Performing a wedding ceremony on a beach may require special permission, so it is important to check the local laws before planning a beach wedding. The comfort and safety of the wedding party and guests should also be kept in mind when planning beach-themed weddings. An alternative venue should be considered, in case of inclement weather, for example, and shade should be provided to protect the wedding party and guests from the sun. Casual dress and food can also help your guests feel more comfortable at a beach wedding.
Beach-themed weddings are often simple events to pull off. Most of the time, small beach weddings simply require the wedding party and guests to show up. Some areas, however, may require a couple to obtain a permit. This is especially true for large weddings.
When inquiring about permits for beach-themed weddings, wedding planners should also double check the rules and regulations of the beaches. For example, some beaches do not allow visitors to build fires or make excessive noise. If the wedding is planned for late in the day, the wedding planner should also find out how late the wedding party is allowed to stay.
Weather has a tendency to change quickly on beaches. Planning for an alternate location is usually advisable. This can come in handy if a sunny day quickly turns rainy.
Wind may also be a problem during beach-themed weddings. Holding the wedding ceremony in a sheltered rocky cove, however, can result in less wind. One should also check to see whether the wedding will be during a high tide or a low tide to avoid wet feet during the ceremony.
The hot sun can be one of the most dangerous elements of a beach-themed wedding. Sunburn and sun stroke are two of the most common problems associated with too much sun exposure. Although many guests will bring their own, sunscreen should be made readily available at a beach wedding. Large umbrellas should also be placed on the beach for shade.
While beach-themed weddings can be formal affairs, semi-formal or casual beach weddings are usually recommended. Guests will typically be more comfortable outdoors in the sand and surf wearing casual attire as opposed to formal attire. They will also not have to worry about ruining expensive dress clothes while on the beach.
Simple wedding food can also make a beach-themed wedding less expensive and less stressful. Instead of hiring caterers, a beach barbeque could be served. Clam bakes and pig roasts are also popular beach wedding ideas.