How to Plan a Florida Gulf Beach Microwedding

If you want an intimate marriage celebration but don’t want to miss out on the excitement of choosing wedding decor, flowers, music and more, then you might want to plan a microwedding. You can still have your family and friends participate in every part of your special day, just on a smaller scale. 

Bride walks with ring boys Fort Myers Beach

What is a microwedding?

It is NOT an elopement where usually it is just the couple tying the knot. A microwedding is a scaled-down version of a traditional wedding, except there will be less guests: usually under 50 and often much smaller. This type of ceremony gives you all the delight of planning and hosting a decorated wedding: with officiant, wedding arch, walking down the aisle, first dance and more. It is a custom styled, on trend wedding day on a smaller budget, and in a safer manner. If you choose a beach venue, you will be outdoors which is the best choice for weddings right now!

Bride and Groom married under bamboo wedding arch Siesta Key Beach

Plan Early

Destination weddings in the US continue to be very popular with outdoor ceremonies taking top place. Many beach wedding companies are booking into 2022 so securing your preferred wedding date is a top priority for engaged couples.  According to the 2020 Wedding Report by Wedding Wire, the top wedding dates were: 

  • October 10
  • June 20
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • September 12

Now if you are planning a beach ceremony in Florida, you have your pick of dates most the year due to the warm weather. The average couple is engaged for 15 months but should start planning early. With a microwedding on the Gulf beaches of Florida, planning early is vital to getting the date and beach location you want.

Bride with veil kissing groom on Siesta Key Beach

The best part about a micro-wedding, or small wedding in Florida, is that you can get lots of help with planning. A reputable beach wedding company can assist you with picking out wedding decorations, vows, music and more. We know the tide times, sunset time, and the best beaches to meet your dream wedding needs. We can also make local recommendations for you to have a reception or intimate dinner with your guests. This saves you lots of time, headaches and cash!

Gulf Beach Locations

On the west coast of Florida you will find the white sandy beaches, emerald water and glorious sunsets, but beach wedding prices often vary by location. Many of our couples choose Siesta Key or Lido Key near Sarasota for their ceremony. It’s a very popular spot to fish, sun or experience shopping and dining in an upscale atmosphere. A permit is required for Siesta Key events, but it is worth it because the main beach area has hundreds of parking spots, and is easily accessible for all your guests. It’s definitely one of the best beach weddings in Florida.

Sunset behind wedding couple kissing on a Gulf beach in FL

Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg Beach are equally as popular, being close to Tampa. Having a Gulf beach wedding ceremony on one of these beachfronts will give you memories to last a lifetime. The vibe is so relaxed and you can count on this charming area to provide you with daily activities such as dolphin watching, watersports, boating or just walking through the gentle tide. St. Pete is just one of the area beaches you can choose to get married on.

Further south, you can choose Fort Myers for a completely different Gulf of Mexico experience. Shells and sugary sand make this an ideal location to tie the knot. So relaxing! And taking a boat tour to Key West is a highlight you won’t want to miss.

Around the Florida panhandle, you will find Destin Beach which is a highly sought after wedding destination. You will need a permit to get married on any of the Destin area beaches but if you love stunning beaches this might be the choice for you! The sun dipping low over the Gulf of Mexico is breathtaking.

Wedding Ceremony Options

As mentioned above, a microwedding is still a fully decorated ceremony with all the bells and whistles. If a bride uses our Florida Beach Weddings company her best choice for beauty and customization is one of our Distinctive Design wedding packages which can satisfy all of your Florida wedding ideas. They have large bamboo or wooden wedding arches draped in material or with other accents such as starfish or flowers. Greenery aisleways and other details can be customized as well as color schemes and chair bands. With these wedding ceremony packages, the couple is announced with a large wooden “chalkboard” sign and a Unity Sand Ceremony is part of their vows. We coordinate your ceremony, officiate it and legally file your Florida marriage license. You can also use your own minister or officiant too, if you prefer.

