Pre-Cruise Ceremonies, Uber, Great Photos and You

Taking a cruise and looking to have a vow renewal or wedding ceremony on the beach before you set off? Take a look at these meet location details especially designed for a quick in and out ceremony with a couple of great photography spots thrown in for extra fun.

Most of my cruise folks use Uber to get around because they won’t be in town long enough to need a car rental. Moreover, they want a spot very close to Port Everglades to make their tight schedule efficient. Here’s what you need to know, and what to enter into your Uber app to set you up for the best drop off/pick up location.

Uber Drop Off and Pick Up is Tightly Controlled

Fort Lauderdale Beach is a constant flow of people. To that end, Uber is limited to specific “No-Go” areas for pick up and drop off. The fine is big money for them so they need a side street location and not one on the main drag known as A1A or Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. This presents a problem as visitors don’t know the side streets or any addresses on them. Below you will find a carefully chosen set of locations to give you exactly what you need to plan your meet up location then walk across to the beach.

*Relax! Even with heavy traffic,  you are
only approximately 10-15 minutes from Port Everglades.

The Middle Ground

Fort Lauderdale Beach is actually comprised of 3 sets of beaches: North Beach, Central Beach and South Beach, the entire length of which is about 2 miles top to bottom. The locations in this post are at the top end of the South Beach section. They were chosen specifically to :

  • Get you to a nearby beach for your gig
  • Avoid traffic congestion and weird one-way street problems
  • Set your Uber drop off/pick up spot convenient for you AND the Uber drivers’ needs
  • Keep you close to the Port for those on tight schedules
  • Plunk you down in the middle of some supremely neato photography options.

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Beach Shack Paddleboards Address – Use this address and location for Uber drop off/pick up

This one-way side street is a sneaky little spot that allows Uber to pop in for  drop off/pick up, plus it sets the Uber driver up perfectly to return you to the Port without having to drive several very congested blocks to U-turn south to Port Everglades to catch your cruise ship. In your Uber app, enter Beach Shack Paddleboards and you’re set to go.


Neato Bandito Photography Options Post Ceremony

>>>>>>North of the Uber drop off point (2 Min Walk)<<<<<<

Greetings to Fort Lauderdale Postcard Stand


Photo Greetings PostcardImmediately due south of the main intersection of Las Olas Blvd & A1A, (one block north of Uber drop off/pick up point,) you’ll find a large, colorful, wooden postcard stand with “Greetings to Fort Lauderdale” on it. You can stand next to it and take a fun photo, then head across the street to the Wish You Were Here Postcard Stand.

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Wish You Were Here Postcard Stand

Photo Beach Postcard Fort Lauderdale FL
This Postcard photo station actually has a cut out so you can be “inside” the sentiment.

>>>>>>South of the Uber Drop Off Location (30 sec walk)<<<<<<

Giant Beach Chair

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Immediately south of 5th Street and A1A (the street where Uber dropped you at the Beach Shack Paddleboards address,) check out this gigantic chair you can both sit in together and take a magical photo.

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D.C. Alexander Park

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A rare green space down at the beach with grass and trees for some photos set against a lovely natural background. Usually not crowded at all and right next to your Uber drop off/pick up point.

Wooden Totem Pole

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Essentially located within D.C. Alexander Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd/A1A, this wooden totem pole gives you another unique photography option.

You’ll breathe easier with this set plan connecting Fort Lauderdale Beach to Port Everglades for your vow renewal on the beach (or wedding ceremony or commitment ceremony) before you leave on your cruise.

Ft Lauderdale FL Rain Back Up Option

You’re all set for a beautiful wedding on the beach. Everything’s ready to go. That’s when the bottom falls out. The sky darkens and suddenly you have to find a place for 45 people attending your wedding. I got your back!!!

