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Dos and Don’ts for a Perfect Beach Wedding

Love is on the sand here in South Florida everywhere you turn, wintertime, summertime do. In light of wedding season, we’d like to leave some reminders of important dos and don’ts for weddings.


DON’T: Get overheated. Let’s start by keeping our cool. The sun’s beating rays are no joke in Florida, especially during summer. Don’t forget to think about your guests, who will most likely be arriving early to make it on time to your ceremony.

DO: Keep the sunshine in mind. While going to the beach in a swimsuit and dunking in the water when you get hot is comfortable, being on the beach fully clothed for an hour can be less comfortable.  This is why we try to schedule our weddings for morning or sunset. In the middle of the day with the sun beaming down and reflecting off the water, be sure to have options to keep your guests comfortable and cool. We always bring a ice-cold water bottles for your guests to grab and have with them at their seats.   


DON’T: A beach wedding that starts at sunset may sound like the ultimate romantic wedding; however, you must be on time!  As fun as it is being fashionably late, the sun will set on us and, as it can get dark fairly quickly once the sun goes down, leave us no time for champagne toast and post-ceremony beach pictures.

DO: Before you have your mind completely set on a specific time to start the ceremony, consult with your wedding planner. Be very careful in timing your day so that you are sure to get to the beach on time.  If you really want to seal your ceremony with a kiss at sunset, consider taking your pictures before the ceremony.


DON’T: Just because South Florida has one of the most beautiful and romantic settings on Earth, doesn’t necessarily mean mother nature will always comply.  While the ocean makes it’s own weather and it rarely rains on the beach, sometimes we have to wait out a little rain – no problem! We never charge you for a rain delay. 

DO: When picking a date, keep climate and seasons in mind. Although is located in the northern part of Florida, it does occasionally rain here and the likelihood is higher during summer during the afternoon.  


DON’T: Parking at the beach can get competitive; the last thing you’d want is for Grandma Auntie Em and Aunt Bee to be late for the wedding because they couldn’t find parking.

DO: Go to your wedding beach for a “dry run” and look at the parking conditions.  Are the meters complicated? Is there enough parking for your guests?  Let your guests know (or set the wedding time for earlier) to give them enough time to find parking. If you have a wedding for over 25 guests we recommend hiring a “coach” or bus to transport everyone (except the bride of course) to the beach!


Lastly, we’d like to remind you: DON’T fuss over all the little things, beach weddings are by definition, laid back and relaxed.  Don’t over do the planning and let us do the planning for you! This way you will enjoy yourself! It’s your big day and we’re here to help through it! Just e-mail us at and check out our website We’ll send you on your way to your dream south Florida Beach Wedding!

Cheap Florida Beach Destination Wedding Anyone?

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A beautiful beach wedding

Cheap Destination Beach weddings in Florida are a popular choice for couples looking to combine a beach wedding, a beach wedding reception, and a vacation on a budget. Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach Weddings are affordable and elegant

One of the latest trends in the world of Florida beach weddings is designing your own custom ceremony, taking all the individual components and then customizing a wedding, Florida vow renewal, or elopement from beginning to end. This can be a daunting task when planning from out of state (or outside the US) and the complexity of the wedding decor required is easy to underestimate. Ideal I Do’s Beach Weddings, one of the premier Florida beach wedding companies in South Florida, is based in Delray Beach. Their Florida beach weddings and reception packages take much of the guesswork out of long-distance planning, allowing the couple to be as involved as they want to be, without worrying about missing a critical element of the big day or not getting the best price possible, whether the budget is modest or extravagant. Every service is tailored to some extent as no two couples are identical and the goal is to deliver the best possible experience for the couple and any guests who travel to witness the celebration.
For many, this entails looking at accommodation, too. One option to consider is a beach house. Offering wedding and hotel packages extends the fun beyond the wedding day to an opportunity to spend quality family time enjoying a more traditional beach vacation in Florida. The family and friends can stay in hotels right on the beach, enjoying some serious beach time and fun. Then following the ceremony on the shore, the beach of their featured Florida beach wedding package is transformed into the reception space with our signature Beach Bites – wedding reception package.
Miami Beach Weddings, Fort Lauderdale Beach Weddings, South Florida Beach Weddings, and cheap destination weddings boast spectacular sunset views over the Gulf of Mexico, perfect for couples who want sunset wedding day portraits. Florida beach weddings and reception packages can be purchased which includes the ceremony and also the party to follow. This may include items such as a DJ, a custom made cake, a coordinator for the wedding and a professional beach wedding photographer. The time with the photographer can be extended to include the preparations for the ceremony, and time afterward at the reception which may feature the cake cutting, toasts, and dances.
About Ideal I Do’s South Florida Beach Weddings
Ideal I Do’s is based in Delray Beach and offer beach weddings in Florida on the sandy beaches in South Florida in the Palm Beach, Broward and Miami areas. With a range of Florida beach wedding packages ranging from a simple beach elopement ceremony to our Silver Starfish and Ultimate Romance packages, they have the experience to tailor each special day to the couple and their unique wishes. Choose from themes and color schemes featured on their website or choose something totally new. With all color choices and styles incorporating the beach in our sand ceremony and seashell aisle and a staff of beach wedding photographers, wedding videographers, wedding ministers and wedding planners who craft Florida beach weddings and Florida vow renewals to delight. They take the guesswork out of planning a beach wedding in Florida.
Phone: 800-643-3254

