This past March the weather on the east coast was perfect for an outdoor wedding. This St. Augustine beach ceremony was everything this couple was hoping for…and the fact that their wedding package was all-inclusive was just an added bonus. The brides wedding dress with flowing train was so enchanting and perfect for a beach environment. She opted for long, flowing hair which was playful in the ocean breeze. The groom’s more formal look added a touch of class to the ceremony, and was echoed by the children’s attire.
Choosing an all inclusive beach wedding package is definitely the way to go for an easy ceremony. However, which one do you choose when there are so many beautiful designs? This St. Augustine Beach wedding couple decided to go for a vintage theme: they chose our Rustic Romance beach wedding package. It is an elegant yet earthy theme that incorporates a rustic, wooden wedding arch with soft, pastel florals.
Muted florals are all the rage this spring and when combined with neutral colors it is a sensation on the beach. This package also comes with just about everything you need to look forward to on your wedding day: vows, a unity sand ceremony, music, officiant, chairs and chilled water for your guests. The chalkboard sign at the beginning of the aisleway is the perfect way to announce the newly married couple.
Don’t worry about getting a Florida marriage license, our beach wedding specialists can help you with that. In fact, Florida destination weddings are just about the safest and easiest way to get married in the US. Our wedding company takes care of any required permits too.
The best thing about a simple beach wedding in Florida is that its fun! If you add our wedding photography to your package, our professional outdoor photographer will take all the wedding pictures you crave: the bride approaching, your vows, first kiss, family and friends, bridal party and more photos down by the ocean. Although we suggest a few traditional poses, some of the best moments are when you and your guests are relaxed, happy and laughing!
At the end of your special day you and your beloved will be laughing at how stress-free your wedding was! All-inclusive destination weddings are cheaper than weddings at home, even when you factor in travel and hotel. If you don’t want a full on, big guest wedding, you can choose to elope: many of our Florida elopement packages include photography.
St. Augustine on the east coast is so beautiful for a Florida wedding on the beach. Are you ready to have a fun-filled wedding? Of course you are! Our beach wedding specialists are ready and excited to help you reserve your date and find your perfect affordable beach wedding. Contact us today.
Tucked away, off a main road, is the beautiful 1600 acre, Anastasia State Park. Situated on a peninsula on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, 4 miles of pristine beach awaits. Not only do beach goers have this beautiful beach to enjoy, but there a variety of activities that are sure to cater to any bride and groom, wedding guests and party of any size.
The beautiful, expansive beach at Anastasia State Park is the perfect location to sit back, enjoy the warmth of the sun and the sound of the crashing waves. If you stay for your honeymoon, feel free to take a swim in the refreshing, cool Atlantic water or a casual stroll down the beachfront to collect sea shells or maybe even a shark tooth. You never know what little treasures may wash up.
Anastasia State Park is also a great location to host special events or gatherings, like beach wedding receptions! They have picnic pavilions, playgrounds, restrooms, and best of all parking. With the peach and silver sand, this location creates the perfect back drop for your special day. Nature trails, coquina rocks and natural dunes make this a favorite spot with our brides.
Speaking of rocks: Located at the park entrance, visitors can find the protected historical site of the Spanish Coquina Quarries. This archeological site dates back to the 1700’s and was the primary source of coquina. This coquina was used to build the Castillo de San Marcos as well as many other buildings throughout St. Augustine.
As far as history goes, the city of St. Augustine is close by with many attractions to explore. But why not make some history yourself by choosing this location for your destination wedding in Florida? Our Beach Wedding Specialist will help you choose the most beautiful wedding package within your budget. In business since 2007, our Florida wedding planners guide you through the steps to create your special day using your wedding ideas and our customized decorations. We setup everything on the beach and meet you and your beloved to tie the knot. Adding our professional photography ensures your wedding ceremony memories area captured forever. Contact us today to book your date!
Ways to Make Your St. Augustine Beach Wedding (Even More) Romantic
Horse & Carriage Ride
After your St. Augustine Beach wedding celebration, you and your guests will be looking for relaxing and fun activities during the rest of your vacation stay. Day or night, a leisurely horse and carriage tour through the nation’s oldest city is a cozy way to see the sights. Find a carriage along the bay front in St. Augustine. Country Carriages (pictured below) take guests on horse-drawn carriage tours of historic downtown city of St. Augustine. Country Carriages has experienced tour guides who narrate St. Augustine’s rich history, covering 450 years with fun, light, eventful stories. This is one of the best experiences you can experience in St. Augustine. Guides will often highlight hot spots around town that may have been overlooked otherwise. Tours take about 45 minutes and cover a little over 2 miles of the downtown historic district.
Top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
The breathtaking view from the top the St. Augustine Lighthouse, one of the most stunning and popular spots in the area, is even more spectacular at night by the light of the moon. Sip champagne and snuggle beneath the stars on the Sunset/Moonrise tour. Or choose to visit it as part of your honeymoon experience: your wedding guests will enjoy it too.
St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Inns
What could be more romantic than staying at a bed and breakfast inn? Well-appointed rooms, rare antiques, in room spas, freshly made gourmet breakfasts and a warm welcoming Innkeeper are always ready to accommodate any request at one of St. Augustine’s Historic Inns. One of the most popular and highly rated is the Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast (below) which focuses on details that will ensure guests have an enjoyable experience.
Laid Back Beachfront Hotel
Enjoy the laid back retreat of beachfront hotels like the Castillo Real, Ascend Hotel Collection. Sip coffee from your private balcony overlooking the ocean, relax in the spa or pool, enjoy a gourmet meal with a spectacular view at the restaurant. Close by are the Salt Life and Sunset Grille restaurants. Staff at this hotel go the extra mile to help you feel welcome. With generous room sizes and steps away from the beach, this hotel is an excellent choice. There is also plenty of parking for guests.
Toast the end of another spectacular day aboard the Schooner Freedom. Sail aboard the tall ship for a completely different view of St. Augustine’s historic district – from the sea. Although currently at reduced capacity, this is St. Augustine’s premier tall ship. 76 feet of steel, Freedom was built in Norfolk, VA, she has 76 feet of steel. Freedom is the only schooner charter vessel between Charleston and the Florida Keys. With nearly 2400 square feet of sail, she is a testament to naval history and to the blockade runners of the early 1800s. They offer relaxing Day, Romantic Sunset, and Enchanting Moonlight Sails, as well as a variety of special events throughout the year.
Plan Your St. Augustine Beach Wedding
Being lucky Using our simple Florida Beach Wedding packages, you can design the perfect beach wedding, including vow renewals or an elopement that fits your style and your budget. The staff of Florida Beach Weddings is ready to assist you in designing the ideal wedding of your dreams (see the Floral Distinctive Design package below). From officiant to decorations like wedding lanterns, and professional wedding photography, our services save you time and stress by working with one professional and reliable vendor. Our expert wedding planners, with years of retail bridal and beach wedding experience make organizing your special day not only easy but fun!
Our beach wedding company and dedicated specialists have lots of resources to help you tie the knot in style. From local salons, to florists and even reception venues, we can make recommendations that make your entire plan go smoothly in St. Augustine. You can add options and extra touches to make your ceremony exactly as you dreamed. It doesn’t matter if you are having a small wedding or larger event, classic decor or rustic romance style (wedding arch pictured below and includes 32 chairs) – we have wedding ideas for you! See some of our top staff picks for ceremony packages by clicking here.
Say your vows on stunning St. Augustine Beach with the sand, sun, ocean and rocks. Come celebrate your happy ever after with a personalized wedding ceremony you’ll remember forever with Florida Beach Weddings.
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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!