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Key West Elopement Packages

A Key West elopement means endless sandy beaches and tropical gardens lush with greenery, making your big day feel like nothing short of paradise. Our Key West elopement packages ensure that your ceremony will call for breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and palm trees every which way you turn. If you’re looking for a Florida Keys elopement package that offers an idyllic island-style ceremony, then you’ve come to the right place!

Places to elope in Key West
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Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach

Excellent for mornings or sunsets, Smathers beach is lined with palm trees, fine sand, and expansive views of the Atlantic...

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Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Preservation is at the forefront of this venue. It’s the only frost-free, natural conservation habit, botanical garden in the continental...

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Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

The park has palm-lined beaches, clear waters, and awesome sunsets. Just under an hour from Key West, the park feels...

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Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservancy

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservancy

Cascading waterfalls, colorful birds, tropical plants, and of course, butterflies! Perfect for 10-15 people. This venue is all indoors, but...

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West Martello Tower

West Martello Tower

History and horticulture here! The tower was first constructed by the U.S. Armed Forces in 1822 when the Navy surveyed...

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Key West Elopement Packages

Simply Eloped offers a variety of Key West elopement packages for those looking to tie the knot in the Florida Keys. If you’re looking to elope elsewhere in Florida, contact us for a custom quote – we’ll make your Key West elopement dream become a reality!

Seed

Seed

  • Officiation services
    Personalization of vows
  • Enactment of ceremony
    Advice on obtaining wedding license
  • Advice on ceremony locations
Starting at

$550

Sprout

Sprout

  • Everything from the
    SEED PACKAGE
  • Photography of ceremony
    Brief portrait session after
    (up to one hour of photography)
  • Digital transfer of 75+ edited images
    Delivery of Photos (15 days or less after ceremony)
Starting at

$1,375

Bloom

Bloom

  • Everything from the
    SPROUT PACKAGE
  • Nosegay bouquet & boutonniere of your choosing
Starting at

$1,600

Oasis

Oasis

  • Everything from the
    BLOOM PACKAGE
  • 2 Hours Total of Photography
  • Hair & Makeup for
    One Person
  • Day of Helper
Starting at

$2,775

Add-Ons

You can optionally add the following to your package:


Extra Photography

Extra Photography

$500/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Flowers

Flowers

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Hair & Makeup

Hair & Makeup

$300

Engagement Shoot

Engagement Shoot

$700

Day of Helper

Day of Helper

$415

How to Elope in Key West

Just imagine: You’re barefoot, with your toes in the sand and a tropical breeze blowing past palm trees and through your hair. The sun is starting to set over the ocean, and next to you is your honey. That’s what a Key West elopement is all about. After all, everything is better when you’re in paradise!

A Key West elopement can be a wedding and a honeymoon all in one! Key West is famous for beautiful beaches, watersports, and wildlife, but also for its incredible nightlife, history, and Instagram worthy pastel-colored architecture. In one trip you can take a day excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park, lounge on a white sand beach, swim in crystal clear water, visit Ernest Hemingway’s old Spanish colonial house, and even bike along Duval Street to the southernmost point in the continental U.S.

Whether you’re interested in eloping in the Florida Keys or having a small wedding, we’ve got you covered. This guide will outline the best places to elope in Key West, provide options and pricing for all-inclusive elopement packages, and answer all your questions about everything from getting your marriage license to what time of year is best for an intimate Key West elopement.

Where are the best places to elope in Key West?

Smathers Beach
Key West’s famous beach is a half-mile long and totally free to elope on, no permit required! That being said, it’s first-come, first-serve, so if you’re looking to avoid crowds we recommend a sunrise ceremony. If you don’t mind having a few on-lookers in the background, the sunsets here are great too! There’s plenty of parking on-site to accommodate up to 18 guests, all of whom will share in the excitement as they watch you exchange vows with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop.

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
The only frost-free, natural conservation habitat, botanical garden in the continental United States, this is one of our favorite locations for a Key West elopement. Not only are there several spots to choose from—including a lakeside terrace, butterfly garden, nature pavilion, and courtyard—but the garden highlights flora and fauna native to the Keys, Cuba, and the Caribbean.

The maximum guest count here is 20 and a reservation and rental fee are required ($325 for 10am-4pm or $455 4pm-midnight, with a refundable $300 security deposit). Rentals include an hour before and after for setup and breakdown, as well as an onsite staff person to answer questions the day of. Although Key West can get hot, there’s plenty of shade and privacy to be found at this location.

Bahia Honda State Park
Just under an hour’s drive from Key West, this park boasts palm-lined beaches and crystal clear waters without the crowds. Although there will likely be other visitors, this location can feel incredibly intimate, perfect for your beach elopement! Setup anywhere along the beach you want, just note that the only restrooms on-site are portable.

