Have you ever attended a beach wedding? How was your experience? I have been to a wedding that was hosted on a beach and unfortunately, it turned out to be a nightmare. From the nosy onlookers to the gusty wind blowing off decorations and the cold breeze that made the environment unbearable for guests, that particular wedding really needed better planning. It’s like the couple never thought that beach weddings came with their fair share of challenges and so they werent prepared for all this.
Beach weddings can be fun and stress free if properly planned. We have top wedding planners who can help you plan the perfect beach wedding. We have solicited advice from some of these planners to help couples prepare a pleasant and romantic ceremony at the beach. Here is what we managed to come up with.
Tips to plan a wedding on the beach
Choose the ideal wedding dress, shoes and accessories
- Avoid big dresses like the ball gown since it will pick up debris on the beach
- Choose a wedding gown made from light fabrics like chiffon
- Avoid wearing heels (flat sandals or wedges are most ideal)
- Choose an ideal hairstyle – wearing your hair down can be frustrating because of the wind
- Avoid the long veil- It will be frustrating on a windy day
- Choose formal wedding suits for the gentlemen
Choose a nice wedding color
Select a color that will contrast the sand. For instance, corals and greens work perfect in a beach setting. Dark colors that blend in like black and brown may make your theme appear boring
Get a permit
Find out what paperwork you need to fill before holding the ceremony on the beach. There are rules and regulations that you must follow especially in public beaches. You may have to pay a fee to set up sound in a public beach in Kenya.
Public beaches like the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach in Bamburi can be really crowded on weekends and during the holiday season. Some public beaches do not allow you to set up chairs and canopies in order to hold a wedding. Private beaches are always a better option for weddings.
Hire local wedding vendors
Always hire vendors who are locally available. If the wedding is in Mombasa, we can help you find people who offer flowers, cakes, décor and many more in Mombasa. This way, you will not get disappointed when your cake is stuck on its way to Mombasa.
Cover the seating area
Your guests should be comfortable so make sure you provide enough shade. You can look for tents for hire in Kenya. You can also create a beautiful canopy to cover the seating areas. Make the décor natural and unique for to complement the beach wedding theme.
Offer adequate refreshments/drinks
We all know that the hot Coastal weather can drain all the energy out of anyone. Make sure you set up a table which has cold water, fresh juice or sodas for your wedding guests. When it’s too hot then everyone will feel drained even before the ceremony starts. Keep your guests refreshed all day.
Choose the perfect audio system
If you don’t have the proper sound systems then your beach wedding can be a nightmare. Outdoor weddings have one major challenge which is audibility. The perfect sound system will make sure your voices don’t get lost in the wind. Ask your wedding DJ if he can provide this system and make sure you check it before the big day.
Keep the ceremony brief
Beach weddings shouldn’t be too long. When it is too long, the heat, wind and audibility will drive your guests crazy. Keep the performances short and well coordinated. Start the ceremony on time and end it before sunset. After sunset, it can be difficult to get nice shots in natural lighting.
Always have a backup plan
Outdoor weddings are tricky because the weather can change without any notice so you must be prepared for it. Have a tent ready or an indoor space where you can transfer the ceremony if the weather turns to the extremes.
Most importantly, prepare for wind
Wind can mess up your hair, floral arrangements, candles and other items on the table will be blown away if you were not well prepared. A good wedding planner who has organized beach weddings before can help you choose the right décor and arrangement to avoid creating a huge mess whenever the wind blows.