Some Beach Wedding Do’s, Don’ts, OKs and FYIs

Please note these are just some personal observations based on attending and photographing countless weddings. You might read similar experiences elsewhere, and some are Ocean City and Delaware Beaches specific.

DO – Book in advance. This might seem a given but you might miss out on locations or service providers you wanted based on availability and the summer window of opportunity.

DON’T – Do Not have your wedding at NOON or anywhere around that time if you can help it. It’s the worst time for photos as it creates dark shadows under the eyes for example, not to mention its right around the hottest time of day. Instead, aim for the sunset time which is the best, maybe an hour before sunset for the actual ceremony and gives you 40 or so minutes for photos after.

OK – Sunrise or Morning weddings. As these early morning weddings on the east coast beaches are nice, it works well for elopers or very small groups. It’s hard to get everyone together and on the beach so early in the morning with coffee. And photos can turn out really good or really bad, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Try and use the flash when shooting against the sun and for point and shooter camera users get closer to your subject when shooting against the sun and use a flash.

DON’T – Do Not use bubbles, unless you do it right. It seems like such a waste of money if you don’t do this right. You might imagine your guests showing up and someone handing them a mini container of bubbles and they go to their seats. What you didn’t consider is when you say your “I Dos” and kiss, I now pronounce you husband and wife people are sometimes caught off guard or lost in emotion they forget they have this thing of bubbles. Too late, you just walked back down the aisle and the moment is gone and no bubbles. Tip, get a bubble machine they have them battery operated, and assign someone to turn it on. Or assign some bubble people to get the others started.

DO – Wear sandals or flip flops on the beach. People in heels or nice dress shoes do not walk well in sand. And let your guests know this, to bring a pair of sandals or flip flops and if you’re wedding reception venue is somewhere else to bring a back up pair of footwear.

DO – Get a professional photographer. More and more I see, couples either saving money by having an aunt or uncle or inexperience friend take their wedding photos. Don’t let your friend who thinks they are a professional photographer after buying a $600 camera and never been to a wedding before. Reasons why the professional is better – better equipment usually in the $3000 – $10,000 in equipment coming to photography you. More experience – the countless weddings has taught your photographer about lighting to look your best, placement, posing, and to anticipate various wedding situations. And because this is one of the most important days of your lives you want to have something really nice to look back on and show others.

DON’T – Do Not use a wedding aisle runner. They might be nice to look at, but ultimately as waste of money. People walking on them tears them up and often time’s trips on them if they get bunched up. And having one at the beach is so wrong. That is what having a beach wedding all is about, having the sand under your feet.

FYI – there will be other people on the beach unless you have access to a private beach. If you don’t have a private or secluded beach, be prepared for other people you don’t know to be in your photos, unless your professional photographer knows how to hide them or make them disappear. You wouldn’t want an awesome photo of you and your new spouse and have some unattractive person lying out on the beach behind you in the photo.

DO – Pick the perfect wedding gown. Some dresses are better for the beach then others. You wouldn’t want to pick a dress that as you walk across the beach it collects a lot of sand and becomes really heavy. Think about choosing a dress that will flow with you, that is not too long, and that will be comfortable in the heat of the summer weather.

FYI – Unity Candles or a Sand Ceremony? Candles would be hard to keep lit on the beach, instead consider incorporating a Sand Unity Ceremony in place of lighting the unity candles. And to start the Sand Ceremony off, be sure to collect sand from under your feet on the beach where you are getting married. Then you can combine your colored sand in your unity vase.

DO – Make sure you have your beach permits. Some beaches in Maryland and Delaware require you to have a permit to hold a function such as a wedding ceremony on the beach. Assateague Beach is crazy when it comes to permits and there will be an entrance fee for getting on those beaches. Delaware beaches will require you to have a permit for specific beaches, and getting married around Rehoboth beach parking will be limited and be prepared to keep feeding the meters.

DO – have a Plan B or Location B ready in case of rainy weather. You can always count on Mother Nature as being unpredictable, so you should have an alternate plan in case that beautiful beach wedding doesn’t happen as you have dreamed. You will find that a lot of wedding venues located on or near the beach will have enough space to have the ceremony in doors. Just make sure what the cost will be on having it in doors so you can plan to have that in your budget, just in case.

