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Beach Wedding Cost: Keep Your Budget on Track

by Darcie Plowden on July 28th, 2015

Beach wedding setup with blue-covered white chairs and arch decorated with sand dollarsThere are literally hundreds of decisions to be made when planning a wedding. The first one is deciding where you want to get married. For those of us in love with the sugar-white sands of the Gulf Coast, a beach wedding is an ideal way to personalize the celebration. And the icing on the wedding cake—enjoying quality time with your guests in your favorite beach locale!

On a Budget? Just Beach It!

Of course, the location of your wedding sets the theme and mood, but equally as important, it determines the budget required for the event. According to the experts at Cost of Wedding, the average wedding cost in the United States is now about $26,444. Depending on the city, a wedding reception at a banquet hall or hotel can set you back many thousands, and the time you’ll spend with your guests is just a few hours at most.

A destination wedding on the Gulf Coast can cost considerably less. How, you ask? Cost of Wedding has crunched the numbers and found that a single wedding guest adds between $180 and $220 to the overall cost of a wedding. The best way to save money on your wedding is to control the number of guests. Tadah! A beach wedding does just that! There are also plenty of wedding planners specializing in beach ceremonies who offer packages priced at less than $1,000. Best of all, you’ll have a getaway on the Emerald Coast, making truly wonderful memories with family and friends!

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Beach Club wedding reception

The Beach Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a popular venue for wedding receptions.

Elegant, Casual, Traditional, Relaxed, Intimate — Now Serving All Wedding Styles

It’s never been easier to plan a wedding along the Gulf of Mexico—and there are a lot of venue options, ranging from sunset nuptials on the sand to an elegant terrace ceremony with a view. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, for instance, offers a multitude of venues for weddings of every size and budget. Options at this popular Northwest Florida resort range from beach to bay and include ballrooms, swimming pools, and more. Costs, which include the venue, refreshments, decorations, and other packaged options, range from around $7,500 to $20,000.

A trend we’ve noticed here at is that couples are choosing large beach houses for wedding venues. Depending on the size of your wedding party, you can find a home or group of homes spacious enough to lodge your guests and also host your event. A perfect example is Coastal Commodity, in Panama City Beach. The property, which is actually made up of three separate houses, can accommodate up to 30 wedding guests. All three houses at Coastal Commodity have their own kitchen facilities, bathrooms, private balconies, and panoramic views of the Gulf. Rental rates at Coastal Commodity vary seasonally but range from less than $900 daily (about $5,200 for a week) in winter  to $1,900 daily, (about $11,500 weekly) in midsummer. And the property’s beachfront location is the perfect spot for a wedding.

Start Your Search, and Make Your Dream Come True

Whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony for a few guests or a grand wedding celebration with hundreds of attendees, you’ll find the perfect setting on the Gulf Coast. Start your search for a location and venue now by checking out our listings at Beach Wedding Venues, Wedding Packages, and Accommodations on

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