The reasons why beach weddings are the best.
As the waves glide against the shore, a gentle breeze rustles through your hair. You can distinctly hear birds chirping, over the soft instrumental music you chose specifically for this moment. Everything is perfect, just like you’ve always dreamed…
There’s no doubt that a beach wedding is romantic, and it seems simple in theory.
You find a beach, throw on a dress or lightweight suit, skip the shoes, and get ready for a tropically themed walk down the aisle. Many people who want a hassle-free wedding opt for a beach wedding. Getting it all together, however, isn’t always as easy as many would assume.
Brides and grooms who are in the process of planning their wedding can have a difficult choice when it comes to deciding where the location of the wedding should be. Couples often wonder if they should have the wedding inside or out, mountainside or in the desert and so on; but stop for a minute and think about how amazing it would be to celebrate your wedding at the beach. Imagine soft, white sands, gentle waves hitting the shore, the scent of salt and the russet hues of a sunset brightening your cheeks. A beach wedding is the perfect setting for the best day of your life.
Better value for money and a strong desire to break away from tradition by hosting a unique wedding ceremony overseas are just two reasons why an increasing number of couples are getting married abroad.
However, rather than choosing romantic city landmarks or mountain locations as a backdrop to their big day, many brides and grooms-to-be are kicking off their shoes and giving way to temptation by saying their vows on the beach.
While tradition back home may call for many couples to get married in a church or the grounds of a country estate; hosting your ceremony on a beach offers the chance to let go of tradition and do something completely different.
Why Are Beach Weddings So Popular?
Simple and Easy For The Couple
All the Bride has to do is choose a beach wedding package and pick out her colours and a few other details, and that is all there is to do.
It works out well because a lot of brides and grooms are very busy and they don’t have the time to plan a traditional wedding. I’ve found that they appreciate being able to put together a spectacular wedding event that does not require a lot of planning.
Another reason beach weddings are so popular is that there is nothing more beautiful than a bride in her long white wedding gown kissing the groom on a sandy beach with beautiful emerald green water as the backdrop for all of the wedding photos.
Gorgeous Wedding Photos
Some of the most beautiful photos that we have ever seen have been right at sunset. That is what the photographers refer to as the golden hour because it has the perfect lighting and the photos of the brides are amazing. They are so romantic, beautiful, and the skin glows from the sun in the background.
The only way that you are able to capture this kind of lighting is on the beach.
Now some of the brides do want their wedding early in the morning, and that is also another wonderful time to be on the beach to do a wedding and capture some of the most amazing photos.
It’s very peaceful in the morning on the beach, and the waves are very low which makes it a great time to do a wedding ceremony because you can hear the music and the Minister speaking very well.
You know when you think about it, getting married on the beach is the best way to create a gorgeous and memorable event not only for yourselves but for your guests as well.
Ease Into Your Honeymoon
Because you’ve already travelled to do the wedding – you don’t have to travel anywhere else to enjoy your honeymoon!
You go back to your beach house, hotel, or condo and immediately start the honeymoon!
No jetlag or exhaustion to deal with because you’re already there. Now you can enjoy your time together on the beautiful beaches of the emerald coast.
Very Affordable Wedding Packages
Another plus of having a beach wedding is the cost.
Beach weddings are so affordable for all that you get. Your wedding package comes with everything that you need, so the price point cannot be beaten.
It’s very expensive if you have to rent a place for the wedding and then a venue for your reception and you add in all the other extras and plus all the planning that you have to go through to set up all the vendors that you need for your wedding. It only makes sense that a beach wedding is the best way to go when deciding on what type of wedding you are going to do.
We have had many brides that have called to reserve a beach wedding because they started the planning of a wedding in their hometown only to realize how very expensive and frustrating it became. They decided a beach wedding was a better way to go and of course, we agree!
So for all the reasons that I have listed above, that is why beach weddings are so very popular.
Why You Should Choose a Beach Wedding
Casual, Comfortable, and Elegant
Many couples think that if they have a beach wedding, then they are sacrificing an elegant wedding, but this isn’t true. Beach weddings can be as elegant and as sophisticated as you choose. Your attire may well change to suit the temperature and environment, but beach weddings can remain chic and elegant. Comfort becomes more achievable at a beach wedding with softer fabrics being favoured over stuffy materials. Likewise, your stiletto heels can be left at home, giving your feet a great excuse to dance for longer. Often men are asked to wear light-coloured suits, and it is not usual to ask the whole congregation to arrive dressed in white if that is your preference.
Save money on elaborate decor.
If you choose to have a beach wedding, then you won’t have to worry about spending a lot of money on the decorations. The natural beauty that the beach provides will be your decorations. The soft, white sands, the azure ocean, and the green palm trees can provide the perfect backdrop to your beach wedding without breaking the bank. Simple becomes beautiful.
If you opt for a destination wedding at the beach, then you and your guests can enjoy a vacation of adventure and excitement together before and after your wedding. Your friends and family will thank you for the unforgettable time you spend together, and you can combine your wedding and your honeymoon in one.
A Romantic Setting
One of the most obvious reasons to have a beach wedding is a romantic setting. The ocean is the background, the sunlight beaming off the ocean waves, and the delightful sea breeze will have you and your partner in a romantic setting that will start your life of happiness together. Every evening you and your partner can stroll along the beach and watch the moon and stars in the sky too!
What to wear for a beach wedding?
Casual, but not too casual, is the way to go. For brides especially, beach weddings give you the opportunity to experiment with non-traditional gown options – everything from crochet and linen to chiffon and lace. The goal is looking smart and staying cool. Here are some tips from the experts:
Skip the princess gowns
It may be difficult to get around on a beach in a full-skirted dress, or with a gown that has a never-ending train. Rather than spending time to figure out how to work around this, get something equally as dazzling, but less cumbersome.
Go for backless or strappy looks.
These are perfect on beaches and allow you to keep cool, while still looking amazing. A beach wedding gives you room to be more daring with your look, so be sure to take full advantage!
Updos are perfect (and super flattering!)
Especially when you’re on a hot, sticky beach, hopefully, you’ve set your wedding at a convenient time (early morning, or close to sunset), but even if you do not have that option, wearing your hair up will help maintain your hairstyle for longer out on the beach.
Ditch the heels
Need we say more? Other options include customized beach wedding sandals or gorgeous bedazzled ones you can order online or pick up in-store. You may also opt for espadrilles or wedges. When planning your wedding, keep in mind that sand heats up significantly at high temperatures. To avoid having to hop over hot sand as you make you way down the aisle, make sure your aisle runner is placed correctly and is thick enough to keep you comfortable throughout the ceremony.
Sweating it out on the big day is way more common than you think, and not always on account of nerves. Keep your guys cool by factoring in the heat, and making provisions for less than formal attire. Lightweight cotton pants work well on the beach, or even a linen suit in a light colour, like sand or wheat.
Go tan line free
Before you go tanning as you relax and take in the ambience of your beachside location, keep in mind that the goal is to avoid tan lines as much as possible. Even if it might seem minor, these can spoil your perfect wedding look, and even worse, if you don’t protect your skin you could get burnt, which will be nightmarish on the day and beyond!
Reasons To Have A Beach Wedding
You can make the simplest setups look grand.
A setup as effortless as this can look so beautiful when you’re at the beach. The view of the ocean, the sand between your toes, and the cool breeze naturally take you somewhere magical without even trying.
Your bridesmaid’s dresses can be a tad bit more casual.
Since you’re in the beach where the setting is more relaxing and peaceful, most brides opt for their bridesmaids’ dresses (and guests outfits) to be simpler and more comfortable–flowy dresses that are made of thinner, lighter fabric so they can easily move around. You can’t help but feel the summer vibe when you’re standing on a beach, so you can take it down a notch and do away with the embroidered, layered, studded look.
Speaking of comfort… No need for heels! It’s just not possible.
Most opt for wedges or dressy flats for beach weddings so they can comfortably walk on sand. So for the ladies, you can dance the night away without having to worry about being too casual in flats or dreading unwanted blisters the next day, because all the ladies that night are going for comfort.
Pretty much any angle is picturesque.
Whether it’s by the ocean, on the sand, or by some random rock formation by the shore, you’re sure to get a beautiful backdrop for your photos. The options are vast, with different colour tones and textures available for your photo during different parts of the day–the blue ombre of the sea from the shore to horizon, golden hue of the sunset, fluffy clouds, and even textures that reveal on the rocks and greens.
It’s an automatic vacation!
Having a destination wedding on a beach usually entails a little road trip–for most of the city people, at least. And to avoid any back and forth, couples prepare for a few days of lodging in the location before and after the wedding day to be able to prepare before and get enough rest after a long day and night of partying. Though the wedding might get a little stressful, being in a destination away from the city makes you feel like you’re on vacation–especially when your view is the beach!
Holidays for your guests
Regardless of where your guests are coming from, they will always appreciate you giving them a good reason to visit our destination. More than one will surely take advantage of the opportunity to spend a few days in this paradise before or after your celebration.
Whether they are visiting for the first time or have been here before, this paradise will never cease to amaze them with countless natural attractions and activities for the whole family: ATV, horseback and buggy tours, mountain treks, zip-lining, boat trips, scuba diving, snorkelling, parachuting, mountain biking, surfing, windsurfing, paddleboard, etc.
Usually, you have to worry about renting the wedding hall, hire a catering service, look for a photographer, a florist, an audio system, tables, chairs, and the list never ends… Being a destination specialized in weddings, The Brighton Savoy offers packages for weddings with everything included.
My recommendation is to approach the leading catering companies (they have the best wedding packages that fit all needs and requirements) with an expert and dedicated team that genuinely does what they are passionate about. When they organize a wedding, they strive to fulfil every detail with only one objective in mind: to see the couple’s dreams come true.
The sunsets of the bay deserve a special mention. There are so many colours and nuances in the sky, so many varied cloud shapes and configurations that there are those who compare their appearance with that of capricious works of art made by the greatest artists.
Something that those who have lived here for many years ensure is that you will experience a different sunset every time. Each afternoon, sundown gives us a new, unique one.
And the big bonus? Fresh air! How can you resist a beautiful, more laid back, and relaxing location for the big day? After the festivities, you’ll go back to the city feeling reinvigorated with a fresh new tan! Are you convinced yet? Share with us some of the beautiful beach locations you think would be perfect for your wedding!