Frequently Asked Questions
Why Sun and Sea Beach Weddings?
The staff of Sun and Sea Beach Weddings have years of experience in planning and executing Weddings and Receptions. We are a family and friend organization that has been in business in the greater Jacksonville area since 2006. We have excellent relationships with the hotels, parks, and vendors in the wedding industry. Our team absolutely loves what we do, and is always available to assist our couples in removing the stress from your planning process. You are in safe hands with us!
Where are you located?
We are located in St. Augustine, Florida. We service the entire northeast Florida coast from Daytona to Jekyll Island, GA. St. Augustine, St. John’s County Beaches, Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Amelia Island and Jekyll Island (Some beach destinations require a travel fee.) Visit our location page for more info.
How soon should we reserve the date for our Florida Beach Wedding?
If you choose a Friday or Saturday sunset, we suggest putting a deposit down as soon as you have decided to ensure your date is reserved. Your deposit goes toward your wedding and is used to reserve your wedding team. We have a progressive deposit system. This means that it is possible that future deposits will be due during the planning process. Deposits are used to make a team unavailable for that day, so deposits are not refundable if cancellation occurs.
Can we meet with you when we get to town?
Sure! We have a local design studio and office space located at 35 Durbin Station Court – Unit 101. St. Johns, FL 32259.
How do we book our wedding or event?
You can easily book your event with Sun and Sea Weddings, by using our Design Your Own Ceremony Tool. From there you can either pick a package or design your own from scratch. A deposit is due to book and hold your date. The deposit will apply to your invoice and works as the first payment toward your total balance.
Can we bring our own decorations?
We do not allow outside arbors or DIY arbors. However, many couples ask to incorporate small touches, and that is fine. Call to discuss.
Do you pick the location for the ceremony or do we?
Some couples have an exact spot in mind, and that is fine! Other couples are not familiar with our beaches and would like our expert opinion on the best location. Either way works for us. Some beach location have permits that are required from the municipality. We complete the permit paperwork for you, but if their is a fee in addition it is not covered by your package. Most Beach Permit are $100 or under. Not all beaches have permit fees.
Can we get married at the location where we are staying?
Yes, it is very common for us to marry a couple behind their chosen lodging accommodations. Hotel, Condo Rental, or Airbnb
Are rehearsals included?
No. It is not common for a beach wedding to rehearse, and our staff is set up to manage that day of. We will guide you through the process – just worry about getting ready and showing up!
What happens if it rains?
It is the responsibility of the Couple to have a “back-up” location in case of inclement weather. However, Sun and Sea Beach Weddings tries to be very flexible on our schedules. We watch the hour by hour reports constantly, and if we happen to see that rain could be a problem with your scheduled time, we will offer to adjust the timing of the wedding to “dance” around the rain. This is normally a great fix for a common shower. And is the solution 90% of the time.
** If you are having a reception – it can be moved to that location
** It can be “postponed” until the next day. Time based upon Sun and Sea Beach Weddings availability, but the couple makes the final decision.
Some of our setups may not be able to be used in an indoor location, but we will do our best to decorate your chosen backup location. We are not responsible for the weather.
Will there be other people on the beach?
The vast majority of beaches are public, time of day matters when booking a beach wedding. Later in the day or early morning is the best time to avoid other people on the beach.
Who performs the ceremony?
A Florida Notary Public or Ordained Reverend, male and female Officiants. We cater to all requests, so please feel free to discuss your ceremony needs.
What will the Officiant wear? Can we request them to wear a certain outfit?
Our Officiants wear outfits that are appropriate for your wedding. They are normally dressed in slacks and a nice shirt. Please keep in mind that our Officiants must wear clothes that are comfortable for the heat. For this reason, we cannot take requests for our Officiants to be in suits or other outfits that would be too hot.
Can we bring our own Officiant to our Florida Beach Wedding?
Certainly, as long as he/she is Ordained or a Notary for the State of FL. We will deduct $100.00 from the Package you choose.
Can we write our own vows?
Yes, we encourage couples to be creative. If you write your own vows, you will want to have them printed and on you for the ceremony. If you choose not to bring your own vows, our officiant will perform the traditional repeat after me vows.
Can we have a friend read a poem?
