(Closed) Destin FL Beach Wedding

posted 9 years ago in Florida Panhandle
Post # 3
Member
340 posts
Helper bee

I don’t have any suggestions right now per say, but I am planning on having my wedding on the beach in the Panama City Beach/Destin area or somewhere in between. I am planning on going to look at venues soon, so I can let you know about places I visit/show you information/pictures I take if you want.

Also Destin is such a pretty area! Anywhere there will probably be great. I have been there a ton of times.

Post # 4
Member
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t know how familiar you are with Destin, but I would recommend looking at San Destin.  I think it’s a lot less “touristy” and it’s got a really sophisticated feel to it.

Post # 5
Member
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

being from pensacola, i will always favor pensacola beach to destin. but another great location is orange beach, alabama and perdido key, florida. both are in the same area and they are both cheaper than destin, san destin, and panama city beach.

Post # 6
Member
340 posts
Helper bee

I do agree that San Destin is a little less touristy, but I plan on checking out all of the areas. Pensacola is great too, I have family there. It’s just not within a good distance for my wedding logistically.

Post # 7
Member
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We’re doing our vow renewal in Seaside, which is in the Destin area, but closer to Panama City on 30a. It’s stunning! I love the area.

There are a couple of wedding planners in the area that I can think of off the top of my head. One is It’s A Shore Thing and the other is Bella Flora.

Hope This Helps.

Post # 8
Member
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Along the Gulf Coast you’ve got LOTS of amazing options. Your biggest things to consider are proximity to an airport, and price. I’m from Panama City (and just had my wedding at the Marriott there and it was AMAZING! So obviously I highly recommend that;)  I lived in Pensacola for 2 years and traveled a lot around the surrounding coast. My brothers wedding was in Pcola (lots of good site options there), and there are lots of great small beach house style weddings on the sugar sands every weekend. How big are you thinking?  Renting a big beach house? Or block of hotel rooms? 

There are also several good options in photogs but I’m here to put in my 2 cents. Rae Leytham is AMAZING!!! ( http://www.raeleytham.net/?p=1827 ) We love love love lvoe her and her husband. They arent the cheapest around, nor are they the most expensive, but we think that they were the most bang for your buck and worth every penny.

Also, in case you haven’t seen it – avoid this cake baker!!

Cake baker to avoid!

Feel free to PM me for any specific questions.

Post # 10
Member
340 posts
Helper bee

Yay for beachfront weddings! That’s what I want too. I will for sure keep you posted.

Post # 11
Member
340 posts
Helper bee

Oh also, I see your wedding is next July. That is one of the months I am thinking about too. Are you worried at all about it being “too” hot? I love the weather here and am used to it, but I don’t want everyone to complain about the heat.

Post # 12
Member
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

The Marriott does do beach front weddings  – mine was!!  And they have lots of nice ballrooms and a GREAT backup plan (at no extra cost to you) in case its raining for your outdoor wedding.

Question for brides with ballgown dresses

What the Heck?

Feel free to PM me with specific questions but the Marriott was wonderful to us and I would highly recommend it to future brides. We felt we got a lot for the money and our guests (local and OOT) felt like they were at a beautiful destination/vacation wedding but didnt have to go through customs or pay for uber expensive hotels or flights.  They all had a great time and it was a wonderful celebration.

Post # 13
Member
2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2009

a lot of the places there you can rent a home and use the beach access for the wedding.  We’re going on a smaller budget and we’re using the Ramada on Okaloosa Island, (the island between Destin and Ft. Walton Beach) and getting married on Oct 24th.  The company doing our ceremony is Sugar Beach Weddings and Connie has very helpful and patient with my many phone calls and what do you think about this or that’s. 

Before we booked the Ramada, we had looked at a few of the clubhouses at the Resorts in the area, I would recommend contacting them also to see if they have something available. 

Congratulations and good luck!

Post # 14
Member
3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I live in the area, and do photography for beach weddings frequently, I’ve done them in Pensacola, Navarre, Destin, San Destin, Panama City etc.

I strongly Suggest Navarre if you want a wedding without a lot of onlookers. You can rent condos, townhomes or hotel style rooms for a good price, and you are a short drive to P-cola or about 30 minutes to Destin.

IF you decide on Destin, I do not reccomend San Destin. There is a beutiful beach area that is more secluded (you will have to drive there but you can pretty much be gauranteed no more than 5-10 other people will be at the beach.

If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to help you!
 

 

Post # 15
Member
6 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My fiance is from the destin area and there is a beautiful inn on the beach that is private, secluded, and absolutely beautiful!  It’s call the Henderson Inn. Here’s their site: http://www.hendersonparkinn.com/

Post # 16
Member
2 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you are still looking for information on panhandle weddings please message me! I am a wedding planner in the area and a local of 14 years and can help you out!

The topic ‘Destin FL Beach Wedding’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors