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Whitney · Married on 04/13/2019
Amazing venue and amazing people!
Where do I even begin to explain how amazing everyone at the Islander is, and what an incredibly gorgeous venue they offer? I planned a wedding in Islamorada from Georgia, with my husband living half the time in the Keys and half the time in Atlanta....everything about it was crazy. But from the first contact with Denyse, she made everything as easy and smooth as she possibly could. Denyse treats your wedding like her own. Your visions, wishes, wants, needs, and fear and uncertainty all become her visions, wishes, wants and needs, and she completely takes away the fear an uncertainty. She makes you feel like she lives and breathes your wedding from day 1 until the magical night is over. Any time I had a question (or 20), no matter how big or small, even down to the tiniest minute detail that seems silly, she was only a quick phone call away. She ALWAYS responds immediately, and ALWAYS helps. She worked with me on our budget and expectations, read my mind and completed my sentences a few times, and truly made us feel so special. I felt like we made a friend. She is amazing in every way. No wedding planning process is perfect, and life presented a few hurdles during ours (which had nothing to do with the Islander), but Denyse helped in every single way possible and did it flawlessly. She is one of those awesome people that give 1000% and go above and beyond in everything.Sent on 08/20/2019
The other staff members are fantastic to work with as well! Connie and Taylor helped with all of the logistics and coordination of guest rooms and suites, and were always happy to answer my questions. I must have called Connie 5 or 6 times to try to figure out where to put ourselves and family, and she was always so helpful and kind and always had great advice.
Patrick was incredible the day of our wedding. He truly executed on detail, and was always on top of everything. The small touches truly matter, and Patrick definitely pays attention to those. For example, I fully expected to never even see a crumb of an hors d'oeuvre from our cocktail hour, and that was okay. But we were so delighted when Patrick brought out a little plate of everything from our cocktail hour. We were just excited we got to try it and it meant a lot to us he had thought about that. The entire evening went flawlessly....but if something didn't, Patrick and the staff definitely made sure we didn't even notice!
All of our food was sooooo good! We picked a menu and had a plated dinner, which was delivered beautifully. It's difficult to serve a lot of wedding guests all at once and not either lose someone in the process, or have some guests waiting for a while to receive their food. That absolutely did not happen, and everything was hot, fresh, DELICIOUS, and cooked perfectly.
I can't even tell you how truly beautiful the property itself is post remodel. It is absolutely stunning. We spent a lot of time at the Islander before the hurricane so we had no doubt it would be just as beautiful, but we were absolutely floored during our first visit. The rooms are so gorgeous, the attention to detail is unbelievable, and the owner's wife is out there herself literally on her hands and knees in flower beds making sure everything is immaculate and perfect. I was a little nervous about a few details since the property was just finishing up the final touches right around the time of our wedding. Looking back on that, it was clear I completely wasted my time giving that even a second thought, because the entire staff (owner included) paid attention to every detail of how our wedding weekend would look to us and our guests.
It also seemed to me that all of the staff at the resort had been trained with that "Ritz Carlton" white glove style level of service in mind. At check in, the girls are so polite and gracious while offering a glass of prosecco, and any time you pass any staff member they ALWAYS looked you in the eye and greeted you. That level of detail is a big one and everyone should get a pat on the back for that!
The property amenities are amazing too! Our guests had a blast all weekend, and we even ended up having an accidental impromptu pool day with many of our guests the day before our wedding! That was one of everyone's favorite memories from the entire weekend! I can't imagine how many Miami Vice and Rum Punch drinks were made by the bar that day!
It is so nice to get to spend that much time with your guests! To me, that was one of the very best things about a destination wedding at a resort! The Islander was so perfect for that!
I'm sure I have missed a detail to write about during our experience, but suffice it to say literally everything was perfect. I truly mean that. Absolutely everything. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Denyse, Patrick, Connie, Taylor, and the rest of the Islander staff that had a hand in our wedding weekend. My eyes fill up with tears writing this just thinking about the truly perfect wedding we had. It couldn't have been done without all of you and how much you cared. We are so grateful!
