The soft sand, the bright sparkling water, and the sunset in the distance definitely make beaches one of the most romantic settings for a wedding. However, there are a lot of considerations to make sure that your big day by the seaside goes exactly as you planned. Here are a few tips to help you create the most beautiful beach wedding.
1. Choose the right time
Timing is essential in planning your beach wedding. Whether this is a destination wedding or a nearby beach, make sure that you are familiar with the weather to avoid the rainy or hurricane seasons. Likewise, you should avoid scheduling the ceremony in the middle of the day when it’s too hot. Also, educate yourself on the local ocean tide to be able to choose the perfect time so you and your guests will not be half submerged in salt water in the middle of the ceremony.
2. Dress accordingly
A beach wedding is not the time for ball gowns and high heels. So skip the bulky dress and look for lightweight yet stylish dresses that will elegantly blow with the cool breeze. You can then opt for sandals or go barefoot instead. You should also consider how you will wear your hair. It may be tempting let your hair down or style it loosely to achieve a more casual style but this will be a nightmare for you when it gets windy.
3. Prepare your guests
To ensure that all your guests are dressed appropriately and comfortably, let them know that the wedding will be by the beach and on actual sand. Temperatures can fluctuate so remind them through your invitation that they should be prepared.
4. Keep the ceremony short
Considering all the factors like the heat, wind, or tide, you and your guests may not want to spend the whole afternoon by the water. So keep the ceremony at a decent length so you can proceed to your reception area.
5. Have a backup plan
Unfortunately, no matter how much you plan and prepare for your big day, you cannot control the weather. It is better to have a backup plan like a tent or a nearby indoor space where the wedding can still take place.
So you’ve decided on a Hawaiian wedding theme and now you need to find beach wedding dresses that go with your Hawaiian beach theme. Or maybe you are planning a beach style wedding elsewhere (not actually on the beach in Hawaii), wherever that may be. It’s easy to bring Hawaii to any beach or even to your own back yard. And it all starts with the correct choice of Hawaiian wedding attire suitable to wear on the beach not only for yourself and your bridesmaids but the complete bridal party.
While a wedding on the beach may sound like a unique concept, it has been happening on various beaches of the world. A lot of brides are opting for exotic beach locations for their weddings instead of a traditional church wedding. In order to pick the right bridal attire for a particular wedding, you will need to consider many different elements. This can depend on the location, season and local practices or customs as well as the type of beach itself can be a important factor when selecting Hawaiian beach wedding dresses.
Hawaii is well-known for being laid-back and casual, so why not apply the same attitudes toward your wedding? It’s not uncommon for couples getting married on the beach to throw tradition to the wind and dress down.
While nothing could be more romantic than a traditional Hawaiian wedding dress known as a “Holoku”. The Hawaiian Holoku, a formal Hawaiian gown with a train, is also a gorgeous choice as a Hawaiian wedding gown for those who would like authentic Hawaiian wedding wear. The Holoku is an elegant, and conservative, formal tea dress, with its high neck, long sleeves, and lace. Maile, the character in Blue Hawaii who married Elvis at the end of the movie, wore a Holoku as her wedding gown as Elvis and Maile serenaded each other with the Hawaiian wedding song as they floated down a river on a canoe toward wedded bliss.
There are wedding gowns, that are specially designed for brides who wish to have a informal wedding especially for the beach. They are unusually free flowing, with simple lines, sometimes very colorful and definitely a far call from conventional. There are designers who specialize in beach wedding dresses with a Hawaiian theme. And even you do not want to get a designer wedding dress you could just get yourself a comfortable beach dress that you are comfortable wearing and get married.
A wedding on the beach does not permit you to wear those long flowing wedding gowns, with a 15ft trailing veil, they are best left for the more traditional church wedding. Hawaiian themed weddings can be more of a casual setting, allowing you set the mood for a fun relaxed day. While out in the sun with a small tent erected, you would want to wear something that matches this setting. After all a marriage ceremony is not sanctified on what beach wedding dress or gown you wear or where you get married. With a wedding on the beach you can be as formal or as casual as you like, they’re really are no golden rules, times are simply changing giving brides the chance to truly personalize her own special day.
It is all about marrying the right person in the setting that suits you most, and what an ideal setting, sand between your toes, the sun shinning upon you both, with the waves of the sea lashing against the shore. And, if you are wearing the right kind of beach wedding dress you could ask the priest to sanctify your marriage out on the shores edge, with gentle waves splashing around your ankles as you exchange rings and say ‘i do’. Doesn’t that sound picture perfect, so romantic…
Beach themed weddings s are popular at many romantic resorts in Hawaii some other popular wedding locations include (in no particular order) the Caribbean, Tahiti, Fiji, the Bahamas, Florida, California, Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia and South of France.
Top tips to consider when looking at Hawaiian beach wedding dresses.
The exact location of the beach chosen for the wedding may dictate, to some extent, what to wear to a wedding on the beach; for example, is the beach windy? If so, long, floaty dresses, with long veils (or loose hairstyles) may prove troublesome and a shorter, close fitting wedding dress may be more practical.
Take the time to find out what is the true color of the sand, as white sand is the best as this will not stain your wedding dress. Some sand can leave a horrible yellow stain on your wedding dress. It is advisable to wear a 3/4 length wedding dress if this is the case.
Most brides will also want to have their wedding photos taken on the beach, so it is strongly advisable to check out what type of sand is found at the location you have selected before you decide on the length of your Hawaiian wedding dress.
In any wedding that is going to be on the beach, sand is a important factor that you can not escape. When selecting a wedding dress to wear on the beach, you need to take into consideration that sand will find its way into every possible spot it can. Avoid selecting a beach wedding dresses that have lots of folds, pleats, or even lots of lace that sand can get trapped in.
Is there shade on the beach where the wedding is taking place? If not, you might want to consider a wide brimmed hat as part of your Hawaiian wedding attire to protect you and your beach bridal party from the sun.
Will the wedding take place on the sand or in a wedding gazebo? Sandals or flip flops (which can be very stylish) may be more appropriate than high heels or closed shoes if walking through sand is likely. You will notice in many Hawaiian wedding photos that the bride is even barefooted adding that extra casual feel to the day.
Lets not forget the wedding photos. Having you and your husband frolicking in the waves, or standing on the shore edge looking into the sunset, these romantic photos success will depend on what type of dress you are wearing. A bride trying to hold up a hooped wedding dress standing in the surf doesn’t make the best photo shot. But I am sure it can be done, but not the best scenario.
Sandra Beech spends as much time as she can on beaches and loves everything and anything to do with weddings. So it is natural for her to write about planning a beach wedding.