With gorgeous waterfronts, palm treelined parks, award-winning chefs and a remarkably friendly vibe, Panama City is the place for your super-chill, unpretentious wedding. Chartering a private sailboat with exquisite food and drink can be part of your plans, for sure, yet this destination with 320 days of sunshine and a 74 degrees Fahrenheit average temperature weaves a lightness into even the most sophisticated affairs. Exchange rings on the crystal-white sand or in a posh events space such as the Panama City Center for the Arts.
Or get creative: How about sharing your vows underwater in scuba gear, amid dolphins or aboard a deep-sea fi shing vessel? If you’re eco-interested, head to Shell Island, a stunning uninhabited state park where sand dunes and pine woods will be the backdrop for your photos. Before and after the big day, join your guests for group spa days, live music or a hands-on art project themed just for you. Then sneak away just the two of you for a hand-in-hand stroll through the quaint historic areas of Panama City, including St. Andrews with its quirky shops, galleries and cafes with sidewalk seating, and end the day taking in a romantic sunset on beautiful Beach Drive.
For a free Visitors Guide and planning assistance, visit the website. destinationpanamacity.com Freedom. Flexibility. Florida beachfront beauty. They’re all reasons that Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is such a coveted wedding destination. In this quiet Gulf-front multifaceted wedge of the Sunshine State, you and your guests can customdesign your stays. Begin the festivities with a beach bonfi re, a spa day or a golf tournament. Opt for a barefoot-in-the-sand wedding or an elegant indoor event, or mix and match the ceremony and reception. The rooftop Overlook with Choctawhatchee Bay views, and two green lawns, are equally tempting.
Want to bring your cake, videographer or centerpieces? The choice is yours. Sandestin’s events team welcomes you to create your big day as you want it. Use your vendors, theirs or none at all. Executive chef Javier Rosa adds a contemporary spin to the ever-popular buffet and plated-meal menus. Maybe try his popular new creations like lemon-thyme-glazed mahimahi fi llet and the signature Sandestin miniature crab cakes. Best yet, all the folks on your guest list will join you and make the stay their own. Families can spread out in budget-friendly multiroom villas while couples might choose luxurious condos or townhomes. With 19 pools, four golf courses, 15 tennis courts, a marina, watersports and a shopping village, Sandestin is an ideal vacation destination, no matter your passion. sandestin.com/dwh