Beach Wedding Guests celebrating the newly married couple at their beach wedding in Florida

Having a Clearwater Beach Wedding is meant to be relaxing and enjoyable. In order to ensure a smooth beach wedding ceremony it is best to make sure your guests are will informed. Below are some helpful tips to make sure your guests arrive on time, know where to go, and don’t have to interrupt your relaxing wedding day.

  1. Most important:  Time of ceremony.  Your guests should arrive at least 15 minutes before your ceremony start time. This allows them plently of time to get to the beach, find parking, and mingle for a few. TIP: On your invitations put your ceremony start time 15 minutes prior to the actual start time, so you can guarantee your wedding will go off on time.
  2. Location of the beach wedding ceremony.  If you all staying at the same hotel, or rental, on the beach and you just have to walk outside to the beach, great.  But, if you are all staying at different locations, or they will be driving in, you need to provide them with an exact address of the beach area.  As well as any landmarks, street intersections, etc…that can assist them in getting to the correct beach wedding location.  Your Clearwater Beach Wedding Company always provides detailed information about the beach location, and this should be shared with your guests. 
  3. How to get to the beach wedding ceremony.  As you may know, parking in Clearwater, St. Pete, and surrounding areas is not always easy to find.  We try and provide you with beach wedding location choices that are close to large parking areas.  Keep in mind, most parking is paid parking (meters are usually found in the parking lot areas — they take cash, or credit card).  Your beach wedding guests should be aware that most of the parking is paid parking, so they can be prepared.  
  4. If you, and all of your beach wedding guests, are coming from out of town, you should provide them with a couple of hotel options. Or at least one, if you want everyone to stay at the same hotel.  You may want to contact the hotel directly, and talk to their group sales department.  They will be able to  provide you with information about how to block rooms.  This usually requires a five to ten room minimum.  You will receive a code to give to your guests when they make their reservation.  If you are having a smaller group, you can provide them a few hotels in the area, and they can make their own reservations.
  5. Provide your beach wedding guests with a general timeline of the day of the ceremony.  This way, they know how much free time they will have to enjoy the day.  And, what time they will need to arrive for the ceremony.  You may also want to let them know about any after ceremony festivities.  Such as meeting at a restaurant, or  providing a small reception, etc…
  6. If you beach wedding guests have never been to the area, you can provide them with some interesting things to do.  In the Tampa area, you have the Florida aquarium.  And, the drive to all the major attractions in Orlando, is only a little over an hour.  
  7. Your wedding guests might be wondering what to wear.  You can tell them make sure they are comfortable.  There are many options to be “dress casual” and still enjoy the beach.  For the gentlemen: Polo shirts, linen shirts, khaki pants or shorts, Boat shoes or flip flops.  For the ladies:  Comfortable sun dresses (tip:  make sure they aren’t see-through in the sun), dress shorts, cute flat sandals, pumps, or flip flops.  If dressing up, great — another hint, if the dress is too short, it may blow “up” in the breeze).  If you want, you can even give them some color options.  For example, you can let them know that it would be great if everyone followed a color them, and give them two to three choices of colors (for example, khaki, coral, and teal).  This gives everyone some type of guidance, and it would make a great, color-coordinated group wedding photo!

If you make sure your beach wedding guests know where your Florida beach wedding will take place, this just means less stress for you. Because, if they don’t know where they are supposed to be, or what location, they will be calling you on the day of your wedding ceremony on the beach.   You want the day of your ceremony to be filled with joy and laughter, not stress.  So, remember, an informed beach wedding guest, is a happy guest!  

Congratulations, and we can’t wait to see you, and your beach wedding guests, on the beach!