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Ceremony Site Ideas
These are just a few of our ideas for people who do not know the area. If you have a place in mind, we will certainly let you know if it is possible. Many beachfront condos are a possibility whether you live there or are renting it as a vacation home. With hotels, you need permission to use their beach access.
There are some places we will not do. We will not list them here, but for various reasons and years of experience, we prefer not to attempt.
Metered parking is $2 an hour and almost every street in Cocoa Beach is metered. If you have a handicapped placard or handicapped license plate, you can park in any metered spot for free. Cape Canaveral has many side streets where you can park for free, but there are no restrooms or showers.
We, of course, do other beach cities in our county of Brevard such as Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach. We can let you know if your spot is do-able.
13th Street South
This is our favorite street for both morning and evening weddings. It is way past the craziness of tourist areas.
Less crowded than the beach parks, side streets in the downtown area, or Cocoa Beach Pier area. We are not saying there will be nobody there, but it will not be packed. This is more of a locals’ beach. It’s well worth dealing with the “cons”. This photo is not going to be the way it always looks but even when there are more people, it is the best of the beaches that we recommend.
No restrooms or showers. Though the parking is metered, this street has the potential for some free parking along South Atlantic where there is a bus stop. Metered parking is $2 an hour. There are about 12 metered spots and one is handicapped. This picture shows the free spaces (probably 5 or 6). Of course, the first to get those spots don’t have to pay $2 an hour! I wouldn’t consider this wheelchair accessible even though there are no steps, but it is all sand as the wood on the boardwalk is not visible.
Lots of Florida native plants all around, including sea grapes, sea oats, and much more!
The view right before walking to your beautiful Cocoa Beach Wedding at 13th Street South.
The view from the beach looking toward where the bride and other bridal party will walk down the aisle. Look at those beautiful palm trees!!!
The awesome ocean peaking through sea oats. Breathtaking views in a quieter setting.
1st Street North
This is in the heart of downtown Cocoa Beach which is a very touristy area. It’s much better for morning weddings or if you are having a wedding with absolutely no setup, it can work in the evening. So… It’s best for morning weddings or evenings requiring no set-up (not even chairs) and you need to be open to being mobile to find a less populated spot.
Because it is in the downtown area, you are a little closer to some of the bigger hotels within a 1 to 6 or 7 miles distance. Though going 14 more blocks south to 13th street is only a few extra miles. 1st Street North is only a block from Coconuts on the Beach, a must try if you are visiting Cocoa Beach. The boardwalk to the beach is our new rope walkway built by the awesome Daryl’s Docks! Although it’s not really wheelchair accessible once on the sand, the boardwalk is. Please see below for a better alternative.
Most of the parking is metered at the same rate of $2 an hour or paid lots which can be as much as $30 on the weekends. Paid lots are usually cheaper during the week and non-peak weeks. Free parking is a possibility along N. Atlantic. Morning weddings again are good for getting a parking space. There are no restrooms or showers. There is a beach rental company, that supplies yellow umbrellas. Most of the time it is not a problem, but the picture above gives you a better idea of the wall of yellow umbrellas. If you have decorations, we tend to use part of that dune there to hide other beachgoers, allowing you to still see the ocean. The photo is a very busy, metered area.
Lori Wilson Park
Lori Wilson Park is one of many beach parks in the area. It is about midway in Cocoa Beach.
Restrooms and free parking, although the free parking is also a con. Please see below.
Although there are tons of parking spaces on the north side of the park, they usually fill up early, usually by 10 am or 11 am. There are restrooms you could use to change into your gown early in the morning, but it eventually gets crowded, wet, and dirty. No, it is not our job to clean the restroom. We had someone tell us that before. Nope. Not our job. The beach is crowded!!! The only weddings we will do here or any other beach park would be in the morning. Another con is that this is a very popular wedding site for most wedding companies.
Beach area of Lori Wilson Park.
The beach at noon. It will get progressively worse and probably was this crowded at 11 am.
It is hard to get away from people. We are limited as to which direction we can face because of the sun and photography.
We can attempt morning weddings (10 am or earlier), but later in the day, there are people in every direction.
Need Wheel Chair Accessible?
Ok, so we are always asked if the area is wheelchair accessible. Usually, our answer is the boardwalk, but once you get on the sand it isn’t. The great City of Cape Canaveral has done the right thing and made a partial area of sand, wheelchair accessible on 3 of their streets.
The main pro is that it is the only place you can roll a wheelchair on the sand. The above photo is Pierce Avenue. The side and bottom picture are Monroe Avenue. There is one more, but we couldn’t remember which street. We haven’t done a wedding because it is new. Another pro is that they are probably a little less crowded being side streets in both the morning and evenings. These were taken at approximately 2 pm. Another pro is this is Cape Canaveral and they have FREE PARKING! There are about 15 spaces and ironically only one is a handicapped spot.
There are no restrooms nor showers because it is a side street. I can see that even though the runner goes out, the set up would still have to be off to the side, causing some people in wheelchairs to sit further from the ceremony. Carrying, pulling, etc is always a possibility since it will not be too far. We don’t want to block the whole thing for others either. The runner is blue, it will be in your pictures as you walk down. This is not a con, but remember this is Cape Canaveral not Cocoa Beach, sometimes this is important.