2023 Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine

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Beyond the Destination Wedding Weekend

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Expand your special occasion with an extended stay

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un, sand and drink — they add up to a state of mind that leads countless couples to beach and destination weddings in Northwest Florida. The area makes a wedding weekend seem like a vacation. Why not make it one by extending and making the most of your stay? Given all the amenities that beach resorts provide, many couples opt for a long weekend or a weeklong celebration. This is especially popular for destination weddings. Couples work with their resort or hotel to arrange a schedule of events, options and room rates for guests. As a couple, you’ll decide which events are attended by whom.

Sarah Salesses, marketing manager with The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa in Destin, provided a sample schedule for a long weekend. Thursday could consist of a welcome party. Begin Friday with a pool or beach day complete with umbrella, beach chair and cabana rentals and end with an on-site rehearsal dinner. Wake up Saturday to room service and getting ready as a bridal party, pictures, the ceremony, cocktail hour, the reception and afterparty all on property. Conclude the extended weekend on Sunday with a farewell brunch. “When couples arrive, they never have to leave,” Salesses said. “Our team is happy to coordinate