Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is starting to be distributed in the United States, we can begin to think about when weddings might get back to normal and have some hope. Even though brides and wedding planners are optimistic, it’s going to take some time to get the vaccine to all the recipients in high priority groups…and even longer for the general population. So what does that mean for a couple that wants to get married in 2021? For the Fall wedding season, key populations may already be vaccinated: so hopefully we will be past most of the COVID-19 outbreak by that time.

Bride and Groom in Covid Masks on Clearwater Beach

Eric and Trisha in COVID-19 wedding masks on Clearwater Beach

But what about the earlier months in 2021? Experts advise that couples should continue to follow the safety measures advised so far. That’s why you might want to consider a Florida beach for your wedding: it’s outside, it’s warm and you can easily social distance. Zoom and live feeds can be used on the beach for relatives and friends that cannot be present.  Many couples get married legally on the beach, but put off the big wedding reception until they get home. Some have a small, outdoor dinner party at a Florida restaurant. Others may wait to schedule the reception party to go along with their first wedding anniversary, just to be on the safe side.

The bonus with a Florida Beach Wedding is that it will surely cost less than a wedding at home. Brides can still have a decorated ceremony, full of all the beautiful decorations they desire, at a much lower cost than a traditional wedding. Plus, you will likely get better weather with a beach wedding, even if it is early in the new year. They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing!

Bride and Groom say I do on a Florida Atlantic beach

Bride and Groom say I do on a Florida Atlantic beach with Tropical Decor

Having a large wedding reception is likely still out of the question in early 2021, so what can you offer your guests? Although masks and social distancing will still be necessary in some places, the bonus to hosting a destination ceremony in Florida is that you can entertain outside. You can definitely eat outdoors at a restaurant or a covered beach pavilion (like St. Augustine), and outdoor activities are everywhere in Florida. From mini-golfing to cycling to kayaking, there is a socially distant activity for everyone.

Anastasia Park Wedding Pavilion

Sea Turtle Pavilion at a St. Augustine Beach Wedding reception

“But is a destination wedding really that easy to plan?”, you might ask. You might think there is extra work involved. Well, really it’s quite simple if you have the right help. And by the end of this post, you’ll know everything that goes into planning a beach wedding in Florida. And from the comfort of your living room sofa, can plan your entire beach wedding that won’t break the bank! Here’s how:

1. Choose Your Wedding Date

Couple kisses at Daytona Beach Wedding

Couple kisses at Daytona Beach Shores Wedding

Bookings for summer 2021 are increasing as Coronavirus vaccine hope rises! So maybe you want to consider a Spring beach wedding or Fall. Whatever your choice, you want to be sure to get the right date for you and your beloved. Pent-up demand for travel makes it important for couples to book that important date as early as possible with the wedding provider of their choice.

2. Make Your Deposit

Couple kisses at Jacksonville Beach Wedding

Couple kisses at Jacksonville Beach wedding under lily bamboo wedding arch

Once you’ve decided your date, your deposit will reserve your selected beach location and date. And this deposit goes towards your package price once you decide on the right beach wedding package for your special day.

3. Choose Exact Time and Ceremony Decor

Are you looking for a late morning wedding with a quiet, intimate ceremony? Or will your wedding bells be ringing in the afternoon/evening hours with a sunset?

Upon your deposit payment, you will receive the User ID and Password to our selections pages.  Here you can make all of your important beach wedding ceremony selections.  A confirmation packet will be sent to you via email, where you can fill in all of your contact information, and selections electronically. Our professional design experience allows for easy decisions on your end and you can keep it as neutral or colorful as you like! Do you like white chairs or bamboo? Tropical flowers or lilies? Lots of green palms or starfish? You can even have black bamboo for your wedding arch if you like. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of themes and styles for almost any beach bride to love!

Bamboo chairs and tropical flowers on bamboo wedding arch on Daytona Beach

Aloha Destiny Package on Daytona Beach with bamboo chairs

Couple saying vows under lime and bamboo wedding arch on Siesta Key Beach, FL

Nautical Knot Wedding Ceremony Package on Siesta Key

4. Getting Here/Staying Here

Basically you just need to find a way to get to the beach, find something to wear, and come with marriage license in hand! Airline travel is expected to pick up in the second quarter of 2021 as the vaccine continues to roll out. With Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa and Sarasota International Airports all within 10 minutes to 70 minutes of the beach, your travel arrangements should be easy to make. Airlines are taking safety measures seriously in 2021.

Treasure Island Beach Weddings in Clearwater at the Thunderbird hotel

Thunderbird Beach Resort, Treasure Island near St. Pete, FL

We can see that Florida has many hotels to offer and the hygiene of guests is very important. Our Florida Beach Weddings company can help you with recommendations in your desired beach location. We can also help you with restaurants, florists, hair salon recommendations and more.

5. Wedding Dress

Choosing a wedding dress is such a timeless right of passage for brides. And just because you’re getting married on a beach doesn’t mean you can’t pick out an elaborate wedding dress. Or, maybe you love the idea of a casual wedding dress, short dress or bohemian style. Whatever your style, whatever your budget, choose a dress/groom attire that suits you and matches your personality.

Barefoot bride and groom kiss after St. Augustine beach wedding

St. Augustine Beach bride and groom

That’s it. Seriously. You just basically learned to plan your destination wedding in Florida. You don’t have to settle for a drive-through or middle of the street wedding ceremony. You don’t have to wait forever to get married. Run away and tie the knot the way YOU want! Click HERE to contact our beach wedding specialists today.