Our second week of “virtual escape” offers you a look into the very beautiful beaches of Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. This is one of our most popular beach wedding locations on the Gulf coast of Florida. If you are thinking of getting married in Florida, Siesta key is a great photo spot where you can get married in the white sand as the sun sets over the emerald green water.
Beach couple in the surf after Gulf beach wedding
This great Sarasota, Florida beach is rated one of the top beaches in the world and no wonder: it’s perfect for the beach wedding colors you crave! Our Florida wedding packages are so diverse, with so many ways to customize, that you can easily make your own statement at your beachfront ceremony. Your guests will be wowed as you say your vows on the sand under a beautiful bamboo arch by the sea – what beautiful photos and memories for a lifetime!
Rustic Romance package set up on the Gulf beach
Like many of our destination wedding locations, there are a variety of beaches to choose from in the Sarasota area. They include: Siesta Key main beach area, Lido Beach, Longboat Key, Turtle Beach, Venice Beach and Nokomis Beach. Each Sarasota beach wedding venue has it’s own unique personality and style. Whether you are having a small beach wedding, eloping or a fully decorated, complete beach wedding with a larger number of guests, there is a Siesta Key beach venue waiting for you!
Let’s take a closer look:
Siesta Beach – a short drive from Sarasota
From the moment you step foot onto Siesta Beach, you’ll be mesmerized by its sugar-fine, quartz white sand. If you’d like, you can make your way over to beautiful Crescent Beach, which is also situated right in Siesta Key. Once you have enjoyed your time soaking up the sunshine at Siesta Beach or Crescent Beach, you can make your way into town for some delicious dining and shopping. While you’re strolling around town, you are bound to see and hear wild parrots as well as other birds such as plovers, spoonbills, storks, and terns. You’ll find this beach town the perfect low key place to get married and full of friendly, happy people.
Simply Deluxe Beach Wedding altar with bamboo canopy, chairs in Siesta Key
Lido Key – less crowded and relaxed
Lido Beach, which is stunning and attracts people from all walks of life year-round includes great, natural scenery for your Florida destination wedding. There a variety of hotels, motels, and private condos that are available for rent on Lido Key. Although Lido Beach isn’t as large as Siesta Key beach, it’s an excellent option if you’re searching for a less crowded, more relaxed vibe.
Couple just married at sunset on Lido Key
Longboat Key – quiet island vibe
Longboat Key Beach weddings are an excellent option for couples who prefer to exchange their vows in a casual environment. You are bound to be completely relaxed and comfortable. A five star beach wedding location without the hustle and bustle! For that you have Sarasota just a few miles away.
Military couple married on the beach in Longboat Key (Nautical Knot Package)
Turtle Beach – tranquil setting with sea turtles
Turtle Beach is a stunning beach situated on South Siesta Key in Sarasota. It is appreciated for its ample amount of sea turtles that nest at its shore. It features approximately 2,600 feet of beach front as well as areas for volleyball, camping, picnics, grilling, and children’s play. Turtle Beach Weddings in Siesta Key allows for an alternative beach location to the main beach in Siesta Key. Manatees may be spotted nearby.
Turtle Beach for a Siesta Key Beach wedding
Venice Beach – happy seaside town
There’s a reason Venice, Florida was named one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” by Coastal Living. Venice is situated in the heart of Sarasota County and has become a go-to vacation destination. Unlike the majority of other beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Venice beach features dark sand because of their tiny fossils and minerals. When strolling along Venice beach, you’ll notice shark teeth. These shark teeth are so popular that Venice is actually home to a Shark Tooth Festival that is held every April. Venice is a fun, relaxing place to host your Florida Beach Wedding.
Venice beach wedding party jumps in the air after beachfront wedding
Nokomis Beach – stress free seashell hunting
Situated south of Siesta Key in Sarasota County, Nokomis Beach is a beautiful, quiet beach retreat. It is one of the few beaches in Sarasota that features lifeguard stations on both the north and south of the beach as well as numerous free public parking lots. If you enjoy collecting seashells, you’re in luck because Nokomis Beach is known as the best beach in the Siesta Key area for seashells. It’s a very stress-free beach…no Spring Breakers here!
Gulf beach wedding in Siesta Key
So is a Siesta Key Beach Wedding call your name? Contact us today to reserve your Florida wedding date.
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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?
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.
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…
Planning has begun for couples who want to tie the knot in Fall 2020 and 2021. Right now you may both be having “cabin fever” and dreaming of a getting away from it all with a destination wedding – and why not? A beach wedding or elopement, away from everyone and the problems of the world, is what many couples are dreaming of. This extraordinary Coronavirus situation will not last forever and you will be able to travel and celebrate soon.
