Now that you’re engaged it’s time to start the wedding planning (you might already have given it a lot of thought). After looking at all the online articles and advice, you may be feeling overwhelmed. It’s not hard to feel like that with Pinterest, The Knot, Wedding Wire and more. However, there is an easier way to begin your journey to wedded bliss…especially if you’ve decided on a destination wedding in Florida.
So you want to plan a wedding by the ocean, but perhaps you don’t know where to start. How do you get all your beach wedding ideas to work? One of the toughest things to choose is your Florida weddings destination: Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Destin? Or is your heart beating faster at the though of a Miami wedding? There are many great locations and details, but planning a destination wedding is actually not as difficult as you may think – if you have the right help!
According to Travelmarket Report, 88.6 percent of destination wedding respondents said yes, they enjoyed their wedding day, compared with 82.6 percent of those who held non-destination weddings. So it seems that couples who choose to get married away from their hometown have a happier day. Why?Less stress. When these brides choose a competent beach wedding planner, all the little details are being taken care of for them…and the planning can be done without leaving your sofa! When they choose all inclusive beach wedding packages in Florida…there is truly nothing left to do but show up on the beach and say your vows. Some packages even include wedding photos.
We’re here to take you through a few simple steps of how to plan a Florida beach wedding, so there’s no need to spend hours on the internet making yourself crazy.
Step 1: Determine your budget
The first step in setting your wedding budget is to sit down together with your fiancé and decide what amount you feel is right, and then figure out how far that budget will take you. There might also be other family members who want to contribute, so include them in the discussion also. Work on your guest count since that will be part of the costs i.e. chairs, reception food, gifts, any liquor you might have. List your non-negotiables as a couple. Remember, with destination weddings, the couple does not have to pay guest travel arrangements or hotel stay. You might, however, want to see if you can get a discount on a block of hotel rooms so everyone can benefit.
Other factors that impact a destination wedding budget include the luxury level of your beach wedding package decorations, time of year and day of week of your celebration, package add-ons, wedding dress and more. Whatever choices you decide upon, you can be sure you will be paying much less than a traditional wedding at home!
Step 2: Decide if want to work with a Destination Wedding Specialist
It’s always smart to have an expert assist in coordinating the details of a wedding ceremony: even a small beach wedding. The benefits of using a beach wedding planner are too many to list, but the most important is that they know the locations like the back of their hand. They can help you choose the right beach venue, the right time of day for sunsets, the tides, take care of permits and more. They set-up and break-down the decorations, wedding arch and chairs. Plus, they can officiate and send off your Florida marriage license at the end of the day. As an established leader in weddings on the beach for over 13 years, the Florida Beach Weddings company is the easiest, smartest and most affordable choice you can make.
On top of an expert Beach Wedding Specialist by your side, you’ll have an onsite wedding coordinator who also officiates your ceremony. Won’t it be nice to have this coordinator handling all the day-of details? You will know when to walk down the aisle, perform your Unity sand ceremony, say your vows and more. You can be sure you have a stress-free planning process from start to finish and enjoy more time with your family and friends. Same-sex wedding or elopement? No problem! Florida is the perfect place for same-sex marriage ceremonies. All the same details
Step 3: Choose a location
With so many amazing destination wedding locations to choose from in Florida, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you and your beloved. Think about the type of sand or sea you want when saying “I do.” Ocean waves or calm Gulf water? Dunes or walkways? Sunsets or brilliant blue skies? Will you be driving or taking advantage of direct flights? Again, speaking with our Beach Wedding Specialist will help you make your choices. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today and get started from the comfort of your own home.
Nowadays couples want to focus on what marriage is truly about: the joining of two people in love. Right now that means a more simple wedding, usually outdoors. The perfect place? Siesta Key beach embodies romance and is ideal for a destination wedding that is affordable. Let’s explore how to make your beach wedding ideas a reality with this type of simple beach wedding.
A weekday wedding is often the best way to save money on any wedding expenses and that goes for Florida destination weddings too. Although it can be difficult for some wedding guests to attend due to working schedules, consider a weekday wedding in Siesta Key Beach for an elopement or vow renewal. Save a few bucks and experience a less busy beach: we all know the beach is more crowded on the weekends.
Florida Wedding Packages
All-inclusive destination weddings are really the easiest way to go and the most budget-friendly, and you can do it all online from your home. Even with photography opted in, most beach wedding packages are less than $3,000! So what Florida wedding package do you choose? It depends on many things:
- your guest count
- your budget
- your level of desired decorations
- your options for first dance, toast as a married couple, wedding photography
- your location and permits – in this case Siesta Key Beach or Lido Key Beach.
The best wedding package for under 10 guests:
Our Beach Beginnings Package is elegant and one of our couples’ favorites! Up to 10 people and chairs for your guests to witness your vows between two bamboo poles, along with shells and white/ivory flowers. Want tropical? You can have those flowers if you choose. It even incudes a greenery aisle for the bride to walk down and approximately 50 wedding photos.
The best wedding package for 10-24 guests:
Our Nautical Knot wedding package is perfect for a larger guest count but still small enough to be sweet and simple in Siesta! Starfish, wildflowers, pink ribbons…what does your heart desire? Up to 24 chairs are included but you can add more. The canopy of three bamboo poles and your choice of colors and accessories will make your special day stand out. Even adding professional beach photography won’t break your bank.
The best wedding package for 25 and up guest count:
Can you say, “I want it all for my wedding” and get it on the beach? YES you can! And in Siesta Key it’s all that more special with the sunsets. We recommend our Distinctive Design packages for the couple that wants a large, highly decorated beach wedding. With up to 36 chairs, a huge 4 post bamboo wedding arch, chilled water for your guests, chalkboard sign, music and more. Just add beach photography!
If you want to tie the knot in Florida, choosing your mode of transportation to Sarasota is a good starting point. And depending on your starting and ending point, your most affordable option can vary.
- Land: Calculate gas/mileage for a Florida road trip and travel time to your beach wedding location.
- Air: Check travel sites like Orbitz or Travelocity to see flight costs. Don’t forget to consider additional fees like baggage (your wedding dress), seat selection, cost to park at the airport. Sometimes choosing a slightly higher “upfront” ticket can be cheaper in the long run by including free bags or seat assignment. Also check out Trip Advisor’s handy tool for some Sarasota, Florida Flight Stats.
Nicer Than You Can Imagine
Time of Year: Spring break is a hot season for travelers to Florida and hotel prices often reflect those demands. You can often get late August/September discounts as long as you can handle the heat. Otherwise, Fall is a great time to plan a Florida beach wedding. Less heat, less travelers, and traditionally cheaper rates. Also, avoid price hikes during holiday weekends. If you are a northerner looking to take a break from the brutal winter, Florida’s mild winter weather may be the perfect reason to ditch the snow shovel and get some Florida sunshine on Siesta Key or Lido Key beach.
Less Stress Than Traditional Weddings
A small wedding of your dreams can be easy and beautiful at the same time. And there are other perks. Walking on the beach with friends and family on the morning of your wedding, going fishing or just chilling watching the sunset on the eve of your Siesta Key ceremony.
So now that you have an idea of money saving travel tips for your destination wedding on this Gulf beach, are you ready to book the beach wedding of your dreams? With our complete wedding packages you can have a cheap beach wedding that looks expensive! Contact us today.
Congratulations! It’s so exciting to get engaged and celebrate! However, after the BIG question, there are even more questions to answer: when and where? These days, those questions can be tough to answer. Even with the new COVID-19 vaccine, it may be awhile before traditional weddings and receptions get back to normal. So, these days many couples who want to get married are still considering outdoor, non-traditional venues. Destination weddings and elopements are more popular than ever and, in Florida, destination weddings offer the the most unique, beautiful venue: the BEACH!
Even during a pandemic, one thing remains constant: all brides desire a wedding ceremony that fulfills their dreams. That dream could be romantic, fun or dramatic. It could include flowers, rustic wood, lanterns, a variety of colors or flowing, silky fabric. Can you get this on the beach in Florida? Yes, you can! Beach wedding packages include all the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, a wedding officiant, and music. Some may even include a wedding photographer or you have the option to add it (for less than a traditional photographer). You can have 100 guests if that is your dream, although many couples choose smaller guest counts during this time. Our Florida Beach Weddings packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500.
Which Florida Beach is Best for a Wedding?
Although very affordable, the beach a couple chooses will be a factor in the cost. Gulf beaches like Clearwater/St. Pete and Siesta Key are very popular because of the sunsets. However, with the Daytona Beach area is often less crowded and provides a variety of beaches. They offer you the Atlantic ocean and beautiful waves. Permits are less, and many places don’t have parking fees. Brides also love St. Augustine which is a historic city and Cocoa Beach which is the closest beach to Orlando. A reputable beach wedding planner can help you pick the right beach location for your ceremony.
