A stunning white sand beach awaits you to say your vows with views of the Gulf of Mexico as far as the eye can see. Yes…it’s Destin beach, Florida, our fourth installment in the Virtual Getaway series with a review of the Emerald Coast city of Destin and its heavenly beach.
Destin Beach weddings are elegant, classy, and everything you have been dreaming of. Destin is situated northwest in the Florida panhandle and known for its breathtaking white sand Gulf beaches, countless golf courses, and world class resorts and rentals. It’s the perfect place to have one of the best destination weddings in the USA especially if you want those sundown photos during the perfect Florida weather.
We use a couple of different wedding venues for your beach wedding ceremony. if any beach wedding permits are required for your wedding, Florida Beach Weddings will obtain them for you, and add the cost of the permit to your package.
Destin Beaches for Your Ceremony
Fort Walton Beach
When couples decide to have a relaxing destination beach wedding experience, they choose Fort Walton Beach as one of their top wedding venues. With the white, fluffy sand Gulf beaches, and beautiful emerald sea, you will have the perfect back-drop for your beach wedding photos. Fort Walton Beach is a laid back eclectic community that has plenty of unique experiences for every brideal party to enjoy. Learn more about Florida Beach Weddings at Fort Walton Beach!!
When choosing Pensacola for your destination wedding location, you will have a premiere Gulf beach location for your beach wedding ceremony. With many different adventures waiting for you in Pensacola, your guests will be happy you chose this area with so many activities that they can incorporate into their wedding guest vacation with plenty of fun for children. Learn more about Florida Beach Weddings at Pensacola Beach!
Beachfront Hotel & Reception Venues
The Hilton may be a spot you choose for your beach wedding reception. Located on Pensacola Beach on Florida’s Santa Rosa Island, this modern hotel is 16.7 miles’ drive from the National Naval Aviation Museum and 17 miles’ drive from the 19th-century Pensacola Lighthouse. Amenities include 5 restaurants (including a relaxed grill and a sushi bar), 3 bars (including a poolside bar), a fitness center and 2 outdoor pools.
A very popular beach wedding reception venue is the Palafox Wharf. Their website says, “Historic, elegant, award winning Pensacola’s Palafox Wharf Waterfront was built in 1880 as a shipping company. You and your guests will treasure every moment of your destination or local Wedding Reception or Event in the beautifully renovated interior venue space, large deck, pier, and spacious green overlooking sparkling water and the harbor’s marina.”
With a ton of things to do if you choose this Gulf beach wedding location, you and your guests will not be bored! Aside from the largest protected beach area in the nation, The Gulf Island National Seashore, museums, zoos, zip lining and the Historic Fort Pickens area await!
Destin is very beautiful and one of the best places to get married in Florida. Reserving your Gulf beach wedding date is easy: just contact Floridabeachweddings.com. We make it easy to plan your once-in-a-lifetime special day by offering complete wedding packages that take care of all the important details of your elopement, small beach wedding or large wedding ceremony.
3 Palms Retreat is an ideal rental property in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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?
Clearwater Beach aerial view
Like many of our destination wedding locations, there are a variety of beaches to choose from in Clearwater. Clearwater Beach includes: Indian Rocks Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, Pass-A-Grille Beach, Sunset Beach, Fort De Soto, Sand Key and St. Pete Beach. Each has it’s own personality and attributes. Whether you are having a simple beach wedding or a fully decorated, complete beach wedding with a larger number of guests, we can help you find the best beach venue for your needs.
Let’s take a closer look:
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. Fun is the name of the game here as you and your beloved spend time together in the fluffy sand.
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…
As you begin planning your destination wedding in Florida, you might wonder why we partake of some of the traditions in use today. After all, this is the 21st century…why do we have garters, bridesmaids, white dresses? Many of these traditions are from the Victorian era and even ancient Rome. Read on for some enlightening and sometimes shocking wedding information:
- Why do we have bridesmaids?
