Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is starting to be distributed in the United States, we can begin to think about when weddings might get back to normal and have some hope. Even though brides and wedding planners are optimistic, it’s going to take some time to get the vaccine to all the recipients in high priority groups…and even longer for the general population. So what does that mean for a couple that wants to get married in 2021? For the Fall wedding season, key populations may already be vaccinated: so hopefully we will be past most of the COVID-19 outbreak by that time.
Eric and Trisha in COVID-19 wedding masks on Clearwater Beach
But what about the earlier months in 2021? Experts advise that couples should continue to follow the safety measures advised so far. That’s why you might want to consider a Florida beach for your wedding: it’s outside, it’s warm and you can easily social distance. Zoom and live feeds can be used on the beach for relatives and friends that cannot be present. Many couples get married legally on the beach, but put off the big wedding reception until they get home. Some have a small, outdoor dinner party at a Florida restaurant. Others may wait to schedule the reception party to go along with their first wedding anniversary, just to be on the safe side.
The bonus with a Florida Beach Wedding is that it will surely cost less than a wedding at home. Brides can still have a decorated ceremony, full of all the beautiful decorations they desire, at a much lower cost than a traditional wedding. Plus, you will likely get better weather with a beach wedding, even if it is early in the new year. They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing!
Bride and Groom say I do on a Florida Atlantic beach with Tropical Decor
Having a large wedding reception is likely still out of the question in early 2021, so what can you offer your guests? Although masks and social distancing will still be necessary in some places, the bonus to hosting a destination ceremony in Florida is that you can entertain outside. You can definitely eat outdoors at a restaurant or a covered beach pavilion (like St. Augustine), and outdoor activities are everywhere in Florida. From mini-golfing to cycling to kayaking, there is a socially distant activity for everyone.
Sea Turtle Pavilion at a St. Augustine Beach Wedding reception
“But is a destination wedding really that easy to plan?”, you might ask. You might think there is extra work involved. Well, really it’s quite simple if you have the right help. And by the end of this post, you’ll know everything that goes into planning a beach wedding in Florida. And from the comfort of your living room sofa, can plan your entire beach wedding that won’t break the bank! Here’s how:
1. Choose Your Wedding Date
Couple kisses at Daytona Beach Shores Wedding
Bookings for summer 2021 are increasing as Coronavirus vaccine hope rises! So maybe you want to consider a Spring beach wedding or Fall. Whatever your choice, you want to be sure to get the right date for you and your beloved. Pent-up demand for travel makes it important for couples to book that important date as early as possible with the wedding provider of their choice.
2. Make Your Deposit
Couple kisses at Jacksonville Beach wedding under lily bamboo wedding arch
Once you’ve decided your date, your deposit will reserve your selected beach location and date. And this deposit goes towards your package price once you decide on the right beach wedding package for your special day.
3. Choose Exact Time and Ceremony Decor
Are you looking for a late morning wedding with a quiet, intimate ceremony? Or will your wedding bells be ringing in the afternoon/evening hours with a sunset?
Upon your deposit payment, you will receive the User ID and Password to our selections pages. Here you can make all of your important beach wedding ceremony selections. A confirmation packet will be sent to you via email, where you can fill in all of your contact information, and selections electronically. Our professional design experience allows for easy decisions on your end and you can keep it as neutral or colorful as you like! Do you like white chairs or bamboo? Tropical flowers or lilies? Lots of green palms or starfish? You can even have black bamboo for your wedding arch if you like. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of themes and styles for almost any beach bride to love!
Aloha Destiny Package on Daytona Beach with bamboo chairs
Nautical Knot Wedding Ceremony Package on Siesta Key
4. Getting Here/Staying Here
Basically you just need to find a way to get to the beach, find something to wear, and come with marriage license in hand! Airline travel is expected to pick up in the second quarter of 2021 as the vaccine continues to roll out. With Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa and Sarasota International Airports all within 10 minutes to 70 minutes of the beach, your travel arrangements should be easy to make. Airlines are taking safety measures seriously in 2021.
Thunderbird Beach Resort, Treasure Island near St. Pete, FL
We can see that Florida has many hotels to offer and the hygiene of guests is very important. Our Florida Beach Weddings company can help you with recommendations in your desired beach location. We can also help you with restaurants, florists, hair salon recommendations and more.
