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Kaitlin and Krisjon’s Beach Wedding to Remember

It was such a pleasure getting to know the two of them. In writing their ceremony, I was looking for the ways in which they would be the right partners for each other and there were so many. They met at work in an environment that is so specialized, it would be hard for an “outsider” to understand their stresses, time commitments and emotional tolls that their jobs, as ER nurses  takes on them.  They were friends for 1 1/2 years working together, friends and colleagues before love surprised them with its need to work through you.  Kaitlin  had a crush on him since the first day they met.  Not just how he looked but the easy going person he is – funny, outdoorsy, hunting and fishing for large mouth bass that Kaitlin can decorate your house with. Krisjon loves her personality, and that she is well organized and keeps his life in order.  She is a great person inside and out, and the fact that she is beautiful is not lost on him.  Their first trip was to Gatlinburg was so special that it was there that Krisjon proposed as well.  Their  future will include a life on the lake and raising a family there.  What a wonderful backstory for a beautiful beach wedding!

Why a Florida Beach Wedding?

There’s just something so romantic about a couple saying their wedding vows to the tune of the ocean waves crashing behind them.  Ideal I Do’s has the perfect pretty beachside ceremony – yours to customize from $299 to $1999.  A great beach wedding at a very affordable price.
If you’re considering getting hitched near the South Florida ocean – whether it be Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or anywhere in Palm Bach, we’ve got some wonderful beaches for you to choose from. We know all the quiet beaches too! These beach weddings are so idyllic, they’ll make you want to hit the coast, post-haste. Choose a tropical Florida celebration, seaside nuptials are beyond breathtaking. We provide the arch, aisle, chairs, music, photography and video – we even bring champagne and refreshments to the beach!

Contact Ideal I Do’s and start making your beach wedding come true!

Beach Destination Wedding – The Best Choice for Families!

It took my breath away.

The beautiful bride and her handsome groom saying their vows before a minister, standing on a platform decorated   with fresh flowers under a billowing white arch, or canopy,  fashioned in part from a hand-embroidered family heirloom amid the soaring ocean waves surrounded by family and friends, some standing, some on white chairs around them.

Most had traveled hundreds of miles to join the weekend-long celebration of their beach wedding.


I had a first-row seat, holding my husband’s and children’s hands and wiping away tears of joy. Like twenty five percent of American couples getting married this year, according to research , my daughter,  and her new husband opted for a destination wedding in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, at the beach, at sunset. These days, all of the family are often part of the destination wedding equation. In our case, there were a lot of children present, including a baby who had come from the Bahamas and one preschooler very excited to show off her own “bridal gown”.

10 years ago we had a destination wedding in New York City where we lived. Such weddings were far more uncommon and truth be told, I don’t think my mom was particularly pleased. We thought it would be easier with our busy work schedules and with family spread from Vancouver and Dallas.

Today, when you think destination weddings, you might think, as I had, a beach in the Caribbean with just a few people making the trip. But Florida is becoming as popular these days.  As the ease of coming in and out of our airports and not having to deal with passports and governments of foreign countries is also in our bride’s and groom’s minds.



But in fact, destination weddings average 75 guests and more destination weddings take place in the United States than abroad, according to the research from The, often with celebrations spread out over a few days, which gives far-flung family a chance to reconnect. Almost half the destination weddings in the U.S. occur in three states: Florida, California and Nevada. One New England couple I know, for example, chose Miami so that the groom’s elderly and disabled grandparents, Florida residents, could attend.


Sometimes, the destination is purposely chosen because it will be kid-friendly. The beach is one of those family friendly wedding destinations. Packages combine the wedding, multigenerational celebration and honeymoon.

In our case, the celebration started in Ft. Lauderdale where the bride and groom chose to take a cruise from, the Wednesday before the wedding and didn’t really end until two days after the wedding.

Couples often choose a place that has special meaning for them.  Places that couples have enjoyed vacationing in the past or the site of the proposal are especially popular.


The bride and groom also wanted their guests to enjoy the surrounding area including diving and fishing and tours of Miami, the Florida Keys and the Everglades, which they had come to love.

