If you’re located anywhere near us here in the Northeast, then like us, you’re probably pretty happy now that the colder weather seems to have finally given way to warmer temperatures and sunnier skies. That’s a good thing for a lot of reasons, and one of them is that beach weddings are back!
Around here, they’re not too common in the winter months, but now that we’re well into spring and headed toward summer, you can expect to see a lot more of them. You may even want to start planning one yourself and if that is indeed the case, then read on because our longtime NYC & NJ wedding videographers have a few awesome tips that could be a big help.
Let the setting shine.
Ballrooms can be breathtakingly beautiful. There’s no doubt about it, but without the right touch of personality in terms of the decor, they can feel pretty run-of-the-mill. For some tips to avoid that, check out this post, 3 Tips from Our NJ Wedding Videographers for Making Your Celebration More Personal, but today’s post isn’t about ballroom weddings.
It’s about beach weddings and when it comes to beach weddings, the setting doesn’t tend to require much in the way of personalization. No one’s saying that you shouldn’t look for ways to make your celebration more unique to your personalities, but just that a beach is a far cry from a ballroom. For the most part, the best bet is to just get out of its way and let it shine.
Whether you’re just having your ceremony out on the water or you’re having your whole party on the beach or just in sight of it, the objective should always be to highlight the natural backdrop rather than distract from it. Take inspiration from it, sure, but don’t overwhelm the beach’s inherent beauty.
Don’t underestimate the wind.
Weather’s a potential issue with every outdoor wedding. The thing is that most newlyweds-to-be consider rain or snow, depending on the time of year, but when it comes to beach weddings, specifically, wind can be a major factor. Sure, there’s still the chance for rain, but you need to prepare for wind as well.
Anchor down any decor elements that could possibly blow away, whether you need to use rope, rocks, sand, fishing net, etc., to do it. From there, you need to also prepare for the cooler temperatures that wind can lead to, as well as the potential for sand to get blown everywhere with a good gust.
The point is that you can’t underestimate the wind when planning a beach wedding. You obviously need a Plan B in place too because, again, it could always rain on your big day, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about the wind.
Help your guests have fun.
While the natural landscape mentioned above is worth the hassles of having a beach wedding alone, make no mistake, they do come with their own set of issues and one of the most common ones is keeping guests comfortable throughout the celebration. This is a beach we’re talking about, after all.
That means gorgeous views and, hopefully, weather, but it also means sun, sand, water, and potentially uncomfortable temperatures. That’s why you need to do what you can on your end to help your guests prepare for all that. You can start by including something about it on your invitations and/or wedding website.
From there, you may want to include some helpful items in your welcome bags, such as towels, travel-size bottles of sunscreen, perhaps some mini fans or other tools for combating the heat, and bottled water of course. You could also scatter some of these items around your ceremony and reception as well.
Beach weddings can be completely unforgettable, as long as you plan them right.
The bottom line is that you need to make it easy for your guests to enjoy themselves, because the beach could present some obstacles. We just hope these tips help you to avoid them. Good luck, and for some fun decor ideas, check out this post, Vets of Wedding Videography in NJ Share Some Beach Wedding Decor Ideas.
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