With a Florida wedding on the beach you can have a fully decorated wedding ceremony just like you would in your hometown; in fact it may be even more beautiful with the sun and sea as your backdrop. It may also be more affordable since most of our complete beach wedding packages include everything but your Florida marriage license and beach permit! All the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, custom vows, a wedding officiant, photographer and music can be included. Florida Beach Weddings packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500. Take a look at some of the beach wedding decorations available to you below.
Do you like natural and neutral wedding decorations? Why not choose this large, dark stained, four post bamboo canopy with your choice of white or ivory material draped elegantly on the canopy Dark bamboo pole aisle-way with white or ivory flowing material and matching flowers in the poles. Find out more about this Natural Distinctive Design here:
Speaking of flowers – are you obsessed with flowers? Try this Floral Distinctive design with its natural bamboo canopy with your choice of ivory or white draped material, large asymmetrical floral and greenery canopy topper, matching greenery aisle-way naturally placed in the sand with floral accents at the beginning of the aisle way.
Beautiful Floral arrangement on the bamboo canopy: Beach Bliss Package
Kayla holding half (yes only half) of our large Rustic Romance canopy topper!
Many couple love the tropical and exotic style which is why we offer our Tropical Distinctive design with a large natural four post bamboo canopy with your choice of ivory or white draped material, palm fronds and tropical flower bamboo canopy topper, an aisle-way of bamboo poles decorated with large tropical floral arrangements, palm fronds in the sand connecting the bamboo poles with large tropical starfish accents, two tropical tiki torches at the beginning of the aisle-way with a conch shell in front and two conch shells in the front of the bamboo canopy.
Why not follow the current trend of simple geometric design and choose our Rustic Geometric Arch wedding decor package – modern design and rustic wood: the best of both worlds!
Florida Beach Weddings is here to support our couples during this difficult time. This terrible pandemic will not be lasting forever, even though it my feel like it right now. Let us look forward to the ending of this situation and to your future wedding celebration. We would love to be part of it!
This much-praised county park – part of the boating community of Tierra Verde – covers five islands and 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, and offers activities and amenities to entertain you for a day or more (campsites and abundant hotels nearby enable extended stays).
St. Petersburg, Florida: Fort De Soto Park
With so many possibilities, you can set an agenda that’s full or freewheeling: Rent a canoe, kayak or bike to explore this beach park’s trails; fish from a pier; visit the historic fort; or simply lounge on the Florida beach named “Best Beach for Families” by USA Today (in 2014).
Anticipate sea shells of every color and humongous white sand dollars, and collect all you want – as long as they’re no longer alive. Taking live shells and sand dollars is illegal, but the park’s gift shop stocks plenty of preserved specimens for collectors.
Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto Beach. The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment which will highlight your Gulf beach experience. Have your Gulf beach wedding on white sand that sparkles like snow, with a gentle sea breeze to accompany your vows. A perfect setting for love!
North Beach of Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, FL
Walkway to Fort De Soto Beach, St. Pete, Florida
St. Pete and Fort De Soto Park is within 30 miles of the Tampa International Airport and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, which means less travel when your plane lands, and more time to prepare for your St. Pete Beach Wedding. It will also be much easier for your guests. It also within reach of Orlando’s activities if your guests decide to venture out.
Bliss Beach Wedding Package
Each of our wedding packages bring class and elegance to this beautiful, tropical Gulf beach setting. We have made sure that all of our decorations meet high expectations and stay on trend. With large bamboo poles, many aisle-way choices, bamboo wedding arches and canopy colors, you are sure to find the beach wedding package that fits your needs. We have designed the most elegant and classic wedding and elopement packages for small wedding ceremonies, and large scale destination weddings. Contact us now to reserve your Fort De Soto Park 2020-2021 wedding date!
We are all going through uncertain times right now, and many of us are experiencing anxiety. Things are slowing down and we may be looking for a way to relax and ease our minds. One of the best ways to do this is to think about beautiful things: read a romantic novel, watch an old movie or even browse some fashion. If you are bride to be why not indulge your fantasies and look at some gorgeous beach wedding dresses. This might be just what you need!
Key words for a beach wedding dress include: beach-y, romantic, affordable. Now keep those ideas fresh in your mind. Bring them to the table when choosing your perfect beach wedding dress. Let’s use those three magical words for our wedding dress guide.
How to Choose the Perfect Beach Wedding Dress:
Beach-y: Your choice for a beach wedding alludes to the fact that you have an appreciation for the outdoors and adventure. So let’s consider the beach elements like sun and sand when narrowing down your beach wedding dress selection. It’s best to stick with dress fabrics that are lightweight and wispy. Cotton, chiffon, tulle, lace overlays are all great options. Avoid heavy ballgown type dresses that will get weighed down in the sand and leave you uncomfortable or hot. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a traditional white wedding gown look, just choose the right fabric. And, no, it doesn’t have to be white either!
Romantic: Romance is in the eye of the beholder? Or something like that. 😉 Let your natural style guide you here. Are you into vintage? Modern? Classic? Boho Chic? Fun and flirty? Get an idea of which style speaks to you and that will narrow your focus. Any style can be tweaked or adapted to fit the beach scene whether it’s a Gulf beach wedding or Atlantic coast. So once you’ve found your “style” keep in mind the beach-y fabric choices mentioned above.
Affordable: Where there’s a high end wedding dress, there is an equally creative company designing very similar concepts. And at a much more budget-friendly price. There’s nothing wrong with skimming the hottest bridal magazine for inspiration but don’t get glued to an exact dress. Find a dress you love and get in touch with your local bridal gown store. These stores specialize in the latest trends and brands and can likely find the perfect beach wedding dress for you! There’s another take here too. You can keep the romance and tradition, but opt for a more casual dress. When you can, peruse local boutiques for white dresses that may not be labeled as “wedding dresses.” Deals are coming!
Tadashi Shoji V-Neck Lace Wedding Dress at Nordstrom
In conclusion, if you have the right fabric, feel romantic and beautiful, and haven’t broken the bank- success! Now imagine the perfect Florida beach wedding. The brides below were just like you: they had dreams and made them come true at beautiful Florida beaches in Cocoa Beach, Treasure Island and Destin. The wedding package decor was customized for each couple.
Flight cancellations and bans on mass gatherings have panicked brides and grooms with upcoming destination weddings. The buzz on social media is filled with advice (good and bad) for couples that have to postpone or outright cancel their wedding plans. As expected, lots of guests will not come and even if they want to attend, may not be able to do so with borders closing. Even couples considering getting married at a courthouse, then having a “wedding” party later, may no longer be able to do so.
Wedding couple married in St. Augustine, FL
So…should you be canceling your destination wedding?
The Coronavirus situation, or COVID-19, continues to spread uncertainty and it seems the news changes daily. Although the situation seems gloomy, there ARE options for couples with scheduled wedding plans. The very first thing to do is if you have travel insurance check with your insurance company to find out if you have any options there. Also check with your airline to see if you can get a credit for later travel: many passengers are being given the option to re-book or get a refund during this time of crisis.
The next thing to do is get in touch with your destination wedding vendor and discuss your situation and possible back-up plan. Do not panic and make decisions without fully considering your options. There may be more hope than you think!
Don’t Cancel Your Beach Wedding…Reschedule
Remember that your wedding vendor does not WANT to postpone your wedding. In many cases, they are being forced to do so by having permits revoked or by government regulations. As of March 15, 2020, the CDC has officially recommended the cancellation of large gatherings, including weddings, for eight weeks in the United States (read more here). If your wedding ceremony is in June or beyond, experts recommend you need not postpone at this point, and can continue your wedding planning process. However, if your beach wedding in Florida is scheduled sooner—we’re here for you! Know that our beach wedding company is here to guide you through the process of re-scheduling your beach wedding ceremony.
You do NOT have to cancel! Unlike a traditional wedding venue, you do have options. The Florida Beach Weddings contract gives you the flexibility to choose a new ceremony date without losing your deposit. You can get married within one year from your original wedding date, provided you choose that new date within 30 days. Our beach wedding specialists are here to help you. If a permit has been pulled for your beach wedding location, it may be transferred to the new date. You get to have the beach wedding of your dreams with all of your decor and other chosen options; just move it to a later date!
If You Had to Cancel Your Wedding
If you have cancelled your hometown wedding plans, or other destination wedding date, please consider the ease and speed with which you can have a Florida Beach Wedding after this Coronavirus crisis has passed. You can still experience a fully-decorated ceremony on a beautiful beach in Florida; nothing has to be sacrificed with our all-inclusive beach wedding packages that will likely cost you far less than your original plans. You can even live-stream your wedding to far-away guests!
Treasure Island, Clearwater Beach small wedding
The team at Florida Beach Weddings knows this is not an easy time for wedding couples and considering new options is very stressful. However, you are not alone. Things are uncertain but you do have options and our help to make a decision that’s best for you. Your ceremony will be beautiful and filled with love no matter when it takes place! Your best bet is to just stay home, watch updates from the CDC and WHO, stay healthy, and wait until you can travel with your family and friends.
Love at at Clearwater Beach Wedding
Please contact us so we can help you with your individual situation. We look forward to working with you to make your wedding dreams come true.