There is something glorious and picturesque about beach weddings that just cannot be replicated in other settings.
That glistening glow off the water, the clean aesthetic of the sand and the stunning array of dresses and suits makes for a pretty picture all round.
If couples have their hearts set on this destination ceremony, they should take note of the challenges and logistics involved in such an endeavour.
Until now, these types of events have been few and far between given the exposure to the outdoors and the unpredictability that follows.
Take stock of these strategies to plan the best seaside wedding possible.
Start The Search Early
It is amazing how popular beach weddings are becoming in 2020 and in the intervening years to come, that trend will only increase. With this trend being established for couples, it is imperative to start the search as early as possible. This approach helps on two counts: to identify a beach that is appropriate for guests to arrive at, and to avoid any clash with bookings from others who have earmarked the location.
Be Close to Amenities & Facilities
It is impossible to know what the weather conditions will be like when beach weddings are planned by couples months in advance. The worst experience that any bride, groom, celebrant or guest can have in this instance is to see the heavens open or a large gust of wind brush across the venue, leaving everyone displaced and looking for shelter. Being in close proximity to a beach house, hotel or club venue will at least offer some contingency planning if the worst was to occur.
Thinking Beach-Friendly Catering
Heavy traditional meals on extensive tables can be hit and miss with beach weddings. If the weather is good, it can be an ideal way to compliment the rest of the event. For others who have a large collection of guests and a lot to juggle on the day or in the evening, it is beneficial to have an array of light finger foods and buffet-style menu options that makes the dining experience easier to manage.
Working With a Ceremony Director & Wedding Photographer
Introducing some outsourced expertise will make beach weddings far easier to manage for couples. With the inclusion of a ceremony director, clients can hand them some control when they are unaware about the unique challenges involved. They will also have the experience to assess guest numbers, venue options and other parameters that will help the day proceed smoothly and without incident. The same can be said for a wedding photographer who offers an extra level of experience and understanding for attendees.
Generally speaking, beach weddings are held at a time when the weather is relatively warm. Of course this is not the case all of the time, but they become popular ceremony destinations when the sun and the surf are at their premium. This is a factor that should inform the dress for women and men, offering fabrics that are easier to breathe and allow for freedom of movement.
Filling in Guests on All Details
There will be plenty of guests who attend weddings at the beach for the very first time. When these events are outside of a church or garden setting, it can make people a little anxious and unaware about where to go, how to dress and what to expect from the ceremony and after party. Use the RSVP cards to detail the information and the points of contact for logistical enquiries.
Season Smart Scheduling
Predicting the weather is impossible. Taking note of previous season weather patterns is easy. This is where couples can be ahead of the game with beach weddings, selecting windows across autumn, winter, spring or summer where expected rainfall is low and conditions are optimal for an outdoor ceremony. It will be a dynamic that alters depending on the location, offering different points of contact for East Coast, West Coast, South Coast and North Coast events.