It is possible to have a Dream Beach Wedding and many of them occur on specific beaches along the Gulf Coast. Each beach is as unique as our wedded couples. And we want you to feel the same way about your beach wedding location as you do your future spouse, IN LOVE! So let’s talk Lido Beach Weddings. Lido Key Beach is located in Sarasota, home of white sandy beaches and calm, relaxing water known as the “Emerald Coast”. Review after review, Trip Advisor travelers boast about Lido Key Beach’s cleanliness, safety, friendly locals, and gorgeous beach. The gulf sea water is warmer than Destin beach since it is much further south, which makes it a popular destination during the winter when it is frequented by “snowbirds” from the north. So if you’re dreaming of a relaxed, laid back, picturesque scene for your wedding day, a Lido Beach wedding is calling your name!
There is nothing more beautiful than a Gulf beach sunset for your wedding pictures. Lido Key beach is the perfect venue if this is your heart’s desire. Our photographers are trained in sunset and natural lighting techniques to ensure your memories are captured with vows and views.
Places to Stay
Gulf Beach Motel Resort – This resort, the first hotel built on Lido Beach, has all the charm and history of a small gulf coast beach town! Units are rented out individually so you can find the specific rental to fit your needs. And the condo is located on the beach, with easy beach access and breathtaking views.
Coquina on the Beach -Beachfront, poolside, tiki huts, cabanas, the beach life. What this hotel lacks in flashy, modern it makes up for in local charm and R&R. Affordable, quaint, relaxing. If you saved money having a cheap Florida beach wedding with our company, this lovely and well-kept property is a great choice.
Lido Beach Resort– Not exactly on the “budget-friendly” list, but if you’re going all out, this resort will have you feeling like a royal beach resident. Lido Beach Grill, Sunday Brunch, Poolside Tiki bar, this beach has everything you need to keep the drinks and bellies full. Relaxation to the max.
Beach Wedding Packages
Are you having a small wedding in Florida? Whether you’re looking to have a beach elopement, very small beach wedding, larger wedding event, or anything in between, our company has an affordable Florida beach wedding package for you. Learn more about Lido Beach and surrounding gulf coast area beach packages below:
Beach Elopement Packages
Just the two of you or up to six guests can enjoy the stress free beach wedding atmosphere with an elopement. Check out our beach wedding elopements options. These are great for vow renewals too.
Beach Wedding Packages
If you’re looking for a larger than six guest list, check out these beach wedding package options for Lido Beach Weddings. And remember, these Distinctive Design beach wedding packages are all-inclusive. Oh and did we mention the affordability? Yeah, that’s covered too!
Coral Distinctive Siesta Key
Things to do
Well, we’ve got accommodations and the wedding day covered, but what about the rest of the time? Let’s look at pre-wedding, post wedding dinner, and built-in destination honeymoon.
Lido Beach Restaurant– This spot tops the charts when it comes to delicious, fresh food and awesome service, and easy on the wallet. And if you love a lobster roll, step aside New England, Lido Beach Restaurant is giving you a run for your money. Quality food, relaxed atmosphere.
Stand Up Paddleboard – Up for a little outdoor adventure? Why not explore the Lido Beach area by paddle board? Lido Key Stand Up Paddleboard Rental offers class for beginners and includes all the equipment you’ll need for a fun trip!
St. Armand’s Circle – Ok shoppers, get ready, St. Armand’s is ready for you! Stroll the historic streets, grab a bite to eat, and shop the many local boutiques. St. Armand’s has the relaxed beach feel and over 130 merchants.
You’re probably wishing someone invented a method of tele-porting right now! 😉 Well, we can’t get you here that fast, but you can contact us today to start planning your Lido Beach Wedding!
Your wedding photos will serve as a permanent memory from one of the biggest days of your life. When you get married at a coastal wedding venue, it is important to end up with an album full of timeless, cherished photos to show off back home. This quick tip guide will provide the basics for your best seaside Florida wedding photo shoot.
Before we get to the tips and tricks for the actual beach wedding photo shoot, let’s talk pre-wedding. A little pre-game, if you will. Make sure both bride and groom have properly fitted/altered clothing and undergarments. Nothing says photo buzz kill more than an unsightly bra strap or see through dress. So put on the full get up, and get outside because sunlight has a way of, well, bringing a whole new light to sheer/white. You can even have a friend/self timer snap a couple photos to make sure everything is in it’s proper place. Also, if you have a large guest list and have paid for extra photography, pre-wedding is the time to think over your family photo must haves. You can make a list if you like, but at least give it some thought ahead of time. If you opt for photography time with our beach wedding company you will have an hour of extra time for pictures. You can get a lot of photos in an hour so give it some thought…and of course we have suggestions to make you both look great!
