Weddings On The Nation’s Best Beach: St. Pete Beach

Wedding fever has hit America and it seems there is nothing more popular right now than outdoor weddings. Brides from coast to coast are planning their special day and one of their top location choices is the Clearwater Beach area, which includes St. Pete Beach!

Groom picks up bride on Gulf beach at St. Pete

St. Pete Beach named the nation’s best beach, fifth-best globally

The 2021 Tripadvisor rankings put St. Petersburg Beach, or St. Pete, in the top citing it as “The most perfect place to watch the sun set over the ocean.” And that’s what many engaged couples are looking for: weddings on the beach including a dream location with stunning sand, sea and sunsets. St. Pete Beach delivers on all three!

The vibe in St. Pete beach is youthful and upbeat. Sunny days can be filled with toes in the sand fun, kayaking, fishing, jet skiing, horseback riding, gulf beach dining and musical entertainment. Your friends and family will be delighted to not only attend your St. Pete Beach wedding, but stay for a vacation at the same time!

Florida Island Beach Weddings on clearwater beach during the sunset hour.

Pass-A-Grille Beach

Very relaxed with local boutiques, having a Pass-A-Grille Beach wedding includes dolphins with your sunset! What could be better to delight all your destination wedding guests? What a local gem.

Pass-a-grille sunset beach weddings in Florida.

Fort De Soto Beach Wedding

This paradise covers five islands and 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, and offers activities and amenities to entertain your guests. For an intimate wedding, Fort De Soto offers a secluded feeling with wildlife and a serene, natural environment. What a special place for a St. Pete Beach ceremony.

Couple under wedding arch on Fort De Soto Beach

Wedding Package Options

Simple Florida beach wedding packages are a great way to go with a Gulf beach location. You can choose to elope and just because you are eloping doesn’t mean you can’t have the dream wedding experience! Pamper yourself so you look and feel your best and don’t worry about other details. Your elopement package in St. Pete includes everything!

Couple elopes at sunset on Clearwater Beach FL

If you are want a small St. Pete Beach wedding package that is more decorated than an elopement, we the Beach Beginnings wedding package includes our professional photography. It’s simplicity is what makes it so pretty and you and your beloved will shine as you say your vows with those you love to witness it.

Bamboo Beach wedding setup on Clearwater Beach

For a large wedding day, our highly designed weddings in Clearwater and St. Pete are the best choice. These have many upgrades and special touches for you and your guests to enjoy and our professional photography can be included for just $350. These inexpensive beach wedding packages cost far less than a wedding at home, and offer you and your guests so much. For example, the Tropical Distinctive Design is very pretty on a Gulf beach with colors that you can customize.

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

Our all inclusive beach wedding packages in Clearwater Florida will never be disappointing when you choose the nation’s best beach: St. Pete! This is the perfect spot for an elopement, vow renewal, small wedding, second marriage, large formal wedding, and same sex marriage. Contact us today to reserve your date.

Find Your Wedding Destiny on Lido Beach

You’ve found your beloved partner and you’re engaged to be married. Congratulations! You both also want to get married at a destination wedding ceremony, but not with a big crowd or a lot of fuss. There are a number of beaches to choose from but one stands out for beauty and tranquility: Lido Beach near Sarasota, Florida. This beach offers warm Gulf breezes and year-round sunshine with lots of nature to enjoy. Shells, seabirds, snorkeling, dolphins, and fishing are a few things that make this location perfect for a beach wedding and a honeymoon.

A bride holds her groom after our Siesta Key Beach Weddings.

Lido Beach Activities

Lido Key Beach is located near Siesta Key, with a calm, relaxing beachfront known as the “Emerald Coast”. Lido Beach sand is a little harder than Siesta Key which makes it much easier for walking…so take a romantic stroll. The beach is also not as crowded or wide as Siesta Key which makes it easier for wedding guests to find your ceremony location. The seclusion of this Gulf beach is what makes it one of the best places for a beach wedding or to elope in Florida.

Lido Beach Sarasota shore

Beach Wedding Ideas

Our Natural Distinctive Design complete wedding package is so beautiful when set up on a white sand Gulf beach. Simple and with vintage floral touches, it lets the couple’s love shine through. As one of our highly designed packages, it includes up to 32 deluxe white resin chairs, a Sand Ceremony, including: Sand ceremony table, a keepsake sand vase, and sand color of your choice, an optional Seashell Blessing, large decorated “chalkboard” sign with the newlyweds names and chilled water for your guests. More chairs are available if needed for your guests. Adding our professional photographer is an option not to be forgotten to catch the incredible sunset on Lido Beach.

