Congratulations on your engagement! Now is the time to start planning your perfect beach wedding. With all of the beautiful locations, resorts, and vendors available it may seem like there’s a lot to choose from. And while planning a wedding is never a simple matter, we’ve put together a few tips to help you plan the perfect beach wedding.
1. Dress For The Occasion
Of course, you’ll want to dress for the occasion! There are so many things to love about having a beach wedding – the sand, the sound of waves, the sunshine. However, all of those things mean that you probably want to choose your dress from the selection of gowns specifically designed for beach weddings. You’ll want something light and airy that won’t be too hot, and that will flow nicely in the breeze. For the groom, we suggest a linen suit or even shorts and a button-down shirt. Keep in mind that it may be hot so you’ll want to choose fabrics that will keep you cool and comfortable.
2. Choose The Right Time Of The Year
Depending on where you’re getting married, the weather may be a factor in when you want to schedule your big day. If you’re getting married in a tropical location, you’ll want to avoid hurricane season which is typically from June to November. For locations in the northern hemisphere, spring and fall are usually the best times to visit as the weather is not too hot or too cold. That said, the downside to a spring or fall beach wedding is that there’s a higher chance of rain. Depending on how open your venue is, rain may not be a big deal but it’s something to keep in mind.
3. Make Sure Your Guests Are Comfortable
Your guests will be spending a lot of time outdoors so you’ll want to make sure they’re comfortable. Have a plan for dealing with the sun, whether that means providing umbrellas or setting up a shaded area. If it’s going to be a hot day, provide refreshments such as bottled water and cold towels. Unless you’re having a dry wedding, it’s important that your guests can easily avoid direct sunlight, and that they’ll have plenty of non-alcoholic refreshments on hand because alcohol and sun exposure is never a good combination. And if you’re getting married in an area with mosquitoes, make sure to have bug spray on hand!
4. Have A Backup Plan
Even if you’re planning a small wedding, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. For starters, that means having a closed-off space you can move the wedding to if it starts to rain. But it’s also a good idea to have a backup plan for other things that could go wrong, such as the sound system not working or the food not being ready on time. While there are so many benefits of having your big day at the beach, it also means that you’ll have to plan for lots of things that you wouldn’t have to worry about at a traditional wedding. Think about all the things an indoor wedding has that you’ll need to account for outdoors and make sure you have a plan B for everything. But don’t let that stress you out! With a little bit of extra planning, your beach wedding will be perfect.
5. Have A Casual Theme
Having your wedding outdoors also means that you can have a more casual theme. This is the perfect opportunity to really embrace the beach vibes and have a fun, relaxed wedding. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style – there are plenty of ways to incorporate a beach theme without making it too kitschy. For example, try incorporating a nautical theme into your decor. If you want something a little more unique, you could choose sea glass for your wedding favors or have your guests write messages on sand dollars to be placed in a jar. The possibilities are endless! That said, it’s also important to be realistic with your expectations. Having an overly formal wedding at the beach is likely to be more stressful than it’s worth, so if you’re set on a beach wedding, embrace the casual vibes and go with it!
Planning a wedding outdoors is never a simple matter – there are so many things to think about and account for. But with a little bit of extra planning, your beach wedding will be perfect. Just remember to choose the right time of the year, make sure your guests are comfortable, have a backup plan, and embrace the casual vibes of a beach wedding. With these tips in mind, you’re sure to have a beautiful and stress-free wedding day.