Considerations To Look Into Concerning Your Beach Wedding Photography

Your wedding is your most special day and of course, you only want it to be perfect, remarkable, superb, as well as exceptional. So what better way to achieve this than to have the wedding outdoors, at the beach, perhaps. But then, having it on an outside location poses some risks. But who cares, the energy and mood the sunset or sunrise furnish outweighs the perils. And it would be great to capture it with your beach wedding photography. To guarantee that you will really have wonderful wedding photos, here are a few things to take into account.

First thing to look into is the location of your wedding ceremony. Since you plan of having it held outside, you have to choose a location that offers a perfect view. Look for a place that has a jaw-dropping focal point, such as a lighthouse, mountain or maybe a cliff. Know that even if your wedding is not as grandiose or huge as the others, you still need to make sure that your backdrop will add an extraordinary touch to your wedding photos. The sea would be enough, but sometimes, more is better.

The next aspect to take into account is the season, day and time of the event. Since your wedding ceremony will not be held inside a confined space, you have to take the risk of experiencing bad weather conditions. Hence, before anything else, pick the season when the weather is fine and furthermore, choose a day and time when it will not likely to rain. Taking these elements into consideration will ensure you that you will have sublime lighting and effects on your pictures.

In case you are not certain that you can arrange the wedding on a sunset or sunrise schedule, it would be safer for you to go on a black and white scheme. By opting for these color palettes, your beach wedding photos will still look amazing even without your dull lighting.

Lastly, do not entrust the responsibility of taking photographs into the hands of amateur photo takers. They may have produced quite a few stunning images, but their experience and skills are still not enough as compared to a professional wedding photographer. Note that certified ones are expert when it comes to selecting the right filters to use, knowing the appropriate angles to take the pictures from, as well as creating the perfect shots that will make your wedding album very interesting to look at.

Beach Wedding Favors

Couples planning to get married have many event theme options to choose from. These themes can have a special meaning that is known only by the couple and a few close friends and family members. There are also themes that can be chosen because they are affordable, fun, and will often be very popular with guests. One theme that is often overlooked is a beach themed marital event.

A beach themed event or event reception is a great way to enjoy good weather while giving your guests a fun, very unique, wedding experience. Beach themed weddings can take outside, especially if you have a beach or pool nearby and will give you the chance to have say your vows underneath the clear blue sky. Along with giving the bride and groom the opportunity to have a unique event, a beach themed wedding will also give the couple and their family a chance to give away lovely beach themed event favors.

Wedding favors with a beach theme are often popular since they are usually much different than the usual favors that your guests have seen in the past. These gifts with their ocean flare can be customized to add to their uniqueness and will help your guests remember the uniquely themed event for years. Best of all, these beach themed favors do not have to be expensive. Some of the best beach favors are extremely affordable along with wonderfully unique.

Starfish and sea shell designs are very attractive and popular with both couples and their guests. Tea light candles with sea shells and starfish designs are affordable and appealing. When placed in a decorative bag they make a very attractive center piece and favor. Small soaps molded into the shape of sea creatures are also great favors. Beach soaps that are fragrant and extremely detailed make wonderful wedding favors. These soaps are perfect for combining with other small beach inspired wedding favors. Combining these soaps with small candles can create a great beach wedding favor bag.

Wedding albums are another popular gift at weddings since many wedding guests often come with their own camera. A guest photo album with a beach design is the perfect gift for wedding guests that will need an album to keep the pictures taken at the event. If photo albums are not too your liking miniature beach chair photo frames are a good favor that can have multiple uses. These little chairs can be used to hold place cards during the wedding reception and, after your wedding guests take these great wedding favors home, these place card holders can be taken home and used as photo frames.

Beach inspired favors will let your guests experience the sea themed event each time they look at their gift. The options for beach themed favors are virtually limitless. Sailboats, sea shells, and star fishes are only a few different designs currently available to be used as gifts for event guests. Regardless of your choice these gifts are bound to be a major hit with guests enjoying your waterfront event.