Beach Wedding Ideas on A Budget: Decorations and Favors

Beach weddings on the Gulf of Mexico are affordable, fun, and relaxing. You get glistening blue water and a white sandy shoreline as the back drop for your wedding ceremony compliments of mother nature, especially in locations like Fort Myers, Siesta Key or Clearwater. But what can you do to make your beach wedding extra special? How do you add your personal touch? The Florida Beach Weddings company has over twelve years of experience perfecting the classic beach wedding look and we love discovering new ocean-inspired beach wedding decorations. Elopements, vow renewals, wedding parties both large and small, we have the beach wedding set up for you. But let’s take this a step further and add another layer of uniqueness, and fun.  

Clearwater couple kissing at beach wedding on white sand

 Personalize Your Beach Wedding with these Simple Ideas

Before the Wedding: If you have guests traveling from out of town or this is a destination wedding near Tampa, Florida, nothing says, “Welcome to my Beach Wedding” better than a beach-themed welcome bag. Set the tone for your paradise wedding weekend and make your guests feel extra special. What to put in it? How about a handwritten welcome note, a snack, mini-sunscreen or bug spray, sunglasses, hand cream or even a mini-umbrella.

White Wedding bags personalized with wedding couple names

Ceremony Site: Our Florida Beach Weddings company will take care of everything you need to execute an effortless, stress free, and affordable wedding ceremony. However, if you have a creative mind or love a good D.I.Y. project, here are some beach wedding decorations you may want to try:

    • Portable Mini Fans- Keep your guests cool while tying the knot and get creative. You could print bridal party names, provide location/directions for reception, or add a fun engagement photo!
    • Beach Bubbles– A fun way to celebrate without worrying about beach clean up. Makes for great entertainment for kids too!
    • Sunglasses– A fun and practical way to give your guests what they’ll need to have fun in the sun by having a sunglasses basket nearby.
    • Beach sign: These adorable chalkboard signs are perfect for beach weddings and are included in our Distinctive Design wedding packages. Your guests will be delighted at this announcement of the newly married couple!

Wedding Package Decorations: It goes without saying that a successful beach wedding starts with the right package. The most customizable package we suggest to brides is the Destiny Package: over 20 colors to choose from! If you have other beach wedding ideas you want, for example lanterns, we have them! Here is some inspiration (this is a sample list – there is more):

Simple Beach Wedding Ideas: floral arch on the beach with white chairs

A starfish beach wedding ceremony canopy and aisle way on the beach in Florida.

Bridal Bouquets: Think outside the box. You can replace traditional wedding bouquets with some pretty tropically amazing ideas. Like these pineapple or starfish bouquets. And this dried wildflower bouquet are the perfect combination of beach and elegance. 

shell and flower bridal bouquet

Dried Flower Bouquet Wedding Bridal Pale Peach Blush image 0

Whatever your style, whatever your budget, you can buy, make or borrow these beach wedding decorations ideas to make your beach wedding day uniquely yours. Florida Beach Weddings is delighted to help make your dreams come true so contact us today to start planning and reserve your date.

St. Augustine 2021 Beach Wedding Inspiration

In case you missed the news…St. Augustine Beach and the old city are open! However, because of the challenges engaged couples have experienced during the 2020 pandemic and uncertainty when making wedding plans, it has been hard to keep up on the status of popular destinations. In Florida, though, many of your favorite beach cities and other attractions are open. So, if you are planning to get married on a Florida beach in 2021, we would like to share some of the up and coming trends for weddings and how you can use them in your ceremony theme and decor.

Couple kisses on rocks after wedding on St. Augustine Beach, FL

Romantic St. Augustine: perfect beach venue

Our favorite thing about a beach wedding in St. Augustine are those first warm sea breeze winds and sunny skies that you experience when you arrive in Florida. Also, sunshine, the sea and warm air coordinates with any wedding color scheme! Our beach wedding packages allow you to choose your dream color design no matter what time of year. So here you go, get inspired:

St. Augustine, Florida beach weddings

Colors and Trends for 2021

GREENERY: Green will be everywhere in 2021, especially in natural leaves and greenery. Since many couples will be getting married outdoors, green makes sense and we can take full advantage of its natural beauty on the beach. Our Tropical Distinctive Design wedding package is full of greenery: palms and bird of paradise leaves will line your sandy aisle-way. The large palm fronds that adorn the four post bamboo canopy are especially stunning in this design. It makes your first kiss as a married couple so special and you will never forget how you felt on your beach wedding day. If you choose to add the option of our professional outdoor wedding photographer, you will not be disappointed in the extra pictures and poses you get to download and keep forever…and it only costs $350 for that additional time.

