How to Have A Simple Wedding on a Florida Beach

You have always dreamed about getting married in Florida on a beautiful, sandy beach. You want simplicity and stress-free. Absolutely this destination wedding dream can come true, and at an affordable price. All of our Florida beach wedding packages are well below what you would pay for a traditional wedding in your home town.

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Wedding couple in St. Augustine with Anchors Away beach package

Step One: Will it be an elopement or wedding?

An elopement is considered just the two of you and maybe a handful of guests: our elopement beach wedding packages are meant for 2-6 participants. The Florida Beach Weddings company offers several elopement packages that can be booked up to six months in advance:

For a small beach ceremony that includes the two of you and a few MORE guests, the Beach Beginnings all inclusive wedding package (below) for up to 10 people delivers a big, beautiful bang for your buck! And it’s still considered a small wedding.

White chair covers with fucia sashes in Florida Beach Weddings package at Daytona

This couple tied the knot at Ponce Inlet, south of Daytona Beach

Step Two: Choose the beach venue you both love

Would you prefer calm turquoise waters, white sand beach like St. Pete Beach, Siesta Key or Clearwater? Or emerald waves and firm sand that you can bike on like Daytona Beach, Wilbur-by-the-Sea and Cocoa Beach? Dolphins, nature parks and fishing are abundant on both coasts of Florida so it really depends on your “vibe” and the activities you plan to do. Tampa is closer to the Gulf beaches and Orlando is closer to the East coast beaches. You won’t be disappointed no matter where you tie the knot, so do your research, read our virtual tours, and then book your beach!

Step Three: Will family and friends be attending?

The answer to this question will help guide your choice of complete wedding package. For instance, you can have up to 18 people with our Nautical Knot wedding package. It is still simple and small by traditional wedding celebration standards. You can choose your colors and the decorated aisle will guide you toward your beloved by the sea.

With many activities to offer, many people want to visit Florida. Check with the family that are must-haves to attend. Give them some optional dates, so they can try and make it work within your selected dates. As long as the most important people on your list are clear to come, you have the biggest hurdle covered!

Beach Weddings in Florida

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Step Four: Pay Your Deposit 

It’s easy to secure your date with Florida Beach Weddings. Once we have received your package deposit, you will receive access to your private client portal. This will have all of your important documents for signing. It is password protected and secure. Your contract, ceremony decor selections, final invoice, optional additions, marriage license information and more are listed for you to complete. Talk about simple! Of course, you can email or call our Beach Wedding Specialists at any time with questions.

photo of beach wedding employee on the phone in office

Karen, Florida Beach Weddings Specialist

The Biggest Step is to Find a Beach Wedding Company you can trust

Hire a great beach wedding company who you can trust, to ensure that all aspects of your beach wedding are covered and executed (hint: check their reviews). And, of course, that means hiring the Florida Beach Weddings Company!. Seriously, a Florida beach wedding is one of the greatest things you can do to make your wedding day the most memorable for the rest of your lives. Just think how many return trips you can make to the beautiful place where you got married to relive those special moments? We are waiting for you on the beach so contact us today.

Florida Beach Wedding Packages and photography

Your Wedding Day: What You Need to Know

Let’s assume that your Florida Beach Wedding is all booked, paid for, and planned out. Now, it’s the big day, your wedding day…make sure you’re ready!

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Sunrise on Daytona Beach, FL

This is going to sound like your high school teacher the day before a big test, so please bear with us! But never the less, it’s still sound advice for your wedding day. A good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast are the basics for starting your wedding day. So try to get a good night’s sleep (I know, nerves, last minute details). But at least plan on being IN bed at your usual time, even if you count a few extra sheep or read a few more pages than usual. We KNOW you read our previous posts about NOT drinking anything but water before your wedding day…even if there was a rehearsal dinner.

Omelet on white plate

And don’t start off your day with a sprint. Plan a healthy breakfast and allow PLENTY of time to get ready before your ceremony. Any and all planning should be done before your wedding day. So all you procrastinators (yeah, you, the one reading this post the night before your wedding), don’t wait until the last minute to figure out who’s driving who to the wedding or think you’ll have time to run to the court house the day of for your marriage license. Not happening. 

