Getting Married at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida

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The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida is one of the country’s premier luxury resorts (and home to destination weddings from around the world). We checked out this property firsthand and found that whether you’re hosting an event for 50 or 500 friends and loved ones, you’ll certainly be well cared for by this incredible oasis and its team. We recently chatted with Joan Bever, Director of Food and Beverage – Event Sales and Services, who shared with us a bit about getting married in the area and all the recently renovated 140-acre property has to offer! Located just 15 minutes from the Palm Beach International Airport, The Breakers Palm Beach is easy to get to for your guests, makes your legal domestic destination wedding a breeze, and with eight restaurants and bars and 540 rooms and suites, they have everything you could need and more during your vacation of a lifetime!

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Image: Amy Hill Photography

JF: What are some of the benefits of getting married at a grand resort?

JB: The Breakers Palm Beach is one of America’s premier destinations for magnificent weddings and celebrations. A one-of-a-kind oceanfront destination resort, the bride and groom and their guests never have to leave property. Every need or want is just a stroll away. 

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Image: Alain Martinez Photography

JF: Why is this a great option for destination couples?

JB: It’s a tropical paradise! From the great weather to the stunning ocean and the beautiful blue skies, Palm Beach offers the perfect environment and backdrop for a destination wedding. The Breakers also offers a fusion of old world tradition with modern luxury, giving couples the chance to get married in front of the Atlantic Ocean and celebrate inside a Renaissance-inspired palace – all without a passport required.

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JF: If a couple is planning a wedding at The Breakers, what creative ideas and events can couples plan to enhance the ceremony or reception?

JB: Planning an incredible celebration is all about the details, and a spectacular wedding features customized elements that reflect the couple’s personal styles and tastes.

We encourage our couples to consider incorporating a piece of home (a menu item with local flare), sharing something special to them with their gusts (a specialty cocktail that represents what they sipped on their first date) or by including a personalized element from their family’s heritage (a song or special dance).

Speaking to the menu, a few of the unique and fun items popular today include our Local Fresh Florida Stone Crab Claw First Course, Individual Ice-carved Raw Bar, Signature Giant Martini Sundae and interactive food stations. For dessert, try a pie bar, whoopee pie station or homemade cookie bar and for a new take on the cake, pass bite-sized monogramed petits fours.

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Image: Nancy Cohn Photography

JF: What about activities that aren’t event driven?

JB: Beyond the classic resort amenities offered, guests can also enjoy poolside relaxation in our luxury Bungalows, take a bicycle tour of Palm Beach, delight in beachside Yoga or Pilates (we even offer Paddleboard Yoga!), discover deep sea fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling at The Breakers Reef, and, of course, spend a truly relaxing day at The Spa.

Our team can also help arrange private golf lessons or shotgun golf, tennis or croquet tournaments as well as beach volleyball and private fitness classes.

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Right: Donna Newman Photography, Left: Anthony Vazquez Photography 

JF: What can guests and couples experience at and around The Breakers when coming in for a destination wedding?

JB: The resort’s amenities include four oceanfront swimming pools and five whirlpool spas, a new, spectacular 6,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Ocean Fitness center, 25 luxury Bungalows for daytime-rentals, half-mile of private beach, an oceanfront luxury spa, 11 exclusive specialty shops, two 18-hole championship golf courses and 10 Har-Tru lighted tennis courts. The Breakers also features a collection of eight distinctive bars and restaurants.

If guests choose to explore the area, world-class shopping, unique entertainment, and captivating museums are located just around the corner. Guests can browse the designer boutiques on Worth Avenue, spend a leisurely afternoon shopping at CityPlace or take in a bit of history at the Henry Flagler Museum – all within minutes of The Breakers.

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Image: Ambrosio Photography

JF: Can couples have a beach-inspired wedding or a black tie wedding?  Tell us about the diversity of the property and who it’s ideal for.

JB: Whether indoors or outdoors‚ The Breakers has myriad of breathtaking locations to suit every couple’s personal taste. From stunning oceanfront settings and lush gardens to magnificent ballrooms‚ we can accommodate ceremonies and receptions for 50 to 500 guests. Our one–of–a–kind venues set the perfect stage for a once–in–a–lifetime celebration. 

A few of our favorites include….

The Ocean Lawn: The Ocean Lawn has a breathtaking direct view of the Atlantic Ocean and provides the relaxed feel of a beachside wedding. Framed by palm trees, the Lawn is a favorite locale for stunning ceremonies. This outdoor paradise can be used for ceremonies, welcome and rehearsal dinners, and brunch. The Lawn accommodates 100 to 500 guests.