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

ORANGE: We are hearing that bright colors will be trending in 2021, with the spotlight on orange. As you can see again, our Tropical Distinctive Design package in orange is as stunning as the original design. Look at the color against the sand and emerald ocean water! This unforgettable color scheme will delight your guests and family with its beach themed splendor!

Tropical Wedding Arch on the beach with flowers and white chairs St. Pete

LILAC and LAVENDER: Walking down the aisle with this beautiful color in a bridal bouquet is so elegant. The bride below loved it so much she used it in most of her ceremony decorations and even in her wedding dress! What an eye-popping and stunning color! With 20 color choices available, choosing a bold blue as an accent color for her wedding arch draping as well as her bridesmaids really made this Destiny wedding design stand out. We were delighted to put this together for our beach bride and everyone was so happy with how it turned out!

LIGHT BLUE: Blue is always a popular color for weddings, and in 2021 it is reported that brides are using light blues such as powder blue and cornflower blue in their decorations. Darker blues are only used as accents. Quite often blue is combined with white for a simple beach wedding and some brides even use black bamboo to make it pop. Take a look at this stunning Destiny bamboo wedding arch for this beautiful couple below, which starts at $1550 in St. Augustine (without permits or parking).

Couple holds hands under blue and white bamboo wedding arch in Cocoa Beach

BRIGHT and BOLD: According to theknot.com, red, teal, pink and yellow are going to be popular as not only accent colors, but even as the main color of 2021 weddings. Unexpected and fun will be the theme for these couples and guess what…bright colors work great on a beach! Many of our beach brides love teal and it is one of our most requested colors. The couple below used in this bright and gorgeous Coral Distinctive Design, which starts at $1895 in St. Augustine.

Coral flowers and wedding arch on white sand beach with couple

This yellow decor with orchids looks incredible against the cloudless, blue Florida sky as this couple recites their vows on their special day.


Yellow flowers and fabric on bamboo wedding arch with couple saying vows

Of course, teal never goes out of style at a beachfront wedding venue. This Teal Distinctive Design is the perfect choice. It just pops against the slightly darker sand on the St. Augustine beaches!

Newly married couple at this beautiful Teal Distinctive Package at a Florida Wedding on the beach.

EARTH TONES & NEUTRALS: Always in style, the soft and elegant themes of ivory, white and dusty rose is so calming and perfect on a St. Augustine beach. Textured accessories such as shells, starfish, driftwood or in this case branches can add depth to a neutral wedding and enhance the beachfront setting for your guests. Many brides choose this Natural Distinctive Design complete package for a Boho wedding.

Natural branches and flowers on wedding arch Daytona Beach with couple saying vows

Now that you are aware of the 2021 color trends, it’s time to choose your beach wedding venue in St. Augustine. We recommend Anastasia State Park which is very close to downtown St. Augustine. This beach park can accommodate wedding parties of any size and has no buildings on the beach: just natural sea oats, dunes and of course the Atlantic Ocean. Contact us today to book your all inclusive beach wedding.

Sunset on St Augustine Beach with married couple posing

Shades of the Ocean: Stress Free Beach Wedding

Did you know the average engagement period is 14.5 months (thanks to theknot.com for that stat)? And when it comes to traditional wedding planning, you need almost every day of that time to plan. However, when it comes to a Florida Beach Wedding, you can cut that planning down substantially. In fact our expert beach wedding planners have actually arranged small beach weddings within just a week! But whether you want to get married later this year or next year, you CAN have the beautiful ocean-themed wedding of your dreams: just look at our Florida Destiny package featuring shades of the ocean below!

