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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SG

Information by Maddie Eisenhart
Dress by Anna Campbell
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Groom photo

Things that will make you say “I wish I did that at my wedding”

1- Have the groom write a message to the bride on the bottom of her shoe the morning of the wedding.

Shoe

2- Guest throw darts at balloons filled with paint attached to a canvas. You keep the art.

Canvas

3- Make/buy an inscribed handkerchief for your flower girl that she can save for when she gets married.

Handkerchief

4- Create a piñata for you to break open on your first anniversary filled with notes from your wedding guests.

Piñata

5- Add a pop of colour on the tulle under your dress.

Tulle

6- Have a live wedding painter capture your ceremony/reception space and your guests.

Painting

7- A wedding wheel with fun “prizes” for your guest to spin.

Wheel

8- Arrange ceremony seats in a circular pattern around the couple so that everyone can see.

Seats

9- Give each table a song name or lyric. When their song plays, the whole table has to get up and dance. If you are doing a buffet dinner, the song could also be the table’s cue to get food.

Song

10- Add pictures of your loved ones that have passed away to your bouquet, so they will be with you at your wedding.

Picture

11- Put photos of yourselves at different ages corresponding to table numbers for your guest to enjoy.

Numbers

12- Leave fun facts about yourselves on the tables.

Facts

13- Instead of throwing rice…

Confetti

14- A “Please call anyone but the bride” list of phone numbers for your wedding party to keep stressful, last-minute problems away from the bride on her wedding day.

Call

15- Write each other love letters on the day of your wedding and seal them closed in a box with a bottle of wine. Open the box on an anniversary.

Anniversary

16- Include a space on the RSVP where guest can request songs to play at the reception.

RSVP

17- Give guest to-go boxes so that they can take cake home.

Cake

18- Instead of asking for registry items, let guest donate to your honeymoon fund (also known as a nice way to ask for money as a gift).

Honeymoon

Information from Beepb.com

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SG

Ideas to incorporate Lavender in your Wedding

Its fragrance is refreshing , its color denotes elegance and its versatility makes it perfect for a country wedding , bohemian, chic , industrial or vintage shabby . Take note of these ideas and incorporates lavender in your wedding!

The meaning of Lavender

In the Roman times, brides included various herbs in their wedding bouquet because it brought different emotions and good omens. The particular herb that the bride wore had a lot of meaning . Then in Victorian times , brides started using lavender at their weddings. The typical bouquet of the bride had lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme. Lavender brought luck and devotion, rosemary for memory  , sage for a long life and thyme  for strength.

 

Lavander

 

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SG

Copper and Navy

Copper and Navy

What is so flattering about this theme?

Well to be honest I have seen this combination of colours in a rustic wedding as well, specially for autumn, I guess the colours give an elegant vibe.
The different themes I’ve seen vary in decoration and the ways the colours are used. I have just put together some images to give a rough example on what exactly accentuates this colour scheme.

I guess you can start showing off the theme of your wedding by sending the invitation with these two colours, the image I found has the lettering in copper and the envelope is navy, however you can play with the arrangement and have them the other way.

 

 

 

With centre pieces there is so much room for creativity, this image in particular is a navy blue vase, with hydrangea, roses and a copper flower. everything surrounding the centre piece is copper.
It doesn’t necessarily needs to be this way, there are many ways that could be decorated.
This next image could also be a centre piece, this one is a copper vase, it looks simple yet elegant.
The flowers you could use here can vary but personally I like to have a variation and not just one type of flower.

 

 

 

I have seen many cakes with this particular palette.
This one in particular looks like midnight with stars.
I really liked this one I found because it’s exactly the colours of the theme. Others i have found are more washed, making it look more pastel like and not much of a navy colour.

 

 

 

 

 

There is a very popular rhyme that is called the four somethings, something blue is part of this rhyme and these accessories could be used for that purpose. Some brides chose to sew on a tiny blue heart inside the lining of their dress, with this theme, no need to hide it.

 

 

 

Bridesmaid dresses can be a little tricky since maybe not all them have the same size. With this theme there are five different colours to choose from. If one colour does not go with what was envisioned, it’s always a good idea to have more options.
Maybe have the exact same dress for all the bridesmaids or have the same colour and different necklines.

 

 

 

The groom and groomsmen could wear a boutonniere and a pocket square with the main two colours, it could be like the image or have the colours reversed.
In my opinion I think that the suit could be black or grey as it would make the colours stand out more.

 

 

If you would like to see a theme, let me know through the contact me form!
SG

Rustic Wedding!

I have gotten a request for a Champêtre wedding theme, with the main colours being white and green.

Rustic Wedding ideas

This theme goes well for Spring, Summer and Autumn. It is refreshing yet calm.
Personally I like this theme very much since it gives a feeling of a fairy getting married, with all the details looking vintage but at the same time they are not.
Given that the request I got was for white and green, I added some shades of the colours in between, to give more of a spectrum to work with.

What do you really need to look for to get this look?

You have to pretty much decorate it like a garden.
To the table you could add leaves or branches to make it come together, the table numbers could be placed in a little log or a branch.
The cake could be semi naked and decorated with flowers.
Baby’s breath (Gypsophila) works perfectly with this theme.
There could also be a floral backdrop for the ceremony or right behind the couple’s table.
The roof of the reception could be decorated with lights and orbs to give it that fairy tale look.

What type of wedding dress goes perfect with this theme?
Well that is a little complicated to say given that everyone has a different taste but in my opinion I think the Trumpet Dress and the Empire waist Dress go perfectly. You could also wear flowers as a headpiece.

