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Best Outdoor Wedding Venue-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Outdoor wedding ceremonies located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL can be romantic, dreamy, and also fraught with concerns of how to pull it all together. That Wedding Lady TM shares a post with information on a perfect location for a rustic ceremony with all the amenities a bride needs, and at an extremely affordable price. It is, in fact, Broward County’s best kept secret, and a perfect place for your special day.

Photo of a "This way to the Wedding" sign at Secret Woods Nature Center

Why You Need to Know About Secret Woods Nature Center

It is one of the few locations I’ve visited that offers everything a ceremony venue needs, from the necessary, such as, beautifully appointed restroom amenities, on-site free parking, superior cost per value, rain backup, on site reception facility to your wish list items like, a gorgeous pergola surrounded by a wood close next door to a butterfly garden,  and oodles of spectacular photography options for the before and after pictures. Rarely do I visit an outdoor location that has everything. Nearly always they are missing a key feature making it a less than perfect option. Not so with Secret Woods, I was very impressed and highly recommend it for your consideration.

Photo of decorated pergola for an outdoor wedding

Location Details

Secret Woods Nature Center
2701 W. SR 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 357-8884
Open 9 AM to 5 PM every day
Google Maps Location:

Pergola and guest seating surrounded by the woods
View-from main walkway into pergola space; decorating the pergola
View from inside a pergola looking back towards the walkway
View-Looking from inside the pergola towards the walkway
Looking into the wedding space from the butterfly garden
View-Looking into the pergola space from the adjacent butterfly garden

Facility Details

– Ample parking and no fees!

Restroom interiors
Inside the lovely and ice cold restroom facilities

-Very nicely decorated
-Stalls and floors are made of a lovely wood
-Ice cold air-conditioning
-Connected to reception room by private door; plus another door leading out into the Nature Center
-Ample mirrors


Artsy picture from inside a pergola looking towards the sky.

Flower covered walkway to Pergola used for outdoor wedding ceremoniesReception Hall
– Unable to visit on this day since they had a active ceremony going on.

Building structures:
-Attractive and blend in with the area
-Offer excellent backgrounds for photography
-Japanese bells adorn many of the buildings

Nature Center Features:
-Gorgeous greenery throughout
-Two walkway trails – one of which leads directly to the New River upon which the Park is situated
-They have a dedicated butterfly garden with a lovely arch. This would be a great setting for some photography. I saw monarchs, zebra butterflies (Official State of Florida butterfly,) and dragonflies.
-Cute benches are tucked around in and out the grounds offering shade and more photography options.
-Pergola and benches are a short walk from the main area with a wooden walkway leading to them for the Bride’s grand entrance.

Benches surrounded by nature
Hidden benches throughout the grounds for thoughtful contemplation and photography options.

-Fully accessible in most areas (the trail paths are somewhat handy-capable friendly.)
-Parking, main grounds, walkway to Pergola and some other areas are suitable for wheelchairs or for persons who may have difficulty walking and getting around.

Rental Details and Cost:
– The Pergola is not available for rental on its own. You have to rent the reception hall and, for an additional fee, include use of the Pergola for your event. There is also a large outdoor space adjacent to the reception hall which comes with the package.
– Cost: $600 for four hours, or $800 for the whole day. Know that I obtained this information from the Groom there that day. I do not know if these figures include the additional add-on option for use of the Pergola. Of note, the Groom was absolutely thrilled with the cost and amenities.
– Rain Backup Location – Yes, the reception hall

Picture of main walkway entering Secret Woods

Pro Driving Instructions

**The entrance to the park is located on State Road 84.

If you’re coming from the east, Drive West on State Road 84 passing the freeway interchange for I-95. The entrance is just past this interchange on the right-hand side.

If you’re coming from the west, proceed east on State Road 84 until you come to 15th St. (there will be a 7-11 on the corner, big intersection) and make a U-turn to travel back west on State Road 84. Go past the freeway entrances for I-95, and just past this interchange, the entrance to the nature center is on the right-hand side.

Romantic Wedding Music

Looking for some romantic music for your wedding ceremony? I just adore this song on an album I recently purchased from Amazon called “An Evening in Paris: Romantic French Cafe Music.” In particular this track for the bridal party to enter to just before the bride makes her grand entrance. Here is the song link:

Moonlight Walk

Here is the album link:

Beach Wedding Clothes You’ll Love

Find the perfect beach dress for your wedding, commitment ceremony, same sex marriage or vow renewal ceremony at Briny Boutique in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This article covers why their clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories are perfect for beach themed events whether you want to rock a boho look, exude beach elegance or pick up chic outfits for your cruise.

