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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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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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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Caribbean Club – Caymans Islands Destination Weddings + Honeymoons

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If you’re looking for a luxury property where all your friends and family can fit with the ease of living like you’re at home (but with the service of a special resort), then check in to the Caribbean Club, a boutique hotel on the sand of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

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With only 30 villas on property (each three bedrooms – with the ability to make them smaller), you can have the run of the place for your wedding weekend or simply stop here for your honeymoon and feel like you’re the only two people on property.

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Each villa comes complete with a full kitchen, living room, washer and dryer and more!  All the creature comforts of home without all the work!

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The friendly staff on property can even stock your fridge before you get there so should you want snacks, drinks or even cook while you’re there, everything is at your fingertips!  And fear not, if you prefer someone to cook for you, they can bring in a chef or you can order room service from this award-winning hotel.

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My favorite part about the property is the beach.  It really doesn’t get much better than this.  White sand, picture perfect waters, the ideal water and air temperatures and gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photos too!

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But the Caribbean Club prides itself on more than just luxury on the sand.  With a world-class restaurant, Luca, even your most foodie of friends will delight in your wedding night dinner (and hopefully indulge in their massive delish spread that is the Sunday brunch – a must do!).

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From the fantastic food to the stunning views and relaxed accommodations, we adore the Caribbean Club for a destination wedding group (and honeymoon too)!  Thanks to Danielle and her team for an amazing experience on property, we are already dreaming of coming back soon!

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All Photos by Carla Ten Eyck

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Weddings at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

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I love a big beachfront resort. I really do. I don’t need a tiny property off the beaten path to completely disconnect from it all. In fact, I find that often times is easier (especially with bigger groups for weddings) with the amount of service, staff and amenities a larger property has at your beck and call. And believe me, those finer things in life are certainly at your beck and call at the recently renovated Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. What a spectacular spot! Nestled right on the sand of the beautiful Seven Mile Beach (think water sand, clear blue bath waters and perfect temperatures), the Ritz Carlton has mastered the art of exceptional service in the sand.

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This beautiful beach isn’t just a beach.  Reserve a cabana by day or simply enjoy the cold towels passed around in between your cocktail service (which can also be delivered to you on one of their aqua bars floating in the ocean). Lounge the day away by the oceanfront pool or in the sand and if at a moment’s notice, you’re feeling active again, check out a complementary paddleboard or go for a snorkel with their gear awaiting you on the sand.

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When you just can’t get anymore sun (these are the problems you face on island), then check into one of only three La Prairie Spas in North America and indulge in one of their exceptional services. But don’t forget to save time in your schedule for a nap in their beautifully appointed and oh-so cozy quiet room (a must visit, snuggle up to their furry pillows!) or a dip in the Jacuzzi below it.

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Then, for dinner dine at Seven (and don’t leave the island without trying the truffle mac n’ cheese). Hosting your destination wedding here? I highly recommend a beach party in the evening (followed by fireworks off the shore if budget permits). Wow your guests inside in the grand ballroom (seats up to 1000 guests) or dine al fresco under the stars on the pool deck, the garden property, or of course the beach.

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When you retire to your room, you’ll be pleasantly welcomed back to what feels like home. Colors that remind you of the island around you but luxury, amenities, and comfort of what you’ve come to know and love about a Ritz Carlton property – the renovation is a perfect balance between a nod to island life and luxury travel too.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman many times over the past two decades and if it’s possible, it actually gets better with age.

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Weddings at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a coastal resort in sunny San Diego, perfect for a nearby destination wedding for Southern Californians and ideal for a domestic destination wedding for those of you looking to live in luxury for a few days without needing your passport.  The property is reminiscent of the Craftsman era, full of rich woods, home-like touches, exposed brick, fireplaces galore, giant trees, stained glass, and of course, a world-class golf course.  That’s right, this is the perfect place for grooms (and gals too)!

If your guy loves to golf, he’ll be happy to know the property (and wedding ceremony lawn) overlook the Torrey Pines Golf Course (it’s public, so all can play), when the US Open isn’t in town that is!

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That ceremony lawn, did we mention how spectacular it is?!  The Arroyo Terrace looks onto the 18th hole, and then of course, the Pacific Ocean – what a view!  It holds up to 220 guests for ceremonies, even dinner and dancing beneath the stars if you so choose!

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{Photos by Darin Fong}

But the beautiful lawn, richly appointed ballroom (complete with Craftsman style fireplace), and golf course aren’t even the best part.  I recently stayed at the resort and the friendly people greeting you at every turn, waiting on you at every possible moment, and making sure no detail on your big day is left undone is what really made me want to come back for more.  Their weddings department is all-star and every person we came in contact with on property was a delight (so much so that we forced our waitress to try the wine she suggested – it was so good and she had been so helpful).

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{Photos by We Heart Photography}

Service aside, The Lodge locations are great for parties large and small.  A presidential suite also overlooking the course makes for a great welcome cocktail reception location or a dinner party patio for an intimate I do.  Want something mid-sized?  Consider the Signature Courtyard for a secluded and more private ceremony spot.  Or go grand and dance the night away in the ballroom tucked away in a part of the hotel that makes you feel like the only people on property.

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{Photos by Lauren Brochmann}

And while you’re on property, don’t forget to hit up the spa!  Get a great massage from Kirsteen (I highly recommend) and unwind after a day of hiking the nearby trails of the nature preserve or hitting the waves in the ocean below.

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{Photos by Pam Scott}

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is surrounded by sea, city, golf, and the great outdoors – a perfect combination for a destination wedding location.  Spend an afternoon shopping in La Jolla before you head back for dinner and some fresh, seasonal and local fare from A. R. Valentien (when I was there, they were serving up a seasonal peach salad that was to die for)!

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{Photos by Boyd Harris}

If you like to cuddle by the fire after a day of fun outdoors, then San Diego’s The Lodge at Torrey Pines could just be the perfect match for your big day!

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Happy travels!

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