Ever dreamed of having a beach wedding? In today’s post I will include tips and advice on how to plan the perfect beach wedding, as well as inspirational decor ideas, some of which are really easy to recreate.
Points to consider while planning the ultimate beach wedding:
- Provide Shade: Supply your guests with custom-made sunglasses, to protect them from the sea salt & sun. You may also want to consider creating a canopy to cover the seating area.
- Shoes: Sand is not ideal for heals, provide your guests with the appropriate footwear, alternatively set up a shoe station, where guests can swap their shoes for flip-flops and wipe sand off their feet. As a bride, you may want to ditch the heals for flats, or go barefoot, you can always accessories your feet with a jewel chain.
- Consider the weather: Advise your guests to bring wraps with them, alternatively you can provide them with customised wraps as favours.
- Hair style: To avoid your hair getting stuck to your lip gloss, consider a updo, or half up hair style. You don’t want your hair getting in the way while taking photos, or exchanging vows.
- Back up plan: Unfortunately, weather has a mind of its own, so be ready with a solid plan B. To keep the party on the beach, have a canopy or tent ready, or find a space indoors where everything can take place.
- Get a permit: Research the required paperwork to hold your ceremony on the beach, especially if it’s public. Also, inquire in advance about noise ordinances, and be sure to follow them,
- Ensure privacy: Beaches are most crowded on holiday weekends, so avoid them unless you want the general public in attendance, and remember, not all beaches are private. For more privacy maybe consider hiring a part of the beach , or a restaurant on the beach.
- Add colour:To make your setup really pop, Choose colors that contrast the sand and the surf rather than blend in, like corals, greens and other vibrant tones.
- Time it right: When dealing with beach wedding photos, lighting is especially important. For photographs, I would suggest ending the ceremony an hour before sunset.
- Speak up: You’ve spent so much time writing your vows and personalizing the ceremony, so be sure your audio doesn’t get lost against the sound of crashing waves. Rent a wireless microphone and speaker for your officiant to use. Inquire if your officiant, resort or DJ can provide this equipment, and do a sound check prior to the ceremony to ensure there’s no unwanted feedback.
- Keep it short: Given factors like heat and audibility, I would advise to limit the amount of readings and performances during the ceremony.
- Let your guys go informal: While many brides envision their groom in a tux, black wool is a no-no in tropical climates. We save the ‘penguin suits’ for our many beautiful chapels and churches. Lightweight cotton pants or even Bermuda shorts are great options for the beach.
- Nix the veil: When marrying outside, think twice about a long veil. If it’s windy, it will be a nightmare for you and the photographer. Instead, accessories your ‘do with fresh flowers or a fascinator.
Below, are some inspirational images to help further with your planning:
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I hope you enjoyed this post, and found it helpful. I will link vendors below, for supplies, and stationary.