Venetian Ballroom: With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the stunning Atlantic Ocean, the Venetian Ballroom is one of The Breakers’ largest ballrooms. This majestic room accommodates up to 550 guests.

The Circle Ballroom: Ideal for an unforgettable ceremony or a gorgeous reception, The Circle boasts spectacular ocean views and a soaring fresco-painted ceiling. The Circle accommodates up to 200 guests.

Mediterranean Ballroom: The Romanesque Mediterranean Ballroom features views of the Mediterranean Courtyard and fresco-painted renaissance ceilings. The Mediterranean Ballroom accommodates up to 250 guests.

Mediterranean Courtyard: The Renaissance-inspired courtyard is a dazzling spot for an outdoor cocktail hour or can be transformed for a romantic ceremony. The Courtyard accommodates 75 to 500 guests.

For more information on getting married at The Breakers Palm Beach, be sure to check them out online and follow them on your favorite social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Get Married at the Beach Outside of Rome, Italy

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When you think of a destination wedding in Rome, you probably don’t think of doing it at the beach.  But why not?!?!  With a villa with grounds as gorgeous as this, you might just rethink your destination I do at the sea!  Located about 45 minutes outside of the center of Rome, Italy, Hotel La Posta Vecchia is a historic property on the ocean, one that J. Paul Getty himself used to reside in (and some say still does).

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The lovely lawns overlooking the water make for exceptional event locations for a formal (or even beachy-inspired) wedding.  The regal nature of the building seems to lend itself to a chic black tie affair, peppered between a vacation on the sand on the days leading up to and after the big day.

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If you’re a history buff, then you’re in luck, you’ll find many of J. Paul Getty’s personal belongings and collection in the home (and you can even stay in his master suite if you so chose).  The hotel rooms are each appointed with his antiques, no two are alike.  If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, you won’t find it here, but you can ask for one of the suites with a recently renovated bathroom (we also suggest rooms with an ocean view for an epic sunset sighting).

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This Leading Hotels of the World property also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, an indoor pool, intimate spa, stunning outdoor dining spot and plenty of places to sneak off into the garden with your fiance for some quiet time.

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And when you’ve had enough of that quiet time (or of your guests), head into the city for a day of shopping, sightseeing, or even a honeymoon just around the corner with a completely different pace and space without the time and cost of touching down somewhere far, far away.

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All Photos via La Posta Vecchia.

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Hotel Hassler – Where the Stars Stay in Rome

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If you’re considering the romantic city of Roma, Italy for your honeymoon, then look no further than high above the famed Spanish Steps where an elegant little hotel overlooks the sprawling city and welcomes you with warmth and sophistication.  Hotel Hassler is the spot where the stars go (yep, even Clooney) but it’s also home to some lavish destination (and local) weddings and a great spot to honeymoon if you want to see the eternal city.

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The 96 rooms and suites are beautifully designed with European charm, each different from one another, some suiting the more modern couple while others can enjoy more of a nod to the old world.  If you’re not just staying here but celebrating too, I suggest one of the penthouse or presidential rooftop suites so you can entertain on your massive balcony with sights of the entire city (and perhaps even take a dip in your jacuzzi as night falls).

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You certainly can’t beat the location, literally steps from the Spanish Steps and the oh-so popular shopping district below (known as the luxury center of the city).  Then when you return from a day of taking in the rich history of the area (and modern shops too), enjoy dinner atop the hotel at Imago, a Michelin-starred restaurant with a seriously creative spin to the Italian food you’ve come to know and love in Rome.

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If you’re there in the warmer months of the year, enjoy afternoon cocktails in the courtyard before heading to the library or lounge for light bites.

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And don’t forget to indulge in the spa!  With locally sourced products created specifically for and by the hotel, you’ll love the aroma you take with you when you go. luxury hotel rome italy

From five star food and drink to stunning views of this magical city, this is one stop to be sure to hit on your European honeymoon.  Why?  Well, basically, because Hotel Hassler has it all!

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All Photos via Hotel Hassler.

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Spectacular Destination Wedding Location in Tuscany, Italy

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We’ve found “the one.”  No, not the guy or gal, but the next best thing – the picture perfect wedding location – for you!  If you’re looking for a honeymoon or destination wedding spot, then look no further than the hillsides of Tuscany, Italy to Monteverdi, a place so special we can’t really call it a hotel, an event venue, or even a town – though it’s technically all three of those things!

