Wedding Reception Ideas for a Sarasota Beach Wedding

Siesta Key Beach Wedding Celebration

Sarasota/Siesta Key Beach Wedding Receptions

When planning a destination beach wedding this question always arises; what to do about a reception?  Here are some of our reception ideas for your Sarasota Beach Wedding:

Small Weddings of 30 or less guests:

With smaller weddings the easiest, and most cost-effective way to have a celebration after your beach wedding ceremony is to take your guests to dinner. Choose a restaurant that either has a small private dining room to rent, or where they take reservations and can accommodate your guest count. You can even make arrangements to have your cake delivered to this venue. After your first dance on the beach you can have a complete, small wedding reception at a fraction of the cost of a reception at home. Check out Turtles on Little Sarasota, Cafe Gabbiano’s and the Daquiri Deck in Siesta Key Village. The Columbia House, and Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Lido Beach come highly recommended. Sharkey’s in Venice and there are several more throughout the Sarasota, Florida area that may be suitable for your beach wedding reception.

Couple ties the knot in Siesta Key on beach at sunset

Larger weddings with 30 – 100 guests:

There are several venues that can offer you a great reception for an economical price after your Sarasota Beach Wedding.

Siesta Key: Although this is one of the best beaches in Florida, there are no Gulf beachfront hotels or restaurants directly on the Gulf in Siesta Key that offer a reception venue. However, the Boatyard Bar and Grill is a great option (see photo below courtesy of Wedding Wire) — you can have your own reception area on the bay front. The Devyn is on the mainland but is a full service reception venue. Mattison 41 also provides reception accommodations.

Boatyard Bar and Grill wedding reception, Sarasota, Florida

What about a beach wedding reception outdoors? We do not recommend an outdoor beach wedding reception for several reasons.

  • First, most Gulf beach areas do not allow it or the rules are so limiting that it makes it more work for the couples (and more stress). During Turtle Season (May – October) there are many more rules about lighting, hours, on the beach after dark, etc.
  • Your guests definitely will enjoy your Gulf beach wedding, but the comfort of an indoor/outdoor covered area will be inviting and refreshing after you have completed your beach wedding ceremony.
  • If the weather has been a bit uncooperative but we have been able to use the beach for your wedding, you do not want to leave any part of your wedding day to the mercy of outdoor elements (especially if a rain event is approaching). In the case of inclement beach weather you may only have a small window of opportunity to complete your Sarasota Beach wedding, so why not head to your indoor reception area to have a great wedding reception celebration without the weather worries!
  • Older family members usually prefer an indoor/ or semi-indoor reception. It is great to be dressed up and enjoying the sandy beach for a ceremony, but to spend several hours outdoor on the sand is a different story (or the heat).
  • Something not usually thought about, but would be greatly appreciated is indoor plumbing!

There are so many options for a reception for your Sarasota Beach Wedding, you can surely find the one that works for you.  Once you choose your beach wedding package and book your wedding date with us we can provide more local vendors depending on your specific needs.  And, contact us with any questions you may have about your Sarasota Beach Wedding!

Military groom and bride at beach wedding in Sarasota kissing

Sand Key Beach: Say Yes to “De-Stress”!

If you are looking for a Gulf beach wedding venue that has white sand, emerald water and comes complete with a beach, park, outdoor reception areas and parking for hundreds – it’s Sand Key Park in Clearwater, Florida! It’s time to say Yes to De-Stress and get ready to relax in Florida.

Sand Key Park, Clearwater FL

Photo courtesy of Visit St. Pete Clearwater

Perfect for a large wedding party, the park proper has two picnic shelters with grills, a playground, and restrooms. Grills, picnic tables, and water fountains are but a few of the offered amenities. Sand Key also offers disabled visitors beach wheelchairs, which are easier to use on the sand and float in the water, free of charge. A salt marsh with viewing benches further enhances the park where heron, roseate spoonbill, great horned owls and other Florida birds nest and feed.

