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Dreaming of a tropical beach wedding in the sun? Golden sands and crystal clear waves make a stunning backdrop for your special day, but if you're planning a seaside wedding, there are a few points to keep in mind. Here are our top tips for organising an exotic destination wedding!
Send your save the date stationery eight to twelve months before your wedding day. Guests will need lots of notice if you're getting married abroad, so provide them with a clear date and location. Even if you haven't tied down your venue just yet, add the country where the wedding will be held. You can also use tropical beach-themed designs to set up your theme!
Featured Design: 'Paradise Beach - Save the Date Card'
When you send out your formal invitations, it's time to add specific details to help guests prepare. Advise them on travel and accommodation options to help them plan their journey. Make sure to remind them about items they'll need for the beach location - sunglasses, flat shoes, sunscreen, and light clothing are essential for tropical climates! If you don't want to spoil your invites with a big list of details, consider using guest information cards with a design that matches the invites.
Featured Design: 'Beach, Palm Tree Lights - Guest Information Card'
Unlike a traditional indoor wedding, beach weddings are effected by weather conditions. Bear this in mind when planning your day! Wind is a major factor. Tie any loose decorations or stationery down so they won't blow away. It can also be difficult to hear vows over the wind and waves, so consider sound equipment for a beach ceremony.
Heat can also be an issue. Have back-up sunscreen on hand for everyone, provide a shady shelter, and offer icy refreshments for guests to enjoy. Finally, make sure to research the tide times at your beach of choice.
Brides should also consider the weather when choosing their dress, veil, and hairstyle. Choose airy yet elegant dresses to stay cool, flat-sole shoes to negotiate the sand, and updo hairstyles to beat the breeze.
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Try to use local suppliers wherever possible. A wedding planner will be able to guide you to the best vendors. Not only can it keep costs down, but you can also stay in contact with them easier than an overseas supplier - and there's no risk of items getting delayed by customs. For your tropical wedding, choose flowers native to the climate. Pick light and refreshing food and drink for a reception on the sunny beach; alternatively, if you're going indoors for the evening celebrations, you can indulge in local delicacies!
Featured Design: 'Hawaiian Flowers & Pineapple - Boutique Wedding Invitation & RSVP'
To have a beach wedding, you will likely need a permit. Think about whether you're having the ceremony or reception (or even both) on the beach, as the presence of food and drink can effect the permit. Some beach authorities prohibit alcohol and barbecues, so if you've got your heart set on a certain feature, make sure it's permitted before you make arrange it.
You also need to make sure your marriage is legally recognised in your home country. Talk to a local wedding planner or contact your Embassy to make sure you take the proper legal steps.
Beaches are rarely private, so be aware that wandering beach-goers might find their way into the background of your photos! A seaside resort with a stunning view of the beach might be more up your street if you want an intimate celebration. Alternatively, you could plan your wedding for an off-season period when there won't be many tourists around. A boat wedding could also give you privacy, as well as adding a unique new spin to the tropical beach wedding theme!