3 Beach Themes
There is something very romantic about Sarasota’s beautiful white sandy beaches at sunset, holding hands, and exchanging wedding vows with the back drop of the slowly setting sun.
Sarasota beach weddings can be alluring because of the quality, and quantity, of our beaches – which also makes the need for planning your beach wedding in Sarasota far ahead of the “date.” So you can be sure to get the location you want.
Beach weddings do have there fair share of difficulties. The first involves the ability of family and friends to travel to the wedding. For those couples on a tight budget this can prove to be a bit of a challenge in itself.
Others may love the idea and choose to use the wedding as an opportunity to take a full week vacation so they may enjoy all of what a Sarasota wedding has to offer.
You must always keep in mind that the weather may not cooperate, so you will have to plan for an alternate to your Sarasota beach wedding. You should plan everything ahead of time, as you will want the least amount of problems.
Your options are an alternate ceremony site or you might rent a tent for backup. Keep an alternate wedding location in mind and inquire if it will be available on short notice.
Many Sarasota beach wedding locations have an indoor option in case of bad weather. You will want your guests to be comfortable and not have to worry about fighting the elements when trying to enjoy your special day with you.
It’s always a good idea to have plan B already taken care of as this will help calm any fears that the bride and groom may have.
There are many gulf front resorts that offer wedding packages that include the wedding site, a reception room and may also cater the event. For a couple with a small guest list this could be a great option.
The upside to a planned beach wedding is that your Sarasota destination wedding and honeymoon may be planned together, if the wedding couple chooses this option.
The downside is that if family and relatives have flown or driven an extended distance, then they may be staying in the same location and privacy could become an issue.
Sarasota has many options for accommodations and the newlyweds may change to another location after the wedding for privacy if they wish to stay in the Sarasota area for their honeymoon.
Sarasota Beach Wedding Tips
Schedule the wedding ceremony toward late afternoon or very early evening hours. Try to allow for the wedding ceremony time to be set during a low tide and don’t setup the arch too close to water because of the possible incoming tide.
You want to be sure that your guests can hear your vows and not the crashing waves.
Flips flops may be a better choice for you and your guests because the sand will easily make its way into everyone’s shoes. Keep your wedding attire and the attire of your wedding party informal and comfortable; in general everything should be more relaxed for a beach wedding.
The sun may cause a glare at a particular time of day and that may not make for great photos, ask your wedding photographer if this is a problem and also ask to see his/her wedding photos from a beach wedding that the photographer has shot at some other beach weddings.
In Sarasota, the sun will be setting over the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and I can tell you that the sunsets here are just beautiful in every way. Thousands of people make a nightly pilgrimage just to watch the setting sun, it’s really quite magical.
3 Sarasota Beach Wedding Themes
You’ll want to come up with a unique theme for your Sarasota beach wedding that says something about who you both are.
Here are 3 theme ideas that can color your wedding from beginning to end, or be used as an accent.
Tropical Wedding Theme
Tropical foliage will provide a lush and colorful backdrop for your wedding.
Try local bougainvillea to decorate the arches. Use tropical flowers in clear glass bowls weighted by some of Sarasota’s sparkling crystal white sand for a real tropical table arrangement. Try incorporating palms into the table centerpieces.
Use tiki hut style decorations to dress the outside bar, and serve tropical drinks. Serve a tropical fruit Caribbean style wedding cake or use tropical fruits for your desert cart. Use seafood typical for Florida’s Gulf coast for the main menu.
Beach Wedding Theme
The beach theme will be fitting for your beach wedding. You can use tiki lights to light pathways lined with conch shells in the sand for evening receptions.
Add an ice sculpture designed in the shape of a mermaid for the buffet table. Incorporate the beach into your invitations by using sand and shells. Write special message in a bottle invites. Go with a beautifully designed and decorated beach themed wedding cake to top it off.
Ocean Wedding Theme
With turquoise blue waters of the Sarasota Gulf what could be more fitting than having an ocean theme to your wedding. You can add swags of turquoise tulle to your head table and use light blue tulle to wrap the guest’s favors in.
Although it would be more elegant to use a higher quality fabric – like crushed voile.
Use the oceans natural blue/green colors to decorate your bridal arch. Design Ocean inspired table arrangements as decorations.
For invitations, save the date cards and thank you notes use tropical fish as inspiration. Use heavy rope and drift-wood to make candle arrangements for table centerpieces – nautical flair.