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PLANNING A BEACH-THEMED WEDDING

February 11, 2015

A beach themed wedding is the perfect way to combine both your wedding and honeymoon destination into one location. This type of wedding can be an intimate gathering with just a handful of people or a large group setting of 100 or more guests. The wedding should be kept natural by utilizing the surrounding beauty of the gulf as a backdrop for your special day. One thing to keep in mind is that because a beach wedding is outdoors, one should consider a backup plan in the event of inclement weather.

Location

The beaches of the gulf coast of Florida are a great choice for those who enjoy the beauty of the sea and want a location that holds special meaning or significance. A beach destination wedding can minimize costs by combining the wedding and honeymoon.

Things to Consideration

When planning the time for your special day, it is important to consider the month and time of day to have your ceremony. Sunset ceremonies are the most popular, however certain times of the year you will need to consider the higher chances of tropical storms and hurricanes, especially in the late afternoon and early evening hours.  Another consideration is whether the beach is public or private is also important in the planning process. For a public beach, the area will have to be reserved so there is adequate privacy. For private locations, the area may need to be rented and permission must be granted by the property owner first. Always have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.

Beach Decor & Design

Tropical flowers such as dendodrium orchids and calla lilies are popular flowers in Florida and are especially beautiful for decorating the wedding area. A bamboo arch can be the main focal point for the bride and groom to exchange their vows. The arch can be decorated with the bride's choice of colors and florals. White fabric-covered chairs with colored sashes tied back with natural florals are perfect seating arrangements for guests. Real rose petals scattered on the sand leading to the altar area are popular at beach themed weddings and make for beautiful photographs. Tiki torches and Shepherd’s Hooks may be used to line the Aisleway where the guests will be gathering. Starfish, and shells can accent the wedding area to provide a welcoming beach atmosphere. Natural musical instruments such as steel drums, flutes and harps should be played that will contribute to the natural atmosphere.

 

Beach Wedding Attire

Although beach weddings are often more casual, be sure you are happy and comfortable. Wedding dresses should have shorter hemlines and veils so as not to trail them in sand and water. Consider what fabrics work best for the temperatures during that time of year. Have warm wraps for the bride and bridesmaids if there is a breeze or if your location cools off at night. High heeled shoes sink into sand, so consider low heels, no shoes at all or a runner to protect dresses, shoes and pants cuffs.

 

 

 

 
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