In the summer, many people take to the beach searching for that perfect sunset wedding. While this kind of picturesque approach seems perfect, there can be a lot involved. If you do decide to get married in the sand, here are some important things to keep in mind:
Especially if you’re planning a destination wedding, make sure you put a lot of thought into the location. First of all, make sure you’re planning to have the ceremony on an area that you can rent without any problems. Look into vendors that know what they’re doing and can give you some tips on what you’re going to need. Whether this means getting the right approval from the city or simply making sure the tide doesn’t wash away your flower arrangements, make sure you know what you’re dealing with! The venue or company that you’re booking the area through should know exactly what the steps are required. Make sure you choose an experienced company that is trustworthy with a large number of quality reviews. Read the reviews to find out what problems there may have been.
Your vendors can also give you some tips on this, so make sure you take advantage of their expertise—especially when it comes to hiring a wedding band. Make sure you have access to plenty of outlets and proper lighting. Listen to what your vendors need; those fairy lights won’t mean much if they can’t be turned on. The same goes for your musicians. If you choose the right band for your wedding, they should be excited for the event, so do what you can to make sure they can give you everything you have in mind! Ask for their recommendations based on the number of guests and the size of area for your wedding.
Beach weddings can be beautiful, but they can also be a little bit of a hassle for some. Not everyone loves beaches as much as you may, so make sure you keep this in mind. Consider any steps you might be able to take to make your guests comfortable. Make sure the location is accessible to your older guests, especially those who may need wheelchair access, and that you take measures to make sure no one has to trudge through the sand if they don’t want to. While tropical beer commercials make it seem like a day at the beach is the ideal way to unwind, it may be taxing to some. Make sure your guests don’t have to walk too far, and if possible, take every measure you can to make your guests comfortable from the decor to the dress code.
If you’re planning a daytime wedding, consider the sun! Have plenty of shade available for guests, umbrellas or sun-shields readily available, and plenty of water. Especially if you’re planning an open bar, it’s a good idea to make sure no one is walking on an uneven surface in the heat of the sun without taking proper care of yourself!
We all know a sunny day at the beach can turn into a downpour really quick! Make sure you have a backup location, or at the very least some cover, just in case mother nature doesn’t feel like cooperating with everything you have in mind. It is always a good step to go above and beyond to consider every possibility and plan accordingly. This way, you’re prepared for the worst, and won’t have any stress even if things go their best.
Another thing to keep in mind is making sure that your wedding is accessible. While destination weddings may seem idealistic, you need to know that some of your guests might not have the time or finances to make such a trip. Sometimes a more local beach can give you the type of destination feel you’re looking for while also keeping it convenient for you and your guests. The beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan in the Chicagoland area are a perfect example of this kind of compromise! If you’re interested in having a beach wedding in the Chicagoland area, make sure to hire a great Chicago wedding band, such as David Rothstein Music!
Hopefully, these brief tips can be helpful if you are considering a beach wedding this summer! With a little bit of extra planning your dreams of a wedding on the beach can as perfect as you’ve always dreamed it would be!
For more information on destination weddings, consider checking out the Out of State Weddings section of the David Rothstein Music Weddings page.