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Beach Wedding Ceremonies

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Beach wedding ceremonies are a popular romantic alternative to the more traditional church nuptials. Guests will love your outdoorsy flair and breathtaking details as you plan the beach wedding of your dreams.

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The Advantage of Beach Wedding Ceremonies

While beach ceremonies have become more popular over the years, they are still less common than church and garden weddings. Especially if you live in a landlocked state, a beach destination can be romantic and fun for your guests as well. If you grew up next to the ocean, your nuptials can still be special, including a backdrop of a location special to you and your fiancé – perhaps a strip of beach you walked on a first date, or the spot where he proposed. Whatever the symbolism, a favorite spot on the beach will provide you with special memories and great shots for the photo album that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Beach weddings are also great for planning a wedding on a small budget. If you can’t spend a lot, you can coordinate your wedding yourself on certain beaches. Some towns just require a permit or two in order to be married at the ocean, and you will be spared the shocking fees charged by other wedding ceremony and reception sites that other couples choose.

Beach Wedding Altars

Now that you have decided to have your wedding on the beach, you will want to take décor into consideration. Chances are, you’ll want something that falls in between the classifications of casual and formal, and a detailed wedding altar is one way to achieve that perfect ambiance. Since most beach wedding ceremonies are minimalistic, your altar will set the stage for the rest of the event’s theme.

Try to think of altars that fit both your personalities and the environment around you. Many brides choose for bamboo archways or incorporate other tropical outdoor life such as palms, large branches, or native flowers. Delicate swags of transparent fabric in your chosen wedding colors can also add to a beach wedding altar. Try a pale blue or lavender for the springtime, or a deep orange or vibrant red for an autumn event.

Moving Away from Churches and Civil Unions

One of the great pulls of beachside vows is how far it strays from traditional church or courthouse weddings. Even those who are religious often opt to leave the standard church affair in exchange for something different and memorable.

Beach ceremonies are different from church events in many ways. First, you usually have more freedom in choosing an officiant. Some churches require you to use their priest or pastor for your vows, while others may allow you to bring in someone else, as long as they are associated with the church’s specific denomination. For those who love their faith, but desire to have a close friend or family member officiate, this can pose a problem.

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Also, church weddings often demand some sort of rental fee, be it for the ceremony itself or a cleaning deposit. Again, the fees vary from church to church, but sometimes couples run into fees they just cannot afford.

Church weddings also restrict your creativity. For example, few churches allow real rose petals to be scattered in the center aisle, as they stain carpeting and can pose a slipping danger to the procession – a liability some organizations do not want to be responsible for. You also may be limited in the size of your wedding party or certain music that you wish you have played, as it must be determined based on the size of the church’s alter and seating area.

Civil unions also fail to meet the details of many brides’ dreams. While some girls are no frills, many do dream of a romantic ceremony and reception a courthouse wedding just cannot provide. If your fiancé hopes for a casual day, the beach is a great compromise between a public office and a formal church event. Also, many couples choose a civil ceremony either because they are of different faiths and could not decide which heritage to honor, or they are getting married on a romantic whim. A beach wedding easily solves both problems, as you are free to celebrate each of your faiths in special ways and there is plenty of sand and sea available for spontaneous vow exchanges.

Special Considerations

While getting married at the beach is a fun and freeing way to tie the knot, you will want to keep your guests’ comfort in mind. If you have elderly relatives, or a friend or family member who is wheelchair bound, make sure there is some way for them to get across the sand and into a front row spot for your vow exchange. A wooden ramp or walkway is a great solution to this difficulty. Also, mind the weather reports as much as you can when planning your big day. Risking your event during hurricane season is not attractive to either guests or your wedding attendants, so be reasonable in the month you select, and always have an indoor plan B.

Review your guest list and ceremony logistics with a close friend to cover all your bases, so you can ensure each and every loved one will enjoy your wedding day as much as you hope to.

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Beach wedding ceremonies can be as unique or as traditional as you desire. If a sandy celebration is right for you, your wedding will be filled with wonderful memories as you sail away into married life.

The Beach Wedding Tips

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Weddings can be held in many type of environments, including indoors at a church or outdoors. One type of popular outdoor wedding is the beach wedding. The beautiful water stretching out as far as the eye can see, combined with the sand and wind make beach weddings very memorable. However, there are difficulties about a beach wedding that must be planned carefully in advance to avoid.

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Plan for the Environment

The beach environment must be planned around and may even change complete aspects of your wedding. For example, you have to consider how loud the waves will be during the ceremony. Roaring waves on a beach, especially on the ocean, may overpower the minister. Rent out microphones and speakers so everyone can hear the minister.

You must also plan for wind, rain, curious animals and even changing ocean tides. Hire a few people to patrol the area and nonviolently chase away animals. Watch how the tide changes throughout the day and hold the ceremony close to the beach when the tide is low. Move the reception far back to avoid the rising tides.

Dress Tips

strapless embroidery casual beach wedding gowns

strapless embroidery casual beach wedding gowns

Another thing to consider before holding a beach ceremony is the wedding attire. This is especially true of the bride, as many brides cherish their dress and keep their wedding dress for their entire lives. Getting it stained with mud or dirt would be exasperating.

Nicole Majewski of the Banderas News website suggests choosing short styles or cocktail dresses that breathe, as these won’t have the long flowing trains that will drag in the sand. It also helps avoid the sweltering heat that may come from a beach wedding.

The groom should wear a white or beige tux made of light cotton. Black or very formal tuxes can get stained more easily by the dirt and water and will be much too hot to wear on the beach.

Research Your Beach

Don’t just pick a beach without reading about the various factors that influence its suitability as a wedding site. For example, research the location by driving to the beach and taking a lengthy inspection. The beach may be polluted along certain sections of it, which could include trash and even water pollution such as mercury.

The beach may also be home to animals, such as sand crabs, that will make the ceremony difficult. The beach may also simply be visually unappealing. Try to find the beach that looks as beautiful as you want. Each beach will also be controlled by different rules and regulations. Some beaches may simply not allow events such as weddings or may ban the construction of temporary shelters, such as a tent, canopy or gazebo.

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Tents

Renting tents for a beach wedding is essential to creating a perfect scene. Tents are especially essential for the wedding reception to help shield guests from the harsher elements of the beach, especially if it’s a very windy day. A covered area can also protect guests from the heat of the sun during the reception.

A large tent could hold all the seats for the reception meal as well as a dance floor and DJ equipment. Tents come with walls that completely block out all the elements. This is perfect if the weather suddenly turns stormy. However, these walls can usually be removed, giving guests a view of the beach if the weather is mild.

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