The couple detailed some of their favorite activities in the welcome bags they left for guests and were gratified that most took note of their suggestions. Of course, it was tough for the mother of the bride to be 1,000 miles away during the planning — this was not an all-inclusive resort where an in-house planner sweats all the details. I hired everyone from the officiant, to the photographer to the caterer for the Sunday brunch based on a phone calls and emails. All worked out well.


But like at any wedding, things didn’t go exactly as planned, like the unseasonably cool weather. Everyone just grabbed an extra jacket or sweater over their wedding finery. After the afternoon rain, we quickly wipes the chairs dry before the guests arrived.  The key — just like on any trip — is not to sweat the small stuff, keep smiling, and enjoy the moment for all it’s worth.

So there we and the groom’s parents sat on the beach, the afternoon after the wedding, looking out at the crashing waves at Hillsboro inlet with our kids and the friends who had traveled so far.


Keep in mind that South Florida Beach Weddings are great for all ages!



Growing Popularity of the “Destination Wedding”


by RJ, Ideal I Do’s

When most people hear the word “elope” they may think of the young couple sneaking out of their upstairs bedroom windows with knotted sheets in the middle of the night to get married quickly and without the approval of their parents. Today, that is far from the case. A new king of destination wedding has emerged. Enter the Destination Elopement. Maybe as a growing trend due to harsh realities or work calendars or the realization that the wedding should be about nothing but the two people involved.  But many couples, both first time and second wedding couples, are looking for  alternatives to the large, traditional wedding without giving up the unique touches that make the memories that last for a lifetime. Beach wedding planners like Ideal I Do’s are seeing more and more couples choosing a smaller, elopement type wedding often at a destination they like to visit such as the beach. Some beaches and destinations hold special memories for them. For this reason, Ideal I Do’s is offering “elopement packages” to provide the services they seek. Couples find that they can have a beautiful, classic wedding with all the trimmings at an affordable price by choosing a package that has already been planned out and ready to go. Arch, aisle music, video, photography and of course officiation are all available for our beach weddings.

An elopement wedding may be for the bride & groom only, but sometimes a very few close family members or friends attend. More recently, the distinction between an elopement and a destination wedding has become blurred. A destination wedding is a wedding that is held in a location people like to travel to for vacations – such as resorts, bed & breakfast inns or beaches. It is usually some distance away from the bride and groom’s residence. For this reason, the destination wedding tends to have a smaller guest list than a traditional wedding held in the bride or groom’s hometown. Since fewer people attend the destination wedding, couples often will have a large reception at a later date (and present a slide show of their wedding pictures at the reception.  What fun!

So, why are destination weddings and elopements on the rise? Economic issues aside, it’s just a fact of modern day life that, compared to a generation ago, today’s young men and women are likely to locate farther from the area they grew up in. This means they are more likely to meet a mate from a greater distance away. The ease of getting to the destination has also lifted, both in money and time.

With a destination wedding or elopement, the couple may stay a little longer and combine their wedding and honeymoon. In Florida, many couples take a honeymoon cruise after their wedding. In some cases, their closest friends and/or family members attending the wedding will also stay longer or join them. If they stay on the mainland, they may schedule in some recreational activities such as golf, tennis, boat tours, night clubs, everglades, deep sea fishing or sight-seeing.

One may think the destination wedding would be expensive and difficult to plan. But actually, destination weddings can be much less expensive than a large traditional wedding and easier to plan too. By having all the elements of the wedding already planned out with an elopement package, the couple knows the total price up front and can budget accordingly. The destination wedding or elopement package that includes lodging, wedding cake, photography and flowers saves the couple both time and money. The planning is made easy and stress free. This gives the couple the opportunity to spend their time enjoying each other’s company instead of stressing over every detail of the big wedding.


10 Best Florida Beach Parks for a Wedding!

A beach wedding is an exotic fantasy shared by many, but you need not hop on a plane and jet off to some faraway destination to experience it — the United States has plenty of its own gorgeous beaches that will make your oceanside nuptials a breeze. Here are our picks for Palm Beach and Broward County’s s 10 best.