Kaitlin and Krisjon’s Beach Wedding to Remember

It was such a pleasure getting to know the two of them. In writing their ceremony, I was looking for the ways in which they would be the right partners for each other and there were so many. They met at work in an environment that is so specialized, it would be hard for an “outsider” to understand their stresses, time commitments and emotional tolls that their jobs, as ER nurses  takes on them.  They were friends for 1 1/2 years working together, friends and colleagues before love surprised them with its need to work through you.  Kaitlin  had a crush on him since the first day they met.  Not just how he looked but the easy going person he is – funny, outdoorsy, hunting and fishing for large mouth bass that Kaitlin can decorate your house with. Krisjon loves her personality, and that she is well organized and keeps his life in order.  She is a great person inside and out, and the fact that she is beautiful is not lost on him.  Their first trip was to Gatlinburg was so special that it was there that Krisjon proposed as well.  Their  future will include a life on the lake and raising a family there.  What a wonderful backstory for a beautiful beach wedding!

Why a Florida Beach Wedding?

There’s just something so romantic about a couple saying their wedding vows to the tune of the ocean waves crashing behind them.  Ideal I Do’s has the perfect pretty beachside ceremony – yours to customize from $299 to $1999.  A great beach wedding at a very affordable price.
If you’re considering getting hitched near the South Florida ocean – whether it be Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or anywhere in Palm Bach, we’ve got some wonderful beaches for you to choose from. We know all the quiet beaches too! These beach weddings are so idyllic, they’ll make you want to hit the coast, post-haste. Choose a tropical Florida celebration, seaside nuptials are beyond breathtaking. We provide the arch, aisle, chairs, music, photography and video – we even bring champagne and refreshments to the beach!

Contact Ideal I Do’s and start making your beach wedding come true!

Beach Destination Wedding – The Best Choice for Families!

It took my breath away.

The beautiful bride and her handsome groom saying their vows before a minister, standing on a platform decorated   with fresh flowers under a billowing white arch, or canopy,  fashioned in part from a hand-embroidered family heirloom amid the soaring ocean waves surrounded by family and friends, some standing, some on white chairs around them.

Most had traveled hundreds of miles to join the weekend-long celebration of their beach wedding.


I had a first-row seat, holding my husband’s and children’s hands and wiping away tears of joy. Like twenty five percent of American couples getting married this year, according to research , my daughter,  and her new husband opted for a destination wedding in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, at the beach, at sunset. These days, all of the family are often part of the destination wedding equation. In our case, there were a lot of children present, including a baby who had come from the Bahamas and one preschooler very excited to show off her own “bridal gown”.

10 years ago we had a destination wedding in New York City where we lived. Such weddings were far more uncommon and truth be told, I don’t think my mom was particularly pleased. We thought it would be easier with our busy work schedules and with family spread from Vancouver and Dallas.

Today, when you think destination weddings, you might think, as I had, a beach in the Caribbean with just a few people making the trip. But Florida is becoming as popular these days.  As the ease of coming in and out of our airports and not having to deal with passports and governments of foreign countries is also in our bride’s and groom’s minds.



But in fact, destination weddings average 75 guests and more destination weddings take place in the United States than abroad, according to the research from The, often with celebrations spread out over a few days, which gives far-flung family a chance to reconnect. Almost half the destination weddings in the U.S. occur in three states: Florida, California and Nevada. One New England couple I know, for example, chose Miami so that the groom’s elderly and disabled grandparents, Florida residents, could attend.


