Destination Weddings – Boca Grande, FL
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It’s very popular to have a “Destination Wedding” nowadays.  Brides are always looking for a different idea for their wedding, and the thought of a 2 or 3 day event at a fabulously cool location seems to fit the bill for a lot of brides.  One of our favorite places in Florida, is a little known Barrier Island off the coast of southwest Florida.

The island is officially named Gasparilla Island, but the only town on the island is called Boca Grande, which is often confused with the eastcoast Boca, Boca Raton!  Yes there are two Boca’s in Florida.  Totally different from the other one, Boca Grande is an amazing old-world- style Florida beach village.   The island is not large, but it has 7 miles of pristine white sandy beaches, and the saying is “the Billionaires are pushing the Millionaires out of town.” Most of the 1100 Island residents who live there year round, and the seasonal homeowners, drive around on golf carts.  It’s a very fun place to live, work and a great choice for a fabulous destination wedding.  Make sure you rent your golf carts early as they go fast ”in Season” which is from December through the end of April, the Social Season, a tradition which is still alive on this island.

The main hotel on the island is The Gasparilla Inn, a historical 100 year old inn that has had major renovations over the last few years, keeping its fabulous historical style, while creating rooms that are comfortable and beautifully decorated.  The hotel does lots of weddings each year, but not during The Season.  There are quite a few locations where you can have your ceremony and reception.  The Golf Gazebo is a beautiful small gazebo overlooking their world famous Pete Dye-designed private Golf Course.  Or you can get married at the 17th hole, on the edge of the beautiful Charlotte Harbor.  Ceremonies can also be held in the Beach Club which belongs to the Inn, on the beach or at the beach-front pergola with the sun setting behind you. For the reception there is the Dining Room filled with orchids and bamboo accents, the Beach Club for poolside cocktails and dancing, with its fire pit and great sunsets, or a tent behind the Inn with amazing water and golf course views.  Check out their website at www.gasparillainn.com

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There are also plenty of other locations on the Island to have rehearsal dinners, such as The Pink (Elephant) but the locals call it The Pink, the Boca Grande Club, www.bocagrandeclub.com

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The Boca Bay Pass Club which is also on the beach, www.bocabaypassclub.com
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This is a true hidden gem where you not only have a great destination wedding, but a 2 or 3 day Wedding Weekend!  Something your family and friends won’t forget!  Next time, we will take you to Scotland for fabulous Destination Weddings in Castles and Georgian Mansions!

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About Fiona Prosser

Botanica is owned and operated by Ian Prosser. Born in Scotland, Ian has over 36 years experience within the floral industry. His wife Fiona, has been an important part of Botanica since it opened, running the business side of the organization, including Management, Accounting, Payroll, and recently social marketing, website updates and marketing materials.

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