Growing up I had little interest in planning a dream wedding. I was too busy with dance and swimming lessons to care. In fact, for a long time, I thought that I would start planning for my wedding after I said “Yes!”. Yet after helping my friends pick color schemes, bridal dresses, and venues, recently I’ve had second thoughts. Perhaps planning ahead would be a smart move. If planning now can make things easier down the line, I’m all for it!
More than anything, my biggest concern is affording my dream wedding. With the average wedding costing $26,720, weddings are expensive. Who has that sort of money lying around? I most certainly do not! And the last thing I would want to do is take out a loan.
Putting things into perspective, I’ve decided that I want an affordable but elegant beach wedding. I want to wear a beautiful white dress while feeling the sand between my toes. There’s just one thing, my home state Connecticut doesn’t quite fit the bill. I’d have to plan a destination wedding.
Fort Myers Beaches & Romantic Scenery
Since researching potential venues is one of the most important things to consider in the wedding process, the Caribbean immediately caught my eye for a destination wedding. However since leaving the country is a lot to ask of guests, Florida is the perfect stateside alternative.
Although I’ve considered popular destinations like Orlando and Miami, they lacked the multi-generational appeal I was thinking of. They were also significantly more expensive.
Then I found Fort Myers Beach. Not only does it suit adventurous travelers like myself but it’s also the perfect fit for my more sophisticated guests. Specifically, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina quickly stood out from the rest.
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina is an award-winning Fort Myers beach resort. With mesmerizing ocean views, Pink Shell Beach Resort is perfect for wedding ceremonies, receptions, showers and rehearsal dinners.
Host your special event at an indoor ballroom, private beachfront event space or tropical butterfly garden. Accommodating weddings from 20-150 guests, wedding packages are conveniently available for easy planning. And included with every package are the services of professional wedding coordinators right on site at the resort.
Pink Shell Beach Resort also features spacious one and two bedroom condo suites. All suites have beach views. Yes, all! The resort has three pools, several restaurants, and a full-service spa.
Book your next Fort Myers vacation!
Pink Shell Beach Resort offers a variety of unique wedding packages. Packages are designed to make the wedding-planning process affordable and hassle free. Remember, the best way to save money on a wedding is to limit the number of guests.
For smaller gatherings of up to 45 guests, choose an “intimate package”. This package includes an inclement weather backup location. This feature is impressive! Rain or shine, your wedding continues!
For bigger celebrations, book one of the “grand packages”. Grand packages welcome up to 150 guests. With this package, enjoy four hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, buffet meals and more.
Booking all-inclusive is a great way to save on important wedding details like catering and flowers, which can quickly add up.
For even more flexibility, mix and match elements of your wedding for greater customization.
To sweeten the deal, Pink Shell Beach Resort regularly offers discounts on beach destination packages so keep your eyes peeled for more ways to save.
Planning a wedding thousands of miles away can be stressful but with the right venue, it doesn’t have to be.
Pink Shell Beach Resort’s team of experienced professionals will walk you through the entire wedding process. They’ll help you find or customize a wedding package that brings your vision to life.
Layout designs and taste testing are all organized by your dedicated Wedding Coordinator. Coordinators answer all of your questions and they make sure that everything goes according to plan on your big day.
Lastly, with over 100 reviews on WeddingWire, read detailed reviews from previous guests and couples to get an idea of why this resort is so good.
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina received the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award in 2017 and continues to get excellent remarks for service, responsiveness, professionalism, value, and flexibility.
This is a collaborative post with Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, all opinions are my own.
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Danielle is a travel finance strategist, author, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 26 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.