Design Your Clearwater Beach Wedding On A Budget

Do you love the idea of a destination beach wedding in Clearwater? Captivated by these emerald Gulf beaches with a gentle tide and white sand? Here’s how you can do it online with the help of our exclusive wedding portal and beautifully designed wedding packages. This Tampa Florida beach has become one of the most popular and romantic venues for beach weddings, and with good reason. The weather and water is warm all year round making it a paradise for engaged couples to tie the knot. Not to mention the spectacular sunsets the Gulf of Mexico has to offer!

The best part of a Florida Beach Weddings ceremony in Clearwater is that you can design everything online without leaving your house…or sofa for that matter. If you have a specific budget in mind then the best way to start is by choosing an affordable location, and in the Clearwater Beach we offer 8 different beachfront areas to choose from: Clearwater BeachSand Key ParkMadeira BeachIndian RocksRedington Beach, Treasure Island, Passe-A-Grille or St. Pete.

Our complete wedding packages are priced competitively so that you can STAY within your budget and still get a fully decorated, romantic wedding ceremony on a Florida Gulf beach. For example, the Destiny package in the photo below is $1550 at one of our Clearwater Beach locations. There may be extra options you wish to add on, such as our experienced outdoor photographer for $350 or a first dance as a married couple. Even with any permit or parking fees that may be required, this incredibly beautiful wedding package comes in way cheaper than a traditional wedding would cost you at home! Not only that, but you can choose from over 20 different color choices to make your wedding day dreams come true.

Couple at Clearwater Beach with a Destiny wedding package sitting

Clearwater Beach is very popular, of course. So it you are planning to get married there you will need to book your wedding date and hotel stay very soon. As a newly engaged couple there is no time to waste! Destination weddings are on the rise and you don’t want to compromise on any detail if you don’t have to. There are a variety of chain hotels to choose from that you may be able to negotiate a block of rooms discount with. Florida Beach Weddings can provide you with a list of vendors that we have received good feedback about.

Clearwater Beach and pier

Stress is the biggest problem with traditional weddings. As a future bride, you should be enjoying every moment of your engagement with your beloved. Instead, you may have to run around securing catering, halls, parks, decorations, gifts, and more in order to meet the standards of a wedding at home. Guess what? With a beach wedding in Florida you will not have to do ANY of that! Once you have booked your date, you can relax and play around with choosing your colors and decorations. Do you love lanterns? Shepherds hooks or rustic wood? Maybe driftwood or tropical flowers. What color bamboo would you like? All this while reclining with your laptop on your sofa at home in our secure and private online wedding portal. Even more important, you will know EXACTLY how your wedding decor will look because you saw it pictured online. Stress just isn’t a part of the Florida Beach Weddings company planning process…just look how happy the married couple below are as they celebrate their first kiss under the Natural Distinctive Design canopy.

Treasure Island Beach Elopements with a natural bamboo canopy.

Even the more modern bride can get what she wants with a Clearwater Beach wedding. This Tropical Geometric Design Package is pure pleasure on the beach and won’t be forgotten by your wedding guests. With white chairs and flowing fabric, any of our wedding ceremony packages will be a standout success by the blue Gulf waters! Don’t forget to take those pictures and use our professional beach photographer who will find the poses to remember forever.

Yellow wedding material on bamboo wedding arch on Clearwater Beach

When all the planning is done, and it is a week before your wedding, you will be glad you chose our Florida Beach Weddings company. We will provide you with a detailed agenda so that when you arrive you will know EXACTLY where to go in Clearwater Beach and at what time. You won’t have to worry about getting lost or any extra fees and you will be within your budget! Soon you will be saying your vows with your beloved by the sea and enjoying your honeymoon. We even take care of officially filing your Florida Marriage License. What more could you ask for? Give us a call today at: (727)249-2708 or email: Pam@FloridaBeachWeddings.com to find out more about Clearwater/St. Pete Beach. We are a Couples Choice® Winner.

