If a traditional wedding is something too extravagant and mainstream, a beach ceremony will be a fine selection that will meet all your expectations and needs. A classic beach ceremony would be amongst golden white sand along with coconut trees swaying in harmony to the gentle breeze that carries the waves to the shore, where the sound of the crashing waves builds the anxiety and adds to the drama, while the atmosphere is damp with the smell of salt and the setting sun overlooking your ceremony fills the sky with mesmerising colors making it a picturesque backdrop. There are a few things to keep in mind when you have a beach ceremony, like the winds changing the direction of your hair or it affecting your outfit, people passing by and tourists craning their necks and crowding to get a sneak peek at what is happening. You will also have to put up with the sun and the briny air ruining your make-up. Along with these here are a few more things to keep in mind:
DRESSING TO SUITE THE OUTDOORS
It is quintessential for a bride to have the perfect gown, one that multiplies her elegance and make everyone’s jaw drop. However a beach ceremony does not favour the traditional heavy elaborately beaded dress made of brocade or lace. Such dresses will weigh you down on an already hard to walk on surface – the sand. Wearing something light and smooth will be perfect, like silk chiffon or organza are light and airy fabrics.
The preferred footwear would be a classy pair of flats or sandals. Choose a pair of footwear that offers more support while standing on the uneven sand , a pair of wedged heels work perfectly.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE YET CLASSY
When thinking of the hairstyle you want to wear, have some foresight and plan your look for the dance floor. It can get windy at times at the beach and there is no prediction when. Opt for a hairstyle that looks elegant but also allows you to let loose on the dance floor. If you want your hair to have that natural look and not use any product, have a hairstylist who will be able to work with the humidity, salinity, and breeze all day.
KEEPING YOUR GUEST WELL INFORMED
Inform them well in advance that the ceremony will take place on the beach and request them to dress accordingly. You can go one step further and provide them with welcome kits, they can include a few necessities like, sunscreen, fans, water bottles, paper napkins, and maybe even a pair of flip flops or shades. It is best to specify the type of attire for guest to keep them informed.
IN NATURE’S LAP
Keeping things simple is the best way to make the most out of your venue especially in an outdoor setting such as the beach. Using the shore and the sea for your props by making use of the shells, sea-weed, and the rocks. The overall theme of the décor could also use the same color scheme as the venue to keep things uniform. incorporate the natural beauty of the beach and the open space into the decor along with subtle sprinklings of flowers to give it a little pop.
LEGAL PERMITS FOR USE OF PUBLIC PROPERTY
It is important to complete all the necessary paperwork and get permits that will allow you to have the nuptials by the shore side. Keep the sound restrictions in mind as it is strictly monitored by the local authorities.
A section of the beach that is been permitted to use can be cordoned off. This demarcation can be found on the license you receive from the authorities. Also needed to obtain is a license to install the decor that includes the gazebo, chairs, mandap or aisle runners, that are availed for a small fee. Permits needs to be processed at least 6-8 weeks in advance for the local authorities.
ACCOUNT FOR EVERYTHING YOU CAN
Keeping your guests comfortable is always a high priority and accounting for the little things will ensure every aspects is covered. Provide sufficient amount of shade over the seating areas. Alternatively, have a generator in place with fans to keep people from sweating. Many also provide flip-flops that their guests can switch to be comfortable. If you anticipate a long ceremony, arrange for comfortable seating with sufficient cushioning. A refreshment counter with fresh juices and bottled water in an ice box along with wet wipes are also a nice touch to have.
TIME IT ALL
Create a diligent timeline outlining everything that has to take place and have someone take charge of the timeline to ensure everything goes according to it. Time the ceremony to end well before the sun sets, because due to photography and also visibility. Sunset ceremonies are always preferred however, a family member or friend must be incharge to oversee it and speed-up any delays.
SOUNDS AND EXTERNAL FACTORS
Being outdoors most people forget to account for the external noise that accompanies it. The crashing of waves, birds squawking, the wind, along with the shore side atmosphere could limit the sound. Having battery operated microphones or even a small generator in place will take care of things. But be prepared for these background sounds and inform all those that would be a of the ceremony to use the microphones on hand.
There are a number of things to keep in mind when having a beach wedding. But one important aspect is the wind. Items that are a part of the décor and stationary need to be clipped on to table tops or well mounted with the right knots. Some areas may require a bit of bug spray to be used. This must be done a few hours in advance so that the area is free from any odor from the spray and cleaned-up as well. As hot as the day at the beach is, the night is just as chilly if not more, so keep a few warm clothes handy for your guests to use. Having washrooms in close proximity is always an advantage, if not then hiring portable units would be necessary. If rain-showers are a concern, a few tents erected nearby will keep people dry.