A seemingly brilliant alternative to the elaborate extravagance that surrounds a traditional wedding, is a beach ceremony. A textbook beach ceremony would have one imagining pristine white sands lined with palm trees swaying in obedience to a cerulean-blue sea; a gentle breeze blowing, crisp salty air with the setting sun in the background that bears witness to your big day. To blend in this magnificent setting a few things needs to kept in mind, such as the strong winds tousling your hair and affecting your outfit, passersby and tourists thronging to get a sneak peek at what’s happening and the sun and briny air ruining one’s make-up. So if you’re thinking about a beach ceremony, here are a few things to keep in mind:
While selecting your gown, keep in mind that it’s preferable to have something simple and easy to maneuver as opposed to a traditional heavy and elaborate gown. Walking on the beach in itself can be a task and trying to do so with a dress weighing you down would be difficult. While selecting the fabric of your dress, something light with a smooth flow would be preferable, since materials like brocade or lace tend to get stuck or pick up fragments along the way. Heavily beaded dresses ought to be avoided as well and instead go with light airy fabrics like silk chiffon or organza.
Pair your beautiful dress with a glamorous pair of flats or sandals. Wedged heels could also work as they offer more support when standing on uneven sand.
Simple is the new smart
When considering what hairstyle to go with, we recommend going with an elegant updo that will allow you to go footloose till the wee hours of the morning. If however you would like to wear your hair more naturally, having a stylist who would be able to manage your look all day due to the humidity, breeze and salinity is necessary.
Considering simpler alternatives to a long veil since it is quite difficult to manage on a beachfront. Something vintage and whimsical with a Bohemian twist such as a delicate wreath made of flowers and seashells, headbands, hair-combs or embellished fascinators are elegant options.
Inform your guests
Your guests would need to be dressed comfortable as well, keep thme well informed that ceremony is on the beach, along the shore. In addition you can provide a few necessities in the welcome kit, such as sunscreen lotion, water bottles, fans, wipes and maybe even a pair of shades or flip-flops.
Get one with nature
Have a minimalistic approach to the décor and embrace the beauty and serenity of the natural layout. Your colour theme could be inspired by the ocean and sands, using natural elements such as sea-shells, rocks and seaweed ornately, with an occasional spray of flowers to add a pop of colour.
Permits and ordinances
It is important to complete all the necessary paperwork permitting you to have the nuptials on the beach. Also be sure to strictly adhere to the sound restrictions. In case you are looking to have a private beach function, check for the possibility of obtaining a permit wherein an area of the beach can be cordoned off. Also in order to install a mandap or a gazebo, chairs, aisle runners etc a special license would needed to be obtained after paying a certain fee. If all this seems like too much work, the best option would be to go through a hotel that owns a private beach. This will ensure that privacy is maintained and all the paperwork is taken care of on your behalf.
Cover all bases
Provide sufficient shade by means of canopies so that your guests aren’t sweaty and distracted during the proceeding. A station could be set up for your guests to change into flip flops or something more comfortable in order to enable them to dance the night away. Plan to provide for a sturdy seating platform that won’t be affected by strong winds and plenty of refreshments to keep everyone happy and hydrated.
Timing is everything
Create a timeline and have someone kept in charge of overlooking the proceedings. The natural light is fundamentally important, so time the event accordingly, such that it ends well before the sun sets, enabling your photographer to seal your vows with romantic pictures.
Loud and clear
The roar and crash of the surf coupled with squawking seagulls may end up interrupting the sound levels outdoors. As beaches don’t come equipped with power outlets, plan for a portable power station to provide sufficient amplification to be properly audible to everyone gathered . Liven up the party with music courtesy your own DJ or one man band, but keep in mind the power required as also the sound restrictions.
Always be prepared
Beaches as generally very windy, so be prepared to secure the decor arrangements appropriately restricting it to fly away. If you have a detailed schedule or program, menu card or napkins, keep them weighed down with pebbles, shells or perhaps even driftwood. Bug spray the area a few hours in advance just so that insects are kept at bay. The latter part of the evening can get quite chilly, so you might want to keep a box with warm woolies and shawls for your guests to use.
Arrangements to the closest washrooms near the beach is also necessary, hiring a portable one for the event is always an option as well. Lastly, have a back-up plan is in place in case the weather plays up. Having a folding tent or an indoor venue ready for any emergencies is always a nice fallback.