Why Have A Winter Beach Wedding in Lido Key, Florida

Maybe the correct question is…why not? You can come to Florida any time of year, Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, and have a  beautiful beach wedding because the weather is lovely almost all year round. Sink your toes in sand, watch the ocean waves and sunrise/set, and leave your winter coat, gloves, boots, and ear muffs behind. Florida’s mild winter temps will have lucky in love couples ditching the snowsuits for swimsuits any time of year. The west coast beaches can offer you everything you want to tie the knot.

Lido Beach Weddings on Siesta Key Beach in Florida.

The stunning, smiling couple in the photo above said “I do” right here in sunny Lido Key, Florida. And yes, it was winter and it was a gorgeous day all around. Beautiful couple, brilliant sunset, and 75 degree weather. It was the ideal beach for a destination wedding. They chose the “Nautical Knot” complete wedding package in the colors of their choice. 

Siesta Key Weather Chart

Our preferred Lido Beach wedding venue has a sandy walkway from the parking lot. This is also a shorter beach than the public access of Siesta Key, so your wedding ceremony will be closer to the turquoise Gulf water. This is not always possible with every location, but with Lido Key your professional wedding photographs will include sand, sun and sea. Let’s not forget the stunning orange and pink sunsets that set this location apart from many others. This makes it one of the top destination wedding locations for our brides to say, “I do”. 

Siesta Key Beach Weddings are complete with this beautiful beach wedding dress and groom attire.

There is a Holiday Inn, which is just a short walk away across the street from the beach. Need a wedding reception venue? Nearby is Tommy Bahama Restaurant at which you can rent a banquet room that can seat approximately 35. More upscale, the Columbia Restaurant located in St. Armands Circle, offers private dining available for groups between 24-40 people. For family and friends, this can be a great option.

Map of Lido Key Beach, FL

Your wedding does not have to be large for any of our beach wedding packages. Lido Key is perfect for any size wedding party: intimate elopement, smaller beach wedding, or a wedding with 100 guests. Maybe you’re on the fence if a destination winter wedding is for you. But I think this next comparison will help you with your decision. Would you rather be shoveling snow or walking down a white sandy aisle one your wedding day? If you really miss the shoveling we can find you a beach pail and shovel. Then you and your beloved can shovel sandcastles until your heart’s content

Ready to make like a snowbird and fly south for your winter beach wedding this year? Click HERE to book your Lido Beach Wedding today!

Aloha Weddings: Get Married Without Flying to Hawaii

Most people think that “Aloha” is a word that means both hello and goodbye. Although it is true that Hawaiians say “Aloha” both when greeting someone and also saying goodbye, the real meaning of Aloha in Hawaiian is that of love and peace. Aloha is when the heart is so full it is overflowing…such a beautiful expression of a wedding and happy marriage for life.

Just because “Aloha” symbolizes sincerity of the heart, you do NOT have to travel to Hawaii to express your love. You can take the spirit of Hawaii and have it represented on another beachfront wedding venue in Florida. This Hawaiian themed Destiny Wedding Package below expresses everything about an “Aloha” wedding without travel. Couple it with a reception dinner in a nearby Clearwater Beach restaurant watching dolphins swim by, or Siesta Key and you have a paradise wedding indeed! Find out more here.

Destination Florida beach weddings with tropical beach decor and bamboo chairs in Daytona Beach.

Aloha Destiny Beach Wedding Package with bamboo chairs and tropical flowers

Below the spirit of “Aloha” is so easy to see with the tropical greenery, palms and paradise flowers. This dream wedding on the beach will impress your friends and family when they sit down to witness your vows in the sun and sea. Check out more package details here.

Florida Beach Wedding Packages with tropical decor, chairs, officiant and more.

Tropical Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package with white chairs

For an easy seaside Florida wedding, why not choose the Classic distinctive design below. It is one of our most popular beach wedding arbor decorations and reflects the vibe and simplicity of “Aloha”. You will be glad you chose this all inclusive wedding package as your officiant guides you through your ceremony vows with joy.

Classic White draping with sprays of pastel flowers are a feature in one of the beach Wedding Packages in Florida.

