Planning a Beach Wedding
March 04, 2012
With my friend getting married later this year, I cannot stop thinking about weddings and all the excitement that comes along with it!
She is planning a beach wedding. Rewind 2 months back and I was sitting with her fiance and her at the wedding planner's studio, flipping magazines. The soft glow of the dusky sky, the endless expanse of water, the golden sand and the sun-tanned model wearing a gorgeous wedding dress were staring out of one of the magazine pages and that is when I saw her eyes sparkle! I could see her envisioning her dream wedding.
Since I have been really involved in helping her out with the initial groundwork, I thought I'd share my experience with you! Here are some of the things I learnt:
1. Beach weddings can be anywhere between the most exotically planned weddings to something small at a local beach. So there is a lot of room there for tweaking things to suit your budget. She was not looking into a destination wedding because it was important for her to have all her friends and family present which is virtually impossible when you are travelling far - so Jersey Shore Wedding it was!
2. When you plan an outdoor wedding, you are completely at the mercy of nature and have no control over rain or the temperature! Fortunately, weather.com has an amazing feature that lets you view the average temperature and rainfall of a place for that month. But never forget a quote by Evan Esar - "Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures." So use the numbers as a guide and be prepared for the worse which leads me to my next point...
3. The venue: After scouring the area for a perfect venue, they loved Ocean Place at Long Branch, NJ. They have the most amazing coordinators who helped my friend in every way. They suggested that they have a beach wedding and come indoors to their Ballroom for the reception. The Ballroom is beautiful with an amazing view of the ocean. And if the weather does not cooperate, they could move the wedding indoors too!
4. And finally, keep it simple. Let the decorations be classy and let the sand, water and the sunset work as the beautiful backdrop for the ceremony.
They still have a long way to go with the preparation. We are talking to caterers and DJs and a dozen other vendors and she still can't decide on her wedding dress! But all the things considered, a beach wedding can be a beautiful dream come true for every bride and groom if it is planned well.
We know for sure that Smiling Snaps is doing their wedding rehearsal slideshow and I am really looking forward to making the show for them and to be there for her for anything she needs at her wedding! If you have any advice, or anything to share, we would be glad to hear from you.
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