St. Augustine Elopements: Find The Right One For You

For couples who want to skip the cost and fuss of a large St. Augustine Beach wedding, St. Augustine elopement packages are the perfect solution. The historic downtown district and idyllic beaches set a romantic backdrop for a small, intimate or completely private elopement wedding. Here’s everything you need to know about St. Augustine elopement packages.

St. Augustine, Florida beach wedding couple walking on sand

St. Augustine beach weddings are meant to celebrate the love of a couple, which can quickly be forgotten in the hectic planning of a large ceremony. Whether you want to say your vows on the sand or in a courthouse ceremony, your St. Augustine elopement ceremony is sure to be special and created especially for the two for you.

Couple on St. Augustine Beach getting married in the sand in Florida

Just as mind boggling

A St. Augustine elopement wedding can be just as complicated as a larger wedding, if you don’t have the wedding planning help you need.. Things to consider are securing a permit for a beach or an historic site, finding a place for the after-ceremony celebration and, probably, a bed and breakfast inn to spend your first, romantic night together. (At that point your wedding becomes your honeymoon).

The Perfect Solution

Couples today have very busy lives. They work, volunteer, exercise, play sports, have hobbies and enjoy the company of friends and children. There may not be any time to plan this major, life-changing event, the wedding of your dreams. The perfect wedding solution may an elopement wedding. This kind of wedding helps you to relax into your married life together. It can be as spontaneous or as planned as you like. And why not choose the beach?

Bridal party at Embassy Suites St. Augustine at a Florida Beach Wedding

St. Augustine Elopement Packages

Elopement wedding packages take care of all the details for you. They help you find the ideal, scenic location for your ceremony, secure a site use permit, employ the photographer, and help find a restaurant that suits your palate. You can book the Bed and Breakfast with your preferences of view in mind. Some of the packages and inns offer special gifts for staying or planning with them. Gifts can include a bottle of champagne and his and hers flute glasses. Some elopement packages also arrange for sightseeing tickets and discounts once you’ve tied the knot. Some even file the marriage certificate for you (our beach wedding company does)!

Variations of St. Augustine Elopement Packages

Some couples choose to bring another couple on their elopement wedding. Only do this if both members of the couple are your best friends! The other couple serves as the best man and maid of honor. They also are your witnesses. But, what if you want to ditch them once the honeymoon begins? It could be problematic. For those married couples wanting to renew their vows, a St. Augustine beach elopement package is the perfect way to celebrate your continued commitment to each other.

St. Augustine beach wedding in the ocean by Florida beach weddings.

How to Plan Your St. Augustine Elopement

Because Elopement Weddings are very popular now, the best plan is to not do it alone. You can select the attire, location and one of the St. Augustine elopement packages, and Florida Beach Weddings can do the rest. Once you decide whom you want with you at the elopement wedding, you can simply contact Florida Beach Weddings to see the many choices you have. Most packages allow up to 8 people in attendance. Prices for St. Augustine elopement packages range from $850 to one thousand dollars, which also can include a beautiful canopy and seating. 

Contact floridabeachweddings.com to get started today. See you in St. Augustine, Florida!  

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Say Yes to a Beach Wedding Dress

Bride and groom after beach wedding in St. Augustine, FL

Bride Guide: Choosing a Beach Wedding Dress

You know the tune, “Here comes the bride all dressed in….see through!?!” Wait, what? Your beach wedding dress should have guests dropping their jaws at your beauty and elegance. However, jaw drops should NOT be due to the fact you look like you’re auditioning for a Victoria Secret lingerie photo shoot or because of the amount of sweat pouring down your body. After many years of operating a wedding store, we want to help guide you in choosing the perfect dress whether it’s magical mermaid, classic beauty, or boho chic style. So here are a few pointers for choosing the perfect beach wedding dress.