Classic Distinctive Design with bamboo aisle and flowers

This modern beach-themed wedding package below, the Tropical Geometric Arch, is new for 2020: such a clean and elegant option for a Gulf beach wedding blessing. Elegant asymmetrical, tropical floral arrangements on the arch, greenery garland aisle-way and white chairs. Mini geometric wedding arches with coordinating flowers greet the couple at the aisle-way entrance. It’s so easy to get married with a complete package, whether you have planned or months or want a wedding on a whim! No set-up or other details have to managed by you: just show up and tie the knot on the beach. This setup below is stunning by the Atlantic ocean on Daytona Beach.

Tropical geometric wedding arch

White Tropical Geometric Arch Design

So you can see our wedding package prices include so many of the options you are looking for in an “Aloha” themed wedding on the beach. You can also add extra wedding photography. Click HERE to book your Beach Wedding today!

St. Augustine Beach vs. Clearwater: Which is Better for Weddings?

St. Augustine Beach is the perfect spot for your Florida Destination Wedding. Florida takes the cake for best beaches in the U.S., and St. Augustine is making a name for itself world wide as a perfect Atlantic coast location for outdoor weddings on the beach. However, Clearwater Beach, on the Florida west coast, keeps holding its own as one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, this white,  sand beauty is popular with many of our brides. Keep reading for all the details on both beach side wedding venues to make a decision on a location for your Florida ceremony.

Let’s Compare Beach Wedding Locations

Fun is in the air:

St. Augustine: There is no shortage of amazing things to do in America’s Oldest City. Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth, downtown boutiques, delicious cuisine, an alligator farm, lighthouse, romantic cobblestone streets… the list goes on. There is also surfing and fishing. So whether you get here early or extend your stay with a St. Augustine honeymoon, you and your guests will find yourselves thrilled with all the beauty, nature, and charm this historic city has to offer.

Castillo de San Marcos

Clearwater: It’s hard to beat this location for Tampa beach wedding packages. Being so close to the big city, you can take advantage of great entertainment after your Clearwater wedding. Ybor City food tours, Busch Gardens, and the Florida Aquarium will keep you busy and delighted. Clearwater Beach on its on has much to offer any newly married couple: boating, golfing, dolphin sightseeing tours and more.

Ybor City Tampa Bay street tour

Beauty of the Beach:

St. Augustine: Who doesn’t love the thought of the fresh ocean breeze, sandy toes, waves rolling and a relaxed and intimate wedding ceremony? The Atlantic coast of St. Augustine offers a variety of beachfront options for your ceremony and wedding photography. Rocky shorelines at Vilano Beach make a stunning background or you can choose Anastasia State Park with sugary brown sand. Anastasia State Park is just minutes from downtown St. Augustine, Florida and one of the best beach wedding locations! You and your guests can enjoy a small beach wedding reception at the park under their pavilion. Or, if you prefer, it is only minutes to get to one of the many unique restaurants in downtown St. Augustine for dinner. 

Couple kissing on St Augustine beach after wedding

Clearwater: Clearwater Beach is a top choice among our couples for so many reasons. The white sand will make for a perfect aisle-way as you share your wedding. Then, as you say, “I do” and share your vows, the deep vibrant sunset will begin directly over the calm, emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, you can finish up your Gulf island wedding with our photographers capturing every perfect moment.

Evening Skies:

St. Augustine: Although sun does not actually set on the east coast (it has the sunrise), you can experience a softly lit sky and ocean with dreamy, pastel color at the end of the day. Your wedding photographs will provide you with romantic memories for years to come. If you love pinks, golds, oranges and blue clouds reflecting off the white-capped water, then a St. Augustine Beach wedding is for you! Vilano Beach at sunset is shown below.

Couple saying wedding vows on Vilano Beach at sunset

Clearwater: Of course Clearwater Beach is famous for its sunsets. We time your ceremony just right so that our wedding photographer can get perfect pictures of the two of you as the sun goes down over the Gulf of Mexico. Vibrant reds and oranges make a stunning backdrop as you share your love for each other…maybe even trashing your wedding dress in the Gulf beach water! 

