St. Augustine Beach Wedding: Charm Meets Paradise

St. Augustine Florida beach wedding couple

St. Augustine Florida Beach Weddings couple

 

The perfect romantic location to host your wedding

Hundreds of couples are choosing St. Augustine, the Nation’s Oldest City, for their big day! Our staff rates this as a “best place to get married in Florida” and popular beach locations include Anastasia State Park and Vilano Beach
Couple saying wedding vows on Vilano Beach at sunset

Florida Beach Weddings couple at Vilano Beach

Bustling cobble stone roads with the occasional horse drawn carriage and Spanish Colonial inspired architecture, St. Augustine boasts plenty 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 appealing feature of this unique city is that just a short scenic drive over the bridge is the beautiful sandy beach! Rest and relaxation comes with the sounds of the crashing waves and the warmth of the bright sun! St. Augustine Beaches definitely offer more than just beautiful ocean and sand: 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. However for vows and views, nothing beats a wedding on the beach!

Florida Beach Weddings at Embassy Suites St. Augustine

Florida Beach Weddings in St. Augustine at oceanfront hotel

Besides the variety of wedding and reception 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 beachfront 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 couple 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. 

Destination Wedding Invitations

 “I’m having a destination wedding, so what do I include on my wedding invitation?”

Great question! A destination wedding follows traditional wedding invitation etiquette in a lot of ways. However, there are some key points that should not be overlooked when mailing/e-mailing out your destination wedding invitations!

Beach Wedding invitations

Beach wedding invitations

 

Before addressing the actual beach wedding invitations, let’s begin with “Save the Date.” Due to additional travel plans and/or vacation time from work, it’s important to give your guests plenty of time to plan for attendance at your Florida wedding. “Save the Date” cards should be sent out approximately 6-8 months prior to your wedding date. No major details needed. Just date and location. Something like this will do the job:

Save the Date beach wedding card

Save the Date Beach Wedding Card

Now on to the wedding invitations! Here’s a list of what to include for your beach wedding guests

  • Date and Time of the beach wedding ceremony
  • Address of the wedding ceremony with map or GPS map coordinates. *Make sure to include a clear indication of “beach wedding” so guests can plan attire accordingly. 
  • Reception information or “Reception to follow.” If no reception, there is not need to make any additional note. 
  • Include an accommodations card OR double side your invitation with accommodation information on the back. The accommodations card should include guest hotel options/information and any group discounts available. 
  • Wedding Website URL: A wedding website is a great way to inform guests of your engagement story, photos, ceremony/reception details, and any other important details worth sharing. Check out theknot.com for an easy to use and free wedding website creator!
  • RSVP card with envelope or digital address to respond to. 

Invitation Ideas

You can go digital and choose evite.com to save time and money. Otherwise, websites like minted.com or etsy.com have some fun, beach-inspired destination wedding invitations waiting for you!

Palm tree beach wedding invitation

Palm tree beach wedding invitation

Ready to invite your guests to a Destination Wedding? We provide weddings on both coasts of Florida including the Gulf beaches and Atlantic coast. Browse our beach wedding locations or click HERE to book your beach wedding!

Florida Beach Wedding Package with white floral designs.

Florida Beach Weddings package with white floral designs.

Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

The vows are kind of a big deal when it comes to your wedding. Declarations of love, eternal promise: these aren’t things that just come and go with the ocean tide. So let writing your personal vows be just that, personal. Don’t allow the pressure of writing them overwhelm you. Here are some tips for writing your own wedding vows for your beach wedding. Florida Beach Weddings also has a vows template you can use for your wedding vows or to modify.

How to Write Your Own Beach Wedding Vows

Spouse Talk:

Before you begin writing your vows, talk with your spouse about some keys points like:

  • Length of vows (these should be no more than 1-2 minutes)
  • Do you want serious, funny, quirky etc.
  • Are you writing them together or separately (as a surprise)
  • Will you share them ahead of time or wait until wedding ceremony

Pre-Write:

Brainstorm a bit: it is important to get your thoughts organized before writing full on vows.  Here are some things to consider:

  • When/how did you meet?
  • When did you know you were in love with your spouse?
  • What are some strengths in your relationships?
  • What are relationship weaknesses that may lend themselves to specific promises?
  • What challenges have you already supported each other through?
  • What do you love/respect/get inspired by most about your future spouse?
  • Use our beach wedding vows template to get started.