Destiny bamboo wedding altar on Daytona Beach

This design includes all the great features of our Destiny Package available at no additional cost. Seat up to 24 guests in deluxe white chairs and your choice of spandex sash color. They will be in awe of the white shepherds hooks and teal lanterns. Take your pick of up two colors for your bamboo material, and blue and white starfish topper. Combine this with the emerald sea, white sand and sunshine, and you have a clean, fresh, gorgeous ocean-themed wedding starting at $1450 (depending on location). Can you smell the ocean? We can!

This is the Aloha option of the Destiny Package: completely tropical for the couple that loves color and texture. What a feast for the senses. There is the option to add more guest chairs if you need to.

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

Now some of our couples have chosen other color combinations which are equally delightful: why not choose soft pink to compliment the shells on the beachfront? This beach bride and groom have a coordinated wedding party with smiles all around – such a beautiful day to remember!

Daytona Beach weddings on the beach in Florida.

That’s the beauty of the Destiny Package: it offers you the most choices for customized wedding decor. With over 20 different color choices for the bamboo canopy, multiple choices for your canopy topper, a variety of aisle-way styles and an extensive list of ceremony music, you can leave Pinterest behind and design your own wedding online from the comfort of your couch – such fun!

Feeling exotic? Love purple? Wow, look at the decor options for this couple in Daytona Beach below. What a wonderful choice to compliment the setting sun and clouds floating in the background.

Unique Daytona Beach Wedding Packages with black bamboo, aisle way, chairs and officiant.

Florida Beach Weddings Company does ALL the wedding planning and coordination for you. Our beach planning services allow you time to get excited: not stressed out, broke, and overwhelmed about your wedding ideas. Our all inclusive packages include a minimum of the following (keep in mind this is our most BASIC package, more options and packages are available):

  • Officiant: who will legally perform, and coordinate, your beach wedding ceremony
  • Traditional ceremony and wedding vows provided by “Florida Beach Weddings”
  • Our select Florida US beach wedding locations on either the east coast or Gulf beaches
  • Consultations by phone and email with our dedicated wedding specialists
  • Ceremony set up and break down (bamboo canopy or posts)
  • Unity Sand Ceremony, including: Decorated sand ceremony table, keepsake vase, sand color choices
  • Photographer at ceremony site can be added for extra time for wedding pictures
  • Legal filing of your Florida marriage license

Our wedding planners are available to help and guide you in creating the ultimate dream beach wedding, all within the privacy of your online wedding portal. It contains your package, chosen customizations, contract, a way to track expenses, agendas and more. Oh, and add to the list of things NOT to get stressed about: BUDGET!  Contact us today to get started. 

Boho Beach Wedding on a Budget

Boho” is short for “bohemian” which refers to a free-spirited lifestyle. The boho style began trending in the 2000s, with influences from the 60s and 70s, and we don’t see this trend going anywhere! The boho style is all about artistic self-expression. Dreamcatchers, flower headbands, and wavy beach hair are part of this look. Bare feet and a simple earthy floral touches bring this whole look together. Even if you don’t completely identify with this “hippie” inspired lifestyle, you can still express your unique tastes and incorporate the boho theme into your wedding. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a fun, informal wedding or a more romantic one, the boho style will look amazing at an outdoor wedding by the ocean. This style is light, flowy, and free-spirited. The essence of boho is chic, effortless, and timeless…and a low beach wedding cost doesn’t hurt either!

How to Have a Boho Beach Wedding

THE DRESS:

To make your big day as stress free as possible, the key is making all your decisions ahead of time. Boho wedding dresses come in many forms. You can choose a design that incorporates subtle boho elements or opt for a statement dress with tons of bohemian flair. Bell sleeves, separates, flowing skirts are all fun boho dress elements. While we don’t recommend adding boho touches to a completely classic satin ballgown, there are tons of ways to take a simple classic gown and pair bohemian details with it, such as a flower crown or statement jewelry. Timeless lace and shorter skirts can work too.

