Are Fort Myers Destination Weddings Affordable?

Now that the news is getting more positive every day, couples are looking forward to getting married at their favorite destinations. Is it your dream to say, “I do” on a beautiful sandy beach? Look no further than sunny Fort Myers in southwest Florida. But are you wondering, “I heard Gulf beach weddings can be complicated and expensive to plan. Are destination weddings affordable?” The answer is yes. So let’s break it down.

Fort Myers beach wedding hotel

Fort Myers Beach Wedding Q & A:

  • How much does the ceremony cost? Experience and efficiency keep our beach wedding packages affordable and fair. With over 13 years experience in the wedding industry our beach wedding company has perfected the one stop shop. Outside vendor costs are eliminated and everything you need is all in one place. Whether it’s an elopement, very small beach wedding or you’re bringing on the party bus, there’s a complete wedding package for you. All the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, a wedding officiant, photographer, your vows and music can be included. In almost all cases, you will not need a beach wedding permit fee for Fort Myers Gulf beach weddings. This saves you money by not having to pay for a permit fee. Florida Beach Weddings packages in Fort Myers start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500.Check out options and prices here.
  • What about travel expenses?  With Southwest Florida international airport located within an hour of the beach, flying to your destination wedding is easy. Check travel sites like travelocity.com or hotels.com and see which airlines offer the best deals. There are low cost airlines that may fly into local airports and can cut hundreds from you budget. You can also read pros and cons of traveling to Florida during the off season to save money.
  • How much does the hotel cost? This is another topic that can vary substantially with tourist seasons. The cheapest rates are typically between slower seasons, late April-May and mid September-November. If your Fort Myers beach wedding date is flexible, this is a big way to save money. You can also buy a block of rooms with your guests to save money. This can be a huge money saver for making destination weddings affordable. Check out The Best Western Plus Beach Resort Hotel which is less than 5 minutes from our most popular Fort Myers beach wedding location. 
  • What about our guests? Once you’ve done your research on flights and hotels, you can provide accommodation information for your family and friends. The best thing is to give guests plenty of advance notice of your destination wedding plans. This will give them ample time to budget for your wedding. And who doesn’t want to take a vacation to sunny Florida, right?

Fort Myers Beach Wedding couple with photography and setup

Bowditch State Park is our favorite Gulf beach wedding location in Fort Myers. With a beautiful, long wooden walkway, amazing sunsets, and beautiful beach scenery, you will feel that you have escaped to a tropical paradise for your seaside wedding ceremony. We recommend having your wedding around sunset to take advantage of the beautiful sky perfect for your wedding pictures. Bowditch State Park Beach weddings are great for all size weddings as they have a large parking lot to accommodate your guests. 

Fort Myers Beach Times Square cafe

Oh and we can’t forget that a destination beach wedding doubles as a honeymoon. No need to jet off. Once you officially become Mr. and Mrs., grab a drink, a beach chair, and enjoy the Fort Myers Beach view!  The Key West express is an easy way to set sail for a quick destination honeymoon in Key West. After you tie the knot on the beach, consider taking the Key West Express to Key West for a night or two all alone. It is the perfect little escape for the two of you! Contact one of our Beach Wedding Specialists for more information on a 2020 or 2021 wedding.

Destination Wedding Timeline

Congratulations on your engagement!! So, once the “engagement honeymoon” is over, it’s time for wedding planning to get real! Destination and ordinary in-town weddings follow many of the same milestones. However, don’t overlook these seemingly minor differences. Check out this 12 month destination wedding timeline to keep your destination beach wedding smooth sailing!

Tropical geometric wedding arch set up for a Gulf beach wedding in Siesta Key, FL

Tropical Geometric Arch Wedding Package on Siesta Key Beach, FL

Destination Wedding Timeline:

12 or more months before:

American cash for your wedding budget

  • Guest list– plan your guest list and notify guests ASAP with a “save the date”. Give friends and family ample time to save and plan for your amazing wedding adventure! Check out The Knot’s free “Guest List Tool” to stay organized and save money. Start your own free wedding website to help you stay organized.
  • Ask the bridal party to be a part of your wedding. Bridesmaids get ready!
Beach bride and bridesmaids at Destin Wedding in Florida

Beach bride and bridesmaids at Destin Wedding in Florida

8-11 months before:

  • Dress time- Shop for and order your wedding gown for a white sand wedding. Tips here!
  • Hotel booking- If you have a large group, inquire about a group discount/blocking rooms. 
  • Book flight/Car rental- Encourage your bridal party to make arrangements as well.
  • Book wedding- With Florida Beach Weddings company, this makes long distance planning a sea breeze. We provide everything you need for your elegant beach wedding so you don’t have to lift a finger on your special day. One. Stop. Shop. Save time and money by avoiding multiple vendors, fees, complications, etc. Check out these complete package options.
  • Plan post-wedding ceremony plans. Dinner? Happy hour? Full wedding reception? Night on the town?
  • Choose colors– Deciding this early will guide you with ceremony decor choices, bridesmaid dresses, favors, etc. Furthermore, it’s fun!
  • Save-the-Date Cards– Order and mail.
  • Create a registry– Happy Shopping!
Couple Kisses after Miami Beach Wedding on white sand

