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Proposals and Weddings

Proposals and Weddings

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Celebrate Special Life Moments at DRC!

Over the years, many marriage proposals and weddings have taken place at Dolphin Research Center.  We offer different options for these special moments.

Proposals

In-water proposals take place during a Private Dolphin Encounter. This includes an orientation with your own trainer, followed by the swim experience at a private dock with a dolphin. One of DRC's professional staff photographers will capture the event on beautiful, high-resolution digital images. The photos are included in the cost of your program.  If you wish, we can even arrange for the dolphin to deliver the ring, contained in a water proof container that floats, of course. Just let us know ahead of your visit!  The cost of a Private Encounter is $850.00. Up to three people can participate if you have a friend or family member observing your moment.   

There is no additional charge to propose marriage during this program. We require that in-water proposals take place in a private program so that the focus of the Encounter session can be completely on the couple. We also don't want to take anything away from the experience of other guests at the same dock.

If you prefer to propose out of the water, there are several beautiful, scenic locations around the facility such as by the waterfall, in the Veterans' Garden, or a few feet from the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the causeway.  

Before or after your proposal, you could participate in a public Dolphin Encounter for the cost of $199.00 per person. A photographer takes photos of you during your swim and the digital images are available for purchase for an additional fee after your Encounter is complete. 

Weddings

Imagine saying "I do" with a dolphin as your attendant!  You can get married in the water during a Private Dolphin Encounter. The program includes an orientation with your own trainer at a private dock with a dolphin. The bride and groom along with the person officiating then enter the water for the brief ceremony and enjoy the private swim experience.  A DRC staff photographer will be on hand to capture the ceremony and the swim on beautiful, high-resolution digital images. These are included in the cost of your Private Dolphin Encounter.  

We require that in-water wedding ceremonies take place during a Private Encounter so that we can focus on the couple. This also ensures that nothing is taken away from the experience of other guests doing a Dolphin Encounter at the same dock. The cost of a Private Dolphin Encounter is $850 for up to three people. Additional general admission prices apply for any wedding guests who join you at DRC to observe your wedding from land.

If you prefer, you can get married out of the water at one of our scenic locations such as the waterfall, in the Veterans' Garden, or at the end of the causeway overlooking the Gulf of Mexico near the end of our regular business day. If you choose this option, you can also participate in a public Dolphin Encounter earlier in the day for a cost of $199.00 per person. Digital photos from your Encounter can be purchased after the program.  As with the in-water option, general admission fees apply for your other guests.

Larger wedding parties, with the wedding ceremony taking place on DRC grounds after regular business hours, can be accommodated. Sample itineraries and pricing are available upon request. This option requires the most planning and must be scheduled at least three months in advance with a longer lead time preferred. Please remember that scheduling and activities must be flexible and vary depending on the time of year. For example, events in late fall or early winter must take place earlier due to the earlier sunset times.

How to Arrange Your Event

For more information, or to arrange your proposal or wedding, please contact Amy at 305-289-1121, ext. 241 or via email at drc@dolphins.org.  She will be happy to answer any questions and discuss your individual wishes.

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