An exquisite beachfront venue with old world Florida elegance, LaPlaya is truly a superlative resort.
It's also a wonderful location for a destination wedding, because your out-of-town guests can do as ours did: arrive a few days early and enjoy a mini vacation, complete with poolside cabanas, relaxing on the beach, enjoying drinks at the tiki bar, having a spa retreat, or golfing. I held my bridesmaids' luncheon at Baleen (how often do you find a wedding venue with a five-star restaurant?!), which just added to the feeling of a decadent wedding weekend.
Our ceremony and cocktail hour were scheduled to be held on the North Beach, followed by a reception in the Vanderbilt Ballroom. Despite the rain that was forecast, LaPlaya obligingly set up our ceremony on the sand. When the rain did come shortly after the end of the ceremony, the resort didn't miss a beat in swiftly and efficiently moving the cocktail hour to the covered terrace outside the ballroom. Here are a few examples of how far LaPlaya's staff went out of their way for us: they tailored their cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres to my Indian heritage and my husband's Cuban heritage; when my earring fell out just before our grand entrance to the reception, Karen, the Director of Catering, sent someone to find me a new earring back; the banquet captain at the reception tended to our every need, including cold towels after we'd been dancing; and when we returned to our bridal suite at the end of the night, LaPlaya had scattered our bed with rose petals and sent up a bottle of champagne along with a card wishing us well in our new life.
Bottom line? If you are looking for an upscale beach resort wedding, get married at LaPlaya. - Shree Wedding
We are so happy that we chose LaPlaya to be our venue for our Reception site! Everyone at LaPlaya were so easy to work with! We mostly worked with Karen, the Dir. of Catering...she took us from point A to Z throughout the whole entire planning process. She is extremely professional and so very nice!
On our first day there, we already knew what we wanted our wedding menu to be! Karen set up a meeting with the Chef and he prepared our special menu perfectly! The food was made exactly how we wanted it! We couldn't of been happier!
Our guests stayed at LaPlaya and absolutely loved it! Even a guest that lived in town bookd a room and said it was just a great place to have a weekend vacation!
The cocktail hour was held on the Gulf Lawn until the sun set, and then the guests were escorted over to the Bay side to the Vanderbilt Ballroom. The ballroom is GORGEOUS and all of our guests loved it!!
For an amazing venue, staff, and DELICIOUS food, look no further: LaPlaya is it! - Alexis Wedding
Dear Melanie, Just a pre-wedding thank you for all the amazing help you've provided in easily one of the most stressful times of my life. It's funny, as I was making the table numbers last night, you were the first person I shared a picture of them with! It was one of the many wonderful ideas you gave me, and I can't thank you enough for everything. You've been a Godsend!
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Again, many many thanks! - Love, Barrett
Dear Julie, You made our wedding beautiful and easy. Everything is impeccable – Beach, Lantern Lane (a huge hit), the banquet venue and delicious food – what a lovely surprise our room was last night. Thank you and you are amazing. - Winnie & Kevin
Julie, Alex and I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work and efforts that you put forth to make sure that our wedding day, as well as all other events, were perfect!
As stressful as the end of the road became, you still maintained your sweet demeanor and carried through for us.
Hopefully, your efforts won't go unrealized, as we were sure to make it known to Operations what a fine job you did, especially with TLC in the mix! Thank you again. - Mary & Alex Garcia
Dearest Julie, Thank you for all that you did for making our wedding all that we wanted it to be! Hope to see you again soon. - Sam & Amanda
Hi Julie, I just wanted to say Thank You one last time. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate all you did for us. You Truly Rocked, and we will be forever grateful. Our guests Loved the resort, and the food, and of course the Spirits...Please share with all of your staff that we had a Blast, and that everyone did an Outstanding Job. From Gail, to Chris, to Kristin, to Magdalena, Renee, The Golf Club, Lesley, Joann, and Elizabeth at the Tiki bar, to Kyle from Room service they all were Professional, Courteous, and willing to do whatever we asked of them. We hope to come back next year for our anniversary, and look forward to seeing all of you again...
I want you to know that Kyle took care of about 20 of my guests at the Tiki Bar when it was closed due to bad weather. He totally rocked, and he deserves the recognition.
Lesley from the Tiki bar was so Awesome I asked Joann if I could have her one of our last days, so I could reward her for her hard work. She knew my nephews, and family members by name. Little things like that I notice...
Gail did a beautiful job marrying us, and her husband Renee at the reception was on top of everything. The bartender had a beer ready for me before I got to the bar every time☺
At the Farewell Breakfast I believe it was Magdalena who bartended, and she knew I was a beer drinker, and that wasn’t on the menu. Without me asking her to, she offered to go to the bar and get me a beer. Then she saw I gave my beer to Renee’s uncle, so she went and got me another.
I can share more stories, but these touched me and I wanted to share them with you.
Lastly I just want to Thank You Julie. You were prompt with your responses, and quick to change the menus for us, or make golf reservations etc...I Honestly can’t thank you enough.
Thank You From the Bottom of our Hearts... - Time and Renee
Thank you for an amazing welcome dinner. The evening was absolutely beautiful. Our guests were still talking about it on Sunday! The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Everyone loved the fire pit and being so close to the beach. It was a perfect evening and we could not have done it without you! It was such a pleasure working with you and your staff. You made everything so easy! There was absolutely nothing left for us to worry about. It was a magical evening. We will never forget it. Than you! Love, Kate & Jon Aust.