Bridgett · Married on 02/23/2019
We booked with Islander at the beginning of 2017 for our planned Feb 18 wedding. Due to Hurricane Irma, we postponed our wedding another year. The Islander had suffered a lot of damage and had to close their doors to renovate. When they did open again, we were amazed how gorgeous it was. The landscaping is breath taking. The rooms are gorgeous. There were two weddings the day of ours and the Islander did a fantastic job. The food was outstanding, the service phenomenal. Denyse worked with us for 2 years to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams. And we did. The staff at the Islander could not have been any nicer. All our needs were met for our guests including my 100 year old grandfather who they made sure had a ride to every event. Our wedding was so fun and beautiful that all our guests were blown away. Many will be returning for their own vacations! We will be back for every anniversary! Thank you Islander!Sent on 04/01/2019
Sacha · Married on 03/19/2017
I couldn't have asked for a better wedding venue than Guy Harvey. Denyse, Taylor, Patrick, and all the others who helped set up and pull off the best wedding ever were kind, thoughtful, helpful, and best of all fun. I never felt confused or with unanswered questions. They even allowed us to try a new set up for the ceremony and we're full of ideas and helpful suggestions to make it flawless. I can't say enough about our most perfect wedding day. Thank you so much!Sent on 03/27/2017
liz · Married on 03/19/2017
From the first moment we arrived when checking out possible venues in the area we knew that the Islander Guy Harvey Outpost in Islamorada would be the perfect place for our daughter's wedding in Paradise. Even without an appointment, Denyse was so welcoming and took time to show us around and offer advice and ideas. She held our hands all the way, for six months by phone and e.mail prior to the event and literally on the day. She was able to see it all through our eyes and knew exactly what we needed, even before we did. Taylor did a wonderful job coordinating rooms and guests. With a casual welcome party the night before and the actual ceremony and reception the next day Patrick, Joe and Paul made both events go so seamlessly. This team of professionals know just how to blend friendliness and professionalism. 5 out of 5 is not a high enough score. Thank you, so much.Sent on 03/23/2017
Rebecca · Married on 09/09/2016
Karly Campbell, Patrick, Taylor, Loulou and entire Islander staff were wonderful for our destination wedding in September 2016. The Islander has it all for a wedding and reception or just a great vacation in the Keys. Karly was incredible and handled all the coordination and vendors for our big day. As a bride I expected to have to take care of a lot of things but Karly handled it all. It was the most stress free experience. The wedding turned out gorgeous on the beach and the reception on the terrace was a blast. All our of guests loved the food. The rooms, pools and restaurant were great for having so many people travel in. I would recommend Islander and Karly and crew to anyone looking for a beautiful destination wedding in the Keys.Sent on 10/04/2016
Kacie · Married on 05/14/2016
I spent a week in Islamorada looking at potential wedding venues. I checked out pretty much everywhere possible and absolutely fell in love with the Islander! The location was perfect. I was really looking for some where relaxed that our guests would love. There’s so much to do at the Islander. The beach is huge and gorgeous, the pools are amazing and the Tiki Bar area is super fun! I’m so happy I had the wedding of my dreams here!Sent on 05/31/2016
Working with Connie on our room block was SUCH a pleasure. I even stopped by wedding week to give her a big hug. She was so helpful!
Karly and Denyse were fantastic to work with! They made sure everything went smoothly the day of the wedding and the food was sooo good!
Patrick was amazing! We met a few days before the wedding and I knew I was in good hands after we all did the final walk through! I can’t wait to come back to the Islander!! It’s a perfect vacation spot and an even better place for a wedding!!!
Hillary · Married on 12/12/2015
I had my wedding here last weekend and it was perfect. The resort is beautiful, the staff is helpful and everything was amazing! A big shout out to Corie and Patrick who helped me along the way and during the event. The food was incredible (everybody was raving about it), the service was great, and it was just a beautiful wedding! Thank you for making my dream wedding come true!!Sent on 12/15/2015
Monica · Married on 10/09/2015
We had the wedding of our dreams at The Islander a few weeks ago and our guests are still commenting on what a beautiful venue it was and how fantastic the food was!Sent on 10/26/2015
Connie and Corie were both great to work with and were always an email or a phone call away, which was great as we are not local in the Keys. They always made me feel special and happy to answer whatever questions I had. Connie in the Group Sales was very accomodating and understanding when helping me with our room block and I do not have enough nice things to say about Corie, the banquet/catering manager. She was amazing to work with and helped put together our special day. (And we can't forget Patrick, who was on duty the night of our wedding and tended to our every need!) Thank you all for an amazing night!
