It may not be the traditional church affair, but there’s no denying that beach weddings have become something of an iconic event. The sight of the sea, the cool breeze on a hot day and the kind of reception party that you won’t find anywhere else makes them an irresistible option to many bridges. Here, we’re going to look at a few tips on how to make the most of your beach wedding and how to face some of the unique challenges it involves.
Beauty to match
Finding the right look for the beach can be a little tricky. Compared to a traditional church wedding, the thought of wearing a big elegant gown might sound stuffy beyond reason, and it is. Dresses with light trim or long tails will pick up a lot of sand and debris that will work hard to undermine the image of the graceful bride. A smaller dress that shows a little more skin might help you look gorgeous and stay comfortable. Try to avoid overly fussy hair-dos and veils that are super elaborate, as well. The beach breeze can and will kick up and times and the more complicated your arrangement, the more time you’re going to have to spend making quick fixes.
Make sure your organizers know what they are in for
Weddings on the beach can be a delight, but they also highlight a few challenges for you as well as any organizers you are partnering up with. It’s a good idea to choose a hotel and reception right on the beach, who are going to have plenty of experience dealing with the different potential hazards. For instance, they are going to know the best furniture and materials to choose to stop sand from becoming too much of an issue. They are more likely to have the backup plan or location if the wind whips up so much that you can’t have the ceremony right there on the coast. Just remember that if you want a little peace and quiet, you need to request private weddings in advance. Many don’t mind sharing their big day with a few onlookers but don’t get frustrated if you find yourself being drowned out by a vacationing family playing not too far away.
Party like you’re on the beach
The coast puts people in the mood for fun and having a traditional reception after a beach wedding can be something of a let-down and a little unfitting. Take inspiration from the setting. For your catering, think about seafood dishes, cocktails, and light desserts. Opt for livelier music options. You can even get out the limbo pole and have something of an evening luau after the event. Make the most of the place you choose to have your big day.
From caterers to photographers, a beach wedding offers unique opportunity to make it special, but also a few unique challenges. Make sure you let them all know your plans in advance, so they can prepare, and you have fewer risks of hitting a snag along the way.