Tucked away from busy, everyday life there is a hidden gem of a town, Ponce Inlet. Situated just a few miles south of Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet is a much quieter, more preserved version of it’s bustling neighbor: the “world famous” beach. That being said there are still days worth of exploring and fun within this quaint beachfront town. With emerald water so clear you can see through the warm rolling waves and white sand, you might think you are closer to the Bahamas than Florida! Ponce Inlet provides opportunities to see manatees, dolphins frolicking close by and manta rays swimming by your side. As the fluffy white clouds billow offshore, you and your beloved just might decide to stay forever after your wedding on the beach…and who could blame you? But if you can break away from the sun and sea, then grab your sneakers, appetite for fun and let’s explore Ponce Inlet Beach!
Top 5 Things to do in Ponce Inlet
One of the coolest things about this list is you could do them all without any transportation besides your own two feet! Now if you’re planning a summer Ponce Inlet wedding, you will likely still want to drive and soak up some A/C in between stops. Let’s explore Ponce Inlet and why it is pretty perfect!
1. Ponce Inlet Jetty
There aren’t many places quite like Ponce Inlet Jetty. You can actually walk along a paved sidewalk atop the jetty for about 100 yards. The views are like no other with a variety of boats passing by. It’s like you’re walking on water. The jetty itself is free. Parking at the Lighthouse Park runs $10. Public bathrooms, picnic tables, a wooden walkway through the dunes, all make for a perfect beach adventure! The water is the clearest in this area: watch the fish shimmer in the sun as you take a swim. You can even get married at this park with the lighthouse in the background!
2. Ponce Preserve
You don’t need extreme survival skills to hike this trail. However, the views and peacefulness at Ponce Preserve are well worth any trek. You can walk through a shaded path to a lookout tower with a beautiful ocean view. Continue a little further to a beach access point. Walk in the opposite direction and you can journey down the boardwalk to the Intracoastal river. At its heart is the Green Mound State Archaeological Site, an ancient Indian midden. At the base of the Green Mound is a live oak estimated to be more than 350 years old. It’s the perfect spot to reconnect with your significant other and enjoy the beauty of nature. If you are staying in the area for your honeymoon, why not share a romantic moment and watch the sun rise together.
3. Marine Science Center
A fun spot for animal lovers, kids and grown ups alike! The Marine Science Center is an awesome place to visit for an hour or two. You can pet sting rays (don’t worry, they’re harmless), observe gorgeous tropical fish tanks, learn about the turtle rehabilitation and view sea turtles, visit the aviary, and more! And there’s a fun gift shop with perfect souvenirs to remember your Florida Beach Wedding by!
4. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
Tie your sneakers and get ready for some spectacular views! Climb 203 steps to the top of the 175 foot tall lighthouse. The views of the ocean, beach, and surrounding cities of New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach is breathtaking! Trekking to the top is well worth the effort — and when you come back down explore in the on-site museum and light station. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station is one of only 11 lighthouses on the National Historic Landmark list.
5. Off the Hook
Looking for a place to get some delicious fresh seafood (or a burger for you non-seafood lovers out there)? Off the Hook offers delicious food and an atmosphere that matches the Florida vibe. Picture yourself: sitting on the water, sunset watchin’, cold drink in hand, and maybe even a dolphin show in the river if you’re lucky! Sounds like a date!
So what complete beach wedding packages work best with a Ponce Inlet seaside wedding? Our staff recommends these ocean themed decorations:
The Beach Bliss Distinctive Design with navy and gold decor is perfect with the sky, the sand and the sea. Hanging starfish lanterns, flowers, nautical rope and a large decorated “chalkboard” sign announcing the new couple is stunning, along with a chilled water station for your guests. You can even change the materials colors if you like.
Another favorite is the Teal Distinctive Design. Nothing says “ocean” like vibrant teal flowers, greenery and bamboo. White resin chairs and chalkboard sign announce your marriage, along with the convenient addition of chilled water for your wedding guests.
Okay, now you know how to enjoy this pretty and pleasant beachfront venue. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that getting married on Ponce Inlet Beach is pretty darn awesome too! 🙂 Click HERE to book your beach wedding today!
Ponce Inlet Beach Wedding Photos
Bride and Groom Ponce Inlet Beach walkway
Couple on Steps at Ponce Inlet Beach Wedding
Ponce Inlet Beach view to Daytona
Ponce Lighthouse from 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.
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
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
- 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 couple after saying vows
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).
Destin, Florida beach wedding bride in mermaid dress
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
Coral Distinctive Siesta Key
Floral Distinctive Design – click here for more information
Clearwater Floral Distinctive Design
Rustic Geometric Arch – click here for more information
Rustic Geometric Arch
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.