Weddings on the beach in Florida

Frequently Asked Questions

Florida Beach Weddings Information

Now that you have had a chance to choose your Florida destination wedding location and the beach wedding package that fits your needs, let’s answer your questions. Beachfront weddings are a beautiful experience, and our Florida Beach Wedding company has rules and policies in place to ensure you have the best day possible. Interested in how the marriage license works? What happens if it rains? How does the ceremony photography work? Below are frequently asked questions and answers to make sure all our Florida weddings on the beach are a success. If you have further questions or are ready to reserve your beach wedding date, please contact us.

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What is the best beach to get married on in Florida?
All of our Florida Beach Wedding locations are known for different areas of interest. Some are known for their laid back and relaxing atmosphere, while others provide you with the party of a lifetime. On the east coast of Florida there is Daytona Beach, Ponce Inlet, Cocoa Beach, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. One the Gulf coast the favorites are Clearwater, St. Pete, Siesta Key, Destin and Panama City Beach. Where you decide to have your beach wedding ceremony will set the mood for your whole wedding. Most of our beach wedding packages can be performed in all of our Beach Wedding locations. 
Do I need a Florida Marriage License for weddings on the beach in Florida?
Absolutely! You need a Florida marriage license to get married anywhere in Florida. No matter which state you live in, you must obtain a Florida marriage license but we make it easy! For our out of state couples who are having their weddings on the beach in Florida we can provide you with information on how to obtain your Florida marriage license by mail by once you have reserved your wedding with us. It is an easy process and we will officially file it after the ceremony, if our wedding officiant has performed your beach wedding ceremony.

Learn more about Florida marriage licenses by clicking here.

What happens if it rains on my beach wedding day?
We do not provide back-up for your beach wedding ceremony. However, in some of the beach parks we use, there are covered picnic areas.  And, If they are not in use, we can move the ceremony there.  If you are having your reception in the area, or staying at a nearby hotel or condo, we can move the ceremony to this nearby location (with their permission).  However, most, or all of the decor, would not be able to be moved, as it is designed for weddings on the beach.  Our main goal is to get you married on the beach. So, if it is a passing shower, we will try and wait it out for a short bit. If it is a very light rain, have your guests be prepared with umbrellas, as the ceremony will go on.
Wedding Packages and Wedding Attire
Packages:  Our Packages for weddings on the beach in Florida, are sold as they are.  You will have choices that will be listed on the package (such as chair sash color, material colors, etc…).  You will also be choosing your own ceremony and music, as well as sand colors.  If there are some things you may not need, such as the sand ceremony, you can take them off your package, but no credit will be given.  You can bring your own minister, too (no credit issued).  

Wedding Attire: Any type of wedding attire is great for weddings on the beach in Florida.  A bride’s dress can never be too formal, even if the groom is opting to wear khakis and a dress shirt. Brides, keep in mind for your hair and veil: even on the best of beach days, there is usually a breeze, so remember to have extra pins to pin up unruly bangs or fly-away curls. A veil can be beautiful at a wedding, but a long veil can easily be twisted in the wind at your beach wedding. We recommend skipping the veil, but if you must wear one, make sure you can easily take off your veil, if needed to.

Officiant (Person who legally performs the ceremony) Policies
All of our packages for weddings on the beach in Florida, include the wedding officiant. You are welcome to bring your own minister, or officiant. However, we do not discount the packages. Our Officiant is still present, acting as your beach wedding ceremony coordinator. If you bring your own officiant, or own minister, they are responsible for legally signing and mailing your Florida marriage license back to the county. Their ceremony must stay within a twenty minute time limit (this does not include you walking down the aisle, etc. it includes the actual ceremony “talking” time).
Deposit, Cancellation, Rescheduling and Refund Policies
  • A deposit is needed to reserve your date. All deposits are non-refundable NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • The amount of the deposit depends on the package chosen. Each deposit amount is listed under the package price on our packages page.
  • If you cancel your wedding with less than 45 days before the ceremony, all monies paid are non-refundable. If you cancel with over 45 days from the ceremony date, any payments made to outside vendors, or for any required permits, plus your original deposit are non-refundable. All other payments will be refunded to you within ten days of your cancellation date.
  • You have the opportunity to reschedule your wedding ceremony one time, as long as it is over 45 days from the ceremony date, and the new date is available. You will also need to put down an additional $300.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve this new date.
  • Refunds of payments (not deposits) are given for any wedding cancelled over 45 days from ceremony date. If it is within 30 days of your ceremony date, no refunds, or rescheduling is available.
Beach Wedding Locations, Permit and Parking Fees
BEACH LOCATIONS:  Remember, all beaches are public.  Even at private resorts, the beaches are public.  In most cases, you cannot block off any area of the beach for weddings.  However, we try and choose the best location on the beach to give us the most privacy, as well as the best access for you, and your guests, as well as us.  And, as most weddings are performed in the evening (near the most popular sunset time), the beaches are usually much quieter.  We can provide you with beach locations in the city of your choice. If you are staying directly on the beach, and they give you permission to use their beach access, and there is reasonable beach access, and parking for us, we can certainly have your beach wedding ceremony there. Florida Beach Weddings will determine the location on the beach, unless otherwise directed by rules at your chosen location.

