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Beach Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal in Sarasota County
Romance is in the air and Sarasota County once again is center stage. It should be no surprise that this is regarded as one of Florida’s best destinations for weddings and vow renewal events.
Well, let’s just start with the world-class beaches and panoramic views of sand, sea and sky. It’s a romantic setting that beckons, especially during months when people want to escape cooler weather up north. Really, what could be more ideal?
Many ceremonies – weddings and vow renewals - take place on the legendary white sandy beaches with a backdrop of the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. And the beaches are just the start. Sarasota County offers a wide variety of lovely settings from casual to fancy including local parks and iconic landmarks such as Selby Gardens, the Ringling Museum and Historic Spanish Point – all offering a perfect stage to create spectacular memories.
In this romantic spirit, and on a special date in the romance season, Sarasota County hosts a traditional celebration for those who have already tied the knot, but want to “Say I Do Again.” On Valentine’s Day, February 14, at two locations – the Siesta Key Beach and Venice Beach, vow renewal ceremonies will take place simultaneously.
A licensed official performs the non-denominational ceremony where hundreds of couples renew their commitment to one another as a group.
Diana Finnegan, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources supervisor who runs the event, shares, “This is a very meaningful ceremony as couples look into each other’s eyes, hold hands, or embrace one another – and are reminded of their commitment. You would be surprised at how remarkably intimate this ceremony is - even with a large number of people. Love, joy, and happiness radiates throughout this special ceremony.”
Couples have fun with the event by dressing in an array of outfits including beach attire, full wedding dresses, bridal veils and even tuxedo t-shirts and shorts. It’s come “as you love” attire in Valentine red and pink.
So, here’s your chance to bring your partner, place your feet in the crystal white sands of Sarasota’s spectacular beaches and join hundreds of couples for a vow renewal ceremony as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.
Pre-registration is encouraged and the fee is $10.00. For couples who pre-register, a commemorative certificate with years married is provided, along with a rose and a special gift.
During the event, some couples are recognized. Those couples whom have been married the longest; those married over 50 years, and the couple whom has married the shortest span of time. “Last year a couple was honored who had been married 73 years,” reports Finnegan.
Music adds to the festivities plus before and after the event refreshments and drinks are provided. Couples take advantage of the setting with photo opportunities as they capture memories of the special ceremony.
Pre-registered couples are urged to check in at 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day at Siesta Beach Main Pavilion (948 Beach Road) and at Venice Beach (101 The Esplanade). The service begins at 6 p.m. and the event wraps up by 6:30 p.m.
If you miss the event
If you miss the Valentine’s Day vow renewal celebration, you are still in luck. Nancy Taussig, of Barefoot Weddings, has performed almost 1,600 ceremonies, many on Sarasota County beaches. “Once I performed a wedding for a Minnesota couple who wanted to get married on Siesta Beach. The bride wore a white bikini and cowboy boots and the groom work blue jeans, a t-shirt and work boots,” related Taussig.
"I have been very fortunate to be involved in many weddings and vow renewal ceremonies – all customized to the couples wishes. During a vow renewal ceremony we often acknowledge the passing of years, growth of the family, and other milestones. And best news of all, a renewal ceremony doesn't require going to the courthouse for a license,” said Taussig.
When asked about her most memorable vow renewal ceremony Taussig shared, “I officiated a vow renewal ceremony where three generations of one family renewed their commitments to one another – from the grandparents to the children down to the grandchildren. That was a special one, indeed.”
“Say I Do Again” Wedding Vow Renewal
February 14, 2017
Or call (941) 861-5000
Pre-registered guest check-in: 5 pm
Ceremony: 6 pm
Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road
Venice Beach, 101 The Esplanade
$10 per couple, pre registration fee
$20 per couple, non-registered couples
Florida native Robin Draper is a columnist, author and owner of the award-winning “Blog of the Year” and “Best Travel Blog” website, AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the simple and delightful pleasures for Florida living.