The Couple and the sea…
Tons of sand, thousands of small shells, hundreds of palm leaves and… 2 people (plus all the guests). Getting married on the beach in Miami has its charm and will convince everyone, even the silted singles.
How is it done? Should we book a few square feet of beach? Is there a “special” priest? Find all the answers to your questions, to help you understand how we work to make the most romantic weddings in the world.
A beautiful wedding…
It takes between 1 to 4 months to plan your wedding on the beach and complete all the necessary formalities. The choice of location, the choice of the vendors, décor, florist, signing all the papers and the preparation of the festivities…it takes a little method, you might need a planner!
In Miami, you can get married symbolically, civilly or religiously; if it’s a wedding journey and you go back to your country afterwards, then you will have to make it recognized when you arrived. Only a civil marriage, with the signing of a “civil wedding license”, has a legal status in the United States.
One, two, three, get married!
– A symbolic marriage is not recognized in the US, and often not in your native country, and just serves to spread your love to everyone, to redo your vows or to make a wedding v 2.0 if all your Floridians friends could not be there in your first marriage.
– A Religious marriage depends upon the religion of the bride and groom and takes place before a formal cleric (priest, rabbi, imam, etc.). Be aware that this person, regardless of the religion involved, may also act as a civil officiant and also sign the civil marriage contract, giving it legal value.
– A Civil marriage is most of the time operated by a public notary or a clerk. If you are getting married through a civil ceremony, you should approach the Registrar of Civil Marriages for the district in which you intend to get married for information on how to proceed and make sure the person is a Marriage Officiant registered with the Office of the City Clerk before the wedding. There is no requirement to live in the district where you want to get married.
Where is it?
You can get married anywhere you want on the beaches of Miami. However, some “beaches” require a “wedding permit”. If you have a planner, she/he will probably include it in the fees and will take care of it for you. If you choose to plan your wedding yourself or just hire someone for the Day-Of Coordination (one of our most popular package) you will make sure to get the permit and be allowed to celebrate your union on the beach, without risks to get caught by authorities and mess up the most beautiful day of your life.
Blue sky, pristine ocean, bright sun and in the middle: you, all white and dressed up! Yes! But…
– No need to wear shoes. (We are so comfortable with flip-flops!)
– You can go skiing for your honeymoon; you have seen enough of the beach!
– The beach is great: the number of guests is unlimited; any other venue can offer the same breathtaking view! (almost for free)
– Cost less than a “traditional” wedding in a venue, needless décor as well.
– Your wedding pictures will look amazing!
– It is better to be sure of the weather, and pray to avoid the rain and wind gusts.
– The hurricane season (from June to late October) remains a time to banish in your calendar: it is very hot and humid, and the weather changes in an instant.
– Manage your time because a wedding with a romantic sunset can turn into a nocturnal ceremony where we do not see 1 meter ahead.
As an experienced wedding and event planner, I advise everyone who plans to get married on the beach to have a planner. Even if you hire a planner just for the Day-of coordination, we will be able to advise you on the best spot to have maximum privacy and intimacy, get best deals with vendors, professional décor, plan B in case of bad weather and see the unforeseen!
You would be surprised at how beautiful yet at the same time complicated the planning could be.
Owner and Head Planner | Haute Couture Events