Anna Maria Island in Tampa Beach Weddings
This sleepy ‘Old Florida’ town is one of our most popular spots for romantic beach weddings. Located in Manatee County, about 40 minutes south of Saint Petersburg, Anna Maria Island’s white sand, oak and palm-lined beaches and stunning sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for saying ‘I do.’
One of the most sought-after venues in the country, Anna Maria Island has for years been the Tampa/St. Pete area’s best-kept secret. The Knot has rated Anna Maria Island’s Sandbar Waterfront Restaurant, where you can can enjoy fresh-caught seafood while watching the sunset, the “Best of the Best” seven times.
An array of beautiful tropical birds make Anna Maria their home. The whole island is a bird sanctuary, and your wedding photographer will likely capture a pelican, crane, heron, wild parrot or sandpiper as part of the shots on your big day.
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Coquina Key Beach is a favorite among many brides. The sugar-white sand, tree-shaded areas and view of the gulf entice many couples to plan their ceremony here. The beach is divided by antique piers stretching into the water, and dolphin sightings are common. If you want the charms of an intimate beach ceremony but have a large guest list, this is the perfect spot for your beach ceremony.
Escape the sunbathers and beach walkers with a ceremony at our White Avenue Wedding Site, which provides a semi-private location for your ceremony. The tree-lined path leading up to the beach provides the perfect entry for the wedding party and bride. Parking is available a few blocks away at the corner of White Avenue and Gulf Drive.
Our Holmes Beach location is on a public beach, best suited for weekday or evening ceremonies. Located gulfside, this beach offers stunning sunsets and is easily accessible.
You can also rent a private beach house on Anna Maria Island. Our site is perfect for smaller gatherings, ideally 20 to 30 guests. Nestled between tall pines down a shaded path, this beach site offers the ultimate in escaping civilization and enjoying the beauty of nature. Talk to one of our representatives if you are interested in this option, and we can provide you with more details.
As it’s name suggests, Holmes Beach is located just South of Anna Maria Island proper. The beautiful sunsets and boardwalk of this location can provide a wonderful area for those couples who may not want to get married on the Public Beach. After the wedding, you and your bridal party can go a few blocks to the East. Bay Front Park is nearby and amenities include a pavilion with thirteen picnic tables, two 24” grills, water, electric and one concrete counter. Restroom facilities are nearby and the play area next to the pavilion is open to the public. ADA accessible. Pavilion Rental Fee: $95.00/$101.18 with tax. Choose from one of Our Wedding Packages or build your own custom wedding, with our easy to use Beach Wedding Studio™
Anna Maria Island (Private Area)
*This location is provided a Beach House with riparian water rights is rented in conjunction with the wedding.
Nestled between tall pines and down a shaded path, you will find one of the most secluded wedding ceremony sites on the island. There is only street parking for this location. The entire island of Anna Maria is a bird sanctuary where pelicans, multiple types of cranes and herons, wild parrots, sandpipers, hawks, seagulls, and crows share the island with humans. This secluded haven is not handicapped accessible, because of the steep boardwalk. We give out the address after booking and making a deposit to limit the number of weddings here. This location requires additional setup and has limited parking (20-30 Guest Maximum) and may be subject to Permit Approval from the City + Beach House Rental with Reparian Water Rights. Wedding Packages
The public beach on Anna Maria Island, also known as Manatee County Public Beach, can be very busy and it’s not recommended for weddings. If you do choose this location however, please plan a sunset wedding during the midweek (Monday – Thursday). This will help with parking and allow you more privacy for your wedding, commitment ceremony, vow renewal or elopement. The sand is sugar white and you are sure to find some seashells or perhaps a Spanish Doubloon that has washed up on shore. Anna Maria Island offers spectacular sunsets, warm tropical temperatures and a gentle breeze. Our Wedding Packages
The Spring Avenue Wedding Site is ideal for small family gatherings who are dining at the Sandbar Restaurant. Several brides and grooms have combined their ceremony with a family vacation at this site, and it is our most popular location with international guests drawn to the beauty of Anna Maria Island. *Please note The Sandbar restaurant does not accept reservations.
Bay Front Park, located on the eastern side of the island, is best for couples who want the beauty of the sun and surf at their ceremony, but aren’t crazy about the sand. The park overlooking the bay has a grassy field where you can say your vows, and the western side of the island is just a few blocks away if you want the sunset in your pictures. The park is a great reception site as well, with several amenities available including a picnic pavilion and grill.
If you are interested in a wedding getaway and a family beach vacation without spending a fortune on travel, you have found the perfect spot. Spring Ave. is perfect for small, intimate family weddings. Plan a dinner at the Sand Bar Restaurant and park at their location or park at the end of the street at the corner of Gulf Drive and Spring Ave. This wedding site is our most popular with international couples looking to celebrate their Florida Destination Wedding. Choose from one of our beautiful Wedding Packages today! Don’t see a package that says YOU? Create your own custom wedding with our Beach Wedding Studio™