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Planning Your Beach Wedding


Setting up the ceremony

Now that you are prepared for the weather, and have chosen a location for your beach wedding, let us talk about the setup. Trying to create a seating arrangement on sand can be quite a challenge. Most people put down some kind of artificial flooring before putting down their seating to prevent chair legs from sinking into the sand.

For an intimate wedding, you don’t necessarily need seating, as the guests can just gather around the ceremony. However, for a longer ceremony, and if your guests numbers are large or include the elderly, seating is advisable.

What to wear

Another very important concern is bridal attire.

The bride should dress for the weather and setting. Remember, if it is summer, it will be hot! Choose a dress that is airy, and light, and consider the outside elements when selecting your train, shoes, and hairstyle. The beach bride can still have a train, but should try to make it a little shorter. Designate a few close friends to carry the train so it does not blow in the wind.

It may seem obvious, but unless you want to spend your wedding day trying to walk across the sand and failing - don't wear high heels to a beach wedding. Wear flats, or even skip shoes altogether, some couples provide “wedding thongs” for the bridal party.

Don't forget the groom!

Just as the bride needs to dress for the occasion, so does the groom. In warm weather, he can wear a more casual look with an open linen shirt and a light jacket. The material should be as ventilated as possible.


Hair and makeup

Many Brides elect to keep their hair down and natural. On a calm day, this might be a beautiful choice, but most beach sites are very exposed, and usually quite breezy, sometimes very breezy. So, you might end up with your hair blowing in your face, or even your mouth as you try to recite your vows, a simple up-do will keep your hair in place and still give you the casual look you want. If you are worried about your hair, you should hire an on-call stylist for the wedding for touch ups to your hair and makeup.

Keep your make up soft and simple for your wedding. If your location is tropical, be sure to start with a good sunscreen to prevent sunburn during the ceremony. Choose soft shades of lip color and eye color, a beach wedding is no place for vivid red lips and heavily lined eyes. Use just a little powdered bronzer to add a healthy sun-kissed look across your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, forehead and chin.

Decorating for the ceremony

Have fun with the beach wedding by using a tropical theme or a romantic theme in all of your decorations. Create a trail of seashells leading from the parking area to the ceremony site, or sprinkle the sand with tropical flowers just before the ceremony.

Whatever you plan, keeping it simple is a good idea. When planning your beach wedding, you don't want to choose decorations that are likely to blow away or be damaged by the sand and sea spray. Use decorative accents on the beach chairs, or under a centerpiece altar. Carry your theme through to the decorations at your reception site.

What's the weather going to do?

Remember, no one can control the weather. If rain is a possibility, have umbrellas for your guests, just in case, also consider having plastic raincoats.

Just as rain can become a problem, so can the sun. Tropical locations can make it far too hot for traditional suits or fancy dresses, especially during the middle of the day.

If it is a hot day, having plenty of refreshments on hand is crucial. You can also hand out small, hand held fans as party favours for the guests. It’s advisable to have at least a small seating area in the shade, so tired people and children have a place to go when they want to rest and relax.

Suggest to your guests that they bring sunscreen, or provide a basket of sample size tubes at the entrance to your wedding area. Parasols, umbrellas or hats for shade can be provided if you think that the day may be exceptionally hot and your location provides little shade.




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