(Closed) Beach wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
21 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m getting married in Jekyll Island! I know that in Jekyll all you have to do is pick a spot and show up … you don’t have to have a permit or anything. Not sure if St. Simon’s is the same way, but I would assume so. And from my understanding even if you go through a hotel or something and “rent” a piece of the beach … they still can’t stop people from walking by and such … they can only guarantee you get the spot you want.

Post # 4
9 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Randi323: i too am on a low budget and am getting married on the beach.

We found a company that puts together wedding packages, you can find them very affordable on line, just make sure they are good with the BBB. I decided to use a company for that very same reason, the beach i had origionally wanted they immediately shot down for that same reason….. TOO crowded!!! They were very helpful and i have 19 people coming, total cost is 799 for us. That includes a little photography, simple ceremony, officiant, and flowers (don’t get me wrong, they aren’t extravagant flowers).

Following the ceremony, we are all going to a restaurant for dinner.


very simple, relatively cheap 🙂

hope this helps

Post # 7
5762 posts
Bee Keeper

Check with the local Chamber of Commerce and they can give you the contacts you may need to plan it. Some beach towns do require a permit and some don’t…but they may also not allow certain things, like chairs/guest seating except beach chairs, electricity for music, glasses for toasting…and parking for guests could also be an issue. They may also have some suggestions for you as to how to go about finding someone who can help you out as well as officiate.

Post # 9
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You could rent a private beach, usually attached to a hotel or resort. I found doing that was way out of my price range.

I had my wedding on a public beach. It was more of a “resident beach” than a “tourist beach”, so it was pretty empty. And people were good about staying out of the way.

There are a lot of companies that have destination wedding packages. (I put my wedding together myself, but my sister lived in the area, so she could do the run-around for me. And she knew people: my minister and hair/makeup artist were both friends of hers.)

View towards the ocean:

View towards inland:

This public beach actually had less people than the private beaches I checked out!

Post # 10
19 posts
  • Wedding: December 2011

We got married on the beach in Kauai, Hawaii a month ago. Our coordinator (her services were included in our package) helped us pick a beautiful and not very crowded beach. She also took care of the beach permit (permit cost was included in the package). People were super respectful, stayed out of the way, and one or two even asked the photographer where they should go to stay out of our shots. Strangers were super sweet too congraduating us :). I think you should be able to find info on permits online at gov websites for public beaches if you don’t have a coordinator.



Post # 10
1 posts

Hi I just wondered how you made out with your beach wedding? Trying to plan a wedding and reception for August but we have our own tent, chairs, etc. and don’t want to go through any venues or resorts on St. Simons. Do you know they require a permit for a beach ceremony if wanted to pitch a tent for the reception? Thanks

Post # 11
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

I had a coordinator help with our beach wedding because we did need a permit (total package was 3000 and included cake, music, minister, flowers and photographer). We had our ceremony on a public beach but we got married at 9 am and has a brunch reception and there was no one on the beach. Added bonus, brunch cost less than dinner and most people drink less that early!

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