Natural Design Wedding package setup on Sarasota Beach

The Destiny Package is waiting for you! Just like it was fate for you to meet your future husband/wife, it may be fate for you to choose this fully customizable beach wedding package for your special day. With over 20 different color choices for the bamboo canopy draping, multiple choices for your canopy topper, a variety of aisle-way choices and many ceremony music choices, you can make the wedding of your dreams a reality! Our Destiny wedding package is meant to make each and every couple’s style stand out: like the Shades of the Ocean theme pictured below. The decorations, officiant, sand ceremony and chairs make it an all inclusive, inexpensive beach wedding package – just add our professional beach wedding photographer to capture your forever memories. Make it YOUR Destiny!

Destiny bamboo wedding altar on Daytona Beach

Sunset Beach Weddings

Serene, stunning sunsets are the hallmark of a Gulf beach wedding and we schedule your wedding ceremony to perfectly align with the Lido Beach sunset. We also make sure the ocean tides are out so that there is plenty of room for you and your guests. With over 13 years of experience, our Beach Wedding Specialists know all there is to know about having a sunset wedding, and we take care of all the details for you.

Sunset on Lido Beach, Sarasota

Lido Beach Hotels

Lido Beach Resort is a great choice for your wedding party and for a honeymoon vacation. This Sarasota luxury resort offers 222 spacious guest rooms and condo-style suites, each designed to offer an island-inspired retreat, with flat screen televisions and wireless Internet access. Most accommodations also feature kitchenettes or full kitchens, as well as private balconies with breathtaking views. There is also a Holiday Inn for the budget-friendly bride, located across a not too busy street from the beautiful and quiet Lido Beach. Great restaurants and shops on St. Armand’s Circle are just a few blocks away.

Lido Beach Resort pool at sunset

So, is a Lido Beach wedding day right for you? We hope so and we can’t wait to help you plan your ceremony and meet you on the beach in paradise. Contact us today to find out more about a Florida wedding package for you.

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

What’s Your Beach Wedding Style?

There are so many quizzes out there that you can take to determine your wedding style: are you modern, rustic, classic, natural? However, there is still one category missing: beach weddings. Certainly, our Florida Beach Weddings company can accommodate all the styles listed above (and more) but choosing the beachfront venue is often the hardest part of the destination wedding planning process. Why? Simply because there are so many beach locations to choose from in Florida and they all have different features and vibes!

Bridal party and family wave in a photo session by the Gulf of Mexico in St. Pete

Family wedding party celebrates on St. Pete Beach, Florida

Tropical Vibe for Lively Beach Couple

Clearwater Beach has soft, beautiful sand and vibrant water. Many visitors report this area, as well as St. Pete Beach, features a “younger vibe” and offers recreation at your fingertips. Boat rides are available from the marina, jet ski rentals, speedboats, dolphin sighting cruises, and sunset party cruises. There is no shortage of things to do in at a Gulf of Mexico wedding in Clearwater! The couple below customized our Destiny wedding package to their color theme and you can too.

Couple kisses under Clearwater Beach wedding altar

Destiny Wedding package on Clearwater Beach

Sugary Sand for Laid Back Couples

Lido Key Beach and Siesta Key Beach, offers a calm, relaxing vibe that just makes you want to kick off your shoes and park your chair in the sand. These beaches are some of the best locations for a wedding ceremony in Florida. Families and friends will say “yes” to attending your destination beach wedding on this sunny, Sarasota beach. Any of our beach wedding packages look beautiful on these gulf beaches.

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

Family wedding in Siesta Key

Silvery Sand for Active Couples

The Daytona Beach area on the Atlantic Ocean extend several miles along the coast and offers the perfect beach environment for biking, walking and jogging. The beaches are wide with firmly packed sand that is perfect for any activity, as well as being pretty with sunny skies. This is your best budget bet for a cheap beach wedding in Florida.

Two adults bike on the beach near Daytona Beach pier

Riding bikes on the beach near Daytona Beach Pier

When the tide is out, there are little lagoon areas which children can play in or couples in love can lounge in. In many areas down the coast, such as Wilbur-By-The-Sea, you can find  silver, white sand dunes that provide a stunning backdrop for beach wedding photographs. This is a great beach for families: there is always something going on that is great for kids. Romantic couples can dine, shop and swim together after their beach wedding and have an enjoyable honeymoon.

