Naples, Florida, and Marco Island Wedding Planner

This year, 30,000 brides will register for weddings on the West Coast of Florida.   Some 2,700 new brides sign up every month in search of that beautiful Florida wedding.   Their dream is a destination wedding that will offer them an idyllic place in paradise where they can say “I do”. They will bring with them a select group of family and friends who demonstrate their support by traveling to ceremonies and receptions from many places in the world.   Our own experiences,  during the past 14 years, have been that guests have come not only from Naples and Marco Island, Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, but from all over the United States and Canada, as well as from Britain, France, Germany, Scandinavia, and Japan.

The projections for destination weddings are especially strong here in SW Florida because so many couples love:

  1. Our sub-tropical climate which is warm all year round, and especially our relatively dry season from October through May.
  2. Our beaches, which are among the best kept in the world, and our Gulf waters which remain warm all year round.
  3. Our shopping and entertainment which provide great opportunities for the whole family.
  4. Our varied recreational activities which not only include sunbathing, swimming, boating and fishing, but also some of the finest golf courses in the world.

All these opportunities allow brides, grooms, and their guests to combine weddings and vacations in the same place.    This is a time for celebration and relaxation, for pleasure and adventure.  In short, it is a total destination experience.

The first paragraph of our website captures this atmosphere:

“Imagine having it all…..sunsets, gentle breezes and the magnificence of the Gulf!”

What does “having it all” on wedding day actually feel like?

Wedding planning with us leaves our couples feeling worry free and cared for. Our website presents three principal wedding packages that serve as a starting place to plan a beautiful Florida wedding.

We customize packages to meet the needs of our brides and grooms.   We love planning the small and large details that make a wedding unique and special for each couple.     Our ceremonies are as diverse as our couples.    We have performed traditional religious, interdenominational, and secular weddings, as well as interfaith ceremonies that include Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu traditions.   Special wedding and ceremony package requests that we have honored include:

  • Special ceremony elements to honor loved ones unable to attend the ceremony.
    • Hiring a professional model as flower girl
    • Sand ceremonies that demonstrate the union of new families, with as many as 8 children participating.
      • Hiring a “professional” model as flower girl:
        • Incorporating beloved pets into the ceremony.
        • Shopping for blue starfish and tangerine flip flops.
          • Helping a father craft his toast at a daughter’s reception.
          • Arranging a surprise wedding where the guests were expecting to attend a party.

How long does it take to arrange an entire wedding?    Depending on the couples’ needs, it can take anywhere from three days to one year.  We always have an array of select vendors available to accommodate your style, your time frame, and your finances.

Gratitude comes in many forms, for example, one of our recent brides wrote:


Posted 5/20/2013I am still completely blown away by the QUALITY work ethic and highest of standards that A Beautiful Florida Wedding operates.   Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. My entire wedding in Naples was planned over the phone and email and the actual wedding was beyond my wildest dreams!   Everything that the team at ABFW planned, recommended and coordinated was PERFECT!  From all of our vendors to the ceremony and reception venues, it was nothing short of FABULOUS!   We have had numerous comments on how great our ceremony was, courtesy of Bob Mitchell.   Cynthia Mitchell has also been a miracle for us in that she listened to EVERYTHING I wanted and made every bit of it my reality.    The fact that the entire day went on without a single hitch (no pun intended) is all thanks to Cynthia, Bob and Catherine.   I would seriously do this a million times over again (to the same man, of course) if I could have ABFW in my corner every time.   THANK YOU!!! YOU ARE TRULY THE BEST!And one very grateful family patriarch wrote:We would like to thank you for the wonderful wedding you have helped us with.    We are so glad that we have found you!  The whole wedding experience was so pleasant thanks to you.   You went far beyond just wedding planning.  You guided us through the whole process, patiently waited for clear weather, and helping me with my toast.   Lori’s work was far beyond expectations!   Your choice of the restaurant was excellent too – everybody enjoyed the party room and the food was delicious.   It was a real pleasure not only dealing with you but with the whole experience of just talking and going over the details.  It was really delightful.It’s a strange feeling, but we miss you – it’s been a really great experience.   We have warm feeling in our hearts.   Thanks so much!

When the ceremony and reception are over and our job is complete, we have the satisfaction of knowing that we have helped our couples’ dreams and plans become beautiful realities.    Although we have tender feelings about saying good-bye to couples with whom we have worked so closely even across many miles, we know that they will take the memories of their wedding day with them that will last a lifetime.   And we take heart in knowing that many couples will keep in touch by sharing their pictures, their birth announcements, their anniversary celebrations, their requests for vow renewals, and their referrals to friends who might use our services.

In some instances, we have planned not only a couple’s wedding, but their first anniversary celebration, the baptism of their children, and later vow renewals through the years.

A Beautiful Florida Wedding is more than the name of our business.   It is a promise we keep. We’d like you to contact us to learn more about all of our expert wedding planning services.