Daytona Beach wedding couple holding hands after vow ceremony

How to Choose the Perfect Beach Wedding Dress

  1. Material, girl: We’re not talking Madonna here, we’re talking fabric. Choose a breathable wedding dress made from fabrics like chiffon, cotton blends, or organza. And if you want one of those crazy sweat inducing wraps to shed those last few pre-wedding pounds, go for it. However, sweating off pounds in a satin suction cup dress while walking down the aisle is just a bad idea. Keep it cool and comfortable.
  2. Length: You may be thinking, warm, sunny weather hence a shorter dress. Well, that MAY be an option, but the sun isn’t the only factor to consider. While that sea breeze will keep you cool and relaxed, a swift breeze in a short dress could have your guests getting to know you in ways you didn’t expect. Beach brides may be afraid of “dirtying up” a floor length dress, but a little saltwater and sand is nothing a professional cleaning can’t take care of. In fact, many brides love to wade into the sea for a few stunning photos! If you’re set on avoiding a full length dress, above the knee and tea length are great options also.
  3. Stylin’: Choose a style that magnifies your natural beauty and is comfortable for you. You may choose to stick with your already non-traditional wedding theme and go with a flowing and mystical gown or opt for a classic, timeless look. Check out our Beach Wedding photo gallery below to get an idea of some beach wedding dresses.
  4. Trial: Lighting in a retail store provides a totally different effect from natural sunlight. Think you’ve found the perfect dress? Take a step outside in your dress to make sure it’s not see through. It’s also a good idea to take a couple of pictures in that natural light. Often the camera has some sort of tricky x-ray vision and without testing out the lighting and visibility, you could end up with some very revealing wedding photos.
  5. Underneath it all: Make sure to wear no show/seamless undergarments. Again, do a trial run. Get your whole ensemble together and step outside. Have a friend check front and back to make sure there are no see through surprises or funky strap lines. You can also add a personal touch with a fun garter.
  6. Coordinate with your decor: Don’t forget you can style your beach wedding package decor to match your bride and groom vibe! Tropical island mermaid or elegant, simple and neutral? We have the bamboo, flowers and draping for that. Floral or seashells? At Florida Beach Weddings company it’s your choice.

Beach Wedding Dress Gallery

 

 

 

Best Barefoot Beach Weddings Guide

Dreaming of a barefoot wedding in the silver sand? The golden hour with oranges, pinks, reds, purples, pinks, across the horizon? A barefoot wedding can be a sign of trust, commitment, humility, and let’s face it…it just feels wonderful. Is a relaxing wedding get away, a barefoot beach wedding for you? Let’s take a look at some of the best Florida Beach Wedding locations for a white sand, barefoot ceremony. 

Daytona Beach wedding couple kissing after vows in the ocean surf

Barefoot Beach Wedding Locations 

Although you can really experience the soft sand and sunset skies from just about any spot along the Florida Coastline, we will highlight some of the beaches that make going barefoot the perfect delight for you and your guests. A destination wedding on the beach will make your special day one where you all can relax and be themselves. Whether it is a larger beach wedding or just the two of you, a barefoot wedding ceremony can feel even more intimate. Even your wedding party can go without shoes! 

Clearwater Beach

The 2.5 miles of white sandy beach line and gorgeous water are what keep Clearwater Beach ranked as Trip Advisor’s best vacation destination year after year. So don’t just take it from us, hear what the thousands of visitors have to say about the dream destination beach wedding location. The variety of hotel accommodations keep prices fair, helping to keep the this an affordable beach wedding option. There are sunset festivals and drum circles taking place for a unique experience. The Florida Beach Weddings team has the inside scoop on some of the most convenient beach parking solutions and can fit your wedding to your personality. So whether it is quiet, calm and serene or fun filled, people watching, music loving, Clearwater Beach has a barefoot beach wedding venue waiting for you!

Barefoot wedding couple kisses at sunset on Clearwater Beach, FL

Aerial view of Clearwater Beach pier and Gulf beachfront

Destin Beach 

Everything we just said about Clearwater beach’s natural landscape, repeat for Destin Beach. Pristine white sandy beach perfect for bare feet, calm emerald water, relaxed atmosphere. This Florida beach wedding location is a hot spot! In case ours and Trip Advisor’s reviews aren’t noteworthy enough, even Oprah has been known to shout out to Destin for it’s awesome beach! So you know it’s got to be good! This is the spot for beautiful beaches with sand as white as snow, abounding golf courses, famous “The Henderson” resort, and still affordable! This beach is an easy road trip destination beach wedding for all the neighboring Florida states. So whether it’s party of 2 or 200, a Destin Beach wedding is a perfect 10 on the barefoot beach wedding list. 

A bride and groom in the Gulf water during one of our Pensacola beach weddings.

Groom kneels before bride at Destin beach barefoot wedding in Florida

Siesta Key Beach 

Well add it to our list of white sandy beach, lovely gulf water views and stunning sunsets! Siesta Key beach is a great location for a barefoot beach wedding. Both family and budget friendly, this beach location will have you kicking off your shoes the moment you arrive. There are a variety of affordable hotel accommodations within a short walk to the beach, fun and lively restaurants, and nothing beats the romantic Siesta Key Beach sunsets! 