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Vow Renewal Ceremony on Beach in Florida
This Could Be You Right Now
Specialty Women’s Clothing Boutique for the Beach

I recently stumbled across this amazing shop for ladies dresses, tops, jumpers, skirts, shoes, and accessories near downtown Ft. Lauderdale that cherry picks their products based on summer styles and beach wear. With 90% of my wedding clients coming from out of the area, I’m often asked for recommendations on where to find a great wedding dress perfect for beach ceremonies. Unequivocally, Briny Boutique fills this need. It is chock full with gorgeous styles and outfits to choose from for your special day. Extra bonus – the clothes are priced right and won’t break the bank!

Information about Briny Boutique

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274 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: (954)552-0217

  • Alexa Chaviano, Owner and CEO, Miami native and fashionista with beach babe vibes in her DNA.
  • Free shipping on all orders all the time!
  • Briny Boutique’s website is a Top Rated National® Online Store.
  • Follow Briny’s blog to stay current on beach wear trends.
Photos of the Store and Clothes

Okay, enough chatter. Let’s see some pics you say. I’ve included some I took of the store when I visited it, and also snagged a few from their website to give you some idea of potential beach wedding styles for your special day.

Beach Wedding Style Clothes

Casual beach long wedding dress
Boho Chic Off Shoulder Dress
Beautiful long dress for beach
Long sexy semi-transparent dress for summer beach fun.
Cute white dress for beaches.
Fun and flirty beach dress
Think Melania Trump style short chic dress
Sophisticated and elegant white wedding dress for your beach event.

Briny Boutique Store Photos

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Clothes for Cruises

Photo Credits:

All photos in the Beach Wedding Style Clothes section are copyright by Briny Boutique and used with their permission.

All other photos in this article are copyright by That Wedding Lady, and may not be used without permission.

Awards-2017 Best of Ft Lauderdale

That Wedding Lady has won the Best Of Fort Lauderdale 2017 award for outstanding service to the wedding community. I am immensely humbled for this honor and can only say my passion for my work is the catalyst. Thank you everyone who made this possible for me.

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That Wedding Lady Receives 2017 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award

Fort Lauderdale Award Program Honors the Achievement

FORT LAUDERDALE March 22, 2017 — That Wedding Lady has been selected for the 2017 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award in the Wedding Officiant category by the Fort Lauderdale Award Program.

Each year, the Fort Lauderdale Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Fort Lauderdale area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Fort Lauderdale Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Fort Lauderdale Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Fort Lauderdale Award Program

The Fort Lauderdale Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Fort Lauderdale area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Fort Lauderdale Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Fort Lauderdale Award Program

Fort Lauderdale Award Program

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.

Your Big Fat Gay Wedding

Hooray your gay and getting married! Lesbian wedding guests, gay men, butch brides, and adorable grooms can pick up fun gay wedding apparel in my store.

Fun Gay Wedding Clothes

Whether you are having a simple commitment ceremony in Florida or someplace else, or sealing the deal with a proper wedding, I’ve designed a variety of fun, tongue in cheek apparel for you and your family. These are too cute ideas for “night before” or rehearsal dinner celebrations. See the entire collection of gay tee shirts and gifts here.

Custom Designed for You

Would you like a shirt designed specifically for you and your special someone? Hit me up with an email at as I can customize any item you see in my store with your names, wedding or commitment ceremony date or even just some funny personal piece of text meaningful to only the two of you.

Here are some quick examples of what you might find in the store:

gay wedding apparel
Companion tee shirt set for lesbian bride 1 and her adorable bride 2.
clothes for lgbtq wedding
Groom 1 and Groom 2 Tee Shirt Set for Gay Men
clothes for gay women
Two brides in love; rehearsal supper tee shirt for gay brides
Gay marriage tee shirt
Here comes the grooms gay wedding t-shirt

Visit store now to buy online.

Eco Friendly Confetti-Beach Weddings

Biodegradable, environmentally friendly, green weddings are popular as folks choose better sustainability options. This eco-friendly confetti is an excellent choice for guests to throw after the big kiss.

Biodegradable Wedding Confetti is Safe for the Environment

Made from fully recycled, compostable material, this wedding confetti completely dissipates in water. It is FSC, PEFC and SFI certified and meets the highest standards for environmental safety. It’s also acid free, has a neutral PH balance and has is colorfast so it won’t stain clothes. Plus it’s available in tons of colors so you can match it to your wedding palette.

Perfect Beach Wedding Decor

Florida beaches need your help. Never throw anything on the beach that you can’t pick up and throw away. This includes flowers (pesticides=bad) or silk flowers (not biodegradable) or risk getting a ticket, or worse yet, people on the beach sticking their nose into your ceremony to complain.

Here it is on Amazon:

biodegradable wedding confetti & table decor
Ivory Eco Friendly Wedding Confetti
Eco Friendly Wedding Confetti
Gold Biodegradable Wedding Confetti
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Blush & Gold Beach Wedding Confetti
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Teal Environmentally Friendly Wedding Confetti
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Red Biodegradable Wedding Confetti
Lavender & Gold Beach safe confetti
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Mixed colors biodegradable confetti
Silver metallic eco safe confetti
Silver metallic eco safe confetti
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Red & Gold Beach friendly wedding confetti