Quick Guide: Beach Micro Weddings Made Easy

In 2020, the one thing COVID-19 hasn’t canceled is love. The micro-wedding trend that we blogged about earlier this year continues to pick up steam and will likely continue to grow as social distancing practices continue. Less than 50 guests, and more often 20, seems to be the new normal for weddings. On the Florida beaches, wedding ceremonies continue and your guests can feel comfortable attending an outdoor wedding. The bride and groom can save money at the same time since the package cost for a micro-wedding ranges from around $1100-2,500, depending on party size, beach venue and other customization. The average size of a traditional 2019 wedding was 131 guests and about $30,000 according to a survey by TheKnot.com. Why not consider a Florida destination wedding instead?

White lily Topper

Couples who don’t want to put their weddings on hold or have a courthouse ceremony are considering their options for smaller weddings. With a micro wedding on a Florida beach, brides don’t have to give up their dreams of beautiful decorations, wedding arches and walking down an aisle. It’s a more intimate ceremony with fewer people, therefore couples can use more of their wedding budget for a memorable wedding and honeymoon.

Although many of our all-inclusive wedding packages will work for micro weddings, here are a few of our most popular:

Florida Nautical Knot Package

The perfect marriage ceremony choice for a micro-wedding, the Florida Nautical Knot package is a great option. Bamboo poles with your choice of two colors, a bamboo topper, white or ivory chair covers with colored sashes, and seating for up to 18 people are included in this package. More chairs can be added for $8 each. Click here to find out more.

Clearwater Beach wedding with starfish on altar

Clearwater Beach Nautical Knot

Beach Weddings in Florida with bamboo canopy, aisle way, fuschia and blue chair sashes.

St. Pete Beach Nautical Knot

Blue wedding arch with chairs set up by ocean on Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach Nautical Knot

Nautical Knot wedding package and couple Palm Coast

Palm Coast Nautical Knot

Florida Destiny Package

The Florida Destiny Package offers the bride the most choices for her wedding decorations. With over 20 different color choices for the bamboo canopy, multiple choices for the canopy topper, a variety of aisle-way choices and an extensive list of ceremony music choices, you can design your wedding online with flair. Seat up to 24 guests in deluxe white chairs and your choice of spandex sash color. The perfect size for a micro-wedding! Click here to find out more.

Lantern for beach wedding decor

Beautiful Florida Destiny lantern decor option

Clearwater Destiny Package

Destiny bamboo wedding altar on Daytona Beach

Shades of the Ocean Destiny Package

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

Aloha Destiny Package

Rustic Romance Package

The Rustic Romance package is our newest design and gaining popularity with our brides who love the feel of a natural, barn-feel wedding but near the sea. It is complete with a large, wooden canopy elegantly draped with flowing material and an over-sized cascading floral topper. With its muted colors, large flowers, greenery aisle, and bamboo chairs, this affordable wedding package starts at $1325, depending on location. It is perfect for the couple looking to bring romantic elegance with modern design to their ceremony on the beach. It comes with 18 chairs but can accommodate up to 40 guests. Click here to find out more.

Romantic Bohemian Beach wedding decor in Daytona

How to Book a Florida Beach Micro-Wedding

Regardless of where you live, planning your wedding with us at the Florida Beach Weddings company is easy:

  • Begin by selecting a micro wedding package that is within your budget and delights you.
  • Then reserve a wedding date and receive access to your private client portal. The contract, general timeline for wedding day, and all of your personal ceremony choices will be made online from the comfort of your home. It is easy to keep track of options and expenses.
  • The week of your ceremony, we’ll send you a detailed agenda so you know exactly what to expect for your big day. 
  • When it’s finally time to tie the knot, you’ll be able to truly relax because we’ll take care of everything. You bring your soon-to-be lawfully wedded spouse and wedding dress, we take care of just about all the rest. From set up and break down, wedding officiant, photographer, to location selections,and Florida marriage license filing, we have you covered. With our extensive experience in the beach wedding business, we can tell you what to expect and how to make your day perfect in every way!

