Few things in life are more romantic than beaches and weddings- so it's only natural to have weddings on the beach. If you're lucky enough to live near a picturesque beach, it can be a wonderful way to keep to a tight wedding budget, but it can also be a grand event. You can be sure that it will be memorable to all your guests.
Destination weddings are often staged on the beach, usually on beautiful islands. The Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Barbados, St. Lucia and Hawaii offer phenomenal locations and romantic settings.
However, beaches are not limited to islands! Gorgeous coastlines can be found and enjoyed in so many different countries, and they are excellent places to have a wedding.
For weddings on the beach, the Mediterranean countries are good choices. You can celebrate your wedding in the traditional Greek or Spanish way after your ceremony. Australia and New Zealand also have miles of beautiful coastline that are great locations for your commitment. And of course, so do the United States, Canada and Mexico!
If you have a wedding on the beach, you have a fantastic opportunity to combine the modern with the conventional. You could dress in semi-formal or casual garb, yet enjoy a very traditional and religious ceremony.
Brides who wed on the beach often choose very simple gowns, while the grooms tend to wear a nice pair of khaki pants or shorts along with Aloha shirts. Many times a bride and her bridesmaids will even wear bikini tops and floral skirts. Beach parties tend to be casual sit-down affairs. Instead of being stiff and formal, the receptions are livened up with a luau or a fire pit or both!
Whether you choose a beach ceremony close to home, or a destination wedding, keep in mind that arranging travel and accommodation for your guests is a key part of weddings on the beach. If you book a bunch of rooms at a hotel nearby, you can often get reduced rates. For destination weddings on the beach, discuss airfare options for family and friends with a good travel agent.
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