St. Augustine Beach Weddings
St. Augustine beach weddings combine the best of both worlds: a beautiful historic downtown with the tropical beaches of Florida. All of our popular beach wedding packages are available in the St. Augustine area. With many unique dining options, day trips, excursions and sight seeing options, you and your guests will get to escape reality and enjoy an experience like no other.
St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States and with more character than you could ever imagine. The highlight is the Castillo de San Marcos: the oldest masonry fortress in the United States. While you are here for your beach wedding you can also enjoy a haunted ghost tour, a horse and carriage ride downtown, cobblestone streets, quaint bed and breakfasts and fine dining. For more ideas and inspiration on what to do while in St. Augustine, check out Visit St. Augustine.
We recommend Vilano Beach or Anastasia State Park as a choice spot for your ceremony. It’s north of St. Augustine and popular for its casual atmosphere, quiet ambiance, and natural surroundings. The photo below shows Amanda and Josh after saying their vows at sunset. Leave the big city behind and escape here for your beautiful destination wedding! More of our favorite St. Augustine beach wedding venues are listed below which are perfect for an intimate elopement or a luxurious wedding with friends and family. We look forward to working with you to make your dream beach wedding come true.
All-inclusive St. Augustine Beach Wedding Packages
Our popular beach wedding packages are the ideal way to plan a beach wedding ceremony. Details of what is included in all of our complete Florida weddings can be found on the packages pages as well as photos to show you the many options available. You choose the package that fits your needs and then start customizing it to fit your colors and style. We have a wide variety of canopy material color choices, chair sash color, ceremony vow choices to be read by your included officiant, and ceremony music. To make your St. Augustine wedding even more unique, you can upgrade to a custom ceremony playlist to play your special song, or you can write personal vows for your ceremony (see vow samples here).
St. Augustine Beach Elopements
Our Florida Simply Package is designed to be a complete elopement package. We make sure you feel as special as any bride during your elopement ceremony. We include a four post bamboo canopy, a ceremony officiant, a photographer to provide you with the photos taken, a keepsake sand ceremony and legal filing of your Florida marriage license. You can also upgrade to our Natural Canopy decor for a beautiful setup, or our tropical canopy decor for the beach style to show. If you will be having guests (6 maximum) You can also check out our Simply Deluxe Package with chairs and music.
This is our most affordable St. Augustine Beach Wedding Package with all the bells and whistles. With our Nautical Knot Package, you get a 3 post bamboo “canopy” draped in two colors, your choice of aisle-way from our selections, chairs, music, ceremony officiant, sand ceremony and more. If you are looking to bring your guests down for a beautiful and affordable beach wedding ceremony, walk down the aisle, be surrounded by your friends and family and have beautiful decor, this is a package to check out.
Our Destiny beach wedding package in St. Augustine comes with a four post bamboo canopy draped in your two color choices, chairs, aisle-way, canopy topper, music, ceremony officiant, sand ceremony and more. What is different in the Destiny and Nautical Package? The Destiny Beach wedding package includes a full bamboo canopy, more music choices, more aisle-way choices, more canopy toppers and more chairs.
Distinctive Design Packages
Our Distinctive Design Packages are a favorite among our brides. We make sure every decor detail has been covered. With upgraded bamboo canopies elegantly draped, dramatic aisle-ways, a chalkboard sign announcing the couple, a refreshment station for your guests’, an upgraded sand ceremony vase and more, your Pinterest dreams will come to life. Check out our many different designs available by visiting our Packages page and selecting one of our Distinctive Designs.
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Hotels for your St. Augustine Beach Wedding Ceremony
Where should you stay for your wedding? If you will be staying at a hotel directly on the beach, we may be able to perform your beachfront wedding ceremony there. If you are hoping for this option, consider having your guests stay at this hotel as well to eliminate any parking issues. If you are looking for a more unique feel, consider staying in a hotel downtown and using one of our provided locations for your beach wedding ceremony in St. Augustine.
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort
If you are looking for an all-inclusive St. Augustine Beach wedding and reception, Embassy Suites is an ideal location for you. You can book their oceanfront banquet room as your wedding reception venue (up to 300 guests) and have one of our beautiful beach wedding ceremonies on the sand right at the hotel. However, this Embassy Suites hotel is only valet parking and may make it difficult if most of your guests will be staying elsewhere. This is one of the few options for hotels that are directly on the beach in St. Augustine. You will need a required beach wedding permit to have your ceremony at the Embassy Suites in St. Augustine.
