Top Tips for Your Destination Wedding On the Beach

wedding on the beach

Florida destination weddings are more popular than ever for couples that are planning a beach wedding. A wedding on the beach is the perfect romantic way to say “I do” for many people. Planning early can be the best way to ensure your wedding ceremony comes together perfectly. Of course, the perfect beach wedding starts with picking your beach venue. Getting married on the beach does not mean that you need to travel out of the USA, but it does mean you need to make preparations a few months in advance. Choosing a reputable, professional beach wedding company will go a long way to reducing any stress you have about planning a destination wedding.

Tips for Planning A Wedding On the Beach

Beach weddings in Florida are popular destination wedding spaces so you do want to book early. Your first step to getting married on the beach is to ensure that you have your date booked. You should plan as far in advance as possible. Of course, you can always book later, but it is best if you can book around 6-12 months out from your planned date, especially if you want a weekend wedding. One of the things you can do to make the process easier is to be a little more flexible on your wedding date: have a few options in mind when you speak to your wedding provider.  

This bride and groom celebrate during one of our Daytona Beach Weddings.

Daytona Beach Wedding Couple

The same goes for location! Have a list of your top 3 beach venues so that you book one that aligns with your date. For example, if you want a Gulf beach wedding then explore Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beaches, and Siesta Key beach. If you prefer the Atlantic coast of Florida with its white capped waves, then explore getting married on St. Augustine Beach, Daytona area beaches and Cocoa Beach.

You should plan for about 50% attendance rate at your beach wedding if it is a destination wedding. If you live in Florida that changes things. A local Florida resident will have a much larger turnout, than those that have to travel a long distance for the wedding at the beach. Don’t worry either way, your Florida marriage license is easy to get.

Sand Key Park, Clearwater FL

Sand Key Park, Clearwater FL

Make a List

If your wedding is a destination wedding, lists are a very important part of the planning process. Making lists of everything that you will need for your wedding on the beach is vitally important to ensure a smooth ceremony. Include on your list the following:

  • Delegation of duties
  • Transportation
  • Packing list
  • Ceremony necessities

In addition to the general bridal planning, you will need to delegate some of the duties for your destination wedding, especially if children are involved. A bride and groom should not be managing young children on their wedding day, so enlist the help of family and friends to assist with them. Also, delegating someone to ensure that guests have all the help they need, directions, etc. is crucial. Ensure every detail is planned for the day and keep a list of who is responsible for what. Your bridal party will be glad to help as well.

New Smyrna Beach Wedding in Florida

New Smyrna Beach wedding couple after saying vows

Transportation Arrangements

Make a list of what transportation you will use to get around during your stay. Contact the transportation method of choice early on to book your transportation so you can check that off your list. Whether it is a beach shuttle, rental car or private limo, make sure it is confirmed and ready when you arrive. We encourage our couples to arrive a few days early to their chosen beach venue in order to become familiar with the beach, their accommodations and transportation. We also provide our wedding couples with a list of local amenities and vendors, once they have booked their ceremony with our top rated beach wedding company.

What To Pack

You will need to arrange to get your wedding attire to the beach venue, and all the things that you will need during your stay. Make a list of everything that you want to bring with you so nothing is left behind…especially your wedding dress! Check with your airline for sizes and carry on regulations. Don’t assume anything. It is important to avoid packing your wedding dress in checked luggage if at all possible. Try to find out how your airline handles passengers with large-but-delicate items like a wedding dress. You can call them ahead of time to see if they would potentially offer closet space (often at the discretion of the flight attendants on duty). 

A groom dips his bride during one of our Destin, Florida beach weddings.

Destin, Florida beach wedding bride in mermaid dress

Ceremony Necessities

Make a list of everything you want at your ceremony. Having a list to check off will ensure that you do not forget anything. Maybe you want guest bags or sunglasses. Maybe some cute flip flops. Do you want chilled water for your guests? We have complete beach wedding packages that include this so you won’t have to worry about their comfort in the Florida weather. Getting organized and using lists to your advantage can help you to have the amazing beach wedding you always dreamed of. Contact our beach wedding specialists for more help. Some of most popular Distinctive Designs are listed below:

Coral Distinctive Design Package – click here for more information

Florida Beach Wedding packages with coral and white material, chairs, officiant and photographer.

