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St. Augustine Beach Weddings- Charm meets paradise

St. Augustine, Florida beach weddings
 
Looking for the perfect romantic location to host your wedding? Hundreds of couples are choosing St. Augustine, the Nation’s Oldest City, for their big day!

Bustling cobble stone roads with the occasional horse drawn carriage and Spanish Colonial inspired architecture, St. Augustine is boasting of old world charm. The streets tell a story from a time long ago. Large victorian homes, rustic doorways, overgrown arches of ivy and greenery; it is hard not to feel like you took a step back in time. The historical charm of this city is one of the many reasons couples are choosing St. Augustine for their destination wedding. 

Another appeal to this unique little city is in just a short scenic drive over a bridge- beautiful sandy beaches! Be assured that rest and relaxation comes with the sounds of the crashing waves and the warmth of the bright sun! St. Augustine Beach definitely offers more than just sand in the toes. It is a great place to surf, paddle board, climb a light house, or just enjoy good food. 

Indoors, outdoors, or maybe even both, St. Augustine offers many unique wedding venues. From historical buildings, exquisite gardens, and beautiful beaches there are a variety of locations to help every bride set the scene for the most important day of her life. 

Besides the variety of venues, St. Augustine is a great location for wedding guests. It is conveniently located within driving distance to Jacksonville, Daytona, and Orlando airports. It offers a variety of locations for guests to stay whether they prefer to be on the beach or stay right in the heart of historical down town. There are many hotels, as well as charming bed and breakfasts that are located walking distance to many attractions. 

Weddings guests have plenty of activities to choose from while visiting, like touring museums, riding trolleys, or just enjoying a casual stroll on the bay front.  St. Augustine also offers many unique, trendy restaurants for any “foodie”. There are many bars and restaurants with outdoor seating and live music for guests to enjoy the beautiful warm weather. 

If you are a bride who envisions your big day in a special place where romance meets fun, St. Augustine may be the place for you!  Read more about our St. Augustine Beach weddings here. 

If you are ready to start planning your wedding in St. Augustine, check out our beach wedding packages here or contact us for more information. 

What To Wear At A Beach Wedding

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Your friends are getting married on the beach and you’ve been invited. What do you wear to a beach wedding? You may be asking yourself this question, especially if you have never been to a beach wedding before.

Beach weddings have an aesthetic all their own. You will not be in a church, so formal attire is out. More casual, comfortable clothing would seem to be the norm. But how can one be casual without being cavalier? In answering the question: What do people wear to beach weddings, we explore clothing options that will fit with the beach theme.

    • Cool, comfortable, and loose fitting. Summertime is when most beach weddings will happen. Summer is usually hot. Therefore, wear a sundress as opposed to a heavier fabric. Chiffon dresses are elegant but can be worn in a semi-formal or a casual atmosphere.
    • Think colorfully. When people think of beach weddings, they think of the ocean, sun, and cool breezes. Tropical and exotic are good beach wedding themes. Pastels, such as pink and peach work well, and yellows and light greens will give your outfit an islander feel. Floral prints and the blues and greens of the ocean will fit tropical and exotic themed beach wedding.
    • Long and flowing. Maxi dresses are a good choice for beach weddings. From strapless to one shoulder, or off the shoulder completely, these long, flowing dresses will keep you cool and make you look and feel beautiful.
    • Jewelry. Islands are homes to treasure in literature and mythology, so why not don a gold bracelet or a colorful beaded anklet for the upcoming beach wedding? Jewelry can add a nice formalizing touch without formal pretensions.
    • Wrap yourself. Beach weddings, since they are near the ocean, bring abundant breezes. A wrap is a good choice to protect from the sun and wind, but it will keep you layered in a cool fashion. Along with a lotion with UV protection, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat will keep you from the agony of sunburn, if your friend’s wedding is midday.
    • Wear sandals. Sand and sandals go together like peanut butter and jelly. The open-toed look is appropriate and comfortable for a summertime oceanside wedding. You can wear glittery sandals if you want more than a strict beach look. The rays of the sun will make your footwear sparkle. You can wear low wedge sandals if you want to add height without the pretension of high heels.
    • Hair and makeup. Brides should schedule 2 hours minimum for hair on their wedding day. You do not have to go to these lengths, but you will want to spend time fixing your hair for the beach wedding ceremony.
    • Hair and makeup are not clothing, however, how could we forget your most important feature, your lovely face! Beach destination weddings have a feel of naturalness, so don’t wear too much makeup or wear your hair as you would in a high-church, formal wedding. You can wear your hair up or down, however, the main thing is to not apply too much hairspray or a stiff gel that will subtract from a soft, natural feel. You wear makeup that makes you feel pretty and presentable, however, a beach wedding with ocean breezes and bright sunshine will highlight a “less is more” aesthetic.

So, whether you are planning a beach wedding or simply attending one, you have some tips on dressing appropriately, comfortably, and with flair.

How To Plan For A Destination Wedding

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Planning Destination Weddings

Just because weddings are common does not mean that each one is not special. There is an average of nearly 2.5 million weddings annually in the United States. You are getting married and you want to plan something special.

