Break Away To A Butler Beach Wedding

The Beach Location

Kaylee and Brandon said, “I do” in July at Butler Beach, just south of St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Butler Beach on Anastasia Island is only eight miles from St. Augustine’s historic district. Wide stretches of white sand beach makes it the perfect location for a beach wedding ceremony. Butler Beach offers free parking, restrooms, showers, barbecue grills, and picnic pavilions.  

Butler Beach Bride with Father on sand

The Bride

The bride’s beautiful lace wedding dress included a train that trailed beautifully behind her in the sand. Her father walked beside her to give her away at the beach ceremony. Kaylee and Brandon chose to write their own personalized vows which were witnessed by 50 guests. Music on their custom playlist included, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. Our wedding ceremony coordinator, Pam, officiated as they tied the knot under this black bamboo wedding arch.

Couple marries under pink and blue wedding arch on Butler Beach, FL

The Ceremony

The couple had one groomsman and one bridesmaid, who looked splendid in her purple gown. They had a Unity Sand Ceremony to symbolize their new life together after marriage. This was was included in their Destiny package. The bride chose coral (tropical delight) and blue as well as beautiful tiki torches to highlight the black bamboo of this wedding package design (natural bamboo is available too). Purple chair bands adorned the white guest chairs. The tiki poles were connected with strands of small white seashells with small purple flowers on the strands. So pretty!

Bridesmaid in purple dress on Florida beach

They got to keep the vase to remember their special day with their family. After the ceremony, our beach photographer got to work capturing all the special moments of their wedding day. Choosing this option, for a small fee, can make a big difference in the quality of photos you have to remember and share forever. Don’t leave these important moments up to somebody’s iPhone!

Couple kisses under pink and blue wedding arch by the Atlantic Ocean

The Wedding Photography

Kaylee and Brandon will remember their special day forever and we hope they will return to Butler Beach. At the end of the beach wedding the family and friends walked down to Atlantic ocean to take more pictures. Our professional wedding photographer takes as many interesting poses as possible. As you can see below, the landscape provided many fabulous opportunities for memorable pictures.

Couple poses on rocks at Butler Beach, FL after wedding

Couple holds hands by the Atlantic Ocean after beach wedding ceremony

Family photo after wedding on Butler Beach

Wedding couple strolls holding hands on Butler Beach by the ocean

Tie the Knot on Pass-A-Grille Beach, St. Pete

The Beach Venue

Pass-A-Grille is located at the southernmost end of St. Pete Beach. Historic Pass-A-Grille is a laid back beach town where you can easily walk to the beach, visit boutiques, have an ice cream or drink, dine out at restaurants, or walk on fishing piers. Laneasha and Anthony were married in June under the canopy of their beautiful Tropical Distinctive Design complete wedding package. The bride walked toward her beloved Anthony and was given to him in marriage as the Gulf beach water sparkled in the background.

Bride walks with father to her groom on Pass-A-Grille Beach, FL

The Wedding Party

They had 50 guests and a bridal party that included a groomsman, ring bearers, a flower girl, a junior bridesmaid and one Woman of Honor. The bridesmaids walked individually down the Tiki torch lined aisle. Starfish and green ferns guided them through the white guest chairs accented in a tropical orange color.

Tropical wedding arch and couple on St. Pete Beach

The Wedding Vows

Laneasha and Anthony had their own minister officiate the beach ceremony. They also included an optional seashell blessing and Sand Ceremony. The sand colors were white and bride orange, and they brought their own unity glass to use and cherish forever.

Wedding couple pours sand into a unity glass during St. Pete Beach wedding ceremony

Ceremony Music

The music playlist for this couple’s beach ceremony was used for the bridal party to walk down the aisle, the bride to walk down the aisle, and a song for after the kiss! They chose:

  • Bridal Party: The Blessing by Kari Jobi, Cody Carnes
  • Bride Walk: This is Why I Love You by MAJOR
  • After Kiss: Cruisin’ by Smokey Robinson

Couple joins hands and says wedding vows on St Pete Beach with minister

The Beach Wedding Package

Consultations by phone and email with our Beach Wedding Specialist were included and we made sure the bride had a final beach wedding ceremony agenda and Pass-A-Grille location instructions to share with her wedding guests. A large wooden “chalkboard” sign announced the new couple as well. The guests also enjoyed chilled water so they could stay cool during the vow ceremony. This couple used tropical orange as an accent color for their  chairbands, but a bride can customize this to her own style.

