beach wedding Frequently Asked Questions
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On what beaches do you perform beach weddings?
We will perform beach weddings on the Gulf Coast and the Emerald Coast of Florida and Alabama. There are several beach wedding packages available for you to choose from, we will find the perfect one for you.
How early should I reserve my beach wedding date?
Try to set the date as soon as possible for your romantic beach wedding. We do get booked up quickly, especially on Saturday afternoon at sunset. Please go to the contact page for our contact form.
What about locations?
In Florida
Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach and Perdido Key.
In Alabama
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
We do not service Panama City Beach, Seaside, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach, Santa Rosa Beach in Florida or Fort Morgan in Alabama.
Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach have some of the most outstanding beaches with easy public access. The white sand and turquoise water is calming and peaceful. In the afternoon there are fewer people on the beach. Great area for beach weddings. Other areas on the Emerald Coast do not have this ability to gain beach access easily. Because of this we have stopped servicing those areas.
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Can I use my own vows?
Please feel free to do so. Wedding vows are meaningful words two people use to express their love for each other. By personalizing them, you create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. We have a section in our ceremony to put your personal vows for your beach wedding if you choose to do so.
We both have children from a previous marriage. Is it possible to include them in the ceremony?
Yes! It’s a great experience for children to be included in the ceremony. Most children enjoy the sand ceremony.
Is there a certain place where you perform beach weddings? Can I have my wedding at the condo or house where I’m staying?
On most beaches there are public access areas for weddings at sunset.Together we’ll find the best place for you. Please remember all beaches are public beach areas so there will be other people on the beach. Most people on the beach will respect your privacy. If you’re staying on the beach in a rental house or condo, we can perform your beach wedding there. This is the most convenient for the wedding party. Encourage the guests coming to your wedding to get rooms there also. Group rates may be available. Remember to check with the management and see if they charge a fee for use of the beach, you would be responsible for this fee.
How should I wear my hair and makeup? What about bridal attire for bride and groom?
You may want to wear your hair up or back from your face. The reason is there will probably be a breeze and it could blow your hair in your face. Waterproof mascara and makeup. Don’t forget the sunscreen even if you have a base tan. Brides can wear a gown, sundress, whatever their hearts desire. In the summer go for strapless, halter or short sleeve. We don’t recommend structured gowns, go for flowing. Structured gowns can make it difficult to get through the soft sand. Men go for the short sleeve button down shirt with khaki slacks. Don’t do tuxedos in the summer because it’s still very warm even in the afternoon. Grooms will faint just as easily as brides will. And everyone kicks off their shoes and has their toes in the sand. It’s very soothing.
What about parking for my guests?
It’s something to think about. If you are having a large amount of people coming to your wedding you need to think about where they’re going to park if you plan on having your wedding at a beach house, hotel or condo. If your guests aren’t staying at your hotel or condo they may not be allowed to park there as parking is limited on certain beaches. Your best answer with this situation is to have the majority of your guests staying at the same place you are. Make sure the condo or hotel you’re staying at will allow you to have your wedding on their beach. Some charge a fee and that would be something you would be responsible for. Pensacola Beach is best on parking. The reason is there is more public beach access which are great areas for beach weddings. Navarre Beach is also good with many parking areas.
I can’t make up my mind what beach to stay on. What are some of the attractions the area offers?
It really depends on what you’re looking for. In Florida, Pensacola Beach is smaller and more intimate. Pensacola Beach has a beautiful stretch of beach with no houses, condos or hotels. Don’t worry there’s plenty of places to stay on the beach but there’s also an area where there’s nothing but beach. If you’re looking to get away from everything, Pensacola Beach is the area for you. Most everything is within walking distance of the hotels. You can go on dolphin cruises, deep sea fishing, sunset cruises at just about all beaches on the Emerald Coast. And just sitting on the beach can be very relaxing. You can pick your own personal taste in beaches by thinking about what you want. Navarre Beach is also a great place to get away from it all. In Alabama, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are both great choices for destination weddings. Orange Beach is smaller and less traveled. These areas are separated by the Gulf State Park which is a stretch of open beach about 1 1/2 miles. Destin has limited public access areas but most accommodations have beach access areas. You may have to pay to use the beach in Destin. Always ask your Destin rental about your wedding plans.
I’ve seen brides with notebooks for their beach weddings. Does this really help?
Yes! Start your beach wedding notebook as soon as you can. You’ll want to keep all of your information in one place that’s easy to get to. Have everything in it from where you’ll be staying to your beach wedding theme colors. There are apps for your phone as well.
What happens if I have to cancel last minute?
If you should have to cancel we can reschedule your ceremony to a later date up to one year later if necessary. There are no refunds one month prior to your ceremony. All deposits are nonrefundable.