A Florida wedding reception is typically counted as separate from the wedding ceremony. Your wedding planner can be as involved in this as much or as little as you want, from recommending a location to planning the whole thing.
Costs for a wedding reception in Florida are very varied and depend on location and number of guests. A typical Destination wedding for a US citizen may have up to 60 guests, whereas an overseas couple may have just themselves and a few guests.
A popular idea for couples having a Florida Destination Wedding is to have the wedding and a small reception for very close family and friends in Florida, then to have an evening reception back home after the honeymoon for all the extended family and friends. And it is another chance to wear the dress!
Florida Wedding Reception Location
It is very difficult to give an idea of costs for your wedding reception in Florida, as it depends on so many factors such as the type of venue you want, how elaborate, numbers of guests etc.
You need to discuss your desires and budgets with your wedding planner and they will steer you in the direction of a venue suitable for your needs.
They can also arrange menus, the cake, flowers for the tables, stationery and wedding favours (small gifts for your guests) etc.
Where you have your wedding reception depends very much on where you have the ceremony and how many there are in your party.
If you are having your wedding in a hotel, then it makes sense to have your reception there as well and you will probably be able to get a combined deal, which may save you money.
If you have your ceremony on the beach, or in a garden, or in a Florida wedding chapel, then you may choose to have a meal in a favourite restaurant.
Even if your numbers are very small, please make sure you or your wedding planner book this in advance; as it would be tragic if you arrived for your meal and had to wait for a table or even worse could not get a table.
The Wedding Cake
If there is one thing we recommend you have your Florida wedding planner organise for you, it is the provision of your cake. The thought of trying to get three tiers of a highly decorated cake safely on a long journey and then having to go through US Customs and US Department of Agriculture checks with a fruit cake does not bear thinking about!
Your Florida wedding planner will have contacts with reliable cake makers who will be able to make you a beautiful cake of your choice and have it safely delivered to your wedding reception.
There are plenty of companies offering Florida wedding planning services, dress hire or suitable wedding reception venues to make your special day one of the most memorable days of your life.
Popular Orlando Wedding Reception Restaurants
Amongst the many restaurants offering wedding receptions are:
- Old Hickory at Gaylord Palms Resort
- Manuels on 28th Street in Downtown Orlando
- The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel (Downtown Orlando)
- Ming Court Chinese Restaurant on International Drive
- Olive Garden Italian Restaurant on International Drive and
- Red Lobster Restaurants
Popular Orlando Wedding Reception Locations
Some of the most popular locations for wedding receptions in Orlando include:
- Leu Gardens
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Lakeside Plantation
- Bahama Bay
- Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels and
- any of the other Walt Disney Resort Hotels or even theme park locations