How to Plan the Perfect Beach Wedding This Summer

Even though seaside weddings are undeniably romantic, putting them together is far from breezy. From things you can’t control, like onlookers and the weather, to simple details like footwear and chairs, there are tons of items to take into consideration when planning an ocean affair. Below are some essential tips and ideas for throwing the perfect beach wedding this summer.

Skip the Big Dress

Let’s face it: A ball gown belongs in, well, a ballroom. You may be able to get down the aisle in a full dress and long train, but walking on the beach and posing for photos won’t be easy. If a large dress is a must, make sure it can bustle easily. Instead of heavy fabrics, choose a lightweight option like chiffon or charmeuse that will let your gown flow in the ocean breeze.

Get a Permit

It would sure ruin your big day if the beach police shut down your crew while it’s setting up. To make sure that doesn’t happen, be sure to research the paperwork you’ll need to fill out in order to hold your ceremony on the beach, especially if it will be public. Also, inquire in advance about noise ordinances, and be sure to follow them.

Ensure Privacy

Beaches are most crowded on holiday weekends, so unless you want the general public in attendance, it’s best to schedule your ceremony during the week. To ensure additional privacy, we suggest renting an oceanfront wedding tent, which will create a boundary between guests and non-guests. You might want to hire unofficial “bouncers” to keep wedding-crashers away.

Prepare Your Guests for the Heat

If any part of your event will take place on the sand, make sure your guests know well in advance. Mention your plans on the invitation or wedding website, and prepare your guests for the sun by including mini-sunscreens, hand fans, and bottled water in welcome bags. This is another place where a tent rental will come in handy, by providing much-needed shade to your guests. 

Prepare for the Wind 

A good rule of thumb on the beach: Anything that can blow away, will. If you’re using ceremony programs, weight them down with shells, tie them to chairs with ribbon, or print them on fans, which can perform double duty. And if you envision a perfectly petal-lined aisle, don’t toss them until the absolute last moment, right before guests arrive. When it comes to seating, be sure to rent heavy metal chairs or wooden benches which can withstand the ocean breeze.

Make Sure You Can Be Heard

You’ve spent so much time writing your vows and personalizing the ceremony, it would be a shame if it all got lost against the sound of crashing waves. The best way to avoid this is renting a wireless microphone and speaker for your officiant. You will also be able to get audio equipment from the same wedding rental company that you got your tent from. Be sure to do a sound check prior to the ceremony to ensure there’s no unwanted feedback.