Top Florida Wedding & Elopement Destinations
If you’re dreaming of getting married amongst beautiful palm trees and underneath the warm sun, a Florida wedding destination is one to consider! Surrounded by white sand beaches and clear blue waters, eloping in Florida is the perfect location for starting your newlywed journey! If the beach is not your dream wedding destination, there are other places in Florida to elope including the tropical wetlands of the Everglades, numerous national preserves filled with diverse wildlife, and clear freshwater cold springs.
Where are the best places to elope in Florida?
Florida offers many spectacular elopement destinations and a variety of activities to choose from. Whether that be a romantic walk on the beach, kayaking in clear waters, exchanging vows on a yacht, or sighting crocodiles in the Everglades, there’s an endless list of places to elope in Florida. The best Florida wedding destinations include:
If you’re looking to elope in paradise, Key West and the other Florida Keys should be on your list of tropical elopement destinations! With breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and the third largest coral reef, eloping in Key West offers an idyllic island-style ceremony you’ll never forget.
Some of the best Key West elopement destinations include Islamorada, Big Pine Key, Marathon, Key Largo Lighthouse Coral Beach, and Smathers Beach. We recommend visiting between March and May to avoid large tourist crowds and eloping before the start of hurricane season.
Dating back to the 16th century, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Eloping in St. Augustine offers a relaxing getaway filled with historic buildings and charming bed and breakfasts including Casa de Solana, Bayfront Marin House, Casa de Suenos, and Bayfront Westcott House to enjoy your post-ceremony celebration. These locations offer stress-free St. Augustine Florida wedding destination packages so be sure to check them out!
Right along the Alabama-Florida border, Pensacola is a great elopement destination if you’re looking to elope along the Gulf Coast. Perfect for simple beach weddings on white sand beaches, eloping in Pensacola is affordable and offers colorful sunsets along with relaxing scenery. You can also take a scenic drive over to Mobile, Alabama, which takes about an hour.
Located in the panhandle, Destin offers emerald waters with sugar-white sand for you and your fiance to tie the knot. You can enjoy an intimate barefoot beach wedding with flower-covered arches and enjoy a serene sunset after the ceremony. If you are looking for a more luxurious elopement, you can rent out a private yacht or sailboat and exchange vows in the middle of the sea.
While known for its amusement parks, there’s also plenty of places to elope in Orlando. From the 200-year-old oak trees at Harry P. Leu Gardens, the canopy of cypress trees and Greek columns at Kraft Azalea Park, to the Gazebo at Langford Park, Orlando offers a variety of locations filled with diverse fauna and wildlife. After your ceremony, you can enjoy rides and get lost in Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. What a fun way to celebrate your elopement and kick off your newly-wed journey!
Perfect for nature lovers and adventure couples, eloping in the Everglades offers an escape from reality and exploring a world full of alligators, birds, and swampland. As the third largest national park in the contiguous United States, the Everglades is a unique tropical wilderness filled with a variety of protected species. There is a special permit fee of $100 to elope at Everglades National Park. You and your spouse can explore the mangroves and visit an alligator farm via an Airboat Tour to celebrate your tropical Florida wedding!
If you and your fiance are looking to elope in a city filled with tons of things to do, Miami Beach is the place to go. From beaches, nightlife, shopping, and restaurants, you can celebrate your honeymoon doing just about anything you’d like. We recommend visiting Miami’s Art Deco Historic District to see colorful buildings and learn more about century-old history. You should also try delicious Cuban cuisine and Cafe Cubano (coffee)! Most beaches offer very affordable permit fees, especially when there is no decor or guests. Be sure to research the permits for the beach you plan on eloping at for your Miami Beach wedding ceremony.
Nestled in between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg is another great Florida wedding destination. With beautiful views of the bay and surrounding banyan trees, eloping at St. Petersburg North Straub Park is perfect for an intimate park ceremony. If you’re looking for a beautiful botanical paradise, we recommend eloping at Sunken Gardens. With more than 100-years of history and picturesque floral backgrounds with some of the oldest tropical plants in the region, eloping at Sunken Gardens will be one to remember.
Kimmi Cranes is an adventure elopement photographer who offers all-inclusive elopement packages. Based in South Lake Tahoe, she’s more than happy to travel and capture your special event wherever you choose to hold it. Whether that be in the boonies of the desert, somewhere in the forest, or along the coastline, she will be there to make your elopement photography dreams come true! She loves to explore the outdoors and take photos of people in front of breathtaking landscapes. Her photos craft a beautiful story of love, excitement, and emotions to be remembered for years to come.