Here’s the only checklist you’ll ever need if you’re planning for a spring or summer beach wedding. Get plenty of tips to make your wedding planning easy, fun, and quick!
Beach Wedding Planning Guide | Don’t Leave These Out!
When the sun’s all out and all you want is a wedding that’s laid-back and fun, a ceremony by the shore sounds like a great idea. But how do you exactly plan the most amazing beach wedding? Here’s the beach wedding planning guide you’re looking for! From the dresses to the invites and party favors, you’ll get practical ideas to jump-start the prep and make it easy and quick.
1. Floral Accessories
Florals and beaches spell cozy, chill wedding, and what better way to marry both than by pairing up your dress with floral accessories! Trade your veils with floral crowns and your diamonds (except for your engagement and wedding rings, of course) with floral bracelets and necklaces.
2. Blue Cake
I am not judgemental when it comes to wedding cakes, but let’s face it, when we’re talking about a beach wedding, a touch of blue makes the sweet treat more fitting to the theme.
3. Dewy Makeup
Applying highlights in the right places can create a fresh, natural-looking, light makeup that’s just perfect for any beach wedding. And if you’ve got some freckles and sunkissed skin, your dewy makeup makes it all the more worth it.
4. Cute Parasols
Protect your guests’ eyes from the searing heat of the sun and the glare. Parasols are cute, charming, and fit well with the wedding theme.
5. Party Favors
Wouldn’t it be so bad not to leave your guests with wedding souvenirs? If you’re looking for suggestions, I’ve got tons! Flip-flops, shades, message in a bottle with your engagement photos inside, salt bottles, a keepsake box topped with shells, and nautical-themed tealights.
Vibrantly colored wedding invites with printed palm leaves, flowers, and sea elements are great. Or if you want to keep things really simple and elegant, a combo of white and blue is just as beautiful.
7. Seashells Bouquet
Keep the beach close with these gorgeous bouquets of seashells! The more colorful the better. Do you want them to look less whimsical and more elegant? Throw in some cultured pearls, which are easy to find and are affordable.
Leave the heels behind, and instead enjoy the beach more by wearing a pair of feet thongs or sandals instead. But don’t forget: keep your feet looking pretty too by giving them a nice soak a night before and painting them with these pretty wedding nail designs.
9. Table Setting
Reggae or chill music can set up the right mood for your beach wedding, but you also can’t deny table centerpieces can easily steal the show. For your nautical or summer wedding by the beach, add cast-iron glass tea light holders, starfishes, blue or pastel-colored tulles to decorate the chairs, and a glass filled with shells and sand.
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Arches decorated with fresh wild flowers and flowy light fabrics can transform any beachside a perfect venue for saying I do. Complete the look by trading red aisle carpets with burlaps and lining the path with tiki torches or more flowers.
Beach weddings are more relaxed, and so your dress has to reflect the same. Although you can always have the wedding dress of your fancy, some helpful suggestions for this theme include serpentine or mermaid-cut dresses with lace appliques, vintage-inspired wedding dresses, sleeveless silk fitted wedding gowns, and even a knee-length all-white.
12. Welcome Bag
Whether it’s a destination wedding or not, it’s always nice to have your guests, especially those who came from out of state, to feel truly welcomed. Make welcome bags with beach-perfect items such as a pair of shades and travel-size mosquito repellants, moisturizers, sunblock lotions, and lip balms. You can also add a few extras such as a map of the nearest tourist attractions or the local area, wedding program, snacks, fan, and water bottle.
13. Shoe Valet
Wouldn’t it be amazing if your guests can also enjoy the sand and sea like you? Remind them to leave their footwear behind with a shoe valet! You can add a bench nearby to make it easy for them to remove and wear the shoes again or a closed shoe cabinet to make sure the pairs don’t gather sand.
14. Food And Drinks
Refreshing, light beverages and food make great meals during the wedding reception. You can have a beer bar made of a reused boat, a cocktail station from wooden crates, and pina coladas and juices with tiny umbrellas. You can also add a seafood station with prawns, mussels, and clams.
This video shows you more beach wedding ideas you can consider while planning:
Wedding planning can be overwhelming for couples, but there are ways to make it more bearable. When it comes to planning the most amazing beach wedding, this brief guide is filled with ideas to get you started right away.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on June 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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