New Smyrna Beach History

Nomadic Native Americans roamed the New Smyrna Beach area for 10,000 years before the arrival of Europeans. The first European visitation was during the Spanish Colonial Period from 1565-1763, when missionaries were sent to convert the Indians to Catholicism. The British acquired Eastern Florida in 1764.

Then, New Smyrna Beach became the site of the largest single attempt at a colonial settlement in the United States. Scottish physician and entrepreneur Dr. Andrew Turnbull obtained a land grant from the British Crown, and in 1768 established a colony of 1225 and coastal plantations yielding corn, indigo, hemp and cotton. Turnbull’s colonists, plagued by disease, fled to St. Augustine in 1777. The Spanish reclaimed Florida in 1784, but they had difficulty maintaining control of the area, and the United States established the territory of Florida in 1821.

In the following 20 years, several large plantations in the area which is now New Smyrna produced sugar, but those plantations were attacked and destroyed during the Seminole War which ended in 1842. Resettlement began after the Civil War, and with a population of 150, New Smyrna was born. Flagler’s Railway spurred the economy which was based on tourism, citrus and commercial fishing. In 1920, population reached 2492 and the principal areas of business were Canal and Faulkner streets. During Prohibition, also in the 1920s, the city and its river islands were popular sites for moonshine stills and hideouts for rum-runners who came from the Bahamas through what is now Ponce de Leon Inlet. After the Great Depression, the area did not recover until after WWII and the city of New Smyrna Beach was incorporated in 1947.

Today, New Smyrna Beach is a charming beachside town with over 20,000 permanent residents.

Florida’s Most Beautiful Beaches

The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico straddle Florida, creating hundreds of our country’s most beautiful beaches. Here are our top ten picks…

First, let’s go on record as saying that the New Smyrna Beach/Daytona Beach area offers miles and miles of beautiful white sand beaches, as well as great nightlife and attractions.

Amelia Island, with quaint shops and Victorian architecture is also a beachside gem, with 13 miles of remarkable beaches and maritime forests simply bursting with marine life.

Of course, we can’t leave the infamous Miami Beach out. Perfectly positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach is ranked as a top spring break destination with one of the country’s best nightlife scenes.

Ft. Lauderdale, with 165 miles of quaint canals, welcomes close to 13 million visitors each year.

You better be ready for a good time when you visit the culturally diverse, crazy town of Key West. Famous for Duval Street, its natural beauty also makes it a snorkeling treasure.

Sanibel Island is a tiny piece of paradise. It’s known for terrific shelling, high-end beach resorts and spectacular scenery which 240 species of birds like to call home.

St. Petersburg was deemed the Sunshine City when the Guinness Book of World Records recorded our country’s most consecutive sunny days there.

Destin’s unique white sand shores are a popular vacation destination; and we can’t forget the Clearwater/Tampa area with its pristine beaches and so many things to do!

Affordable Beach Wedding, Central Florida’s trusted source for perfect wedding planning, is proud to serve Florida’s most beautiful beach communities.

Daytona Beach…Brimming with Gorgeous Beaches and Great Events

With 23 miles of gorgeous, white sand beaches, a “Fun Coast” moniker and fabulous events all year long, Daytona Beach is the perfect place for a destination wedding.

You could plan your wedding around one of Daytona Beach’s major events to truly soak in the essence of Daytona Beach…

Daytona Beach, known as the “World Center for Racing,” is home to the famous Daytona International Speedway and host of the Daytona 500. It is also THE place to go to enjoy Bike Week, one of the country’s largest, most festive motorcycle rallies. Daytona Beach also rings in the New Year right with an extravagant New Year’s Eve Celebration on Main Street.

Beachside charm will delight your guests…

THE place to be for fun in the sun, Daytona Beach offers a dreamlike setting for sun worshippers and the best water sports around. Try paddle boating or kayaking. Jump some waves on a jet ski, or catch some waves with your board. Go fishing in the ocean or on the backwater, or “boat-hop” to your favorite seaside restaurant for lunch.

Choose from a variety of fine resorts and restaurants for a reception that you won’t soon forget…

Daytona Beach is teeming with terrific options for dining. There’s The Cellar, which would please any wine aficionado. Steaks melt in your mouth like butter at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. If you prefer a romantic Italian venue, there is Don, and, of course, there are also a host of beachside venues with gorgeous ocean views.