Sand Key Park is away from the hustle and bustle of the main area of Clearwater Beach, making it a peaceful place for the perfect beach wedding! There are several key areas that make for wonderful wedding day photos: large grassy areas, the white sand beach, and rocky areas. However, Florida Beach Weddings prefers to perform your wedding ceremony on the quietest area of the beach, so you can enjoy an intimate and unforgettable wedding day. A perfect getaway spot when children are included, they will be thrilled with the warm Gulf sea.

Sand Key Beach Restaurant for a Wedding Reception

The Columbia Restaurant was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurant℠. The Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key on Clearwater Beach is the perfect venue for your party or special event. Old-World Mediterranean style dining rooms lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering. Group reservations welcome.

When considering a beach wedding in Sand Key Park here are some things to be aware of:

  • If you’d like to use a caterer, you must use the licensed caterer provided by the park.
  • Reservations are required for the main picnic area.
  • There is a fee for parking using automated meters.
  • A permit fee will be required to be married on Sand Key Beach (our beach wedding company will help you with this process).

So why not tie the knot with beautiful decor on a Gulf beach in Florida? Choosing Sand Key Park will be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Contact us today.

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

 

St. Pete Beach Wedding Restaurants

What is the best St. Pete beach wedding reception venue that includes great food? Read on for a delicious list full of St. Pete Beach Restaurants. So whether you’re eloping and looking for an intimate dining spot or hosting a full on post wedding party, we’ve found the place for you after in St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach Wedding couple sitting on sand during sunset in Florida.

Top 5 St. Pete Beach Restaurants for Wedding Receptions

Palm Court Italian Grill

Tucked away at the end of the Grand Palm Colonnade at TradeWinds Island Grand, Palm Court Italian Grill offers an intimate dining experience with your favorite culinary creations from the Mediterranean. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner indoors or under the stars on the patio as you savor creamy pastas and the seafood selections that range from fried calamari to fresh grouper. Complement your meal with an extensive selection of fine wines available by the glass, letting you match each course with pairings recommended by your gracious server.

Palm Court Italian Grill St. Pete Beach

The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

The Hurricane Seafood Restaurant is in the heart of the Pass-A-Grille historical district. Located just across the street from the Gulf, with rooftop twin bars that offer spectacular sunset views, the Hurricane has become a world-renown restaurant for both locals and vacationers, serving the St. Pete Beach community for over 42 years. Offering the finest in fresh, wild-caught seafood in a tantalizing array of appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts, the Hurricane dazzles with three levels of dining and complimentary views, seven days a week.

The Hurricane Restaurant in St. Pete Beach for beach wedding receptions

Level Two Hurricane Watch (roof top) and SOUTH DECK BAR AND GRILLE is perfect for hosting parties and large gatherings. They can seat up to 300 people and offer several buffet stations to accommodate large groups along with plenty of space.

Rococo Steak

Rococo Steak embraces a lighter, livelier and decidedly more decadent dining experience. Enjoy an unforgettable Rococo Steak wedding reception whether you envision a lavish affair or an intimate gathering. They take care of everything down to the smallest detail, including custom menu, linens and floral selections and can even create a signature cocktail so your guests can propose a toast to the love the two of you share.

Rococo Steak for St. Pete Wedding reception dinner party

StarLite Cruises

StarLite’s selection of unique vessels and variety of cruise selections are sure to provide the ideal venue for any type of group outing. Take advantage of all that Tampa Bay has to offer—perfect weather, stunning vistas, the tranquil beauty of the beaches—and plan an event that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on your entire group. Why use a basic 4-wall banquet room for your group event, when you could treat your wedding guests to a cruise with open spaces, stunning vistas and an ever-changing waterfront view?

