Australians love the beach, and opting for a beach wedding ceremony is becoming a popular choice for couples who are getting married. A ceremony on the beach can be beautiful, and it can also be a low budget option in comparison to hiring a venue. Here are three essentials to think about to ensure your beach ceremony runs smoothly.
1. Plan your set-up
Beach ceremony set-ups don't need to be elaborate, but you will need a few things to create a stunning scene. Many party-hire companies can provide you with what you'll need, which is a cheaper option than purchasing it all yourself. For a small extra fee, many party-hire companies will also set everything up for you on the day and take it down afterwards.
You'll need an arch for the bride and groom to stand in front of and also a signing table with chairs for after the service. Many people also like to use a runner to re-create the traditional wedding aisle. It's not always possible to have enough chairs to seat every guest, especially if you've invited a lot of people. However, it's a good idea to have a small number of chairs so that elderly or pregnant guests can sit in comfort.
2. Apply for permits
To have a beach ceremony, you'll need to get a permit from your local council. This will cost you a small fee, but it will only be a fraction of the cost of hiring a venue. It will also ensure that the area of the beach you've chosen will be free on the day of your wedding and won't be in use by another bridal party.
Make sure you apply for the permit well in advance of your wedding day. Councils are notoriously slow at processing applications for permits, and it also means that you won't miss out on your chosen location. It's also worth checking if you're allowed to consume alcohol at the location if you're planning on serving your guests champagne after the ceremony.
3. Have a backup plan
No matter what time of year you're planning your wedding for it's vital to have a solid backup plan in case the weather turns bad. Rain and storms will obviously make a beach wedding impossible, but even simply very windy conditions can spoil your big day.
Planning for bad weather may prove unnecessary, but it will save you an enormous amount of stress if you've planned ahead. Having a marquee on reserve with your party hire company will mean that you can turn your garden into an impromptu wedding venue with ease. You can also have a list prepared of local village halls that can be booked at the last minute.
With a bit of planning, a beach wedding will be a stunning and memorable location for you and your loved one to begin your life's journey together.