East Coast Florida or Gulf Beach Wedding?

So you’re engaged. Congratulations! You’ve made a HUGE decision. You’ve chosen the person you will be spending the rest of your life with. Now that’s a big deal. Since that’s settled, let’s move on to the next major decision regarding your Florida Destination Beach Wedding: east coast or West Coast Florida Beach Wedding? Finding the right beach should be easy compared to finding the right soul mate, right? We think so once you have the right information. Each beach has different characteristics, just like people, and can set the tone for your Florida wedding. Check out the information below and decide for yourself.

East Coast or Gulf Beach Wedding

We’ve created a list of major selling points for an East Coast and West Coast Florida Beach Wedding. Jury (you) is still out. So here’s the case:

Couple saying vows on Daytona Beach

East Coast with Atlantic Ocean

  • Seaside Sunrise– Early riser? Nothing connects you with nature quite like a beach sunrise. Start your day waking up to a sky full of pinks and oranges and the peaceful sound of rolling waves. A good time for a private, intimate wedding or elopement with just the two of you. Try Ponce Inlet for a spectacular white sand beach, sun and gentle sea. St. Augustine is another favorite for romance and historic venues to explore.

Sunrise on Daytona Beach, FL

  • Waves– The east coast Atlantic Ocean is much more active than the Gulf coast. There are many hot surf/body boarding spots. If you like the thrill of “riding toes on the nose” or surfing some “totally rad” waves, the east coast is likely your spot. Maybe you just like splashing and jumping over the waves: guaranteed to get you and your guests laughing (and soaked!) In any event, the east coast is definitely an energetic beach wedding location. We recommend a Cocoa Beach wedding, which is also close to Port Canaveral for a honeymoon cruise.

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

  • Getting Here– With Daytona International Airport minutes from the beach and Orlando International Airport about an hour car ride away, the east coast of Florida has easy accessibility. Looking for affordable flights? Check out Orlando Sanford International Airport which hosts discounted flight from lines like Allegiant and Frontier potentially connecting to a city near you. 
  • Entertainment: NASCAR, Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine Castillo de San Marcos, Jacksonville Jaguars, offshore fishing charters, just to name a few. Check out some top ranking things to do in Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Cocoa Beach

Castillo de San Marcos

West Coast with Gulf Beach Wedding

  • Sunsets: Breathtaking views to end the day and begin the night are like no other here on the west coast of Florida. Sunset beach weddings are in high demand on Clearwater Beach, Siesta Key, St. Pete Beach and Destin, Florida.

  • Waves: Unlike the east coast, west coast beach waves are very small, if there are any at all. If floating on a raft or wading peacefully in the water is your style, a Gulf beach wedding it is. Surfers and other “boarders”, hit up the east coast for some wave action because you won’t find it here.
  • White Sandy, Beaches: Picturing sinking your toes into beautiful white, soft sand as you say, “I do?” West Coast it is. While the east has coarser, darker sand in most areas, Gulf beach weddings have pristine white sand: Siesta Key is a favorite with Florida Beach Weddings couples.

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

  • Getting Here: Orlando International Airport is slightly closer to the east coast, but still just over an hour from Tampa. There’s also Tampa International Airport. So it’s a draw on this topic, but you may favor one coast or another depending on your departure city and flight deals.
  • Entertainment- West Coast is a little quieter compared to the east, but there is still plenty to do. A visit to Ybor City, The Florida Aquarium, guided boat tours, and sunset cruises all make for a fun adventures! Check out more to do in Destin, Clearwater, and Siesta Key

Destin Beach Wedding couple at altar

Almost all of our complete beach wedding packages are available on both coasts of Florida, and we plan and officiate them personally. You can have a small beach wedding or a large, fully decorated beach ceremony. What’s the right fit for you? Book your Florida Destination Beach Wedding today or contact our dedicated wedding specialists find out more!

Why Hire a Professional Beach Wedding Photographer

Ten, twenty, thirty years from now when you look back on your wedding day, what will be the moments you most remember? Watching the sunset as you said your vows? The exciting emotions felt while walking down the aisle? Your first kiss? Photos capture these life changing moments and they elicit feelings for a lifetime. So your wedding day photos are, naturally, a pretty big deal. Hiring an experienced beach wedding photographer ensures that as your own memory blurs, your wedding day photos will be in focus, clear, and forever beautiful. Trying to trim the budget by having a friend take pictures may seem like a good idea,  but here are some reasons why you should stick with a beach wedding professional.

