A destination wedding may conjure up visions of far-flung locales with glittering water and eggshell-colored sand. And while islands like Bali and St. Barth may seem super exotic, there’s another spot right at home with shores just as stunning: time to consider a Miami destination wedding. It's within a few hours’ flight or drive, and your guests will land in a city that’s a year-round vacation destination and a celeb winter hot spot for reasons beyond its beaches—although they’re definitely a major perk. Amazing nightlife and award-winning chefs don’t hurt either. Whether you’ve dreamt of a ballroom or beachfront wedding—or prefer a lush tropical garden or art gallery—a Miami destination wedding has something to suit brides of all styles. Plus, this is one destination you won’t have to convince friends too hard to join you in. From lavish hotels lining South Beach to Saint Tropez-inspired bachelorette bashes, here are just 8 of the many reasons the Magic City is really a magical place to say “I do.”
1. Art-deco inspired ballrooms on the beach
You don't have to sacrifice a stylish (and let's face it, slightly bohemian) beach wedding for the sake of a rain-proof indoor venue in Miami. With several indoor colorful and Miami-inspired ballrooms, that feel like anything but a stuffy ballroom, The Confidante hotel has got you literally covered. Go seamlessly from a seaside ceremony, to a cocktail hour on their amazing poolside patio lounge (complete with giant versions of games like jenga and chess for your wedding guests to delight in), to a formal reception in the newly-renovated Carmen Miranda ballroom. If a touch of intimate European old-world charm is more your speed, consider the 1930s house, with its original fixtures, the adorable house was renovated after being lifted by crane and placed on the property.
2. Built in bachelorette parties—floaties and all
It's no secret Miami is the perfect bachelorette spot. From spas, to stunning beaches and the best nightlife you can imagine, there's something about the Magic City that makes your last hurrah feel just sophisticated enough. At The Confidante hotel pool, guests are treated to a floatie concierge, boozy popsicles on the cutest little cart, and a Bikini on Demand service that will get you the most on-trend suits in just under an hour.
3. Dining, dining, dining
The Miami restaurant scene is positively bustling, whether it's the swanky Kiki on the River, Cecconi's at Soho House, Peruvian-Japanese import Chotto Matte on Lincoln Road, or the world's best fried chicken at Bird & Bone at The Confidante, there are plenty of restaurants to keep even the most sophisticated foodie in awe. All these locations make for perfect rehearsal dinner locations, that will have guests salivating.
4. Plenty of activities for guests
Art lovers can stroll past the street-art-lined walls of Wynwood, gallery hopping and shopping at some of the city’s chicest boutiques. Nature lovers can set off and explore one of the county’s 263 parks—as well as two national parks—cycling through the Everglades or kayaking through a canopy of mangroves along the coast of Biscayne National Park. Those who’d rather bask on the beach can take their pick of sandy stretches, from the dog-friendly (and windsurfing hot spot) Hobie Beach to the central strip of South Beach, which runs from 1 Washington Avenue up to 21st Street, and even further North.
5. Your guests have a bevy of hotel options, from swanky to subdued
There's no shortage of amazing hotels all over Miami Beach—North, Mid and South. From classic Art Deco Miami Beach haunts like the Fointanebleau, the Raleigh, the Delano, and newly-renovated The Confidante (the first skyscraper in all of Miami Beach built in 1941!), to trendy newbies like the Faena, Soho Beach House, and Edition, hotels that wow with personality are definitely Miami's thing. While there's appeal to a "all-under-one-roof" location for out of towners, having wedding events at different locations while all of your guests staying in one hotel is easier than you might think.
6. It's beyond Instagram-worthy
They call it the Magic City for a reason. With its colorful decor, flourishing skyline, and bustling art scene—Miami has become THE destination for likes, likes, and more likes. With the appeal of Wynwood, colorful beaches, adorable details everywhere, and pools that scream bachelorette, there is an Instagram-opp on every corner.
7. The destination is quick—and easy—to reach
Not only is Miami an easy city to reach from most spots across the country (and from international locales like London), there are also a number of budget airlines like Spirit, and Jet Blue that fly into Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, just a 40-minute drive from downtown. Not only can your guests score reasonable tickets (especially in the summer, when it’s low season), this is a city they’ll actually be excited to visit. There is a reason it’s a Spring Break favorite, after all. Plus, you’ll have beach weather year-round. The winter months are slightly cooler, but summer isn’t as sweltering as you’d expect, thanks to sea breezes and brief afternoon showers. Just keep in mind that hurricane season runs from June through November. On the upside, hotel rates are much lower during this time and planners are well prepared with a Plan B in case the weather turns.
8. There are plenty of nearby honeymoon-hopping options
Miami is considered the gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, so after wrapping up the wedding festivities, you can jet off from your send-off brunch and be basking in the Caribbean or Mexico in less than three hours. Another option: island hopping right off the coast of Florida. Make your way down to the Florida Keys on a scenic road trip, rocking out to your honeymoon-themed playlist and pausing to indulge in Key-lime pie along the way. (Calories don’t count on honeymoons, right?)