5. Wedding Dress
Choosing a wedding dress is such a timeless right of passage for brides. And just because you’re getting married on a beach doesn’t mean you can’t pick out an elaborate wedding dress. Or, maybe you love the idea of a casual wedding dress, short dress or bohemian style. Whatever your style, whatever your budget, choose a dress/groom attire that suits you and matches your personality.
St. Augustine Beach bride and groom
That’s it. Seriously. You just basically learned to plan your destination wedding in Florida. You don’t have to settle for a drive-through or middle of the street wedding ceremony. You don’t have to wait forever to get married. Run away and tie the knot the way YOU want! Click HERE to contact our beach wedding specialists today.
Do you want to tie the knot in an understated, elegant way? The beach backdrop in Florida is already the perfect environment, but many of today’s brides are looking for soft and neutral decor for their wedding day. For those brides, this is what dreams are made of: light and airy colors and pure romance. Hosting your dream wedding on a beach guarantees a venue full of lush beauty. Greenery, white and coral sand, and the sea that glimmers with emerald and silver waves. With the expert planning help of the Florida Beach Weddings team, a neutral color palette for your ceremony will make for a stunning wedding day everyone will remember!
This Nautical Knot beach wedding package below in Siesta Key reminds everyone of a spring wedding. The wonderful thing about Florida is that you can enjoy this feeling just about any time of year on the Gulf coast. Temperatures on this Sarasota beach are mild year round so pairing this beachfront location with a simple, neutral wedding arch will work in any season. This muted palette paired with a lily topper is one of the best wedding colors you can choose and adds a vintage touch. For simple Florida beach wedding packages, it is hard to beat our Nautical Knot since you can customize it to suit your taste and it won’t break your budget!
Let’s face it, even a cloudy day can’t take away from this stunning white draped Natural Distinctive Design wedding package on Daytona Beach below. The fabric gently flows in the Atlantic ocean breeze as it awaits the entrance of the bride and groom at low tide. This romantic and unfussy look is so natural it seems like it belongs on this beach! The branch and floral topper paired with luminous fabric, bamboo posts and white chairs is a wedding dream come true.
The ultimate in understated beauty is our dreamily draped Classic Distinctive Design package. Peaceful and simple, it never goes out of wedding style. Breathtaking details such as pink and white floral arrangements on the sides of the bamboo pole arches and aisleway. This ceremony pictured below on St. Augustine Beach was filled with delighted guests as the couple completed their vows. A neutral color palette can be suitable for any size wedding. You do not have to choose loud or extra color to make a statement on a Florida beach!
In Clearwater Beach, the couple below tied the knot with our Floral Distinctive Design wedding package. Although it is classic design with white draping, the asymmetrical flowers on the bamboo poles with greenery give it a modern touch. Additional neutral touches include “kissing balls” on shepherd hooks and white guest chairs with coordinating warm toned color bands. Our photographer captured the couple with the chalkboard sign announcing their special day!
Finally, in Daytona Beach Shores, this couple chose our Beach Chic Nautical Knot wedding package with satiny, blush and neutral ribbons on a simple, pale bamboo wedding arch. The metal buckets lining the aisle are filled with baby’s breath flowers adding a touch of vintage whimsy to the entire look. These muted shades are so pretty for a small wedding by the sea. The blue Atlantic and sky highlight the beauty of this neutral wedding package that comes complete with setup, breakdown, and wedding officiant. They added our professional beach wedding photographer.
Destination weddings are so popular in Florida now that couples need to book early so they get the date and beach location they want. You can see by these complete wedding packages that neutral doesn’t have to be boring. You can customize your neutral color palette to fit your dreams. So contact us today and get inspired by the sun and sea for a perfect beach wedding.
If you want an intimate marriage celebration but don’t want to miss out on the excitement of choosing wedding decor, flowers, music and more, then you might want to plan a microwedding. You can still have your family and friends participate in every part of your special day, just on a smaller scale.
What is a microwedding?
It is NOT an elopement where usually it is just the couple tying the knot. A microwedding is a scaled-down version of a traditional wedding, except there will be less guests: usually under 50 and often much smaller. This type of ceremony gives you all the delight of planning and hosting a decorated wedding: with officiant, wedding arch, walking down the aisle, first dance and more. It is a custom styled, on trend wedding day on a smaller budget, and in a safer manner. If you choose a beach venue, you will be outdoors which is the best choice for weddings right now!
