Sanibel Beach Weddings – Do’s & Don’ts

Wedding season is here! A number of weddings happen in the spring and summer months throughout the country… but here on Sanibel and Captiva Island, every season is wedding season.


As you may have read in our Weather Blog, its warm all year-round here, which means you can enjoy a beach wedding even in December.  Who doesn’t want to get married in paradise anyway? Our beaches attract a number of wedding parties, big and small, each year.

To help in planning your beautiful beach wedding, we’ve pulled together a list of Sanibel beach weddings do’s and don’ts, along with information on where to wed on the islands.

Sanibel Beach Wedding Do’s:

  • Provide shelter from the weather.
    Beach weddings are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Depending upon the season and time of day, conditions may be extremely warm, windy or even rainy. It’s important to have a designated area for guests to escape harsh conditions, so that everyone will be able to enjoy this special day.
  • Serve light fare.
    Warm weather often lightens your appetite. Serving seasonal food or light and fresh fruit will help keep you and your guests cool and refreshed. You might even consider an untraditional cake, and instead offer a cool dessert like frozen yogurt or flavored Italian ice.


Sanibel Beach Wedding Don’ts:

  • Don’t schedule your wedding midday.
    The sun is its strongest midday and in the early afternoon. This not only causes excessive sweating and dehydration, but can also be a challenge for photographers capturing your festivities. After all, you want to look back and remember the fun, not how hot and sweaty you were!
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray.
    Beneath the bridal parties beautiful makeup, make sure you apply a layer of protective sunscreen. The same goes for the groomsmen. It might be a good idea to have sunscreen available for guests as well. When the sun goes down, the bugs come out to join the party. Don’t forget the bug spray or citronella candles.

We’ve pulled together a list of a few venues on Sanibel and Captiva Island to aid in your research. Note, this is not an exhaustive list of venues available on the islands.

Tiffany Stokes About Tiffany Stokes

Meet the Marketing Secret Weapon at McCallion & McCallion. In 2015, Tiffany traded the beltway traffic of Washington, DC, for the sandy, two-lane streets of Sanibel and she hasn't looked back since!