Beach Wedding Tips, Guest Dresses and ‘beachproofing’ your day!

Planning to tie the knot by the sea-side? Read on for some invaluable tips for planning a perfect beach wedding and avoiding common mistakes like overdressing, neglecting guests’ comfort and failing to guard against the elements.

Beach weddings are romantic and picturesque. Thanks to the unpredictability of Mother Nature and the uniqueness of sandy beach terrain, they can also be challenging to plan. Here, we’ve compiled tips to help your seaside nuptials go off without a hitch.

Look the Part

Couples who take their seaside vows in tuxedos and ball gowns will be uncomfortable at best. We recommend a more casual style of dress. Men can get away with open collars and lightweight slacks, and women have the option of choosing cocktail- or tea-length gowns made of lightweight, flowing fabrics. Control long hair with tight braids and forego veils and trains that blow about or collect beach debris. High heels are obviously out; we recommend flats, sandals or bare feet.

Creature Comforts

Make guests comfortable by providing sunscreen, insect repellent, water, and fans or shawls as conditions require. Straw hats could also be a good idea as you never know who might get overpowered by the sun! We also suggest offering guests comfort items like sunglasses and flip flops as favours or welcome gifts. Be sure to rent high-end portable toilets if there aren’t other facilities available. In addition, we recommend setting up a shoe-storage area where guests can leave dressier footwear and a foot wash station for when it’s time to leave the beach (no one wants to spend the entire reception shaking sand out of their shoes!).

Setting the Scene

Make guests comfortable by providing sunscreen, insect repellent, water, and fans or shawls as conditions require. Straw hats could also be a good idea as you never know who might get overpowered by the sun! We also suggest offering guests comfort items like sunglasses and flip flops as favours or welcome gifts. Be sure to rent high-end portable toilets if there aren’t other facilities available. In addition, we recommend setting up a shoe-storage area where guests can leave dressier footwear and a foot wash station for when it’s time to leave the beach (no one wants to spend the entire reception shaking sand out of their shoes!).

‘Beachproofing’ Your Day

Choose private locations or off-peak times to avoid having crowds of scantily-clad strangers looking on as you say “I do.” Study local tide tables, too, so you aren’t surprised to find your location under water. We recommend using heavy furniture capable of withstanding ocean winds. Lightweight chairs and folding tables might topple. Décor should be secured and somewhat weatherproof; avoid paper decorations, and choose flameless candles over the kind that are easily snuffed out by wind. Part of the fun of getting married on the beach is doing away with a great amount of normal wedding trapperies! Tie or weigh down small items like wedding programs, and use a microphone so your vows aren’t lost to the cacophony of the wind and surf. Finally, have a back-up plan. We assure you that the peace of mind afforded by a viable contingency plan will be well worth the time and effort it takes to secure an indoor location or rent back-up canopies and tents in case of disaster.

By anticipating difficulties and preparing for potential wedding-day problems, you can make your beach wedding beautiful and romantic, wind, sand, sun and all.

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