beach wedding!

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  1. Santa Rosa Pete

    Santa Rosa Pete Beach Comber

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    As a reasonably priced alternative, you might consider contacting the folks who operate the schooner Nathaniel Bowditch out of East Pass in Destin. For just under $1,000, you can charter the vessel for three hours around sunset and Captain Rex can officiate the ceremony (he's state-certified as an officiant). Fee includes his ministerial duties.

    My daughter was married aboard the Nathaniel Bowditch two weeks ago with 22 family/friends aboard to share in the occasion. My wife and I also got married aboard the Bowditch back when it was the original Blackbeard. There's nothing quite like the romance of being on the sea ... at sunset ... with the ones you love the most.

    Just a thought.

    SRP

    PS - If you're interested, I can PM you contact info for Capt. Rex.
     
  2. Kimmifunn

    Kimmifunn Funnkalicious

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    I was just in a beach wedding...she did it in Grayton with Emerald Coast wedding planners. Reception at 331 with the Red Bar jazz band. My little brother drove them away, but have Paradise Taxi do it.

    Done. Planned your wedding. No fee.

    It really was amazing. I suggest taking that route. I would!
     
  3. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    I once was married on a Seaside pavilion, just the two of us our dogs, two witnesses and the licensed official, her daughter. We didn't even tell our parents, so we had no desire to call Seaside. :oops: We showed up, did the wedding and left without anyone else even around. However, that was in the winter. Sept may be another story. If I were you, I would look for one of the pavilions on the far end of Seaside. Typicarry, the end closer to WaterColor is less busy, but not all of the pavilions have been rebuilt. ;-) Wedding Fee? What wedding fee?
     
  4. Cheering472

    Cheering472 SoWal Insider

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    :welcome:

    I agree with SJ. You are just wanting a back up in case it rains anyway. There won't be a bunch of people there so you won't need to reserve or set up the pavillon. I wouldn't feel the need to invite Seaside to the wedding. Have funn planning it and Happy Wedding!
     
  5. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    If you live on the edge and chance it, you need to realize that people may be walking through the pavilion on the way to the beach. Go with the flow. Also, note that if the weather is bad enough to get off the beach, most of the pavilions will not provide much cover. You may as well run up to the Rolly Polly dining pavilion. Or, get in touch with the earth and let the rain fall on you during the ceremony. :wub: You are at the beach with nature.
     
  6. Tatertot

    Tatertot Beach Lover

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    I got married on the beach in Destin three years ago and there's no fee if you just want the beach as a backdrop. I would assume it's that way almost anywhere along the coast (as long as you don't need a pavillion etc.). Especially if it's just the two of you...hire a minister and just meet somewhere down on the water then go eat at your favorite restaurant! You don't even need a wedding planner for that. And if weather is a concern for you, it sounds like you could be flexible on your ceremony time since it's just you two. If it's yucky that day, wait a few hours, or even a day if you can.
    Last month I went to a wedding in Sandestin on the beach and they go married in the rain and it was BEAUTIFUL! The pics turned out great and the bride had no regrets! Just my 2 cents...
     
  7. kathydwells

    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    Don't DO IT!!!!!!

    I am so just kidding....sorta.

    I hope you have a wonderful wedding no matter where you choose to do it. I say, grab an official, go down to the beach at sunset, say your I do's, chill on the beach while drinking a bottle of wine. Go back to your accomodations, have some FUNN.......and enjoy just being together.

    There, done and done. ;-)

    Happy Wedding!!!!
     
  8. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Are you gonna get nekked on the beach and consumate the marriage?:popcorn:
     
  9. kathydwells

    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    Riv-O knows all about that consumating on the beach, eh?

    I have been there and done that myself....man, the sand it get's everywhere. ;-)
     
  10. JB

    JB Beach Fanatic

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    I got an invitation to a wedding one time that opened with the line "Come watch _______ and _______ celebrate their love at the alter."