1. Coral Cove Beach Park, Jupiter

If its meaning is any indication,Coral Cove is a picture-perfect location for a wedding. It has rocks and dunes to take beautiful pictures. Jupiter, Florida is a town that offers everything, from seaside relaxation to intimate museums, art galleries, and even an old lighthouse. Hold your ceremony along the one mile stretch of beach followed by a lovely cocktail hour or beach picnic in one of the pavilions!

2. Lake Worth Beach

Lake Worth Beach is noted as one of the most picturesque swimming beaches in all of Florida, making it a stunning spot for your vows too. Located near Palm Beach, it stretches over miles of white sand, and serves as a natural barrier that protects the Lake Worth Lagoon.  It’s a great spot for environment and animal lovers, as it is adjacent to the Jonathan Dickinson State Park, a State park which features the Loxahatchee River, mangroves & river swamps for kayaking, canoeing & hiking and provides an important habitat for many animals, plants, and fish.


3. Oceanfront Park Beach

Located between Lake Worth and Delray Beach, Boynton Beach is situated    in a terrific and quiet locals only area.  This beach has lots of parking and shelter in case there is inclement weather.  A beautiful long boardwalk ramps you down and up the beach, making it easily accessible for those who are not comfortable walking on the sand.


4. Gulfstream Park Beach

Gulfstream beaches are gorgeous and the location posh.  The parking lot is FREE and the walk to the beach is beautiful. A picturesque bridge leads you up to the picnic and services area, and there are stairs down to the beach.


5. Delray BeachDelray Beach Florida. Downtown Delray Beach is the perfect tropical south Florida location to celebrate this special time in your lives. Whether your dream is an elegant yet intimate ceremony, a casual beach front affair, a historic location or a grand celebration for 200 or more, Downtown Delray Beach is the perfect destination for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party and more.

Downtown Delray Beach Village by the Sea, has all of the necessities and pleasures to meet the needs and pamper the bride, groom, wedding party, family and friends. With one-of-a-kind unique boutiques, salons and spas, accommodations to meet every guests needs, art galleries and restaurants to please any palette, it’s easy to see why Downtown Delray Beach, Florida is becoming one of the most desirable wedding locations in the south east United States.


7. Red Reef Park, Boca Raton

If you want your wedding to evoke Southern hospitality and all its charms, draw your line in the sand in Boca’s own Red Reef Park. It’s one of our local beach parks with a pavillion to hold both weddings and receptions. The weather is mild and pleasant year-round, and the beaches are perhaps best known for the beautiful reef just off the beach. There is also a play structure (ages 5-12 years), restroom facilities and even showers.


8. South Inlet Park, Boca Raton

With 850 feet of frontage, guarded beach, this is a beautiful beach right next to the Boca inlet. For easy access, beach surf wheelchair is available;  There is a beautiful pavillion for rent that makes your beach wedding affordable and unique.

Just getting here provides a glimpse of this beach’s romantic beauty:


10. 16th Street Beach, Pompano Beach

If it’s always been your dream to get married on the beach in Florida, there’s no shortage of breathtaking beaches from which to choose to be sure.  But not all have beautiful views of a lighthouse!  The 16th Street beach is situated just south of the Hillsboro lighthouse. The beach is also known for its tranquil surf, making it an ideal place for a wedding ceremony. Though the beach tends to fill up early with sunbathers during the day, the setting sun clears away the crowds, serving as a place for romantic and unforgettable moments.

Your Destination Wedding Questions Answered!

Your Destination Wedding Question Answered!

Why have one? If you’re looking for a unique way to say “we do” while surrounded only by your closest friends and family members, a destination wedding in a romantic location is ideal.

Where should we have it? Having a destination wedding allows you to exchange vows in a stunning paradise. Whether you envision your ceremony on a white-sand beach, atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, within a blooming garden, or surrounded by mountains, the options for Florida Destination Wedding locations are as limitless as your imagination.

Do I have to spend a lot? Destination weddings can be as lavish or simple as you desire and there are endless options to fit all budgets, from a luxurious reception in a ballroom to a casual beach party.


How many guests should I have?

Destination weddings allow couples to have intimate celebrations with just a few guests or a larger wedding with as many as 100 friends and family members. A destination wedding allows you to spend quality time with your guests in a relaxing setting over three or four days, making memories for years to come.