Destination weddings in the US continue to be very popular with outdoor ceremonies taking top place. Many beach wedding companies are booking into 2022 so securing your preferred wedding date is a top priority for engaged couples. According to the 2020 Wedding Report by Wedding Wire, the top wedding dates were:
- October 10
- June 20
- September 19
- October 17
- September 12
Now if you are planning a beach ceremony in Florida, you have your pick of dates most the year due to the warm weather. The average couple is engaged for 15 months but should start planning early. With a microwedding on the Gulf beaches of Florida, planning early is vital to getting the date and beach location you want.
The best part about a micro-wedding, or small wedding in Florida, is that you can get lots of help with planning. A reputable beach wedding company can assist you with picking out wedding decorations, vows, music and more. We know the tide times, sunset time, and the best beaches to meet your dream wedding needs. We can also make local recommendations for you to have a reception or intimate dinner with your guests. This saves you lots of time, headaches and cash!
Gulf Beach Locations
On the west coast of Florida you will find the white sandy beaches, emerald water and glorious sunsets, but beach wedding prices often vary by location. Many of our couples choose Siesta Key or Lido Key near Sarasota for their ceremony. It’s a very popular spot to fish, sun or experience shopping and dining in an upscale atmosphere. A permit is required for Siesta Key events, but it is worth it because the main beach area has hundreds of parking spots, and is easily accessible for all your guests. It’s definitely one of the best beach weddings in Florida.
Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg Beach are equally as popular, being close to Tampa. Having a Gulf beach wedding ceremony on one of these beachfronts will give you memories to last a lifetime. The vibe is so relaxed and you can count on this charming area to provide you with daily activities such as dolphin watching, watersports, boating or just walking through the gentle tide. St. Pete is just one of the area beaches you can choose to get married on.
Further south, you can choose Fort Myers for a completely different Gulf of Mexico experience. Shells and sugary sand make this an ideal location to tie the knot. So relaxing! And taking a boat tour to Key West is a highlight you won’t want to miss.
Around the Florida panhandle, you will find Destin Beach which is a highly sought after wedding destination. You will need a permit to get married on any of the Destin area beaches but if you love stunning beaches this might be the choice for you! The sun dipping low over the Gulf of Mexico is breathtaking.
Wedding Ceremony Options
As mentioned above, a microwedding is still a fully decorated ceremony with all the bells and whistles. If a bride uses our Florida Beach Weddings company her best choice for beauty and customization is one of our Distinctive Design wedding packages which can satisfy all of your Florida wedding ideas. They have large bamboo or wooden wedding arches draped in material or with other accents such as starfish or flowers. Greenery aisleways and other details can be customized as well as color schemes and chair bands. With these wedding ceremony packages, the couple is announced with a large wooden “chalkboard” sign and a Unity Sand Ceremony is part of their vows. We coordinate your ceremony, officiate it and legally file your Florida marriage license. You can also use your own minister or officiant too, if you prefer.
Zoom wedding ceremonies are also very popular right now and can be used at a beach microwedding. Guests who are unable to attend the live marriage celebration can still participate from a distance.
Your Wedding Dress
Like a traditional wedding, the bride can choose the dress she loves. A long wedding gown or short, beachy dress is perfect with your special beach wedding bouquet! Many brides choose lace and small straps or strapless styles are very popular. Surprisingly, our brides do often wear a veil, although this can be an issue with the ocean breeze. However, the choice is yours so you can feel beautiful on your special day.
Don’t Forget Professional Wedding Photography
When it is sunset time, you will be glad you picked a Gulf beach for your wedding day! Our professional photography can be added to your already inexpensive beach wedding package for a small fee. It gets you extra time down by the ocean with your beloved, extra poses as a bride and with your guests. We don’t recommend you leave wedding pictures up to a friend or relative who might miss a shot, or take blurry photos…plus you want them to enjoy the day too!
Outdoor Dining or Reception
Outdoor dining in Florida is one of the nicest things you can do. For a reception, if you are only having a few guest tables, a beautiful view and lovely decorations will delight your wedding party and guests (Siesta Key, Treasure Island and Venice Beach are some choices). This is one of the nicest things about a beach microwedding: it is intimate in a way you can’t always experience with a larger group.
