There’s nothing quite like a Miami wedding. From the year-round warm weather, the scenic beaches, Art Deco architecture, and vibrant culture, Miami is beloved by locals but also a fantastic wedding destination for couples from around the country and the world. If you’re thinking about getting married in Miami, there are a few must-know details and tips that will help you plan your big day in Magic City.
Ready to plan your Miami wedding? Here’s all the information you need to get started.
The BasicsMiami is one of the most expensive cities in the country to wed, with an average wedding cost of $30,800, well above the national average of $28,000. Spring weddings, particularly in the months of March and May, are most popular in Miami. Couples host an average of 100 guests at their Miami weddings.
Because Miami is such a bustling city and popular tourist destination, there are lots of major events throughout the year that may crowd the area, snarl traffic, and fill hotels. In particular, Art Basel (held in December), music festivals such as Ultra (in March), and sporting events (Miami hosts the Orange Bowl on New Year’s weekend, and the Super Bowl has taken place there, as well). Be sure to do your research before selecting a Miami wedding date to ensure that you’re steering clear of these major events.
Getting There and Getting AroundIf you and your guests are flying in for your Miami wedding, the main airport is Miami International Airport. It’s one of the busiest airports in the country, and is serviced by most airlines. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is about an hour away, and may be an option for your guests as well.
Once you’re in the city, there is public transportation that may be useful to your guests. Metrorail is the commuter rail line that runs throughout the city (including the airport), and Metromover is a free rail system that covers shorter loops around the city. There are also city buses and free trolleys, depending on your specific location. And of course, taxis, Uber, and Lyft are all accessible in the Miami area.
Photo: Thompson Photography Group
WeatherOne of the draws of a Miami wedding is the (mostly) warm weather year-round. Miami’s summer are hot and humid (with frequent afternoon rain and thunderstorms), and winters are short, warm, and relatively dry. The average temperature for the city is 77 degrees.
Couples getting married in Miami should be aware of the area’s active hurricane season, which stretches from June 1st through November 31st, but most recent hurricanes have taken place between August and October. When it comes to selecting a date for your Miami wedding, you may want to avoid this time of year—or at least purchase wedding insurance in case Mother Nature derails your plans.
Wedding VenuesWhether your style is classic, rustic, modern, or beachy, there are so many amazing Miami wedding venues to choose from. Here are some of the most popular types of venues in the Miami area.
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Photo: Elizabeth Garay Photography
Marriage RequirementsIt’s important to learn the Florida marriage requirements before you can apply for a marriage license at the Miami-Dade County Clerk’s Office. Note that all Florida residents must take a four-hour premarital course, or else they’ll have to wait three days for their marriage license to be effective. Non-Florida residents do not need to take this course. Once you receive your license, you have 60 days to perform the marriage ceremony.
Wedding AccommodationsBecause Miami is such a tourist hotspot, there are plenty of hotels to choose from for guest accomodations, many of which offer room blocks for weddings. In fact, there are over 50,000 hotel rooms in the city! If you’re already hosting your wedding at a hotel (and there are lots of hotel wedding venues to choose from!), most of your guests will likely stay there (how convenient!). Otherwise, select hotels at a variety of price points that are near your wedding venue. Since traffic can be a bit tricky, the closer your guest hotels are to your venue, the better!
Things to Do in MiamiIf you’re getting married in Miami and your guests aren’t from the area, it’s a nice idea to share some of your favorite area attractions and activities with them (your wedding website is a great place to do this). Your guests will likely want to explore the city while they’re visiting, so give them some ideas of how they can spend their downtime.
Miami Wedding InspirationReady to start planning your Miami wedding? Check out these Magic City real weddings and get inspired!
The Miami-themed welcome bag from this wedding at The Miami Beach Edition »
The incredible blue-and-gold cake from this winter beach wedding at Thompson Miami Beach »
All the luxe details at this reception at the Coral Gables Women’s Club »
The classic and romantic style from this wedding at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens »