The Essential Guide: 10 Tips and Tricks for a Beach wedding

The Essential Guide: 10 Tips and Tricks for a Beach wedding

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Beach weddings are a popular wedding venue and with good reason, they’re often free to use, have a wonderfully relaxed vibe and you get to have the beauty and grandeur of nature as your backdrop. However, careful planning and being prepared are important if you want to pull off your beach wedding successfully.

Here’s our helpful guide to help you plan your beach wedding.

Planning Beach Wedding

Book Your Beach Venue

Your options in terms of venues for a beach wedding along these beautiful beach communities are perhaps as abundant as your choices in accommodations when vacationing on these shores. The one thing to remember is that there is a place that suits your personal taste.

The point is, the place does exist, and you can locate it and make it your destination wedding hotspot. Just make sure you choose something that says a little about who you are as a couple and what your big day is all about.

Pick Your Dress

Beach wedding dresses should ideally be of breathable, comfortable fabric especially if your wedding is going to be held in the warm months. Large ballgowns and dresses with long trains, can be annoying, get dirty and make you sweat. Having said that, a traditional princess style wedding dress will still look amazing on the beach but be prepared for the difficulties that come with it. You might want to have it altered so that it’s not as long and doesn’t drag in the sand.

Use Flower Power

Because you’re at the beach, be sure not to limit your wedding to baby’s breath and roses; consider more colorful and exotic flowers. Think beachy. Flowers such as tiger lilies, orchids and hydrangeas give tradition a little spin. As can lots of other colorful mixtures that a good florist will be able to help you with. There are several great florists on this coast so make sure you choose someone who has a background in wedding floral design, and good recommendations of their work.

Skip the veil

Veils aren’t worn by all brides, but they are an absolute must for brides who want to keep it all the way traditional. In windy temperature, an extra-long veil can have you fighting a not so cute windy battle. Avoid this by going for fresh flowers, or a fascinator instead.

Light the Mood

Never underestimate the mood-setting ability of glowing lights. Whether you use candles or tiny crystal lights, illuminating your wedding day will give guests a warm and comforting feeling. Especially with a night wedding, use strings of lights and candles to set the mood. Talk with your venue or wedding planner about this and give them your ideas. It is often a small part of the planning, but it makes a big difference in the look and feel of your entire ceremony and reception.

Time it Right

A sunset beach wedding might seem tempting, but the problem is that as soon as the sun drops, the beach turns black and your pictures will not have the ambience that you’re after. Instead, choose a time when the sun is still up and the colors and sights of the beach are perfect for photography.

The downside? It’ll be hot so don’t forget the practical things like sunscreen or a parasol and also choose flowers that won’t wilt easily in the burning sun. And consider your bridal party and guests. It’s not fair to make them stand or sit in the heat for prolonged periods of time or this could happen.

Plan wisely, avoid crowds.

One of the things you should seek to find out in advance is when the beach is the most crowded. You’ll want to avoid this time to ensure you have enough privacy, so your wedding doesn’t turn into a circus. Usually, you’ll find beaches quieter outside of weekends and holidays. Some beaches in Hawaii for example don’t allow event set ups on public beaches. In places like this, you’ll need to instead rent a beachside villa, so you’ll still be able to take photos on the beach after your ceremony.

Keep it simple

No need to go all out with extravagant decor for your beach wedding. Keep it simple and let the ocean serve as the backdrop, that’s why you’re there anyway right?

Smile for the camera

You will definitely want some great pictures with just you and your loved one, so plan out a time to get pictures taken. Coordinate with your photographer, or wedding planner if you have one, and set up a time before or after the ceremony.  Dusk is a great time to get pictures on the beach with the sunset in the background.

Make sure guests are comfortable

Larger, more formal weddings mean you need to rent flooring for people to walk on and to be seated. Remember that for people with disabilities or weakness, walking on the sand can be challenging, if not impossible. Remember to make arrangements so these guests can watch the ceremony, too.