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Five Ways to Prep for Your Destination Beach Wedding

Let’s face it…planning a destination wedding can be stressful. There’s so many things you to choose, and it might leave you with unanswered questions along the way. Sometimes you might not even know the right questions to ask! Which is why I’ve put together a guide of the Five Ways to Prep for Your Destination Beach Wedding, hoping it can take the stress off of you.

As a Destination Wedding Photographer, I’ve been lucky to gain insight on the industry. And want to help couples out there trying to plan one of the best days!

So here are five ways to prep for your Destination Beach Wedding!

destination wedding photographer on the beach with newly married couple and friends and family

1. Make sure you’re wearing the right attire

No one wants to be too hot or sweaty on their wedding day. Or you would never want to have a dress that collects the sand around you. So it’s important to know what the weather is like at the time of year you’re getting married, and plan accordingly. When it comes to sand, think the lighter – the better.

bride and groom with wedding party and first kiss during ceremony by Emily burns photo

2. Know the rules and regulations

If you decide to ditch the wedding planner (which I don’t suggest when planning from afar), make sure you have all the permits needed. This may require some research but knowing the rules (like beach or noise regulations) will make for a smoother weather day. Don’t make the mistake of assuming it’s as easy as show-up-and-get-married-on-the-beach. If you want a seamless day, make sure to look into the rules and regulations of your location.

stormy beach wedding day with bride and groom for destination beach wedding

3. Have an accessible spot

Wherever you decide to have your ceremony or recpetion, make sure its easy to get it. Walking on the beach can be tough. Especially for our older family and friends. You want to make sure its not a long walk, and a place that vendors can’t easily deliver things like chairs or an arbor.

same sex wedding in Florida during sunset ceremony and blue hour portraits

4. Have the proper expectations

Beaches mean people. And I must say, beach people tend to have no spatial awareness. So there will be people around you probably. Someone might walk right past your ceremony, yeah. Will your wedding still be beautiful?? HECK YES! So prepare for people, but if you hire the right vendors, they will put you in the best location. And choosing a destination wedding photographer, will help ensure you have someone who knows all the tips and tricks for keeping strangers out of their lens as best as they can.

wedding dress train photo of newly married couple kissing on the beach by destination wedding photographer

5. Have a back up plan

Chances are, you won’t use it. But having a place to weather out a storm just in case will take a lot of stress off of you. This could look like changing a ceremony time, bringing things indoors, or maybe just having a covered tent. Always have a back up plan. You will thank yourself later if mother nature wants to step in on your wedding day.

bride wearing short veil with updo hair and braids wrapped in husbands arms
first kiss under triangle arch during ceremony by Emily burns photo
married couple walking back up aisle after destination beach wedding
wedding arch with fabric and wedding floral in Florida by Emily burns photo

That’s it! I hope you find these Five Ways to Prep for Your Destination Beach Wedding helpful!!

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