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.
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!
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 St. Augustine Beach Wedding Permits
There are multiple St. Augustine beach 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 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 that concern off your list.
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).
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.