Enjoy all the area has to offer…

There are so many interesting places to visit all around Daytona Beach. It is a short ride to Orlando for fun at Disney, Universal or the Epcot Center.  St. Augustine will win your heart with its historic charm, and Kennedy Space Center is also nearby.

With fabulous events, the best beaches, great dining venues and interesting nearby towns and attractions, there is no better place than the Daytona Beach area for a destination wedding!


Perfect Beach Weddings

The sun glistens along the top of the water and softly caresses your skin. Ocean waves gently lap the shore. Your toes are in the white sand. Your dress is what fairytales are made of, and you smell the faint scent of your beautiful bouquet while you prepare to exchange vows with the man of your dreams. It’s your wedding day, and it is perfect.

Sharing your vows on the beach – nature’s most breathtaking venue – can bring beauty and meaning to your wedding. Affordable Beach Wedding can bring your dream wedding to life, and there is no better place for a destination wedding than the Daytona Beach/New Smyrna Beach area, which is famous for the most glorious, pristine beaches.

Affordable Beach Wedding, Central Florida’s premier beach wedding company, delivers elegant, professional wedding planning at an affordable price. We provide elegant arches and canopy displays, on-site hair styling and make-up, access to the finest photographers, videographers, florists, wedding cake designers, bands, DJs and more. We help you choose the perfect wedding officiant and vows, and we take care of your wedding license. It’s your day…your perfect wedding day, so let us take care of the details while you enjoy the wedding of your dreams.

Make the most of the most important event of your life. Say, “I do,” to Affordable Beach Wedding, Central Florida’s trusted source for perfect wedding planning.

Beach weddings in New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach Florida

Christmas is just a few days away! Affordable Beach Wedding is offering a special on all weddings booked through Christmas and New Years holiday. Book from now until January 5th and receive %10 off on Princess package or Fairy-tale Package. Are you planning a vacation in Orlando this coming year? Why not come to New Smyrna Beach or Daytona Beach and have that dream beach wedding you always wanted? You can enjoy the best beaches in central Florida and have the Disney experience as well. We are only an hours drive from Disney World in Orlando Florida.

If you are considering a beach wedding in Florida, take a look at our beaches and what we can offer. We have beautiful white sand and gorgeous blue water. New Smyrna Beach as well as Daytona Beach, always has great events happening year round. March, April and May are a few of our favorite months to do weddings on the beach in Daytona and New Smyrna Beach. The weather is very nice during the spring months in Daytona and New Smyrna Beach. However, the weather in Florida is nice year round. Thats the reason so many people flock to the sunshine state.

Affordable Beach Wedding can offer you advise concerning any questions you might have about doing a beach wedding. Here are a few things to consider when you first decide to have your wedding on the beach in New Smyrna Beach or Daytona Beach.

1. How many guest will be coming?

Volusia County requires you to have a permit if you are hosting an event of 50 people or more. The permit is $100 and they also will require you to purchase event insurance. the cost is usually around $100 for the insurance as well. So your cost will be around $200 to cover both the permit and insurance. We can explain how to get this started and whom you will need to contact though beach patrol services. It is always best to have the permit if you think your guest list is gonna be close to 50 .

2. What time of day?

When choosing the time of day for your beach wedding, first consider the tides. The tides can affect the amount of beach is some places more than others. Of course the weather can change how high the tide will actually be. We are experienced and know the places that are most effected. We advise you to set the wedding time at the tides lowest point or on the going out tide. However, during some seasons the tide may not be as high as others. We can take a look and advise you what would be the best time of day to choose.

3. What if it rains?

This is a question every couple ask! I always advise the couple and guest to be flexible the day of the wedding. The good thing is most rain showers dont last long and 30 minutes later, you never knew it rained. We will watch the forecast the day before and day of wedding. If its calling for rain during the time we have set, we can adjust the time to avoid the showers. It is a good idea to keep your guest informed that time may change if necessary.  The good thing is most destination weddings are small groups of people in which makes it easier to move the time. We always try to make it happen as we planned. If worse comes to worse, we can do the ceremony at your reception site. However if we can wait out the rain, thats what we prefer. The worst thing that can happen to the setup is chair covers getting wet. If that should happen, we just take them off and dry the chairs for your guest. As many weddings as we do each year, we have not had to alter time very much at all. We will do everything possible to make sure everything goes as planned.

Give Eva a call or text at 386-279-1179 and lets get your date reserved today!

