In this easy to follow guide we break down all the steps required for planning the ultimate beach wedding!
If you have been dreaming your whole life about a flawless beach wedding, here are a few steps that will help make sure your special day goes off without a hitch.
Prep Your Guests
- Make sure your guests know that the wedding is on the sand, so they can dress appropriately. This can be communicated with the invitation (included with the map/directions), on your wedding website and through word-of-mouth.
- Feet: Some beachy couples are providing a “shoe valet” where guests can trade out their Ferragamo pumps for casual flip-flops. Another nice touch is to have a de-sanding station—soft bristled paint brushes are a fun way to wipe the sand from between your toes!
- Eyes: Sunny days at the beach can be blinding, so make sure everyone knows to bring sunglasses, hats, or parasols—you don’t want them squinting at you the entire time!
- Weather: Remind your guests to bring appropriate wraps, in case it gets chilly. It’s not a bad plan to have sweaters, shawls, sweatshirts or even blankets on hand, should Cousin Ann show up without her pashmina. Alternatively, if it’s a high-noon ceremony in spring or summer, providing cool drinks (you can even order your own private-label bottled water, available from Innovative Marketing and paper fans (we love them printed with wedding programs) would make guests more comfortable.
- A beach wedding is not the ideal milieu for a formal ballgown or chapel train. Whether you opt for a tropical island sheath or a demure slip-dress, take advantage of the heaps of stylish fashions available to set a coastal mood. Light fabrics, such as sheer silks and chiffons, have a nice fluid movement to them, yet still look dressy.
- If you’re having a platform set up as a wedding aisle, then your satin pumps will be fine. Otherwise, consider sandals…or why not go barefoot? Find a pair of bejewelled barefoot sandals and you’ll look both dressy and casual. You can save your high heels for the reception.
- And don’t forget your own wrap—a filmy stole, lacy shawl or faux-fur capelet makes an elegant cover-up while keeping goosebumps at bay.
- Loose, flowing hair may suit your free-spirited style, but if strong breezes are a-blowin’, you could be battling strands in your teeth or curls sticking to your lip gloss. Instead, select a wedding hairstyle that has at least the front part of your hair off your face. Loosely arranged up-dos are also a lovely choice.
- Consider hiring a wedding planner that specializes in beach weddings. Their experience and vendor connections will save you tons of time—and money.
- For an intimate wedding of, say, 20 or so guests, it’s fine to have them gather around the couple during a brief ceremony. Otherwise, you’ll want to arrange for seating.
- Luckily, your setting is so picturesque that you won’t need to add décor. But an arch or chuppah makes a nice focal point.
- Be aware, most beach sites are public.
Have a Back-up Plan
- Rain tends to visit tropical locales. Sometimes it’s the wind that makes things unbearable. Either way, Mother Nature is unpredictable so it’s best to always have a foul-weather option—a tent or indoor shelter—if only for your peace of mind.
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