Are Fort Myers Destination Weddings Affordable?

Now that the news is getting more positive every day, couples are looking forward to getting married at their favorite destinations. Is it your dream to say, “I do” on a beautiful sandy beach? Look no further than sunny Fort Myers in southwest Florida. But are you wondering, “I heard Gulf beach weddings can be complicated and expensive to plan. Are destination weddings affordable?” The answer is yes. So let’s break it down.

Fort Myers beach wedding hotel

Fort Myers Beach Wedding Q & A:

  • How much does the ceremony cost? Experience and efficiency keep our beach wedding packages affordable and fair. With over 13 years experience in the wedding industry our beach wedding company has perfected the one stop shop. Outside vendor costs are eliminated and everything you need is all in one place. Whether it’s an elopement, very small beach wedding or you’re bringing on the party bus, there’s a complete wedding package for you. All the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, a wedding officiant, photographer, your vows and music can be included. In almost all cases, you will not need a beach wedding permit fee for Fort Myers Gulf beach weddings. This saves you money by not having to pay for a permit fee. Florida Beach Weddings packages in Fort Myers start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500.Check out options and prices here.
  • What about travel expenses?  With Southwest Florida international airport located within an hour of the beach, flying to your destination wedding is easy. Check travel sites like travelocity.com or hotels.com and see which airlines offer the best deals. There are low cost airlines that may fly into local airports and can cut hundreds from you budget. You can also read pros and cons of traveling to Florida during the off season to save money.
  • How much does the hotel cost? This is another topic that can vary substantially with tourist seasons. The cheapest rates are typically between slower seasons, late April-May and mid September-November. If your Fort Myers beach wedding date is flexible, this is a big way to save money. You can also buy a block of rooms with your guests to save money. This can be a huge money saver for making destination weddings affordable. Check out The Best Western Plus Beach Resort Hotel which is less than 5 minutes from our most popular Fort Myers beach wedding location. 
  • What about our guests? Once you’ve done your research on flights and hotels, you can provide accommodation information for your family and friends. The best thing is to give guests plenty of advance notice of your destination wedding plans. This will give them ample time to budget for your wedding. And who doesn’t want to take a vacation to sunny Florida, right?

Fort Myers Beach Wedding couple with photography and setup

Bowditch State Park is our favorite Gulf beach wedding location in Fort Myers. With a beautiful, long wooden walkway, amazing sunsets, and beautiful beach scenery, you will feel that you have escaped to a tropical paradise for your seaside wedding ceremony. We recommend having your wedding around sunset to take advantage of the beautiful sky perfect for your wedding pictures. Bowditch State Park Beach weddings are great for all size weddings as they have a large parking lot to accommodate your guests. 

Fort Myers Beach Times Square cafe

Oh and we can’t forget that a destination beach wedding doubles as a honeymoon. No need to jet off. Once you officially become Mr. and Mrs., grab a drink, a beach chair, and enjoy the Fort Myers Beach view!  The Key West express is an easy way to set sail for a quick destination honeymoon in Key West. After you tie the knot on the beach, consider taking the Key West Express to Key West for a night or two all alone. It is the perfect little escape for the two of you! Contact one of our Beach Wedding Specialists for more information on a 2020 or 2021 wedding.

Beach Wedding Dress DOs and DON’Ts

Choosing the perfect beach wedding dress should be exciting and fun, so don’t allow the pressure of finding the perfect dress take away from enjoying this cherished wedding planning time. With over a decade working with wedding dress experts, we’ve compiled a checklist of DO’s and DON’Ts for finding your dream dress.summer florida beach wedding dress

DO’s and DON’Ts for finding the perfect Beach Wedding Dress

  • DO- Decide your style choice ahead of time. Avoid sticking with only the hottest trends and consider styles that flatter your figure and personal fashion sense. Also consider your beach wedding package decor and the style it brings to your wedding day.
  • DON’T- Get stuck in Pinterest mode. Keep in mind these (likely) photo-shopped models may or may not have your same body type, skin tone, bust, hair…. Find your inspiration, but be open to variations that suit you and your style. Check out our photo page for more inspiration!

