Florida Gulf Beach Weddings provides beautiful and affordable Tampa Florida Destination Beach Wedding Packages for all beach locations in Pinellas County, Sarasota County, Manatee County and Tampa Bay. Also we have expanded to do Destin Florida Destination Beach Wedding Packages. Choosing the right company can be time-consuming and exhausting, especially when you are booking online or 100’s of miles away. Let us take care of all the stressful organizing, so you can really enjoy your big day!
Our team of Wedding Professionals can help with all of your wedding plans: Intimate Elopement, Vow-Renewal, Small Family Wedding or Second Marriage, Large Formal Weddings & Commitment Ceremonies.
We have pre-designed our Florida Beach Wedding Packages to be All-Inclusive for all group sizes and budgets (2, 10, 20, 40, 50+). There are nine Beach Wedding Packages we currently offer not including the Proprietary Beach WeddingStudio option, with the flexibility to customize your choice of Flower Color, Chair Sash Color, Wedding Music (please save to a playlist on an iPhone, SmartPhone, iPad, iPod, etc), Ceremony Vows – Unity Sand & Blessing Stones, and much more.
Spreading Joy Through Beach Weddings
Gulf Beach Weddings currently services 6 out of TripAdvisors ‘Best of the Best’ Top 13 nationally recognized beaches in 2020, including 4 out of the top 5! In comparison, Florida currently holds 8 of the Top 25 spots – that’s nearly a third of the entire poll for the United States! Our exclusive Tampa beach wedding locations have been hand-selected over the years to provide the most beautiful and convenient wedding sites for a destination wedding! See all of our Florida Beach Weddings locations.
Privacy, ease of access, ample parking, lively boardwalks, areas for picturesque photos, palm trees and white sand, limited or no permit fees, and locations close to amenities (but far enough away from the busy beach-goers) are just some of the perks. Each location is geared toward the sunset ceremony; we have personally serviced hundreds of weddings at each of these locations, so you can be sure that they are proven and tested. Check out our Gulf Beach Wedding Reviews and what our couples have to say!
Keep in mind, we are not limited to the locations listed. Over the years, we have created beautiful destination weddings at condominiums, hotels, resorts, private beach houses, the beautiful Straub & Vinoy Park, and the Hyatt Regency on Clearwater Beach. We can setup just about anywhere with permission and access! However, we have found that the locations listed below are the most inviting and convenient in Florida for a destination beach wedding.
We create a once in a lifetime experience, through the Magic of a Beach Wedding
365 Availability: Midweek (Monday – Thursday) are always the best choice and you will find the beach far less crowded, making for a more romantic ceremony.
At Florida Gulf Beach Weddings We Do Not!
Limit You to the Number of Guest Who May Attend
Restrict You to Certain Days of the Week
Charge Extra for Sunset Weddings or Weekends
Charge Extra for Meetings, Conference Calls, or Emails
Charge Extra for Bridal Aisle Way
Charge Extra for Recorded Wedding Music
Why Choose US?
Our Beach Wedding Packages include: Wedding Ceremony Site, Bamboo Arch & Decorations, Gazebo Arch Upgrade, Chairs w/ Cover & Choice of Sash, Tiki Torches, Bridal Aisle, PA System with Recorded Wedding Music (Bluetooth Enabled), Photography, Video, Live Wedding Music, Professional Ceremony Officiant, Recording of Marriage License and Day-Of Coordinator. This also includes Setup, Beach Raking, Take Down and Cleanup.
Pre-Designed Wedding Packages
You may add any or all of these to our Wedding Packages: Custom Colors and Aisle Way Features, Barefoot Beach Shoe Basket, Sunset Champagne Toast, Rose Petal Aisle Way (@ Select Locations), Tent Option for Cake Cutting, Wedding Signs and much more…Please see our ‘About Us‘ page for more History & Mission Statement.
*Flowers provided in the above picture are custom and provided by a local florist. Arch & Fabric provided by Gulf Beach Weddings.
Wedding Planning Process
Date/time reserved and blocked off on calendar
Vendor deposits are issued
Phone call, email, and/or meeting support
Obtain Marriage License: Florida Marriage License by Mail Program (through GBW) or at the Local Clerk’s Office where you are to be wed.
30-day call ahead in which we confirm all details, go over a timeline of the ceremony, and answer any last minute questions.
Say “I Do!”
Fill out bottom portion of Marriage License and File.
