Think of a Clearwater beach wedding package like choosing a new home. You could spend months, even years, finding land, hiring builders, contractors, painters, plumbers, electricians. The list goes on. Consequently, you’re left waiting on workers. You’re spending more money than originally anticipated. You’re pouring blood, sweat and tears into building. Or, you could choose a move-in ready model home. Buy the house and simply add all of your own personal touches. Liking the sounds of a move-in ready model home? Clearwater Beach Wedding Packages are your move in ready beach weddings. We’ve done all of the hard work, hours of phone calls, emails, and researching for you. Therefore, you get the fun part-color selection, unique decor choices, and a ceremony that suites you and your future spouse perfectly!
Read more about why choosing a Clearwater Beach wedding package is preferred:
Location, location location: Florida Beach Weddings has been in business for over 12 years so we know parking and permits in Clearwater and the Gulf beaches. We’ve found the sunset views. We’ve set up Gulf beach weddings for groups large and small. We KNOW beach weddings. Hiring inexperienced planners is a recipe for last minute disaster. Read more about our beach wedding company here.
Personalize: Although the packages are clearly defined, you still have the opportunity to make your wedding unique. You choose the canopy and chair color, walkway decor, canopy topper, sand ceremony, and vow selection. Try surfing social media and you’ll be floundering among thousands of choices and “seemingly simple” DIY projects. So that $10 cheap wedding project turns into a disaster, time killer, and then you’re back to where you started. Furthermore, our skilled wedding specialists have perfected the beach look (see our Distinctive Designs) and have the perfect amount of variety for you to choose from without being overwhelmed.
Cha-Ching: Clearwater Beach Weddings prices are affordable and up front. It’s a one stop shop with no unforeseen costs: you can see all your planning in your private client portal. Consequently, our packages are designed to cut out travel, set up, and rental fees saving you money.
Time: Here’s a list of all the people you WON’T have to contact: officiant, photographer, set up crew, linen rental company, county beach permit department, chair rental company. Pretty easy right? As a result, spend your extra time and money booking a honeymoon. Or go on a date to talk about the excitement of your upcoming stress free and affordable Gulf beach wedding!
“I’m having a destination wedding, so what do I include on my wedding invitation?”
Great question! A destination wedding follows traditional wedding invitation etiquette in a lot of ways. However, there are some key points that should not be overlooked when mailing/e-mailing out your destination wedding invitations!
Beach wedding invitations
Before addressing the actual beach wedding invitations, let’s begin with “Save the Date.” Due to additional travel plans and/or vacation time from work, it’s important to give your guests plenty of time to plan for attendance at your Florida wedding. “Save the Date” cards should be sent out approximately 6-8 months prior to your wedding date. No major details needed. Just date and location. Somethinglike this will do the job:
Save the Date Beach Wedding Card
Now on to the wedding invitations! Here’s a list of what to include for your beach wedding guests
Address of the wedding ceremony with map or GPS map coordinates. *Make sure to include a clear indication of “beach wedding” so guests can plan attire accordingly.
Reception information or “Reception to follow.” If no reception, there is not need to make any additional note.
Include an accommodations card OR double side your invitation with accommodation information on the back. The accommodations card should include guest hotel options/information and any group discounts available.
Wedding Website URL: A wedding website is a great way to inform guests of your engagement story, photos, ceremony/reception details, and any other important details worth sharing. Check out theknot.com for an easy to use and free wedding website creator!
RSVP card with envelope or digital address to respond to.
You can go digital and choose evite.com to save time and money. Otherwise, websites like minted.com or etsy.com have some fun, beach-inspired destination wedding invitations waiting for you!
Palm tree beach wedding invitation
Ready to invite your guests to a Destination Wedding? We provide weddings on both coasts of Florida including the Gulf beaches and Atlantic coast. Browse our beach wedding locations or click HERE to book your beach wedding!
Florida Beach Weddings package with white floral designs.
So you’ve already decided you want to get married by the water, be it by boat or beach. Now it’s decision time. Cruises can be fun and relaxing and they sell you that everything is all in one place. Sounds to me like a perfect….. honeymoon. Cruise boat weddings however can be stressful, expensive, and complicated. So get the best of both worlds with a complete beach wedding and then it’s “All aboard the S.S. Honeymoon!”