Check out Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (say that 3 times fast) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (but physically located at a Dania, FL address) and you’ll find their education facility is the perfect setting. It reminds me a bit of a Roman teaching pavilion insomuch there is a center table surrounded by ascending rows of bench seating. The Pavilion is enclosed completely with 4 walls and an entrance. It’s lovely, and better than that, is a large enough structure to keep your guest list dry while you make sweet promises to you honey bunny.

Wedding Rain Backup Fort Lauderdale
Mizell Johnson State Park Education Pavilion

This park, recently renamed from John U. Lloyd State Park, is the largest coastal State Park serving the greater Ft. Lauderdale area and sits directly on the inlet where the boating traffic enters the Intracoastal (including super duper large cruise ships!!) In addition to the Education Pavilion option, they also have large open air pavilions with table seating ocean view. Additionally, it has restrooms, small snack stands and a plethora of amenities.

Three very important things to know about this option:

  1. Don’t speed in this park. You will undoubtedly be caught and ticketed.
  2. When traveling to this location coming east on Dania Beach Blvd, be careful to not take the wrong exit. Dania Beach Blvd, will curve left (north) and you PASS the first exit. The next (and only other exit) is the one you want. Veer right onto the exit and it feeds you directly into the park.
  3. THIS IS IMPORTANT! State of Florida Parks require you to pull a permit for a wedding. Now here’s the deal, I’ve done over 100 weddings in State Parks and none of my clients pulled permits. If you are having an small walk on wedding, it has never seemed like a big deal. I’ve had park rangers walk/drive right by us performing a ceremony and not a one has ever stopped to ask for a permit. If you are having a wedding and 50 people are attending, that might make a ranger pause and wonder. I can’t tell you what to do. Everyone has their own tolerance for risk. I strongly doubt a ranger would interrupt a wedding, learn there was no permit and stop the wedding. Just doesn’t seem likely. He/she may make you come to their shack up front afterwards and pay for the permit fee. So let’s think about this, you’re in a bind. You need an immediate solution. You can either take a chance and maybe get caught/maybe not, and have to go pay the permit fee. If that risk makes you feel queasy, then you can always go to the Park, talk to the folks there and throw yourself on their mercy. My guess is they would make it work. My last choice would be a phone call. It’s so impersonal, and much more likely reach an unsympathetic government minion who doesn’t care. *My personal choice would be to verify the pavilion isn’t in use at the time and date I need it, then I’d have my wedding there. I would post someone at the pavilion entrance who could interface with a Ranger should someone actually stop by. I would instruct my guests to not mention they are attending a wedding as they come through the guard shack. But maybe that’s just me…. BTW-why wouldn’t you just get the permit right before the wedding? It takes anywhere between  30-60 days to obtain a permit and you only have hours or days until your ceremony.

State of Florida, Parks and Recreations Department, Mizell-Johnson Park page.

Great Beach Wedding Location-Ft Lauderdale Beach

Like every beach town some public entrances are better than others. Whether you’re having a wedding ceremony, vow renewal ceremony or commitment ceremony, sweet, romantic and intimate are attributes most of my clients seek.

Beach Wedding Locations

The primary entrances onto Fort Lauderdale beach is at the intersections of Las Olas and A1A and Sunrise and A1A. While both these locations have many great assets (walk to amenities convenience, parking options), the number of people on the beach may impact the quality you seek for your service.

A Little More North

I’ve found that if you continue traveling up A1A, north of Sunrise to the top end of Ft. Lauderdale Beach, you get a much better option. There are less people here and it is truly a spectacular location. Just past Hugh Taylor Birch park are some of the loveliest beach homes facing the ocean (contrasting to touristy beach retail locations at the other entrances I mention above.) The area I refer to spans from 14th to 18th. It’s more private and there is some excellent street parking along A1A. The street parking ends at 18th but the next light at 20th (19th doesn’t go through to the beach), there is a sneaky little park and indeed another beach entrance with plentiful parking.

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Photo of Ft. Lauderdale beach at the 18th St entrance which is hidden between the palm trees.