Everyone wants their wedding day to be perfect, and that is perfectly understandable, after all, it’s not every day that you get to marry the love of your life. When people are planning weddings, they usually plan spring and summer weddings, and an autumn wedding is increasingly a good choice. What people avoid, though, are winter weddings. They want the weather to be warm and sunny, not rainy or snowy. For those who are willing to take things to a whole new level and avoid winter altogether, the perfect solution is to have a lovely beach wedding.
Decorate the space
The best thing about having a beach wedding is the fact that you don’t have to spend a fortune on decorating the space. Is there anything as beautiful as a beach at sunset? Even if you don’t wait until sunset to get married, getting married by the ocean is as romantic as it is exotic, and the blue sky along with white sand do not require too much decorating. Instead, you can decorate an arch with bright green leaves and fresh flowers, and you can use flowers, shells, and pebbles to make an ‘isle’ for the two of you. Choose light fabric in bright colours and add small ribbons, twigs, or garlands of sea grass to create unique arches.
Have you ever seen beach wedding photos that don’t look amazing? Probably not. The combination of two people who are in love with each other and such beautiful scenery makes everything perfect, and it is clearly shown in photographs. The two of you looking at each other, standing on the sand with the deep blue sea behind you will put any Photoshop manipulation to shame. Let your photographer know what you want, but also let them do their magic and use sun, sky, water, and sand to your advantage because they will create perfect wedding photographs you will fall in love with.
Beach weddings are usually very different from classic and strict black tie weddings, because here instead of wearing dress shoes and stilettos, your guests should show up barefoot or in light, flat sandals. There is something beautiful in that contrast between feminine formal dresses and bare feet, which make people really comfortable: they get to be dressed up but they are still laid-back and relaxed. Let your guest know if sandals, flip-flops, and bare feet are welcome, and tell them that there is no need to show up in tuxedos and ball gowns. Something that you would wear to a nice restaurant on a summer day is perfect: natural materials such as silk and linen are always a good choice.
Ceremony and/or reception
Decide what exactly you want: to have a wedding ceremony on the beach, after which you will all move to a more formal venue, or a full-on beach wedding. The best solution is to have both: choose a venue that is located by the beach. The easiest thing is to have your ceremony on the beach, and use the venue for dinner and drinks. You can still party by the beach but still enjoy your food without sand in it.
Instead of postponing your wedding until spring or summer, take a group of your close friends and head off to an exotic place where it doesn’t matter whether it’s January or February because it’s nice and warm all year round. Remember that beach weddings are usually casual and the entire atmosphere is laid-back so it’s perfect for those who love hippie and boho style.
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter.