5 Clearwater Beach Wedding Expenses to Ditch

Weddings on the beach in Clearwater are a dream come true. However, any wedding budget can quickly get out of hand. Pinterest ideas, the Knot, Wedding Wire photos…even Martha Stewart can quickly overwhelm you. Don’t let it happen to you! Your wedding budget is an important part of your planning process. At the end of your wedding day these words should come to mind: relaxing, special, and affordable. Even if it is a Clearwater beach elopement package, you will need to stick to your budget which is easy with our beach wedding prices. However, there are extras you may be able to trim to save even more. See which Florida destination wedding expenses are worth keeping and what needs ditching when it comes to your perfect beach ceremony.

beach wedding expenses

So of course, you’ve already chosen the perfect beach location: the Clearwater, Tampa area on the Gulf coast. This could include an Indian Rocks beach wedding, St. Pete beach wedding, Treasure Island, Sand Key, Sunset beach and more. Our beach wedding company has you covered with everything you need for a wonderful ceremony, including our cheap Florida Beach Weddings packages. The rest, eh, it’s just details. You’ll need to get an official Florida marriage license and something to wear, but we’ll handle the rest. 🙂 So these next points are ways to trim your budget and eliminate unwanted expenses.

Tropical wedding arch and couple on St. Pete Beach

1. Wedding Invitations

Now we’re not suggesting a beach elopement (which you could do), but couples often end up spending hundreds of dollars on fancy invites and postage stamps. These intricate, pricey invitations are usually read, RSVP returned, entered as a phone calendar event, and end up ultimately in the trash. Why not save time, money, and stress with an evite. Or if you’re dead set on using a paper invite, photo cards are an affordable alternative to elaborate cardstock invites.

Clearwater sunset wedding couple on beach

2. Wedding Bouquet Flowers

Again, we aren’t saying toss the bouquet idea out the window, but get creative. Hiring a florist is not mandatory. And depending on your level of creativity and vision, you can find tons of bouquet ideas. Buying flowers at a grocery or market can save you hundreds (and in some cases thousands) on your floral budget and we offer suggestions when you arrive at your Clearwater beach location. If real flowers really don’t matter to you, you can also find a host of faux flower bouquet ideas. Just keep in mind tossing fake petals is not allowed on most beaches.

Wedding flowers on Clearwater Beach

3. Cheap Wedding Favors

Things that are cheap or break may not make the best wedding favors. However, personalized sunglasses for your wedding day? Fun, practical, and perfect for a beach wedding photo op! Think of your beach theme or the colors you’ve chosen for your Clearwater Beach wedding package and go with that for your favors. Your guests will look back fondly on your special day with a fun keepsake, even if it’s a small beach wedding.

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

4. Expensive Bridal Accessories

It’s a big day. Wear what is special to you. Family heirlooms or gifts from your groom or family and friends are perfect ideas to add to your wedding day  look. However, don’t go spending hundreds of dollars on a piece that you will likely never wear again if you are on a strict budget. And, spoiler alert, no one will know if you buy a good knock off (pearls, diamonds, etc.). If you just must have that statement bridal piece to go with your wedding dress, did you know you can rent accessories from rent the runway? And as for the veil, consider not wearing one. There is often a light breeze on Clearwater beach which will have you constantly fixing your veil.

5. Wedding Dress: Beg, Borrow, or Buy 

Begging for something special to wear with your wedding dress? Borrowing a family heirloom set of earrings, a friend’s gorgeous headpiece, or your cousin’s perfect wedding shoes will make it that much more special…and it is tradition! You can even rent a bridal gown! There are lots of creative ways to take otherwise expensive things and get thrifty with it! Etsy, Goodwill, Facebook marketplace, or your grandma’s closet are all easy spots that just may be holding your perfect wedding day find! For the groom, The Black Tux offers cheap tuxedo rentals and purchase delivered directly to your home with free shipping.

Clearwater Beach wedding dress on bride by water

Ready to ditch the stress and have a relaxing and affordable beach wedding? Weddings in Clearwater are perfect for the budget friendly bride. Click HERE to book your Florida Beach Wedding today!

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.

Say Sí to a Natural Siesta Key Beach Wedding

Stress free. Perfectly romantic. Beautiful beach sunset. Do those thoughts make your engaged heart beat with excitement? If you like the thought of a destination beach wedding in Siesta Key, but don’t quite know how to do it, check out how to have an elegant, natural ceremony that you’ll never forget.

