Siesta Key Starfish Beach Wedding

Florida destination wedding packages are the way to go if you are planning to get married on Siesta Key Beach. Dionna and Anmolpreet tied the knot in April 2021 on this beautiful Gulf beach with sand as white as snow. They chose our Starfish Distinctive Design package which has very soft, subtle decor that lets the wedding couple take center stage. It is sophisticated with a four post bamboo canopy with white or ivory draped material. Greenery with pink and white floral arrangements line the bamboo pole aisle-way. Starfish and tassels hang behind the bride and groom, and accent the aisle too.

Wedding couple under starfish canopy on Siesta Key Beach saying vows

They hosted 35 guests and a ring bearer on Siesta Key Beach. Music played on our PA system included a steel drum rendition of, “A Thousand Years”. They had a Unity Sand Ceremony and Seashell Blessing. This Sarasota beach wedding couple glows with happiness as their friends and family watch. Sometimes this popular beach gets crowded, but this day in April it seems as if they have the sugary sand to themselves. Our beach wedding staff knows the best days and times to schedule your ceremony, so that you won’t be overcrowded. Our officiant, Pam, guided them through their vows to their very first kiss!

Siesta Key wedding couple kisses after saying vows on beach with guests

What could be more beachy than aqua blue chair bands with a Siesta Key Starfish wedding? Chilled water was also included so that everyone would remain comfortable. A large, decorated “chalkboard” sign announced the newly married couple! Siesta Key is one of the best beach wedding venues Florida has to offer and our Florida wedding packages made it all easier than ever!

Bride is carried by groomsmen on Siesta Key Beach

This wedding party did not worry about what to wear to a beach wedding: they chose suits that matched their personality. The perfect way to go for any groomsman. Do you love the white, bridal bouquet? It’s very elegant, matches the style of her wedding dress, and adds a touch of formality to your special day. Even on a Florida beach you can have the more formal wedding of your dreams!

Couple walks on Siesta Key beach at sunset after wedding

Why do we suggest you use beach wedding packages in Siesta Key? Because you shouldn’t have to spend your wedding ceremony running around to take are of decoration setup or breakdown, get a wedding permit, chase after guests, worry about the weather or tides, coordinate music and wedding photography. And it doesn’t cost extra to have it all taken care of for you; in fact it can be a cheap wedding compared to a wedding day at home! Why spend more than $2500 or so when you an have the Gulf of Mexico sunset as your backdrop? It will be unforgettable for everyone involved…as well as being easy.

Groomsmen point at groom on Siesta Key Beach

Fun is the name of the game after a Siesta Key Beach Wedding. If you have booked our professional beach wedding photographer you will enjoy a number of poses that will have your wedding party and wedding guests laughing. Of course, we have plenty of romantic photo opportunities down by the water and as the sun dips low in the sky.

Couple gazes at each other at sunset after Siesta Key Beach wedding

If you want to book your Siesta Key wedding ceremony, it’s best to contact us as soon as possible. Dates and times do fill up quickly with Gulf coast weddings. We will help you with suggestions for a wedding reception or dinner, hotels, salons, florists and more. All you will have to do is obtain your Florida marriage license, show up and say, “I do”!

Sunset on Lido Beach, Sarasota

Getting Started With Online Wedding Planning

Now that you’re engaged it’s time to start the wedding planning (you might already have given it a lot of thought). After looking at all the online articles and advice, you may be feeling overwhelmed. It’s not hard to feel like that with Pinterest, The Knot, Wedding Wire and more. However, there is an easier way to begin your journey to wedded bliss…especially if you’ve decided on a destination wedding in Florida.

So you want to plan a wedding by the ocean, but perhaps you don’t know where to start. How do you get all your beach wedding ideas to work? One of the toughest things to choose is your Florida weddings destination: Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Destin? Or is your heart beating faster at the though of a Miami wedding? There are many great locations and details, but planning a destination wedding is actually not as difficult as you may think – if you have the right help!

According to Travelmarket Report, 88.6 percent of destination wedding respondents said yes, they enjoyed their wedding day, compared with 82.6 percent of those who held non-destination weddings. So it seems that couples who choose to get married away from their hometown have a happier day. Why?Less stress. When these brides choose a competent beach wedding planner, all the little details are being taken care of for them…and the planning can be done without leaving your sofa! When they choose all inclusive beach wedding packages in Florida…there is truly nothing left to do but show up on the beach and say your vows. Some packages even include wedding photos.

