Anastasia State Park Beach Weddings- Your ideal location

Anastasia State Park beach weddings in Florida

Tucked away, off a main road, is the beautiful 1600 acre, Anastasia State Park. Situated on a peninsula on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, 4 miles of pristine beach awaits. Not only do beach goers have this beautiful beach to enjoy, but there a variety of activities that are sure to cater to any bride and groom, wedding guests and party of any size.

The beautiful, expansive beach at Anastasia State Park is the perfect location to sit back, enjoy the warmth of the sun and the sound of the crashing waves. If you stay for your honeymoon, feel free to take a swim in the refreshing, cool Atlantic water or a casual stroll down the beachfront to collect sea shells or maybe even a shark tooth. You never know what little treasures may wash up.

Wildflower Rustic Wedding arch on St. Augustine Beach

Anastasia State Park is also a great location to host special events or gatherings, like beach wedding receptions! They have picnic pavilions, playgrounds, restrooms, and best of all parking. With the peach and silver sand, this location creates the perfect back drop for your special day. Nature trails, coquina rocks and natural dunes make this a favorite spot with our brides.

Speaking of rocks: Located at the park entrance, visitors can find the protected historical site of the Spanish Coquina Quarries. This archeological site dates back to the 1700’s and was the primary source of coquina. This coquina was used to build the Castillo de San Marcos as well as many other buildings throughout St. Augustine.

As far as history goes, the city of St. Augustine is close by with many attractions to explore. But why not make some history yourself by choosing this location for your destination wedding in Florida? Our Beach Wedding Specialist will help you choose the most beautiful wedding package within your budget. In business since 2007, our Florida wedding planners guide you through the steps to create your special day using your wedding ideas and our customized decorations. We setup everything on the beach and meet you and your beloved to tie the knot. Adding our professional photography ensures your wedding ceremony memories area captured forever. Contact us today to book your date!

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Affordable Destination Wedding Planning Tips

So you have your heart set on a destination wedding in Florida, but not sure if it’s affordable? Well, we can say with certainty that it is cheaper than a traditional wedding at home. However, doing the research yourself will convince you so we’ve provided a great resource to help you plan. Also, a little creativity will go a long way in making your beach wedding dreams come true all within your wedding budget. Check out the guide below for everything you need to know about planning an affordable destination wedding.

Bride and Groom kiss by dunes in St. Augustine Beach, FL

Bride Guide: Planning an Affordable Destination Wedding

Know Your Budget:

Before we dive into HOW to save money, let’s decide exactly how much money we’re starting with here. This number doesn’t have to be down to the penny, but we need a starting place for the wedding fund. It’s your big day, but you don’t need a big debt to start your new life with when it’s all said and done. Choosing a wedding ceremony package is the way to go to save money…almost everything you need is included. Our Florida wedding packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500, depending on the beach location. Gulf beaches like Clearwater, St. Pete, Siesta Key and Destin Beach are typically more expensive, and Miami weddings, but that doesn’t mean you should rule them out if that’s your dream. Our Beach Wedding Specialists can help you discover which location will work for you.

Cocoa Beach Wedding Ceremony near Orland

Prioritize: 

Make a list of non-negotiable items and see where everything stands. Is a Clearwater Beach Wedding the only one for you? Or can you go for a more budget-friendly Atlantic ocean ceremony such as a Cocoa Beach wedding, St. Augustine or the Daytona Beach area? Can you cut back on your wedding dress budget to make room for an upgraded hotel suite? Do fresh flowers make your wedded heart swoon? Or can you go for a faux bouquet of flowers to allow for professional hair and make up? So its a good idea to write it all down. Some ideas are:

  1. Wedding party size (permits may be more expensive for a larger number of guests)
  2. Elope in Florida or a full wedding
  3. Hair and Make Up
  4. Wedding Package Design Choice
  5. Additional/Professional Photography
  6. Flowers
  7. Wedding Dress – try renting to save money on the dress you love: click here for resource
  8. Groom Tux/Suit – rent or buy easily from home: click here for resource
  9. Hotel/Accommodations – check out our locations pages for some popular suggestions
  10. Travel-Flight/Car
  11. Honeymoon
  12. Wedding Favors – check our blog resource here
  13. Bridal Party Gifts
  14. Invitations/Evites
  15. After party/Reception

For more help, you can also check out The Knot’s FREE wedding budget calculator.

Complete Wedding Packages:

Bohemian bride and groom by the sea

As mentioned above, your best bet to save money and stress is going with an all inclusive wedding package. This is especially true for destination wedding where you have to deal with vendors in an unfamiliar location. With Florida Beach Weddings, almost everything you need for your wedding day is included in the affordable, upfront price! You can choose your theme, colors and decorations, which makes all your wedding ideas come to life. With our Florida wedding planners, even your beach wedding officiant is included. The only option we recommend adding is our professional outdoor wedding photographer so that all your memories can be captured forever. And, just as important, is that having it all in a package means less stress: just show up and tie the knot!