When you combine, affordability and convenience and mix it with the natural beauty of a Florida beachfront, you can’t help but see why one of our Florida Beach Weddings is a stress free affair! The beach just has a mysterious way of taking away any tension. And the all-inclusive element eliminates so many tedious and stressful pre-wedding planning concerns.

Each beach has its own unique features. For instance, Wilbur-By-The-Sea near Daytona Beach has beautiful thick sand with dunes. St. Augustine is a historic and charming city and Clearwater Beach has amazing sunsets and is close to the excitement of Tampa. Florida Beach Weddings offers complete beach weddings on both the east coast and Gulf coast of Florida. So easy to tie the knot!

Couple sitting on sand after beach wedding Siesta Key with sunset

No matter what your original plans were, you only need three things to get married: a marriage license, the officiant and the person you intend to spend the rest of your life with. Make it beautiful and get ready say “I do” in the Sunshine State?  Contact us to book your Florida Beach Wedding today!

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.

Discover Amelia Island Weddings: the Gem Beneath Georgia

There is an alternative to Georgia beaches tucked just below the Florida-Georgia border: Amelia Island is a perfect Florida wedding venue. A special north Florida beach, Amelia Island is located just off the Atlantic coast and offers 13 miles of beautiful sea beaches, abundant native wildlife, sand dunes, and blue ocean water. This barrier island is a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike and makes a wonderful choice for a romantic destination wedding.

Tips for your Daytona Beach Wedding at the Shores

From the sun on the beach to the great restaurants downtown, this area has a quaint island feel. You may wish a small, simple ceremony, a tropical elopement, or a larger decorated ceremony, but having someone help you is priceless, so consider an experienced beach wedding company to help with your planning. Florida Beach Weddings has over 12 years experience and travels to your chosen beach venue to set up your complete wedding package. We arrange your ceremony arbor, chairs, decor and any other details you have chosen for your wedding day. There is no permit fee for marriage on Amelia Island, but you will need a Florida marriage license.

Although there are a few beaches to choose from Seaside Park is a popular, centrally located beach on Amelia Island. It offers parking areas, several covered pavilions, picnic tables and a photo opportunity on the boardwalk to the beachfront. What stunning wedding photos you will have to remember, now and forever.

Seaside Park Amelia Island sand dunes

Sliders Seaside Grill is an oceanfront restaurant/bar with a recently completed upstairs facility overlooking this park: it also has a separate facility for rent that is private and oceanfront. Nearby also is The Ocean Club of Amelia offering space for larger groups.

Sliders Seaside Grill Amelia Island for wedding receptions

Ceremony Design Suggestions for Amelia Island

Natural: If you love driftwood, take a look at our Drift Away Distinctive Design Package. No need to go looking on the beach for driftwood: we bring it to you! This beach wedding package includes the natural scenery of the sun and sea. It is all-inclusive and comes complete with a wedding officiant, set-up crew, chilled water station, sand ceremony vase and so much more. If you want a change from a bamboo canopy, then escape to beach elegance with our driftwood beach wedding package! This package offers two style designs. You can choose the asymmetrical greenery arrangements on the driftwood canopy, or you can have white flower accents halfway up the bottom of the driftwood canopy. For more impact, we can also drape a piece of white or ivory material across the top half of the driftwood wedding arch. 

Our Driftwood beach wedding packages are all-inclusive and come with beautiful decor, white chairs, burlap and babys breath.

Nautical: The Florida Nautical Knot Package is a popular design choice with our couples. It is cheaper than a traditional wedding at home, but a step up from a beach elopement package. If you want to escape to a beautiful destination wedding with a small group of friends and family, our Florida Nautical Knot Package is the ideal choice. With this package you receive beautiful decor including a bamboo wedding arch in your chosen color scheme, decorated aisleway, chairs for your guests, and more. It also comes in a Wildflower option and Beach Chic design.