Tropical Distinctive wedding arch on Sand Key Beach, Clearwater, FL

Event livestreams

Zoom wedding ceremonies are also very popular right now and can be used at a beach microwedding. Guests who are unable to attend the live marriage  celebration can still participate from a distance.

Your Wedding Dress

Like a traditional wedding, the bride can choose the dress she loves. A long wedding gown or short, beachy dress is perfect with your special beach wedding bouquet! Many brides choose lace and small straps or strapless styles are very popular. Surprisingly, our brides do often wear a veil, although this can be an issue with the ocean breeze. However, the choice is yours so you can feel beautiful on your special day. 

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

Don’t Forget Professional Wedding Photography

When it is sunset time, you will be glad you picked a Gulf beach for your wedding day! Our professional photography can be added to your already inexpensive beach wedding package for a small fee. It gets you extra time down by the ocean with your beloved, extra poses as a bride and with your guests. We don’t recommend you leave wedding pictures up to a friend or relative who might miss a shot, or take blurry photos…plus you want them to enjoy the day too!

Wedding couple kisses at sunset in the water

Outdoor Dining or Reception

Outdoor dining in Florida is one of the nicest things you can do. For a reception, if you are only having a few guest tables, a beautiful view and lovely decorations will delight your wedding party and guests (Siesta Key, Treasure Island and Venice Beach are some choices). This is one of the nicest things about a beach microwedding: it is intimate in a way you can’t always experience with a larger group.

Legal filing of your Florida marriage license is included in our wedding planning service when married by our officiant. It’s just one less thing to worry about. So why not consider a micro-wedding on a Florida Beach? Let us help you with dates, wedding packages, Gulf beach locations and more. Contact us today.

Beach Wedding Countdown: 1 Week Away

Wow, your beach wedding countdown is officially 1 week away! You’ve made phone calls, paid deposits, bought, altered, picked out and perfected every last wedding detail. And you’re only days away from the official “just married” title. Getting the planning out of the way can make it easier and more enjoyable for the happy couple on their special day. Use this checklist so you can rest assured that when you walk down the aisle, saying “I do” is the only thing you have left to-do on your list. 

Couple gazes together by St. Augustine ocean after beach wedding

Couple on St. Augustine Beach after ceremony

Beach Wedding Countdown Checklist

Make your Florida marriage legal

Have you applied for your marriage license? Whether you get married on the Gulf coast or an Atlantic beach, this is a critical detail. Contact your wedding coordinator if you aren’t sure what you need to do. Also, make sure you or someone very trustworthy is in charge of bringing the marriage license to the wedding site the day of your ceremony.  Check out some FAQs for obtaining a marriage license in Florida here.

Pamela Fuit Beach Wedding Officiant

Pamela Fuit Beach Wedding Officiant

Last minute wedding vendor details

During this last week before you tie the knot, call any vendors to confirm appointment times:

  • hair salon
  • nails
  • gift baskets
  • photographer
  • travel vendors
  • pickup of any accessories, etc.

Even if you have a cheap beach wedding package, extras can add up fast if you have to do things last minute! Now is also a good time to check your map to ensure the timing is going to work to and from hotels, appointments and your beach location. If your wedding day is on a weekend, consider that traffic will be busier than a weekday. Think of it as part of the fun to make your wedding day as stress-free as possible.

Daytona Beach Weddings at hotels.

Check out the beach

A day or two before the actual wedding ceremony, go and check out your beach location. Your wedding specialist will have sent you a detailed itinerary so you can also check out parking and meeting spots ahead of time. While you’re there, why not pack a beach chair and a towel and enjoy some sunshine! If anyone asks, it’s part of the beach wedding preparation. Oh, and don’t forget sunscreen to avoid a burn or unsightly tan lines. 

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach

Your guests

Now is a good to figure out what your guests might do after your wedding: natural leisure activities such as beach-going, hiking or water sports. They might also enjoy getting a list of museums and restaurants nearby. Anything you prepare for them in advance will be appreciated and add to their vacation time enjoyment in Florida, after your special day. You might even want to join them!

