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Hot! 4 Things to Consider When Planning a Beach Wedding

Dreaming of an oceanside wedding? You’re not alone.

Beach weddings are not just popular among those who live close to the sea. In fact, more than 25 percent of all weddings are destination weddings, with beaches in Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Mexico, and Florida topping the list of top destinations.

But if you’re dreaming of saying, “I do” with the sound of gentle waves behind you, you’ll need to do a little extra planning. Here are four things to consider when planning a beach wedding.

1. Get Your Guests in the Mood Early

A beach wedding often lends itself to a nautical theme. And you’ll certainly have no shortage of options when it comes to matching your colors, decorations and other details to your outdoor venue, utilizing cool blues and seashells or perhaps some modern stripes to accent the natural views.

But don’t wait until the big day to let loose your beach theme; start with your wedding invitations. This is a great way to get your guests excited for your beautiful oceanside ceremony.

2. Know That Indoor and Outdoor Ceremonies Differ

Most brides have at least a small idea of what their dream wedding looks like. Often, those images center on a specific style of dress or type of decoration. And while most of those ideas can be used in any indoor venue, regardless of its style, an outdoor wedding comes with some challenges that can make certain details a poor choice.

For instance, that princess ballgown with an oversized skirt will drag in the sand and quickly turn from white to brown or gray. Those loose arrangements of wildflowers? They may tear loose in a strong ocean breeze. What about the groom’s expensive leather shoes? Well, they’ll need to be removed if you’re planning a ceremony near the water. Amenities that come standard with an indoor venue, like chairs or bathrooms, will also need to be arranged separately.

The beach is a beautiful place to celebrate your marriage. But if you have your heart set on a sandy beach ceremony, keep in mind certain other details, like your dress, decorations or amenities, may need to be fine-tuned.

3. Take a Little “Me Time” After Your Ceremony

The best part of a beach-side wedding is the beautiful scenery. But while the waves and water will be visible in most of the photos of your ceremony, the altar or arch, your officiant and your bridal party or other guests will likely be visible as well.

After your ceremony, or before if you’re planning a first look, and before your reception, take at least a few moments with just you, your new spouse and your photographer. Move away from your ceremony space and take advantage of the beautiful view to snap a few special photographs.

4. Have a Backup Plan

Rain on your wedding day is often considered good luck. There are other benefits too, like your flowers lasting longer or the chance to capture some unique photos. But when your ceremony is set on a sandy beach with no cover, a rainy day can spell disaster.

That’s why it’s always a good idea for an outdoor wedding to have a backup plan. Your first plan should always be to push your ceremony back, if possible. After all, many seaside towns experience abrupt rain showers that last only minutes before moving on. However, if a day-long rain sets in, you’ll want to have an indoor space or some sort of cover ready to ensure your big day can go on as planned.

Planning Your Beach Wedding

Whether you’re an ocean lover at heart or just looking for a stunning, natural setting for your big day, the beach is a wonderful place for a wedding ceremony. Just like every other wedding, it will take some careful planning to pull off.

While you’ll need to do a little extra prep work in case of rain and consider things like wind and sand and how they can affect certain details, with these tips in mind, you can plan the perfect wedding day while still enjoying the sounds of the waves and the soft sand beneath you.

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