Central region offers array of wedding options

CYPRESS GARDENS -- Polk County offers elegant wedding and reception sites for every taste and budget, according to the Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau.

Agents with wedding groups, therefore, should consider the area. Some of the bureau's recommendations follow.

  • Chalet Suzanne Country Inn, Lake Wales. This is a popular choice for bridesmaids' luncheons, rehearsal dinners, weddings and honeymoons. A wedding consultant is available.
  • The 30-room inn offers a one-night honeymoon package (the room portion is commissionable) for $349 per couple, covering a celebration category room, breakfast and a $150 dining credit. Tax is additional.

  • Cypress Gardens. The ceremony can be held among more than 8,000 varieties of blooming plants.
  • There are many commissionable hotels near Cypress Gardens such as the 738-room Grenelefe Golf & Tennis Resort near Haines City. There, Eugina Glass, conference service manager, handles honeymoon amenities.

    Grenelefe offers three golf packages, which might be suitable for a honeymoon. The most elaborate is the one-night Mulligan's Platform, priced at $255 per couple, Jan. 1 to 20, and $205 per couple, Jan. 21 to April 16. Agents earn 10% pay on the room portion.

    Included are a fairway villa; unlimited golf (tee times can be reserved 90 days in advance); unlimited practice; golf bag storage; golf club and shoe cleaning; all meals; a welcome cocktail and gift; preferred seating in food and beverage outlets, and all related taxes and tips.

  • The Lakeland Terrace Hotel, which opened in 1924. Public rooms can handle groups of up to 110, and guest rooms retain the hotel's original style but offer modern conveniences.
  • Dan Pimpo, the concierge, can arrange for chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne or special room decor.

    The Central Florida VCB can provide a free copy of its Wedding Guide-Honeymoon-Vacation Planner.

    Chalet Suzanne Country Inn
    Phone: (800) 433-6011

    Grenelefe Golf Resort
    Phone: (800) 237-9549

    Terrace Hotel
    Phone: (863) 688-0800

    Central Florida VCB
    Phone: (800) 828-7655

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