You are planning a destination wedding, maybe you’re planning a beach wedding? How do you overcome the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, let alone one that is in an exotic location? We have some tips for those planning destination weddings.

Advance Planning

    • Location. First, select a special location that both you and your soon-to-be spouse will enjoy. Destination weddings are not exclusively held in Tahiti! There are beach weddings, country weddings, museum weddings, and a host of other options to choose from. You may want to get in a park near your childhood home. Wherever you choose, you’ll want a place that will have a special place on your big day and in your memory.
    • Weather. You want to make sure that your destination wedding will not be hampered by inclement weather. Research the area’s weather patterns, especially during the season and month that you’ll choose. This will affect how you plan other things, such as suggestions for how your guests should dress. If you’re getting married on the beach, this will also affect your guests’ dress options.
    • Travel costs. Destination weddings can be near or far, so estimate travel costs for you and your guests. You and your guests will need to be aware of airfare costs and the time to research and order their airfare tickets. If the destination is only a long drive for you or some of your guests, you’ll want to factor in drive time and gas prices.
    • Visit beforehand. Go to your destination before the big day so that you can reconnoiter the area and the potential venues for both the wedding and the reception. You’ll want to reserve the venue well in advance, at least a year, especially if you have chosen a popular destination wedding location. If you are having an outdoor wedding or a beach wedding ceremony, select a backup indoor location in the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

The Wedding Day Is Near

The wedding day is near. You’ve completed your advance planning. Now you’ll need to prepare for the final months and weeks before the ceremony.

    • Wedding invitations. Send out your wedding invitations well in advance. How far out will depend on how much time it will take for your guests to make arrangements for your wedding. Your guests will need to make flight and hotel arrangements and these take time. Some wedding planners say that you should mail your invitations 6 to 8 months in advance. You may also mail “save the date” notices even before the official invitation, so that your guests are given a heads up that the invitation is near. This will give them even more notice. The courtesy of a “save the date” and invitation is much appreciated by your guests.
    • Create a website. This is the age of the Internet, so if you’re tech savvy (or you can hire a professional), you can have a website with news of the wedding, engagement pictures, and a timeline for upcoming events up to the wedding day. You may also offer airfare and hotel accommodations, making it that much easier for your guests.

Of course, these are only a few of the items that you’ll need to arrange for your destination wedding. However, these tips will set you and your guests on the right track for planning for the big day. With your guests’ invitation needs taken care of, you can spend the rest of your time focusing on the needs of the bride, groom, and family.

Destination weddings are for the enjoyment of the happy couple and their guests. We hope that these tips will give you a head start in planning for your wedding. Congratulations!

Beach Wedding Bridesmaid Invitation

Some wedding plans are more fun than others, and well, this makes the very fun list! Newly engaged and preparing the perfect invitation for your bridal party? Look no further than these absolutely wonderful beach wedding inspired bridesmaid invitations for your soon to be beach wedding bridesmaid! Of course there’s the traditional call your friend or ask her while on a lunch date, but we just can’t resist some of these beachy fun invites. And it fits right in under the affordable beach wedding theme! 🙂 So read on, maybe even just get inspired, and create your own special invite for your Florida Beach Wedding bridal party. 

 

Beach Wedding Bridesmaids Invitations

 

Tropical Card

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Message in a bottle 

 

 

 

Flip Flops

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Puzzle

 

 

 

Mermaid Card

 

 

 

Bridal Cards 

 

Well, now that you’ve nailed down your bridal party, let’s get to planning your dream beach wedding together! Contact Florida Beach Weddings to start planning your perfect and affordable beach wedding. 

 

 

Beach Wedding Favors Under $5

There’s beauty in the details. And with these perfect beach wedding favors, your guests will really feel the beach love. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite favors to keep an affordable beach wedding real! All of these favors come with a price tag no more than $5 each. And some are as affordable as $2 each! 

Beach Wedding Favors 

 

Beach Wedding Cookies Ohhhh, ahhhh, yumm! That’s what guests will be saying after enjoying these fun beach wedding cookies. This etsy seller gets bonus points for prompt orders, amazing design, and delicious cookies! 

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Sunglasses: Functional, fun, and talk about a great opportunity for an awesome group pic! These sunglasses are the perfect accessory and gift for your beach wedding! 

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Sand Dollar Christmas Ornament: Remember the ocean breeze and sandy shore every Christmas while dawning the tree with these beautiful keepsake ornaments. A great wedding favor for guests, wedding party, and newlyweds! 

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Personalized Beach Wedding Coozie: Colas, Beers, and Waters can find their home in these fun keepsake coozies. Cheers to the new couple!

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Air Plant Sea Urchin: How cute right?! And added bonus, you don’t need a green thumb to keep these fun plants alive. Just a weekly water and a lil’ sunshine will do the trick. 

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Feeling inspired? You’re sure to gain “favor” with your guests with these beach wedding favors! 😉 And if you think these favors are affordable and fun, you should check out our beach wedding packages