Imagine rolling sand dunes that spill into crystal beaches, the sound of the waves crashing into the shore, a place where romance meets Southern charm. Located in the northeastern corner of Florida, Amelia Island is a perfect setting for your destination wedding. From the most intimate ceremonies to extravagant affairs, beach gatherings to traditional chapel services, a destination wedding should be a mix of fairy tale nuptials and seamless holiday experience to create a wedding dream come true. With numerous picturesque locations, fabulous venues and talented vendors, one of our top picks for a destination wedding is Amelia Island.
Amelia Island has endless options for venue locations. Extravagant affairs can be celebrated at four diamond resorts where you can host your guests in ocean-side luxury. Host an intimate gathering at a cozy beach and breakfast. Or escape just the two of you and elope in historic downtown. Looking to get your toes in the sand? Opt for a beach wedding! Before the big day, take some time to take advantage of all Amelia Island has to offer with a spa day, golf outing, beach bonfire or rehearsal dinner. The list of enhancements for your big day is virtually endless.
Amelia Island does its best to assist with the stress of planning a destination wedding. The island itself offers 13 miles of pristine beach, framed by natural splendor, and over 40 public beach access points. You do not need a permit to get married on the sand. However, nesting for sea turtles takes places between May 1 – October 31st so the city does request that you smooth out the sand after the ceremony is complete. The variety of venues on the island can accommodate any style. There are a number of options for wedding planners that can be priceless when planning from afar. And the island provides all the information in order to obtain a Florida marriage license, which is required. Make sure to bring your driver’s license, social security number and non-U.S. citizens should submit naturalization number, immigration number or passport number. The license costs $93.50 and can be obtained at the Nassau County Historic Courthouse in Fernandina Beach.
Rich with natural history and beauty, Amelia Island is a destination wedding favorite. A perfect mix of quaint charm, world-class resorts, pristine golf courses, lavish spas and delicious restaurants, the romantic appeal of the island seeps through all you see to provide the happiest of ever afters.