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Beach weddings 101


This Blog is for those of you that are planning the best beach weddings.   If you’re coming back, that means you’re getting some value.  Please share this with somebody else that’s planning a wedding.  Especially a beach wedding.  That’s kind of my thing down here in Sunny Florida 🌞.  So, if you want to plan the perfect beach weddings, here is a guide to help you with planning for the big day…

Beach weddings 101

Timing Is Everything

Your ceremony time is important! The best part about beach weddings is the beautiful natural light of the sun. It should be taken advantage of in every way. Avoid scheduling your ceremony during the sun’s highest point in the day around the noon hour. Heat and glaring light can be an issue for your photos, video, and for you and your guests.

You want to be able to open your eyes and see the love of your life while you say your I do’s and not sweating off your makeup. Our best advice is to schedule an early morning ceremony before the sun gets too hot or schedule your ceremony 1.5 to 2 hours before the sunsets. This will allow enough time for your ceremony (roughly 30 minutes) and your family and wedding party photos/video following the ceremony. This also allows you enough time to get incredible sunset photos and video footage of the two of you.

Comfort for You and Your Guests

You want your guests to be comfortable. If you are getting married on the beach, do not forget to have water available for yourself and your guests. Handheld fans are very popular, and you can customize them with your wedding theme or colors.  Towels and shoe/flip flop station are all very much appreciated by women, men, and kids alike.


Clear the way

Hire someone to direct beachgoers make sure they don’t wander into the wedding area. No one wants the public bombarding you’re gorgeous wedding video or photos.

Have a Back-up Plan

Florida weather is ever-changing, especially during the summer months.  Late afternoon showers and storms may delay or eliminate a ceremony at the beach.  Check with your venue to see if they have policies that close beach access during stormy weather.  Some venues will close beach access if they receive reports of lighting within a certain radius of their venue.

Beach Weddings Logistics

In some areas, permits and even liability insurance policies are required.  Also check to see if enough parking is available, setting up tents or arches is approved.

Power Options

Beaches do not typically have AC power for DJ sound equipment. Check with your venue and with your DJ company to see if they can provide a sound system that runs on a battery or a generator.

Microphone for the Officiant

When you’re planning a wedding on a beach with 25 or more guests, it is recommended to have a microphone for your guests to hear the ceremony.  We recommend using a handheld microphone to minimize background noise from the wind and waves.  Those clip-on / lapel microphones are convenient and hide very well in pictures but they are not the practical beach.  It would be the equivalent of talking on a cellphone on the beach.  (Blow into the microphone to get your point across)


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