Congratulations on your engagement!! So, once the “engagement honeymoon” is over, it’s time for wedding planning to get real! Destination and ordinary in-town weddings follow many of the same milestones. However, don’t overlook these seemingly minor differences. Check out this 12 month destination wedding timeline to keep your destination beach wedding smooth sailing!
Tropical Geometric Arch Wedding Package on Siesta Key Beach, FL
Destination Wedding Timeline:
12 or more months before:
Plan your budget. Major things to consider for destination weddings:
Flight/Gas for travel – air travel or car trips
Ask yourself: Where is the best honeymoon destination for us? The same place as your wedding or will you travel somewhere else? In Florida, the answer is easy: stay and enjoy the beaches whether it is just the two of you or guests, Florida is a great vacation spot for families!
Guest list– plan your guest list and notify guests ASAP with a “save the date”. Give friends and family ample time to save and plan for your amazing wedding adventure! Check out The Knot’s free “Guest List Tool” to stay organized and save money. Start your own free wedding website to help you stay organized.
Ask the bridal party to be a part of your wedding. Bridesmaids get ready!
Beach bride and bridesmaids at Destin Wedding in Florida
8-11 months before:
Dress time- Shop for and order your wedding gown for a white sand wedding. Tips here!
Hotel booking- If you have a large group, inquire about a group discount/blocking rooms.
Book flight/Car rental- Encourage your bridal party to make arrangements as well.
Book wedding- With FloridaBeach Weddings company, this makes long distance planning a sea breeze. We provide everything you need for your elegant beach wedding so you don’t have to lift a finger on your special day. One. Stop. Shop. Save time and money by avoiding multiple vendors, fees, complications, etc. Check out these complete package options.
Plan post-wedding ceremony plans. Dinner? Happy hour? Full wedding reception? Night on the town?
Choose colors– Deciding this early will guide you with ceremony decor choices, bridesmaid dresses, favors, etc. Furthermore, it’s fun!
Save-the-Date Cards– Order and mail.
Create a registry– Happy Shopping!
Couple kisses after Miami Beach wedding ceremony on white sand
6-8 months before:
Bridesmaids dresses/Groom attire– Choose and order according to your elegant beach wedding package colors.
Research activities- What will you and your guests be doing during the “down time” before and after your wedding day?
Groom and beach wedding party at Ponce Inlet , Daytona Beach, FL
Plan itinerary for length of destination stay. While you can be flexible, it’s still a good idea to have a plan. Consider a timetable for both leisure activities before and after wedding day, as well as day-of wedding schedule (hair, travel time, etc.). Florida Beach Weddings provides you with a detailed timeline of your wedding day for less stress!
Schedule hair/make up appointments as needed. Be sure to be very clear with time management and remember to prepare for a beach-friendly hairstyle.
Welcome! If you have guests traveling, a Welcome Bag is always a thoughtful way to share the wedding love! Order items/prepare bags.
Sharing an intimate moment after one of our Daytona Beach Weddings in Florida
Write vows. Florida Beach Weddings provides ceremony vow options, but you may add your own personal vows if desired for a perfect wedding day.
Finalize plans. Look for emails from Florida Beach Weddings with detailed destination wedding timeline. Communicate with your guests and wedding party directions/timelines as needed. So this is the time to answer any last minute questions between planner, bridal party, and guests. Designate a “guest” helper for the ceremony (so it doesn’t have to be you).
Final fitting- Any alterations/changes should be wrapped up. Purchase/bring a steamer or make plans for professional steaming through a local laundromat upon arriving your destination wedding location. In addition, consider bridesmaids dresses as well.
Clearwater Beach wedding family
Week of: Confirmation is the name of the game!
Confirm any appointments– hair, make up, mani/pedi, wedding dress steaming.
Groom/groomsmen- Confirm attire/pick up arrangements.
If you’ve hired “Florida Beach Weddings,” the only thing you really need to do is show up. Go to any appointments and show up to your favorite part of your wedding day: the beach ceremony site! Most of all, don’t forget to bring the rings and marriage license! Happy Wedding Day! Still have questions about a destination beach wedding? Check out our FAQ page!
Bride and groom celebrate kiss after one of our Florida weddings in St. Augustine
Mention Daytona Beach and folks think of NASCAR or Bike Week, however Daytona Beach has much more to offer. Many people have not discovered the true beauty of the Daytona Beach area with its individual beaches scattered like gems along the Atlantic coast. At Florida Beach Weddings company, we have found the ideal locations for Daytona Beach weddings and reception venues. If you are looking for a more traditional reception, our hotel suggestions will be able to provide you with ballrooms and dining rooms where you can have a catered meal, a DJ, wedding cake, and enjoy all the traditions of a wedding reception like you would at home. The hotel options below, along with many others in Daytona Beach, will allow you to have your beach wedding with us at the SAME location as your reception, and often for a fraction of the price you would pay to have your ceremony at the hotel (and with more decor too!)
Daytona Beach Shores
With beautiful white sand beaches sprinkled with pink, and the white cap waves of the Atlantic Ocean, Daytona Beach Shores is an ideal choice for the beach lover. The beach is wide giving lots of room for your beach wedding setup with the beautiful decor options you choose. Just a short drive from Orlando and St. Augustine, you will also have endless entertainment options surrounding you. And Daytona Beach Shores weddings are the most affordable. If you stay for your honeymoon, and why wouldn’t you, you can surf, jump the waves, or just take it easy on the beach. There is usually a robust sea breeze so plan your wedding hair and dress accordingly. Find out more about a wedding in Daytona Beach Shores.
Ponce Inlet Beach
Rolling dunes, raw nature and magical walkways. Ponce Inlet Beach weddings are a destination bride’s dream. Complete with soft white sand, beautiful dunes and amazing views of the Ponce Inlet lighthouse. You will get to make your unforgettable grand entrance on one of the beautiful wooden walkways as your partner catches a glance of you from the dunes. The perfect first look moment for unforgettable photos. Trail your feet in the crystal clear water as you have your first kiss together. Ponce Inlet Beach Weddings are great for smaller wedding parties as you do not have a large parking lot for your guests. Any of our beach wedding packages look great in Ponce Inlet. Find out more about a beach wedding in Ponce Inlet.
New Smyrna Beach Weddings
New Smyrna Beach, Florida is a small city just outside of Daytona Beach with endless entertainment and dining options. New Smyrna Beach wedding couples will enjoy beautiful dunes on a 17 mile stretch of white sand beach, the blue Atlantic ocean with white wave caps, and a vibrant, eclectic vibe. New Smyrna Beach hosts many wine walks, craft beer walks, art walks and other local events. We recommend checking their event calendar before your wedding and try to plan an outing with your bridal party or guests. Flagler Avenue is a popular hit among guests visiting New Smyrna Beach. With unique boutiques, restaurants and events for the day time and a lively party atmosphere at night, it has something for every one of your wedding guests. Find out ore about weddings in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Ormond Beach Weddings
With a wedding on Ormond Beach, you will have the beautiful Atlantic Ocean waves and soft sand of this north Florida beach, as well as access to some great hotels, condos, and beach front parks. Continuing north, there is the small township of Ormond-by-the-Sea: a quaint beachfront town with homes and condos along the ocean. Tom Renick Park is a small oceanfront park that we have used for several of our Ormond Beach wedding ceremonies. Their pavilion can be reserved for a very small beach wedding reception for up to 12 people. If you like NASCAR, enjoy this birthplace of car racing and the many restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues it has to offer. Learn more about Ormond Beach Weddings.
Wilbur By The Sea
Aaaaah the Gulf coast is not the only place in Florida where the sand is white and heavenly and the surf emerald green! Just a quick drive from the Daytona Beach Shores area, you have a wide variety of choices for hotel accommodations, restaurants and more, all while taking advantage of a less crowded beach loved by surfers and sun seekers. Just a short walk from the beach is the Wilbur by the Sea Boathouse, a great little reception venue with lots of free parking! Wilbur by the Sea is one of our best affordable and delightful Florida beaches. Find out more about Wilbur by the Sea.
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All of our beach wedding packages include the ceremony officiant from our beach wedding company. For all of our Florida weddings, a Florida marriage license is required. If you are out of town residents, we make sure you have the information to obtain your Florida Marriage license by mail. We can also host your vow renewal ceremony. If required, we will obtain the beach wedding permit for you, and just add the cost to your chosen package. Our all-inclusive wedding packages are beautiful, affordable, and stress-free when you choose us to perform your Florida destination beach wedding ceremony, especially in the Daytona Beach area. Take a look at some hotel wedding options below.
The Shores Resort and Spa
One of our favorite locations for hotel weddings in Daytona Beach. The Shores Resort and Spa will give you the option to have a truly one-stop option to have your reception right at the hotel, after your beachfront wedding ceremony. The Shores Resort and Spa has many choices for your reception based on your wedding party size and budget. It is one of the most upscale hotels in Daytona Beach, all while being family friendly. It offers fire pits for smores, an entertaining pool deck, a restaurant inside, beautiful rooms and more. Don’t forget the spa for the girls to have a relaxing spa day, as well as a place for the bride and bridal party to get their hair and makeup done; it couldn’t be a better choice for your beach wedding in Daytona.
Best Western Auki Tiki Inn
Best Western Auki Tiki Inn provides a hot breakfast, cocktail hour, free wifi and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. According to booking.com the Best Western Auki Tiki inn is rated the best value in Daytona Beach. We love the idea of taking advantage of the cocktail hour with your guests to enjoy a nice evening at no additional cost to you! Your guests will appreciate the extra time with you as you take a break from your wedding day craziness, relax and enjoy the good company. The Best Western Auki Tiki Inn also allows you to have your reception at the hotel, making it easy and convenient for you to complete your perfect Daytona Beach wedding day.
Our second week of “virtual escape” offers you a look into the very beautiful beaches of Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. This is one of our most popular beach wedding locations on the Gulf coast of Florida. If you are thinking of getting married in Florida, Siesta key is a great photo spot where you can get married in the white sand as the sun sets over the emerald green water.
Beach couple in the surf after Gulf beach wedding
This great Sarasota, Florida beach is rated one of the top beaches in the world and no wonder: it’s perfect for the beach wedding colors you crave! Our Florida wedding packages are so diverse, with so many ways to customize, that you can easily make your own statement at your beachfront ceremony. Your guests will be wowed as you say your vows on the sand under a beautiful bamboo arch by the sea – what beautiful photos and memories for a lifetime!
Rustic Romance package set up on the Gulf beach
Like many of our destination wedding locations, there are a variety of beaches to choose from in the Sarasota area. They include: Siesta Key main beach area, Lido Beach, Longboat Key, Turtle Beach, Venice Beach and Nokomis Beach. Each Sarasota beach wedding venue has it’s own unique personality and style. Whether you are having a small beach wedding, eloping or a fully decorated, complete beach wedding with a larger number of guests, there is a Siesta Key beach venue waiting for you!
Let’s take a closer look:
Siesta Beach – a short drive from Sarasota
From the moment you step foot onto Siesta Beach, you’ll be mesmerized by its sugar-fine, quartz white sand. If you’d like, you can make your way over to beautiful Crescent Beach, which is also situated right in Siesta Key. Once you have enjoyed your time soaking up the sunshine at Siesta Beach or Crescent Beach, you can make your way into town for some delicious dining and shopping. While you’re strolling around town, you are bound to see and hear wild parrots as well as other birds such as plovers, spoonbills, storks, and terns. You’ll find this beach town the perfect low key place to get married and full of friendly, happy people.
Simply Deluxe Beach Wedding altar with bamboo canopy, chairs in Siesta Key
Lido Key – less crowded and relaxed
Lido Beach, which is stunning and attracts people from all walks of life year-round includes great, natural scenery for your Florida destination wedding. There a variety of hotels, motels, and private condos that are available for rent on Lido Key. Although Lido Beach isn’t as large as Siesta Key beach, it’s an excellent option if you’re searching for a less crowded, more relaxed vibe.
Couple just married at sunset on Lido Key
Longboat Key – quiet island vibe
Longboat Key Beach weddings are an excellent option for couples who prefer to exchange their vows in a casual environment. You are bound to be completely relaxed and comfortable. A five star beach wedding location without the hustle and bustle! For that you have Sarasota just a few miles away.
Military couple married on the beach in Longboat Key (Nautical Knot Package)
Turtle Beach – tranquil setting with sea turtles
Turtle Beach is a stunning beach situated on South Siesta Key in Sarasota. It is appreciated for its ample amount of sea turtles that nest at its shore. It features approximately 2,600 feet of beach front as well as areas for volleyball, camping, picnics, grilling, and children’s play. Turtle Beach Weddings in Siesta Key allows for an alternative beach location to the main beach in Siesta Key. Manatees may be spotted nearby.
Turtle Beach for a Siesta Key Beach wedding
Venice Beach – happy seaside town
There’s a reason Venice, Florida was named one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” by Coastal Living. Venice is situated in the heart of Sarasota County and has become a go-to vacation destination. Unlike the majority of other beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Venice beach features dark sand because of their tiny fossils and minerals. When strolling along Venice beach, you’ll notice shark teeth. These shark teeth are so popular that Venice is actually home to a Shark Tooth Festival that is held every April. Venice is a fun, relaxing place to host your Florida Beach Wedding.
Venice beach wedding party jumps in the air after beachfront wedding
Nokomis Beach – stress free seashell hunting
Situated south of Siesta Key in Sarasota County, Nokomis Beach is a beautiful, quiet beach retreat. It is one of the few beaches in Sarasota that features lifeguard stations on both the north and south of the beach as well as numerous free public parking lots. If you enjoy collecting seashells, you’re in luck because Nokomis Beach is known as the best beach in the Siesta Key area for seashells. It’s a very stress-free beach…no Spring Breakers here!
Gulf beach wedding in Siesta Key
So is a Siesta Key Beach Wedding call your name? Contact us today to reserve your Florida wedding date.
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With all the stress we are experiencing during this period of “social distancing”, many of us dream of getting away…so Florida Beach Weddings wants to offer you an escape. We will be publishing a series of Virtual Tours of our most popular destination wedding locations, starting with Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Look at that white sand, Gulf water and blue sky against this Beach Bliss wedding decor
Clearwater Beach is one of the best places to get married on the beach. Why? Primarily because of the sunsets and the ability to have stunning wedding pictures taken as the sun dips down into the Gulf of Mexico. This great Tampa, Florida beach is rated one of the top beaches in the world and our couples love gulf beach weddings combined with a wonderful vacation. Why leave the US when you can have a beautiful beach wedding that costs less than a traditional wedding at home?
Indian Rocks Beach – 20 minutes south of Clearwater
Known originally as “Tampa’s Playground”, Indian Rocks Beach proper is a barrier island just under three miles long. This gorgeous Gulf beach wedding location has sunsets, peaceful beaches, calm sea waters, is family-friendly with less crowds than the other nearby tourist-centered beaches.
Couple after wedding in Indian Rocks Beach by the Gulf waters
Madeira Beach – perfect for fishing
Madeira Beach is known as the Grouper Capital of the world. Enjoy a deep sea fishing excursion or be entertained at John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk, a large outdoor shopping. Madeira Beach is still a mostly residential area, making the beaches less populated for a beach wedding ceremony.
