Brides and grooms looking for their "something blue" can easily find it in the skies and waters of Greater Fort Lauderdale. This is a destination where romance is intrinsic in the swaying palms, the awe-inspiring sunsets and settings that give couples a true sense of sunny. When it comes to weddings, from planning the nuptials to the after ‘I Do,' the destination's FREE LauderLove program is the ultimate wedding planning resource for making the trip down the aisle a smooth one. It's all about the love for the LauderLove Ambassador of Bliss, who is available to assist in planning the perfect wedding with insider tips and valuable advice.
Recently ranked in TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Top 10 Beach Destinations in the United States, and with an average temperature of 77 degrees and an estimated 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Greater Fort Lauderdale is ideal for year-round ‘I Dos.' Couples who think casual chic is the way to go can choose to say their vows in a luxurious hotel or barefoot in the sand along 23 miles of Blue Wave beaches (*Note to Editor: Fort Lauderdale beach does not require a permit). Brides and grooms can walk down an aisle set in a romantic garden or in a natural tropical setting like Butterfly World, with thousands of butterflies fluttering about to set the tone. An elegant yacht sailing along the 300 miles of navigable waterways or an under-the-sea ceremony surrounded by some 300 species of fish as witnesses is made for couples with water-wanderlust. Make it a picture-perfect wedding at one of the area museums like the Museum of Art ¦Fort Lauderdale, featuring intimate spaces surrounded by pops of color and masterful works of art.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau's dedicated Ambassador of Bliss, is full of creative ideas for venue selection and much more. She has all the answers when it comes to wedding vendors and services and is at the ready to help with hotel room blocks, transportation, and vendor recommendations. Looking to make it a multi-day event with rehearsal dinners, golf outings and spa treatments? The Ambassador of Bliss can assist with all that. There is no request, big or small, that won't be met by a smile. Contact via email at AmbassadorofBliss@broward.org, or by filling out the LauderLove Wedding Form online at www.sunny.orfg/weddings/rfp.
Getting a marriage license in Greater Fort Lauderdale is stress-free even for non-residents. Florida's three-day waiting period can be waived by attending a four-hour marriage preparation class so the fun of the wedding and honeymoon can begin almost immediately. Couples just need to show up in person with photo ID at the Clerk of Courts Office (and other locations) for the marriage license or can pre-apply by filling out an online application www.clerk-17th-flcourts.org/Clerkwebsite/Marriage/PreApp.aspx that will need to be printed and shown for immediate processing.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is the ultimate memory-maker locale for honeymoons, too, wherever the couple marries. A must for newlyweds needing to relax after the big day is time at the spa, and Greater Fort Lauderdale has an overload of pampering day or resort spas, many of which feature couples massage rooms. Newlyweds can start life together right with shopping for house or home at The Galleria mall, Village of Gulfstream Park or at boutiques along Las Olas Boulevard. They can dine in style at more than 4,000 restaurants or take in a show at the Broward Center for the Performing.
The list of must-dos keeps going with sightseeing by Water Taxi or the Jungle Queen Riverboat and gaming at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino or Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino. Couples wanting to get up close and personal with nature can spend days (and nights) in the exotic Everglades. Another honeymoon option is a cruise from Port Everglades which offers more sailings by more cruise lines than any other cruise port in the world. Add on days in Greater Fort Lauderdale pre- or post-cruise for a true land and sea adventure.
For more details on planning a wedding in Greater Fort Lauderdale or to contact the Ambassador of Bliss, visit www.sunny.org/weddings.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.
he Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join us on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone applications, Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork’ Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at www.sunny.org/apps.