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Advice For A Small South Florida Wedding Out in the Country

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Advice For A Small South Florida Wedding Out in the Country

Hi Everybody!

My fiancee and I are looking to have a simple wedding somewhere out in the boonies in early 2015, primarily for the peace and quiet. All we want is enough picnic tables for around 40-50 guests, and most importantly, a spot that can provide a large bonfire. It doesn't seem like a whole lot to ask for but it's proving to be very difficult to find the right place.

Please share any advice you might have! Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Advice For A Small South Florida Wedding Out in the Country

You're going to have to venture a *long* way from Miami to find "boonies" and "out in the country" -- and even when you find it, it's likely to be swamp, Everglades, or a vegetable farm -- bucolic scenes of haystacks and fat contented cows just don't exist in Florida, especially in the southern end of the state.

A bonfire in January is quite likely to be a very tall order, as January is the dry season, and there are lots of restrictions on fires, as wildfires are not uncommon.

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2. Re: Advice For A Small South Florida Wedding Out in the Country

You dont mention a budget, but Id start here: miamidade.gov/parks/…owaissa_bauer_camp.asp there are several other options out there...

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Are you trying to stay near Miami or are you looking elsewhere in Florida. Look at River Ranch Acres near Lakeland to see if they might have what you want, if they allow a bonfire they would probable want to create it for you. (as stated pending no fire restrictions at that time). Altho is is a Dude Ranch type place they have a camping area that may work. Forever Florida is another spot near Kissimmee that is isolated and boonies but may not allow the bon fires as it is a working ranch.

From what I could see on google, in some areas you actually have to have a permit to have a bonfire. Most fires in florida have to be contained in a fire pit. If you can forgo the bonfire you might look at Floridas State parks, some of them are more isolated and private then others.

Good luck and congrats on your upcoming wedding. Hope you can find what you are looking for.

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4. Re: Advice For A Small South Florida Wedding Out in the Country

Other than the bonfire, the Ocala National Forest, but that is a hell of a long way from Miami.

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5. Re: Advice For A Small South Florida Wedding Out in the Country

Quail Creek Plantation is a great spot close to Okeechobee. Maybe more structured than what you want. You also might check out Everglades City. The Rod and Gun Club is a cool old florida place. Also a campground type place outside of town across from a Park with sunset boat rides in the Everglades. Permit most likely required for a fire. Why not take a drive out there, spend the night and scout it out? QUITE diff from anything in Miami thats for sure. We found people there very friendly and you may get some great ideas just by asking around.

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