A sandy beach, the sound of waves, the smell of fresh air and gentle breeze blowing through your hair as you say your “I do’s” make beach weddings perfect! But, even with the romantic atmosphere it gives, there are also some details that need tending before you can even claim that your wedding is going to be perfect. The sand, wind and water may bring extra concerns especially during the ceremony. To help you and your guests get through the day, here are some considerations when planning a beach wedding:
1. The Weather
- Beaches are commonly windy with mostly open spots so there are more weather concerns than if your wedding will happen in your backyard. Winds can also get nasty, so anything that could blow away or tangle up in the wind should be secured or mainly avoided.
- The sun can also bring inconvenience especially if your wedding date comes together with a blazing heat. Guests should be made aware to bring sunscreen and dress appropriately.
- Check out when the sun is and what time of the day will it be really hot so that you can prepare a leisurely wedding without thinking if the day will be too hot.
- Provide shade or tents since there is also the possibility of rain.
2. Think Ahead
- Rent a floor for the ceremony so that your chairs that are meant for the ceremony will not sink into the sand.
- Know when the tide regularly comes in and how far, so you can plan the wedding in a place where it will not be flooded out.
- Prepare a sound system to help broadcast the wedding since the windy, noisy nature of the beach sound may prevent guests from not hearing the whole ceremony.
- Rent restrooms mostly if they are not provided.
- Rent canopies to shelter any wind hazards that may come up suddenly.
- Provide umbrellas to shade the guests and offer bottled water so that everyone will stay hydrated.
- Make sure there is plenty of water for the guests mostly while they are still waiting for the ceremony to begin.
3. Prepare the Guests
- Make sure to tell the guests that the ceremony will happen on the sand so they can dress appropriately.
- Let them wear flip flops. Since there is no sense in wearing heels, letting them know that they can wear sandals or flip flops will just make them even more comfortable. You can even give them their own flip flops with your initials on it as part of your wedding favor if you want.
- Remind them of their sunglasses. Since your beach site will mostly face west, your guests will be gazing at the sun as it sets. Remind them to bring their sunglasses, hats, visors, and any accessories they might need so that they will be comfortable during your ceremony.
- Let them bring appropriate wraps in case it gets chilly. It is not a bad idea to make them bring their sweaters, shawls, sweatshirts or even blankets.
4. Prepare the Details
- If you are getting married on a public beach, make certain that you get the appropriate permits from the local authorities.
- Choose a spot that will give you as much privacy as you can possibly get since you do not want curious locals and holidaymakers to be part of your guests. If you want complete privacy, rent a beachfront restaurant or hotel, or have your wedding at an ocean view private estate.
- Prepare simple decorations. Since the beach is already your main decoration, adding more unnecessary décor may just burden the style of the event. However, an arch or chuppah with a simple décor will make a nice focal point to your big day.
5. Concerns about the Vendors
- Discuss to your wedding planner and other vendors about your preference, and the style of your dream wedding, the number of guests you will be inviting, your wedding dress, and even your budget. You could also include some of the things you do not want to see and have on your wedding.
- Your florist may need some pictures, colors and even the kind of flowers you like.
- Listen to the suggestions of your vendors. Your wedding photographer, florists, caterer, and wedding planner may give great suggestions that you can also take into account.
- Always be up to date with what the suppliers are doing and make certain that they will deliver what is expected. You should also make sure to have a written agreement just so everything is in black and white.
- In an incident that you have a bad feeling over a vendor, talk to your wedding planner so that she can find a replacement or she could talk your concerns with the vendor.