For brides who dream of picturesque beach weddings, walking down a sandy beach aisle in bare feet with a breathtaking sunset as decor, some simple forethought and planning can ensure a perfect day. Outdoor wedding venues pose different challenges and opportunities over traditional wedding venues, such as weather and décor. Here are five secrets from the pros for planning perfect beach weddings.
Have A Back-Up Plan For Inclement Weather
While meteorologists can’t predict the weather accurately more than a week away, deciding to have beach weddings during the winter poses less risk than in hurricane season during the summer. In tropical locations, rain is always a threat, but more so in the afternoon than morning. No matter the wedding date, having a back-up plan to deal with inclement weather is essential when hosting at outdoor wedding venues. Most venues that host beach weddings on a regular basis own tents that are ready to be erected at a moment’s notice.
Beat the Heat At Beach Weddings
For nuptials at outdoor wedding venues, heat is a very possible threat depending on the time of year. To beat the heat and make your guests comfortable, offer bottles of water to keep them hydrated. Setting up a lemonade or water stand right outside the entrance to the ceremony allows guests to be refreshed before the wedding and prior to the reception. Doubling as a favor, a handkerchief or hand fan will keep your friends and family cool. Some couples even print their wedding programs on the hand fans, adding an extra element of surprise. Another way to show your guests you care is to offer mini sunscreen packets; beach weddings typically include a blazing sun. This kindness will prevent your guests from burning and going home from the event with an unfriendly reminder of the day.
Take Advantage Of The Natural Décor At Outdoor Wedding Venues
The natural, outdoor scenery at beach weddings is simple and beautiful. Instead of trying to compete with these natural surroundings, brides planning their ceremonies on the water should use Mother Nature’s innate beauty and enhance it with complementary decorations. Good wedding coordinators can suggest easy touches to add to the organic beauty such as smaller centerpieces for the reception and simple décor at the ceremony. In addition, utilizing the natural décor at outdoor wedding venues minimizes expenses for couple on a budget.
Offer Affordable Accommodations
When guests open invitations to destination beach weddings, they automatically think about where they will stay and if they can afford it. Giving guests numerous options is important in making sure everyone who wants to attend is able to. From economy rooms to luxurious suites, most outdoor wedding venues are located close to hotels, making it easy for the wedding party and guests to come and go.
Take Off With Flair
Making a statement during the sendoff is a big deal among brides. While the stretch limo and Rolls Royce are classics, they don’t really fit the theme of beach weddings. Consider leaving wedding guests with an amazing lasting impression as you drift away with your new husband on a luxurious sailboat. It will wow your friends and family and make for fabulous photographs of your special day.