What can your bridesmaids wear?
I like when the dresses are a shade of what the colour is, in this case shades of green, it doesn’t necessarily needs to be like that, you can also have the same colour for all them and have the neckline vary.

There are just so many things you could do with this theme.
Even if it is the same general name, these type of weddings never look the same, different palette and decorations make them so different, as well as the variations of location!

If you would like to see a theme, let me know through the contact me form!
SG

Pop of colour!

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For those that love a pop of colour, how about Teal and Fuchsia!
You can play about with these two colours and no matter what you do with them, they always seem to go perfectly.

It doesn’t necessarily need to be for your wedding, it can also be for your bridal shower!
I have placed a palette together at the top of the page which can be used as guidance, for when you are gathering all the decorations as well as flower arrangements.

As you have been able to notice this type of decoration is more fitting for either a spring wedding or a summer wedding, it gives a little bit more of freshness!

If you are getting married during spring or summer, you may want to consider this pop of colour.
If you got married and used this same palette I would love for you to share it with us!

 

Much love

SG

 

Pick the right theme!

Palette
There are many themes you could have for your wedding, but which one is the one that suits you and your partner?

There are people who have known what their wedding would look like ever since they were small, I know because I am one of them, I know exactly what I want and how I want it.
So I will try to enlighten you on how to pick a theme for your wedding, one that suits you as much as your partner.
But why do you have to choose a theme? The theme will tie together the personal elements of your wedding and create a mood that will show who you and your partner are as a couple.

First of all you have to pick a venue, the venue will most likely be the reflection of you and your partner. If it’s in a ballroom or a destination wedding. When you picture your wedding where do you see it?

Secondly sit down and brainstorm ideas, the main things to consider are the hobbies and activities you enjoy together, favourite things in common like art or music.
If you both like a certain place then it can be general like all things France, or if you like a certain movie, a colour you both have in common, think of keywords that you both use.

Thirdly, ever since pinterest has been around, it has made visions so much clearer. It will be your best friend and it will clear any doubts, once you start pinning, you will realise what type of style you are most drawn too, I for example like to pin rustic themes which you can check out here.

I think that those are the main points to cover when picking out a theme.
You can always ask help from family and friends try to explain your theme once you have it, they will help add to your ideas.

If you still are feeling that you have gotten nowhere, then you might want to consider hiring the help of a Wedding Planner, that is part of the job after all. There are so many amazing wedding planners out there. Designers whose job is to help brides define their wedding style and design their weddings around it.

I hope that you find this information helpful.

Love
SG

 

How to know which dress is best for you

So you are getting married and its time to pick the dress. There are so many dresses to pick from, but unfortunately not all look so great. You have to know your body type, you could be tall and thin or hourglass figure, not all dresses will look good, so rather than spending time on trying things you like but get disappointed when you try them. How do you know what to look for without having to spend so long searching for that perfect dress.

Given that I have a bit of a fashion background I know a few things about what style suits who and I will share a little bit of my knowledge with you guys.

Lets start with the dresses.

This is the A line dress. Why is it called A-line? Well because it gradually widens towards the hem, giving the impression of the shape of a capital letter A. The term was first used by the French couture designer Christian Dior as the label for his collection of spring 1955. This style of dress suits mostly everyone  if you are pear shaped or apple, full figure or petite. it is the most fitting type of dress out there.

 

The Empire waistline Dress. A high waistline that cuts horizontally across the body, just below the bust. This waistline gives a long, slender look and excellent fabric drape in the skirt and allows for short, inconspicuous shaping darts. This waistline was popular in Jane Austen’s time. The outline is especially flattering to pear shapes, full figure, petite or apple shape wishing to disguise the stomach area or emphasize the bust. The shape of the dress also helps to lengthen the body’s appearance.

 

The Ball Gown Dress. This dress is long and formal, its fitted at the bodice with a very full skirt.  The ball gown shape has changed little since the mid-19th century. Its flattering on average height to tall women as the skirt visually cuts the body in half, its a very forgiving style hiding everything from the mid section, down.

 

Sheath Dress. In fashion, a sheath dress is a type of dress designed to fit close to the body, relatively unadorned. Unlike many cocktail dresses and the longer ballroom dress, a sheath dress typically falls around the knees or lower thighs.  It works well for hourglass figure ladies as well as petite and tall ladies.

 

Trumpet Dress. This style of dress fits closely to the body until mid hip then it widens gradually to the hem, resembling the mouth of a trumpet, hence the name. It is often confused with the mermaid dress but the trumpet flair from mid hip whereas the mermaid flares below the knee. This style adds curves on a straight figure or it can accentuate curves on a full figure.

 

Mermaid Dress. Mermaid, as the name suggests, means that the evening gown is shaped like a mermaid. It is form-fitting at the bodice, and the skirt is designed to resemble a mermaid’s tail in silhouette. So it fits closely from the chest to the knees then it flares out to the hem. Best suited for hourglass figure.

Of course there are others but these are the main ones you will find in every bridal shop.
I hope you liked the small insight.

Stay tuned for more bridal updtaes!

…and I’m back

Yep, I know. I have been away for a while. A lot has happened, not going to go into detail but lets say that I was in a bit of a rough patch, but now that I have time to sit down I will write a little bit.

I decided to build up a website and have been doing my own templates, for those brides to keep track of what they need to do and what has been done already. There are many things one can miss but since it is taking FOREVER  to actually finish the website, I will share it here.
Look out for that new tab where you can find 2 templates. The latest I have been working on is a Wedding binder, which you will see soon enough.

I guess that is all I have to say for now.