So you have your heart set on a destination wedding in Florida
, but not sure if it’s affordable? Well, we can say with certainty that it is cheaper than a traditional wedding at home. However, doing the research yourself will convince you so we’ve provided a great resource to help you plan. Also, a little creativity will go a long way in making your beach wedding dreams come true all within your wedding budget. Check out the guide below for everything you need to know about planning an affordable destination wedding
Bride Guide: Planning an Affordable Destination Wedding
Know Your Budget:
Before we dive into HOW to save money, let’s decide exactly how much money we’re starting with here. This number doesn’t have to be down to the penny, but we need a starting place for the wedding fund. It’s your big day, but you don’t need a big debt to start your new life with when it’s all said and done. Choosing a wedding ceremony package is the way to go to save money…almost everything you need is included. Our Florida wedding packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500, depending on the beach location. Gulf beaches like Clearwater, St. Pete, Siesta Key and Destin Beach are typically more expensive, and Miami weddings, but that doesn’t mean you should rule them out if that’s your dream. Our Beach Wedding Specialists can help you discover which location will work for you.
Make a list of non-negotiable items and see where everything stands. Is a Clearwater Beach Wedding the only one for you? Or can you go for a more budget-friendly Atlantic ocean ceremony such as a Cocoa Beach wedding, St. Augustine or the Daytona Beach area? Can you cut back on your wedding dress budget to make room for an upgraded hotel suite? Do fresh flowers make your wedded heart swoon? Or can you go for a faux bouquet of flowers to allow for professional hair and make up? So its a good idea to write it all down. Some ideas are:
- Wedding party size (permits may be more expensive for a larger number of guests)
- Elope in Florida or a full wedding
- Hair and Make Up
- Wedding Package Design Choice
- Additional/Professional Photography
- Wedding Dress – try renting to save money on the dress you love: click here for resource
- Groom Tux/Suit – rent or buy easily from home: click here for resource
- Hotel/Accommodations – check out our locations pages for some popular suggestions
- Wedding Favors – check our blog resource here
- Bridal Party Gifts
- After party/Reception
For more help, you can also check out The Knot’s FREE wedding budget calculator.
Complete Wedding Packages:
As mentioned above, your best bet to save money and stress is going with an all inclusive wedding package. This is especially true for destination wedding where you have to deal with vendors in an unfamiliar location. With Florida Beach Weddings, almost everything you need for your wedding day is included in the affordable, upfront price! You can choose your theme, colors and decorations, which makes all your wedding ideas come to life. With our Florida wedding planners, even your beach wedding officiant is included. The only option we recommend adding is our professional outdoor wedding photographer so that all your memories can be captured forever. And, just as important, is that having it all in a package means less stress: just show up and tie the knot!
Money Saving Ideas:
With a little creativity, you can save money left and right! Here are some ideas for trimming the fat from your sand, sun and sea beach wedding budget:
- Wedding Dress- Second hand (try a local Facebook resale group or high end consignment shop)
- Hair and Make Up- If hiring a pro is out, there are no shortage of Youtube hair/make up tutorials. Just practice, practice, practice.
- Travel- Subscribe to a travel search engine and check back frequently for cheap air fare. These prices can fluctuate day to day so look for a price drop and pick up your tickets!
- Evites over mailed invitations can end up saving you hundreds. Between the actual stationary and the cost to mail them, go paperless and save more.
- Flowers- Have a creative and RELIABLE friend attending the wedding? Could he/she put together a some simple bouquets and boutonnieres? You may have to settle with whatever flowers are in stock that day/week at the local grocery store in Florida, but if that’s not a priority to you, then that’s an easy, fresh option\\
Now you realize your dreams can come true without going into wedded-debt! Let Florida Beach Weddings help you plan your complete, affordable destination wedding today. Click here!
Micro-wedding? How about a Weddingmoon? During this time of uncertainty, an idea gaining popularity is to have a weddingmoon: you combine your big day with your honeymoon and have your closest friends and family there to celebrate with you throughout the whole adventure. Another benefit of a weddingmoon is that you can truly have the wedding AND honeymoon of your dreams in sunny Florida with good weather. Finding an affordable beach wedding package and quality hotel make for a successful experience, and a professional beach wedding company that helps with planning can take the stress away. This Coral Distinctive Design is an example of the perfect ocean theme in St. Augustine.