Appointments

Determine travel times to and from hair/make up appointments and plan accordingly. You will have received a helpful list of recommendations from your Beach Wedding Specialist ahead of time. Also be sure to communicate with your stylist/artists what time you need to be walking out the door. This will keep everybody prepared, calm, and well groomed (pardon the wedding pun). 🙂 Oh, and brides. Be on time. Simple.

Dressing Up

It’s best to get dressed about 20-30 minutes before you need to be walking out the door to your chosen beach ceremony site. Getting dressed too early sets up for too many potential mishaps: spills, discomfort, snags, creases…. You get the point. Do any last minute make up touches BEFORE putting on your beach wedding dress: we have more make-up tips here. And also take a bathroom visit immediately before getting dressed. The extra time allows for any pinning, accessorizing, undergarment shifting, or other last minute tweaks to your wedding dress.

Arriving to Your Final Destination- Ceremony Location

Well, it’s here. It’s showtime! Your Wedding Day! Again, your Beach Wedding Planner will have previously sent you a timeline for this special day. So stick to that and you’ll be good to go! Your timeline will include the following:

  • Beach location and address, whether it is a Gulf beach wedding or on the Atlantic coast we will provide you with the EXACT location
  • Ceremony start time for your vows
  • Description of your package choices/set up 
  • Reminder to BRING YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE (your marriage is NOT official without this). We will officially file it for you afterward.
  • Guests should arrive at ceremony location 30 minutes prior to ceremony start (a good idea to make note of arrival times on your Beach Wedding Invitation). We will sure to have them seated for your walk down the aisle.
  • Groom and Bridal Party should arrive to ceremony location 20 minutes prior to start time.
  • Bride should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to ceremony start at the location determined by your Beach Wedding Planner (indicated in timeline email)
  • Any other additions, details, or pertinent information will be included in the timeline email.

Whether you have a small wedding or one of our larger wedding packages, you will not have to worry about setting up your decor or breaking it down after the ceremony. All the details you chose when you built your beach wedding package online will be exactly as you expect when you arrive to tie the knot! If you scheduled our exclusive Florida Beach Weddings photographer, he or she will meet you there. 

Driftwood wedding arch on the beach with white chairs

Drift Away wedding package on the beach with white chairs

Is all of this sounding like the wedding on the beach you’ve been dreaming about? Click HERE to book your Florida Beach Wedding!

Top 5 Things to Avoid the Week Before Your Wedding

It’s almost here. The day you’ve been waiting for! Your wedding day on a Florida beach! And although it’s tempting to squeeze in those last few to-do’s or shed those last few pre-wedding pounds, be careful with any drastic changes the week before your wedding. It’s tempting to hit the spa, salon, or gym to get ready for the big day. But don’t push it and end up with wedding regrets that include a bad haircut or sports injury. Check out this list of 5 things you should steer clear of the week before you tie the knot.

Avoid the avoidable written on napkin

1. New Skin Care Products

We know. You want a fresh, smooth glow. But the week before your wedding is not the time to get a peel, microdermabrasion or other types of facials. These treatments can leave your skin flaky, peeling, red and irritated for days and sometimes week. Red, flaky, and irritated should NOT be associated with anything to do with your beach wedding day. So save your facials for after the honeymoon.

This also means don’t add any new moisturizers, make up, or creams to your regimen. Buying new make up for you big day is fine, but don’t wait until the day of your ceremony to try it out. This is especially true for you sensitive skin gals out there.  Remember, you will already be glowing with happiness as you walk down your tropical aisle towards your beach wedding ceremony arbor where your beloved will be waiting for you to say your vows. Take a look at our bride Rhiannon below in Turtle Beach.

Wedding couple on Turtle Beach, FL

2. New Hair

A fresh trim or color touch up is fine. But don’t decide to try out a pixie cut or experiment with red hair for the first time on your wedding day. Your hair certainly shouldn’t define you, but don’t shock your future spouse and guests with an extraordinary new hair style the week before your wedding. You should be walking down the aisle feeling and looking like you, fresh and beautiful in your wedding dress!

Embassy Suites St Augustine weddings on the beach with your bridal party.

3. Work Outs/Diet Cramming

Unless you are eloping, you probably have had plenty of time to prepare for your wedding day. So don’t decide the week before your wedding that you want to “tone up” or lose a few pounds. If you arrived in Florida a few days before your ceremony, a brisk walk on the beachfront or swim in the ocean is a great way to release some endorphins and get things moving pre-wedding. An intense new work out is a recipe for muscle soreness, injury, and fatigue. If you haven’t done any parasailing, paddle boarding or jet skiing in the Gulf of Mexico, a few days before your wedding is NOT the time to start: sore arms, sore legs, or the chance of jellyfish stings are not what you are looking for! 

And speaking of recipes, a healthy, well balanced diet is all you need to feel good the week leading up to your wedding. Don’t throw your digestive system into a frenzy with an extreme diet or fasting. Your partner will love you, all of you. Be confident, take care of yourself, and you’re sure to feel healthy and strong on your special day!

Couple sitting on sand after beach wedding Siesta Key with sunset

4. Alcohol

A mimosa, glass of wine, celebratory cocktail. Those are all fine. The key is to keep it to a minimum. Let’s skip the lecture on excessive alcohol consumption and stick to the simple facts: too much alcohol will leave you bloated, red faced, tired, dehydrated, with a headache, and hungover. So the only spinning you should experience the week before your romantic beach ceremony should be on the dance floor…or perhaps dizzy with love like our bride Tanja in Fort Lauderdale, Florida below! Cheers to that!

Couple toasting after beach wedding Florida

5. Too Much Sun

Ah, a wedding on the beach in Florida. This likely means you like the sand and sun, right? Of course! So if you plan on spending time outdoors the days leading up to your beach wedding day, be sun smart. Drink lots of water, especially in the summer months. And lather up with sunscreen…or even better use a hat. You’ve saved money on an all-inclusive beach wedding package, but you don’t want to blow that extra cash in the ER. Even a cloudy or cool day in the tropical climate of Florida can still leave your skin exposed to UV rays. Of course this is true at the beachfront or poolside, but even sitting on the outside deck of a restaurant can leave your exposed skin burned. If you are under an umbrella, remember to tuck your arms and legs under it as well, otherwise you could have one normal arm and one red one…not so nice for photos in that sleeveless beach wedding dress! You will be beautiful on your special day, like our bride Shannon in Palm Coast below. She chose the Nautical Knot complete wedding package to pledge her love: now and forever, right beside the Atlantic ocean.

Nautical Knot wedding package and couple Palm Coast

Now, that was easy right? You know what else is easy? Beach weddings with our Florida Beach Weddings Company! Our couple Shandi and Jason below did it and got married in Siesta Key. You can too so click HERE to book your beach wedding today!

Siesta Key couple kissing in the ocean

UK Brides: US Destination Wedding Myths Busted!

Are you thinking of getting married in the USA on a beautiful Florida beach? On the fence as to whether or not a destination wedding is right for you? Thinking it may be out of your budget? Well put aside whatever you’ve been told before or doubts you may have about destination weddings in Florida. Many couples travel from England, Scotland, Ireland and other countries to have a wedding ceremony in Florida. We’re going to give you the facts and bust some popular US destination wedding myths!

Siesta Key wedding couple UK

Myth # 1:

Destination Weddings are too complicated to plan.

Fact:

If you can book a flight to the USA and pack a suitcase, you can plan a Florida destination beach wedding. With our Florida Beach Wedding Company, we do EVERYTHING for you to ensure a seamless and beautiful beach wedding. Our US beach wedding packages are all inclusive. We’re talking about helping you choose a Florida beach location, set up/break down of your wedding decorations, a wedding officiant, professional wedding photographer, and assistance with your Florida marriage license. Our beach wedding specialists can advise you regarding what to do the week before the wedding, how to choose the perfect wedding dress for Florida beach weather, beach wedding make up….we’ve got you covered with all the best tips and tricks to make your US destination wedding perfect. 

Myth # 2:

Destination Weddings are too expensive for UK citizens

Fact:

The average cost of a traditional (non destination) wedding in America is $26,000. Wait, what? That figure should have you running for the hills, but wait, how about running for the beach? Our Florida Beach Wedding packages are coming in somewhere between $1,000-$2,500 USD with almost everything included. Now translate that into your own currency and start clapping with excitement! Add in flight and hotel, dress, hair and  make up to the budget and you will still have room for the honeymoon. Really, you could have roughly 5 beach weddings for the price of 1 “average, traditional” wedding. Once you have booked your date with us, we can provide even more ways to save money with a destination beach wedding with our recommended vendors list for every Florida beach location. 

