Ensure your wedding feels like a "day at the beach" from start to finish.

By Lauren Wellbank
April 22, 2020
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Couples love getting married on the beach because of the beautiful backdrop, laid-back vibe, and pleasant sea breeze, but sometimes those details are exactly what can make your day go awry. Excessive heat can create an oppressive atmosphere or heat up the sand to a point where it's uncomfortable to walk on. Rowdy beachgoers can drown out the sound of your vows or your officiant. And a breeze can quickly turn into a storm that whips sand into the faces of you and your guests.

That's not to say that a beach wedding can't go off without a hitch, but in order to be well-prepared on the big-day, you should consider all the possible obstacles that getting married along the oceanfront may throw your way. Jen Avey, vice president of Destination Weddings Travel Group, breaks down what you need to consider before planning your beach wedding.

Understand the Space

While your beach ceremony may offer you a limitless amount of space for guests, it may not be accessible for all. You'll need to verify if there are ramps leading down to the beach for those who can't use steps, or if you'll need to provide a pathway for anyone who needs a firm surface for wheel chairs or other walking assistance.

Know What to Do After the Sun Goes Down

If you want the sunset to be part of your beach wedding, you'll need to be mindful of how dark it will be after it's over. Will there be enough lighting, or will you have to provide your own? Will there be restrictions as to what you can use, and will those costs be prohibitive?

Be Sure to Have a Solid Backup Plan

As with all outdoor weddings, couples run the risk of Mother Nature forcing them to go with Plan B. Avey says you should take this into consideration when choosing your ideal wedding date. "For example, Mexico, and the Caribbean are susceptible to hurricane season (and light sun showers during the day), so we recommend speaking with your wedding coordinator on the best course of action should rain get in the way of your plans," she says. You want to make sure any backup plan you have is going to be just as thoroughly planned as your beach wedding is.

Think About What You'll Be Wearing

"When you decide to get married on the beach, you are more or less deciding on the type of wedding attire you and your significant other will be wearing," says Avey. "If you've long-envisioned walking down the aisle in an ornate, fluffy ball gown, a beach wedding may not be the right fit." Instead, she says it's best to outfit yourself for a beach wedding in light, airy fabric and simple jewels. "For menswear, it's important to factor in the sun and heat and choose fabrics and colors that will work well should any of the guys start to sweat."

That goes for makeup, too. "It's important to let your makeup artist and hair stylist know you are getting married on the beach, so they can prepare and use the most beneficial products when making your dream bridal look come to life."

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