Tips for Organizing a Beach Wedding in Miami
Miami is the perfect destination for a romantic beach wedding and a great privilege for the residents! It is also a wonderful place if you are planning a destination wedding. Local or a destination wedding - what should you know before getting any further? Check out my tips for a beautiful beach wedding and of course, some inspirational photos to please the eye ;).
Locals already know Florida weather can be surprising and when we say this, we really mean it. It can be sunny and beautiful when you wake up in the morning and the next moment it is pouring rain, which can last as little as 10 minutes!
So when the weather is as its best in Miami? Miami offers the best days between January to April. Usually, the rainy season starts around May but this year we had a couple of cool days all the way to the end of May, which was very good luck. May-June-July is the rainy season and extremely hot and humid, so having a wedding outside during the summer months might get uncomfortable, even in the early morning or during sunset. Then again, August and September are usually the months when we are nervously following the hurricane news. This time of the year it is quite risky to organize outdoor weddings in Miami. After October just before Christmas, the weather is a lot nicer for an outside wedding. Christmas is perfect weather but it can be quite pricey to organize a wedding then.
From December to April, Miami has the most tourists, so if you are not into tourists, we would recommend picking up your wedding date in October, November, or December (before Christmas). Usually, October and November are quieter months from tourists and in December it is picking up again for the Christmas season.
Always have a backup plan in your pocket in case Miami weather is not cooperating with you!
2. Marriage license
Remember to make sure you register for the marriage license in Miami Beach. It is required even though you are not a resident in Miami.
More information in Clerk of Courts of Miami-Dade County website.
3. Timing is everything
Miami is always hot, you don't want to make your guests and yourself to go through a sweaty wedding. I recommend early morning or sunset for outdoor weddings. You could try to do afternoon or midday during the colder months (November - April).
4. Privacy and location
When you are choosing your location, I'd recommend avoiding touristic and popular areas unless you want to have a few extra pairs of eyes for the wedding.
Finding the perfect spot can be work itself. South Beach usually is more crowded than North Beach. If you are looking for privacy, consider beautiful Key Biscayne just 20 min drive from the Miami Beach or smaller cities next Miami like Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Boca Raton.
There is a permit that you have to apply in Miami Beach. Make sure you do this first and secure your desired wedding date! The cost is less than $150.
You can look into the permit directly with Miami Beach City website, find more information here: Miami Beach Ceremony and Team Building License
6. Transportation and parking
Take into consideration the fact that there is limited parking by the beach, especially South Beach can be difficult when it comes to finding a parking spot. The easiest and safest way is to organize either transportation for your guests (check with transportation companies where they are allowed to drop people off) or guide your guests to use a taxi, Uber or Lyft.
Best beach spots for the wedding?
There are plenty of hotels in Miami who offer beach weddings and it is a good idea especially if your guests are coming from further away. My personal preference usually is not a hotel when I choose venues, but for beach weddings (and events) I would definitely consider it because of the easier logistics.
Here is a short list of hotels that I can recommend for a beach wedding:
- 1 Hotel South Beach; My number one favorite hotel because they are eco-conscious
- Faena; Famous and super-beautiful boutique hotel in Miami
- The Palms Hotel; Gorgeous hotel in South Beach!
- The Confidante; Charming retro-styled hotel in Mid Beach with elegant service
- The Cadillac Hotel in Miami; European inspiration in Mid Beach.
The actual beach
This requires a bit more coordination from your end since you literally have to create the whole wedding set up from scratch. When you find the perfect location, remember to check permits from Miami City (see above). You will also need to find someone who can help you with furniture, possible decorations, setting up everything, and cleaning.
In Miami Beach, I would personally recommend something closer to North Beach, if you are looking for privacy. In South Beach, there is South Pointe Park, which is a popular place for weddings. South Pointe Park has it all for the beautiful wedding pictures; huge park, beach with cliff views, and even a pier! Key Biscayne is also a beautiful place for beach weddings, especially the beach near Cape Florida Lighthouse.
Remember to look into permits.
4. Cruise Wedding
Miami has lots of amazing paradise islands nearby, you could rent a yacht and combine your wedding with a dream vacation to the islands. Or you can rent a yacht for a couple of hours, have the ceremony in the yacht, and afterward be dropped off to the wedding party venue. You can book the wedding party in a restaurant that is located near a marina.
Miami is also a great destination for cruises if you are looking to have a cruise wedding.
It will be always easier for you to hire a professional who knows Miami and has experience in organizing permits, licenses, and the total set up for weddings. This way you can enjoy your important day worry-free and concentrate on savoring all those sweet moments on your special day. D'light Events will take care of your special day like it would be our own, we will make your wildest dreams come alive, and the cherry on top; we make sure everything is as eco-friendly as possible. Book your free consultation here!