Aren’t Destination weddings more expensive? Destination weddings are typically less expensive for couples than traditional celebrations, as guests usually pay for their own travel and accommodations.  You can also mix and match our packages and options – they start at only $149!

Experience the Difference of Ideal I Do’s Florida beach wedding destination planning

A destination wedding is most successful when planned by an expert who can assist with the considerable planning and research that it takes.

What does Ideal I Do’s do exactly? We work on creating personalized celebrations with outstanding service is what. For more information about, call us anytime at 800-6-Idealidos (643-3254) to speak with one of our customer service representatives.

We look forward to making all of your destination wedding dreams come true.


Have the perfect cheap destination wedding in South Florida!

Cheap Destination wedding

Destination Weddings at an affordable price

The U.S. State of Florida offers the exotic feel of the tropics — beaches, tall palm trees, wonderful weather, fishing and diving — with no hassle whatsoever.

1. Pleasant breezy mornings – There’s a quiet luxury to mornings on your terrace when early risers can brew coffee and curl up on a patio while the rest of the party sleeps in. Watch the sun rise while you sip your joe and eat your croissants.  Snap a few selfies! Whether you have eloped to the beach and the two of you honeymooning or the whole family traveled with you for the big event, you can find hotel rooms, houses, even villa-style accommodations with the ease of leisurely mornings and meals at any hour, plus all the amenities you expect from Florida destination level regard for your comfort.

2. The Florida Everglades are the largest continental  U.S. National Park, and a green swath of sawgrass swamp serving as an inspiring big-day backdrop or additional photo location if you so choose. Although brides are prohibited from arriving at their beach ceremonies via parachute, Florida is a playground for adventurous couples looking to hike, fish, explore the everglades via kayak or Jeep or seek out hidden snorkel spots.

3. Beaches for every personality from off-the-beaten path to packed party spots with blenders whirring, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach counties offer a beaches suited to every traveler. Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach’s most famous and most popular bay, making it especially good for larger groups. But when it’s just the two of you, steal away to spots like the Key Biscayne Lighthouse or the Hillsboro Lighthouse.

4. Everybody for Scuba or snorkeling along Deerfield beach. All divers and snorkelers are welcome – Couples who take to the sport can continue courses with private lessons or group instruction. Plus, the dive boat — and the beach — are just yards from your room.

5. In the Details RJ, owner of Ideal I Do’s, isn’t in the business of planning just destination weddings — she handles every detail of destination vacations. A wedding designer with  years of beach destination wedding experience, she arranges the big-day necessities and caters to every whim (she’s even pulled of surprise weddings). RJ also handles the accommodations, day-after brunches, wedding-party excursions and so much more.

Summer Beach Destination Weddings

Sbeach wedding frameummer is here and romance is in the air; perfect time for a destination beach wedding in beautiful South Florida. Escape to sub-tropical paradise while leaving the stress of your everyday lives behind you.

Can you imagine yourself on your wedding day; walking down the sandy aisle, covered with fresh flower petals; the gentle afternoon breeze escorting you into your future; the melody of gentle waves and seagulls caressing the shoreline nearby? Whether you are surrounded by family and friends or are accompanied only by nature; you are certain to have a wedding day you will never forget.

Is the idea of a destination wedding romantic and enchanting; the tropical flowers, the warm ocean breeze, the sound of the sea rolling lazily on the shoreline? Of course this sounds wonderful, but who will help you organize it when you live on another continent or keep you relaxed as your big day approaches? Ideal I Do’s!

Here at Ideal I Do’s – an affordable destination wedding is in your budget – you have several choices when planning your destination wedding; organize on your own, organize through a resort or organize through a professional wedding planner located right here in South Florida..

Now, more than ever, couples are saying “I do” later in life. And for many of these long-time lovers it is their first marriage. While a traditional marriage ceremony still attracts many Newlyweds, it is becoming more popular to find couples looking for a unique, unforgettable wedding experience such as a romantic beach wedding.

A beach wedding easily carries the images of happiness, relaxation and fun, not stress and worry as a traditional wedding with hundreds of people you don’t know, often has.