Couple kisses at Siesta Key beach wedding at sunset under bamboo arch

Natural Distinctive Design ceremony package on Siesta Key Beach

Planning a Siesta Key Beach Wedding is probably easier than you think! With over ten years in the bridal business, our beach wedding company has gained the knowledge, experience, and stellar reputation to help you have a great Florida wedding experience.

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

Sun is setting in Siesta Key

Planning a Siesta Key wedding is easy:

Contact the most important guests, and to make sure they will be available to travel to your destination wedding on your chosen date. Confirm that there are no special events in the area that might effect room costs and beach accessibility (for example, Holiday Weekends).

Weddings in Florida with draped aisle-way.

Natural Distinctive Ceremony in sunny Siesta Key

Choose your Beach Wedding Package

The Distinctive Design Packages are highly designed beach wedding packages, which include custom and themed décor, chairs, music, and chilled water station for your guests. Many of our Siesta Key couples choose the Natural Distinctive Design which is so perfect against the white sand with its flowing, draped material and rustic branches with florals. It’s stunning simplicity is what makes it hard to forget.

Natural Design Wedding package setup on Siesta Key Beach

Natural Distinctive Design wedding package setup on Siesta Key awaits couple

All of our packages include the ceremony officiant (the person who will legally marry you, or perform your vow renewal ceremony). You can also bring your own minister if you like.

Reserve Your Day

Once you have chosen your date, and package online then contact us to reserve your wedding package on your chosen wedding date (dates go faster than you think!) Once your reservation is made, you will receive a confirmation packet in your email. It contains a log in so you can securely access all of the following documents whenever you wish. It will also let you know your current balance that will be due on your wedding package.

Couple embrace in Siesta Key at sunset wedding on the beach

Couple embraces in Siesta Key at sunset wedding on the beach

  • A quote document: This will have any ceremony extras you may wish to add to your package (professional wedding photography, toasts, water on ice for your guests, etc.)
  • A Florida marriage license document: This document thoroughly explains the process in obtaining your Florida marriage License.
  • A Ceremony questionnaire: This document is where you will insert all of your ceremony choices (ceremony colors, ceremony and music choices, etc.)
  • Your Final Invoice: The balance that is owed on your package, after your deposit. Also invoices for any ceremony extras. If your beach area requires a permit (which we will inform you when reserving), we will obtain the beach wedding permit for you, and add this cost to your wedding package.
  • A Recommendations document: This information can be very helpful in planning your Siesta Key Beach Wedding. We list restaurants, hotels, reception sites, hair and make up, and florists.
  • A general timeline to assist you in planning your destination wedding. in addition to this timeline, we will provide you a very detailed ceremony agenda the week of your wedding with all the specifics of your wedding. For example, where we will meet you at your location, how your bridal party will walk down to the aisle, and how the after ceremony photography will work. When available, we will even provide you with an aerial view of your particular beach location, along with any surrounding landmarks to assist in planning your Siesta Key Beach Wedding. We want to make sure you have as much information as possible, so you can relax and enjoy your destination beach wedding in Florida.

Save the Date

Just Married couple smiles through buoy in Siesta Key

Happy couple just married on Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota

Keep your guests in mind when planning your Siesta Key Beach Wedding. Give your guests the details we provide you with for the ceremony location. For example, the main beach in Siesta Key is very large. We give you an aerial view of the wedding zones, along with landmarks. Passing this information on to your guests is important so they can arrive on time and at the right place!

Share the Timeline of your Wedding

  • If your wedding starts at 6:00 p.m., guests are instructed to arrive between 5:30 and 5:45, so they will be seated and waiting for your arrival at the ceremony site.
  • Siesta Key, Lido Beach and the surrounding beaches in Sarasota are always popular, so parking can sometimes be hard to come by. We would suggest getting there a bit earlier than even requested, so there is time to find adequate parking. As most weddings happen near sunset, the day visitors will have left the beachfront area, so this always helps a little in clearing the parking lots.
  • If you are staying in Siesta Key: there are several golf cart companies that offer free rides throughout the island. This is a great way for your guests to arrive and not have to worry about driving, or parking.

Share your Recommendations

Give your guests some of the recommendations from our furnished list, so that they have options for hotels, condos, etc. You can also contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce (which we are a proud member), and they can provide you with some local guide maps that will include even more local restaurants, marinas, etc. for you and your guests to enjoy after your wedding day. Having a wedding party? They might want to get their hair and makeup done for the wedding day: we recommend A Victorian Bride hair and makeup by Linda and her team. You won’t be disappointed!

