Take advantage of the evening summer breeze and get married at the beach. Just remember to check the tide charts for placement of your ceremony site. Not fun to have a chuppah or arbor washed away by the waves during your ceremony. This St. Simon’s wedding took place on the beach in front of the family’s home. When planning a beach wedding, every element should be anchored down with stakes or buried in the sand. When decorating with fabric on the beach, let the wind work as a design tool and let it flow. The pomanders hanging on the shepherd’s hooks were later used as chair decor at the reception.
This wonderful, unplanned piece of driftwood was the perfect backdrop for a ceremony on Tybee Island. The tropical flowers and foliage were perched atop poles and tee-pees of bamboo. A small table covered with burlap held the containers for their sand ceremony. You can’t attend a beach wedding without getting sand in your shoes–OR taking your shoes off. Paintbrushes in pails are a great way for your guests to dust their feet off before attending the reception.
Beach ceremonies can be enjoyable for the bridal party and the guests as long as your planning is practical. Think about providing flip flops for guests to wear while on the beach and have bug repellent or wipes for those southern sand gnats and mosquitoes. A late evening wedding is best for a reprieve from the summer sun and to take advantage of sunset.
Fans are a great way to keep your guests cool and bug free while adding color to your ceremony. Bright colored paddle fans from Bliss Wedding Market and personalized paddle fans from Daisy Days. Buri and sandalwood fans from Beau-coup and these cute personalized fans (that I think look like mini kites) are a great way to incorporate your wedding program.