A wedding on Miami's beaches is much more than a typical white-sand affair. These swoon-worthy spots are perfect for anything from a classic toes-in-the-sand ceremony to a more extravagant coastal soirée.
The picture-perfect Palms Hotel is a favorite on South Beach thanks to its tropical setting and oceanfront location, large enough for up to 200 guests on the sand. For a more Old Florida-inspired feel, the colonial gazebo in the garden is a great backdrop for exchanging vows (and looks pretty on camera, too).
Every bride needs a dream team to make sure everything goes according to plan, and at Acqualina you'll work with your very own team of A-Listers that take care of everything from sophisticated stationery to perfect pastries. Now comes the tough part, which ocean view venue at the resort to pick? If your guest list is on the larger side, opt for a tented ceremony on the Great Lawn.
Host your ceremony above the sand but still in view of the Atlantic Ocean on the wooden Roof Deck at the beach house chic Betsy Hotel. This spot also doubles as a great cocktail reception venue, especially during sunset.
Couples looking for a beach venue off of South Beach will love the exclusive enclave of Bal Harbour and the decadent St. Regis. The most popular spot is the Ocean Palm Court that looks even more stunning when lit up at night — brides who love all things that glitter are sure to fall head over heels.
At The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, it's easy to add an ocean view to every aspect of your big day. Start with a rehearsal dinner on the candlelit ocean view terrace and throw a ceremony on the oceanfront lawn leading to Crandon Beach (one of the best sandy stretches in town). Even better, brides can opt for a shoe butler to switch out fancy footing to personalized flip flops for the ceremony.
This classic Miami Beach hotel is a great choice for brides who want everything under one roof. Prep with your girlfriends in a suite overlooking the Atlantic, throw a ceremony on the beach, and dance under the stars on the oceanfront Glimmer Terrace. Those looking to make a grand getaway post-reception can set off by boat from the hotel's marina.
With 26,000 square feet spread over four rooms, the private club is like having a mansion right at your disposal, and they're just a boardwalk away. The rustic design with its cathedral ceilings and wooden dance floor dating back to the 1920s also make the spot perfect for brides going for the shabby-chic vintage look.
Luxury has no limit at W South Beach when it comes to weddings, and brides can get as decadent as they like. From private fittings by Harry Winston to a cake so mouthwateringly good you could eat (or jump out of) it, your wish is their command. One of our favorite ideas following a wedding on the sand is the Alice in Wonderland-style reception on the lawn, complete with glittering chandeliers and a clear view of the twinkling stars.
The secluded Asian-themed Setai's courtyard allows brides to walk the aisle between the serenity ponds with guests gathered on either side. For something more intimate, tie the knot on a balcony overlooking the ocean in one of the luxurious suites.