Beach weddings are becoming very popular lately. More and more couples are choosing domestic and destination beach weddings over the more traditional church wedding. Although this type of wedding is becoming more popular, there is still a lot of planning involved if you want your day to turn out the way you want it to. Here are some things to consider when planning your perfect day.
Choosing a destination
Whether you plan on marrying locally or traveling to somewhere exotic, there are several things that you will need to find out before you settle on a locale. If you want to hold your ceremony at a local beach you will first need to find out if your preferred beach is willing and able to allow you to have your wedding there. Once you know you will be able to have the wedding there, you’ll want to find out what accommodations are offered (are guests allowed to smoke on the beach, is there a bathroom nearby, etc). You’ll also need to know if you need a permit to secure the location and what the permit process entails (how long will it take to get the permit, how much will it cost, etc). For those of you who are planning on a destination wedding there are also several things you’ll need to find out before you start your planning. Depending on what location you’re planning on traveling to you’ll need to know what documentation you will need for the trip, such as a passport and proof of vaccinations. Also, you may want to check into what certain places offer for wedding packages. For popular destination wedding sites, such as the Bahamas or Hawaii, you can often times get a wedding package that includes such things as the ceremony and reception sites, hotel accommodations and deals for you and your guests, a complimentary honeymoon suite, etc.
Choosing your wedding attire
A lot of people consider a beach wedding to be more laid back and less traditional than a church wedding, and therefore, they dress more casually. The choice is really up to you how you would like yourself and everyone else to dress. You can choose to dress in a beautiful flowing white Cinderella gown with your groom in a traditional tuxedo. Or you can choose to wear jeans and t-shirts. There really are no rules when it comes to dressing for a beach wedding. A popular choice for beach brides seems to be satin or silk floor length gowns, which is pretty much in between traditional and laid back. Whatever you decide to wear, remember to take the weather into consideration. Try finding our what temperatures usually average at your location during the time of year that your wedding is planned for. This will give you some kind of rough guess at the type of weather you will probably be facing on your big day. Chances are if you’re planning on marrying in the Caribbean in the middle of July you’ll probably want to rethink that cathedral dress complete with long sleeves and gloves to match.
Picking the right time
Most couples opt for the late afternoon/early evening wedding, not only because a setting sun in the background creates a more romantic feel, but for several other reasons as well. No matter what time you choose there are a number of things you will need to consider. Among those things are the time that the tide usually comes in, the average temperature of an evening wedding (temperatures tend to get cooler in the evenings, especially by the water), what kind of bugs will you and your guests have to deal with, will the beach be off-limits to onlookers and other beach goers during the time you reserve it for, etc. Once you take all of these factors into account you should be able to pick a time of day or night that best suits your needs.
Having a backup plan
When planning any type of wedding you should always have some sort of a backup plan in place because you just don’t know if you’ll need it. This is especially true when planning a beach wedding. Weather, of course, is the number one thing that can put a damper on any outdoor wedding. Since it’s pretty much impossible to predict what the weather will be like on your day, you should be prepared for anything. If you end up with thunderstorms or heat-stroke weather, you’ll be glad you had another venue lined up to hold the ceremony at. The weather can also decide what you and your guests will wear to your wedding, so make sure you also have backup clothes if you need them. Having a backup plan in place for any unexpected dilemmas will ensure that your wedding goes on without too much of a problem or delay.