Boho beach bride after wedding in Daytona

Bride on beach with flowers

The Wedding Decor: The most wonderful thing of having a boho each wedding is that your guests and family can join in the fun, bringing their own style into the mix. For the ceremony decor, consider a floral arch, natural driftwood, or natural greenery for your aisleway – we have photos featured below. For a beach reception under a seaside pavilion, centerpieces could include mismatched vases filled with big, bushy flowers, simple greenery with some succulents, 

Rustic Romance Package

Romantic Bohemian Beach wedding decor in Daytona

It’s easy to see how this popular new Rustic Romance design would appeal to a boho beach bride. With the oversized, wooden wedding arch and massive, muted flowers, it is easy on the eyes yet stunning at the same time. Romantic, simple and elegant. Your guests will love attending this beachfront wedding with upscale decorations. This amazing complete wedding package starts at $1325 depending on your beach wedding location. Click here to get more wedding inspiration and ideas with this design.

Floral Distinctive Design

South Beach weddings in Miami Florida with natural floral designs.

Nothing says boho better than flowers and natural foliage. Throw in a beautiful bamboo canopy and it is time to walk down your greenery lined aisle toward your beloved by the sea. Your beach wedding planner will help you plan the perfect ceremony at the beach wedding venue of your choice: we set-up and officiate weddings on both the east coast and west coast beaches of Florida. We will come to your chosen beach so find out more about this Floral Distinctive Design today.

Drift Away Design

Driftwood wedding arch on the beach with white chairs

For a bohemian wedding theme, it makes sense to take the natural scenery of the beachfront and turn it into an unforgettable wedding. This package is all-inclusive and comes complete with wedding officiant, set-up crew, chilled water station, sand ceremony vase and so much more starting at $1750 depending on location. If you want a change from a bamboo canopy, then escape to beach elegance with our driftwood beach wedding packages: click here to find out more.

Invitations: Save the dates and invitations will set the mood for your wedding and get guests excited for what’s to come. Craft stationery or crisp, white cards with light, bohemian artistic elements are a perfect way to hint at your outdoor wedding theme. Place cards and signage for the wedding day can follow the same theme. If you’re feeling extra crafty, consider practicing your hand lettering and making the signs yourself! 

Now it is time to smile, relax and enjoy the rest of your day! Our beach wedding photographer will make sure you have the memories of your boho ceremony with family and friends forever. Questions? Please contact us today.

Virtual Tour: Weddings in Daytona Beach

Mention Daytona Beach and folks think of NASCAR or Bike Week, however Daytona Beach has much more to offer. Many people have not discovered the true beauty of the Daytona Beach area with its individual beaches scattered like gems along the Atlantic coast. At Florida Beach Weddings company, we have found the ideal locations for Daytona Beach weddings and reception venues. If you are looking for a more traditional reception, our hotel suggestions will be able to provide you with ballrooms and dining rooms where you can have a catered meal, a DJ, wedding cake, and enjoy all the traditions of a wedding reception like you would at home. The hotel options below, along with many others in Daytona Beach, will allow you to have your beach wedding with us at the SAME location as your reception, and often for a fraction of the price you would pay to have your ceremony at the hotel (and with more decor too!)

Daytona Beach Shores

A bride and groom celebrate their Daytona Beach Weddings at the Shores resort and spa.

With beautiful white sand beaches sprinkled with pink, and the white cap waves of the Atlantic Ocean, Daytona Beach Shores is an ideal choice for the beach lover. The beach is wide giving lots of room for your beach wedding setup with the beautiful decor options you choose. Just a short drive from Orlando and St. Augustine, you will also have endless entertainment options surrounding you. And Daytona Beach Shores weddings are the most affordable. If you stay for your honeymoon, and why wouldn’t you, you can surf, jump the waves, or just take it easy on the beach. There is usually a robust sea breeze so plan your wedding hair and dress accordingly. Find out more about a wedding in Daytona Beach Shores.