Sunset Beach Clearwater couple kisses after wedding

Lodging and Reception Dinner:

St. Augustine: a fast growing city, but everything is so easily accessible. You and your guests can choose to stay downtown just steps away from the must see St. George Street where you’ll find a gambit of fun shops and tasty eateries like A1A Ale Works overlooking the river: they have two private dining options for wedding receptions also. Or if you want an entirely tropical get away, you can stay right on the beach! Just make sure you know there is a difference between “ocean front” and “ocean side” if you’re looking to be “on” or “near” the beach. A popular hotel is the Castillo Real resort. We can also perform all of our St. Augustine beach wedding packages here. If you are having a smaller beach wedding here, the La Cocina is located directly in the hotel. 

St. Augustine beach weddings at a hotel on the beach

Clearwater: Like St. Augustine Beach, there are several beachfront locations to choose from in Clearwater including: Indian Rocks BeachRedington BeachMadeira BeachTreasure IslandPass-A-Grille BeachSunset Beach, and Sand Key. Yes…it just got more difficult to choose but our Beach Wedding Specialists can help you with your decision. Lodging in the area includes hotels like the Holiday Inn Harbourside which is an ideal location for couples to both stay and have a reception. It is a one minute walk to 4th Avenue, where we will hold an Indian Rocks Beach wedding ceremony. At Sunset Beach, we highly recommend renting the Sunset Beach Pavilion. This Pavilion is located directly on the Gulf beach, making it easy and convenient for you and your guests to enjoy a simple beach wedding reception. Take advantage of the beautiful sunset, affordable pavilion rental, and let your guests relax on the beach during your beach wedding reception. You also have the option to rent a lot in the parking lot. 

Indian Rocks Beach Weddings and hotels in Clearwater, Florida

Now that you’ve had a chance to look at the benefits and features of both these Florida destination beaches, it’s time to give it some thought. Once you’ve made up your mind you can begin to design your wedding online! Without leaving the comfort of your living room, you can browse our beach wedding packages and customize one just for the two of you. We take care of the rest without you having to lift a finger. Your dream wedding awaits in Florida. Don’t hesitate to contact us at pam@floridabeachweddings.com if you have more questions.

Wedding on Anastasia Beach St. Augustine

A St. Augustine Wedding Day Like No Other

Being inside all the time has many of us feeling a little down, but in Florida things are looking up. And at Anastasia Beach you can trade your gray skies for blue. Trade boots for bare feet. Trade layers of clothes for sun dresses. And when you hear “white wedding,” the white sandy beaches are a perfect match for your stunning wedding dress. Well, let’s see just what a dream beach wedding at Anastasia Beach looks like.

What We Love about an Anastasia Beach Wedding :

Accessibility:

Anastasia Beach offers easy beach access with plenty of parking. Some neighboring beaches are equally as beautiful, but guests may be forced to walk up to a mile or more from the closest parking spots. Parking can be at a premium for many beaches and the large parking lot relieves that concern for your beach wedding ceremony. In addition, this beach also offers a very easily accessible handicap ramp right by your wedding ceremony location. There are no buildings on the beach and no driving, so you get nothing but beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and beach dunes. The Sea Turtle Pavilion is available for small, outdoor wedding receptions. There is a permit fee for an Anastasia State Park Wedding, the price depends on the size of your wedding.

Anastasia Park Wedding Pavilion

The View:

It’s a common misconception to think all Florida beaches are alike. Each has it’s own unique characteristics. And these can change within the short distance of just 5-10 miles up or down the coast. Anastasia Beach is made up of gorgeous white sand, untouched sand dunes, and beautiful rolling ocean waves. Think poster print beach wedding photography.

