Weddings on Anna Maria Island

Powdery white sand, swaying palm trees, crystal-clear turquoise waters – what could be a better backdrop for saying “I Do”?
There are plenty of reasons to get married on Anna Maria Island. If you’re looking for a relaxed beach environment with high-quality food and a touch of elegance, this island might be the right place for you and your partner.

Below is a guide to Florida destination weddings on beautiful Anna Maria Island.

Why Get Married on AMI?

Florida destination weddings are a popular choice for many who want to get married with their toes in the sand. There are lots of benefits to hosting this special day on Anna Maria Island. Here are just a few of them:

They’re cheaper. First off, destination weddings tend to be cheaper than local ones. With a number of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals for weddings to choose from, you can have your wedding and honeymoon in the same place.

Most wedding venues offer packages that include everything, reducing the cost (and hassle) of individually hiring caterers, decorators, dish rentals, and a DJ. Florida destination weddings are typically more intimate – usually, only family and close friends and family will fly across the country for the celebration. This means you can go with quality over quantity when it comes to the dinner, spending less overall on food and drink.

They’re easier. Let’s face it: we have enough stresses in day-to-day life. Why should wedding be another one? Florida destination weddings tend to be less work. While you’d think it would be simpler to do a wedding in your hometown, destination wedding accommodations and venues are set up to make your job easy. Rather than coordinating everything yourself, let experts at Anna Maria wedding venues do the work for you.

They’re more laid-back. There’s something about a palm-tree dotted beach and a tropical cocktail that says relaxed. And since your wedding will likely have both of those, it should be relaxed, too.

Invite your guests to come in sundresses and linen shirts. You can even walk down the aisle barefoot if you get married on the beach. Leave the hairspray at home, and opt for a loose beachy ‘do. You can even opt for a buffet seafood grill instead of a plated meal. Take advantage of the island setting with a low-pressure event. Sometimes a more casual wedding can be more fun!

Anna Maria Wedding Venues

There are some incredible Anna Maria wedding venues to choose from.

The Sandbar Restaurant is an excellent Gulf-front restaurant on the beach – the perfect venue for couples who want to get married with their toes in the sand. The venue is at the north end of Anna Maria Island right on the beach. They prepare incredibly tasty seafood and have an outdoor wedding pavilion that can seat up to 160 guests.

The Beach House is another waterfront restaurant that offers wedding packages for both ceremony and reception. Like the Sandbar, this restaurant boasts a white-sand beach and stunning sunset views. It features a covered, outdoor event space for weddings of up to 100 guests. They take care of everything: rentals, setup, centerpieces, and, of course, a scrumptious meal. They also have a bridal suite for wedding parties that want to get ready on-site.

For a wedding with a nautical feel, tie the knot at the Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club. They boast Old Florida hospitality, beautiful water views, and elegant facilities for your event. Waterline offers event planning, full set-up and tear-down services, and in-house catering from their restaurant, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. They have a number of multi-bedroom suites that can sleep families and groups of friends. This 50-slip marina offers a classic and elegant backdrop for wedding photos.

Consider Anna Maria vacation rentals for weddings to combine your big day with a beach holiday. With Anna Maria wedding venues dotting the island, there’s no shortage of places to walk down the aisle – er, beach.

Give us a call today at 941.778.4178 for more information on our island vacation homes and condos. Or, check our website for photos and availability.