6 Magical Ideas For
A Beach Wedding Ceremony
A beach wedding ceremony can be a magical event. With waves
crashing in the background, the sun shining
down on you and your toes in the sand, could it get much better?
take a lot of hard work and coordination. There are things to consider
like choosing the perfect location, the time of year and day to get
married and what to do if it rains.
Listed below are 6 ideas to help you plan your ceremony:
Location, Location, Location
For a beach wedding ceremony, the location you choose is very
important. Beaches come in all shapes and sizes from a Caribbean resort
to a tranquil Oregon beach.
When choosing a resort, make sure they have the facilities you are
looking for. Shorten your list down to two or three choices based on
the criteria that means the most to you and try not to get too caught
up in all of the details.
Travel agents and wedding planners that specialize in destination
weddings can be a big help here. Visiting travel websites and online
forums can also help you get first hand feedback about the locations
you are choosing from.
It's All About The Timing
Although you can probably save some money by getting married during
hurricane season, the risk may not be worth it. Spring and winter are
usually the best times for getting married in the Caribbean and Hawaii
since the temperature is usually a few degrees cooler than in the
Getting married in the evening usually means the weather will be a
little cooler, and you will also have the opportunity for sunset photos
right after your ceremony.
Try to time the sunset so you can get a few good shots, but make sure
you start early enough to get full sun shots as well. Running out of
sunlight is a bad thing.
Again, check with your travel agent, wedding
or online for recommendations about your wedding
With Your Toes In The Sand
Having your beach wedding ceremony directly on the beach is the ideal situation for most
people. For small weddings you can have your friends and family just
gather around you as you exchange your vows.
For larger weddings you will want to have chairs set up on the beach.
This is where having the assistance of talented resort staff and
wedding planner will pay off.
Near the beach
There are many beautiful locations that aren't directly on the beach
that are perfect for a ceremony. Restaurants and reception facilities
often have decks or other locations that overlook the beach.
Also, many resorts will have areas away from the beach like gazebos and
tropical gardens. While maybe not as adventurous as getting married
directly on the beach, ceremonies near the beach may be easier to
manage and coordinate.
If you still want part of your wedding to take place directly on the
beach, consider having your reception in the sand instead of the
Picture Perfect Photos
To ensure you get the best beach wedding ceremony photos possible, you
will want to plan out what photos you want taken on your wedding day.
If possible visit your ceremony location and take detailed notes about
where you would like to have photos taken.
If visiting isn't an option, talk online with brides who have gotten
married at your location. Also, discussing this with your photographer
prior to your wedding day will help to avoid any problems or missed
Take things like the position of the sun into account when planning
your photo locations, and look for unique backdrops, like rocks or
flowers, in addition to the ocean.
While no one wants to think about it, bad weather on the day of your
wedding is a possibility. To limit the chances of having your wedding
interrupted by bad weather, plan to have your wedding outside of
Even if it isn't hurricane season, you will need to plan a backup
location for your beach wedding ceremony. If you are getting married at
a resort, have them build into your contract a fall back location like
an onsite restaurant or banquet room.
At the very least they should be able to provide you with a tent in the
event of bad weather. Whatever the back up plan, make sure to get it in
While these tips should be very helpful to you when planning your
ceremony, be sure to give yourself plenty of time for planning