Post # 1
I got engaged in April! I’m super excited but I’m having issues finding a venue, I’m beginning to wonder if what I have in mind is possible with my budget of $5-$12k for about 40 guests (invited, not sure if all will be able to come), I was initially thinking destination wedding to the USVI or PR but I’m open to Florida and other locations in the US on the east coast.
I’m looking for a beach, oceanfront ceremony that’s not in a big resort, I would like the reception to be under a somewhat formal tent/canopy set up with great lighting (and possibly flooring) with tables for a sit down meal. I was thinking of renting a quiet oceanfront home but I having issues finding one that allows ceremony on the beach and a tent set up on the beach as well, any suggestions? Please?
This topic was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by corinney.
Post # 2
I don’t have any recommendations for you 🙁
I just wanted to say, as someone who grew up on the beach, that I don’t think setting up a tent, formal tables, and flooring on the beach is going to work. Beaches can be unbelievably windy, which is probably why you can’t find one that allows big tents to be set up. Wind + sand + table cloths and flooring = awful.
Edited to add: also, the tide going out and consequently coming back in will make it difficult, if not impossible, to host a formal event out there all night. Sorry to be such a bummer!
Post # 3
I know that I saw several venues host tented weddings in the Keys when I was considering this myself. Check Morada Bay in Islamorada. And here is a great example of a tented wedding at The Caribbean Resort also in Isla Morada http://floridiansocial.com/beach-chic-wedding-sarah-dan-at-the-caribbean-resort/
But if you opt out of the tent, and it is in your price range, the best venue in this area is Little Palm Island. My husband wanted a big fat wedding at home but I really wanted to elope or just have a small destination wedding here. http://www.littlepalmisland.com/florida-keys-beach-weddings.aspx
Happy Planning! I’m kinda jealous of the route you’re taking even though I’m already married 🙂
Post # 4
totally agree. Being actually on the sand can look great in photos but not so much fun in real life. Maybe look into a lawn area right next to the beach?
Post # 6
The Cheeca Lodge too http://www.cheeca.com/weddings
I don’t think tents can be staked in the sand. But lots of places have a deck that is flush with the beach that you can erect a tent on which will give you the effect. This is how it was done in the link that I posted above.
With clear beautiful weather you might consider skipping the canvas. You could just do a partial fabric liner with the tent frame to add intimacy and give you rig points to hang lighting. But leave the actual tent canvas off. Or just use some trussing to swag fabric/hang lights.
Some venues might have permanent tent structures up as well which would probably be cheaper than renting one for the day. I know I saw lots of oceanside tented weddings when I searched.
Post # 7
Thank you all for your responses! I really appreciate them, I have a lot to plan out, you will definitely see me around the boards.