Beach Wedding Tips

Good beach wedding tips that tell the real story are hard to find.  Most of the resources want to convince the reader how romantic beach weddings are.  Yes, beach weddings are romantic and can be a great cost savings but there are things you need to check to make sure that your wedding on the beach is the best one possible.

Pests
 
Most people don’t realize how common pests are on the beach.  Below are just some you need to watch out for:
 
Mosquitoes; these voracious vampires come out at dusk, the most ideal time for a beach wedding because the setting sun is so romantic.  However, being the dinner and having welts all over your body is sure to ruin the mood and your wedding photos.  Action item:  Ask how the location deters mosquitoes and other flying pests.
 
Sand Fleas; these vicious ankle biters will have you scratching and miserable so fast your head will spin.  Your guests, and you, will not be able to stay for the whole ceremony if you come under attack from these critters.  Action item:  Ask if sand fleas are a problem.
 
Seagulls; these scavengers are numerous and aggressive.  For your wedding reception, do not have the food outside where seagulls can get to it.  If your guests decide to eat outside, the caterers must be diligent in keeping the eating area clean.  Action item:  Plan the reception indoors or have a food tent to protect the food.

 
Uninvited Guests; if you’re not having your wedding on a private beach, there is always a chance of having human pests at your wedding party.  Even if you don’t have party crashers, having strangers in the background of your wedding photos is not the most ideal thing.  Action item:  Have the wedding on private property.
 
Mother Nature
 
Even though your mother is very interested in your wedding, Mother Nature could care less.  Beach weather is beautiful and turbulent, but thankfully usually follows a pattern.
 
Wind; depending on which coast you are on, the wind can be a problem.  For example, the east coast of Florida has a very strong wind and crashing waves, but the west coast of Florida is very calm and locals call the gulf a ‘bathtub’.  If where you are having your wedding is very windy, plan on a microphone if you want your guests to hear you say your vows.  Also, plan the clothes and decorations accordingly.  Last thing you need to worry about is having decorations blowing away.  Action item:  check the local weather station for the average wind speed.
 
Rain; Seasonal rains follow patterns.  Learn these patterns to prevent a good soaking in the middle of your wedding.  Action item:  check the local weather station for average time for rainfall.
 
Heat & humidity; What season will you be getting married in?  If it’s in the middle of summer, what is the heat and humidity like?  If there is wind, that will help with the heat.  However, if the area is calm, the humidity might be a real issue.  There is nothing worse than having your make-up slide off your face during your wedding.  Action item:  Look into renting fans and misters for the area if heat and humidity will be a problem and there are no cooling winds.
 
Odor;  Have you ever been at the beach during low tide and wondered what the heck that smell was?  Do you really want your wedding guests wondering the same thing?  The beach is part of nature and nature can be quite smelly!  Action item:  find out when low tide is at your location.  Also, will management of the location scour the beach prior to the wedding to pick-up any dead fish and other items that might have washed up the night before?

 
Hurricanes; Incredibly unpredictable even though the weather forecasters tell us about them for 5 days in advance.  Nothing can be done about hurricanes but there is one thing you can do to protect yourself – wedding insurance!  Action item:  make sure the wedding location has a clause in the contract for wedding insurance in case of a hurricane.  Check into wedding insurance for the rest of your wedding as well.
 
Best Advice
 
Visit the beach wedding location at the same time you are planning your wedding.  Observe for the things written above.  If everything passes the above items, you have done a lot of work in ensuring your beach wedding is going to be one of the best!

How to Plan a Beach Wedding on a Budget – 5 Tips

Planning a wedding, and in particular a beach wedding, is not an easy task and it can get very expensive if it is not done carefully. There are so many items to consider that if you don’t follow a detailed plan, costs can start to sum up, and you can end spending a little fortune. In this article, we will try to present 5 tips to keep your wedding on a low budget.

1. Keep the number of guests under a certain number.

To have a low number of guests can be something difficult to achieve in a traditional wedding because if the wedding is celebrated in your local church and the reception is also in your home town your guest list tend to increase. On the other hand, if your wedding is celebrated on a beach, where guests need to travel to attend, decreases the number of guests naturally.