Ceremonies here must be held between the hours of 8am and sunset (guests are asked to leave promptly after sunset) and there is a rental fee of $53.75 for up to 25 guests, good for three hours (with Covid-19, that number is currently 16).

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservancy
Hands down, this is one of Key West’s coolest indoor wedding venues. The walls are made of glass at this conservancy, which is filled with cascading waterfalls, colorful birds, tropical plants, and hundreds of butterflies! The maximum guest count at this venue is 13 people, but you’re guaranteed to have the whole place to yourself.

The total reservation cost is $376.25 and includes a ceremony held after 5pm, a bottle of champagne, two keepsake butterfly-embossed glasses, and a butterfly release. You are responsible for reserving your ceremony time and date.

West Martello Tower
Are you a lover of history? Then this might be the Key West elopement venue for you. This tower was first constructed by the U.S. Armed Forces in 1822 and later was used as a symbol of defiance when Key West was the only southern city allied with the Federal government during the Civil War. The grounds offer a gazebo with shade and ocean views as well as several cozy enclaves, all ideal for an intimate ceremony.

West Martello Tower’s rental fee is $455 for two hours from 9:30am-5:00pm, and $520 for all other hours. Since the tower is open to the public from 9:30am-5:00pm, the higher fee buys your privacy. The maximum guest count at this location is 18 people (due to Covid-19, that number is currently 16).

When to Elope in Key West

When is the best time to elope in the Florida Keys?

March through May is a beautiful time to visit Key West, thanks to an average temperature of 75-degrees and low humidity. May is a great shoulder season to visit. If you’re hoping to save money on flights and lodging, as well as avoid crowds, go in the offseason from June to November (prices are lowest in September and November). However, the summer months also tend to be the rainiest and most humid (plus, your gambling with hurricane season from June through October). Winter tends to be busy in Key West, with higher prices for hotel rooms and flights.

How much does a Key West elopement cost?

In addition to the peak tourist season, when flights and accommodations are highest, prices in Key West tend to surge during special events, such as Key West Pride in early June and Fantasy Fest, a street party held annually during the last week of October. Save money by being diligent with your planning, shopping around for accommodation, and eating at more casual restaurants, of which there are plenty. In Key West, “resort fees” are common, so if you’re on a budget, ask about them before booking.

A Key West elopement package can save you time and stress by helping coordinate permits, as well as contracting an officiant and photographer for your big day. Our Key West elopement packages start at $550 for a basic ceremony and go up to $2,775 for our premium package, which includes photography, flowers, hair and makeup, and a day of helper.

What do you need to get married in Key West?

To get married in Key West, you’ll need a driver’s license, state ID card, or valid passport, as well as your social security number if you’re a U.S. citizen (you don’t need the actual card). If you were previously married, you’ll also need to know the exact date your previous marriage was terminated (if it was due to death within the last six months, you’ll also need a copy of the death certificate). Couples are required to show up in person at the County Clerk’s office with their documents in order to obtain a license (Key West is in Monroe County).

A Florida marriage license is good for any county in Florida, although once the marriage is solemnized, the license does have to be returned to the county that issued it. The cost of a Florida marriage license is $93.50 (for Florida residents, completing a marriage preparation course will earn you a $32.50 discount). Your license is good for 60 days and must be solemnized by an ordained or licensed clergy, notary public, or justice of the peace.

Can you get married at the courthouse in Key West?

Sure, but where’s the fun in that? To get a marriage license from the county courthouse in Key West, go to 500 Whitehead Street (Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm). Since there’s no waiting period for out of state couples, you can get married the same day as long as you have an officiant present. If you’re a Florida resident, there’s a three-day waiting period on marriage licenses that can only be waived with the completion of a marriage preparation course.

Are there crocodiles or sharks in the Florida Keys?

There are alligators and sharks in the Florida Keys, but they’re not something you should stress about. Monroe County, where Key West is located, has only had 17 unprovoked shark bites since 1882.

What’s the best way to access Key West?

Many people choose to drive to Key West from Miami along U.S. Route 1—don’t worry about directions, you just follow the road until it ends! The total journey takes about three to four hours and requires you to cross 42 bridges (it’s pretty surreal and can feel like you’re driving on water). Buses also run that same route. Alternatively, you can fly directly to Key West International Airport. No matter how you get there, you’ll be glad you made the trip.

What’s the difference between a key and an island?

While islands are formed by volcanic action or part of a rising continental plate, keys form on top of coral reefs and are sandy, low-elevation islands. There are more than 800 keys in the Florida Keys! Although all of them are beautiful, our favorite places to elope are in and around the city of Key West, the beating heart of the Florida Keys.

Article written by

Kiran Herbert

Kiran Herbert is an elopement officiant and writer who takes pride in making all of her ceremonies magical. Kiran grew up around the world but having spent a year living in national parks, she’s convinced that the U.S. is the most beautiful.
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