Beach weddings are very popular due to their casual and very romantic feel. Whether you choose a local beach or one in Fiji, beach weddings are memorable and unique. As a destination wedding, they are also an great way to combine your honeymoon with your wedding, and to give your friends and family a chance to get away on their own mini-vacations.
Receptions for beach weddings are usually held right on the beach or at a nearby hotel. This usually means fewer expenses for the reception. However, keep in mind that you may have to budget extra for air travel and hotel rooms for guests, especially if your chosen beach is in another country.
When choosing a beach to hold your ceremony and/or reception, keep in mind that most beaches are not private. You will want to make sure that your ceremony isn’t interrupted by beach-goers. You may want to contact a local tourist authority or state park office to find the best locations, and to find out what regulations there are. Also keep in mind any elderly or disabled guests that may need extra help in getting to the ceremony site. Wheelchairs and walkers don’t move smoothly through sand.
Fortunately, there are many ways to solve these problems, and most are not that expensive. Carpets can be laid on the sand to make the area more accessible. You may want to plan for extra ushers to help people move to the ceremony site. If possible, plan your wedding for the off season to avoid beaches crowded with tourists.
Of course, an off season beach wedding can run into weather problems. Many beaches are sunny one minute and cold and windy the next. Plan ahead for these changes by looking for beaches sheltered from the wind, using tents in case of rain, or having just a quick ceremony on the beach and the reception inside, preferrably in a place right on the beach, to keep the romanitc flair going.
Also be sure to check out the local tide tables, and know where the tides comes up to on the beach. Last thing you want during your ceremony is for the ocean to over your feet! If the beach is big enough, you may want to have your wedding a little further back to avoid this issue all together.
Beach weddings, like all other weddings, take careful planning and preparation, but the payoff is huge. Considering hiring a wedding planner to take care of the details, allowing you to just soak up the romantic sun on your wedding day!