We’re here to take you through a few simple steps of how to plan a Florida beach wedding, so there’s no need to spend hours on the internet making yourself crazy.

Step 1: Determine your budget

The first step in setting your wedding budget is to sit down together with your fiancé and decide what amount you feel is right, and then figure out how far that budget will take you. There might also be other family members who want to contribute, so include them in the discussion also. Work on your guest count since that will be part of the costs i.e. chairs, reception food, gifts, any liquor you might have. List your non-negotiables as a couple. Remember, with destination weddings, the couple does not have to pay guest travel arrangements or hotel stay. You might, however, want to see if you can get a discount on a block of hotel rooms so everyone can benefit.

Other factors that impact a destination wedding budget include the luxury level of your beach wedding package decorations, time of year and day of week of your celebration, package add-ons, wedding dress and more. Whatever choices you decide upon, you can be sure you will be paying much less than a traditional wedding at home!

Nautical Knot wedding arch in St. Augustine with couple

Step 2: Decide if want to work with a Destination Wedding Specialist

It’s always smart to have an expert assist in coordinating the details of a wedding ceremony: even a small beach wedding. The benefits of using a beach wedding planner are too many to list, but the most important is that they know the locations like the back of their hand. They can help you choose the right beach venue, the right time of day for sunsets, the tides, take care of permits and more. They set-up and break-down the decorations, wedding arch and chairs. Plus, they can officiate and send off your Florida marriage license at the end of the day. As an established leader in weddings on the beach for over 13 years, the Florida Beach Weddings company is the easiest, smartest and most affordable choice you can make.

On top of an expert Beach Wedding Specialist by your side, you’ll have an onsite wedding coordinator who also officiates your ceremony. Won’t it be nice to have this coordinator handling all the day-of details? You will know when to walk down the aisle, perform your Unity sand ceremony, say your vows and more. You can be sure you have a stress-free planning process from start to finish and enjoy more time with your family and friends. Same-sex wedding or elopement? No problem! Florida is the perfect place for same-sex marriage ceremonies. All the same details

Step 3: Choose a location

With so many amazing destination wedding locations to choose from in Florida, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you and your beloved. Think about the type of sand or sea you want when saying “I do.” Ocean waves or calm Gulf water? Dunes or walkways? Sunsets or brilliant blue skies? Will you be driving or taking advantage of direct flights? Again, speaking with our Beach Wedding Specialist will help you make your choices. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today and get started from the comfort of your own home.

 

 

Have A Blessed Beach Wedding In Florida

Does a wedding ceremony have to be religious? Not at all, but you can incorporate some blessings into your special day that can be meaningful for you and your family. If you choose a beachfront wedding in Florida, along with one of our beach wedding packages, you can definitely experience a piece of paradise that you all remember forever while incorporating those traditional elements. Even if you elope in Florida, these special blessings can be part of your simple beach wedding.

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

Ceremony Options

Our officiant will always be delighted to officiate your wedding ceremony, as well as coordinate the proceedings so you know when to walk down the aisle, etc. Religious-toned or non-religious can be accommodated. If you have a minister that you wish to preside over your vows, just let us know. Your vows are so special and should be the way you both want them to be. Maybe you want to write your own vows, or use one of ours with a touch of customization. Anything goes for your special day on a Florida beach.

Blessings

A Unity Sand Ceremony by definition is a tradition in which a couple getting married pours sand from separate containers into one central one. It represents the two people uniting together in marriage. Children love it because they get to pick the color they love and blend it into the vase with the rest of the family. Historically, this type of ceremony was performed in a church, but on the beach its too windy for candles and the sand is much more meaningful. Many brides coordinate the sand color with their beach wedding theme colors. Usually your minister or officiant will say a few words that resonate with the two of you as you pour your beautifully colored sand together into the unity container.

Clearwater couple pours sand into unity container on beach

As these separate containers of sand are poured into the common container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these sands can never be separated, and poured into their individual containers, again, so will your marriage, and family, be.”

Tie the Knot on Your Favorite Beach

Gulf Beach Weddings

Siesta Key. It embodies everything you’ve dreamed of for a destination wedding. White sand, turquoise water as far as the eye can see. Your wedding guests will not be able to say, “no” to a wedding on Siesta Key Beach or its quieter cousin: Lido Beach. Plus the sunsets are hard to beat and make incredible wedding photos.