Once you’ve established everything pre-wedding day, let’s talk about what to do right before the walk down your beach themed wedding aisle. Once you’re fully dressed (brides and grooms) have a friend give you an 360 degree inspection. Pin, shimmy, fluff, straighten, whatever needs to be done, do it now. Check accessory clasps and reinforce any backings or buttons. Boutonnières can be pinned and perfected now. That beautiful close up of you sharing your vows will have you saying, “GRRRRR” when your necklace clasp is upside down, glaring at you. One last powder and lip gloss is a great idea pre-aisle walk, but BE SURE to place a paper towel/t-shirt/barrier over the wedding dress before applying. Also, give the cell phone and sunglasses to a friend. Even a silenced phone provides an unsightly bulk in your pocket and you don’t want to lose it in the sand.
There’s really nothing much for you to remember here. Just prepare to follow the lead of your photographer and beach wedding officiant/coordinator. And if you’re extra nervous, remember to smile and take some nice, deep breaths. Don’t let your resting face look like you are awaiting a life sentence instead of a joyful wedding union on island sands.
Post-ceremony Beachfront Wedding Photo Shoot
If you’ve hired Florida Beach Weddings rest assured, you are in good photography hands. Your experienced photographer will be doing the posing and directing, but communicate if you have any specific ideas in mind, especially any you planned for in advance. This is the time to remember any specific family members or friends you want to include in your photos. Our photographers will do the organizing, but just be sure to communicate with them so no one is left out.
A few go-to wedding photography tips:
- Flowers– When holding flowers, your hands should be grasping the stem(s) and hands should be just directly below the belly button. It will feel a little awkward, but will look totally natural and appropriate in the photos. The natural resting place to hold flowers for most people is too high for photographs and ends up swallowing up the bride in photos. Sometimes we pose you with flowers close to your face for extra impact, like the Siesta Key bride shown above.
- Natural- Don’t force unnatural poses. Take a moment to really savor the moments of your wedding day and the beauty of your spouse. Your excitement, love, and confidence will be evident and reflect in your pictures. There is nothing more beautiful than a couple just married on the beach.
- Wind & Sun- Find out more on beach wedding hair tips HERE but to keep it simple, consider the elements. There is usually at least a slight breeze at the beach, if not full on wind. So make sure your hair is pinned and out of your face for your photos. And you may be tempted to wear sunglasses, but hold off until after the beach wedding photo shoot. If you have extremely sensitive eyes, just communicate with your photographer and the old, “1,2,3, open your eyes and cheese” trick will work (for kids and adults alike)!
- Your Personality– A classic, embraced, happy couple is a timeless photo look. But if you and your spouse have a wacky, silly side, capture that. It could make for a fun Christmas card or thank you image!
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Summer beach weddings just have something relaxing, intimate, and beautiful about them. And your beach wedding dress should be no exception to the relaxation, intimacy, and beauty of the day! So let’s talk dresses! Now consider a wedding dress store. And imagine, for a minute, all the dresses are applicants, vying for your purchase. You announce, “Now accepting wedding dresses to wear on the beach resumes!” And just like a job search, you can quickly eliminate those which aren’t even in the same field. Royally heavy-weighted thick gowns- goodbye! Hello light, breathable fabrics. But just how do you narrow down the choices and find a stunning, yet practical beach wedding dress? Read on summer bride, read on!
Choosing the Perfect Summer Beach Wedding Dress
Whether the thermometer reads 56 or 86, you don’t have to sacrifice your own personal style when choosing a dress. So even though breezy, flowing, bohemian wedding vibes may be the beach’s love language, you can still rock your girly girl sparkle, rhinestone, or otherwise lavish style. Think about if you gravitate towards a boho driftwood beach wedding, or mermaid, or classic and elegant…or maybe you just don’t really have a “style,” you just want to look good! At least have an idea of what you like. Browse photos to eliminate some definite no-go’s. Then when you walk into a bridal gown store, you have a great starting point. You can also check out our Facebook page to view photos from previous seaside weddings to get some style inspiration!