Couple hugging on the beach after wedding

  1. Affordable: Photographers traditionally come with a heavy price tag. However, Florida Beach Weddings has the luxury of experienced, in house staff photographers with over a decade shooting beach weddings. Experienced professionals without the heart stopping $$$. Sold! Adding photography to our affordable package prices is very reasonable. Click here to crunch on those numbers!
  2. Experience: A beach wedding photographer has an added challenge. And it’s two words: Mother Nature. Be it bright light, Gulf beach sunset light, twilight, Daytona beach surf, an unexpected sun shower, fair to dark skin: there are many factors a beach wedding photographer must consider. That’s on top of the already difficult tasks of staying discreet, correct shutter speed, capturing from the right angle, creative/natural posing, or eliminating other beach visitors. The list goes on. Don’t leave these detail orientated tasks to your friend whose only photographic selling point is an entertaining Instagram feed. An experienced photographer will capture your memories beautifully and forever.
  3. Talent: Florida Beach Wedding photographers are equipped to not only capture your moments on your wedding day, but also to perform magic! And by magic, I mean editing. So whether it’s a dull photo that needs some brightening or an unwanted pedestrian in the background, consider it taken care of. 
  4. Proof: Check out the real Florida Beach Weddings in our photo gallery and see some breathtaking wedding photos. 

Indian Rocks Beach Weddings and elopements

African American wedding couple saying vows on the beach

Wedding couple holding baby on the beach

Do all of these photos have you wanting to tele-port to your beach wedding? Well, we haven’t perfected the tele-porting process yet, but you can book here today!

Best Clearwater Beach Wedding Packages

Clearwater Beach Weddings for the sunset and beautiful views.

Think of a Clearwater beach wedding package like choosing a new home. You could spend months, even years, finding land, hiring builders, contractors, painters, plumbers, electricians. The list goes on. Consequently, you’re left waiting on workers. You’re spending more money than originally anticipated. You’re pouring blood, sweat and tears into building. Or, you could choose a move-in ready model home. Buy the house and simply add all of your own personal touches. Liking the sounds of a move-in ready model home? Clearwater Beach Wedding Packages are your move in ready beach weddings. We’ve done all of the hard work, hours of phone calls, emails, and researching for you. Therefore, you get the fun part-color selection, unique decor choices, and a ceremony that suites you and your future spouse perfectly!

Read more about why choosing a Clearwater Beach wedding package is preferred:

  1. Location, location location: Florida Beach Weddings has been in business for over 12 years so we know parking and permits in Clearwater and the Gulf beaches. We’ve found the sunset views. We’ve set up Gulf beach weddings for groups large and small. We KNOW beach weddings. Hiring inexperienced planners is a recipe for last minute disaster. Read more about our beach wedding company here.
  2. Personalize: Although the packages are clearly defined, you still have the opportunity to make your wedding unique. You choose the canopy and chair color, walkway decor, canopy topper, sand ceremony, and vow selection. Try surfing social media and you’ll be floundering among thousands of choices and “seemingly simple” DIY projects. So that $10 cheap wedding project turns into a disaster, time killer, and then you’re back to where you started. Furthermore, our skilled wedding specialists have perfected the beach look (see our Distinctive Designs) and have the perfect amount of variety for you to choose from without being overwhelmed.
  3. Cha-Ching: Clearwater Beach Weddings prices are affordable and up front. It’s a one stop shop with no unforeseen costs: you can see all your planning in your private client portal. Consequently, our packages are designed to cut out travel, set up, and rental fees saving you money. 
  4. Time: Here’s a list of all the people you WON’T have to contact: officiant, photographer, set up crew, linen rental company, county beach permit department, chair rental company. Pretty easy right? As a result, spend your extra time and money booking a honeymoon. Or go on a date to talk about the excitement of your upcoming stress free and affordable Gulf beach wedding!

Click Here to check out our Clearwater Beach Wedding Packages now and start planning with a reliable and experienced beach wedding company.

Clearwater beach wedding couple sitting on the beach kissing



How To Plan For A Destination Wedding

A bride walks down the beautiful aisleway of our Cocoa Beach Weddings.

Planning Destination Weddings

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

You are planning a destination wedding so maybe you’re considering a beach wedding? How do you overcome the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, let alone one that is in an exotic Florida 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, barn weddings, museum weddings, and a host of other options to choose from. You may want to be in a park near your childhood home. Wherever you choose, you’ll want a place that will have a special place for your big day and in your memory. A wedding on the beach in Florida could be just the thing!
    • 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. Check out our chart for Gulf beach wedding weather.
    • 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 have time to research and order airfare tickets. Flying in to Orlando, Florida can be very cost effective and is central to many Florida beach wedding locations. 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 wedding venue well in advance, at least a year, especially if you have chosen a popular destination wedding location such as Clearwater, Florida. 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 forthcoming. 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. With Florida Beach Weddings you will have your own private client portal.

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 path 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. For more information on our complete beach wedding packages click here.

Fort Meyers beach Wedding ceremony at the hotel with fun watersports.

Small Beach Wedding Packages

Are you overwhelmed at the idea of hosting a big wedding and trying to make everybody happy? Or maybe you’re thinking of a small beach wedding package because you just value an intimate wedding occasion with the people you love. A small wedding on the beach is the perfect choice for an affordable and intimate ceremony. All the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, a wedding officiant, photographer and music can be included. Florida Beach Weddings packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500.

