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Six North Florida Beach & Golf Wedding Venue Itineraries

North Florida is the best place in the United States to plan a beach or golf wedding. I’m a native North Floridian, and I unfortunately, didn’t get married here. My wife and I wanted a summer wedding in July, but I chose South Carolina. My Carolina-native grandmother planned it and while she did a stand-up job, the only thing that truly rang summer for the season was my key lime wedding pie. When I think of summer weddings though, I think about luxury resorts, white sand beaches, and rolling greens.

If you're leaving the wedding itinerary planning to someone else (like your grandmother), you might miss out on some of so many beach and golf incredible opportunities. So my wife and I put our heads together and came up with an awesome “mix & match” North Florida Wedding Itinerary.

Each venue on North Florida’s beach & golf wedding agenda is laid out according to wedding event. All have a beach & all have golf. Are you sensing a theme? Each venue offers wedding packages and resources, but I picked my favorite parts of each resort. Mix and match your favorites for something more hand-picked and customized.

Bridal/Groom Luncheon/Outing

Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island & Then the Ritz Carlton Spa

Coast offers delicious coastal-style cuisine with a seasonal menu: local seafood, steaks, fresh pasta, salads and small plates. The newly reimagined casual restaurant offers indoor and terrace dining and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out the lunch menu to get an idea of the food offerings they might create for a bridal luncheon. The wedding packages at The Ritz also include very well-planned martini bachelorette parties.

The spa at the Ritz-Carlton is extremely luxurious. Take time to breathe deep in a eucalyptus infused steam room and meditate oceanside with your girlfriends before the big day. The groomsman can always hang out on the golf course while you’re relaxing!

The Ocean Bar & Café at Hammock Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Coast

The Ocean Bar and Café is surrounded by six gorgeous multi level pools is by the water pavilion at the oceanside Hammock Beach Resort. It is the ultimate in oceanside daytime dining. Check out their menu! Then treat your bridal party to the signature Hammock Facials at the Spa, which blend European aromatherapy and hot stones!

Bachelor Party

Villagio Italian Grille & the Slammer & Squire Golf Course, World Golf Village Resort, St. Augustine

Villagio Italian Grille is definitely a taste of the Old Country Italian food you dream of when you are craving pasta. Check out the menu! The best part about this restaurant though is of course, that it’s located at a golf-enthusiasts dream land at World Golf Village in St. Augustine. Play a round at Slammer & Squire Golf Course, an 18-hole championship resort course designed by Bobby Weed with design consultants Sam "The Slammer" Snead and Gene "The Squire" Sarazen.

Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island

“Dinner at Bob's isn't just a meal, it's an experience.”Large and juicy prime steaks, chops and seafood with your choice of potato and melt-in-your-mouth iconic glazed carrot. It’s an awesome value for such an important vacation, and it has everything you will crave after a long day on 3 different courses at The Omni. The Omni is home to three incredible championship courses. And it was recently selected as the home of Golf Channel's “Big Break: Florida.” My personal favorite course is the Ocean Links course. Hole  #4, #5, #6, #15 and #16 provide golfers with five oceanfront golf holes. The fairways and greens are parallel to the beach on Amelia Island and meander through a unique coastal maritime hammock.

Bonus: “This course was named by Golf for Women as one of the ‘50 Best Courses for Women,’ this close proximity to the ocean and the ever-changing sea breeze provide the golfer with exhilarating views and intriguing play.”

The Rehearsal Dinner

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, DoubleTree, Jacksonville Riverfront

If you are going to have a wedding in North Florida, you may want to work in something on the Jacksonville Riverfront, so both of my suggestions for the rehearsal dinner take place there. I have a deep love for this romantic view…. And also for steak.

The Sundeck Overlook, Omni Hotel and Resort, Jacksonville Riverfront

The Omni has an awesome restaurant that serves 5-star quality dinners, but I think the real draw is the cocktails and light fare appetizers on the rooftop that you may enjoy after the dinner and it’s open until 10pm.

The Ceremony

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

The view at these two resorts are my absolute favorite, but the cool thing about Ponte Vedra’s resort is that there are two beautiful beach locations: one at the Inn & Club and another at The Lodge & Club.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

A wedding on the beach with a sunrise on Amelia Island is about as perfect as my wife and I can imagine. I love the golf course there and I think the total luxury wedding packages they offer are actually a great deal for the value. They have on-site wedding specialists and even offer a morning-after brunch for wedding guests.

Reception

Walkers Landing at The Omni, Amelia Island

Located on the marsh side of the plantation, Walker's Landing octagonal-shaped space offers beautiful sunset from a large deck space, hardwood floors for dancing,, a fieldstone fireplace and windows surrounding the perimeter. This location can accommodate up to 160 guests for a buffet dinner or plated dinners for less than 75 guests.

The Golf Club Restaurant, Ponte Vedra

The Golf Club Restaurant overlooks Ponte Vedra’s famous par-three island golf hole. It’s a dream-venue for any occasion really, especially if you are obsessed with this course like I am! The food is delicious. This is perfect for an outdoor, daytime reception!

Honeymoon

Seaside Amelia, Amelia Island

This hotel is quaint, beachy, and perfect for the beachside North Florida honeymoon. They have a 3 night, 4 day honeymoon package that’s perfect for simple rates and all-inclusive amenities, like a couples massage and dinners for two.

The Harbor Front Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island (Fernandina Beach)

Located in the historic downtown Fernandina Beach, near shops, 50 amazing foodie restaurants, and the boat harbor for sailing and chartering, this is where you want to stay if you want access to it all. Beautiful courses nearby, Amelia’s stunningly maritime coastal plants and sandy beaches, hiking trails, culture and character galore! The hotel itself is coastal-inspired painted in pastel pinks, yellows, and blues and overlooks the gorgeous Fernandina Beach Harbor.

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