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Florida Beach Wedding FAQs

What is a typical time line for a wedding?

When working with a Sunset Ceremony we typically begin the ceremony about 1 hour prior to sunset. Here is a sample for a 6:16 p.m. Sunset:

5:30 p.m. Photos-Group, Family & Bridal Party 
5:45 p.m. Photos of Bride & Groom only 
6:16 p.m. Sunset 
6:30 p.m. Bride & Groom join for cocktails 
6:45 p.m. Guests invited to sit for dinner 
6:50 p.m. Bridal Party Announced 
7:00 p.m. Toasts 

What is the next thing we need to do after booking the date with South Seas Island Resort?

Once we have received a signed contract and deposit, our next step is to get a feel for the style of things you want for your wedding. This will help your Wedding Specialist to personalize all the details of your special day.

Do you provide a backup location in case of inclement weather?

For any scheduled outdoor event the resort will provide you with an indoor location of our choosing. The indoor space booked is determined based on the needs of your wedding. The decision to move an event indoor due to inclement weather will be made mutually with the Bride/Groom, Wedding Specialist and Banquet Manager. Of course we try our best to wait out the rain or work around it, however we always have the indoor space to use.

Is there a minimum number of rooms that must be blocked when booking a wedding?

No, it is not necessary to reserve a block of rooms when booking your wedding events. However, if you would like to establish a guaranteed rate for your guests, a minimum block of 10 rooms per night for two nights is required.

Can we add more time to the Open Bar?

Of course; to add an additional hour the cost for call brands is $12 per person per hour.

Is my $5,000 deposit an additional fee?

No, your deposit is credited towards your total wedding bill. It is not an additional fee.

What time does my reception have to end?

Most weddings include up to a four hour reception. We can certainly extend beyond the four hours. Each additional hour is subject to a $500 labor charge++. 

For outdoor functions: Captiva Island has a noise ordinance that prohibits any outdoor entertaining past 10:00p.m. In addition, Turtle Code prohibits the use of any outdoor lighting on or near the beach past Sunset from May 1st thru October 31st.


Where does the bride get ready on the day of the wedding?

That depends. Many brides prefer to get ready in their individual villas or hotel rooms. However, if you prefer to have a separate “get ready room” please discuss that with your Wedding Specialist and they can help determine an alternative location.

How many guests are seated at each table?

We use 66” Rounds for our banquet functions. For a plated or family style dinner we recommend seating 8 guests per table for the best fit. For a buffet or reception style dinner we can easily have up to 10 guests per table.