Money Saving Ideas:

With a little creativity, you can save money left and right! Here are some ideas for trimming the fat from your sand, sun and sea beach wedding budget:

  • Wedding Dress- Second hand (try a local Facebook resale group or high end consignment shop)
  • Hair and Make Up- If hiring a pro is out, there are no shortage of Youtube hair/make up tutorials. Just practice, practice, practice.
  • Travel- Subscribe to a travel search engine and check back frequently for cheap air fare. These prices can fluctuate day to day so look for a price drop and pick up your tickets!
  • Evites over mailed invitations can end up saving you hundreds. Between the actual stationary and the cost to mail them, go paperless and save more.
  • Flowers- Have a creative and RELIABLE friend attending the wedding? Could he/she put together a some simple bouquets and boutonnieres? You may have to settle with whatever flowers are in stock that day/week at the local grocery store in Florida, but if that’s not a priority to you, then that’s an easy, fresh option\\

Wedding flowers on Clearwater Beach

Now you realize your dreams can come true without going into wedded-debt! Let Florida Beach Weddings help you plan your complete, affordable destination wedding today. Click here!

5 Clearwater Beach Wedding Expenses to Ditch

Weddings on the beach in Clearwater are a dream come true. However, any wedding budget can quickly get out of hand. Pinterest ideas, the Knot, Wedding Wire photos…even Martha Stewart can quickly overwhelm you. Don’t let it happen to you! Your wedding budget is an important part of your planning process. At the end of your wedding day these words should come to mind: relaxing, special, and affordable. Even if it is a Clearwater beach elopement package, you will need to stick to your budget which is easy with our beach wedding prices. However, there are extras you may be able to trim to save even more. See which Florida destination wedding expenses are worth keeping and what needs ditching when it comes to your perfect beach ceremony.

beach wedding expenses

So of course, you’ve already chosen the perfect beach location: the Clearwater, Tampa area on the Gulf coast. This could include an Indian Rocks beach wedding, St. Pete beach wedding, Treasure Island, Sand Key, Sunset beach and more. Our beach wedding company has you covered with everything you need for a wonderful ceremony, including our cheap Florida Beach Weddings packages. The rest, eh, it’s just details. You’ll need to get an official Florida marriage license and something to wear, but we’ll handle the rest. 🙂 So these next points are ways to trim your budget and eliminate unwanted expenses.

Tropical wedding arch and couple on St. Pete Beach

1. Wedding Invitations

Now we’re not suggesting a beach elopement (which you could do), but couples often end up spending hundreds of dollars on fancy invites and postage stamps. These intricate, pricey invitations are usually read, RSVP returned, entered as a phone calendar event, and end up ultimately in the trash. Why not save time, money, and stress with an evite. Or if you’re dead set on using a paper invite, photo cards are an affordable alternative to elaborate cardstock invites.

Clearwater sunset wedding couple on beach

2. Wedding Bouquet Flowers

Again, we aren’t saying toss the bouquet idea out the window, but get creative. Hiring a florist is not mandatory. And depending on your level of creativity and vision, you can find tons of bouquet ideas. Buying flowers at a grocery or market can save you hundreds (and in some cases thousands) on your floral budget and we offer suggestions when you arrive at your Clearwater beach location. If real flowers really don’t matter to you, you can also find a host of faux flower bouquet ideas. Just keep in mind tossing fake petals is not allowed on most beaches.

Wedding flowers on Clearwater Beach

3. Cheap Wedding Favors

Things that are cheap or break may not make the best wedding favors. However, personalized sunglasses for your wedding day? Fun, practical, and perfect for a beach wedding photo op! Think of your beach theme or the colors you’ve chosen for your Clearwater Beach wedding package and go with that for your favors. Your guests will look back fondly on your special day with a fun keepsake, even if it’s a small beach wedding.

Tropical Wedding Arch on the beach with flowers and white chairs St. Pete

4. Expensive Bridal Accessories

It’s a big day. Wear what is special to you. Family heirlooms or gifts from your groom or family and friends are perfect ideas to add to your wedding day  look. However, don’t go spending hundreds of dollars on a piece that you will likely never wear again if you are on a strict budget. And, spoiler alert, no one will know if you buy a good knock off (pearls, diamonds, etc.). If you just must have that statement bridal piece to go with your wedding dress, did you know you can rent accessories from rent the runway? And as for the veil, consider not wearing one. There is often a light breeze on Clearwater beach which will have you constantly fixing your veil.