Coral Distinctive Siesta Key

Floral Distinctive Design – click here for more information

Florida Beach Weddings with greenery and natural beach wedding decor.

Clearwater Floral Distinctive Design

Rustic Geometric Arch – click here for more information

Rustic Geometric arch on the beach

Rustic Geometric Arch

Discover Amelia Island Weddings: the Gem Beneath Georgia

There is an alternative to Georgia beaches tucked just below the Florida-Georgia border: Amelia Island is a perfect Florida wedding venue. A special north Florida beach, Amelia Island is located just off the Atlantic coast and offers 13 miles of beautiful sea beaches, abundant native wildlife, sand dunes, and blue ocean water. This barrier island is a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike and makes a wonderful choice for a romantic destination wedding.

Tips for your Daytona Beach Wedding at the Shores

From the sun on the beach to the great restaurants downtown, this area has a quaint island feel. You may wish a small, simple ceremony, a tropical elopement, or a larger decorated ceremony, but having someone help you is priceless, so consider an experienced beach wedding company to help with your planning. Florida Beach Weddings has over 12 years experience and travels to your chosen beach venue to set up your complete wedding package. We arrange your ceremony arbor, chairs, decor and any other details you have chosen for your wedding day. There is no permit fee for marriage on Amelia Island, but you will need a Florida marriage license.

Although there are a few beaches to choose from Seaside Park is a popular, centrally located beach on Amelia Island. It offers parking areas, several covered pavilions, picnic tables and a photo opportunity on the boardwalk to the beachfront. What stunning wedding photos you will have to remember, now and forever.

Seaside Park Amelia Island sand dunes

Sliders Seaside Grill is an oceanfront restaurant/bar with a recently completed upstairs facility overlooking this park: it also has a separate facility for rent that is private and oceanfront. Nearby also is The Ocean Club of Amelia offering space for larger groups.

Sliders Seaside Grill Amelia Island for wedding receptions

Ceremony Design Suggestions for Amelia Island

Natural: If you love driftwood, take a look at our Drift Away Distinctive Design Package. No need to go looking on the beach for driftwood: we bring it to you! This beach wedding package includes the natural scenery of the sun and sea. It is all-inclusive and comes complete with a wedding officiant, set-up crew, chilled water station, sand ceremony vase and so much more. If you want a change from a bamboo canopy, then escape to beach elegance with our driftwood beach wedding package! This package offers two style designs. You can choose the asymmetrical greenery arrangements on the driftwood canopy, or you can have white flower accents halfway up the bottom of the driftwood canopy. For more impact, we can also drape a piece of white or ivory material across the top half of the driftwood wedding arch. 

Our Driftwood beach wedding packages are all-inclusive and come with beautiful decor, white chairs, burlap and babys breath.

Nautical: The Florida Nautical Knot Package is a popular design choice with our couples. It is cheaper than a traditional wedding at home, but a step up from a beach elopement package. If you want to escape to a beautiful destination wedding with a small group of friends and family, our Florida Nautical Knot Package is the ideal choice. With this package you receive beautiful decor including a bamboo wedding arch in your chosen color scheme, decorated aisleway, chairs for your guests, and more. It also comes in a Wildflower option and Beach Chic design.

Nautical Knot wedding package and couple Palm Coast

Rustic Romance: For a unique and elegant beach wedding ceremony, our Rustic Romance package is our newest design. A high, wooden canopy elegantly draped with flowing material and a extra-large cascading floral topper. For the couple that wants those extra touches of elegance and modern design, this complete wedding package will satisfy every wedding day dream you’ve ever had, while still providing an affordable destination wedding.

Rustic Romance Flagler Beach, FL

Other north Florida beaches near Georgia to consider for a beach wedding include: Jacksonville Beach and Vilano Beach in St. Augustine. Contact us today to find out if your desired date is available. Our beach wedding planners can’t wait to hear from you!

