I've been getting so many questions from couples planning Beach Weddings this summer and early fall that I had to repost my Beach Wedding Planning Tips again! Apparently, beach weddings are all the rage (again and probably always) this year! Whether you are almost to I Do or just starting the wedding planning process, I hope you will fund a nugget of help here.
Planning a fancy resort destination beach wedding where your wedding worries are whisked away by the tropical winds? Your budget allow for an awesome coordinator to manage every last piece until you walk down the sandy aisle? Thought not. So it would seem you've got some planning to do if you want that dream beach themed wedding. So grab your Pinterest app, your to do lists and a cup of coffee and let's get down to business with some de Lovely practical planning tips.
Location - Location, location, location is one of most important decisions you will make. You've fallen in love with a breathtaking secluded beach but it is a bit out of the way. In fact there are few if any services and the only bathroom is a stinky public 1/2 mile away. Okay, a little over the top but you get my point. Your wedding location MUST be is easily accessible for you, your guests and vendors, who may charge more for an inconvenient location.
Pre-wedding jitters should not include location stress for you; do you have a place to dress, relax, pose for pictures? Guests should be able to easily park and walk, and vendors need to access facilities. Plus your DIY projects and wedding party need a staging area.
If you want to be directly on the beach, research public and privates beaches. Beach side hotels may the best option with their beach access, reception services, and guest accommodations. Boathouses, state parks, historical beach homes, or small seaside communities offer perfectly good alternatives to the traditional resort or hotel beach wedding. Depending on the size of your wedding, you may be able to get away with a secluded beach wedding. Hire an accommodating planner who can handle all the small details and set your DIY projects in motion.
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BOTTOM LINE TIPS: * Permits may be needed if your guest list is large. * Check city ordinances for laws regarding alcohol and music. * Sun and wind may be a factor, plan for the right time of day and year.
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Do It Yourself - I am a huge fan of DIY; it saves you money, is a fun way to get people involved, and adds a touch of your personality, making your wedding anything but cookie cutter.
For Beach Weddings, choose three to five DIY projects; more than that you risk overwhelming yourself. I like the idea of one or two items per time period: pre-wedding (Check out our DIY Save the Date project), ceremony, and reception. Carry your beachy brand throughout the entire wedding for a cohesive and visually pleasing theme.
BOTTOM LINE TIPS: * Wedding DIY is better with friends, invite your bridesmaids to help out with project like these Beach Wedding Favors. * Assign a family member or friend to be in charge on the big day. * DIY projects are supposed to save your money, don't go over the top buying sand, when you can get it at the beach.
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Beach Theme: I suggest limiting your "beach" look to a few pieces of varying sizes here and there; not EVERY decoration needs to be themed. It just looks cheesy and may actually cost you more money if vendors need to customize every item. Instead use color, music, food to enhance the celebration.
Wedding invitations set the tone, location sets the mood, reception centerpieces continue your brand and a touch of the beach on your cake finishes the theme....going overboard (pardon the pun) can ruin the sentiment behind choosing a beach theme in the first place.
BOTTOM LINE TIPS: * Choose a brand, like our Nautical Theme Inspiration, and stick with it but sparingly. * Find other ways to incorporate the beach theme instead of just shells and starfish. * Scour the web and blogs for inspiration; Pinterest and Lover.ly are all the rage. Check out our Beach Board!
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BOTTOM LINE TIPS: * Vendors may charge less if they don't have to travel, especially musicians; search locally for good talent. * Use local business directories and sites such as YELP to help locate quality vendors.
Beach weddings can offer more savings, fewer headaches and more fun than a traditional wedding. In the end, it all comes down to planning and planning well. There are a million other tips to help you plan your wedding day but the very best we can offer: have fun, be casual, be yourself, make your wedding about you and your sweetie and let all the rest go.
Have a de Lovely day! xx
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