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.
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:
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.
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!
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).
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.
This yellow decor with orchids looks incredible against the cloudless, blue Florida sky as this couple recites their vows on their special day.
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!
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.
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.
Micro-wedding? How about a Weddingmoon? During this time of uncertainty, an idea gaining popularity is to have a weddingmoon: you combine your big day with your honeymoon and have your closest friends and family there to celebrate with you throughout the whole adventure. Another benefit of a weddingmoon is that you can truly have the wedding AND honeymoon of your dreams in sunny Florida with good weather. Finding an affordable beach wedding package and quality hotel make for a successful experience, and a professional beach wedding company that helps with planning can take the stress away. This Coral Distinctive Design is an example of the perfect ocean theme in St. Augustine.
Marriage ceremony St. Augustine Coral Design
You will likely be booking your destination wedding ceremony a little into the future, even 2021, so the size of gatherings will vary in different areas but an outdoor wedding on the beach is a good way to play it safe…plus it’s beautiful! Most of the Florida beaches allow up to 50 people for a wedding, but with social distancing you may be able to have up to 100. You will also have a beach wedding planner to help guide you with your beach permit (if required), Florida marriage license filing, decoration ideas, local amenities and more. St. Augustine, Florida is a great choice for your weddingmoon because it has incredible beaches coupled with local amenities and entertainment…even during this time of caution. You and your guests will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy each other’s company for days!
One of the best St. Augustine wedding ceremony sites is Anastasia State Park. This Florida beach is owned by the state and has a tranquil vibe with natural beauty. There are no buildings on the beach which means you get nothing but beautiful views of the sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean as you say your vows in the sun and sea. No shoes required for this barefoot wedding! There is also a small pavilion you an decorate for a reception meal, like the one below, or you can choose to go into the city for dinner. Try our Teal Distinctive Design package for your seaside ceremony.
What is open and what is closed in St. Augustine?
Many businesses in Florida are open, but with restrictions changing often, it is good to have a list of what you can expect when visiting St. Augustine with your wedding party. This list from Visit St. Augustine is updated and can help you plan your post-wedding activities. There are no quarantine orders or restrictions in effect for those traveling to Florida from other states. Many city tours, mini golf, and museums are OPEN but it is advisable to call first and check. At the time of publishing this blog, the Castillo de San Marcos Spanish fortress is not open, but you can walk around it and enjoy the view.
Hotels in St. Augustine
Most hotels are open for business, however some may have limited service. Therefore, it is best to call and get details before booking your stay. Again, the helpful list from Visit St. Augustine is a great resource! Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort is a popular choice among our brides. You can book their oceanfront banquet room as your wedding reception venue for larger weddings, and have one of our beach wedding ceremonies on the sand right at the hotel, depending on the tide schedule as the beachfront area is smaller. However, keep in mind this Embassy Suites hotel is only valet parking.
The Castillo Real resort is an easy walk to the beach in St. Augustine and is a great choice for your wedding and honeymoon. We can perform all of our St. Augustine beach wedding packages here. However, for our larger packages, all of your guests must be staying at this location as the parking is very limited for non-hotel guests. If you are planning a more intimate beach wedding here, consider going to the La Cocina for dinner, located directly in the hotel.
More Beach Wedding Wedding Ideas
If you love barn weddings but can’t part with the idea of getting married on the beach, then look no further than our Rustic Romance complete wedding package. With vintage vibes and rustic florals in muted colors, this is one of our most popular packages.
Our staff pick for St. Augustine beachfront weddings is the Floral Distinctive which embodies all the beauty of this east coast beach. With a natural branch canopy topper and flowing, draped material over bamboo it provides class and elegance.
Reserve Your Wedding Date Today
If the idea of a large or small beach wedding in St. Augustine interest you, or even a weddingmoon…contact one of our Florida Beach Weddings specialists to find a ceremony date that works for you!
A St. Augustine Wedding Day Like No Other
Being inside all the time has many of us feeling a little down, but in Florida things are looking up. And at Anastasia Beach you can trade your gray skies for blue. Trade boots for bare feet. Trade layers of clothes for sun dresses. And when you hear “white wedding,” the white sandy beaches are a perfect match for your stunning wedding dress. Well, let’s see just what a dream beach wedding at Anastasia Beach looks like.
What We Love about an Anastasia Beach Wedding :
Anastasia Beach offers easy beach access with plenty of parking. Some neighboring beaches are equally as beautiful, but guests may be forced to walk up to a mile or more from the closest parking spots. Parking can be at a premium for many beaches and the large parking lot relieves that concern for your beach wedding ceremony. In addition, this beach also offers a very easily accessible handicap ramp right by your wedding ceremony location. There are no buildings on the beach and no driving, so you get nothing but beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and beach dunes. The Sea Turtle Pavilion is available for small, outdoor wedding receptions. There is a permit fee for an Anastasia State Park Wedding, the price depends on the size of your wedding.
