Top Seven Tips for a Great Wedding in Naples and Marco Island

Location is Everything

“At the end of the day, all your guests will remember is location, location, location. The more exotic the location the better the wedding pictures!” Jim Davison, Senior Catering Sales Executive, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa

Botanical Gardens Make a Fabulous Location

“The Naples Botanical Garden is a great location for a wedding – you save money on florals since they have beautiful gardens. If you’re getting married from October 15 to May 15, try stone crab on the menu, a wonderful seasonal delicacy.” Samantha Perry, Tastebuds Custom Catering Inc.

Reuse Floral Arrangements

“Many florists are able to create arrangements for a beach ceremony arch that can also be used as your dinner table centerpieces. They can be removed and brought into the reception and your guests will never know.” Lynn Mirarcki, Conference Service and Catering Manager, Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa 

Research Ahead of Time. Arrive Prepared

“Arriving prepared is the key to honeymoon bliss. Research weather patterns, special events, even booked conventions – all can affect hotel availability and rates, activity choices, what to pack and more.” Isabel Albuerne, The Event Lady of Florida Weddings and Special Events

Make it a weekend

"A trend we’ve been seeing is having a whole weekend wedding celebration, with a ceremony, reception and send-off brunch. This makes it very convenient for traveling guests.” Darlene Dinges, Catering Manager, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

Work with Wedding Local Professionals

“If you want to get married on the beach in Naples, work with a wedding professional from the area who can help you navigate a particular beach's permitting requirements.” Paige Simpson, Wedding Specialist, Hilton Naples

Hire a Wedding Planner

“Given the added complications of destination weddings, hiring an experienced wedding planner is like going to a doctor. We record the information, look at the symptoms and overall family history, and then call in the specialists." Katie Adams, Managing Partner, Global Works

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