Lido Beach Weddings – Dream Gulf Beach Wedding

It is possible to have a Dream Beach Wedding and many of them occur on specific beaches along the Gulf Coast. Each beach is as unique as our wedded couples. And we want you to feel the same way about your beach wedding location as you do your future spouse, IN LOVE! So let’s talk Lido Beach Weddings. Lido Key Beach is located in Sarasota, home of white sandy beaches and calm, relaxing water known as the “Emerald Coast”. Review after review, Trip Advisor travelers boast about Lido Key Beach’s cleanliness, safety, friendly locals, and gorgeous beach. The gulf sea water is warmer than Destin beach since it is much further south, which makes it a popular destination during the winter when it is frequented by “snowbirds” from the north. So if you’re dreaming of a relaxed, laid back, picturesque scene for your wedding day, a Lido Beach wedding is calling your name!

Map of Lido Key Beach, FL

Sunsets

There is nothing more beautiful than a Gulf beach sunset for your wedding pictures. Lido Key beach is the perfect venue if this is your heart’s desire. Our photographers are trained in sunset and natural lighting techniques to ensure your memories are captured with vows and views.

Lido Beach Weddings in Siesta Key Beach, Florida during the sunset.

Places to Stay

Gulf Beach Motel Resort – This resort, the first hotel built on Lido Beach, has all the charm and history of a small gulf coast beach town! Units are rented out individually so you can find the specific rental to fit your needs. And the condo is located on the beach, with easy beach access and breathtaking views.

Coquina on the Beach -Beachfront, poolside, tiki huts, cabanas, the beach life. What this hotel lacks in flashy, modern it makes up for in local charm and R&R. Affordable, quaint, relaxing. If you saved money having a cheap Florida beach wedding with our company, this lovely and well-kept property is a great choice. 

Coquina Hotel on Lido Key Beach, FL pool

Lido Beach Resort– Not exactly on the “budget-friendly” list, but if you’re going all out, this resort will have you feeling like a royal beach resident. Lido Beach Grill, Sunday Brunch, Poolside Tiki bar, this beach has everything you need to keep the drinks and bellies full. Relaxation to the max.

Beach Wedding Packages

Are you having a small wedding in Florida? Whether you’re looking to have a beach elopement, very small beach wedding, larger wedding event, or anything in between, our company has an affordable Florida beach wedding package for you. Learn more about Lido Beach and surrounding gulf coast area beach packages below:

Beach Elopement Packages

Just the two of you or up to six guests can enjoy the stress free beach wedding atmosphere with an elopement. Check out our beach wedding elopements options. These are great for vow renewals too.

Tropical Florida Beach Weddings and elopements

Beach Wedding Packages

If you’re looking for a larger than six guest list, check out these beach wedding package options for Lido Beach Weddings. And remember, these Distinctive Design beach wedding packages are all-inclusive. Oh and did we mention the affordability? Yeah, that’s covered too!

Florida Beach Wedding packages with coral and white material, chairs, officiant and photographer.

Coral Distinctive Siesta Key

Things to do 

Well, we’ve got accommodations and the wedding day covered, but what about the rest of the time? Let’s look at pre-wedding, post wedding dinner, and built-in destination honeymoon.

Lido Beach Restaurant– This spot tops the charts when it comes to delicious, fresh food and awesome service, and easy on the wallet. And if you love a lobster roll, step aside New England, Lido Beach Restaurant is giving you a run for your money. Quality food, relaxed atmosphere.

Stand Up Paddleboard – Up for a little outdoor adventure? Why not explore the Lido Beach area by paddle board? Lido Key Stand Up Paddleboard Rental offers class for beginners and includes all the equipment you’ll need for a fun trip!

paddleboarding Lido Key

St. Armand’s Circle – Ok shoppers, get ready, St. Armand’s is ready for you! Stroll the historic streets, grab a bite to eat, and shop the many local boutiques. St. Armand’s has the relaxed beach feel and over 130 merchants.

Lido Beach Weddings and location guide

You’re probably wishing someone invented a method of tele-porting right now! 😉 Well, we can’t get you here that fast, but  you can contact us today to start planning your Lido Beach Wedding!

 

 

Sand Key Beach: Say Yes to “De-Stress”!