It’s a common misconception to think all Florida beaches are alike. Each has it’s own unique characteristics. And these can change within the short distance of just 5-10 miles up or down the coast. Anastasia Beach is made up of gorgeous white sand, untouched sand dunes, and beautiful rolling ocean waves. Think poster print beach wedding photography.
St. Augustine is a treasure chest full of adventures, nature, and history. And within just a couple miles of your Anastasia Beach Wedding, you can rent bikes or paddle boards, catch an outdoor concert, or zipline through the Alligator Farm. St. Augustine is a top destination for Florida weddings. Well, here’s proof. These are some of our favorite shots from Clari and Ciro’s February beach wedding at Anastasia Beach. Her short wedding dress was perfect with the groom’s white attire. This couple are a picture of joy in these photographs take by our professional wedding photographer.
Clari & Ciro’s Anastasia Beach Wedding
There are many all inclusive wedding packages and elopement packages for you to choose from with our beach wedding company. Click here to book your Anastasia Beach Wedding today!
For couples who want to skip the cost and fuss of a large St. Augustine Beach wedding, St. Augustine elopement packages are the perfect solution. The historic downtown district and idyllic beaches set a romantic backdrop for a small, intimate or completely private elopement wedding. Here’s everything you need to know about St. Augustine elopement packages.
St. Augustine beach weddings are meant to celebrate the love of a couple, which can quickly be forgotten in the hectic planning of a large ceremony. Whether you want to say your vows on the sand or in a courthouse ceremony, your St. Augustine elopement ceremony is sure to be special and created especially for the two for you.
Just as mind boggling
A St. Augustine elopement wedding can be just as complicated as a larger wedding, if you don’t have the wedding planning help you need.. Things to consider are securing a permit for a beach or an historic site, finding a place for the after-ceremony celebration and, probably, a bed and breakfast inn to spend your first, romantic night together. (At that point your wedding becomes your honeymoon).
The Perfect Solution
Couples today have very busy lives. They work, volunteer, exercise, play sports, have hobbies and enjoy the company of friends and children. There may not be any time to plan this major, life-changing event, the wedding of your dreams. The perfect wedding solution may an elopement wedding. This kind of wedding helps you to relax into your married life together. It can be as spontaneous or as planned as you like. And why not choose the beach?
St. Augustine Elopement Packages
Elopement wedding packages take care of all the details for you. They help you find the ideal, scenic location for your ceremony, secure a site use permit, employ the photographer, and help find a restaurant that suits your palate. You can book the Bed and Breakfast with your preferences of view in mind. Some of the packages and inns offer special gifts for staying or planning with them. Gifts can include a bottle of champagne and his and hers flute glasses. Some elopement packages also arrange for sightseeing tickets and discounts once you’ve tied the knot. Some even file the marriage certificate for you (our beach wedding company does)!
Variations of St. Augustine Elopement Packages
Some couples choose to bring another couple on their elopement wedding. Only do this if both members of the couple are your best friends! The other couple serves as the best man and maid of honor. They also are your witnesses. But, what if you want to ditch them once the honeymoon begins? It could be problematic. For those married couples wanting to renew their vows, a St. Augustine beach elopement package is the perfect way to celebrate your continued commitment to each other.
How to Plan Your St. Augustine Elopement
Because Elopement Weddings are very popular now, the best plan is to not do it alone. You can select the attire, location and one of the St. Augustine elopement packages, and Florida Beach Weddings can do the rest. Once you decide whom you want with you at the elopement wedding, you can simply contact Florida Beach Weddings to see the many choices you have. Most packages allow up to 8 people in attendance. Prices for St. Augustine elopement packages range from $850 to one thousand dollars, which also can include a beautiful canopy and seating.
Contact floridabeachweddings.com to get started today. See you in St. Augustine, Florida!
St. Augustine beach wedding couple in the ocean
Do you want to say your vows with sand between your toes and the sound of Atlantic waves gently washing ashore? Does the ancient Conquistador and Pirate lore of Old St. Augustine, the oldest United States city, entice your imagination? Here’s our third installment in the Virtual Getaway series with a rundown of the unique and scenic St. Augustine Beach Wedding Venues perfect for saying “I do!”
Bridge of Lions St. Augustine, FL leads to Anastasia Island
Founded by the Spaniards in 1565, this city in northeastern Florida is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S. Filled with narrow cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, St. Augustine offers historic landmarks such as the Castillo de San Marcos, boutiques, eateries, live music venues and art galleries. With so much history, many of the city’s top attractions are believed to be haunted by Spanish settlers and original settlers! For couples this means night-time ghost tours, trains, and spirit-filled walking excursions.
Castillo de San Marcos
There are multiple St. Augustine beach wedding venues ideal for a beach wedding ceremony. St. Augustine has beaches that are owned by the state, the county of St. John’s, and also the city itself. It’s important to know which government agency has jurisdiction over the part of the beach you select. That’s why 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..