    All kind of mental imagery attached to that one. :rolling:
     
  11. jones8401

    jones8401 Beach Comber

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    I got married on the beach in May and used Emerald Beach Weddings. They were great, they organized everything for me. We rented a house on the beach and got married on the beach in front of it. Then we had dinner catered at the house. If you want something more simple just do an internet search for "beach wedding". There are a ton of planners who will do anything and everything. Good luck! We loved our beach wedding and would not have done it any other way!
     
  12. Paula

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    I agree with the sunset on the beach wedding or the boat wedding. I saw a beach wedding under a temporary canopy in early May at Seacrest Beach (looked like a do-your-own-wedding) and it was lovely. There will be people watching you (like we watched the wedding from the beach access steps), but just think how happy you'll make people to watch you celebrate from afar. I believe the beaches below the high water mark are public for anyone to use anywhere, but keep in mind that the beach accesses are not and someone could technically annoy you at your wedding for using their access. I wouldn't and most people probably wouldn't but it would take just one person to put a damper on your plans.

    I think the Seaside pavillions are private and "policed" and you might be chased off a pavillion during your ceremony, so I'd stay away from any of the seaside beach accesses or pavillions.

    I'd find a public beach access (SoWallers -- what's the prettiest public access and beach associated with public access -- Grayton Beach?) and bring some temporary canopies. You could probably hire someone responsible in SoWal to do that for you for a reasonable price -- check the SoWaller board for services and then get some references.

    What about Grayton Beach State Park? Are there pavillions there if needed? I know there are bathrooms, showers, and grills. It's only a fee of about $4.00/car and it's gorgeous, especially if it's a bit off season. Easy to get to also. You could contact Grayton Beach State Park (find them on the Internet) and ask them whether there have been weddings there before.

    SoWallers, are there likely to be any nasty flies on the beach in September that could be annoying during the ceremony?
     
  13. imasunbum

    imasunbum Beach Fanatic

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    Which condo in Seacrest. The Villas of Seacrest Beach by chance? The green at Seacrest with the gorgeous pool and palm trees with lights would make a gorgeous backdrop. It is peaceful and beautiful in the evening with the sounds from the pool fountains. Just a thought.
     
  14. Allifunn

    Allifunn FunnChef - AlisonCooks.com

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    :nono1: ....you planning on taking pics???:floor: :floor: JK.....I know you would not do that ;-)
    PS...have a wonderful wedding...love every minute of it!!:wub:
     
  15. jml-jdh

    jml-jdh Beach Comber

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    WOW! Thanks to all your ideas! I would LOVE to NOT hire a wedding planner. The negotiated fee is $450 for the cememony, 25 photos, a bouquet and sand in a bottle. I know that this is a steal considering what most weddings cost, but for what we want, dragging a minister down to the beach and throwing a kid a camera and 50 bucks sounds even better! However, I just don't want to worry about doing all that running around. We don't live close so all my plans are being made online and on the phone. This is also our honeymoon and I want to spend lots of time consumating than planniing, as has been suggested! One day will be spent arranging last minute details and another day spent getting the wedding licence, nails done and fiance's back waxed...just kidding.:funn: But I am ready to roll with the punches, I love when funny things happen to serious events. Only a hurricane evac. can run me off!!!
     
  16. jml-jdh

    jml-jdh Beach Comber

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    We are staying at the Mistral condos in Seacrest. Please just don't tell me if anyone knows anything bad about them, I've already sent the deposit.
     
  17. jml-jdh

    jml-jdh Beach Comber

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    thanks!!! It's exciting...even if I've been there and done that before....years ago!
     
  18. Franny

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    Nothing bad at all! You will have a great wedding and honey moon! Why don't you have the ceremony at the beach at Mistral?? If you need photographer. minister. etc let us know...just do it. Sounds very romantic, quiet, and peaceful time for you and soon to be hubby. Enjoy, don't be frustrated.
     
  19. jml-jdh

    jml-jdh Beach Comber

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    Actually, I am thinking of just having the ceremony in front of the Mistral condos. Then I could walk down all the stairs to the beach to my awaiting hubby to be, instead of riding together to another location. I just don't know what kind of privacy we'll have. I don't mind on-lookers, just don't want big granny and speedo-clad papaw in the background!
     
  20. DD

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