According to recent surveys, destination weddings now represent 25% of the total wedding market. Once upon a time, destination weddings were predominantly arranged for those brides and grooms who had been previously married… It was a way to get away, get married, and have a honeymoon all at the same time. But now? Brides and grooms love destination weddings for a lot of reasons.
While tradition dictates that the bride’s hometown location would host her wedding, more and more couples are either paying for their own weddings or are trying to be “fair” to their families. Choosing a location that may mean something to the happy couple, but that is on neither one’s home turf can eliminate a ton of familial conflicts and stresses.
One of the major benefits to destination weddings is that the wedding party and guests can spend more time together. Since most of these “faraway” events have captive audiences for a week, bridal showers, bachelor parties, day after brunches can all take place during the event week.
Oftentimes the events are arranged by the wedding planner. Then even the bride and her family can be treated as guests and enjoy the parties rather than host them themselves at their homes. Which leads us to why Sarasota, Siesta Key and Longboat Key are PERFECT destinations for any wedding.
It’s Not Just About the Beach
OK, so maybe the beach is the best way to start this conversation. After all, the local beaches have topped the list of the best beaches in Florida for years.
In fact, Siesta Key Beach is, year after year, considered the #1 Beach in America and the #11 Beach in the World! So who wouldn’t want to get married there? Or, at the very least, have a party at one of the local hotels? But listen, as much as we may like to, we can’t spend the whole week on the beach. One of the greatest things about Sarasota is that it has it all!
There are hundreds of restaurants in the area sure to please any palate, party size or budget. Whether it is a tea room for the bridal shower or a microbrewery for the bachelor party, you can find it here.
More than Food
Have you heard of the Ringling Circus? Well, Sarasota is home to the John and Mabel Ringling Museum. And right down the street, the Ca D’Zan Mansion, a remarkable and unique complex on the water dedicated to the founding family. And, might we add, also a neat venue for your party.
Or, how about a round of golf? Watching a polo match? Visiting the Mote Marine Aquarium or Selby Gardens? Hiking in Myakka State Park? Trust us, the opportunities for both formal and informal get togethers are endless.
And the shopping on St. Armand Circle is a treat for the wandering shopaholic. One more thing… Sarasota has a bounty of hotels, condos and AirBnb accommodations that appeal to any taste. Whether it is the Ritz-Carlton or a bungalow on the beach, you can find it here.
Easy to Get To!
One of the best things about Sarasota as a destination is that it is accessible. It has its own airport, accommodating the biggest planes and major airlines add it to their travel routes all the time.
But just in case you can’t get here from where you are, surely you can get to Tampa International Airport, less than an hour away.
And whether it is for your special day, for getting your guests to those parties or golf courses, or for making sure they are picked up in style at the airport… You can rest assured we will provide you with the best, safest, most reliable and most professional transportation in the area.
Leave the driving to us and enjoy Sarasota for everything is has to offer!