Beach Wedding Season Is Here: Your Guide To The Ultimate Beach Wedding: Part 1
Beach weddings are naturally magical. Between the sand between your toes and the gentle crash of the waves during your vows, beach weddings can be a dream. 

Of course, the beach is not a traditional venue, so there are some other things to consider when planning. Not to worry, here’s your guide to the ultimate beach wedding. 

Beach Wedding Location 

Location is what sets the scene for your wedding. With beach weddings, there are some options, including more traditional venues on the beach like a restaurant or resort, public beaches, private beaches, and then each of these could be a destination wedding as well if you don’t live near a beach. For each situation, there are specifics to consider. 

Restaurants and Resorts 

Restaurants and resorts are a good option, especially for destination weddings. Resorts provide somewhere for the guests to stay and activities to do while you are there. Choosing a restaurant can help the planning side of things because they likely already have tables, food, and wait staff. 

Resorts and restaurants are especially ideal when it comes to destination weddings because of safety. They provide a safe and secure area where you don’t know very well, which is extra peace of mind. 

Public Beaches for Weddings

Whether near or far, there are some things to consider with a public beach wedding, including permits. Not everyone realizes that with public beach weddings, sometimes you have to have permits to have your wedding there. Additionally, you will need to consider since it is a public beach so strangers could be walking by, taking pictures, or being noisy. 

Private Beaches for Weddings

Private beaches are lovely because you don’t have to worry about others being on the beach, and most of the time, you don’t need any permits to host a wedding on a private beach. If you don’t know of any secluded beaches, there are some options to get one, such as renting a beach house with a private beach.

Depending on which option you choose, you might want to consider a wedding coordinator or planner to help with the logistics. A wedding coordinator can keep wedding crashers out of the pictures, file for permits for you, book hotel blocks for your guests to stay, and make sure all of your vendors can work with a beach venue. 

Wedding Photography 

When it comes to the beach, you have to consider your photographer. The beach is much brighter and has more sun flares than traditional wedding venues. The way light reflects on the beach is different. 

You will want to make sure that your photographer has a confident understanding of handling the lighting for your photos. It would be helpful if they have experience shooting beach weddings as, of course, with wedding shots, you only get one chance, and you don’t want all your photos to come out unusable and overexposed. 

Extra tip: Ask your photographer to do some shots after dark with wedding sparklers for some fantastic beach wedding photos! 

Time of Day 

When it comes to the beach, during the day, it can get scorching out. It might be to your benefit to have a morning or evening wedding on the beach so that it is not overwhelmingly hot. 

However, you will also have to keep in mind that too early or too late can get chilly, so if you still want some of that sun, a late morning or late afternoon might be your sweet spot. 

Also, keep in mind the time of year. Just because it is the beach doesn’t mean that it warm all year round. Check your location for the average weather around your date so you know how to plan. 

So we have gone over the location, the photography, and time of day considerations, but that is only the beginning. Watch for our second installment of Beach Weddings for more!

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