ashley · Married on 03/17/2015
We had our destination wedding and reception here. They could not be more accommodating and helpful throughout the entire planning process. Corie always responding quickly to all of my questions and we were even upgraded at no additional charge the week before the wedding! The location is stunning and so romantic!!!Sent on 03/25/2015
Melissa · Married on 12/13/2014
I just can't say enough about how great this venue is, we looked one year prior to our date and we knew right away this was the place for us. We were not dissapointed, the Islander Staff, especially Corie were so attentive to our needs and were ready to provide anything that was needed. Our wedding was small, only 30 people, so we were married on the beach in front of the kissing palm trees and our reception was on the tiki bar patio. Everything was so beautiful! I added bistro lights over the area, so glad I did, it looked amazing! The food was incredible, everyone loved the seviche. Our bartenders were a blast. Everyone took such great care of us and the setting is just perfect. I will cherish every memory from that day. Thank you Islander, we will be back on our anniversary.Sent on 12/23/2014
Brittany · Married on 05/31/2014
We are so happy with how our wedding turned out at the Islander Resort. The staff were very friendly and met with me about four times in person prior to the wedding to discuss all of the details. They were very professional and gave me all the information I needed to plan my destination wedding. I was surprised by how attentive all the staff were at our rehearsal dinner and on our wedding day. They make sure everything is how you want it and they make you feel special. The resort had just been turned into a Guy Harvey Outpost and my Husband loves everything Guy Harvey, so we knew it was the perfect place for us to get married. We had such a great time on our wedding day and all our family and friends did as well. We are thankful the Islander Resort could make our day so special. I would definitely recommend having your wedding at the Islander Resort.Sent on 07/12/2014
Amy · Married on 05/10/2014
We never knew the beauty that existed behind that landmark sign that we had seen for years. As soon as we drove in, we knew it was the venue for us. They had multiple sites to choose from on the property, but we chose to get married on the sand. It was the perfect spot for us with a beautiful view that was far enough away from the rest of the resort to add privacy to the venue as well. Our reception was in the convention hall, and it was PERFECT! The staff was amazing and provided everything we could possibly need. Diane was very attentive and kept in touch throughout the planning process and anything and everything we could need was taken care of by Corie on the day of. The staff made sure that my husband and I were served first as well as our parents and catered to us throughout the night. We could not have asked for a better night and are thrilled with our choice of venue.Sent on 07/17/2014
Sarah · Married on 04/05/2014
We spent the week ahead of our wedding here, and loved it! That guy Vern at the bar was very personable and remembers who you are like it's easy. We had a one bedroom suite so we could entertain the day of without having to make people sit on the bed.Sent on 04/26/2014
Our wedding was very relaxed and the informal rehearsal dinner poolside was so fun! Definately try the Cuban sandwich and fried pickles!
The day of was wonderful and if you are ever placed right next door to the "other" bride of the day, don't worry. We saw each other's wedding parties but that was it, no body got in anyone's way.
Corie was wonderful with the details of the reception set up. We only had 30 guests, but we didn't feel overwhelmed in the ground floor ballroom. The bartender was quick and friendly and didn't skimp. The buffet was set up in the entry way, which kept the noise and "show" to a minimum. There was so much good food! Most went back for seconds, some only for the fish which was so beautifully done it was the first thing to run out. We decided to use the resort's cake, which was delicious! A great alternative if you aren't a fan of fondant.
The resort also worked well with my other vendors, helped the band with the beach setup/power source and gave all day for the ceremony set up. There weren't any morning weddings that weekend.
