So many wonderful things go into planning a beach wedding. But sometimes brides easily lose sight of the forest for the trees (or the beach for the sand) when it comes to wedding planning. At the end of the wedding day, the bride and groom (or same sex couple) will be joined as husband and wife. Therefore, it should be a day filled with joy and celebration, not stress! Here are some tips to avoid having any beach wedding regrets and five ways to avoid common mistakes. 

Bride and groom on Daytona Beach kissing on sand with bridal bouquet

Daytona Beach Wedding bride and groom

Stress

 “I was worried for nothing,” “In hind sight, that was no big deal,” and “I was too stressed to enjoy my wedding day.” DO NOT let those thoughts be yours. Do not lose site of the goal here. Your wedding day should be centered around your marriage. Florida Beach Weddings company will take care of everything to ensure your wedding site is nothing but the best! We set-up and break down/remove all your wedding ceremony decorations (like the Coral Distinctive Design wedding package below) and file your Florida marriage license with the government for you. Any bride/groom should mentally prepare for a hiccup or two. Whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction, drizzly weather, or late wedding guest, keep your eyes on the prize- your soon to be spouse! We will ensure your ceremony location is ready to rock and roll, whether you are having a small beach wedding, micro-wedding or larger wedding. Your main priorities are: your marriage license and the presence of the bride and groom. Everything else is secondary as far as your concerns go. With this mindset, you can look back on your wedding day with no regrets!

Coral and white wedding decor set up on Daytona Beach.

Coral Distinctive Design Package on Daytona Beach

Time Management

Be on time. That’s the best wedding time management advice. So calculate how long any hair/make up/nail appointments will take and plan your wedding day accordingly. Use your phone/Google Maps to determine drive times ahead of time, not 10 minutes before walking out the door. We recommend our wedding couples arrive to their destination wedding city a day or two ahead of the ceremony and explore your chosen beachfront site. Allow some wiggle room for traffic, make up fixes, large bridal parties, etc. You can’t be responsible for your guests and bridal party arriving on time, but it is YOUR responsibility to communicate with them timelines and expectations. Be clear about meeting places and allow for extra time for off beach parking/walking. Your Beach Wedding Specialist will help you with all of this, including providing a detailed agenda for your special day.

Daytona Beach bride getting ready for ocean wedding

Budget 

 Wise choices and an affordable destination wedding. That’s the name of the budget game. KNOW YOUR BUDGET before ANY planning begins. You are much more likely to make wise choices and appropriate compromises when you have a clear, established budget. And from there, our Beach Wedding Packages Page is a great place to start. We pride ourselves on our affordable prices and one stop shopping experience. So what you see is what you get when you choose your wedding package decor. Prioritize your “must haves” and “can do withouts” and stick to it. Check out other ways to save money on your beach wedding with adding our professional photography or a first dance to your ceremony. Our Beach Wedding Specialists can help you make the right decisions that won’t break the bank: they can recommend affordable amenities on both the Gulf beach side of Florida and the Atlantic coast.

beach wedding expenses

Professional Photographer

Forever in Love Photos professional wedding photography is now part of the Florida Beach Weddings team! So you can rest assured that your beach wedding day will have the highest quality, most memorable photos possible. We often have to deal with the bright lighting on the beach: the sun, the glare, the sparkling water and most importantly, the sunsets. Not an easy task when you only have a few precious moments to get a shot. We also know how to deal with the sea breeze blowing around your wedding dress and hair, or if there is precipitation coming and the light is low. It really is to your benefit to use the services of a professional beach wedding photographer, and it costs less than you think. Just ensure to book the photographer with your wedding package so that you don’t miss out!

Bride poses before wedding in Siesta Key on the beach

Bride before wedding in Siesta Key Beach

Hair/Dress

Don’t regret choosing your beach wedding attire without considering a few basic tips. Dress appropriate for the hot, Florida weather and keep in mind the sand, wind, and sun! Our Beach Wedding Specialist will not schedule your wedding at the hottest time of day, however some things to keep in mind:

  • Dress– Depending on the season, you may have more or less options here. It’s safe to say if you are booking a beach wedding between the months of May-September your most practical advice is to keep it cool. Don’t choose thick fabrics or a three piece suit for the groom. You will be sweating and you will not be happy if you don’t follow that advice. We have a few other helpful posts on beach groom style and beach wedding dresses
  • Accessories/Shoes– Less is more so consider a barefoot wedding. Bare feet or open sandals are a great idea for brides. Going barefoot or simple flip flops are ideal for grooms. Nobody wants to miss out on the “toes in the sand” experience! Jewelry is pretty flexible and can be worn according to your personal style (read more here). Veils can be tricky due to the sea breeze, however a good beach photographer can help you manage it for wonderful photos. Even a slight breeze can have your veil wrapped around and tangled…not very romantic! By the way, sunglasses are not wedding accessories (although your guests will definitely need them). Ensure all cell phones are turned off.
St. Augustine beach wedding packages with bamboo canopy in Florida.

St. Augustine Beach wedding couple kisses after tying the knot

We hope these tips will help you feel cool, comfortable and calm for your Florida destination wedding. So if you’re ready for a stress and regret free beach ceremony, click HERE!