5 Things To Think About When Planning a Florida Beach Wedding

wedding couple looking at sunset

On the beach in sunny Florida is one of the most beautiful, unique, and fun ways to say “I do.” With gorgeous weather, some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, and a host of non-wedding activities for your guests, choosing Florida is easy. There are a few other things to consider when planning your perfect Florida beach wedding.

Time of year matters for Florida beach weddings

The best time to have a Florida beach wedding depends on your destination. The humidity is at its worst in South Florida and the Gulf Coast in July, August and September, and the Panhandle can get downright chilly in January and February. Also, remember that Spring and Summer Break are peak tourist seasons, which may mean higher prices for airfare, lodging, and activities. 

Go for a sunset or sunrise beach wedding

There’s nothing quite like a Gulf Coast sunset. Watch the colors turn from orange, to pink, to yellow and all the colors in between, then look closely for the fabled “green flash” as the sun dips below the horizon. Add in passing sailboats and playful dolphins, and it’s truly a magical experience. Time your ceremony for just before sunset begins so you’ll be in a perfect light for post-ceremony pictures.

If you plan to get married during the hotter months, consider an early morning wedding. On the East Coast, you can say I do with the sunrise. On the West, you’ll enjoy cooler temperatures during your ceremony. Either way, you can spend the entire day celebrating your new “married” status on the beach!

Make sure you have inclement weather plans

The #1 reason to have a Florida beach wedding is to say “I do” with your toes in the sand. However, it is Florida, equally famous for sudden summer showers as it is for endless sunshine, so it’s always good to have a Plan B. Be sure to find a venue that has an inclement weather plan ready, preferably one that keeps your guests dry but still lets you enjoy a view of the water. That way you’ll still be near the beach, even if you aren’t right on it.

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Plan wedding weekend activities

If you’re having destination wedding, you’ll want to be sure your traveling guests have plenty of entertainment options within reach, and within budget. That’s pretty easy on Florida’s West Coast. Rent jet-skis, ride horses in the waves, take a sunset cruise, charter a fishing boat, go on nature hikes — you can even canoe through mangroves or swim with the manatees.

How much, or how little, do you want to DIY?

This might be your most important decision. Doing-it-yourself can help you manage your wedding budget but remember: weddings have a lot of logistics, and beach weddings even more so, like beach permits. Even if you want to handle a lot of the decorations and style choices, you may want to opt for a venue that can help you handle the rest of the details. Then all you have to do is show up and enjoy your magical beach wedding day!

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