In early Roman times, bridesmaids would line up to form a protective shield while walking the bride to the groom’s village. These women, who were dressed alike as decoys, were expected to intervene if any vengeful ex-boyfriends tried to hurt the bride or steal her dowry (which was often the reason for marriage). Luckily today you don’t have to choose wonder woman to stand up with you!
- The origin of the Best Man
Crazy as it sounds, the best man’s former duty was to make sure the bride didn’t escape during the ceremony. Sometimes he was even asked to kidnap her when the parents didn’t approve of the marriage. The term “best” was added because he had to be the strongest and most capable when it came to using a sword to fight off rival attackers during the ceremony. Easier today to just stand up and give out rings at your beach wedding…no need to hit the gym!
- What is a wedding rehearsal dinner?
A rehearsal dinner is a traditional pre-wedding ceremony in the United States, usually held after the wedding rehearsal and the night before the wedding ceremony. … The couple generally takes this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped with the wedding preparations. Having a complete beach wedding package can eliminate the need to rehearse, but of course you both might enjoy a dinner with family and friends.
- Why have a wedding veil?
Daughters were once considered a “commodity” to their family with marriage a way of increasing assets. A bride and groom might meet for the first time on their wedding day, at the altar. Therefore a veil was used to obscure the bride’s face to keep the groom from backing out from the deal if he didn’t like what he saw! Thank goodness today you can wear just flowers or other decorations in your hair during your beach wedding. Check out our Pinterest boards for ideas.
- The Origin of the Wedding Cake
It was common for grooms to take a bite of bread at the wedding, crumbling the rest over the bride’s head for good luck. Guests would then scramble around her feet to pick up the crumbs, in order to absorb some of that good luck. Now we use wedding cakes. No need to eat off the floor at your beach wedding reception – we’ve evolved!
- Why does the bride wear white?
White is often associated with purity; the traditional color for virgin brides. But before the mid-1800s, brides wore red. They didn’t start wearing white until Queen Victoria was married to Prince Albert. Victoria opted for a white, lacy dress that represented wealth as opposed to purity. Many brides today still choose the classic white gown, although off white is also a favorite. Beach wedding brides can choose whatever they please to go with their beach wedding decorations.
- Why do we do “something old, something new”?
This dates (again) back to the Victorian era, where these old, new, borrowed, and blue items brought good fortune to a bride. The “something old” was worn to connect the bride to her family, with the “something new” signifying that she was about to start her own new journey. “Something borrowed” was supposed to be taken from a happily married couple so that couple’s good luck could be passed on. The “something blue” was associated with loyalty in the relationship.
- Why does the bride carry a bouquet?
In Ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands, believing that flowers signify new beginnings, fidelity and hope of fertility. In the Middle Ages, strong-smelling herbs and spices were used to drive off evil spirits, bad luck, bad health and help mask the smell of body odor (what!). Luckily at a beach wedding, since deodorant has been invented, you can choose the flowers you love!
- Where did the tradition of the Garter come from?
This tradition originated in England during the 14th century. It was believed that having a piece of the bride’s wedding dress would bring good luck. The bridal gowns were torn by guests attending the wedding. This was not appreciated much by the bride or groom, so the groom started tossing the garter out to stop this. It also signified consummation of the marriage – in the middle ages proof was needed that the deal was sealed! Today the garter toss is one way to bring all of the gentlemen to the dance floor.
- Wedding Bells
Ringing of bells during and after a wedding comes from an Irish tradition that the sound of bells would ward off evil spirits and ensure a happy family life. It seem those evil spirits were everywhere in the olden days! Today you don’t need wedding bells; all you need is the sun and the sea to say your vows at your dream Florida beach wedding ceremony.
- The Honeymoon
In present times, booking a trip after the ceremony lets a couple to unwind after months of wedding planning. Of course, if you have a Florida Beach Wedding you can do it all at the same time! In olden times, however, the honeymoon was not an escape…it was TO escape. Remember that kidnapping-the-bride stuff? Supposedly the honeymoon was a way for the husband to hide the bride so her people wouldn’t know where to find her. Today we go willingly! Why not consider St. Pete, St. Augustine, Daytona, or Cocoa Beach?