Flower Girls by dunes at Florida beach wedding

Flower girls by dunes at Florida beach wedding

Big Waves and Cruising (when it returns)

Cocoa Beach is the closest beach to Orlando and it is famous for surfing and the Kennedy Space Center. Again, a wonderful choice for families to enjoy tons of activities near the ocean. The sand is darker but the blue ocean, greenery and quaint bridges add charm to this location for our brides. We marry couples in a beautiful park that results in unforgettable wedding pictures. Once cruising returns this is the beach you want to get married on before you set sail.

Barefoot Cocoa Beach Wedding

Barefoot wedding couple in Cocoa Beach

Cinnamon Sand for Romantics

Nothing says romance more than the historic city of St. Augustine, FL. Perfect for a beach vow renewal, elopement or larger wedding party, this beach wedding venue is one of our most popular! Our couples love the special beach environment here with sea grasses, peachy sand mixed with brown and white, as well as the coquina rocks for special wedding photos.

Couple kisses on rocks after vows on St. Augustine Beach

Couple kisses on rocks after vows on St. Augustine Beach

Bride and Groom kiss by dunes in St. Augustine Beach, FL

Bride and Groom kiss by dunes in St. Augustine Beach, FL

Dark, Rich Sand with Emerald Water

Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, and Jensen Beach offer stunning blue green ocean vistas for your special day. The sand is thick and soft and darker but it makes the water pop in the photos of your special day. Pictured below is our Tropical Geometric wedding package that works perfectly with these ocean venues.

Couple says vows with tropical geometric wedding arch on Jensen Beach

Couple says vows with tropical geometric arch on Jensen Beach

Fluffy White Sand with Dreamy Waves

Destination weddings are truly special when combined with the stunning backdrop of a Destin, Florida beach. This tropical paradise is a highly sought after location for many couples. Brides love the dreamy and romantic feel that comes with white sand and emerald waves. Not to mention the sunsets.

Destin Beach wedding couple poses by the emerald Gulf of Mexico

Destin Beach wedding couple poses by the emerald Gulf of Mexico

Have you recognized your beach style in these photographs yet? If not we have many more blog articles that can give you ideas for activities, hotels, restaurants, reception venues and more. You can also look at photos of our real weddings, brides and grooms as well as same sex marriage couples. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your Florida Beach Wedding.

Reasons to Elope to Daytona Beach in 2021

It’s called “world famous.” But why? People have been attracted to Daytona Beach for decades. But just what is it that keeps people coming back for more? This “top 5” list will guide you to some of the top rated reasons couples chose this area for beach weddings and entertainment.

Couple embraces in the sea after wedding on Daytona Beach.

1. The Beach

It’s true Florida has an abundance of beaches…and they are all different and beautiful. But we aren’t alone in our thinking that Daytona Beach is pretty awesome! So whether you are ready to dive in and swim in the warm, clear ocean or simply stroll along the beachfront, the salty air is calling your name! Many people don’t know there are a variety of unique beach venues along the Daytona Beach coastline: Ormond Beach with its cinnamon sand, Daytona Beach which is perfect for driving and biking on, Daytona Beach Shores which is a little quieter but with many hotel options for your reception, Wilbur-By-The-Sea (no driving on this beach), and serene Ponce Inlet. These are all our top ceremony sites: and these beaches are perfect for family activities if you bring children along. Something magical happens when you visit the Atlantic ocean, so get ready!

Bridal family jumping on sand in Daytona Beach

2. Sunrise and Golden Hour

While you can experience some form of the sunrise from just about anywhere on earth, there is something about a Daytona Beach sunrise that will still your soul and wow your senses. I’ll let the pictures do the talking on this point. Getting married during the sunset hour on the Atlantic coast can be just as magical as the west coast. The pink, peach and golden tones stretch across the sky from the west to provide an unforgettable backdrop for your beach wedding photographs.

Sunrise on Daytona Beach, FL

Couple sits in the surf in Atlantic after beach wedding in Daytona Beach

Ponce Inlet Beach Sunset

3. Riding on the Beach

Beach cruisers, scooter and  bicycles are one totally enjoyable way to experience Daytona Beach. But the cruising isn’t just for the bicycles. Daytona Beach is amongst the few beaches that allows cars to drive on the sand. So roll down the windows, play some tunes and take it all in! Beach carts, electric bikes, or scooters are all fun ways to get around on Daytona Beach. With 23 miles of firm, sandy beaches, Daytona Beach provides plenty of room to ride bikes right on the beachfront. You can take the family for a fun ride any time of day, providing the tide is out. Biking on the beach is the perfect way to spend time together before or after your beach wedding. The couple pictured below rides their bikes during their stay at the Nautilus Inn near the Daytona Beach Pier.

