Marrying Away in the US: Florida Destination Weddings

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Why Here?

This southern-most continental state offers every kind of wedding imaginable — beach, city, cruise, garden — all under eternally sunny skies. Choose a swank city soiree in Miami, a barefoot ceremony on an island beach, or anything in between. Best of all, your guests will appreciate the slew of reasonably priced flights to all of Florida’s hot spots.

What to Know

  • Each area has it’s own feel: Palm Beach is a great choice for a pretty, country club wedding (consider having bridesmaids wear Lily Pulitzer sundresses), while a resort in Mar-a-Lago is the perfect spot to riff on Donald Trump’s extravagant affair. Couples interested in fishing and sailing might want to consider the Florida Keys.
  • Since Florida is a popular convention and business retreat destination, book your room blocks as early as possible.

Marriage Requirements

Residency requirement: None for U.S. citizens
Necessary documents: Couples must obtain a marriage license from any Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Both parties must provide the Clerk’s Office with a valid photo ID. If either party has ever been married and divorced, or widowed, the date of the divorce or date of the spouse’s death must be supplied.
Note: The license does not need to be issued in the county that the ceremony will take place in, and is valid for 60 days. Florida residents have a 3 day waiting period and must have taken a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last year in order to obtain a license.

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