Couple strolls on beach after marriage ceremony in Madeira Beach, FL
Redington Beach – small town charm
With a population of just over 1,000, Redington Beach is the perfect chance to get off the beaten path and enjoy a low-key Gulf beach wedding ceremony.
Married couple has their first dance after their sunset wedding
Treasure Island – fluffy white sand and perfect sunsets
Treasure Island is most famous for its three miles of white sandy Gulf beaches. Treasure Island has many hotels, restaurants and attractions to keep you and your wedding guests entertained while you visit.
A taste of paradise on Treasure Island for this Gulf beach wedding couple
Pass-A-Grille Beach – dolphins and seashells
Very relaxed with local boutiques, what stands out to us the most about having a Pass-A-Grille Beach Wedding? The dolphins! You are sure to catch amazing views of the dolphins swimming while you are watching the sunset.
Couple kisses in the sand after beach wedding in Pass-A-Grille.
Sunset Beach – less crowds on Treasure Island
Sunset Beach on Treasure Island is located in a more residential community, allowing you to escape the major crowds of Clearwater Beach. Sunset Beach is known for its views of the jetty, the presence of sea oats, its availability to rent the Sunset Beach Pavilion, and being open to LBTG marriage.
Sunset Beach wedding with flower petals and Tiki torches
Fort De Soto Park Beach – Gulf beach wedding paradise
Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto Beach. Have your Gulf beach wedding on white sand that sparkles like snow, with a gentle sea breeze to accompany your vows.
Bride and groom as the sun sets over the Gulf beach
St. Pete Beach – upbeat and lively
St. Pete beach is within 30 miles of the Tampa International Airport and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Keep busy on the days leading up to your wedding with many water activities, such as parasailing, paddle boarding, and windsurfing, followed by your favorite drink at a hotel Tiki bar.
Couple just married in St. Pete Beach, Florida
Planning a beach wedding can be done completely from the comfort of your home and it is easy to browse beautiful photos of real couples posing after their ceremony for ideas. You can find the wedding decorations you like best and customize them for your own special day. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to get married in Florida, our Florida wedding professionals can help you plan every detail just right, including getting your Florida marriage license.
Is a Beach Wedding in Clearwater Right for You?
Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. No need for a passport. Florida Beach Weddings all inclusive packages can provide you with the beautiful, tropical backdrop you want for your wedding ceremony without breaking the bank for everyone. Worrying about how you will pay for a destination wedding can add undue anxiety to an already stressful situation.
Tropical Distinctive Design complete wedding package on Sand Key Beach, FL
According to several surveys, getting people to a destination wedding can be difficult enough with only 50% of guests showing up. A Florida Beach Wedding can be the choice that brings your wedding together effortlessly, since it is less costly not only in terms of travel, but also provides your guests with a great vacation!
Are you trying to decide between Clearwater vs Siesta Key? Stay tuned for our next Virtual Tour in the series…
Planning has begun for couples who want to tie the knot in Fall 2020 and 2021. Right now you may both be having “cabin fever” and dreaming of a getting away from it all with a destination wedding – and why not? A beach wedding or elopement, away from everyone and the problems of the world, is what many couples are dreaming of. This extraordinary Coronavirus situation will not last forever and you will be able to travel and celebrate soon.
With a Florida wedding on the beach you can have a fully decorated wedding ceremony just like you would in your hometown; in fact it may be even more beautiful with the sun and sea as your backdrop. It may also be more affordable since most of our complete beach wedding packages include everything but your Florida marriage license and beach permit! All the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, custom vows, a wedding officiant, photographer and music can be included. Florida Beach Weddings packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500. Take a look at some of the beach wedding decorations available to you below.