Couple rides bikes on Daytona Beach

4. Surf and Sea

The east coast of Florida is known for it’s slightly bigger, more powerful waves in comparison to the west coast. So what does this mean for travelers? Surf’s up, dudes! Get your adrenaline flowing with a unique Daytona Beach surf lesson or grab a body board and hit the waves. And if the water is calm, stand up paddle boarding will have you feeling on top of the ocean world! Or just try jumping the waves with the kids! When the tide is out, the beaches will be left with delightful pockets of clear, warm saltwater which is perfect for little ones to wade and play in. If you want to see the sandy shoreline and ocean waves from another perspective, a fishing charter is a fun way to take to sea. If you’re lucky, you may even bring back fish dinner. Doesn’t get an fresher than that!

Two surfers in Atlantic on Daytona Beach

Ponce Inlet Beach Tide Out on cloudy day

5. Cheaper Weddings

It doesn’t matter what size wedding ceremony you are planning, and if you are eloping to Florida, you can’t beat the wedding package prices on the Atlantic coast. The smallest elopement ceremony for just the two of you, Daytona Heart in the Sand, costs only $599 if you get married Monday-Thursday! For many of our eloping couples, Wilbur-By-The-Sea is one of our most popular small wedding venues because of the white sand and there’s no driving on the beach. Slightly larger elopements, for the couple getting married, and up to four guests can choose the Simply Florida Package which is all-inclusive with a natural bamboo wedding arch and starts at $699 on weekdays.

Daytona Beach Couple married heart in sand made of flowers

For large weddings, Daytona Beach is still the cheapest option. The Classic Distinctive Design below is neutral and breathtaking with all the bells and whistles below costs $1750 and that is for 32 guests!

White draped bamboo wedding arch on Daytona Beach with white guest chairs

Or choose our extremely popular Rustic Romance package for $1650 which again includes everything you need to have a successful and complete wedding day on the beach. This photo was taken on Daytona Beach Shores.

Romantic Bohemian Beach wedding decor in Daytona by the ocean

Wedding couple kisses in the surf of the Atlantic in Daytona Beach

Are you ready to come explore the Atlantic coast? Click HERE to book your Daytona Beach wedding date today!

Why Eloping to Siesta Key is a Great Idea

Siesta Key couple embraces on beach after wedding under floral arch

If your dream is to elope to Florida, why not choose Siesta Key on the Gulf coast of Florida?  Eloping to Siesta Key is very easy, and very affordable when you use an all-inclusive elopement package that allows you to say your vows on this Sarasota beach. With our Simply Package, everything you need is included in our beach elopement packages. Our bamboo canopy with white and ivory flowing material will add an elegance to your Florida elopement package. We include the ceremony officiant who will legally marry the two of you. We add the sand ceremony into the beach wedding, which represents the joining of the two of you. And, you have the option of upgrading to one of our two more dramatic, custom bamboo canopies: our lush Tropical Decor, or our unique, Natural Decor.

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

What is an Elopement?

According to Merriam-Webster: elope has historically meant “to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent.” But it has also means “to escape.” The word has meant “run away with a romantic interest” since the beginning of the 17th century, but at first it was specifically applied to a woman who left her husband to run away with her lover. So, the earliest sense of elope was “escape” or “flee,” and one might argue that this is somehow connected to the way people are now using it: for a “small destination wedding,” “wedding that is not financially insane,” or “wedding that allows us to not invite all the people we would rather not invite.”

At Florida Beach Weddings, our elopement packages are ideal for a small, but important, beach wedding ceremonies (or vow renewals) for the bride and groom, and up to four guests. There is no bridal party.

Sunset Gulf Beach Weddings and elopements

Why Elope?

So you’ve seen how the dictionary defines an elopements and, indeed, some of those reasons might apply to you and your partner. Here are some more reasons:

  • With the ever increasing cost of a traditional wedding topping $20,000+, why not elope? Eloping to Siesta Key is a stress free, beautiful way to get married for very little money — after all, what is a wedding ceremony about, but the couple declaring their love, and commitment to each other, and promising to love, and cherish each other for the rest of their lives?  
  • Why not save the money from a traditional ceremony, and use savings for any of the many things you may want to add to your new life together?  A down payment for your dream home, or a new car?  With all of our complete beach wedding packages, but especially our Simply Elopement package, you will be able to have a beautiful ceremony on the beach without breaking the bank! Photographs are included.
  • With the current environment of uncertainty, “getting away from it all” is more appealing than ever. Florida beaches are a great way to tie the knot outside in a safe, sweet, simple ceremony.
  • Eloping to Siesta Key Beach cannot be easier when you choose us to host your destination wedding. You have the option of obtaining your Florida marriage license by mail or online, so you won’t even have to visit the local courthouse.  And, yes, a Florida marriage license is definitely required to get married in Florida!

