Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Your Florida Beach Wedding is as important to us, as it is to you.
We have these policies in effect to make sure your beach weddings in St. Augustine are the best they can be! We want your Beach Wedding to be memorable, beautiful and as stress-free as possible. Weddings in St. Augustine are elegant and unforgettable. The history the town has, the unique dining options, and the local bed and breakfasts make St. Augustine the perfect choice for your beach wedding. We have compiled a list of common questions in regards to our weddings in St. Augustine.
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Do I need a Florida Marriage License to get married in Florida?
Absolutely! you need a Florida marriage license to get married anywhere in Florida. No matter which state you live in, you must obtain a Florida marriage license. If you both are non-residents of Florida, we can provide you with information on how to obtain your Florida marriage license by mail.
Learn more about Florida marriage licenses by clicking here.
What happens if it rains?
We do not provide back-up for your beach wedding ceremony. However, in some of the beach parks we use, there are covered picnic areas. And, If they are not in use, we can move the ceremony there. If you are having your reception in the St. Augustine area, or staying at a nearby hotel or condo, we can move the ceremony there (with their permission). However, most, or all of the decor, would not be able to be moved, as it is designed for the beach. Our main goal is to get you married on the beach. So, if it is a passing shower, we will try and wait it out for a short bit. If it is a very light rain, have your guests be prepared with umbrellas, as the ceremony will go on.
Wedding Packages and Wedding Attire
Packages: Our Packages are sold as they are. You will have choices that will be listed on the package (such as chair sash color, material colors, etc…). You will also be choosing your own ceremony and music, as well as sand colors from our selections pages. If there are some things you may not need, such as the sand ceremony, you can take them off your package, but no credit will be given. You can bring your own minister, too (no credit issued). If you will have your own photographer, you will receive a $100.00 credit off of your package (not available for the Simply Package).
Wedding Attire: Any type of wedding attire is great for a beach wedding. A bride’s dress can never be too formal, even if the groom is opting to wear khakis and a dress shirt. Brides keep in mind for your hair and veil: Even on the best of beach days, there is usually a breeze, so remember to have extra pins to pin up unruly bangs or fly-away curls. A veil can be beautiful at a wedding, but a long veil can easily be twisted in the wind at your beach wedding. We recommend skipping the veil, but if you must wear one, make sure you can easily take off your veil, if needed to.
Ceremony Photography Policies
All of our packages include standard ceremony photography, This photography is taken by one of our staff photographers and will include the ceremony and a couple of poses of the bride and groom immediately after the ceremony. You do have the option of purchasing additional ceremony photography time: This will include a group photo, immediate family photos with the bride and groom, and many more poses of the bridal party, as well as the bride and groom. Or, you can upgrade your entire ceremony and after ceremony photos with our exclusive photography company: Forever in Love Photography (www.foreverinlovephotos.com) She provides more editorial poses, editing, etc… (and, you will receive $100.00 off any package, except for the Simply St. Augustine Package, when using her services). Whichever way you choose, you will not have to purchase any photos from us. Once your photos are ready, they will be avialable to download for free — a great money-saver after the ceremony! Or, you can have your photos mailed to you on a photo CD. This photo CD is $25.00 and will be mailed to you.
Our photographers help direct the bride and bridal party, as well as take the best possible photos without blocking your guests view of the ceremony. They are also “experts” with beach wedding ceremonies, and know exactly how our beach wedding ceremonies work, and how they are performed.
If you will hire your own photographer (not one of the options above), you will receive a $100.00 discount on your package (not applicable with the Simply St. Augustine Package, or any other discounts). Your independently hired photographer will take the place of our photographer. They will take your ceremony photos, and once your ceremony is complete, then can take you, and your guests, towards the water for their after ceremony photography, as our work will be done and we will start to take down our ceremony decor.
VIDEOGRAPHY: We have a cinematographer we highly recommend for documentary, high light, and movie trailer style options. If you are hiring your own videographer, they will not interfere with our ceremony photography, and will not be able to video our after ceremony photography.
Officiant (Person who legally performs the ceremony) Policies
All of our packages include the officiant. You are welcome to bring your own minister, or officiant. However, we do not discount the packages. Our Officiant is still present acting as your beach wedding ceremony coordinator. If you bring your own officiant, or own minister, they are responsible for legally signing, and mailing your Florida marriage license back to the county. Their ceremony must stay within a twenty minute time limit (this does not include you walking down the aisle, etc.. it includes the actual ceremony “talking” time).
Deposit, Cancellation, Rescheduling and Refund Policies
- A deposit is needed to reserve your date. All deposits are non-refundable NO EXCEPTIONS
- The amount of the deposit depends on the package chosen. Each deposit amount is listed under the package price on our packages page.
- If you cancel your wedding with less than 30 days before the ceremony, all monies paid are non-refundable. If you cancel with over 30 days from the ceremony date, any payments made to outside vendors, or for any required permits, plus your original deposit are non-refundable. If you paid by credit card, the 5% credit card transaction fees we have paid, will also be non-refundable. All other payments will be refunded to you within ten days of your cancellation date.
- You have the opportunity to reschedule your wedding ceremony one time, as long as you reschedule over 30 days from the ceremony date, and the new date is available. You will also need to put down an additional $300.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve this new date.
- Hurricane Policy: If there is an active Hurricane Warning, and evacuations are ordered, you will have three options: You can move your ceremony to an earlier date (for example, if you are already here, and we can make it a couple of days earlier before any evacuation order, and the beaches are safe) or move it to one of the other cities that we host beach wedding at; You can reschedule your wedding date up to one year from your original date; or you can have 50% of your all your payments returned to you (with the exception of any permit fees, and 5% credit card transaction fees that we have already paid, and any other payments to outside vendors we have hired on your behalf)
Beach Wedding Locations, Permit and Parking Fees
BEACH LOCATIONS: Remember, all beaches are public. Even at private resorts, the beaches are public. In most cases, you cannot block off any area of the beach for a weddings, even when you have obtained the required beach wedding permit. However, we try and choose the best location on the beach to give us the most privacy, as well as the best access for you, and your guests, as well as us. And, as most weddings are performed in the evening (near the most popular sunset time), the beaches are usually much quieter. We can provide you with beach locations in St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Palm Coast. If you are staying directly on the beach, and they give you permission to use their beach access, and there is reasonable beach access, and parking for us, we can certainly have your beach wedding ceremony there (we must have pre-approval of your chosen site). Your St. Augustine Beach Wedding Company will determine the location on the beach, unless otherwise directed by rules at your chosen location.
BEACH WEDDING PERMIT: If any beach wedding permits are required, we will obtain them for you, and add the cost of the permit to your package. We do not charge any additional fees for obtaining your necessary beach wedding permit.
PARKING: We are not responsible for any parking fees, but can let you know ahead of time if their are any parking fees.