Why your destination wedding should be 4 days and 3 nights?

While it is not mandatory to stay three nights and four days, hundreds of successful destination weddings prove it to be the optimal amount of time for many reasons. (Keep in mind that you can add or reduce the number of days on-site for $1,800 per day if you wish.) Let’s look at the three nights:

Day 1 – Rehearsal Welcome Party

Your out of state guests will not wait to fly on the morning of your wedding. Typically, all of your guests arrive the day before the wedding, which makes for a large rehearsal/welcome (night before) party. It doesn’t need to be extravagant, in fact, ultra-simple is the norm. What you may not have considered is that on your wedding day you don’t really get to see your guests. There is hair, makeup, and getting ready all day, then the ceremony, then photos, then dinner, a dance with dad, a speech or two, and the night is over. On Friday night, you, as a couple, get to introduce all the friends and family to one another and have an enjoyable, relaxed evening to get to know one another.

Day 2 – Wedding Day

Of course, the next day is your wedding and reception. You will be relaxed. Why? Because of the party the night before. You guests already know one another and are familiar with the property.

Day 3 – Farewell Brunch

After the previous two or more days with little sleep, it would not be fun to get up early on the morning after your wedding night to leave. So we add an entire luxury day to the schedule to get up late, have a brunch together, and say goodbye to some for the last time. It allows for an entire afternoon to unwind and enjoy one another’s company, reflect on the day before, and recharge a little. Some guests will fly out today, some tomorrow.

Day 4 – Goodbye

Whatever works best for you, you can leave the night of day 3 or you can check out this morning on Day 4.

Mariana McGraw
Mariana McGraw
Wedding Professional. Founder and owner of Key Largo Lighthouse Beach Weddings Venues.


  1. Amy Carbonara says:

    Hi – looking to get married in 2020 (I know, I’m reaching out early!). This venue came highly recommended. Can you send me some info on pricing? I would say 50-100 people. I am completely flexible on day of the week! Can you also include how much it would cost to add extra days?

  2. Frankie says:

    I can not wait to plan my wedding with you. Please call me.

  3. Amanda Drew says:

    Thanks for pointing out that most guests will arrive the day before the wedding, so it makes a good day to have a big welcome or rehearsal party. My fiance is from Mexico, and we were thinking that it would be really fun to have our marriage take place near his hometown. It seems like it’d be a good idea for us to plan for three days and four nights for our destination wedding.

  4. Allan Dehaney says:

    Hi, my fiance and are looking to getting married March 2019. Can you please send me cost details, menu, and venue please for about 100 people? Thanks in advance.

  5. Geneice Bassue says:

    Hi I am thinking about a August or September 2019 wedding for 100 people (maybe less maybe more). Can you send me pricing and what the package includes for a wedding at Hidden Beach

  6. Kristin says:

    Could you send me info for wedding June 2018 for approximately 100 people? What is included in price? Thanks!

  7. Niki says:

    Would you please send information and what all is included in your pricing online. We have 25 to 28 people. Thank you!

    • Mariana McGraw says:

      Hey Niki, thanks for your interest in Key Largo Lighthouse Beach.
      I’m sending you all the information.

  8. meagan cole says:

    hi there
    do you do packages for just the rehearsal and wedding day ?
    we were interested in the key largo lighthouse location for 2019

  9. Tiffany Freeman says:

    I am interested in getting more information and seeing if certain dates in 2019 are booked yet.

  10. Jessica akin says:

    I’m planning on a May 2019 wedding and would love some extra info and pricing on your venue!
    Jessica Akin

  11. Tasha Porter says:

    Can you please send pricing information for 20Oct2018 for 75 people.

  12. Barbara Anderson says:

    Planning a destination wedding (renewing vows) February 2019 and would like information on your property and prices. Estimated guest 75 -150. Please send information. Thank you!

  13. Janie Mullen says:

    We are considering a New Years Eve Wedding in 2018. It will either be a very small intimate family of 6 affair or less than 50 people. Can you send me information on this and please and all the options available. Thank you!

  14. Jennifer Perez says:

    Hi I am looking to have a wedding January or February 2019 at Coral beach. I already have the brochure for pricing but I wanted to know availability for these dates. Thank you!

  15. Toi Cuba says:

    Good morning!
    My fiancé and I are very interested in your destination wedding. We are looking to get married October 6, 2018. Is it possible for you to send me prices for ceremony, venue and menu? We greatly appreciate it! Thank you in advance!

  16. Jessica Robles says:

    Can you send me pricing and availability for 2018? Not sure on exact date yet.

  17. Sarah fumo says:

    I am planning a wedding of 75 people nov 10 of 2018. Possibly can change to weekday. I have reserved a place already however I have to piece meal everything’s I just saw you add, please end pricing and what is included

    • Mariana McGraw says:

      You are correct. Your wedding here is turnkey. You will have your own chef, decorator, and planner. I am sending you a link to the complete pricing information.

  18. Patty Ewing says:

    Considering a destination wedding for about 70-80 people in October 2019.
    Curious of the cost fir such an event. Thanks.

  19. Lisa Meehan says:

    Planning a June 2018 wedding and would like to learn more about your property and wedding packages.
    Can you please send information to me. Estimated guests 125- 150. Flexible on early summer 2018 dates.
    Thank you.
    Lisa Meehan

    • Mariana McGraw says:

      That will be easy. I am sending you a link to the Calendar and complete pricing. We look forward to working with you.

  20. Christina Murzyn says:

    Hello, my fiancé and I are considering this venue for 2019 or 2020. We really want to keep our current anniversary as our wedding anniversary, April 29th. How far out do you book and how booked are you?

  21. Alex Adkins says:

    Hi We are considering a wedding in this area in November 2018. probably 75-80 guests. You can communicate with my mother, Cara Adkins or myself, Alex (Alexandra) Adkins. thank you and looking forward to getting more information about this gorgeous place.

    • Mariana McGraw says:

      Thanks, Alex.
      I’m sending you an e-brochure with all the information about pricing.

  22. Amanda Johnson says:

    Good morning!
    My fiancé and I are very interested in your key largo light house destination wedding. We are looking to get married July 14th 2018. Is it possible for you to send me prices for ceremony, venue and menu? We greatly appreciate it! Thank you in advance!

    • Mariana McGraw says:

      Thanks, Amanda!
      You will be hosting a very private beach wedding.
      I will send you all the information. We are always happy to help, please call 305 432-3135 with any questions. Best wishes.

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