Rather than having a wedding on a public beach many couples choose to have resort weddings. Our resorts are located within the south central beaches section of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Instead of crowded, developed beaches like the ones in southeast Florida, warm Gulf of Mexico weather and beautiful scenery entice visitors to come to our unspoiled beaches. Resorts in our area offer a variety of experiences, from cottages to condo hotels and 5 star resorts, our area has something for every taste and every budget. Based on costs and logistics, couples may choose to have resort weddings where they are staying or at a public beach nearby.
A very special condo resort in Treasure Island, Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites is popular with wedding couples because of its location, amenities, ambiance and spacious suites with stunning views. With a restaurant located at the resort, it provides the convenience of planning the perfect outdoor courtyard reception in conjunction with a beach resort wedding on property. That’s what makes this resort desirable for large and small groups alike. Click Here to see how you can receive a special discount!
North Beach Weddings
Clearwater Beach is a more populated, pedestrian oriented community voted one of the best beaches in the world for many years. Elegant high rise hotels, such as the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach and the new luxury Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach offer spacious rooms, entertainment and dining all in one location. Many small motels, cottages and condo hotels line the shore and the inland waterway, called Boca Ciega Bay. Due to higher minimums and restrictions at hotel beaches in Clearwater, most weddings take place at nearby public beaches.
Central/South Beach Weddings
The communities of Indian Rocks & Indian Shores have kept the “old Florida feel” with many beachside cottages. There are still cottages and small motels for rent in Clearwater and Treasure Island too. St Pete Beach has a few larger properties and many small “Ma and Pa” motels that are terrific for family groups. Some properties don’t charge site fees for weddings that occur at their beach. (Ask our Wedding Concierge for specific details)
Treasure Island is also the home of the world famous Thunderbird Beach Resort. Located at the end of Central Avenue in the heart of this casual beach town, the privately owned facility has welcomed Resort wedding couples and family vacations since the 1950’s. Feola’s Italian Restaurant offers delicious & affordable meals in the courtyard or banquet room. The Thunderbird’s tiki bar next to Treasure Island’s beach sidewalk is a fun place for drinks and “Jimmy Buffet” style entertainment.
As we leave Treasure Island, we reach the town of St. Pete Beach home to the Dolphin Beach Resort. With a world class tiki bar, banquet halls, and an on site restaurant this resort makes a great choice for any type of group.
Our Wedding Concierges are dedicated to keeping tabs on local lodging and wedding locations. They will share their expertise and insights regarding each beach community’s accommodations and beach wedding opportunities. Ask us for our lists and advice please.
Unique Locations for a Wedding
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Churches and municipalities also offer affordable pricing for banquet spaces. Couples who are budget minded, have time and are good at researching, coordinating and planning are most likely to choose free standing banquet halls. Ask our Wedding Concierge for lists of local places and services. These event venues are all inclusive and appealing to busy brides planning an easy and budget minded gathering.