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How To Plan a Beach Wedding

Sand between your toes, the perfect sunset and glorious weather...all reasons to have a beach wedding. Discover how you can plan your wedding in the sun and side step any problems.

You might have the perfect beach in mind or perhaps you just want a beach wedding because you are guaranteed a longer honeymoon with sun, sea, sand and stunning sunsets; but whatever the reason beach weddings are incredibly romantic and can take you anywhere in the world. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the Mediterranean heat of Greece or you’d prefer tropical Tahiti or Mauritius there are plenty of beaches and ways to create the wedding of your dreams.


When you’re trying to decided where best to go for your beach wedding first and foremost it has to be a beach you that has memories for you as a couple or alternately it is a beach that promises to delivered the wedding day of your dreams. If the location is familiar to you and it is a beach close to home it may be easier to have a hand in the preparation. Revisit the beach and look for places to have the reception; is there a beach side restaurant ideal for your reception or an area suitable for your marquee? If you would prefer a tropical beach far far away, make sure you do you research. If you don’t plan to visit before the big day, ensure you get a wedding organizer that you trust and ask them to send you photos if necessary.

Before you book

Create your own personal checklist. It’s an important thing to do for any wedding but even more important if you are planning from afar. How long will the service be? If you plan to say your vows on the sand as the sunsets is your beach in the correct position? Another important point to planning a beach wedding is ensuring you have the correct papers and permits in advance of the big day. After all your planning and preparation you don’t want to arrive in paradise to a headache of administration. Be sure to be clear in your expectations and list exactly what you want, then send it to the agents and get a confirmation before you book.


Whether you want to have a formal western ceremony or a service inspired by local traditions be prepared to have all sorts of options. It is worth remembering that your ceremony time will depend on the tides and avoiding the most intense heat of the day.

Sandals one of the most well known all inclusive beach wedding companies offers luxury beach weddings all over the world. You can expect a dedicated consultant in a number of picturesque locations, photos reception cake and licenses all taken care of.


Choose a dress that is suitable for your beach wedding is a little different to the traditional church gown. When you are shopping around look for light weight and non clingy fabrics that keep their shape, avoid making you sweat and can withstand creasing. Experiment with the length of your dress in an effort to keep cool and show off your tan and remember if you are standing close to the surf and on the sands longer dresses will undoubtedly get covered.

The Destination

Decide how big you intend your wedding to be and whether this suits the location. Also it is worth remembering that not everyone will be able or willing to travel to an exotic location. Also think of the practicalities of where you intend to have the wedding, are there toilets on your deserted paradise island?

The Weather

Having a beach wedding one of the major attractions has to be the sun. Do abit of research to find the best times for sun. It might be better to avoid the peak summer months so that you can enjoy the sun but not sweat it out. Your local wedding planner can also advise the best time of day to enjoy the best of everything. What‘s more it is worth considering having an indoor wedding venue option in case it should rain.

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