Red Flag:

These are some things to avoid when writing your own wedding vows:

  • embarrassing moments
  • cliches (this keep your vows authentic and personal)
  • inside jokes

Writing Out The Vows:

Once you’ve established some solid ideas, get your pen (or keyboard) in motion. Write out your thoughts and promises. After a day or so, revisit them and make sure everything sounds good still. A good general template to organize your writing:

  1. Love: Write about what you love about this person, how they’ve changed your life, etc.
  2. Promise: I promise to _______and ______and _______ (fill in the blank).
  3.  Future: Relationship goals, aspirations, your future together.

Practice:

Don’t get too caught up in trying to memorize your vows. Read them over a few times to make sure everything is flowing and okay. Keep your written/typed copy and have it on hand during the wedding ceremony. 

Safe Keeping:

Finally, put your vows in a special place (like with your wedding rings or Florida marriage license). The day of your wedding, you can ask your beach wedding officiant to keep hold of them just prior to the ceremony and he/she can hand them off at vow time. Or ask someone in the bridal party to be responsible for them. After you return home together from your destination wedding, you can frame your vows to last forever.

Ready to bring your vows to your destination beach wedding? Click HERE to book your Florida Beach Wedding today.

Tie the Knot: Sunset Beach Weddings

There are so many options when it comes to deciding on the date, time and location of a wedding it can seem mind-boggling to a couple. In 2020 there are barn weddings, park weddings, winery weddings and more to choose from. While many of these traditional weddings are delightful, there is one wedding ceremony that is set above all the rest…the sunset beach wedding!

There is no doubt that a destination wedding on the beach as the sun goes down can be the most romantic and beautiful ceremony with unforgettable photographs. However, to make that happen you need to time things just right at the best beach destination, with the best photography. An experienced beach wedding company is the first step to take to make this dream come true.

Here are 3 tips from Florida Beach Weddings to help you get the best experience for your sunset wedding on the beach:

1. Find the Best Beach Sunset Location

In Florida, the Gulf coast (west coast) is known for it’s stunning sunsets. Florida Beach Weddings recommends Clearwater and St. Pete Beaches for sunset beach weddings. Our select locations include: Indian Rocks, Treasure Island, Sunset Beach, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, and St. Pete Beach.

In addition to saying your vows at sunset, you will also have the luxury of walking down an aisle way of soft white sand, beautiful wedding decor customized for you, choice of vows, and even the experience of dipping into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico after your ceremony. Gulf beach weddings will truly deliver the beach wedding experience you desire.

2. Timing of the Wedding Ceremony

Getting married as the night approaches is truly an unforgettable experience. The weather will be cooler if you get married during sunset, but keep in mind that a wedding on the beach in Florida is still likely to be very warm or hot (depending on the time of year: check our temperature guide here). Florida Beach Weddings recommends you have your ceremony 1 hour xx

Afterwards you have the option of a late-evening wedding reception or small party at one of the beach wedding venues nearby. Florida Beach Weddings has experienced wedding planners that will provide you with recommendations.

The sun sets on this Beach Wedding in Clearwater, Florida as the bride kicks up a heel.

3. Find an Experienced Beach Photographer

Beautiful photos can be taken as the sunsets and at twilight that compare to nothing else. Low light photography brings out colors that we don’t see during the day and is magical. A photographer experienced in beach photos, especially at sunset or low light, will capture your beach wedding like no one else can. You only have one chance to get it right, so ensure your chosen photographer can show you previous beach wedding photos he or she has taken so that you will be delighted with the results. Look at their body of work to see how they have captured wedding couples in various types of light, angles and shadows. Choose the right wedding photographer, like those provided with our beach wedding packages, and you will have a breathtaking backdrop for your beach wedding photos to enjoy forever.

A sunset beach wedding could be just the thing for you if you want a memorable wedding ceremony to treasure for years to come.

Indian Rocks Beach Weddings and elopements

2020 Destination Wedding Trends Revealed

According to The Knot’s Real Weddings Study (2017) the average wedding costs about the price of a small car: about $33,391. It’s no wonder over 25 percent of marriages are destination weddings, as the savings over a traditional wedding are substantial while still enjoying a decorated ceremony. The study also indicates formal weddings have steadily decreased (20% in 2009 to 16% in 2017) as couples look to non-traditional venues. Florida Beach Weddings offers affordable, all-inclusive destination weddings at the most unique, beautiful venue: the beach!

