Wedding at the beach! Things you should know

Most will think that a wedding at the beach is well…sandy…
I personally love looking through beach wedding pictures, there is something so magical about the sea.
I think most of us who plan beach weddings do so imagining a breezy, relaxed affair. Basically like the end of a romantic movie, however there are lots of things to consider before setting your sights on the ocean. So if you’re thinking about getting hitched in a beach wedding, here are a few things to check on first:

1.PUBLIC OR PRIVATE BEACH WEDDING

There have been arguments over who has the right to sand for decades. That said, if you’re having a smaller beach wedding (fifty or fewer guests), you may be able to find a private property on a secluded beach with owners who are comfortable hosting events in their space and get pretty close to private. But be forewarned: if that setup is what you’re after, start your search early. Even the most lenient hosts are often wary of events, so it can be hard finding someone who both has a secluded beach at their disposal and doesn’t mind letting you use their property as a home base. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, though. Just give yourself lots of time to make it happen (and prepare yourself for lots of rejection).

2.CEREMONY OR RECEPTION OR BOTH

There’s a big difference between a ceremony on the beach with a reception to follow at a more traditional reception space (hall, restaurant, etc.) and a full-on beach blanket bingo with a hundred of your nearest and dearest. So before you start researching anything, figure out what kind of beach wedding you’re asking for. Permits and ordinances vary depending on what kind of gathering you’ll be having, whether food and drink are involved, if you’re asking to rope off a particular part of the beach, etc. In general, the path of least resistance is to have your ceremony on the beach, and then move the party somewhere that’s better equipped to handle a party. Bonus: that place can still be on the beach. If you’re getting married in the off-season (assuming your beach has one, but we’ll get to that next), beach-front venues might be willing to host an even on a weekend date when they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do much business.

3.PERMITS AND ORDINANCES

Beach rules vary by location and often the question you’ll be asking yourself is “Do I need a permit for this?” Check with the local government to see what regulations they have regarding events and gatherings. Some things to consider:

  • Are you having a big beach wedding or a small one? Some beaches have regulations about gatherings, so the more people you add to the guest list, the more you’ll want to check what those rules are.
  • Do you expect privacy? Hint: everything will be easier if the answer is “no.” But there may be options for roping off a section of the beach. So check your codes and see if there’s an option for obtaining a permit that keeps outsiders… outside.
  • Will there be alcohol outside? Most beaches prohibit alcohol consumption, so research your local codes to figure out if yours applies. Or just choose from one of these beaches to start with and you’ll be fine.
  • Do you plan on doing anything dangerous? Like starting a bonfire? Some beaches prohibit bonfires. Others simply require that you apply for a permit. In general the rule is if it might be dangerous, check if there’s a code or permit requirement.

4.ACCESSIBILITY

Sure, it might be lovely to get married with your toes in the sand. But can your wheelchair-bound Grandma make it to the ceremony to see you put said toes in the sand? Will your guests be standing? Are there options for those who will need to sit? Like any other outdoor ceremony space, the beach can add a layer of difficulty when it comes to accessibility. So consider your guest list and figure out if any additional accommodations will need to be made so that no one misses out.

5.AMPLIFICATION

Waves are loud, y’all. And beaches don’t necessarily come standard equipped with power outlets. So will your guests be able to hear you? Is your wedding small enough that you won’t need amplification? Or are you going to have to figure a portable power situation? Figure this stuff out in advance, or you may end up shouting to be heard in the rafters.

6.TIDES AND WEATHER

If you’re getting married in a park, there’s a good chance that half the park won’t suddenly disappear and be unavailable to you halfway through the day. But that’s what happens at the beach. So make sure your ceremony start time won’t be engulfed by ocean. Because having guests washed away to sea is a super bummer. And while we’re on the subject, don’t forget to check the seasonality of rain in your area.

I hope you find this information helpful, if you know of any other regulations or things about a beach wedding I would love to know!

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Information by Maddie Eisenhart
Dress by Anna Campbell
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Honeymoon Destination – Ireland!

Here you’re never too far from the ocean, from golden beaches swept clean by the rolling waves, the views of mysterious smaller islands shimmering offshore, and quaint harbour towns with their hand-painted shop fronts and color-washed cottages. It’s easy to fall in love with Ireland’s charms and traditions.

If you are thinking of going or would like to go to the Emerald Isle, there are a few things you should know!

  • English-Speaking country. Fitting in and making friends is easy.
  • Breathtaking natural beauty, from the rolling green hills of Kerry to the golden beaches swept by the waves.
  • Rich history and culture, the history of Ireland is an important part of what makes it the country it is today.
  • Their currency for the Republic of Ireland is the Euro and for Northern Ireland is the Pound Sterling.
  • A top place to visit is  Kylemore Abbey, founded in the Kylemore Castle for Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. The castle was originally built as a private home by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife.
  • Located just next to Kylemore Abbey is the Connemara National Park. Not only is this area beautiful to drive around, but there are some great opportunities to hike and trek through the Connemara National Park. The area is quite remote on the absolute West Coast of Ireland, but that just makes it all the more special.
  • Mullaghmore Beach in Sligo which is the quaint and charming seaside town of Mullaghmore. Many tourists pass by without knowing to stop and bypass this stunning seaside town – don’t be one of them!
  • Ashford Castle is the crowning glory of castle hotels – but there are also many other great castle hotels in Ireland that should receive equal praise.
  • An Ireland Honeymoon is an enduring experience that will stay with you forever!

Make your Honeymoon as memorable as your wedding day!

 

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INFORMATION FROM WWW.WORLDOFWANDERLUST.COM

AND WWW.INTERNATIONALLIVING.COM

If you would like to make your own package visit WWW.AUTHENTICIRELAND.COM

Honeymoon Destination!

We should also talk about where to go after you’ve tied the knot!

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If you are thinking of going or would like to go to this caribean island, there are a few things you should know!

  • Officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an archipelagic state of the Lucayan Archipelago consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean; north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic); southeast of the US state of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. Its capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence.
  • The water is so clear, that divers experience visibility up to 60m (200 feet)
  • It is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. It gets extremely crowded in the months of March and April.
  • You can easily comunicate in English
  • Their currency is the US dollar and Bohemian dollar.
  • The Bahamas is known for its stellar beaches. With over 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays, and the clearest water on Earth, visitors come from all around to sink their toes into miles of pure white, and in some places pink, sand. Many of their beaches have been voted “best in the world” by numerous publications.
  • Honeymoons in The Bahamas offer couples experiences found nowhere else in the world. And with 700 tropical islands to explore, you don’t have to stay in one place. Spend one day on a remote island, the next in a bustling metropolis.

 

However you decide to escape, there’s no doubt your honeymoon will be just as memorable as your wedding day!

 

 

Information from http://www.bahamas.com/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bahamas#Tourism