Bride sits on grooms knee on Siesta Key beach

Weddings in Clearwater, Florida seem to be more popular than ever. It’s because there’s just so much to do and the beach is beautiful. You and your guests may see dolphins, manatee and pelicans during your ceremony. Afterward, have your first toast as a married couple as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. What could be better?

Bride and groom just married at Gulf Beach wedding

East Coast Beach Weddings

When it comes to having a beach wedding in the sun and sea, choosing a location on the east coast of Florida will tick all the boxes. Why? It’s simple…the Atlantic ocean! Nothing beats the cooling sea breeze on a summer day or the sound of ocean waves as you say your vows. Up and down the Florida  Atlantic coast you will find a wide variety of beach and sand types, depending on what activities you want to do after your beach wedding. Our couples choose St. Augustine as one of their favorite beach wedding locations because of the historic and romantic atmosphere. Daytona Beach is perfect for biking and walking with its firm sand, Cocoa Beach for surfing and Boynton Beach or Fort Lauderdale for shopping and beautiful blue green ocean views.

St. Augustine Beach vows

Package Decorations

Designing your wedding is so important and contributes to the type of experience you and your guests desire.  A beach wedding will be much easier with the purchase of a complete package that comes with unique decorations for a tasteful and lovely ceremony. This is where it’s helpful to talk to a beach wedding specialist who can guide you in choosing the best theme for your destination wedding. You might think you want a tropical theme, but after browsing our all inclusive packages and talking to others, you may end up with rustic wedding…both are beautiful!

Rustic beach wedding in St. Augustine

After The Wedding

When it comes to your special day, you will want to consider activities after the wedding ceremony. Many couples getting married on the beach just want to have a relaxing dinner with family and friends. Again, our beach wedding specialist will help advise you. We provide our brides with a list of quality options for dining and entertainment near your beach wedding venue. It might even be at your hotel.

Daytona Beach Weddings at the shores resort and spa hotel on the beach

Best Beach Wedding Company

Dealing with an experienced beach wedding company and their wedding specialist will just ensure your day is perfect. With help you can have the wedding of your dreams. So contact us today. Let’s plan together.

Bridal family jumping on sand in Daytona Beach

Plan Your Clearwater Beach Wedding in Just a Few Days!

Thinking of throwing a destination wedding? If you and your beloved are dreaming of an intimate affair with a bit of adventure mixed in, an all-inclusive destination beach wedding may be just for you.

Tropical Florida Beach Weddings and elopements

Destination Wedding Planning

Every journey to the altar comes with unique challenges. You’ll be planning this marriage celebration from quite a distance, most of the time not even being familiar with the place you have your heart set on. You might even be re-planning your dream wedding after postponing your original ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, you may be surprised at how it can all come together and become one of your most cherished memories (with wedding pictures to match).

Simple Beach Weddings

So with a focus on just getting married, you can pull together the things you really need to make it happen in just a few short days! Forget finding a church, gathering family and friends, and getting a caterer…if you’re choosing one of our beach weddings in Clearwater it’s as easy as pie (or a wedding cake). Why is it so simple? The reason is when using an all-inclusive beach wedding package, you get everything you need to complete your wedding ceremony from start to finish.

What’s included in the package

  • Officiant who performs your ceremony and also coordinates the entire proceeding
  • vows that you can personalize for you and your spouse
  • Beach location in the Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach area near Tampa Bay
  • Our professional photography is included is some smaller ceremony packages and beach elopement packages. If you need to add it, we only charge $350
  • Natural bamboo canopy or rustic wooden wedding arch with elegantly draped material and your choice topper (depending on the package)
  • Coordinating flowers on the aisle chairs and/or other decorations down the aisleway such as lanterns, shepherd hooks, tiki torches, shells, etc.
  • Coordinated decor pieces at the entrance of the aisle
  • white resin chairs with option to add colored spandex chair bands
  • Recorded music will be played on our PA system. Over 25 guests: A microphone will be provided for the officiant
  • Chilled water for your guests (depending on the package)
  • Unity Sand Ceremony, a perfect way to unite a new family in matrimony
  • Decorated “chalkboard” sign for wedding guests to see (depending on the package)
  • Consultations by phone and email with our dedicated wedding specialist
  • Final beach wedding ceremony agenda
  • Legal filing of your Florida marriage license

So why does it take a few days? Well it doesn’t have to take that long if you know exactly the beach wedding ideas you love most. However, once you browse our all inclusive wedding packages, we guarantee it won’t be quite that easy to choose! Dusty Blue, Natural, Tropical, Floral, Rustic or Geometric Arch…they are all so beautiful. Just add a bride and groom, or same sex couple and you have the best Florida beach wedding you can find.

