A beach wedding is one of my favourite themes. Better yet, if the wedding is held on an actual beach.
Below are the top 5 things to consider when planning a beach wedding.
1) Find a Private Beach
There are private beaches and public beaches. It is not recommended to have a wedding on a public beach because of the interruptions you may experience from other people in the area. Besides, you need to get a permit from the local government authority before you’re allowed to have your wedding on a public beach.
A private beach is a property that belongs to an individual owner or company. It is not owned by any county or city government. If it is a venue service, then you can rent time on the private beach for your wedding. The advantage here is that you will have total privacy and seclusion from the public.
2) Have a Secondary Venue Planned
No one can predict the weather, especially if you’re planning your wedding months in advance. There is no telling whether your beach wedding will get interrupted by bad weather or not. That is why you should have a secondary venue planned just in case this happens.
3) Expect Noise from the Waves
Think about the tidal waves from the ocean and the noise they produce. Will the sounds of these waves interfere with your wedding? Try to pick a spot on the beach that is closer to the mainland and farther from the water, depending on the width of the sand. This might help reduce the noises somewhat.
4) Use Tropical Flowers and Decorations
Beaches are saturated with humidity and heat. Certain types of ornamental flowers cannot handle these kinds of tropical climate conditions. If you’re going to decorate the beach with wedding flowers, then choose tropical flowers that can resist the humidity and heat. Use flowers like calla lilies, chrysanthemums and orchids.
Is the beach easily accessible? You need to think about the physical conditions of your wedding guests. Some of them might be too old or weak to walk a long way to get to the beach. For this reason, it is better to choose a beach venue which is closer to the main road and parking lot. If you have to hike thousands of feet to access the beach, then it might not be doable for some of your guests.