As a Southern California wedding photographer I see a lot of beach weddings! There is nothing more romantic than the sound of crashing waves and a gorgeous sunset over the water. To ensure your big day is just as magical as you imagined, we put together a list of tips and ideas so you are fully prepared for an incredible beach wedding.
Bride & Bridesmaids:
A ball gown is not necessarily ideal for a beach wedding. Beach brides and bridesmaids should try to stick with light and airy fabrics and dresses that will not drag and collect sand.
Long loose curls may be gorgeous, but unless you want to be pulling strands of hair out of your lip gloss all night long, stick with an updo or half updo. This will ensure your makeup is safe from the notorious ocean winds and make for better photos!
When deciding on flowers, keep in mind that your flowers will be outside in the heat and possible wind all day. It is important to pick durable flowers like orchids or plumeria which are surprisingly hardy flowers and will hold up in any kind of weather.
Groom & Groomsmen:
Just like bride and her bridesmaids, men should look for cooler attire options. Grooms usually sport linen suits, but if it is a hot day guys can forgo their jackets for a more casual, beachy look.
Men do not have a ton of options for the sand when it comes to shoes, so going barefoot is always a great idea, keeping the sand out of their nice dress shoes.
A great gift for your groomsmen could be a pair of nice sunglasses to rock during or after the wedding. It is a casual look and ensures cohesiveness in pictures.
Create a wedding website with companies like the knot or wedding wire, to keep your guests up to date and to highlight any additional details. Include details such as dress code (“beach casual” or “beach chic”), weather forecasts, and mention bringing items like flip flops and sunscreen. Sunglasses are another good suggestion if it will be close to sunset as your guests will be looking right into the sun.
Offer shoe check- as soon as your guests arrive stow their footwear so they can walk barefoot in the sand without carrying their shoes around if they choose.
Hire a planner!
There are a lot of logistics that go into planning and executing a beach wedding. We have only touched on a handful of things to think about, so hire a professional to guide you through the unknowns. Knowing where to start can be daunting so we are happy to recommend a few planners that are top notch!
Lastly, to capture the sunset photos you have been dreaming of, ensure the ceremony concludes at least an hour before sunset.
Take a look at some of the storybook beach weddings we have photographed this year here.