Natural St. Augustine Beach Wedding Packages with all-inclusive options

Wedding dress details

Literally iron out any details: get the iron (or steamer) out and make sure your dress and your significant other’s wedding attire is ready to go. You don’t want to worry about this right before you head out to your ceremony. Hopefully you followed any packing and travel tips here.

African American wedding couple on the beach

Get married!

Having a schedule or list will help you make sure that everything goes as smoothly as you planned. Having a trusted friend or volunteer help when you are pulled in many directions on your wedding day is a very good idea (especially if children are involved). If you’ve chosen a beach wedding package you won’t have to worry about decorations, officiant, chairs or even wedding photography (optional). Whether you’re a frequent beach goer or you’ve traveled many miles for your destination wedding, keep the beach mentality. Take it easy, relax, enjoy this special time and congratulations! 

First kiss as mr.and mrs. at our Destin, Florida beach weddings.

Read our reviews on Wedding Wire. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about Florida Beach Weddings, your preferred date or Florida wedding packages.

Wilbur Beach Blissful Wedding

The Beach Venue

Caren and Juan Carlos were married in October at Wilbur-By-The-Sea, just south of Daytona Beach. This soft sand beach has no hotels or driving on the beachfront so it is very quiet. There is a large, free parking lot right across the street from the beachfront so the couple and wedding party easily walked to their wedding ceremony destination. Their ceremony started at 5:30 pm.

Map of Wilbur-By-The-Sea FL

The Wedding Ceremony

Caren walked across the soft sand sprinkled with natural petals toward her beloved groom with her mother. Her long, lace wedding dress and large bouquet of pink and white flowers was breathtaking! Caren chose to wear an understated veil that also held her hair in place and revealed her beautiful smile.
Bride and mother walk down petal aisle at Daytona Beach wedding

Caren and Juan Carlos had 13 guests in attendance, 1 maid of honor dressed in blue, a flower girl and a ring bearer. Traditional piano and violin music was played at this beach wedding ceremony. 

Bride and groom say vows holding hand on Wilbur Beach, Daytona FL

The wedding vows included a sand ceremony using turquoise and purple sand to symbolize uniting of this couple in marriage. Two children joined in adding green and ivory sand as the sun began to sink in the early evening sky.

Couple gazes at each other under wedding arch on Daytona Beach

The Wedding Package

Our couple chose the Beach Chic Nautical Knot wedding ceremony package. The silky ribbons in blushes and neutrals, and metal floral buckets with white baby’s breath flowers is such a gorgeous choice against the beachfront sand and sea. This package includes 18 deluxe white chairs and spandex sashed chairs…Caren chose pretty Blush/Rose Gold Sequins bands.

Couple says vows by Atlantic ocean on the beach with ring boy

The Wedding Photos

After the wedding ceremony, Caron and Juan Carlos, now newly joined in matrimony followed our professional photographer down to the Atlantic ocean. This is where more magic happened for this couple! Choosing to add our beach wedding company photography to their wedding ceremony package made it easy to capture all the wonderful moments of their special day…without stress or worry that pictures would be missed.

Couple kisses by the ocean after marriage with brides pink flowers

Wilbur-By-The-Sea, on the Atlantic ocean, experiences the “Golden Hour” of the sunset which is reflected back from the west coast. It results in golds, pinks and purples that surround the beach and water. The sand is like a mirror for this couple as they embrace at the end of the wedding day.

Beach wedding couple stares at each by the Atlantic ocean with wedding dress in water

If you would like to explore this ocean beach location for your destination wedding, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Escape And Elope To A Florida Beach

Now that many of us are staying (and many working) at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, engaged couples including those who were only weeks away from tying the knot, have had to abruptly postpone or rethink their plans for their special day. This is frustrating and, as the winter months approach, you and your fiancé may be yearning to escape from it all! We don’t blame you…and the good news is you CAN still have a wedding ceremony in a safe environment, and celebrate with family and friends, if you wish. You and your partner can celebrate safely at an outdoor wedding where there is air circulation and lots of space. Where? A Florida beach of course which is perfect just about any day of the year!