Our small beach wedding packages or “micro-weddings” range from 2-50+ people and could be just what you’re looking for! We perform our weddings on both coasts of Florida so you can enjoy a Gulf beach wedding or one on the east coast with views of the Atlantic.

Small Beach Wedding Packages

Tropical Florida Elopement Package

5 Tips for Choosing and Planning Small Beach Wedding Package

1. Large vs. Small

Small beach weddings are easier to plan due to the mere simplicity of them. Less invitations, less managing of people, less money spent on catering to guests. So less really is less in this case. With large, traditional weddings you must deal with hotel room blocking, increased meal cost (night before or reception), more phone calls/emails with family members/friends to answer travel/lodging questions and increased overall stress. So if you want a clear cut, stress free wedding, a small Florida beach wedding is just the ticket! With our beach wedding company you can plan every detail from the comfort of your living room; we take care of permits and helping you with your Florida marriage license. A good option for keeping it small and simple but with traditional wedding decor is the Simply Deluxe Package.

At a Florida Wedding on the beach this couple has their first kiss.

Teal Distinctive Design Package

2. How “small” is “small?”

When deciding your guest list, your first big decision is are you inviting any guests or are you eloping as a couple? The term Small Beach Wedding or Micro-Wedding may mean “party of two,” or maybe it’s just enough for a game of pick up basketball (that’s typically 10 people for all the non NBA fans). It’s a big decision to elope as a couple, especially if you come from a big family with expectations or large network of friends. So, the first thing is to do some research and ask yourself, “Is a beach elopement right for me?” However, remember “small” beach wedding does not have to mean elopement! You can have a smaller, romantic wedding that is fully decorated with the latest on-trend decor such as a geometric wedding arch.

Cocoa Beach Weddings are great for beach elopements with a canopy.

Florida Natural Elopement Package

3. It’s all about the MONEY

You can go with an all inclusive beach elopement package, which allows 2-8 participants (bride, groom, plus up to 6 more) for less than $800. Now even a larger Distinctive Design wedding package with Florida Beach Weddings still qualifies as affordable, but the elopement packages price is the best way to pinch every penny. And when compared to a traditional wedding venue and reception, the savings a beach wedding package offers you is in thousands of dollars. Daytona Beach is definitely the most budget-friendly option. You can often save upwards of 50% by using Daytona Beach for your wedding ceremony! Permits are less and a lot of the beach wedding locations don’t have parking fees. Hotels are often cheaper than the Gulf coast. With four beaches to choose from there is plenty to do such as paddle boarding with manatees, fishing or riding horses on the beach.

Another option is the Cruise Beach Wedding in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The money you save getting married on the beach with a complete Cocoa Beach wedding package can be used for your honeymoon cruise leaving from nearby Port Canaveral.

4. Guest List Dilemma

Often times with large weddings the guest list line get hazy when it comes to how far down the line you go. First and second cousins? Co-workers? College friends? New friends? Acquaintances? Small beach weddings may mean it’s just the two of you or just immediate family/bridal party only. With an intimate beach wedding you don’t have to worry about hurting your long distance second cousin’s or work cubicle buddy’s feelings. The “if” invites of a large wedding are clear and definite “no’s” with a a micro-wedding. And you can always have an open invite celebratory party when you get back home from the wedding/honeymoon!

St. Augustine Beach wedding packages setup at Anastasia State Park, Florida.

Florida Simply Design Package

5. Choosing The Perfect Small Beach Wedding Package

Consider the following beach wedding packages and find the perfect fit:

  • Elopements– If total intimacy and zero guest list sounds like a dream come true, an elopement package is for you.  
  • An intimate, small wedding package with 2-35 guests is a great happy medium somewhere between elopement and large wedding. 
  • Party time– If you read this post and decided, “NO WAY small beach wedding!” Well then bring on the party and check out our affordable Florida Destiny Package which accommodates up to 50 guests.

LOCATION- Once you’ve decided the size of your beach wedding. It’s time to narrow down your beach location. From east coast to Gulf beaches, north to south, Florida Beach Weddings has a beach for you! After all, we serve all of Florida so if you like the white sandy beaches and sunsets Siesta Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Destin Beach have to offer we can provide you with a Gulf beach wedding ceremony. Or maybe it’s the peaceful beach scene mixed with hours of fun filled entertainment and historical sights on St. Augustine Beach, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Cocoa Beach, or Miami Beach on the east coast of Florida. There is no doubt we can help you find your perfect beach wedding location: check out exactly what an amazing beach wedding looks like!

So whether you’ve decided on a very small beach wedding or you’re on the fence, or you know it’s going to be a big beach bash, contact us to begin planning your dream destination wedding. 

Still need more beach wedding information? Check out our FAQ page to see what other brides and grooms often think about when planning an affordable beach wedding in Florida. Call (386) 214-6361 east coast of Florida or (727) 249-2708 Gulf coast.

Florida Beach Weddings van with married couple on Daytona Beach

Wedding couple on Daytona Beach with Florida Beach Weddings van