What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
Typically the weather out at the beach is very favorable – if there is going to be inclement weather, we will know this ahead of time. We will be in contact if anything needs to be changed or updated and give recommendations the night prior – ultimately it will be the decision of the couple on what their preference is. In the evening, (Sunset Time) the weather is often very nice, even if there were storms earlier.
Unfortunately we have no control over the rain and our vendors have been paid, reserved the date / time for your wedding months in advance. We will work with you in changing the time, date or location when possible to accommodate your wedding. There are a limited number of nearby shelters or pavilions on the beach that would be a reasonable option to hold the ceremony. If there are any breaks in the weather, we will head out on to the sand for more pictures and celebration. Keep in mind some require reservations.
Customer may have the choice to apply the fee to another date, time or location if a named Hurricane makes landfall at the time of your scheduled wedding, at the ceremony location. This date must be discussed and agreed upon to avoid conflicts with previous bookings. Please note additional costs may be incurred should the wedding need to be moved to a Pavilion (if available), Reception Venue provided by the Couple, or outside location not agreed to in the initial booking due to inclement weather. We strongly encourage couples to have an indoor/covered alternate location reserved and mentioned to GBW at the time of booking, additional permission may be required.
Sand Key, Indian Rocks Beach
Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach
Lido Beach, Siesta Key
Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL
Pensacola Beach, Ft. Pickens, Opal, Navarre
Destin, Ft. Walton Beach
St Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach
We have our own reception facility located on St Pete Beach (6655 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706 – Affordable Banquet) which can used in the Tampa market in case of inclement weather (if available). Some of the items which can be used on the beach, may not be able to be used at the reception.
We do not use tents or recommend them as a rain backup alternative / the tent would have to be extremely large and have to be reserved at least a few days in advance. The possibility of lighting and the inability of your guests to get to the tent without getting wet is often reasons why this is not a viable option.
Rest assured, we make every effort to have your Beach Ceremony out on the sand and are flexible to work with you on the time, moving the ceremony a little earlier in the day or even the following day – depending on the schedule. There are no additional fees for this, its more about doing the best we can for each of our couples!