viviana · Married on 01/30/2014
The Islander Resort is the best in the Keys! I have been going to the Keys since I was a kid and this is the best value for a beautiful resort! My husband and I fell in love with the beautiful views, the clean rooms ,and the awesome staff. All of the staff were amazing at meeting all of our requests! I couldn't be happier with the way the wedding turned out. The food was delicious! The venue is gorgeous! Everyone worked hard to meet all of the little details I wanted and everyone at the resort was so pleasant! I highly recommend the Islander for your wedding!Sent on 02/06/2014
Kacey · Married on 11/16/2013
Wow, I don't think there is one bad thing I can say about picking the Islander for our venue location this past weekend! I absolutely LOVED it! We looked at a lot of locations in Islamorada and Key Largo and I think this location is the perfect spot for a Keys wedding! Their new building/museum that they use for the reception is gorgeous! Every guest loved it! We had about 85 guests and every one of them told us how beautiful the place was! Some of the guests even joked about how they were going to buy the place if they won the Power Ball. Diane, who is the catering manager but, the person who sets up and organizes your wedding, is wonderful! Thanks for everything, Diane!Sent on 11/21/2013
We had the ceremony right at the North beach (luckily the weather cooperated!). They set up the beach with white folding chairs, a bamboo runner, and tiki torches. It was simple but, very pretty. Having everything all at the same location is convenient, especially when you realize you forgot the rings in your room and your maid of honor has to throw off her heels and sprint to the room to retrieve them. Luckily Cory, our day-of coordinator, was right there with a golf cart for transportation! Yup, that happened but, it was hilarious! We then had the cocktail hour outside on the terrace of the building/museum. They had tiki torches lit and the building just offers a gorgeous outside area. The reception was inside which was just gorgeous with all the up lights we had. All of my guests loved how the double doors to the reception were open which led out to the terrace. Beautiful spot!
One thing I definitely need to mention is that the food was delicious and all of the employees working the reception were amazing! All of the guests were well taken care of and everyone mentioned how awesome the employees were. We were also told that one or two employees even drove some guests who were unable to drive after the wedding. Thanks, guys!! We all had such a great night!
Linda · Married on 11/02/2013
Diane (Director of Catering) and Connie (Group Reservation Manger) were amazing to work with. They both went above and beyond to make us have the most wonderful week-end and wedding anyone could ask for. They were both very professional and responsive. When we arrived, we found out there were 3 other weddings being held the same week-end as well as the bonefish fishing tournament. This made me nervous but in the end, they did such a great job, I would have thought we had the only event at the resort that week-end. My ceremony was at The Point and my reception was held on Tarpon Terrace. It was absolutely beautiful and everything we could have imagined. Corie and the wait staff the day of were also great. All my guests commented on how great the food was. I would highly recommend this venueSent on 11/10/2013
Monica · Married on 06/20/2013
Karly and Corie were an amazing team right from the start. We had not been to the resort so we were going off of reviews and the website. Upon getting to Florida, everything was perfect! I did not have one worry at all. They were even so gracious and let us use two hotel rooms to get ready. The ceremony was gorgeous and set up just how we wanted it. The food as well as the servers were perfect! The customer service we received was out of this world. Thank you all for making our day perfect!Sent on 06/24/2013
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Megan · Married on 03/07/2012
DeeDe Was FAB!!!!Sent on 05/17/2012
She made our special day memorable!
Love the Location and resort!!! Right on the beach!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!
Michelle · Married on 03/03/2012
I had the wedding of my dreams at the Islander Resort in Islamorada, Florida. It was the most beautiful site with the most professional and caring staff I have ever dealt with. Casey, the wedding coordinator and Pam, the catering manager really know weddings.Sent on 03/15/2012
They treated me like a princess bride and my guests had wonderful weekend accomodations in the heart of the Florida Keys.
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Delicious food, open bar and Casey also knew who to refer as far as tent rentals, linens, DJ and hair salon.
Darlene · Married on 06/20/2009
We originally were scheduled to get married at the Cheeka Lodge and Spa however when the main building burnt down, we moved to the Islander Resort. Well someone must have been looking over us as it was always meant to be at the Islander Resort. We can't imagine having our ceremony and reception any place else so much so that we have booked our 1 year anniversay to go back. Pam and Dee are amazing and will go over and above to make sure everything is perfect! They worked their buns off the day of our wedding making sure we were happy. The food was absolutely amazing. We went with a buffet providing our guests with a taste of the Keys from Shrimp and Grouper to a wonderful island style beef. The Islander was also our host hotel and Shannon and her staff made sure all of our guest were taken care of. You will soon see that working with everyone at the Islander is so easy that they become family. We were so sad at the end of our wedding weekend to leave because we so enjoyed working with everyone at the Islander. We can't wait to see them in a year.Sent on 06/25/2009
Tamara · Married on 09/19/2015
The Islander was a recommendation from our wedding planner, Bobbie Camp. She assured us that the staff at The Islander could help us with a reception, on a small budget. We were not disappointed. Corie was great to work with. I told her exactly what we were looking for, and our budget. She put together a beautiful space on their patio, and a simple, but delicious Cuban style meal, and a well stocked bar, all within our small budget. She even worked directly with our wedding planner, in the few days before our wedding, to come up with an alternate place for our wedding and reception in case it had rained.Sent on 11/30/2015
During our reception, the Islander staff was top notch. They were all incredibly professional, fun, friendly and well organized. They even let us use their sound system to play a few songs that were special to us. My husband and I felt like they were a major key to making our event perfect. They are Awesome!