BEACH WEDDING PERMIT:  If any beach wedding permits are required, we will obtain them for you, and add the cost of the permit to your package.

PARKING:  We are not responsible for any parking fees.

Are all the beaches in Florida public?
Yes all of the Florida beaches are public, however most beach goers are respectful of your wedding site. We work hard to make sure your beach ceremony is as intimate and special as possible.
Can I bring small children to the ceremony?
Yes and we have taken some great candid and planned photos of children at the ceremony. Having a great wedding schedule and time for your kids presence to be felt is a great way for them the find their place in your wedding story. We recommend having someone assigned to be responsible for children since the sand and water can be irresistible to them!
Do you help with the wedding reception?

While we are always happy to assist our brides with the entire beach wedding process, our main focus is on the ceremony. We will, however, provide you with a list of many local recommendations near your beach wedding ceremony to make this process easier for you. Our recommendation list will have all of the addresses listed that you need at a reasonable distance away or on-site. If you have any further questions about your beach wedding ceremony, our wedding planners are happy to help you!

What is the closest beach to Orlando?
Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach on the east coast of Florida are both about an hour from Orlando and each have beautiful but different Atlantic beaches and amenities. You can drive and park on many areas of Daytona Beach. Cocoa Beach is about ten minutes to Port Canaveral if you are having a beach wedding and cruise honeymoon. 
What is the best beach for a cruise honeymoon?
Cocoa Beach is ten minutes away from Port Canaveral where many cruises depart. You can get married on the beach in the morning and board your ship for your honeymoon in the afternoon. We take care of officially filing your Florida marriage license if you have used our officiant for your beach wedding ceremony.
How does photography work at a beach wedding?
Using our staff photographers will capture the perfect wedding pictures of your special day. They are professionally trained for outside beach wedding photography. All of the photographs you see on our website, facebook and instagram were taken by our skilled and caring professional photographers.
What is the most affordable beach to get married on?
Having a Daytona Beach, Florida wedding is your most affordable option! With an array of affordable hotels directly on the beach, more affordable restaurants, and just a short drive from Orlando, couples can save upwards of 50% on wedding expenses. Our wedding packages are also cheaper in Daytona Beach, and most beaches do not need the additional fee of adding a wedding permit.
Which beach location has the most unique things to do?
St. Augustine, Florida beach weddings provide you with the most unique experience you could ask for. With historic city of local restaurants, horse and carriage rides and local shopping areas, you and your guests will be entertained the entire time. The beauty and history of the city of St. Augustine is also a great place to take photos for your wedding week. You and your guests can also enjoy trolley rides, or do a haunted ghost tour at the local bars. 
Which beach has the best sunsets for my wedding?
 If you want a truly unforgettable sunset, Clearwater beach weddings are what you need. Clearwater Beach Weddings have vibrant sunsets that take over the entire sky over the ocean. Your friends and family back home will be in awe of the beautiful atmosphere and photos you will receive from your sunset beach wedding.
Do you perform same-sex weddings?

Yes we do! At Florida Beach Weddings, we believe that our motto of “love from coast to coast” should be for everyone, therefore we are proud to be inclusive wedding professionals. We have performed many same sex weddings on the beach in Florida, and want to make it easy for those in the LGBTQ community to have a beautiful ceremony to remember forever. Please contact our dedicated wedding planners today.

Questions About Wedding Vows

Each Florida Beach Weddings ceremony is customized to fit the needs of the couple. Each of our beach ceremony packages is unique and your vows can have that personal touch too. As professional wedding officiates our complete weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, and elopements can include traditional, sand ceremony, and ring vows to choose from. Click here to read our sample vows for you to use or customize. 

Our Florida weddings are meant to be a stress-free, affordable and unforgettable experience. We have taken the knowledge learned over 10+ years performing beach weddings to create a destination wedding as unique as you are. We make it easy for your to plan your beach wedding from the comfort of your couch. Contact our dedicated wedding planners today!