Beach weddings are beautiful, especially on the white sandy beaches of South Florida. There are many things to be aware of when planning a beach wedding and here are a few to help you create the beach wedding of your dreams!
What’s a Beach Wedding?
This seems obvious, but there are different types of beach weddings. Will you actually be on the sand or on a pier or terrace above the sand with the beach all around you? Do you wish to be on a private beach for an intimate setting or a public beach where others can pass by and admire you?
Public vs. Private Beach Wedding
There are several pros and cons to hosting your wedding on a public vs. private beach in South Florida. First and foremost, you will be allowed more time on a private beach. On a public beach, expect potential wedding crashers and spectators who can not only photobomb your best pictures, but also try to dance at your reception and get drinks at the bar. There will be some restrictions for both and do be aware of the turtle nesting. All the beaches are very protective of these amazing creatures and night weddings are not allowed in many locations.
Best Time of Year for a Beach Wedding
The best months for a beach wedding in South Florida are April, May, and June. The rainiest months are July through October due to hurricane season. It is a must to have a backup space for your wedding in case of any type of bad weather. Choosing a wedding venue that has an ocean view backup space would be ideal.
What Do You Need for a Beach Wedding?
The fundamentals for a beach wedding are the same as any other type, but it does take a longer time to set up and tear down due to the sand and distance from where the items are unload to where they will be set up. One of the most important things you must do is communicate with your guest and wedding vendors that your wedding is on the beach so they can prepare correctly. I always suggest having baskets of flip flops, sunscreen, a water station, and chilled towels to refresh and wipe off the sand after your guests depart. You also want to be sure to have a map with specific directions to the location of your beach wedding if it is remote or not easily in sight once guests arrive.
Want to find beach wedding venues in Ft. Lauderdale, Boac Raton and Palm Beach? Make sure you read my latest blog post on Florida Beach Wedding Venues.