Summer Wedding Destinations

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Photo credit: Amelia Island Tourist Development Council. Picture found via Discover Amelia Island Plantation on Facebook.

By Selma Khenissi and Stephanie Green

So, you’re engaged. Or, you and your current spouse have decided to renew your vows. Congratulations on this big step. After the euphoria wears off, the inevitable question comes waltzing in, preoccupying your minds for some time: How on Earth are you going to plan this ceremony?

In planning your destination wedding, the location is going to matter quite a bit. Here are a few suggestions.

Florida: The Sunshine State is known for its gorgeous beaches and frequent sunshine, so it’s a pretty good option. In fact, Florida beach weddings are very popular, making them easier to plan since the venue is taken care of, thanks toMother Nature and some people who are in the know. Just don’t set the date of your wedding for a time when there’s a hurricane around (definitely do not go for a Florida beach wedding in September). Examples of organizations that can craft a Florida beach wedding for you include Florida Destination Weddings, Tide The Knot Beach Weddings and Florida Weddings. Lodging is another thing to consider when planning a beach wedding — that is, unless you’ll be staying in a beach house.

One of the best Floridian wedding destinations is the four-diamond Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, a short drive from Jacksonville International Airport. The resort offers one-stop shopping with style: a beautiful climate and beaches, lots of nearby excursions for guests and a team of professionals ready to attend to every detail of your special day. You can create an intimate beachside fire party for the bachelorette night, a golf outing for groomsmen and regal ceremonies in the many churches, gardens and historic settings in the area.

Don’t forget, John Kennedy married Carolyn Bessette on Cumberland Island, not far away, in 1996, striking the perfect balance between New York glamour and rustic Southern elegance. The Amelia Island chefs are known for whipping up cakes and multi-course meals to wow even the most jaded of wedding attendees, and the spa will have you looking your most radiant as you walk down the aisle. In fact, youdon’t have to be a happy couple to enjoy Amelia Island. Singles and families havebeen flocking to the oceanfront suites and their coastal charms for generations.

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