- Why do you carry your bride over the threshold?
Carrying a bride over the threshold is a very old tradition which can be traced back to Roman times. This ritual was carried out by the groom to protect the bride from demons which might be lurking about the new home. We think you can enjoy this tradition just for the fun of it (or not).
As you can see many of these traditions revolved around spirits, demons and kidnappings. In 2020, we don’t have to worry about this (as much)! Especially if you let our beach wedding company take care of all the ceremony details, then you can relax and have fun with family and friends doing the rest. Contact us today to reserve your beach wedding date.
You’ve gone through it all. The exciting engagement, the fun planning, the dress shopping, the choice of beach location. And it’s finally here, your big wedding day! Naturally, you are nervous but we hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your wedding ceremony on the beach. if you’ve hired the right beach wedding company then all systems are go! So here’s all you need to know for Beach Planning Wedding – the day of your wedding!
Time management is your best friend as you prepare for the day of your beach wedding (just like a traditional wedding day). You’ll have a detailed agenda from your beach wedding specialist explaining the exact times of where to be and when so there will be no surprises. You also will be confident in your beach wedding décor because you made your package choices from online photos. So we’re going to focus on pre-wedding timeline plans!
Rise and Shine!
Hopefully you’re waking up on your big day refreshed and well rested. Well maybe we should back up and say, it’s important to get to bed at a decent hour the night before your wedding. And don’t party hard. A glass of wine or drink the night before is fine to settle any nerves and unwind. However, hangovers, headaches, and regrets are NOT the way to start your big day! Then start of with a normal breakfast – something like a smoothie, omelet and toast. No need to change things up here from your regular routine, however some foods can cause bloating: too much dairy, gluten, refined sugar, carbonated beverages, and caffeine.
Hair and Make Up
A girl’s got to look good on her big day! Whether you’re doing a D.I.Y. wedding hairstyle or getting a professional touch, remember the 2 hour rule. You should allow at least 2 hours for hair (shampoo, blow out, the works). And you should have about 2 hours before your wedding of being “aisle ready.” Meaning you should be ready to walk the aisle – hair, make up, fed, ready to rock and roll. This sounds like a lot of time, but inevitably something will take a little longer than expected, or traffic, or… Better safe than sorry. When choosing your hairstyle, keep in mind that heat and humidity may be a factor depending on the time of year.
Breakfast, lunch, do your thing. Don’t eat anything out of the ordinary on your wedding day. It’s best to just stick to the usual. If you normally pig out for breakfast, do it. Breakfast skipper? Skip it. And make sure to stay hydrated. It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement that you forget the H2O. Don’t let dehydration happen to you! And it’s also a good idea to pack a healthy snack for a little pre-wedding snack so you don’t get dizzy. You may lose track of time and not eat for hours and we want you feeling your best on your best day! This applies to any children participating in your Florida beach wedding as well.
If you haven’t already, get an ETA from your pre-wedding location to the ceremony site. Thank you technology. And with that being said, you now have no excuse for being late to your own beach wedding. 🙂
Calling Guest services
One thing couples often forget is how to deal with “needy guests”(you know that friend who always gets lost, explaining to grandma where to park, flower girl’s mom with 1,000 questions). It’s best to have your maid of honor or other reliable friend as a contact for any wedding guest Q&A. Send out his/her phone# to guests and indicate they can call them with any questions. Or simply give her your phone the day of and she can play operational manager for the day. Less stress = more fun!
So you’re ready to go! Wait until the last 30-45 minutes before leaving your last stop before the wedding ceremony to get your wedding dress on if possible. This eliminates the chances to get stains, wrinkles, etc. And don’t forget to use the restroom before dressing. Stay in your air conditioned car for as long as possible before meeting your Florida Beach Weddings coordinator. Soon enough it will be time to walk down the aisle!
Once arriving to your wedding ceremony location all the beach wedding planning is a thing of the past. Florida Beach Weddings will give you instructions on where to go from there. And you get to simply enjoy the beautiful beach and your stress free wedding.