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

Wedding Photography

Choosing a wedding photographer was easy for this couple who used our professional photographer to capture their memories of this special day in St. Pete. Many shots of their wedding ceremony were taken, as well as fun and romantic pictures down by the Gulf water and with family and friends.

Groom picks up bride on Gulf beach at St. Pete

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

If you are ready to escape with your beloved and tie the knot click HERE to book your Florida Beach Wedding today!

What Beaches Can You Get Married On In Florida?

Beach weddings are becoming more popular, especially in the US where large crowds indoor are currently discouraged and this will likely continue into 2021. So, it is a good idea to find out what the local restrictions are for a Florida beach ceremony in order to avoid roadblocks before you set up that beautiful wedding arch in the sun and sea. In Florida, all beaches are considered public space, however each county has different rules.

Bride and Groom hold hands on Siesta Key Sand

Are permits Required to have a beach wedding?

Each local government in Florida has different regulations regarding weddings and events on their beaches. Your dream wedding is likely possible providing you find out these rules and obtain a permit if necessary. The easiest way to do this is to use our Florida beach wedding planning company since we are already very familiar with the permit process and the people we need to contact to expedite one. Permit fees vary, often depending on guest count, and can range from $75 up to $400. However, since a permit may be part of your budgeting process when planning your beach wedding, here is a quick rundown on which popular beaches require a permit for a wedding ceremony (at time of writing this post):

Maybe it is easier to state which beaches do NOT require a permit (at this time):

Beach wedding in clearwater with guests

Are flowers or confetti allowed on the beaches?

Fake flowers, streamers, confetti, rice, balloons, or anything else that could harm or damage the beach environment should not be used during beach  weddings. Some beaches do allow real petals, however

Wedding couple at Wilbur By the Sea beach

Other Requirements for a Florida Beach Wedding

Getting a State of Florida marriage license is the most important step to make your marriage legally valid. You must also have an authorized person officiate your wedding ceremony. With our Florida Beach Weddings company, we have that officiant built right into your wedding package, and that person also coordinates how the ceremony proceeds. However, you can also use your own officiant if you have a special minister or other person legally qualified to do so. The person who performs your ceremony is then responsible for returning the marriage license to the county that issued it within 10 days of the ceremony.

Sunny Florida Weather

The weather in Florida is warm most of the time, but there can be fluctuations depending on time of year and geography. Rain is the primary concern when planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, with June to September being the rainiest in Florida.  Our Beach Wedding Specialists will work to schedule your ceremony at the time of day that is the least hot and/or rainy…but we must always be prepared!

Will there be other people on the beach?

Yes there will be but often they are respectful of your special time. November through February may be quieter on the beach since the water is cooler, and you will still get beautiful weather. Beach locations like Pass-A-Grille Beach, Redington and Sunset Beach, often are quieter venues. Obviously, weekends and national holidays mean busier beaches, so take that into consideration when doing wedding planning.

Couple kisses on St. Augustine shoreline after beach wedding ceremony

The most Budget-Friendly beach venues

You may have a beach location in mind already for your wedding in Florida. However, like the weather, the east coast of Florida (Atlantic ocean) can be very different from the west coast (or Gulf coast) when it comes to costs for accommodation, entertainment, and more. The Atlantic side is often cheaper than the Gulf beach side, with Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas being the exception. Destin is likely the most expensive. To keep your costs down consider the Daytona Beaches, St. Augustine beaches and Cocoa Beach; they are just less expensive in terms of accommodations and entertainment. For you to tie the knot, wedding packages on the east coast are cheaper too.

Bamboo wedding arch with flowers and white chairs on Daytona Beach

To save money on the west coast, we suggest you consider the Clearwater and St. Pete beaches, which are near Tampa making them easy to travel to with lots of hotel options. When it is sunset time you can enjoy beautiful photographs. Of course, eloping to Florida is the cheapest option. Contact us today to explore a beach for your wedding!

Sunset behind wedding couple kissing on a Gulf beach in FL

A Crystal Clearwater Beach Wedding Day

Andy and Julee tied the knot in October at this Clearwater Beach wedding venue. This popular Gulf beach venue is located at Avalon and Mandalay Avenue in Clearwater Beach near Tampa. The white sand is what everyone loves about the Clearwater Beach area! The Distinctive Design wedding package they chose is called the Starfish Distinctive Design because it has large white starfish cascading down the back of the large bamboo canopy and two large starfish in the front corners. Julee walked, with her boys, toward the matching bamboo pole aisle-way with starfish accents and greenery to meet Andy and say, “I do”.

