Universal Orlando

Orlando is an extremely popular spot for destination weddings, and with all that is happening in the city it is easy to understand why.

When most people think of Orlando there are 2 particular places that come to mind – Disney, and Universal Studios. Both of these parks offer magnificent wedding and honeymoon packages, complete with grandiose themes – whatever you need to make your wedding day wishes come true.

Because there is just so much information and so many different options I am going to break this post down into 2 parts. Part 1 will touch on the Universal resort and what they have to offer. Part 2 will focus on Disney.

Universal Studios has 5 amazing resorts and hotels to choose from:

Portofino Bay Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel
Royal Pacific Resort
Sapphire Falls Resort
Cabana Bay Beach Resort

All of these hotels are AAA Four Diamond Award hotels that give you a variety of amazing themes and options for your wedding day. Amongst other things, all of the hotels here provide you with Wedding Planning Specialists, amazing cuisine, and a large assortment of both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations. Each resort has it’s own feel, from the romantic re-creation of the Mediterranean at Portofino to the glamorous sophistication at the Hard Rock, where you will truly feel like a celebrity – there is something here for every style.

Ceremonies here include:

  • Stunning indoor or outdoor locations
  • Rehearsal Space
  • Back up facilities in case your outdoor ceremony gets rained out!
  • Fruit-infused water station
  • Sound system
  • Chairs
  • Wedding planning services
  • Bridal changing/preparation room
  • Guest book and gift table set up

Receptions include:

  • Cocktail hour including a hosted bar and 4 Hors d’oeuvres
  • Special Hors d’oeuvres and drink service for the bridal party during their pictures (so the bride and groom don’t miss out!)
  • Plated, buffet, or station menus
  • 3 hour hosted bar during the reception
  • Custom wedding cake
  • Linens/napkins
  • Wedding planning services
  • Candles, dance floor, staging for band or DJ, framed table numbers and tables for place cards, guestbook, and Band/DJ
  • Overnight suite accommodations for the bride & groom

The other wonderful perk about having a wedding in Orlando is that there is no end to the activity options for your guests (or yourselves!) Your guests staying onsite will benefit from complimentary shuttles and water taxis around the site, priority seating at restaurants, early park admissions, access to themed pools and water parks, golf, kids’ camps, the Full Service Mandara Spa and much much more.

As always, when you are planning a wedding outside of Canada you will need to decide if you want a symbolic wedding ceremony or a legal wedding ceremony.  It is always easier to do a symbolic ceremony when wedding outside of your home country, but if you opt for a legal ceremony make sure you have all the requirements in order before you leave.  A marriage license can be purchased from a clerk at a Circuit Court Office once you are in Florida and these are valid for 60 days.  You must be 18, and currently there is no blood/medical test required by the state of Florida. Remember that these regulations are subject to change so be sure to research the requirements fully when you are planning.

Weddings at Universal are organized to perfection, and their expert staff are there every step of the way to help you plan and customize your perfect day.  If you are interested in booking a special event at Universal, or any other destination, contact our Kelly@Lloydstravel.com. From Destination Weddings, to anniversaries, honeymoons, and more, we can help you plan the perfect getaway.