  • DO- Consider the weather. Florida beach weddings are likely warm weathered events with a variety of weather on the east coast beaches and the west coast or Gulf beaches. So with the exception of December-February, choose a dress with a breathable fabric. Traditional long gowns are popular but it’s probably best to avoid long sleeves, which may leave you melting in the heat!
  • DON’T- Forget about your skivvies! It’s a good idea to have both a strapless bra and regular bra on hand. This will give you the best idea of what you’ll actually look like on your big day! No-show underwear are a good idea too so you’ll know exactly what’s going on underneath! *The same is true for any fittings.
  • DO- Bring your camera when dress shopping. Make sure to have a friend or sales associate take your picture outside in the gown before purchasing. Sometimes the natural sunlight can bring “new light” to your undergarments that would otherwise go unnoticed inside.

Beach bride style with natural flowers and an ivory lace dress from one of our Palm Coast, Florida beach weddings

The last “DO tip” before you say “I DO” is to enjoy your dress shopping experience. Whether it’s with your mom, sister, best friend, or peacefully by yourself, cherish this traditional bridal right of passage. Find the dress that makes you feel confident, beautiful, and aisle ready!

A bride poses for her Daytona Beach Weddings Photography.

Anastasia State Park Weddings are the ideal spot for photos by the dunes.

 

Royally Inspired Beach Wedding Style

Meghan Markle is everywhere in the news right now with her and husband Prince Harry’s decision to step back from their senior royal duties and lose their HRH titles. Titles or not, Meghan’s style is still timeless, royal, stunning. Just days after the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, headlines were blaring with every romantic detail of the day including her dress. Classic glamour, elegance, and romance came together for an absolutely stunning look as Meghan continues to make fashion news. So while an elaborate train, sophisticated veil, and earrings that may be more than your annual salary likely won’t be on your wedding shopping list, we’ve found some affordable and royally inspired beach wedding dress ideas!

Wedding Dress Ideas Inspired by Meghan Markle

Romance, simplicity, class. We’ve chosen some style inspirations to achieve a similar royal look for your beach wedding: some are BoHo, others are structured. While Givenchy is a far cry from an “affordable” wedding dress, we’ve found some royally inspired alternatives. Meghan Markle continues to lead the way in romantic fashion wearing beautiful A-line and wrap dresses. Click below for links to shop the style for your romantic beach wedding.

Nordstrom– Blythe Scallop Eyelet Dress $198

Nordstrom- Blythe Scallop Eyelet Dress

 

The Outnet– “Alexis” Dress $175

The Outnet- "Alexis" Dress

 

Revolve– “Intrigue Gown” $207

Revolve- "Intrigue Gown"

The Knot- “THEIA” gown $1500

The Knot "THEIA" gown

David’s Bridal– Sweet Serenity Plus Size Wedding Gown $248

David's Bridal- Sweet Serenity Plus Size Wedding Gown

Do these gowns have you dreaming of your fairy tale beach wedding? Click HERE to find out more about our Florida weddings and reserve your date.

Ponce Inlet Beach

Our last post focused on things to do in Daytona Beach. Today we’re looking at a hidden gem of a town, Ponce Inlet. Situated just a few miles south of “Daytona Beach,” Ponce Inlet, is a much quieter, more preserved version of it’s bustling neighboring “world famous” beach. That being said there are still days worth of exploring and fun within this quaint beach town. So grab your sneakers, bathing suit, and appetite and let’s explore Ponce Inlet Beach!

Top 5 Things to do in Ponce Inlet

So one of the coolest things about this list is you could do them all, without any transportation besides your own two feet! Now if you’re planning a peak summer Ponce Inlet wedding, you will likely still want to drive and soak up some A/C in between stops. Let’s explore Ponce Inlet!

