Post # 1
My SO and I recently got engaged this year and after getting engaged we found out we are expecting our first child, due in November, and that kind of changed my priorities with a wedding. I found myself no longer wanting a big wedding at all and was just planning on going to the courthouse. Now I am thinking I may want some kind of ceremony to remember it by.
So we are planning something very low-key for 9/1/2012. We are going to St. Augustine, Fl (where we took our first vacation together) and with 10 of our closest family we are planning on saying our vows on a public beach at sunset, followed by everyone going to dinner at a restaurant in the historic downtown square. I don’t plan on renting chairs or doing any kind of decorating. I am going to wear a white sundress, and make a small bouquet the day before. Everyone is paying for their own dinner.
I wanted something very very casual, but that would be memorable for us in the long run. So does this sound like it could be nice or am I missing something?
Post # 3
@littlebeachbride: I think it sounds lovely. The only thing is you need to look into whether you’re allowed to get married on the beach. I’d start by contacting some wedding officiants in that area. I know that in my city you need to ask permission, even if it’s in a public place and there’s nothing to set up. It might not cost any extra money, and it IS a public beach, but your wedding officiant will need to follow rules… so I’d double check to be sure.
Post # 4
It actually sounds lovely, you will be surrounded by the people you love the most and at the end of the day you’ll be married! Sounds perfect to me! Good luck with everything!
Post # 5
@canarydiamond: Thank you for pointing that out! I hadn’t thought of that. We are actually not having an officiant. We are getting legally married at the courthouse in 2 weeks, so we will actually already be married at our ceremony. We were going to have his sister perform the ceremony.
So in that case, who should I contact about permission? Parks and recreation?
Post # 6
I googled permits on St augustine beach weddings and found this:
So if you have less than 15 people it’s ok! more than 15 it’s a $100 permit fee. Hope that helps. I think your idea sounds lovely, I think it would be a really nice gesture if you could pay for the dinner. Congrats!
Post # 7
@jaykayel: Thank you for the info!! We have 10 at most, so that works out perfectly. Paying for dinner is really out of the question for us since we are preparing for a newborn in November!
Post # 8
I think beach weddings are beautiful and intimate!
Post # 9
We had a very similar wedding on Tybee Island in May of last year and it was great! We had 8 guests (just the closest family) and it was GREAT!! We loved the intimacy of it 🙂
Post # 10
We having a double ceremony beach wedding. Very small then we are taking a dinner cruise in Clearwater. Very simple very easy to plan, like you not renting chairs or arches or any of that, just 2 brides and 2 grooms and a handful of people.
Post # 11
Thank you for all the feedback! Now I am even more excited for our little wedding 🙂
Post # 12
I think it will be amazing. Beach ceremonies are always so lovely. Congrats and congrats again on the new baby. Motherhood is wonderful.
Post # 13
It sounds wonderful! I would be sure to let your guests know that they will be responsible for their own meal just so that there is no confusion.
Post # 14
That actually sounds super lovely. That’s exactly what I would do!!
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I love it! The historic downtown area is great and the beach is perfect for a wedding ceremony. Enjoy!
P.S. We’re saying “I do” on the beach in St. Auggie too.
Post # 16
@beachbride1216: Awesome! Which beach? St. Auggie has a lot of meaning to us. I grew on a beach there every summer as a kid, and it is the first place we vacationed together when we first started dating.
If anything it has been very nice to essentially plan everything in a matter of days.