St. Augustine 2021 Beach Wedding Inspiration

In case you missed the news…St. Augustine Beach and the old city are open! However, because of the challenges engaged couples have experienced during the 2020 pandemic and uncertainty when making wedding plans, it has been hard to keep up on the status of popular destinations. In Florida, though, many of your favorite beach cities and other attractions are open. So, if you are planning to get married on a Florida beach in 2021, we would like to share some of the up and coming trends for weddings and how you can use them in your ceremony theme and decor.

Couple kisses on rocks after wedding on St. Augustine Beach, FL

Romantic St. Augustine: perfect beach venue

Our favorite thing about a beach wedding in St. Augustine are those first warm sea breeze winds and sunny skies that you experience when you arrive in Florida. Also, sunshine, the sea and warm air coordinates with any wedding color scheme! Our beach wedding packages allow you to choose your dream color design no matter what time of year. So here you go, get inspired:

St. Augustine, Florida beach weddings

Colors and Trends for 2021

GREENERY: Green will be everywhere in 2021, especially in natural leaves and greenery. Since many couples will be getting married outdoors, green makes sense and we can take full advantage of its natural beauty on the beach. Our Tropical Distinctive Design wedding package is full of greenery: palms and bird of paradise leaves will line your sandy aisle-way. The large palm fronds that adorn the four post bamboo canopy are especially stunning in this design. It makes your first kiss as a married couple so special and you will never forget how you felt on your beach wedding day. If you choose to add the option of our professional outdoor wedding photographer, you will not be disappointed in the extra pictures and poses you get to download and keep forever…and it only costs $350 for that additional time.

Tropical Distinctive wedding arch on Sand Key Beach, Clearwater, FL

ORANGE: We are hearing that bright colors will be trending in 2021, with the spotlight on orange. As you can see again, our Tropical Distinctive Design package in orange is as stunning as the original design. Look at the color against the sand and emerald ocean water! This unforgettable color scheme will delight your guests and family with its beach themed splendor!

Tropical Wedding Arch on the beach with flowers and white chairs St. Pete

LILAC and LAVENDER: Walking down the aisle with this beautiful color in a bridal bouquet is so elegant. The bride below loved it so much she used it in most of her ceremony decorations and even in her wedding dress! What an eye-popping and stunning color! With 20 color choices available, choosing a bold blue as an accent color for her wedding arch draping as well as her bridesmaids really made this Destiny wedding design stand out. We were delighted to put this together for our beach bride and everyone was so happy with how it turned out!

LIGHT BLUE: Blue is always a popular color for weddings, and in 2021 it is reported that brides are using light blues such as powder blue and cornflower blue in their decorations. Darker blues are only used as accents. Quite often blue is combined with white for a simple beach wedding and some brides even use black bamboo to make it pop. Take a look at this stunning Destiny bamboo wedding arch for this beautiful couple below, which starts at $1550 in St. Augustine (without permits or parking).

Couple holds hands under blue and white bamboo wedding arch in Cocoa Beach

BRIGHT and BOLD: According to theknot.com, red, teal, pink and yellow are going to be popular as not only accent colors, but even as the main color of 2021 weddings. Unexpected and fun will be the theme for these couples and guess what…bright colors work great on a beach! Many of our beach brides love teal and it is one of our most requested colors. The couple below used in this bright and gorgeous Coral Distinctive Design, which starts at $1895 in St. Augustine.

Coral flowers and wedding arch on white sand beach with couple

This yellow decor with orchids looks incredible against the cloudless, blue Florida sky as this couple recites their vows on their special day.


Yellow flowers and fabric on bamboo wedding arch with couple saying vows

Of course, teal never goes out of style at a beachfront wedding venue. This Teal Distinctive Design is the perfect choice. It just pops against the slightly darker sand on the St. Augustine beaches!

Newly married couple at this beautiful Teal Distinctive Package at a Florida Wedding on the beach.