Sometimes, the destination is purposely chosen because it will be kid-friendly. The beach is one of those family friendly wedding destinations. Packages combine the wedding, multigenerational celebration and honeymoon.

In our case, the celebration started in Ft. Lauderdale where the bride and groom chose to take a cruise from, the Wednesday before the wedding and didn’t really end until two days after the wedding.

Couples often choose a place that has special meaning for them.  Places that couples have enjoyed vacationing in the past or the site of the proposal are especially popular.


The bride and groom also wanted their guests to enjoy the surrounding area including diving and fishing and tours of Miami, the Florida Keys and the Everglades, which they had come to love.

The couple detailed some of their favorite activities in the welcome bags they left for guests and were gratified that most took note of their suggestions. Of course, it was tough for the mother of the bride to be 1,000 miles away during the planning — this was not an all-inclusive resort where an in-house planner sweats all the details. I hired everyone from the officiant, to the photographer to the caterer for the Sunday brunch based on a phone calls and emails. All worked out well.


But like at any wedding, things didn’t go exactly as planned, like the unseasonably cool weather. Everyone just grabbed an extra jacket or sweater over their wedding finery. After the afternoon rain, we quickly wipes the chairs dry before the guests arrived.  The key — just like on any trip — is not to sweat the small stuff, keep smiling, and enjoy the moment for all it’s worth.

So there we and the groom’s parents sat on the beach, the afternoon after the wedding, looking out at the crashing waves at Hillsboro inlet with our kids and the friends who had traveled so far.


Keep in mind that South Florida Beach Weddings are great for all ages!



Growing Popularity of the “Destination Wedding”


by RJ, Ideal I Do’s

When most people hear the word “elope” they may think of the young couple sneaking out of their upstairs bedroom windows with knotted sheets in the middle of the night to get married quickly and without the approval of their parents. Today, that is far from the case. A new king of destination wedding has emerged. Enter the Destination Elopement. Maybe as a growing trend due to harsh realities or work calendars or the realization that the wedding should be about nothing but the two people involved.  But many couples, both first time and second wedding couples, are looking for  alternatives to the large, traditional wedding without giving up the unique touches that make the memories that last for a lifetime. Beach wedding planners like Ideal I Do’s are seeing more and more couples choosing a smaller, elopement type wedding often at a destination they like to visit such as the beach. Some beaches and destinations hold special memories for them. For this reason, Ideal I Do’s is offering “elopement packages” to provide the services they seek. Couples find that they can have a beautiful, classic wedding with all the trimmings at an affordable price by choosing a package that has already been planned out and ready to go. Arch, aisle music, video, photography and of course officiation are all available for our beach weddings.

An elopement wedding may be for the bride & groom only, but sometimes a very few close family members or friends attend. More recently, the distinction between an elopement and a destination wedding has become blurred. A destination wedding is a wedding that is held in a location people like to travel to for vacations – such as resorts, bed & breakfast inns or beaches. It is usually some distance away from the bride and groom’s residence. For this reason, the destination wedding tends to have a smaller guest list than a traditional wedding held in the bride or groom’s hometown. Since fewer people attend the destination wedding, couples often will have a large reception at a later date (and present a slide show of their wedding pictures at the reception.  What fun!

So, why are destination weddings and elopements on the rise? Economic issues aside, it’s just a fact of modern day life that, compared to a generation ago, today’s young men and women are likely to locate farther from the area they grew up in. This means they are more likely to meet a mate from a greater distance away. The ease of getting to the destination has also lifted, both in money and time.

With a destination wedding or elopement, the couple may stay a little longer and combine their wedding and honeymoon. In Florida, many couples take a honeymoon cruise after their wedding. In some cases, their closest friends and/or family members attending the wedding will also stay longer or join them. If they stay on the mainland, they may schedule in some recreational activities such as golf, tennis, boat tours, night clubs, everglades, deep sea fishing or sight-seeing.

One may think the destination wedding would be expensive and difficult to plan. But actually, destination weddings can be much less expensive than a large traditional wedding and easier to plan too. By having all the elements of the wedding already planned out with an elopement package, the couple knows the total price up front and can budget accordingly. The destination wedding or elopement package that includes lodging, wedding cake, photography and flowers saves the couple both time and money. The planning is made easy and stress free. This gives the couple the opportunity to spend their time enjoying each other’s company instead of stressing over every detail of the big wedding.


10 Best Florida Beach Parks for a Wedding!

A beach wedding is an exotic fantasy shared by many, but you need not hop on a plane and jet off to some faraway destination to experience it — the United States has plenty of its own gorgeous beaches that will make your oceanside nuptials a breeze. Here are our picks for Palm Beach and Broward County’s s 10 best.

