Beach weddings are becoming more popular than ever, and although planning outdoor events can be daunting, nothing is more romantic than being married on the beach. Careful attention to detail is certainly a plus, but one need not be a professional to plan a lovely and memorable wedding on the shore. Planning beach weddings is hard work, but with these tips and a strict schedule, it can also be quite an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
1. Establish your budget and your guest list. Establishing a budget is always first on the list when planning any event. Budgeting can be intimidating, but keep in mind many of your overall costs are going to be less with a beach wedding. The size of your guest list is equally important to your plan. You may be able to fly a small party of friends and family to an exotic, wind-swept island for a reasonable sum. However, if you have a medium to large sized guest list, you may want to consider a more local piece of coastline for easier travel.
2. Lock down your location. It is important to begin communication with your desired location before you even set a date. Many beachfront hotels are quite experienced with beach weddings and can offer some help with the wedding itself, blocks of rooms for you and your guests, and of course, a ballroom for your reception. If you are very particular about your location, be flexible about the date.
3. Choose your wedding dress and attire. This is an area where costs can be cut if needed, for sundresses and bare feet can be just as charming as designer gowns when it comes to beach weddings. Traditional wedding dresses are also perfect for getting married on the beach.
4. Get a commitment from your vendors. As soon as you have your location and date set, you will want to get a definite commitment from your preferred baker, DJ or band, photographer, florist, car service, and wedding planner. You can always work out the specifics later, the main goal is to commit them to your wedding.
5. Let the beach inspire your wedding decorations. Decorations can be lavish or inexpensive, according to your taste and budget. You could pair elegant beach glass and sand with candles the colour of the sea, or tropical flowers and tiki torches take the theme in an entirely different direction.
When organizing your beach wedding, your choices are only limited by your imagination. With a good deal of planning and help, your wedding will be a romantic and unforgettable occasion.