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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

It’s true: Weddings and Miami are a match made in heaven. When planning your big day, you’ll find that Greater Miami & Miami Beach is a destination replete with luxurious venues that offer natural beauty, history and extravagant amenities to elevate your “aisle style.” Some of these Miami venues also offer a place to play before – or after – your big day.

Have your wedding at the luxurious Acqualina

Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach, Sunny Isles Beach

For a lavish seaside venue that flaunts grand architecture and offers unobstructed ocean views, plan your wedding at the five-star Acqualina Resort & Residences on the shores of Sunny Isles Beach. At this private beachfront playground, couples and their wedding guests will feel as if they’ve been transported to a posh resort on the Mediterranean. Plan the ceremony around the pool or on the resort’s front lawn at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. After the “I dos,” party like an A-lister in the stunning Mediterranean Ballroom or al fresco style under a tent on the Great Lawn. Since the resort hosts only one wedding at a time, the spotlight is completely focused on each wedding couple’s big day. Before or after the event, couples can escape to the Acqualina Spa’s Royal Suite for the ultimate in pampering.

Ancient Spanish Monastery
Bring a historic flair to your ceremony at the Ancient Spanish Monastery

Ancient Spanish Monastery, North Miami Beach

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more dreamy-yet-sacred location than the Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach. The medieval monastery, an architectural treasure built in Spain in the 12th century and later dismantled and transported to Miami, offers a variety of memorable ceremony options. For something traditional, choose to wed in one of the three chapels (in the Main Chapel, light floods through the stained-glass windows and an organist plays the pipe organ as the bridal party walks down the aisle). Nature-loving couples can choose to tie the knot in the ethereal formal gardens surrounded by rare palms, Spanish oaks and towering banyan trees. Consider holding your reception in the cloisters, which are the covered walkways that wind around the courtyard, or enjoy your wedding feast in the loggia or the gardens.

Deering aerial
Choose natural beauty as the backdrop to your special day

Deering Estate, South Dade

History, rich architecture, stunning views of Biscayne Bay, and endless natural beauty – the sprawling Deering Estate in South Dade has it all. Set on 450 picturesque acres, the site offers many options for couples. Say your vows on the palm-lined front lawn that edges the bay, or have a sophisticated ceremony inside the Stone House Museum, which is decorated in grand chandeliers. Dance the night away under the stars in the lush courtyard or under a wedding tent in the Royal Palm Grove.

Faena Wedding
Take your vows at the oceanfront Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Dripping in glamour, art and fantasy, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is an oceanfront resort in Miami Beach’s Mid Beach neighborhood that could be considered the ultimate location for a luxurious wedding. Couples can choose from a dizzying array of locations, ranging from large sites like the high-design Faena Forum or the opulent Faena Theater, draped in velvet. Another unique option is getting married in front of artist Damien Hirst’s iconic mammoth sculpture with the ocean as the backdrop. With several restaurants by standout international chefs, constant entertainment and shows, in addition to wellness offerings at Tierra Santa Healing House, you can be sure your wedding weekend will be packed with nonstop fun and indulgent relaxation.

Fairchild Wedding
Fall in love with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables

For a fête torn from the pages of a fairytale, choose Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables as your wedding venue. Nature truly shines at Fairchild, where guests are wowed with rare and exotic plants, marvelous limestone staircases, lily ponds and a lake. Daydream about walking down a 100-foot-long aisle that exudes romantic drama, tuck away in a secret garden for an intimate celebration, or make your vows a bold statement in front of a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.

Fisher Island Club, near Miami Beach

Exclusivity and extravagance reign supreme at Fisher Island Club, a private residential island community. Though only a 10-minute ferry ride from South Beach, you’ll feel as though you’ve escaped to the private island of your wedding fantasies, boasting views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Downtown Miami skyline. Here, couples can step down the aisle and back in time at the 1920s Mediterranean-style Vanderbilt mansion for a classic ceremony, or exchange vows beneath a majestic centuries-old banyan tree. Continue the celebration on the south terrace to dine and dance under a blanket of stars. Before or after the big day, your “I Do” crew can play a round of golf or pickleball, indulge at the 22,000-square-foot Spa Internazionale, and then retreat to sumptuous accommodations ranging from villas to large cottages.

Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, Downtown Miami

Begin your love story in a grand place that’s steeped in history at the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building in Downtown Miami. Built in 1939, and once the site of the Florida National Bank, this historic landmark offers distinctive details like iron gates, hand-painted cypress ceilings and marble flooring sure to impress any wedding guest. It’s the kind of place where you can create memorable moments – for example, guests can order drinks from a bartender behind brass bank teller windows. Or, imagine your first dance inside the original bank vault.

Ritz Wedding
Walk down a palm tree-lined aisle

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Feel like you and your beloved are worlds away from everyday life at the idyllic Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. Nestled on the serene island of Key Biscayne, this ritzy resort offers seclusion and breathtaking views of the ocean. Walk down the aisle of the palm tree-lined Grand Lawn, tie the knot in the Fountain Courtyard or on the sands of the beach, and then dance the night away in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase those ocean views. The hotel can also accommodate many different culinary traditions, from kosher to Indian, and the cakes by the talented pastry chefs are true works of art.

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

At the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, couples are treated to the stellar service and care the swanky hotel brand is known for. With a stunning setting on the beach in Bal Harbour, you can solidify your union at the signature ceremony setting, the Ocean Palm Court, which dramatically overlooks the ocean and the resort’s pool. Or choose the regal Astor Ballroom, with intricate ceilings and antique mirrors, which will leave any bridal party feeling like royalty. Kick off the weekend with the famous St. Regis Champagne sabering at the glittering bar, indulge in a massage in the spa’s couple’s suite, and host a post-wedding brunch at Greek-inspired Atlantikós.

Experience historic elegance at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Coconut Grove

There are numerous reasons why Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a beloved wedding venue. The former winter estate of James Deering presents breathtaking drama with its prime location along Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. Its Old World European-style architecture and gardens offer a storybook setting for an engagement photo shoot or a wedding. Picture dramatic archways, stone walkways, manicured gardens and eye-catching sculptures. Choose from a ceremony in the verdant gardens, in the courtyard of the main house, or on the East Terrace overlooking the bay.

Whichever venue you choose, a wedding in Greater Miami & Miami Beach will be one to remember.

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