Frequently Asked Questions

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What Florida beach wedding services do you provide?

Our All Inclusive Beach Wedding Packages are designed for couples eloping in Florida and destination wedding groups, as well as local couples. Our Wedding Concierge services provide guidance to Florida beach wedding locations, reception venues & lodging. We also book Basic Officiant & Photographer Services at hotels, indoor venues & beaches . Those seeking the romance & ease of a smooth sailing Dinner Cruise Reception will love our most popular combination – a beach wedding followed by a yacht or party boat dine & dance reception.

How do you help us?

Weddings On a Whim books the following:

1. Officiants
2. Photographers
3. All Inclusive Wedding Packages that include the above plus arches, chairs & runways
4. Three dinner cruises to choose from, i.e. yachts & a party boat .

We lead couples & other ceremony planners to:
1. Beach locations
2. Reception locations
3. Lodging
4. Wedding related services, such as cake companies & florists We apply for most beach permits & sometimes guide couples how to do so.

Where can we have a beach wedding on the Gulf Coast of Florida?

We service 24 miles of the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast. Our favorite locations include Clearwater Beach, Treasure Island, St Pete Beach and more. See our favorite Florida beach & other locations here

How do we book a beach wedding with Weddings on a Whim?

After sharing your details at our Contact Us Form, we will check availability, answer your questions & guide you further. If you prefer to talk to a live person, please give us a call at 727-581-3446. Or email us directly at at [email protected]

How do you take payment for our wedding?

Upon booking, we will send a Confirmation Agreement that includes where to send the retainer. We request a 25% retainer 2 weeks after booking. The balance will be due at the ceremony.

What are your prices for receptions?

Rates will depend on your guest count. Dinner cruises range from $57.30 – $72.41 p/p We will book those for you.

We will guide you with suggestions for other receptions that you would research, negotiate rates and book.

Restaurants – some with separate banquet rooms – begin as low as $16 p/p  & go up as much as $55 p/p.

Banquet Halls range from $700 to $3,000. Some caterers start at $30 p/p. Hotels include catering.  You will work with the Catering Sales Department.  Hotel Catering begins at $35 p/p for brunch & go upwards to $199 p/p. Most couples choose a “cash bar” option where guests pay for their own drinks. House drinks begin at $3.75 – $15.00 (based on the establishment).  Sometimes it’s fun to create your very own “Signature Cocktail.”

What discounts do you offer?

Weekday Discounts:

Choose an Our All Inclusive Package on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for $100 less than the prime weekend days.

Military Family?

Thank you for your service to us and our Country!  Let us know so we may offer you a free upgrade to your package.

Lodging Discounts:

Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites, Treasure Island.

To receive this special rate at one of the area’s best Condo Resorts, contact Anisette at [email protected] or call 727-456-7214 and let her know you were sent by Weddings on a Whim!

The Courtyard by Marriott, Madeira Beach is located off the beaten path, a quick drive from the beach, on Boca Ciega Bay.

We are grateful this fine property offers our customers a special 20% discount on rooms! To take advantage of this Discount Offer, Click Here. Or call the Sales Coordinator at 727-914-7821, to ask for the Weddings On a Whim rate.

Reception Venue Discounts:

Rates are less for your Weekday Receptions here:

Studio 131 Orange Lake www.studio131orangelake.com – contact Bubba 727-351-2717

Thunderbird Beach Resort www.thunderbirdflorida.com – contact Jennifer – 727-367-1961

Be sure to tell everyone you were sent by Weddings On a Whim!

What weather solutions do you offer?

We do our best to work around rain. Most often we wait out the bands of weather on the day of the wedding – usually 20 or 30 minutes does it. No additional fees would apply for up to 45 mins. If you are concerned about weather predictions and you would like to change your plans, please contact us 24 hours in advance to check the next available date or change of location – as it will be necessary to contact all the involved parties and suppliers, such as crew, photographers, officiants and your guests. As a backup: many couples use their reception venue. You may also rent a nearby banquet hall where we will add a Wedding Arch & other ceremony décor.  Lists are available upon request.  Sand Key Beach Park in Clearwater offers a picnic shelter for only $35. It isn’t possible to decorate the space; however, we could go there if the rain won’t break on your special day.

Where can you meet us?

Weddings On a Whim is an internet company without a storefront. By providing free telephone consultations & emailed guidance, we keep your fees low. If you would like to schedule a telephone consultation, reach out to us here. Thank you for sharing a few days & times that may work be best for you. Lastly, couples often meet us on site, following a beach wedding.

Are there any hidden fees?

With the exception of extending a thank you to the Whim Team (aka a gratuity), our Quoted Prices only change when you choose add ons or modifications.

The Reception Cruise prices include tax & gratuity.

In some cases, we quote price ranges; so they would be based on your final choice.

Are rehearsals necessary?

You will be sent a Wedding Day Checklist (with your Wedding Day Details), to complete & send to your Officiant.  We also send an Itinerary/Timeline and Reminders closer to the ceremony.  We encourage you to schedule a time to review your timeline & details w/your Officiant over the phone. By utilizing this help: we save you the $100 fee it would require to have a rehearsal facilitated by the Officiant.

 On your own, you may choose to do a walk through with your wedding party (so that everyone may know where to be). However: It isn’t necessary, because we greet and guide everyone upon arrival to the wedding site.  When it’s time to begin the ceremony, our Staff instructs the Wedding Party when to walk, in the order you have requested. If you would feel most comfortable with a rehearsal, please request it when you book your Wedding Package.

How do we acquire a Marriage License?

Click Here for Marriage License Details

Simple process:  

Takes a half hour. Fill in an application. No witnesses, blood test or wait period. The State of Florida requires you apply in person at a Florida Courthouse.  Bring photo i.d. & proof of divorce (if within six months).

The Officiant stamps it, signs it & fills out a few spaces.  He/she then offers to either mail it for you; or give it back to you – in order for you to return to the courthouse where you applied w/the goal of obtaining a “legal copy.”

The final copy comes to you from Tallahassee & takes up to 4 wks to make its way through the system & to your home. The license goes back to the county courthouse; then to the State Capital; then it is mailed to you. To ensure they have proof before leaving the area, many couples opt to take the license back to the courthouse for the legal copy.