Dreamed of the open-air paradise wedding for the big day? Perhaps a light ocean breeze tickles your arm, and the sun rests upon the leaves of palm trees for the perfect bridal setting. Boca Raton’s gorgeous landscapes can be your dream setting for your South Florida wedding day.
The City of Boca Raton offers four wedding locations from which to choose depending on the number of guests:
Plaza Real North Gazebo
Located within Mizner Park; 30 or fewer guests permitted.
Red Reef Pavilion
Oceanfront view; 100 or fewer guests permitted.
Stage, portico, and sidewalk lined up with palm trees located downtown; 150 or fewer guests permitted.
Spanish River Library
Lakeside view; 150 or fewer guests permitted.
When hiring a wedding planner is not among your options, familiarizing yourself with local rules and regulations is your first step toward realizing your outdoors park wedding.
Here’s what you need to know.
State of Florida Legal Requirements
A Marriage License is required for couples who desire to get married in Florida. You must apply in person at any Clerk & Comptroller’s Office in Palm Beach County if you are going to get married in Boca Raton. The license is valid for 60 days. If you are a Florida resident, you must wait 3 days before tying the knot, unless you have completed the Florida pre-marital course. For more information, visit the Clerk & Comptroller’s Office of Palm Beach County.
City of Boca Raton Requirements
The City of Boca Raton requires couples wishing to hold their wedding at any of the above-mentioned locations to apply for a Wedding Permit and Tenant Users Liability Insurance Policy (TULIP). For fees and additional information, go to the City of Boca Raton’s website.
Who Can Officiate
In Florida, all judicial officers including retired officers, clerks of the circuit court, and notary publics are allowed to officiate weddings. Even a family member who is a current Florida Notary Public has permission to solemnize your wedding. Ordained church ministers or elders in communion with a church can also officiate.
As the saying goes, “knowledge is everything.” Just a little research will ensure that any surprises happen along the way to your big day, and not on the day of. Keep on planning and happy new journey!