Tour historic Flagler College St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine Beaches
Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park is one of the most popular St. Augustine beach wedding venues and is the closest beach to the historic district. It is ranked as a top Florida beach. This state owned beach is very natural and is absent of buildings. With plenty of parking and a view of the lighthouse, this is a perfect fit for brides with either an extensive or selective guest list. There is also the Turtle Pavillion which can be used for small wedding receptions. Learn more about Florida Beach Weddings at Anastasia State Park!
Frank B. Butler Park
Frank B. Butler Park is a St. John’s County Beach Access Point that has plenty of drive-on parking. Of the St. Augustine Beach wedding venues, this location is a popular choice to tie the knot, with it’s fine white sand and wide beautiful beach. It is also the site of civil rights confrontations during the 1960s. Learn more about Florida Beach Weddings at Butler Beach!
River to Sea Preserve
River to Sea Preserve offers a unique St. Augustine beach wedding experience in Flagler County. Just 15 minutes south over the Matanzas Inlet. this natural location adds travel to the itinerary for the day’s events. However, it’s worth the trek. The ocean rocks make for a setting that can produce striking wedding photos. Plus, the Marineland area offers seclusion from the main tourist areas of St. Augustine.
There are also beachfront and riverfront hotels that can be ideal St. Augustine Beach wedding venues. Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach Walk has a beautiful boardwalk that guests can walk from the hotel down to the beach for the ceremony and then back to the hotel banquet room for the reception. The City of St. Augustine Beach issues the permit for this location.
Nestled on the white sand beaches of St. Augustine Beach sits the magnificent oceanfront House of Sea and Sun aka Saint Augustine Bed and Breakfast. It was built in 1914 by the niece and heir to the Henry Flagler fortune. This charming Saint Augustine oceanfront bed and breakfast features the warmth of a bygone era, with all the modern conveniences. Each room is beautifully and uniquely decorated with quality antiques and accessories for your comfort and pleasure. This is the perfect location for a destination or small, intimate wedding.
Also The Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine oceanfront hotel is steps from the sand, with balcony views of St. Augustine Beach. Downtown attractions like Castillo de San Marcos are 10 minutes away. Our Florida weddings can be performed on the hotel beach. They offer water sports and family-friendly activities, plus cabanas and a bar for poolside sipping. Start your morning with Starbucks in the lobby and our free made-to-order breakfast.
If all these St. Augustine Beach wedding venues have your head spinning, the smartest thing to do is contact Floridabeachweddings.com. We make it easy and fun 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.
This couple is happy to say “I Do” under one of our Classic Distinctive Design Wedding Packages in Florida.
Many brides-to-be dream of having a St. Augustine Beach wedding. But not many future brides know how to start planning for one. Once you find the perfect St. Augustine beach wedding location but before selecting dresses, colors, flowers or any other crucial details, you need to know whether the city, county or state owns that part of the St. Augustine coastline. More importantly, since all beaches are public, you will need to know which of the St. Augustine Beach wedding permits is right for you on your special day.
Types of Beach Wedding Permits
There are multiple St. Augustine beachfront stretches that are ideal for a beach wedding. Some St. Augustine beaches are managed by the state of Florida. Others are managed by St. John’s county and still others are under the management of the city of St. Augustine Beach itself. Each government entity requires a different application, a different usage fee and has a different amount of wait time before receiving approval. Each kind of beach has specific rules and regulations, too. Florida Beach Weddings has all the information at their fingertips and is happy to take this concern off your list and obtain this permit for you.
Florida State Park Beach Wedding Permits
State Park beaches, like Anastasia State Park, have always been a destination of choice for weddings because of their absence of buildings and abundance of large parking lots. There are two types of permits for Anastasia: 20 or less guests, and over 20 guests. There is only one permit allowed, per time slot, per day. So, we want to obtain the your beach wedding permit as soon as possible, to insure your desired date, and time.
St. John’s County Beach Beach Wedding Permits
One County beach access point in particular, located at the end of Dondaville Road, has fine white sand and drive-on parking, but require four-wheel drive access. There are many other beach accesses that are traffic fee. All of St. John’s county requires a beach wedding permit. The average wait time for processing the permit is two weeks.
City of St. Augustine Beach Wedding Permits
The City of St. Augustine Beach is a small community within St. John’s County. This stretch of approximately three miles on the beach, requires its own permitting. There are several residences along this stretch of beach, and a beach wedding would not be allowed due to local ordinances (this is only true for this small stretch of beach within the City of St. Augustine Beach).
Family and friends St. Augustine Beach Wedding
Avoid the St. Augustine Beach Wedding Permit Red Tape
Many brides-to-be are way too busy planning the big event, in addition to working on their career and enjoying other aspects of their wedding planning, to be researching and applying for St. Augustine Beach wedding permits. Florida Beach Weddings takes the work out of selecting the perfect location. Just tell Florida Beach Weddings your location requirements and we will suggest specific sites for your consideration. If any permits are required, we will obtain them for you and add the cost of the permit to the price of your St. Augustine Beach wedding package.