Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Florida Weddings?

Our whole goal in what we do is for you as the bride to have fun, feel relaxed and enjoy the process.  We are experts at beach weddings! This is what we do!  We are a wealth of knowledge that is available to help guide you through your beach wedding.  Our staff is personable and thrives on providing you with not only an amazing wedding but an amazing experience!  We are attentive to every detail of your wedding, providing you with upscale designs that are customizable to your taste and style.  Our team listens to your dream and makes it a reality.  We pride ourselves on being friendly, fun and accommodating .   We love what we do and it shows up in our personal customer service.  Check out our reviews to see what our past brides had to say about their experience.

How do we select a location for our beach wedding?

Some couples already know where they want to marry while others want more guidance and our experienced team is glad to help you select the perfect beach for you.   We use certain beaches in the many Florida beach destinations that we serve and we are glad to let you know our favorites.    We are able to provide our services at most beaches including:   County or State Parks, beachfront resorts, condos and rented beach houses.

Can we get married at the beachfront resort or condo where we are staying?

Yes! You will need permission from the resort /condo or rental home owner.  Most all beachfront resorts charge their own fees to marry on their property and often   include an indoor banquet space to use for the ceremony if inclement weather.  You pay the resort directly for their fees.   Most condos and home rentals do not charge to use their beach and prove to be a great option in place of a resort.   Due to the higher expense of using a beachfront resort, many of our couples choose to marry on other beautiful beaches away from the large resorts for a more quiet and affordable beach wedding.

Will there be other people on the beach?

Yes.  For less people on the beach we suggest weekday sunset weddings.  Of course we provide our weddings 7 days a week.  Speaking from our many years of experience doing beach weddings, we have found that people are respectful and do not interfere.  We also do our best to set your ceremony away from beach goers.    

Do we need a permit to get married on the beach?

For most beaches yes, however there are some that do not require a permit.  Permit fees range from $60 to $320.   This is more affordable for you compared to the much higher fees of beachfront resorts.   We will help you obtain the permit that is needed for the beach that you choose.  

When is the best time to have a Florida Beach Wedding?

We do beach weddings year round and Friday and Saturday sunset ceremonies tend to fill up first.   To avoid more people on the beach we suggest weekday weddings, but we provide them 7 days a week.   We start most of our weddings when the sun is at its best for amazing photos and conclude with romantic sunset pictures. Do any of your packages include accommodations and a dinner reception?

Do any of your packages include accommodations and a dinner reception?

No.  However once you have become a client with us by booking your wedding package, we then email to you our personally researched list of recommended accommodations, dinner reception options, salons to get your hair, make up and nails done, also the clerk of courts information to purchase your marriage license and more.     

How do we get our Marriage License?

Both partners must be at least eighteen (18) years old and single to obtain a Florida marriage license.  Both applicants must appear in person and provide a picture-type identification with the date of birth shown, such as a driver's license, passport, or student ID.  If either party was previously married, the applicant is required to indicate on the license application the date, county and state (or country) in which the divorce, dissolution or annulment was finalized for the previous marriage.  The marriage license is issued at the time of application and is valid for 60 days.  No blood tests are required in Florida and there is no waiting period between issuance of the license and the ceremony for non-residents of Florida.  However, there is a 3 day waiting period for Florida residents.  The marriage license fee is $93.50 and must be paid in cash.  The marriage license is issued by the clerk of Courts in each County of Florida but can be used throughout the State of Florida.  Once you book with us, we then provide the address and further details for you to obtain your FL marriage license.  If you are not able to arrive to FL to obtain your license Mon-Fri at tthe Clerk of Courts office, we can recommend a service that will help you obtain your license by mail.

A license obtained in a state other than Florida cannot be used in the State of Florida!

Who files the license after the ceremony?

Our officiant signs it, and post mails the license to the same Clerk of the Court office that you purchased it from. The Clerk's office will then mail the couple the certified copy often arriving in 10-15 days following the wedding.   Our officiant can also sign the marriage certificate immediately after the ceremony and give back to you, if you desire to file it yourself and obtain more certified copies.

Are we able to customize our wedding ceremony and include family, friends and children in the ceremony?

Yes, and we encourage a customized ceremony that fits your desires and personality.   Guests may read poems or other readings and children can be part of the sand unity ceremony with you.   To ensure a flawless ceremony you will customize it together with one of our officiants in the planning stage.

Is there a need for a rehearsal?

There is no need for a rehearsal, because beach weddings are simple.   We put you in direct contact by phone with our officiant to customize your ceremony, it is much like a rehearsal …over the phone.  All ceremony details are obtained by our experienced team and our officiant to provide a personalized and meaningful ceremony. After this conversation with your officiant, most couples see no need for a rehearsal.   You and your guests will also be provided friendly direction about 30 minutes prior your ceremony when you meet at the beach.   However, if you still desire a rehearsal, it is available for an additional $100.   There is extra time and travel for the officiant to provide this extra service.  

May we use our own officiate?

All of our packages include the officiant but yes you may use your own officiate.     However we highly recommend using our professionally trained officiants who are experts at performing beach ceremonies. 

 If we cancel the wedding, is the deposit refundable?

Within 30 days of the wedding, the total amount is due and is non-refundable but transferrable to another date or location agreed upon by Florida Weddings and the client.   Upon payment, the deposit, plus any fees incurred to provide for your wedding are non-refundable regardless of how much time is left to refill the date.  These fees are paid to vendors who have reserved the date and time.  

What if our wedding is canceled due to a natural disaster or hurricane, is there a refund?

You may apply the fee to move your wedding to another date, time or location. This date must be discussed and agreed upon with Florida Weddings to avoid conflicts with previous bookings.

What happens if it rains on our wedding day?

Beach wedding companies are a service oriented business, and are not a “venue” to rent a back-up space from if inclement weather.   Most often rain in FL passes by quickly, therefore most of our weddings are on the beach.   We also are in contact with you the day of the wedding if there are concerns.  However, we recommend that you secure a back-up location for your ceremony,  once you have booked your wedding with us we provide our list of back up options to consider.   It is the couple’s responsibility to secure an indoor back up space if you so choose.   The most viable back up option is a banquet space at a resort or an association space at a condo.   There are also some beautiful restaurants with private spaces that we can move the ceremony to if needed.  We are not permitted to set up most of our décor in restaurants.   However some spaces would allow for the ceremony and pictures to take place. Parties with only a few guests and flexible travel schedules can be “postponed” till the next day or another day of choice, subject to our availability.

How do we get the photo images and video after the wedding?

About 3 weeks following your wedding, your photo images are emailed via a downloadable photo gallery with all rights to print and reproduce.  If you have video it is post mailed in 3-4 weeks via USB or DVD.        

Can we hire Florida Weddings for additional photography time?

Yes!  Our packages that include photography for 1 hour, 1.5 hours and 2 hours are available to add on more photo time at $200 each added hour.  We can provide

How do we reserve our Florida Beach Wedding or Vow Renewal?

It’s so easy!  On our website once you have picked a package, click on the “Book Now” button to fill out the online form and submit your deposit.   Or you may call us during business hours and our team is happy to help you with your reservation.

How do we pay for services?

When you reserve your date, a non-refundable deposit is required and final balance is due 30 days prior to your wedding.   We accept Visa, Master Card and  checks. You are welcome to make payments during the planning time if you wish.   

If you have further questions please call our helpful team to discuss at 800.846.5683 or email us at Daylen@floridaweddings.com   We are very happy to help you plan your Florida beach wedding!