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Beach Wedding Day - Have It Your Way

Tradition has dictated for years what brides have chosen to wear to their weddings. From formal, white, lace adorned gowns, to high priced catered receptions complete with assigned seats, these weddings were once the pride of mother's everywhere - and carried the price tag to prove it.

Today's brides are considering new options, however, with beach weddings being one of the most popular. Instead of the pomp and circumstance surrounding a formal church ceremony, a beach wedding offers simplistic beauty and a chance to unwind and enjoy the festivities. Choose a flattering sunny shade for your dress, flowers for your hair instead of a veil, and go barefoot as you exchange vows. Incorporate your favorite gem into your wedding rings and invite everyone to come and share your special day in a truly unique fashion.

Having Fun with Your Beach Wedding Ceremony

Along with providing you with a chance to have a unique celebration, a beach wedding can be a creative and fun endeavor. Plan a fancy splendid arrangement of billowing white tents illuminated with torches and candles. Float tropical flowers in bowls as centerpieces and enjoy their heady fragrance while swaying to a steel drum band. Or, opt for a relaxing day in the sun with your best friends, having an afternoon barbeque and cranking up your favorite songs while competing at a game of beach volleyball.

Enjoying a Beach Inspired Meal

As there are many different options for the feeling of your wedding, food choices can follow those lines as well. A buffet style setting is easy on your guests and easier on your budget than a fully catered affair while still allowing you to choose your favorite foods to serve. Or, you can go with something less formal, such as light finger foods and icy beverages. For your cake, try a sand castle design or even beautifully decorated cupcakes.

Planning a Beach Wedding Near or Far

For those of you who live in a beach town, planning should be a snap since you have a local's knowledge of who to use and exactly where to set up. If you are traveling to make this the wedding you've always dreamed of, on the other hand, there are many reputable wedding planning services to help you. Sail away into the sunset or invite your guests on an evening ocean cruise to celebrate your new life.

Finally, you can always have a beach theme even if you don't have a beach nearby. Just incorporate some tropical music, tiki torches, and beach themed gift bags holding sunscreen and sunglasses and you and your guests will instantly be transported to an island paradise.

By stepping outside the formality of a church wedding, all of your guests will be able to enjoy your special day.

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Beach Permits?

Be sure to check with local authorities to see if any permits are needed to use the public beach. This should only be necessary if you are having a large beach wedding and you want to block off a portion of the beach exclusively for your ceremony and reception.

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