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Tips on having a beach wedding

February 10th, 2016

We live in Florida.  Most couples are wanting a beach wedding right from the time they start planning (or maybe not lol).  Having a beach wedding is great, I mean it’s Florida but most don’t think about what they will face when it comes to having a beach wedding.  Here are a few tips on […]

 

We live in Florida.  Most couples are wanting a beach wedding right from the time they start planning (or maybe not lol).  Having a beach wedding is great, I mean it’s Florida but most don’t think about what they will face when it comes to having a beach wedding.  Here are a few tips on having a beach wedding.

1.  THINK ABOUT THE TIME OF YEAR YOU WANT YOUR BEACH WEDDING

Ohhhhh this couldn’t be more at the top of the list.  July in Florida on the beach?  You might as well just melt yourself into the sand and be done with it.  It’s 95+ degrees with 90% humidity and you want to stand on the beach for 1-2 hours?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t get married during the summer but now that you’ve thought about what time of year you want, think about your dress.  Now you’re going to put a 20 pound dress on in 95+ degree weather and think that after the ceremony you aren’t going to be a hot, sweaty, gross mess?  Think again.

Sarah-Kevin_Palm Harbor wedding photographer

(Sarah wore a very light and comfortable dress for getting married on the beach)

 

 

2.  THE LOCATION OF YOUR CEREMONY ON THE BEACH

Considering that with one good hurricane, Florida would probably be wiped off the map, you need to think about the location of the beach you want.  Is there adequate parking for your guests?  Do they have to walk 900 miles (obviously an exaggeration) but how far do they have to walk from the parking lot to the beach?  You have to walk that too so is that something you’re willing to do.

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa wedding photographer

See back where the hotel is? That’s how far the ceremony site was from where Brooke walked from.

 

 

3.  CEREMONY TIME

Yes.  Ceremony time.  We know you want to get that gorgeous Florida sunset right as you’re saying your I do’s BUT think about this.  Are you having an arch at your ceremony spot?  As that sun goes down, from the water side, you are going to have shadows directly through your face.  From the aisle side, your photographer is shooting into the sun (yes, your photographer should be equipped to handle this situation) but do you really want shadows through your face?

This about bumping up your ceremony time but not too soon.  About 90 minutes before sunset and you should be golden.  This will also allow your photographer to get amazing sunset photos of the two of you and not during the ceremony.

 

Clearwater Wedding Photographer | Lisa Otto Photography

Jodi and Phil had their ceremony a little earlier so we didn’t have too many harsh shadows across their face

4.  HAVE A BACKUP PLAN!!!!

This really just isn’t for a beach wedding but any outdoor wedding.  It’s Florida.  The weather is extremely unpredictable so just because we haven’t had rain in a month doesn’t mean that there’s not a chance that it won’t rain on your wedding day.

5.  JUST BECAUSE A BEACH LOOKS PUBLIC DOESN’T MEAN IT IS

Check with your local municipalities about any permitting you might need.   Nothing would be worse than being right in the middle of your ceremony (not matter how big or small) and being told to leave.  Most beaches, it’s a fairly small fee for the permit.

Pass-A-Grille Beach has permitting fees in order to have your wedding on the beach

Pass-A-Grille Beach has permitting fees in order to have your wedding on the beach

 

There is nothing wrong with having a beach wedding, trust me!!  Just be sure to have all of your T’s crossed and I’s dotted so you can make sure that your day goes exactly to plan!