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How To Plan a Beach Wedding

The image of a beachside ceremony beneath the setting sun is enough to make even the most hardened heart go soft and mushy.


  • Step 1: Decorate with seashell or starfish themes, but keep the decorating subtle. Utilize the natural beauty of the beach.
  • TIP: Fill small pails with candy pebbles for party favors.
  • Step 2: Check the weather forecast for the beach. Have a backup plan, such as a tent for shelter in case the weather is bad.
  • FACT: Did you know? According to a 2008 survey, the average cost of a wedding in the United States was $21,814.
  • TIP: Use beach-friendly seating, like antique coolers than won't sink into the sand.
  • Step 3: Arrange the guests in a semi-circle facing the bride and groom and use a sound system to be heard over the surf. Keep from standing right in front of the sun so the guests can see without being blinded.
  • Step 4: Determine the budget for the ceremony, and whether you want to use a public or a private beach, or rent a house on the beach.
  • Step 5: Obtain the necessary permits and paperwork for the ceremony. If parking isn't free, purchase parking for your guests.
  • Step 6: Keep your guests comfortable. Supply water bottles or lemonade. Rent deluxe portable toilets if the beach doesn't have suitable restrooms.
  • Step 7: Determine how many guests are coming to the ceremony. Let the guests know it is a beach wedding so they can plan accordingly.

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