Are you overwhelmed at the idea of hosting a big wedding and trying to make everybody happy? Or maybe you’re thinking of a small beach wedding because you value an intimate wedding ceremony with the people you love. A small wedding on the beach is the perfect choice for an outdoor, affordable and intimate ceremony. All the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decorations, vows, a wedding officiant, music and photography options can be included. Our Florida Beach Weddings packages start at $1099 and at the top end average $2,500, depending on location.
Our small beach wedding packages or “micro-weddings” range from 2-50 people and could be just what you’re looking for! Not an elopement, but a fully-decorated ceremony with a small group of family and friends. We perform our weddings on both coasts of Florida so you can enjoy a Gulf beach wedding on Clearwater Beach, or one on the east coast with views of the Atlantic ocean like St. Augustine Beach.
We come to your desired beach location and set up the decor, officiate your ceremony, take wedding photographs, and completely take care of removing everything after the wedding. You get everything on your wedding wish list and you don’t have to lift a finger (except for the rings of course!)
5 Tips for Planning Small Beach Weddings
1. Large vs. Small
Small beach weddings are easier to plan due to the mere simplicity of them. Less invitations, less managing of people, less money spent on catering to guests. So less really is less in this case. With larger, traditional weddings you must deal with hotel room blocking, increased meal cost (night before or reception dinner), more phone calls/emails with family members/friends to answer travel/lodging questions and increased overall stress. Brides do not need more stress, so if you want a clear cut, stress free wedding day, a small Florida beach wedding is just the ticket! With our beach wedding company you can plan every detail from the comfort of your living room; we take care of permits and helping you with your Florida marriage license. A good option for keeping it small and simple but with beautiful decor is the Nautical Knot Package. Of course, you get to pick the colors and customize many options with your wedding ideas.
2. How “small” is “small“?
When deciding your guest list, your first big decision is: are you inviting any guests or are you eloping as a couple? The term Small Beach Wedding usually means up to 50 people. An elopement is usually just the two of you, with maybe a couple of guests. It’s a big decision to elope to Florida as a couple, especially if you come from a big family with expectations or large network of friends. So, the first thing is to do some research and ask yourself, “Is a beach elopement right for me?” However, remember “small” beach wedding does not have to mean elopement! You can have a smaller, romantic wedding that is fully decorated with the latest on-trend decor such as this Dusty Blue Distinctive Design or Geometric Wedding Arch.
3. It’s all about the Money
You can go with an all inclusive beach elopement package, which allows 2-6 participants (bride, groom, plus up to 4 more). Even a larger Distinctive Design wedding package with Florida Beach Weddings still qualifies as affordable, or mid-range packages such as the Nautical Knot package or Rustic Romance. And when compared to a traditional wedding venue and reception, the savings a beach wedding package offers you is thousands of dollars. Daytona Beach is definitely the most budget-friendly option where you can often save upwards of 50% by using Daytona Beach for your wedding ceremony! Permits are less and a lot of the beach wedding locations don’t have parking fees. Hotels are often cheaper than the Gulf coast. With four beaches to choose from there is plenty to do such as paddle boarding with manatees, fishing or riding horses on the beach. Try beautiful Ponce Inlet for white sand dunes and tranquil wooden walkways.
If you prefer a Gulf beach wedding, try a Clearwater Beach location. Like many of our destination wedding locations, there are a variety of beaches to choose from. Clearwater Beach includes: Indian Rocks Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, Pass-A-Grille Beach, Sunset Beach, Fort De Soto, Sand Key and St. Pete Beach. Each has it’s own personality and attributes. Have stunning wedding pictures taken by our professional beach wedding photographer as the sun dips down into the Gulf of Mexico. These great Tampa, Florida beaches are rated as the best beaches to get married on and our couples love Gulf beach weddings combined with a wonderful honeymoon. Why leave the USA when you can have a beautiful beach wedding or elopement that costs less? Plus, you’ll have money left over for a small wedding reception or dinner at a local restaurant. We can provide you with our recommendations near the beach location you choose.
4. Guest List Dilemma
Often times with large weddings the guest list can get crazy. First and second cousins? Co-workers? College friends? New friends? Acquaintances? Small beach weddings may mean it’s just immediate family or a limited bridal party only. With an intimate wedding in Florida you don’t have to worry about hurting your long distance second cousin’s or work buddy’s feelings. The “if” invites of a large wedding are clear and definite “no’s” with a a micro-wedding. And you can always have an open invite celebratory party when you get back home from the wedding if you choose.
5. Choosing The Perfect Small Beach Wedding Package
- Elopements – If total intimacy and zero guest list sounds like a dream, an all inclusive elopement package is for you which includes wedding photography. Our Florida elopement packages allow for up to 4 guests if you wish.
- An intimate, small wedding package with up to 50 guests is a great happy medium somewhere between elopement and large wedding.
- Party time – If you read this post and decided, “NO WAY to a small beach wedding!” Well then bring on the party and check out our affordable Florida Destiny Package which accommodates up to 50+ guests. You can also go up to 100 guests with our Florida weddings using our top of the line Distinctive Designs.
Once again, if you’ve decided the size of your beach wedding, revisit our site to find your perfect beach location. We serve all of Florida so if you like white sandy beaches and sunsets then Siesta Key Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Destin Beach are right for a Gulf beach wedding ceremony. Or maybe it’s a beach scene mixed with hours of fun filled entertainment and historical sights on St. Augustine Beach, Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach, or Fort Lauderdale Beach on the east coast of Florida. We perform all our weddings personally so there is no doubt we can help you find your perfect beach wedding location: check out our professional outdoor photography to see exactly what an amazing beach wedding looks like!
So whether you’ve decided on a very small beach wedding or you’re on the fence, contact us to begin planning your dream destination wedding. Remember to browse our beach locations to pick the best beach for you both. Still need more beach wedding information? Check out our FAQ page to see what other brides and grooms often ask when planning an affordable beach wedding in Florida. Call (386) 214-6361 east coast of Florida or (727) 249-2708 Gulf coast. Our Beach Wedding Specialists are ready to help you plan your special day!