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!

Turtle Beach Weddings – Dream Beach Weddings

Dream Beach Wedding locations are settling in with the sea life at Turtle Beach! Turtle Beach is located just south of Siesta Key and offers a stretch of tranquil shoreline and blue/green water. Turtle Beach Weddings are geared toward slightly smaller weddings, with a quiet and peaceful feel. Free parking, less crowds, and turtle sightings make Turtle Beach inviting to beach goers and couples alike.

 

Places to Stay:

Fisherman’s Cove: You can check in here and call it a week! Rent a boat, go paddle boarding or kayaking, sit back and relax. This resort does require a 7 night minimum stay, but if you consider it you wedding and honeymoon, it’s well worth the time off! Steps to the beach, wake up to the sights and sounds of the gulf, and watch the sunset from your balcony.

AirBnB: We love the various beach cottages available for rent in the Sarasota Area. So if you’re less of a resort seeker and more of a homey-kinda-feel check out some of the fun beachside spots.

 

Things to Do:

“Quiet, less crowded, great sunsets.” Those are just a few of the Trip Advisor headlines you’ll find describing Turtle Beach. The list of entertainment is pretty much non-existent. Except for the entertaining beauty of nature. Go shelling, keep your eyes out for turtles, and recharge with a swim in the gulf.

Siesta Trolley, Inc.: Get a new perspective of the Siesta Key area with a trolley ride! You can even rent a trolley for your wedding day!

 

Places to Eat:

As we mentioned, the beauty and tranquility of Turtle Beach means not a whole lot going on, and we mean that in the best way. So for day beach trips, it’s best to pack a cooler as you won’t find restaurants and dining in the heart of Turtle Beach. However, just a couple of miles from Siesta Key which has many options.

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 Turtle 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 Turtle 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  and Lido Beach Weddings.

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

Nokomis Beach Weddings – Dream Beach Weddings

So for our next featured Dream Beach Wedding location, we welcome you to the beautiful Nokomis Beach! Nokomis Beach Weddings boast white sandy beaches, peaceful shoreline, gorgeous sunsets, and a stunning blue water! Be warned, if you are looking for the Spring Break hang out, this is NOT the place. Our “things to do” and “places to eat” lists are exactly what you need for a perfectly relaxation wedding weekend. However, if it’s nightlife and crowds you’re after, look elsewhere!

 

Places to Stay:

Gulf Shore Beach Resort:  The sweet spot of Nokomis Beach. Settle in steps from the private beach in a gulf-front bungalow. Relaxation is not an option, it’s a must. In-room kitchen and spectacular views. Spend your days deciding if you’ll be on the patio or your beach chair. Decisions, decisions. While this isn’t the Ritz, it is clean, charming, and perfect for a quiet beach getaway.

Beachcomber: The Beachcomber is a family owned business and the owners who live on the property love the island. This resort has 12 apartments, ranging in size from 350-1400 square feet. Rooms are furnished with a comfortable beachy vibe and you’ll be living on island time. Oh and this place has a nearly perfect Trip Advisor rating .

 

Places to Eat:

The Breakfast Cottage: Because it’s the first, and arguably most important meal of the day- breakfast. This quaint ma and pa restaurant is everything a breakfast place should be- friendly service staff, great atmosphere, and delicious home cooked food.

Pop’s Sunset Grill: Located right on the intracoastal, this restaurant is hands down a must visit. Waterfront dining doesn’t get any more wonderful than this. Love seafood? The “Steampot”- order it! Live music, laid back vibes, amazing food.

Briandi’s: Love a steak? Look no further. So intimate table seating, fantastic service, and a full belly are the top three take aways from Briandi’s.

Nokomo’s Sunset Hut: Well if the name doesn’t say it all. Tropical cocktails, outdoor tiki hut style, and yummy seafood. Convenient parking and live music are added bonuses!

Things To Do:

Off the Grid Fishing:  Famous for it’s year-round fishery, Nokomis is a fisherman’s dream. Step aboard the 28-foot Mako boat with Captain Korye. This charter is just right for smaller groups of up to six people and get ready to shout, “Fish on!”

Shark Teeth Hunting: Nokomis beach is a popular spot for shark teeth. Check out the best tips for finding a shark tooth to bring home!

Jet Ski Rentals: Adventure time! Efficient service, fun rides, and maybe even get a close up encoutner with a dolphin or manatee!

 

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 Nokomis 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 Nokomis 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 Longboat Key Weddings and Lido Beach Weddings. 

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

Longboat Key Beach Weddings – Dream Beach Weddings

All aboard Longboat Key Beach Weddings couples! Next stop on the Dream Beach Wedding journey- Longboat Key! Last post we shared all about Lido Beach Weddings. This week, let’s take a trip to our next Dream Beach Wedding spot to see if this could be your final beach wedding destination. Longboat Key offers a quiet island vibe with a unique downtown, gorgeous white sandy beaches, and fantastic beach resorts. Not to mention, it’s just a few miles away from bigger city, Sarasota. There’s plenty of opportunities for both relaxation and fun!

 

Places to Stay:

Zota Beach Resort: The pictures speak louder than words for this resort. Modern, clean, simply beach minded, this place is a dream come true. Trendy restaurant and wine bar with open-air lounge featuring hand-crafted cocktails, wine wall, and fireplace. Oh and you can order your drinks and lunch poolside without ever leaving your lounge chair. Yes please!

The Resort at Longboat Key This resort made Travel and Leisure’s  “Top 10 Resort Hotels in Florida (Outside of Miami Beach)” list. This resort is a vacation in itself. Golf course, marina, tennis courts, spa, multiple on site restaurants, marina. The only downside to staying here is you may not get to everything they have to offer unless you plan on extending your stay! And check out these awesome room options.

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 Longboat Key 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 Longboat Key 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!

Things To Do:

Catherine’s Florida Charters : Private charter sailing charter company. Professional and experienced staff offering affordable sailing adventure packages. Sunset sail, snorkel, and enjoy the gorgeous gulf! A great adventure for a group or enjoy a romantic intimate sailing experience as newlyweds!

Joan M. Durante Park -The 32 acre site near the north end of Longboat Key, this park offers trails with spectacular look out spots. Get a hands on adventure with Florida’s native plants, sand dunes, and bring the kids along for the playground!

Coquina Beach – Don’t save the beach for just your wedding. Enjoy it every day! This popular beach is great for shelling and relaxing waterside walks. Rent chairs and umbrella and call it a day! The traffic to and from this spot can sometimes be busy during peak season and time of day, but worth every minute!

 

Longboat Key Beach Weddings sound like it’s calling your name? Contact us today to set your date!