EARTH TONES & NEUTRALS: Always in style, the soft and elegant themes of ivory, white and dusty rose is so calming and perfect on a St. Augustine beach. Textured accessories such as shells, starfish, driftwood or in this case branches can add depth to a neutral wedding and enhance the beachfront setting for your guests. Many brides choose this Natural Distinctive Design complete package for a Boho wedding.

Natural branches and flowers on wedding arch Daytona Beach with couple saying vows

Now that you are aware of the 2021 color trends, it’s time to choose your beach wedding venue in St. Augustine. We recommend Anastasia State Park which is very close to downtown St. Augustine. This beach park can accommodate wedding parties of any size and has no buildings on the beach: just natural sea oats, dunes and of course the Atlantic Ocean. Contact us today to book your all inclusive beach wedding.

Sunset on St Augustine Beach with married couple posing

6 Reasons to Choose Jacksonville for a Cheap Beach Wedding

To plan an affordable beach wedding, try to choose a location that’s easy to travel to so you and your guests don’t have to spend a lot of money getting there. Consider booking at a resort, since you may be able to obtain a group discount if you book a certain number of nights. Jacksonville, FL, may be just the right location to provide you with a cheap beach wedding, as well as a beautiful and fun experience.

Couple kisses at Jacksonville Beach Wedding

Why choose Jacksonville for your beach wedding? Located just North of St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach is a small coastal resort community.  Boasting over 11 miles of beach front, it is located right next to the city of Jacksonville, which is the largest metropolitan city in Florida. Jacksonville Beach is a quiet surprise within this large city area. Home to only 21,000 residents, there are several beach front hotels.  Along with a vibrant night life, great surfing, and several golf venues, you will be delighted with the quaint shops, and award-winning restaurants. You, and your guests, can enjoy the nightlife, kick back, and relax while enjoying a drink at one of the several beach front bars. Why not check out all there is to do in Jacksonville?

Jacksonville Beach Weddings in Florida with bamboo canopy, decor, photographer, officiant and more

TRAVELING TO JACKSONVILLE BEACH:

Getting to Jacksonville Beach for your wedding is easy.  With an international airport right in Jacksonville, you will be able to fly right into the city. Now you will just be a short ride to the beaches for your wedding ceremony. Afterwards, you can visit St. Augustine as a honeymoon location or for a fun day of exploration in the Old City.

Map of Jacksonville Beach

STAYING IN JACKSONVILLE BEACH:

There are several hotels directly on Jacksonville Beach, where you can stay, walk right outside onto the beach and join your guests. How relaxing.  And, why not have your first kiss as a married couple right on the beach!  Next, after we take some great photos, you can walk back to the hotel and enjoy your planned party, or reception. The Hampton Inn is pictured below and offers a heated lagoon-style pool with four waterfalls and a whirlpool grotto. Dine at Tides Beach Bar and Grille and Waterfalls Lounge.

Jacksonville Beach Wedding hotels

A WEDDING RECEPTION AT THE BEACH:

Why not plan a reception at Hanna Park’s Dolphin Plaza. It is an oceanfront site that seats up to 125 people. This 2,000-square-foot facility offers an incredible oceanfront view with 30′ ceilings. It is air-conditioned, has kitchen facilities and restrooms. It also includes chairs and tables. The Dolphin Plaza charges very reasonable rent. Wedding couples may provide their own food or catering and bring in their own alcohol. Hanna Park is rustic and beautiful for a beach wedding reception your guests will always remember.

Dolphin Beach Wedding Reception Jacksonville, FL

SIX REASONS TO HAVE A JACKSONVILLE BEACH DESTINATION WEDDING:

Jacksonville Beach Weddings are recommended not only because of the beaches, the surfing, the golfing, but of so many other things to do.  How about a visit to the Jacksonville Zoo?  With vast areas of beautiful beaches and waterways, Jacksonville is home to the largest urban park system in the country. Families, foodies, nature lovers, couples, history buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts, will appreciate all that Jacksonville has to offer. Plus here are six more reasons to plan your sunshine, ocean wedding at this Florida beach:

  1. Jacksonville Beach has no permit fees
  2. Hotels in Jacksonville Beach are reasonable
  3. JAX is reasonable and easy to fly into for your guests
  4. Jacksonville Beach has an amazing and cheap reception venue
  5. Port is nearby for built in low cost cruise honeymoons to the Bahamas (if available)
  6. This major destination city has plenty of affordable entertainment

The Florida Marriage License fee is $93.50 and must be paid in cash. The marriage certificate is issued by the clerk of Courts in each County of Florida but can be used throughout the State of Florida. Read more about getting one here.

Affordable Jacksonville Beach Weddings in Florida

It’s pretty clear that to tie the knot in Jacksonville Beach will ensure all your family and cherished friends will want to come celebrate with you. With a Florida Beach Weddings complete package, it will be a perfect place for your unforgettable wedding ceremony or vow renewal! We have a professional and experienced staff ready to help you plan your special day. Our highly rated reputation guarantees you won’t have to second guess your decorations or stress about a wedding company being late or your wedding place unprepared. So take a bow if you’ve chosen to plan a Jacksonville Beach wedding and get ready to dive into the details by contacting us today!

Destination Wedding Expenses – Who Pays For What?

There are family members, the bridal party, the guests, so who pays for what when it comes to Destination Weddings?

Bride & Groom

Couple toasting after beach wedding Florida

The bride and groom cover the usual wedding expenses (ceremony costs such as cheap beach wedding packages, beach wedding dresses, groom attire, rentals, photographer, etc.). These are obvious and standard expenses for any type of wedding. However, it gets a little grey after that when it comes to destination weddings in Florida. Some couples still opt for a full reception, while others simply choose to dine with guests (or just the two of you) at a local restaurant. If a wedding reception is not in your plans, it’s still nice to treat your guests to a post-wedding meal. You can find affordable restaurants near your wedding city to celebrate and eat without breaking the bank. Consider the money you’ll be saving with a bigger guest list in your hometown (think feeding 100 people at home vs. 25 in your destination wedding city). Depending on the size of your guest list (and budget), a morning after breakfast or brunch is also a nice treat.

Rococo Steak St. Pete

Rococo Steak St. Pete

Bridal Party

Your bridal party follows same procedure as the guest list with respect to paying for flight and hotel accommodations for your Florida wedding. In addition, they are expected to pay for attire and accessories. So brides, a nice thing you can choose to pay for is hair and make up for your bridesmaids. If you aren’t covering the bill, it’s good etiquette to make it optional. It’s also a nice idea to make or purchase earrings, necklace, or get cute footless sandals that double as an accessory and bridal party gift from you! 

A bridal party celebrates with a Just Married photo at our Cocoa Beach Weddings.

Guests

So your traveling guests are highly likely to look back on your fantastic destination wedding with fond memories. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a relaxing tropical vacation? All that said, they should be expected to pay for flight and hotel accommodation out of their own pocket. It’s common courtesy for the bride and groom to provide hotel options and block rooms that might provide cheaper prices. And you could provide a Welcome Bag for an added touch! Some brides and grooms have a welcome dinner AHEAD of the wedding day so that they can mingle beforehand. However, guests are basically footing the bills for themselves with the exception of these events, and the reception/post-wedding dinner. 

Of course it will be different if you have a vow renewal or simply eloped which is normally just the two of you or up to 6 people. A nice dinner will be the perfect end to your small wedding day.

Small Florida beach wedding ceremonies

Bottom line: your guests will be excited to share your special day in the sun and sea. The financial goal for your destination wedding should be for everyone to walk away with an affordable vacation, no unexpected expenses and unforgettable memories of your beach wedding day. This is totally achievable with a Florida Beach Weddings package that includes just about everything you need to get married in Florida. Click HERE to book your Beach Wedding today!

Have a Beach WeddingMoon in St. Augustine

Micro-wedding? How about a Weddingmoon? During this time of uncertainty, an idea gaining popularity is to have a weddingmoon: you combine your big day with your honeymoon and have your closest friends and family there to celebrate with you throughout the whole adventure. Another benefit of a weddingmoon is that you can truly have the wedding AND honeymoon of your dreams in sunny Florida with good weather. Finding an affordable beach wedding package and quality hotel make for a successful experience, and a professional beach wedding company that helps with planning can take the stress away. This Coral Distinctive Design is an example of the perfect ocean theme in St. Augustine.

A beautiful setting to say "I Do" under one of our Destination beach wedding packages in Florida.

Marriage ceremony St. Augustine Coral Design

You will likely be booking your destination wedding ceremony a little into the future, even 2021, so the size of gatherings will vary in different areas but an outdoor wedding on the beach is a good way to play it safe…plus it’s beautiful! Most of the Florida beaches allow up to 50 people for a wedding, but with social distancing you may be able to have up to 100. You will also have a beach wedding planner to help guide you with your beach permit (if required), Florida marriage license filing, decoration ideas, local amenities and more. St. Augustine, Florida is a great choice for your weddingmoon because it has incredible beaches coupled with local amenities and entertainment…even during this time of caution. You and your guests will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy each other’s company for days!

Recommended Location

One of the best St. Augustine wedding ceremony sites is Anastasia State Park. This Florida beach is owned by the state and has a tranquil vibe with natural beauty. There are no buildings on the beach which means you get nothing but beautiful views of the sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean as you say your vows in the sun and sea. No shoes required for this barefoot wedding! There is also a small pavilion you an decorate for a reception meal, like the one below, or you can choose to go into the city for dinner. Try our Teal Distinctive Design package for your seaside ceremony.

Nautical Knot wedding arch in St. Augustine with couple

What is open and what is closed in St. Augustine?

Many businesses in Florida are open, but with restrictions changing often, it is good to have a list of what you can expect when visiting St. Augustine with your wedding party. This list from Visit St. Augustine is updated and can help you plan your post-wedding activities. There are no quarantine orders or restrictions in effect for those traveling to Florida from other states. Many city tours, mini golf, and museums are OPEN but it is advisable to call first and check. At the time of publishing this blog, the Castillo de San Marcos Spanish fortress is not open, but you can walk around it and enjoy the view.

Hotels in St. Augustine

Most hotels are open for business, however some may have limited service. Therefore, it is best to call and get details before booking your stay. Again, the helpful list from Visit St. Augustine is a great resource! Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort is a popular choice among our brides. You can book their oceanfront banquet room as your wedding reception venue for larger weddings, and have one of our beach wedding ceremonies on the sand right at the hotel, depending on the tide schedule as the beachfront area is smaller. However, keep in mind this Embassy Suites hotel is only valet parking.

The Castillo Real resort is an easy walk to the beach in St. Augustine and is a great choice for your wedding and honeymoon. We can perform all of our St. Augustine beach wedding packages here. However, for our larger packages, all of your guests must be staying at this location as the parking is very limited for non-hotel guests. If you are planning a more intimate beach wedding here, consider going to the La Cocina for dinner, located directly in the hotel. 

More Beach Wedding Wedding Ideas

If you love barn weddings but can’t part with the idea of getting married on the beach, then look no further than our Rustic Romance complete wedding package. With vintage vibes and rustic florals in muted colors, this is one of our most popular packages.

Wedding couple kissing on white chairs in St. Augustine

Our staff pick for St. Augustine beachfront weddings is the Floral Distinctive which embodies all the beauty of this east coast beach. With a natural branch canopy topper and flowing, draped material over bamboo it provides class and elegance.

Reserve Your Wedding Date Today

If the idea of a large or small beach wedding in St. Augustine interest you, or even a weddingmoon…contact one of our Florida Beach Weddings specialists to find a ceremony date that works for you!

Couple kissing at sunset after beach wedding Florida

 

Discover Amelia Island Weddings: the Gem Beneath Georgia

There is an alternative to Georgia beaches tucked just below the Florida-Georgia border: Amelia Island is a perfect Florida wedding venue. A special north Florida beach, Amelia Island is located just off the Atlantic coast and offers 13 miles of beautiful sea beaches, abundant native wildlife, sand dunes, and blue ocean water. This barrier island is a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike and makes a wonderful choice for a romantic destination wedding.

Tips for your Daytona Beach Wedding at the Shores

From the sun on the beach to the great restaurants downtown, this area has a quaint island feel. You may wish a small, simple ceremony, a tropical elopement, or a larger decorated ceremony, but having someone help you is priceless, so consider an experienced beach wedding company to help with your planning. Florida Beach Weddings has over 12 years experience and travels to your chosen beach venue to set up your complete wedding package. We arrange your ceremony arbor, chairs, decor and any other details you have chosen for your wedding day. There is no permit fee for marriage on Amelia Island, but you will need a Florida marriage license.

Although there are a few beaches to choose from Seaside Park is a popular, centrally located beach on Amelia Island. It offers parking areas, several covered pavilions, picnic tables and a photo opportunity on the boardwalk to the beachfront. What stunning wedding photos you will have to remember, now and forever.

Seaside Park Amelia Island sand dunes

Sliders Seaside Grill is an oceanfront restaurant/bar with a recently completed upstairs facility overlooking this park: it also has a separate facility for rent that is private and oceanfront. Nearby also is The Ocean Club of Amelia offering space for larger groups.

Sliders Seaside Grill Amelia Island for wedding receptions

Ceremony Design Suggestions for Amelia Island

Natural: If you love driftwood, take a look at our Drift Away Distinctive Design Package. No need to go looking on the beach for driftwood: we bring it to you! This beach wedding package includes the natural scenery of the sun and sea. It is all-inclusive and comes complete with a wedding officiant, set-up crew, chilled water station, sand ceremony vase and so much more. If you want a change from a bamboo canopy, then escape to beach elegance with our driftwood beach wedding package! This package offers two style designs. You can choose the asymmetrical greenery arrangements on the driftwood canopy, or you can have white flower accents halfway up the bottom of the driftwood canopy. For more impact, we can also drape a piece of white or ivory material across the top half of the driftwood wedding arch. 

Our Driftwood beach wedding packages are all-inclusive and come with beautiful decor, white chairs, burlap and babys breath.

Nautical: The Florida Nautical Knot Package is a popular design choice with our couples. It is cheaper than a traditional wedding at home, but a step up from a beach elopement package. If you want to escape to a beautiful destination wedding with a small group of friends and family, our Florida Nautical Knot Package is the ideal choice. With this package you receive beautiful decor including a bamboo wedding arch in your chosen color scheme, decorated aisleway, chairs for your guests, and more. It also comes in a Wildflower option and Beach Chic design.

Nautical Knot wedding package and couple Palm Coast

Rustic Romance: For a unique and elegant beach wedding ceremony, our Rustic Romance package is our newest design. A high, wooden canopy elegantly draped with flowing material and a extra-large cascading floral topper. For the couple that wants those extra touches of elegance and modern design, this complete wedding package will satisfy every wedding day dream you’ve ever had, while still providing an affordable destination wedding.

Rustic Romance Flagler Beach, FL

Other north Florida beaches near Georgia to consider for a beach wedding include: Jacksonville Beach and Vilano Beach in St. Augustine. Contact us today to find out if your desired date is available. Our beach wedding planners can’t wait to hear from you!

