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Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Planning Tips

Beach Wedding Theme Planning Tips

Have you always wanted to tie the knot on a beautiful white sand beach with the gentle sea breeze wafting past your gown and the scent of beautiful tropical flowers in the air? Decorating for a beach themed wedding can go from the very simple and chic to elaborate and grand. Here are some suggestions to help you plan for the perfectly decorated beach wedding.

Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme 
Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme

Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme 
Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme

Considerations

The first consideration is if this beach wedding will be near your home or at a resort destination. If you are planning to marry at a resort destination, they will have a wedding planner on staff to assist you with all of your decor needs. In many cases, the price is even included with your honeymoon package price. A resort wedding planner will be able to provide decorations such as trellises, arches, tents, chairs, chair covers, bows, candelabra, flowers, butterflies and just about anything you can dream of. Additionally, most wedding chapels, hotels and even churches already have certain items like this on hand, so be sure to ask in advance before you schedule any rental equipment. If you are planning your beach wedding yourself, without the assistance of a wedding planner, you may need to gain permission to use the beach in mind. One of the most critical factors in choosing a beach wedding is a good backup plan in the event of inclement weather. Nothing will spoil your wedding quicker than a hurricane rolling into the bay on your big day.

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Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme
Types

One of the great things about a beach wedding is that the decor is the beach, the ocean, the sunset and tropical landscaping. The natural beauty of the beach makes a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. A beach wedding will require enough seating for all of your guests as well as some type of tent for protection from the sun or rain. From there, you will also want to consider lighting if the wedding will occur in the evening. Tiki torches, candelabras or a roaring fire are nice ways to incorporate natural lighting in the darkness of night. For table decorating, use tropical candles and flowers for your centerpieces or even glass bowls filled with sand, colored shells and a candle. For pew or chair bows, add sea shells, tropical flowers or even leis to decorate. Another clever idea is to have your wedding party come wearing their favorite Hawaiian shirt or beach sarongs. Their clothing alone will brighten the occasion.

Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme 
Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme

Potential

Beach weddings provide some great ideas for favors. Give each guess a brightly colored parasol to shield them from the sun, or maybe a small paper fan to cool themselves with. Another ingenious favor for a beach wedding are small painted buckets or brightly colored beach bags filled with sunscreen, aloe vera cream, a visor, sunglasses, beach balls, beach towels and snacks.
If your guests have had to fly in for a destination wedding, you could give them a gift card for a service at the hotel such as golf, water sports or a spa treatment. Another destination gift could be a small bag of items such as maps, local souvenirs, postcards and snacks.

Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme 
Beach Wedding, Beach Wedding Theme


Time Frame

If you are planning a destination beach wedding, be prepared for a small group of participants. Not everyone will be able to afford to jet off to the Caribbean or Hawaii to witness your special day. It will be important to set the date far enough out for those wanting to attend to book their flights, hotel and make other arrangements for travel. Invitations should be sent several months in advance, or at least a "save the date" card. Clever beach themed invitations and cards can be made online or through a local printer. Postcards of the destination also make a great "save the date" card.

Benefits

The best part of having a destination beach wedding is that the resort you choose will make everything easy and stress free for the bride and groom. They are experts on this and perform wedding ceremonies hundreds of times a year. Photographers, caterers, florists, ministers, and even bands and waitstaff can be summoned by these individuals on little notice. You will have to make a few decisions up front, but they will take it from there and all you have to do is stand up, smile and say "I do."