Plan a Beach Destination Wedding on Anna Maria Island

Picture celebrating the love of your life with the stunning backdrop of a white sand beach and a charming small town. You’ll be surrounded by the company of friends and loved ones, the warm sun and cool breeze as the dramatic skies of the Gulf give way to a pastel sunset.

Planning an Anna Maria Island destination wedding is easier than you might think. The area has many professional wedding planners to suit your needs. You have control over the level of input, whether you want to collaborate fully on every detail or let the planner take the reins. They work closely with local vendors who have many years performing ceremonies of all shapes and sizes. From vow renewals to grand celebrations of 100+ people, no idea is too big or small!

couple on the beach

Why Destination Wedding?

Destination weddings are equal parts adventurous and intimate. They simplify planning when everyone and their mother (sometimes literally) want a say on your special day. Trade the expensive hotel, limos, and catering for a lovely, tropical and private beach house in a small, down-to-earth community. Bask in the simple elegance of a smaller, more private ceremony and save money in the process. 

At a destination wedding, the couple pays for fewer things themselves. You can still get everything you’d expect with the right package: professional photos and videography, live music, an on-site coordinator, and help with arranging accommodations and activities for you and your guests. 

The timing is flexible too. You can have the ceremony on weekdays or weekends, afternoons or nights, any time of year. The Gulf Coast is blessed with abundant warmth and rarely sees a stormy day. The main issue you may encounter is the time and money that your guests will require to attend. You may want to take some to think about how your guests will feel about it and what it will take for them to be able to come.

Planning Your Celebration

Anna Maria Island is renowned for both the natural beauty of its coastline and the hospitality of its people. A wedding here is sure to be an exciting and romantic getaway! The colorful flowers and decorations of your wedding site will contrast with pristine white sand beach and aquamarine waters. In the background, tropical birds such as pelicans and herons are wont to make an appearance.

There are several popular sites across the roughly 7-mile-long coast worth checking out. Each of these is close to plenty of homey vacation rentals, restaurants for a celebratory meal, and sports and activities for guests to enjoy on their downtime. There are also many resorts and private beaches in the towns of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.

Spring Avenue on the north tip of the island has a gorgeous wedding spot right next to the renowned Sandbar Restaurant. This place is super popular for small gatherings of 30 or fewer. Share in some delicious seafood, sunset watching, with a humble but stylish ambiance. Note that you will need a permit to use the space by the Sandbar, which wedding planners can help you acquire.

Further down, the strip of beach at the end of White Ave hosts small ceremonies for 20 or fewer guests. An old church overlooks a quiet neighborhood and tranquil beach. Trees adorn the route where the couple and guests will walk from their homestays to the altar on the beach. There is ample parking for the small group as well.

Coquina Key overlooks Sarasota Bay on the south tip of the island. There is ample parking with space for up to 100 guests. Many parks and private beaches are here, with a cute historic lighthouse and cliffs great for a dramatic photo. You will definitely feel like you’re on your own slice of secluded paradise. Dolphin sightings are common here owing to the quiet serenity of the beach.

wedding on the beach

Staying on AMI

Come for the wedding, stay for the photography, wildlife, sunsets, and so much more. A Florida destination wedding also provides an easy jump-off point for many tropical locations in the Caribbean, Central and South America. 

Let us be part of your special celebration. From condos to villas, Anna Maria has many beachfront vacation rentals. It’s sure to be a memorable occasion for you, your spouse-to-be and all your guests!