With the summer upon us we find brides with summer dates love to be near the ocean and on the sand. A New England wedding beachside has a lot to offer – the nautical, the tranquil, and the romantic feeling. Before you start planning your dream beach wedding there are few things you should consider.
FEET - Some beachy couples are providing a “shoe valet” where guests can trade out their Ferragamo pumps for casual flip-flops – which you can have personalized with the couples name and wedding date. Another nice touch is to have a de-sanding station – soft bristle paint brushes are a nice way to remove thee sand between your toes.
EYES – Although, your beach site faces east the sun at sundown is not an issue, however the sun is the sun and you want your guests to have a way to block the sun from their eyes – sunglasses, visors, or parasols.
WEATHER – Remind your guests to bring something to cover the chill of the New England ocean breeze. A great idea is to have a pashiminas, sweaters or even a stack of bankets packed into a basket at the begining of the aisle for your guests to grab as they sit. Alternativly, if you are getting middled in August mid-day, you may want to provide lemonade or a refreshing botttle of water personalized with the bride and grooms name.
DRESS CODE - A beach wedding doesn’t really say ballgown and chapel length train. Whether you opt for a tropical island sheath or a demure slip-dress, take advantage of the heaps of stylish fashions available to set a coastal mood. Light fabrics, such as sheer silks and chiffons, have a nice fluid movement to them, yet still look dressy. You may want to inform your guests on the invitation by wording your attair as “beachside formal”.
HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN – We know: in your dream wedding it never rains…except when it’s reality and it does. Sometimes its the wind that makes things unbearable. It’s best to always have a foul-weather option – a tent or indoor shelter – if only for your peace of mind.
Always remember that this is your special day and if you have always dreamed of that beach wedding you may have to compromise on your fairy princess wedding dress and realize that it is the beach, it is the summer, and the weather is unpredictable. – Just remember to keep your cool because everything will be just ‘beachy’.