Destin Beach wedding couple embraces after UK wedding in Florida

Myth # 3:

Florida Destination Weddings won’t be legally recognized in the UK

Fact:

In order for your Florida marriage to be recognized as legal in the UK, the following conditions must be met (per raydensolicitors.co.uk):

  • The marriage must be recognized as a legal marriage in the USA and the parties to the marriage must have complied with the procedures required in the country of marriage: USA. This generally includes giving the relevant notice and having the required witnesses.
  • Each party to the marriage must have capacity to marry under the laws of the country that they are domiciled at the time of the marriage. The country in which you are domiciled will be the country of your main permanent home in which you live, or to which you intend to return. Capacity covers issues such as age, consent and mental capacity.
    Any previous marriage must be properly terminated as per the requirements of English law and you must have the date for your Florida marriage license application.
    It is also important to have evidence of the marriage, which will generally be the original marriage certificate.

The Notary or Minister of your wedding is responsible for posting the marriage license back to the courthouse to have it validated (Florida Beach Weddings takes care of this for you). You won’t receive your marriage certificate straight away. The courthouse will post it to your home address, which usually takes 4-6 weeks, although some people have said they received theirs earlier.

Following Florida’s legal marriage process will ensure that your marriage is legal in the UK. You can obtain it by mail. There is no residency or citizenship requirement to apply for a Florida marriage license but you will need your photo passport. Contact us to plan your dream destination wedding or with any other questions. As you can see, getting married in Florida is easy for UK couples! Email pam@floridabeachweddings.com.

UK couple kiss on Florida beach after wedding in Daytona Beach

Staying Cool at a Summer Beach Wedding

Blue Daytona Beach Weddings with flower petals and black bamboo canopy

Couple married on Daytona Beach Florida.

Our Beach Wedding Company is now preparing to resume beach wedding ceremonies this summer! So time to get ready to be married in the sun and sea! Florida basically has two seasons. 1.Summer  2. The rest of the year! Most of the year the weather is beautiful for an outdoor wedding and the tropical sea breeze makes it even more comfortable. There isn’t much to complain about however, if you aren’t a Florida native, you may need a few tips on staying cool in the heat during your seaside Florida wedding ceremony.

5 Tips on How to Beat the Heat 

Summer is a beautiful time of year to get married no matter where you are, but in Florida we need to take extra care when the sun is highest in the sky. If you decide summer is the best time of year for your beach wedding, our Florida Beach Weddings specialist will help you schedule your ceremony at the best time of day for your comfort. We want to ensure that you have a pretty beach wedding filled with joy! Here are some tips for your marriage ceremony:

1. Stay Hydrated

It’s important to drink a lot of water in preparation for, during, and after your outdoor beach wedding. Don’t wait until right before you walk the aisle to grab a bottle of water. Also don’t wait until you get thirsty to start drinking; 64 ounces is a starting point to get you through the day. Wake up with a glass of H2o and drink continuously throughout the day. If you add coffee or alcohol to the beverage mix you’ll need to up your water intake. Choosing a complete beach wedding package that includes a chilled water station is also an option (your guests will love this!) Staying hydrated will keep you energized, looking fresh, and ready to face the summer sun!

We present the newly married couple at this beautiful Teal Distinctive Package at a Florida Wedding on the beach.

This Teal Distinctive Design includes chilled water station for your guests

2. Avoid Too Much Alcohol

Well, save it for the indoor after party anyways! Drinking too much alcohol can lead to dehydration and increased drowsiness. And there’s something about a hot summer day that speeds up the “buzz” effect. So be a Snow White Bride, not a Dopey, Sleepy, Grumpy, Drunky (okay that last one wasn’t a Disney original) dwarf and save the celebratory piña colada for the A/C.

Fort Meyers beach wedding and reception locations.

Fort Meyers Matanzas on the Bay for post-wedding dinner

3. Keep Inside

Stay inside as much as possible. This also applies to the day/night before. Too much sun can exhaust your body and nobody wants to be hot and cranky on their wedding day. Stay in your A/C car or beachfront hotel until you it’s time to walk down the aisle. Keeping cooler longer will allow you to really enjoy the sunny, breezy beach atmosphere.

