Planning the Perfect Beach Wedding
With tons of gorgeous tropical destinations to choose from, it's hard not to want your wedding day to be on a sunny beach somewhere in paradise.
As beautiful as the pictures are and how tempting it is to think beach weddings are a breeze, there is some necessary planning that needs to go into your day on the sand. Here are some tips for successfully planning the perfect beach wedding. We’ve got you covered!
Have a backup plan.
Even if you’re getting married in a sun-drenched tropical paradise, things do happen and sometimes--however rare--the weather can change. Have a contingency plan in place so that if it is too windy or starts to rain, you aren't left out in the cold. Most resorts will have a space set up that you can use, but it’s a good idea to go over this with them beforehand.
Use local vendors if you can.
As tempting as it may be to source your décor from a vendor you already know and trust back home, this can have disastrous consequences. Imagine if there is a holdup in customs and your items don’t arrive until AFTER your wedding day! Another disaster (and we’ve seen it happen before!) are couples receiving their items on time, but damaged. When you have your wedding at a beach resort, they should have a variety of customizable décor options you can choose from based on your budget and what type of look you are going for. Take advantage of this option!
Think about your outfit.
It’s important to consider what you’ll be wearing on your big day. Choosing a gown with a long train might work for an indoor church ceremony, but it’s not practical for the beach. Not only will it be difficult to get good pictures of, but it will also be harder for your groom to walk comfortably beside you. Not to mention all that sand getting caught in your dress! The same advice goes for footwear--pick something light and comfortable, like wedges or espadrilles, that you can use on the sand with confidence. Some brides even choose to wear flip-flops or go barefoot, depending on your taste.
Another component to think about is the veil. We recommend nixing the veil if you want a beach wedding, because with any wind that spells a potential disaster. There's nothing worse than having a gauzy length of fabric whipping around your face and ruining precious photo opportunities!
Prepare for your guests.
Make sure your guests are clearly informed that this is a beach wedding. It may also be useful to let them know that your dress code is more casual. Ladies and gents at your wedding can still dress nicely, but full length dresses and hot wool suits are not exactly beach-appropriate. Ladies can still wear nice dresses but in lighter fabrics, and men can still look good in suits made of lightweight material such as linen.
Another option that has recently gained popularity is setting up a “shoe valet,” a booth or stand on the beach where your guests can leave their shoes in exchange for flip-flops, complete with towels or brushes to brush their feet off afterwards. If you're going this route, why not also have some pashminas or colored scarves in colors that match your theme for the women to wear if it gets a little chilly?
Know the beach.
Knowing the beach is one of the most important aspects of your beach wedding, and there are several components to this. First, know the look and layout of the beach so you can plan accordingly--where do you want the ceremony? What time of day will you be having your wedding--make sure the guests (as well as you and your spouse) aren't looking directly into the sun the whole time!
As well, know the particular look of the beach when it comes to décor. Going over the top with decorations at a beach wedding can sometimes result in it looking gaudy. Instead, focus on adding pops of colour that will contrast and complement the sand and the surf. Brilliant turquoise and warm coral are two colour combinations that look good against white sand. Finally, are you having your ceremony at a public or private beach? It’s important to check with the local government about beach rules and regulations so that you obtain any necessary permits for having your ceremony on the beach.
It’s usually a lot easier and a lot nicer to have your ceremony at a private beach, like on a resort. Having the ceremony on a private beach ensures that you are legally able to have it there, that there are not a lot of other people on the beach (if any) and that you have a gorgeous beach area for setting down your decorations and other items.
Regardless of what style of wedding you’d like, or where you want the beach to be, Weddings by Escapes has a wide array of gorgeous beaches, spectacular sunsets, and white sand waiting for you.
Speak to one of our experienced Destination Wedding Specialists at 1-866-685-6008 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.