Marriage ceremony St. Augustine Coral Design
You will likely be booking your destination wedding ceremony a little into the future, even 2021, so the size of gatherings will vary in different areas but an outdoor wedding on the beach is a good way to play it safe…plus it’s beautiful! Most of the Florida beaches allow up to 50 people for a wedding, but with social distancing you may be able to have up to 100. You will also have a beach wedding planner to help guide you with your beach permit (if required), Florida marriage license filing, decoration ideas, local amenities and more. St. Augustine, Florida is a great choice for your weddingmoon because it has incredible beaches coupled with local amenities and entertainment…even during this time of caution. You and your guests will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy each other’s company for days!
One of the best St. Augustine wedding ceremony sites is Anastasia State Park. This Florida beach is owned by the state and has a tranquil vibe with natural beauty. There are no buildings on the beach which means you get nothing but beautiful views of the sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean as you say your vows in the sun and sea. No shoes required for this barefoot wedding! There is also a small pavilion you an decorate for a reception meal, like the one below, or you can choose to go into the city for dinner. Try our Teal Distinctive Design package for your seaside ceremony.
What is open and what is closed in St. Augustine?
Many businesses in Florida are open, but with restrictions changing often, it is good to have a list of what you can expect when visiting St. Augustine with your wedding party. This list from Visit St. Augustine is updated and can help you plan your post-wedding activities. There are no quarantine orders or restrictions in effect for those traveling to Florida from other states. Many city tours, mini golf, and museums are OPEN but it is advisable to call first and check. At the time of publishing this blog, the Castillo de San Marcos Spanish fortress is not open, but you can walk around it and enjoy the view.
Hotels in St. Augustine
Most hotels are open for business, however some may have limited service. Therefore, it is best to call and get details before booking your stay. Again, the helpful list from Visit St. Augustine is a great resource! Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort is a popular choice among our brides. You can book their oceanfront banquet room as your wedding reception venue for larger weddings, and have one of our beach wedding ceremonies on the sand right at the hotel, depending on the tide schedule as the beachfront area is smaller. However, keep in mind this Embassy Suites hotel is only valet parking.
The Castillo Real resort is an easy walk to the beach in St. Augustine and is a great choice for your wedding and honeymoon. We can perform all of our St. Augustine beach wedding packages here. However, for our larger packages, all of your guests must be staying at this location as the parking is very limited for non-hotel guests. If you are planning a more intimate beach wedding here, consider going to the La Cocina for dinner, located directly in the hotel.
More Beach Wedding Wedding Ideas
If you love barn weddings but can’t part with the idea of getting married on the beach, then look no further than our Rustic Romance complete wedding package. With vintage vibes and rustic florals in muted colors, this is one of our most popular packages.
Our staff pick for St. Augustine beachfront weddings is the Floral Distinctive which embodies all the beauty of this east coast beach. With a natural branch canopy topper and flowing, draped material over bamboo it provides class and elegance.
Reserve Your Wedding Date Today
If the idea of a large or small beach wedding in St. Augustine interest you, or even a weddingmoon…contact one of our Florida Beach Weddings specialists to find a ceremony date that works for you!
So many wonderful things go into planning a beach wedding. But sometimes brides easily lose sight of the forest for the trees (or the beach for the sand) when it comes to wedding planning. At the end of the wedding day, the bride and groom (or same sex couple) will be joined as husband and wife. Therefore, it should be a day filled with joy and celebration, not stress! Here are some tips to avoid having any beach wedding regrets and five ways to avoid common mistakes.
Daytona Beach Wedding bride and groom
“I was worried for nothing,” “In hind sight, that was no big deal,” and “I was too stressed to enjoy my wedding day.” DO NOT let those thoughts be yours. Do not lose site of the goal here. Your wedding day should be centered around your marriage. Florida Beach Weddings company will take care of everything to ensure your wedding site is nothing but the best! We set-up and break down/remove all your wedding ceremony decorations (like the Coral Distinctive Design wedding package below) and file your Florida marriage license with the government for you. Any bride/groom should mentally prepare for a hiccup or two. Whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction, drizzly weather, or late wedding guest, keep your eyes on the prize- your soon to be spouse! We will ensure your ceremony location is ready to rock and roll, whether you are having a small beach wedding, micro-wedding or larger wedding. Your main priorities are: your marriage license and the presence of the bride and groom. Everything else is secondary as far as your concerns go. With this mindset, you can look back on your wedding day with no regrets!
Coral Distinctive Design Package on Daytona Beach
Be on time. That’s the best wedding time management advice. So calculate how long any hair/make up/nail appointments will take and plan your wedding day accordingly. Use your phone/Google Maps to determine drive times ahead of time, not 10 minutes before walking out the door. We recommend our wedding couples arrive to their destination wedding city a day or two ahead of the ceremony and explore your chosen beachfront site. Allow some wiggle room for traffic, make up fixes, large bridal parties, etc. You can’t be responsible for your guests and bridal party arriving on time, but it is YOUR responsibility to communicate with them timelines and expectations. Be clear about meeting places and allow for extra time for off beach parking/walking. Your Beach Wedding Specialist will help you with all of this, including providing a detailed agenda for your special day.
Wise choices and an affordable destination wedding. That’s the name of the budget game. KNOW YOUR BUDGET before ANY planning begins. You are much more likely to make wise choices and appropriate compromises when you have a clear, established budget. And from there, our Beach Wedding Packages Page is a great place to start. We pride ourselves on our affordable prices and one stop shopping experience. So what you see is what you get when you choose your wedding package decor. Prioritize your “must haves” and “can do withouts” and stick to it. Check out other ways to save money on your beach wedding with adding our professional photography or a first dance to your ceremony. Our Beach Wedding Specialists can help you make the right decisions that won’t break the bank: they can recommend affordable amenities on both the Gulf beach side of Florida and the Atlantic coast.
Forever in Love Photos professional wedding photography is now part of the Florida Beach Weddings team! So you can rest assured that your beach wedding day will have the highest quality, most memorable photos possible. We often have to deal with the bright lighting on the beach: the sun, the glare, the sparkling water and most importantly, the sunsets. Not an easy task when you only have a few precious moments to get a shot. We also know how to deal with the sea breeze blowing around your wedding dress and hair, or if there is precipitation coming and the light is low. It really is to your benefit to use the services of a professional beach wedding photographer, and it costs less than you think. Just ensure to book the photographer with your wedding package so that you don’t miss out!
Bride before wedding in Siesta Key Beach
Don’t regret choosing your beach wedding attire without considering a few basic tips. Dress appropriate for the hot, Florida weather and keep in mind the sand, wind, and sun! Our Beach Wedding Specialist will not schedule your wedding at the hottest time of day, however some things to keep in mind:
- Dress– Depending on the season, you may have more or less options here. It’s safe to say if you are booking a beach wedding between the months of May-September your most practical advice is to keep it cool. Don’t choose thick fabrics or a three piece suit for the groom. You will be sweating and you will not be happy if you don’t follow that advice. We have a few other helpful posts on beach groom style and beach wedding dresses.
- Accessories/Shoes– Less is more so consider a barefoot wedding. Bare feet or open sandals are a great idea for brides. Going barefoot or simple flip flops are ideal for grooms. Nobody wants to miss out on the “toes in the sand” experience! Jewelry is pretty flexible and can be worn according to your personal style (read more here). Veils can be tricky due to the sea breeze, however a good beach photographer can help you manage it for wonderful photos. Even a slight breeze can have your veil wrapped around and tangled…not very romantic! By the way, sunglasses are not wedding accessories (although your guests will definitely need them). Ensure all cell phones are turned off.
St. Augustine Beach wedding couple kisses after tying the knot
We hope these tips will help you feel cool, comfortable and calm for your Florida destination wedding. So if you’re ready for a stress and regret free beach ceremony, click HERE!
