Looking forward to tying the knot at the beach? Why wouldn’t you? It is the most magical setting for the most romantic day in your life and don't forget that coastal scenes make the absolutely perfect backdrop for out-of-this-world wedding photographs.
Behind all those pretty wedding pictures we see online, there is a lot of planning and work. A beach or summer venue also means that you don’t have anything that is previously set up – neither the roof above your head nor the chairs and aisle. Don’t get cold feet just yet - as we have several tips to make your wedding just perfect.
"I believe a marriage isn’t between a man and woman, but between love and love" — Frank Ocean
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Do the Paperwork
Let’s get this boring nuisance off of the table. Public beaches usually require a lot of paperwork before you get the permit to perform a wedding ceremony there. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises later, do your research about the beaches at your chosen destination several months prior to the date. Also ask about noise ordinances and try to obey them or find another beach with less strict rules. Some beaches forbid alcohol consumption, so research the local codes about this too.
Unless you want uninvited guests in bathing suits and kids playing volleyball near the aisle, you must take privacy into consideration. Private beaches are easier to tackle, but if you’re holding a ceremony on a public beach, you should avoid the days when it is the most crowded. Typically on weekends and holidays. Some public beaches also don’t allow setting up of canopies or chairs.
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Plan the Decoration
This is an easy part as nature has done most of the work for you. All you need to do is to create some shade to protect your guests from the sun and provide them with seating (chairs or benches). An aisle where the ceremony will take place is also a must. Keep in mind that wind at beaches tends to be strong so anything that can be blown away will be. Keep your accessories and decorative items well-attached or else they’ll accompany the seagulls above. Also avoid using glass vases for floral arrangements because they can easily break.
Make an Entrance!
Couples are usually so busy with the ceremony that they forget how they will arrive at their ceremony also matters. Your entrance should be just as spectacular as the entire ceremony. So, what do you say about hiring a 1970's Kombi? Or you can perhaps arrive on a vintage bike? Just make sure a photographer is there, waiting to snap and capture your classy arrival.
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You can make all the shade you want with a canopy but that is only a temporary relief that won’t save you from heat. Since you surely don’t want sweat marks on your shirt/dress you should probably consider wearing lightweight clothes made of breathable fabric. If you are planning on suiting up choose a shirt made of light cotton or linen, tailored-trousers (or colourful chinos) and a lightweight blazer (white, off-white, blue or grey). As for the shoes suede loafers are your best bet. Ladies who are planning to wear a dress instead of a suit should avoid classical ball gowns and opt for airy fabric, such as silk or chiffon, that will allow you free movement. Replace high heels for wedges or flats.
A beach wedding is an amazing idea and if you plan everything properly without missing the boring parts, such as permits and other paperwork, it is bound to be a dream come true.