My fiance and I are from PA and have our hearts set on a DW in the FL Keys. So far we have found several places that we love, but since we are working within a budget (hoping to land around $10,000.00) and don't want to empty the pockets of our guests (mostly from PA as well) we have narrowed it down to the Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina and the Islander Resort.
We are looking for an intimate ceremony followed by a fun and exciting reception with options for an after party either at a bar within the resort or something nearby. We picture the ceremony on the beach before sunset followed by an outdoor reception with outdoor lighting, a DJ, dancing, open bar and great food! We are thinking October 2013. We want to do it at a time when there will be as few resort guests (and children!) as possible. It is also important that there are things for our guests to do in and outside the resort, as some of them will be using this as their vacation for the year. My fiance has stressed the grave importance of being able to rent a charter and fish with our bridal party the day before the wedding...typical ; )
My questions to anyone who has any experience, good or bad, are:
When would be the best time to have a wedding in Islamorada? Is October a safe choice in terms of weather and # of other guests?
Are one of these resorts better than the other in terms of what we are looking for?
Would you happen to know if either resort offers complimentary airport shuttle service?
Does anyone have any experience with planning or attending a wedding at either of these places? Was the staff accommodating?
Are there other options we haven't considered?
I have never been to the Keys and since I'm an event coordinator, I have no problem tackling the wedding planning on my own, but any input or advice would be greatly appreciated!