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Just because you're tying the knot in Miami doesn't mean you're limited to the city center when it comes to pre-wedding soirées. Set your sights from coast to coast scouting for an engagement party venue that speaks to your style as a couple as you share the good news with a gathering of family and friends. Toes-in-the-sand cocktails are one South Florida specialty, but you can also throw a soirée above water surprising guests with a yacht tour through town along the Intracoastal or with breathtaking rooftop views from the highest point around, toasting your future as husband and wife as the sun sets over the sea.
Palm Beach Gardens
Party on the green at the 19th hole Bar 91 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, about an hour's drive north of Miami. The Masters Terrace, which is just outside, offers sweeping views of the golf course, with space for up to 150 to gather around the fire pit for sunset cocktails in an outdoor lounge atmosphere. Read real brides' reviews here!
Instead of planning multiple events leading up to the big one, why not rework the same space and let the experts do all the prep work — starting with the engagement party. At Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, wedding planners are ready to help you navigate the hotel's 30,000 square feet of event space with every kind of option imaginable. Throw a party by the water, either poolside (waterfalls included) or on the panorama terrace looking out to the Intracoastal. If you want a spot that's voted best for sunsets, host a party for up to 200 in the circular Pier Top ballroom on the 17th floor, with 360-degree views of Fort Lauderdale's skyline. Read real brides' reviews here!
The iconic pink Mediterranean-inspired Boca Raton Resort not only makes for a jaw-dropping wedding venue where you can tie the knot in the gardens by the Cloister, it also offers brides-to-be plenty of other picture-perfect engagement party options. Infuse your upcoming nuptials with views of the Atlantic at the Boca Beach Club's oceanfront Dunes Ballroom — or better yet, take the party out on the water on a yacht trip along the Intracoastal Waterway, leaving straight from the resort's private marina. Read real brides' reviews here!
Enter your party via the candlelit walkway in and out to the ballroom terrace overlooking Vanderbilt Bay at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, set on Florida's West Coast. This spot also doubles as a background for stunning pics during your party—but the views out on the covered terrace aren't so bad, either. Make your announcement over cocktails for up to 160 on the ballroom terrace or take the party to the sand with the Gulf of Mexico's waves playing music as you dine seaside. Read real brides' reviews here!
Gather a group of friends and family together for a soiree under the stars at he Standard Spa, Miami Beach's Bayside Dock. Strings of light glow above the tables set out on the wooden patio overlooking Biscayne Bay, forming a magical backdrop that's the definition of bohemian chic. Not only will your guests enjoy the bay views and breeze, they'll also love the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine of beautifully barbecued meats and greens.