While beach weddings are popular and they are certainly romantic, it takes a lot of careful planning in order to pull it off. In order to make sure that your beach wedding is a success, keep the following tips in mind while you're making your plans.
There's nothing more uncomfortable than staring into the bright sun, or sitting in its blaring heat. Make sure your guests are happy and comfortable – provide them with some protection from the sun. You could tell them to bring their sunglasses, but for those who forget them, you want to provide them with a way to keep the sun out of their eyes. You could offer a supply of sun hats or parasols. To keep things cool, provide hand-held fans and cool drinks for your guests to sip on. The more comfortable your guests are, the better time they will have at your wedding, so make comfort a top priority and everyone will be pleased.
Shoe Trade In
While you may plan on being barefoot, your guests may not. Though you will let your guests know it’s a beach affair ahead of time, you they may not think wear sandals. For those guests who come to your wedding in heels or wingtips, make sure that they have something comfortable to slip on while they’re in the sand. Fill baskets or buckets with flip flops. You can purchase one-size-fits-all from a discount store in colors that coordinate with your wedding. You can also order them online and have your and your future husband’s monogram added to them. Either way, your guests will be glad that you thought to prevent damage to their footwear.
Chill In the Air
Believe it or not, the beach can get chilly, even in the middle of the summer. A cold front could move in, it could be a very windy day, or when the sun goes down, the temperature could significantly drop. In order to make sure everyone is comfortable if it’s chilly, offer ways to stay warm. Blankets, shawls and even sweaters are all items that you can supply for your guests. As an added bonus, these items can also serve as favors. Have your names and wedding date embroidered on them and your guests will have something to remember your wedding by.
They say rain on a wedding day brings good luck, but if your wedding is on the beach, the last thing you want is rain. While you may be having your beach wedding in a location where rain seldom falls, there is always a chance that it could rain. The weather is unpredictable and you want to make sure that, in the event that it does rain, you’re going to want to have a backup plan in place. Whether it’s a tent or an indoor shelter, having a space that is protected from the rain is important, even if you don't end up needing to use it (and hopefully, you won't.)
You may need to apply for permits to have your wedding on the beach. Make sure you check with your venue, your wedding planner or the town where you are holding the affair to see if permits are needed. Do this well in advance of your wedding date so that if you do need them, you have the time to apply for them and you won’t run into problems on the big day.