Wedding season is just around the corner, and if you have recently said yes to the most important question of your life, it is time to make the second most important decision, the one in which you choose where you want the big day to be held. Destination weddings are growing increasingly popular, helping to make the day a more intimate expression of love, and destination weddings to the beaches of Anna Maria Island are perhaps the most popular of all. There is no better way to say hello to your new life than by bidding farewell to your last moments of being single with a sunset wedding on Anna Maria Island and its white sand beaches. And, after the big ceremony, heading back to one of our Anna Maria Life Vacation Rentals honeymoon hideaways will help you start out that new life in the most beautiful of ways! This guide to the top reasons to wed on the island will make you say, “I do,” to AMI.


Beachfront wedding arch with flowing fabric and flowers on sand at Anna Maria Island Life Vacations.


Anna Maria Island Is the #1 Wedding Destination Spot in Florida

Over the years, thousands of people have flocked to our beaches to say their vows, and although there are no statistics that prove it, we believe the marriages that begin here are the happiest ones! Seriously, with that many couples choosing Anna Maria Island for their most special day, you know that we must offer something special in return.

The Pictures Taken Here Will Be Memorable Ones

Your wedding day will probably seem to pass in a blur of activity and love, and without the photographer, you would more than likely forget some of the most important moments. And although some photographers are better than others, offering more skill and talent than thought possible, ALL pictures taken on the island are destined to be memorable. Saying your vows on the beach, the white sand, turquoise waters, and blue skies providing a stunning backdrop to the beauty of your love and because AMI is also a bird sanctuary, it is very possible that your pictures will feature a colorful parrot flying high in the sky, a graceful crane wading through the surf, even a flock of sandpipers pecking at the sand after the tide recedes. These natural elements will enhance your day and the pictures taken and will add an artistic touch to the documentation of your love.

Newlyweds sitting beachside in Anna Maria island

A Plethora of Choices for Venues

Did you know that there are 134 wedding venues in or near Anna Maria Island? There are so many that you may need to schedule a Florida getaway specifically for checking out the venues, exploring until you find “the one!” And because we want to make it a little easier for you to choose, we have listed the top three wedding venues on AMI below, hopefully narrowing your choices down more than a little.

  • Any of the Beaches on Anna Maria Island – You can’t go wrong with a sunset wedding on the beach, and our Anna Maria Island beaches almost seem to be designed to be an important part of your big day.
  • Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N on Bradenton Beach – This restaurant may be the most popular of venues, offering 700 feet of beach and a sunset deck where we promise that the most perfect pictures will be taken.
  • Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Avenue– Offering a casually stunning spot in which to say your vows, the Sandbar has room for up to 150 guests and offers a covered outdoor space that will be most appreciated if Mother Nature dares to let a little rain fall on your big day.

It’s Impossible to Be Unhappy on AMI

Even those who aren’t getting married during their stay on Anna Maria Island will discover that it is impossible to be unhappy in this beautiful “old Florida” town. Maybe it is the serenity of the sea, maybe it is the casual and accepting vibe of the people who make AMI their home, or maybe everyone just feels lucky to be able to spend some (or all!) of their lives living in paradise. Whatever the reason, smiles are quick to come, and that joy you feel when you take your first steps as a married couple will permeate every minute of your stay.

Honeymoon Havens

The day does go by fast when pledging your life to another but coming home to our honeymoon havens will give you the opportunity to relax and savor the ceremony you will never forget. Share your first sunrise as a married couple while sitting on balconies overlooking the sea, putter around cozy kitchens learning the meals that make each other happy and fall asleep holding hands in the most comfortable beds in the state. Reserve your favorite honeymoon hideaway today!