Legal filing of your Florida marriage license is included in our wedding planning service when married by our officiant. It’s just one less thing to worry about. So why not consider a micro-wedding on a Florida Beach? Let us help you with dates, wedding packages, Gulf beach locations and more. Contact us today.
Now that many of us are staying (and many working) at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, engaged couples including those who were only weeks away from tying the knot, have had to abruptly postpone or rethink their plans for their special day. This is frustrating and, as the winter months approach, you and your fiancé may be yearning to escape from it all! We don’t blame you…and the good news is you CAN still have a wedding ceremony in a safe environment, and celebrate with family and friends, if you wish. You and your partner can celebrate safely at an outdoor wedding where there is air circulation and lots of space. Where? A Florida beach of course which is perfect just about any day of the year!
Why not choose one of our Gulf Beach wedding locations? This sweet couple embraces with the stunning Gulf water and sunset behind them on Clearwater Beach. The white sand and emerald sea never disappoints, especially for a romantic elopement ceremony with the two of you alone.
Clearwater Beach Sunset Elopement
The couple below chose St. Augustine for their elopement ceremony. Even if it is just the two of you, the bride and groom can still dress in full wedding finery, as this couple did for their Florida Simply wedding ceremony. The wonderful thing about this package is that it is an all-inclusive wedding: photography, an officiant for your vows, decorations and legal filing of their Florida marriage license. No wedding planning by the couple necessary – they just obtained their marriage certificate and showed up at the beach!
St. Augustine Beach elopement couple
Cocoa Beach is a very popular location and will be again once the cruise ships return to sailing. However, by itself Cocoa is still a beautiful beach with lots of Atlantic wave action and entertainment options for the just married couple. It’s also the closes beach to Orlando and part of the Space Coast.
Couple’s first toast after Port Canaveral wedding
If you are looking for a small, simple and affordable elopement ceremony then our Daytona Heart in The Sand package may be the right choice for you. This is a true escape experience to the sun and sea! Daytona area beaches are beautiful almost all year round and the variety of oceanfront venues gives you lots of choices. This romantic, complete package has everything you need except the stress! Photographer, officiant, vows, and up to 4 guests. Of course, it can just be the two of you if you choose. This popular Elopement Package can be booked up to 6 months in advance.
Daytona Beach couple in heart made of petals
Siesta Key…need we say more? The couple below chose a slightly larger wedding with our Natural Distinctive Design ceremony package. With stunning decorations, a decorated aisle and guest chairs, it is a great choice for family and friends to witness your love. As you can see, a long or short wedding dress can be worn at a beach elopement…it’s up to you. Many couples choose an intimate dinner after their elopement ceremony, however if you have a larger wedding party, our staff of Beach Wedding Specialists can make recommendations for a reception venue close to your beach location.
Couple tied the knot on Siesta Key Beach
Right now, most major health experts still recommend staying away from big crowds, so why not consider an elopement ceremony or very small wedding in Florida? You can still be following all the guidelines outdoors. In fact, it is forecasted that in 2021 outdoor weddings will be more common during the pandemic. We applaud this approach and have been helping couples do this for years. And just because couples have to scale back their wedding size doesn’t mean their celebrations will be less special. Just look how pretty these weddings are and they are just so stress free!
Couple in Daytona Beach surf as night falls
Now, if you do decide to change your current wedding plans and elope, you will need to notify your guests of this change. Fortunately, the Knot website offers some email templates you can use for this purpose. The Knot goes on to say: Among 750 guests surveyed in The Knot 2020 Guest Study, 71% of guests prefer to receive health and safety measures before they RSVP. Within this set, 63% of respondents said they’d like PPE information; 60% expressed interest in the overall guest count.
Just married couple in Gulf of Mexico
Quite a few couples have chosen an elopement wedding in Florida with us and have been so happy with the results. Our bride Dari wrote, “We used Florida Beach Weddings for our intimate ceremony in October. Due to COVID-19 we had to delay our wedding by 5 months. Although it was frustrating for us, Pam made the process go smoothly. Any questions were always answered promptly. If you want a stress free beach wedding, Florida Beach Weddings is for you. Highly recommend.”
