The Palm Beaches Welcome Same-Sex Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
Scott Schoenen, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches
Malcolm Griffiths, Vice President
Development Counsellors International
THE PALM BEACHES WELCOMES SAME-SEX DESTINATION WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2015) - Same-sex marriages are now legal in Florida, which means the nation's third-most populous state will soon see an increase in weddings, renewal of vows as well as other such ceremonies and celebrations.
With this increase in destination weddings, The Palm Beaches are poised to capitalize on an activity it has been doing in grand style for over a century. Local tourism officials are taking steps to ensure the region enjoys a similar level of popularity as wedding bells start ringing for LGBT couples.
All of the region's hotels and resorts are LGBT welcoming and most offer wedding and honeymoon packages that apply to all couples. Wintertime is ideal for couples to tie the knot and enjoy a honeymoon in The Palm Beaches. The average daytime high in January is 75 degrees and the average high annually is 78. The combination of great weather, pristine beaches and a world class range of cultural, shopping, dining and entertainment options provides an ideal setting for weddings and honeymoons.
Meanwhile, Boca Raton is home to a full-service LGBT wedding planning company, Rainbow Bells. The company has been in business for several years and handled more than 50 same-sex weddings in New York State last year. They are now looking forward to planning local weddings in The Palm Beaches.
On its website, www.engaygedweddings.com , Rainbow Bells offers a wide array of settings in which to get hitched in The Palm Beaches. The company can accommodate: beach ceremonies, parasailing, snorkeling, airboat tours, manatee feedings and more. As the site proclaims, "Come to the Sunshine State to legalize the committed love you already share."
Unique wedding venues in the area include: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, International Polo Club, Palm Beach Zoo, National Croquet Center, The Flagler Museum and The Addison of Boca Raton, a historic 1920s estate featuring world-class cuisine, a courtyard with 100-year-old banyan trees, and a grand ballroom perfect for hundreds of guests.
There are several other romantic hot spots, including several botanical gardens, a secluded state park with lots of outdoor activities, more than 2,000 restaurants, and 47 miles of sun-drenched Atlantic Coast beaches.
ROMANTIC, ENGAGEMENT & HONEYMOON PACKAGES IN THE PALM BEACHES
The Brazilian Court Palm Beach
Luxe Romance for two from $2,015 (General restrictions and black-out dates apply)
The Luxe Romance honeymoon package includes three days, two nights with a chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival. LGBT honeymooners receive "Mr. & Mr." or "Mrs. & Mrs." embroidered beach towels, private chef's table dinner at Café Boulud, personal chauffeur from hotel to beach, salon services, daily breakfasts and intimate in-room wine-salt therapy bath at turndown.
The Chesterfield Palm Beach
Pride Package from $275.75 per night (includes 5% discount off regular Superior Queen pricing)
The Chesterfield Palm Beach has recently unveiled its Pride Package for LGBT couples celebrating engagements, anniversaries or simply their love for each other. The package includes complimentary drinks upon arrival, romantic interlude dinner with a bottle of house wine, tray of chocolate-covered strawberries and two glasses of champagne in a superior queen room, and luxurious English breakfast - in bed - the next morning.
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Modern Family Package from $1,999 (for stays between June 1 - September 30, 2015; slightly higher rates apply for other times of year)
Experience new fashioned Palm Beach luxury at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. This independently owned and operated AAA Five Diamond property's interiors were recently re-imagined by designer Jonathon Adler. The package includes a private airport transfer, a two-night stay in an oceanfront lanai terrace room, a welcome amenity - chilled champagne and fruit & cheese platter, daily access to the award-winning Eau Spa with one couple's massage in Villa Perfect, daily breakfast in the onsite restaurant Temple Orange, a chef inspired dinner at the hotel's Angle restaurant and use of an ocean front cabana with private butler service.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
The Ultimate Romance Package from $519 per night (Some restrictions apply)
Package includes ocean view condo, unlimited use of spa facilities, relaxation room with tea bar, couples massage, sensual bath with aromas and champagne, daily breakfast, in-room movies, $50 dining credit, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival. Two-night minimum.
Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa Palm Beach
Fly South for the Winter (Valid through April 30, 2015)
The deal comes with welcome cocktails to kick off the celebration, 20 percent off spa services to relax and unwind with your significant other, Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa sunglasses to stay protected while soaking up the Palm Beach sun. Blackout dates apply. Use booking code "FLYS" to access deal online.
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About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as, The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $30 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting 60,000 jobs.