Anyone in Cutler Bay who is planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, reception or other special event in the coming months now has another option to consider. Royal Palm Island in Cutler Bay has the look and feel of a Caribbean locale, but is a lot closer to home.
Away from the hustle and bustle, Royal Palm Island is located at 10350 SW 232 St. and is different from other locations, according to Daphne Spivey, special events coordinator.
“We opened up in November of last year,” Spivey said. “Royal Palm Island gives you the feel of a destination getaway, but it’s right here locally in South Florida.
“We’re surrounded by 20 acres of water. There’s a beach area if you want to have a ceremony there, and there’s another area where you can have the reception. If the bride or whoever wants to arrive by boat we can do that as well.”
Spivey said that it’s a nice alternative to Thalatta or the Deering Estate, both in Palmetto Bay, or someplace like Pinecrest Gardens.
“This is the first waterfront property for special events in the Cutler Bay area,” Spivey said.
The venue is available for weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, or any kind of party, and can accommodate up to 200 people, with or without a dance floor. It offers amenities that include a waterside ceremony site, waterfalls into a romantic pond, manicured gardens, a covered terrace, and a bridal suite. Though not truly an island it gives the impression of being one, with a spacious waterfront vista and a large grove of Royal Palm trees nearby. It is located just off Old Cutler Road and is reached by SW 104th Avenue.
Rental fees do not include tables, chairs, or caterers, which must be arranged for by the clients, but do cover the use of the facility for one entire day, since coordinators do not book more than one wedding or event per day.
Cutler Bay resident Olena Childs Brooks was one of the first to make use of the facility and shared her experience there.
“In December 2013, I rented it for my 10th wedding anniversary,” Brooks said. “Honestly, I don’t know where to start. The view was breathtaking and my guests were extremely impressed. It felt like we were in paradise. Daphne and Andres went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. I would highly recommend it to anyone.”
A Bridal Show is scheduled for Sunday, Apr. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring a fashion show, boat arrival for brides and door prizes. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Admission is free to brides and grooms who preregister.
Royal Palm Island is shown by appointment only. For information call 305-984- 0149 or 305-384-8933, send an email to daphnespivey@royalpalmislandofcutlerbay,com or visit the website at www.royalpalmislandofcutlerbay.com.