With stunning ocean views, golden sands and majestic surrounds, it’s little wonder that so many couples are now considering to have a beachside wedding ceremony. Beach weddings pose a unique set of challenges that involve careful planning to ensure a fabulous day. From advice for beach-themed décor, to footwear tips and suggested attire, here’s a list of beach wedding ideas that will assist and inspire you to achieve your dreams of the perfect beach ceremony.
When choosing a beach wedding dress, it’s important that the design and material of the dress is suitable for the warm and windy conditions that can be expected at the beach. Refer to our page on beach wedding dresses for our advice on ensuring the right dress for the occasion.
A beach wedding presents an ideal opportunity for brides to abandon the strict formalities of a traditional wedding and go barefoot, but if for those that do prefer to wear shoes, a pair of stylish sandals that are perfect for treading across the sand are ideal. It’s essential to wear shoes that accommodate the chosen beach wedding style. If you’re looking to find a flawless pair of beach wedding sandals, Pinterest is your friend.
No matter what time of year you choose to get married in, it’s always going to be quite warm down at the beach in the direct sunlight, so it’s a good idea to wear attire that’s appropriate for these conditions. Popular choices include lightweight suits or blazers made from cotton or linen which provide more breathability than a standard suit fabric such as wool. Colour is again dictated by common sense, with lighter palettes the preferred option, to help keep you cooler in the sun.
If you aren’t going barefoot for the ceremony, sandals, loafers or earthy-coloured lace shoes work well. Also, don’t forget to bring along a pair of stylish sunglasses.
Colour is an important consideration but your bridesmaids will generally look fantastic in any colour. Soft colours are a popular choice, as they tend to look breathtaking amongst the tranquil seaside views, but vivid colours can look equally spectacular, radiating a glorious sparkle when exposed to sunlight. Regardless of the colours you decide on, be sure to opt for light, gossamer fabrics that will allow your bridesmaids to look and feel relaxed in the warmer conditions.
The Sea breeze, coupled with the warm, humid air normally associated with the beach, can be a real nightmare for hair styling. Your decision to have an extravagant up-do or a more natural look, should be based on a number of factors, such as your hair type, style preference and even the weather conditions of the wedding day, although the latter can be a little harder to prepare for.
Having your hair down means that it will shift and move about in the breeze and will not retain its shape, but if that isn’t a problem for you, then by all means go with a down style. If on the other hand you wish for your hair to remain as immaculate as it was when you exited the salon, then an up-do is desirable.
The internet is brimming with so many wonderfully imaginative ideas to help embellish your dream wedding and a create a truly mesmerising experience for you and your guests. Ornaments and ideas that are heavily inspired by the immediate surrounds, such as sea shells, flowers, bamboo and other natural elements work well to enhance the relaxed vibe of your beach wedding. Colour also plays an important role in furthering the carefree atmosphere, so the use of bright and effervescent hues is always a popular technique.
Once again, for inspiration on beach-themed wedding decorations, seek out the many marvellous designs and ideas on Pinterest.
Don’t for a second think that organising a beach wedding is any less arduous than a traditional wedding. It’s highly recommended that you entrust the organisation of your wedding with a professional planner, as there are a number of unique responsibilities that must be taken care of. This may include such things as obtaining necessary permits from local council to stage your wedding on a public beachfront.
Acoustics is a key consideration of having an outdoor wedding; that is, the affect that an open environment has on everyone’s ability to hear your voice during the ceremony. Unlike a closed environment such as a chapel where sound reverberates, sound disperses in an open environment, making it harder to hear. This is further compounded at a beach location, where the ambience can be further hindered by the sound of crashing waves. For this reason, it’s strongly advised to hire an audio system to avoid any possible sound related issues.
Having a ceremony in the outdoor sunlight can be extremely warm at any time of the year, especially in Queensland. Even during the cooler months it’s not uncommon to have unseasonably warm days, so the timing of your beach wedding is another important consideration. Heat affects everyone differently and but can be especially bad for more elderly guests as well as young ones, so you may wish to consider having your wedding during the morning or late afternoon to avoid any heat related dramas.