Tips for Hosting the Perfect Beach Wedding

While Orlando might be over an hour from the closest ocean, there are still plenty of locations for couples who want to host a beach wedding here! We work with a number of venues with white sand beach sites, including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Several of our other venues also boast lovely sites overlooking the water, such as the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, BiCE Ristorante, and the Loews Hard Rock Hotel.

 

A wedding on the beach is unlike any other type of setting. It’s certainly romantic, calming, and beautiful. It’s also often public, hot, and windy. Having worked with thousands of couples on planning their beach weddings, we’ve picked up quite a few things over the years. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

 

  1. Prepare for the sun. This might seem like a no-brainer, but we can’t tell you how many couples don’t realize just how potent the Florida sun really is. Brides who don’t want strap marks or sunburned shoulders in their photos should take care to cover up before the wedding day. Everyone should stay hydrated and wear sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. Plan to wear something on your feet in the sand during the summer months so you don’t get burned by the hot sand. And don’t forget to pack your sunglasses!

 

  1. Choose an appropriate color palette. Beach weddings take place on a large white or beige surface, often with white folding chairs. Choose floral and décor colors that pop against that neutral backdrop to impress your guests and help your photos turn out beautifully!

  1. Roll with the theme. If you’re going to host a beach wedding, why not embrace it by bringing in fun and bright beach-themed elements? Choose floral in bold colors with a tropical feel, opt for entertainment such as steel drummers, ukulele players, hula dancers, and fire eaters, and provide favors like palm frond fans and flip-flops for your guests.

  1. Consider the lighting. Sand makes for a harsh reflective surface that doesn’t photograph as well at certain times of day. It’s best to host an early morning wedding or a sunset wedding so your photos turn out perfectly. Don’t be afraid to let your photographer experiment with photos in different lighting, though. You might be thrilled with the results!

  1. Dress appropriately. The beach is known for being casual and laidback, where weddings are known for their formality. This can make for some challenges when choosing your wedding attire. The good thing is that there’s some flexibility here. Guys can wear anything from dress slacks with short-sleeved dress shirts to full suits. We recommend something in-between, such as slacks and a dress shirt with a vest (ties optional). Brides have similar choices ranging from full ball gowns to dresses with skirts above the knee. For comfort reasons, we recommend steering clear of the heavier ball gowns for a beach wedding. Opt for lighter styles better suited to warm weather.

Thinking about hosting a beach wedding? Let us help! E-mail us at info@justmarry.com and we’ll get back to you right away.