One of the most desired locations for a wedding is on the beach. It’s beautiful and the sound of the ocean creates a romantic setting for the exchange of vows. Then in the evening you get to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Natural beauty will awe your guests and allow you to save on the decorations. No need to go overboard, the scenery says it all!
This beautiful beach setting comes at a pretty high price. Due to the pristine location you will most likely have to go with a resort or established function business on the beach. These places are typically all inclusive and do not allow you to supply your own food, decorations or music.
While cost may not be an issue to you this is hard for most of us with a budget. On the other hand when you have a bottomless pocketbook the all inclusive is great. Not only does it save you the trouble of coordinating all the wedding necessities, but they clean up your mess!
Another plus of doing a resort style beach wedding is the accommodations. When you book the wedding most places give you a reduced price on a large number of rooms and allow you to hold them in advance. This allows the wedding party and guests to relax and make a vacation out of the stay if they are not from the area.
Now for those of us on a budget that love the water and beaches have other options. If you know people that live in towns or cities with beaches that you would consider, ask them if there are any town buildings you can rent out. In most places there are nice buildings near or around the water to rent for townies. Then your friend or relative could rent the venue for you.
In some towns or cities there are beaches that you can use with permission from the town clerk or city clerk. All you need to do is find the town hall or city building and ask for permission to use the beach for your wedding. They typically want an exact time and date so that they don’t allow someone to use it the same day and time as you. This allows for a more intimate setting.
Most cities and towns are not bothered by this as long as you don’t set up chairs or leave trash on the beach. With mutual respect between the public and the city there are many beautiful beaches to have your wedding ceremony on.
Now when it comes to the reception, this is when it gets tricky with a small budget. Some lakes and ocean beaches have parks with picnic tables and shelters you can reserve. This is a great way to save money on a venue if you want to remain on the water for the reception. Otherwise you could do the ceremony on the beach and drive to another location for the reception.
Both resort and public beach weddings are beautiful and romantic due to the back drop. If you can afford the all inclusive “great” but if you can’t do not be discouraged and try to find a nice public beach. No matter what happens, don not worry about everyone else. Just remember that they are coming to see the union between you and your fiancé not for an extravagant show.