A beach themed wedding is the dream of many couples but not all them dare to make this dream a reality. Let’s uncover how to plan a beach themed wedding ceremony with these 13 crucial tips that will make it a resounding success!
Sunsets, warm sand, boho wedding dresses, salty air, nature and the incredible backdrop of the ocean are only some of the appeal of a beach themed wedding ceremony. Beach weddings will fit every budget: they can go from economical to the most lavish and luxurious of events.
Get inspired by these ideas and start planning a beach themed wedding ceremony of your very own.
13 Tips for Planning a Beach Themed Wedding Ceremony
1. Try to stay away from the summer months.
Or choose a wedding destination on the opposite hemisphere. That way it’s summer for you, but winter on the other side of the planet. Sometimes, one month after high season still has terrific weather but it’s not as crowded and/or expensive.
Always keep in mind to stay away from windy weather and know your tides. Unless you don’t mind getting literally blown away or under the sea. 😉
2. Public or private beach?
The next decision for how to plan a beach themed wedding ceremony is to choose the type of beach: public or private.
Private beach weddings locations are much harder to find. Most people will not rent their homes for such a large shindig but you can try renting an oceanfront estate. Even if you host your beach wedding at a resort with a private beach, you may have to share the place with other resort guests.
Make sure you ask the resort if privatizing the beach for your wedding is possible before you book.
3. It’s the law.
Unless it’s your very own private beach at your summer getaway home, you’ll have to become acquainted with the local ordinances (just like on public park weddings) or hire a wedding planner that specializes in destination weddings or is local to that area. There is a key ordinance on most beaches that prohibits alcohol and this is where having a reception at a location overlooking the beach and a beach wedding ceremony is a great idea.
4. Try to pick a day of the week and a time of the day…
when there will be few people present at the beach. You don’t want to have photos of passers by in a thong. 😉
During the week, early in the morning or at sunset are your best bets. And sunsets are so romantic!
Also, keep in mind that the night is not a good time for a beach wedding as the ocean goes black (unless you have a full moon and a clear night) and not only is a but scary but it does not allow for good photography.
5. Beach themed wedding ceremony decorations.
You don’t need to decorate the beach for a ceremony but make sure you have a few benches for the people who may need it, like older folks and pregnant guests.
If your ceremony is short, nobody will mind standing for 30 minutes or so. So, a few benches, a canopy and the breathtaking scenery of the beach and the ocean should be enough.
Of course, if you want to go all the way and add the white chairs and an aisle runner covered with rose-petals, you will need more coordination and expenses (remember you will have to setup most of this the same day) but the photography will be spectacular. The work will be proportional to the number of guests.
6. How to Plan a Beach Themed Wedding Ceremony: Can you hear me now?
Make sure you have a good sound system. The beach has a lot of nature noises: seagulls, waves, wind, and people and it will be hard to listen to the officiant’s words. A windscreen over the microphone is also a good idea.
7. Avoid the lobster look!
Wear sunscreen and handout some for your guests (this could be a great idea for a wedding favor)
Avoid tan lines before the big day and this applies to the bride, bridesmaids. mom and everybody else that will attend the wedding. They really don’t look too good on the photos and neither does a sunburnt bride.
8. Picking the flowers for your bride’s bouquet.
Make sure they endure the heat like freesias, calla lilies, orchids, and succulents. Try to keep all decorations to a minimum.
A beach wedding theme does not need a lot at the time of the ceremony. Maybe a few seashells and starfish in greens, corals and other colors that contrast with the sand will do.
9. Bridal attire has to be beach-appropriate.
Ditch the veil, it will make you and photography uncomfortable and very hard as it will flap in the wind. Choose fresh flowers or a hair accessory instead.
Lace trim is gorgeous but it can easily trap sand and look dirty. Go for chiffon or charmeuse so your gown flows in the ocean breeze.
This is a great opportunity for a shorter dress so it doesn’t touch the sand. Keep in mind that the wedding dress has to be comfortable and allow for movement and if you must wear high heeled shoes, add a wooden plank to walk gracefully to the ceremony area. Otherwise, flats, espadrilles and even kitten heels are a better option.
An aisle runner made of fabric will help your step and keep your feet cooler (sand gets really hot)
10. Best choice for a beach wedding hairstyle
an updo or a messy updo. Even a half up, half down bridal hairstyle will help you look beachy without looking like you were just hit by a typhoon.
11. For the groom and the groomsmen
linen suits or lightweight cotton pants. Perfect for a beach themed wedding ceremony and they can use them again and again!
12. How to Plan a Beach Themed Wedding Ceremony: Always have a plan B.
A beach themed wedding ceremony is beautiful but you have several weather factors to protect yourself against such as the rain and, more importantly, the wind. Chewing on sand is not a good way to celebrate.
13. Viva el Trash the Dress!
After the wedding, don’t miss the opportunity of having a great trash the dress photo session!
Beach Themed Wedding Ceremony Inspirational Ideas
We hope the advise on how to plan a beach themed wedding ceremony is useful to plan yours. We leave you with a bunch of incredibly inspirational ideas to copy, mimic or plain steal for yours!!
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