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.
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.
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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!