Yes, you can have a Friend/ Family member read a poem, sing, or lead in prayer.
Who takes the photographs?
Photography is one of the most important parts of your wedding day. A photographer can capture the intimate moments shared by you and your loved ones and make them eternal. Sun and Sea Beach Weddings partners with professional photographers to ensure our couples are delivered quality work. This is one of the most differentiating aspects of our business. We offer such great pricing on professional grade photography through our market relationships. Remember when you do your research to check a companies Facebook and galleries to make sure you are getting the quality work you deserve on your special day.
Although we take several other shots, we will pick the best photographs from the collection. We do not guarantee that you will receive every picture that we take. If there are specific poses that you will want, please let us know prior to the development of your photos. Knowing ahead of time what photos are important to you will help us make sure that you receive the ones you want.
We strive to provide our clients with quality photos… however weather conditions may affect the outcome. If you are scheduled for a sunset wedding and arrive more than 15 minutes late, we may be pressed for time with loosing the light… there will be no adjustment in costs. Photos are generally ready within 5 weeks of your ceremony.
Can we provide our own photographer/videographer?
Yes. You can hire a your own photographer and remove ours for a credit.
Do you provide music?
Unless included with one of our packages, all music is À La Carte. The fee is $100.00. We will play mood music prior to the ceremony, the processional and recessional, and music while the photographs are being taken. We can also recommend “live” music from a harpist, violinist, bagpiper, guitarist, steel drummer.
Do you provide chairs?
Chairs are included in many of our packages. However, everyone’s guest count is different. So many couples need to add additional chairs to their package. Chair counts can always be altered later – once you get your final count. So, in the beginning. just take a good guest.
How do I get a marriage license?
Florida residents have a waiting period of 3 days. But for brides and grooms of Sun and Sea Beach Weddings that live outside of Florida, the state has simplified the process by eliminating the waiting period. Out-of-state residents can obtain a license the same day – they just have to make sure they arrive in time to visit the courthouse during regular working hours, which is Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Couples can obtain a license from any county in the State of Florida. For Georgia weddings, the license must be obtained in the same county as the location of the ceremony. Both bride(s) and groom(s) must apply in person, together at the Clerk of the Court. Both must be 18, or have a parent with them to sign consent, and both must have a valid (not expired) State issued photo ID (driver’s license). If either person has been divorced within the past six months, they must bring a copy of their divorce decree. If it has been more than six months, the clerk will want to know the County/ State and date the divorce was finalized. Of course there is a fee – $93.50 for Florida, and in Georgia is varies by county…but no blood tests!
Here are links for more information
Florida Clerk of Courts Offices
State of Florida Marriage License Info
State of Georgia Marriage License Info
Why can’t you get my marriage license for me?
The clerks require that the couple appear together in person. For this reason, we are unable to handle this for you. There are services that can assist you from a distance. We can provide that information upon request. Since Covid – some clerks allow zoom meetings to secure the license. This has changed along the way, so it is important to check with the clerk to see their current procedure. Your assigned event manager can assist.
What happens to the license after the ceremony?
Remember to bring your marriage license with you to the beach. After your ceremony the Officiant for Sun and Sea Beach Weddings signs it, and takes it with him/her to mail the marriage license back to the court for you. The Clerk’s office will then mail you a certified copy. This can take anywhere from one (1) to four (4) weeks. If you have questions about this, you will need to call the Marriage License Department where you applied.
Can we turn the marriage license back in ourselves?
What happens if we have to postpone?
Any deposits/payments will be applied to your new date. Deposits/payments are applicable for up to 6 months from the originally-scheduled ceremony. After that, a new deposit and service agreement are needed. If you need to reschedule, please call us for date and time availability. There is a $100 postponement fee.
What happens if we have to cancel?
The initial deposit and any due payments are non-refundable. We are flexible with postponements and try to work with our couples.
Do you offer reception services?
Yes, we would love to assist you with your reception and overall wedding planning. Check out our reception page or call us for more details. We offer multiple all inclusive packages to make planning easy.
Can we bring our own cake?
Yes. You will also need to bring all of your own supplies, such as a cake table, cake riser, cake cutter, napkins, silverware, etc. You will be responsible for this set up.