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This cluster of villas acting as a hotel is situated atop a mountain overlooking vineyards of fine wines and famous estates in the Tuscan countryside.  Within the mountaintop is a tiny town (10 residents in total), where the cobblestone streets, ancient church and ruins around it, date back to the 11th century.  But the accommodations within these charming structures are five-star and ready for today’s most well-traveled couple to arrive.

The American family-run property blends into the local culture and the history of the area seamlessly while the spectacular wines and local fare do the region justice and then some.  Celeb Chef Giancarla Bodoni (who also has a hot spot in Miami, Escopazzo Restaurant) oversees with loving care the locally infused and inspired menus and the owners have been known to take a guest or two to town to taste their favorite wines before returning to the Library Bar where an equally impressive selection awaits you upon your return.

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Each villa is uniquely designed and decorated (but each with commonalities like luxurious linens in oh-so soft beds!).  Some villas more modern than others and some better suited for families than couples, so there’s something for everyone in your destination wedding party.  The property is perfect for a buyout – you can literally take over a town to say “I do!”

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But the hotel is just the beginning – the ceremony site for your big day is an even bigger ‘wow factor.’  If you’re like the owners of Monteverdi, consider exchanging vows on an ancient street below the Monteverdi archway (you’ll notice their logo is inspired by it).  And if you do get married here, you’re in luck because famed designer David Beahm and his team from the New York design firm David Beahm Design will curate a stunning ceremony and reception for you as the exclusive designer on property.  You get the best of both worlds – planning assistance from the states with design quality you’ve come to expect back home but the rich culture and beauty of Tuscany at the same time.

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David Beahm and team took us to Monteverdi to experience it firsthand and I can’t gush enough about how one-of-a-kind, over-the-top, understatedly, spectacular it is.  That’s a mouthful!  It’s so different and so special it’s almost hard to describe.  Your family will feel transported back to an old world, where your neighbors are your loved ones and your friends will gather in the local bar at the end of an adventurous day.  But this disconnected and relaxing lifestyle comes complete of course with all with the service, luxury, and hospitality of a five-star resort, with loving charm and friendly faces hoping to enhance your stay with your every request.

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Monteverdi is truly a one-of-a-kind getaway.  Known to play host to Hollywood’s elite who want to get away and get creative without the city behind them, you’ll feel like a celebrity in your own private world when you reach this special mountaintop (and hopefully never have to leave).  A perfect place to wed, a private place to honeymoon, and a place to call home year after year once you’ve fallen in love like we have, don’t go to Europe without going to Monteverdi.

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All Photos via Monteverdi Tuscany.

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Luxury Wedding Villa in Tuscany, Italy

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Private villa rentals or taking over an estate for a week is a great way to bond with your new and old family members while enjoying plenty of R&R on the road to your wedding day. You can celebrate where you sleep, wed where you stay and host an array of events leading up to and even after your big day. There are lots of bonuses to getting married at such a property, but did you ever think that you could live in a place as spectacular as this for such a week?!?!

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Set in the Tuscan countryside, on the hills overlooking Val d’Orcia, this historic property known as La Foce is one unforgettable spot. Built in the late fifteen century and later restored in 1924, this family owned (and cared for lovingly) compound is rich with lush (and famous) European gardens, beautiful antiques inside, picture-perfect wedding ceremony spots, oodles of acres and a lavish pool setting to enjoy in the summertime.

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The old-world charm and utterly picturesque property make you want to call this place home for good. But you don’t need to work at this home like you do back at your everyday residence, La Foce comes with a local chef and other staff members as needed to cater to your every whim and desire.

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And it holds plenty of party guests too! The farmhouses at La Foce hold up to 10 guests while the villa has six double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, three single rooms and eight bathrooms. This is not a small estate by any size of the imagination!

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But the best part of this charming mansion has to be the grounds. The places to select from for not only your wedding ceremony but your reception too are simply magical. I highly recommend using the manicured gardens below the breathtaking staircases and balcony for cocktail hour if not more! Even a casual event by the pool would make a great welcome party. You won’t run out of exceptional spots to enjoy with your guests (and your wedding photographer too)!

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But should you want to get off property a bit, have no fear, while you’ll enjoy your peace and quiet at La Foce, the home is not far from Montepulciano and Montalcino, where you’ll find great wines (a region of Brunello) and local delicacies for even the most serious foodies in your crowd.

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It’s not often I get to experience a wedding property that I would personally pack my bags to say “I do” at – and La Foce is certainly one of them.

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All Photos via La Foce.

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