If you dream of getting married on the shore while the sun sets behind you, a beach wedding is the right choice for you! Of course, while it has its perks, there are a few cons that you’ll want to consider before deciding on using a beach as your venue. Here are some of the biggest pros and cons of having a beach wedding.
The Pros of a Beach Wedding
- Gorgeous Setting: Obviously, one of the biggest benefits of a beach wedding is the stunning view! There’s something particularly romantic about a wedding with a backdrop of waves crashing in the distance, and it’s something you and your guests won’t forget.
- No Need for a Ton of Decor: When the beach is your wedding venue, you don’t need much to dress up the space! This means you’ll need to spend less on decor, which is a huge plus.
- Opportunity for Comfier Attire: A beach simply doesn’t lend itself to more formal, stuffy attire. You and your guests will still want to look nice, but you can aim for more relaxed looks. Plus – no uncomfortable heels for the ladies!
- Typically Less Expensive: Of course, this will depend on different factors, but beach permits typically aren’t very expensive, and will be far less than renting a more traditional ceremony venue.
The Cons of a Beach Wedding
- Lack of Privacy: Unless you scored a private beach or plan on transporting guests to a secluded area, you’re likely going to deal with a few onlookers.
- Unpredictable Weather: On a perfect day, the beach is a gorgeous setting. But if the weather turns sour, you’re going to need a plan B! Intense wind and rain mean you’ll need to find some shelter, so you’ll have to do the work to ensure you have another indoor venue close by as a backup.
- Annoying Sand: This isn’t the biggest issue, but trying to brush sand off of your feet after a day at the beach can be a bit annoying! Be sure to have a few bottles of baby powder on hand to help guests get rid of every single sand particle.
- Immediate Clean Up: Depending on your permitting situation, you may need to have the space cleared out immediately after the ceremony. That said, this won’t be a huge problem if you hire a team to help out so that you can get right to the reception.
- Sound Issues: Beaches can be loud, especially when the wind picks up or when the waves are a little rowdier. You’ll need a good sound system in place (along with a generator!) to ensure everyone can clearly hear the ceremony.
If you are in the process of planning your wedding, come to the next Georgia Bridal Show near you. You will have the chance to meet with professional wedding vendors of all talents who can help bring your vision to life!