On the Florida Beach water plays a large role in many of our local celebrations. If it’s wet on a wedding day, it is believed to both cleanse and purify the body and soul; allowing a marriage to begin fresh and new. The more water that passes over your skin on a day of celebration, the more purified you become. So if it happens to be a little wet on your wedding day, do what the Floridians do and embrace it. If the weather is dry, ask about the  Shell or Water Blessing if you want to guarantee this important tradition during your destination wedding ceremony.

Is a Destination Wedding Right for You?

Beach Weddings photobucketIs a beach destination wedding right for you?

If your dream destination wedding involves breathtaking scenery at a  beautiful beach, all within an affordable budget, and reasonable time constraints as well, South Florida is the place you’re looking for. Not only do our hotels and resorts offer incredible experiences but also  incredible prices all just hours away.


Your Destination Wedding

• If you’re looking for a unique way to say “I do” while surrounded by your closest friends and family members, a destination wedding in a South Florida is an affordable romantic location for you.
• Having a destination wedding allows you to exchange vows in a stunning paradise. With only the most important people with you. Envision your ceremony on a white-sand beach, or a balcony overlooking the ocean, within one of our beautiful natural parks, or at a beach house the options for destination wedding locations are as limitless as your imagination.
• Affordable Destination weddings can be fancy or simple and there are endless options and beaches to fit all budgets, from a beautiful elegant restaurant, to a room overlooking the sea, a roof top pool setting, to a casual beach party you will find it here.

Who will join you?
• Destination weddings allow couples to have intimate celebrations with just a few important family members and friends. We keep it simple and elegant. A destination wedding allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones in a relaxing setting over three or four days, making memories for years to come. We can even arrange your transportation and entertainment.
• Affordable? YES! Destination weddings are typically less expensive for couples than traditional celebrations, as guests usually pay for their own travel and accommodations.

Experience the Difference
• A destination wedding is most successful when planned by an expert who can assist with the considerable planning and research that it takes.
• Our award-winning, Certified Destination Wedding Specialists have planned over 20,000 successful destination weddings in 42 countries. has been internationally recognized as the industry leader in planning personalized destination weddings.
• Creating personalized celebrations with outstanding service is what has perfected. For more information about, call us anytime to start to plan your beautiful beach wedding
• Ideal I Do’s looks forward to making all of your destination wedding dreams a reality.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good destination wedding couple?
A beach destination wedding is an opportunity for couples to celebrate their marriage at a gorgeous beach of their choosing away from home. Ideal I do’s couples are from all over the world, Europe, Carribean, South America, Asia. Florida destination weddings can be intimate (just the two of you), limited to close family and friends, or a big family and friends affair with hundreds of guests.

What are the secrets to a cheap destination wedding?
Nowadays, many couples opt to forgo traditional (and expensive) weddings in favor of a more intimate affair at a destination they love. The people who love you will follow you! Destination weddings allow couples to extend their celebration from four hours to four days (or however long you see fit), while creating a lifetime of memories with their close friends and family. Because they are often more intimate than traditional weddings, destination weddings can also be more affordable for couples.

Is a destination wedding right for us and our guests?
If you’re thinking of planning a destination wedding, it’s likely important to you that your closest friends and family members will be able to attend. Here’s how to start to plan: even before you commit to planning a destination wedding, run the idea by family and friends. If there are relatives who you know you want present on your special day but are unable to attend, you might prefer to have an intimate destination wedding and a reception at home so all your loved ones can be a part of the celebration. Additionally, choosing the right destination may also affect who can attend. This is where South Florida comes in. Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Naples are are in our area of service. On the other hand, if your destination is particular remote or expensive, less guests may choose to attend. Make sure to consider your closest family and friends when selecting a wedding destination.

Who are you as a company?
Ideal I do’s is Florida’s leading affordable beach destination weddings company. We are headquartered in Delray Beach. We have been planning beach destination weddings for over four years and have planned over 450 successful beach weddings.
How far in advance should I plan my destination wedding?
While 9-15 months is an ideal amount of time for securing the best travel rates, we have worked with couples that have planned gorgeous weddings with only a few months to spare. If you do have time to plan further in advance, we always advise that couples start the process sooner rather than later, particularly with large groups.