Choosing the right fabric is absolutely key to finding the perfect beach wedding dress. Remember when you are in the store, it’s nice and air conditioned. The beach, even if there is a breeze it may not so cool! The best fabric options for a breathable summer wedding are chiffon (shown below from Amazon for $105), cotton blends, tulle, or organza. Silk and satin are very heavy and hot. Charmeuse looks lovely in the magazine, but be aware that every flaw will be revealed. Remember the sea breeze we mentioned? Remember this to avoid a wardrobe malfunction with your dress blowing up and revealing too much, so choose your fabric carefully.
Check out local wedding stores and don’t be afraid to buy off the rack. You can save hundreds buying a sale dress and even if the size isn’t a perfect match, a professional seamstress can fix that seamlessly! Other money saving tips include checking out local swip swap Facebook groups, Craigslist, and there’s a great selection of non-traditional type wedding dresses at Rent the Runway. If you’ve saved some money on a cheap beach wedding package then you can decide to spend more on your wedding dress, or for bridal jewelry to complete your look like Kenya, below, who had her wedding on the beach in St. Augustine.
Sometime between purchasing your dress and walking the aisle, try your dress on and go outside. The natural sunlight may EXPOSE some otherwise unseen features when inside. Don’t skimp on skivvies! Invest in some nice no show, nude, seamless undergarments and make sure you can move about freely without anything shifting, sliding, or falling! You may have decided to go for a long dress, and end up with a shorter one…or vice versa. Does the dress enhance your skin tone or do you want something with color in it? Your dress does NOT have to be white: see our bride Liliana below. You have chosen an outdoor wedding in the sand and sea, so it is critical to see your look outside the artificial store lighting.
5. I Do!
You’ve said yes to the proposal, yes to the dress, now it’s time to say “I do!” Make sure you have packed your wedding dress for travel with a steam iron for your special day. Click here to check out our affordable package and location options. Maybe you’ve got your dress and you’re ready to pack your bags and elope! Read our post to see if a beach elopement is right for you! It was perfect for Deborah and Richard in St. Augustine below.
Find out more about our beach wedding packages. We travel to your chosen location.
Whether it’s your own child(ren) or those of your friends/family, don’t overlook the importance of planning for kids on your beach wedding day. You’ll want your flower girl, ring bearer or other cute little guests remembered for all the right reasons. Not because they were crying, throwing sand, or partaking in other beach mayhem! So we have some tricks to help your wedding day run smoother than a baby’s bottom. 😉 Oh, and the kids will surely have a great time too with these kid-friendly beach wedding tips, including fun places to visit after the special day.
How To Plan For a Kid Friendly Beach Wedding
We have broken up these kid friendly tips into 3 categories: pre-ceremony, during, and post wedding. Most often moms and dads bring their own bag of tricks for use during the wedding. But what about when it’s time to take photos after the wedding? Or those last few antsy minutes before the ceremony starts? Well, here goes:
The key here is don’t use up all your tricks before the bride walks down the aisle. You are getting ready for a ceremony with a restless, bouncy kid, who naturally will want to frolic and play on the beach. To deal with that pre-wedding energy:
- Go for a Walk – Ask the officiant or photographer approximately how long until the ceremony starts. Go for a walk/run in the sand to burn off some inherent kid energy. Stay within viewing distance of the ceremony site and be prepared to get back to your seats within a minute or two. If the child is in the wedding, it’s not advised to wander off on a walk. However, a run around in the nearby sand or some energy-burning movement is encouraged. The minutes leading up to the ceremony is a great time for a game of “I spy” or “Simon Says.”
- Snack Time – A healthy(ish) snack before the wedding is a great way to keep kids happy. Don’t choose something that’s going to stain, spill, or cause a mess. Goldfish, pretzels, apple slices, raisins, and Cheerios all make for the perfect nibble pre-wedding.
- Pep Talk – Talk to kids so they know what to expect once the wedding begins. Kids are more likely to behave when they have a clear set of expectations and timeline. Let them know they are expected to be quiet, stay seated, and there is nothing wrong with a little incentive (incentive = politically corrected word for a bribe). The promise of a lollipop or bubbles post ceremony can be a great motivator. Now, kids under 2 may not understand the idea of waiting for a reward or understand the rules laid out, so more on that. But kids around 3 and up will totally understand. Kids in the wedding ceremony should have a clear understanding of what they will be during and where to walk/stand/sit during the wedding. Don’t assume anything here!
Things to Do During the Wedding
It is NOT the bride or groom’s responsibility to be managing ANY childcare DURING the ceremony (biological kids or otherwise). This is YOUR wedding day. Holding a crying baby while exchanging vows is unromantic, impersonal, and quite frankly, unfair to your spouse. So plan for someone to be the “emergency” helper (preferably non-wedding party member). There will be plenty of time afterwards to include your child in your special day including wedding photos.
Now there are a few different ideas here and the strategies for keeping kids quiet and content during the ceremony differs with t;heir age.
- Babies (non crawlers or walkers)- The biggest task here is keeping baby happy. This means the caretaker will need to be in a position to stand, sit, bounce, or walk away with minimal distraction. Preferably the back row(s) on an end. Bottles, cereal puffs, pre-chopped food, quiet toys, pacifiers should be on hand, at all times! DO NOT keep a miserable crying baby at the ceremony site- take a hike (literally, down the beach) Happy baby = Happy bride! 🙂
- Crawlers/Toddlers– Same goes for above. A clean, quiet snack (no crinkly wrappers or crunchy bites) or noise free toys are a great way to keep the little ones content and quiet. Even a shovel and bucket is a great toy to have on hand for easy entertainment. DO NOT expect a young toddler to sit for the entirety of the ceremony. So whatever keeps that little one happy, bring it, pack it, use it! Expect the best, prepare for the worst.
- Young kids– Kids ages 4 and up should be able to sit through the ceremony (averaging 10-15 minute) without a hitch. A coloring book or sticker book and paper pad are easy, quiet kid tools to bring along though just in case.
- NO TECHNOLOGY– Avoid iPads, iPhones, Leap Pads, and all other screens during a wedding. Unexpected alerts and sound effects can be very distracting. And, even if silenced, are just a distraction to other guests. Not to mention the whole sand/water mess factor.
After the Wedding
Whew! You did it, you made it through your vows. No criers, no screamers, no bored kids. You and your kid(s) deserve a pat on the back!
- Reward good behavior– Bubbles, lollipops, a kite. Find something fun for the little ones. They just sat through a (un-exciting from a kid perspective) event and now it’s time to do what kids do best. PLAY!
- Photo-ready. There will probably be a few wedding photographs with the kids so, again, remind the kids of the expectations. Smile nicely, listen to the photographer, and it will likely be quick and painless! They will delight in these pictures when they grow up and look back at your special day.
- You did it! That’s about it. Run in the sand and celebrate the day!
Family Friendly Things To Do in Clearwater Beach
In the days before and after the ceremony, there are plenty of entertaining activities for children in the Clearwater/Tampa area.
- The most popular area of Clearwater Beach is Pier 60 which has many activities for kids right off the pier, with street performers, craft booths and a sunset cinema under the stars. There is also an amazing beach playground. These activities are free and open to the public.
- Next up is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This is home to “Winter the Dolphin” who made an appearance in the movie “Dolphin Tale.” You can tour the aquarium, and there animal encounters that allow you to get up close and personal with dolphins, sharks, otters and pelicans.
- For family cruise that includes music, games and friendly pirates aboard their ship, the Pirates Ransom is entertainment that all ages can enjoy. Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise includes fantasy world of swashbucklers and pirates. The two-hour trip along the Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico includes complimentary lemonade, soft drinks, beer and wine.
- Don’t forget adventure mini-golf: this one comes with live gators! Congo River Golf has giant waterfalls and rocky summits, mysterious caves and tropical rainforests. Travel to a world of excitement and family fun with Congo River Golf, voted best miniature golf again and again.
- Of course in nearby Tampa, don’t forget about Busch Gardens: the ultimate family adventure, featuring an unparalleled combination of up-close animal encounters, award-winning live entertainment and world-class thrill rides.
Okay, now for the “grown up kids”- if you’re ready to take the next step and tie the knot, take a look at some of our all inclusive beach wedding packages and click HERE to book your Florida Beach Wedding!
If you’ve decided to have a destination wedding ceremony in Florida, you are definitely on the right track to saving thousands. Whether it’s simple and elegant or bold and luxurious, your style does not have to affect your wedding budget. And you certainly should not be going into debt over your marriage ceremony. However, there are many choices when it comes to selecting a beach wedding provider, so let’s take a look at the easiest, most affordable and most beautiful way to build your dream beach wedding…without leaving the comfort of your home. This means getting the wedding of your dreams without sacrificing style or cutting corners. It also means selecting a Florida Beach Wedding company that you can trust: who will show up, set up exactly what you have built online, and deliver your ceremony the way you want on your special day!