However, do you really need to use a wedding planner or beach wedding company? The answer is no…BUT if you want an outdoor wedding ceremony everyone will envy, you should say YES! Besides the fact that you will have a much easier wedding experience, and will likely save some money if you do. Choosing a complete beach wedding package will be stress-free and, once you browse the gorgeous package designs with customizable options, you will be even more excited about your special day. Some of our most popular wedding ceremony designs include:
Rustic Romance Beach Wedding Package
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Floral Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package
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Natural Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package
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Teal Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package
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Tropical Geometric Distinctive Design Wedding Package
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Nautical Knot Beach Wedding Package
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Florida Destiny Beach Wedding Package
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Beach Wedding Planning
The help you receive from your Beach Wedding Specialist will make every detail a sea breeze! After you reserve your date with a deposit she will:
- Provide guidance in choosing exact ceremony location, time (tides or sunset), as well as the beach permit if required
- Recommend many package options to design your wedding online with your wedding ideas
- Assist you with ceremony vows (you can also choose to write your own)
- Provide consultations by phone and email
- Help you choose ceremony decorations including sand colors for the Unity Sand Ceremony
- Provide recorded music for ceremony played on our PA system and decide if you want to add on a first dance under the wedding arch
- Legally file your Florida marriage license after the ceremony, per Florida laws for resident and non resident couples
- Provide recommendations for florists, salons, suggestions for a reception or celebration dinner, outline the best parking areas and more.
As you can see you, your partner, your guests will be comfortable and relaxed on your wedding day. Your friends will breathe a sigh of envy when looking at your photographs and you will remember your Florida Beach Wedding ceremony for a lifetime. So are you ready to plan when and where to say, ‘I do?’, then CLICK HERE to book a Florida Beach Wedding or browse more packages. You can also call our Beach Wedding Specialists at 386-214-6361.
Wow, your beach wedding countdown is officially 1 week away! You’ve made phone calls, paid deposits, bought, altered, picked out and perfected every last wedding detail. And you’re only days away from the official “just married” title. Getting the planning out of the way can make it easier and more enjoyable for the happy couple on their special day. Use this checklist so you can rest assured that when you walk down the aisle, saying “I do” is the only thing you have left to-do on your list.
Couple on St. Augustine Beach after ceremony
Beach Wedding Countdown Checklist
Make your Florida marriage legal
Have you applied for your marriage license? Whether you get married on the Gulf coast or an Atlantic beach, this is a critical detail. Contact your wedding coordinator if you aren’t sure what you need to do. Also, make sure you or someone very trustworthy is in charge of bringing the marriage license to the wedding site the day of your ceremony. Check out some FAQs for obtaining a marriage license in Florida here.
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Last minute wedding vendor details
During this last week before you tie the knot, call any vendors to confirm appointment times:
- hair salon
- gift baskets
- travel vendors
- pickup of any accessories, etc.
Even if you have a cheap beach wedding package, extras can add up fast if you have to do things last minute! Now is also a good time to check your map to ensure the timing is going to work to and from hotels, appointments and your beach location. If your wedding day is on a weekend, consider that traffic will be busier than a weekday. Think of it as part of the fun to make your wedding day as stress-free as possible.
Check out the beach
A day or two before the actual wedding ceremony, go and check out your beach location. Your wedding specialist will have sent you a detailed itinerary so you can also check out parking and meeting spots ahead of time. While you’re there, why not pack a beach chair and a towel and enjoy some sunshine! If anyone asks, it’s part of the beach wedding preparation. Oh, and don’t forget sunscreen to avoid a burn or unsightly tan lines.
Now is a good to figure out what your guests might do after your wedding: natural leisure activities such as beach-going, hiking or water sports. They might also enjoy getting a list of museums and restaurants nearby. Anything you prepare for them in advance will be appreciated and add to their vacation time enjoyment in Florida, after your special day. You might even want to join them!
Wedding dress details
Literally iron out any details: get the iron (or steamer) out and make sure your dress and your significant other’s wedding attire is ready to go. You don’t want to worry about this right before you head out to your ceremony. Hopefully you followed any packing and travel tips here.
