A beach wedding ceremony is a loving and romantic pronouncement of your wedding vows. It can also include the sand ceremony and/ or the blessing stones. The sand ceremony has the couple picking up sand from the beach or if they prefer, any color sand they choose, and pouring the sand into a keepsake heart bottle, while the blessing stones has the couple and guests tossing stones into the water after the ceremony with a special wish for the couple.
Yes, there will be other people on the beach as all locations are public Florida beaches. Some locations are less crowded than others depending on the time of year, day of the week, and holidays that are happening around your wedding date. Our experienced wedding planner team can help guide you through your location selection. Every beach in Florida is a public beach so there are no beaches that can be reserved privately unless you are staying at a private resort or condo that would allow you to host a beach wedding on their property. At sunset there would be a less congested beach and also cooler weather. Most of the beach tourists leave the beaches by late afternoon, so a sunset wedding would have far less people around, and perfect for a more intimate beach wedding setting.
While having your wedding on the beach is your dream , don’t spend the last few days before your wedding lying out in the sun , plan ahead. If your pale you may want to get a spray tan a week or so before your wedding. If you have the opportunity to lay out ahead of time do so , but try to avoid the sun that last few days before your wedding , it may not give you the healthy glow your looking for , nothing looks worse then you being bright red in all your wedding pictures, from sun burn the camera will magnify your red color so avoid the sun 24-48 hours before your wedding pictures.
While of course every bride wants and does look their best on their wedding day , think about the fact that you are planning a wedding outdoors in the Florida sun. For many months of the year the beach temperature is close to 100* with 80-90 percent humidity and your wearing a beautiful but heavy dress. You will perspire, its unavoidable. Talk with a local make up artist about wearing waterproof makeup, nothing looks worse in pictures after the ceremony than the brides mascara running down her cheeks, or perspiration leaving lines in the makeup on your cheek bones as its runs down your face.
Yes, you may use your own officiant but they must be a Florida Notary, or a pastor affiliated with a church for the ceremony to be legal.
For destination beach weddings, it's important to plan ahead and book your wedding date and travel plans as early as possible. We recommend reserving your location and desired ceremony set as soon as you can to ensure its availability for your desired wedding date.
That being said, depending on availability, we can help coordinate and plan weddings with as little as one week's notice if needed.
The Sand Ceremony is a touching addition to your beach wedding ceremony in which the couple will have two vases of different colored sand, symbolizing their separate lives before they found each other. The sand is then poured into one keepsake bottle. Once the sand is blended together, it can never be separated, just as the love between the newlywed couple. The sand color can be customized for the couple, and you may choose to include children or family members with multiple colors. The special and unique sand design created symbolizes the couple’s future together.
The Blessing Stone Ceremony is a meaningful and exciting ceremony performed along the ocean shore. After your beach wedding ceremony, your guests are offered sea stones and encouraged to wish on it or say a prayer. The newlywed couple and entire wedding party then toss the blessed stones into the ocean. Not only is it a special photographic moment but it is a wonderful way for everyone in attendance to be involved in the wedding ceremony.