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. Our Florida Beach Weddings packages average about $2500 at the top end and include just about everything you need to tie the knot. Any add-ons, such as extra wedding photography, are very reasonable. If your budget is less than $1000, we have a package for you too! Once you have the magic number, it’s time to select your wedding provider. Here are a few tips:
Find A Location
What is most important to you about your destination wedding ceremony? What details have you been dreaming of as you look through Pinterest and at The Knot? Do you want a beautiful sunset in the background, or sand dunes and white capped waves. Pink sand or white sand? Maybe some incredible rocks by the sea for your photographs. It’s your choice! However, every beach venue offers something different so when you are looking keep that in mind. Our Beach Wedding Specialists can help you decide on the best location for your needs: we know all about crowds, permits, best time of day to get married, sunset times, and more because we have been doing this since 2007.
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, and the east coast beaches such as Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach are even closer. Flying into Jacksonville will get you close to St. Augustine Beach. 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!
Check Online Reviews
This is a crucial part of your research into any destination wedding company. You are likely planning your wedding from another state, therefore it is crucial the wedding planner is reputable, experienced and shows up! Not only that, but you want to know the decorations you choose online when building your dream wedding are EXACTLY what you get when you arrive on the beachfront. Check Google Reviews, Facebook and any other relevant wedding planner websites such as Wedding Wire: they Couple’s Choice Awards. There are also memberships in National Gay Wedding Association and other affiliations. These reviews are closely monitored for their veracity. You can also see if the beach wedding company has responded to the reviews which is another sign or a caring, committed and responsible beach wedding provider.
Talk to a Real Person
As you continue to plan your special day, you will undoubtedly have questions. There are many details to handle at once and with a complete beach wedding package you don’t have to worry about much. However, you may have questions about number of chairs, the ceremony details, and vendors in your selected city for flowers, hair and a reception, if desired. Talking directly to a wedding planner will put your cares to rest. Don’t just hit send and pay for a package that isn’t exactly what you want. Florida Beach Weddings staff can help you make some of those important choices, so don’t hesitate to call us with your questions.
Now Build Your Dream Wedding Online
Be aware that some wedding planners offer “build your own package online”, but the cost can be higher than a complete beach wedding package. We know you want control over your big day and that’s why we are all about customization. Since every couple is different, you get to choose the all inclusive package that has the elements and colors you want, without the confusion of a million details. Why click around for hours only to change your selections over and over again…and pay more money. We want your planning experience to be as simple and memorable as possible, and our Beach Wedding Specialists are available to answer all your questions so we get it right!
All beach wedding packages include e-mail and phone planning consultation, beach package set up and breakdown of ceremony decor, officiant, vows, unity sand ceremony, and legal filing of your marriage license. This means you just pretty much show up the day of your wedding and we take of everything! You can also add an hour of our photography time which includes many poses, if it not already included in the package. Our photographers will take you and your bridal party members photos when you all walk down the aisle. They are trained in beachfront weddings. They know when the ring ceremony takes place, when your first kiss is coming, and other moments special to you and your spouse, including family photos after the ceremony. Now your affordable destination beach wedding just became stress free as well as affordable!
So, crunch those numbers, choose those designs, and get the guest list lined up! You can add in some food money and see what’s left over for fun, entertainment, and adventure around your beach wedding location! Click to book your affordable destination beach wedding today!
So you’ve chosen a destination wedding and an affordable, complete beach wedding package. Now it’s time to decide on whether or not to host a party back home after the wedding or at a nearby beach venue. Is it too expensive? What’s expected? What’s proper etiquette for inviting guests? Bottom line, what you want to know: is your post destination wedding reception worth having? We think yes!
Post Destination Wedding Reception
There are different reasons for having a post destination wedding reception. But let’s first make sure you’re headed on the right path to your “after party.” Wedding receptions are a time to celebrate the newly married couple. A time to eat, drink, and party (whatever that looks like to you)! Read below for the three post wedding reception points:
For example, shown above is The Beachcomber in St. Pete which will bring you to the “5 o’clock somewhere” state of mind after your Gulf beach wedding. Enjoy their private beach, outdoor pool and of course Jimmy B’s Beach Bar. Jimmy B’s Beach Bar (shown above) serves up cold drinks and delicious food right at your hotel. This is a convenient way to plan a reception dinner with your guests because everything is located close together: hotels, restaurants and the Gulf beaches. Going to a local restaurant after your ceremony, is an easy way to kickback, relax and not have to worry about traveling or getting around. The best part? The views of the sunset you will receive from the deck!