If you are having a beach wedding, vow renewal or eloping in Florida you want to be sure that you have given all the many details you have carefully planned the attention that they deserve. Most brides know that they should allow enough time to get their hair done (2 hours is the recommendation) but there are other things that need your attention, especially when dealing with the elements of sun, sand and sea. There are 5 things that you might not want to forget to do for your Florida beach wedding, especially when taking in the comfort of any guests who may be attending.
The goal for any wedding, whether in Florida or at home, is to have a memorable ceremony where nobody is distracted and everyone has all eyes on the bride and groom, listening to their personalized vows under the archway. Now this isn’t hard to do when you are in a serene beachfront environment surrounded by beautiful wedding decorations, but if you are overheated or covered in sand it is a different matter! You want your guests to be moved by your declaration of love as you tie the knot and hopefully, to follow it up with a reception where everyone can let loose and enjoy themselves. So why not prepare in advance with some little things that can make a big difference. Of course, a highly rated Beach Wedding Company can go a long way to making your day easy and lovely: we take care of setting up your beach wedding decor and break it down afterward. Our beach wedding specialist gives you detailed agenda of your day and valuable resources for flowers, hair, restaurants, hotels and more. We even help you with your Florida marriage certificate! However, you can do some little things beforehand to make it even more perfect. Every great wedding is great because every detail has been taken care of, the ceremony has gone smoothly with no stress for the you and your spouse. Let’s take a look at some of these “little things”:
5 Things That Will Make Your Day Perfect
If there is one thing that everyone can agree on it is that beach weddings in Florida are truly beautiful…breathtaking even. You get to get married on a beach of your choice, in an unforgettable ceremony like no other. There is another thing that everyone can agree on, it can be hot on the beach! Our Beach Wedding Company helps you plan your wedding at the most comfortable time of the day, taking into account sea breezes and sunsets, but it is tropical in Florida almost all year long. Therefore, making sure everyone attending your beach wedding is comfortable relies wholly on the planning you do in advance.
We know everyone at your wedding ceremony will have a good time, but we suggest you incorporate the following into your wedding planning. Our suggestions are simple and cheap to do:
- Flip Flops
- A foot cleaning station
- Handheld fans
Avoid the 3 S’s
Okay, I hear you, seems like this is a no-brainer. Of course people need sun protection, and shoes! However, even though there are other details of your day that might seem pressing, setting up the beach area for comfort is key. You want all eyes on you and your beloved, you do not want people squirming in their seats because they are dealing with the 3 S’s: sweating, sticking and squinting. Why not shop the dollar store or Etsy in advance? A couple of buckets of cheap sunglasses will ensure that everyone gets to see the wedding service and that they are not fighting off the glare. We all love the Florida sunshine but when it bounces off the white sand into your eyes…ouch! Buckets, baskets, colors…even personalized! There are plenty of ways to present these little gifts for those that forget their own.
Your beach wedding in Florida is going to hopefully happen on a crystal clear day where you can exchange vows by the sea. However, don’t be fooled by a cloudy day…and even a sunset wedding, yes as the sun goes down, requires sunscreen. A good strategy is to buy trial sizes from your nearby pharmacy and place them in the area that greets your guests. If you have chosen one of our all inclusive Distinctive Design wedding packages there will be a charming chalkboard sign and chilled water station for your guests. This is a great location and another great use for that little bucket, pail or basket. This thoughtful touch of sun protection can go a long way in making sure no one is too burnt or in pain to enjoy the wedding reception or dinner that follows. Of course wearing a hat is ideal for your guests, but often we don’t want to mess up our wedding day hair. If your female guests want a tip in advance: choose a makeup foundation with sunscreen on the special day. However, your little bucket of sunscreen will still be helpful for anyone that forgets in the excitement of the day. Don’t forget some for your youngest guests too!
Bucket of Flip Flops
Coming to your wedding dressed to impressed may mean you will have some ladies that have left their sandals at home. Although everyone loves to be barefoot in the sand, sometimes it can be hard to walk in! High heels…no way! Make it easier for your guests to get on the sand and watch your ceremony by placing a bucket of different sized flip flops near the entrance to the ceremony. Even a guest in a wheelchair will enjoy the cool relief of taking off their shoes. You can buy flip flops online or at a dollar store for about $1, and they will be greatly appreciated by those that forget theirs or don’t want to ruin their more formal shoes. For those guests that don’t care for flip flops, see our next suggestion which is a delightful touch that will have your guests smiling.
