Wedding Ideas to Get That Southwest Florida Feel

wedding couple on the beach

It doesn’t get more romantic than saying, “I do” on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. But there’s more to a beach wedding than just the beach. It’s about the little details that give every part of your wedding that authentic Southwest Florida vibe. Need some ideas? Here are a few ways to help turn your dream destination wedding into a dream come true.

Invites in a Bottle

Give your guests a taste of island ambiance before they even arrive, and it all starts with your invitations. Instead of a typical card and envelope, put them in bottles and mail out your “invite in a bottle” to your guests. They also make for a fun way to decorate your wedding. Write messages to your friends and families in bottles and scatter them around your wedding. Encourage people to read them and take them home as a keepsake.

Wedding Shells

One way to make your special day even more special is to just add shells. Sprinkle a few banded tulips, lightning whelks, sand dollars and other Sanibel favorites into a bouquet for a beachified DIY centerpiece. You can also use numbers to assign people to tables, and give each table a different shell theme from the Sanibel Six. Whichever way you decide to get creative with shells, be sure to include some that you found yourself on walks with your loved one.

Wining and Dining

Every destination wedding should be paired with the best of that destination’s food. Reach out to local restaurants and venues for catering options to add some local flavor to your big day. For drinks, make sure to include a specialty cocktail like the infamous Boca Punch. It’s a drink you’ll only find on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and is perfect for special occasions – or, really, for any time you’re on the beach.

There’s a lot that goes into planning your special day. Get more inspiration and ideas for your Southwest Florida wedding here.

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