A Guide To Getting Married in the Florida Keys

A guide to getting married in the Florida Keys


Getting married in The Florida Keys is always a dream come true for my couples! The gorgeous sunsets, clear waters, and boutique resorts captivate couples looking for the perfect destination wedding location. As a Florida Keys native, I know everything there is to know about getting married here! When you work with us as your photographers and videographers, you don’t just get incredible photos; you get an expert. Our packages include our exclusive wedding planning guide, which covers all the details you need to know. Today, I wanted to share the top 5 things to know about getting married in The Florida Keys!

There is ALWAYS something going on in the Keys.

Between festivals, parades, and boat races, there is never a shortage of fun. But that also means more people, higher hotel prices, and longer travel times. Check the Keys Tourism calendar to make sure you aren’t choosing a date during a major event. The first thing I tell all of my couples is this check this calendar before you start picking wedding dates and contacting venues!

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Get Your Marriage License When You Arrive

Marriage licenses can be obtained at any Clerk of Court’s office in the Keys. If you are a Florida resident, there is a three-day waiting period – unless you’ve taken a marriage class. If you are a Non-Florida resident, there is no waiting period. However, I would still give yourself 2-3 days just in case! I suggest to my couples to arrive at least three days before their wedding, so they have plenty of time to get their marriage license.

How to get married and plan a wedding in Key West How to get married and plan a wedding in Key West

How to get married and plan a wedding in Key West

You NEED a planner

Not a day-of coordinator, not the planner at the venue. Planning from a distance is tough, so you need someone in your corner to help you get things in order so you can really relax and enjoy your wedding day. Hiring a wedding planner will make sure everything comes together perfectly. They can help you find the best vendors, figure out your rentals, and help you create the best timeline for your day. Most venues have coordinators, but these are not personal planners. They will not be there for all of the details! They are just there on behalf of the venue. A wedding planner will be on your side and work with all of your vendors.

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Florida Keys wedding tips from Alyssa Morgan Photography

Florida Keys wedding tips from Alyssa Morgan Photography

We Might Be Small, But Travel Takes Time

Even though it is a small island, there is still travel time to consider! There is only one road in and one road out, so make sure you have extra travel time in your schedule if necessary. Most venues in the Florida Keys don’t have a ceremony and reception spot on-site, so if you pick two different venues for your day, add in plenty of travel time! I always suggest resorts, like the Waldorf Casa Marina Resort. This venue lets you have all the wedding events happen at one resort!

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Don’t Forget Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is June 1 – November 30th. Even without a hurricane, it can be very rainy, muggy, and HOT! If you have your heart set on a summer wedding, please make sure to keep you and your guests hydrated and consider an indoor reception. Most guests will not be used to eh extreme humidity, so keep that in mind when picking a venue. I suggest Spring and Fall since these are the best months for weather. Also, consider that it is windier by the ocean. So items like ceremony decor and arches will need to be weighed down.

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Book An Expert Photographer

No matter what month you select for your dream wedding here in the Florida Keys, we are here to help! We are a team of passionate photographers who have years of experience shooting weddings in the Keys. When you work with us, we help create the perfect timeline and are there every step of the way. We also offer video services so that you can have both photography and videography on your special day. We are booking for 2022 and 2023 – so reach out today!

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ABOUT Alyssa

At home near the sea. Ever-focused on beauty and the thrilling art of creation; found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

Growing up, photos always fascinated me.  I was raised to be inquisitive, ask questions, and appreciate history.  What better way to peak someone's interest than with a photograph?  

I always thought I would end up in the pages of Vogue (though I still hope!), but after the tragic loss of my mother, I turned to wedding photography on a whim and fell in love with the energy that can only be found when two people decide on forever.  The overwhelming joy, nostalgia, and attention to detail captured my heart in 2012, and I never looked back.

I squeeze clients meetings in between nap times, and I drive my kids to school and daycare only to run into meetings with designers, florists, and beautiful clients before racing back to gather them back up again. The most amazing part, is that I feel most alive in this environment. Wedding days are chaotic, just like parenting.  Couples and families require empathy and genuine care, just like my children.  

I expertly navigate your wedding from my extensive experience in this industry, and what this offers you is the peace of mind on your wedding day to relax and enjoy what you have created. Booking with Alyssa Morgan Photography allows you to sit back, enjoy your party, and trust that every part of the day is going to be handled with ease, grace, and a whole lot of laughter along the way.

Adventurer.  Traveler.  Mother.

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