Do you want to get married in the sand? If you are a bride that has always dreamed of a beach wedding here are some things to consider that will make your wedding day a breeze for you and your guests.
Hire a Professional
Planning a beach wedding is not quite as easy as it seems. There are details only a professional may consider, especially if your destination is far from home. Before you start planning, find a local wedding planner who knows the area and the details involved with pulling together a seaside ceremony.
It is always best to have a Plan B in place if you choose to tie the knot outdoors. Take the time to research wedding venues close by. Choose a location that has an indoor option in the event of bad weather. Many people will take time off work and travel for a destination wedding, so cancelling and rescheduling could complicate matters.
If the sun is on your side, still schedule your ceremony in the morning or at dusk to avoid extreme heat. Position chairs in a shady spot facing away from direct sunlight. Be sure to also research the best time of day to avoid high tides and windy conditions.
Call a local hotel and request a room block for your guests.
This helps travelers know where to stay, usually at a discount. Some travelers
enjoy staying close to the wedding party and other guests so they can stay in
touch through the wedding festivities.
Beach weddings are typically more casual than an indoor event. Dress and accessorize for the wind, sand, and sun. Rather than a wedding gown with a long train, choose a dress that is lighter and flows easily. Select attire that will keep you cool and won’t get ruined by a little ocean water.
When summer finally rolls around, it is natural to want to spend time outdoors. If you are planning your nuptials through the hottest season of the year, here are a few tips to keep you and your guests cool so you can keep the party going!
Fans and Shade
It is important to have a space where you can take refuge from the sun during the summer. Typically, outdoor weddings are coordinated under an oversize tent large enough for dining tables, a dance floor, DJ stations, and food. While you may have wedding events and opportunities to gather away from your shaded space, it is important to have a place to retreat. Strategically setting fans in the corners of your tent will help to keep the cool air flowing on a hot day.
There is a time and place for a formal wedding, but outdoors in the middle of the summer is not one of them. Keep things casual so your guests are comfortable wearing clothes that can breathe. Let the ladies relax in a sundress while the men sport that fun Hawaiian shirt found on their recent beach vacation. The more relaxed you are with your dress code the happier you guest will be.
Keep the water flowing. Set water stations throughout your ceremony and reception areas to keep you and your guest well hydrated. The last thing you want at your wedding is a guest passing out from dehydration. While the perfect summer cocktail selections are endless, be sure to have a glass of water available with every drink poured.
Try to avoid gathering the middle of the afternoon on a hot
summer day. Hold your festivities late morning or early evening instead. You
want to avoid the time of day when the sun is at its peak and humidity is at
its highest. The difference in a few degrees can be significant.
Summer is a beautiful time of year to be outside and the
wedding photo opportunities are amazing. Just be sure to take your guests into
consideration and keep things light and cool!