Before you commit to a home reception, make sure you have room for it in your budget. Any dedicated wedding reception venue space will add thousands in rental fees to your budget (think not just the space but also tables, linens, caterer). So it’s best to keep it simple at home or, even better, plan to use an affordable restaurant/private room right after you wedding on the beach. You have already saved money on a complete wedding package, so why not maximize your budget for a post reception celebration as well?
Here are some popular restaurants and venues near our beach wedding locations that you might consider (prices vary). We have more recommendations we provide you with upon booking your date with us.
Siesta Key Beach
- The Tommy Bahama Restaurant allows you the privacy to hold a reception dinner after your Lido Beach Wedding. For smaller, intimate weddings and receptions you can rent the downstairs banquet room that can seat approximately 35. If you are having a larger party, you can reserve the upstairs dining room for your reception venue.
- The Columbia Restaurant is an excellent choice. Located in St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, just minutes from our Lido Beach ceremony site. Private dining is available for groups between 24-40 people, which is also a great size for any of our beach wedding packages.
- On Longboat Key, Euphemia Haye is hidden in tropical greenery where palm trees are studded with lights. The downstairs area including the bar offers a total of 76 seats. Locally it is known as a best restaurant in Sarasota. They have a private dining room and features a charming dining area overlooking their tropical garden which is perfect small reception venue after a beach wedding.
- With private dining rooms for wedding receptions, Ophelia’s on the Bay is a place for friends and family to gather to celebrate life, fun, and unique and flavorful food. Two glass walled dining rooms and outside open air patio give you an unfettered, eye-level view of Little Sarasota Bay.
- For a formal reception in a dedicated hall or ballroom, check out The Devyn in Sarasota. It has three ballroom spaces, ranging in size from accommodating 425 people to 60 people, inside the 20,000- square-foot building.
- Your entire wedding party can walk from your ceremony site to the Palm Pavilion. The Tropical Room, an enclosed and air-conditioned space with panoramic views of Clearwater Beach and the Gulf of Mexico, is perfect for groups looking for a casual beachside atmosphere and they host a variety of events.
- The Island Way Grill is unique and offers private and semi-private spaces. Every element has been carefully crafted with attention to detail. They specialize in locally caught Florida seafood and hand cut steaks pairing them with the freshest ingredients available.
St. Pete Beach
- 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse has many different private dining options. This will allow you to really be intimate with your guests that came down for your wedding. Enjoy the private chef’s table, which holds up to 12. Or take advantage of their other rooms for larger weddings. With the capability to go up to 200 people, you are sure to find something that fits your needs.
- Take advantage of a beautiful, modern restaurant. With unique drinks, fine dining and panoramic views of the ocean, their rooftop dining is an experience you and your guests won’t forget. Not only do they have rooftop dining, but also private indoor dining if you are looking for something inside. Castile brings serves Latin and Mediterranean dishes with fresh seafood that showcase the seasons.
- For a unique, yet elegant, dinner reception after your St. Augustine beach wedding ceremony, A1A Ale works is a place to be considered. They have two private dining options, one for up to 60 guests and one for larger parties, so weddings of all sizes can have a private dining option. This unique St. Augustine reception venue will complete your experience in Florida. This is about a 3 mile drive from Anastasia State Park; close and convenient for your guests.
- Bring the tropical feel of your St. Augustine beach wedding ceremony to your reception and complete your night at the Conch House. The Conch House has a Caribbean feel, fresh seafood, unique dining huts, views of the water and marina and a fun, laid back atmosphere.
Daytona Beach Area
- Chart House Daytona Beach is an upscale and fine dining restaurant on the river. If you plan to elope in Florida, look no further for the perfect wedding dinner. The sunset views are breathtaking. This will be the perfect ending to a perfect wedding day. It is higher on the pricepoint for dining.
- Just a short walk from the beach is the Wilbur Boathouse, a great little reception venue! Wilbur-By-The-Sea is one of our best affordable Florida beaches.