5. Wedding Dress: Beg, Borrow, or Buy 

Begging for something special to wear with your wedding dress? Borrowing a family heirloom set of earrings, a friend’s gorgeous headpiece, or your cousin’s perfect wedding shoes will make it that much more special…and it is tradition! You can even rent a bridal gown! There are lots of creative ways to take otherwise expensive things and get thrifty with it! Etsy, Goodwill, Facebook marketplace, or your grandma’s closet are all easy spots that just may be holding your perfect wedding day find! For the groom, The Black Tux offers cheap tuxedo rentals and purchase delivered directly to your home with free shipping.

Clearwater Beach wedding dress on bride by water

Ready to ditch the stress and have a relaxing and affordable beach wedding? Weddings in Clearwater are perfect for the budget friendly bride. Click HERE to book your Florida Beach Wedding today!

Find Your Wedding Destiny on Lido Beach

You’ve found your beloved partner and you’re engaged to be married. Congratulations! You both also want to get married at a destination wedding ceremony, but not with a big crowd or a lot of fuss. There are a number of beaches to choose from but one stands out for beauty and tranquility: Lido Beach near Sarasota, Florida. This beach offers warm Gulf breezes and year-round sunshine with lots of nature to enjoy. Shells, seabirds, snorkeling, dolphins, and fishing are a few things that make this location perfect for a beach wedding and a honeymoon.

A bride holds her groom after our Siesta Key Beach Weddings.

Lido Beach Activities

Lido Key Beach is located near Siesta Key, with a calm, relaxing beachfront known as the “Emerald Coast”. Lido Beach sand is a little harder than Siesta Key which makes it much easier for walking…so take a romantic stroll. The beach is also not as crowded or wide as Siesta Key which makes it easier for wedding guests to find your ceremony location. The seclusion of this Gulf beach is what makes it one of the best places for a beach wedding or to elope in Florida.

Lido Beach Sarasota shore

Beach Wedding Ideas

Our Natural Distinctive Design complete wedding package is so beautiful when set up on a white sand Gulf beach. Simple and with vintage floral touches, it lets the couple’s love shine through. As one of our highly designed packages, it includes up to 32 deluxe white resin chairs, a Sand Ceremony, including: Sand ceremony table, a keepsake sand vase, and sand color of your choice, an optional Seashell Blessing, large decorated “chalkboard” sign with the newlyweds names and chilled water for your guests. More chairs are available if needed for your guests. Adding our professional photographer is an option not to be forgotten to catch the incredible sunset on Lido Beach.

Natural Design Wedding package setup on Sarasota Beach

The Destiny Package is waiting for you! Just like it was fate for you to meet your future husband/wife, it may be fate for you to choose this fully customizable beach wedding package for your special day. With over 20 different color choices for the bamboo canopy draping, multiple choices for your canopy topper, a variety of aisle-way choices and many ceremony music choices, you can make the wedding of your dreams a reality! Our Destiny wedding package is meant to make each and every couple’s style stand out: like the Shades of the Ocean theme pictured below. The decorations, officiant, sand ceremony and chairs make it an all inclusive, inexpensive beach wedding package – just add our professional beach wedding photographer to capture your forever memories. Make it YOUR Destiny!

Destiny bamboo wedding altar on Daytona Beach

Sunset Beach Weddings

Serene, stunning sunsets are the hallmark of a Gulf beach wedding and we schedule your wedding ceremony to perfectly align with the Lido Beach sunset. We also make sure the ocean tides are out so that there is plenty of room for you and your guests. With over 13 years of experience, our Beach Wedding Specialists know all there is to know about having a sunset wedding, and we take care of all the details for you.

Sunset on Lido Beach, Sarasota

Lido Beach Hotels

Lido Beach Resort is a great choice for your wedding party and for a honeymoon vacation. This Sarasota luxury resort offers 222 spacious guest rooms and condo-style suites, each designed to offer an island-inspired retreat, with flat screen televisions and wireless Internet access. Most accommodations also feature kitchenettes or full kitchens, as well as private balconies with breathtaking views. There is also a Holiday Inn for the budget-friendly bride, located across a not too busy street from the beautiful and quiet Lido Beach. Great restaurants and shops on St. Armand’s Circle are just a few blocks away.

Lido Beach Resort pool at sunset

So, is a Lido Beach wedding day right for you? We hope so and we can’t wait to help you plan your ceremony and meet you on the beach in paradise. Contact us today to find out more about a Florida wedding package for you.

Lido Beach Weddings in Siesta Key Beach, Florida during the sunset.

What’s Your Beach Wedding Style?