Beach wedding couple in Siesta Key by Gulf

Our Tropical Decor Upgrade can make you feel like you are in the tropics, instead of eloping to Siesta Key! The tropical topper, and conch shells in front of large, natural bamboo poles of the canopy, truly make this a tropical getaway, but no passport is needed!

Tropical Florida Beach elopement with African American couple under bamboo wedding arch

Why Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key beach is a short drive from Sarasota and offers museums, golf courses, wildlife, incredible shopping, and a variety of restaurants. The sunsets and natural light paired with the beautiful backdrop of Siesta Key beach guarantees that your wedding photos will turn out better than you could ever have dreamed of. Years down the road, you will be glad you chose Siesta Key beach as your wedding venue. Picture saying “I do” on a breathtaking white sand beach with your toes in the sand and your loved one beside you. 

Spend a day enjoying the sun and sea at Siesta Key Watersports parasailing or jet skiing. For even more adventures, you can rent bikes, paddle boards, and more from the Adventure Tiki Hut at Tropical Breeze Resort.  Stay for a few days or longer on your honeymoon; Florida is the perfect getaway.

A bride holds her groom after our Siesta Key Beach Weddings.

One of our most exciting additions to our Simply Package: Your first dance on the beach as a newly married couple!  After your intimate wedding ceremony, we invite you to have your first dance under the bamboo canopy.  Of course, you can choose this very personal song, and it will be played on our professional amplifier. When eloping to Siesta Key Beach, why not add on this option that will complete your beautiful beach wedding ceremony?

It is actually included in our Simply Deluxe Elopement package. It includes everything that our Florida Simply Package includes, as well as up to 6 chairs for your guests and your choice of traditional or steel drum music for the bride to walk down the aisle. Even though our Simply Deluxe Beach Wedding Package has the option for the bride to be escorted down the aisle, there is no bridal party: it is still an elopement.

Of course, you can add a few, very important guests, four at the most. Also, if you have children you would like to include to represent their importance to your newly combined family, you can add them to your sand ceremony. They can add their own colored sand, to your sands, and share in this small wedding celebration.

If you have decided eloping to Siesta Key is right for you, contact us today to make this Florida destination beach wedding a reality!

How to Elope in Florida

Intimate ceremony, relaxed atmosphere, second marriage, small family, non traditionalist. The list of reasons for an elopement ceremony goes on and on. But the bottom line is you’re getting married! And a beach elopement on is a perfectly special way to begin your new married life together!

The 3 “R’s” for a Perfect Beach Elopement

Tropical Florida Beach Weddings couple under bamboo arch

Tropical Simply Florida Beach Elopement

  • Relax. A huge selling point of any elopement is less stress. So an all-inclusive beach wedding is like an afternoon nap on a hammock with the sound of the waves and the breeze blowing on a Sunday afternoon. Is that appealing to your senses? Now just imagine you could actually be doing that on your wedding day, before your wedding! By that, I mean, if you book a beach elopement with Florida Beach Weddings, all you need to do is show up with your marriage license. Does it get any simpler? 
  • Rollover. No, I’m not talking dog tricks here. Bankers, you know what I’m talking about. And non bankers: a rollover is when you perform a transfer of finances. What does that mean for a beach elopement? It means you ARE SAVING MONEY. Big time. So take the money you’d be spending on an otherwise elaborate and expensive wedding and roll it over to another useful fund. Affordability is the name of the game with a beach elopement (and Daytona Beach Wedding package prices are up front with no hidden fees). You can often save upwards of 50% by using Daytona Beach for your wedding ceremony! Permits are less and a lot of our beach wedding locations don’t have parking fees. Hotels are often cheaper than with Gulf beach wedding ceremonies.
  • Romance. Without the stress of planning, hustling, and to-do listing, you can truly savor the moments of your wedding day. AND with our complete Beach Elopement packages, a professional photographer is included in your already affordable package price to capture your love on the beach. You get to live in the moment and remember it forever!
Couple elopes under bamboo arch on Daytona Beach, FL

Florida Natural Elopement Package on Daytona Beach, FL

Call (386) 214-6361 east coast of Florida or (727) 249-2708 Gulf coast