Looking for a destination wedding in Florida? New Smyrna Beach is the perfect beach town to host you and your guest.

New Smyrna Beach Named One of World’s Top Surf Towns
New Smyrna Beach can be proud to add another mention to its long list of accolades. In November 2013, “Travel & Leisure Magazine” placed New Smyrna Beach on its list of the top 15 “World’s Coolest Surf Towns.” In fact, New Smyrna Beach was the only city on the east coast of the United States to make the top 15 list.

New Smyrna Beach Named a “10 Best Beach Town in Florida
The Florida International University professor’s, Dr. Beach, annual rankings of “Best Beaches” are based upon 50 criteria ranging from water temps, sand and water qualities, to safety and amenities.

New Smyrna Beach has some of the best restaurants in the area. Norwoods treehouse offers a unique setting to host your wedding reception with excellent food. The Garlic restaurant offers a beautiful garden setting and the food is over the top delicious. If you want a restaurant on the river, Riverview Grill is definitely a choice you will want to consider.

New Smyrna Beach is definitely a hidden treasure in Florida. The small town feel is perfect for the couples who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a tourist beach town. We are an hours drive from Orlando where you can visit all the attractions but yet have the ocean and sand for your romantic beach wedding. New Smyrna beach is an arts community and host several events year round.

So if you’re considering a beach wedding during your visit to Florida, consider New Smyrna Beach. You won’t be disappointed!

Things to consider when have a Daytona Beach Wedding in Florida

Daytona beach can provide a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop for a beach wedding ceremony. It can also provide a fun environment for your guests to enjoy. To start planning your Daytona beach wedding, consider these tips.

The first thing is to choose a location. Decide if you want to get married on the beach in front of the hotel or resort your staying at or if you would like the ceremony near a beach front park. Daytona Beach has beautiful white sand and gorgeous blue water. No matter where you choose to say I do, you will not be disappointed in Daytona Beach Florida.

Preparing early is always a good start, however last minute elopement is also available. Once you’ve decided the location, it’s time to look at the logistics.

Do you need a permit to get married on the beach in Daytona? Couple who expect 50 or more guest will need a permit issued by Volusia county beach patrol. You will be required to purchase event insurance as well as the permit fee. Couples having under 50 guest is not required to have any special permits. Affordable Beach Wedding LLC will notify beach authorities of your wedding location and time.

Where will your guests stay? It’s always nice to research the area hotels and give your guest at least 3 options on hotels. You may want to give them references of places close to the wedding location, as well as budget friendly hotels.

Be willing to be flexible on time of day. Having a beach wedding in Florida, you never know what kind of weather you might get on the day of your wedding day. For this reason, it’s important to have a backup plan just in case you need it. We may have to adjust the time to avoid storms. If its not possible to be flexible with the time set for your wedding, you may want to have a back plan for location. Most couples will use their wedding reception venue. This should be verified with venue beforehand.

Affordable Beach Wedding LLC

Affordable Beach Wedding can offer advice for receptions locations in Daytona Beach Florida. Call us at 386-279-1179 or 386-428-0777 to get started planning your wedding on Daytona Beach in Florida.

Daytona Beach Weddings

Daytona Beach is the perfect place for your beach wedding! Why, you may ask? We have beautiful white sand and gorgeous blue water. Our beaches are big and wide with plenty of room for your to enjoy. Daytona is located in Volusia county, Florida.  Daytona Beach is also a principle city of the fun coast region of Florida. With lots of things to do, Daytona is always hosting events. The hard packed sand has made Daytona Beach famous for driving on the beach. Daytona has hosted racing for over 50 years due to the ability to drive on the hard sand beaches.  Daytona is the home of NASCAR headquarters and host several racing events every year. Daytona also host 2 biker events yearly. Bike week is held in early March with Biketoberfest following in October. We have performed many weddings for NASCAR fans and Bikers as well.

Ponce Inlet Florida is one of our favorite places to do weddings. Ponce Inlet is located on the southern tip of the peninsula just south of Daytona Beach. With natural dunes and the lighthouse in background, its the prefect spot for beautiful photography of your beach wedding.

Orlando is just 50 miles away from Daytona Beach. Couple who are visiting Orlando for Disneyland and other attractions, come to Daytona Beach for their beach weddings. So if a Fairy tale beach  wedding is in your dreams, look no further, Affordable Beach Wedding can make that dream come true! Call us at 386-428-0777 or 386-279-1179