My only complaint was that they were in the process of repairing their swimming pool, so many of our pictures from the reception, have caution tape and snow fencing in the background, blocking off the pool. It would have been nice to know this ahead of time. Not a big deal, but it did make the patio a little less attractive.
Over all, this is a nice spot with great staff. The beach area is beautiful and we enjoyed our event.
Michelle · Married on 05/16/2015
My husband and I got exactly what we wanted when it came to our wedding in Islamorada. We worked mainly with Corie at the Islander who was VERY responsive, answered all of my questions (and I had a ton of them!) and helped us cater very specific things for our wedding. She went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied. She made the whole process much easier and accomodated us and our guests. Good food, amazing appetizers and the staff was great!Sent on 05/24/2015
brianne · Married on 10/10/2015
I took a trip down to the Keys to look at 5 potential destination wedding venues. As soon as I got to The Islander, I knew it was the place I wanted to get married because I was blown away by the view. We had 100 guests and most of them stayed right at The Islander because the rooms are reasonably priced for the Keys (and very clean!) The kids had a great time because there's 2 pools and a hot tub, a water sports shop and shuffleboard on site so they were always entertained. The night before the wedding, a lot of us hung out by the pool and tiki bar and had such a great time laughing, playing cards and shooting the breeze. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and PATIENT!Sent on 10/19/2015
We had the ceremony on the beach right by the water and had the reception outside on the Tarpon Terrace and the weather was beautiful for an October wedding. We chose a buffet and had so many compliments on the food. The staff kept my drink full all night and made sure we were always taken care of! Everything went off without a hitch and I am so so glad I chose The Islander for my venue.
My now husband and I stayed in the Keys for our honeymoon and had planned on staying in Key West a few days but after one night, we decided to come back to The Islander to spend the rest of our time at our favorite place. We went on the lighted pier our last night and danced to our wedding song, hopefully we can make that an anniversary tradition.
The only reason I gave this review a 4.5 was because it was a headache for guests to book rooms. Our first guest to book was told there were no rooms with a King bed left in our block. I thought it was strange because no one had booked rooms yet so I called and there were quite a few available. Other guests had trouble when asking for a certain type of room (# of beds, space, etc.) and were given another. Luckily, it all worked out in the end but it was a pain to deal with. All the front desk staff that were working during our visit were friendly though!
JoAnn · Married on 02/09/2013
Great venue for my wedding!! Wonderful staff and wonderful support! Thank you!!Sent on 04/15/2013
User5338406 · 2+ years ago
My husband and I had the best wedding ever at the Islander Outpost in April 2016. I have to say it was absolutely beautiful. We had the ceremony on the beach, cocktail hour on a grassy palms area just off the beach and the reception on the outdoor terrace. Everyone was very pleased with the setup, it is definitely a great wedding venue.Sent on 06/19/2016
As far as service goes, we had A LOT of trouble with all venue arrangements for the first 3-4 months of working with the Islander. It was almost impossible to get a response to emails and/or phone calls. The venue went though 2 wedding coordinators during this short time. After the 2nd coordinator left the Islander, I was contacted by Karly, the sales manager, who was very apologetic for the lack of service I had received and promised she would work with me for the rest of planning to make sure I was taken care of. Karly really went above and beyond to make sure all of our questions were answered, we had everything we needed and we were happy with all the details of our wedding weekend even though all of this was not part of her actual role at the Islander. When the weekend arrived, everything was perfect. We were treated like a King and Queen by all of the resort staff.
Most notably, Patrick, the banquet captain, was more than tentative to our every need. He could not have been more diligent or thoughtful than he was when working our wedding.
All-in-all, I couldn't imagine a better wedding anywhere else and would definitely recommend the Islander. I hope the resort values these employees that were able totally turn around our a terrible customer service experience to make it a great one.