Beach Wedding Countdown: 1 Week Away

a bride kneels to his groom on the beach. Good thing they followed this beach wedding timeline

Ok, 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 “Mr. and Mrs.” title. Use this checklist so you can rest assured that when you walk down the aisle, saying “I do” is the only thing left to-do on your list. 

Beach Wedding Countdown: 1 Week Away Checklist

  • Make it official. Have you applied for your marriage license? 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.  Check out some FAQs for obtaining a marriage license in Clearwater Beach here.
  • Roger that! Call any vendors (hair, nails, make up, photographer) to confirm appointment times and check your map to ensure good timing to and from hotels/appointments/beach. It’s likely your wedding day is on a weekend, so consider traffic being busier than a weekday. 
  • Check out the beach.  A day or two before the actual wedding, go and check out your beach location. Your Clearwater Beach Wedding coordinator will have sent you an 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. 
  • Iron out the details. Literally, get the iron (or steamer) out and make sure your dress and the Mr.’s wedding attire is ready to go. 
  • Relax, you’re getting married! Whether you’re a frequent beach goer or you’ve traveled many miles for your beach destination wedding, keep the beach mentality. Take it easy, relax, and enjoy this special time!

What does the groom wear to a beach wedding?

groom beach wedding attire ideas and tips

Well let’s just start off by saying, brides traditionally take the <wedding> cake over the groom when it comes to being styled on the big day. You can learn more about tips on choosing a beach wedding dress here. But let’s focus on who the bride is walking down the aisle to meet and what he’s looking like at a beach wedding. 

5 Tips for Choosing What the Groom Should Wear to a Beach Wedding:

  1. Don’t sweat it. Heat-this is the most important aspect to consider for handsome grooms. Light, airy fabrics are a must for 10 out of the 12 months of the year here in sunny Clearwater Beach. It’s normal to get sweaty palms along with a few nerves before exchanging “I do’s.” But unless the future husband is preparing for a wrestling weigh in by sweating out those last few pounds, ditch the idea of a three piece suit. 
  2. Filter your search engine. I know it’s tempting to type “beach wedding attire” and gawk over images of beautiful couples dawning perfectly trending ensembles. However, don’t get caught up in cleverly posed couples and forget the reality of what it’s like to be on the beach. Keep your style personal to you, while maintaining the simplicity and beauty of a beach wedding. White button down shirts/polos paired with khaki/black/grey shorts or pants is a timeless look for a beach groom. 
    beach wedding groom
  3. Sunny days- Discuss ahead of time whether or not sunglasses are a go. Consider setting the shades to the side for the ceremony and following photos. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
  4.  Toes in the sand- Just like with the shirt and pants, remember your environment. Barefeet, flip flops, or boat shoes are ideal. Fancy dress shoes can sink in the sand and fill up with sand just as fast! 
  5. Special touches- Boutonnieres can add a touch of elegance and charm to a classic beach look. Consider not only flowers, but you can also explore seashell or starfish boutonnieres to add a unique touch. Wanting to make the groom stand out? Consider adding a linen vest to his look.

The key to a well groomed groom (pardon the pun) is deciding on your color, choosing a lightweight fabric, and knowing less is more. The beach environment provides a naturally beautiful atmosphere for your wedding and memorable photographs so don’t get too caught up overdressing. Choosing what the groom should wear to a beach wedding should be simple by sticking to the 5 key tips!

Beach Wedding Guests, What Do They Need to Know?

Beach Wedding Guests celebrating the newly married couple at their beach wedding in Florida

Having a Clearwater Beach Wedding is meant to be relaxing and enjoyable. In order to ensure a smooth beach wedding ceremony it is best to make sure your guests are will informed. Below are some helpful tips to make sure your guests arrive on time, know where to go, and don’t have to interrupt your relaxing wedding day.