StarLite Cruises for St. Pete Beach Wedding receptions

 

Have we successfully activated your taste buds? Good. And CLICK HERE to book your St. Pete Beach Wedding or view our packages so you can indulge in some amazing cuisine and cheers to a happy marriage!

Are Fort Myers Destination Weddings Affordable?

Now that the news is getting more positive every day, couples are looking forward to getting married at their favorite destinations. Is it your dream to say, “I do” on a beautiful sandy beach? Look no further than sunny Fort Myers in southwest Florida. But are you wondering, “I heard Gulf beach weddings can be complicated and expensive to plan. Are destination weddings affordable?” The answer is yes. So let’s break it down.

Fort Myers beach wedding hotel

Fort Myers Beach Wedding Q & A:

  • How much does the ceremony cost? Experience and efficiency keep our beach wedding packages affordable and fair. With over 13 years experience in the wedding industry our beach wedding company has perfected the one stop shop. Outside vendor costs are eliminated and everything you need is all in one place. Whether it’s an elopement, very small beach wedding or you’re bringing on the party bus, there’s a complete wedding package for you. All the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, a wedding officiant, photographer, your vows and music can be included. In almost all cases, you will not need a beach wedding permit fee for Fort Myers Gulf beach weddings. This saves you money by not having to pay for a permit fee. Florida Beach Weddings packages in Fort Myers start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500.Check out options and prices here.
  • What about travel expenses?  With Southwest Florida international airport located within an hour of the beach, flying to your destination wedding is easy. Check travel sites like travelocity.com or hotels.com and see which airlines offer the best deals. There are low cost airlines that may fly into local airports and can cut hundreds from you budget. You can also read pros and cons of traveling to Florida during the off season to save money.
  • How much does the hotel cost? This is another topic that can vary substantially with tourist seasons. The cheapest rates are typically between slower seasons, late April-May and mid September-November. If your Fort Myers beach wedding date is flexible, this is a big way to save money. You can also buy a block of rooms with your guests to save money. This can be a huge money saver for making destination weddings affordable. Check out The Best Western Plus Beach Resort Hotel which is less than 5 minutes from our most popular Fort Myers beach wedding location. 
  • What about our guests? Once you’ve done your research on flights and hotels, you can provide accommodation information for your family and friends. The best thing is to give guests plenty of advance notice of your destination wedding plans. This will give them ample time to budget for your wedding. And who doesn’t want to take a vacation to sunny Florida, right?

Fort Myers Beach Wedding couple with photography and setup

Bowditch State Park is our favorite Gulf beach wedding location in Fort Myers. With a beautiful, long wooden walkway, amazing sunsets, and beautiful beach scenery, you will feel that you have escaped to a tropical paradise for your seaside wedding ceremony. We recommend having your wedding around sunset to take advantage of the beautiful sky perfect for your wedding pictures. Bowditch State Park Beach weddings are great for all size weddings as they have a large parking lot to accommodate your guests. 

Fort Myers Beach Times Square cafe

Oh and we can’t forget that a destination beach wedding doubles as a honeymoon. No need to jet off. Once you officially become Mr. and Mrs., grab a drink, a beach chair, and enjoy the Fort Myers Beach view!  The Key West express is an easy way to set sail for a quick destination honeymoon in Key West. After you tie the knot on the beach, consider taking the Key West Express to Key West for a night or two all alone. It is the perfect little escape for the two of you! Contact one of our Beach Wedding Specialists for more information on a 2020 or 2021 wedding.

Virtual Getaway: Weddings on Destin Beach, FL

Destin Beach Florida, Gulf beach wedding site

A stunning white sand beach awaits you to say your vows with views of the Gulf of Mexico as far as the eye can see. Yes…it’s Destin beach, Florida, our fourth installment in the Virtual Getaway series with a review of the Emerald Coast city of Destin and its heavenly beach.