Do you like natural and neutral wedding decorations? Why not choose this large, dark stained, four post bamboo canopy with your choice of white or ivory material draped elegantly on the canopy Dark bamboo pole aisle-way with white or ivory flowing material and matching flowers in the poles. Find out more about this Natural Distinctive Design here:
Speaking of flowers – are you obsessed with flowers? Try this Floral Distinctive design with its natural bamboo canopy with your choice of ivory or white draped material, large asymmetrical floral and greenery canopy topper, matching greenery aisle-way naturally placed in the sand with floral accents at the beginning of the aisle way.
Beautiful Floral arrangement on the bamboo canopy: Beach Bliss Package
Kayla holding half (yes only half) of our large Rustic Romance canopy topper!
Many couple love the tropical and exotic style which is why we offer our Tropical Distinctive design with a large natural four post bamboo canopy with your choice of ivory or white draped material, palm fronds and tropical flower bamboo canopy topper, an aisle-way of bamboo poles decorated with large tropical floral arrangements, palm fronds in the sand connecting the bamboo poles with large tropical starfish accents, two tropical tiki torches at the beginning of the aisle-way with a conch shell in front and two conch shells in the front of the bamboo canopy.
Why not follow the current trend of simple geometric design and choose our Rustic Geometric Arch wedding decor package – modern design and rustic wood: the best of both worlds!
Florida Beach Weddings is here to support our couples during this difficult time. This terrible pandemic will not be lasting forever, even though it my feel like it right now. Let us look forward to the ending of this situation and to your future wedding celebration. We would love to be part of it!
As you begin researching your Florida Beach Wedding ceremony it is certain you will want to customize it to fulfill all your wedding ideas and dreams. In fact, as your browse different websites, it may start to feel overwhelming as decor ideas and costs add up. Beach locations, wedding packages, decor, optional ceremony add-ons, Florida marriage license rules. Help!
Shades of the Ocean Destiny Beach Wedding Package
Aloha Destiny Package on Daytona Beach, FL
The Destiny Beach Wedding packages shown above allow you to customize chair sash colors and bamboo canopy colors: there are 21 different colors and 8 different toppers! At Florida Beach Weddings our wide variety of wedding packages can be used as stepping stones to a premium package: we give you the basics to build on. No need to stress about adding everything! Our beach wedding specialists can help you choose colors, chair bands, decor, wedding canopies, vows, music, aisle-way decorations and more. After all, our beach wedding company has done all the groundwork for you in designing the most beautiful, coordinated wedding arches, seaside decor, chair colors and accessories. But the final choice is yours to customize!
Some of the most popular wedding packages that our brides loves to build on include:
Tropical Distinctive Design in Clearwater Beach, FL
The Tropical Distinctive Design beach wedding package is a beautiful choice for premium beach wedding decor and these packages allow you to have a larger guest list. You will easily know the complete price for your wedding ceremony. Instead of having a price for the chairs, the delivery, the set-up, a separate wedding officiant, a separate photographer, a musician, etc…this packages includes all of this at one convenient price and one contact with our beach wedding planner. You can customize by adding colored spandex chair bands, your choice of ivory or white draped material on the large, natural four post bamboo canopy, and the vows of your choice with optional blessings. We will know exactly what decor choices you want once you make your choices in your private client portal, and you will know exactly what your ceremony decor is going to look like!
Anchors Away Beach Distinctive Design
Teal Distinctive Design Siesta Key, FL
Starfish Distinctive Design Wedding Package
Florida Classic Distinctive Design in Destin, FL
Coral Distinctive Design package on St. Augustine Beach, FL
Beach Bliss Distinctive Design wedding package St. Pete, FL
The only addition to these beach wedding packages you may wish to make is our wedding photography time which is only $325. The best way to meet your needs is to call us and have a chat: Karen, Kayla and Pam would love to hear from you! Choose a beach location then book your Florida wedding date now at a price that can’t be beat!