Florida’s Legendary Oceanfront Resort Satisfies Craving for Exotic Off-Shore Destination Weddings (Without Leaving the Us)
Florida’s Legendary Oceanfront Resort Satisfies Craving for
Exotic Off-Shore Destination Weddings (Without Leaving the Us)
PALM BEACH, FL – The ultimate dream weddings have often been associated with alluring European and Caribbean destinations, from the grand castles of Ireland to the tropical island beaches. Yet wedding parties and their guests must contend with the inconvenience and expense of offshore travel and the complexity of logistics. On the island of Palm Beach, the debate over exotic locales ends right at The Breakers Palm Beach, an iconic, 140-acre oceanfront resort that embodies the best of all these worlds for such once-in-a-lifetime occasions.
Fairytale appeal and ambiance in close proximity makes The Breakers the optimal domestic choice for the finest destination weddings, combining Italian Renaissance style and European feel, with an alluring beachfront reminiscent of St. Tropez. The value is palpable…a magnificent beachfront setting, stateside location, more affordable than overseas, stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, safe and contained panoramic escape, easy air transit for guests with close airport proximity, and bountiful recreation. All of this, plus planning expertise beyond compare, deliver the premium wedding experience. This makes The Breakers unique and memorable as a stage for destination weddings.
The Gold Standard for Weddings Evolves – New Trends Are Timeless Values
Today’s aisle-bound couples are more knowledgeable and savvy than ever, with heightened awareness of styles, service levels and resources available in the marketplace.
According to Joan Bever, director of food and beverage – event services, “People once thought of destination weddings as extravagant, but with no hometown base and families spread across the globe, it’s become a highly anticipated opportunity to convene everyone together.” In addition, couples today lead fast-paced lives and many are desirous of a site for their matrimonial event that’s removed from their own environment. The Breakers Palm Beach provides that perfect contrast – an alluring blend of Florida paradise with close proximity for travel purposes, and a major attraction for guests for whom the wedding becomes a mini-vacation.
Another sign of the times is renewed interest in family, tradition and time-honored rituals, evident in younger couples’ first-time nuptials or second-round vows in mature years. “Family has taken on greater importance among all ages, as life’s uncertainties and stresses inspire us to re-assess what is meaningful in our lives,” said Bever. “As couples plan their new world together, their families have come to the forefront.”
That is why The Breakers resonates so strongly with its wedding clientele. “When prospective clients come to the resort, they remark how much this place feels like family,” Bever continued. “We’re a business under single family ownership (descendants of founder Henry Flagler); that continuously invests in our team and nurtures them with gratitude. In turn, our customers feel genuine warmth, care and personalization from our staff.” The property’s unique history underscores that tradition, as a one-of-a-kind destination that could not be replicated today.
Another emerging trend: couples making their wedding locale their honeymoon destination. “With the investment that our clients make to plan a very special affair, they are choosing to stay on afterwards to enjoy The Breakers on their own for the ultimate romantic getaway.
The Breakers as an Extraordinary Site for Destination Weddings
A high-quality, multi-faceted wedding venue must not only encompass ceremony, reception and related events, but it has to fulfill the spectrum of desires and needs of the bridal party. With those criteria, The Breakers exceeds every expectation. As legendary for weddings as its rich heritage, its multitude of offerings satiates the most discerning wedding planner or wedding client.
With the look of a grand European palace on the ocean, the hotel serves as a stunning physical backdrop for the occasion, but it also operates with the feel of an inn. This priceless combination appeals to the most savvy wedding clients.
The wide selection of space options has extraordinary appeal for the variety of events and styles that customers crave...casually elegant, chic or palatial surroundings, with ocean space for a rehearsal – dinner or gilded, frescoed ceilings to crown a ceremony. Majestic ballrooms each possess their own personality, yet all are breathtaking in architectural design and rich décor…from the resort’s museum-quality venues that are modeled after the historic 14th and 16th century ‘palazzos’ of Italy, to the contemporary, timeless style of the Ponce de Leon Ballroom. For destination weddings that typically take place over two or more days, the resort offers multiple venues throughout the resort to create distinct concepts for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, receptions and post-wedding brunches. Beautiful outdoor courtyards – great for ceremonies or brunches, lush tropical landscaping and an oceanfront lawn just above the sand round out the variety of scenic venues available.
