Post # 1
Although we are not “officially” engaged yet we’re planning to get married next Spring/Summer. I’ve really always wanted a destination wedding. I’m not the typical girl so I didn’t want the typical wedding. The whole princess thing isn’t for me. Not to mention my SO and I LOOOVVVVEEEE the beach!!! So I figured a DW would be the most memorable and suit us best. I want it to be small and intimate then I will have a big reception for any and everyone when we return home.
I want to get married on a beach in Florida but what I’m finding is that your wedding will be pretty “public”, meaning that there will be people on the beach etc. So I wanted to know from the brides that have had beach weddings on public beaches….did this bother you? How was it? I kind of think this may annoy me some but then again I think about the sand, the ocean, and staring at my SO so will I even notice.
For the upcoming beach brides….what’s your take on this? Is your beach wedding ‘public’? If not where is your ‘private’ beach wedding located?
Post # 3
FI and I are getting married on the beach on Sanibel Island. I’m not worried about the people being around. I know some people will stop and watch, but that’s ok with me. 🙂
Post # 4
@PrettySedity: I’m getting married on a beach near Clearwater that is public but extremely less crowded than other beaches. I didn’t want to have too many people around
Post # 5
I am getting married on the beach in Panama City Beach and I decided to do an evening ceremony because the beach tends to clear out more in the evening. We picked an area that is less crowded in general so we are hoping that many will have had their share of sun for the day and will be heading out to dinner! When we decided to have a beach wedding we knew that there would be people around but I am also thinking I probably wont notice other people that much because I will be focused on my FI!
Post # 6
I’m also getting married in Florida – Anna Maria Island. I’m not too worried about beach go-ers… it will be late afternoon in December, but hey, anyone who wants to watch is more than welcome!!! It’s also next to a restaurant where the reception is being held and they’re aren’t many sunbathers there to begin with.
Post # 7
@PrettySedity: You do NOT have to get married on a public beach! We got married in the Keys and we took over a small resort (17 rooms, room for about 45 guests) for the entire weekend – our wedding was completely private. You can find even smaller resorts that cater to “private” weddings with as few as 20-30 guests. Another option is to rent a private beachfront home; this is very popular in the Keys as well as other Florida beaches.
FYI, my wedding was at this resort: http://www.coconutpalminn.com. I’ve posted tons of pictures on different threads; you can check my post history.
And if you want to see photos of various private venues in the upper Keys, check out my caterer’s Facebook page; she posts photos from all her weddings. A lot of them are at private beachfront estates. Search for “Caribbean Catering” on FB.
If you want more info, PM me!
Post # 8
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
After having a private beach for our ceremony I would totally tell future brides to do the same thing. We watched a couple get married at our resort where the beach is public and there were people on lounge chairs next to their site and people walking behind their arches. It was awful.
I second NotYourTypicalBride, search for beach front property you can rent. It will make all the difference.
Post # 9
Hurray for beach brides! My FI and I are getting married in Vieques, PR on a public beach..but it is during off season and it is not a normally crowded beach anyways. I would recommend doing it in the evening towards sun set because of fewer people..most people will have started to leave the beach by then..
If you can afford renting a place you can always find a place that has a private beach..that would take away all worries of unwanted people. I am a bride on a budget so I opted for a cheaper route :p
Find a less crowded beach, evening wedding and you should be fine =)
Post # 10
I’m also getting married beachside on Sanibel Island. It’ll be late afternoon (sunset) in november, so I’m not too worried about alot of people around. If a few stop to stare, I’ll just ignore them 🙂