Beautiful bride Siesta Key

Having a destination beach wedding in Sarasota, Florida can be an amazing experience when you choose the right company to ensure its success. Pick the company with 5 Star reviews! To get help in the planning your Siesta Key Beach Wedding, contact us today.

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Need to Know: Beach Wedding Bridesmaids

Having your friends stand by you on your wedding day is more than just a tradition. It’s a friend’s way of saying, “I love you, I support you in your marriage, and I’ve got your back.” And choosing your beach wedding bridesmaids is just as important as choosing where you will get married…in this case, it’s a beach in Florida! Which one? Why not choose one of the Gulf beach venues such as Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Siesta Key for you and the gals to stand together by the emerald water on your special day.Will You Be My Bridesmaid written in beach sand And once you’ve established your bridal party, the next step is to choose the right beach wedding bridesmaid style. You will probably want to include some color and design themes from your all-inclusive beach wedding package. The Destiny is the package that has the most color options for customization. With up to 24 chairs, it is a great choice for a larger wedding. Another popular package our brides love is the Rustic Romance (shown below) which can accommodate up to 100 guests! Whichever complete wedding package you decide upon, you and your bridal party will want to arrive in style.

Bride Guide: Beach Wedding Bridesmaid Style

Wedding couple kissing on white chairs in St. Augustine

Bridesmaid Dress Color:

Beach wedding pastel colors

This is probably the biggest statement when it comes to the overall aesthetic look of your wedding. Are you into bright and bold or are you looking to go natural and blend in with the beach scene? Remember to think about the BIG picture. Envision you and your bridal party in front of your beach wedding package set up and decide what look you want to achieve. And remember, you can totally go for matching dress and decor (bold or neutral), complimentary but not quite “matching” colors, or a neutral for set up and bold dresses (or vice versa).

Nude color bridesmaid dresses in front of beach dunes

Three Bridesmaids smile in St. Augustine Beach in peach dresses
Beach bridesmaids in royal blue dresses with yellow flowers

Yellow dresses on the beach with laughing bridesmaidsFlower girl and bridesmaids pose in pink dresses on Siesta Key beach

Gold dresses on bridesmaids with bride in Siesta Key

Beach bridesmaids wear lavender gowns posing with bride

Bridesmaid Dress Style:

Do your ladies have a variety of body types? It’s likely that there is a variety of shapes and sizes standing up in your wedding. Before you are able to make the final call, get advice from your bridesmaids so they feel comfortable in what they’re wearing. There’s lots of resources for body types and flattering styles just like this one. And remember you can choose one style for all or do a little mixing and matching within the same color family.

Budget Friendly:

You probably have a good idea of where your friends stand financially (ballpark figure anyways). So consider this when choosing dresses. If you’re friend is scraping the bank just to travel and attend your wedding, don’t send her into debt over a dress. There are lots of affordable bridesmaid dresses. Some tips for saving money include:

  • Shopping last year’s dress styles
  • Looking in nontraditional dress stores (think Macy’s, Dillard’s formal clearance section)
  • Shop local: Support local business and do yourself a favor by checking out your local bridal shop’s sale rack. Often they need to clear previous season’s dresses to make room for the next batch.
  • Resale- Check sites like Ebay or a local Facebook resale site. This is especially convenient if you are mixing and matching styles or colors.

Hopefully this guide has you started on the path to planning your dream beach wedding. And if you need some more help with designing and planning, contact us here!

Fort Myers: Beach Wedding Inspiration

It’s time again to look at wedding colors and decor trends to inspire your wedding dreams for the new year. In Fort Myers, Florida the forecast is: warm, sunny, with a touch of spring pastel! Check out some of our staff favorites for affordable beach wedding set ups that are perfect for a Gulf beach wedding. Whether it’s a Spring beach elopement or you’re ready to get ideas for a destination wedding later this year, these inspirations will have your beach wedding heart in full bloom!

Plan Your Fort Myers Beach Wedding

Our favorite thing about a beach wedding in Fort Myers is the warm sea breeze, sugar sand and sunny skies. The natural, outdoor environment and white sand coordinates with any wedding color scheme! Our beach wedding packages allow you to choose your dream color design or touches like Starfish. So here you go, get inspired…

Colors and Trends

NEUTRALS: White, blush, and ivory are such classic colors that really they can go with any season. This allows you to really be creative with your focal points of design such as flowers, textured greenery or accessories like lanterns or buckets. For example, the Nautical Knot Beach Chic design pictured below has such a clean, subtle design it blends seamlessly with the sand and water. This allows you to include pops of color through your floral bridal bouquet or bridesmaid dresses and groom attire. All-white flowers look natural and organic and give your wedding an elegant look.