Nautical Knot wedding package and couple Palm Coast

Rustic Romance: For a unique and elegant beach wedding ceremony, our Rustic Romance package is our newest design. A high, wooden canopy elegantly draped with flowing material and a extra-large cascading floral topper. For the couple that wants those extra touches of elegance and modern design, this complete wedding package will satisfy every wedding day dream you’ve ever had, while still providing an affordable destination wedding.

Rustic Romance Flagler Beach, FL

Other north Florida beaches near Georgia to consider for a beach wedding include: Jacksonville Beach and Vilano Beach in St. Augustine. Contact us today to find out if your desired date is available. Our beach wedding planners can’t wait to hear from you!

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!

Reasons to Use an Actual Beach Wedding Photographer

We’ve recently blogged about ideas for capturing the best beach wedding photo poses. However, let’s talk about why you should hire a professional beach wedding photographer for the job. Our culture’s obsession with social media and selfies has prompted big companies (like that one with the fruit with a bite taken out, ahem) to make cell phones with better cameras than most professionals had ten years ago. However, your friend’s iPhone vs. a professional beach wedding photographer is a serious consideration for your special day. Further, we’d like to discuss why an experienced, outdoor wedding photographer is the best (and very affordable choice) for your Florida destination wedding.

Professional Beach Wedding Photographer: The Right Choice

Experience:

Our beach wedding photographers have done hundreds of outdoor weddings by the sand and sea. Our professional wedding photographers know just how to pose you and your partner to get the best pictures. In fact, Forever In Love professional photographers have now joined the Florida Beach Weddings team! We are experienced with the bright lighting on the beach: the sun, the glare, the sparkling water and most importantly, the sunsets. Not an easy task when you only have a few precious moments to get a shot. We also know how to deal with the sea breeze blowing around your wedding dress and hair, or if there is precipitation coming and the light is low. Some of our most wonderful photographs include interesting cloud formations off the Florida coast. It doesn’t matter if it is a small group of family and friends or a larger wedding party. We complete the photography session with smiles, laughter and natural love showing between for our beach bride and groom.  Check out photos from some of previous weddings. 

Couple gazes at emerald Gulf Beach water after weddingCost:

Photography is included in some of our smaller, elopement packages such as Heart In The Sand. For larger wedding packages, you can add an hour of extra photography time at the ceremony site. You can get many extra photographs with special poses: this will include the wedding ceremony, some photos with your immediate family members, bridal party photos and photos of you and your spouse down by the water. 

Passe-A-Grill beach wedding couple by the Gulf

Unique photos:

Our beach wedding company takes advantage of all nature and our beach parks have to offer: dunes, walkways, water, sea oats, rocks and piers. We capture the vibrant colors of the landscape and can also do black and white photography to bring different feel, mood and emotion into the wedding picture. We take care to capture the essence of your love for each other, and the joy of each moment. If you have children, we can include them in the sand ceremony and other photos. 

Wedding couple in black and white photography by the ocean

Cocoa Beach wedding couple embraces in ocean

Beach wedding couple in Siesta Key by Gulf

Amelia Island Beach Wedding Packages in Florida.

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Final Product:

Lots of photos! Our timeless photos will leave you with beautiful memories to last a lifetime. The image quality also reflects the experience required for dealing with bright sunlight, water reflections, and unpredictable sandy/salty elements. Compare our photographs to others and you will surely see the difference in quality: clarity, composition and color. You will receive ALL the photos taken. You do not have to purchase any additional prints or photos from us. We will send you a link for to download all of your photos and provide you with a copyright release letter, so they are yours to print and share for personal use. A photo CD is available for an additional charge. 

Coulple Kisses after Miami Beach Wedding

Memories

Of course this is the most important thing about your wedding photographs: to be able to look at them any time and remember the beauty and joy of the day. Wedding days go by in a blur, and years later you will still have the photos – heirloom pictures that will be passed down to your children and theirs, and shared within your family with laughter and love. Our beach wedding photographers will be sure to create romantic images that capture the emotion, the beauty, and the joy of your wedding day on the Florida beaches.  Memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Contact us to find out more.

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