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Guide To Weddings on St. George Island

Wedding bells are in the air! If you’ve dreamt of a beautiful beach wedding along Florida’s Forgotten Coast, you’ve come to the right place.

St. George Island is a serene coastal destination. A much slower pace than other bustling family destinations along the panhandle, St. George is a true hidden gem.

Enjoy this free guide with all the information you could need to plan a dream destination wedding on St. George Island!

How to Get Married on St. George Island

First things first—what do you actually need to get married on St. George Island? It’s actually fairly straightforward.

You will need to get your marriage license; you can do that at the Franklin County Court. Expect to spend around $90 for the license. In order to get a license, both parties will need to be present with a valid photo ID and social security numbers. If either party has been previously married, they will also need to provide the date and reason the previous marriage ended. Each person applying for the license must also read the “Family Law Handbook”; this is required by law. Licenses are issued immediately. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply without the consent of a legal guardian.

Tip: If you have a specific question about your marriage license, check out the Franklin County website.

Top Wedding Venues

The ceremony and reception venues are one of the first details you’ll want to nail down for your dream wedding. Rest assured that St. George Island and nearby Apalachicola are home to a wide array of scenic and charming spaces to suit any of your needs.

Churches

For a traditional wedding ceremony, explore these church options on and near St. George Island.

St. George Island United Methodist Church

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Address: 201 E Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-2088

Website: https://sgiumc.org/

First Baptist Church of St. George Island

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Address: 501 E Bayshore Dr, St George Island, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-2257

Website: http://www.fbcsgi.org/

Trinity Episcopal Church

 

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Phone: (850) 653-9550

Website: https://www.trinityapalachicola.org/

Reception Venues

Whether you’re seeking a historic venue packed with charm or a flexible venue with indoor and outdoor spaces, you’re sure to find the perfect match. Check out these wedding reception venues on and near St. George Island.

Dixie Theatre

 

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Address: 21 Avenue E, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (850) 653-3200

Website: http://www.dixietheatre.com/

Historic theatre venue in downtown Apalachicola. Originally constructed in 1913, the theatre can host both ceremonies and receptions for up to 120 guests. The unique space features a mezzanine, balcony, and stage area with plenty of room for a formal dinner and entertainment.

Camellia Hall

 

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Address: 80 Sixth Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320 US

Phone: (850) 653-9199

Website: https://www.coombsinnandsuites.com/

A charming event space at the Coombs House Inn, Camellia Hall is ideal for brides seeking an elegant Victorian backdrop. The space is loaded with historic accents and distinct features for a memorable event, and can comfortably accommodate up to 100 guests.

Robert Lindsley Studio Gallery

 

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Address: 15 Avenue E, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (719) 660-7166

Nestled in the heart of downtown Apalachicola, the ‘15 Avenue E’ building serves as a professional studio by day and a stunning event venue by night. The space oozes charm with original hardwood floors and exposed brick throughout, in addition to breathtaking water views.

Fort Coombs Armory

 

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Address: Fourth Street & Avenue D, Apalachicola, Florida 32320

Phone: (850) 653-8277

Another historic beach venue, Fort Coombs Armory offers the full package. Originally built in the early 1900s, the expansive space features many of the original architectural elements, on-site kitchen facilities, and room for up to 200 guests.

The Gibson Inn

 

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Address: 51 Ave C, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (850) 270-2190

Website: https://www.gibsoninn.com/

Immerse yourself in southern charm and elegance with a breathtaking wedding at The Gibson Inn. This full-service venue features an on-site restaurant and bar, versatile indoor and outdoor event spaces, and an experienced staff that specializes in creating memorable occasions.

Waterfront & Beach

Of course, you can’t beat a true beach wedding. Luckily for you, St. George does indeed allow beach weddings! Additionally, there are no fees to use the island’s public beaches. The city simply asks for parties to be mindful of other beachgoers and to consider the time of year/time of day you host the wedding to accommodate other visitors.

There are two different areas to consider for your St. George Island beach wedding:

  • St. George Island Public Beach—the pavilions at the St. George Lighthouse Park (located on the center of the island) and public access points are available on a first-come basis
  • St. George Island State Park—covered pavilions can be reserved, public beach access points are on a first-come basis (850) 927-2111

The Riverfront Park and Lafayette Park in nearby Apalachicola also offer great outdoor ceremony options for couples seeking waterfront views without the hassle of sand.

Wedding Photographers

After you’ve booked your dream beach wedding venue, you’ll want to secure a professional photographer to capture your special day. Wedding photography takes a special skill set, and you’ll want to be sure to pick a seasoned expert that knows how to translate the magic of weddings from behind the lens. Here are a few of our favorite top-rated local photographers to recommend.

