If you stumbled on this blog you are probably considering having a beautiful beach wedding! First things first, congratulations! Throughout my career, I have photographed weddings and elopements at the most beautiful beaches from the California coastline to Mexico. I have gained so much experience and have so much advice to share to couples looking to elope and/or get married in paradise! In this week’s blog I want to share with you some of the biggest things to think about when planning a beach wedding. Let’s get started!
1. Expect Wind!
I think it’s safe to say everyone knows there’s wind at the beach. But you would be surprised how many people forget or underestimate windy weather conditions. There’s days that will have more wind than others. Don’t let the wind ruin your day! Make the best of it! When considering pictures of your big day, wind can add emotion and movement.
This ties right in with your beach day wedding weather being windy more than usual. Have a back up hairstyle in case it’s really windy or set on a hairstyle that will go with the wind and still look good. A bonus tip is to stand based on which way the wind is blowing and that will help as well!
3. Clothing and Dress!
Make sure you choose a dress that is not too heavy or blow open in the wind. Also tell your guests to wear something light and beachy. Beachy means something light and airy with not too many layers. Most beach locations will be hot! And guess what? Since your wedding will be at the beach, you don’t have to wear shoes!!
4. Your Date
I would definitely recommend you take your time and pick a good date for your beach wedding. Check weather conditions and trends on when the weather is a little warmer at the location you choose. Choose a weekday instead of a weekend. Can you guess why?? Bingo! Less crowds and traffic!!
Much like the wind factor, different destinations have different seasons. Do your research on what months rain the most so you don’t pick a month that it does. This rings true for the amount of seaweed that ends up on the beach. You don’t want to go when it’s the high season for it. Of course, we can’t control the weather and it might rain even when it’s off season. However it is a big help to plan your big day around hurricane season. Just remember to enjoy your day even if it rains. Cloudy days make the most beautiful photos!
I always recommend local vendors or someone who is very familiar with the location. They know the most for your location and will help you plan the best. Vendors that know the seasons and that can also have a plan b if it rains. I have worked with so many amazing vendors during my time photographing beach weddings, and I can always recommend my favorites if you decide to go forward with a beach wedding!
I hope this helps and hope you have an amazing beach wedding, need a photographer let me know =))
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