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

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

Virtual Getaway: Siesta Key Beach Weddings

Our Siesta Key beach Weddings include these beautiful photographs of a groom kissing the brides forehead.

Bride and Groom after Siesta Key Beach wedding

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. 

Nokomis beach couple in the surf after beach wedding

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!

Wooden arch on the beach for your beach wedding decor.

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.

Lido Beach Weddings in Siesta Key Beach, Florida during the sunset.

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 gets married on the beach in Longboat Key

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 in Siesta Key, Florida

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

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

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. 

Read This Before You Cancel Your Destination Wedding

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.

St. Augustine, Florida beach wedding couple walking on sand

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!

Clearwater Beach Wedding intimate elopement under a bamboo canopy with natural branch topper.

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.

A bride and groom put their feet in the water during our sunset Clearwater Beach Weddings.

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.

Gulf Beach Weddings in St. Pete, Florida

TripAdvisor describes St. Pete Beach: “Sugary-white sand, dolphins frolicking just off shore and eight major barrier islands make St. Pete Beach a postcard-perfect seaside destination”. We agree! Bohemian. Creative. Local. Hip. With more than 35 miles of beaches this seaside town is the ideal location to provide you with one of the best places to get married in Florida.

Say your vows on this stunning Gulf beach with views of white sand as far as the eye can see. The charming and historic Florida beach town provides everything you need for the perfect Gulf beach wedding and reception. Couples who marry at St. Pete Beach locations such as Passe-A-Grill beach or Upham Beach will have picture-perfect memories to share together for the rest of their lives.

What do we love about St. Pete, Florida? 248 sunny days per year almost guarantees your wedding day on the Gulf beach will have wonderful weather. 

Beach Locations to Get Married

Upham Beach is a great option for your St. Pete Beach wedding: white sand, beautiful sunsets, metered parking, restrooms and more. Upham Beach has beautiful greenery, adding a great backdrop to your after ceremony photography. The biggest appeal of Upham beach, is the break of almost constant hotels and condos on the beach. It also has beautiful wooden walkways over the dunes and rocks in the water.

Where to Stay

The Plaza Beach Hotel has been family owned and operated since 1988. With just 39 suites, you and your guests can enjoy the place without major crowds. All of the suites have a kitchenette and are spacious. Perfect for the ultimate St. Pete beach vacation!

The Beachcomber has a private beach, outdoor pool and Jimmy B’s Beach Bar: what an easy and convenient way to plan dinners with your guests, or enjoy a nice relaxing evening beachfront dinner with your fiance. This 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! 

 

Your Wedding Reception

The end to a perfect wedding day is your wedding night! Celebrate with your guests at a beautiful dinner reception venue. Stay at the beach or head into Tampa, for some night life. Here are some suggestions:

400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse has many different private dining options. This will allow you to truly enjoy visiting 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: up to 200 people.

Want fine dining and panoramic views? Rooftop dining, but also private indoor dining is available at the Castile. It serves Latin and Mediterranean dishes with fresh seafood that showcase the seasons. 

Your Perfect Day

With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Tampa Bay on the other, St. Pete is surrounded by natural beauty. As the sun sinks into the sea over the sugary sand, there isn’t a bad seat in the house or a dry eye in your wedding party. Say, “I do” with one of our complete wedding packages. Our wedding photography will capture your special day with family and friends forever. See some of our real beach wedding couples below then contact us to book your date today!

Clearwater Beach Weddings with beautiful views of the sunset and Gulf of Mexico.

A sunset kiss in front of one of our beach wedding packages in Clearwater Florida.

East Coast Florida or Gulf Beach Wedding?

So you’re engaged. Congratulations! You’ve made a HUGE decision. You’ve chosen the person you will be spending the rest of your life with. Now that’s a big deal. Since that’s settled, let’s move on to the next major decision regarding your Florida Destination Beach Wedding: east coast or West Coast Florida Beach Wedding? Finding the right beach should be easy compared to finding the right soul mate, right? We think so once you have the right information. Each beach has different characteristics, just like people, and can set the tone for your Florida wedding. Check out the information below and decide for yourself.

East Coast or Gulf Beach Wedding

We’ve created a list of major selling points for an East Coast and West Coast Florida Beach Wedding. Jury (you) is still out. So here’s the case:

Couple saying vows on Daytona Beach

East Coast with Atlantic Ocean

  • Seaside Sunrise– Early riser? Nothing connects you with nature quite like a beach sunrise. Start your day waking up to a sky full of pinks and oranges and the peaceful sound of rolling waves. A good time for a private, intimate wedding or elopement with just the two of you. Try Ponce Inlet for a spectacular white sand beach, sun and gentle sea. St. Augustine is another favorite for romance and historic venues to explore.

Sunrise on Daytona Beach, FL

  • Waves– The east coast Atlantic Ocean is much more active than the Gulf coast. There are many hot surf/body boarding spots. If you like the thrill of “riding toes on the nose” or surfing some “totally rad” waves, the east coast is likely your spot. Maybe you just like splashing and jumping over the waves: guaranteed to get you and your guests laughing (and soaked!) In any event, the east coast is definitely an energetic beach wedding location. We recommend a Cocoa Beach wedding, which is also close to Port Canaveral for a honeymoon cruise.

Cocoa Beach Weddings are just minutes from the cruise ports of Orlando.

  • Getting Here– With Daytona International Airport minutes from the beach and Orlando International Airport about an hour car ride away, the east coast of Florida has easy accessibility. Looking for affordable flights? Check out Orlando Sanford International Airport which hosts discounted flight from lines like Allegiant and Frontier potentially connecting to a city near you. 
  • Entertainment: NASCAR, Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine Castillo de San Marcos, Jacksonville Jaguars, offshore fishing charters, just to name a few. Check out some top ranking things to do in Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Cocoa Beach

Castillo de San Marcos

West Coast with Gulf Beach Wedding

  • Sunsets: Breathtaking views to end the day and begin the night are like no other here on the west coast of Florida. Sunset beach weddings are in high demand on Clearwater Beach, Siesta Key, St. Pete Beach and Destin, Florida.

  • Waves: Unlike the east coast, west coast beach waves are very small, if there are any at all. If floating on a raft or wading peacefully in the water is your style, a Gulf beach wedding it is. Surfers and other “boarders”, hit up the east coast for some wave action because you won’t find it here.
  • White Sandy, Beaches: Picturing sinking your toes into beautiful white, soft sand as you say, “I do?” West Coast it is. While the east has coarser, darker sand in most areas, Gulf beach weddings have pristine white sand: Siesta Key is a favorite with Florida Beach Weddings couples.

A bride and groom pose behind a frame of their child during Siesta Key Beach Weddings.

  • Getting Here: Orlando International Airport is slightly closer to the east coast, but still just over an hour from Tampa. There’s also Tampa International Airport. So it’s a draw on this topic, but you may favor one coast or another depending on your departure city and flight deals.
  • Entertainment- West Coast is a little quieter compared to the east, but there is still plenty to do. A visit to Ybor City, The Florida Aquarium, guided boat tours, and sunset cruises all make for a fun adventures! Check out more to do in Destin, Clearwater, and Siesta Key

Destin Beach Wedding couple at altar

Almost all of our complete beach wedding packages are available on both coasts of Florida, and we plan and officiate them personally. You can have a small beach wedding or a large, fully decorated beach ceremony. What’s the right fit for you? Book your Florida Destination Beach Wedding today or contact our dedicated wedding specialists find out more!