There is love, plenty of warmth, and a great for location for that casual, but fun wedding! As a bride to be, wouldn’t you love to have the warm Gulf waters of deep for your wedding day backdrop? An added plus is that you can soak in the sunlight, joined by loved ones and friends.
You might want to come dressed in wedding attire for your casual beach wedding because there are few places to change near the beach. However, you can always book a room at the Lani Kai Beachfront, near the 7.5-mile-long beach in what has been named Budget Travel’s 7th coolest small town in America!
A day to remember with sand, sun, and a ceremony on the beach
On the beach, the sun will heat up the sand and water quickly, so it is best to opt for an early morning wedding. You can feel the cool sand under your feet and it is acceptable to not wear shoes if you do not want to. Don’t forget your sunscreen on your wedding day! It is a must for any bride-to-be. On my wedding day, I bought a sunscreen with a SPF of 45. More ultraviolet rays get through on a sunny Florida day.
The weather was perfect in May, with a slight breeze. Guests would not have to sit too long in the sweltering heat. Heat is one reason for an early beach wedding. Another better reason to have my wedding earlier in the day was simply space. The population in a quiet town of 6,000-plus can swell to more than that when city-bound Fort Myer residents and tourists come to the beach. Tourists come year-around because the beach is nice to visit, even in December. A record 1.8 million people come to the beach every year and I did not want to have 5,00 or more of unwanted guests. I couldn’t afford to have that many complimentary flip-flops, Belgian waffles, coffee and juice options for record numbers of uninvited guests. What bride-to-be wants her wedding ruined by beach goers in every frame of her wedding album photos?
Magical moment saying ‘I dos’ and swimming in the warm water afterwards
We got to say our ‘I dos’ with the waves crashing nearby. The blue water looking so inviting. I could feel the sand swish under my feet. The only thing I really watched for was stepping on a sand crab or jellyfish in the water, after the ceremony. The wedding coordinator we hired made sure the white columns were adorned with our wedding colors – gold and the softest pink. A bride-to-be wants her bridesmaids to look magical in sundresses made of the pink, wide stripe and then line of gold. The groomsmen wore black suits and pants, with gold ties. A Florida dream wedding for any bride-to-be.
We rented padded chairs from the Lani Kai, where we stayed. The guests were given complimentary sunglasses and sunscreen. The moment we were announced as Mr. and Mrs. was perfect. I only had my sisters as bridesmaids. We were so excited that we couldn’t wait to enjoy the beach afterwards. There is no undertow or shallow water at this cool beach, so we knew it was a safe place for our guests to enjoy most of the day afterwards. We did not have to pay the high costs associated with a reception hall, so we saved a great deal on our wed ding costs! We decided after a swim, we would treat guests to a Sunrise boat ride up the bay! It was the end to the perfect day.