A rare and often overlooked benefit of having a wedding in South Florida is the available mix of lively downtown areas with that tropical, beachy feel. If you're looking for a venue in paradise - yet still in the middle of it all (after parties, anyone?) - we've put together a few options for you.
Harriet Himmel Theater is located in the heart of CityPlace, a shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown West Palm Beach. Built in 1926, and refurbished in 2000, it has an historic feel but with all the modern capabilities you could dream of. It can accommodate 275 seated for dinner and is literally surrounded with day and nighttime activity options.
The Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach is a versatile, hidden gem of a venue that I don't think gets enough attention. It's right in the heart of the quaint and lively little town, with amazing dining and entertainment just steps away. The venue itself has a wide variety of spaces - indoor, outdoor, historic (the gymnasium is adorable!) and modern... and it's affordable.
The Riverside Hotel has the perfect location on Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas Boulevard; you can say your vows on the beautiful riverside deck (the yacht-filled backdrop is complementary) and move to the banquet rooms and river view terraces for the reception. Las Olas Boulevard provides a trendy, action-filled diversion for your guests.
The National Hotel is in the heart of South Beach, surrounded by some of the best dining and nightlife options possible. The hotel itself is stunning, with ballrooms, a pool deck and outdoor terraces that epitomize that swanky 'Sobe' vibe with timeless glamour. And the gorgeous oceanfront views? An added bonus.
The Mayfair Hotel and Spa is a hip, modern and luxurious resort perfectly situated in lively downtown Coconut Grove. It's the perfect choice for couples wanting that boutique hotel charm, service, and flexibility. Restaurants, nightlife, shopping and recreational activities - like the Vizcaya Museum, Brickell Avenue, and the gorgeous beaches of Key Biscayne - are also close by.