- The Garlic is a popular venue among our New Smyrna Beach brides. With the option to host a private party outside under the trees draped in lights, or a private indoor room, you won’t be disappointed. The Garlic has a wide variety of upscale dining options and is beautifully decorated in lights and trees, and often times has live entertainment, making it easy for you to just show up and enjoy!
Destin and Panama City
- Mimmo’s is the hottest restaurant in Destin, Florida serving authentic Italian dishes bursting with flavor and color.
- Brotula’s specializes in fresh, locally-sourced seafood, produce, and a wide array of steamed and boiled shellfish platters that are integrated into a fun and rustic, yet sophisticated southern fish house. The Chef-Inspired menu will display a wide variety of flavors, with focuses on New South culinary preparations of traditional coastal offerings from around the country. They have a private event space.
The main purpose of a post destination wedding reception is to celebrate the bride and groom. Here are ideas for food, entertainment, and decor for a reception to get your guests in party mode, especially if you are DIY once you get home:
- Food– Guests should expect some sort of food, drink, and wedding cake. Some ideas:
- Food: Finger foods (chicken tenders, party sandwiches), themed meals (tacos, spaghetti, etc.) You can even get reasonable catering quotes from places like Chipotle, Tijuana Flats, or Olive Garden
- Drinks: Booze or no booze? A few bottles of wine, cooler of beer, and/or a signature cocktail are perfect if you’re going with alcohol. No need for a fully stocked bar and bartender, but nice to offer a celebratory drink. Dry reception? Lemonade, tea, soda, and chilled water are staple reception beverages.
- Dessert: Traditional wedding cake is always a winner or a cake can be provided by your restaurant. You can also check out these DIY “wedding” desserts
- Entertainment– No need for a DJ, games, and a bag of tricks. Keep it a simple, social event where you get to talk about your big day and enjoy the company of family and friends. If you are at a beach restaurant, then music will often be provided for everyone to enjoy.
- Photo slideshow/album. Smilebox is a great resource for creating slideshows and is very user friendly (for both Mac and PC users). You don’t need a degree in graphic design or editing to make a quality slideshow.
- Decor- You can really find some simple decor at affordable prices to add a little wedded touch. No need to go full Pinterest wedding mode here (although you can). A nice touch here and there will set a perfectly wedded party mood. A beach/nautical themed “Just Married” or “Mr. & Mrs.” banner is a great touch and can be set out at your table at local restaurant. Fresh flowers are also festive and fun decor!
Who to invite: Give your guest list some thought. Are you inviting a large group? If the wedding reception is at home perhaps only those who were invited to the wedding, including those who couldn’t make the wedding? Maybe you eloped and you want to have a family/close friends gathering. It’s up to you how big or small you make your wedding reception. With any wedding, however, consider those closest to you that you enjoy as a couple.
When to invite: If you’ve given this a lot of thought ahead of time, you can make mention of it on your invitations. Otherwise, a simple e-vite is cheap/free and simple; these days there are sites that make this easy with beautiful results. Don’t forget “save the dates”.
Thank you: Thank your guests for coming. An elaborate speech isn’t necessary but a formal announcement of gratitude is an appropriate gesture. Guests usually love to hear from the newly married couple. Humor is always fun! The bride and groom can make their rounds to every table and say their hellos and thanks for coming to the wedding. And of course, thank you cards for any gifts received is standard practice after you return home.
Why not Consider a Beach Wedding Reception Venue
Consider the perfect beach wedding reception at Anastasia State Park on the Atlantic coast of Florida in St. Augustine. This beach is state owned and has the most relaxing atmosphere a beach can provide. The best part? There are absolutely no buildings on the beach which means nothing but beautiful views of the sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean for your destination weddings. Imagine walking with your toes in the sand surrounded by the beach dunes towards your significant other as your special songs play. Our complete wedding packages take care of every detail!
You can rent the Pavilion for your wedding reception. Bring trays of appetizers and order food for delivery. Chafing dishes will keep your food warm. But remember, it is Florida so make sure there is lots of water or lemonade in the warm or hot weather. No matter the size of your wedding, Anastasia State Park is a great choice for one of the best Florida beach weddings. Take the stress away from your guests and rest assured that there will be plenty of parking. For larger weddings your permit even covers the entrance fee for you and your guests.
Pavilions are also available at many other beaches for rent such as Fort De Soto Beach near St. Pete, Treasure Island, Siesta Key, and Sand Key Beach in Clearwater. A perfect solution for your budget and a way to provide a shady retreat for your guests.
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