HELPFUL TIPS FOR AN EASY AND BREEZY BEACH WEDDING

By John Michael Enriquez

 

There are couples who have always dreamt of a beautiful church wedding and a few others just want to go out in the sun and let nature be part of their celebration. If you and your partner have always been adventure junkies and beach bums, then a beach wedding is perfect for you. Although, since this is an outdoor wedding, a lot should be well taken to consideration. 

A lot of beach weddings have been pulled out nicely but some failed and spiralled down to Plan B due to a lot of factors like weather, population control on public beaches, and location to name a few. But worry no more, we’ll be giving you tips on how to make your beach wedding easy and breezy!

 

Weather

In planning a beach wedding, this is the number one factor you need to consider. Since the location is outside, you need to make sure that you schedule your wedding within the summer season. Important things to also consider are the wind and tides during your big day. Pull up those wind forecasts and tide reports, and maybe talk to locals if it’s pretty windy on that part of the year. Also make sure to have a Plan B in case the unexpected happens. Try to book an indoor location near the beach just to be sure. Most resorts have private function halls that could really be helpful if the weather just won’t permit. 

Time

Either sunrise or sunset is the best setting for weddings. Try to find a beach that will showcase either of the two and you’re good to go. If you plan on having it in the late morning or afternoon, make sure you have enough shade for the guests so they won’t get sunburnt during the ceremony. This usually depends on couples but most bets go to sunset to give way for some fireworks display during the reception. 

Location

Usually, beaches are pretty far from the city and your guests’ transportation should be considered. If not, at least provide a map on the invitation to make sure they won’t get lost. A public or private beach is also something to decide on. Most couples book the whole beachfront hotel or resort to make the ceremony and reception quiet and intimate. But if you consider the budget and plan on having it on a public beach, make sure to provide personnel for crowd control or just place your ceremony to a quieter part of the beach. 

Technicalities

Sound system should be well placed around the ceremony area. The crashing of waves on the shore is music for the celebration but should not cover up your vows and I Do’s. Your photographers/videographers should be informed about your wedding setting for them to adjust their cameras and lighting strategies to get the perfect shots. If you plan on setting up projectors, it’s better if you just move this to the reception because strong winds could knock it over. 

Guests

Your guests should also be informed about your beach wedding so they could dress accordingly. Also make sure that guests who will arrive in wheelchairs or those who cannot walk firmly on sand is well taken care of. You can hire hotel or resort personnel as ushers to guide your guests. They should also be on standby in case something happens and assistance is urgently needed. 

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Ceremony

Beach wedding ceremonies are usually the same with church ceremonies. Make sure that the pastor/priest/celebrant/minister who will wed the two of you is well assisted and informed of the wedding location. For the walk-down-the-aisle part, you must also consider wether you want yourself and your bridal party to walk on sand or on something more solid like a carpet. Wedding designers are trained enough on how to smartly design a beach wedding. You may ask him/her to place very significant details like slippers and shades for guests, a few drinks, Caribbean-themed set-up, beach flowers for the altar, and a lot more. Since you’ll have a beach wedding, you have the perfect time to be super creative!

Reception

After the ceremony, you can have your reception at the resort’s event place or even right on the beach. You may ask your wedding organiser for a theme you’d like. Some include Hawaiian-themed, Tiki-themed, Asian-inspired, Caribbean-inspired, and a lot more. These themes could affect the type of food to be served, the design and décor of the place, the program of your reception, and the overall feel of the event. Since you’re already on the beach, it’s the perfect place to setup some fireworks display to wrap up the celebration!
There you have it! These tips could help you a lot on planning your dream beach wedding and making it sure it goes well and hassle-free. As long as you’ve taken in consideration all possible things that could happen, then you’re good to go. Having a contingency plan is always helpful especially on this tricky kind of wedding. But in the end, what’s important is you have fun and enjoy your big day!

There you have it! These tips could help you a lot on planning your dream beach wedding and making it sure it goes well and hassle-free. As long as you’ve taken in consideration all possible things that could happen, then you’re good to go. Having a contingency plan is always helpful especially on this tricky kind of wedding. But in the end, what’s important is you have fun and enjoy your big day!