Key West Elopement – Planning Tips, Packages and Venues!

Planning your seaside Elopement in Key West

Known for its warm beaches and eclectic culture, Key West can offer you a truly magical seaside elopement. You’ll find a diverse collection of cultures here and many of the residents are of European descent from the Bahamas. There’s a Caribbean and Cuban feel to the area which has had a unique influenced the food here. Key West is known for its array of tasty seafood that can be found at many of the local markets. You’ll have the opportunity of indulging in decadent food along the many strips of restaurants and exciting seaside bars. Key-lime pie is a must try, after all, it’s the signature dish of the island!

When to Elope in Key West

If you’re looking for a summer elopement, you might not want to consider Key West. Traveling here in the summer, in June/July, means you’ll be facing the possibility of hurricane weather brought on by humidity and serious downpour. The only plus of going to Key West during the summer is that the hotel rates are a lot cheaper.

The best time for eloping in Key West would be between March and May when you’ll still get plenty of sun and avoid the rainfall.

Best Key West Elopement Venues

Duval Street

Duval Street is home to a number of vibey bars, art galleries, outdoor cafes, restaurant, and trendy shops. Walking down the street you’ll hear live music that’s filled with culture, as well as many cool street performers.

If you’re keen on having an iconic elopement, keep Duval on your inspiration board. It really captures the true essence of Key West and there’ll be plenty of beautiful spots to take pictures at. Walking along the street you’ll find the Southernmost Hotel, a pastel-colored Victorian Mansion which has been said to be the perfect description of Key West’s iconic architecture.

You can also head to the Strand Theatre to capture your elopement pictures. It was a popular theatre in the 1920s, but now it’s been transformed into a convenience store. Still, it makes for quite a beautiful backdrop for your pictures!

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens

This beautiful mansion has a historic, yet wealthy feel to it. It shows a bit of elegance nestled inside a tropical garden. Picture your elopement in a romantic, historical and tropical garden filled with stunning orchids and hibiscus!

Mallory Square

Key West hosts nightly sunset performers along the beach and it couldn’t be more of a beautiful elopement venue! Imagine saying your “I do’s” as the sun sets and then watching fire dancers, musicians and acrobats doing their thing along the beach. Mallory Square is famous for their sunsets, so you can’t miss out on one!

You’ll also find many tourist attractions to keep you busy! Even though it’s a small island, you’ll be keeping yourself busy with the options of haunted houses to explore, old museums, old town trolley tours and of course, tons of tanning in the sun!

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Key West Harbor

The harbor is beautifully situated along the shoreline, offering exquisite views of the crystal clear waters. There’s a marine club at the harbor which can be used as an elopement venue and you’ll even get to see fancy boats in the bay. A really exciting idea would be to have your elopement ceremony on a beautiful yacht and then go for a sail around the island! If you’re looking for an adventure, the harbor is also open for scuba diving and ecotours where you’ll see some unique marine life.

The Best Key West Elopement Packages

Southernmost Weddings

The Southernmost Weddings couldn’t have offered better elopement packages for Key West! They have a variety of different packages which means you’re bound to find one to fit your needs perfectly! Are you thinking of a morning elopement or an evening elopement? Morning elopements are so underrated and we wish they got the credit they deserve! The Southernmost Weddings offers two different morning packages, which actually end up cheaper than the evening elopement packages.

What your morning elopement package will include:

  • 10:00 am morning ceremony
  • A professional wedding officiant, custom ceremony and wedding vows of your choice
  • Filing your wedding license after the ceremony
  • 30 minutes of creative elopement photography
  • About 100 edited pictures, which will be high-resolution and delivered to you by a download link or email
  • You’ll also get a private online gallery for sharing with friends and family
  • Elopement planning and consultations

You’ll only be paying $363 dollars, score!

If you’re looking for something a little more extravagant they also have a Starfish Beach Elopement Package:

  • Elopement ceremony at Smathers Beach
  • 2 Post archway which will be decorated with white fabric and beautiful starfish, which creates a true seaside venue!
  • White ceremony table
  • Professional wedding officiant
  • Custom ceremony and wedding vows of your choice
  • Filing your wedding license after the ceremony
  • 1-hour creative photography
  • About 100 edited pictures, which will be high-resolution and delivered to you by a download link or email
  • You’ll also get a private online gallery for sharing with friends and family
  • Elopement planning and consultations

This package will cost you $1111.

You also have the option of designing your own elopement package and adding different add-ons. These add-ons could be: an extra half hour of professional elopement photography, switch to a 4 Post Arch, 2 fresh floral pieces, add 10 white padded chairs with starfish sashes, single tiered elopement cakes, handmade cakes, and boutonnieres and bouquets!

Palm elopement package

Florida Keys Wedding Center will host your West Key elopement wherever you please, whether it be bayside or oceanside venues, morning or evening! Their elopement packages include:

  • Professional Civil Wedding Officiant
  • Filing of the Marriage License
  • Photo Shoot (1 Hour) Before, during, and after wedding shots
  • Wedding Videography with edited video with music and vows
  • Wedding Seashell Picture Frame and Online Digital photos
  • Wedding Bouquet (Handmade Shell Bouquet or Fresh Roses with your choice: red, white, or pink)
  • Grooms Boutonniere (Shell or Fresh Flower)
  • Ceremony Coordination for the couple
  • Sand Ceremony with glass or Shell ornament keepsake
  • Two Post Wedding Arbor (Birchwood or Bamboo)
  • Seashell & Floral draping for Wedding Arbor
  • Large Conch Shells for Decor
  • Dinner Reservation for two with Table decorated with rose petals and candles (does not Include the cost of Dinner )
  • Complimentary bottle of Champagne
  • Wedding Cake for two (Vanilla Butter Cream – Key Lime Filling – Chocolate – Marble or Strawberry Filling)

This package is going to cost you $1499.

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Key West Wedding Arch Package

Even though this package is designed for weddings, it works perfectly well for elopements! Conch Concierge Weddings is your go-to wedding services provider for beautiful ceremonies in Key West. They also offer decorative items, so if you’re thinking about keeping it a simple elopement without a package, you can hire some ceremony decor as well as an officiant.

Their elopement package includes:

  • Time: Sunrise to Sunset daily ceremonies.
  • Professional and registered wedding officiant/celebrant.
  • 1-Hour photography time.
  • Digital Proofs high-resolution copies of all images available for download (usually within 24 hours of the ceremony)
  • Flowers: Professional Tropical Bouquet and Boutonniere.
  • ” Two pole Arch” adorned with a generous selection of white chiffon/voile material.
  • Smooth sand aisle bordered by starfish.
  • Filing of Florida Marriage license following ceremony.
  • Conch Shell Horn Blessing.
  • Phone planning consultation.
  • Professional Concierge Assistance (Local knowledge)
  • Online Photo Proof album (Password protection available.)
  • Photo Proof slideshow to be shared with family and friends.
  • Authentic sand blessing ceremony.
  • Complimentary transportation for 2 persons from Key West hotel to ceremony location and return to the hotel.

Key West Elopement Inspiration

If we haven’t given you enough reasons why you should pick Key West for your elopement, take a look at these beautiful pictures taken in Key West. Iris Moore Photography is based in Key West and they’re the reason for these stunning pictures! Take a look at her website for more inspiration for your Key West elopement!

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Planning your seaside Elopement in Key West