4 Tips to Plan Your Dream Orlando Destination Wedding

Many couples dream of an Orlando destination wedding because it feels like a vacation and their wedding celebration all in one. They are adventure-seekers, who crave a different setting for their special day than their everyday norm. Here in Orlando at Celebration Gardens, we get it! Countless people grow up visiting Orlando on family vacations and now that they’re older, they come back as adults for the beaches, theme parks, and world-renowned restaurants and attractions. They may even be coming back to Orlando for the first time in a number of years with their own children!

Orlando is a special place for many people, so it’s no wonder that hundreds of couples tie the knot here each year! They come from all across the country and even all over the world to visit the City Beautiful, traveling for their wedding and honeymoon simultaneously.

Our team of wedding professionals are experts in planning an Orlando destination wedding. It may sound astonishing for couples to book their wedding venue sight unseen until the wedding day, but that is the case for many of our couples! It may be nerve-wracking at first, but with the guidance of our experienced event managers, they find that they can rest easy. By the time they arrive for their Orlando destination wedding, they are fully confident that our outdoor wedding venue is gorgeous and that the best wedding vendors in Orlando are coming together to give them their dream day.

If you’re currently planning your Orlando destination wedding, you may be feeling anxious about trying to plan such a significant day from afar. We’re here to help!

From our years of experience, here are our top 4 tips to help you plan your dream Orlando destination wedding:

  1. Choose the Perfect Orlando Destination Wedding Venue

Our first tip is also the most important! Selecting your Orlando destination wedding venue is crucial because the location for your celebration sets the tone for the entire day. Luckily, our botanical garden wedding venue is a fool-proof choice! Naturally beautiful at any time of the year, our lush gardens filled with colorful flora and greenery will make the perfect backdrop no matter what wedding style or vision you have in mind.

Our Wedding Gazebo is classic, timeless, and versatile for your wedding ceremony. It can be dressed up to match your wedding colors with floral sprays or fabric draping, or you can allow the natural beauty of the Gazebo and the surrounding landscape to create an effortless backdrop.

Photography Credit: Sterling Photography

As you and your loved ones flow into the gardens and Grand Pavilion for your cocktail hour and wedding reception, you’ll enjoy delicious bites while enjoying the garden views. Our in-house Orlando wedding catering team, John Michael Events, will provide your ideal, customized wedding menu. From hors d’ouevres like crab stuffed mushroom caps to entrees like filet mignon, everybody will end the night with full stomachs and full hearts.

Amongst the many hotels and ballrooms in Orlando, Celebration Gardens is a hidden gem. We believe in the magic of nature to add a touch of romance and elegance to your Orlando destination wedding. With gorgeous scenery, top quality wedding catering and a team of wedding experts in your corner, you’re nearly guaranteed to have your dream Orlando destination wedding!

  1. Take Advantage of Trusted Preferred Vendor Lists

One of the biggest variables in planning an Orlando destination wedding can be choosing your wedding vendors from afar! It can be incredibly difficult to sift through the hundreds of wedding vendors there are online without having personal knowledge of Orlando’s wedding industry. How will you know which vendors are trustworthy, experienced, and reliable?

Our team has you covered! We offer all-inclusive wedding packages that allow you to book our botanical garden wedding venue plus the rest of your vendor dream team all at once!

We have done the legwork to carefully and meticulously vet every wedding vendor on our preferred vendors list. Not to mention that each of these vendors has abundant experience in working at our venue and with one another. There truly is no replacement for onsite experience like this! No matter what happens on the day of your Orlando destination wedding, you won’t have to stress because you’ll know that each of your vendors are more than capable enough to skillfully handle any situation.

  1. Explore the Orlando Community

While you’re here for your Orlando destination wedding, we encourage you to explore all that our city has to offer! From the famed Walt Disney World Resort to Universal Orlando to Seaworld Orlando, there is something for every taste and level of adventure.

If you want to discover local gems outside of the theme park area though, Winter Park is a must! This vibrant, upscale town in Orlando is known for its illustrious dining and shopping as well as its open, natural spaces and artistic touches. Stroll down Park Avenue to see all the delightful charms that Winter Park is home to, including the manicured landscaping, local boutiques, museums and eateries.

Winter Park is right in our backyard! The night before your Orlando destination wedding at our garden wedding venue, experience fine dining for your rehearsal dinner at a restaurant like The Bridge or Bulla Gastrobar. Alternatively, if you’re planning a more laidback night out with your wedding party, opt for a fun and unique setting for drinks like The Wine Room or take a tour of Winter Park’s lakes (and the historic mansions on its banks!) with the Winter Park Boat Tour.

For more fun ideas for your wedding weekend in Winter Park, check out our full list below:

Why Host Your Wedding in Winter Park?

When you have your Orlando destination wedding with us at Celebration Gardens, a world of possibilities for your wedding weekend and entire vacation opens up. Whether you choose to dive into the local culture of nearby Winter Park or venture over to the renowned theme parks, exploring the Orlando community will make your destination wedding even better!

Photography Credit: Sterling Photography

  1. Prepare for the Weather

Orlando’s subtropical climate can be unpredictable with afternoon showers, high humidity levels, and the potential for hurricanes during in the summer and fall months. If you’re planning your Orlando destination wedding, considering the weather in your plans is essential.

At Celebration Gardens, we offer a multitude of ways to help you and your guests stay comfortable no matter what the weather does. We know that most people aren’t used to the Florida heat, so we help keep everyone hydrated, from setting out water stations to concocting drinks for your bar menu that will refresh and delight your guests. The team at John Michael Events will also help you craft a wedding menu that will be delicious and filling without being too heavy.

In the event of inclement weather at your Orlando destination wedding, we can pull down the optional side paneling on the Grand Pavilion. This will enclose the Pavilion, shielding you and your guests from the rain while still providing ample space for all your wedding festivities. If the weather clears up during your celebration, we can always open up the paneling so everyone can wander about our gardens and enjoy the fresh air.

To read more about our rain plan for your wedding at our outdoor wedding venue, simply hit the button below:

The Rain Plan at Celebration Gardens

Let’s Plan Your Orlando Destination Wedding!

Planning your Orlando destination wedding is an exciting and rewarding experience! By choosing Celebration Gardens, booking one of our all-inclusive wedding packages, exploring the Orlando community, and preparing for the weather, you can create a magical and memorable wedding day that you and your guests will cherish forever.

Celebration Gardens is Orlando’s premier botanical garden wedding venue, located in Winter Park, FL. Our Wedding Gazebo, Intimate Pavilion, Grand Pavilion, and lush gardens provide a seamless flow from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. We also offer all-inclusive wedding packages to make wedding planning as simple and stress-free as possible!

Are you interested in having your wedding at our beautiful outdoor wedding venue? Contact us today! Our friendly team members would love to chat with you and provide you with a customized quote.

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