Daytona Beach Weddings at the shores resort and spa hotel on the beach

Convenient Daytona Beach Shores hotel keeps you cool before your wedding

4. Made in the Shades

Sun shades. Umbrella shades. Whatever the shade, find it. Use it. Make it. It not realistic find shade directly ON the beach during your ceremony. However, the moments leading up to your ceremony or after you tie the knot, keep your sunglasses on and find a cool, shady spot to relax. And discuss ahead of time if the bridal party will be rocking sunglasses. Pass off the shades to a front row guest so you don’t ruin pictures with an unwanted accessory.

Anastasia Park Wedding Pavilion

Shady Anastasia Park Wedding Pavilion ready for reception guests

5. Cool Off

We love these personal mister fans and if you’re extra sensitive to the sun, check out these fun parasols with UV ray blocking features. These are also great for beach days before and after your summer beach wedding day too – why go anywhere else for your honeymoon! There are many nice beaches to get married on that offer shady pavilions and picnic areas including Sand Key Park, Siesta Key in Sarasota, Venice Beach and Cocoa Beach to relax under (see photo above from one of our St. Augustine Beach weddings).

Fort DeSoto Beach in St. Pete, Florida

Cool shady area in Fort DeSoto Beach in St. Pete, Florida

Dreaming of cold drinks, warm Florida sand, and saying, “I do” hand in hand? We have plenty of options in the Sunshine State. Book your Summer Beach Wedding today!

St. Pete Beach Wedding Restaurants

What is the best St. Pete beach wedding reception venue that includes great food? Read on for a delicious list full of St. Pete Beach Restaurants. So whether you’re eloping and looking for an intimate dining spot or hosting a full on post wedding party, we’ve found the place for you after in St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach Wedding couple sitting on sand during sunset in Florida.

Top 5 St. Pete Beach Restaurants for Wedding Receptions

Palm Court Italian Grill

Tucked away at the end of the Grand Palm Colonnade at TradeWinds Island Grand, Palm Court Italian Grill offers an intimate dining experience with your favorite culinary creations from the Mediterranean. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner indoors or under the stars on the patio as you savor creamy pastas and the seafood selections that range from fried calamari to fresh grouper. Complement your meal with an extensive selection of fine wines available by the glass, letting you match each course with pairings recommended by your gracious server.

Palm Court Italian Grill St. Pete Beach

The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant is in the heart of the Pass-A-Grille historical district. Located just across the street from the Gulf, with rooftop twin bars that offer spectacular sunset views, the Hurricane has become a world-renown restaurant for both locals and vacationers, serving the St. Pete Beach community for over 42 years. Offering the finest in fresh, wild-caught seafood in a tantalizing array of appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts, the Hurricane dazzles with three levels of dining and complimentary views, seven days a week.

The Hurricane Restaurant in St. Pete Beach for beach wedding receptions

Level Two Hurricane Watch (roof top) and SOUTH DECK BAR AND GRILLE is perfect for hosting parties and large gatherings. They can seat up to 300 people and offer several buffet stations to accommodate large groups along with plenty of space.

Rococo Steak

Rococo Steak embraces a lighter, livelier and decidedly more decadent dining experience. Enjoy an unforgettable Rococo Steak wedding reception whether you envision a lavish affair or an intimate gathering. They take care of everything down to the smallest detail, including custom menu, linens and floral selections and can even create a signature cocktail so your guests can propose a toast to the love the two of you share.

Rococo Steak for St. Pete Wedding reception dinner party

StarLite Cruises

StarLite’s selection of unique vessels and variety of cruise selections are sure to provide the ideal venue for any type of group outing. Take advantage of all that Tampa Bay has to offer—perfect weather, stunning vistas, the tranquil beauty of the beaches—and plan an event that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on your entire group. Why use a basic 4-wall banquet room for your group event, when you could treat your wedding guests to a cruise with open spaces, stunning vistas and an ever-changing waterfront view?

StarLite Cruises for St. Pete Beach Wedding receptions

 

Have we successfully activated your taste buds? Good. And CLICK HERE to book your St. Pete Beach Wedding or view our packages so you can indulge in some amazing cuisine and cheers to a happy marriage!