1. Ponce Inlet Jetty

There a few places quite like Ponce Inlet Jetty. You can actually walk along a paved sidewalk atop the jetty for about 100 yards. Views like no other. It’s like you’re walking on water. The jetty itself is free. Parking at the Lighthouse Park runs $10. Public bathrooms, picnic tables, wooden walkway through the dunes, all make for a perfect beach adventure! And.. you can even get married at this park with the lighthouse in the background!

ponce inlet

 

 

2. Ponce Preserve

You don’t need extreme survival skills to hike this trail. However, the views and peacefulness at Ponce Preserve are well worth any trek. You can walk through a shaded path to a lookout tower with a beautiful ocean view. Continue a little further to a beach access point. Walk in the opposite direction and you can journey down the boardwalk to the Intracoastal River. It’s the perfect spot to reconnect with your significant other and enjoy the beauty of nature.

ponce inlet

 

3. Marine Science Center

A fun spot for animal lovers, kids and all grown ups alike! 😉 The Marine Science Center is an awesome place to visit for an hour or two. You can pet sting rays (don’t worry, they’re harmless), observe gorgeous tropical fish tanks, learn about the turtle rehabilitation and see sea turtles, visit the aviary, and more! And there’s a fun gift shop with perfect souvenirs to remember your Florida Beach Wedding by!

ponce inlet

 

4. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Tie your sneakers and get ready for some spectacular views! Climb 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tall lighthouse. The views of the ocean, beach, and surrounding cities is breathtaking!

ponce inlet

5. Off the Hook

Looking for a place to get some delicious fresh seafood (or a burger for you non-seafood lovers out there)?  Off the Hook offers delicious food and an atmosphere that matches the Florida vibe. Picture you- sitting on the water, sunset watchin’, cold drink in hand, and maybe even a dolphin show in the river if you’re lucky! Sounds like a date!

off the hook

Ok, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that getting married on Ponce Inlet Beach is pretty darn awesome too! 🙂 Click HERE to book your beach wedding today!

ponce inlet

Daytona Beach Entertainment – Beach Fun Edition

Daytona Beach Entertainment:

Top 5 Things to do ON the beach in Daytona Beach

daytona beach entertainment

It’s “world famous.” But why? People have been attracted to Daytona Beach for decades. But just what is it that keeps people coming back for more? This “top 5” list will guide you to some of the top rated forms of beach entertainment.

 

1. The Beach

Ok, it’s in the name of the city. And our beach wedding background may be slightly biased. But we aren’t alone in our thinking that Daytona Beach’s beach is pretty awesome! So whether you are ready to dive in and swim in the beautiful ocean or simply stroll along the shoreline, the salty air is calling your name! Something magical happens when you visit the ocean, so get ready!

daytona beach entertainment

 

2. Sunrise

While you can experience some form of the sunrise from just about anywhere on earth, there is something about a Daytona Beach sunrise that will still your soul and wow your senses. I’ll let the pictures do the talking on this point.

daytona beach entertainment

3. Beach Cruising

Beach cruisers, the bicycles are one totally enjoyable way to experience Daytona Beach. But the cruising isn’t just for the bicycles. Daytona Beach is amongst the few beaches that allows cars to drive on the sand. So roll down the windows, que the Bob Marley, and take it all in! Beach carts, electric bikes, or scooters are all fun ways to get around on Daytona Beach.

4. Surf’s Up

The east coast of Florida is known for it’s slightly bigger, more powerful waves in comparison to the west coast. So what does this mean for travelers? Surf’s up, dudes! Get your adrenaline flowing with a unique Daytona Beach surf lesson or grab a body board and hit the waves. And if the water is calm, stand up paddle boarding will have to feeling on top of the ocean world!

 

5. The Open Seas

If you want to see the sandy shoreline and ocean waves from another perspective, a fishing charter is a fun way to take to sea. If you’re lucky, you may even bring back fish dinner. Doesn’t get an fresher than that!

 

Oh, and did we forget to mention that you can GET MARRIED on the beach?!

Click here to book your Daytona Beach wedding!