Destin Beach weddings are elegant, classy, and everything you have been dreaming of. Destin is situated northwest in the Florida panhandle and known for its breathtaking white sand Gulf beaches, countless golf courses, and world class resorts and rentals. It’s the perfect place to have one of the best destination weddings in the USA especially if you want those sundown photos during the perfect Florida weather.

Destin beach wedding party posing on the Gulf beach

We use a couple of different wedding venues for your beach wedding ceremony.  if any beach wedding permits are required for your wedding, Florida Beach Weddings will obtain them for you, and add the cost of the permit to your package.

Destin Beach Elopements in Florida on the gulf Coast beaches.

Destin Beaches for Your Ceremony

Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Florida

Fort Walton Beach

When couples decide to have a relaxing destination beach wedding experience, they choose Fort Walton Beach as one of their top wedding venues. With the white, fluffy sand Gulf beaches, and beautiful emerald sea, you will have the perfect back-drop for your beach wedding photos. Fort Walton Beach is a laid back eclectic community that has plenty of unique experiences for every brideal party to enjoy. Learn more about Florida Beach Weddings at Fort Walton Beach!!

Pensacola Beach

When choosing Pensacola for your destination wedding location, you will have a premiere Gulf beach location for your beach wedding ceremony. With many different adventures waiting for you in Pensacola, your guests will be happy you chose this area with so many activities that they can incorporate into their wedding guest vacation with plenty of fun for children. Learn more about Florida Beach Weddings at Pensacola Beach!

Beachfront Hotel & Reception Venues

The Hilton may be a spot you choose for your beach wedding reception. Located on Pensacola Beach on Florida’s Santa Rosa Island, this modern hotel is 16.7 miles’ drive from the National Naval Aviation Museum and 17 miles’ drive from the 19th-century Pensacola Lighthouse. Amenities include 5 restaurants (including a relaxed grill and a sushi bar), 3 bars (including a poolside bar), a fitness center and 2 outdoor pools.

Hilton Pensacola Beach, Gulf beach wedding hotel

A very popular beach wedding reception venue is the Palafox Wharf. Their website says, “Historic, elegant, award winning Pensacola’s Palafox Wharf Waterfront was built in 1880 as a shipping company. You and your guests will treasure every moment of your destination or local Wedding Reception or Event in the beautifully renovated interior venue space, large deck, pier, and spacious green overlooking sparkling water and the harbor’s marina.”

  

With a ton of things to do if you choose this Gulf beach wedding location, you and your guests will not be bored! Aside from the largest protected beach area in the nation, The Gulf Island National Seashore, museums, zoos, zip lining and the Historic Fort Pickens area await!

Giraffe and child at Gulf Breeze Zoo in Florida

Destin is very beautiful and one of the best places to get married in Florida. Reserving your Gulf beach wedding date is easy: just contact Floridabeachweddings.com. We make it easy to plan your once-in-a-lifetime special day by offering complete wedding packages that take care of all the important details of your elopement, small beach wedding or large wedding ceremony.

Destin Beach couple just married kisses on the Gulf beach

Virtual Getaway: Siesta Key Beach Weddings

Our Siesta Key beach Weddings include these beautiful photographs of a groom kissing the brides forehead.

Bride and Groom after Siesta Key Beach wedding

Our second week of “virtual escape” offers you a look into the very beautiful beaches of Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. This is one of our most popular beach wedding locations on the Gulf coast of Florida. If you are thinking of getting married in Florida, Siesta key is a great photo spot where you can get married in the white sand as the sun sets over the emerald green water. 

Nokomis beach couple in the surf after beach wedding

Beach couple in the surf after Gulf beach wedding

This great Sarasota, Florida beach is rated one of the top beaches in the world and no wonder: it’s perfect for the beach wedding colors you crave! Our Florida wedding packages are so diverse, with so many ways to customize, that you can easily make your own statement at your beachfront ceremony. Your guests will be wowed as you say your vows on the sand under a beautiful bamboo arch by the sea – what beautiful photos and memories for a lifetime!