Ideal I Do’s Beach Weddings are Personalized!

• Weddings from intimate to grand in size
• Unique and diverse wedding venues
• Exceptional celebrations for all budgets

A World of Choice
• 100 Miles of beaches in 5 counties
• Hundreds of hotel and reception choices

• Over 450 weddings planned
• Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice winner 4 years in a row
• Exceptional service and knowledge

Peace of Mind
• NAWP certified a
• 24/7 emergency support
• Dedicated Professional Team


Florida is the most affordable beach destination.
Traditionally, the best way to help ensure that your guests can afford to attend your destination wedding is to plan in advance so they have ample time to plan and budget accordingly. It’s also important to consider the resort, destination, and time of year you’d like to marry.

How do I get the best prices on travel packages?
Simple. We work with travel agents and hotels to get you terrific group rates. Planning well in advance is key – as prices are dynamic.
Do you have specific hotels that you work with?

We shop for the best hotel to suit your needs and your budget. We have over 200 hotels to choose from!

Do we have to pay for our wedding in full right away?
Nope. Ideal I Do’s offers an “Easy Payment Plan”, which allows you and your guests the flexibility of spreading the travel payments out and picking payment dates that work for you. You can use the “Easy Payment Plan” to schedule out payments up to 30 days before the wedding.

Will I need an on-site wedding coordinator?
Depending on the ceremony details, we usually recommended that you work with someone at the location to help finalize the details. Many resorts and hotels have complimentary on-site wedding coordinators, for your receptions. We will provide that service for your ceremony.

Why book with
We have successfully planned over 450 amazing beach destination weddings in Florida and arranged travel for over 500 guests. We have 5 years of experience planning destination weddings and frequently visit the locations we recommend to our couples. We work with you from the start planning to the minute you say I do.

Let us help plan your perfect romantic beach wedding!

New Ideas for your Beach Wedding

Around the world, and here in America, beach destination weddings are continuing to rise in popularity, with new and unique ideas by brides and grooms taking the lead. Wedding professionals like Ideal I Do’s appreciate the personal touches available to everyone.



Beach escapes will always be popular.  Florida is always at the top of the list as there are 800 miles of beaches to choose from.



Each couple has a story to tell of their journey into love and down the aisle. This journey is an important part of their narrative, and is the motivation behind personalization. Gone are the days of pre-planned, formulaic destination wedding packages, built for convenience over individuality. Today’s couples are exercising their influence over ceremony spots, rituals, menus, favors, attire and entertainment.



Paying attention to our planet is no longer a trend, but a mandate to many wedding couples and young wedding couples today are accustomed to exercising their influence over their environment. Opportunities to conserve and preserve are plentiful, also in destination weddings. Ideal I Do’s offers the best option in “leave no trace – do no harm” philosophy.  We never leave anything behind except it it is natural and organic, such as real rose petals from the aisle.  Florida also has green resorts and eco-friendly restaurants.


Eco friendly can be budget friendly too!  Couples are turning to “save the date” e-cards as well as recycled paper for their stationery needs.  Sustainable organic flowers and using local in-season food appeal to couples wanting to tie the knot away at the beach while still honoring their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.


Unique Couples Choose Unique Weddings 


Long on the forefront of marriage equality, Ideal I Do’s applauds Florida’s law endorsing same-sex weddings.



Couples love to include traditions and customs from their heritage on their special day, and there’s no reason to think this can’t be done at a destination. With an understanding of this need, select destination wedding resorts offer cultural wedding packages. From kosher cuisine for Jewish weddings and long celebrated experiences for Hindu weddings to seaside Catholic wedding chapels, an increasing number of venues seek to tailor their packages to meet every couple’s needs.



Ideal I Do’s website is full of local south Florida attractions.   What better way to include some quality time with friends and family? Whether it’s a sightseeing tour or a boating adventure, fishing, arranging excursions for the group is a fun way to include everyone in the festivities. Group activities also pave the way for an amazing collection of images, as destination wedding photographers continue to offer more extensive coverage in an effort to capture the entire trip.