Siesta Key Wedding during the sunset are the ideal time to pose with your groom during your Florida beach wedding.

So elopement, small wedding, or full on party wedding, we can help you plan your dream sunset beach wedding! Contact us to find out everything you need to know about planning a beach wedding. From marriage licenses to beach permits, color design choices to photography packages. We surely have a beach marriage package to cover all of your sunset beach wedding needs!

Siesta Key Beach couple during the pink sunset at a Gulf beach wedding

New Smyrna Beach

Dreaming of dunes? Sand dunes rolling as far as the eyes can see like snowdrifts abound in New Smyrna beach! New Smyrna Beach Wedding couples will enjoy a 17 mile stretch of white sand beach, the blue Atlantic ocean with white wave caps, and a typically less crowded location than your traditional beach wedding in the Daytona area. It truly is a paradise beach wedding perfect for barefoot vows! Contact us today to get started planning your barefoot beach wedding.

Beach Wedding couple after vows in New Smyrna sand dunes

Sunrise over sand dunes on New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Destination Wedding Timeline

Congratulations on your engagement!! So, once the “engagement honeymoon” is over, it’s time for wedding planning to get real! Destination and ordinary in-town weddings follow many of the same milestones. However, don’t overlook these seemingly minor differences. Check out this 12 month destination wedding timeline to keep your destination beach wedding smooth sailing!

Tropical geometric wedding arch set up for a Gulf beach wedding in Siesta Key, FL

Tropical Geometric Arch Wedding Package on Siesta Key Beach, FL

Destination Wedding Timeline:

12 or more months before:

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  • Guest list– plan your guest list and notify guests ASAP with a “save the date”. Give friends and family ample time to save and plan for your amazing wedding adventure! Check out The Knot’s free “Guest List Tool” to stay organized and save money. Start your own free wedding website to help you stay organized.
  • Ask the bridal party to be a part of your wedding. Bridesmaids get ready!

Beach bride and bridesmaids at Destin Wedding in Florida

Beach bride and bridesmaids at Destin Wedding in Florida

8-11 months before:

  • Dress time- Shop for and order your wedding gown for a white sand wedding. Tips here!
  • Hotel booking- If you have a large group, inquire about a group discount/blocking rooms. 
  • Book flight/Car rental- Encourage your bridal party to make arrangements as well.
  • Book wedding- With Florida Beach Weddings company, this makes long distance planning a sea breeze. We provide everything you need for your elegant beach wedding so you don’t have to lift a finger on your special day. One. Stop. Shop. Save time and money by avoiding multiple vendors, fees, complications, etc. Check out these complete package options.
  • Plan post-wedding ceremony plans. Dinner? Happy hour? Full wedding reception? Night on the town?
  • Choose colors– Deciding this early will guide you with ceremony decor choices, bridesmaid dresses, favors, etc. Furthermore, it’s fun!
  • Save-the-Date Cards– Order and mail.
  • Create a registry– Happy Shopping!

Couple Kisses after Miami Beach Wedding on white sand

Couple kisses after Miami Beach wedding ceremony on white sand

6-8 months before:

  • Bridesmaids dresses/Groom attire– Choose and order according to your elegant beach wedding package colors.
  • Research activities- What will you and your guests be doing during the “down time” before and after your wedding day? 

Ponce Inlet Beach Weddings

Groom and beach wedding party at Ponce Inlet , Daytona Beach, FL

4-6 months before:

  • Invitations: Order/Create and send. You can choose a traditional paper invite or save money on a small wedding by using an e-version like one from evite.
  • Wedding rings–  Shop, buy, size, and keep them in an unforgettably safe place.
  • Confirm travel plans/required documents if necessary.
  • ****Florida Marriage License****– Your wedding dream is unofficial without one of these. More information here. 

Wedding rings in the beach sand

2-4 months before:

  • Plan itinerary for length of destination stay. While you can be flexible, it’s still a good idea to have a plan. Consider a timetable for both leisure activities before and after wedding day, as well as day-of wedding schedule (hair, travel time, etc.). Florida Beach Weddings provides you with a detailed timeline of your wedding day for less stress!
  • Schedule hair/make up appointments as needed. Be sure to be very clear with time management and remember to prepare for a beach-friendly hairstyle.
  • Welcome! If you have guests traveling, a Welcome Bag is always a thoughtful way to share the wedding love! Order items/prepare bags.

