At one point in life, everyone has been affected by the Keys Disease. Whether you know it or not, whether you have been to the Keys or not, you have been affected or came down seriously ill. Today, I am going to discuss how to beat the Keys Disease when planning a Florida Keys Wedding from out of town, State, or Country. 

 Who's Infected with the Keys Disease


Now this is a tough one. Anyone at any given moment could be infected with the Keys Disease. There are two important things that I would like to get across while writing this. 1.) Try to use our Vendors. And I'm totally biased when I say that because our vendors rock. We may not have alot of vendors, in fact, we don't want alot of vendors. We want vendors who respond quickly, who take their job seriously. We monitor our vendors and make sure they are the best of the best. That's why we love them. And 2.) If you are running across long response times and feeling that this is getting stressful, take a deep breath. Sometimes it happens and sometimes the best vendors are usually the busiest with alot of bookings. Consider the time of year that you are inquiring and know that we have high season times. Know that there are alot of popular Weekday Weddings as well as Weekend ones, Alot of local vendors are not on a set schedule or a Monday - Friday job. They maybe off on Mondays and Tuesdays and you sent an email on Saturday night after they worked two weddings back to back. and yes, sometimes this is the lifestyle we love and why we live down here. We work hard and play hard. We love to go to the beach and go fishing and go the sandbar in Islamorada. I think response times from most of our vendors are usually within a couple hours but don't freak out if its two days sometimes. It happens. 


 Florida Keys Weddings 101

 How to Work with it & When to look elsewhere. 


Most of the time it's really not a problem. If you are new to planning your wedding and came across this page then great. You are already ahead in the game. Contact Us as we can help you out or browse through our vendors and venues to get an idea of what you may be interested in and see some of the best. If you are already knee deep in your wedding planning and just started reading this and placed down some deposits and finding out vendors are not responding back to you (like a week +), just remember to relax. Start looking at alternatives and finding out about receiving your deposit back. You should never have to wait more than a week to receive a reply unless otherwise noted from your vendor that they will be out of town or the office for that week or two. Which leads me to my next subject. 

What is the Keys Disease? 

I could go into a very, very, sarcastic blog here but as I have a concerned couple having trouble with some (Non Affiliated) vendors, I figured I could enlighten some new people who may have never heard the term. The Keys Disease relates to slackness. It is known all over the Florida Keys in any occupation. Its where we are on the water, have the sand in our toes, a cold drink in our hand, and enough money at the current moment to not really care about going to work the next day. Sounds horrible huh? Well, if you're the one with the "illness" then its great. Not a care in the world, however, if you're the one relying on getting things done then this can be a major pain in the butt as response times and replies can be heavily delayed. 

    Understanding the Disease

You are the Employer

I know that dealing with the Keys disease can be frustrating and it frustrates us at times as well when trying to contact a venue or unknown vendor via email. I can only imagine how you would feel living hundreds if not thousands of miles away not really knowing what is going on. 


Be honest when talking or emailing with your vendors. Let them know that you are on the antsy or anxious side (and yes its ok to be those things) when  planning a wedding from so far from home. See if they can mark your emails as priority or let them know its ok to reply in a couple days but if you could just send me an "I'm working on it" email so I know you got it. If you haven't yet. Get a Wedding Planner to deal with directly! 


You are the boss and seeing your dream day turn into a reality is why these vendors are here. It's why we are here. We love it. 

Keys Disease

Dealing with the Keys Disease

Written by Jeffrey Hocker
8/16/2016

Photos by Greg Poland

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In Closing

In Closing, I'm going to take the boat out and go fishing! Take Care! 


Sincerely, 

Jeffrey Hocker

Florida Keys Wedding Center