Important information for your wedding day

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Engagement session on the beach

Sarasota Beaches for Weddings

* Siesta Key Beach

* Lido Beach

* Venice Beach

* Nokomis Beach

* Turtle Beach

 

All beaches listed above are public and they required a small permit fee to save your spot. If you having a very small affair please contact us before getting a permit. There are some secluded areas that don't require a permit for very intimate ceremonies. 

 

* Crescent Beach (resorts spaces only, no rental public spaces). Some resorts allow ceremonies on their beach areas.

Contact us so we can help you get the permit you need, if you need one. You can also get your permit by calling the county at

941-861-5000.

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Best Manatee, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and  Holmes Beaches
to get married at

* Bradenton Beach

* Coquina Beach 

* Cortez Beach

* Holmes Beach

 

All beaches listed above are public and they required a small permit fee to save your spot. If you having a very small affair please contact us before getting a permit. Some locations don't require a permit for less than 20 people. 

 

 Each location is geared toward the sunset ceremony; we have personally serviced hundreds of weddings at each of these locations, so you can be sure that they are proven and tested.

Keep in mind, that we are not limited to the locations listed. Over the years, we have created beautiful destination weddings at condominiums, hotels, resorts, and private beach houses. 

Contact us so we can help you get the permit you need if you need one. 

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Florida MarriageLicense 

​The new couple must obtain a Florida Marriage License in the State of Florida prior to the ceremony. The fee is paid directly to the clerk of court: The cost is currently $86 + $3/each additional copy.

All couples can begin their marriage application online before visiting the Clerk and Comptroller's office. This means you can apply from the convenience of your home, anywhere in the world, and at any time of the day or night. Only couples can do the application. But don't panic, it's super easy.

  • You can obtain your Florida Marriage License at any clerk of court in the State of Florida.

  • Both parties must have valid photo identification such as a driver’s license, state identification card, government or military identification card, or a passport.

  • There is no waiting period for out-of-state residents but Florida residents have a 3 day waiting period.

  • If either party was previously married and divorced, the date of the divorce will be required. If the date of the divorce was within the thirty days prior to the new application for a marriage license, a certified copy of the recorded final order will be required. Otherwise, just remember the divorce date to put it down.

  • If either party is from a foreign country and not a U.S. citizen, alien registration documentation, or other proof which contains an alien registration number is acceptable to obtain a marriage license.

  • There is no waiting period for international residents.

  • Most international counties require the parties to register the license at the local registrar's office or government agency, please check with your embassy/consulate or appropriate office.

https://www.sarasotaclerk.com/about-us/marriage-services

https://www.manateeclerk.com/marriage-application/

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Ceremonies we offer

Your wedding vows are a personal choice but we can help you find the right ones for you. You can customize your ceremony at no extra charge and you can include family members, friends, poems, readings, etc. You can also add a Sand Ceremony (a beach version of the Unity Candle Ceremony) for $55 or a Shell Toss Ceremony for free to your main ceremony. Just let us know what your vision is and we will make it happen! 

wedding ceremony on the beach

Ceremony Timeline Sample

  • Bridal Party Entrance

  • Spouse Entrance

  • Introduction

  • Vows

  • Ring Exchange

  • Readings, Unity Sand, etc.

  • Pronouncement (and KISS)

  • Exit

  • Shell Toss Ceremony takes place following the ceremony by the shoreline

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Photographer's Timeline Sample

  • 5-10 minutes decor photos

  • 15-20 minutes ceremony photos

  • 20-30 minutes portraits with family and couple's intimate portraits

If you have a very small wedding size the timeline might be different.