Why beach weddings are a better choice than cruise weddings:
Expenses: It’s good to set a clear budget before any planning starts. A Cocoa Beach Wedding package has affordable and upfront prices with no hidden charges and fees. Set up/break down, wedding coordinating services, officiant, photographer, unity sand, and legal filing of your Florida marriage license is all included at a budget-friendly price. Cruise wedding packages can average around $4,000-$8,000. And that starting price comes with a whole list of fine print, exclusions, and additional charges. Oh, and it definitely doesn’t include the cost of the cruise/stateroom itself. If friends or family can’t afford to take the cruise but can be at the wedding, then having a wedding on the beach prior to sailing is the best choice!
Time constraints: Pre-departure cruise weddings can be stressful. If guests are not cruising, the ceremony and time may feel very rushed. Flights can be delayed. Guests are provided specific boarding and exciting times and special accommodations will not be provided for non-cruising or late guests. Vacation season can make even large ships feel crowded!
Don’t rock the boat: Considering getting married mid-cruise? You will be likely getting married inside in the lounge or theater. Those pre-wedding jitters don’t mix well with rough seas. A seasick bride, groom, or guests could make for a rocky wedding day. With a beach wedding, seas could be 10-15 feet all while you can enjoy them from the flat, silky sand of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Make it official: Many cruise wedding packages are not actual legal ceremonies. Couples need to follow the laws of the country where the cruise ship is registered and there may be specific residency requirements. Don’t be tricked by the “keepsake wedding certificate.” That does NOT pass for a legal marriage. Furthermore, foreign ports can also be tricky when it comes to legalizing marriages. You may need extra documentation and if something goes wrong it can be a nightmare. Florida Beach Weddings provides all the information you need to get legally married. We can assist you on how to get your Florida marriage license by mail – just bring it to the beach to get married.
Plan ahead: Cruise ports, itineraries, and conditions can change, leaving you scrambling last minute. Cruises may skip ports of call due to weather. However, you can book your complete beach wedding way ahead of time without thinking twice. You will be ten minutes from the cruise port . You can even arrange a small reception on the ship!
In a culture FULL of D.I.Y. projects, YouTube tutorials, and Pinterest boards, bloggers and t.v. show hosts are pushing the “let me show you how to do it yourself” movement. And maybe that worked for that coffee table, paint project, car engine restoration (or maybe not). But we’re here to tell you don’t DIY for your wedding. Let Florida Beach Wedding DI”F”Y- Do it FOR you! Here are three reasons why to leave the beach wedding planning to the pros (ahem- that’s us) and save the D.I.Y. for some tie-dye honeymoon t-shirts! 😉
Top 3 Reasons to Just Say “NO” to D.I.Y. Weddings
One of the top reasons people are attracted to the D.I.Y. idea is to save money. And yeah, saving money is a great idea. But by the time you’ve gathered, wheeled and dealed, nickeled and dimed everything you need for your wedding ceremony, the costs start adding up real quick. And not to mention most of the items you’re planning to use for your wedding will never again see the light of day after you say, “I do.” With Florida Beach Weddings you can keep the “D.I.Y.” budget without the hassle, stress, time drain of trying to do all on your own. Our affordable beach wedding packages are all-inclusive so you know exactly what you’ll be spending on your wedding. No surprises, no hidden fees, and it’s completely planned out beginning to end.
So you don’t want the next factory produced, seen it all before wedding. We get it! And a D.I.Y. wedding could allow for you to put your personal touch on every decision. Let’s say that again, every decision.. location, chairs, aisle, flower decor, unity ceremony, vows, photographer, officiant…the list goes on. Ok, so there are A LOT of decisions that go into planning a wedding. And some things, like ocean tides, sunset, beach permit regulations, wedding party size, parking issues, all these often are forgotten. So what started out as fun quickly makes an overwhelming turn! Florida Beach Weddings has put in the time, experience, and will do all the work for you. So you can still add your personality and creative touch in your color and package choices, bridal gown, choose from selected vows, with a heck of a lot less stress. And why not put your creative flare into creating fun beach wedding favors for your guests!?
While D.I.Y. weddings seem like they save money and allow you to channel your inner creator, they are way more involved than what first meets the eye. Florida Beach Weddings is all about you fully enjoying your wedding. That includes the beach wedding planning before AND the day of. Our all-inclusive packages really do include everything you need for your wedding day. Wedding officiant, vows, consultations by phone and e-mail pre-wedding, unity sand ceremony, photographer, legal filing of your Florida Marriage License, all this is included with even our most basic package. So you have time to enjoy your destination beach wedding, spend more time on shopping for the perfect beach wedding dress, local entertainment while you’re in town, and truly enjoy your entire beach wedding experience.
Ready to save money, personalize your wedding day, and kick back and enjoy your beach wedding planning experience? CLICK HERE to start planning your beach wedding today!
So you said, “Yes!” and now it’s on to the next set of decisions: multiple lists of wedding plans and contacts, budgeting and to-dos. You’ve decided on a beach wedding, but now what? Is it worth hiring a beach wedding planner and what does a beach wedding planner even do? Let’s break down the top 5 reasons for hiring a beach wedding planner.
5 Reasons to Hire a Beach Wedding Planner
Affordable: Most brides tend to think of D.I.Y. weddings as the most affordable option. However, with Florida Beach Weddings you pay one affordable price with no hidden fees. You won’t be left with much to do besides show up the day of your wedding. Save your money on beach decor and tedious hours planning. We’ve been planning dream beach weddings for over a decade. Our efficient practices allow our beach wedding planning services to stay well within your budget.
Destination Known: While the majority of beach weddings are destination weddings, many couples may be unfamiliar with beach locations. Our beach wedding planners can tell you which beach are the best during high tide, highly sought after photography locations, beaches with free parking and those with fees, handicap accessibility, drive and no drive zones.
One Stop Shop: Florida Beach Weddings prides itself on two things: affordability and stress free weddings. We can provide all the services you will need for the day of your wedding in one place for one price. Officiant, photographer, set up & break down, floral arrangements, ceremony decor-you choose the details and we make it happen. This means you won’t be worrying and wasting time contacting dozens of vendors throughout planning and day of.
After Party: Whether you’re looking to throw a huge party or enjoy an intimate celebratory meal at a reception venue, Florida Beach Weddings planners can guide and help you find the perfect spot. We want your day to be perfect from start to finish and have the experience to make your dreams come true.
Relaxation: So hiring a beach wedding planner is affordable, reputable, and professional. This means you get to relax and enjoy the beach wedding vacation you deserve. Take the extra money you’ll save by hiring Florida Beach Wedding and splurge on a couples massage or buy the wedding party and extra round of frozen cocktails on the beach.
So you’re preparing and planning for your complete Beach Wedding and you’re thinking about beach wedding favors. Well let’s assume you’ve already hired Florida Beach Weddings to organize and prepare the perfect wedding day. If you’ve done that, the only real necessity left to plan is what to wear and how to get to the beach. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Florida Beach Weddings can work with you to take care of everything for a perfect wedding from set up to officiant, photographer to music. Click here for a break down of what Florida Beach Weddings has to offer.
If you want to add a few more personal touches here are some ideas for favors and the do’s and don’ts of what to bring to the beach.
5 Ideas for Beach Wedding Favors at Your Beach Wedding:
Keep it simple- There may not be immediate access to garbage cans and it’s likely your guests may not be bringing bags or purses onto the sand. So when choosing beach wedding party favors, avoid items with something involving lots of plastic wrapping or bulky items that are a hassle to carry.
Sweet Treats- Want the perfect beach wedding treat? Match the salty air with some tasty saltwater taffy. Simply put these yummy treats in a clear baggie, tie with some ribbon, and you have an easy and colorful wedding favor. You can even buy local, Florida made taffy and have it shipped. Click here to order. Not into taffy? Choose another sweet or salty snack for your guests to enjoy, but be sure to stay away from chocolate or other fast melting foods that won’t make it in the Florida sun.
Practically speaking- No one needs another trinket that’s likely to get tossed minutes after the vow exchange. Think of practical beach wedding favors your guests could enjoy the day of your wedding and in the future. A few ideas- personalized wedding sunglasses like these or fun drink koozies like these.
Follow the rules- There is a no glass policy on the beach and the general rule is to leave the beach the same (or better) as when you got there. So before you order those cute mason jars or votive holders, remember the rules.
In the sand- There won’t really be anywhere to display your favors. Consider purchasing a basket to place in the sand near the seating area for favors. And don’t forget to assign someone to put it out before your guests arrive.