Palm Beach Wedding Planner Aviva Samuels Spotlights Private Estates as Hot Wedding Venues for Summer

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Kiss the Planner, a Florida based wedding planner and wedding design trendsetter, highlights the latest trend in wedding venues: private and historical estates.

Vizcaya Courtyard

Vizcaya courtyard create an elegant, unforgettable atmosphere for events.

Historic sites have uniqueness to them that cannot be duplicated in contemporary venues. The preservation of a beautiful estate mirrors a couple's long-term commitment to a beautiful marriage.

Private estates and historical sites are no longer relics of the past. They're the hottest new destinations for upscale weddings, says Aviva Samuels, founder of Kiss the Planner. An estate's rich and elegant history takes the nuptials up a notch, Samuels asserts, and creates an unforgettable event for any couple and their guests.

From museums to renowned homes, private estates offer an intimate atmosphere for weddings, even if the party includes over 200 people. The magic is in the details: rich interior designs, private courtyards and footpaths, stained glass, marble columns, and restored architecture.

"A wedding venue should reflect the couple and their tastes," Samuels says. "Historic sites have uniqueness to them that cannot be duplicated in contemporary venues. The preservation of a beautiful estate also mirrors a couple's long-term commitment to a beautiful marriage."

As the recipient of honorable recognition “Trendsetter of the Year,” Kiss the Planner is one of the foremost sources for wedding trends. The Delray Beach business offers full-scale wedding planning and consultation services for brides and grooms to-be.

While the tradition in recent years has been to book any hotel ballroom or country club, now wedding parties are choosing places off the beaten path. Historical sites, such as Vizcaya, boosts the wedding's status from elegant to elite. The special day's event needs are sometimes taken care of by the estate. Like hotels and country clubs, private estates usually offer catering services and even sleeping accommodations where available, or will work with the wedding party to find nearby accommodations for guests.

Other South Florida chic wedding destinations include The Villa by Barton G. The 19,000 square-foot luxury hotel is the former estate of world-famous designer Gianni Versace. Originally built in 1930, Versace acquired the property in 1992 and restored, expanded, and embellished its features, adding a south wing, a pool and garden areas. Hotel guests enjoy access to the mansion’s upper floors and two private lounges, and there is a gourmet restaurant located below.

The Cooper Estate is a private estate in Miami. Its sunken grotto is the talk of the town when it comes to exchanging vows. The venue has an exotic, lush atmosphere complete with waterfalls, three acres of elegant landscaping and rustic architecture.

Donald Trump’s private estate, Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, is an historic property with 58 bedrooms and an opulent 20,000-square-foot ballroom. It features Dorian stone, imported from Genoa, Italy around 1927, on its exterior walls, arches and some interiors, as well as 36,000 tiles with some dating as far back as the 15th century. It has been noted that a building of this magnitude can never be replicated.

"Summer is considered the 'low' season for weddings in Florida," Samuels says. "During this season, the availability of these venues open a little more and you increase your chances to reserve one of these highly exclusive estates for your special day."

Summer brides seeking more advice about wedding venue trends and couture wedding design can contact Aviva Samuels for brainstorming services, design-only consultations, partial or full-service event planning at:

About Aviva Samuels
Florida wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner is available to speak with the media about wedding planning, destination weddings, wedding design trends, and more. The Palm Beach wedding planning company offers an array of extraordinary wedding services, including destination event design, planning and coordination. For more information on Kiss the Planner or to contact Aviva Samuels, go to:

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