Fort De Soto Beach Weddings

Do you want to get married in a tropical Gulf beach paradise? Then choose this much-praised county park – part of the boating community of Tierra Verde – that covers five islands and 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, and offers activities and amenities to entertain you for a day or more (campsites and abundant hotels nearby enable extended stays).

With so many possibilities, you can set an agenda that’s full or freewheeling: Rent a canoe, kayak or bike to explore this beach park’s trails; fish from a pier; visit the historic fort; or simply lounge on the Florida beach named “Best Beach for Families” by USA Today (in 2014).

Anticipate sea shells of every color and humongous white sand dollars, and collect all you want – as long as they’re no longer alive. Taking live shells and sand dollars is illegal, but the park’s gift shop stocks plenty of preserved specimens for collectors.

Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto Beach. The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment which will highlight your Gulf beach experience. Have your Gulf beach wedding on white sand that sparkles like snow, with a gentle sea breeze to accompany your vows. A perfect setting for love!

Wedding couple kissing at sunset on Fort De Soto Beach, St. Pete

FAQs 

Wedding couple in surf on St. Pete Beach FL
Do I need a permit for my Fort De Soto Beach Wedding?
Yes. You will need a permit for your Fort De Soto beach wedding ceremony. Our dedicated beach wedding planners can help you with that. 
Do you provide recommendations for vendors?
Yes. We have a few of our preferred vendors listed on this page. Once you reserve your wedding date with us, we will provide access to our list of recommendations for hotels, possible reception venues, hair and makeup, florists, etc..
Is Fort De Soto Beach good for a sunset wedding?
Yes, Fort De Soto Beach is perfect for a sunset wedding. It sets directly over the Gulf beach and sinks into the emerald waters. If you are looking for an incredible sunset beach wedding, this is the destination for you!

Contact us about a Fort De Soto Beach Wedding

Fort De Soto Beach Wedding Packages

Our Gulf beach wedding packages bring class and elegance to the beautiful, tropical beach setting. We have made sure that all of our decorations meet high expectations. With large bamboo poles, many aisle-way choices, bamboo wedding arch and canopy colors and more, you are sure to find the beach wedding package that fits your needs. We have designed the most elegant and classic small wedding elopement packages and also large scale destination weddings. 

Couple kissing under floral beach arch
Teal blue beach wedding arch and chairs
Wedding couple on the beach under tropical arch
Floral Gulf beach wedding arch and chairs

Fort De Soto Beach Elopements

Beach Elopements are a dream come true in tropical Fort De Soto Park. Our Simply Florida Package includes a beautiful, large bamboo canopy, ceremony officiant and ceremony photographer. The views of the stunning sunset will leave you and your guests in awe. Fort De Soto is a location out of a dream that will give you memorable wedding photos to show off forever.

Nautical Knot Package

Our Nautical Knot Beach Wedding Package is the most affordable options if you are looking to enjoy your ceremony with some friends and family. This package includes a three post bamboo arch draped in up to two of your color choices, an aisle-way, ceremony music, chairs, officiant and more. Be able to be surrounded by your bridal party, include your kids, and bring your family to your Florida wedding ceremony. Enjoy walking down the aisle with your toes in the sand while music plays to the love of your life, surrounded by beautiful beach decor and a professional beach wedding company.           

Destiny Package

The main appeal of our Destiny Package is the full bamboo canopy and the customizable options. With a wide array of canopy colors, aisle-way choices, ceremony music choices and more, you can make the package as unique as you are. Whether you plan to go tropical or natural, you will have plenty of options.  Our Destiny Package can accommodate any amount of guests, whether it will be just you and your close family, or all of your friends and family, this package is a great choice for you. If you will be having over 50 people, you will need to contact us for a custom quote.       

Distinctive Designs

If you are looking for class and elegance for your unforgettable beach wedding experience, then our Distinctive Design Packages are for you. We use our upgraded bamboo for the full bamboo canopy, elegant draping, dramatic aisle-ways, upgraded sand ceremony vase, deluxe white chairs with chair band, ceremony officiant, ceremony music, a chalkboard sign announcing the new couple, and a chilled water station for your guests enjoyment. Check out our Distinctive Designs on the packages page. 

Beach Location at Fort De Soto Park 

With white sand, beautiful sunsets, metered parking, restrooms and more this beach has beautiful greenery, adding a great backdrop to your after ceremony photography. 

Where should I stay for my Fort De Soto Beach Wedding?

St. Pete Beach weddings and hotels on the beach.

Beachcomber

The Beachcomber

The Beachcomber in St. Pete, FL, will bring you to the “5 o’clock somewhere” state of mind for your beach wedding. Enjoy their private beach, outdoor pool and of course Jimmy B’s Beach Bar. This is an easy and convenient way to plan dinners with your guests, or enjoy a nice relaxing evening beachfront dinner with your fiance. This is an easy way to relax and not have to worry about traveling or getting around. The best part? The views of the sunset you will receive from the deck! 

St. Petersburg Plaza Beach Hotel

Plaza Beach Hotel

Plaza Beach Hotel – Beachfront Resort

The Plaza Beach Hotel has been family owned and operated since 1988. With just 39 suites, you and your guests can enjoy the place without major crowds. All of the suites have a kitchenette and are spacious. With mini golf on site, volleyball nets, pool, beach chairs and more, you can truly enjoy St. Petersburg and the Fort De Soto beach location. 

Beach Reception Venues

St. Petersburg Beach Weddings and events to dine,

400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse

400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse in St. Pete has many different private dining options. Enjoy the private chef’s table, which holds up to 12. Or take advantage of their other rooms for larger weddings. With the capability to go up to 200 people, you are sure to find something that fits your needs. Continue the class and elegance our beach weddings have with an unforgettable private dining experience. 

St. Petersburg beach weddings and ideas.

Castile

Take advantage of this beautiful, modern restaurant. With unique drinks, fine dining and panoramic views of the ocean, their rooftop dining is an experience you and your guests won’t forget. Not only do they have rooftop dining, but also private indoor dining if you are looking for something inside. Castile brings serves Latin and Mediterranean dishes with fresh seafood that showcase the seasons.