If I got married again, I would want a beach wedding…
As a part of my on-going education as a Certified Destination Wedding Planner, I am required to visit resorts and learn about their destination and beach wedding offerings. During my visit, I couldn’t help but gasp in delight at every single wedding I witnessed. They all had something unique that set them apart from the other wedding and it certainly displayed how creative you can be in making their wedding uniquely your own. As I looked on, I couldn’t help going back into my memory of my own wedding and smiled as I could picture what I would do differently. What is your vision for your beach wedding? If I could do it all over again, I would choose a beach wedding over my traditional wedding.
So, what’s so special about a Beach Wedding?
There are few things more serene than the rolling splashes of the ocean against the sandy shores of the exotic resort you have chosen for your beach wedding. Combine that with the picturesque view of the water fading into the sky above, it isn’t any wonder why you choose to make your big day a beach wedding. There is something poetic about committing fully to the person you love in a location where the natural elegance is nearly equal to the beauty of your affection for one another.
Weather -Both the time of day of your wedding as well as the time of the year can make a huge difference as to whether or not the event goes off without a hitch with perfect, ambient lighting or sends your guests running to escape harsh temperatures or rain. Even if your planned times are correct, it is important to also have a “Plan B” indoor location mapped out. (Having a wedding planner can ensure that you have a convenient secondary location and also that you don’t have to relay location information to guests and officiants when you should be getting ready!).
Bride & Groom Attire – As a bride, if you want a lengthy wedding gown with a long train, you may want to think long and hard about choosing to have your wedding on the beach. Making your way down the aisle in a full dress and train is much easier when you have an aisle to work with but not on the beach! The same thing can be said for high heels, which are better suited for an indoor reception than the actual ceremony when sand is involved. Finally, large veils can be cumbersome on the inevitably windy coast. You may need to need to skip the big veil entirely – opting for floral hair accents or a small birdcage veil instead.
For you grooms, you aren’t completely off the hook, either. Choose an acceptable alternative in a lighter, breathable material such as cotton and a cooler color such as tan.
Decorations & Flowers – Appearance will not be the primary consideration when choosing which flowers should adorn the bouquet and ceremony of an outdoor, beach wedding. Flowers need to be chosen which can sustain heat and wind well. Having a wedding planner who is familiar with your destination or local to the area will help with this, but if you are selecting flowers yourself please voice these concerns to your florist. The last thing you want is to arrive and find that the flowers are wilted from the heat or missing petals due to wind. Another concern is your decorations disappearing entirely, so make sure that any archways or urns containing flowers are anchored properly. We will be the liaison between you and your choice of resorts to ensure that all your needs are met.
Guests – Without your friends and family your big day wouldn’t be complete, so remember them when planning the ceremony. Take into consideration the walking distance between parking areas and the wedding site when choosing the location of your wedding. Long stretches of beach are beautiful, but may be difficult for members who may have health or disabilities. If you intend to have greeters or ushers at your ceremony, it would be a good idea to provide sun screen for them as well as bug repellent if insects are an issue at your chosen location. Last, but not least, be sure that you send out clear instructions to your guests about where to park and how to find your wedding site. What might seem like unnecessary details will prove invaluable for anyone traveling in from out of town.
Every wedding requires planning and dedication of everyone involved to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch (pun unintended). It should be no surprise that beach weddings are not an exception to this rule, and have a few requirements of their own. However, if you keep the above thoughts in mind when planning your wedding then you will be a bit closer to a successful ceremony.
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