Blue chairbands on beach wedding package

Clearwater Beach Wedding

Once you have looked at our beach wedding prices and have the design chosen, it’s time to nail down your wedding date in Clearwater Beach. Our experienced wedding planners will help you pick the best time to get married for a sunset beach ceremony. Watching the sun go down over the Gulf of Mexico is one of the top reasons our brides choose Clearwater and St. Pete Beach. You won’t be disappointed at the end of the day and you will have incredible wedding photographs to look back on. Why not book your Clearwater Beach wedding today?

5 Reasons to Avoid a Holiday Weekend Wedding

But it’s a three day weekend, right? Extra time off work without using up vacation days. Yes, you and the rest of America are all thinking the same thing. But guess where nearly everyone wants to go on Memorial Day? The beach. And for all the right reasons: that fickle, warm then cool again, leftover spring weather is gone. The water is warming up and refreshing. The grill is hot and ready. So the message isn’t to avoid the beach for the holiday. But unless you want to pay double the hotel rates and airfare, and share the beach with every other stress-free-seeking Florida beach goer, avoid a Memorial Day or July 4 Weekend Wedding. So go ahead and hit the waves, but save the wedding vows for a better weekend. Read on to see why.

Hotel Rates

While the “price gouging” line is fuzzy and grey, hotel rates seem to increase up to $50/night during Memorial Day Weekend, on both the west coast and east coast of Florida. You do the math: that’s over $150 more for the weekend. Airbnb is a price flexible alternative, if you can actually get a property on the Gulf of Mexico, but book soon because the affordable, desirable places will get scooped up quick! So it might seem like a good idea to tie the knot on a Florida beach on the popular holiday weekends, in reality it could end up busting you and your guests’ budget. Furthermore, can you even find a beach wedding provider who will perform a ceremony on holiday weekends? Many will not do so simply because of the crowds. Think of those wedding pictures with hundreds of people in the background…not great.

Airfare

Prices for Memorial Day and July 4 travelers is approximately $30-$40 more per ticket compared to prices on non-holiday weekends. And traveling during popular months like May, can often increase prices $100 or more per ticket in comparison to less popular travel month like September and October. And don’t even mention Thanksgiving! Yes, prices have been much lower in 2020 but that is about to change…and the volume of travelers is about to increase as more people take to the skies after being at home for so long. Florida, especially, has already seen a record number of air travel into its airports. Be wise and look at alternate dates for your Florida beach wedding ceremony. An all-inclusive Florida destination wedding can be beautiful any time of year and any day of the week. You have options!

Aerial shot of Tampa International Airport Florida

Crowds

Airports, beaches, restaurants, roads. All these Holiday weekend spots will be experiencing a heavy increase in traffic. So if you love a big beach party, bring on the Memorial Day or Independence Day Wedding Weekend. But consider this your warning: Heavy Traffic Ahead! And when we say heavy traffic, we mean it can take hours to get to your beach wedding location. Locations like Clearwater Beach and Siesta Key Beach are beyond popular and for good reason – it’s beautiful. However, unless you are staying at a hotel on the beachfront, you may wish to schedule your beach wedding or Florida elopement another day of the week.

Rustic Romance

Guests

So not only are you paying more for your hotel and airfare, but your guests will be as well. And often people have vacation traditions or book getaways planned around a year ahead of time knowing they have an extra day off work. So what seems like a convenient perk of the added day off, the added travel expenses may not be worth it. It’s worth looking at all your best Florida beach wedding options in advance.

Wedding Planning Savings

If you are actually looking to save money instead of spend more, avoid the holiday weekends which are NEVER sale weekends in the wedding business. You can actually save money on other select dates. Although beach wedding package prices may be the same most of the time, you can definitely find savings during the weekdays and Fall in Florida. Our Florida wedding planners can help you find the best wedding ceremony times for you. Click HERE to book your Beach Wedding today!