Whether you choose the rainforest-backed sands of Costa Rica or the Tiffany-box blue waters of Mexico, no two beach weddings are the same. In Mauritius, you could say your vows on a beach that’s whiter than a wedding cake, and celebrate with entertainment by a local sega dance troupe. A little closer to home on the aptly named ‘White Isle’ of Ibiza, you can be blessed on the beach, followed by a barbecue or an all-night party in one of the island’s famed clubs.
You’ve chosen The One. It’s now time to choose The Other One – the dress. But for a beach wedding, consider the climate. The puff will soon go out of a princess gown once a little heat and humidity is applied. Natural fabrics like silk work best in the heat. Go for something light and floaty – this is a beach wedding after all. Alice Temperley does a good range of beach-inspired wedding dresses. Grooms might want to think about a linen suit or shorts. Obviously shoes and socks are out. Beach weddings really are all about loosing the shoewear.
Barefoot has to be best foot forward for beach weddings, but if you do want your footwear to add a touch of height, then remember those heels will soon sink into the sand. Pretty sandals are the next best thing. Take a look at Monsoon’s range of sandals and wedges. Alternatively, invest in these nifty heel protectors.
When it rains on the big day, we often roll out that French saying, 'mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux', AKA ‘rainy wedding, happy marriage’. However, rain at your beach wedding is hardly going to put a smile on your face.
At your location, think about an indoor venue as a back-up plan, or have a gazebo ready for a possible tropical shower. Also, download a good weather app, such as the iPhone Weather Channel app, that can be relied upon to give you the forecast for the entire day.
While you’ll be standing, gazing into each other’s eyes, spare a thought for your guests. No-one wants to be stuck on the sand during a hot day. You’ll need to think about the number of guests and whether you need seating. To stop the chairs sinking into the sand, have a think about some kind of flooring, or take the wedding to a cliff-top location overlooking the beach.
Beach weddings conjure up images of dining on the sand, the moon’s glow reflected in the sea. But there are other options. If you’re getting married on the beach in front of a hotel, then there could be some great reception rooms or hotel gardens to move into. And dining on the beach doesn’t have to be a formal affair. There’s nothing wrong with a beach barbecue or even taking guests to a local restaurant.
Register with a UK wedding registry company so your guests don’t have to bring gifts in their baggage with them – and you don’t have to fly them home. There are plenty of registries to choose from, including department stores and quirky, boutique online retailers. Patchwork allows couples to avoid the cringe of asking friends and relatives for money. Couples create a ‘patchwork’ of ideas that people can put money towards, such as £40 for a visit to the Guggenheim Museum during their honeymoon.
While all your guests will be clicking away, uploading photos onto social media, you might still want to have an official photographer. Thomson’s wedding coordinators can arrange for the wedding to be photographed and filmed – and even set up a live wedding link so friends and family at home can watch.
A clean sweep of sand is your very own blank canvas to make your wedding mark. Whether you love shells, starfish or coral, you can theme your beach wedding as you wish. Thomson’s wedding coordinators are based either at the hotel or in the resort, so they’ll be able to advise on the right finishing touches for your day.
Who doesn’t love being spoiled? You don’t have to leave the fun part of your wedding until the big day. Treat yourselves with massages and facials and even exclusive airport lounge access and a glass of bubbly on the plane.
To find out more about a beach wedding with Thomson click here.
By Louise Man
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