There are so many quizzes out there that you can take to determine your wedding style: are you modern, rustic, classic, natural? However, there is still one category missing: beach weddings. Certainly, our Florida Beach Weddings company can accommodate all the styles listed above (and more) but choosing the beachfront venue is often the hardest part of the destination wedding planning process. Why? Simply because there are so many beach locations to choose from in Florida and they all have different features and vibes!

Bridal party and family wave in a photo session by the Gulf of Mexico in St. Pete

Family wedding party celebrates on St. Pete Beach, Florida

Tropical Vibe for Lively Beach Couple

Clearwater Beach has soft, beautiful sand and vibrant water. Many visitors report this area, as well as St. Pete Beach, features a “younger vibe” and offers recreation at your fingertips. Boat rides are available from the marina, jet ski rentals, speedboats, dolphin sighting cruises, and sunset party cruises. There is no shortage of things to do in at a Gulf of Mexico wedding in Clearwater! The couple below customized our Destiny wedding package to their color theme and you can too.

Couple kisses under Clearwater Beach wedding altar

Destiny Wedding package on Clearwater Beach

Sugary Sand for Laid Back Couples

Lido Key Beach and Siesta Key Beach, offers a calm, relaxing vibe that just makes you want to kick off your shoes and park your chair in the sand. These beaches are some of the best locations for a wedding ceremony in Florida. Families and friends will say “yes” to attending your destination beach wedding on this sunny, Sarasota beach. Any of our beach wedding packages look beautiful on these gulf beaches.

A bride and groom pose behind a frame of their child during our Siesta Key Beach Weddings.

Family wedding in Siesta Key

Silvery Sand for Active Couples

The Daytona Beach area on the Atlantic Ocean extend several miles along the coast and offers the perfect beach environment for biking, walking and jogging. The beaches are wide with firmly packed sand that is perfect for any activity, as well as being pretty with sunny skies. This is your best budget bet for a cheap beach wedding in Florida.

Two adults bike on the beach near Daytona Beach pier

Riding bikes on the beach near Daytona Beach Pier

When the tide is out, there are little lagoon areas which children can play in or couples in love can lounge in. In many areas down the coast, such as Wilbur-By-The-Sea, you can find  silver, white sand dunes that provide a stunning backdrop for beach wedding photographs. This is a great beach for families: there is always something going on that is great for kids. Romantic couples can dine, shop and swim together after their beach wedding and have an enjoyable honeymoon.

Flower Girls by dunes at Florida beach wedding

Flower girls by dunes at Florida beach wedding

Big Waves and Cruising (when it returns)

Cocoa Beach is the closest beach to Orlando and it is famous for surfing and the Kennedy Space Center. Again, a wonderful choice for families to enjoy tons of activities near the ocean. The sand is darker but the blue ocean, greenery and quaint bridges add charm to this location for our brides. We marry couples in a beautiful park that results in unforgettable wedding pictures. Once cruising returns this is the beach you want to get married on before you set sail.

Barefoot Cocoa Beach Wedding

Barefoot wedding couple in Cocoa Beach

Cinnamon Sand for Romantics

Nothing says romance more than the historic city of St. Augustine, FL. Perfect for a beach vow renewal, elopement or larger wedding party, this beach wedding venue is one of our most popular! Our couples love the special beach environment here with sea grasses, peachy sand mixed with brown and white, as well as the coquina rocks for special wedding photos.

Couple kisses on rocks after vows on St. Augustine Beach

Couple kisses on rocks after vows on St. Augustine Beach

Bride and Groom kiss by dunes in St. Augustine Beach, FL

Bride and Groom kiss by dunes in St. Augustine Beach, FL

Dark, Rich Sand with Emerald Water

Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, and Jensen Beach offer stunning blue green ocean vistas for your special day. The sand is thick and soft and darker but it makes the water pop in the photos of your special day. Pictured below is our Tropical Geometric wedding package that works perfectly with these ocean venues.

Couple says vows with tropical geometric wedding arch on Jensen Beach

Couple says vows with tropical geometric arch on Jensen Beach

Fluffy White Sand with Dreamy Waves

Destination weddings are truly special when combined with the stunning backdrop of a Destin, Florida beach. This tropical paradise is a highly sought after location for many couples. Brides love the dreamy and romantic feel that comes with white sand and emerald waves. Not to mention the sunsets.

Destin Beach wedding couple poses by the emerald Gulf of Mexico

Destin Beach wedding couple poses by the emerald Gulf of Mexico

Have you recognized your beach style in these photographs yet? If not we have many more blog articles that can give you ideas for activities, hotels, restaurants, reception venues and more. You can also look at photos of our real weddings, brides and grooms as well as same sex marriage couples. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your Florida Beach Wedding.