1. Coral Cove Beach Park, Jupiter

If its meaning is any indication,Coral Cove is a picture-perfect location for a wedding. It has rocks and dunes to take beautiful pictures. Jupiter, Florida is a town that offers everything, from seaside relaxation to intimate museums, art galleries, and even an old lighthouse. Hold your ceremony along the one mile stretch of beach followed by a lovely cocktail hour or beach picnic in one of the pavilions!

2. Lake Worth Beach

Lake Worth Beach is noted as one of the most picturesque swimming beaches in all of Florida, making it a stunning spot for your vows too. Located near Palm Beach, it stretches over miles of white sand, and serves as a natural barrier that protects the Lake Worth Lagoon.  It’s a great spot for environment and animal lovers, as it is adjacent to the Jonathan Dickinson State Park, a State park which features the Loxahatchee River, mangroves & river swamps for kayaking, canoeing & hiking and provides an important habitat for many animals, plants, and fish.


3. Oceanfront Park Beach

Located between Lake Worth and Delray Beach, Boynton Beach is situated    in a terrific and quiet locals only area.  This beach has lots of parking and shelter in case there is inclement weather.  A beautiful long boardwalk ramps you down and up the beach, making it easily accessible for those who are not comfortable walking on the sand.


4. Gulfstream Park Beach

Gulfstream beaches are gorgeous and the location posh.  The parking lot is FREE and the walk to the beach is beautiful. A picturesque bridge leads you up to the picnic and services area, and there are stairs down to the beach.


5. Delray BeachDelray Beach Florida. Downtown Delray Beach is the perfect tropical south Florida location to celebrate this special time in your lives. Whether your dream is an elegant yet intimate ceremony, a casual beach front affair, a historic location or a grand celebration for 200 or more, Downtown Delray Beach is the perfect destination for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party and more.

Downtown Delray Beach Village by the Sea, has all of the necessities and pleasures to meet the needs and pamper the bride, groom, wedding party, family and friends. With one-of-a-kind unique boutiques, salons and spas, accommodations to meet every guests needs, art galleries and restaurants to please any palette, it’s easy to see why Downtown Delray Beach, Florida is becoming one of the most desirable wedding locations in the south east United States.


7. Red Reef Park, Boca Raton

If you want your wedding to evoke Southern hospitality and all its charms, draw your line in the sand in Boca’s own Red Reef Park. It’s one of our local beach parks with a pavillion to hold both weddings and receptions. The weather is mild and pleasant year-round, and the beaches are perhaps best known for the beautiful reef just off the beach. There is also a play structure (ages 5-12 years), restroom facilities and even showers.


8. South Inlet Park, Boca Raton

With 850 feet of frontage, guarded beach, this is a beautiful beach right next to the Boca inlet. For easy access, beach surf wheelchair is available;  There is a beautiful pavillion for rent that makes your beach wedding affordable and unique.

Just getting here provides a glimpse of this beach’s romantic beauty:


10. 16th Street Beach, Pompano Beach

If it’s always been your dream to get married on the beach in Florida, there’s no shortage of breathtaking beaches from which to choose to be sure.  But not all have beautiful views of a lighthouse!  The 16th Street beach is situated just south of the Hillsboro lighthouse. The beach is also known for its tranquil surf, making it an ideal place for a wedding ceremony. Though the beach tends to fill up early with sunbathers during the day, the setting sun clears away the crowds, serving as a place for romantic and unforgettable moments.

Your Destination Wedding Questions Answered!

Your Destination Wedding Question Answered!

Why have one? If you’re looking for a unique way to say “we do” while surrounded only by your closest friends and family members, a destination wedding in a romantic location is ideal.

Where should we have it? Having a destination wedding allows you to exchange vows in a stunning paradise. Whether you envision your ceremony on a white-sand beach, atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, within a blooming garden, or surrounded by mountains, the options for Florida Destination Wedding locations are as limitless as your imagination.

Do I have to spend a lot? Destination weddings can be as lavish or simple as you desire and there are endless options to fit all budgets, from a luxurious reception in a ballroom to a casual beach party.


How many guests should I have?

Destination weddings allow couples to have intimate celebrations with just a few guests or a larger wedding with as many as 100 friends and family members. A destination wedding allows you to spend quality time with your guests in a relaxing setting over three or four days, making memories for years to come.

