Planning a Beach Wedding from Ring to Reception

planning a beach wedding

A beach wedding can be a magical experience for everyone involved. As two people profess their love, waves crash, the sun sets in beautiful hues and everyone around marvels at the happy couple.

If you’re planning a beach wedding, use the scenery as inspiration to help you start planning the details of your day. Follow these tips to create a memorable experience from the moment you announce your plans to the day you say I Do!

Send Announcements to Give Guests Time to Plan

Most couples send out save-the-date cards within eight months of a wedding, but you may want to extend that deadline if guests need to travel to your venue. The more time you give guests to save for the trip, the more likely they are to attend your big day.

Provide Important Details In Your Invitations

While a save-the-date is valuable for letting guests know when to mark their calendars, your invitations convey the theme and serve as an introduction to your wedding plans. Think of your invites as the first impression for the rest of your wedding, so make sure they align with your colors and decor.  

Use your invitations to direct guests to your wedding website where they can learn more about the venue, dress code, transportation and other aspects of your wedding.

starfish in the sand at a beach wedding

Find A Venue That Offers Privacy

The last thing you want is for dozens of unexpected beachgoers to photobomb your ceremony. Look for a beach wedding venue that offers a little extra privacy so you can embrace paradise with your close friends and family. Anna Maria Island Venues has five unique beach locations to choose from so you can find the best place to exchange your vows.

Tap Into Local Cuisine and Light Meals

As you plan your beach wedding, look to local favorites to guide your menu choices. Your guests may not want a heavy meal, especially if the reception is outside. Consider serving light meals with a sushi or fruit bar to tap into the beach culture. If you are serving a full sit-down dinner, you can still look to the location for menu inspiration! Guests traveling from out of town will appreciate the extra opportunity to get a flavor for the local cuisine.

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Match Your Decor With Mother Nature

Your venue already has some of the best decor on Earth — white sand and blue waves create a stunning contrast and set the stage for your vows. Add tropical flowers and other bright colors to keep the contrast going or stick with whites and blues for a simple design.

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Set a Beach-Friendly Dress Code

Sand and high heels rarely go together, and your groomsmen might not appreciate wearing heavy suits in the middle of summer. Choose bridesmaid and groomsmen apparel that is light and beach appropriate — but still formal. Beach-appropriate clothes don’t have to be casual, but they should be comfortable for guests to walk and sit in.

You Don’t Have to Go Far to Find the Best Location

Your perfect beach wedding doesn’t have to be across the ocean in Maui or in the Caribbean sands of Bermuda. Look for a clean, quiet beach near you that your family and friends can travel to. You can save money and celebrate your day with the ones you love.  Bonus: You can host your wedding shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding party brunch on the beach, too! 

Planning a Florida beach wedding doesn’t mean you need seaweed and sandcastles in each aspect of your ceremony. However, keeping these ideas in mind can help you execute your theme flawlessly and create an unforgettable day.

Ready to start planning your perfect beach wedding? Contact us to start the conversation.