Local Fun:

St. Augustine is a treasure chest full of adventures, nature, and history. And within just a couple miles of your Anastasia Beach Wedding, you can rent bikes or paddle boards, catch an outdoor concert, or zipline through the Alligator Farm. St. Augustine is a top destination for Florida weddings. Well, here’s proof. These are some of our favorite shots from Clari and Ciro’s February beach wedding at Anastasia Beach. Her short wedding dress was perfect with the groom’s white attire. This couple are a picture of joy in these photographs take by our professional wedding photographer.

Clari & Ciro’s Anastasia Beach Wedding

Anastasia Beach Wedding
There are many all inclusive wedding packages and elopement packages for you to choose from with our beach wedding company. Click here to book your Anastasia Beach Wedding today!

UK Brides: US Destination Wedding Myths Busted!

Are you thinking of getting married in the USA on a beautiful Florida beach? On the fence as to whether or not a destination wedding is right for you? Thinking it may be out of your budget? Well put aside whatever you’ve been told before or doubts you may have about destination weddings in Florida. Many couples travel from England, Scotland, Ireland and other countries to have a wedding ceremony in Florida. We’re going to give you the facts and bust some popular US destination wedding myths!

Siesta Key wedding couple UK

Myth # 1:

Destination Weddings are too complicated to plan.

Fact:

If you can book a flight to the USA and pack a suitcase, you can plan a Florida destination beach wedding. With our Florida Beach Wedding Company, we do EVERYTHING for you to ensure a seamless and beautiful beach wedding. Our US beach wedding packages are all inclusive. We’re talking about helping you choose a Florida beach location, set up/break down of your wedding decorations, a wedding officiant, professional wedding photographer, and assistance with your Florida marriage license. Our beach wedding specialists can advise you regarding what to do the week before the wedding, how to choose the perfect wedding dress for Florida beach weather, beach wedding make up….we’ve got you covered with all the best tips and tricks to make your US destination wedding perfect. 

Myth # 2:

Destination Weddings are too expensive for UK citizens

Fact:

The average cost of a traditional (non destination) wedding in America is $26,000. Wait, what? That figure should have you running for the hills, but wait, how about running for the beach? Our Florida Beach Wedding packages are coming in somewhere between $1,000-$2,500 USD with almost everything included. Now translate that into your own currency and start clapping with excitement! Add in flight and hotel, dress, hair and  make up to the budget and you will still have room for the honeymoon. Really, you could have roughly 5 beach weddings for the price of 1 “average, traditional” wedding. Once you have booked your date with us, we can provide even more ways to save money with a destination beach wedding with our recommended vendors list for every Florida beach location. 

Destin Beach wedding couple embraces after UK wedding in Florida

Myth # 3:

Florida Destination Weddings won’t be legally recognized in the UK

Fact:

In order for your Florida marriage to be recognized as legal in the UK, the following conditions must be met (per raydensolicitors.co.uk):

  • The marriage must be recognized as a legal marriage in the USA and the parties to the marriage must have complied with the procedures required in the country of marriage: USA. This generally includes giving the relevant notice and having the required witnesses.
  • Each party to the marriage must have capacity to marry under the laws of the country that they are domiciled at the time of the marriage. The country in which you are domiciled will be the country of your main permanent home in which you live, or to which you intend to return. Capacity covers issues such as age, consent and mental capacity.
    Any previous marriage must be properly terminated as per the requirements of English law and you must have the date for your Florida marriage license application.
    It is also important to have evidence of the marriage, which will generally be the original marriage certificate.

The Notary or Minister of your wedding is responsible for posting the marriage license back to the courthouse to have it validated (Florida Beach Weddings takes care of this for you). You won’t receive your marriage certificate straight away. The courthouse will post it to your home address, which usually takes 4-6 weeks, although some people have said they received theirs earlier.

Following Florida’s legal marriage process will ensure that your marriage is legal in the UK. You can obtain it by mail. There is no residency or citizenship requirement to apply for a Florida marriage license but you will need your photo passport. Contact us to plan your dream destination wedding or with any other questions. As you can see, getting married in Florida is easy for UK couples! Email pam@floridabeachweddings.com.

UK couple kiss on Florida beach after wedding in Daytona Beach