Sanibel Island is known for tropical weather, warm sunshine and a gentle sea breeze, and these conditions combine excellently to create a wedding destination that is unparalleled. Nestled on a secluded part of the island overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, West Wind Island Resort offers an idyllic setting for a beach wedding. With a variety of venues available for your wedding reception that are only steps away from your hotel room, you and your guests may enjoy the picture-perfect, luxurious island setting on your day of celebration.

When planning an outdoor wedding, one of the top priorities is to ensure that your guests are comfortable as you say “I do” to your soon-to-be spouse. In order to do this, it is essential to plan ahead by considering the anticipated weather conditions. As your wedding day experts, West Wind Island Resort is here to help you brave the elements and make your special day a success! To help give you the islander insights for the perfect beach wedding on Sanibel Island, we have compiled a few effective options that will make your celebration a breeze.

Take cover


Tents serve as an excellent resource to protect you from the elements on your wedding day, regardless of the season. Whether you want to be prepared to take shelter from sun, rain or strong winds, or to keep your guests warm on a chilly evening, an elegant tent can easily be incorporated into your wedding festivities.

Keep the space cool with mounted or pedestal fans, or utilize heating towers on a chilly evening to keep your guests warm and toasty. Your guests will be sure to thank you! A few extra touches with décor can tailor this addition to fit the style and theme of your wedding, and the use of twinkle lights can create a magical setting for you and your guests to enjoy. There are various sizes to meet your wedding day needs, and there is no need to search for a rental – let us take care of it for you!

Create a bug-free zone

There is nothing more bothersome than swatting away insects when you are amidst the intimate moments of your wedding vows. In order to keep everything but the love bug at bay, take a few steps to ensure that you and your guests are covered. Consider offering insect repellent spray for your guests to use, or incorporate citronella candles into your centerpieces or other décor. Tiki torches with citronella oil are also an effective option to repel insects during your outdoor beach wedding, while brightening the space in the evening.

Prepare with purposeful party favors

There are a lot of options to keep your guests comfortable on your wedding day, and you can even use wedding party favors to ensure your guests have all the essentials they need. Favors are a great way to offer comfort and a special keepsake from your wedding day, and the best thing is that many of these favors can be personalized with a picture or message from the bride or groom. Visit the West Wind Island Resort Pinterest page for more ideas on wedding party favors with a purpose. There are countless options available, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!

For a Sanibel Island beach wedding during Florida’s warmer months, consider setting small paper fans on each seat before the ceremony so your guests can keep themselves cool, or have water bottles available for guests to grab on the way to their seats. Other great wedding party favors for warm days include misters, sunglasses, sunscreen, parasols or hats. While Florida is well known for its tropical environment, the evening hours can become chilly, especially in winter. Rather than leaving your guests out in the cold, offer guests a light shawl to help them stay warm.

Greet your wedding guests with a room-drop package that will make them feel welcome and prepared to enjoy your special day. Include helpful items, such as an itinerary or special instructions for plans if the weather should be unfavorable and gifts like sunscreen, lip balm or customized sunglasses with your names and date!

There are a lot of fun and unique ways to keep your guests comfortable on your wedding day, and our team at West Wind Island Resort has the experience to ensure that everything is thought of so that your special day is flawless. We invite you to check out our events services for more information on how we can help create your dream wedding, or give us a call today at 239-472-1541 to get started!