If you are looking for a Gulf beach wedding venue that has white sand, emerald water and comes complete with a beach, park, outdoor reception areas and parking for hundreds – it’s Sand Key Park in Clearwater, Florida! It’s time to say Yes to De-Stress and get ready to relax in Florida.

Sand Key Park, Clearwater FL

Photo courtesy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater

Perfect for a large wedding party, the park proper has two picnic shelters with grills, a playground, and restrooms. Grills, picnic tables, and water fountains are but a few of the offered amenities. Sand Key also offers disabled visitors beach wheelchairs, which are easier to use on the sand and float in the water, free of charge. A salt marsh with viewing benches further enhances the park where heron, roseate spoonbill, great horned owls and other Florida birds nest and feed.

Sand Key Park is away from the hustle and bustle of the main area of Clearwater Beach, making it a peaceful place for the perfect beach wedding! There are several key areas that make for wonderful wedding day photos: large grassy areas, the white sand beach, and rocky areas. However, Florida Beach Weddings prefers to perform your wedding ceremony on the quietest area of the beach, so you can enjoy an intimate and unforgettable wedding day. A perfect getaway spot when children are included, they will be thrilled with the warm Gulf sea.

Sand Key Beach Restaurant for a Wedding Reception

The Columbia Restaurant was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurant℠. The Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key on Clearwater Beach is the perfect venue for your party or special event. Old-World Mediterranean style dining rooms lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering. Group reservations welcome.

When considering a beach wedding in Sand Key Park here are some things to be aware of:

  • If you’d like to use a caterer, you must use the licensed caterer provided by the park.
  • Reservations are required for the main picnic area.
  • There is a fee for parking using automated meters.
  • A permit fee will be required to be married on Sand Key Beach (our beach wedding company will help you with this process).

So why not tie the knot with beautiful decor on a Gulf beach in Florida? Choosing Sand Key Park will be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Contact us today.

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

 

Are Fort Myers Destination Weddings Affordable?

Now that the news is getting more positive every day, couples are looking forward to getting married at their favorite destinations. Is it your dream to say, “I do” on a beautiful sandy beach? Look no further than sunny Fort Myers in southwest Florida. But are you wondering, “I heard Gulf beach weddings can be complicated and expensive to plan. Are destination weddings affordable?” The answer is yes. So let’s break it down.

Fort Myers beach wedding hotel

Fort Myers Beach Wedding Q & A:

  • How much does the ceremony cost? Experience and efficiency keep our beach wedding packages affordable and fair. With over 13 years experience in the wedding industry our beach wedding company has perfected the one stop shop. Outside vendor costs are eliminated and everything you need is all in one place. Whether it’s an elopement, very small beach wedding or you’re bringing on the party bus, there’s a complete wedding package for you. All the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, a wedding officiant, photographer, your vows and music can be included. In almost all cases, you will not need a beach wedding permit fee for Fort Myers Gulf beach weddings. This saves you money by not having to pay for a permit fee. Florida Beach Weddings packages in Fort Myers start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500.Check out options and prices here.
  • What about travel expenses?  With Southwest Florida international airport located within an hour of the beach, flying to your destination wedding is easy. Check travel sites like travelocity.com or hotels.com and see which airlines offer the best deals. There are low cost airlines that may fly into local airports and can cut hundreds from you budget. You can also read pros and cons of traveling to Florida during the off season to save money.
  • How much does the hotel cost? This is another topic that can vary substantially with tourist seasons. The cheapest rates are typically between slower seasons, late April-May and mid September-November. If your Fort Myers beach wedding date is flexible, this is a big way to save money. You can also buy a block of rooms with your guests to save money. This can be a huge money saver for making destination weddings affordable. Check out The Best Western Plus Beach Resort Hotel which is less than 5 minutes from our most popular Fort Myers beach wedding location. 
  • What about our guests? Once you’ve done your research on flights and hotels, you can provide accommodation information for your family and friends. The best thing is to give guests plenty of advance notice of your destination wedding plans. This will give them ample time to budget for your wedding. And who doesn’t want to take a vacation to sunny Florida, right?

