure and Spa lunch.
WHAT TO BOOK: The oversized beach bungalows include welcome amenities, private open-sky shower, living room, wireless internet, LCD flat screen TV, stocked refrigerator, personal amenities like lip balm, suntan lotion, magazines, robes and sandals, wet bar, beach concierge and spa service beach-side upon request. Rates for 2009 start at $200 for spring/summer/fall and at $495 in winter. INSIDER TIP: Request Beach Bungalows #16 or # 30 by the Relaxation Pool, they have adjacent private lawns.
ADDED PERKS FOR THE BRIDE AND GROOM: Complimentary room upgrade for the bride and groom on their wedding night (usually a suite), in-room champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. For elaborate wedding parties you'll also receive The Breakers History book and keepsake robes.
BOOKING YOUR WEDDING: The Breakers Palm Beach has a dedicated wedding website to answer all you questions about the ceremony, reception, and services. Click here for a virtual tour and video of the property.