Jacksonville, Florida is known to many as a popular vacation destination because of its warm weather and many fun things to do. In addition, it is a great place to have a wedding for these same reasons (and more!). Today we’ll discuss the reasons to have your wedding in Jacksonville along with any logistical things you would need to be aware of prior to having your wedding there.
If you and your partner have your hearts set on an outdoor wedding, Jacksonville is the perfect place to have your wedding. Jacksonville has warm weather year round. In fact, the coolest month of the year in January and even then you’ll find temperatures in the mid-sixties. The hottest months will be in the mid-nineties, so you’ll want to make sure you and your guests are staying hydrated during the wedding. In terms of planning for rain, you should know that Jacksonville does have a hurricane season that runs from July to September. If you are planning an outdoor wedding during that time, it is probably a good idea to have an indoor venue as a backup option in the event of inclement weather.
In addition to the great weather, a lot of couples choose Jacksonville for their wedding because of the unique venues that are nestled there. Some of these unique venues include settings on the water, rustic barns, museums, inner-city locations, and cultural centers like the Thrasher-Horne wedding venue. There is truly a place where every couple will feel comfortable saying their vows in Jacksonville.
In addition to venues for the big day, there are also plenty of venues for rehearsal dinners. You’ll find a host of restaurants downtown that would love for you to join them for your rehearsal dinner.
Additionally, there are many hotels in the area that would be perfect for you and your guests. In terms of hotels, there is an abundance of options depending on what you prefer. You’ll find resort style amenities if you would like to have everyone stay in one place and have things to do and places to eat right at your fingertips. There are also other hotels with a more intimate feel if you are looking for something on the smaller or more boutique side.
Things to Do
As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and more people moving to Jacksonville than ever, options abound to keep your guests entertained. One of the main attractions in Jacksonville is Jacksonville Beach. Even if you choose not to have a beach ceremony, guests can still venture to the beach for an afternoon of fun in the sun!
In addition to the beach, Jacksonville is also home to luxurious golf courses. This is sure to keep some of your guests entertained during their stay in Jacksonville. Lastly, Jacksonville also has a unique selection of art pieces at both the Cummer Museum and MOCA. Spending an afternoon strolling through the museums is a relaxing way to unwind after wedding festivities. There truly is something for everyone to do in Jacksonville!
Any couple who wishes to wed in Florida will need to get a Florida marriage license prior to the day of the wedding. In order to obtain this, you will both need photo identification and be at least 18 years of age. You don’t have to be a state resident and there is no wait time. There are also no witnesses required in the state of Florida.
Documenting the Moment
If you do not wish to bring your photographer with you, you will find a variety of wedding photographers in the Jacksonville area to choose from. You can check out those photographers here and filter by price or location.