Best Barefoot Beach Weddings Guide

Dreaming of a barefoot wedding in the silver sand? The golden hour with oranges, pinks, reds, purples, pinks, across the horizon? A barefoot wedding can be a sign of trust, commitment, humility, and let’s face it…it just feels wonderful. Is a relaxing wedding get away, a barefoot beach wedding for you? Let’s take a look at some of the best Florida Beach Wedding locations for a white sand, barefoot ceremony. 

Daytona Beach wedding couple kissing after vows in the ocean surf

Barefoot Beach Wedding Locations 

Although you can really experience the soft sand and sunset skies from just about any spot along the Florida Coastline, we will highlight some of the beaches that make going barefoot the perfect delight for you and your guests. A destination wedding on the beach will make your special day one where you all can relax and be themselves. Whether it is a larger beach wedding or just the two of you, a barefoot wedding ceremony can feel even more intimate. Even your wedding party can go without shoes! 

Clearwater Beach

The 2.5 miles of white sandy beach line and gorgeous water are what keep Clearwater Beach ranked as Trip Advisor’s best vacation destination year after year. So don’t just take it from us, hear what the thousands of visitors have to say about the dream destination beach wedding location. The variety of hotel accommodations keep prices fair, helping to keep the this an affordable beach wedding option. There are sunset festivals and drum circles taking place for a unique experience. The Florida Beach Weddings team has the inside scoop on some of the most convenient beach parking solutions and can fit your wedding to your personality. So whether it is quiet, calm and serene or fun filled, people watching, music loving, Clearwater Beach has a barefoot beach wedding venue waiting for you!

Barefoot wedding couple kisses at sunset on Clearwater Beach, FL

Aerial view of Clearwater Beach pier and Gulf beachfront

Destin Beach 

Everything we just said about Clearwater beach’s natural landscape, repeat for Destin Beach. Pristine white sandy beach perfect for bare feet, calm emerald water, relaxed atmosphere. This Florida beach wedding location is a hot spot! In case ours and Trip Advisor’s reviews aren’t noteworthy enough, even Oprah has been known to shout out to Destin for it’s awesome beach! So you know it’s got to be good! This is the spot for beautiful beaches with sand as white as snow, abounding golf courses, famous “The Henderson” resort, and still affordable! This beach is an easy road trip destination beach wedding for all the neighboring Florida states. So whether it’s party of 2 or 200, a Destin Beach wedding is a perfect 10 on the barefoot beach wedding list. 

A bride and groom in the Gulf water during one of our Pensacola beach weddings.

Groom kneels before bride at Destin beach barefoot wedding in Florida

Siesta Key Beach 

Well add it to our list of white sandy beach, lovely gulf water views and stunning sunsets! Siesta Key beach is a great location for a barefoot beach wedding. Both family and budget friendly, this beach location will have you kicking off your shoes the moment you arrive. There are a variety of affordable hotel accommodations within a short walk to the beach, fun and lively restaurants, and nothing beats the romantic Siesta Key Beach sunsets! 

Siesta Key Wedding during the sunset are the ideal time to pose with your groom during your Florida beach wedding.

So elopement, small wedding, or full on party wedding, we can help you plan your dream sunset beach wedding! Contact us to find out everything you need to know about planning a beach wedding. From marriage licenses to beach permits, color design choices to photography packages. We surely have a beach marriage package to cover all of your sunset beach wedding needs!

Siesta Key Beach couple during the pink sunset at a Gulf beach wedding

New Smyrna Beach

Dreaming of dunes? Sand dunes rolling as far as the eyes can see like snowdrifts abound in New Smyrna beach! New Smyrna Beach Wedding couples will enjoy a 17 mile stretch of white sand beach, the blue Atlantic ocean with white wave caps, and a typically less crowded location than your traditional beach wedding in the Daytona area. It truly is a paradise beach wedding perfect for barefoot vows! Contact us today to get started planning your barefoot beach wedding.

Beach Wedding couple after vows in New Smyrna sand dunes

Sunrise over sand dunes on New Smyrna Beach, Florida