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About Gulf Beach Weddings

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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.

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

We create a once in a lifetime experience, through the Magic of a Beach Wedding

Since 2001, Florida Gulf Beach Weddings has officiated, photographed, coordinated, and organized 7,500+ Destination Weddings from Clearwater Beach to Siesta KeySarasota.  A Full-Service Beach Wedding Company, we offer preferred Tampa Wedding Beach LocationsDestin Wedding Beach LocationsBeach Wedding Vendors, and recommend Reception Locations based on your wedding size.  Our Wedding Packages are All-Inclusive and designed to be simple and affordable, yet elegant.  Just bring your Marriage License and Rings to the Ceremony – we take care of the rest!

Our History

  • 2001

    Local Notary Services Offered.

  • 2007

    Launch of ‘Gulf Beach Weddings’ as a website and Brand Marketing push. To create ‘Affordable, yet Elegant’ Beach Wedding Packages on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

  • 2011

    In 2011, Founder turns down CBRE offer to pursue Gulf Beach Weddings full-time. Expansion into Manatee & Sarasota Market (particularly Anna Maria Island, Lido Beach, and Siesta Key).

  • 2015

    Best and Brightest Year to Date. New Create Your Dream Wedding tool on the Website is launched – interactively choose your location and custom package options! Grow to 30+ Employees & Vendors.

  • 2017

    Purchase of Property in Destin, FL off Main Street.  Let the permitting begin…as we tip toe into the Panhandle area to serve more clients and beaches!

  • 2018

    Named to ‘Inc. 5000’ and ‘Seminole 100 List’ for the first time…successfully service 7 of the Nations top 25 beaches!

  • 2019

    Completion of Destin Office/Warehouse Property – Spring 2019.  Named to ‘Inc. 5000’ and ‘Seminole 100’ for 2nd time – successful multi-market Tampa-Destin beach locations to clients.

  • 2020

    First Full Year in business using the New Warehouse/Office in Destin, FL. COVID-19 shuts down the US economy, Travel, beaches and company. We are in it for the long haul!

WHAT WE OFFER

Destin Beach Weddings

At Florida Gulf Beach Weddings We Offer!

  • Marriage License by Mail for Out-of-State Residents and International Couples
  • Online Premarital Course for Florida Residents (Coming Soon!)
  • 10% Military Discounts for Active Military in Full Dress
  • 24/7 Unlimited Emails and Phone Call Support
  • Our New Private Reception Location – Affordable Banquet
  • 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.

À la Carte Items

You may add any or all of these to our Wedding Packages:  Barefoot Beach Shoe Basket, Sunset Champagne Toast, Rose Petal Aisle Way, Celebration Bubbles, Beach Tent Cake Cutting, Wedding Signs and much more…Please see our ‘About Us‘ page for more History & Mission Statement.

Beach Weddings

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Wedding Planning Process

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  1. Initial Booking
    • Date/time reserved and blocked off on calendar
    • Vendor deposits are issued
    • Permit reserved
  2. Support period
    • Phone call, email, and/or meeting support
  3. 60-days prior
    • Obtain Marriage License: Florida Marriage License by Mail Program (through GBW) or at the Local Clerk’s Office where you are to be wed.
  4. 30-days prior
    • 30-day call ahead in which we confirm all details, go over a timeline of the ceremony, and answer any last minute questions.
  5. Ceremony
    • Say “I Do!”
    • Congratulations!
  6. Within 10-days
    • Fill out bottom portion of Marriage License and File.
    • Officiant’s Responsibility.
  7. 2-3 weeks
    • Recorded Marriage License received and mailed to couple direct.
  8. 4 weeks
    • High-resolution edited images (via email link) of wedding photos.
    • High-resolution 10-12 minute HD video delivered of ceremony.
    • *If applicable

FAQ

Common Q & A about a Florida Beach Wedding

I would like to have a Beach Ceremony w/ Tent Reception

The Tent reception may not be what you expect.

Keep in mind: only certain locations allow this and additional fees apply for permits, tent rental and additional insurance. The cost varies depending on the size of the tent and location. Keep in mind, the local wildlife (birds) will be joining you and these areas are often the most crowded sections of beach.The best solution is to have the ceremony at a remote, more private location and the reception nearby (within 5-10 minute drive).

Most of the guests coming into town for the ceremony will be renting a car regardless and can carpool.

We do offer a 20ft. by 40ft. Masters Series – 3 point High-Top Tent which comfortably fits 50 Guests + Catering behind one of the Venue’s which allows ‘Permanent Tents.’  This is the ideal option should you decide to do so!

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.

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.  Most locations have metered parking and can range from $1.50-3/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.

The cost for a rehearsal is an additional $125 for Pinellas County and $150 for Manatee/Sarasota Locations.

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.

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.

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