The Beach, Shall We?
Helpful tips to plan the outdoor wedding of your dreams
By Sara Doerrier
September 5, 2011
Destination weddings have been growing with a vengeance. One destination that stands above all the rest is the beach. A beach wedding is romantic, whimsical, and magical. But how do you plan such a wedding when that beach is hundreds or even thousands of miles away from home? How do you relocate all of your friends and family for your special day?
Here are some helpful tips to plan an amazing beach wedding:
Dress the Part
One great perk about a beach wedding is that a more casual, ethereal gown is expected. You can save a lot of money by avoiding the over-the-top ball gown loaded with embellishments. Online wedding dresses are plenty, not just at bridal sites, but also regular dress retailers that offer semi-formal dresses in white. You have more optionsand the options are usually more affordable. Beach brides should search for chiffon wedding dresses. The airy fabric falls perfectly to the floor and billows elegantly with each step.
Give Plenty of Notice
Unless you want to end up getting married alone on the beach, this is one of the most important aspects of a destination wedding. You need to allow your guests to allot the appropriate time, funds and arrangements to make it to your nuptials by the sea. Remember to send your save-the-date cards well in advance. Set up a wedding website to provide helpful links on hotels, flights, and local transportation.
Many hotels and resorts offer wedding packages for your wedding party. These packages include everything from the cake to entertainment. Many beach resorts are very wedding friendly and will offer discounts on rooms for you and your guests. Some even offer a discount on a honeymoon suite if you choose to stay post-wedding. In addition, look into airlines that offer discounts for groups.
Try to find local vendors that can meet your bridal needs. This will save a lot on shipping costs or extra traveling. And in the event that something goes wrong, or you are met with the unexpected (such as thunderstorms), a local vendor will be able to provide a Plan B option.
If you are planning a beach wedding, chances are you already know what you want. The ceremonies tend to be casual and simple, too. Does this mean you need a wedding planner? Well, if its a destination wedding, you still might. If you are having 100 people fly in, then perhaps its wise to have the help of a wedding planner. The planner can whip up activities, create a detailed itinerary, and provide helpful folders with tips on what to do, what to bring, and where to go. But if its a small wedding, then it might be easier (and cheaper) if you plan it yourself.