Bride and groom say vows holding hand on Wilbur Beach, Daytona FL

PASTELS: It’s hard to say the word Spring and not think of baby pinks and blues, soft greens and cream. In the beach wedding world, we love soft colors that compliment the natural beauty of the sand, sea and Florida sky. In Fort Myers, the Gulf water is a beautiful turquoise so just about anything goes. For 2021, we are seeing groom attire trend towards bolder colors while the bride and her bridesmaids stay with pastel tones.

Beach wedding pastel colors

FLORALS IN FOCUS: For brides flowers never go out of style, and that goes for beach weddings too! We love the simple, organic beauty of our Natural Distinctive Design Wedding Package which features bamboo and champagne tones: timeless and elegant in its rustic wedding simplicity.

Gulf beach wedding in Fort Myers

Incredible Weather

Another great thing about a Fort Myers Beach Wedding is the lovely weather. There are usually a few lingering “cold days” before Spring and we use the Florida definition of cold. Florida Cold: Any temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit! Spring Florida temperatures can range anywhere from upper 50s to low 80s, which by most standards is pretty pleasant weather and the oceanfront is usually milder.

Affordable Wedding Package Prices

No matter what location you choose, our complete wedding packages allow couples to have the wedding of their dreams without breaking the bank. It can be planned from the comfort of your home because we show you online exactly what you are going to get with each package. We provide you with a detailed timeline, an aerial view of your beach ceremony location, photos of all of our decor and wedding ideas from you to choose from, sample ceremonies to read and choose and more. The classic distinctive design below includes everything you need

Classic Distinctive Design Gulf Beach Wedding couple kissing

And if we had an image to match the stress level for couples planning a beach wedding with our Florida Beach Weddings company, it would probably be something like lying in a hammock on the beach or a happy just married toast! Affordable, stress free, gorgeous: the triple play!

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Break Away To A Butler Beach Wedding

The Beach Location

Kaylee and Brandon said, “I do” in July at Butler Beach, just south of St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Butler Beach on Anastasia Island is only eight miles from St. Augustine’s historic district. Wide stretches of white sand beach makes it the perfect location for a beach wedding ceremony. Butler Beach offers free parking, restrooms, showers, barbecue grills, and picnic pavilions.  

Butler Beach Bride with Father on sand

The Bride

The bride’s beautiful lace wedding dress included a train that trailed beautifully behind her in the sand. Her father walked beside her to give her away at the beach ceremony. Kaylee and Brandon chose to write their own personalized vows which were witnessed by 50 guests. Music on their custom playlist included, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. Our wedding ceremony coordinator, Pam, officiated as they tied the knot under this black bamboo wedding arch.

Couple marries under pink and blue wedding arch on Butler Beach, FL

The Ceremony

The couple had one groomsman and one bridesmaid, who looked splendid in her purple gown. They had a Unity Sand Ceremony to symbolize their new life together after marriage. This was was included in their Destiny package. The bride chose coral (tropical delight) and blue as well as beautiful tiki torches to highlight the black bamboo of this wedding package design (natural bamboo is available too). Purple chair bands adorned the white guest chairs. The tiki poles were connected with strands of small white seashells with small purple flowers on the strands. So pretty!
 

Bridesmaid in purple dress on Florida beach

They got to keep the vase to remember their special day with their family. After the ceremony, our beach photographer got to work capturing all the special moments of their wedding day. Choosing this option, for a small fee, can make a big difference in the quality of photos you have to remember and share forever. Don’t leave these important moments up to somebody’s iPhone!

Couple kisses under pink and blue wedding arch by the Atlantic Ocean

The Wedding Photography

Kaylee and Brandon will remember their special day forever and we hope they will return to Butler Beach. At the end of the beach wedding the family and friends walked down to Atlantic ocean to take more pictures. Our professional wedding photographer takes as many interesting poses as possible. As you can see below, the landscape provided many fabulous opportunities for memorable pictures.

Couple poses on rocks at Butler Beach, FL after wedding

Couple holds hands by the Atlantic Ocean after beach wedding ceremony

Family photo after wedding on Butler Beach

Wedding couple strolls holding hands on Butler Beach by the ocean