If you’re looking for a romantic destination beach wedding, few places compare to the picturesque white sand beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Imagine reciting your vows in front of all your family and friends, while the soft waves crash quietly on sugar-sand beaches. From small intimate weddings to parties with hundreds of guests, you can find the perfect venue, catering, and entertainment to make your wedding memorable. Check out these top four reasons why couples continue to choose the Florida Gulf Coast as their top location to get married.
Cotton Candy Sunsets
All you need is a quick look at Instagram or our photo gallery to see why so many couples travel from around the world to exchange their vows on one of America’s best beach destinations. On one of our 244 sunny days throughout the year, the late afternoon transitions into the evening, with a beautiful gulf sunset. You’ll see the sky turn into a kaleidoscope of vibrant pinks, reds, oranges, and purples as the sun lowers over the gulf. Curious about how Florida’s weather might affect your beach wedding plans? Check out our related blog: What’s the Best Month to Get Married in Florida?
Rain or shine, all of our venues have inclement weather plans. Even if there is rain on your wedding day, the storms in Florida aren’t known to last very long. Some of the best sunsets happen after an afternoon shower moves through and the clouds float away.
White Sugar Sand
Any beachgoer can tell you that the sand makes or breaks your tropical experience. As you walk comfortably across our soft white sand, you won’t have to worry about stepping on sharp shells or avoiding trash often littered across other beaches.
Dr. Beach, an expert in beach evaluations, regularly includes various parts of the gulf coast in his top 10 beach list each year. He has more than 50 criteria for identifying a top-notch beach, and we proudly meet most, if not all, of them. Let your guests wiggle their toes in the sand and enjoy your wedding in comfort on Dr. Beach-approved stretch of land.
Fresh Local Seafood
If you love seafood almost as much as your significant other, make it part of your wedding! Set up an oyster bar for your guests or feature fresh local fish your dinner menu. With the gulf nearby, it’s easy to add seafood to your catering options and enjoy some of the top cuisines from the sea.
From low-budget beachside grills to seafood fine dining, you are bound to find something delicious when you’re here.
Exciting Beach Activities
One of the top reasons to have a destination beach wedding is beaches are fun! In the days leading up to and following your wedding weekend, guests can soak in the sun, cool off in the emerald-blue surf, and explore dozens of other activities in the area.
If you’re feeling outdoorsy, spend the day kayaking through the mangroves looking for manatees or get pedicures with your bridesmaids ahead of the big day. Depending on your lifestyle and hobbies, you can find the perfect island activities that create exciting vacation memories.
The Florida Gulf Coast is a getaway that offers exceptional wedding experiences. Whatever reception you want or ceremony you prefer, Anna Maria Island Venues can help you find what you need to enjoy the planning process from the proposal to the vows.