Friday, September 3, 2010

the {Modern} Bride: Planning a Beach Wedding

Recently we were asked how we 'feel' about beach weddings – our response, we love them! If done the right way, beach weddings offer couples a sensible, yet elegant solution to the expense and headache normally associated with a traditional wedding. Typically, a beach wedding is easier to plan, cheaper to pay for and a lot more fun - for everyone. And while a beach wedding isn't for every couple, (most notably the bride who wants to dress up like a princess), the idea is something to consider. A beautiful sunset, a flawless shoreline and beautiful weather, what’s not to love?

Think a wedding by the water is the route you want to take? There are a few important elements you must consider when planning a wedding on the beach:

Consider the time of day. Many brides dream of having a beach wedding just as the sun sets. Sunset is an excellent time for the ceremony, most beachgoers have already gone home, giving you more privacy and your photos will be stunning! Morning ceremonies are wonderful as well.

Consider renting a large beach house. The bride and groom as well as the wedding party can stay in the house during the week/weekend of the wedding. This will allow you to save money on hotel rentals which could add up to the amount that it costs to rent the beach house. And, as an additional money saver, you can have the ceremony and reception in one location.

The weather can be either an asset or a hindrance for any beach wedding. It may be windy - or it could be rain. Consider renting a canopy (if it isn't too windy) or providing beach umbrellas, at least for elderly guests.

Consider where guests will have to park, and how far they'll have to walk. Walking on sand may be difficult for the elderly or those with health or mobility issues. Consider renting a golf cart to transport guests if they'll be walking a far distance.

Every wedding needs music. However, music at the beach can be a challenge. There may not be access to electricity so plan on using live music for the ceremony. If you plan to have the reception on the beach, you may need to use live music as well.

Many couples who opt for a beach ceremony still opt for an indoor reception - but it is possible to have an outdoor wedding reception too. Don't think so? Check out these beautiful beach ceremonies and outdoor receptions - we're sure you'll change your mind.

Visit the Beach Bride Wedding Guide for more helpful planning information. And did we fail to mention that LMP loves the beach? Let us help you celebrate your big day by the sea.

See you at the beach!

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