  1. Most important:  Time of ceremony.  Your guests should arrive at least 15 minutes before your ceremony start time. This allows them plently of time to get to the beach, find parking, and mingle for a few. TIP: On your invitations put your ceremony start time 15 minutes prior to the actual start time, so you can guarantee your wedding will go off on time.
  2. Location of the beach wedding ceremony.  If you all staying at the same hotel, or rental, on the beach and you just have to walk outside to the beach, great.  But, if you are all staying at different locations, or they will be driving in, you need to provide them with an exact address of the beach area.  As well as any landmarks, street intersections, etc…that can assist them in getting to the correct beach wedding location.  Your Clearwater Beach Wedding Company always provides detailed information about the beach location, and this should be shared with your guests. 
  3. How to get to the beach wedding ceremony.  As you may know, parking in Clearwater, St. Pete, and surrounding areas is not always easy to find.  We try and provide you with beach wedding location choices that are close to large parking areas.  Keep in mind, most parking is paid parking (meters are usually found in the parking lot areas — they take cash, or credit card).  Your beach wedding guests should be aware that most of the parking is paid parking, so they can be prepared.  
  4. If you, and all of your beach wedding guests, are coming from out of town, you should provide them with a couple of hotel options. Or at least one, if you want everyone to stay at the same hotel.  You may want to contact the hotel directly, and talk to their group sales department.  They will be able to  provide you with information about how to block rooms.  This usually requires a five to ten room minimum.  You will receive a code to give to your guests when they make their reservation.  If you are having a smaller group, you can provide them a few hotels in the area, and they can make their own reservations.
  5. Provide your beach wedding guests with a general timeline of the day of the ceremony.  This way, they know how much free time they will have to enjoy the day.  And, what time they will need to arrive for the ceremony.  You may also want to let them know about any after ceremony festivities.  Such as meeting at a restaurant, or  providing a small reception, etc…
  6. If you beach wedding guests have never been to the area, you can provide them with some interesting things to do.  In the Tampa area, you have the Florida aquarium.  And, the drive to all the major attractions in Orlando, is only a little over an hour.  
  7. Your wedding guests might be wondering what to wear.  You can tell them make sure they are comfortable.  There are many options to be “dress casual” and still enjoy the beach.  For the gentlemen: Polo shirts, linen shirts, khaki pants or shorts, Boat shoes or flip flops.  For the ladies:  Comfortable sun dresses (tip:  make sure they aren’t see-through in the sun), dress shorts, cute flat sandals, pumps, or flip flops.  If dressing up, great — another hint, if the dress is too short, it may blow “up” in the breeze).  If you want, you can even give them some color options.  For example, you can let them know that it would be great if everyone followed a color them, and give them two to three choices of colors (for example, khaki, coral, and teal).  This gives everyone some type of guidance, and it would make a great, color-coordinated group wedding photo!

If you make sure your beach wedding guests know where your Florida beach wedding will take place, this just means less stress for you. Because, if they don’t know where they are supposed to be, or what location, they will be calling you on the day of your wedding ceremony on the beach.   You want the day of your ceremony to be filled with joy and laughter, not stress.  So, remember, an informed beach wedding guest, is a happy guest!  

Congratulations, and we can’t wait to see you, and your beach wedding guests, on the beach!


Destination Wedding in Clearwater Beach, Florida

a sunset beach wedding in Clearwater Beach, Florida

Destination weddings in Clearwater Beach is one of the best choices you can make for a destination wedding!  You will be close to the following:

  • Rated the Number ONE beach in the country by Trip Advisor in 2016!  Think of the thousands of miles of coastlines along this entire country (as well as Hawaii) and Trip Advisor choose Clearwater Beach!
  • Beautiful beaches (over 25 miles, and encompassing several small cities, including Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Pass a Grill Beach, and Treasure Island)
  • Tampa aquarium
  • Cruise ports — hop on one of the ships after your beach wedding — its Honeymoon time!
  • Fishing in the gulf of Mexico
  • Golfing
  • Jet skis, and pontoon boat rentals
  • Pirate ship adventures for any of the children attending your wedding
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Several beach front hotels that will fit your needs for your destination wedding
  • Spectacular Sunsets, right over the water on the Gulf of Mexico

And, so much more!  Your wedding can truly be an affordable destination for your entire family, and your friends — no passports needed!