Clearwater beach bride walks towards groom with two sons

The Bride

Ivory draping on the bamboo arch went with the bride’s simple, yet elegant, spaghetti strap wedding gown. They also had a large wooden chalkboard sign announcing their new marriage. Beautiful music played for their wedding ceremony procession; they chose to walk together down the sandy aisle to say their forever vows. Songs played included, “What a Wonderful World”. Our wedding officiant and ceremony coordinator, Tyler, gave the newly joined couple the spotlight under the bamboo arch at the end of the ceremony (photo below).

Couple holds hands under wedding arch on Clearwater Beach, FL with bridesmaid

The Ceremony

With over 40 guests, this couple added the optional seashell blessing after the ceremony which was included in their package. They also took part in a Sand Ceremony with turquoise and white sand as their color choices. They got to keep the vase to remember their special day with their family. Julee’s attendant (a daughter) wore a one-shoulder, aqua blue bridesmaid dress which was so pretty…it was also the color choice for the sashes on the bride and groom’s white guest chairs.

Family in Clearwater Beach takes part in sand ceremony at beach wedding

This kiss by the sand dunes and sea oats in Clearwater Beach is stunning with the couple holding her beach wedding bouquet! This bride and groom made the most of every photo opportunity on the Gulf beachfront. Clouds could not dim the joy of this Florida Beach Wedding and our professional photographer captured every moment.

The Wedding Package

You can see how soft and pretty the draping and starfish hanging down behind this couple is (pictured below). Their all inclusive beach wedding package choice made the whole day easy for them. The blue sky and water in the background are what dream weddings are made of. Julee and Andy will remember this day forever and we hope they will return to Clearwater Beach for future anniversaries!

Couple kisses after saying I do on Clearwater Beach under bamboo canopy with starfish hanging

Wedding Photography

At the end of the beach wedding the family walked down to the Gulf water to take a group photograph using our professional wedding photographer. The sun was beginning to set in the background making it a perfect end to the day. Afterward they headed over to the Palm Pavilion Inn for a reception dinner.

Family puts hands in the air after beach wedding in Clearwater near Tampa

Congratulations, Julee and Andy! Julee was kind enough to leave us a five star Google review: “Florida beach weddings did an excellent job for my wedding on October 3, 2020. They were flexible with working with a few small details I wanted changed and had everything set up just like I asked. Any future brides I would highly recommend using this company.”  Contact us today about your Florida wedding plans.

Kristi and Blake’s Fort Walton Beach Wedding

Kristi and Blake were lucky in love as they recited their vows in September at this Gulf beach wedding ceremony. The white, fluffy sand on Fort Walton Beach, Florida could be mistaken for snow but it was warm at this dream beach wedding venue! Their Nautical Knot wedding package is one of our most popular, and this couple chose the hot pink and white fabric to compliment the tropical flowers that topped their bamboo arch. They added colorful Tiki torches down the aisleway and coral bands for their white guest chairs. The groomsmen waited with the groom, and the bridesmaids walked down individually. They also had a ringbearer.

Bride walks between sand dunes at beach wedding in Destin FL

Look how pretty the bride is in her wedding dress with a cool, flowing overskirt and her beach wedding bouquet! Kristi and Blake had a sand ceremony which included coral and white sand to symbolize the joining of their two hearts, lives and families. They get to keep the vase to remember their special day. This bride and groom chose their own officiant to tie the knot.

Destin Bamboo wedding arch with tropical flowers

The music they added was a customized playlist of their most cherished songs for their special day: a mixture of guitar and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. Even the cloudy day could not diminish their joy as they posed down by the Gulf beach water. What a perfect barefoot wedding picture!

Couple stands together by seaside in Destin after wedding

Just married couple embrace on Destin Beach FL

At the end of the beach wedding the married couple, along with their friends and family, assembled for a fun photograph in celebration of their new union as husband and wife. They were glad they chose our professional photographer to take care of their beach wedding memories.

Wedding family and friends on Destin Beach, FL

Legal filing of their Florida marriage license was included in our wedding planning service. Congratulations, Kristi and Blake! We hope you come back to the beach for a future anniversary.