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How To Plan A Beach Wedding

If you and your spouse-to-be love to spend time at the beach, consider holding your wedding at a waterfront venue. Not only will you and your guests enjoy spending your big day at an oceanfront location, you'll have the perfect scenic backdrop for pictures. 

There are many things to think about when planning a beachfront wedding, such as if you'd like to stay local or say "I do" at a romantic, far-flung tropical destination. If you choose the latter, make sure that your wedding party and important guests will be able to travel to the location, and help them book flights and accommodations if necessary. 

If you're expecting a lot of out-of-town guests, you may be able to save money by reserving a block of rooms at a hotel or bed & breakfast inn near the event venue. This is especially important if you're planning a destination wedding. 

Here are some other beachfront wedding-planning tips.

1. Pick a Venue

When it comes to picking a beachfront event venue, you'll probably have more than a few from which to choose. Start by picking your dream location, and then narrow down your list of options according to space, price, or on-site services, such as catering. 

Some beachfront event venues include hotels, which may include indoor ballroom and outdoor gazebo spaces, restaurants, which are ideal for intimate gatherings, and luxurious resorts. To save money, you can also just rent a portable gazebo and place it on the beachfront location of your choice. Be sure to rent enough chairs to accommodate all of your guests as well. 

2. Dress Accordingly 

If you're holding your nuptials in a warm location, you may want to choose a wedding dress, tuxes, and bridesmaid dresses that will keep you and your wedding party cool and comfortable. Avoid wearing anything black, which attracts heat, and plan for breezy conditions.

Since you'll be walking on the sand and possibly even the water for photographs, consider wearing a short, rather than a traditional long, wedding gown. Instead of a veil, you may want to wear a crown featuring fresh topical flowers.

3. Plan for Inclement Weather 

No matter what time of year or location the beachfront wedding is being held in, it's wise to have an inclement weather plan in place. You can erect an event tent on the sand, which will give guests a place to stay dry during an unexpected rainfall. 

Reserving indoor event space at a nearby hotel or reception hall may also come in handy in case of thunderstorms. No matter how the weather turns out, you'll have a beachfront location to exchange vows in. For more information on planning a beach wedding, contact a wedding planner.