Sharing an intimate moment after one of our Daytona Beach Weddings in Florida.

Sharing an intimate moment after one of our Daytona Beach Weddings in Florida

1 month:

  • Write vows. Florida Beach Weddings provides ceremony vow options, but you may add your own personal vows if desired for a perfect wedding day.
  • Finalize plans. Look for emails from Florida Beach Weddings with detailed destination wedding timeline. Communicate with your guests and wedding party directions/timelines as needed. So this is the time to answer any last minute questions between planner, bridal party, and guests. Designate a “guest” helper for the ceremony (so it doesn’t have to be you).
  • Final fitting- Any alterations/changes should be wrapped up. Purchase/bring a steamer or make plans for professional steaming through a local laundromat upon arriving your destination wedding location. In addition, consider bridesmaids dresses as well.

The happy family to be makes their way down the aisle at our Beach Wedding in Clearwater, Florida.

Clearwater Beach wedding family

Week of: Confirmation is the name of the game!

  • Confirm any appointments– hair, make up, mani/pedi, wedding dress steaming.
  • Groom/groomsmen- Confirm attire/pick up arrangements.
  • Review day-of itinerary (provided by your beach wedding company)
  • Distribute welcome bags. 

DAY OF! It’s shhhhhhow time!

If you’ve hired “Florida Beach Weddings,” the only thing you really need to do is show up. Go to any appointments and show up to your favorite part of your wedding day: the beach ceremony site! Most of all, don’t forget to bring the rings and marriage license! Happy Wedding Day! Still have questions about a destination beach wedding? Check out our FAQ page!

This bride and groom celebrate with a kiss after one of our Florida weddings in St. Augustine

Bride and groom celebrate kiss after one of our Florida weddings in St. Augustine

Do I Need to Hire a Beach Wedding Planner?

Can’t I do it myself?

Couple gets married on Daytona Beach saying vows in the surf

You’re getting married later this year or next year: you’re organized, creative, and have access to Pinterest…so do you really need to spend money on a beach wedding planner? Well, whether you’re a local bride sharing vows at your favorite beach spot, or planning a destination wedding from out of state, here are 5 reasons why you should hire a Beach Wedding company to plan and execute your event.

Bride and groom on Miami Beach after wedding

     5 Top Reasons to use a Beach Wedding Company

      • One Stop Shop– From wedding officiant to ceremony photographer, set up to break down, the Beach Wedding planner does EVERYTHING for you. As a bride, do you really want to drag equipment and decorations through the sand and work up a sweat? No! Don’t spend countless hours researching reviews or juggling phone calls the day of the wedding. Rest assured that Florida Beach Weddings company has you covered. 
      • Trip Advisor- Did you know some sections of coastal Clearwater may only provide 2-3 parking spots? Or that not every dream beach spot has a ramp/stairs within reasonable walking distance? High or low tide times? Florida Beach Weddings Planners have over 12 years experience, know Florida cities and beaches, and ensure every detail is covered. Whether it’s a Gulf beach wedding or on the east coast of Florida, we plan your entire ceremony and personally make it happen. Our family and friends operated business goes all out to make your dream wedding day a reality.
      • D.I.Y.- Dreaming of making your own beautiful wedding arch or tying together dozens of those amazing floral arrangements? Those “little” expenses add up and you would end up saving money by hiring an affordable Beach Wedding Company. Complete Florida Beach Weddings packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500. Not to mention, what are you really going to do with all of those perfect projects after the wedding? Well, besides provide gorgeous decor for your basement or attic.

Miami Beach bride and groom kissing after wedding on park bench

      • Sign on the X– Permits and the Florida wedding license may contain fine print, unforeseen details, or time sensitive material that you may not otherwise be aware of. Allow our Beach Wedding Company to guide you and do the work for you without the stress of a minor detail keeping you from your dream day. 
      • Smooth Sailing– our Beach Wedding Planner does it all. Your “Handy Uncle John” or “Crafty Cousin Susan” won’t have to lift a finger or stress about what goes where. Instead, you and all of your closest friends and family can relax and enjoy your beautiful day. And let’s not forget to mention the hours involved in a beach wedding. Set up and break down will leave you with sand and sweat in places no attendee or bridal party needs to know about!

So avoid sweat, tears and stress and choose an all inclusive Florida Beach Wedding package for your wedding day; it really includes everything! 

Bride and groom kissing after beach wedding in Clearwater, Florida

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