Cheeca Lodge Wedding Venue – Ultimate Guide




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Cheeca Lodge and Spa is one of my absolute favorite Florida Keys wedding venues! It’s the perfect tropical wedding venue in Islamorada, Florida. Boasting almost thirty acres of perfectly manicured grounds, the venue features tropical flowers and palms, and gorgeous views of the turquoise waters. The large casually elegant indoor wedding venues and romantic outdoor beach wedding venues make it one of the best wedding venues in the Florida Keys. As a Florida wedding photographer, I love capturing unique events for my couples under the gorgeous Florida sun at Cheeca Lodge.

Beach wedding venue at Cheeca Lodge wedding

In this Cheeca Lodge Ultimate Guide, you’ll find:


About Cheeca Lodge Wedding Venue

Situated along the gorgeous white sand beaches, Cheeca Lodge is an elegant beachside getaway that is perfect for a romantic destination wedding. Cheeca Lodge features over 15,000 square feet of classically elegant indoor wedding venues and romantic outdoor wedding venues as well. Whether you want to say your vows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or a romantic garden or a whimsical ballroom, you have endless options at Cheeca Lodge and Spa. Your guests will love having the option to stay at the gorgeous resort, and Cheeca can accommodate a full weekend’s worth of wedding events like a welcome reception, bridal luncheon, and farewell brunch.

sand at Cheeca Lodge wedding venue


Ceremony and Reception Venue Options

For wedding ceremony venues, you have several options for indoor venues and outdoor venues.

Islamorada Ballroom – The Islamorada Ballroom at Cheeca Lodge features a vast, pillarless 10,000 square feet ballroom that accommodates up to 1,500 guests for wedding receptions. It has tall ceilings, dramatic chandeliers, and Bahama-inspired carpeting.

South Beach – This space has a capacity of up to 120 guests, either seated for a wedding ceremony or for a reception. Bordering South Beach are six Beachfront Bungalow King Rooms that can be booked for you and your wedding party or other wedding guests.

Lush palm trees at a gorgeous Islamorada wedding venue

Spa Island – For a more intimate gathering, Spa Island is available until 9:00 pm for a seated ceremony of up to 40 guests and a reception of up to 120 guests. 

Bougainvillea Ballroom – This second ballroom space at Cheeca Lodge is available until 1:00 am and has a seated dining capacity of 120 guests with a dance floor. 

View of the pool guests can enjoy at your Cheeca Lodge wedding

Sunrise Ballroom and Terrace – As a third ballroom wedding venue space, the Sunrise Ballroom and Terrace is available until 10:00 pm and has a seated dining capacity of 120 guests with a dance floor. 

Pierre’s Restaurant & Beach Cafe – This indoor and outdoor wedding venue features scenic views of the Florida Bay. The outdoor wedding venue can hold up to 200 guests. This venue is located on the Bay Side of Route 1, just a short drive from Cheeca Lodge


What’s special about this venue?

Cheeca Lodge offers such a variety of event spaces. A couple planning their Cheeca Lodge wedding has endless options of how to host their guests and ensure they have a wonderful stay during the wedding festivities. 

Sidewalk with palm trees at Cheeca Lodge and Spa

Once guests arrive at Cheeca Lodge, they have everything they’d ever need at their fingertips. From the gorgeous tropical accommodations to multiple restaurants and bars, guests will never long for anything at Cheeca Lodge and Spa. Cheeca’s amenities like the private beach, spa, heated swimming pools, and golf course make for the perfect weekend activities for guests. 


Why do you love working at this venue?

I love working at Cheeca Lodge because of the breathtaking photo opportunities and the relaxed vibe. There is something so magical about Islamorada! 

View of the accommodations for a Cheeca Lodge wedding


Who is the right couple for this venue?

Couples that want to create an experience for their guests would love a Cheeca Lodge wedding. It is the perfect Florida Keys wedding venue for hosting a weekend-long event for your friends and family to enjoy. Here are some thoughts to consider if you are interested in planning a wedding in the Florida Keys.

View of the pool area at Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada, Florida

In the event of inclement weather, are you comfortable having your wedding ceremony and wedding reception indoors? While Cheeca Lodge offers several gorgeous indoor wedding venues, many couples go into wedding planning with their hearts set on an outdoor wedding ceremony and outdoor wedding reception. Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind the peak summer months and also hurricane season when planning. 

Do you like romantic beach weddings? Cheeca Lodge is perfect for couples who love romantic beach weddings. 


Any “insider” tips for weddings at Cheeca Lodge?

Cheeca has an amazing team of staff to help make your wedding memorable and special. They can help with every facet of your wedding day, such as planning assistance, bartending and catering,  and shuttle transportation. But, I always recommend working with a wedding planner to bring your vision to life. A wedding planner has your best interests in mind, while the venue staff is there to manage the venue. Choosing a South Florida wedding planner can be difficult, but I am happy to share my South Florida wedding planner recommendations with you!

View of the beach from the pool at Cheeca Lodge and Spa


Have you booked your Cheeca Lodge wedding?

Reach out about photography. I can guide you through everything you need to know for the best wedding photos for your Cheeca Lodge wedding. I can make sure you have breathtaking images of your wedding day, and I’ll be by your side throughout the entire planning process.

Find out more about my wedding photography services, and inquire about your wedding day now!

The entrance of Cheeca Lodge and Spa


Cheeca Lodge at a Glance

  • Location: Islamorada, Florida Keys
  • Address: 81801 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 33036
  • Phone: (305) 517-4424
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  • Capacity: Depends on the space, but up to 1,500
  • Caterer: Exclusive in-house caterer
  • Events: Entire wedding weekend’s worth of events such as welcome party, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, and farewell brunch
  • Amenities Available: Guest rooms, spa, heated pools, golf course, and more!

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