Aren’t Destination weddings more expensive? Destination weddings are typically less expensive for couples than traditional celebrations, as guests usually pay for their own travel and accommodations.  You can also mix and match our packages and options – they start at only $149!

Experience the Difference of Ideal I Do’s Florida beach wedding destination planning

A destination wedding is most successful when planned by an expert who can assist with the considerable planning and research that it takes.

What does Ideal I Do’s do exactly? We work on creating personalized celebrations with outstanding service is what. For more information about, call us anytime at 800-6-Idealidos (643-3254) to speak with one of our customer service representatives.

We look forward to making all of your destination wedding dreams come true.


Have the perfect cheap destination wedding in South Florida!

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Destination Weddings at an affordable price

The U.S. State of Florida offers the exotic feel of the tropics — beaches, tall palm trees, wonderful weather, fishing and diving — with no hassle whatsoever.

1. Pleasant breezy mornings – There’s a quiet luxury to mornings on your terrace when early risers can brew coffee and curl up on a patio while the rest of the party sleeps in. Watch the sun rise while you sip your joe and eat your croissants.  Snap a few selfies! Whether you have eloped to the beach and the two of you honeymooning or the whole family traveled with you for the big event, you can find hotel rooms, houses, even villa-style accommodations with the ease of leisurely mornings and meals at any hour, plus all the amenities you expect from Florida destination level regard for your comfort.

2. The Florida Everglades are the largest continental  U.S. National Park, and a green swath of sawgrass swamp serving as an inspiring big-day backdrop or additional photo location if you so choose. Although brides are prohibited from arriving at their beach ceremonies via parachute, Florida is a playground for adventurous couples looking to hike, fish, explore the everglades via kayak or Jeep or seek out hidden snorkel spots.

3. Beaches for every personality from off-the-beaten path to packed party spots with blenders whirring, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach counties offer a beaches suited to every traveler. Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach’s most famous and most popular bay, making it especially good for larger groups. But when it’s just the two of you, steal away to spots like the Key Biscayne Lighthouse or the Hillsboro Lighthouse.

4. Everybody for Scuba or snorkeling along Deerfield beach. All divers and snorkelers are welcome – Couples who take to the sport can continue courses with private lessons or group instruction. Plus, the dive boat — and the beach — are just yards from your room.

5. In the Details RJ, owner of Ideal I Do’s, isn’t in the business of planning just destination weddings — she handles every detail of destination vacations. A wedding designer with  years of beach destination wedding experience, she arranges the big-day necessities and caters to every whim (she’s even pulled of surprise weddings). RJ also handles the accommodations, day-after brunches, wedding-party excursions and so much more.

Summer Beach Destination Weddings

Sbeach wedding frameummer is here and romance is in the air; perfect time for a destination beach wedding in beautiful South Florida. Escape to sub-tropical paradise while leaving the stress of your everyday lives behind you.

Can you imagine yourself on your wedding day; walking down the sandy aisle, covered with fresh flower petals; the gentle afternoon breeze escorting you into your future; the melody of gentle waves and seagulls caressing the shoreline nearby? Whether you are surrounded by family and friends or are accompanied only by nature; you are certain to have a wedding day you will never forget.

Is the idea of a destination wedding romantic and enchanting; the tropical flowers, the warm ocean breeze, the sound of the sea rolling lazily on the shoreline? Of course this sounds wonderful, but who will help you organize it when you live on another continent or keep you relaxed as your big day approaches? Ideal I Do’s!

Here at Ideal I Do’s – an affordable destination wedding is in your budget – you have several choices when planning your destination wedding; organize on your own, organize through a resort or organize through a professional wedding planner located right here in South Florida..

Now, more than ever, couples are saying “I do” later in life. And for many of these long-time lovers it is their first marriage. While a traditional marriage ceremony still attracts many Newlyweds, it is becoming more popular to find couples looking for a unique, unforgettable wedding experience such as a romantic beach wedding.

A beach wedding easily carries the images of happiness, relaxation and fun, not stress and worry as a traditional wedding with hundreds of people you don’t know, often has.

On the Florida Beach water plays a large role in many of our local celebrations. If it’s wet on a wedding day, it is believed to both cleanse and purify the body and soul; allowing a marriage to begin fresh and new. The more water that passes over your skin on a day of celebration, the more purified you become. So if it happens to be a little wet on your wedding day, do what the Floridians do and embrace it. If the weather is dry, ask about the  Shell or Water Blessing if you want to guarantee this important tradition during your destination wedding ceremony.