With the purity of its white-sand beaches and bottle-green waters, the Emerald Coast is the perfect tropical locale. You’ll get all the breezy beauty of the Caribbean without flashing a passport.
With its position on the Gulf Coast keeping the water warm and the breezes cool, the gorgeous and temperate climate of the Emerald Coast draws visitors to this Floridian wonderland all year long.
Yes, the sand is white, fine as silk, and so clean it squeaks, and the water is a turquoise dream. But there’s more when it comes to the Emerald Coast’s natural landscape: keep exploring and you’ll find rare, coastal dune lakes and around 60,000 acres of state parks, resulting in too many scenic backdrops to mention.
With a seemingly endless list of places to visit, restaurants to try, and activities to pursue — dolphin cruises, anyone? — there’s fun for all types. From beaches and boardwalks to amusement parks and resorts, just try to grow bored.
As fun as the pretty details are, the true meaning of your wedding day is wrapped up in the ceremony. After all, it is here that you will seal your lifetime commitment to each other. Fortunately, the days of the cookie-cutter ceremony are over as modern couples now tailor traditions and incorporate new ideas to make the ceremony a more personal experience. So think outside of the box and work with your officiant and ceremony musicians to craft a ceremony that represents your unique love story. With these pros by your side, the ceremony is bound to be magical.
After the ceremony ends and the sun goes down, the party heats up! Lucky for you, the Emerald Coast has no shortage of talented vendors to make your wildest wedding dreams come true. First step? Find a planner that you can trust. With this person running the show, you'll be able to fully relax and enjoy the magic of the reception. So go ahead, take in the scent of your beautiful floral arrangements, savor your slice of wedding cake, and dance until your DJ plays the last song — you won't want to miss a moment of this day.
Good food and your loved ones all in one place anticipating the excitement to come — what could be better? Lucky for you, the Emerald Coast has some delicious rehearsal dinner spots offering beautiful ocean views that will impress. It is sure to be a good time for all!
Never want the celebration to end? Ask your guests to stick around the next morning to share one more meal before you jet off to your honeymoon. It’s always a fun idea to enjoy a few more hours with friends and family who have come from far and wide to celebrate this joyous occasion.
We know you want to give your guests a warm welcome to the beautiful Emerald Coast. What better way to do that than with a fully stocked wedding welcome bag waiting for them when they arrive? Throw in some sweet treats, maybe a drink or two, and that always necessary weekend itinerary. While you’re at it, throw in a list of some of your favorite spots around town they shouldn’t miss!
There isn’t a doubt in our minds that once you invite your loved ones to the beautiful Emerald Coast, they’re never going to want to leave. So why not give them a little piece of the shore to take home with them? Whether it’s a favorite local treat or a personalized glass jar of that pearly white sand, they'll love your thoughtfulness. Check out a few of our favorite ideas to get your wheels turning.
The Emerald Coast is bustling with things to see and do. From beachfront lounging, to boardwalk dining, to deep sea fishing, your guests won't want for things to do. To help your friends and family make the most of their time in town, consider linking to Fodor’s Emerald Coast Guide in your wedding website, or slip a card with all of your Emerald Coast must-dos. We've listed our favorite spots in town below to get you started.
Being on the Gulf, you would be right to assume that the Emerald Coast knows how to do seafood right. But trust us, it does other cuisines just as much justice. To make it easy for you, the Emerald Coast Magazine rounded up a list of the best of the best — you might want to stay a few extra days to get your foodie fix.
Never want the celebration to end? Ask your guests to stick around the next morning for a day-after brunch before you jet off to your honeymoon. It’s always a fun idea to enjoy a few more hours with friends and family who have come from far and wide to celebrate this joyous occasion.
Bachelorette parties along the Emerald Coast are one part relaxing, one part fun. During the day, the girls can grab their towels and head to the beach to catch the sun's rays. In the evenings, get dressed up and head into town to taste fresh seafood specialities, groove to local bands, and watch the sky come alive with a nighttime fireworks show. Check out our favorite ideas for the ultimate Emerald Coast bachelorette party to get the planning process started.
Bachelor party ideas on the Emerald Coast are pretty much endless. With a wide range of activities to choose from (think deep sea fishing!) and loads of beaches to relax on, you and your guys will have the time of your lives. With this well-thought-out list of bachelor party ideas, you should never have trouble finding something to do.
Having your engagement photos taken on the Emerald Coast? Lucky you! Just imagine how gorgeous that emerald green water will look as your engagement shoot backdrop or how fun it would be to spend an afternoon at the boardwalk with your sweetie as one of the area’s best wedding photographers documents it all. Check out some of our favorite locations for engagement photos to get inspired.
The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Emerald Coast events and add them to your radar.
Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Emerald Coast, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry: