Sand, Sea and Sunshine: Tips for a Beach Wedding

Wedding Photographer Netherlands, Damon Pijlman.
Wedding Photographer Netherlands, Damon Pijlman.

When it comes to tying the knot, there are few venues quite as enticing as a sunny stretch of sand. Whether it’s a secluded cove on the Canary Islands or a tropical beach in the Bahamas, a seaside soiree can offer a wedding day both you and your loved ones will never forget. If you’re looking to plan the perfect beach wedding, then we’ve got you covered in today’s article, where we’re providing our expert tips so you can realise the wedding of your dreams.

1. Dress light

A sandy aisle sounds like a dream come true for many brides, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don’t think ahead. With all eyes on the bride as you approach the altar, it’s important that what you wear is suitable for purpose. Heavy dresses will both weigh you down and cause you to overheat – so stick to thinner, more simple garments to avoid this. And while a fresh ocean breeze is part and parcel of a beach wedding, a long veil or hair worn down can cause problems should the wind pick up. So leave the ballroom gown and loose hair behind and you’ll ensure you look beautiful from start to finish.

The same rules apply to grooms too, so consider ditching the thick black suit and tie for a simple cotton shirt with the top two buttons undone. In the height of the summer, you might even want to go for a pair of smart chino shorts instead of full-length trousers. Whichever outfit the groom goes for, the most important aspect is balancing comfort with style – so plan in advance to avoid an unpleasant experience on the day.

2. Consider private accommodation

The allure of sand, sea and sunshine is felt by many, and that means tourists, too. Unless you can afford to rent a private island, it’s likely you’ll be sharing the destination with at least some holidaymakers – but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your privacy. Enjoy your celebrations in a spacious tent straight after the ceremony and then retreat to private accommodation when you’re ready to enjoy each other’s company in peace. Whether it’s a Lanzarote villa or a cosy Caribbean beach house, avoid the crowds by renting a place of your own away from cramped hotels.


Wedding Photographer Italy, Cristiano Ostinelli Studio

Buy locally

So you’ve found the perfect venue, now it’s time to organise everything else. If you have the opportunity to visit the wedding location before the big day, then it’s worth spending time meeting vendors or planners while you’re in the area. This way, you’ll avoid the hassle and expense of flying items over and you’ll have the chance to discuss any specific requirements in person – plus, it’ll make the day exceptionally more authentic. From delicious local cuisine to hand-picked flower bouquets, fusing elements of your surroundings to your wedding will ensure a stunning experience for all in attendance.

Have a back-up plan

As any seasoned wedding planner will tell you, having a back-up plan is essential if your day is dependant on the outdoors. While some countries boast upwards of 300 days of sunshine a year, you can’t rely on Mother Nature to deliver when you need her to. If the weather doesn’t hold up, you’ll need to have a suitable indoor venue ready to save the day. Whether that’s a private room at a nearby hotel or a sturdy tent that can be erected with ease, stay one step ahead by having a solution in the event of any unexpected rainfall or unrelenting winds.

Wedding Photographer Romania, Marius Barbulescu.
Wedding Photographer Romania, Marius Barbulescu

Iron out the finer details

As with any wedding, it’s the finer details that can often make or break the experience. But if you take your vows by the seashore, be sure to consider each element step-by-step to avoid any last-minute disasters. Whether it’s hiring a PA system to help get your voice heard above the sea winds, suitable decking for disabled guests or bearing the tide in mind when it comes to picking a date and time, there’s plenty to think about – just make sure you do it before the day arrives!

If done correctly, a beach wedding can be undeniably beautiful. With warm sunshine on your face, soft, white sand beneath your feet and vast swathes of deep-blue sea in front of your eyes, there’s no denying the cinematic appeal of tying the knot in this way. And with our expert tips, you can ensure your special day on the beach is everything you hoped for.

Nick Ball is Marketing Manager at Optima Villas and has lived on the island of Lanzarote since 2001.

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