Beach wedding

Feb 22nd, 2005, 05:16 AM
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katybug, the city of St. Augustine is not on the Gulf. It is on the St. Johns River. And the beach in St. Augustine does not have much charm, like what you're looking for, although the beach is very pretty there.

I think you should seriously consider Captiva and the Chapel by the Sea. It will be decidedly warmer there. But you are REALLY running out of time. I'd call Tween Waters Inn immediately and see what's available there. You could do it there as well. They do lots of weddings.
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Feb 22nd, 2005, 08:13 AM
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I posted without editing and re-reading. I meant to say that St. Augustine was not on the Atlantic, but rather it is inland on the St. John's River.

And I meant to say that the beach in St. Augustine Beach was not a place that had the charm you are wanting for your wedding. Whereas Captiva Island has some charm and an island atmosphere.

I hope you get on the stick. I'm rooting for that wedding to take place.
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Feb 22nd, 2005, 08:20 AM
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I am rooting for that wedding to take place too! And we want a full report afterwards!!!
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Feb 22nd, 2005, 08:33 AM
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When we were looking at a map, I didn't realize that St. Augustine wasn't on the beach. There's St. Augustine Beach, but we want something seculuded. What if we stayed in that area, but for the wedding, drove somewhere north or south along the coast to a place on the water that would be nice for exchanging vows? My fiance's father is a pastor, so he will be performing the ceremony and there will be 14 people total. We're not even going to set up chairs. They're just going to stand around us and watch us exchange vows/rings. Then, we'll go out to dinner afterwards.

I will definitely give you a trip report though! I really appreciate all of the advice! It helps out a ton.
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Mar 7th, 2005, 08:27 AM
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Okay, we're closer to a decision. We like the history of St. Augustine. This is what we're thinking now. Exchange vows on Friday, April 22nd on the beach. Family would stand around us. It will only take about 10/15 min. Then, have a cookout on the beach right there on the beach.

We're looking for a place that would allow us to have a bbque on the beach. And, we decided to open it up to family/friends, so there might be more than 14. Maybe 30? Really, have no idea. I will try the chamber of commerce in St. Augustine abou the bbque, but wasn't sure if anyone knew of any other options. Thanks!
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Mar 7th, 2005, 09:40 AM
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Where are these 30 people going to go to the bathroom - if you find a beach that allows fires for a bbq?

I think your idea of going to a restaurant after the 10/15 minute ceremony is a better idea.

Another option would be to rent a place so you would have a dry, sand-free area to serve cake or whatever. You might want to look at That would give you and some of the members of the wedding party a place to stay.

Another idea would be to rent out a B&B - something small like the Lighthouse Inn at Tybee might work...but if you are talking March of this year (this month) you probably won't have much luck. I've rented out small B&B's for functions and made arrangements with the owner/operators to provide refreshments for small functions.

If you were to rent a condo or similar near St. Augustine or at Anastacia, you could pick up a cake and simple hor d'oerves at the Publix that's right there.

Just some ideas. If I were a friend, I'd love to celebrate your wedding for 15 minutes or so on the beach but would not be looking forward to hanging out on a public beach for a few hours for a BBQ - with no facilities (or only limited public facilities).
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Mar 7th, 2005, 12:14 PM
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In March, try go get as far south on the Florida peninsula as possible to avoid chilly weather. On the southwest coast, Sanibel Island is quiet and charming, as is parts of Naples. On the southeast coast, try for Palm Beach south thru Miami. And the Florida Keys are even further south.
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Mar 7th, 2005, 01:24 PM
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Katy has set the wedding date on April 22. She won't have to worry about cold weather anywhere in Florida by then.

Smart move, Katy, now not only is cold weather a non-issue but you don't have to contend with spring break. We will keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't rain! Best wishes to you and your fiance!
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Mar 8th, 2005, 06:57 AM
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These are good points. I like the idea of getting a rental house/bb and having even a bbque on the deck/porch with people able to play in the sand/ocean right outside the house. That way, there would be the facilities. Have you heard anything about problems with glass/sharks because of the hurricanes?
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Mar 9th, 2005, 03:37 PM
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You do not want to try and grill on the beach. Sand will most certainly be in your food.

I would suggest hiring someone to cater your affair. They will set up, do the grilling, supply china (paper plates), and clean up afterwards.

BBQ is a food down here not an activity. Telling a caterer you want a BBQ and you will end up with a pig on a grill. No lie.
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