Holiday Inn Highland Beach-Oceanside
We only looked at 2 locations and as soon as we saw the Holiday inn Highland Beach, we knew it was the perfect spot for our wedding. We started working with Chelsea because Valerie was on maternity leave and she was very accommodating when it came to menu customizations. The day of the wedding we had perfect weather. We had our ceremony right on the beach in front of the ballroom, followed by cocktails on the ballroom's private patio that overlooked the beach. After cocktails we went into the ballroom, which has floor to ceiling views of the ocean. One unique thing about this venue is that they have huge lights on the beach to illuminate the ocean at night. The food and service was great. We came from upstate New York, so the guests really enjoyed the weather, views, and different wedding we had in Sunny FLA.
Catering: I really love this hotel. You can get married there, have your reception there, you & your guests can stay there. They do all of the catering. The food was very good (better that I thought it would be). They have a lot of food package options but if there is something you want to change they are very accommodating. They also upgraded some alcohol at the bar for free upon our request. Valerie Ellen Santa Barbara is the director of catering 561-278-6241. Valerie is great to deal with.
Ceremony: You can get married on the beach but it has nothing to do with Holiday Inn. They will not do any beach set up you have to hire someone else. When people went out there to set up for our wedding there was a small wedding already taking place and the set up people had to wait until that wedding was done. There seemed to be no way to know if someone else was planning to get married on the beach at the same time as you. I guess you could normally use separate areas of the beach but in our case the beach was eroding and there was really only that one spot.
Guest Lodging: The rooms are nice & the prices were good. The bride & groom got one night free.
Reception Venue: As previously stated we were very happy with Holiday Inn. The windrift room is nice & my fav thing about the room is the floor to ceiling windows that face the ocean. There is also a private patio (with ocean view). Very nice & friendly staff.
Wedding Night Hotel: The rooms are nice & the prices were good. The bride & groom got one night free.
My wedding literally went off without a hitch! The management at the Holiday Inn were great, accommodating, and gave me the wedding of my dreams. The perfect beach wedding outside, reception inside. Great food, great location, beautiful ocean/beach view and it was extremely affordable.