Why not choose one of our Gulf Beach wedding locations? This sweet couple embraces with the stunning Gulf water and sunset behind them on Clearwater Beach. The white sand and emerald sea never disappoints, especially for a romantic elopement ceremony with the two of you alone.

Couple elopes at sunset on Clearwater Beach FL

Clearwater Beach Sunset Elopement

The couple below chose St. Augustine for their elopement ceremony. Even if it is just the two of you, the bride and groom can still dress in full wedding finery, as this couple did for their Florida Simply wedding ceremony. The wonderful thing about this package is that it is an all-inclusive wedding: photography, an officiant for your vows, decorations and legal filing of their Florida marriage license. No wedding planning by the couple necessary – they just obtained their marriage certificate and showed up at the beach! 

St. Augustine Beach couple married under stormy skies

St. Augustine Beach elopement couple

Cocoa Beach is a very popular location and will be again once the cruise ships return to sailing. However, by itself Cocoa is still a beautiful beach with lots of Atlantic wave action and entertainment options for the just married couple. It’s also the closes beach to Orlando and part of the Space Coast.

Couple’s first toast after Port Canaveral wedding

If you are looking for a small, simple and affordable elopement ceremony then our Daytona Heart in The Sand package may be the right choice for you. This is a true escape experience to the sun and sea! Daytona area beaches are beautiful almost all year round and the variety of oceanfront venues gives you lots of choices. This romantic, complete package has everything you need except the stress! Photographer, officiant, vows, and up to 4 guests. Of course, it can just be the two of you if you choose. This popular Elopement Package can be booked up to 6 months in advance.

Eloping couple stands in petal hearts on Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona Beach couple in heart made of petals

Siesta Key…need we say more? The couple below chose a slightly larger wedding with our Natural Distinctive Design ceremony package. With stunning decorations, a decorated aisle and guest chairs, it is a great choice for family and friends to witness your love. As you can see, a long or short wedding dress can be worn at a beach elopement…it’s up to you. Many couples choose an intimate dinner after their elopement ceremony, however if you have a larger wedding party, our staff of Beach Wedding Specialists can make recommendations for a reception venue close to your beach location.

Couple holds hands during Siesta Key wedding

Couple tied the knot on Siesta Key Beach

Right now, most major health experts still recommend staying away from big crowds, so why not consider an elopement ceremony or very small wedding in Florida? You can still be following all the guidelines outdoors. In fact, it is forecasted that in 2021 outdoor weddings will be more common during the pandemic. We applaud this approach and have been helping couples do this for years. And just because couples have to scale back their wedding size  doesn’t mean their celebrations will be less special. Just look how pretty these weddings are and they are just so stress free!

Tanned wedding couple in Atlantic surf at night

Couple in Daytona Beach surf as night falls

Now, if you do decide to change your current wedding plans and elope, you will need to notify your guests of this change. Fortunately, the Knot website offers some email templates you can use for this purpose. The Knot goes on to say: Among 750 guests surveyed in The Knot 2020 Guest Study, 71% of guests prefer to receive health and safety measures before they RSVP. Within this set, 63% of respondents said they’d like PPE information; 60% expressed interest in the overall guest count. 

Just married couple in Gulf of Mexico

Quite a few couples have chosen an elopement wedding in Florida with us and have been so happy with the results. Our bride Dari wrote, “We used Florida Beach Weddings for our intimate ceremony in October. Due to COVID-19 we had to delay our wedding by 5 months. Although it was frustrating for us, Pam made the process go smoothly. Any questions were always answered promptly. If you want a stress free beach wedding, Florida Beach Weddings is for you. Highly recommend.” 

Our bride Brittany wrote, “I am absolutely thrilled with how my wedding played out. The decor was elegant and beachy. It was everything I’d dreamed of and more. Getting married during a pandemic could have been stressful but they were very professional and accommodating making the process smooth. Thank you for making my day special!”

Destin Beach bride by sandy sea oats

Of course we loved working with them just as much and we want to work with you too! We welcome same sex marriage couples too. Contact us today to book your wedding ceremony date and have a Florida beach wedding or elopement ceremony in 2021.

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