About Beach Weddings

April 18, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Share your romance story by exchanging vows along white sandy beaches, soft ocean breezes and swaying palms; beach-themed weddings offer the best of both worlds serving as your ceremony location and often doubling as your honeymoon destination. Whether you are planning a small and intimate affair or a large wedding with many guests, a beach wedding offers an inherent ocean beauty and natural outdoor atmosphere filled with scenery of surf, sand and sea.

Selecting a Beach Location

Beaches abound all over the world, when selecting your beach location, take into consideration if you prefer to have a local beach wedding or travel to your chosen beach destination. Inquire with the local authorities for information regarding beach permits and reservations for your dream wedding. Walk along the beach and examine the views, sand quality and amenities such as restrooms and parking. Find out the best time of year for your wedding, ask about hurricane season, examine a tide chart and inquire if there are any wildlife restrictions such as sea turtle season or rare bird migrations. If you do not know where to begin consider a wedding planner who specializes in weddings at your beach location.

What to Wear

One of the best things about a beach wedding is the outdoor casual atmosphere; choose attire that is as relaxed and laid-back as the environment. For men, select lightweight apparel such as cotton or linen pants and short-sleeved shirts with a fun splash of colors or tropical patterns. Brides, consider flowing light fabrics, bare shoulders and shorter-length dresses, less is more at the beach. Wear leis around your neck or tropical flowers in your hair or carry a bridal bouquet made of orchids, hibiscus, lilies and birds of paradise. Feel your toes wiggle in the sand and go barefoot in the water or wear flip flops or sandals. Be sure to bring a jacket or wrap in case of chilly evenings after the sun goes down.

Surfside Decor & Reception Ideas

Select elements from the local beach environment to enhance your wedding. Every beach has an identity that makes it distinctive to the region or locale in the form of flora and fauna to sea shells or water activities to local seafood cuisine. Find out what makes your particular beach special and add that quality into your wedding. The beach itself and the surrounding landscape are your best decorations, enhance with decorative touches such as beach buckets and pails as favors for guests, sea star or sand dollar name place cards or table-top tiki torches. For the reception, serve up straight-from-the-ocean seafood, cheese and cracker platters or light tropical fare such as oranges, mangoes and pineapples. Create a signature drink inspired by classic tropical drinks such as pina coladas, mai tais or margaritas.

Guest Comforts

Provide as much comfort as possible for your guests. Beaches offer no shade, arrange for a tent to be set-up for guests to retreat from excessive sun or heat conditions. Have a station with cold water, ice and drinks available to help keep your guests cool and hydrated. Rent wooden or fabric-covered chairs for your guests to sit down upon, metal chairs heat up and can be uncomfortable. Offer small travel-size packets of sunscreen and design your wedding program in the shape of a fan.

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