Ah, a beautiful beach wedding on the perfect Summer day. Doesn’t it look relaxing? If only it were as simple to pull off as this lovely couple makes it appear to be. So today let’s talk about the reality of bringing that to fruition.
Let’s start by talking about the fact that you can’t just decide on a location and set it up. You must have a permit or risk a ticket and an escort off the sand. Make the call of the City Parks Department and avoid the stress Okay, enough about that.
Isn’t it funny how every time you think you want to walk out in the sand you suddenly feel bogged down and heavy? You think, man the walk out here didn’t seem so bad. Now think about your guests? Think of age and disabilities combined with the distance from solid ground to the ceremony site. It doesn’t have to be set up right on the water and I actually advise clients not to do this. The ocean is unpredictable and the tide is quick at times. The selection of the ceremony is also important in terms of your entrance. The closer it is to water, the further it is from the solid ground you have to trek across in your gown. You won’t feel stunning if you are sweating and breathing heavy when you get there.
Chances are it will be very warm outside and the guests will be parched as they await the glorious moment of the nuptials. Be sure to have containers of iced drinks as they enter and maybe an usher to offer them for those who may not notice them. It is also not a bad idea to have ushers hand out cool damp cloths with lemon rolled in the. On a very hot day these are a hit!
Now everyone is seated, hydrated and comfortable. They are no doubt looking around the scenery and the set up you have fretted over. The wonderful thing about a beach wedding is that the scenery, décor is mostly natural and already in place. I have seen people on our coastal area use succulents and coastal native plants sparsely to add to the natural beauty. Just keep in mind you don’t have to fuss too much with floral here.
Sand, wind, wildlife and the occasional straggling beach visitor are just going to be a part of things. Accept it, prepare for it and then enjoy the day in spite of it. The wind is a definite consideration when decided on attire for yourself and everyone in the bridal party. Your dress will be full of sand when the ceremony is over but a quick fix is to have someone blow it out around the bottom with a blow dryer.
Most importantly, take time for yourself and your groom to take a beach stroll once the guests have headed to the reception. You have planned this day for months. You have just married the love of your life. You should have a few moments to enjoy the scenery and to linger in the moment of being newleyweds.
Please contact us today for a free consultation to lay the worry of all of these and other pitfalls or worries on us. We have a team of professionals to bring your vision into reality.