How to organise a Beach Wedding

Choose your location wisely. Beaches are usually breezy. Try to pick a cove or area protected from direct winds for your ceremony. Be mindful of the tides. Find a location before establishing your specific wedding date.

Decide how many guests will be attending. Most beaches do not require a special permit for small informal weddings. Check with your local council to be sure, you can book a specific spot for a fee, so as if another wedding party turns up, they will have to move, but this is not compulsory.

Collect pictures and articles from magazines, cut out anything that appeals to you. Don’t limit it to just bridal magazines, especially since you are planning a beach theme wedding. Travel magazines and home decor magazines will help you with decoration ideas.

Rent an outdoor canopy to protect your reception area from rain showers and uninvited seagulls. For a tropical flare, decorate the canopy with tulle and twinkling mini-lights and silk flowers. Use hurricane candles for lighting. Decorations are only limited by your imagination.

Remember your guest’s comfort and safety. Provide seating for the elderly as well as sunscreen and insect repellent and water just in case. If some of your guests have mobility impairments, recognise that it’s nearly impossible to push a wheelchair in the sand, and it’s very hard for people who have difficulty walking to negotiate sand as well.

Minimize your reception expenses by planning a sunset ceremony followed by a simple but elegant wine and cheese reception right on the beach. Remember that public beaches seldom allow alcohol to be served and police may become unwanted guests.

Once the date and location is established start securing your Marriage Celebrant, florist, musician or DJ, videographer, limousine service, cake artist. Details can be handled later, but committing them to your wedding is the first step.

On the beach, there is so much atmosphere, my beach wedding advice to you would be; keep it simple. The sky, the water, the sand, and even the sounds create a beautiful atmosphere. You just need to enhance what is already there. If you are planning to make anything yourself, this is the time to start.

Remember, depending on the time of year, the beach can be very hot, even in early evening. Choose your wedding dress accordingly. You may wish to choose something light to wear for your very special day. Many couples decide to go with casual beach wear; shoes are usually more of an issue!

A casual hair style works best for beach weddings. If the day is breezy, your hair will look beautifully natural and ‘tousled’ as opposed to looking ‘messed
up’.

For a larger, more formal beach wedding with many guests, you may want to choose a nearby ocean front hotel or restaurant with an outdoor deck to cater the reception following your beach side ceremony.

Consider starting a website to keep everyone informed, this is especially helpful if you are planning a destination wedding