Couple kisses after Miami Beach wedding ceremony on white sand

6-8 months before:

  • Bridesmaids dresses/Groom attire– Choose and order according to your elegant beach wedding package colors.
  • Research activities- What will you and your guests be doing during the “down time” before and after your wedding day? 
Ponce Inlet Beach Weddings

Groom and beach wedding party at Ponce Inlet , Daytona Beach, FL

4-6 months before:

  • Invitations: Order/Create and send. You can choose a traditional paper invite or save money on a small wedding by using an e-version like one from evite.
  • Wedding rings–  Shop, buy, size, and keep them in an unforgettably safe place.
  • Confirm travel plans/required documents if necessary.
  • ****Florida Marriage License****– Your wedding dream is unofficial without one of these. More information here. 

Wedding rings in the beach sand

2-4 months before:

  • Plan itinerary for length of destination stay. While you can be flexible, it’s still a good idea to have a plan. Consider a timetable for both leisure activities before and after wedding day, as well as day-of wedding schedule (hair, travel time, etc.). Florida Beach Weddings provides you with a detailed timeline of your wedding day for less stress!
  • Schedule hair/make up appointments as needed. Be sure to be very clear with time management and remember to prepare for a beach-friendly hairstyle.
  • Welcome! If you have guests traveling, a Welcome Bag is always a thoughtful way to share the wedding love! Order items/prepare bags.
Sharing an intimate moment after one of our Daytona Beach Weddings in Florida.

Sharing an intimate moment after one of our Daytona Beach Weddings in Florida

1 month:

  • Write vows. Florida Beach Weddings provides ceremony vow options, but you may add your own personal vows if desired for a perfect wedding day.
  • Finalize plans. Look for emails from Florida Beach Weddings with detailed destination wedding timeline. Communicate with your guests and wedding party directions/timelines as needed. So this is the time to answer any last minute questions between planner, bridal party, and guests. Designate a “guest” helper for the ceremony (so it doesn’t have to be you).
  • Final fitting- Any alterations/changes should be wrapped up. Purchase/bring a steamer or make plans for professional steaming through a local laundromat upon arriving your destination wedding location. In addition, consider bridesmaids dresses as well.
The happy family to be makes their way down the aisle at our Beach Wedding in Clearwater, Florida.

Clearwater Beach wedding family

Week of: Confirmation is the name of the game!

  • Confirm any appointments– hair, make up, mani/pedi, wedding dress steaming.
  • Groom/groomsmen- Confirm attire/pick up arrangements.
  • Review day-of itinerary (provided by your beach wedding company)
  • Distribute welcome bags. 

DAY OF! It’s shhhhhhow time!

If you’ve hired “Florida Beach Weddings,” the only thing you really need to do is show up. Go to any appointments and show up to your favorite part of your wedding day: the beach ceremony site! Most of all, don’t forget to bring the rings and marriage license! Happy Wedding Day! Still have questions about a destination beach wedding? Check out our FAQ page!

This bride and groom celebrate with a kiss after one of our Florida weddings in St. Augustine

Bride and groom celebrate kiss after one of our Florida weddings in St. Augustine

Virtual Getaway: Weddings on Destin Beach, FL

Destin Beach Florida, Gulf beach wedding site

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.

Destin beach wedding party posing on the Gulf beach

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 Beach Elopements in Florida on the gulf Coast beaches.

Destin Beaches for Your Ceremony

Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Florida

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!!

Pensacola 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.

Hilton Pensacola Beach, Gulf beach wedding hotel

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!

Giraffe and child at Gulf Breeze Zoo in Florida

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.

Destin Beach couple just married kisses on the Gulf beach

Quick Save! Coronavirus Backup Plan for Cruise Weddings

CNBC just reported that, “Couples are nervous about their weddings and honeymoons as the coronavirus continues to spread” and it’s no doubt that anxiety has started to set in for those making expensive wedding plans. With so much unknown about the coronavirus, many people are concerned about travel: especially international travel and cruise ships.

The State Department on March 8 advised Americans against traveling on cruise ships, warning that cruises presented a higher risk of a coronavirus infection, and introducing more possible international travel restrictions, including quarantines. In response to the State Department’s alert, Carnival Corporation said in a statement that its brands will conduct thermal scans and temperature checks before passengers board and during the cruise, and Disney Cruise Line modified its cancellation rules. Although the cruise industry is committed to an aggressive industry-wide response plan, it is no surprise that many couples are re-thinking their cruise marriage ceremonies and looking for alternatives that still can make their tropical wedding dreams come true.

Cocoa Beach Wedding couple married just minutes from the cruise ports of Orlando.

