How to Have the Perfect Beach Wedding

To guarantee that you will have the perfect beach wedding is impossible, but when you ask the right questions you will be prepared for all situations that can come up. There are some very important questions that need to be asked regarding the planning of your beach wedding. There are regulations regarding the use of the beach and they may varying from beach to beach. You will need to get permission to use the beach and the regulations for that particular beach. You should find the answers to these questions. Here are some of the more important one to consider: Can the beach of your choice even be used for a wedding? Does the beach require a permit? Where do your obtain a permit and how much does it cost? What are the regulations? Where are the closest restrooms? Are they outhouses? Is there any place to prepare food for serving? How about electricity? Will I have to use battery operated music and lights for the evening? Can I put up tents or awnings to protect against the direct sun or rain? How do I protect the food and wedding cake from sand and sun? Can my guests smoke and what to do with the cigarette butts? How about alcohol? You might not be allowed to have either on the beach. Can I have tiki torches, lanterns or candles on the reception tables? How about a bonfire? Many beaches have blackout periods when fires are not permitted even in a camp ground during the fire season. What are the regulations regarding the use of tiki torches, candles, lanterns, etc? You’ll need to find out when that is. Can I even serve food on the beach to a crowd? What do I do about the garbage? Do I supply or does the beach supply garbage cans or sacks? Can a certain area be sectioned off, reserved for the wedding so other beach goers don’t go traipsing through and interrupting the wedding?

What time of day do you want your wedding? Sunrise or Sunset? You should steer clear of a mid-day wedding, for that is the hottest time and your cake will melt into a puddle and it would be hot for you and your guests. If you have it in the evening just before sunset, you’ll want to remind your guests to bring jackets or sweaters along.

Since I know you are smart enough to be planning way in advance, you’ll need to know what the weather will be like at the time your wedding will occur. You should know what the tides will be like, whether they will be coming in or going out during your wedding as you don’t want to get washed away or have to interrupt the ceremony or reception to move everything to higher ground. Then there is the question of rain? Where I live, Ocean Shores, Washington. It can cloud up and rain even in the middle of the summer. You will need a back up plan. You will need to let everyone know where to go in advance in case of this. You’ll also want to take a trip to the beach of choice at the time of day that your wish to have your wedding to see how busy and noise the beach is. The ocean itself sometimes is extremely loud. This could cause the guests not to be able to hear the wedding ceremony. Then there are those pesky seagulls. Are there many of them? Will they cause problems when the food is served? What about mosquitoes or other bugs? How windy is it at that time of day? A breeze is nice and heavy wind is not! Some beaches smell bad at certain times. You’ll want to check it out. Will you use chairs on the beach? Are they allowed? Who will put them up and take them down? You will need a set up and take down team, that will also clean up any trash and leave the beach clean. You can be assured that this will be a part of the regulations. How about music? How will you do this if there is no electricity?

You may not have realized how much work goes into the planning of a beach wedding. Just having the ceremony on the beach with the reception, still a beach theme, somewhere else indoors close by will solve a lot of those problematic questions. Either way with planning you can have your dream beach wedding without the surprises by know what questions to ask. Check out my ideas for decorating a beach theme wedding reception.