Recorded Marriage License received and mailed to couple direct.
High-resolution edited images (via email link) of wedding photos.
High-resolution 10-12 minute HD video delivered of ceremony.
I would like to have a Beach Ceremony w/ Tent Reception
While we do offer a Tent Option, this may not be what you expect as it is not a full reception. We recommend this for couples looking to have something simple (Cake Cutting and/or Champagne Toast) for about 20-30 minutes following the ceremony towards Sunset. This would not involve a caterer, additional tables/seating, or function as a backup in case of rain as we are limited to the size of 10×10. Keep in mind only certain locations allow this and additional fees apply for permits and/or additional time. Further, any food put out…the local wildlife (birds) will be joining you. The Beach Locations that allow the small Tent Option are often the most crowded sections of beach as they tend to be able to accommodate larger gatherings. We have found, the best solution is to have the ceremony at a remote, more private location and the reception nearby (within 5-15 minute drive). Most of the guests coming into town for the ceremony will be renting a car, carpooling or using a ride-share option!
We do offer a Wedding + Reception Packages at our new reception facility on St. Pete Beach (6655 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL): www.affordablebanquet.com. This is arguably the best options since it has a built-in back up plan in case of inclement weather!
Please Contact Us via email or call (727) 475-2272 for more options!
Wedding Cancelations / Refundable Deposits
Unfortunately, the deposit, plus any fees spent on your behalf for items to service your wedding are non-refundable. They are paid to individuals and companies to reserve their date and time. This includes but is not limited to permits, flowers, cakes, supplies, outside deposits to specialty vendors.
This applies to Photography, Videography, Live Musicians that are booked and cancelled months prior to the Wedding. Their deposit is forfeited as part of holding the date and foregoing other opportunities.
Cancellations Due To Natural Disaster
You may have the choice to apply the fee to another date, time or location. This date must be discussed and agreed upon to avoid conflicts with previous bookings.
Customizing Our Wedding?
Yes, of course! Feel free to add readings, prayers, poems to your liking. You may choose your own ceremony to include family and friends – this is often recommended during the ‘Unity Sand’ portion.
Please provide us with a printable word document of your ceremony via email 2-weeks prior (we will make sure everything flows and sounds right)!
This is a fun way to include family members, but also add personal vows to really make your Wedding Day unique!
Dream Wedding Builder & Permit Fees
Our Wedding Packages are designed to be All-Inclusive in Nature. However, as we move toward more Fully-Custom Offerings – there is simply no way to eliminate these additions/upgrades, etc. This is also what makes it more fun – you can completely Customize Your Beach Wedding Ceremony specific to your style and taste! Please Check out our proprietary Beach WeddingStudio: www.gulfbeachweddings.com/dream-wedding-buider
Permits: These are not included with the Wedding Packages we offer, since each Municipality has a different set of Rules & Regulations, thus Permit Requirements. The Beach Ratings’ Pages offer this in more detail and are automatically integrated to the Wedding Package as you make your selections: Tampa Ratings – https://gulfbeachweddings.com/beach-ratings-2/, Destin Ratings – https://gulfbeachweddings.com/emerald-coast-beach-ratings/
Unity sand, Blessing Stones, extra fees?
There is absolutely no additional charge for any of these! Unity Sand or Blessing Stones are a fun addition and included with all of our Wedding Packages.
How does parking work?
All locations are subject to Public Parking. Certain locations include the Entrance Fee (Henderson Beach State Park for example) however, we are not allowed to reserve parking spots. For this reason, we have recommended time frames for everyone to arrive: Ceremony Timeline. Further, we recommend avoiding the middle of the day on Saturday/Holiday weekends (+$250 Premium). Most locations have metered parking and can range from $1.50-4/hour or a flat fee for the day. Please Contact Us if you have specific questions in this regard.
Can our pets be include in the ceremony or wedding party?
Technically No (as a rule of thumb). However, Yes at some locations. Please contact us or the Beach Municipality to confirm.
Can we have singers and music during the ceremony?
Yes – the PA System is included with all of our Wedding Packages. Please confirm ahead of time so we set out the appropriate Microphone and extension chord! We do offer several instruments for Live Music if this is of interest: https://gulfbeachweddings.com/music/
Do you offer rehearsal services? If so, how much and when?
Yes, we do offer Rehearsal Services (of course, we are a Wedding Company!)
