Dare we say that one of the only things that can make an all-inclusive Turks & Caicos trip more magical, is a sunset beach wedding? Because we might be onto something here!
And to experience it with a group of our favorite people to celebrate my little brother’s wedding is just icing on the proverbial wedding cake.
I was able to be the honorary right-hand gal for Tyler and KayLah’s surprise proposal in Florida. And I was ecstatic to lend a helping hand with wedding plans too!
Florida is a really special place for both of their families. Tyler and KayLah got engaged there. Plus, both of them grew up with some of their favorite family memories as road trips to the Sunshine State.
They considered a few wedding venues in Florida before deciding on a destination wedding at Beaches Resorts Turks & Caicos. Which was an incredible bang for their buck and just a short flight from the U.S.
The first thing to note about Beaches wedding packages is that they offer resources for any need or vision that you can imagine!
I only say that I was an “honorary decor facilitator” to help KayLah narrow down her favorites because Beaches has so many different wedding and party customizations. I mean it when I say you can truly make any dream vision come to life on the island!
Plus, each wedding party will have a dedicated on-site coordinator through the Beaches Wedding team.
Even better, you can make sure you’re choosing all of your favorite menu items and decor selections in person before your big day with their Test Drive Program.
Whether it’s a small beach wedding package or a group of 200 or more, they can still make all of the magic happen.
My brother and KayLah wanted to keep their special day intimate, with just immediate family and close friends. So they opted for an all-inclusive wedding package for up to 40 people with a few added customizations.
How fun is this life-size chess game set? We’ve always wanted one of our own as a yard game when hosting.
When you’re planning a wedding or vow renewal at Beaches, you’ll receive a set list of ceremony inclusions that are complimentary.
Essentially, the more guests you have staying at the resort (or the longer your stay), the more customizations you can choose from to accommodate your group size and extra experiences.
Tyler and KayLah opted for complimentary inclusions that allowed as many group memories as possible. So the long weekend celebration kicked off with a welcome cocktail party on the chess lawn in Beaches Key West Village!
The Wedding Welcome Party
For the welcome cocktail hour, we made guest bags with custom “TURKS” lettering.
Then, we added some of the couple’s favorite things inside for guests to use as a weekend wedding favor that we brought to the island with us.
KayLah wore these fun bride earrings to the welcome dinner.
Wedding welcome party festivities
They also chose a handful of appetizers, a steel drum player, and signature bar selections for welcoming guests to the island.
And there was a welcome moment from the father of the bride for introductions.
The kids got to enjoy their own Scorpion Bowl inspired mocktails:
After the welcome cocktails Friday night, our group dined together at Sky Restaurant before the big day on Saturday.
Sunset Beach Wedding Ceremony
While the bride and groom enjoyed their wedding party time, the Beaches wedding team got to work on putting together the ceremony reception selections!
KayLah wanted a timeless, airy color scheme with a few pops of color. I absolutely love how this beach wedding arch came together with the shiplap wedding aisle, greenery, and pops of coral blooms.
All of the decorations and florals were items we hand-selected from the Beaches wedding items offered at the resort.
The bridal party had hair and makeup done at Red Lane Spa. We even got an overlooking view of the reception installation happening on the Key West lawn.
One of the things I loved most about the Beaches wedding planning experience, was just how many different party locations they have at the resort.
The couple chose to have a beach wedding ceremony, cocktail hour by the Key West beachside pool, and their reception with a dance floor on the lawn.
The Wedding Decor
I am still so in love with how all of the little details from the reception turned out!
A boxwood wall served as the backdrop for “The Burdette’s” neon sign that the couple brought with them. Along with the wedding cake, a “beer boat” for guests to grab a local brew, a rum barrel bar with their chosen signature drink, and a “K&T” vinyl dance floor.
It all felt perfectly custom and personalized, while also being a stress-free setup for the bride and groom since the Beaches team took care of all of the setups.
Once golden hour set in, it was time for the ceremony on the beach!
The bridal party wore a mixture of grey-blue, coral, and ivory. The flower girls wore matching dresses with golden wire baskets for tossing the eco-friendly petals down the aisle.
The golden hour lighting with the simple hanging flowers along the shiplap walkway was the perfect mixture of KayLah’s classic style.
And in case you were wondering what 4 little girls under 4 do during a beach wedding, I have one word for you — sand!
Though an officiant is included as part of the wedding packages at Beaches, the Father of the bride actually read the couple’s exchanges as an added personal touch.
After the ceremony, the bride and groom snapped photos with family and friends and guests could enjoy the wedding cocktail hour by the pool.
The flower girls made for extra entertainment for guests with their dance moves. Even the Beaches team got in on the action!
Meanwhile, Tyler and KayLah had a butler golf cart for getting a few select photos sprinkled throughout the property.
There are so many stunning photo-ops from the different styles within the Turks & Caicos resort. So this is really fun perk for maximizing wedding photography and video.
From there, the couple made their reception entrance back in Key West Village…
The Wedding Reception
Guests all took their seats after the confetti cannon reception entrance to watch the couple’s first dance. They booked a DJ through the wedding team and put together a list of their favorite songs and genres.
Following that were toasts from the best man and maid of honor, cake cutting, and toasts!
And YOU KNOW it was a fun wedding when you leave the dance floor for your sparkler exit, then run straight to the ocean for a champagne moment!
Every all-inclusive wedding package comes equipped with your very own personal coordinator. Plus, you’ll also have a group booking contact, which is so really helpful. Because you’ll need someone to make sure all of your favorite people are booked and ready to roll!
All guest vacation room packages include the staple Beaches Resorts high-end amenities such as:
— Premium liquors
— Gourmet dining
— Stocked bars in every room
— Unlimited golf
— Sesame Street activities for kids
— Waterpark access
— Live entertainment
When it comes to kids, there are endless activities included! My girls couldn’t get enough of the brand-new Splashtown, water slides, and dessert trucks.
If you’d a little adults-only time, you can also book a sitter service through the resort. Or let your littles explore with others their age at the Beaches kids camp.
The girls had a heyday with the resort train. And they had a blast getting to use their kids’ luggage scooters around the resort grounds.
They went above and beyond to make our group dinner reservations each night and to reserve our poolside cabanas. They even threw a little birthday celebration for Gwen as she turned 5 the week we were there.
I mean it very literally when I say that the Beaches staff felt like family. And we can’t wait for a reunion trip!
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