Karilyn’s Photography

 

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Phone: (850) 631-1726

Karilyn’s passion for photography and the beautiful Florida coastline shines through in her beach wedding and engagement sessions.

You can view Karilyn’s wedding portfolio here.

Thomas Maddi Photography

Phone: (850) 570-7747

Thomas Maddi specializes in portrait and wedding photography for Tallahassee, Destin, and the coastal Florida panhandle.

You can view Thomas’ wedding portfolio here.

Royce Rolstad Photography

 

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Address: 119 Hicks Lane, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (850) 653-5586

A true beach lover and local, Royce offers a personal touch for special event and wedding photography.

You can view Royce’s wedding portfolio here.

Wedding Officiants

A wedding is a special and incredibly personal event. Many couples, especially those visiting from out of town and planning a destination wedding, prefer to source their own wedding officiant from within their own family or friend group. After all, becoming a wedding officiant is actually pretty easy! However, if you’re in a pinch or you’d prefer to keep it simple with a professional service, we can help.

If you opt for a church wedding, the religious official at the place of worship will serve as your officiant. And even if you choose a non-church ceremony venue, you can often still choose to have a religious figure travel to your ceremony to officiate the ceremony.

If you opt for a non-religious venue or would prefer a non-religious officiant, we’ve got a few local recommendations:

Each of these local wedding officiants is sure to add a unique and special flare to your wedding ceremony.

Wedding Bands & DJs

Whether you’re #TeamDJ or #TeamBand, there’s one thing that applies to every event—It’s not a wedding without entertainment.

Before you fall in love with a specific band or DJ, be sure to check with your venue on any specific entertainment limitations or requirements.

Once you have approval, it’s time to think about the experience you want to provide.

Live bands are often a bit more expensive than DJs, especially since they will likely have to travel from a larger city. Check out these recommendations on The Knot to start narrowing down the list:

If a DJ set-up is more your style, you’ll have a little easier time sourcing a local entertainer—though you’ll have a wider selection in neighboring cities.

Locally owned and operated out of Panama City Beach, Pro Sound Entertainment offers over a decade of experience with weddings and special events. DJ Vladi is another Panama Beach-based entertainer that has a great reputation along the Florida Panhandle. Panama City is only an hour and a half from St. George, so travel expenses will be less than other DJs.

Outside of Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Destin, and Tallahassee are your best bet to find a wedding DJ.

Florists

From simple rehearsal dinner and welcome event arrangements to over the top wedding centerpieces and memorable bouquets, these Saint George Island florists have all of your flower needs covered.

Bayside Weddings + Events

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Address: 49 Ave G, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (850) 653-1828

Website: https://www.stgeorgeislandweddings.com/

In addition to full wedding and event rental services, Bayside also offers a full floral department with custom arrangements for bridal parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings.

Blinging Up Daisies

Address: 51 Avenue B, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (850) 899-1588

Website:https://www.blingingupdaisiesflowers.com/

A top-rated local florist, Blinging Up Daisies is a premier provider of wedding and event decor. Their premium fresh flowers are sure to make a stunning impression during your special day.

Outside of Apalachicola, Panama City Beach is your best bet on finding a florist. Check out these wedding florists on The Knot.

Wedding Rental Services

Depending on your ceremony and reception space(s), you may or may not need to also rent equipment for your special day. This might include simple items like tables and chairs or also include everything from linens and tents to outdoor heaters and more. Don’t get stressed—this local event rental company has all of your needs covered.

Bayside Weddings + Events

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Address: 49 Ave G, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (850) 653-1828

Website: https://www.stgeorgeislandweddings.com/

Bayside Weddings + Events is the premier provider of wedding rentals and floral services along the famous ‘Forgotten Coast’. From beautiful beachfront ceremonies to character-filled receptions in historic Apalachicola, Bayside has your wedding rental needs covered. Their expansive inventory includes everything from tables and chairs to tents and linens—and everything in between.

Your venue might have everything you need on-site, or they might have a preferred vendor to work with. Be sure to ask as you’re vetting options.

Wedding Accommodations

As a small, often overlooked Gulf Coast destination, part of the charm of Saint George Island is the lack of ‘big box’ hotels, which can make it a little tricky to find suitable wedding accommodations. Rest assured that there’s plenty of room for your wedding party!

Rather than a traditional wedding block, set your guests up with a St. George Island vacation rental company like Fickling & Company. We offer a wide selection of island rentals for groups of any size and budget—and even offer pet-friendly homes!

Our St. George vacation rentals aren’t just for guests. Our beachfront beach homes give honeymooners their very own private slice of paradise.

Peruse our expansive inventory of vacation rentals to get started, and contact us today to make arrangements for your out of town guests—or for your magical honeymoon retreat!