Planning a beach wedding? We don’t blame you. Living here in beautiful southern California, we completely understand the draw and pull of the water, the sun, and the blissful atmosphere. But there are definitely some important things to think about when planning your beach wedding in this fantastic area.
From great places to take pictures, to making sure your guests have a great time, these 7 essentials will ensure a great beach wedding.
7 Essentials For Planning Your Beach Wedding
1.) Engagement Shoot –
Or any of your photos taken at the beach will be ones you cherish forever. But we know of some great hotspots perfect for your engagement pictures and even some quick shots depending on where your venue is located. Table Rock, Victoria Beach and A Thousand Steps are just a few of the amazing options you have.
Take this view up above of one of our couples at Table Rock. Truly a moment in time captured for you to have and for many more years to come.
2.) Invitations –
When you first send out your invites to your guests, the Save The Dates or actual Invites, it’s always good to set the tone of the wedding with these paper goods. For a beach wedding, you might have a little sunset printed, starfish, or lighthouse. And you will definitely want to make sure to describe the dress code on the invitations. Letting guests know ahead of time what the style and mood is for the big day, will already place your guests in the right mindset.
These invites above are by the incredibly talented Elizabeth King. She has designed some amazing paper suites for many of our clients and we love working with her! Visit her site here to learn more about her!
3.) Beverages –
Yes, please! Beverages are one of the most important aspects and needs for guests at your wedding. Providing chilled drinks, be it lemonade, alcohol, or even water, having a nice refreshment is considered a must-have for any style venue. And with a setting sun on the beach, your guests, and you!, will be thankful.
4.) Must Haves: Fans or Parasols –
For the most part, our sunny California beaches stay just that; sunny. Going the extra mile for guests to have a way to create a breeze, like fans, or shade from the sun, like parasols, will undoubtedly go a long way.
5.) Flip Flops –
A “Shoe Valet” is a great treat. Perhaps the ceremony is outside on the sand, with the reception inside. Guests will want to look their best, and usually that would include shoes. But with providing flip flops for your guests when they first arrive, gives comfort and ease. They’ll be delighted to know they can slip off their heels and not have to worry about walking in the sand or even getting sand in their shoes!
6.) Selfies, Selfies, Selfies!
We are crazy about selfies. Nothing is more beautiful than an ocean backdrop and a couple of smiles. We suggest giving guests a couple selfie sticks on reception tables. Perhaps even have printed the bride and groom’s name on the back side of the stick so they can take it home as a souvenir of the wedding.
We also can’t help but love having all those selfies grouped together in a hashtag specific to the bride the groom. Like, #LevinAtLast and #TheWebersons2017
7.) Pashminas –
It can get a little chilly during the spring and fall months on the beach. Having a few to provide guests with a little extra warmth will go a long way. Especially for the ladies. We also have Pashminas available to sell in case this sounds like a good idea to you.
Having games as a transitionary time piece works wonders! Especially on the beach. When you think of beach, you’re probably already thinking things like, fun in the sun, beach volleyball, vacation even.
And we think it a great idea to have some sort of outdoor game available for your guests to play and pass the time while you’re off having photos taken. Maybe a little game of badminton, or a life size Jenga will work. Either way, it’s another detail that will only bring about more success to the big day.
A lot that goes into planning a successful beach wedding are in the details, like the pashminas, the flip flops, and providing cool beverages. As wedding planners, we always want things to go off without a hitch, and through our own experience, we have found these 7 essentials for your beach wedding, well…essential.
If you have anymore questions or anything more we can be of service to, let us know! We are excited to work with you!