Having a schedule or list will help you make sure that everything goes as smoothly as you planned. Having a trusted friend or volunteer help when you are pulled in many directions on your wedding day is a very good idea (especially if children are involved). If you’ve chosen a beach wedding package you won’t have to worry about decorations, officiant, chairs or even wedding photography (optional). Whether you’re a frequent beach goer or you’ve traveled many miles for your destination wedding, keep the beach mentality. Take it easy, relax, enjoy this special time and congratulations!
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The Beach Venue
Caren and Juan Carlos were married in October at Wilbur-By-The-Sea, just south of Daytona Beach. This soft sand beach has no hotels or driving on the beachfront so it is very quiet. There is a large, free parking lot right across the street from the beachfront so the couple and wedding party easily walked to their wedding ceremony destination. Their ceremony started at 5:30 pm.
The Wedding Ceremony
Caren walked across the soft sand sprinkled with natural petals toward her beloved groom with her mother. Her long, lace wedding dress
and large bouquet of pink and white flowers was breathtaking! Caren chose to wear an understated veil that also held her hair in place and revealed her beautiful smile.
Caren and Juan Carlos had 13 guests in attendance, 1 maid of honor dressed in blue, a flower girl and a ring bearer. Traditional piano and violin music was played at this beach wedding ceremony.
The wedding vows included a sand ceremony using turquoise and purple sand to symbolize uniting of this couple in marriage. Two children joined in adding green and ivory sand as the sun began to sink in the early evening sky.
The Wedding Package
Our couple chose the Beach Chic Nautical Knot wedding ceremony package. The silky ribbons in blushes and neutrals, and metal floral buckets with white baby’s breath flowers is such a gorgeous choice against the beachfront sand and sea. This package includes 18 deluxe white chairs and spandex sashed chairs…Caren chose pretty Blush/Rose Gold Sequins bands.
The Wedding Photos
After the wedding ceremony, Caron and Juan Carlos, now newly joined in matrimony followed our professional photographer down to the Atlantic ocean. This is where more magic happened for this couple! Choosing to add our beach wedding company photography to their wedding ceremony package made it easy to capture all the wonderful moments of their special day…without stress or worry that pictures would be missed.
Wilbur-By-The-Sea, on the Atlantic ocean, experiences the “Golden Hour” of the sunset which is reflected back from the west coast. It results in golds, pinks and purples that surround the beach and water. The sand is like a mirror for this couple as they embrace at the end of the wedding day.
If you would like to explore this ocean beach location for your destination wedding, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!
Does the thought of white, sandy beaches and palm trees rustling while you say your I-do’s sound perfect? Right now, maybe you know more about shoveling snow than shoveling sand. And maybe the thought of planning an entire wedding from hundreds or even thousands of miles away sounds pretty intimidating. Well put your fears to rest. Take a look at some common destination wedding planning concerns and see how a Florida Destination Wedding is easier and more affordable than you think.
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Top Florida Destination Wedding Planning Concerns:
- Destination-Unknown: Whether Clearwater Beach is on your frequent flyer destination list or you’re a first time visitor, this beautiful Gulf beach is what wedding dreams are made of. Don’t believe it? Well, Trip Advisor also agrees that Clearwater Beach is a pretty sweet spot, for couples and families alike.
- Coordinating plans: Don’t try to coordinate multiple vendors and hours of stressful emails and phone calls… so much stress. Our Florida Beach Weddings company takes care of everything for the perfect wedding:
- Officiant (performs ceremony and provides assistance directing you on how to obtain a Florida marriage license)
- Wedding decor which can be customized
- Set Up of your complete wedding package
- Break Down and clean-up
- Organized itinerary for the couple
- Ideal beach location of your choice
- Affordable: All inclusive means less out of pocket expenses. Florida Beach Weddings offers affordable beach wedding packages with no hidden fees or costs. In addition, multiple airports are within an hour or two (Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville) which allows for cheap airfare for the couple and their guests.
- Affordable Part 2: Honeymoon/Vacation: Finally, your honeymoon and your guests’ vacations are a built in bonus when choosing a Florida destination wedding. Hence, no additional travel expenses. For example, the list of things to do in Clearwater Beach is extensive, beautiful and affordable hotels abound, and consequently a perfectly intimate beach wedding experience allows you to escape to a tropical paradise! If you’re looking for a relaxing, stress free, and beautiful atmosphere, a Florida wedding on the beach is right for you! Book here!