Dubbed as the “Wedding Capital of Florida” Anna Maria Island has become very popular for beach weddings. Over 1000 couples per year are choosing the tropical backdrop of sugar-white sand, turquoise-emerald water and spectacular sunset horizons to exchange their vows.
Florida competes with the Caribbean and Mexico for beach weddings. However, it is likely to be less expensive and easier for guests to travel within the United States. Also, Anna Maria Island offers much more than sand. Located ideally between Tampa and Sarasota there are so many activities in close driving distance like arts, culture events, world-famous amusement parks and great outdoor sports.
Celebrations can range from a simple, two person affair to large beach front parties. From elegant table settings to dancing barefoot in the sand. There are many great venues to choose from in this area but only a few offer the combination of having your ceremony and reception directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Other than a very small ceremony private homes are not an option. The charm of Anna Maria Island is the mix of rental homes next to full time residential homes without the high-rises and commercial overload.
Duncan Real Estate is happy to help with the accommodations of the wedding couples and their guests. A wide variety of vacation rentals will suit any taste. For example, Eureka, a 2 bedroom stunning cottage a few feet away from the beach is the perfect honeymoon retreat.
Whether you employ a professional wedding planner for the big day or start looking into your privately arranged ceremony be aware of certain requirements and restrictions. Depending on which beach area on the island there might be permitting procedures, parking issues, entertainment and noise rules to take into consideration.
Here are the contact numbers for the city halls in the three municipalities on the island:
Anna Maria City: (941) 708-6130
Holmes Beach: (941) 708-5800
Bradenton Beach: (941) 778-1005
A destination wedding also involves legal details as securing your local marriage license. Couples need to visit the court clerk at the Bradenton court house or take care of the paperwork with the license by mail option.
Beach Wedding Venues
Harrington House B&B
This charming Inn accommodates smaller wedding parties up to 24 guests. Say “I do” in the romantic gazebo or on the white sandy beach in front of the Harrington House.
Experience an exceptional tropical beach front location for a perfect combination of an all-weather deck with private pavilion, your very own bridal suite, award-winning culinary choices and a multitude of beach, deck and indoor dining options. The bridal magazine “The Knot” honored the BeachHouse with multiple picks for “Best of Weddings”.
The covered pavillion is right on the beach allowing you to have your wedding or event with your toes in the sand. Over 750,000 newlyweds were surveyed by this wedding planning network. Celebrate your wedding with your toes in the sand!
The Sunset by Gulf Drive Cafe
Picture Gulf waves and sunsets as your wedding backdrop in this waterfront venue. Located at the South end of the island, a team of experts will help planning the big day. The local newspaper Bradenton Herald honored The Sunset with several People’s Best Choice wedding awards.