1. World-Class Shopping
A day of shopping in Miami can take you from an upscale boutique to a budget-friendly outlet; shopping for your wedding in Miami has the same great variety.
The wedding dress is among the first purchases most brides make. When you're ready to find your gown -- or your bridesmaid dress, or even a dress for the rehearsal dinner -- a good place to start is the Miracle Mile. Among the 170+ designer boutiques and specialty stores lining the boulevard, Miracle Mile has nearly two dozen wedding specialty shops, including bridal boutiques, wedding cake bakeries, and invitation stores. And when wedding-shopping fatigue sets in, there are plenty of dining options in the area too.
For the eclectic bride, there's also Lincoln Road, with its mix of funky boutiques and alfresco cafes -- from the mid-'20s to the early '60s, the area was known as the “Fifth Avenue of the South." In addition, there are an array of malls throughout the area with restaurants, cafes, and open-air promenades, so you can shop and take in the Miami Beach scenery simultaneously.
2. Spas and Pampering (You've Earned It)
Whether you're looking for a treatment or two to unwind or an outing with your entire bridal party, Miami has plenty of spas worth checking out.
While there are plenty of stand-alone spas with hydrotherapy facilities, beachfront cabanas, steam rooms, and relaxation lounges, you can also find award-winning spas inside the luxury hotels that line the Miami Beach area. There's even something for the spa-goer who's seen it all, like holistic and fruit-based therapies.
3. Planning a Bachelor(ette) Party Doesn't Get Any Easier
What makes Miami an ideal spot for a bachelor or bachelorette party? Well, let's see, there are the water sports, the beaches, amazing restaurants and a lively nightlife. In short, whether the goal is to have an over-the-top blowout or a more laid-back get-together, there are a lot of options for each.
Miami is a super active city. If you're an adventurous crew, there's diving, surfing, or fishing, or you can rent a motorboat and explore uninhabited islands and aquatic wildlife in Biscayne Bay. Parasailing and kayaking are unique ways to see the city, and groups can arrange for a naturalist-led eco-adventure. And for golf fans, there are top-notch places to play a round, including the Blue Monster course, which has hosted PGA Tour events since 1962.
After the sun sets, step out into the South Beach area to experience its celebrity-driven nightlife. There's a spot for every tempo: jazz clubs, boutique nightclubs with outdoor seating, and some pretty hot dance clubs too.
When you're ready to call it a night, Miami has a number of new hotels for every budget. Whether it has sweeping views of the ocean or the bay, detailed landscaped gardens, yoga centers and even rooftop swimming pools, amenities abound at many of Miami's properties -- consider a suite to keep your bridal party all in one place.