7 Beach Wedding Tips

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7 Beach Wedding Tips

Keep it shoe-less

If the wedding party is going barefoot, spend a day together a few days before the wedding to get pedicures. I would offer a shoe-check for guests and mention it creatively in the invitation (your caterer should be able to handle this).  Ideally, room temperature water would be available as a foot rinse for when coming off of the beach.

Keep it together

Keep your makeup and hair team throughout the event, so they can make adjustments as the lighting and setting changes.  The last thing you want is to end up looking all disheveled!  Make sure you wear a daytime natural look on the beach while deepening the look later so your features don’t get lost in the evening.  Go for a formal up-look outside (so blowing wind doesn’t cover your face with your hair) and let it down once inside.

Keep it short

Not the gown – the ceremony.  Nobody wants to be in a long drawn-out service fully-dressed in the sun.  Hydrate your guests and hold off on alcohol until after the ceremony, just as you would inside.

Enjoy the process, and your wedding day will reflect your style and your enthusiasm, creating a memorable experience for you, your family, and friends.

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Reader Discussion: 6 Comments

  1. Avatar of Kimberly Vigil

    Kimberly Vigil

    Thanks for posting this list! Very helpful, much appreciated. 🙂

  2. Avatar of Sandra Brown

    I think keeping "beach wedding" shoe-less will make the event more fun and memorable 🙂

  3. Avatar of Joanne Samonte

    Joanne Samonte

    I have always visualized beach weddings as a romantic and remarkable way of celebrating my union with the man of my life. These are really great tips on making beach weddings truly memorable!

    And yes… securing a permit should be on top priority 🙂

  4. Avatar of Courtney Watson

    Courtney Watson

    I love the idea of “keeping it shoe-less,” I think it will make any beach wedding truly fun and unforgettable. Hmmm…. I wonder how I can note that in my invitation 🙂

  5. Avatar of Jen Spillane

    Jen Spillane

    Great tips, especially to keep the ceremony short, LOL!

  6. Avatar of Zenab Bello-Osagie

    Very  good tips. I think anyone would want to have a wedding on a beach. It’s absolutely magical.

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