Planning a beach wedding? There are some staggering differences to be aware of when planning a wedding on the beach instead of a traditional venue. Here are some things to consider.

The Dress

A ballgown belongs in, well, a ballroom. If a large dress is an absolute must, just make sure it bustles easily, as marching through the sand and navigating in a large dress for pictures on the beach can be challenging!

Think light

Dresses with lace trim can be difficult because they pick up debris from the beach, so choose a lightweight fabric like chiffon to keep you cool and driftwood free during your nuptials.

Ditch the heels

Sand and high heels just don’t mix. Wear flats, flip flops, or even go barefoot! Whatever you choose, have your gown hemmed.

Consider an updo

Wind can destroy a magical moment for you and your photographer. Consider having an updo to ensure your photographer isn’t hindered in capturing all of the important moments of your ceremony.

Let your guys go informal

Asking your groomsmen to dress formally at the beach may look a little out of place and could also cause them to boil.

Prepare Your guests

Make sure your guests know your event will take place on the sand! Mention your plans on the invitation or wedding website, and prepare your guests for the sun by including necessary items in the welcome bags.

Stay natural

A gorgeous backdrop doesn’t need to be too dressed up. Instead, highlight the natural beauty of the setting.

Get a permit

Research the required paperwork to hold your ceremony on the beach, especially if it’s public.

Time it right

When dealing with beach wedding photos, lighting is especially important. An hour before sunset usually allows for the best lighting for photos.

Offer Refreshments

To keep your guests refreshed set up a table with ice water, lemonade or a signature cocktail that guests can enjoy while waiting for the ceremony to start.

Speak up 

You’ve spent so much time writing your vows and personalizing the ceremony, so be sure your audio doesn’t get lost against the sound of crashing waves. Be sure to rent the proper audio equipment to ensure your attendees can hear your ceremony.

Keep it short

Given factors like heat and audibility, limit the amount of readings and performances during the ceremony and make sure all participants know to speak clearly and loudly.

Happy planning!