The LauderLove program takes the stress out of wedding planning
with an “Ambassador of Bliss”

GREATERFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - When you think of weddings what comes to mind? Something old, something new, something sunny and something blue. Well it does when you think of weddings in Greater Fort Lauderdale. While planning a wedding can be a stressful experience, brides and grooms-to-be can find solace in the destination's  LauderLove program at Not only does it offer the ultimate resource in wedding planning, it also provides access to the newly appointed Ambassador of Bliss, Aly Zelaya. Aly is available to assist in planning the perfect wedding offering helpful insider tips and valuable advice.

Think fun and quirky or elegant and stately, whichever option couples decide, exchanging vows in the destination will be incredibly memorable. Our Ambassador of Bliss is available to help pamper future brides and grooms with an "Ask Aly" online functionality providing information from someone who knows the area on everything thing from a good place for the rehearsal dinner to how to transport guests from the ceremony to the reception. All the LauderLove services offered are FREE, which is a word not often uttered during the planning of a wedding.

Lovebirds can pick from a handful of romantic and idyllic gardens and natural tropical settings, including Butterfly World, with thousands of butterflies fluttering about to set the tone, to the exotic Everglades with a ceremony amid the river of grass at Billie Swamp Safari.

For a cultural experience, choose a backdrop with the essence of the Seminole Indians at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum on Big Cypress Reservation or a soulful one at the African-American Cultural Center. Each offers rich history and art work to create a mood for the nuptials.

"The beauty and allure of the destination has long been a hotspot for honeymooners and romance travelers.  Now, we are seeing a surge of weddings in Greater Fort Lauderdale, so we wanted to create a program that will serve as a ‘one-stop shop' for all wedding destination needs," said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Maybe art and design is more the couple's style, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to DCOTA (the Design Center of the Americas), which offers grand spaces with high ceilings and décor by top interior designers and artists. Or if fine art is more the feel, the Museum of Art, which hosted the King of Bling, King Tut, features intimate spaces surrounded by pops of color and masterful works of art.

Others can pronounce their vows barefoot in the sand along 23 miles of Blue Wave beaches or celebrate a nautical nuptial on an elegant yacht sailing along the 300 miles of navigable waterways. Those looking for a little adventure can gurgle their vows underwater surrounded by some 300 species of fish, or take a trip to the Bergeron Rodeo grounds for a lively hoedown and cookout. Couples staying on dry land can take a step back in time with a retro wedding at the Antique Car Museum with more than 40 pre-war Packard Motorcars as the backdrop or the Fort Lauderdale History Center inside the 100-year old museum, which tells the story of Fort Lauderdale's early beginnings. For those looking at a traditional venue with a tropical feel, many luxury hotels can accommodate any wedding vision, from a grand affair to an intimate ceremony or a casual celebration.

Greater Fort Lauderdale offers pre- and post-wedding planning essentials ranging from shopping for the perfect wedding gown at many boutiques and outlets to creating an unforgettable honeymoon filled with fine dining, sightseeing via the Water Taxi, gaming at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and even a cruise from Port Everglades. 

For more details on planning a wedding in Greater Fort Lauderdale or contact Aly Zelaya, the Ambassador of Bliss, visit www.sunnyorg/weddings.