“If you are looking for a wedding ceremony that is a lot more intimate and affordable, a wedding on the beach is the perfect choice,” says  Pamela Fuit, owner of Florida Beach Weddings. “Intimate does not have to mean small. Our wedding packages include all the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend elegant decor, wedding officiant, photographer and music. You can have up to 150 guests if that is your dream.” Florida Beach Weddings packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500. 

“The beach a couple chooses definitely plays a factor in affordability,” Fuit continues. “Gulf beaches are very popular but with the Daytona area beaches you are on the ocean; we have beautiful waves. It’s also less crowded. Sometimes you can save upwards of 50% by using Daytona area Beaches. Permits are less, and many places don’t have parking fees in this area.”

Fuit explains that each beach has its own unique features. For instance, with Ponce Inlet Beach you can get that white sand. St. Augustine is a historic city and Cocoa Beach is ten minutes from the cruise ship port for a honeymoon cruise. Florida Beach Weddings offers complete beach weddings on both the east coast and Gulf coast of Florida.  We will help you pick the right beach location for your ceremony.

“You can plan everything from the comfort of your home,” says Karen Hinkle, a wedding coordinator for Florida Beach Weddings. “After the couple has reserved their wedding date, they receive a link to their private client portal. This portal is unique for each couple and will include all of the important documents such as: your confirmation contract, ceremony choices, color options, music selections, and any optional additions you may want to add to make your beach wedding ceremony uniquely yours.  We are always available to help them through email or phone.”

Florida Beach Weddings also assists with the information couples need to get legally married. If necessary, a Florida marriage license can be obtained by mail. The company officially files it for you after the wedding ceremony.

 

Three Beach Wedding Trends We Love for 2020

Geometric Wedding Decor

In 2020, many wedding couples are choosing decor that is contemporary in design and with interesting shapes. From Bohemian weddings to grand ceremonies, angles are in style for the 2020 wedding. Couples are including hexagons, stars, triangles and more for invitations, favors and decor according to Martha Stewart Weddings. In keeping with this trend, Florida Beach Weddings is introducing this modern geometric beach wedding arch for our couples that love modern design in 2020: part of our new Rustic Romance package.

Rustic Geometric arch on the beach

 

Personalized Design

Brides are looking for more ways to customize their wedding experience. According to The Knot, those marrying in 2020 will place a greater emphasis on intentional and deeply meaningful personalization. Couples are exploring floral textures, shapes and color. Florida Beach Weddings all-inclusive packages allow each couple room to customize their ceremony while still being affordable. We offer many options from beach themed decor to floral designs and a wide array of canopy material colors and optional coordinating spandex chair sash colors. American color company Pantone has chosen Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020.  This color of the year, compliments the beach very well. You can find that this color is available with a lot of our packages.  

Bliss beach wedding arch in blue

Pre-Cruise Beach Weddings

Getting married on a cruise ship sounds very romantic but in reality it can average $4,000-$8,000 and that price comes with a list of fine print, exclusions, and additional charges. Couples getting married mid-cruise will be likely getting married inside in the lounge or theater – not outside. Also many cruise weddings are not actual legal ceremonies. Couples need to follow the laws of the country where the cruise ship is registered and there may be specific residency requirements.

For affordability and ease, Florida Beach Weddings recommends you book your complete beach wedding ahead of time then take a cruise for your honeymoon. You can even arrange a small reception on the ship. If friends or family can’t afford to take the cruise but can be at the wedding, then having a wedding on the beach prior to sailing is the best choice. Cocoa Beach is very close to one of the busiest ports, Port Canaveral. Another choice is to have a Miami Beach wedding with our beach location being approximately 15 minutes fro the Port of Miami.  

Cocoa Beach Weddings are just minutes from the cruise ports of Orlando.

About Florida Beach Weddings: Florida Beach Weddings is a beach wedding company offering affordable, all-inclusive packages, at popular beach wedding destinations across Florida. Family owned and operated, Florida Beach Weddings plans and personally performs each wedding. Visit online at FloridaBeachWeddings.com and follow on social media: YouTubeFacebook and Pinterest and Instagram

Email: pam@floridabeachweddings.com, Call: 386-214-6361