Couple married on Cocoa Beach, FL 

Backup Plan for a Cancelled Cruise Ship Wedding

With the coronavirus news changing daily, you and your fiancé may be worried about plans you have made to get married on a cruise ship – especially if your wedding is happening very soon. You may also be worried about older guests who want to attend your shipboard wedding, or concerned about port restrictions or a quarantine ruining the entire trip. Maybe you aren’t particularly worried for yourselves as a couple, but your wedding guests are expressing doubts about getting on the boat. It makes sense if you have already booked a cruise to contact the cruise line directly for the most up-to-date information, but there is a back-up plan so that you don’t have to scrap your wedding plans altogether: getting married on a Florida beach allows you and your guests to feel comfortable attending a beautiful destination wedding! 

A Florida beach wedding can usually be planned on short notice…even within a couple of weeks, from the comfort of your home. A wedding on the beach with our professional beach wedding company has all the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, vows, dedication ceremony, a wedding officiant, and music. You can choose the Atlantic east coast of Florida, or a Gulf beach wedding location. Complete Florida Beach Weddings packages average about $2,500. Wedding photography time can be added for only $325.

Couple just married on Miami Beach, FL with Destiny Package

Planning Ahead for Cruise Ship Wedding Alternative

So you love the water and had your heart set on a cruise ship wedding but now, sadly, the coronavirus crisis has changed your mind. Is your wedding ruined? No! There is no need to struggle and to find a new wedding venue to accommodate your wedding plans. Florida Beach Weddings has the answer to save your destination wedding and make it beautiful and enjoyable for everyone in attendance, without leaving the USA! Our all-inclusive beach wedding packages can accommodate up to 100 guests with on-trend, premium designs. You can customize chair sash colors and bamboo canopy colors: the Destiny package alone has 21 different colors and 8 different toppers! At Florida Beach Weddings our wide variety of wedding packages can be used as stepping stones to the perfect ceremony: we give you the basics to build on. No need to stress about adding everything! Our beach wedding specialists can help you choose colors, chair bands, decor, wedding canopies, vows, music, aisle-way decorations and more…especially if you’re in a hurry!

At a Florida Wedding on the beach this couple has their first kiss.

Teal Distinctive Design on Clearwater Beach, FL

Daytona Beach Wedding Package with black bamboo, aisle way, chairs and officiant.

Destiny Wedding Package in Daytona Beach, FL

Don’t give up your destination wedding dreams because of the coronavirus. Contact us to plan an amazing Florida Beach Wedding you will never forget!

Call (386) 214-6361 east coast of Florida or (727) 249-2708 Gulf coast

Affordable Destination Beach Wedding

Whether it’s simple and elegant or bold and luxurious, your style shouldn’t have to affect your wedding budget. And you certainly should not be going into debt over your marriage ceremony. That’s a total newlywed buzz kill! So let’s get right into how to have an affordable destination beach wedding. This means getting the wedding of your dreams without sacrificing style, guest list cuts, and cutting corners.

How to have an Affordable Destination Beach Wedding

affordable destination beach wedding

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of planning an affordable destination beach wedding, let’s make sure you’ve done your pre-planning homework. KNOW YOUR BUDGET. Don’t shop around and then build your budget.. backwards. Get at least a ballpark figure of what you’re working with and go from there. Once you have the magic number, let’s get to planning!

  • Calculate Travel Costs

When planning your affordable destination beach wedding, one of the big ticket items can be getting there. Siesta Key Beach is conveniently located under 2 hours from Orlando International Airport. So that really provides a lot of flexibility when it comes to airlines and accessibility. Sanford International Airport is also a short trip to the beach and offers discount airlines which helps your budget. Driving may be a more affordable choice so if that’s the case, calculate your approximate gas cost. Don’t forget to consider your affordable destination beach wedding as your honeymoon too. It’s like a BOGO deal for weddings!

  • Wedding Dress & Attire

This number can vary depending on what you’re looking for. With a beach wedding, you have to option to go much more casual and very affordable. You can shop around online or locally and see what your options are. And remember to think outside the box when it comes to wedding dress options. Department stores or out of season racks in local wedding shops can save you hundreds on your dress. And for the grooms, you can call a rental place like Men’s Warehouse Sarasota, Florida for pricing or stick with khakis and a white button up.

  • Hotel/Accommdations

Trip Advisor has a super handy tool that allows you to create a budget per night and search by city. You can use the sliding scale and see what great accommodations are available in the Siesta Key area.

  • Beach Wedding

The best part! Ok, with Siesta Key Weddings, you have so many affordable options and designs to choose from! All beach wedding packages include e-mail and phone planning consultation, beach set up & breakdown of ceremony decor, officiant, vows, photographer, unity sand ceremony, and legal filing of your marriage license. This means you just pretty much just show up the day of your wedding and we take of everything! You can browse set ups and options on our Packages Page. Now your affordable destination beach wedding just became stress free too!

 

So, crunch those numbers, choose those designs, and get the guest list lined up! Those four components, Travel Costs, Wedding Attire, Accommodations, and Beach Wedding Ceremony are going to make up the largest part of your affordable destination beach wedding. You can add in some food money and see what’s left over for fun, entertainment, and adventure around Siesta Key!  Click to book your affordable destination beach wedding today!