Ponce Inlet Beach 

Daytona Beach Weddings at Ponce Inlet Point Park

Ponce Inlet bride and groom married on beach with lighthouse in background

Rolling dunes, raw nature and magical walkways. Ponce Inlet Beach weddings are a destination bride’s dream. Complete with soft white sand, beautiful dunes and amazing views of the Ponce Inlet lighthouse. You will get to make your unforgettable grand entrance on one of the beautiful wooden walkways as your partner catches a glance of you from the dunes. The perfect first look moment for unforgettable photos. Trail your feet in the crystal clear water as you have your first kiss together. Ponce Inlet Beach Weddings are great for smaller wedding parties as you do not have a large parking lot for your guests. Any of our beach wedding packages look great in Ponce Inlet. Find out more about a beach wedding in Ponce Inlet.

New Smyrna Beach Weddings

New Smyrna Beach Weddings in Florida at a private house on the beach.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida is a small city just outside of Daytona Beach with endless entertainment and dining options. New Smyrna Beach wedding couples will enjoy beautiful dunes on a 17 mile stretch of white sand beach, the blue Atlantic ocean with white wave caps, and a vibrant, eclectic vibe. New Smyrna Beach hosts many wine walks, craft beer walks, art walks and other local events. We recommend checking their event calendar before your wedding and try to plan an outing with your bridal party or guests. Flagler Avenue is a popular hit among guests visiting New Smyrna Beach. With unique boutiques, restaurants and events for the day time and a lively party atmosphere at night, it has something for every one of your wedding guests.  Find out ore about weddings in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Ormond Beach Weddings

Wedding on Ormond Beach, Florida

With a wedding on Ormond Beach, you will have the beautiful Atlantic Ocean waves and soft sand of this north Florida beach, as well as access to some great hotels, condos, and beach front parks. Continuing north, there is the small township of Ormond-by-the-Sea: a quaint beachfront town with homes and condos along the ocean. Tom Renick Park is a small oceanfront park that we have used for several of our Ormond Beach wedding ceremonies. Their pavilion can be reserved for a very small beach wedding reception for up to 12 people. If you like NASCAR, enjoy this birthplace of car racing and the many restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues it has to offer. Learn more about Ormond Beach Weddings.

Wilbur By The Sea

Wilbur By The Sea, Daytona Beach Florida wedding couple on the beach

Aaaaah the Gulf coast is not the only place in Florida where the sand is white and heavenly and the surf emerald green! Just a quick drive from the Daytona Beach Shores area, you have a wide variety of choices for hotel accommodations, restaurants and more, all while taking advantage of a less crowded beach loved by surfers and sun seekers. Just a short walk from the beach is the Wilbur by the Sea Boathouse, a great little reception venue with lots of free parking! Wilbur by the Sea is one of our best affordable and delightful Florida beaches. Find out more about Wilbur by the Sea.

Start Planning Now…it’s easy!

All of our beach wedding packages include the ceremony officiant from our beach wedding company. For all of our Florida weddings, a Florida marriage license is required. If you are out of town residents, we make sure you have the information to obtain your Florida Marriage license by mail. We can also host your vow renewal ceremony. If required, we will obtain the beach wedding permit for you, and just add the cost to your chosen package. Our all-inclusive wedding packages are beautiful, affordable, and stress-free when you choose us to perform your Florida destination beach wedding ceremony, especially in the Daytona Beach area. Take a look at some hotel wedding options below.

The Shores Hotel & Spa, Daytona Beach, Florida

The Shores Resort and Spa

One of our favorite locations for hotel weddings in Daytona Beach. The Shores Resort and Spa will give you the option to have a truly one-stop option to have your reception right at the hotel, after your beachfront wedding ceremony. The Shores Resort and Spa has many choices for your reception based on your wedding party size and budget. It is one of the most upscale hotels in Daytona Beach, all while being family friendly. It offers fire pits for smores, an entertaining pool deck, a restaurant inside, beautiful rooms and more.  Don’t forget the spa for the girls to have a relaxing spa day, as well as a place for the bride and bridal party to get their hair and makeup done; it couldn’t be a better choice for your beach wedding in Daytona.

Best Western Auki Tiki Inn

Best Western Auki Tiki Inn provides a hot breakfast, cocktail hour, free wifi and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. According to booking.com the Best Western Auki Tiki inn is rated the best value in Daytona Beach. We love the idea of taking advantage of the cocktail hour with your guests to enjoy a nice evening at no additional cost to you! Your guests will appreciate the extra time with you as you take a break from your wedding day craziness, relax and enjoy the good company. The Best Western Auki Tiki Inn also allows you to have your reception at the hotel, making it easy and convenient for you to complete  your perfect Daytona Beach wedding day.

