Beach weddings are unique for their amazing ambiance and beautiful views and for the destination wedding bride many hours are spent imaging that special moment.
With the right all-inclusive resort or destination wedding planner most weddings will go perfectly, but it never hurts to be prepared for some of the potential pitfalls of a beach wedding.
Here are seven tips that just might help to avoid beach wedding disasters.
Loud and Clear
Some of the best things about the beach are the sounds: the wind, the surf, and the wildlife. If your guests can’t hear you or you can’t hear the ceremony yourself it can be a big problem. You can get a sound system for the ceremony (this is especially smart if you have more than 20 guests). When you talk to the vendor talk about solutions for your location. After stormy weather, consider moving farther away from the surf than you originally planned, the crashing waves could drown out the sounds of your I do’s.
Hot Sand and Rainy Days
One of the great things about an outdoor (and especially a beach wedding), is the elements. Yet, they have a tendency to be fickle on the big day. The sand, we often forget until we are tiptoeing across it, can be hot.
One idea to combat this is to have rugs, runners, or decorative carpets laid out on the sand. You can also provide baskets of flip-flops for guest to use as alternative footwear. Also, there is the concern for rain. A backup location is always recommended. But if it is light or passing rain, incorporate a basket full of umbrellas for guests to use.
Too Warm, Too Cold, or Just Right
The temperature can really affect the day. If it is hot or humid, consider providing water bottles, sunscreen, umbrellas, or fans for your guests. The rain umbrellas can serve double duty by providing shade from the sun. Or encourage guests to dip their bare toes into the surf after the ceremony (and you could always join them too). There is also the worry of cold. This is especially true during the off-season or in a northern location. You can drape some flannel blankets over the chairs, provide portable heaters for the ceremony, or consider a permit for a bonfire. The cozy atmosphere of blankets and a fireside beach wedding is quite romantic.
Where are the Facilities?
One concern is locating bathrooms for your guests. If the ceremony is at a public beach, most have a public toilet, and can be used by your guests. If you are getting married on a private beach, there is usually a hotel, house, or inn located on the beach and the facilities can be accessed that way. If you are on a remote beach without either of these options, you may consider renting portable bathrooms for yourself and your guests.
Taking Care of Guests
Much of planning a wedding, and especially an outdoor one is taking into consideration the comfort of your guests. There might be a few people on your guest list that you want to give extra attention to, especially when at the beach.
- If there are any loved ones that have limited mobility, consider a few ideas to help them. This might simply be appointing a person (or people) who will provide support and walk a guest to their seat. Or you might rent a beach wheelchair for your loved one.
- Another consideration is not about the ones you love, but more about the ones you don’t know.
- Venue considerations may include your interest in sharing the moment with other beach goers. If you are getting married on a private beach, this is less of a concern. If it is a public beach, know that other people will be enjoying the beach that day. For some, this is a very welcoming thought, for others it is not.
There is a lot of truth to the adage that all wedding details won’t matter to you on the big day.
There is also something to be said about being prepared, and these ideas just might make your day a little bit more enjoyable and a little bit smoother in the long run.
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