Well that’s everything to do the day of. And if you’re not quite there yet, but like the idea of a beach wedding, contact us to speak to a beach wedding specialist and start planning today!
Bride and groom kissing Ponce Inlet Beach
Planning Destination Weddings
Just because weddings happen all the time does not mean that each one is not special…especially yours! There are nearly 2.5 million weddings annually in the United States and brides are beginning to plan everywhere. However, you are not just a number…you are getting married and deserve something wonderful. When planning a destination wedding perhaps you’re considering a beach wedding in Florida? How do you deal with the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, let alone one that is in an exotic location, Florida marriage license, etc? It’s easier than you think: we have some tips for those planning destination weddings.
Sunset on Venice Beach, Gulf coast Florida
Advance Planning…yes you can do it from your sofa!
- Location. First, select a special location that both you and your soon-to-be spouse will enjoy. Destination weddings are not exclusively held in Tahiti! There are beach weddings, country weddings, barn weddings, museum weddings, and a host of other options to choose from. You may want to be in a park near your childhood home. Wherever you choose, you’ll want a place that will have special meaning for your big day and in your memory. A wedding on the beach in Florida could be just the thing and the Florida Beach Weddings company offers ceremonies on Gulf beaches, Atlantic beaches and the Florida panhandle!
Couple saying wedding vows on Vilano Beach, St. Augustine
- Weather. You want to make sure that your destination wedding will not be hampered by inclement weather. Research the area’s weather patterns, especially during the season and month that you’ll choose. This will affect how you plan other things, such as suggestions for how your guests should dress. If you’re getting married on the beach, this will also affect your dress options. Check out our chart for Gulf beach wedding weather.
- Travel costs. Destination weddings can be near or far, so estimate travel costs for you and your guests. You and your guests will need to be aware of airfare costs and have time to research and order airfare tickets. Flying in to Orlando, Florida can be very cost effective and is central to many Florida beach wedding locations. If the destination is only a long drive for you or some of your guests, you’ll want to factor in drive time and gas prices.
Bride and groom share a kiss during their Daytona Beach Wedding
- Visit beforehand. Go to your destination before the big day so that you can reconnoiter the area and the potential wedding venues for both the ceremony and the reception. You’ll want to reserve the wedding venue well in advance, at least a year, especially if you have chosen a popular destination wedding location such as Clearwater, Florida. If you are having an outdoor wedding or a beach wedding ceremony, select a backup indoor location in the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. Discuss your options with the beach wedding company ahead of time.
Sunset kiss at Clearwater Beach Wedding
The Wedding Day Is Near
The wedding day is near. You’ve completed your advance planning. Now you’ll need to prepare for the final months and weeks before the ceremony.
- Wedding invitations. Send out your wedding invitations well in advance. How far out will depend on how much time it will take for your guests to make arrangements for your wedding. Your guests will need to make flight and hotel arrangements and these take time. Some wedding planners say that you should mail your invitations 6 to 8 months in advance. You may also mail “save the date” notices even before the official invitation, so that your guests are given a heads up that the invitation is forthcoming. This will give them even more notice. The courtesy of a “save the date” and invitation is much appreciated by your guests.
Couple after vows on Destin Beach
- Create a website. This is the age of the Internet, so if you’re tech savvy (or you can hire a professional), you can have a website with news of the wedding, engagement pictures, and a timeline for upcoming events up to the wedding day. You may also offer airfare and hotel accommodations, making it that much easier for your guests. With Florida Beach Weddings you will have your own private client portal and a detailed agenda of your special day.
Couple kissing on Daytona Beach after wedding
Of course, these are only a few of the items that you’ll need to arrange for your destination wedding. However, these tips will set you and your guests on the right path for the big day. With your guests’ invitation needs taken care of, you can spend the rest of your time focusing on the needs of the bride, groom, and family. You an enjoy browsing our beach wedding decor and choosing the all-inclusive Florida wedding package that makes your dreams come true!
Destination weddings are for the enjoyment of the happy couple and their guests. For more information on our complete beach wedding packages click here.
Fort Myers beach hotel