This is typically done the afternoon the day prior or agreed upon time. Keep in mind the Beach Ceremony is often an informal event, so the rigors of a Traditional Ceremony are thrown to the Ocean. We typically gather everyone to answer last minute questions and conduct a full walk through 1-2x’s until everyone is comfortable.
The cost for a rehearsal is an additional $250 for all locations (+$50 for Travel outside Okaloosa & Pinellas Counties). This pays for the Officiant’s and/or Coordinator’s time, travel, and expertise.
May we use our own officiant?
Yes, you may use your own officiant.
Keep in mind our Officiates are familiar with The Order of Ceremony for our specific Company. This may differ should you decide to have a friend/family perform the same. If you use your own officiant we are not responsible for any aspect of the ceremony, guest control, signs or marriage license information.
We have a number of professionals who have been doing Wedding Ceremonies for Decades. Many are former Pastors, Non-Denominational Ministers, Notary’s, and Rabbi’s. Please inquire should you have any further questions!
Do the Rabbi and Priest charge the same fee as the notary and minister?
Rabbi’s and Priests have a different fee structure than what is included with our packages. Based on availability, the fee for the Rabbi and Priest is to be discussed and paid direct. Often, many Priests do charge significantly more than your Pastor/Non-Denominational minister ($350-1,500 just to give you an idea on pricing).
We do have 1 priest on-staff who is a retired reverend that can be requested – please Contact Us for availability.
Outside vendors and direct booking?
We have a number of Outside Vendors (Photographers, Videographers, Live Musician, etc.) that are all Professional and wonderful to work with. These can be added to the base wedding package.
You are more than welcome to use your own Vendors as you see fit – keep in mind we are not responsible for any service provided for outside vendors, booked or paid for direct.
Why are their Travel Fees?
Due to the cost of just about everything going up (Gas, Materials, Insurance, Hiring & Training, Travel associated) we have seen our costs rise dramatically since the beginning of 2021. Across the board, everything we do has increased 10-50% in some instances. Further, many of the setup crew, coordinators, and vendors do not live directly on the beach (this is particularly True in the Destin area as many come from within a 25 mile radius). Therefore, to offer the same high-quality personnel/experience at a fraction of the hotel and competitor rates – many of our Team Members travel in. We simply pass this savings on to the customer directly, only adding a small travel cost associated to your wedding. This is automatically updated as you make selections during checkout (i.e. no hidden fees!). Just another way Gulf Beach Weddings has found a way to offer the best to its clients!
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We are registered providers by the State of Florida for the Marriage License by Mail program, specifically designed for out of State and international residents. You may also obtain the Marriage License locally in-person at a nearby Courthouse prior to the ceremony. Please note many of the Clerk's Offices now require an appointment.
Tampa Counties: Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota County
Panhandle Counties: Bay, Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Escambia, and Baldwin County, AL (Alabama Ceremonies)
The couple must obtain a Florida Marriage License to get married in the State of Florida. Florida Residents have a 3-day waiting period and there is currently no waiting period for out of State Residents.
WE LOVE OUR CLIENTS - THEY LOVE US
I would like to say my experience with Gulf beach Weddings was amazing, they went above and beyond to accommodate to my smilingly unorganized event. Even after being two hours late they worked with me and still manage to make my wedding a memorable event in a positive way. Their staff was professional and friendly and very accommodating. It's not true what they say you really can get great service for a good price. My wife and i thank you from the bottom of our hearts, keep being AWESOME!!!
Our wedding turned out lovely!! Thank you to you and your staff for your set up...loved the sheen on the arch and bridge and the bows and starfish on the chairs added a lovely touch!!...and thank you for smoothing the rake lines ~ ? Thank you ~
3/16/16 - Tim & Cindy Eaton: Beach House Restaurant (Anna Maria Island)
Beautiful setup and excellent customer service! From beginning to finish working with Gulf Beach Weddings was a breeze. They gave me a perfect location with a stunning setup. The 2 gentlemen that were onsite were absolutely great! We had an issues at the beach with a home resident that tried to call the cops over my 10 year old lab being there for 25mins but they took care of everything and assured me that nothing would ruin my special day (even a rich old grumpy animal hater lol). Nothing but positive comments from guest, friends and family! Beautiful all around. Highly recommend!
11/8/15 - Private Anna Maria Location - Mr. & Mrs. Edwards
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211 14 th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33705
209 Main St, Destin, FL 32541