The Castillo Real resort is located on the beachfront in St. Augustine. 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. This makes your day as smooth as possible. Eliminating any and all travel, makes for a stress-free beach wedding ceremony.
Anastasia State Park Weddings
Anastasia State Park is our ideal location for St. Augustine Beach weddings. Just a short drive from downtown St. Augustine, you will have a wide variety of dining options to choose from for your reception. Anastasia State Park has a large parking lot, so it is a great option for small or large weddings. 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 receptions. There is a permit fee for an Anastasia State Park Wedding, the price depends on the size of your wedding. For more information on an Anastasia Sate Park Wedding, check out our information here.
Butler Beach Weddings
Butler Beach is a great option if you have guests that would have a hard time getting down to the beach. Butler Beach allows beach driving for 4 wheel drive vehicles ONLY. The beautiful walkway down to your beach wedding will make for beautiful photos. However, since this is a beach driving beach, it tends to be the busier option of our St. Augustine beach wedding locations. There is a permit fee to have your wedding ceremony at Butler Beach.
Reception Venues for your St. Augustine Beach Wedding
For a unique, yet elegant, dinner reception after your St. Augustine beach wedding ceremony, A1A Ale works is a place to be considered. They have two private dining options, one for up to 60 guests and one for larger parties, so weddings of all sizes can have a private dining option. This unique St. Augustine reception venue will complete your experience in Florida. This is about a 3 mile drive from Anastasia State Park; close and convenient for your guests. Walk around downtown and explore all St. Augustine has to offer after dinner!
Pavilion at Anastasia State Park
Bring the tropical feel of your St. Augustine beach wedding ceremony to your reception and complete your night at the Conch House. The Conch House has a Caribbean feel, fresh seafood, unique dining huts, views of the water and marina and a fun, laid back atmosphere. Your guests will love getting to experience the complete Florida lifestyle at this reception venue unlike any other!
When is the best time for a St. Augustine Beach Wedding?
Winter Weddings: Winter weddings allow you to take advantage of emptier beaches, earlier wedding times and out of season discounts. The beaches are beautiful for a ceremony as they tend to be much less crowded. The sun also sets earlier in the winter, so you can plan for an afternoon or even a beautiful 4:00 wedding start time, making the rest of the night right on schedule for dinner, dancing and an unforgettable evening. You will also be able to take advantage of out of season rates on hotels and possibly even dining and tours.
Fall Weddings: Fall weddings allow you to take advantage of the warm weather and less crowded beaches. Fall is a beautiful time in Florida as the extreme summer heat is over, but you can still relax and enjoy sunshine days in the sun. It is the perfect time to renew your vows, have a commitment ceremony or plan a complete Florida wedding ceremony,
Summer Beach Weddings: If you want a vacation and beach wedding all in one, summer is the perfect time. We plan our weddings either early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the sun bathers. You will be able to enjoy sunshine, swimming in the ocean, the pools and all the fun events that take place in the summer months. This is ideal if you travel with kids.
Spring Beach Weddings: Spring comes complete with the perfect weather for a beach wedding: not too hot and not too cold. You can enjoy a day relaxing on the beach or out experiencing downtown St. Augustine without getting too hot. Spring weddings also allow you to take advantage of amazing wedding times and have a little bit of an earlier ceremony, allowing plenty of time for wedding photos and reception time.
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St. Augustine Beach Wedding FAQs
When is the best time for a beach wedding in St. Augustine?
We recommend doing an evening or morning wedding. This gets you out of the Florida heat as much as possible and the beaches tend to be less crowded. If possible we recommend scheduling a weekday wedding. The beaches are far less busy and you are more likely to get the “private” beach feel every engaged couple dreams of.
We are staying on the beach in St. Augustine. Can we have our wedding at our location?
In some cases, we can arrange to have your beach wedding behind your hotel or rental house on the beach. We would need the exact address to determine if a beach wedding there is possible. Please contact us so we can help you plan your special day.
Do I need a beach wedding permit?
Do I need a beach wedding permit?
What is the best location for my St. Augustine Beach wedding?
We highly recommend Anastasia State Park. With a large parking lot, all siwedding parties will be easily covered. There is also no driving on the beach, which means no cars in your background. There are no buildings blocking the views and there are beautiful dunes to complete your beach wedding photos. A small, romantic pavilion venue is available to rent for your wedding reception.