Joan Bever is well regarded as an authority on destination weddings. She oversees a seasoned team of event sales managers who guide the couple throughout the entire wedding planning process, and seamlessly execute from conception to the fulfillment of the event. They are well-versed in every facet… wedding ceremony, receptions, music, décor and design, photography and video, amenities and gifts, bridal wear and accessories, and clergy. Supporting the event staff is a talented team of on-site specialists who perform their craft right at the hotel: the in-house Design Studio for décor, as well as award-winning chefs and Master Sommeliers who produce delectable weddings menus.
The Breakers’ event professionals also have access to numerous off-site vendors, services and exclusive resources.
Most importantly, the staff combines experience with sensitivity – their ability to intuitively read the couple enables them to formulate concepts and make recommendations that are spot-on with the couple’s preferences.
The Breakers stands alone with unmatched quality and versatility in cuisine, presentation and service. The wedding dinner for 50 or 500 is as elegant and delectable as a gourmet dinner for two. Executive Chef of Banquets Jeff Simms is the culinary mastermind behind the most savory and beautifully presented wedding menus, and his outstanding banquet fare rivals that served in the finest restaurants in the country. Meticulously prepared and artfully presented meals not only wow bridal parties (and guests), but satisfy every kind of palate. “We obtain absolutely the best available products on the market, as these core ingredients are the foundation for outstanding cuisine,” said Simms. “We then concentrate on using methods of preparation that liberate the true nature of the food,” he continued. “While we try to be cutting edge in our presentation and service, this approach to food preparation is what releases the purest flavor of our dishes. We want to create nothing less than ‘delectable’ for our wedding guests.” Master Sommelier Virginia Philip and her team of five sommeliers, offer their expertise in wine selections and stellar food and wine pairings, to complement Chef Simms’ cuisine.
A True Destination Resort: Where Guests Never Have To Venture Off Property
An unparalleled collection of recreational amenities provides an array of leisure options:
Luxury oceanfront spa
Championship golf – 36 holes
6,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor fitness center
Half-mile stretch of private beach/watersports
Four pools, five whirlpool spas
Luxury poolside bungalows for daytime rental with personal concierges
Eight restaurants and eight bars featuring various cuisines and atmospheres
Family and children’s programs/activities/babysitting, including the Family Entertainment Center
Off-property excursions coordinated by on-site recreation specialists
Variety of quality accommodations to suit different preferences – oceanfront, oceanview, suite, concierge-level guest rooms, etc.
The Design Studio at The Breakers for stellar décor/design ideas (couples need not fly someone in from New York when expertise is on-site). Under the direction of Joy Cudahy, the talented and creative Design Studio team competes with the most famous event designers.
Sylvia Weinstock, couture wedding cake designer, features her custom-made works of art in The Breakers’ wedding packages.
CeCi New York, luxury couture invitation designer, features her custom Breakers collection.
11 on-site boutiques for ‘one-stop-shopping’ – gifts for bridal party and family members, guest favors and amenities, skincare/ beauty services and tantalizing recreational shopping for guests.
About The Breakers Palm Beach
One of America’s legendary resort destinations, this 540-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. The Breakers was founded in 1896 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and continues to thrive independent of chain affiliation. Renowned for its gracious service, the modern classic resort indulges its clientele, whether couples on a romantic getaway, multi-generational travelers on a family vacation or large gatherings in celebration. Its timeless atmosphere -- from its magnificent interiors to its artfully designed landscape -- has been renewed in a style of relaxed elegance. Thanks to the dedication of its longstanding family ownership, the iconic resort re-invests $25 million each year in capital improvements and ongoing revitalization. This extraordinary commitment balances preservation and modernization, continuously introducing and transforming amenities to bolster its contemporary appeal.
The Breakers features 36 holes of championship golf, including the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course; 10 Har-Tru tennis courts; luxury spa; a breathtaking oceanfront with a half-mile of private beach, Mediterranean-style beach club, as well as luxury poolside bungalows for daytime-rental, four oceanfront pools, five whirlpool spas and a variety of water sports; a Family Entertainment Center and an extensive program of family and children’s activities. Eight distinctive restaurants and eight bars, with settings ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated, including HMF, the resort’s destination for social drinking and eating and the transformed Flagler Steakhouse; as well as an array of on-site boutiques, are all owned and managed by the resort. The Breakers is recognized as a AAA Five Diamond property and has earned numerous accolades for its commitment to the environment, community service and the quality of life it provides to its employees. For reservations or more information, contact the resort toll-free at 1-888-BREAKERS (273-2537), (561) 655-6611, visit www.thebreakers.com, or contact your travel professional.