2. Don’t buy the most expensive dresses

Wedding dresses are undoubtedly the biggest expense in a wedding. However, if you are celebrating a beach wedding, you don’t need to buy an expensive dress. In fact, the wedding dress does not need to be a wedding dress. Any elegant, white dress can be suitable for this occasion, and of course this type of dress will be cheaper than a traditional wedding dress.

3. Have a light lunch

A beach wedding celebrated in the early evening is advisable to keep the food costs low. If your wedding is at noon, you will need to offer a complete lunch and the same if the celebration is at night. You can offer a light lunch based on salads in the evening, keeping the costs low.

4. Don’t hire a professional photographer

In the past, hiring a professional photographer was indispensable to have decent photos. However, in these days there are great digital cameras, and almost everybody has one. You can hire a student photographer or you can ask one of your family members to take the photographs. In addition, after the wedding , you can ask other guests to share their photos with you.

5. Create homemade invitations

Traditional invitations can also be expensive. However, beach weddings allow you to create homemade invitations instead of buying traditional invitations. You can be creative, buying only the stationary and printing them in you own printer.

These are our top 5 tips to keep your beach wedding costs low. There may be more ways to spend less money preparing your wedding, but the most important thing is to have a plan and following it as much as you can, so as not to be surprised.

Amazing Beach Wedding Favors For a Beautiful Wedding

Summer weddings are amazing. You can be outdoors, bare your shoulders with an incredible sleeveless dress, and be sure your guests will have the best of times if you have an outside wedding celebration. You might want to take advantage of the romantic touch the sea can give to your special summer day. If that’s the case, you can choose among a great variety of beach wedding favors to thank your guests for joining you in this unique moment.

Playful brides can might want to choose from several different flip flop favors, there are plenty of options for this specific choice and it’s so appropriate for a beach or summer theme. You can consider Flip Flop Note Pads as they are a funky choice and useful as well. These note pads come with a magnet mounted to the back so they are of great use for leaving every day notes on the fridge while decorating it at the same time. They are made of EVA foam and have “Life is Good” printed on them; quite a nice message for people to remember your wedding by.

You can also go with Flip Flop placecard holders. These will not only make a great souvenir but also make your tables even prettier while helping you organize the seating for your event. They allow you to organize a seating plan that best suits the wishes of the bride. Last but not least in the Flip Flop wedding favors department mentioned here are Photo frames: blue, pink, yellow or green. You can choose your favorite color for this absolutely cute favor that will give your guests the chance to keep a picture of your wedding. If you like the placecard holder idea there are also photo frames that make for a very unique place card holder favor.

If you and your friends love toasts you can get favors they can take with them and be reminded of your gorgeous beach wedding every time they say “cheers”. The Beach Theme Starfish Design Wine Stopper and Wine Opener Set will surely be a hit at your party. Both the metal wine opener and the wine stopper have a starfish design attached to them and they are presented inside a sophisticated box with velvet lining and an organza ribbon. And most important of all, a “Thank You” tag is attached to the box showing your gratitude to the ones who shared this once in a lifetime moment with you. If two pieces seem like too much, you can always get the Beach Theme Starfish Design Bottle Opener alone. It comes in the same fancy packaging as the duet.

Getting married is a journey and celebrating on a summer day by the sea can be part of the ride. Why not have sailboat favors to represent the moment? Help your guests find their places with “Shining Sails” Silver Place Card Holders as guests will be fascinated by the refined beauty they offer. If you are not fond of the place card holder idea then you still can have the sailboat favor you’ve always wanted. Try using the “Set Sail” Frosted Glass Sailboat Tealight Holders. These tiny sailboats will surely fascinate everyone and create a magical ambience for your party.

With so many options available in the beach and summer wedding themes, it’s only practical to mention a few here. You will be pleasantly surprised with the options available to you so take your time and choose the right ones to make your summer wedding party absolutely unforgettable.