If you’re planning a beach wedding, these tips will be the icing on the cake.
Beach weddings are hands down, one of our favourites to plan here at The Wedding Gallery. Sandy toes, a warm breeze, and the sound of waves crashing on the shore…what more do you need?
Well, not much, but there are a few details to remember when you’re planning an island wedding. Luckily for you, we’ve got some tips and we recommend you pin every single one for safe keeping!
A beautiful beach island wedding ceremony is one many couples dream of. But when you’re dealing with mother nature, there can always be the element of unpredictability. Keep these important tips in mind so you will be ready for any curveball that is thrown your way.
The optimal time for a beach ceremony is in the late afternoon, 90 minutes before sunset. This is called the magic hour by photographers because they are able to capture the best quality of light. Keep that in mind when planning your big day.
Be sure to inform guests in advance if the ceremony is going to take place directly on the beach and/or sand. This means they can plan appropriate footwear (or they might even decide to go barefoot!)
You can ensure that guests feel comfortable at your island wedding by providing a few little extras, such as:
If you’re planning a wedding during the warmer months, make sure you have water on hand to stay hydrated! Add some citrus or cucumber for a bit of added flavour.
Planning to have a standing ceremony at your island wedding? Have a few chairs on hand for your elderly guests.
Pashmina wraps in shades of your wedding colours make a thoughtful favour for the ladies, especially when the sun goes down. The pashminas can be tied on the back of chairs or placed in a basket.
If the wind picks up, bobby pins are a great option to keep up-do’s and headpieces in place. You’ll be glad when your bridesmaids packed some in the emergency kit!
Instead of a candle lighting ceremony at your island wedding, why not opt for a sand ceremony instead? This will also create a lovely keepsake for your new home.
If you plan to have the order of service booklets or wedding favours placed on the chairs, have another option in case it is too windy. River rocks make great paperweights or opt for fan programs in a basket.
The weather can be unpredictable, even for a beach island wedding. So always have a plan B and monitor the local weather report leading up to the big day. Invest in some umbrellas to keep on hand in case of a shower or use them as shade to stay cool!
Guests will be hungry and thirsty on arrival. A refreshing welcome drink such as lemonade is always a nice gesture.
Take advantage of the outdoor location by incorporating a stylish send-off. You could have a butterfly or dove release, or even a sparklers or fireworks display for an explosive finale!