Fort Myers Beach Wedding couple with photography and setup

Bowditch State Park is our favorite Gulf beach wedding location in Fort Myers. With a beautiful, long wooden walkway, amazing sunsets, and beautiful beach scenery, you will feel that you have escaped to a tropical paradise for your seaside wedding ceremony. We recommend having your wedding around sunset to take advantage of the beautiful sky perfect for your wedding pictures. Bowditch State Park Beach weddings are great for all size weddings as they have a large parking lot to accommodate your guests. 

Fort Myers Beach Times Square cafe

Oh and we can’t forget that a destination beach wedding doubles as a honeymoon. No need to jet off. Once you officially become Mr. and Mrs., grab a drink, a beach chair, and enjoy the Fort Myers Beach view!  The Key West express is an easy way to set sail for a quick destination honeymoon in Key West. After you tie the knot on the beach, consider taking the Key West Express to Key West for a night or two all alone. It is the perfect little escape for the two of you! Contact one of our Beach Wedding Specialists for more information on a 2020 or 2021 wedding.

Venice Beach Weddings- Dream Beach Weddings

Grab your beach chair, your groom and guests and let’s head to Venice Beach! Venice Beach Weddings are not only beautiful and stress free but oh so happy! Hey, “Coastal Living” says so. They named Venice, Florida one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns in America.” The sand is darker than it’s neighboring gulf beaches due to it’s tiny fossils and minerals in the mix. Included in those “tiny fossils’ category are shark teeth! So kids and adults alike can have fun sifting through the sand for treasures! Read on to see if this is your Dream Beach Wedding location.

Places to Stay:

Venice Beach Villas: Find everything you need for a relaxing stay at Venice Beach Villas. Walk to the beach, local community spots, food markets, you can forget about your driving for the week! And this place also offers free bikes to cruise the town.

Inn at the Beach: Friendly staff, clean, perfect location. Oh and Trip Advisor puts this place at #1 in the Venice Beach area.

Ramada by Wyndam: If it’s chain hotels are your go-to, this is a great and affordable option. This Ramada is newly renovated and boasts a huge pool, restaurant (with option for room service), pool bar, the list goes on. So if it’s modern, fresh, over Old Florida this is your spot!

Things to Do:

Golf: Some of the best golf on the gulf coast are found in Venice, including Capri Isles Golf and Pelican Point Golf. Tee time!

Shopping: Get ready for the ultimate shopping experience ladies and gentlemen. Downtown Venice has a charming historic Florida feel with local boutiques and major names alike for your shopping pleasure!

Venetian Waterway Park: Walk or bike this beautiful trail along the Intracoastal Waterway. You can stop by the Train Depot or check the schedule and you could even catch a boat parade.

Places to Eat:

Sharky’s on the Pier: Awesome food, great service, unforgettable views. This is a favorite spot for both locals and tourists alike! The popularity also may mean a bit of a wait, especially on the weekend so just keep that in mind and you’ll love this place!

Brew Burgers: Want the best burger in Venice? We’re talking custom made, gourmet, come to Venice just for this burger kind of place!

Crow’s Nest Restaurant: The views, the seafood, ahh this place has it all! Unwind, fill up, and call it a day at Crow’s Nest!

Beach Wedding Packages:

Whether you’re looking to have a beach elopement, large wedding event, or anything in between, we have the beach wedding package for you. Still narrowing down your exact beach location? You can learn more about Venice Beach Weddings and the surrounding gulf coast area beach packages.

  • Elopements

Just the two of you or up to six guests can enjoy the stress free beach wedding atmosphere with an elopement. Check out our beach wedding elopements options. 

  • Beach Wedding Packages

If you’re looking for a larger than six guest list, check out these beach wedding package options for Venice Beach Weddings. And remember, these beach wedding packages are all inclusive.  No hidden fees and everything you need for the day of your wedding ceremony. Oh and did we mention the affordability? Yeah, that’s covered too!

 

Curious about the other Gulf Coast Locations? Check out our posts on Nokomis Beach Weddings,  Longboat Key Weddings,  Turtle Beach Weddings, and Lido Beach Weddings.

Think you’ve found your dream beach wedding location? Contact us today so we can start planning Venice Beach Weddings!