Our bride Brittany wrote, “I am absolutely thrilled with how my wedding played out. The decor was elegant and beachy. It was everything I’d dreamed of and more. Getting married during a pandemic could have been stressful but they were very professional and accommodating making the process smooth. Thank you for making my day special!”
Destin Beach bride by sandy sea oats
Of course we loved working with them just as much and we want to work with you too! We welcome same sex marriage couples too. Contact us today to book your wedding ceremony date and have a Florida beach wedding or elopement ceremony in 2021.
The Beach Location
Kaylee and Brandon said, “I do” in July at Butler Beach, just south of St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Butler Beach on Anastasia Island is only eight miles from St. Augustine’s historic district. Wide stretches of white sand beach makes it the perfect location for a beach wedding ceremony. Butler Beach offers free parking, restrooms, showers, barbecue grills, and picnic pavilions.
The bride’s beautiful lace wedding dress included a train that trailed beautifully behind her in the sand. Her father walked beside her to give her away at the beach ceremony. Kaylee and Brandon chose to write their own personalized vows which were witnessed by 50 guests. Music on their custom playlist included, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. Our wedding ceremony coordinator, Pam, officiated as they tied the knot under this black bamboo wedding arch.
The couple had one groomsman and one bridesmaid, who looked splendid in her purple gown. They had a Unity Sand Ceremony to symbolize their new life together after marriage. This was was included in their Destiny package
. The bride chose coral (tropical delight) and blue as well as beautiful tiki torches to highlight the black bamboo of this wedding package design (natural bamboo is available too). Purple chair bands adorned the white guest chairs. The tiki poles were connected with strands of small white seashells with small purple flowers on the strands. So pretty!
They got to keep the vase to remember their special day with their family. After the ceremony, our beach photographer got to work capturing all the special moments of their wedding day. Choosing this option, for a small fee, can make a big difference in the quality of photos you have to remember and share forever. Don’t leave these important moments up to somebody’s iPhone!
The Wedding Photography
Kaylee and Brandon will remember their special day forever and we hope they will return to Butler Beach. At the end of the beach wedding the family and friends walked down to Atlantic ocean to take more pictures. Our professional wedding photographer takes as many interesting poses as possible. As you can see below, the landscape provided many fabulous opportunities for memorable pictures.
The Beach Venue
Pass-A-Grille is located at the southernmost end of St. Pete Beach. Historic Pass-A-Grille is a laid back beach town where you can easily walk to the beach, visit boutiques, have an ice cream or drink, dine out at restaurants, or walk on fishing piers. Laneasha and Anthony were married in June under the canopy of their beautiful Tropical Distinctive Design complete wedding package. The bride walked toward her beloved Anthony and was given to him in marriage as the Gulf beach water sparkled in the background.
The Wedding Party
They had 50 guests and a bridal party that included a groomsman, ring bearers, a flower girl, a junior bridesmaid and one Woman of Honor. The bridesmaids walked individually down the Tiki torch lined aisle. Starfish and green ferns guided them through the white guest chairs accented in a tropical orange color.
The Wedding Vows
Laneasha and Anthony had their own minister officiate the beach ceremony. They also included an optional seashell blessing and Sand Ceremony. The sand colors were white and bride orange, and they brought their own unity glass to use and cherish forever.
The music playlist for this couple’s beach ceremony was used for the bridal party to walk down the aisle, the bride to walk down the aisle, and a song for after the kiss! They chose:
- Bridal Party: The Blessing by Kari Jobi, Cody Carnes
- Bride Walk: This is Why I Love You by MAJOR
- After Kiss: Cruisin’ by Smokey Robinson
The Beach Wedding Package
Consultations by phone and email with our Beach Wedding Specialist were included and we made sure the bride had a final beach wedding ceremony agenda and Pass-A-Grille location instructions to share with her wedding guests. A large wooden “chalkboard” sign announced the new couple as well. The guests also enjoyed chilled water so they could stay cool during the vow ceremony. This couple used tropical orange as an accent color for their chairbands, but a bride can customize this to her own style.
Choosing a wedding photographer was easy for this couple who used our professional photographer to capture their memories of this special day in St. Pete. Many shots of their wedding ceremony were taken, as well as fun and romantic pictures down by the Gulf water and with family and friends.
If you are ready to escape with your beloved and tie the knot click HERE to book your Florida Beach Wedding today!