A Mat And Some Paint Brushes (what?)
No we are not asking you to paint a scenic picture of the sea! You don’t have to because Florida Beach Weddings will take all the beautiful wedding photos you could ever want! What we suggest is that you set up a station where your guests can brush the sand off their feet. Whether you have chosen a Gulf coast location such as Siesta Key, Clearwater/St. Pete, Destin, or an east coast beach such as Daytona, St. Augustine or Cocoa Beach you are going to have lots of sand! A mat with some paintbrushes in a bucket can be a welcome relief for guests that have sand between their toes that do not necessarily want to take with them to the reception. Adding a small towel would be thoughtful too. You can even match everything to the color of your chair sashes so that your theme stays consistent from start to finish.
Help your guests to beat the heat by incorporating handheld fans into your wedding décor. You can place them on each chair with the wedding program. Your guests will be able to take them to your reception beach wedding venue afterwards to keep cool there as well. Again, fans can be personalized and made of different materials such as cardboard, silk, paper, lace, sandalwood even feathers! No need to do something formal, just whatever works for your bridal theme and wedding day. Etsy is a great resource.
We also love these personal mister fans and if you or your guests 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 – perfect 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 Beach, and Cocoa Beach to relax under (a favorite of ours is the Turtle Pavilion at Anastasia State Park for St. Augustine Beach weddings). Check out Fort Desoto beach park with over 15 pavilions which can be reserved for receptions in this amazing Gulf beach venue.
So now that you have completed your planning and are ready to provide these thoughtful touches for your guests, you can stand up, take a bow, and head for your beach wedding altar. These handy wedding ideas stand the test of time and can be incorporated into any beach wedding day. Of course, you can get more ideas at the Knot wedding website and Pinterest, but you will have an amazing beach wedding by paying attention to these comfort details. Not just lucky in love, you and your spouse will be considered thoughtful and smart. Your guests will always remember this special day! Contact us today to reserve your Florida Beach Weddings package and date.
It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be complicated. But it can be even more challenging when you’re trying to plan for a destination wedding in another state. So many questions: How do I get a Florida marriage license? What is the best beach for a destination wedding?
May we suggest St. Pete Beach? Fortunately, Florida wedding packages can help to make planning a St. Pete Beach Wedding that much easier so you can focus more on enjoying your special day and less on stressing over the details. It really is EASY to get married on the beach in Florida!
Here are three benefits you can take advantage of when you use a beach wedding package:
- You save on travel costs. When you’re planning a destination wedding, chances are you want to see each of the possible cities and destinations to have your wedding ceremony in person. Unfortunately, the travel costs of visiting each potential venue can quickly add up. And that can be financially dangerous when you’re already on a budget. Fortunately, when you choose to use a beach wedding package, you don’t need to travel everywhere to see the potential venues. You can easily check out all of your venue options online. With St. Pete Beach, you will be right next door to Clearwater Beach so you get the best of both worlds!
- You save on unique touches. Everyone wants their wedding ceremony to be unique to them and their personal style. But it can be tricky to keep those personal touches when you’re already having a destination wedding. A beach wedding package ensures you can choose the colors, flowers, music, and more, for your wedding so you can keep those unique touches without sweating over DIY napkin holders. Why not start customizing today?
- You can keep better track of your contacts. One of the most difficult parts of planning a wedding is that you’re essentially becoming your own event planner or producer. You’re managing many different contacts and trying to keep track of finances for each of them. When you use a beach wedding company, you don’t need to worry about keeping track of your contacts like potential DJs and caterers. Because your beach wedding package is a one-stop-shop, you only need to deal with one beach wedding planner and not 12.
A Florida Beach Wedding with lots to do.
With St. Pete Beach, you’ll find lots of sports activities and restaurants for a reception, if you like. Oh, and did we mention the sunsets? Find more information about activities here.
The good news is that Florida Beach Weddings provides all inclusive beach wedding packages to help make the planning process that much easier. For more information about our Florida beach wedding packages and how they work, contact us today.
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!
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 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.
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.
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).
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!