Wooden arch on the beach for your beach wedding decor.

Rustic Romance package set up on the Gulf beach

Like many of our destination wedding locations, there are a variety of beaches to choose from in the Sarasota area. They include: Siesta Key main beach area, Lido Beach, Longboat Key, Turtle Beach, Venice Beach and Nokomis Beach. Each Sarasota beach wedding venue has it’s own unique personality and style. Whether you are having a small beach wedding, eloping or a fully decorated, complete beach wedding with a larger number of guests, there is a Siesta Key beach venue waiting for you!

Let’s take a closer look:

Siesta Beach – a short drive from Sarasota

From the moment you step foot onto Siesta Beach, you’ll be mesmerized by its sugar-fine, quartz white sand. If you’d like, you can make your way over to beautiful Crescent Beach, which is also situated right in Siesta Key. Once you have enjoyed your time soaking up the sunshine at Siesta Beach or Crescent Beach, you can make your way into town for some delicious dining and shopping. While you’re strolling around town, you are bound to see and hear wild parrots as well as other birds such as plovers, spoonbills, storks, and terns. You’ll find this beach town the perfect low key place to get married and full of friendly, happy people.

Simply Deluxe Beach Wedding altar with bamboo canopy, chairs in Siesta Key

Lido Key – less crowded and relaxed

Lido Beach, which is stunning and attracts people from all walks of life year-round includes great, natural scenery for your Florida destination wedding. There a variety of hotels, motels, and private condos that are available for rent on Lido Key. Although Lido Beach isn’t as large as Siesta Key beach, it’s an excellent option if you’re searching for a less crowded, more relaxed vibe.

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

Couple just married at sunset on Lido Key

Longboat Key – quiet island vibe

Longboat Key Beach weddings are an excellent option for couples who prefer to exchange their vows in a casual environment. You are bound to be completely relaxed and comfortable. A five star beach wedding location without the hustle and bustle! For that you have Sarasota just a few miles away.

Military couple gets married on the beach in Longboat Key

Military couple married on the beach in Longboat Key (Nautical Knot Package)

Turtle Beach – tranquil setting with sea turtles

Turtle Beach is a stunning beach situated on South Siesta Key in Sarasota. It is appreciated for its ample amount of sea turtles that nest at its shore. It features approximately 2,600 feet of beach front as well as areas for volleyball, camping, picnics, grilling, and children’s play. Turtle Beach Weddings in Siesta Key allows for an alternative beach location to the main beach in Siesta Key. Manatees may be spotted nearby.

Turtle Beach in Siesta Key, Florida

Turtle Beach for a Siesta Key Beach wedding

Venice Beach – happy seaside town

There’s a reason Venice, Florida was named one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” by Coastal Living. Venice is situated in the heart of Sarasota County and has become a go-to vacation destination. Unlike the majority of other beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Venice beach features dark sand because of their tiny fossils and minerals. When strolling along Venice beach, you’ll notice shark teeth. These shark teeth are so popular that Venice is actually home to a Shark Tooth Festival that is held every April. Venice is a fun, relaxing place to host your Florida Beach Wedding.

Venice beach wedding party jumps in the air after beachfront wedding

Venice beach wedding party jumps in the air after beachfront wedding

Nokomis Beach – stress free seashell hunting

Situated south of Siesta Key in Sarasota County, Nokomis Beach is a beautiful, quiet beach retreat. It is one of the few beaches in Sarasota that features lifeguard stations on both the north and south of the beach as well as numerous free public parking lots. If you enjoy collecting seashells, you’re in luck because Nokomis Beach is known as the best beach in the Siesta Key area for seashells. It’s a very stress-free beach…no Spring Breakers here!

Gulf beach wedding in Siesta Key

Gulf beach wedding in Siesta Key

So is a Siesta Key Beach Wedding call your name? Contact us today to reserve your Florida wedding date.