Enjoy The Surf And Sun
With Beach Wedding Ideas
Beach wedding ideas can be the perfect alternative to the
traditional wedding. If you are looking for a laid-back, fun-in-the-sun
wedding, you may be a perfect candidate for a beach wedding.
Although summer is the time of year when most people think of
having a beach wedding, they can be held in warm locations in any
There are many great possible locations for beach wedding
ideas. Living on or near the beach obviously makes choosing a location
a little bit easier.
If you do live near the beach, look for restaurants or resorts
on the beach as reception locations. Many locations offer breathtaking
views of the beach, and some will even let you exchange vows in the
Make a list of potential sites, and visit each one. Ask questions
during your visits, such as:
- Am I allowed to have my ceremony on the beach?
- What happens if it rains?
- Will my wedding be the only wedding that day?
- Do you have rooms for out of town guests or hotels nearby?
- Can I have reception outside with the beach as a backdrop?
Make sure the location you choose has the amenities and facilities you
Even if you don't live near a beach, you can still have a destination
beach wedding. Possible locations for a destination beach wedding
include resorts in Florida and other southern U.S. states, California,
Hawaii, Europe and the Caribbean.
More ideas for your wedding ceremony can be found at beach
Start your beach-theme wedding off in style with tropical
wedding invitations. Visit our Beach Wedding
Invitations page for ideas.
There are several unique options when choosing beach wedding favors.
Visit our beach
page for some ideas.
Beach weddings are typically more relaxed than the traditional wedding,
and most beach wedding brides wear simple, elegant dresses.
This doesn't mean, however, that you can not wear a more formal gown.
make sure the style of dress you wear matches the mood and ambiance of
your beach wedding.
are strapless, halter or have spaghetti
straps. Instead of a veil, you may choose to have your stylist add
tropical flowers to your hair.
For bridesmaid dresses, brighter colors
usually work best. Try tying in a color in the dresses that matches
your flowers, like red for example.
For the groom and groomsmen, light
colored linen suits are a nice option paired with a white button down
shirt and sandals.
More information can be found on our beach
casual wedding dress
There are several beach wedding ideas for flowers that can brighten up
Birds of paradise are a tropical flower that can be used
instead of traditional bouquets for the bridesmaids and in flower
arrangements at the reception.
Another fun idea is floral leis for the bridal party and as favors for
your guests. If you are ambitious enough you can make them yourself
using button chrysanthemums, orchids, glass beads and thread.
Your florist can also help you with making leis, and there are several
websites that ship them right to your door.
For more flower information visit our tropical
A signature drink is a fun, classy addition to you beach wedding. There
are many options including Mojitos, Margaritas, Mai Tais and Martinis.
Work with your caterer or reception space to see what your options are,
and don’t forget to taste test each of them before picking one!
for more ideas.
And don't forget the
Mini Cocktail Umbrellas
The perfect way to finish off your tropical wedding. Read our seven
beach wedding ideas for a tropical
Hawaiian wedding cakes
are another fun option for your beach wedding.
Of course you can always go with a DJ as your entertainment. However,
there are beach wedding ideas that allow you to get a little more
creative if you so choose.
For example, instead of a traditional band consider having a Calypso,
Steel Drum, Reggae, Salsa/Merengue or other tropical-themed band for
cocktail hour and/or your reception.
Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Ideas
Some may argue that there is no better location for a beach wedding
than Hawaii, and they are probably right. Visit our traditional
Hawaiian Wedding Ideas
Nautical Wedding Ideas
Closely related to beach weddings are nautical weddings. Visit our nautical wedding ideas
guide for tips and information.
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