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Tips and Etiquette To Plan a Beach Wedding

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Close your eyes and imagine yourself on your wedding day. If you imagine a sunny sky, a saltwater breeze and sand in your toes, you have come to the right place. Whether it’s near home on a private lake or crystal clear sea in a tropical destination thousands of miles away, a beach wedding will give you and your guests a lot to inspire.

“The water offers you the most beautiful backdrop,” explains Claire Durán, wedding organizer. “If you don’t have a lot of budget for decorations, leave the sea behind and you’re done.”There is also the longer time that a beach wedding in a new place offers a couple and their loved ones:”at a destination wedding, it’s not just a day and done,” Durán adds. “It’s a weekend full of parties and fun.”

Ready to turn your dreams of a wedding on the shore into reality? We asked Durán to share her best tips, tricks and tips for planning a beach wedding, and she did not disappoint you.

Beach Wedding Etiquette

How far should I send Save-the-Dates in advance?

If your beach wedding is also a destination wedding, you’ll want to give guests an earlier heads-up for their wedding date, so they have time to make holiday requests at work and receive great deals on travel.

A year in advance is ideal, especially for VIPs like parents and wedding party members, but if you ship Save-the-Dates six months before the wedding, it will be even more than enough time.

Do I have to travel and book accommodation for my guests?

The couple is not financially responsible for the price of a guest’s plane ticket, accommodation or meals while they are on their way to the wedding, but they want to help the guests make arrangements. A hotel block is often the easiest and lowest way to ensure that your guests have comfortable accommodation that allows easy access to the wedding ceremony and reception venue.

It can also be intimidating to sail to more remote beach destinations. Look for not only the best airport, but also car rental agencies, transport services and, if necessary, water taxis and ferry services. (If you’re not sure where to start, your wedding planner or event coordinator will probably have suggestions.)

What to tell the guests about the dress code?

Beach weddings are often more casual and carefree, but this does not mean that yours should be. Whatever dress code you set, make it clear in your invitation suite and, if necessary, provide more specific details on your wedding website.

(Keep an eye out for guest comfort, though – if most of the celebration takes place outdoors, asking male guests to wear formal tuxedos may be a little too much.)

If the ceremony – or another part of the wedding – takes place right in the sand, make sure that your guests know about it from the very beginning. (“If guests come to a large complex, they may not assume that the wedding will take place on the beach,” Durán notes. Share the information on your wedding website and on a paper insert in your welcome gift and suggest that guests bring sunglasses, apply sunscreen and wear shoes with heels that do not sink into the sand.

Is it okay if my beach wedding takes place completely in the open air?

We understand this: once you have arrived in paradise, it is difficult not to want to spend every waking moment in paradise.

This means that you will always want to give priority to the comfort of the guests when choosing rooms for your party. If the ceremony is to take place outdoors under direct sunlight, Durán suggests taking guests to a shaded Terrace or room with indoor and outdoor access for an hour of cocktail.

When the sun goes down, the temperature also rises, which means that you can send the guests outside for dinner and dancing without worrying that someone will overheat.

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