 

Contact us about your Daytona Beach Wedding

Staff Picks: Best Beach Wedding Decor

The Verdict is In! Natural and Floral Distinctive Designs are Staff Favorites

Getting married on the beach in Florida is a dream for many couples but there is often the perception that beach wedding decor is cheap. As you can see from the stunning photos below, our complete beach wedding package decor is beautiful, elegant, and on-trend for 2020. Owner and President, Pamela Fuit and her staff of wedding specialists work tirelessly to bring our wedding couples’ dreams to life on the beach locations we serve across Florida. Our Distinctive Design packages are a cut above the rest and therefore our staff favorites. With more elaborate draping, larger floral arrangements and custom canopies, the final effect is breathtaking for beachfront wedding photography. Distinctive Designs bring all your best destination beach wedding ideas to life! 

The Floral Distinctive design has a very upscale feeling with its neutral palette. It offers a natural bamboo canopy with your choice of ivory or white draped material that often floats in the breeze while you say your vows. A large asymmetrical floral and greenery canopy topper is the perfect altar. The matching greenery aisle-way naturally placed in the sand with floral accents at the beginning of the walkway will guide your first steps toward your beloved. Up to 32 deluxe white resin chairs with the option to add colored spandex chair bands completes this wedding design. This truly feels like an island beach wedding. A large decorated “chalkboard” sign announcing the newly married couple is included, along with a chilled water station for your guests. These complete wedding packages include a sand ceremony, music and you can add our professional photography time for a low fee ($325).

Altar with flowers on the beach for wedding

Floral Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package

The Natural Distinctive Design is stunning in its simplicity. This will make your Florida beach wedding site the envy of everyone. None of your guests will think you chose a cheap Florida beach wedding package even though these ceremony packages, at the top end, average $2,500. Intimate, elegant, and complete with everything you need you can’t go wrong with this beach wedding package. It offers a large, dark stained, four post bamboo canopy with your choice of white or ivory material draped elegantly, flowing down to the sand. Dark bamboo pole aisle-way with white or ivory flowing material and matching flowers in the poles. The natural branch canopy topper with natural flower accents completes this beachy look. Up to 32 deluxe white resin chairs with the option to add colored spandex chair bands included. This is Karen’s favorite! As above, this all inclusive beach wedding package includes a sand ceremony, music and you can add our professional photography time for an affordable fee ($325).

Wedding in Florida with white chairs and natural beach wedding canopy.

Natural Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package

The Anchors Away Distinctive Design is included just because it is so stunning! It has everything you need for a beachfront wedding in Florida that will turn heads. It is spectacular against the white sand, especially on a Gulf beach. It includes all the upgrades you expect when choosing a Florida Beach Wedding package. Find out more about this design here.

A classic black and white look with banded deluxe resin chairs, chalkboard and anchors with shells start this isleway at a Florida Beach Wedding Ceremony. St. Augustine Elopement

Anchors Away Beach Wedding Design

Imagine walking down an aisle of white sand to say “I Do” under our stunning Rustic Geometric Arch.  This decorative member of the Rustic Romance Collection (new for 2020) looks amazing on the beach and stands out with its pure simplicity. Our staff just couldn’t leave it out of their favorites. The modern geometric arbor is unique and our wedding couples can’t get enough of it!  Any color accents can be used to highlight your theme, in fact it also comes in a white Tropical theme. Our wedding package designers leave no stone unturned when bringing couples the most up to date features. This Florida wedding design can be used as a beach wedding or vow renewal. Contact our beach wedding planners in Florida today to reserve your date!

Rustic Geometric arch on the beach

Rustic Geometric Arch

Now that our beach wedding staff has named their favorite designs, it’s time for you to find yours. Don’t forget to find the right beach location to set the tone of your Florida wedding ceremony. Each beach is different on the east coast or west coast of Florida. We look forward to hearing from you to reserve your 2020 wedding date!